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ANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed that he will run for president of the Philippines in the 2016 elections.
“Yes, I am running,” he told Rappler during a phone interview on Saturday, November 21. Duterte was then in a party in Cavite where he had told guests he has decided to gun for the presidency.
What prompted him to say “yes” after saying several times he wouldn’t run? The Senate tribunal decision thumbing down the disqualification case against Senator Grace Poe’s presidential bid.
Duterte believes that Poe, being a foundling, is not a natural born citizen and is thus not qualified to seek the highest post in the land.
The decision of the tribunal, he said, “cheapens the Constitution, the only thing that holds the country together.”
Asked about the factors he had once enumerated as reasons he could not run – opposition of his family, his old age, his lack of enthusiasm for the job – he said: “There are things in life that would move a man, a citizen, to do something even if he doesn’t enjoy it.”
He is now waiting for an opportunity to talk to the leadership of PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan), the political party that offered the slot of their previous presidential candidate who had withdrawn his candidacy.
He said he would consult, in particular, PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on the “desired date for filing my certificate of candidacy.”
Only after he secures their blessing will he make a “formal” declaration.
PDP-Laban national chairman Mike Sueno told Rappler in a text message, “We will gladly give him our blessing.”
Duterte also said he is hoping his daughter, Sara Duterte, would be willing to run for Davao City mayor in his stead.
‘A matter of principle’
Duterte’s intention to run for president is anchored on his refusal to accept “an American president” of the Philippines, something he thinks is a distinct possibility if Poe manages to win the elections. (READ: American president? Poe camp reacts to Duterte)
“I’m terribly disappointed. Pwede pala maski hindi natural born (Even someone who is not a natural born citizen can run). I’ve been warning to everybody, I said I am not interested, it does not appeal to me and I do not have a need for it. Pero ‘pag ganito ang laro ng ating bayan (But if this is how the game is played in our country), then the option to run is on the table,” he said during a doctors’ forum in Iloilo City earlier that day.
Duterte reasoned that while the United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness declares that foundlings are to be “deemed citizens,” it stops short of declaring the foundling a natural-born citizen, one of the requirements for being the president of the Philippines.
If future jurisprudence were to look at the recent SET decision, it would mean even naturalized citizens can run for president, reasoned Duterte, a stickler for following the law to the word.
“Why is [the requirement] exacting? it is exacting because of the presidency,” he said during the forum, adding that he believed the presidency is “sacred.”
“I have nothing against Grace. But bigyan mo na lang ako ng Ifugao, Badjao. Bigyan mo na lang ako ng plumber, karpentero o accountant, basta Pilipino okay lang. ‘Wag mo akong bigyan ng hindi Pilipino,” he stressed.
(I have nothing against Grace. But give me an Ifugao, Badjao. Give me a plumber, a carpenter, or an accountant as long as they are Filipino. Don’t give me someone who is not Filipino.)
Visibly distressed, he recalled reports that Poe had used her American passport during trips abroad.
“There is a central rule by the Supreme Court which says when you use an alien passport thereby representing you to be a citizen of another country, you have renounced the Philippine citizenship. Why is it not followed? Eh kung ganoon, kanya-kanya na tayo (If that is the case, let’s just go our own separate ways),” he said.
He had disappointed supporters by not filing his candidacy for president but a Commission on Elections policy on substitution allows him to take the slot of a withdrawn candidate from the PDP-Laban party.
‘I’ll do it my way’
Duterte went on to elaborate on what he would do for the country if he is elected, something he had done often even when he had said he was out of the race.
“Pagka dumating ako diyan, presidente, then you can be very sure I will not sit there at ipupusta ko ang buhay ko pati kulong ko, and everything and even go to jail after. Hindi ako dadaan sa presidency na walang mangyari. Kailangan may mangyari o ayaw ko; that’s the deal.”
(When I get to the presidency, then you can be very sure I will not sit there and bet with my life, even go to jail after – I won’t go through the presidency without anything happening. Something has to happen or I don’t want it; that’s the deal.)
Among the specific things he would do? Put up a railway system along the Pasig River, the only thoroughfare in Metro Manila that did not suffer from conflicting rights of way. (WATCH: Duterte, his 6 contradictions and planned dictatorship)
A nod to supporters of the Freedom of Information Act, he said he would “open all the books” and be “transparent with everything.”
Though he “can’t give heaven,” he promised “a comfortable country” for everyone.
“You can go out at night and you don’t have to worry about your children,” Duterte said.
About Metro Manila traffic, he said the root problem was the unchecked purchasing of cars. As for airport infrastructure, the main challenge was the number of airplanes approaching Metro Manila airports despite the lack of runways to accommodate all the traffic.
Alongside his vision of a better Philippines, he warned that if his efforts to improve the country were to be blocked by a corrupt Congress, he would “declare a revolutionary government” and “close down Congress.”
“Because I have to solve so many problems, stop fucking me….If you want me to do it, then I’ll do it but in my way,” he said. – Rappler.com
Walang pasok ang mga opisina ng gobyerno sa Metro Manila mula Nobyemre 17 hanggang Nobyembre 20 dahil sa APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) na gaganapin sa bansa.
Inanunsyo ng Malacanang ang suspensyon government offices sa NCR sa Nobyembre 17 at Nobyembre 20.
Nilinaw naman sa anunsyong ito na hindi kabilang sa mga walang pasok ang mga opisinang kabilang sa “basic services, such as, security and safety, health and emergency preparedness, and the conduct of various APEC meetings and related activities.”
Una na ring idineklarang special (non-working) days ng Palasyo ang Nobyembre 18 at Nobyembre 19 sa NCR dahil sa AELM na gaganapin sa mga naturang araw.
Ibig sabihin, apat na raw na walang pasok ang mga opisina ng gobyerno gawa ng AELM.
Wala ring pasok sa lahat ng antas, sa lahat ng eskwelahan sa Metro Manila mula Nobyembre 17-20.
SOURCE: Philippines Star
COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The biodegradable plastics made of coconuts invented by the son of Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ranked third among 462 entries to a global inventions contest in Houston, Texas.
The mother of the adolescent Amin Hataman, Anak Mindanao Partylist Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, on Monday said her son was one of dozens of young inventors from different countries that joined the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environmental Project (I-SWEEEP) Olympiad in Houston.
The vaunted I-SWEEEP contest is an international science competition for high school students, launched in 2008 in Houston, to pool together annually high school students from around the globe for a contest on inventions that can complement global environment-protection thrusts.
Amin’s invention, plastics made of coconuts that disintegrates after several days of exposure to elements, bagged the I-SWEEEPs bronze medal award.
Amin personally received the award from organizers on Monday (May 11) in Houston.
This year’s I-SWEEEP contest was held from May 7 to 11 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.
Rep. Hataman said Amin wore ethnic Tausog and Yakan clothes and the country’s national barong Tagalog while at the contest venue to showcase the ethnicity and cultural identities of the culturally pluralistic Filipino communities.
The invention of Amin, also known as Ahmed, first bagged a gold medal citation from last year’s International Young Inventors Olympiad in Georgia.
Amin is a high school student in the Fountain International School in Manila. He is the eldest among five children of the Hataman couple.
SOURCE: Philippines Star
Technology giant Google has removed from its maps service a Chinese reference to the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
A check on Google Maps yesterday showed that it no longer identified the shoal, located off the coast of Zambales, as part of China’s Zhongsha Islands.
The map now refers to the sandbank as Scarborough Shoal, the more neutral reference to the area being claimed by different countries, including the Philippines.
Manila refers to the shoal as Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag Shoal, while Beijing calls it Huangyan Island.
“China’s sweeping claim of South China Sea under their nine-dash line purportedly historical boundary is illegal and is creating tension among nations,” read the online petition (http://chn.ge/1LXhtSk ).
Twenty years ago, a certain Dr. Nona Calo from Butuan City in Mindanao, hypothesized that a very large deposit of deuterium can be found in the Philippine Deep, located off the waters of Surigao. First discovered and isolated in 1932 by an American chemist Harold Urey, deuterium or heavy water is composed of two isotopes of hydrogen and an oxygen atom, with a chemical formula of D20 or H30. With more hydrogen molecules than ordinary water, it is much heavier than water and even saltwater, causing it to naturally sink farther into deep ocean trenches.
According to Anthony B. Halog (PhD, MBA), working at the Sustainable Technology Office of the Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, “the Philippine Trench, the largest in the world, is 868 miles long, 52 miles at the widest point and 2 miles at the deepest point which is 10.057 kilometers below sea level. Deuterium can be obtained from this depth of more than 7 kilometers below sea level under 10,000 psi of ocean pressure, replenished by nature 24 hours a day from the Central America across the vast Pacific Ocean. The amazing thing about deuterium is that at room temperatures or normal atmospheric pressure, deuterium atoms are electrolyzed naturally out of water dispelling hydrogen gas. This natural phenomenal process needs no expensive electric power-consuming electrolysis to artificially separate hydrogen from oxygen in ordinary water. At present, deuterium is used in the production of hydrogen (Li-Hy) fuel now used in Canada, America, Germany and some parts of Sweden to provide fuel for cars, trucks, jet planes, including solid hydrogen for spacecrafts Challenger and Columbia”.
Though deuterium mining has never been done before, even in highly developed first world countries and the possible costs might be staggering, research on this opportunity is still worth investing in, considering the high stakes involved. This program could propel the Philippines as the biggest hydrogen fuel (Li-Hy) producer in the world, and become the only fuel producer 40 to 50 years from now in an oil-depleted world economy. Utilizing the expertise of the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC) through one of its departments which focuses on indigenous and non-traditional fuel sources, the government can embark on a deuterium research program and hydrogen (Li-Hy) production project with ease as far as project organization and administration is concerned.
What hasn’t been done before does not mean that it cannot be done. Deuterium mining is practically just pumping water from the ocean bottom. The present technology in offshore oil production is up to depths of 6.4 kilometers from the sea level, and they still have to drill through the ocean bottom to get to the oil, hundreds of meters below the sea floor. Deuterium, the target element, is located just between 7 to 10 kilometers from the sea surface and needs no further drilling. And since deuterium naturally electrolyzes when the 10,000 psi ocean pressure is gradually removed through the pumping process and replaced by lower atmospheric pressure, two upper pipes will then collect segregated by-products of deuterium which are pure liquid water and gaseous hydrogen. The dispelled hydrogen gas, can then be collected, compressed and stored as liquid hydrogen. The pipeline itself shall serve as the refinery of deuterium to produce hydrogen. Oil mining may actually be more laborious, costly and dangerous in comparison to deuterium mining, and oil refining more expensive than the processes involved in deuterium and LiHy production. With regards to expertise, Filipino engineers and technicians at PNOC have proven and even exported their skills to Japan in constructing geothermal plants, installation of which is comparatively more complicated and hazardous.
The tidal conditions along the Philippine Trench have to be included in the research and studied all year round. Petroleum production in the North Sea, located between the Isles of Britain and Norway, goes uninterrupted despite the perennial turbulences in its waters and harsh climatic condition in the area ranging from icy cold to ordinary cold temperatures. Pacific climate and condition is temperate by comparison. Scores of oil rigs in the North Sea are 170 to 200 miles from the nearest port, compared to a possible site on the Philippine Trench which is only 100 miles from Surigao City and 120 miles from Tacloban City. If workers in the North Sea oil rigs need to work only half the time (two weeks work; two weeks rest) all year round due to the extreme and dangerous working conditions in the area, working in deuterium rigs in the Pacific is just like taking a vacation in some Hawaiian islands.
Oil rig platform manufacturers in Singapore can fabricate specially designed platforms for US$100-150M or approximately P5-7.5 Billion. For a total cost of P 10 Billion for research and construction of a single floating deuterium rig with an average production capacity of 50,000 barrels a day, the government can expect a conservative daily income of US$4M or US$1.2B per year, which is equivalent to P54.0 Billion annually. If the government constructs one deuterium rig every year generating an annual income of US$1.2B, our World Bank loan can be totally wiped out in less than 15 years. The budget for this venture is well within the means of our government. If the government can afford the President’s P40 Billion pork barrel in 2006 for assorted poverty alleviation programs, our government can afford one deuterium rig every year which has a hundred fold cost benefit ratio.
Estimates show that there are only 1,000 billion barrels of reserve petroleum left in the world today. With the world’s annual consumption of 28.6 billion barrels, all reserve oil will be fully used up 35 years from now. World energy requirements will have to be shifted then to natural gas which still has 5,457 trillion cubic feet in reserve. But this particular source is still subject to depletion. Hydrogen, which has an abundant and unlimited source in deuterium, will be the future energy reserve. If the Philippines can tap this energy source, we can have a much better future and economic position than the rest of the world including the United States of America. Should we, as a nation, will have reached this point in our history, Philippines can then be described as the fabled promised land …, a land flowing with milk and honey.
The United States of America once dreamed of sending a man to the moon. Now it is history. What she did to pursue that dream made her the world’s most technologically advanced and economically prosperous nation. This could happen to the Philippines.
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Filipino-Norwegian conglomerate to explore, mine Deuterium gas deposits in Surigao
at Thursday, November 25, 2010
A Filipino-Norwegian conglomerate who formed exploration and mining firm, Siargao Island Mining Development Corporation have already expressed to explore and mine huge Deuterium gas deposit in Siargao Island that will based in the coastal town of Pilar.
“The conglomerate applied 1,500 kilometers wide, long and deep area concession from Pilar, Surigao del Norte in Siargao Island thus exploration will even reach mainland Surigao”, Matugas who is Chairman on the House Committee on Environment told newsmen present at the press conference.
In a press conference held at the Provincial Capitol here Friday First District Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas and Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas announced that the conglomerate already applied for land survey, exploration permit with the Bureau of Mines and Geo-Sciences
“At the land survey, preparations and exploration alone, we expect hundreds of Surigaonons to be employed by the conglomerate”, the Surigao del Norte solon said.
Matugas said that last week conglomerate officials meet with him and the Governor to discuss about their application with the Philippine Government’s Bureau of Mines.
Deuterium gas also known as heavy hydrogen is a heavier and stable isotope of ordinary hydrogen. And is now widely known worldwide as “Fuel of the Future”.
It is a colorless, odorless, nontoxic, diatomic, flammable gas. Deuterium gas is used in nuclear power, fusion power, deuterated optical fibers, deuterated lubricants, lasers, light bulbs, R & D laboratories and annealing semiconductor rim.
The Philippines was identified to hold the greatest amount of deuterium deposit n the World somewhere in the area known as Mindanao Trench, the part of the Pacific Ocean just off the shores of Siargao Island.
Deuterium also known as the “White Gold in the Philippines” is most prevalent in an area more widely known in the whole world as The Philippine Deep which is located here in Surigao.
Dr. Anthony B. Halog, the Filipino scientist working at the Sustainable Technology Office of the Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, and the National Research Council of Canada described the Philippine deuterium wealth in this manner:
“A big deposit of 868 miles long, 52 miles at widest point, and 3 miles at deepest point, replenished by nature 24 hours a day after deuterium travels more than 12,000 kilometers from Central America to the Philippines through the span of the Pacific Ocean when Planet Earth turns on its axis from West to East in unending perpetual motion”
Dr Halog said its economic potential in this breathe is about 12 million barrels per day capacity priced at US$7.00 per barrel, this is US$84 million per day or US$30.66 billion per year, enough to wipe out all existing foreign debts of the Philippine Government in one year, revenue-wise in foreign exchange.
Dr. Halog said that once Deuterium exploration and extraction succeed, public works, private construction, economic and financial booms are expected to happen in the Philippines in the same manner as those which happened in the Middle East and financial centers of the world from 1974 to 1984, with everybody earning their respective comfortable livelihood, while pricing basic prime necessities at reasonable and affordable levels.(PNA/Ben Serrano)
MANILA, Philippines – Mary Jane Veloso, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is set to face the firing squad in Indonesia on Tuesday, April 28, wrote letters addressed to the Filipino youth and women so they would avoid what she has been through.
To the Filipino youth
In her letter, she shared how 5 years of mingling with people imprisoned for drug addiction taught her many lessons.
“Karamihan sa kanila ay mga kabataan at dahil sa maling pakikihalubilo o pakikipag-barkada sa mga taong gumagawa nang ipinagbabawal na gawain, marami ang nagiging biktima at nalilihis ng landas,” Mary Jane shared.
(Many of them are young. And because of their association with people who do illegal things, many fall victim and go astray.)
A high school drop-out and mother of two, Veloso warned the Filipino youth that many of those she met in prison have stopped studying or have been disowned by their families.
Concluding her letter, Veloso discouraged the Filipino youth from taking drugs.
“Huwag na huwag kayong gagamit ng ipinagbabawal na gamot o magbenta. Walang idudulot na mabuti sa inyo at masisira pa inyong buhay…Kayong mga kabataan ang pag-asa ng ating bayan. Magiging bayani ng ating bansa,” she said.
(Don’t take or sell drugs. It will bring nothing good to your life and will instead ruin it. Remember that the country’s future lies on your hands. You will become the heroes of our country.)
To Filipino women
In her letter to Filipino women, Veloso also advised them not to let dreams of a better life become their downfall.
“Alam ko kung gaano ang hirap ng buhay sa atin kasi isa rin ako sa inyo nakipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa…isa rin akong babae na may pangarap mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang aking mga anak,” she wrote.
(I know how difficult life is because I am one of you who risked working in another country. I am also a woman with dreams of providing a better future for my children.)
She shared how her strong desire to provide a better future for her two sons led her to a blind decision that would later put her very life at risk.
Veloso was referring to how she readily accepted her godsister Kristine Sergio’s job offer in Malaysia, and later in Indonesia, without thinking twice.
In her own narration, Veloso claimed that Sergio gave her a luggage filled with 2.6 kilograms of heroin. She unwittingly became a drug courier. Six months after she was arrested, judges handed down the death penalty.
Veloso doesn’t want other women to face the same fate as hers. This is why, in her letter to them, she discouraged them from leaving the country no matter how hard life could be.
“`Wag na kayong umalis sa ating bansa kahit na mas mahirap ang ating buhay kasama naman natin ang ating mga mahal sa buhay,” Veloso said.
(Don’t leave the country even though life could be difficult, at least you are with the people you love.)
This is Mary Jane Veloso’s full letter addressed to the Filipino youth:
Here’s the translation of Mary Jane’s letter for the Filipino youth into English:
To the Filipino youth whom I love,
I became a victim of drug trafficking due to my desire to provide a better future for my family. I trusted someone who promised me a job abroad. Because of the kindness she showed me, I didn’t have suspicions on what her real intentions were.
Drugs were found in the luggage that was given to me by that person. I was arrested by the police and was sentenced to death.
In my five years of imprisonment, I have learned many things. Every day, I mingled with drug addicts, many of them are young. And because of their association with people who do illegal things, many fall victim and go astray. Many of them were disowned by their families, stopped schooling, and got sick. I have also seen people die due to drug overdose.
Don’t waster your life. Never take nor sell drugs. It will bring nothing good to your life and will instead ruin you. Remember that the country’s future lies on your hands.
I believe, that by staying away from illegal drugs and other activities, a bright future awaits you. You will become the heroes of our country.
I pray that the Lord will guide you and may God’s grace be with you all.
God bless us.
Mary Jane Veloso
Below is Mary Jane’s full letter addressed to Filipino women:
Here’s the translation of Mary Jane’s letter for the Filipino women into English:
To my beloved fellow Filipino women:
I wish to tell everyone, that if you plan on working abroad, do not push through without consulting legal agencies to avoid endangering yourself.
I know how difficult life is because I am one of you who risked working in another country. I am also a woman with dreams of lifting my family from poverty, providing a better future for my children, and sending them to a good school.
Due to my strong desire, I overlooked the fact that I could be endangered in going through the illegal route of working abroad. Somebody offered me a job in another country. She promised that I would be able to work abroad as a maid. However, she said that I had to apply for a tourist visa if I want to start immediately. I never thought that that was the worst decision I could ever make.
To my beloved fellow Filipinas, don’t ever allow yourselves to be fooled by illegal recruiters, unlike me who is now five years in prison and who is sentenced death penalty.
I don’t want you to experience the hardship I’ve been through. Thus, don’t leave the country even though life could be difficult, at least you are with the people you love
I pray to God, that through legal means, you will be able successfully find a good job abroad without any problems.
Jesus loves us.
VIGAN CITY, one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World
“Bernard Weber, president of the New 7 Wonders based in Zurich (Switzerland), announced in a press conference today that Vigan City has been validated, along with Beirut (Lebanon), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia) and Vigan (Philippines).
The PSC, POC and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) agreed to build a new training center for Philippines Athletes. The complex would nestle on 50 Hectares of Land in Clarkfield, Pampanga.The proposal to build a new training center for Philippine athletes has been on hold for the past few years but top sports officials have already identified an ideal site for the new structure set to replace the outdated Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, which has housed athletes for more than five decades.
But in a recent House of Representatives Committee on Youth and Sports Development, officials from the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee said that they have made an ocular inspection of a site in Clark, Pampanga that could hold not only a training center but also a state-of-the-art venue for hosting international sporting events like the Asian Games.
PSC chair Ritchie Garcia, who was in attendance alongside POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, POC vice president and former Gintong Alay executive Joey Romasanta and POC executive Julian Camacho, said that the new center could be up and running in one year if certain things can be fast-tracked.
“Me, Cong. Peping and other officials went to Clark for the ocular inspection. There’s a shooting range where the area is located and about 50 hectares and it’s near the airport,” Garcia said.
“This area is beside the Dizon calamansi farm and (that’s) going to expire on 2016, so there’s a better possibility of expansion. It’s under CIAC (Clark International Airport Corporation) and headed by Dino Tanjuatco. They sent us already the draft of the agreement,” he added.
“If we can fast-track the signing and also fast-track the sale of Rizal Memorial, I guess we can have the training center in less than a year,”
Cojuangco added that stadiums can be built for the hosting of sporting events, especially for the sports that have big followings in the country.
“The plan that we’re trying to come up with, it will be a training center, but in case we need a place to host a particular event, that particular structure can be converted into a stadium,” he said.
“That’s why we’re looking for another five or 10 hectare in that place so we can put some of the bigger, attractive sports into those areas, so if we’re gonna be hosting, let’s say an Asian Games, something like that, we will have three areas where we can host it.”
Yeng Guiao, Representative of the 1st District of Pampanga, presided over the hearing and said that the upgrade was badly-needed.
“I’m interested in the sports center not just because it’s in my district but it’s in real need of the athletes,” Guiao told the officials.
“The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is just too outdated and I know other countries have state of the art facilities for their athletes and it’s probably one of the things that has causing us a problem – the venues for training of our athletes.”
Guiao, who continues his close involvement in sports as the coach of the Rain or Shine team in the PBA, said he was in full support of the plans and banked on the backing of the committee’s chair, Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Anthony Del Rosario, for the project.
“In that aspect, you can count on my support. I’m sure our chairman will support the construction of our new facilities in terms of upgrading it.”
by: Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Sunday, October 26, 2014 ·