TIME 100 voting update: Duterte way below

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not gaining much votes in the 2018 TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

In the latest update of voting results Saturday, March 31, Duterte still garnered 0% points compared to other contenders like Korean pop group BTS who already has 14%, while former US President Barack Obama has 3% and is coming in 4th in the Top 100 list.

President Duterte has so far 24% thumbs up votes and 76% thumbs down votes.

If you wanna vote and show your love for President Duterte, go to this link:


You have until April 17 to vote.


Davao-based journo barred from covering Marawi event

An unidentified officer of the 103rd Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) barred Davao Today and Kilab Multimedia reporter Kath M. Cortez from covering the rally that marked the return of Marawi City residents to their homes.

While taking photos of the protesters at the PA-Philippine National Police blockade at the city’s Rapitan Bridge, the officer saw Cortez’s media ID and reportedly shouted: “’Uy, taga-Davao. Kumpiskahin ang ID! Kumpiskahin ang camera! Palabasin ‘yan ng Marawi!”
(Hey, she’s from Davao! Confiscate her ID! Confiscate her camera! Get her out of Marawi!)
Before soldiers could carry out the order, Cortez had safely retreated at the back of rally where she was joined by fellow journalists from Davao City.
While covering the rally’s program, which was about to end, a military again approached and told her to get out of the city.
Cortez and her fellow journalists from Davao have safely gotten out of the city as of posting time.

(NUJP Release)

Duterte in TIME 100 again for 2018


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is again one of the nominees in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Last year, he was included in the top 100 list of influential people along with incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima.

This year though, the senator is no longer among the nominees while President Duterte remains along with other leaders like US Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

All you have to do is go to this link:


and vote for whoever you think is the most influential person for 2018.

As of Friday, March 30, Duterte has garnered more thumbs down vote than a thumbs up. This could change rapidly however, knowing that Duterte has a very strong following among Filipinos here and abroad.
Voting, in partnership with Apester, begins March 28 and it will end on April 17 at midnight ET.

The TIME 100 list will be announced on April 19.

A woman’s way to national security

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A woman can take part in a man’s domain.

Compostela Valley 1st District Representative Maria Carmen Zamora-Mabanglo extended this message to all Filipino women as she recently donned the rank as Lieutenant Colonel, reservist of the Philippine Army, and took an oath to get actively involved in national security.

In her speech during the ceremonial donning of rank officiated by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Zamora cited the occasion as “very significant” to happen in March, Women’s Month, to bring home the message that “very woman can do their role in issues like national security”.

“After all, national security is not just a military dimension. It is political economic, socio-cultural, techno- scientific and environmental and in any of these dimensions, every woman like me can be part of national security,” she addressed the crowd of men in uniform who attended the event held at the Pavilion of Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Mankilam, Tagum City.

She recalled how she had evolved from a youth leader whose concern dwelt only on games to become a legislator who took maternal and childcare as her primary concern. She wanted to level up her role to national security which she once thought as a dimension of service “just for men in uniform”.

“As I evolved as a woman, I took the challenge of taking part in your field, proving that a woman can actually be part on issues like national security,” she said and got applauded by military and local government officials present.

She could have chosen the easy path towards acquiring the degree of Masters in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines but she took “the road less traveled,” given the inspiration of colleagues in Congress.

Last year, she went through the regular course of studying at the Defense College. She went to school from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and rushed to Congress at 4:00 p.m. to attend sessions. She passed through the rigors of a military training, and experienced a mock armed encounters with colleague Deputy Speaker Mercedes Alvarez among those her supposed enemies.

She had the opportunity to visit some provinces in Central Command of the Armed Forces, stretched her travel to Pag-asa Island and went to Italy to present studies on national defense. “It was not easy,” she said.

She thanked the Department of National Defense for granting her scholarship for Masters in National Security Administration and cited Secretary Lorenzana’s presence during her donning of rank as a reminder that “every civilian can take part in national security”.

“This is not just a field of men in uniform. We can do our part. We have options how we can contribute,” she said. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron Abangan)