MAUTE Group

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The Maute group is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao which was originally known as Dawlah IslamiyaThe group is composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic state based in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines.Maute group was involved in a clash with Philippine Army troops in February 2016 that led to the capture of their headquarters in Butig, Lanao del Sur.There are reports that Omar Maute, Abdullah’s brother, was killed in that clash.There are also reports to the contrary, claiming that he escaped before the camp was overrun and is still alive;video footage found on a cellphone captured by Philippine government troops during the Marawi crisis indicates this to be true.Since then the group, which a Philippine Army brigade commander characterized as terrorist, has been conducting a protection racket in the remote settlements of Butig.

The group was founded in 2012 by brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute, who were petty criminals at the time. The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in April 2015, along with the Ansar Khalifa Philippines terrorist organization, vowing to provide support for each other.However, according to former National Security Council senior consultant Ashley Acedillo, there are no indications that ISIS ever acknowledged the Maute group’s pledge.

Philippine Army sources state that their initial encounter with the Maute group involved a firefight in 2013 when the insurgents attacked a security checkpoint the government troops were manning in Madalum, Lanao del Sur. The group is thought to have over 100 members and were supplied with equipment by a foreign terrorist.They are said to be affiliated with Jemaah Islamiya, a Southeast Asian Islamist terrorist group.

Although some reports indicate that the Maute group is regularly seen carrying black flags bearing the insignia of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Butig town mayor Ibrahim Macadato has stated that the group is not affiliated with ISIS, but are merely armed residents. However, training manuals and other documents for militants under the Islamic State were recovered from their captured camp, indicating that the group may be trying to link up with ISIS.

Butig, the headquarters of the Maute group, is also a stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and both groups are tied by blood or marriage. Brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute are first cousins of Azisa Romato, the wife of the late MILF Vice Chairman for Military Affairs Alim Abdul Aziz Mimbantas, who is buried in Butig. The Maute brothers themselves were once members of the MILF.

As ISIS suffers setbacks in Syria and Iraq, experts warn that hundreds of fighters from Indonesia and Malaysia will return to look for new opportunities to take the fight elsewhere, and the Maute group’s pledge of loyalty to ISIS could serve as an incentive to join ranks with the organization. Since at least 2016, reports on jihadist activities in the Philippines and of Filipino fighters with ISIS indicate an increasing degree of coordination, cooperation, and cohesion between Southeast Asian jihadist militants and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The Maute group is said to be actively recruiting minors for service as child warriors and using the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as propaganda.In April 2016, they abducted six sawmill workers from Butig, two of whom were later found beheaded. The group is also suspected of being behind a failed bomb plot in close proximity to the US embassy in Manila in November 2016.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Maute group had established links with the Abu Sayyaf and that there are “indications” that the group is aligning themselves with ISIS. On November 28, the Philippine government finally officially acknowledged that Maute is linked to ISIS in a live televised comment by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Last May 23, 2017, the Maute group attacked the city of Marawi in the Philippines. The attack resulted in the destruction of homes, the deaths and wounding of soldiers, policemen, and civilians, the torching of a mosque, and a hospital being overrun. The former leader of Abu Sayyaf, Isnilon Hapilon was seen with the group during the attack. The attack resulted in President Duterte declaring a state of martial law across the entire island of Mindanao with the possibility that it be expanded nationwide.

First State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2016 of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte – FULL TEXT

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA 2016) at Session Hall of the House of RepresentativesBatasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City Philippines.

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Updated Partial or Unofficial Results of 2016 Philippine Election

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55,735,757 registered voters in Philippines

as of May 11, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

95.65% VOTES COUNTED

PRESIDENT
DUTERTE, RODY
15,879,761 VOTES
38.54 %
ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID
9,663,869 VOTES
23.46 %
POE, GRACE
8,913,006 VOTES
21.63 %
BINAY, JOJO
5,301,756 VOTES
12.87 %
DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM
1,417,450 VOTES
3.44 %

VICE PRESIDENT
ROBREDO, LENI DAANG MATUWID
13,968,884 VOTES
35.13 %
MARCOS, BONGBONG
13,738,585 VOTES
34.56 %
CAYETANO, ALAN PETER
5,655,489 VOTES
14.22 %
ESCUDERO, CHIZ
4,797,834 VOTES
12.07 %
TRILLANES, ANTONIO IV
840,154 VOTES
2.11 %
HONASAN, GRINGO
757,121 VOTES
1.90%

SENATORS
1. DRILON, FRANK (LP)
18,087,456 VOTES
2. VILLANUEVA, JOEL TESDAMAN (LP)
18,031,767 VOTES
3. SOTTO, VICENTE (NPC)
16,776,076 VOTES
4. LACSON, PANFILO PING (IND)
16,479,056 VOTES
5. GORDON, DICK (IND)
16,246,971 VOTES
6. ZUBIRI, MIGZ (IND)
15,623,735 VOTES
7. PACQUIAO, MANNY (UNA)
15,522,804 VOTES
8. HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBYN)
15,497,083 VOTES
9. PANGILINAN, KIKO (LP)
15,474,422 VOTES
10. GATCHALIAN, WIN (NPC)
14,633,351 VOTES
11. RECTO, RALPH (LP)
13,848,397 VOTES
12. DE LIMA, LEILA (LP)
13,747,750 VOTES
13. TOLENTINO, FRANCIS (IND)
12,476,123 VOTES
14. OSMEÑA, SERGIO III (IND)
12,289,741 VOTES
15. ROMUALDEZ, MARTIN (LAKAS)
12,024,348 VOTES
16. DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO (PMP)
10,876,292 VOTES
17. GUINGONA, TG (LP)
9,985,633 VOTES
18. PETILLA, CARLOS JERICHO (LP)
6,872,863 VOTES
19. LAPID, MARK (AKSYON)
6,408,087 VOTES
20. COLMENARES, NERI (MKBYN)
6,308,905 VOTES
21. MANZANO, EDU (IND)
5,089,523 VOTES
22. ROMULO, ROMAN (IND)
4,704,714 VOTES
23. OPLE, SUSAN (NP)
2,639,725 VOTES
24. LACSAMANA, ALMA MORENO (UNA)
2,358,651 VOTES
25. BELGICA, GRECO (IND)
2,013,494 VOTES
26. ALUNAN, RAFFY (IND)
1,938,197 VOTES
27. GADON, LARRY (KBL)
1,917,127 VOTES
28. LANGIT, REY (UNA)
1,793,487 VOTES
29. KAPUNAN, ATTY. LORNA (AKSYON)
1,756,222 VOTES
30. SANTIAGO, DIONISIO (IND)
1,748,671 VOTES
31. PAGDILAO, SAMUEL (IND)
1,700,084 VOTES
32. CHAVEZ, MEL (WPPPMM)
1,676,515 VOTES
33. NAPEÑAS, GETULIO (UNA)
1,659,882 VOTES
34. AMBOLODTO, INA (LP)
1,564,884 VOTES
35. MONTANO, ALLAN (UNA)
1,551,191 VOTES
36. BELLO, WALDEN (IND)
1,048,288 VOTES
37. KIRAM, PRINCESS JACEL (UNA)
918,938 VOTES
38. ALBANI, SHARIFF (IND)
839,361 VOTES
39. PALPARAN, JOVITO JR. (IND)
815,106 VOTES
40. PAEZ, MR. COOP (IND)
784,064 VOTES
41. CAM, SANDRA (PMP)
769,831 VOTES
42. LIBAN, DANTE (IND)
748,761 VOTES
43. MONTAÑO, MON (IND)
729,683 VOTES
44. MAGANTO, ROMEO (LAKAS)
698,350 VOTES
45. ALI, ALDIN (WPPPMM)
675,046 VOTES
46. ARQUIZA, GODOFREDO (IND)
653,203 VOTES
47. BALIGOD, LEVITO (IND)
570,566 VOTES
48. VALEROSO, DIOSDADO (IND)
504,679 VOTES
49. DORONA, RAY (IND)
473,183 VOTES
50. KABALU, EID (IND)
351,983 VOTES

TOP 40 PARTY-LIST
1. 16 AKO BICOL
1,633,858 VOTES (5.21 %)
2. 36 GABRIELA
1,337,069 VOTES (4.26 %)
3. 25 1PACMAN
1,284,631 VOTES (4.10 %)
4. 31 ACT TEACHERS
1,148,027 VOTES (3.66 %)
5. 69 SENIOR CITIZENS
957,098 VOTES (3.05 %)
6. 30 KABAYAN
807,253 VOTES (2.57 %)
7. 1 AGRI
803,885 VOTES (2.56 %)
8. 110 BUHAY
751,891 VOTES (2.40 %)
9. 89 PBA
746,995 VOTES (2.38 %)
10. 62 ABONO
717,064 VOTES (2.29 %)
11. 21 COOP-NATCCO
652,393 VOTES (2.08 %)
12. 63 AMIN
613,898 VOTES (1.96 %)
13. 14 AKBAYAN
588,224 VOTES (1.88 %)
14. 8 AGAP
587,614 VOTES (1.87 %)
15. 81 BAYAN MUNA
585,055 VOTES (1.87 %)
16. 78 AN WARAY
583,467 VOTES (1.86 %)
17. 72 CIBAC
543,495 VOTES (1.73 %)
18. 60 AAMBIS-OWA
483,007 VOTES (1.54 %)
19. 58 KALINGA
482,672 VOTES (1.54 %)
20. 51 A TEACHER, INC.
461,877 VOTES (1.47 %)
21. 6 DIWA
457,963 VOTES (1.46 %)
22. 57 TUCP
456,169 VOTES (1.45 %)
23. 40 LPGMA
456,078 VOTES (1.45 %)
24. 5 ABANG LINGKOD
453,538 VOTES (1.45 %)
25. 34 YACAP
443,650 VOTES (1.41 %)
26. 44 ALONA
429,401 VOTES (1.37 %)
27. 102 1-SAGIP
392,210 VOTES (1.25 %)
28. 93 BUTIL
391,615 VOTES (1.25 %)
29. 52 ANAKPAWIS
353,850 VOTES (1.13 %)
30. 88 ACTS-OFW
343,310 VOTES (1.09 %)
31. 32 ANG KABUHAYAN
339,341 VOTES (1.08 %)
32. 43 ANGKLA
328,547 VOTES (1.05 %)
33. 98 MATA
320,586 VOTES (1.02 %)
34. 97 1-CARE
319,549 VOTES (1.02 %)
35. 91 ANAC-IP
300,651 VOTES (0.96 %)
36. 39 ABS
296,814 VOTES (0.95 %)
37. 100 BH (BAGONG HENERASYON)
295,296 VOTES (0.94 %)
38. 55 KABATAAN
293,154 VOTES (0.93 %)
39. 59 AASENSO
285,518 VOTES (0.91 %)
40. 9 SBP
277,949 VOTES (0.89 %)

2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates

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2016 PHILIPPINE Presidential Election Candidates

Get to know all the 2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates. It is always better to know all of them first before we give their votes to them this coming May 2016 Presidential election.

Top Presidential Candidates are Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay and Miriam Defensor Santiago.

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“No Registration, No Travel Policy from LTO

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lto philippinesLand Transportation Office (LTO) Philippines has already realeased the “No Registration, No Travel” policy and will take effect starting April 1, 2015. Below are the details for strict compliance.

Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2015-1927
NO REGISTRATION — NO TRAVEL
Starting 01 April 2015, no four (4)-wheeled motor vehicle can be used, driven or operated on the roads without being duly registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) pursuant to R.A. 4136, Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 and other applicable rules and regulations.

1.  Any vehicle without license plates shall be stopped and the driver must present the Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle;

2.  If only CR/OR are presented, a fine of Php 5,000.00 shall be imposed for failure to attach the plates;

3.  In case Special Plates were applied for, the driver must present the OR for the payment;

4.  If without CR/OR, the driver must present the following:

a.  Certificate of Stock Reported;

b.  Sales Invoice, which must be dated within seven (7) days prior to the apprehension; and

c.  Certificate of Insurance Cover, which must be dated on or after the date of the Sales Invoice.

5.  In the absence of any of the above, the vehicle owner shall be fined the amount of Php 10,000.00 for using an unregistered vehicle and the driver shall be fined the amount of Php 1,000.00 and cited for
reckless driving;

6.  Further, if at the time of apprehension the date of the Sales Invoice exceeds thirty-seven (37) days from the date of purchase, the vehicle shall be impounded;

7.  This is without prejudice to the liability of the concerned manufacturer, assembler, importer and dealer; and

8.  All apprehensions may be contested within five (5) days therefrom.

For strict compliance.

US President Barack Obama Arrives in Manila Philippines

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US President Barack Obama Arrives in Manila PhilippinesUS President arrived in the Philippines April 28, 2014 (Monday) 1:26 in the afternoon at Air Force One at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
All terminals in NAIA Airport has been closed for an hour (Monday, 12:30 to 1:30) and also on Tuesday.
He is here for his 2 days state visit in the Philippines. He will also meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and to strengthen ties between the two countries.
After meeting the Philippine President, they will also have a bilateral meeting, a joint conference and a dinner.
The US President was welcomed by honour guards, Vice President Jejomar Binay, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia.
President Barack  Obama and his party was then boarded to the the Marine One Presidential Helicopter that would bring them to Malacañang.

US President arrived in the Philippines April 28, 2014 (Monday) 1:26 in the afternoon at Air Force One at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. All terminals in NAIA Airport has been closed for an hour (Monday, 12:30 to 1:30) and also on Tuesday.He is here for his 2 days state visit in the Philippines. He will also meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and to strengthen ties between the two countries.After meeting the Philippine President, they will also have a bilateral meeting, a joint conference and a dinner.

The US President was welcomed by honour guards, Vice President Jejomar Binay, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia.

President Barack  Obama and his party was then boarded to the the Marine One Presidential Helicopter that would bring them to Malacañang.

Republic Act No. 10175 – Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

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Official List of Philippine Holidays for 2012

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A. Regular Holidays

  • January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • April 5 and  6 (Thursday and Friday) - Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
  • April 9 (Monday) - Araw ng Kagitingan
  • May 1 (Tuesday) - Labor Day
  • June 12 (Tuesday) - Independence Day
  • August 27 (Monday) - National Heroes Day
  • November 30 (Wednesday) – Bonifacio Day
  • December 25 (Tuesday) - Christmas Day
  • December 30 (Sunday) - Rizal Day

B. Special (non-working) holidays

  • January 23 Chinese Lunar New Year
  • August 21 (Tuesday), Ninoy Aquino Day
  • November 1 (Thursday) - All Saints’ Day
  • November 2 (Friday) - All Soul’s Day Additional special (non-working) day
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
  • December 31 - New Year’s Eve
  • August 31 – Eidul Fitar
  • October 26 - Eid-al-Adha

C. Others

  • February 25 (Saturday), EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary
  • July 27 - Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo – Special national working holiday

D. Local Holidays

  • January 16 – Sinulog “Fiesta of Cebu Philippines”
  • January 12 – Talisay City Cebu Charter Day
  • February 24 – Cebu City Charter Day, Regular Public Holiday in Cebu
  • September 9 – Osmena Day

Different Views on Parallel Manual Counting during the Election

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electionAn automated election had brought about a number of issues, whether to provide the people with an accurate, reliable and honest election. Since the proposal and approval of holding an automated counting of votes for the first time in the country, a number of possible flaws had been exposed by certain groups like the use of signal jammers and a bunch of plausible factors that may lead to a possibility for a failure of elections. The COMELEC, on the other hand, has taken in measures that will decrease the worries of the public and to ensure a truthful election for everyone.

Recently, Information Technology (IT) professionals have expressed the need for a full manual counting alongside the automated counting of votes on Election Day due to many possibilities of cheating. These professionals have looked unto fraudulent activities during the previous elections and are open to the fact that it can also happen with the automated counting. According to them, the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines can be manipulated and cheating programs can be placed in it that may lead to padding and shaving of votes. They also said that, even if this new trend in the voting process utilizes high technology, modern equipments and techniques; it is not an assurance that the system will be free from fraudulent activities. They mentioned that the proposal for a simplified parallel manual count will only involve the highest three positions namely the president, vice-president and the mayor. The votes of the manual counting would then be in comparison to that of the PCOS counts. If and when there is a deviation of more than eight votes then they would suggest a full manual counting for all positions. Their proposal is only to ensure that cheating will be avoided and to check the accuracy of the machines. They have urged COMELEC to decide on this very important matter and spare some time so that they can execute the proposal and concur on solutions to both legal and logistic concerns.

The IT professionals are not the only ones who are calling for a parallel manual count of the votes as more and more sectors have spoken to support such call. Recently, business groups such as the Makati Business Club (MBC) and Finance Executives of the Philippines (Finex) have expressed their support on manual counting alongside the automated counting during the election. These business groups have uttered the fear of relying exclusively on automated counting and the possibility of cheating that will not truthfully validate the credibility of the results. Just like what the Information Technology experts have proposed, these business groups wanted the manual counting to be done on the top three positions. They also said that if and when a discrepancy of a single percent takes place, then a full manual counting should be done for all the positions to ensure accuracy and credibility. A number of flaws had also been enumerated by the representatives of these business groups which include similar flaws stated by the IT experts. They also made clear that they are not trying to stain the reputation of automated elections but instead, they are only trying to establish its effectiveness and capability of providing an honest and credible election for the Filipinos.

Candidates running for different positions in the government have also their stand on parallel manual counting. Six out of nine presidentiables have stated their support on the matter. One of these presidentiables, who stated his support, is Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Senator Benigno “noynoy” Aquino III. He had said that official ballots may have a possibility of being tampered, which may be visible with the naked which would result to its rejection by the machine. He also wanted the COMELEC to be transparent with their plans on the May 10 polls. Only three presidential candidates did not support the call for a parallel manual counting namely Senator Manny Villar (Nacionalist Party), Gilberto Teodoro ( Lakas-Kampi) and Richard Gordon. According to Senator Manny Villar, conducting the parallel manual counting on May 10 is too late for implementation because Election Day is fast approaching. He also stated that such proposal is already impossible and should have been pushed long before to ensure an honest and orderly election.

The COMELEC, on the other hand, has studied the proposals but according to COMELEC spokesman James Gimenez, the lack of time will make it impossible to execute. He also stated that a parallel manual count for 75,340 precincts is not easy and should be studied well. He also said that it has logistical and cost ramifications and personnel implications, and it’s a complicated thing. The COMELEC has been working around the clock for the poll preparations, and they are making sure they achieve their goal of having a credible election for everyone. The COMELEC also said that a parallel manual counting would no longer be necessary since a random manual audit is good enough. Malacañang has also supported the COMELEC against parallel manual counting stating that it would only result in chaos.

Noynoy Aquino Suffered Clinical Depression in Mid-1990’s: “FALSE”

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noynoyaquinoA Catholic priest and Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III and have both denied the authenticity of a document implying that Aquino suffered from clinical depression in the mid-1990′s.

There has been a “document” that includes a header of the Department of Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University’s which came up on the Internet last Thursday, April 8, 2010.

Base on the “document,” it states that during 1996, Noynoy Aquino, when he was still 36 years old, suffered a psychiatric evaluation.

The supposed document that was apparently signed by Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag, evaluated Aquino to be suffering from major depressive disorder, and recommended continuing therapy.

From the alleged document, a sister of Aquino also reported that she was even worried that he has been depressed for 10 days. It said that he has some problems with his speech and in concentrating, that results from his tensions which are related to work and his separation from his flight attendant girlfriend.

The document also states that during Aquino’s teenage years, he was able to do smoking, drinking, and use of marijuana, therefore, recommended that he undergo medication and psychotherapy sessions.

However, Noynoy Aquino said that the alleged document was a “work of fiction”.

He said that: “What they’re doing is that they came up with this work of fiction, I will respond and point out factual errors that are easily verifiable, thereby giving them the chance to, para bang may ‘editing’ of the work to make it sound more credible. So I’m in a position that there is a no-win situation, and the lack of attribution is already indicative of the fact that the person who made this fiction is aware that he is purporting fiction and is slanderous.”

Noynoy Aquino added that: “I am confident that there are a lot of people who have known me, they are people who, if they bother to read it, will find so many factual errors.”

Caluag also said with confidence that the said document was fake.

Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag said that: “I have never been connected with the said department as the report claimed.” He said that during that time, he was the principal of the Ateneo de Manila High School and clarified that he is an educator by training and a priest by vocation.

Caluag further added that he is not experienced and proficient to make any kind of psychological assessment on anyone. However, he acknowledged that the signature on the document was similar to his, but said that it was just “pasted” on the report and it was the type of signature he would use to sign birthday cards sent to Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) alumni when he was still the university’s Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations from 2000 to 2005.

According to Caluag, he said he uses a different, “more formal” signature when signing official documents.

Caluag is presently the executive director of ABS-CBN’s 71 Dreams Foundation.

Also, according to Ateneo de Manila University psychology department, they comsider the so-called psychiatric evaluation on Noynoy Aquino to be false.

According to the department: “The document is false; no faculty member or other professional affiliated with the Psychology Department has ever conducted a psychiatric assessment of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.”

The statement also confirmed that Caluag “is not a psychologist or psychiatrist and was never affiliated with the Psychology Department.”