‘Red tagged’ student leader freed

A student leader who was detained for alleged illegal possession of firearms has been released, according to a post on Facebook by the Kabataan and Anakbayan Party-list groups on Tuesday.

Maria Jesusa “Sasah” Sta. Rosa of Jovenes Anakbayan-Bicol was arrested last May 2, 2021, during a joint police and military raid in her home in Naga City where several types of ammunition were seized.

Lawyers Ricky Tomotorgo and John Bongat, a former mayor, helped Sta. Rosa secure a dismissal of the charges against her after they discovered that the search warrant that was used had a different address.

The Kabataan Party-List and Anakbayan Naga City called out for justice for Sta. Rosa following her 5-month detention, which they blamed on the government’s “red tagging” or those who are accused of having links with the communist rebels.

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Bible, Quran apps removed from Apple app store for China


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Under pressure from Chinese law, a digital Bible company has removed its app from Apple’s app store offerings in China while Apple itself has removed a Quran app from its China store at the request of Chinese officials.

“Olive Tree Bible Software was informed during the App Store review process that we are required to provide a permit demonstrating our authorization to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China,” the company told BBC News.

“Since we did not have the permit and needed to get our app update approved and out to customers, we removed our Bible app from China’s App Store,” it said.

Olive Tree Bible Software’s work on digital versions of Bibles dates back decades. Its founder Drew Haninger developed Bible programs for the Palm Pilot and other early mobile devices in the late 1990s. It provides various translations of the Bible as well. The Spokane-based company’s website lists several English-language Catholic editions of the Bible, though it says some versions are not available for purchase.

Similar app store difficulties afflicted a company that produces a digital version of the Quran.

Quran Majeed, produced by Pakistan Data Management Services, claims over 35 million users, and 1 million users in China. The company said that according to Apple, the app was removed from Apple’s China app store “because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities.” The company said it is working to contact the Cyberspace Administration of China and relevant Chinese officials to resolve the matter.

Apple declined to comment to the BBC, noting its human rights statement: “We’re required to comply with local laws, and at times there are complex issues about which we may disagree with governments.”

Permit requirements also tripped up Audible, an audiobook and podcast service owned by Amazon. Audible removed its app from the mainland China Apple store in September.

Microsoft recently announced that it would close its career-focused social network site LinkedIn in China because of the challenges of complying with Chinese rules. LinkedIn came under criticism for blocking profiles of some journalists.

Apps that are off-limits in China include those relating to Tiananmen Square protests, the religious movement Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, and independence causes for Tibet and Taiwan, BBC News reports.

Religious organizations are strictly regulated under Chinese law and Christian clergy can face legal penalties if they do not register with the government or if they conduct unauthorized activities or act in ways that allegedly undermine national unity.

In 2018 the Holy See reached an agreement with the Chinese government on the appointment of bishops, and this agreement was renewed for two more years in October 2020. The terms of the agreement have never been fully revealed, but it reportedly allows China’s state-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association to select episcopal candidates, who would then be approved or vetoed by the Holy See.

However, administrative rules which took effect in May made no mention of the Vatican approval process, the magazine Bitter Winter reported earlier this year.

The treatment of some Muslim minorities has also drawn scrutiny. The United States has described as a “genocide” the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the Uyghurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group, and other minorities in the far western Xinjiang autonomous region.

China’s government created a network of detention camps where more than 1 million Uyghurs and other minorities are estimated to have been detained. There have also been reports of forced labor, mass surveillance of Uyghurs, forced sterilizations of Uyghur women, and torture in the camps.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 100,000 Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities may be working in forced labor conditions, after having been imprisoned in the camps.

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KUWTT: Duterte: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey | Oct. 18, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 18, 2021.

READ: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey

ONLINE media outfit Rappler deleted its Facebook presidential survey after netizens accused it of using the poll for propaganda, according to several vloggers on Sunday. The vloggers said Rappler has apologized to “angry” netizens and explained that the survey had to be taken down since it was not aligned with its objectives. They said the manipulation was discovered when the total number of those who reacted “did not tally” with the list of netizens who actually reacted. Rappler asked Facebook users in an October 7 post to respond with specific emojis to indicate their preferred presidential bet. The poll asked the question: “Who is your presidential bet for the 2022 elections?” An amused emoji meant a vote for Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, a thumbs-up sign for Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a heart emoji for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, a shocked emoji for Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and a caring emoji for Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.

READ: Covid cases dip, lowest in 3 months

COVID-19 cases continue to dip as the government ramped up its vaccination program, pouring more vaccines in areas outside the National Capital Region. On Sunday, the Department of Health (DoH) reported 6,913 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total to 2,720,368 cases. It was the lowest number of new cases since July.

READ: ‘Maring’ damage to agriculture hits P1.87B

AGRICULTURAL damage and losses from Tropical Storm “Maring” (international name: Kompasu) rose to P1.87 billion, the Department of Agriculture said on Sunday. The agency said Maring damaged 69,868 hectares of agricultural areas and 91,407 metric tons of produce. The storm affected 60,195 farmers and fishers.Hard-hit areas include the Ilocos and Bicol regions, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Western Visayas and Soccsksargen.

READ: ECOP, govt map out loan for workers’ 13th month pay

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is working with the government to map out the mechanics of a loan facility to help pandemic-hit micro and small companies provide workers their 13th month pay. ECOP President Sergio Ortiz Luis Jr. said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Finance agreed in principle to provide P200-million to P500-million interest-free loans for small companies. The money will be sourced from the available funding of the Small Business Corp. (SBCorp) under Bayanihan 2.

BUSINESS: PH up in Peddling Peril Index list

Over to business, the Philippines has improved its ranking the latest edition of the Peddling Peril Index (PPI), the Trade department said on Sunday, moving up to 49th out of 200 countries from 86th a year earlier. The Philippines’ 2021/2022 PPI score increased by 273 points to 755 from 482 in the previous year.

SPORTS: Role players crucial for underdog Hotshots

Our top sports story discusses about Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca, who are the key players for the underdog Magnolia Hotshots in their return to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

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Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao analyzes the aforementioned issues surrounding an election poll by Rappler, while Fr. Aquino believes the Catholic Church is listening to the government.

Today’s editorial discusses the booster shot vaccines against Covid-19. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Times announces new senior management team

The Manila Times has announced new designations of its senior management team members to better reflect their current roles and responsibilities. Effective today, Ederlina “Leena” Calso-Chua and Lyd Maritoni Lourdes “Lynette” Ordoñez-Luna will be co-managing editors of The Times. Apart from Calso-Chua and Ordoñez-Luna, The Times also announced the appointment of veteran newspaper executive Blanquita “Blanca” Calilung Mercado, who will be the new president in addition to her current role as chief operating officer (COO). Lastly, the former president, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, will be the new Times chairman and will remain concurrently as CEO. The Times, the longest-running national daily in the Philippines, celebrated its 123rd founding anniversary October 11. For much of the 20th century, it was the leading national daily not only in the Philippines but throughout Southeast Asia, even earning the title “the grand old dame” of newspapers.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

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KUWTT: Duterte: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey | Oct. 18, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 18, 2021.

READ: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey

ONLINE media outfit Rappler deleted its Facebook presidential survey after netizens accused it of using the poll for propaganda, according to several vloggers on Sunday. The vloggers said Rappler has apologized to “angry” netizens and explained that the survey had to be taken down since it was not aligned with its objectives. They said the manipulation was discovered when the total number of those who reacted “did not tally” with the list of netizens who actually reacted. Rappler asked Facebook users in an October 7 post to respond with specific emojis to indicate their preferred presidential bet. The poll asked the question: “Who is your presidential bet for the 2022 elections?” An amused emoji meant a vote for Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, a thumbs-up sign for Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a heart emoji for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, a shocked emoji for Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and a caring emoji for Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.

READ: Covid cases dip, lowest in 3 months

COVID-19 cases continue to dip as the government ramped up its vaccination program, pouring more vaccines in areas outside the National Capital Region. On Sunday, the Department of Health (DoH) reported 6,913 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total to 2,720,368 cases. It was the lowest number of new cases since July.

READ: ‘Maring’ damage to agriculture hits P1.87B

AGRICULTURAL damage and losses from Tropical Storm “Maring” (international name: Kompasu) rose to P1.87 billion, the Department of Agriculture said on Sunday. The agency said Maring damaged 69,868 hectares of agricultural areas and 91,407 metric tons of produce. The storm affected 60,195 farmers and fishers.Hard-hit areas include the Ilocos and Bicol regions, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Western Visayas and Soccsksargen.

READ: ECOP, govt map out loan for workers’ 13th month pay

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is working with the government to map out the mechanics of a loan facility to help pandemic-hit micro and small companies provide workers their 13th month pay. ECOP President Sergio Ortiz Luis Jr. said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Finance agreed in principle to provide P200-million to P500-million interest-free loans for small companies. The money will be sourced from the available funding of the Small Business Corp. (SBCorp) under Bayanihan 2.

BUSINESS: PH up in Peddling Peril Index list

Over to business, the Philippines has improved its ranking the latest edition of the Peddling Peril Index (PPI), the Trade department said on Sunday, moving up to 49th out of 200 countries from 86th a year earlier. The Philippines’ 2021/2022 PPI score increased by 273 points to 755 from 482 in the previous year.

SPORTS: Role players crucial for underdog Hotshots

Our top sports story discusses about Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca, who are the key players for the underdog Magnolia Hotshots in their return to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao analyzes the aforementioned issues surrounding an election poll by Rappler, while Fr. Aquino believes the Catholic Church is listening to the government.

Today’s editorial discusses the booster shot vaccines against Covid-19. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Times announces new senior management team

The Manila Times has announced new designations of its senior management team members to better reflect their current roles and responsibilities. Effective today, Ederlina “Leena” Calso-Chua and Lyd Maritoni Lourdes “Lynette” Ordoñez-Luna will be co-managing editors of The Times. Apart from Calso-Chua and Ordoñez-Luna, The Times also announced the appointment of veteran newspaper executive Blanquita “Blanca” Calilung Mercado, who will be the new president in addition to her current role as chief operating officer (COO). Lastly, the former president, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, will be the new Times chairman and will remain concurrently as CEO. The Times, the longest-running national daily in the Philippines, celebrated its 123rd founding anniversary October 11. For much of the 20th century, it was the leading national daily not only in the Philippines but throughout Southeast Asia, even earning the title “the grand old dame” of newspapers.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

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