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PULSE ASIA: RODY GETS HIGH APPROVAL, TRUST RATINGS AT 83%


JANUARY 6 -
MB FILE – President Rodrigo R. Duterte greets the crowds after he leads the commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Manila on December 30, 2016. (Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN) President Rodrigo Duterte kicks off 2017 on a good note as his level of public approval and trust in 2016 remain high despite facing controversies, based on the December 2016 Pulse Asia survey. In the Ulat ng Bayan survey conducted December 6–11, 2016 among 1,200 respondents, 83 percent approved of his performance. It is also the trust rating he earned. Only 5 percent of those surveyed disapproved of his work, while 4 percent expressed distrust and 13 percent are undecided on both fronts. Duterte’s approval and trust ratings are three points lower than what he got in the September 2016 survey. But for Pulse Asia, his ratings remain equally high with the September results as the survey had a ±3 percent error margin. READ MORE...

ALSO: Don’t lose hope, Cardinal Tagle tells drug dependents at Epiphany 'Mass of Hope'


JANUARY 8 -Luis Antonio Tagle and Jose Bantolo - Mass of Hope - 8 Jan 2017: Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Manila, Bishop Jose Bantolo of Masbate, and other priests sing with former drug dependents and volunteers from the Fazenda de Esperança drug rehabilitation center in Masbate City after the “Mass of Hope” at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Photo from CBCPNews)
“Do not waste God’s blessing of hope.” This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during his homily at the “Mass of Hope,” which he celebrate at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, the Feast of Epiphany. Tagle directly addressed his message to reformed drug addicts helped by the Fazenda da Esperança (Farm of Hope), a Catholic drug rehabilitation center in Masbate, and other addicts still undergoing rehabilitation who attended the Mass to show that there is still hope for society’s least, lost and last. READ MORE...

ALSO: (WATCH) Devotees flock for the traditional “Pahalik”


JANUARY 8 -Catholic devotees line up at the Quirino Grandstand for the annual Pahalik a day before the Traslacion.(Photo by Ali Vicoy) | Manila Bulletin
Thousands of Black Nazarene devotees flocked to the Quirino Grandstand for the traditional “Pahalik” or the kissing of the Nazarene’s statue on the eve of the Traslacion. About 53,000 devotees were at the Rizal Park as of 4:00 p.m. of Sunday, January 8, based on records of the Department of National Defense command post in the area. READ MORE, WATCH VIDEOS...

ALSO: Duterte renews call on gov’t forces - 'Eliminate Abu Sayyaf'


JANUARY 8 -Crushing the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s priorities this year, a senior Palace official yesterday revealed. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Commander-in-Chief reiterated his instruction to the government forces to leave no stone unturned until the threat posed by the bandit group is ended during the first joint command conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Malacañang last Friday.
Since its inception in 1991, the Abu Sayyaf has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortion.  To increase its threat to the government and to extend terror, the bandit group has pledged its allegiance to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, which are world-known terrorist groups. According to military sources, the Abu Sayyaf still has about 18 foreign hostages and five local captives. “The President stressed his commitment to end the (lawless activities of) the ASG, the Abu Sayyaf Group,” he said in radio interview with state-run dzRB. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miss Universe candidates meeting with Duterte on January 23


JANUARY 5 -The candidates of the Miss Universe 2016 will pay a courtesy call to Duterte at Malacañang on January 23, Tourism officials said on Wednesday.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte will soon have the chance to meet the world's most beautiful women. The candidates of the Miss Universe 2016 will pay a courtesy call to Duterte at Malacañang on January 23, Tourism officials said on Wednesday. Aside from the courtesy call, the contestants are scheduled to visit eight different cities and provinces around the country. An initial and tentative calendar of events has been released, although authorities said some locations are still subject for approval by the Miss Universe organization. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bureau of Immigration has special lanes for Miss Universe bets


JANUARY 8 -Taking selfies with the 2016 Miss Universe candidates arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) might be a bit difficult for some Filipinos as the Bureau of Immigration has set special lanes for the beauties and pageant organizers.MIGUEL DE GUZMAN
MANILA, Philippines – Taking selfies with the 2016 Miss Universe candidates arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) might be a bit difficult for some Filipinos as the Bureau of Immigration has set special lanes for the beauties and pageant organizers. The Philippines has been dubbed as the “Selfie Capital of the World” and many would have used the chance to take a picture with the candidates while waiting in line. But there might not be that chance this time as the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) appointed representatives to welcome the guests and whisk them through the special immigration counters. READ MORE..


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Pulse Asia: Rody gets high approval, trust ratings at 83%


MB FILE – President Rodrigo R. Duterte greets the crowds after he leads the commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Manila on December 30, 2016. (Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN)

MANILA, JANUARY 9, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) January 6, 2017, By MB Online and Genalyn Kabiling -President Rodrigo Duterte kicks off 2017 on a good note as his level of public approval and trust in 2016 remain high despite facing controversies, based on the December 2016 Pulse Asia survey.

In the Ulat ng Bayan survey conducted December 6–11, 2016 among 1,200 respondents, 83 percent approved of his performance. It is also the trust rating he earned.

Only 5 percent of those surveyed disapproved of his work, while 4 percent expressed distrust and 13 percent are undecided on both fronts.

Duterte’s approval and trust ratings are three points lower than what he got in the September 2016 survey. But for Pulse Asia, his ratings remain equally high with the September results as the survey had a ±3 percent error margin.

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The president received such high ratings albeit the big controversies that hounded his administration in the weeks prior to the survey, which include the following:

•Vice President Leni Robredo’s resignation as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)

•Supreme Court’s 9–5 decision favoring the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos

•The Senate and NBI probes into the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Ratings drop

A breakdown of socioeconomic and geographical groupings, however, shows an across-the-board drop in ratings.

While Duterte still enjoys the highest level of approval and trust in his Mindanao bailiwick (91 and 92 percent, respectively), the results were lower than in September’s (93 and 96 percent, respectively).

The pattern is also the same across other areas except for a rise by a point in his Visayas trust rating:

•National Capital Region = 80 and 81 percent (September); 79 percent both (December)

•Balance Luzon = 84 and 82 percent (September); 78 and 77 percent (December)

•Visayas = 88 and 86 percent (September); 84 and 87 percent (December)

The president has negligible drops in his ratings among the D and E classes (the “masa”), but he registers a 13-percentage-point drop in approval and trust in the ABC class:

•ABC = 82 and 85 percent (September); 69 and 72 percent (December)

•D = 86 and 85 percent (September); 84 and 83 percent (December)

•E = 88 percent both (September); 85 percent both (December)

Likewise, President Duterte records single-digit disapproval and distrust figures in all geographic areas and socio-economic groupings.

Palace elation

Malacañang lauded the survey results, expressing gratitude to Filipinos for the president’s consistently high approval and trust ratings.

“The Palace welcomes the latest Pulse Asia approval and trust ratings of the President which stand at 83%. We are grateful for this continued show of public support and confidence to the President,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

Abella said the high approval and big trust speak volumes about our people’s appreciation of the President’s achievements, especially in his campaign to rid society of drugs, crime and corruption.

He said people now feel secure in and out of their homes as the index crimes have gone down. “This new year the Administration resolves to deliver his promise of safe and comfortable lives for all.”


INQUIRER

Don’t lose hope, Tagle tells drug dependents at Epiphany Mass By: Tina G. Santos - Reporter / @santostinaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:28 PM January 08, 2017


Luis Antonio Tagle and Jose Bantolo - Mass of Hope - 8 Jan 2017: Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Manila, Bishop Jose Bantolo of Masbate, and other priests sing with former drug dependents and volunteers from the Fazenda de Esperança drug rehabilitation center in Masbate City after the “Mass of Hope” at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Photo from CBCPNews)

“Do not waste God’s blessing of hope.”

This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during his homily at the “Mass of Hope,” which he celebrate at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, the Feast of Epiphany.

Tagle directly addressed his message to reformed drug addicts helped by the Fazenda da Esperança (Farm of Hope), a Catholic drug rehabilitation center in Masbate, and other addicts still undergoing rehabilitation who attended the Mass to show that there is still hope for society’s least, lost and last.

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Bishop Jose Bartolo of Masbate was among those who attended the Mass.

“God wanted to accept us all,” Tagle said. “Let us not waste the blessing that He is giving us.”

“I hope we do not waste the new life He is giving us,” he added. “All of us commit mistake, but the Lord never gets fed up. He never gets tired of us. He’s always willing to accept us. Do not be afraid. Do not be indifferent.”

“No person will be discarded by Jesus. Every person is welcome to follow the light and hope. Every life has hope,” he said.

“His good news is the light we call hospitality… This is the welcome that God offers to those who were considered outsiders, outcast. With the light of God, come, have no fear. God is a hospitable God. You can find a home in God.”


Fazenda Da Esperança (Farm of Hope), Philippines – Missionaries of Africa – SAP Province, Masbate

On the other hand, Tagle also urged the faithful not to judge drug dependents.

“Tama na po ang pagmamalinis,” he said. “Diyan ka, dito ka. Tama na yung panghuhusga: ‘Kayo makasalanan, madumi. Kami maayos, malinis’.”

(“Enough of acting holier than thou: ‘You stay here, you stay there.’ Enough of being judgmental: ‘You’re sinful, unclean. We’re proper, clean’.”)

“The light of Christ is for everyone and that light gives hope,” the prelate said. “Let us ask for grace to accept those who commited mistake and those who want to lead a
new life.”

After the Mass, Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, signed a partnership with Fazenda aimed at strengthening the archdiocese’s own parish-based Sanlakbay, drug rehabilitation program run by Caritas Manila.

Launched last October 2016, Sanlakbay aims to help thousands of drug dependents who had surrendered under resulting from the Duterte adminstration’s war on drugs.

Sanlakbay also offers paralegal assistance, religious studies, livelihood training, education, advocacy, services for social action, and medical assistance to drug dependents.

Fazenda was founded in Brazil in the 1980s by Fr. Hans Stapel. It eventually expanded to 120 farms in 18 other countries, including the Philippines. /ATM


MANILA BULLETIN

(WATCH) Devotees flock for the traditional “Pahalik” 52 SHARES Share it! Published January 8, 2017, 8:05 PM By Analou De Vera


Catholic devotees line up at the Quirino Grandstand for the annual Pahalik a day before the Traslacion.(Photo by Ali Vicoy) | Manila Bulletin

Thousands of Black Nazarene devotees flocked to the Quirino Grandstand for the traditional “Pahalik” or the kissing of the Nazarene’s statue on the eve of the Traslacion.

About 53,000 devotees were at the Rizal Park as of 4:00 p.m. of Sunday, January 8, based on records of the Department of National Defense command post in the area.

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Watch this 360° video footage of the Pahalik:
 

Watch devotees sharing insights on the Pahalik:
 

Ding Mariano, 62, said old age won’t stop him from attending the annual “Pahalik.” “ ‘Pag nakahalik ka na, hindi ko maintindihan, basta liliwanag iyong paningin mo. Nandito ako kasi gusto ko lang talaga hilingin sa Panginoon na bigyan ako at pamilya ko ng magandang kalusugan. Iyon lang,” he said.

For 65-year-old Sol Bautista, from Tondo shared that it is good that a lane for senior citizens were provided this year.

“Buti nalang kasi mahirap ‘pag makipagsabayan ka sa iba. Mas mabilis itong pila na ito,” said Bautista, who first joined Pahalik five years ago. “Isa itong pasasalamat sa Panginoon. Hindi ako naghahangad na maging mayaman iyong pamilya, basta gusto ko lang magpasalamat dahil pinag-iingatan niya kami.”

Erlinda Santos, 73, from Malolos Bulacan, had her children and grandchildren join the long queue instead. “Tinatanaw ko na lang sila dito. Noong bata-bata pa ako, pumipila ako. Pero ngayon, medyo mahina na ang aking mga tuhod,” she explained.

Meanwhile, a medical personnel from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority stationed in the area have recorded at least 130 cases of health-related incidents as of 5:00 p.m.

Philip Christian Quibuyen said among the health problems they have encountered were mostly hypertension and fever among the young devotees.

Wound cleaning was also recorded since “iyong iba sa kanila, bagong opera, mostly matatanda, pero sumali pa rin sa pila,” said Quibuyen.

More people are expected at the Rizal Park before the Traslacion starts tomorrow at around 9:00 a.m. after the morning prayers.


TRIBUNE

Duterte renews call on gov’t forces: Eliminate Abu Sayyaf Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 08 January 2017 00:00



Crushing the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s priorities this year, a senior Palace official yesterday revealed.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Commander-in-Chief reiterated his instruction to the government forces to leave no stone unturned until the threat posed by the bandit group is ended during the first joint command conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Malacañang last Friday.

Since its inception in 1991, the Abu Sayyaf has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortion.

To increase its threat to the government and to extend terror, the bandit group has pledged its allegiance to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, which are world-known terrorist groups.

According to military sources, the Abu Sayyaf still has about 18 foreign hostages and five local captives.
“The President stressed his commitment to end the (lawless activities of) the ASG, the Abu Sayyaf Group,” he said in radio interview with state-run dzRB.

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Abella added security forces gave the President their security update during the joint command conference, as well as current law enforcement activities.Present at the meeting were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP chief-of-staff General Eduardo Año and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

Duterte, who began his six-year term in June, has said he’s ready to talk to the terrorist group, stressing its members are “not criminals.”

But the terrorist group continues with its criminal activities – holding dozens captives, most of them foreigners, demanding tens of thousands of dollars for their freedom.

The ASG abducted scores of Indonesian and Malaysian sailors during the latter months of 2016.

The President also admitted that other heads of state, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo, have brought up the need for “drastic” action against the Abu Sayyaf.

“They are calling for a drastic action. The suggestion is, they’ll just blow you up. If you are in their waters and you are Filipinos, I can’t do anything. That is piracy. That is crime against humanity in any country,” he was earlier quoted as saying.

Fighting between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf continues to inflict casualties on both sides. Several times, Duterte has visited wounded soldiers to express his support and loyalty to them. Ted Tuvera /PNA


CNN PHILIPPINES

Miss Universe candidates meeting with Duterte on January 23 By Isabella Montano, CNN Philippines Updated 10:14 AM PHT Thu, January 5, 2017
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The candidates of the Miss Universe 2016 will pay a courtesy call to Duterte at Malacañang on January 23, Tourism officials said on Wednesday.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte will soon have the chance to meet the world's most beautiful women.

The candidates of the Miss Universe 2016 will pay a courtesy call to Duterte at Malacañang on January 23, Tourism officials said on Wednesday.

Aside from the courtesy call, the contestants are scheduled to visit eight different cities and provinces around the country.

An initial and tentative calendar of events has been released, although authorities said some locations are still subject for approval by the Miss Universe organization.

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The Tourism Chief Wanda Teo disclosed the destinations which the Miss Universe candidates are scheduled to visit. They are slated to visit Boracay (January 14), Vigan (January 15), Manila (January 16), Cebu (January 17), Baguio (January 18), and Davao and Batangas on January 19.

The 86 contestants will have a Philippine terno show to be held at Calle Crisologo in Vigan on the 15th.

The much-talked about Davao fashion show will push through on January 19, while the national costume show is likely to take place at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on January 24.


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Teo said Albay and IloIlo are not on the Miss Universe roadmap anymore. Albay is no longer being considered because of the recent damage brought by Typhoon Nina, while Iloilo is off the list because of a conflict of schedule.

The controversial whale shark visit in Oslob, Cebu is now officially scrapped after DOT officials agreed with environmental preservation groups. The scheduled swimsuit photo shoot will still push through in Cebu on January 17.

"We've already spoken to environmentalists who raised the concern. We have already told them na walang lalabas or anything about the whale sharks so hindi sya kasama,"DOT Undersecretary Kat De Castro said.


PHILSTAR

BI assigns special lanes for Miss U bets By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 8, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Taking selfies with the 2016 Miss Universe candidates arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) might be a bit difficult for some Filipinos as the Bureau of Immigration has set special lanes for the beauties and pageant organizers. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

MANILA, Philippines – Taking selfies with the 2016 Miss Universe candidates arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) might be a bit difficult for some Filipinos as the Bureau of Immigration has set special lanes for the beauties and pageant organizers.

The Philippines has been dubbed as the “Selfie Capital of the World” and many would have used the chance to take a picture with the candidates while waiting in line.

But there might not be that chance this time as the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) appointed representatives to welcome the guests and whisk them through the special immigration counters.

READ MORE...


Pia Wurtzbach poses for racy, final photoshoot as Miss Universe Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach may be handing over her crown in less than a month, but her critics be damned, she isn't going to fade into the background without so much as reminding fans why she won the coveted title in the first place. The Filipina beauty queen, who has drawn some criticism for posting photos on social media of her parading in skimpy outfits, looked stunning for her most recent photoshoot, as shared by the official Instagram page of Miss Universe.In the shot, the 26-year-old Wurtzbach was seen pulling up her risque swimsuit, her other hand teasingly placed just in front of her waist, as she gave a sultry gaze toward the lens of photographer Filbert Kung.
ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 07 2017 06:47 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2017 07:59 PM

Immigration spokesperson Ma. Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang said this set up will do away with having the candidates wait in long queues, adding that it would take less than a minute for an immigration officer to stamp their passports.

“But they would still have to go through the other immigration protocols such as biometrics and data capturing process. They would just be spared from waiting in long lines for security reasons,” Mangrobang added.

She noted that some candidates do not grant a request for selfies or interview.

The candidates for the Miss Universe 2016 pageant have started arriving since Jan. 6.


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