Embattled Facebook CEO Zuckerberg seeks to mend fences in Washington

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 20, 2019   •   358

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill for a second day on Thursday (September 19) as part of an effort by the social media giant to mend its reputation as it faces a slew of government investigations.

Zuckerberg, who is also Facebook’s founder, also has meetings planned for Friday on Capitol Hill. Discussions on Wednesday with lawmakers focused mainly on election security and data privacy concerns, sources close to the meetings said.

A person briefed on the matter said Zuckerberg was also expected to hold meetings with the Trump administration. Facebook and the White House both declined to say if Zuckerberg would meet with President Donald Trump. (REUTERS)

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Pelosi, Trump exchange ‘meltdown’ barbs over meeting on U.S. policy in Syria

Robie de Guzman   •   October 17, 2019

US Speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks to members of the news media outside the West Wing of the White House following a meeting between US President Donald J. Trump and Congressional leaders, in Washington, DC, USA, 16 October 2019. Trump met with Congressional leaders to discuss the US withdrawal from Syria. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders on Wednesday (October 16) cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a “meltdown” over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there.

Trump called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” and the meeting in the White House deteriorated into a diatribe, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.

Later, in remarks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Pelosi said that Trump actually called her a “third-grade” politician.

“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. Sad to say,” Pelosi had said upon leaving.

Trump posted on Twitter on Wednesday night – “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!” with a photo of Pelosi standing up and pointing at him during the meeting.

The Democrats exited the meeting complaining that they were expecting to hear Trump provide details on a plan for dealing with an unfolding “crisis” in Syria but instead were subjected to “derogatory” language from him about congressional Democrats and Democratic former President Barack Obama.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, in a statement, called Pelosi’s decision to walk out “baffling but not surprising.”

She added that after Democratic leaders “chose to storm out,” remaining Republican leaders held a productive meeting.

Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces ahead of a Turkish offensive last week into northern Syria against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters, removing their protection, has been roundly criticized, even by fellow Republicans. The Americans and the Kurds had fought alongside each other against Islamic State militants, some of whom were captured and jailed under Kurdish control in Syria.

Pelosi said Trump was upset at the start of the closed meeting because so many Republicans joined Democrats to vote for a resolution condemning his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria.

The vote was 354 to 60, with dozens of Trump’s fellow Republicans joining the majority Democrats. The split underscored deep unhappiness in Congress over Trump’s action, which many lawmakers view as abandoning loyal Kurdish fighters.

“I think that vote – the size of the vote, more than 2-1 of the Republicans voted to oppose what the president did – probably got to the president. Because he was shaken up by it,” Pelosi said after emerging from the White House.

“And that’s why we couldn’t continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it.” (Reuters)

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Istorya: A superhero story of a boy who wants to save his dad

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

Unlike most of the kids his age, Lance Abarquez is not used to playing.

While 12-year-olds like him would run around or play ball, Lance would prefer selling tinapa or smoked fish.

At the tender age of 12, Lance is doing everything he can to succeed in life.

“Hindi po ako sanay maglaro po, iyong nanay ko po kasi mahirap din po (I was never used to playing because my mom was poor),” he said.

Lance started selling when he was eight years old. Similar to some superhero backstory, he never knew his biological parents. Instead, Lance was able to find a home with Soledad Reyes and Eduardo Abarquez.

Unfortunately, his foster mother, Soledad passed away while his father got diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Despite the struggles at an early age, Lance continues to face his everyday life with hope and perseverance—like most superheroes. He wakes up at 6:00 a.m. to study and will go home as late as 9:00 p.m. for selling smoked fish.

His superhero goal? Save up for college and to help his sick father.

Lance said he wanted to give back the love and support he received from his father.

“Masuklian ko siya sa pag-aalaga niya po sa akin dati (I want to repay him for taking care of me),” he said.

Lance recently went viral on social media after a netizen posted his story on Facebook.

Get to know more about Lance’s story on Istorya at 5:00 p.m., Saturday.—AAC

Daing Boy [PLUG]

Sumikat sa social media dahil sa sipag at husay sa pagtitinda ng daing at tinapa. Subalit may iba pang mga bagay na mas kahanga-hanga kay Lance.Tunghayan ang kanyang #Istorya, October 19, 5:00 pm.

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MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago sues 3 Facebook page administrators for cyberlibel

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.

In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.

Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.

Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.

The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)

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