Rappler Newscast | May 6, 2014
Today on Rappler.
- Senator Revilla challenges Senator Guingona: compel the Justice department to release its list of corrupt lawmakers or resign as chair of the Blue Ribbon committee.
- Newly appointed Presidential Assistant for agriculture Francis Pangilinan vows to clean up ‘problematic’ agencies.
- A diver dies while trying to retrieve bodies from the sunken South Korean ferry.
STORY 1: REVILLA TO GUINGONA: COMPEL RELEASE OF LIST OR RESIGN
Senator Bong Revilla challenges the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to force the Justice Department to release the list of lawmakers allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.
Two weeks ago, alleged mastermind Janet Napoles implicated at least 12 senators and over 100 congressmen in the list she gave Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
De Lima has repeatedly refused to release the list pending verification…
unless the Senate compels her to do so.
Revilla wants blue ribbon committee chair TG Guingona to compel De Lima to release the list.
BONG REVILLA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: I challenge the chairman of the blue ribbon committee na i-compel niya ito, obligahin si Secretary De Lima ilabas ang listahang ito. I think he should resign as chairman of the blue ribbon committee.
(I challenge the chairman to compel, oblige Secretary De Lima to release this list.)
Revilla and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile face plunder charges for allegedly diverting lawmakers' funds.
Estrada criticizes De Lima for her “double standard” in refusing to release the list.
JINGGOY ESTRADA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: When I watched her on TV, a reporter asked her, ‘Are the 3 senators included?’ She said, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ When she was asked, ‘What about the other senators, congressmen or Cabinet secretary?’ She said, ‘Well, we’re still evaluating it.’ That’s unfair. What’s there to evaluate? What’s there to vet?
Unfair sa aming tatlo ‘yun. Bakit kaming tatlo lang ang dinidiin niya?
(It’s unfair to the three of us. Why is she only pinning the three of us down?)
STORY 2: PANGILINAN TAKES OATH AS AQUINO'S ASSISTANT ON AGRICULTURE
Former Senator Francis Pangilinan rejoins government as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.
Pangilinan takes his oath before President Benigno Aquino Tuesday.
A source close to Pangilinan tells Rappler the former senator will be handling the “problematic agencies” currently attached to the agriculture department.
Pangilinan would have oversight functions over 4 agencies: the National Food Authority, the National Irrigation Administration, the Philippine Coconut Authority, and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority.
Pangilinan says “The President said I am here to help clean up these agencies. So addressing this includes allegations of corruption and smuggling."
Pangilinan’s appointment comes at a time when Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is being linked to irregularities and questionable transactions.
But Pangilinan says he and Alcala will work hand-in-hand to oversee the 4 agencies, and that his appointment does not mean Alcala is failing in his job.
STORY 3: DFA SPOKESPERSON:
Foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose defends the new military deal that would allow American troops increased access to Philippine military bases.
Critics hit the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA for bypassing the Senate.
But Jose says the department does not consider the deal a treaty that would require Senate approval.
CHARLES JOSE, DFA SPOKESMAN: EDCA is only in furtherance and implementation of our 2 treaties with the US, namely the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement. So since it's only an implementing agreement, we don't think it would require Senate concurrence.
The new deal comes as tensions rise between the Philippines and China over disputed South China Sea islands.
Jose repeats the Philippines’ commitment towards a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
He rejects China’s call for a bilateral approach.
CHARLES JOSE, DFA SPOKESMAN: China would prefer the bilateral approach and we all know the strategy approach...they're big, we're small economically, militarily they're powerful, we are weak.
They talk with you on the one hand but with the other hand they do something else, like they were talking to us yet at the same time they occupied Ayungin Shoal. They are driving away our fishermen using water cannons. And in Ayungin Shoal, they are blocking us from supplying our Marines.
Senate defense committee chairman Sonny Trillanes files a resolution calling for a legislative inquiry into the deal.
Citing "public clamor," Trillanes says there appears to be "an imperative need to review the EDCA in order to clarify its coverage and contents."
STORY 4: VOTERS' REGISTRATION FOR 2016 POLLS BEGINS MAY 6
The Commission on Elections or Comelec resumes voters' registration Tuesday in preparation for the 2016 national elections.
Comelec encourages voters who still don't have biometrics data to validate their records so they could vote on May 9, 2016.
The registration in local Comelec offices will be open 6 days a week – including Sundays – from 8 am to 5 pm.
The registration period will run up to October 31, 2015.
Existing voters may check the status of their registration record by visiting the poll body's website, comelec.gov.ph, or by going to their local Comelec office.
The Comelec expects 3 million new voters in 2016.
STORY 5: SOCIAL MEDIA POST OF THE DAY
In the Philippines, more government agencies are using Twitter to directly interact with the growing social media-savvy population.
Aside from the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Philippine National Police has a Twitter account - @PNPHotline - that attends to netizens’ alerts and complaints, and tweets advisories.
But it has a sense of humor, too -
telling people to binge eat instead of doing drugs, to not get into shady summer jobs, and replies to a man looking for a gun to kill his karaoke-crazy neighbor – only those who sing “My Way” get gunned down.
STORY 6: DIVER DIES AT SOUTH KOREA FERRY DISASTER SITE
A diver working at the site of the ferry disaster in South Korea dies Tuesday.
Coastguard spokesman Ko Myung Suk says the diver, identified only as Lee, had trouble breathing after reaching a depth of 25 meters or 82 feet.
Lee lost consciousness and was eventually pronounced dead in a hospital.
A Korean news agency reports Lee was a veteran member of a maritime rescue work group.
Lee is the first victim among the many divers trying to retrieve bodies from the ferry that sank in April 16.
At least 10 other divers reportedly suffered exhaustion and decompression sickness since search operations began.
20 days since the ferry sank, 39 people remain missing, while 263 people died.
STORY 7: #PALARO2014: NCR SWIMMERS SET NEW PALARO RECORDS
In day 3 of Palarong Pambansa, two young swimmers set new records.
Imee Saavedra of NCR clocks in at 2 minutes and 16.72 seconds in the 200 meter freestyle event to take top honors and set a new record.
In the 100 meter backstroke event for boys, NCR bet Seth Martin clocks in at 1 minute and 7.21 seconds, beating the previous record by point-35 seconds.
In archery, Mary Queen Ybanez of Ilocos Region wins two golds in the 30 meter and 40 meter events.
In football, defending champions MIMAROPA follow up their close wins over Bicol and CARAGA with a dominating performance over Northern Mindanao, 7 to 2.
It’s a different story for Central Visayas.
After averaging a winning margin of 9.5 goals in their first two matches
they squeak past Zamboanga Region with a 2-zero victory.
STORY 8: FRANCISCO ARCA: NO FINGERS, NO TOES, ALL HEART
Still on Palaro…
A 15-year-old athlete from Region 8 wants to prove his physical disability won’t stop him from excelling on the national stage.
Jane Bracher reports.
15- year old Francisco Arca didn't think his physical strength would change his life. But it did.
Born without most of his fingers and toes, Francisco had a tough life before he was spotted lifting copra in Eastern Samar.
He also struggled with his disability.
FRANCISCO ARCA, REGION VIII WRESTLER: Pag tingin ko po sa sarili ko, normal lang po ako. Pero tulad po ng maraming tao, nahihiya rin po ako. Kaya tinatago ko po.
(When I look at myself, I see I'm normal. But like many others, I still feel ashamed. So I hide it.)
When he thought things couldn't get worse, Super Typhoon Haiyan struck.
FRANCISCO ARCA, REGION VIII WRESTLER: Wala na po kami nakikita kundi malakas na hangin at malakas na ulan. Kahit yung katabi ko po di ko na nakikita. Hindi naman po ako natakot sa sarili ko, yung pamilya ko lang po iniisip ko.
(We couldn't see anything except strong winds and rain. I couldn't even see the person beside me. I wasn't afraid for myself, I was afraid for my family.)
After the typhoon, he’s devoted most of his time to wrestling.
He endured days away from his family when he competed in Metro Manila.
He sees amateur wrestling as his ticket out of poverty.
RUBEN TAMAYO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LEYTE SPORTS ACADEMY: Yung pangarap ko talaga sa kanya makatapos ng pagaaral sa college para makatulong sa pamilya niya, na matulungan after high school dahil sa performance niya.
(My dream for him is to finish college so he could help his parents, to help them after high school because of his performances in competitions.)
Palarong Pambansa is Francisco's dream come true.
FRANCISCO ARCA, REGION VIII WRESTLER: Sabi ko po kapag nakapag Palarong Pambansa po ako, gagawin ko po lahat dahil ito lang talaga ang makaka-improve sa sarili ko.
(I told myself when I reach Palarong Pambansa, I will do everything I can because this is the only thing that can improve myself.)
But he doesn't plan on stopping there.
He says he plans on traveling the world.
JANE BRACHER, REPORTING: Francisco shows us one doesn't have to be physically perfect or wealthy in order to live a better life. You can come from humble beginnings and still be someone who makes a difference. What athletes like Francisco really need, is a chance.
Jane Bracher, Rappler, Laguna.
STORY 9: THE wRap: YOUR WORLD IN ONE READ
At number 7, a rant on Twitter costs a PayPal exec his job.
PayPal announces the exit of strategy director Rakesh Agarwal after a series of disparaging tweets about his coworkers, including Paypal’s vice president for global communications.
Paypal's Twitter account says, "Rakesh Agarwal is no longer with the company. Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance."
Agarwal blames the tweets on Twitter’s new interface that posted publicly what he intended to be direct messages for a colleague.
At number 9, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s posthumous album “Xscape” will be released on May 13.
Its first single "Chicago," which debuted Monday, was recorded in 1999 but didn't make the cut for Jackson’s 2001 album “Invincible.”
“Xscape” is a compilation of unreleased tracks from 1993 up to 1999.
Fans can hear previews of five other songs on Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service in the coming days.
Jackson died in 2009 while preparing for his comeback tour.
Sony was granted access to Jackson's archive of recordings for release.
At number 10, an upcoming Disney movie continues the trend of portraying villains as human, as seen in the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” and Disney’s top grossing animation “Frozen.”
The film “Maleficent” is a retelling of the classic tale Sleeping Beauty from a villain’s point of view.
Played by Angelina Jolie, Maleficent is the protector of the forest kingdom in the Sleeping Beauty storyline.
A betrayal turns her into a vengeful creature.
‘Maleficent’ opens in cinemas on May 30.
For the full top 10 visit Rappler.com’s ‘the wRap.’
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