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Labor group supports call to ban videoke session on weekdays

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Labor group Associated Labor Unions- Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) on Wednesday urged all local government units to temporarily ban videoke and karaoke sessions on weekdays to help students and employees who are currently studying and working at home amid the COVID pandemic.

ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay explained that the ban will boost the productivity of workers as it would reduce the noise pollution in their residential area.

“Stressful ang pagtatarabaho sa bahay dahil sa workload. Dagdag din sa stress ang poor quality na internet o mobile data signal. At kung dagdagan pa ng nakakarindeng videoke ng kapitbahay, parusa at siguradong bababa ang output ng mga work from home workers,” Tanjusay said.

The ordinance was first adopted in Barangay Biluso in Silang, Cavite where local chief Cris Reyes prohibited videoke sessions from Monday to Friday. Residents could only hold this activity from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

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DOJ sets guidelines to protect students during online classes

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The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OCC) on Wednesday warned the public that there are possible security risks, abuses, and harmful contents in the use of videoconferencing services for online classes.

DOJ-OCC Officer-in-Charge lawyer Charito Zamora said that while videoconferencing services open doors to many opportunities that make access to education easy, this could cause security risks including exposure of students to online predators.

“While videoconferencing services open doors to new opportunities that make access to education easy, application of information and communication technology in the conduct of online classes can cause many security risks, such as loss of confidentiality, availability, and integrity of computer data, as well as the exposure of students to abusive strangers and harmful online contents,” the advisory said.

And to fight off these risks, Zamora said the department has issued guidelines for parents and school administrators and the public in general on how to protect the children from online abuse and harmful contents during online classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DOJ-OCC advised school administrators not to share meeting room credentials, both the ID and the password to the public.

School administrators running online classes are urged to accept participants’ request to join a meeting individually, provide a standard naming instruction for participants, start meetings with participants’ video off, require a password from participants, mute participants upon entry, and disable desktop/screen share for participants who are not assigned in the virtual meeting room as hosts.

Do not allow participants to join before the host, rename themselves, send messages to other participants, allow participants to access the file transfer and share their screens, allow participants to use annotation tools to add information to shared screens and share whiteboard during the meeting, and allow users to change their background with any selected image never leave students alone in virtual classroom and always update the application you downloaded to its latest version.

The DOJ-OOC said parents must teach their children to be discerning of information and contents online to reduce their risk of falling victim to online abuse and cyber attacks.

“Parents are encouraged to promote and implement proper etiquettes to be observed by children under their supervision. There is still no substitute for parental involvement and supervision when it comes to digital literacy and good cyber citizenship,” it added.

Any irregularities or unwarranted incidents during the conduct of online classes should be reported immediately.

 

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Trainer of champion kickboxers fights for life

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – A coach who helped Cordillera fighters raked medals in last year’s Southeast Asian Games in Manila is now fighting for his life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH).

According to Highland Boxing Gym Brico Santig, 56-year-old Manuel Sanidad suffered a stroke Monday after conducting lessons at the gym at Kilometer 6, La Trinidad.  He collapsed and fell from his chair.

Highland Boxing Gym fighters and Santig rushed the coach fondly called Master Manny to the hospital and remained at the ICU since then.

Sanidad teamed up with Mark Sangiao, Cordillera Regional Coordinator of the Samahan ng mga Kickboxers ng Pilipinas (SKP) coach and Team Lakay founder in training the Philippine squad in their preparation for the 2019 SEAG which led to victory for Team Lakay members Gina Iniong, Jerry Olsim and Jean Claude Saclag.

They hauled three golds, two silvers, and one bronze. The team also went home with two silver medals courtesy of Jerome Balangui and Renz Dacquel and a bronze medal from Karol Maguide.  All are Cordillerans with Baguio and Benguet as their homes.

According to Santig, Sanidad just arrived home after being stranded in Manila for more than five months when enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was declared in Luzon last March due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“Some of our professional athletes (boxers, kickboxers and muay Thai players) are currently taking good care of him at the hospital. Some athletes also volunteered to check on him once in a while,” Santig said. He added that the doctors said that Sanidad has progressive blood clotting in the middle of his cranium.

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Military to review troop accounts after Facebook purge

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The Philippine military said Wednesday it will review the social media accounts of service members after Facebook took down a network linked to state security forces it accused of “coordinated inauthentic behavior”.

Facebook said it had removed two networks — one traced to the Philippines and another to China’s Fujian province — for violating its policies.

The Philippine network involved 57 Facebook accounts, 31 pages, and 20 Instagram profiles, according to Nathaniel Gleicher, head of security policy at the social media giant.

“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to Philippine military and Philippine police,” he said in a blog post.

Activities focused on local politics, military operations, a controversial anti-terrorism bill, and criticism of communist insurgents.

Armed Forces chief Lieutenant-General Gilbert Gapay on Wednesday urged troops to comply with Facebook guidelines.

“The (armed forces of the Philippines) does not tolerate the uploading of fake news and fictitious social media accounts,” he said ahead of a meeting later Wednesday with Facebook officials in Manila.

“This development also prompted us to review personnel accounts and remind them of our policies.”

Philippine police chief Camilo Cascolan said official force Facebook pages “remain compliant”.

The force adheres to “cyber etiquette and proper decorum in all public engagements including social media”, he said.

Tuesday’s action by Facebook was the third takedown of suspicious Philippine accounts since 2018 when it stepped up an offensive against misinformation.

In January 2019 it removed hundreds of pages with 43 million followers linked to a local digital marketing group.

Facebook said the campaign out of China it took down focused on the Philippines and South East Asia, but also took aim at the US presidential race.

Posts commented particularly on naval activity in the South China Sea, including US vessels.

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NPA leader arrested while undergoing treatment in Zambo Sur hospital

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A ranking leader of the New People’s Army was arrested while seeking treatment at a hospital in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, the military reported.

Arrested was Rowel Monasque alias “Jotham”/”Henry,” commander of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee’s Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU), according to a report from the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion.

Soldiers and policemen placed him under arrest at the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Hospital, around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, 53rd IB commander, said operatives tracked down Monasque to the facility, following a clash with the latter’s group in Dumingag town on Monday.

“Monasque is the leader of [that] group… He is currently undergoing medication for the wounds sustained during the encounter,” said Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade commander.

The military earlier reported that one alias “Gogo,” said to be MRGU’s political guide, was killed in the clash and some high-powered guns and explosives were seized.

Two other suspected members of the MRGU, identified as Jaymar Bellano and Gemma Ayas, were captured hours after the fighting as pursuit operations took troops to Midsalip town.

“We can now see that they are at the brink of collapse,” Nicolas said.

Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, 1st Infantry Division commander, said the military will ensure that Monasque will be taken care of at the hospital, regardless of his position and leadership in the armed group.

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More shopping experiences under ‘new normal’ at SM Masinag

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It is said that disinfectant foggers reduce or eliminate microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungus, mold, and mildew.

Shoppers can now get their cars safely sanitized while they run errands and do shopping.

Shoppers who have a minimum or accumulated receipt purchase of P5,000 from any mall tenant/s of the same day can avail of a free anti-bacterial fogging for their car interior.

Plantitos and Plantitas need not worry about where to find their latest venture with their plant collection as SM City Masinag opens ‘Green Hub’ – a special store for gardening needs. Green Hub offers a hassle-free plant shopping experience. ‘Plantipolo Blooms’, a local gardening shop in Antipolo City sells ornamental plants, herbs, and pots.

Located at the service lane of SM City Masinag near SM Supermarket, shoppers won’t need to leave the mall to buy plants and other essentials after running other errands.

As the use of bicycles surged in this quarantine period, SM Supermalls installed special racks for shoppers and its employees to park their bicycles. Aside from shoppers’ individual chains and locks, the bike parking, including at SM City Masinag’s Open Parking A, is secured with dedicated security personnel to monitor and guide shoppers on where to park their bikes. A maximum of 72 bicycles can occupy the bike racks at SM City Masinag’s bike parking.

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Duterte calls for peace as US-China tension comes to fore at UN summit

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President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the 193 member-states of the United Nations to keep peace and “not hate each other” as tensions between Washington and Beijing came to the fore during the annual assembly of the international body.

Without dropping names, the President told other world leaders that there will be a terrible toll on human life and property if the “word war” deteriorates into a real war of nuclear weapons and missiles.

“Escalating tensions benefit no one. New flashpoints heighten fears and tend to tear peoples apart. When elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled flat,” Duterte said during his maiden speech at the summit which was aired early Wednesday.

“I, therefore, call on the stakeholders in the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East, and Africa: if we cannot be friends as yet, then in God’s name, let us not hate each other too much. I heard it once said, and I say it to myself in complete agreement,” he added.

President Duterte also called on UN member-states to implement the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical and the Biological Weapons Conventions to ensure peace across the globe.

The Chief Executive added that the global health crisis has complicated the world’s security environment as he warned against weapons of mass destruction.

“No aspiration nor ambition can justify the use of weapons that destroy indiscriminately and completely. There is no excuse for deaths that a nuclear war could cause nor the reckless use of chemical and biological weapons that can cause mass destruction,” he said.

“These weapons of death put us all at mortal risk, especially if they fall in the hands of terrorists without a shred of humanity in their souls,” Duterte added.

The President also emphasized that mutual understanding, accompanied by mutual tolerance among countries with different faiths and cultures, is the foundation of peaceful societies.

During the summit, United States President Donald Trump blamed China for the spread of coronavirus, saying it must be held “accountable” for the pandemic which gripped economies worldwide.

“In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically, while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. China condemned my travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes,” Trump said.

For his part, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing has “no intention to enter a Cold War with any country.”

Trump and Xi, leaders of the world’s two largest economies, laid out competing visions at a time when relations have plunged to their worst level in decades.

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Alvarez urges House to let Cayetano finish 3-year term as Speaker

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Former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday urged members of the House of Representatives to let Alan Peter Cayetano lead the lower chamber until 2022.

Alvarez made the call as he reiterated his position against the term-sharing deal, describing it as “divisive” and defies the unity the lower chamber is supposed to uphold.

“From the start when there was still no newly elected speaker, I clearly stated that I opposed the term-sharing deal because this is not about the speakership, this is about the country. It’s not about making a person the speaker,” said Alvarez in an interview on Wednesday.

In 2019, through the intercession of President Rodrigo Duterte, Cayetano has struck a term-sharing deal with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.  In the deal, Cayetano would lead the House during the first half of the 18th Congress or until Octobe 2020, and the remaining 21 months would go to Velasco.

“The term-sharing is divisive and that’s what we are trying to abstain from. The speaker is prevented from laying out plans for the next three years, this is why there’s an ongoing conflict at the House. What we need is a united House of Representatives, so whatever the administration needs, the Congress can support it and be planned out by the Speaker. We shouldn’t be always replacing [the Speaker],” Alvarez said.

Stressing that he was not taking sides, the former House leader said Cayetano should be allowed to stay as Speaker to sustain the programs the House has been implementing.

“I’m not choosing a side in the two of them. In fact, Cong. Velasco is my partymate in the PDP–Laban. But I really have to be consistent on my stand that whoever is the incumbent, let him finish the term.

“Since we have reached the last quarter of 2020 and the filing of the certificate of candidacy begins next year, it will be difficult for a new Speaker to implement new programs in the Congress,” he pointed out.

Velasco in a Facebook post on Tuesday night has expressed his interest in becoming the next House speaker.

To respond to accusations that he was an inactive member of the Congress, he said he was just “working quietly and away from publicity.”

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Phoenix includes Abueva in roster for PBA bubble

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Phoenix Super LPG is ready to gamble on Calvin Abueva when the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup resumes on 9 October.

Team manager Paolo Bugia said they have included the fiery forward in their 15-man roster despite having no assurance that he would be reinstated to see action the PBA bubble in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Abueva already completed all requirements for his reinstatement, but PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has yet to formally lift his indefinite suspension that has been dragging for more than a year.

“We’re definitely putting him on the roster with the hopes of bringing him there, but we’re hopeful that commissioner, before the opening on 9 October, will get him reinstated,” Bugia said in a telephone interview.

“We’re taking that risk and we’re optimistic because it’s been a long time coming and we’ve seen the changes in Calvin both on and off the court. Hopefully, the commissioner will reconsider his reinstatement.”

Bugia said Abueva is worth the roster spot.

“I think based on the rules of the league, once we decided not to reinstate Calvin, we cannot bring in another player,” Bugia said.

“So, we will have to live with it, but we’re talking the risk because I think he’s worth it.”

Even with Abueva staying suspended, the Fuel Masters still have a loaded frontcourt in Jason Perkins, JC Intal, Jake Pascual, Alex Mallari, Justin Chua and Dave Marcelo.

“As of now, we will stick with the current team because it’s a short-term plan,” Bugia said.

“But if he does get reinstated, that’s going to be a huge factor for us.”

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US seeks breakthrough on Sudan before election

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses for a picture with Sudan's top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Khartoum on an August 2020 visit. (Yahoo)

With weeks to go before US elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is racing to make a breakthrough with Sudan that he hopes could also benefit Israel.

Sudan’s new civilian-led government is urgently seeking to be removed from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and is seen by Washington as open to becoming the latest Arab state to recognize Israel — a major cause for President Donald Trump’s electoral base.

“The United States has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that compensation is finally provided to victims of the 1998 Al-Qaeda-backed terrorist attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,” Pompeo wrote in a letter to senators that was confirmed by congressional sources.

“We also have a unique and narrow window to support the civilian-led transitional government in Sudan that has finally rid itself of the Islamist dictatorship that previously led that country.”

Sudan is one of four nations listed as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States, severely impeding investment as businesses worry of legal risks in dealing with the country.

The designation dates back to 1993 when then strongman Omar al-Bashir welcomed Islamists including Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda, which carried out the embassy attacks that claimed more than 200 lives.

Washington had been gradually reconciling with Bashir, who agreed to independence for mostly Christian South Sudan.

But Sudan was transformed last year when Bashir was deposed following a wave of youth-led protests. British-educated economist Abdalla Hamdok has become the new prime minister with a reformist mandate in a transitional arrangement with the military.

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Sudan’s delisting has been held up by a dispute over a package of some $335 million that Khartoum would pay as compensation to victims’ families and survivors of the embassy attacks.

Completing a compensation package “is one of the highest priorities for the Department of State,” a spokesperson said.

In his letter, Pompeo said it was “very likely” that an agreement on claims and on delisting Sudan from the terror blacklist would be completed by the end of October — days before the November 3 election.

But Congress also needs to pass legislation to provide Sudan immunity from further claims.

Senate Democrats are divided in part because the draft package would provide more money to US citizens than Africans, who made up the bulk of the victims — an arrangement some call discriminatory but others say is realistic and in keeping with precedent.

Some lawmakers also want further discussion on compensation for other attacks by Al-Qaeda, notably the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen.

Why the sudden push by Pompeo, who in his more than two years as America’s top diplomat has rarely seemed preoccupied by Africa?

Sudan has hinted at a willingness to engage Israel, whose prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in February met Khartoum’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in Uganda.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last month recognized Israel, a coup for the Jewish state, and a signature foreign policy win for Trump.

Pompeo briefly stopped in Khartoum in late August in the first visit there by a US secretary of state in 15 years.

Hamdok demurred in his meeting with Pompeo, saying that his transitional government, which is set to rule until 2022 elections, did not have a mandate to normalize relations with Israel — in what would be a major about-face for a country until recently considered Islamist-run.

But some observers believe there can still be forward movement on relations with Israel, especially with the prospect of removal from the terror blacklist.

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