Two of us: Father and son capture the hearts of netizens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019   •   3245

Antonio Antoquia drives the bus everyday for a living. His usual route is Fairview-Alabang. Oftentimes he takes his 19-year-old son, Joshua, so his wife can sell coffee and eggs.

Marivic Ando Natividad was one his passengers. She was able to capture the special moment between a father and his son.

For Joshua, who is a child with special needs, it seemed like it was never about riches or fame. His great love and admiration for his father resonated until it was felt by thousands.

Everyone who saw the photo found a much needed oasis amid the chaos of everyday life.

“Mahal na mahal kita, (I love you very much)” Joshua said to his father during an interview with one of our reporters.

Antonio holds back his tears. Joshua is his little helper whenever he brings him to work.

“Hindi siya mahirap dalhin kasi uupo lang siya, (It is not difficult to care for him, he would just sit there)” Antonio said. “Pagdating namin sa Alabang ayusin niya iyan. Kunwari ito sinusuksok ng mga pasahero to ayusin niya iyan itali niya iyan. Kunin niya ang mga tiket, tapon niya dito marunong siya, (When we arrive in Alabang he sees to it that all the curtains are properly arranged and he will throw out all the tickets that were left behind).”

During days when Antonio is not accompanied by Joshua, he couldn’t help but worry. He will call home asking if Joshua had eaten or if he is doing okay. And just like how he misses Joshua, Joshua misses him as well.

“Kunyari bibiyahe ako ng Davao tatawag iyan, taltlong araw palang sasabihin niya Papa, uwi kana miss na miss na kita, (Whenever I travel to Davao, he will call. He will tell me how much he misses me even when I was just gone for three days)

Marivic saw how much Antonio and Joshua love each other. She was on her way to work. She recalled that Joshua was happily assisting Antonio. Antonio, in return, was happy to be assisted.

“He [the boy] was very happy, jolly and smiling at me all the time,” Marivic said. She added that the boy “knows all the bus stops and the roads,” and would shout the names every time a passenger gets off.

Marivic witnessed how the two laughed, talked, and had fun despite the heat, despite the traffic.

For Marivic, it inspired her to feel thankful for her father especially when Father’s Day is only two weeks away.

Antonio kept holding back his tears every time he talks about Joshua. He feels lucky to have a son like him. However, there is always fear in Antonio’s heart.

“Natakot ako kapag ako nawala, paano ito? Mahirap kasi ito mamaya magsawa mga kapatid nito. Kung saan ito kakalat-kalat kapag wala ako. Iyon ang kinakatakutan ko, (I fear that when am gone, what will happen to him? It will be difficult, what if his siblings will get tired caring for him. Sometimes, he wanders around when am gone. That’s my fear),” he said.

“Masasabi ko lang dito kay Joshua,” he adds. “Kahit ganito ito mahal na mahal ko talaga itong batang ito, sobrang pagmamahal ko dito. (All I can say to Joshua is that I love him very much. I have much love for him)(with reports from Joan Nano)

MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

Facebook, Twitter say user data was exposed to app developers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

San Francisco, USA – Facebook and Twitter announced Monday that an app store bug allowed hundreds of users’ personal data to be accessed by third-party developers of some applications downloaded from the Google Play store.

While the companies did not directly expose user information, they said a bug in a development software managed by One Audience allowed the breach. It gave outside developers access to users’ personal information including email addresses, usernames and shared content.

“While we have no evidence to suggest that this was used to take control of a Twitter account, it is possible that a person could do so,” Twitter wrote on a blog post about the matter.

Facebook and Twitter reported the finding in their statements, saying they were aware hundreds of people were affected and that they planned to notify those concerned that their data may have been accessed without their explicit consent.

Personal data may have been accessed after users used their Facebook or Twitter account to sign up for applications created by One Audience downloaded from the Google Play store.

Although both social media companies avoided mentioning specific applications, US media pointed out that at least two could be photo editing programs Giant Square and Photofy.

“After investigating, we removed the apps from our platform for violating our platform policies and issued cease and desist letters against One Audience and Mobiburn,” Facebook wrote Monday in a statement. EFE-EPA

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Facebook agrees to provide documents in California data privacy probe

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

San Francisco, USA – American tech giant Facebook on Thursday agreed to hand over further documents to Californian state authorities in its data privacy investigation.

The move by the Menlo Park company comes after the state’s attorney general, Democrat Xavier Becerra, earlier this month publicly accused Facebook of not cooperating with investigation carried out by his department.

Becerra had termed the responses sent by the company as “inadequate” and his office asked a court to take action to compel Facebook to respond to subpoenas.

On Thursday Facebook agreed to provide at least some of the requested documents next week.

The investigation was opened in June 2018, just a few months after the scandal involving British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to collect the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent and for political ends. EFE-EPA

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