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Robredo to Filipinos: Connect the dots, see 'web' that 'emboldens' killings

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ANILA — Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday urged Filipinos to "connect the dots" and "see the web that enables and emboldens" killings, following the consecutive slays of 9 activists and a mayor in the country. "It should not be treated as normal that mayors, community organizers, lawyers, judges, journalists, children, and even victims of the drug trade are outright murdered in our streets or in their homes," Robredo said in a statement. "We must connect the dots between these gruesome deaths and see the web that enables and emboldens these killings: Impunity, the normalization and incitement of violence, and the kill, kill, kill rhetoric coming from the highest offices," she added. Sunday's police raids that killed 9 activists in provinces south of Manila, and the alleged shootout Monday that left dead Calbayog, Samar Mayor Ronaldo Aquino dead came just days after President Rodrigo Duterte told security forces to kill communist rebels and "ignore human rights" during armed encounters with them. "Iyong order ng Presidente na 'kill, kill, kill', legal po 'yan dahil ang kaniyang sinabing 'kill, kill, kill' ay iyong mga rebelde na meron talagang hawak na armas," Harry Roque, the presidential spokesperson, had said. (The 'kill, kill, kill' order of the President is legal because it is directed to rebels who are armed.) Robredo had called the killing of the activists in Calabarzon as a "massacre." Filipinos "deserve better than this murderous regime," she said.

The Vice President called for "a clean, competent, and independent investigation" into the death of Aquino, who she called "a dedicated public servant who worked hard to uplift the lives of the people of Calbayog." "Hindi kami mapapagod magsalita. Hindi kami titigil sa paggigiit ng karapatan at dignidad at halaga ng buhay ng bawat tao," Robredo said. (We will not get tired of speaking up. We will not stop insisting for rights and the dignity and the value of each person's life.) She said she prays and appeals for the country to wake up amid the killings, saying, "Nasa panahon tayo ngayon na tila naging manhid ang marami sa karahasan at kultura ng pagpatay." (We are at a time when many are seemingly not affected anymore by the violence and culture of killing.) The Commission on Human Rights said that while it "condemns the use of arms and violence to overthrow a government, human rights must be respected at all times" and "crimes must be punished under the guidance of the rule of law and due process." "Words matter and such words can embolden some to act with abuse and impunity," CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said of Duterte's remarks. She reminded the government that "with its primary obligation to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of everyone," it "cannot be the first one to violate them." Among those killed last Sunday was a coordinator of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, a left-wing group that has called for an end to "red-tagging," the practice of labelling opponents, communists or terrorists to justify

targeting them, which dates back to the rule of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, an influential church group, in a statement denounced the use of what it called unnecessary force and violence during "Bloody Sunday." Human Rights Watch said the government's counter-insurgency campaign no longer makes a distinction between armed rebels and non-combatant activists, labor leaders, and rights defenders. On Sunday, Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade, head of an anti-rebel task force, told Reuters the raids were "legitimate law enforcement operations," and authorities had search warrants for firearms and explosives. Activists said the raids were reminiscent of police operations in which thousands of people have been killed as part of Duterte's signature war on drugs, in which police said all of the victims were armed and had resisted arrest. Raising concern over the latest incident "in light of the pattern of prevalent red-tagging and escalating attacks against activities, De Guia, the CHR spokesperson, said that "where the right to life is concerned, the government has the utmost obligation to fulfill its obligationno matter which side of the political spectrum one belongs." "It is the supreme duty of the State to protect the right to life," she said. Since coming to power in 2016, Duterte has seen his efforts to forge peace with communist rebels derailed repeatedly, prompting frequent outbursts and threats to wipe them out. — Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News



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UN rights office condemns 'arbitrary' Calabarzon killings


The United Nations human rights office says the investigation into the killings of 9 activists is a critical test for the Philippine justice system

he United Nations (UN) human rights office on Tuesday, March 9, condemned the killings of 9 activists in Calabarzon, the latest in a widespread attack on activists in the Philippines. Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the office is "appalled by the apparently arbitrary killing" of the activists. "We are deeply worried that these latest killings indicate an escalation in violence, intimidation, harassment and 'red-tagging' of human rights defenders," Shamdasani said in a news briefing. At least 9 activists were killed by the police and military while at least 6 were also arrested as part of the deadly crackdown on March 7 tagged as "Bloody Sunday." The killings happened a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered state forces to "kill" and "finish off" communist rebels in encounters, the latest in the violent rhetoric used by the President in his speeches. The UN rights office called on the Philippine government and state forces to "refrain from rhetoric that may lead to violations, and instead make public commitments to uphold human rights and the rule of law." It also urged the police to implement "urgent measures to prevent the use of excessive force resulting in loss of lives during law enforcement

operations," citing a June 2020 report in which the office found that there were lack of due process in police operations, including the violent war on drugs.

Data from rights group Karapatan shows that at least 318 individuals have been killed "in the course of the Philippine government's implementation of its counterinsurgency program." 'Critical test' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday, March 8, said he would include the Calabarzon killings in the Department of Justice's task force probe into political killings. The UN rights office on Tuesday said that the government's investigation into this incident and similar incidents of violence "will be a critical test for the domestic investigative mechanisms it has established for cases of this kind." "The United Nations is working with the government to strengthen these mechanisms, but we stress that these must be prompt, transparent, and effective in order to meet international standards," Shamdasani said. Guevarra previously told the UN Human Rights Council that "an integral part of the Philippine commitment to human rights is the continuous strengthening of its accountability mechanisms." The Commission on Human Rights on Monday said that the government is yet to give a concrete response to the widespread killings in the country despite commitments made. The number of killed activists in the Philippines is on top of the number of suspected drug personalities killed in police antiillegal drug operations, which have accounted for at least 6,039 victims as of January 31. Human rights groups estimate a higher 27,000 to 30,000 victims, including those killed by alleged vigilantes. (READ: UN rights chief: Continued killings by police in PH still ‘a serious concern’) – JODESZ GAVILAN (Rappler.com)

Some senators want state of emergency declaration over ASF threat


ANILA, Philippines—Some senators are urging the Department of Agriculture (DA) to propose a state of emergency due to the continuous threat of African Swine Fever (ASF). The Senate Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday (March 9) said they want the DA to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the declaration of a state of emergency. This is for the immediate release of a quick response fund to lessen the effect of ASF in the country. Senator Francis Pangilinan said local hog raisers have reportedly lost P56 billion due to ASF. He added that the pork import tariffs can also be used as financial aid to affected hog raisers. “Dapang-dapa ang Luzon so dapat meron talagang ilalabas na funding and support because of the emergency,” he said. Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines vice president Nicanor Briones said an indemnification fund should also be included to help local hog raisers recover from the damage brought by ASF. “Kasi mayroong guarantee na hindi sila mababankrupt in case na matamaan sila ng ASF. Iyan po ang matagal na naming hinihling,” he said. As of last month, the ASF is still present in more than 2,000 barangays and 40 provinces, affecting over 68,000 hog raisers. The DA aims to release 90 percent or 2,100 of ASF-

affected barangays from quarantine by 2023. The department said it will be needing a supplemental budget worth P6 billion to implement its repopulation program.

Based on their projections, the DA noted that it would take a minimum of three years for the swine production industry to fully recover. (with reports from Harlene Delgado)



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'Bakit naka-bonnet, M-203?' Calbayog mayor's slay an ambush, says lawmaker (It is painful for me that they're saying it was a shootout. It is clear according to witnesses that the mayor's vehicle was shot first.) "Doon naman sa mga nang-ambush, masakit sabihin kaya lang mga naka uniporme ito, mga miyembro pa ng PNP. Akoy nagtataka bakit nakabonnet at saka naka M-203 pa. Talagang handang-handa." (To those who conducted the ambush, it is painful to say but they were in uniform, they were members of the PNP. I am wondering why they were wearing bonnet and using M-203. It was all planned.) Monday's supposed encounter in Barangay Lonoy, Calbayog City also led to the death of 3 others, including Aquino's close-in security detail and driver. Sarmiento also claimed 2 members from the PNP were killed in the incident. Sarmiento believes the killing was politically motivated. "It all boils down to politics. The reason why Samar belongs to the top 12 poorest provinces of this land," he said. In 2011, then Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo "Ining" Uy was killed by unknown assailants while attending a fiesta celebration in Hinabangan town.


ANILA (UPDATE) - A lawmaker on Tuesday called on the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an "impartial" investigation into the death of Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino, who he said was killed in an ambush and not a shootout.

"Humihingi ako ng tulong (I am asking for help). I can't get justice from the Philippine National Police, I believe so," Samar 1st District Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento told Teleradyo. Sarmiento refuted the police's claim the incident was a shootout. "Ako'y nasasaktan na pinalalabas na shootout doon po sa ground zero. Maliwanag na maliwanag na sinasabi ng mga witnesses na talagang binaril muna ang sasakyan ni mayor," he said.

Alert Level 2 raised over Taal Volcano amid ‘increasing unrest’


ANILA, Philippines – Alert Level 2 has been raised over Taal Volcano on Tuesday (March 9) amid “increasing unrest.” In its latest bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said that a total of 28 volcanic tremor episodes, four lowfrequency volcanic earthquakes, and one hybrid earthquake at shallow depths of less than 1.5 kilometers beneath Taal Volcano Island were recorded in the past 24 hours. Also, volcanic tremors have increased seismic energy compared to previously recorded episodes and ranged between three to 17 minutes in duration. “The total number of volcanic tremor events has risen to 866 since the onset of increased activity on February 13,” PHIVOLCS said.

“In addition to these, a total of 141 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes have occurred within one kilometer depths beneath the volcano island and immediate vicinity,” it added. The agency said seismic activity in the past month indicates increased magmatic and hydrothermal activity at shallow depths beneath the volcano island. This means there is probable magmatic activity that may or may not lead to an eruption, the agency noted. With this development, the PHIVOLCS stressed that entry into Taal Volcano Island remains strictly prohibited as it is considered a permanent danger zone. Evacuation, however, is not yet recommended, the agency said,

Sarmiento also dismissed allegations Aquino was involved in illicit drugs. Aquino was reportedly on his way to attend the birthday celebration of his child when his vehicle was ambushed. "I am appealing once again to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and this time to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra to allow the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate what happened since uniformed personnel who are supposed to be the protectors of peace and order were involved in the shooting incident," he wrote in a Facebook post. The Eastern Visayas regional police has formed a special investigation task group to look into the mayor's slay, said information officer Police Lt. Col. Ma. Bella Rentuaya. -- Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News



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Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout records more than 700 vaccinees M

ANILA, Philippines — The number of recipients on Day-1 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Metro Manila has exceeded the expectation of the InterAgency Task Force Against COVID-19 (IATF). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this is a solid proof of the success of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Based on the tally reported to Malacañang, the first day of the vaccine rollout yielded 756 vaccinees from six hospitals in Metro Manila: • UP-Philippine General Hospital

(PGH), 128 Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center & Sanitarium, 85 • Lung Center of the Philippines, 20 • Veterans Memorial Medical Center, 353 • Victoriano Luna Medical Center, 60 • PNP General Hospital, 110 Prior to Day-1, only less than one hundred frontline workers in PGH volunteered to be vaccinated. •

“Naging napakatagumpay po ng Day1 ng ating national vaccination program. Kung sana po lahat po ay nagdiwang. May iba pa pong naiyak sa tuwa nung nakita nilang nagpapabakuna si Dr. Gap Legaspi,” Roque said.

1% ng nabakunahang healthcare workers, nakaranas ng mild side effects — FDA


ANILA, Philippines — Ilan sa mga nabakunahan ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine ng Sinovac ay nakaranas ng pananakit ng ulo at pananakit ng katawan. Ang mga ito ang tinutukoy na mild to moderate side effects ng mga nabakunahan ng CoronaVac batay sa natanggap na ulat ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

pagbigat ng katawan nguni’t mild din lamang na hindi dapat ikatakot. “Since meron ka ng kaunting antibodies at that time iyong mama- mount mo ngayon na immune repsonse mas malakas, mas responsive ka na. Mas mabilis kang magre- respond ngayon iyong inyong immune system kaya din namn mas maraming kang marraamdaman kasi para kang nagkakaroon ng sakit na mild at iyong katawan mo ay nagre- respond to the new infection,” ani Domingo.

Ngunit ayon sa ahensya, isang porsyento lamang ang bilang ng mga ito sa mahigit 13,000 healthcare workers na tumanggap na ng Chinese vaccine.

Ang FDA ang katuwang ng Department of Health (DOH) sa pagtatala ng napapaulat na “adverse events following immunization” o mga side effects na naranasan ng mga nabakunahan

“Mababa nga kasi usually up to 10 to 20% of people would get a reaction. Tayo, so far, sa atin nga wala pang 125 reactions out of more than 13,000 na mga nabakunahan,” pahayag ni FDA Director General Eric Domingo. “So ibig sabihin karamihan sa kanila kung mayroon mang naramdaman, very mild enough na masydong mild ni hindi man lang ni-report sa atin. So napakababa naman nito,” dagdag niya. Tatlo lamang ang nakaranas ng serious allergies na agad naman ginamot at gumaling. Ayon sa FDA, hindi ito dapat ikabahala dahil bahagi ito ng response ng katawan ng

isang indibidwal na nabakunahan. “Pamamantal, kasama iyon. Ibig sabihin generalized siya. Affected ang buong katawan. Nag- take precaution lang para hindi sila mahirapang huminga kasi iyong severe allergy talaga alam naman natin na anaphylactic shock, nagkaroon ng problems with breathing,” pahayag ni Domingo. “So ini-admit iyong dalawa para

magamot. Iyong isa parang naggamot ng sarili niya. Napakaganda rin naman ng ating mga odds of getting the benefits over the risks ng bakuna,” dagdag nito. Ayon sa opisyal, Ilang araw naman matapos ang unang shot ng bakuna, nagsisimula nang mag- develop ang katawan ng panlaban sa virus at makakaranas pa ng side effects ang mga ito oras na maibigay ang second dose dahil sa immune reaction gaya ng sinat at tila

Kapag may naitalang severe side effects ang FDA o posibleng malalang epekto dahil sa bakuna, ay maaaring ipatigil ng FDA ang paggamit nito sa mga Pilipino. Ayon kay Dir. Gen. Domingo na mismong isa sa mga unang nabakunahan ng CoronaVac ay wala naman siyang naramdaman na kahit ano at handa na itong tumanggap ng second dose pagkatapos ng tatlong linggo simula nang siya ay mabakunahan.




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Pope grants indulgence to visitors of 500 Jubilee Churches in Philippines


he Vatican says Filipino Catholics can gain a plenary indulgence by visiting a Jubilee Church any time until April 22, 2022, while fulfilling 3 usual conditions Pope Francis is granting a plenary indulgence to Filipinos visiting any of 500 Jubilee Churches to mark 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines this 2021, the Vatican announced. In Catholic belief, an indulgence is a special blessing that removes God's punishment for sins that have already been forgiven. When an indulgence is "plenary," it involves the total removal of punishment, as opposed to a partial indulgence. The Pope made this decision in a February 25 decree issued to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), according to CBCP News on Thursday, March 4. The decree was signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Vatican's Apostolic Penitentiary, as Filipinos mark the 500th year of Christianity in the country this 2021. To gain the plenary indulgence, the Vatican prescribes visiting one of 537 Jubilee Churches in the Philippines any time until April 22, 2022, according to CBCP News. The list of Jubilee Churches can be found here.

In these Jubilee Churches, the Vatican requests pilgrims to pray "for the fidelity of the Filipino people to their Christian calling, for the increase of priestly and religious vocations, and for the defense of the family, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, the profession of faith, and an invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary." The Vatican also extends its offer of a plenary indulgence "to the sick, the elderly, and all those who for legitimate reasons are unable to leave their homes," according to CBCP News. This is provided that they stay away from sin, and fulfill the three usual conditions for an indulgence as soon as possible. While the sale of indulgences was one of the abuses committed by priests in the Middle Ages – one of the reasons why Martin Luther started the Protestant movement – the Catholic Church later on reformed the practice of granting these blessings. Nowadays, the faithful can gain indulgences by fulfilling a prescribed act of devotion, such as visiting special churches, along with the three usual conditions of confessing one's sins to a priest, receiving holy communion, and praying for the intentions of the Pope. Aside from granting a plenary indulgence to Filipino pilgrims, to mark the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Pope has also declared a special Jubilee Year in Cebu starting April 4, while he is also set to lead a Mass to celebrate the event at Saint Peter's Basilica on March 14. – PATERNO R. ESMAQUEL II (Rappler.com)

Nearly 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Philippines


his first shipment from the COVAX Facility, together with the earlier Sinovac doses, gives the country the ability to vaccinate over 540,000 individuals Close to 500,000 doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University arrived in the Philippines aboard a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines commercial plane on Thursday night, March 4. The shipment arrived around 7:20 pm at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila. The vaccines were picked up from Belgium and had a stopover in Bangkok, Thailand, before heading to NAIA in Metro Manila. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the shipment in a ceremony at the Villamor Air Base that was delayed because he arrived two hours late, at around 9:30 pm. From there, the vaccines were to be brought to a warehouse of logistics company Metropac Logistics in Marikina City. Testament to collaboration In his speech at the ceremony, Duterte thanked the COVAX Facility, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, WHO, and ambassadors who made the vaccine shipment possible. Meanwhile, WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr Dr Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the arrival of the AstraZeneca shipment is a "testament to the strength of collaboration, cooperation, and compassion." He also praised Duterte's "strong leadership" amid the pandemic. According to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the distribution of the vaccines throughout the country will "immediately commence after repackaging." A total of 487,200 doses arrived, less than the 525,600 doses the government expected to receive last Monday, March 1. The smaller delivery was due to logistical and packaging constraints that came with the commercial flight, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. The AstraZeneca vaccine, known as AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine that requires two doses and can be stored in normal refrigerator temperatures (2 to 8 degrees Celsius). It is composed of an adenovirus derived from chimpanzees and modified to train the vaccine recipient's immune system to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. First from COVAX Facility

The AstraZeneca shipment is the first shipment of vaccines from the COVAX Facility led by the World Health Organization, an initiative that ensures equitable access of COVID-19 jabs in developing countries. The delivery came through after an expected shipment of 117,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – also secured through COVAX – did not arrive in mid-February as earlier promised by the government. The Pfizer shots were supposed to have been the country's first COVID-19 vaccines. The delay was due to the country's lack of an indemnification law, as well as disagreements over the scope of indemnity for Pfizer. The Pfizer shots from COVAX are now expected to arrive in the 2nd quarter of 2021, or April at the earliest. First shipments reserved for medical frontliners The AstraZeneca doses, along with the first shipment of Sinovac vaccines, bring the Philippines' number of COVID-19 vaccine doses to 1,087,200. This is good for only 543,600 individuals or 32% of the 1.7 million health workers deemed a priority of the vaccination program. However, the Philippines is set to procure 1 million more doses of CoronaVac, the Sinovac vaccine, this month, according to Galvez. This would bring the number of doses to nearly 2.1 million or enough for 1,043,600 individuals. The AstraZeneca doses are being eyed for elderly health workers since the Food and Drug Administration did not recommend CoronaVac for persons older than 59 years old. However, this will still depend on the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 vaccines (NITAG), the government vaccine experts crafting

recommendations on how approved vaccines are to be administered. The NITAG held a meeting earlier on Thursday to formulate such guidelines for the AstraZeneca vaccines. As of Wednesday evening, March 3, the Philippines has vaccinated 9,077 individuals, mostly health workers in Metro Manila. The vaccine rollout in Visayas began on Thursday, with the region's first shot administered to Dr. Gerardo Aquino Jr, chief of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City. – PIA RANADA (Rappler.com)



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International Pinoy designer Rocky Gathercole, 55, found unresponsive at home


ANILA -- Rocky Gathercole, the Filipino designer who dressed the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and other celebrities was found unconscious on Wednesday at his Quezon City home.

In the 2017 "Maalaala Mo Kaya" dramatization of his life, Gathercole detailed how he left home at age 14 and struggled to find his destiny working in many odd jobs with the help of strangers in Manila.

Not long after, he worked in Saudi Arabia where his His long-time friend and business associate, shoe employer supported him to become a designer. designer Jojo Bragais, told ABS-CBN News that Gathercole was found unresponsive by his assistant Gathercole was portrayed by Zaijan Jaranilla and inside his bathroom around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Arjo Atayde. The TV bio was also part of a benefit show with Bragais rushed to Gathercole’s house after he ABS-CBN Bantay Bata to celebrate the organization’s was informed of the incident. As of posting time, 20th anniversary. Gathercole’s staff and Bragais were coordinating with police investigators for the official assessment of Hollywood stars like Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Gathercole’s condition. Nicki Minaj proudly wore Gathercole’s stunning creations, as well as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj Gathercole rose to become a top avant-garde and Gwen Stefani. He also dressed up countless Filipino designer of many prominent personalities in a dazzling stars and beauty queens. international career that spanned the Middle East, Europe, Hollywood and Manila. He and Bragais recently Gathercole was also set to create the national costume wrapped up work on a fashion pictorial for a US of Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo for the publication. Gathercole was also supposed to mount a international tilt. fashion show in the US this year. - Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News



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Makabayan wants probe into ‘Tokhang-style’ killings of activists in Calabarzon


epresentative Arlene Brosas says the Tokhang-style crackdown 'was meant to instill fear among the growing people’s movement against Duterte's bloody regime' Progressive lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc condemned the “Tokhang-style” crackdown on activists in the Calabarzon region, where at least 9 were killed and 6 others arrested on Sunday, March 7. Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, and Eufemia Cullamat issued a joint statement to “condemn in the strongest terms the Tokhang-style simultaneous raids in Southern Tagalog.” Zarate, who is also House Deputy Minority Leader, slammed the Calabarzon police for allegedly murdering innocent civilians and for planting evidence to back their trump up cases against the activists. "Ito ang gustong mangyari palagi ng gobyernong Duterte sa ilalim ng terror law, na araw-araw ay may madugong raid at pagtatanim ng ebidensya laban sa oposisyon at kritiko ng gobyerno (This is what the Duterte government wants to happen under the terror law, that every day there will be bloody raids and planting of evidence against the opposition and critics of the government)," said Zarate. Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas also said the Tokhang-style crackdown “was meant to instill fear among the growing people’s movement against Duterte's bloody regime." Oplan Tokhang is a controversial police operation under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, where cops literally knock on the doors of suspected drug users and dealers to ask them to stop their habit or trade.

Tokhang has since become synonymous to extrajudicial killings after reports surfaced of police killing unarmed suspects. In defending the killings, police officers commonly say that the suspects fought back while resisting arrest or “nanlaban.”

Cinemas, arcades, theme parks in QC to remain closed amid surge in COVID-19

The killing of the activists in Calabarzon also comes months after the passage of the anti-terror law, which critics have warned will be used by the Duterte government to go after dissenters. The law’s constitutionality is currently being challenged before the Supreme Court (SC). Blood on Duterte's hands Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago said the President himself is responsible for the activists’ deaths since the police raids were conducted after Duterte ordered police and soldiers to kill communist insurgents in all encounters. “Ito ay isang araw matapos sabihin ng Pangulo na ‘shoot and kill,’ ‘ignore human rights’ sa mga armadong rebelde (This comes a day after the President said “shoot to kill,” “ignore human rights” of armed rebels). Instead, Duterte admin’s counterinsurgency campaign has targeted dissenters, orgs and activists opposing the regime's antipeople policies,” Elago said in a statement on Sunday. For Cullamat, these Bloody Sunday killings should “now prompt Congress to investigate the rampant human rights violations under the Duterte administration.” ACT Teachers Representative France Castro then called on the SC on Monday, March 8, to “review” its rule allowing executive judges of Quezon City and Manila to issue search warrants that are valid nationwide. "We urge the Supreme Court to review its rule allowing executive judges of Quezon City and Manila to issue search warrants valid nationwide, and the seeming complicity of several judges with human rights violations by their issuance of search warrants in violation of the Rules of Court,” said Castro. Two Manila judges had issued at least 4 search warrants in the bloody Sunday crackdown, including the search warrants for 3 of the fatalities. – MARA CEPEDA (Rappler.com)

NCR mayors agree to keep cinemas, arcades closed amid rise in COVID-19 cases


ANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government maintained that cinemas, arcades, theme parks and funfair will remain closed pending evaluation of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the city. The DTI, through its Memorandum Circular 21-08, has allowed the opening of movie houses in areas under general community quarantine starting March 5. However, Mayor Joy Belmonte opted to err on the side of caution amid the sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. “We are very alarmed by the latest spike in cases and we will not allow this surge to continue. We do not want to experience the ordeal of having all our hospitals overwhelmed by patients, so we will

employ all means to stop it,” Belmonte said. The city government will be observing the current trend in the number of cases before deciding whether to allow these establishments to operate or not. Belmonte also ordered the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit to keep monitoring the surge as this may have been caused by the presence of new COVID-19 variants. The Mayor said the city government is now implementing stricter protocols in hotels used as quarantine facilities for returning OFWs and travelers. Likewise, the city government is coordinating more closely with the Bureau of Quarantine to see to it that the mandated 14-day quarantine period is strictly observed even if a negative swab test has been released.

ANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila mayors on Saturday (March 6) unanimously agreed to keep cinemas and arcades closed due to increasing novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Benhur Abalos who was present at the meeting of the Metro Manila Council confirmed the decision of the local chief executives. Abalos said the council is drafting a resolution on the matter.

He added that the local chief executives will be assessing the COVID-19 situation in the region in the next three to four weeks before coming up with the decision as to when they will allow the concerned establishments to operate. On March 5, Metro Manila saw a dramatic spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases with 1,279, bringing the total number of active cases in the NCR to 14,691. Nationwide data registered more than 3,000 new infections in two consecutive days.




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TV5 to air four ABS-CBN Entertainment primetime programs


BS-CBN Entertainment, Cignal, and TV5 continue to collaborate to bring the best content to more Filipinos with the airing of well-loved primetime programs “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” “Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin,” “Walang Hanggang Paalam,” and “Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Connect” on TV5.

Starting on Monday (Mar 8), viewers of TV5 will now be able to enjoy the compelling stories, quality production, world-class talent, and positive Filipino values showcased in the four Kapamilya shows from Monday to Friday, 8 pm to 10:30 pm. “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” a favorite in Filipino households since 2015, will not end in April 2021, contrary to a media report. The program will continue to serve our loyal viewers with engaging and action-packed episodes that highlight love for family, nation, and God as they follow the story of Cardo Dalisay. Meanwhile, social media-trending teleserye and most-watched show on iWantTFC “Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin,” which is now on its last two weeks, and the star-studded family drama series “Walang Hanggang Paalam,” have captivated many viewers since 2020. TV5 will also show the exciting final week of “PBB Connect” starting Monday (Mar 8) until the Big Night on Sunday (Mar 14), after weeks of bringing real drama and life lessons to viewers through the challenges given by Big Brother to his housemates. Through this arrangement with Cignal and TV5, ABS-CBN Entertainment will be able to bring its programs through TV5's nationwide reach. “We welcome the inclusion of ABS-CBN entertainment shows in our roster of programs. We believe that this content deal will benefit Filipino viewers across the country because of TV5’s extensive coverage," said Robert P. Galang, Cignal and TV5 president and CEO. “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” “Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin,” “Walang Hanggang Paalam,” and “PBB Connect” are the latest ABS-CBN Entertainment shows to be aired on TV5, following the simulcast of “ASAP Natin ‘To” and “FPJ: Da King” every Sunday since January 24. -ABS-CBN News

BALIKAN: Mga pinagdaanan nina Julia, Gerald bago aminin ang relasyon


AYNILA — Matapos ang tell-all interview ni Gerald Anderson, matapang na inihayag ni Julia Barretto ang kanyang pagmamahal para sa aktor, kasabay ng birthday celebration nito. Binulaga ni Barretto ang showbiz noong Linggo ng gabi matapos niyang kumpirmahin mismo ang relasyon nila ni Anderson. "Everyday I celebrate you, but today I am extra grateful. Happy birthday my love, I am SO PROUD OF YOU," sabi ng aktres sa kanyang social media post. Makulay ang naging ugnayan nina Barretto at Anderson. Unang umugong ang isyu nang magsama sila sa film project na "Between Maybes." Kapwa in a relationship ang dalawa noon kaya umingay ang balitang naapektuhan ang relasyon ni Barretto kay Joshua Garcia. Pero matapos ang ilang linggo, lumutang ang mga retratong spotted sina Anderson at Barretto sa birthday party ni Rayver Cruz.

Palaisipan ang sunod-sunod na posts ng girlfriend noon ni Anderson na si Bea Alonzo sa social media. Agad lumutang ang isyung si Barretto ang naging dahilan ng hiwalayan nina Anderson at Alonzo. Itinanggi ito ng dalawa. "Walang ibang tao na naging dahilan ng breakup. Para sa akin, it’s always been our personal issues," depensa noon ni Anderson.

"Hindi ko siya naging boyfriend, hindi ko siya boyfriend ngayon. Therefore wala akong inagawan ng boyfriend, wala akong inahas atsaka wala rin akong nilandi," sabi naman ni Barretto. Kusang namatay ang isyu pero ilang social media posts ni Barretto ang tila nagpapahiwatig na may namumuong ugnayan sa dalawa. Marso 2020, palaisipan ang tinukoy ni Barretto na "loved one" na imbitado sa kanyang birthday celebration. Matapos ang ilang buwan, spotted si Barretto sa binuksang private resort ni Anderson sa Zambales. Nobyembre 2020, nag-post si Barretto ng photo na umakyat ng bundok, na siya ring nahagip ng drone video na pinost ng kapatid ni Anderson. Pati ang retrato ni Barretto kandong ang isang aso, kamay ni Anderson ang hula ng netizens na nahagip ng kamera. Sa isang TikTok video, ni-reveal ni Barretto na taken na siya at nitong isang buwan, spotted muli ang aktres sa resort ni Anderson. Noong Biyernes, ganap nang umamin si Anderson sa relasyon nila ni Barretto. Nitong weekend, for the first time, spotted na magkasama ang 2 sa birthday celebration ni Anderson, na ginanap sa Lupang Pangako Resettlement area sa Barangay San Agustin, Iba, Zambales kung saan namigay sila ng relief goods sa Aeta community. —MJ Felipe, ABS-CBN News



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New talk shows and magazine programs bring more fun and colorful viewing experience on TFC By: Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion

Wednesdays: Lakas Tawa


Life could be challenging at times, but laughter makes it more bearable. Join Alex Calleja as finds the lighter side in handling everyday struggles in FYE’s “Lakas Tawa” that will surely give you a good belly laugh. Catch it every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Fridays: Kumustar Ka with Papa Ahwel Join Ahwel Paz as he catches up with the guest celebrities in FYE’s “Kumustar Ka with Papa Ahwel.” Be in the loop on what’s new with your favorite stars, from the projects they are working on up to the latest craze they are trying out in their free time. The catch up happens every Friday at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Saudi/London), 9:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 5:10 p.m. (HK/SG), 6:10 p.m. (Japan), 4:30 p.m. (Guam), 5:30 p.m.

(Rome), 11:00 a.m. (HK/SG), 1:00 p.m. (Guam), 2:00 p.m. (AEDT), and 4:00 p.m. (NZDT). Lastly, there’s “Metro Chats” where you get to know more about your favorite celebrities as they have spontaneous discussions about anything under the sun. Catch it at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Saudi/London),9:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 7:00 a.m. (HK/SG), 8:00 a.m. (Japan), 9:00 a.m. (Guam), 10:00 a.m. (AEDT), and 12nn (NZDT).

(AEDT), and 7:30 p.m. (NZDT).

On Sundays, take a rest from the week that was and reenergize with Fr. Tito Caluag as he shares reflections on faith and the gospel with different guests every week, which you may watch via TFC IPTV Video-On-Demand. Aside from these new talk shows and magazine programs, do not miss TFC’s latest program blocks: Early Mornings where you can watch different news programs and the daily mass; Funanghalian where you can watch your favorite variety and magazine shows while having a good meal; you may catch up on missed episodes of your favorite series in Teleserye Playback; and Primetime Bida where you may watch up-to-date news and the latest episodes of the different series. For more information on the program schedules, kindly contact your cable provider.

UEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, February 17, 2020-- Everyday viewing is made more fun and exciting with the new talk and magazine shows that TFC brings to its subscribers worldwide, which ranges from business ideas, down to inspiring stories that will surely brighten up your day. There are nine new talk shows and magazine programs that you can watch, with new episodes airing every week. These new programs are part of TFC’s enhanced grid, where watching your favorite shows is made more fun and exciting. Mondays: Real Talk: The Heart of the Matter

Kick-off the week with some women empowerment in “Real Talk: The Heart of the Matter” with hosts Dyan Castillejo and Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, and resident advisor Pastora Monique Ong. Each episode tackles different topics that matter to every woman like family, health, and lifestyle. Catch it every Monday at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Saudi/London), 9:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 5:10 p.m. (HK/SG), 6:10 p.m. (Japan), 4:30 p.m. (Guam), 5:30 p.m. (AEDT), and 7:30 p.m. (NZDT). Tuesdays: Overseas Filipino Winners Get some real-life tips on starting a business or moving your career forward from Filipinos all over the world who experienced it first-hand which you will hear with renowned journalist Karen Davila in her FYE talk show “Overseas Filipino Winners.” Watch its new episode every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Saudi/London), 9:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 5:10 p.m. (HK/SG), 6:10 p.m. (Japan), 4:30 p.m. (Guam), 5:30 p.m. (AEDT), and 7:30 p.m. (NZDT).

(Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Saudi/London), 9:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 5:10 p.m. (HK/SG), 6:10 p.m. (Japan), 4:30 p.m. (Guam), 5:30 p.m. (AEDT), and 7:30 p.m. (NZDT). Thursdays: Bawal Ma-Stress Drilon Giving the viewers a fun and inspiring discussion with different guests is what Ces Drilon delivers in FYE’s “Bawal Ma-stress Drilon.” The program features the guests’ inspiring stories of success plus never-heardbefore fun facts about them. Watch it every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Saudi/London), 9:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 5:10 p.m. (HK/SG), 6:10 p.m. (Japan), 4:30 p.m. (Guam), 5:30 p.m. (AEDT), and 7:30 p.m. (NZDT).

Saturdays: Pop Cinema, Real Talk With Darbs, and Metro Chats Three’s a charm every Saturday as you enjoy three talk shows that will suit your viewing needs. There is FYE’s “Pop Cinema” where Bianca Gonzales and MJ Felipe talk about the latest happenings in showbiz, which you may watch at 7:00 a.m. (Pacific), 6:00 a.m. (Saudi/ London), 7:00 a.m. (Dubai/Rome), 6:00 a.m. (HK/SG), 7:00 a.m. (Japan), 8:00 a.m. (Guam), 9:00 a.m. (AEDT), and 11:00 a.m. (NZDT). While Kuya Darbs gives upfront love and life advice in “Real Talk with Darbs,” happening at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific), 10:00 a.m. (Saudi), 11:00 a.m. (Dubai/London), 12nn

Sundays: Kumustahan with Father Tito Caluag



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KZ Tandingan makes history as first Filipino singer behind Disney's Filipino-language song 'Gabay' KZ is happy there's finally a Disney princess she can relate to


sia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan was introduced as the voice behind "Gabay," the first-ever Filipino-language song from Disney for its latest animated film feature “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Today, March 2, Walt Disney Studios Philippines made the announcement on their Facebook page. In a report by ABS-CBN News, the studio's marketing head Allie Benedicto revealed that Disney Philippines handpicked the actress to give life to the track. Allie also said that the song "demonstrates our commitment to work with local creative talents to tell our stories in a locally relevant manner.”

KZ also said that she is grateful and "proud to be part of history." "I feel very proud to be singing in my language and show off its beauty to the rest of the world. I grew up watching Disney movies. Finally, there is a Disney Princess who I can feel a very strong connection to, and that is Raya as the first one inspired by Southeast Asia," she said. In "Gabay," KZ is reminded of how "strength" and "unity" play a huge role in changing the world. “I love that the song reminds us that sometimes we feel we are weak, especially when we are alone, but if we just learn to trust each other, to come together, and to unite, only then are we able to change the world,” she said. “Gabay” will be released this March 5 on Spotify, coinciding with the Disney+ premiere of “Raya and the Last Dragon” in the United States.

Angelica, Coco show chemistry in ‘Love or Money’


ANILA — Star Cinema has released the trailer of “Love or Money,” starring Angelica Panganiban and Coco Martin as lovers whose relationship is torn by ambition.

The trailer shows a glimpse of Leon (Martin) and Angel’s (Panganiban) love story that spans years and different countries.

Convinced Angel is compromising her happiness for her ambition, Leon pursues her again as he did years back. Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar, “Love or Money” will be available to stream on KTX.ph, iWant TFC, and Sky PPV starting March 12.

Despite their attraction to each other and Leon’s persistence in pursuing Angel, the latter’s dream of becoming rich prevents them from having a lasting relationship.

“Love or Money” was first announced in December 2019 as a Valentine offering the following year. Due to filming delays, it was instead submitted as an entry to the inaugural Metro Manila Summer Film Festival. That event, however, was also cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.

The two cross paths years later in Dubai, where Leon works as a service crew, and where Angel has found a “sugar daddy” who can provide for her needs.

Eased lockdown measures in the latter part of 2020 allowed the project to finish filming, to finally target a release date a year after it was originally planned to premiere. -ABS-CBN News

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'Let's raise the bar': Filipina legend Allana Lim expects competitive WNBL


hilippine women's basketball legend Allana Lim is inching closer to realizing her dream of playing professionally at home. Lim – who is one of the protected players of the Parañaque Lady Aces – has represented the Philippines in various leagues across the globe, but is still expecting the country's first pro women's basketball league to be very competitive. "I’m really expecting it to be competitive, but it’s a healthy competition. Let’s raise the bar because it’s already professional," said Lim in a mix of English and Filipino on Tuesday, March 2 in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) Paranaque Lady Aces media conference. Before the professionalization of the WNBL, the former FEU Tamaraw was living the jetsetter's life, playing in the women's basketball leagues of Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, and Australia. Her impressive performances in her respective clubs was

pivotal in attracting Philippines, who fellow Filipinos Ravena to play as leagues. The Parañaque slated to be powerhouses with Lim Tamaraw Castro in But having

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Lim still remained confident in the chemistry the team was foreign scouts to the building for the WNBL's pro debut. have been able to get "Nandoon na yung expectation, pero it's how you prepare. Jack Animam and Thirdy Doon na lang kami mag-focus, said the UAAP Season 74 MVP. imports for different "We have to embrace kung sino 'yung mga kakampi mo – malakas man o mahina – magaling man sa skills or what, you Lady Aces are just have to embrace your teammates, management, buong team among the talaga." of WNBL (The expectation is there, but it's how you prepare and and fellow we'll be focusing there. We have to embrace our teammates no Clare the team. matter if they're skilled or not, you just. have to embrace your despite teammates, management, and the whole team.) Homegrown talent Kris Tolentino, Mardyn Tingcang, the Carmina Reyes, and Adamson star Jamie Alcoy complete Parañaque’s protect list. pressure – Rappler.com being the to-beat,"

Tennis: Fil-Aussie Lizette Cabrera looks to break into Top 100 in 2021


during the match. She didn't get her bearings until late in the match but by then Halep was well in control. The FilAussie wound up with Cabrera, 23, fell to Halep, 6-2, 6-1, in just 59 28 unforced errors minutes at the Rod Laver Arena on February 8, in the match. Still, but she told Philippine media in a conference call on Monday that the experience was crucial for her development and confidence. "Simona is definitely one of the best players I've ever faced so far. She's currently ranked No. 2 in the world, and it was an amazing experience, especially playing being at my home slam in Australia," such an elite said Cabrera, who was born to Filipino opponent can only parents in Townsville, Australia. work in her favor, "It was an amazing experience. said Cabrera. I can't really explain the feeling "It was good seeing that I got out there. But, it was how my tennis stacked definitely a good learning up against the world No. 2, curve," she said. and yeah, it was a really good Cabrera admits that learning experience for me, she didn't play her and I definitely wanna be back best against Halep there," she said. and was "a little She is confident that the bit nervous"

ANILA, Philippines -- After playing world No. 2 Simona Halep in the first round of the Australian Open, Fil-Aussie tennis pro Lizette Cabrera has set a lofty goal for the rest of the year.

experience she gained against Halep will be crucial as she competes in the WTA Tour, where she is currently ranked 141. Cabrera is determined to break into the Top 100 this year, thus guaranteeing that she will be in the main draw of the Slams and other tournaments. "Hopefully, top 100 is soon coming, 'cause I feel like I'm really close," she said.

"Obviously, I just wanna keep improving and keep getting better, and kinda keep reaching those milestones that I'm setting for myself," she also said. "I definitely want to make my milestones that I've set for myself, and I think once I can continue achieving that, I'll still be happy with my progress." Next up for Cabrera is a WTA event in Miami later this month, after which she hopes to qualify for the French Open. "(I) just (want) to keep winning as many matches as I can, 'cause you just never know with COVID, if something's gonna happen and tournaments get cancelled," she noted. "But yeah, that's my main goal -- top 100, and win as many matches and just stay healthy, and keep enjoying it." -ABS-CBN News



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elsy Lua is a film editor based in Los Angeles who has worked on various awardwinning films that have achieved recognition both in the local indie scene and at film festivals in the Philippines, her home country. Among Lua’s most recognized works are short documentary films Gawilan and Breach of Trust, and the fiction film On The Clock. All three works seem to share a common thread: finding hope and inspiration under trying circumstances.

Gawilan is a five-minute 2017 film edited, directed, and produced by Lua, and chronicles the true-to-life story of Ernie Gawilan, a Filipino swimmer who was born without legs and fingers, yet managed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The film won second runner-up at a Philippine film festival, Istorya Ng Pag-Asa (lit: Stories of Hope), an event organized by the Vice President of the Philippines, Leni Robredo. The film’s brisk running time takes its audience through scenes of Gawilan’s training, voiced over by the swimmer himself as he retells his inspiring life story in Filipino (English subtitles available). Gawilan reveals that he survived an attempted abortion and was orphaned at a young age, but was taken in by his grandfather. He began swim training shortly thereafter until he placed second in his first-ever swimming competition in 2008, and the swimmer he lost to took him under the Philippine national team. He traveled around the world with his national team, winning fifteen medals. In 2015, he satisfied the Olympic qualifying time for the 400m freestyle

recruited international students – notably from mainland China – who had never before been checked up on by a gynecologist.

event, allowing him to compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Watch Gawilan here. A similarly inspiring true-to-life story, but one that takes on a much darker tone, is Breach of Trust, a 2019 film co-edited by Lua that was screened at the AFI Fest, the longest-running international film festival in Los Angeles and a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the Academy Awards. The short film is accompanied by the soft, poignant original piano score by Anthony Sabatino. The 25-minute documentary revolves around sexual misconduct allegations against Dr. George Tyndall, a former on-campus gynecologist at the University of Southern California (USC), where he served from 1989 to 2016, taking in an estimated 10,000 patients. The film chronicles an exposé by the Los Angeles Times that brought the doctor’s crimes to light as hundreds of women who were abused by Tyndall spoke out against him. The interviewees featured in Breach of Trust comprise a diverse cross-section of women of vastly different ages and ethnicities. This underscores not only the length of the decadeslong period during which Tyndall committed his crimes, but also their breadth and insidiousness. For instance, he would deliberately prey on newly-

In keeping with the spirit of hope in the face of adversity, On The Clock, a short fiction film Lua co-edited, tells the story of Lucas and Sofia Garcia, a young brother and sister living alone in impoverished conditions, with the older Lucas desperately trying to make ends meet as the man of the house. The film’s title is a play on words: young Sofia experiences her first period and is too embarrassed to go to class because she has no access to feminine products, and Lucas attempts to get his sister said products as he juggles a construction job with unforgivingly strict time-in and time-out practices. Lucas gets himself into deep trouble as he is pushed to his absolute limit, quite literally running for his and his sister’s lives. Victor Munoz gives a spellbinding performance as Lucas Garcia. On The Clock was selected at the Creative Mind Group Showcase in the Cannes Festival as well as the Diversity in Cannes Showcase. It also won best narrative short at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. The film is available on Amazon Prime. Among Lua’s most notable upcoming works is the film Soak. Directed by Hannah Bang and edited by Lua, the film revolves around the story of a 16-year-old who tries to get her mother to return home after the latter runs away. Soak is now part of the lineup of SXSW, one of the top film festivals in the world, where the film will premiere on March 16-20, 2021.




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he first step in making Pata Pochero is to prepare all your ingredients. It’s a good idea to boil your pork pata before cooking, so as to ensure the meat is tender. If you don’t do this, the other ingredients like the vegetables may overcook and not taste as fresh.

Boil your pork pata for 15 minutes. While doing so, make sure to start chopping the other ingredients you’ll use for this dish. The ingredients that need extra preparation are your saba bananas, potatoes, cabbage, onion, tomato, and garlic. Slice your saba banana and cut both potatoes and cabbage into quarters. Chop your onion and garlic, and dice your one tomato. Once you have all of those set, it’s time to start cooking. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil inside your wok. Add your onion in, sautéing it for 30 seconds. Add your garlic and continue sautéing for 20 more seconds. Put your tomato in and keep sautéing, up until you see your onion start to soften. Once it has, add your chorizo and cook for 2 minutes.. Now it’s time to add your boiled pata, fish sauce, tomato sauce, and water. Cook this mixture for 1 to 1 ½ hours, letting it boil. Keep the stove at a low to medium heat, and add water to your pata pochero as needed. When your 1 ½ hours are up, add bananas, potatoes, and garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) to your pata pochero. Let these cook in the wok for about 5 to 8 minutes. Season your pochero with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Add your cabbage and long green beans, then cover the wok with a lid. Let the pochero cook together for another 3 to 5 minutes. Lastly, add your bokchoy, letting it cook for another 3 minutes. Once everything has been thoroughly cooked and mixed well together, transfer your pata pochero to a serving plate. Your family can now enjoy your pata pochero with a steaming cup of rice.

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INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ lbs pork pata boiled for 15 minutes 1 piece Chorizo de Bilbao 2 pieces saba banana sliced 2 pieces potato quartered ½ piece cabbage quartered 10 pieces long green beans 1 ¼ cups garbanzos 1 piece onion chopped 1 piece tomato diced 5 cloves garlic chopped 8 ounces tomato sauce

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INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Heat oil in a wok. Sauté onion for 30 seconds. Add garlic. Sauté for 20 seconds, and then add tomato. Sauté until the onion softens. 2. Add chorizo. Cook for 2 minutes. 3. Add pata (pork leg), fish sauce, tomato sauce, and water. Let boil. Cook for 1 to 1 ½ hours between low to medium heat.


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MARCH 2021 Being of service to others is important, Aries, but make sure that you're taking care of yourself, too. Turn up the heat and let yourself expand into other worlds today. There may be an extra amount of dramatic flair that goes along with the events of the day, so participate in the absurd. This may be exactly the break from reality that you were hoping to find.


If there is an imbalance in your relationship with someone close, it's important to take a stand now, Taurus. Make sure you speak your mind with conviction. The stakes are higher when people's egos are involved, as they will be today. You're the air that fuels the fire, so be careful of which way you direct your energy.

There could be a great deal of friction in your world today, Gemini, as stubborn minds aggressively come into conflict with each other. Be careful how you treat others, because feelings are likely to be hurt if you're insensitive. Others may look tough, but deep down they're just as soft as you are. Think twice about using your aggressive nature at the expense of others.

Things should go nicely for you today, Cancer. You will find that the brighter you shine, the more prosperity will come your way. Things should flow smoothly, and your mind will be clear and strong. There is a marked aggressiveness to your nature that is powerful and effective. Use this to your advantage and try to bring others up to your level instead of making them feel like they're beneath you.

There may be important lessons about balance that come up today, Virgo. Make sure you're ready to handle the fire, because it will be coming at you. Egos are large, and everyone is going to have an opinion on everything. Tension may exist, but this doesn't mean you should back down from your position. Be flexible and understanding, but don't necessarily assume that you're wrong. This is a terrific day for you, Scorpio. You will find that your mind and your urge for action are on the same page. The fire within you is raging hot. Use this aggressive internal urge to tackle projects that require courage, strength, and a flair for the dramatic. You will find that you're more than able to accomplish everything you want to accomplish today.


You may need to make some mental adjustments in order to get on the same wavelength as other people today, Leo. You may not see what all the fuss is about. Don't take things too seriously and don't feel like you need to make sense of every detail that presents itself. Some things are best left unknown. Enjoy the diversity in your world and respect the differences in other people's approaches. The events of the day might leave you feeling a bit confused and bewildered, Libra. Perhaps you're feeling like you aren't getting the attention you feel you deserve. You may wonder why the one thing you want the most may be the one thing you can't have. You have more than you think you do. No one wants to be with someone who's moping and depressed. Let your internal light shine brightly.

Feel free to be a bit more selfish than usual, Sagittarius. You might find yourself turning inside out in order to get your point across. Attend to your dreams and ambitions and let your voice be heard by the crowd. Don't be surprised if you meet opposition, but don't take this as a sign that you should back down. Stand up for your needs!

You might find that your desire to conquer is active today, Capricorn, and that your mind is right in line with the urge to take action. Listen to this and stoke the internal fire. You will find that you can increase your circle of influence by a great deal as long as you're willing to take a decisive risk in how you approach every situation. Be bold and courageous in your actions.

You might find it necessary to give yourself a bit of selfhealing, Aquarius. Other people may want your attention, looking for advice and help with their own sob stories, when in reality you have your own matters to take care of. Attend to these today. Be a bit selfish if you have to. Make sure you attend to your own needs.

This is a terrific day for you, Pisces. You can accomplish a great deal when you set your mind in motion. There's a strong, warlike instinct within you that's fired up and ready to fight. Leave your worries at the doorstep, because there's no need to hesitate on a day like this. Your kingdom is ready for you. Be strong and remember that the best way to lead people is to walk behind them.




MARCH 2021


Exploring this geopark is definitely a hiking experience like no other! Climb rope courses and walk along bridges suspended above limestone formations and rainforests that offer magnificent views of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and Laguna de Bay Lake. Take on Masungi Georeserve’s unique mountain trails as Rizal opens for local travel! Visit https://philippines.travel/safetrip for more reopened destinations and travel guidelines, and check out Masungi Georeserve for bookings and reservations.

Mt. Apo Might Close Down to Hikers — Here’s Why




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he Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has just given word that Mount Apo, the Philippines’ tallest mountain, may temporarily close down due to multiple violations from trekkers and mountaineers.

along the trail near the crater and the peak. Mount Apo reopened to trekkers and mountaineers last November 2020. Only 25 visitors are allowed to climb per day, which is half of the normal capacity, in compliance with the new normal guidelines.

According to reports, DENR officials found out during their monitoring and assessment that the Kapatagan Trail was littered with trash, including beverage bottles and face masks, and that boulders have been vandalized. IATF protocols were not being followed by visitors either, who failed to observe social distancing, made loud noises along the trail and while in camp, and utilizing or cultivating areas beyond the strict protection zone.

DENR XI Regional Director Bagani Evasco has urged the board members of the Protected Area Management Board to “strictly impose the environmental laws, even if it takes calling out or facing off the ‘big investors’.”

DENR also revealed that they found evidence of illegal substances being used

“If left unabated, the closure of Mt. Apo might be possible in the coming days, when necessary, in order to pave the way for the immediate rehabilitation of the Natural Park’s Trails and Campsites,” the DENR XI said in a statement.

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