Rappler Newscast | June 12, 2013
Today on Rappler.
- President Aquino urges Filipinos to follow the example of national hero Andres Bonifacio on the Philippines’ 115th Independence Day.
- The International Labor Organization says 10.5 million children work as domestic servants worldwide.
- Google, Facebook and Microsoft ask the US government to allow them to disclose how often the government taps user data.
Story 1: AQUINO ON INDEPENDENCE DAY: FOLLOW BONIFACIO
It's Independence Day, and President Benigno Aquino gives this annual ritual a twist.
Unlike presidents before him, Aquino takes the celebration to the shrine of a hero for the poor.
Paterno Esmaquel reports.
For the first time, President Benigno Aquino leads the 115th Independence Day rites at Liwasang Bonifacio.
It's a shrine devoted to Andres Bonifacio, the hero who led the armed revolution against Spain.
The Palace says it's a recognition of Bonifacio’s role in history.
The country marks Bonifacio's 150th birth anniversary this year.
Aquino says Filipinos should follow Bonifacio's example.
He calls for courage and love of neighbor.
BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Maliwanag po ang pahiwatig ng kanyang tindig: Karangalan ang magtaya ng buhay para sa bayan; taas-noo nating maipagmamalaki ang mga naiambag natin para sa kalayaan. Kasabay nito, tila mapanghamon din ang titig ni Bonifacio: Ikaw, Pilipino, ano na ang nagawa mo para sa iyong bandila at kapwa? (It's clear in his posture: It's honor to lay down one's life for the country; we take pride in our contributions to promote our freedom. At the same time, Bonifacio's gaze poses a challenge: You, Filipino, what have you done for your flag and your neighbor?)
Aquino says this in the face of protests over government services.
In Tutuban, Bonifacio's birthplace, militant groups denounce Philippine independence as fake.
They downplay the government's economic gains.
A day before this, the National Statistics Office reports more Filipinos are jobless in April compared to the same period last year.
This, despite a stellar 7.8 percent growth in the country's economy.
PATERNO ESMAQUEL, REPORTING: One hundred and fifty years ago, Andres Bonifacio fought to uplift the plight of the masses. But the same issues hound the poor to this day, posing a challenge for the Philippine government.
Aquino says ending poverty is everyone's responsibility.
BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Huwag sana tayong maghintay pa ng tatlondaang taon, o ng tatlong dekada, o kahit ng tatlong taon, bago tayo magpasyang magbuklod para maging malaya tayo mula sa gutom, kahirapan, o anumang banta sa ating soberenya’t seguridad. Hindi tama na mapahaba pa ang pagtitiis ng mga Pilipino ni isang minuto. (Let us not wait for 300 years, or 3 decades or even 3 years before we come together in order to free ourselves from hunger, poverty or whatever threats to our sovereignty and security. It is not right to prolong the suffering of Filipinos by another minute.)
Today Independence Day, Bonifacio, the hero of the masses, shines above other heroes from that era.
A fitting symbolism for Aquino whose stellar economic numbers have yet to trickle down to the working man.
Paterno Esmaquel, Rappler, Manila.
Story 2: CYCLISTS VS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SLAVERY
On Independence Day, cyclists and artists take a stand against human trafficking.
The non-governmental organization Dakila calls them “freedom warriors.”
David Lozada reports.
3,000 cyclists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao raise the Philippine flag to fight against modern day slavery in the Philippines.
Dakila is a non-governmental organization for modern heroism.
Its campaign against human trafficking, Stop, Look, Listen culminate in a Freedom Ride and a Freedom Concert.
DAVID LOZADA, REPORTING: More than one thousand Freedom Fighters bike here in Eastwood City. They join hundreds of other cyclists and advocates in Freedom Rides happening simultaneously in trafficking hotspots Iloilo City and Zamboanga City.
Fifty-four year old Eric Bergara says he biked the whole 30 kilometers despite his diabetes because he believes in the cause.
ERIC BERGARA, CYCLIST: If we don’t spread the word that this is manageable then wala, kawawa yung future generations. (If we don’t spread the word that this is manageable, then future generations will be the ones to suffer.)
Artists and bands include Hidden Nikki, Up Dharma Down, Encounters with a Yeti, and Radioactive Sago Project among others.
Dakila Vice President and activist-artist Noel Cabangon encourages the participants to become Freedom Warriors.
NOEL CABANGON, DAKILA VICE PRESIDENT: Sa araw na ito, ipinagbubunyi natin ang ating kalayaan habang patuloy na ipinaglalaban ang kalayaan ng iba...Nawa, ang bawat pagpadyak natin ay pagpadyak para mailihis ang daan ng bawat Pilipino mula sa kapahamakan patungo sa kaligtasan. (Today, we celebrate our freedom while fighting for the freedom of others. I hope that with our every pedal, we change the direction from danger to safety for every Filipino.)
The US State Department Trafficking in Persons report in 2012 says people are trafficked from rural areas to urban centers Manila, Cebu, Angeles and cities in Mindanao.
Zamboanga Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito who heads an anti-human trafficking inter-agency body says its a social evil that is happening in our midst.
She notes the amendment of Anti-Trafficking act of 2003 is a significant step.
DARLENE PAJARITO, ZAMBOANGA PROSECUTOR: What we need now is to prepare our law enforcers, our prosecutors, our judges and all our partners to be able to implement this law and maximize its purpose.
Dakila and the inter-agency body promote the Anti-Trafficking hotline 1343.
On Independence Day the fight against human trafficking becomes all the more imperative, reminding us that modern-day slavery is very real.
David Lozada, Rappler Pasig City.
Story 3: ILO: 10.5 M CHILDREN WORK AS DOMESTIC SERVANTS
The International Labor Organization says 10.5 million children work as domestic servants worldwide.
In a report released Wednesday to mark World Day Against Child Labor, the UN labor agency says almost three quarters of the children are girls.
It adds, 6.5 million child servants are between five and 14 years old.
The ILO says the problem is global, but sub-Saharan Africa remains a leading concern, particularly countries like Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Mali.
Story 4: WEB GIANTS ASK US GOV'T FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY
Following news about US intelligence agencies mining data from web companies, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft urge the US government to allow them to disclose how often the government taps into user data.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 allows authorities to perform searches of people "engaged in espionage or international terrorism against the United States on behalf of a foreign power."
In a blog post Tuesday, Google says it worked hard to earn user trust, and wants to maintain this trust in light of recent events.
Microsoft also releases a statement, saying "Permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests would help the community understand and debate these important issues."
Facebook says it welcomes a chance to provide a report allowing it to be more open about how it responds to government requests for data.
Story 5: SOUTH: NORTH KOREA WON'T PICK UP PHONE AFTER TALKS RIFT
South Korea says North Korea refuses to answer calls from Seoul after high-level talks scheduled Wednesday were cancelled.
In a statement, the South's Unification Ministry says, "We made an opening call at 9:00am, but the North did not answer."
The Wednesday dialogue would have been the first high-level talks in six years.
South Korea says the North objected Seoul's nomination of a vice minister as its chief delegate.
Pyongyang has not yet issued a statement on the cancellation of the talks.
Some analysts say the cancellation reflects the North's insecurity.
Lee Jung-Hoon, director of the Centre for American Studies at Seoul's Yonsei University, says the North's proposal was a --quote-- "masquerade" from the start.
Lee says, "The basic idea was to break the momentum created by the summits going on around them and try and make people believe the North might be changing its ways."
Story 6: THE wRap: YOUR WORLD IN ONE READ
At number 4, Nelson Mandela shows no sign of improvement as he battles a lung infection in a Pretoria clinic where he was admitted four days ago.
South Africa president Jacob Zuma says the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon remains in "serious but stable" condition while under intensive care.
Tuesday marks 49 years to the day since Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government.
Mandela's latest health scare is met with a growing acceptance among South Africans that the country’s first black leader may be nearing the end of his life.
At number 5, the US Senate votes 84-15 Tuesday to kick off debates on a landmark immigration bill that would provide a 13-year path to citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants.
Bill author Republican Jeff Flake says the votes mark --quote-- "a good start (but) we have a long way to go."
He cites potential roadblocks over border security issues and an uphill climb to pass similar legislation in the House of Representatives.
Democrat Harry Reid, says he hopes to pass the bill by early July.
And at number 6, Pope Francis admits a --quote-- “gay lobby” exists inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Roman Curia.
During an audience last week with the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women, the pope is quoted as saying there is a --quote-- “current of corruption.”
A Latin American Catholic website says the gay lobby was allegedly exposed during a leaks scandal.
In February, Italian media claimed a secret report by cardinals included corruption allegations and blackmail attempts against gay Vatican clergymen.
Story 7: GREEN, NEAL SHINE AS SPURS BEAT HEAT
The San Antonio Spurs hit an NBA Finals record of 16 3-point field goals for a 113 to 77 blowout win against the Miami Heat.
Shooters Gary Neal and Danny Green combine for 51 points on 13 out of 19 shooting from beyond the arc.
MVP LeBron James manages to finish with a double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds despite struggling to make baskets.
Spurs now lead the best-of-7-series, 2-1.
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