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18-year-old cyclist died after he hit an electricity post in Laguna


 According to Abby Espiritu's report on "Stand for Truth.", The bicycle of Mark de Sagun crashed into a gutter when they were on their way to Tagaytay and he then crashed into the post.


“Lumusot po siya sa gutter, nataranta po siya. Bumangga po siya sa poste. Nakita po siya nung kasama ko isang tropa, nasa likod niya. Ako po ay nasa unahan. Inintay ko po siya… Pag balik ko po wala nang malay,” his friend JC Bisaya said.


“Natakot po kami. Taranta. Hindi po namin alam gagawin namin. Gusto lang po namin makarating sa gusto naming puntahan, eh. Sa Tagaytay po. Doon po kami lagi nagba-bike, eh,” he added.


Mark’s father, Lovin De Sagun, said he tried to stop Mark from leaving that day, “Tutol ng apo ako nung aalis nga po siya kaninang madaling araw, pinigilan ko po. Sinabihan ko na ano ‘yung bike nga niyo po, medyo manipis na ‘yung gulong,” De Sagun said.


It has only been two months since Mark got became fond of cycling. “Nasa trabaho po ako n’un, eh. May tumawag lang po sa akin na hindi po sinabi na wala na nga po. Basta sabi sa akin, 50/50 lang po sa ospital,” he said.


De Sagun said Mark wanted to become a police officer. “Ayun na nga po kasi gusto pa talaga niya mag pulis. Sabi ko nga po, sasaraduhan niya daw po ako pag talagang graduate na siya ng pulis,” he said.

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Vico Sotto, naniniwala parin na 'darating ang pagbabago'


Buong buo parin ang tiwala at hindi nawawalan ng pag-asa ang Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto na kaya niyang alisin ang mga dumi sa gobyerno at sa kultura ng mga Pilipino.


Ayon sa kanyang post sa twitter, pinapasalamatan niya ang alkalde ng U.S Department of State sa pagkilala sakanya bilang isa sa doseng Anti-corruption champions, "But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness," ani Sotto.


"If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture," dagdag ni Mayor Vico.


Sa isang komento ng isang netizen sa post ni Mayor Vico at sinabi niyang matagal nang nakatanim sa bansa ang problema ng katiwalian "Di ka pinangangak iho, iyan na ang problema sa Pilipinas!" ayon sa post ng netizen.


Ang tugon naman ni Sotto, maaari pa ring labanan ang katiwalian kahit paunti-unti, "Pati naman po kayo, di pa po kayo pinapanganak, iyan na ang problema sa Pilipinas. Our problems have been ingrained in our government and culture for hundreds of years," sabi ni Sotto.


"Ngunit kung lalabanan natin, darating ang pagbabago, kahit paunti-unti," dagdag ng alkalde.

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Singaporean man pushes Pinay girlfriend to work as prostitute


 A man from Singapore found a way to earn easy money by selfishly asking his 18-year-old Filipina girlfriend to sell nude photos and other sexual services.


According to reports, the man lost all of his money from playing gambling at a casino. To have something that would support his expenses, he urged his girlfriend to prostitute herself.


 The Filipina agreed and the man would usually take nude photos of her and sell every four of them for $10. A one minute video would cost $10 while a 5-minutes video call for $25.


To supplement their income, the man started asking his girlfriend to sell her used underwear for $35, $50, or $80 depending on how it will be delivered to the customer. Later on, the woman was also forced to have sexual intercourse with the customers for $150 to $1000.


The woman just had the urge to get out from his boyfriend's evil business when some of her nude photos and videos surfaced on Telegram.


Police officers raided the victim's unit but the man went on the run. Eventually the suspect was arrested by the police after the girlfriend managed to  procure a phone to contact the man in secret.

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Government to help street, sidewalk vendors' businesses affected by pandemic


 The government is willing to help the street and sidewalk vendors open or start their businesses again after the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said, with their Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), they will be able to aid the poor, vulnerable and marginalized people of the country.


“Ang DSWD katulong ng lokal na pamahalaan ay nakahandang tumulong sa mga mahihirap at bulnerableng sektor ng ating lipunan, kasama na po nga diyan ang ating mga street or sidewalk vendors,” Dumlao said in a radio interview.


SLP is a capacity-building program that aims to help all its beneficiaries get all the assets that they need so they could start their own businesses and  eventually improve their socio-economic well-being.


Last 2020, the DSWD was able to provide livelihood support to more than 8,000 families worth P1.4 billion.

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Bata iginapos ng amain bilang katuwaan; tiyahin nagsumbong sa pulis


Kalunos-lunos ang sinapit ng isang bata sa Buluan, Maguindanao matapos umano siyang itali sa kamay at paa ng kaniyang amain o stepfather bilang katuwaan.


Ayon sa tiyahin ng biktima na si Bhai Rama Apbet, halos sumabog siya sa galit nang makita niya ang kaniyang pamangkin na nakagapos habang ito ay nakadapa.


Depensa ng amain, biro lang umano ang ginawa niyang pagtali sa kamay at paa ng bata. Gayunpaman, naging desidido si Apbet na bawiin ang kaniyang pamangkin sa poder nito.


Sa ibinahaging screenshot messages ni Apbet, makikita pang nagmamakaawa ang amain na huwag siyang isuplong sa mga pulis ngunit nanindigan si Apbet na kailangan niyang pagbayaran ang nagawa nito sa pamangkin.


Sa huli, dinampot ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Buluan ang amain sa pangunguna ni Babydats D. Mangandadatu, Chief Buluan MPS MCAD PLT Cemafranco Cemacio at Sangguniang bayan member.


Samantala, nakauwi na sa bahay ng kaniyang tiyahin ang bata na halos butot-balat na lamang.

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73-anyos na Lola, hinalay sa kabila ng paralisadong katawan


Kalunos-lunos ang sinapit ng isang 73-anyos na matanda matapos itong pagsamantalahan sa kanilang mismong tahanan kung saan siya nakaratay.


Ayon sa kaniyang anak, si Lola Alfonsa ay paralisado na at hindi na makakilos bunsod ng karamdaman at katandaan.


Isang araw ay naisipan ng kaniyang 14-anyos na apo, na itinago sa pangalan "Brenda," na silipin siya sa kaniyang tahanan.


Nang makarating si Brenda sa bahay ng kaniyang lola, nakita ng kaniyang dalawang mata ang isang lalaki  na nakapatong at gumagawa ng kalapastanganan sa matanda.


"[Sabi ng anak ko] 'Papa, si Mama Alping inano...' Sabi ko, 'Anong inano?' Sabi niya 'Inano!' Siyempre medyo nabasa ko 'yung nasa isip ng bata, kaya 'yun nga po tumakbo na po ako," lahad ng ama ni Brenda na anak naman ni Lola Alfonsa.


Hindi pa tiyak sa ulat kung nahuli ba ang salarin sa  panghahalay  sa matanda ngunit ayon sa pamilya nang dahil sa nangyari ay agad na binawian ng buhay si Lola Alfonsa.

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Fast food chain in Hong Kong, accepts senior citizens as employees


A lot of Filipinos are in envy after seeing a viral post online stating how Hong Kong can be generous enough in hiring employees no matter how old they are.


In a Facebook post written by Cassy Marcelino, she shared a picture of some of the employees of one of the fast food chains in Hong Kong.


Almost everyone who saw the post was shocked to know that the service crews are not youngsters as expected but senior citizens.


 "Ganito sa Hongkong hangga't kaya mong magtrabaho, pwede pa. Hindi importante ang tinapos mo basta may skill at masipag ka at maintindihan mo ang trabaho mo. Dito sa Pilipinas hanggang ilang months ka lang pwede sa mga company kaya?" Marcelino said in her caption.


Unlike in the Philippines, employers in Hong Kong do accept senior citizens as employees as long as they are still physically strong and understand the jobs they have very well.

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Duterte warn voters: Be careful of Trillanes, he will sell you to the devil


President Rodrigo Duterte said in his pre-recorded briefing in Surigao del Sur reffered to his crtitic former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that "he will sell you to the devil."


The starement os for the Filipino voters, he gave them warning against choosing Trillanes if he should run for president.


“Be careful of Trillanes. Magbantay kayo. He will sell you to the devil. Kapag ‘yan ang nakaupo, patay.”


Additionally, Duterte also reiterated to the briefing that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, would not run for the presidency in 2022.


Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel said that there must be “continuity” in policies so that achievements gained during his term would not be wasted. 


Meanwhile, Trillanes said that Duterte must focus on vaccine rollout (and) will have Duterte jailed in 2022.

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Pacquiao upon its possible run for the presidency: a matter of fate and the will of God

 


Senator Manny Pacquiao noted that it would be up to God when it comes to his possible presidential run, he admitted that everything would happen with a purpose, and he hopes everyone would pray that someone who really cares for the Filipinos would be the next President.


The boxing-champ-turned-senator revealed his ideas about what would make him consider running for the country's highest political seat. For Pacquiao, if he were to run for president, it would be up to fate and God.


‘Yang pagiging Presidente po ay destined po iyan, ipagkakaloob ng Panginoon. Maraming nagsubok pero maraming nabigo,” Pacquiao said.


He added that his choice would be based on what God wanted, "Kung papayagan ng Panginoon 'yan." The Senator stated.


For now, Pacquiao has revealed that his focus as a senator is still on serving his duties. He admitted he didn't want to be where he is now, but there's a purpose to everything. Pacquiao said he not only wanted to inspire others in sports, but also to serve the people.


“Ako naman ay nandito bilang senador, ginagampanan trabaho ko. Kaya siguro ako nandito dahil ‘di ko naman ito pinangarap mula noon. Nandito ako for a purpose and that purpose ay to be an inspiration to the Filipino people na maging isang halimbawa, ‘di lamang sa larangan ng boxing kundi sa larangan ng public service,” the Filipino boxer said.


Pacquiao continued that we must all pray that the Filipinos will be genuinely cared for and loved by our next President,  “Kailangan lang natin at ako nananalangin at umaasa na ang susunod na magiging Presidente ay may tunay na malasakit at tunay na pagmamahal sa mamamayang Pilipino,” he added.

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Grab driver binugbog matapos isauli ang naiwang cellphone ng pasahero


Sa halip na pasalamatan ay sinaktan pa ng pisikal ang isang grab driver na nagmagandang loob lamang ibalik ang naiwang cellphone ng kaniyang naisakay na pasahero noong Pebrero 9.


Ayon sa driver na si Kiel Nigel Yabut, ganap na 12:21 ng hating gabi nang may pasaherong sumakay sa kaniya patungong Kamuning. 


Naiwan nito ang kaniyang cellphone ngunit napansin na lamang ito ni Yabut nang makauwi na ito sa kanilang tahanan.


"Kamakailan lamang ay naiulat na isang bata ang nakuryente at namatay matapos magsuksok ng metal na kutsara sa extension outlet. Nawa ay maging paalala ito sa lahat ng mga magulang na bantayan ng maigi ang kanilang mga anak, "lahad ni Yabut.


Wala pang isang oras ay nakarating na ng Kamuning ang driver ngunit sa halip na pasalamatan ay bigla na lamang itong inakusahan ng pagnanakaw at saka pinagbubogbog.


Masama raw ang loob ni Yabut sa nangyari kung kaya humihiling ito ng hustisya. Sa huli, pinangalanan niya ang naturang pasahero bilang si Jinno John P. Simon.

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Bata, naputukan ang kamay nang isaksak ang extension sa outlet


Nangingitim ang kamay ng isang pitong taong gulang na batang babae matapos nitong isaksak ang plug ng kanilang extension sa isang outlet sa kanilang bahay.


Ayon sa inang si Athena Quintana Comboy, dalawang linggo na ang nakararaan nang aksidenteng maputukan ang kamay ng kaniyang anak dahil lamang sa plug in nito ng extension sa isang outlet.


 "2 weeks ago, pumutok ang extension wire sa kamay niya the moment na sinaksak niya sa outlet," kwento ni Comboy sa kaniyang Facebook post.


Dahil dito, aniya, naging malala ang nangyari sa kamay ng kaniyang anak gayunpaman nagpapasalamat siya na hindi ito direktang nakuryente.


Kamakailan lamang ay naiulat na isang bata ang nakuryente at namatay matapos magsuksok ng metal na kutsara sa extension outlet. Nawa ay maging paalala ito sa lahat ng mga magulang na bantayan ng maigi ang kanilang mga anak.

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Vico Sotto has been named 'anti-corruption champion' by the US Department

Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig City is among a dozen "brave individuals" awarded the International Anti-Corruption Champions Award launched by State Secretary Antony Blinken to "recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership, courage, and impact in preventing, exposing and combating corruption."


Sotto is a standard bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who, in their election campaigns and in office, emphasize anti-corruption and transparency measures.


As a town councilor in Pasig, Sotto first entered public service in 2016. In the 2019 elections, he ran for mayor and dethroned the Eusebio dynasty, which had occupied the Pasig mayoralty for almost 3 decades.


The agency reported that Sotto's previous work on the town council culminated in legislation on freedom of information enabling city citizens to request records without having to offer a reason. This is the first such law in the Manila Metro region.


In the award of government contracts, the city mayor also vowed to combat kickbacks, created a 24/7 public information and complaint hotline, and formally engaged civil society groups in the budgeting and policy making of the city, the agency noted.


The young leader also ordered a reduction of at least 10 percent in the value of all city government contracts, a move intended to minimize bribery in the contract award process.


"Sotto has sought to solidify his reputation as a fresh voice with a new, more transparent approach to governance," the US State Department said.


"The State Department continues to stand by citizens around the world calling for transparent, accountable governments. We proudly recognize these international champions of anticorruption and all those who have taken a stand against corruption," the US State Department added.

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Pinoy abroad, patay ng luhuran ng pulis sa leeg

Isang Pinoy na si Angelo Quinto na naninirahan sa California ang namatay matapos na siyang makatangap ng "physically restrained" at "asphyxiated" ng mga pulis habang nasa mental health emergency.


Ayon sa lawyer ni Quinto na si John Burris, nakiusap si Quinto sa mga pulis na huwag siyang patayin bago nila ito maipit sa sahig gamit ang tuhod sa likuran ng kanyang leeg.  


“Angelo Quinto's plea ‘please don't kill me’ made before the police snatched him from his mother's arm and put on [the] floor where a knee was put on the back of his neck… rendering him comatose before he passed away 3 days later,” ayon kay Burris


“His breath was taken away and he’s on the ground, on the floor, in the house, in his bedroom… put him down. When he finally turned him over, blood was flowing through his mouth,” dagdag ni Burris.


“This was a healthy person before. No physical problems and within moments his life is gone. That is why we are here and what we’re so traumatized by,” dagdag niya.


“Mr. Quinto was suffering a mental health emergency and the police killed him.  As Mr. Burris said, they snuffed the life out of him. And we know that,” ayon naman kay Ben Nisenbaum, associate ni Burris.


Isang Filipino-American si Quinto at naganap ang insidente noong Disyembre 2020. 

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