KUWTT: BBM denounces “disinformation” on Twitter | January 23, 2022
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BBM denounces “misinformation” on Twitter
THE camp of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) hit back at an online news network on Saturday for his apparent attempts to discredit his campaign by using a “disinformation network to eliminate what he claimed to be a network of disinformation”. Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, chief of staff and spokesperson for Marcos, released the statement after Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that Twitter had suspended hundreds of accounts allegedly linked to Marcos supporters. based on accounts and hashtags identified in a recent article by local news site Rappler. The son and namesake of the country’s former president is building on a massive social media campaign to get him elected in May, which critics say is trying to rewrite family history. In a statement to AFP on Saturday, Twitter said more than 300 accounts had been removed “for violating our platform manipulation and spamming policy” and that an investigation was ongoing.
DoH to consider proposal to relax air travel rules
THE Department of Health (DoH) said Saturday it would consider Presidential Entrepreneurship Advisor Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd’s proposal to ease the country’s Covid-19 air travel restrictions. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told the daily Laging Handa briefing that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has already instructed its expert group to to study Concepcion’s proposal. Concepcion, at a Go Negosyo town hall meeting on Friday, recommended a gradual shift from facility-based quarantine to home-based quarantine for international arrivals, saying it would help revive the tourism and transport sector country air.
Covid jabs will be commercially available by 2023
VACCINE Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) could become commercially available in the Philippines by 2023, noting that the government would continue to provide them free of charge to vulnerable sectors of the society. Galvez, also an implementer for the National Task Force Against Covid-19, said Covid-19 injections could be purchased directly from pharmacies once they go on sale. He said the government was determined to centralize the supply of Covid-19 vaccines.
Balita is committed to addressing health, livelihoods and education issues
Senate candidate Dr Carl Balita said he would focus on the three Ks – Kalusugan, Kabuhayan to Karunungan (health, livelihoods and education) – his campaign’s battle cry if elected. Balita, a nurse, midwife, entrepreneur, teacher, radio personality and nursing board exam examiner, is running under the Aksyon Demokratiko party with Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso as the presidential candidate. He said he was confident of placing in the top 12 in the upcoming national elections on May 9 despite the lack of funds and political mechanisms.
BoC files 166 criminal and administrative cases
In pursuit of border transparency and security, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) filed a total of 166 criminal and administrative cases against importers and customs brokers in 2021. Meanwhile, as part of its anti-corruption campaign, the BoC issued a total of 1,153 show cause orders during the same period, which resulted in the dismissal, suspension, relief and reshuffling of errant customs employees. Data from the BoC’s Smugglers Action Team, or Batas, showed a total of 103 criminal cases filed from January to December 2021 against 309 individuals comprised of importers and customs brokers for violations of the Republic Act 10863, also known as the “Customs Modernization and Tariff Act” and other relevant laws. Similarly, 63 administrative cases were filed against licensed customs brokers before the Professional Regulation Commission. Among the cases were the illegal importation of cigarettes worth 897.1 million pula; agricultural products valued at 293.9 million pesos; general merchandise amounting to nearly 253.2 million pesos; medicines worth 57.1 million pula; motor vehicles worth 49.1 million pesos; and other products valued at P63.1 million.
BUSINESS: ‘RING’ for a healthy and safe financial system
In the area of business, the Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Benjamin Diokno, said that the central bank promotes a healthy, safe and resilient financial system by using the “RING” strategy. In a statement released over the weekend, he explained that “R” stands for risk management guidelines that are constantly updated to keep pace with changing conditions, while “I” stands for integrity of the financial system and investor confidence. “N” denotes new technologies that must be adapted to deliver innovative financial goods and services, and “G” denotes governance standards that must be continuously improved to ensure regulated financial institutions operate safely and ethically. Diokno added that the implementation of corporate and risk governance reforms have helped the Philippine banking system weather the pandemic, as these “embed a culture of excellence and good governance among supervised financial institutions. “. In October last year, BSP introduced the Environmental and Social Risk Management Framework, signifying the second stage of rules to integrate and encourage sustainability.
SPORTS: Magsayo takes on Russell for WBC world title
In sports, rising Filipino star Mark Magsayo caught the eye of boxing fans when he scored a knockout against Mexican Julio Ceja last August. The World Boxing Council also took notice and made Magsayo the mandatory featherweight challenger. Now it’s time for the pride of Tagbilaran City, Bohol to prove himself in the most important fight of his young boxing career. Magsayo is aiming to become just the third Filipino to lead the 126-pound division when he takes on WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday (Philippines time). The only Filipinos to claim the world featherweight crown are Luisito Espinosa in 1995 and Manny Pacquiao (lineal title) in 2003. The Magsayo-Russell fight is the main event of a three-fight fight card.
Opinion and Editorial
Today’s front page columnist is Marlen Ronquillo. He discusses global population density issues.
Our editorial today believes that the surge in Covid-19 cases around the world caused by the Omicron variant is a reminder to the world to come together. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to the voice of the times.
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