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  1. The headline should read, "59% of Villages in Pampanga are Drug Infested".
  2. I shall not visit a country under Muslim law. Should I visit the Middle East playground, built by the world's thirst for oil, and human rights are from the dark ages? No, thank you, I would rather see Paris.
  3. Let me get this straight... the bad guys step on human rights, so it's OK to step on the human rights of any PI citizens to get rid of the bad guys? So, who is the bad guy?
  4. A solution created by the same people who created the original problem. Yea, right. (Just try to get a Driver's Manual to study before the test)
  5. I am sure that the plant was built by a competent company, and there is a threshold for earthquakes built in. I think AC has a 5.0 requirement for buildings. So, let's have a go at it.... "Is that a beautiful sunset, or just Bataan acting up again?"
  6. So we have a state of emergency due to one solved bombing, and still in affect. So yes, the constitution says "invasion or rebellion" and DU30 can say the drugs are an invasion. It is good to be King.
  7. There is a new traffic pattern at SM Clark, very confusing, I guess because of the fireworks thing going on.
  8. At the rate he is going, he can complete the list before his 6 years are up/
  9. Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced' President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this 'to protect the Republic of the Philippines' Published 6:55 PM, November 12, 2016 Updated 7:30 PM, November 12, 2016 DUTERTE'S WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte says he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus if lawlessness persists in the country. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus, a safeguard against warrantless arrests, if lawlessness – particularly the illegal drugs trade – persists in the country. "If you force my hand into it, I will declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, not martial law," Duterte said on Friday, November 11, at the launch of the Pilipinong May Puno Foundation in Davao City. Duterte, who made the warning as he spoke about the gravity of the drug situation in the country, said he "might be forced" to do this if lawlessness continues. "Warning ko lang sa kanila 'yan. Ayaw ko kasi hindi maganda (That is just my warning to them. I don't want it because it's not good)," Duterte said. "Habeas corpus" is a Latin phrase that means "that you have the body." Through the writ of habeas corpus, a court can order the state to produce the physical body a person detained. "In general, the purpose of the writ of habeas corpus is to determine whether or not a particular person is legally held," the Supreme Court said in a ruling. The suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, then, allows the state to arrest and jail anyone without trial. The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, for example, suspended the writ of habeas corpus when he placed the Philippines under martial law, a time of human rights abuses and forced disappearances. The 1987 Constitution, however, allows the President to suspend the writ of habeas corpus "in case of invasion and rebellion, when the public safety requires it." Duterte said of the law, "Those are really provisions intended to protect the Republic of the Philippines." He added: "I can be ordered by the Supreme Court to stop it but there are things that they cannot, and maybe I will not, stop. E bahala [na], sabihin ko muna tapusin ko ito (Come what may, I'll tell them I have to finish this first) then I can go to jail. File all the charges that you can think of. But this country, in my time, will not deteriorate any further." Duterte, who won the presidency because of his anti-crime platform, cited the difficulty of building a case and the huge manpower required to gather enough evidence against crime suspects. Senator Richard Gordon earlier pushed for a law to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to help Duterte fight illegal drugs and terrorism. Duterte is waging a war on drugs that has killed at least 4,812 people since July 1, with 3,001 of them having been slain in extrajudicial or vigilante-style killings. Before Gordon pushed for this law, Duterte already declared a state of national emergency because of lawless violence after a bombing in Davao City, which he led as mayor for two decades. – Rappler.com So they can pick you up, put you in jail, no warrant, no recourse, and you rot for as long as they like. Here it comes folks, it's not martial law, it is the elements of ML, one at a time.
  10. DU30 must have a quota system in place. They did not reach their kill quota.
  11. Flatbed dryers now white elephants By Elmo Roque Nov 08, 2016 SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ – Hundreds of flatbed dryers distributed by the government to farmers to help improve the quality of their rice harvest are becoming “white elephants” due to the prohibitive cost of the erstwhile free source of biomass energy to run them. Each facility, with a 12 feet by 18 feet bed and furnace components, including the cost of the shed, concrete base, training of farmers manning them, supervision, transportation, and setting up of the facility, amounted to P750,000. In Nueva Ecija, a total of 61 units of this facility were given to irrigators’ associations, records at the Philippine Mechanization Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) here, showed. A few of them were seen operating infrequently. All over, the country, about 1,100 of this kind of drying facility were distributed, according to a source from the Department of Agriculture (DA). Most of them, particularly in the Cagayan Valley region, were not being used anymore. The marking “GMA Rice Program 2007” is visibly seen on this drying facility. A previous DA report said the distribution of the flatbed dryers was made under the program FIELDS, an acronym for fertilizer, irrigation, extension works, loans, dryers and seeds. In 2008, the amount released for the flatbed dryer distribution was P2.3 billion. “PhilMech upscaled the model of this dryer developed by scientists at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB),” according Engr.Raymond Joseph Macaranas, PhilMech senior science research specialist. “Two manufacturers were later accredited to mass produce them,” he added. PhilMech initially distributed the facility but the DA regional field offices later on were given the responsibility to identify the benefi ciaries and the distribution of the dryers. “About 180 to 200 sacks of rice hull are needed to run the facility and dry 100 cavans within two days,” Macaranas said. “The rice hull then was given for free by the rice millers,” he added. But then, when the demand for rice hull for use in other industries rose, the rice millers started selling it for P10 to P20 per sack, he added. Interest in using this facility started to wane. Wilfredo Bernardo, a farmer here, said he pays P40 per cavan for the drying of his harvest by the flatbed dryer. Other expenditures, he added, included P12 per cavan for hauling and P100 for the diesel used by the transport vehicle. Other farmers said they have to line up to avail themselves of the use of the drying facility. A maximum of only 100 cavans can be dried by the facility per batch, they said. Operators of the dryers said they spend about P4,000 for the rice hull and a fee of 15 cavans for the workers per batch of drying. “We prefer using our concreted barangay roads for the drying of our harvest. It is for free,” some of the farmers said. In the meantime, some of the distributed flatbed dryers were seen being used as chicken coop or as a storage facility for different kinds of materials. Remember folks, governments cannot do anything better than individuals. 825 million wasted according to my calculation..
  12. They will have an "internal investigation" and find that procedures were followed, and no charges will be filed.
  13. No one ever said you have to be an adult minded person to be President.
  14. I think age is catching up with him. Being President takes a lot of energy, such as gum chewing.
  15. If you resist , they shoot (per DuDirty). Armed in Jail... yea, right...
  16. A World Class Airport with no airplanes. Good idea, and... Just in time to catch the "bullet train" to Subic. (That would be 10,000 cars per day each year on Edsa, that I assume would then be going to Clark Airport.)
  17. hahaha, on FB so has to be true, at least in PI. I'm sure the chlorine would take care of the situation.
  18. Maybe God spoke to him again, and said it's OK to curse.
  19. It's not a crime to take from rich foreigners. Just unfortunate luck to get caught, so exile is the punishment.
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