Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is calling for transparency in the government's planned purchase and distribution of coronavirus vaccines in the country.

‘Kalampagin si Duterte:’ Trillanes wants gov’t to present COVID vaccine plan ASAP

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Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is calling for transparency in the government’s planned purchase and distribution of coronavirus vaccines in the country. The media, he said, should help prod the Duterte government to disclose the vaccine acquisition plans.

“I am calling on the media to press the duterte admin to present the vaccination procurement/roll out plan ASAP,” Trillanes tweeted Sunday, January 3.

Trillanes is dismayed with the government’s apparent slow vaccination rollout. As Filipinos await for the government’s plan, the former senator said other countries have already started giving vaccines to its citizens. “Nagsimula na ang ibang bansa nung December pa. Dito sila-sila pa lang,” he said.

Trillanes also expressed support for a congressional inquiry into the Presidential Security Group’s vaccination as proposed by Senate Majority Leader Franklin Dirilon.

“Before the vaccine issue gets buried again, let us support Sen. Drilon’s call for a Senate investigation,” he said.

Trillanes wanted to know eight things, including the source of the vaccines and how they were smuggled into the country. He said the public must also know who administered those vaccines to the select government personnel.

Trillanes also asked if President Duterte and other senior public officials have already been vaccinated.

“What is the status of the vaccine procurement,” he asked. “What is the vaccine distribution/administration plan,” he added.

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Hindi mandatory para sa mga healthworkers ang pagpapabakuna kontra Covid-19, ngunit inaanyayahan ng DOH Region 12 ang lahat ng ito na magpabakuna upang mapababa ang tyansa ng pagkalat ng virus, higit sa lahat mapataas ang kumpyansa ng publiko sa pagpapabakuna.

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Trump to be allowed back on YouTube when ‘risk of violence’ falls

Former US president Donald Trump will be allowed back on YouTube but only when the threat of his inciting violence abates, the head of the popular online video sharing platform said Thursday.

YouTube in late January suspended Trump’s channel, joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts following the deadly January 6 Capitol riot.

“We will lift the suspension of the Donald Trump channel when we determine that the risk of violence has decreased,” YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki said during a streamed Atlantic Council interview.

“Given just the warnings by the Capitol Police yesterday about a potential attack today, I think it is pretty clear that that elevated violence risk still remains.”

Wojcicki said that when the Trump channel is reinstated, it will remain subject to the same “three strike” system as everyone else at YouTube.

Uploading videos that break YouTube rules such as those against inciting violence or falsely attacking election integrity would earn the channel more strikes and suspensions.

Channels that get three strikes within a 90-day period are removed from YouTube, Wojcicki noted.

“This was the first strike,” she said of the Trump channel.

“We have applied strikes to over world leaders; (Jair) Bolsonaro in Brazil for Covid-19 misinformation, channels taken down now in Myanmar.”

Factors considered when assessing when it is safe to allow Trump back on YouTube will include online rhetoric along with concerns expressed by police departments and government agencies regarding risks of politically fueled violence, according to Wojcicki.

She felt it important to hold world leaders to the same standards as everyone else on YouTube, reasoning that it is “a very dangerous path to say some people have a free pass” when it comes to breaking content rules.

The Google-owned firm has faced criticism over its slow response following the violence in Washington, as well as the proliferation of conspiracy theories on the platform.

Trump has been banned from other online platforms including Twitter and Facebook. An independent board created by Facebook is reviewing the decision by the leading social network.

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WATCH | Let’s all get vaccinated!

Hindi mandatory para sa mga healthworkers ang pagpapabakuna kontra Covid-19, ngunit inaanyayahan ng DOH Region 12 ang lahat ng ito na magpabakuna upang mapababa ang tyansa ng pagkalat ng virus, higit sa lahat mapataas ang kumpyansa ng publiko sa pagpapabakuna.

Isusunod na sana sa pulis, sundalo: Duterte blames pandemic for failure to hike pay of public school teachers

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (March 4) said he would have raised the salaries of public school teachers if the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t happen.

In a speech at the inauguration of two public school buildings in Valenzuela City, Duterte said he was already “saving” funds to raise the salaries of public school teachers.

Duterte previously said he wanted to increase the pay of public school teachers after doing the same for soldiers and policemen in 2018.

“Nag-iipon na po ako sa totoo lang kasi sabi ko next ang teacher,” he said.

“Now, when COVID came, bagsak talaga ang ekonomiya. Sarado ang mga factories, manufacturing whatever kasi takot nga eh. There was a lockdown. And between the economy and the health of the people with the pandemic whirling around, I thought it wise to cast my lot with the interest of the people in their health,” Duterte added.

An entry-level public school teacher with salary grade 11 currently earns P23,877 monthly under the Salary Standardization Law (SSL).

In a speech on June 13, 2019, Duterte said he was “working on” his promise to raise the pay of public school teachers, but said it was difficult since there were “million[s] of teachers” while there were only 160,000 policemen and 130,000 military personnel.

“It’s easy. That’s why their salaries have doubled,” Duterte said.

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