College student viral for graduating in a wheel chair passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2019   •   2663

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Smart, humble, and a good friend. That is how Joemar Kenik Mangkok’s friends describe him.

Joemar’s story became viral after his sister, Lyn Mangkok-Ayob, posted his graduation ceremony on Facebook .

#LABANPUSO…datu congrats🎓 dahil e2 na ang pangarap natin lahat na maabot mo ang araw na e2😭😭😭.sana gumaling kana at kc…

Posted by Lyn Mangkok Ayob on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Noor Galmak Mopak, one Joemar’s friends, said they have been together since first year college. They were even co-interns. Noor, Joemar and the rest of their friends made a promise to one another.

“First year pa lang po kami may pangako kami sa isa’t isa na kahit anong mangyari, sabay-sabay kami ga-graduate (Ever since first year, we promised that all of us will graduate together, no matter what ) she said.

Joemar graduated on March 22, Friday, at Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology Inc. in Sultan Kudarat. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, major in Mathematics.

He had been suffering from rheumatic heart disease for five years and no matter what happened, he kept his promise.

Despite being unable to walk and despite the heaviness of his oxygen tank, he went up the stage and accepted his diploma.

No illness could stop him.

After receiving his diploma, Joemar was rushed to the hospital and went into a coma on March 25.

On Tuesday, his sister Lyn announced his passing.

Lyn expressed her heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent their support. In her previous post, she expressed her wish for her brother after he graduated in college.

“Sana maging inspirasyon ka sa mga kabataan. We love you so much datu (I hope you become an inspiration to the youth)—Aileen Cerrudo

DOLE warns against FB pages promising cash, jobs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against bogus Facebook pages promising cash or prizes in exchange for likes and shares as well as those purportedly hiring for employment.

“Verify the registration of such companies with appropriate government agencies before engaging with them, especially in providing information,” DOLE warned on Wednesday (January 7).

The alert came after DOLE acted on a complaint against a certain company named ‘Eternal Investment’ alleging that it is gathering people on Facebook and assigning them to job positions on a voluntary or commission basis. 

Recruits are allegedly assigned to positions such as executives, managers, and graphic artists.

The complaint also claimed that Eternal Investment is reportedly “manipulating people and not paying proper dues based on the output of the volunteers.” 

Upon coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it was found out that ‘Eternal Investment’ is not registered with the DTI nor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

To protect the public, the labor department’s Bureau of Local Employment brought the complaint to the SEC’s Enforcement and Investor Protection Department for further investigation.

Facebook removes pro-Trump group due to policy violation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020

Facebook on Thursday (November 5) removed the pro-Trump group, “Stop the Steal” for allegedly violating the social network’s policies.

“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” Facebook said in a statement.

The group has around 300,000 members which, according to Facebook, is being used to delegitimize the election process. Facebook also saw “worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday continued to question the integrity of the US voting system over alleged incidents of voting fraud.

Meanwhile, Trump said in his Twitter account that he and his team will challenge vote counts in states won by his challenger, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. AAC

Facebook offered to reconstruct taken down ‘Hands off our children’ page – AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Social media giant Facebook has offered to “reconstruct” an account it recently took down due to alleged links to the military and coordinated inauthentic behavior.

In a statement on Tuesday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Gilbert Gapay said Facebook made the offer to reconstruct the “Hands Off Our Children” page but admitted that it cannot restore the original page.

The “Hands Off Our Children” page is a group composed of parents whose children were recruited into the New People’s Army (NPA).

The page was among the more than 100 pages that Facebook removed in October as it stepped up its campaign against fake accounts and pages that are spreading false information.

Facebook earlier said these accounts were traced to have links with China, the Philippine National Police and the military.

Gapay has expressed dismay over Facebook’s action and called it “unfair.”

“They are unfair to us in taking down those sites because there are many other sites that are really espousing hate, violence, terrorism that should have been taken down in the first place, not these good sites which [we] are advocating on Facebook,” he said.

Gapay said the official Facebook pages of the AFP and all its units remain active for updates on military efforts and activities.

He also stressed that the Philippine military does not engage in sharing fake news and disinformation on social media.

The AFP already met with Facebook representatives to thresh out issues on their social media pages. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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