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Bureau of Jail Management and Penology’s (BJMP) Oplan TOKLAW has reached out to a total of 13 Zamboanga City Jail (ZCJ) inmates in a program that helps inmates and their families reunite after having had no meetings with one another for the last six months and beyond.

The first stop of the group was barangay Sta Catalina on May 1 and May 13 Rio-Hondo and Baliwasan, where relatives reside. ZCJ warden J/Chief Inspector Ervin R. Diaz said, the program aims to re-establish long-lost relations bedtween inmates and relatives.

The program also intends to remind the family that their moral support is of outmost importance to an inmate’s life, and the loved ones will be reminded to take good care of their family member in jail.

In the program, the family, friends, or relatives of the inmates who have had no visitors are personally being visited by BJMP officials, the religious group, and the barangay, and after that they schedule the visit to the city jail for them to see their loved ones, wherein BJMP facilitates the transport of families to jail to visit their loved ones inside. This was made possible through the participation of various government and private agencies, including religious groups and the barangay.

The program also envisions to develop self-esteem inmates, thus pre-empting possible evil plan to include escape.

The program, the first of its kind in the country will continue for the ZCJ still has a total of 178 inmates listed as with no visitors.

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Not much bruited about is that a local boy is a five-time title holder of Tawag ng Tanghalan-Kids, noontime show in ABS-CBN.

He is Francis Concepcion. In an episode aired Monday, May 15, Francis defeated daily winner Jezza Mae Quioge of Metro Manila with her performance of “Basang Basa Sa Ulan” by Filipino rock band “Aegis.”

The judges gave Concepcion a total average of 94.6 percent, while Quioge received 91.0 percent for singing “Dadalhin” by Regine Velasquez.

Francis took home a total of P110,000 and will return on the Tawag Ng Tanghalan stage today, Tuesday to defend his fifth hard-earned victory.

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President Duterte on Tuesday shoed away threats by opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to bring him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer allegations of human rights violations in connection with the government’s war on drugs.

Duterte made the statement following the Monday quashing by the House of Representatives for lack of substance the impeachment case against that Alejano filed.

Duterte, who arrived from China, said he had been investigated by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) during the time of now Senator Leila de Lima.

The current CHR has also said that there was still no basis to say that recent killings were state sponsored.

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Who says the Philippine National Police (PNP) is turning a blind eye to erring members? For the in formation of all, the PNP is at the moment investigating 1,540 cases of alleged police abuse in the government’s war on drugs, Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo, PNP Human Rights Affairs Office head said.

Siervo also said 17 policemen had already been dismissed for human rights violations over the last two years.

And Siervo has noted a downward trend in the number of police abuse cases.

“There were 12 policemen dismissed in 2015 and five in 2016. I’m hoping that it will continue to go down,” he said.

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The Washington Post reported Monday, President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and its ambassador to the United States during an Oval Office meeting last week, .

The information disclosed by the US leader concerned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and had been provided by a partner of the United States that did not bear authorization for Washington share it with Moscow, the paper said.

Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies,” the Post quoted a US official as saying on condition of anonymity.

While the information Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak supposedly carried one of the highest levels of classification used by US intelligence agencies, SS sees no harm in Trump’s sharing of the report. One would note, Syria and Iraq enjoy the support of Russia. So, quite likely Trump’s intention in sharing such important bits of information was to show the evil designs of the latter two mentioned countries, which may surely sway Russia into discontinuing its support to the duo.

The Post reported, citing unnamed officials, that “Trump went off script and began describing details about an Islamic State terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.”

Well, does anybody see anything wrong for Russia to be told of such devilish tactics? Any power-that-be, in including ally Russia, may very well see the Syria and Iraq demonic maneuverings?

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Security researchers on Monday reported signs of a potential North Korea link to the massive cyberattack campaign that sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide and opened fresh political rifts between Russia and the United States.

After days of disruptions affecting networks worldwide, a top US official said the number of computers affected had reached 300,000, but that infection rates had slowed.

In the first clues of the origin of the massive ransomware attacks, Google researcher Neel Mehta posted computer code that showed similarities between the “WannaCry” malware and a vast hacking effort widely attributed to Pyongyang.

Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump’s top cyber and homeland security adviser, brushed aside suggestions that the United States was to blame for the attack, which stemmed from a flaw discovered by the US National Security Agency and later leaked.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier had pointed the finger at the United States, even as as Russia has recently accused of cyber meddling in several countries.

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Would this development dampen the spirit of accused pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and withdraw from turning state witness? We are crossing our fingers in hopes it would not, for if it does, the Duterte administration would never get to the bottom of the anomaly nor to the top of the scoundrels.

The Sandiganbayan on Monday denied the request for detention of Napoles at the National Bureau of Investigation  and ordered her transfer instead to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City from the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City.

Napoles had been serving a 20- to 40-year sentence in the Correctional Institution for Women after a Makati court convicted her of serious illegal detention, but had asked to be transferred to the NBI after the Court of Appeals overturned her conviction this month.

Napoles’ lawyer, Stephen David, however  said they will appeal the decision of the Sandiganbayan.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the other hand, assured the public that the reinvestigation of the Department of Justice into the multibillion-peso pork barrel fund anomaly would not be selective, unlike it was during the previous administration.

That’s correct, only critics then and strong potential presidentiables and vice-presidentiables were pinned.

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Como su ichura, dol palta gane gayot huisio (As his looks are, seems he does lack wisdom.)

Already bringing the world near to damnation of a possible nuclear war, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his ilk, on Monday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the US mainland within reach, saying it was capable of carrying a “heavy nuclear warhead.”

Jong-Un personally oversaw the test on Sunday, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch.

In others, he gleefully clasped hands with officers and staff after the black missile - named as the Hwasong-12 -ascended into the sky in the dawn light, atop a column of fire, giving more reasons for South Korea, Japan and America to possibly use military force against his nation.

See? Venturing dangerous situations, he is still in all glee. Pues, donde man huisio de ese jente? (So, where is wisdom in that guy?) (By Jimmy Cabato)

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