This may not be a battle of the sexes in the the House of Representatives (HOR), but the female members of the Chamber are already fortifying their ranks on the sex tape issue.

United they stand: Lady politikos out to stop sex tape viewing in NBP probe

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This may not be a battle of the sexes in the the House of Representatives (HOR), but the female members of the Chamber are already fortifying their ranks on the sex tape issue.

Lady congressmen are now passing around a statement that seeks to halt the planned showing of Senator Leila de Lima’s alleged sex video, particularly in the continuation of the House Justice Committee inquiry next week.

“We, the WOMEN of the House of Representatives, call for circumspection and sobriety. We humbly ask the House Leadership to exercise sound judgment in these times. Let interparliamentary courtesy and decency prevail in the ongoing investigation on the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison,” the statement read.

The Justice panel led by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali is investigating De Lima’s alleged involvement in the NBP drug issue.

“As women, we take offense in any action that intends to shame and demean us, regardless of being citizens or Senators. Let us not allow this to happen in our House, which has built a strong image as a protector of women’s rights and welfare. The path towards the truth should not be paved with the dignity of women to be trampled upon.

“We, the women of the House, ask the Leadership and our colleagues to hear us and join us in our call. When we want the truth and justice to prevail, let us also place decency and the dignity of women alongside them,” the document further read.

As of posting time, dozens of lawmakers have signed the statement, including male politikos.

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Roque attributes success of PH vaccine rollout to Duterte’s foreign policy

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Malacañang on Friday attributed the arrival of donated Covid-19 vaccines in the country to President Rodrigo Duterte’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy.

During his speech at the vaccination launch in Davao City, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque thanked China, the European Union member states, and other countries involved in the COVAX Facility for the vaccine deliveries.

“Kung hindi nga po tayo nakipagkaibigan sa mga bansa bukod pa sa Estados Unidos, mga bansa ngayon ng European Union kagaya po ng UK, ng Germany, ng France, ng Italy, ng Norway, at iba-iba pang countries, hindi po tayo makakatanggap ng bakuna galing din po sa COVAX facility,” according to him.

“Iyong bagong pagkakaibigan po natin – sa Tsina at sa European Union at sa bansang Canada, dahil kasama din po ang Canada sa COVAX – ang ating independent foreign policy, iyan po ang dahilan ngayon kung bakit isa na po tayo sa mga bansang nagbabakuna,” he added.

The Philippines yesterday received more than than 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.

Last Sunday, some 600,000 doses of Sinovac’s vaccine donated by the Chinese government arrived in Manila.

Drilon: Assassination attempt on rights lawyer has chilling effect on legal profession

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Friday condemned in the strongest terms the assassination attempt on lawyer Angelo Karlo “AK” Guillen.

“The attempt on the life of Guillen sends a chilling effect on members of the legal profession – lawyers, judges and justices,” he said in a statement.

“When lawyers can no longer do their job freely and without fear of being killed, that is when the rule of law begins to weaken,” Drilon said.

He urged the authorities not let this “horrific attack” on members of the legal profession continue.

“Guillen’s case should not just add to the strings of unresolved cases of killing of and assassination attempts on lawyers in the country. I urge the authorities to bring those responsible to justice,” Drilon said.

“The assassination attempt on Guillen is particularly disquieting in light of the issue on red-tagging. Guillen, a human rights lawyer, has been ‘red-tagged,’” he added.

“His case lays the basis for the need for a stronger policy against red-tagging. Congress should provide sufficient remedies to protect the victims of red-tagging activities,” Drilon said.

Gatchalian blasts ‘constant poor internet service’ of telcos

Three months after the President’s ultimatum to the telecommunications companies to improve their services, consumers continue to suffer from unreliable internet connectivity in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian said on Friday.

Add to this, he said, is the poor customer service afforded by telcos to its subscribers who lodge complaints over data concerns and deficient broadband services, among many others.

“To say that the public is not getting their money’s worth is an understatement. The lackadaisical attitude in the face of the subscribers’ problems is appalling especially at this time when we are all aware of the necessity of internet services in every household and commercial establishment in the country,” Gatchalian said.

He noted that in the case of Valenzuela City, residents had to seek the intervention of the local chief executive out of frustration just to have their internet connection fixed.

Despite reports that internet speed has seen improvements with the Philippines’ global ranking in mobile internet speed as of January 2021 moving up to the 86th spot from being in the 111th spot in the same period of 2020, Gatchalian said this significant improvement “does not seem to reflect marked changes in actual services to customers.”

Data from Ookla Speedtest Global Index, on the other hand, showed that the country’s fixed internet or fixed broadband global ranking remained at 100th.

Gatchalian said internet service providers (ISP) remain slow in addressing customer complaints as it would often take weeks and, in worse cases, even months before they could receive any feedback or appropriate services from the technical crew.

The social media pages of PLDT and Globe Telecoms have been flooded with complaints since last year over the slow response from network service personnel for the much-needed technical repairs.

“Sobrang haba na ng pisi ng mga tao. Hanggang kailan pa tayo magdurusa sa problema ng internet connectivity?” Gatchalian said.

“Baka naman nabakunahan na tayong lahat kontra Covid-19 tapos hindi pa natatapos ang problemang ito. Hindi katulad ng singil sa kuryente na maaring installment, ang mga subscrbers ng telcos ay buo ang binabayad. Sana suklian naman nila ang mga tao ng karampatang serbisyo,” he said.

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