Happy Teachers’ Day! Students share appreciation posts online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019   •   1501

A Filipino elementary school teacher (R) tries to convince a crying student to attend class at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

We often call them ‘ma’am’, ‘sir’, or ‘teacher’ but there are times when we call them ‘mama’, ‘mommy’ or ‘tatay’—a fitting title for their role as our second parents.

Students may forget about the lessons they learned in Math, Science, and in — History, but they will never forget about the teachers who taught them discipline, patience, and perseverance.

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, appreciation posts are shared on social media to show how much they love their mentors.

Teachers also expressed their gratitude for the love and surprises they received from their students.

Dr. Corazon Santos from Ateneo De Manila University said she remains enthusiastic in teaching because she wants to share the joy of studying.

She also said she had no regrets opening herself to students who are in need of support even outside the classroom.

“Sa mga panahong kailangan natin mag-usap bilang nanay at anak, magkaibigan, o kaya estudyante at titser, bukas ako, (For times when we need to talk as a mother and child, as a friend, or as a teacher and student, I am here),” she said.

The Senate also honored the teachers for their commitment to shaping the future leaders of the country.

READ: Public school teachers to get incentive on World Teachers’ Day

The Department of Education (Deped) has announced they will be distributing P1,000 cash incentive to public school teachers in celebration of Teachers’ Day.—AAC

Child advocacy group raises concerns over dangers of trending photo challenge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2020

A children advocacy group warned against the dangers of participating in trending photo challenges on social media.

Save the Children Philippines CEO Atty. Alberto Muyot said cyber criminals target photos and videos of children online to sell them or upload on pedophile sites.

“Mayroon nga pong mga samples na nagpapakita ng photo ng kanilang anak na bata nililIguan and then suddenly kumalat na iyon doon sa sites ng mga pedophiles as part ng sex trafficking ng mga bata, child pornography, (There were instances where they uploaded a photo of their child bathing and then suddenly it became viral in pedophile sites as part of child sex trafficking, child pornography),” he said.

Muyot also lamented that the Philippines has become the center of online sexual exploitation of children in the world. Based on the data of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Cybercrime Division, the number of sexual images of Filipino children in social media sites increased from 45,645 in 2017 to around 600,000 in 2019.

“We are sure na ngayong na babad na babad po ang mga bata, mga tao, adults, doon po sa internet at tataas pa po iyong numbers (We are sure that the number would further increase given that children and adults these days are spending more time online),” Muyot said.

Authorities advise the public to immediately report any information regarding cybercrime activities to the following:

PNP-ANTI CYRBERCRIME GROUP:
Email: acg@acg.pnp.gov.ph
Cellphone No:  0998-598-8116

NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CYBERCRIME DIVISION:
Email ccd@nbi.gov.ph
Telephone No. (+632) 8523-8231

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CYBERCRIME OFFICE:
Email: cybercrime@doj.gov.ph
Telephone No. (+632) 8524-8216

Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr’s account over COVID-19 video

UNTV News   •   July 29, 2020

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday (July 28) it had restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s ability to tweet from his account for 12 hours after a tweet he had posted violated the social media site’s misinformation policy on COVID-19.

The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump had posted a video on Monday of doctors talking about the drug hydroxychloroquine, that was removed by Twitter.

The video was also taken down by Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc-owned YouTube after racking up millions of views, for breaking their rules on COVID-19 misinformation.

President Trump also retweeted posts late on Monday containing a link to the misleading video and accusing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Democrats of suppressing the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the novel coronavirus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month revoked its emergency-use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, after several studies cast doubt on its effectiveness. Trump has regularly touted the drug and said he has used it himself.

In the misleading video, doctors touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 and also discounted the need for face masks amid the pandemic. An article by right-wing news site Breitbart News, which posted the video, included a screenshot counting 17 million video views on Facebook before it was taken down. (Reuters)

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BI eyes deportation case against Chinese woman who hit a Makati traffic enforcer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended the deportation of the Chinese woman who went viral for hitting a traffic enforcer and a biker in Makati City.

Immigration acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac reiterated that foreign nationals staying in the Philippines should also follow the law. There will be no special treatment and no exceptions for them, Mabulac said.

Hindi po ibig sabihin ay isang dayuhan siya ay may espesyal siyang batas. Kung ano ang batas na pinatutupad po sa isang ordinaryong Pilipino, dapat sundin po ng kahit sino pang dayuhan na nandito sa ating bansa, (It does not mean that foreign nationals have a special law. The law followed by an ordinary Filipino should also be followed by any foreign national here in the country),” he said.

Authorities have also discovered that the Chinese woman identified as Dong Li is only under a tourist visa and has not followed the necessary requirements to update her status. The Immigration cited overstaying and disrespect to authority as grounds for deporting Dong.

Basically, dalawa po ang tinitingnan natin. Siya po ay overstaying at the same time, iyong undersirability. Klarong-klaro naman po doon sa social media, at naging viral pa naman, iyong disrespect sa authority. Bawal na bawal po iyan (Basically, we are looking into two (violations). She is overstaying and, at the same time, there is undesirability. It is clear in the viral post on social media that she disrespected a person of authority. That is prohibited),Mabulac said.

The agency already recommended to their legal division the filing of appropriate cases for Li’s deportation. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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