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Alleged US role in Mamasapano ops irks Miriam

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday questioned the alleged involvment of the United States in the Mamasapano operation against high-ranking terrorists, which led to the massacre of 44 elite police troops.
Santiago, an expert in international law, pointed out that the possible “intervention by another state or states” in the operation dubbed as Oplan Wolverine is prohibited by international law.
“As a general rule, foreign states are not normally allowed to provide help to the rebels in a non-international armed conflict situation. If the CIA was involved owing to the counter-terrorism campaign worldwide by the US government, any foreign help from the CIA would complicate the legality of the armed conflict,” she said in a statement.
“If the Philippine government received help from the CIA, then the rebels under international law would argue that they have a right of counter-intervention from their own friendly state,” the senator explained.
Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and foreign-trained Filipino bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman were the targets of the botched police operation which killed the Fallen 44.
Malacanang had denied the involvement of American troops in the said operation supposedly led by suspended police chief Alan Purisima.
“Ito po ay operasyon ng Republika ng Pilipinas at ng mga law enforcement at armed forces po natin,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. told radio dzMM

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Italy mayor accused of vaccine queue-jumping resigns

A town mayor in Italy’s Sicily region said Sunday he was stepping down after coming under fire for jumping the queue for coronavirus vaccinations.

“I spent a sleepless night thinking about this decision and I concluded that it is right for me to resign,” Nicolo Nicolosi, 78, told the ANSA news agency.

Nicolosi, mayor of Corleone, a small town near Palermo, said he was quitting “even if I insist that I made the right choice in getting vaccines for me and city councillors.”

On Saturday, press reports said police were investigating the mayor and other members of the municipal government, and had reported the case to local prosecutors.

The city of Corleone — otherwise famous for inspiring the name of the Mafia boss from “The Godfather” franchise — confirmed on its Facebook page that Nicolosi got two vaccine doses in January.

Italy started its vaccination campaign in late December, reserving the first doses for health workers and people over 80. Like in the rest of Europe, supply shortages have caused delays.

Nicolosi argued that local politicians like him also needed immediate protection against the virus, as frontline workers serving their local communities.

His vaccination was “a conscious choice made to stave off the possibility that any contact with the virus might have forced him to abandon his post on the trenches,” the city of Corleone said on Facebook.

Nicola Morra, a senator from the ruling Five Star Movement and head of the upper chamber’s anti-mafia committee, said Nicolosi was not the only local politician who abused the system.

“Unfortunately we are hearing of several situations in which the rule of law was trampled on,” Morra wrote on Facebook, urging other queue jumpers to follow the example of stepping down.

Italy has so far injected 5.3 million doses of the vaccine and fully vaccinated 1.6 million people, out of a population of 60 million, health ministry data showed Sunday.

New Prime Minister Mario Draghi, sworn in last month, has made it a priority to accelerate vaccine distribution, to contain a pandemic that has killed almost 100,000 people nationwide. © Agence France-Presse

Covid’s impact could mean millions more child marriages: Unicef

The outsized impact Covid-19 has had on women in some countries could result in an additional 10 million child marriages in this decade, according to a new analysis released Monday by Unicef.

“School closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy and parental deaths due to the pandemic are putting the most vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage,” said a study titled “Covid-19: A threat to progress against child marriage.”

That trend, if confirmed, would represent a serious retreat from recent years of progress against child marriage.

In the last 10 years, according to the study, the proportion of young women globally who were married as children had declined by 15 percent, from nearly one in four to one in five.

That progress “is now under threat,” said the study, released on International Women’s Day.

“Covid-19 has made an already difficult situation for millions of girls even worse,” said Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore.

“Shuttered schools, isolation from friends and support networks, and rising poverty have added fuel to a fire the world was already struggling to put out.”

Girls who marry in childhood, the study said, are more likely to experience domestic violence and less likely to remain in school. They face an increased risk of early and unplanned pregnancy, and maternal complications and mortality.

Isolation from family and friends can take “a heavy toll on their mental health.”

Meantime, pandemic-related travel restrictions and physical distancing have made it harder for girls “to access the health care, social services and community support that protect them from child marriage, unwanted pregnancy and gender-based violence,” while making it more likely that they drop out of school.

In addition, families facing economic hardship may seek to marry off their daughters to ease financial burdens.

The report estimates that 650 million girls and women alive today were married in childhood, about half of them in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India or Nigeria.

Fore called for countries to reopen schools, implement legal reforms, ensure access to health and social services while providing measures to protect families.

By doing so, she said, “we can significantly reduce a girl’s risk of having her childhood stolen through child marriage.” © Agence France-Presse

China’s congress spins out bold and bizarre ideas

Widely viewed as a rubber-stamp for the nation’s Communist Party rulers, China’s annual parliament still spins out a barrage of bold and bizarre proposals which may hint at the thinking inside Beijing’s cloistered corridors of power.

The week-long political spectacle sees about 3,000 appointed lawmakers meet, while another 2,000-odd advisers discuss ideas on how to iron out wrinkles in China’s business and social fabric.

The latter group — known as the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), includes business tycoons such as Netease founder Ding Lei, Yao Ming of NBA fame, and technocrats such as Gao Fu, the head China’s centre for disease control.

Most of their proposals fall by the wayside, but some later emerge into law.

Here are a few recommendations that have made waves on Chinese social media:

– Lessons in love –

Can love be taught in the classroom? With fewer people tying the knot and not enough babies to power China’s economy, a government adviser thinks it is time college students got mandatory lessons in “romance and marriage”.

“Young people have very little understanding of how to face an emotional crisis or sexual problems,” Yu Xinwei, vice-president of Guangzhou University, said.

China’s divorce rate has soared in recent years, prompting lawmakers to introduce a 30-day cooling-off period before couples break up.

– Man camps –

Boys should be encouraged to play competitive sports such as football and basketball “to increase their masculinity”, reads a proposal by parliamentarian Xiong Sidong. “While girls should pursue rhythmic gymnastics, yoga and other exercises to increase their flexibility.”

According to him, Chinese boys are too “timid, quiet and dependent”, contrary to the “traditional qualities of manliness”, which has created “social and family problems”.

Such gender-differentiated classes would allow “natural and healthy development”, Xiong said.

The proposal met with derision online, with many saying children should be allowed to choose classes based on their interests and not their gender.

– Hacker stars –

The government should recognise hackers as “special talents” and take steps to “strengthen their loyalty to the nation”, said Zhou Hongyi, founder of internet security firm Qihoo 360 and a member of the advisory body.

State-sponsored hacking groups operating out of China have been accused of attempting to steal secrets from foreign businesses including Microsoft and Airbus and even causing a recent blackout in India’s financial hub Mumbai.

– Farewell to English? –

English is a compulsory subject offered from grades one through 12 in China’s national curriculum as the country seeks to upskill its population.

But a lawmaker thinks the hours spent learning a foreign language is “useless” given improvements in translation devices, and wants to cut it from the core curriculum.

“Students spend 10 percent of their time in school learning English, but it’s only useful for a minority,” said Xu Jin, a member of political group the Jiusan Society, who wants more time dedicated to subjects including Chinese and mathematics.

Online, many criticised the idea as narrow-minded populism.

– Cheaper chops –

The government should pay half the cost of pig breeding, according to Liu Yonghao, founder of agribusiness giant New Hope Group and a member of the advisory body.

African swine fever has battered the country’s hog population in recent years.

Half of the world’s pork is eaten in China and prices soared last year after nearly 100 million animals were culled.

– Vaccine passport –

Travelling to China requires a battery of coronavirus tests and weeks in quarantine.

A prominent lawyer and member of the advisory body Zhu Zhengfu has proposed a globally recognised vaccine passport to address these pain points.

Zhu told the Global Times that international arrivals could be exempt from quarantine requirements if they have a negative nucleic acid test and a vaccine passport.

People within China who get the jab could also travel freely without getting a painful nasal swab every time they leave their city, Zhu said. © Agence France-Presse

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