LP, NP, NPC Coalition, Nangangamba sa Posibleng Pagkakahati ng Suporta Ngayong Eleksyon

admin   •   September 17, 2012   •   4020

FILE PHOTO: Si Nacionalista Party Spokesperson Ace Barbers sa programang Get It Straight with Daniel Razon (PHOTOVILLE International / Marvin Pongos)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipinahayag ni Nacionalista Party Spokesperson Ace Barbers na bagamat maayos ang naging coalition ng Liberal Party, NPC at NP ay hindi pa rin maiiwasan ang problema.

May posibilidad aniya na magkatapatan sa iisang posisyon o maglaban-laban ang ang myembro ng kanilang koalisyon at sa huli ay mahati ang makukuha nilang suporta.
“Iyon na (ang) magiging epekto noon. Posibleng maglaban ang LP, NP at NPC,” pahayag ni NP Spokesman Ace Barbers.
Sa ganitong sitwasyon, ayon kay Barbers, ay magkakaroon ng freezone ang koalisyon kung saan malayang makakapili ang bawat myembro kung sino  ang ibig nitong kandidato. Maarin din aniyang pairalin na lang ang incumbent law sa isang lugar kung saan maiinit ang labanan ng bawat partido.
Sa kabila nito ay kumpiyansa pa rin si Barbers na maayos nila ito bago ang pormal na paghahain ng Certificate of Candidacy sa Oktubre.
 “In reality medyo mahirap pero pinipilit pa rin naming na maayos ito,” dagdag pa ni Barbers.
Naglagay na rin aniya sila ng arbitration committee na siyang mangangasiwa sa mga kaayusan sa koalisyon. Hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay hindi pa rinnagpaguusapan ng coalition kung saan manggaling ang pondong gagamitin sa darating na 2013 midterm elections. (Dave Tirao/Marje Navarro, UNTV News)

PH privacy commission warns public vs online fraud, scams amid COVID-19 scare

Robie de Guzman   •   March 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Tuesday warned the public against online scammers using the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scare to exploit and steal money and personal information.

“A growing number of online fraudsters are exploiting the public fear surrounding COVID-19 pandemic, using the pandemic to lure people into clicking phishing emails and installing malwares capable of stealing personal data and money,” the NPC said in a statement.

“Our fear during a crisis can expose us to data privacy risks predisposing us to make hasty or ill-informed choices online, which fraudsters are taking advantage of,” it added.

In view of these heightened risks, the NPC appealed to the public to exercise caution online, especially when using online financial services and accessing health-related mobile applications.

“Be cautious with the sites you visit, enhance your privacy settings, and protect your personal data,” the agency said.

The NPC warned that now is the worst possible time to fall victim to online fraudsters as most of the people are accessing the internet to get news and make financial transactions.

“In this period of home quarantine, digital access becomes our main gateway not just for news but also to coordinate tasks with co-workers, make online financial transactions and most importantly, get in touch with loved ones,” it said.

“Indeed, now is the worst possible time to fall victim to online fraudsters. They can steal sensitive data, cause you financial and reputational damages, make your device unusable and cut you off from the outside world,” it added.

To avoid such scenarios, the privacy body urged the public to be vigilant and familiarize themselves with the warning signs.

It also encouraged everyone to practice the following tips to protect personal data in the time of COVID-19:

  • Do not give out your personal data in suspicious COVID-themed emails and messages.
  • Make trusted government and other legitimate websites your go-to source for the latest COVID information.
  • Ensure that the charity or crowdfunding campaign you plan to donate to is legitimate.
  • Be mindful of phishing baits from online scammers.

The NPC also advised the public to be skeptical when they receive messages urging or pressuring them to open a certain link or give out personal information including password and pin number.

“During this critical period, all our focus and efforts should go to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We should avoid, at all costs, getting sidetracked by these digital pitfalls,” it said.

The commission urged the public to contact its complaints and investigation team through its email addresses at complaints@privacy.gov.ph and info@privacy.gov.ph if they feel that their personal data have been compromised.

Pangilinan asks public to support Robredo as she takes on drug war challenge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan called on Filipinos to support Vice President Leni Robredo as she takes on the task of co-chairing the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

Pangilinan said Robredo is facing a dangerous challenge ahead and would need the public’s full support to succeed.

“Mapanganib ang kanyang hinaharap na pagsubok at naniniwala tayo na kapag buo ang suporta at pagkilos ng mamamayan sa magiging hakbang niya ay mas matitiyak ang kanyang tagumpay,” he said in a statement.

Robredo on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for her to become co-chairperson of ICAD, in a bid to stop the killing of innocent lives under the administration’s war on drugs.

Pangilinan said the Liberal Party supported its chairperson’s decision although they are in doubt of Malacañang’s motive and sincerity about its offer.

“Bagamat hindi natin matiyak ang motibo at sinseridad ng Malacañang sa pag-alok sa nasabing pwesto, wala tayong duda sa sinseridad ng ating Bise Presidente sa kanyang layunin na hanapan ng tunay na solusyon ang problema sa iligal na droga sa bansa,” he said.

“Maliwanag ang naging pahayag ng ating Bise Pangulo na sa pagtanggap niya sa nasabing hamon ay tututulan nya ang araw-araw na patayan, papanagutin niya ang mga ninja cops, at hahabulin niya ang mga sindikato ng droga at mga kasabwat nito na nasa likod ng pagpapalusot ng tone-toneladang shabu sa BoC. Dahil dito, buo ang ating pagsuporta sa kanya,” he added.

He added that before Robredo’s announcement of her acceptance of the post, the party discussed and weighed its pros and cons.

“Pinag-usapan sa partido ang offer. Tinimbang ang mga pros at cons. At kahit alam ni VP Leni na maaaring patibong ito, tinanggap niya ang hamon. Mas matimbang sa kanya ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan na target ng madugong drug war,” he said.

Robredo’s camp initially expressed wariness on Duterte’s offer for her to co-lead the government’s war on drugs, even calling the appointment “meaningless,” and the post “problematic” and “non-existent.

But despite questions surrounding the offer, the vice president said she would accept the task and focus on what she can contribute to the anti-drug campaign.

Palace denies hand in filing of sedition raps vs Robredo, opposition

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday denied involvement in the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and other known opposition figures over the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insisted that the Palace had nothing to do with the complaint, when asked if the move is part of the Duterte administration’s “crackdown” against the opposition group.

“We have nothing to do with this case. None at all,” Panelo said in a statement.

The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Thursday filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with videos, where a certain Bikoy linked members of the Duterte family to the narcotics trade.

Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded figure “Bikoy” in the videos, was named in the complaint as a witness and respondent.

Aside from Robredo, other named respondents in the complaint were former Senators Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV, Senators Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima and members of the Otso Diretso senatorial slate.

Cyber libel, estafa, and obstruction of justice charges were also filed by the police against a total of 38 respondents.

The opposition Liberal Party has branded the charges as “harassment” and “persecution”, while de Lima belittled the case, calling it “pure hogwash.”

“Pure hogwash ‘yung mga kaso na naman yan. Basura yun,” she said in an ambush interview before the hearing of the charges filed against her at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205.

Panelo, meanwhile, called on administration critics to let the justice system work to determine the truth about the issue. (with details from Rosalie Coz)


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