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READ: Cayetano writes open letter to Rappler over dog meme

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano reacted to Rappler’s insensitivity and irresponsibility over ‘accidental’ posting of a dog meme during the Chinese New Year showing Caterano, DOJ Secretary Aguirre and Mocha Uson as dogs of the President Rody Duterte.

Rappler took the photo down and apologized for only posting it but not to the three personalities in the meme. Read Cayetano’s letter below.

Dear Rappler,

I have always respected your media organization and reporters even when I disagreed with them, and yes, even when untrue or nasty things were written about me.

That’s because I believe in the freedom of the press, the value of information and transparency and in the basic human value of respect.

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SPOTTED: Baste Duterte plays Piano inside Malacañang Palace

The hearthrob Duterte, son of President Rody Duterte, Baste visited the Palace of the People on Thursday. At the music room, he was spotted playing the piano.

Baste landed lately on showbiz headline after his ex Ellen Adarna validated her relationship with Baste was over. On Ellen’s instagram, Baste was seen visiting the drunk actress in her condo.

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LOOK: Chief Bato and Speaker Alvarez, now BFF?

The tension rose up last week in the government when House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez told PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa to resign after the killing of a Korean National inside camp crame.

Bato said that he will only resign if President Rody Duterte wants too.

In a photo taken by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, the three were spotted enjoying the birthday bash of General Bato Sunday evening. Alvarez and Bato even took a ‘twofie’ WATCH VIDEO BELOW: 

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WATCH: Why Trillanes should not challenge Zubiri a fight next time

Oh, Senator Antonio Trillanes has saved his ass after a near fist fight with Senator Miguel Zubiri at the Senate Hall today after the two exchanged words in the session talking about the transfer of the investigation about the corruption in the Bureau of Immigration from Trillanes committe to Gordon’s.

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WATCH: PNP Chief Bato performs at Rakrakan Fest

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa appeared at Rakrakan Festival along with Banda ni Kleggy performing the band’s song ‘Darating’, on Saturday evening.

General Bato seemed to be enjoying the night as he ended his performance with a short speech urging the youth to get high only on music and not on drugs.WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW

The event is dubbed as OPM against Drugs. Like us and watch the video.

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Video source: Rappler

LOOK: Japan PM Abe takes breakfast in Duterte’s House

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the house of President Rody Duterte in Matina, Davao City early morning today. He was toured inside the small house of Duterte and took a simple breakfast with biko, suman and kutsinta (rice cakes) and mongo soup on the table.

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Duterte rarely mentions PH now One of World’s Fastest Economies

After six months at the helm in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has been touting just two achievements of his presidency – a vicious war on drugs and a surprise alliance with his country’s bitter rival, China.

Yet behind the curse-laden bluster and populist demagoguery that has defined Duterte’s rule, he presides over one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, and has put cabinet colleagues to work on drafting reforms and legislation to tackle the economy’s most stubborn structural problems.

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Robredo warns Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday warned President Rodrigo Duterte against making pronouncements about killing people after threatening mayors in his so-called “narco-list.”

In a statement, Robredo said: “We hope the President was only exaggerating when he talked of killing mayors included in his drug list.”

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GOODNEWS: Duterte approves P1,000 SSS pension hike

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a pension hike for Social Security System (SSS) members along with a corresponding increase in contributions, Palace and SSS officials said Tuesday.In a press briefing in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President has approved a PHP1,000 increase for SSS pensioners starting this month.Duterte also approved a 1.5 percent increase in SSS contributions to be implemented starting May 2017 and an increase in monthly salary credit to PHP20,000 from PHP16,000.

“The contribution increase would raise the contribution rate to 12.5 percent from the current 11 percent, bringing the contribution range from PHP15 to PHP740,” Abella said.

The Palace official said that President Duterte approved the measures as he seeks to fulfill a social contract with the Filipino people, especially the elderly and the poor who gave the best years of their lives in service, “while exercising fiscal responsibility to sustain the economic sustainability and protect the gains made by those who have prudently invested in the nation’s future.”

“As the President has emphasized, he is the President of an entire nation and not just a particular social class. In this regard, the funds covering the increase will be through current contributions and investment reserved fund,” he said.

“The President is not amenable to using taxpayers’ money to fund pension increase since the SSS is a private pension fund,” Abella said.

But even with the thousand peso increase, Abella said the Fund life will continue until 2040 by May 2017 when the contribution rate and increase in monthly salary credit is implemented.

In the meantime, SSS chairman Amado Valdez said that while only PHP1,000 pension hike was approved for this month, half of the PHP2,000 package being asked would be given by 2022 at the latest.

He also clarified that the 1.5 percent hike in contributions would be on a yearly basis until the contribution rate reaches the threshold of 17 percent which was the rate approved by the country’s economic managers.

Valdez said that the 17 percent rate contribution could also be lessened once internal reforms are successful.

“Depending on the results of the internal reforms that are being presently instituted, we can give the remaining PHP1,000 as early as 2018 and we could also stop the 1.5 percent yearly contribution hike below the threshold,” he said.

Among the reforms being instituted to ensure sustainability of the Fund include legal action plans to reduce contribution delinquency and Executive interventions needed to improve collections through the issuance of an Executive Order.

The legal action plans include the intensified legal collection on referred delinquent and non-compliant employers; aggressive prosecution, settlement facilitation and speedy disposition of cases; close coordination with the Department of Justice and the creation of additional branch legal departments among others.

“You will see in the following days cases to be filed against erring employers. There will be some contempt charges against employers who do not respond to the summons of the court because the Fund is a social protection,” he said.

“This (SSS contribution remittance) is an obligation under the law. Actually, it’s not just an obligation under the law; it is a moral obligation because you are building social protection,” Valdez said.

Meanwhile, SSS president Emmanuel Dooc clarified that pensioners will have to wait until at least February to receive the increase.

“A slight delay is expected as we only learned of the approved hike Monday night and there will be some re-computations,” he said.

He said that they are also appealing to President Duterte to issue an EO that will mandate all business entities doing business with the government to produce an SSS clearance before a contract would be awarded to them.

An SSS clearance should also be required for those who are applying for and renewing a business permit as well as those who would be renewing their Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) licenses among others.

“This would ensure that businesses and businessmen are regularly remitting the SSS contributions of their employees. This would also ensure the sustainability of the Fund,” Dooc said. (PNA)

Here’s what Malacañang said on #LeniLeaks

Malacanang said on Sunday that it is now up to Vice President Leni Robredo to convince the public whether the so-called ‘Lenileaks’ are true or not.Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag made this comment after Robredo assured that she has nothing to do with a move to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

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