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Duterte Defends Wolf-Whistling at Female Reporter

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MANILA, Philippines- A footage of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Rappler reporter Pia Ranada Robles’ argument over the wolf-whistling issue involving GMA News reporter Mariz Umali is making rounds on social media.

A transcript of Duterte and Robles’ discussion was also shared by Paterno Esmaquel II, Robles’ fellow reporter on Rappler, on Facebook.

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During the tough talking mayor’s press briefing on Thursday, June 2 at Davao City, Robles told Duterte that Davao City has an ordinance called “Women Development Code of Davao City”. Robles emphasized that under this law, “cursing, whistling or calling a woman in public with words having dirty connotations or implications” is considered a form of sexual harassment.

But before Robles could finish her sentence, Duterte whistled at her and said: “You know, you don’t have any business stopping me. That is a freedom of expression.”

Robles then stressed to the outspoken mayor that the said law states that there is a limit to expression.

To which Duterte replied: “If you go overboard and you start to harass the woman.”

“As a matter of fact, when I first saw you, I said,” Duterte added while whistling anew.

The outspoken mayor then asked Robles to give another question. Before Robles could throw another question, the incoming president asked the reporter:

“But I would say, who gave you the right to presume that I was whistling because I saw you? You have to be in a room, kaisa ka lang, a man and you, and he would whistle?”

Robles then asked Duterte if he wasn’t whistling at Umali at the time she asked her question.

“You are guessing,” Duterte said.

In her defense, the reporter said she wasn’t guessing and pointed out that Duterte replied to Umali’s question with a whistle.

“I was exasperated by the question. Whistling is not a sexual thing,” Duterte insisted.

“Sir, for you it might not be sexual, but to others it might. So the world does not revolve around your definition,” Robles replied.

Duterte drew flak early this week after catcalling Umali during his press conference on Tuesday, May 31 in Davao City. Umali’s husband and GMA News anchor Raffy Tima called out Duterte for his behavior towards his wife.

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Triplets Wow Netizens after Graduating from College, All as ‘Cum Laude’

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Triplets Ace Pagaran, Jack Pagaran and King Pagaran, have wowed netizens recently after graduating from college, all with the flying colors as ‘cum laude’!

Certainly, this was something that they can all be proud of.

In a post on Facebook, Ace Pagaran shared photos of him and his siblings, proudly sharing that they were told they made history when they all graduated as ‘cum laude’ from college.

The three finished their Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with honors at the Isabela State University Cabagan Campus of the Provincial Technical Institute of Agriculture (PTIA).

Graduating as cum laude is certainly a great honor but sharing this with your siblings, as triplets, makes the honor thrice more awesome!

Photo credit: Ace Pagaran / Facebook

In the post, Ace thanked their parents Leliza Pagaran and Sonny Pagaran for the support given to them all. According to Ace, their parents were deep in debt but never failed in supporting the three of them and sending them to school.

He also thanked their grandparents, uncles, aunties, and all relatives and friends of the Baldugo – Pagaran Family. He said that the words “Thank You” are not enough for everything that these people had done to them; but he wants to thank them a lot for the help they bestowed upon him and his brothers.

Ace ends his post with words of thanks to their alma maters, schools that had helped shape the three of them to what they are today: Naganacan Elementary School, The Sisters of Mary School Boystown Adlas Campus, and, of course, the Isabela State University Cabagan Campus of the Provincial Technical Institute of Agriculture (PTIA).

A lot of netizens congratulated the three, saying that they were greatly amazed by these triplets’ triple achievement. Surely, this was not a common thing – and that makes their achievement even better!

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Daughter of ‘Basurero’ Graduates from College, Inspires Netizens

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How much does a ‘basurero’ (garbage collector) earn from his job?

For 51-year-old Tatay Cristito Quimado, it is actually around Php500 per day – and he uses this money wisely to send his five kids to school! Last April, one of them graduated from college, and this superb dad could not help but cry over their collective success.

In a feature video on GMA Public Affairs’ #DigiDokyu, Tatay Cristito cried as he admitted that he tries his best to send his children to school because in his poverty, education is the only thing that he could ever give them as a form of inheritance.

Photo credit: GMA Public Affairs / YouTube

Alas-tres pa lang ng umaga, namamasura na ang 51-anyos na si Tatay Cristito. Mahigit dalawang dekada na niya itong ginagawa hanggang sa nito lang Abril, napagtapos na niya ang anak sa kolehiyo! Maantig sa kanyang kuwento ng pagsusumikap at sakripisyo sa video na ito!” the video was captioned.

Poor as he might be, Tatay Cristito was proud that he was able to send his daughter, Jenny Rose Quimado, to college.

But Jenny Rose’s graduation isn’t the end of Tatay Cristito’s financial challenges as a dad because he still has to send the rest of his children to college as well.

Sa awa ng Diyos, isa na ang napatapos ko. Apat pa. Hanggang malakas ako, pipilitin kong makatapos sila. Iyong pag-aaral nila, hindi ko pinababayaan kasi iyon lang ang ano [maibibigay] ko sa kanila, makatapos sila,” he added.

Mahirap kasi marami akong anak, e. Pero kahit mahirap kinakaya ko. Minsan nga, wala kaming makain, e.

Tatay Cristito admits to having mixed emotions every time he hears someone ask his children what their father did for a living; however, his children are always proud of his job!

Pag tinatanong, ‘Ano’ng trabaho ng tatay mo?’ (Ang isasagot niya ay,) ‘Basurero.’ Hindi siya nahihiya,” he said.

Indeed, Jenny Rose is proud of her father.

Proud ako kasi napagtapos niya ako sa pagbabasura niya and alam kong mapapagtapos niya rin ang mga kapatid ko,” she said.

Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Diyos kasi siya iyong naging tatay ko. Kasi hindi naman po masama iyong trabaho niya at marangal po siya, kahit maliit po iyong kinikita niya, at least, wala po siyang ginagawang masama.

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Alleged ‘Tanim Bala’ Investigation Results Released, Bullet Found in Bag Still Wrapped in Plastic

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This week, netizens were angered by the recent ‘tanim bala’ incident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), especially because such incidents were often linked to the previous administration, that of Ninoy Aquino’s son, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Even before President Rodrigo Duterte took office, he vowed to make the ‘tanim bala’ perpetrators eat the bullets they ‘planted’ in the passengers’ luggage!

After this warning, the incidents of bullets found inside passengers’ luggage has certainly gone down and if there were any found, these no longer resulted in the passengers missing their flight because they were no longer detained. Instead, they were just asked to sign a logbook and ‘surrender’ the bullet found in their luggage; then, they were allowed to go.

Photo credit: Facebook / Kristine Bumanglag-Moran

But the recent incident with Kristine Bumanglag-Moran last June 15 seemed to show that the ‘tanim bala’ modus operandi was far from over! This has angered netizens who called for the Malacañang Palace to look into the matter.

A lot of netizens expressed excitement over the issue, saying they are expecting to see a video of someone or some people from NAIA who will be eating a bullet.

SAP Bong Go issued a marching order for the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to quickly investigate the matter.

Today, MIAA and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released a joint statement, announcing the release of the investigation results.

Based on the investigation, it was revealed that Bumanglag-Moran, her mother, and her daughter passed without questions through the initial security screening at Gate 2. But her brown bag was searched after the x-ray operator saw what looked like ammunition inside.

The statement stressed out that at this point, the bag was still wrapped in plastic.

Photo credit: Facebook / Department of Transportation – Philippines

A baggage inspector and a police personnel were asked to assist the operator in inspecting the bag. Pictures were also taken for evidence and documentation. A screening personnel also took a video.

After Bumanglag-Moran took the plastic wrapper, the bullet was later found inside the bag. It was live ammunition for caliber 9mm.

Although they were assured that they are free to go after signing the logbook, Bumanglag-Moran created a scene which she also admitted in her Facebook post.

The DOTr-MIAA firmly maintains that there was no irregularity on the actions of screening personnel, who simply strictly followed standard operating procedures,” the statement read.

They also added that background research showed that Bumanglag-Moran’s father is a retired Marine while his brother is in the Philippine National Police (PNP); however, the statement did not expound on this connection.

We ask the public to refrain from making assumptions as investigations are being conducted. Let us also bear in mind that there are airport personnel —- hard working Filipino workers like the rest of us —- whose livelihood, name, and dignity are put to question because of unfair allegations,” the statement ended.

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