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John is co-counsel in the Coordination Proceeding Special Title (Rule 1550(b)) In Re: Tobacco Cases II in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Diego, Case No. 711400. This matter alleges that the cigarette manufacturers violated section 17200 of California’s Unfair Competition Laws (“UCL”). On May 18, 2009, the California Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals decertification of a class of California residents who smoked one or more cigarettes and were exposed to the cigarette manufacturers’ fraudulent marketing and advertising activities. On March 11, 2010, Judge Prager reinstated claims involving light cigarettes. These recent precedent setting decisions have been widely reported as preserving the California UCL. Pending trial date.

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As an ordinary citizen who wants nothing more than a safe, peaceful and orderly society for myself and my family, I strongly agree with the decision promulgated by the Supreme Court on July 4, upholding President Duterte’s proclamation of martial law over the entire Mindanao.
I humbly believe that the position taken by the Court on the issue truly exemplifies a unified stance which any government should assume when faced with public disorder and lawlessness, like the recent Marawi attacks.
I am even more relieved to know that the Court has - as it always has - tilted the scales of justice to embrace objectivity, reason and compassion for the protection and welfare of the Filipino people.
President Duterte both has the power and duty to protect and safeguard the
Filipino populace against acts of rebellion, terrorism and other forms of lawless violence.
In fact, he is empowered under the 1987 Philippine Constitution to do so. Accordingly, “
Although I am not from Marawi and other conflict-stricken areas, I strongly believe that what the President did is but necessary and called for.
It is devastating that some individuals, particularly the critics of the recently imposed martial rule, choose not to see the real and critical situation faced by our brothers and sisters, who have been trapped and distressed by the armed conflict instigated by the Maute group.
While their sentiments and apprehensions should not outright be taken for granted, I humbly submit that the welfare of our distressed countrymen should be of paramount consideration.
Lodging a petition before the Supreme Court in order to seek the invalidation of
an executive measure that protects the people of Marawi and of the entire
Mindanao against jeopardy on the ground of is, to me,
nothing but a motion bereft of any consideration and compassion at all.
How much do they need in order to be convinced that martial law in Mindanao is anchored on true and actual necessity?
Need our Marawi brothers and sisters suffer more just to provide justification for President Duterte’s executive act?
Fortunately, objectivity prevailed and the Supreme Court took judicial notice of the real situation in Marawi and the threat to the rest of Mindanao.
The decision to uphold the validity of Mr. Duterte’s martial law proclamation
over the whole of Mindanao also demonstrates how the doctrine of the separation
of powers and principle of check-and-balance are never hindrances to achieving a
solid and stable stance against lawlessness and terrorism, to maintain peace and
order in the country.

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The CEO attends all meetings of council as CEO, Registrar and Secretary of the Association, but is not a voting member of council.

You might ask: “What happens at a typical council meeting?” Each meeting agenda includes a report by the President on recent meetings, events and activities since the last meeting, followed by a presentation by an “ownership” group.

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I am a simple farmer and my understanding of democracy is that I have the
freedom to do whatever I wish in compliance with the laws of the country.
If democracy is for me, why were my family and I, tribesmen, and the people of
my beautiful Tolu council wards deprived of our constitutional right to vote for
the leaders of our choice?
Our ballot boxes were allegedly taken into Kerowil, Singirok Barracks, where
voting took place under the watch of security officials.
An amateur footage showed what happened.
Isn’t that enough evidence for Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato to allow
the six disputed boxes to be counted again?
My family and I did not vote in this election because we were intimidated and
threatened not to enter the polling station.
Is this what we call a free, fair and safe election?

Your Excellency, President Rodrigo Duterte: First, we wish to thank your administration for finally facilitating the release of hospital equipment and supplies donated to Department of Health-affiliated Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) in Tandag, Surigao del Sur.
This arrived in April 2015, and impounded by Customs for 18 months.
A second donation to Southern Philippines Medical Center, Davao City, is reportedly still unreleased.
The donor is Virginia-based Montero Medical Mission (MMM), led by Dr. Juan Montero, MD.
But Dr. Montero still has a problem.
Customs wants the government-affiliated ASTMMC to pay a staggering P1.2 million in fees and charges.
This ballooned from P559,435.69 as of May 2016.
The increase was partly due to delays in Customs processing, courier service, etc., leading to compounding penalties, until it was ridiculously considered abandoned by Customs for nonpayment of fees that the hospital and donor could no longer afford to pay.
In frustration, Dr. Montero abandoned the hopeless Davao City case but pursued
the Tandag case because the donation included P17.5 million worth of prosthesis
equipment which would benefit thousands of poor paraplegics.
It is unfortunate that humanitarian donations for poor Filipinos are held at bay
by government fees and charges.
The Montero case is actually the tip of the iceberg.
Many donations from US-based Filipino doctors, who want to give back to
their countrymen, suffer the same fate.
The government has a mandate to help the poor, than to make more money for itself at the expense of the poor.
Please, Mr. President, pakiusap para sa mahihirap na makikinabang (a favor for beneficiaries who are poor).
We appeal to you to have the Tandag and Davao City donations
released at once.
We also appeal to you to come up with an Executive Order freeing future humanitarian donations from charges and Customs red tape.

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G25 welcomes the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister for an immediate inquiry into the tragedy at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school and hopes that a special committee will be formed to investigate the matter without delay.
G25 has among its members retired senior judges, civil servants and diplomats who can volunteer to sit as members of the committee.
They are willing to assist in finding out how and why the tragedy happened and the lessons that can be learnt so that the religious department in all states can exercise proper regulatory control over these private religious schools.
The religious authorities should not resist the open inquiry into the manner in which private religious schools are run.
Indeed, all parties should support the setting up of the special committee proposed by the Deputy Prime Minister because it is in the public’s interest to ensure that the founders and principals of these schools be made accountable for any failures to provide safety for the children under their charge.
This is normal practice in democratic and civil societies, and reflects a caring and responsible nation.
Malaysia should not exempt religious schools from the principles of common justice or hide the underlying problems of religious education from public scrutiny as this will only lead to similar tragedies recurring in the future.
All private religious schools should be subjected to minimum standards for boarding institutions, including a proper teacher/student ratio and adherence to fire and safety standards.
It has been reported that more than 200 fires have occurred at tahfiz schools nationwide since 2015.
With a problem of such magnitude these schools, whether they come under the purview of the Education Ministry or otherwise, should as a minimum be immediately subjected to an inspection on the fire and safety standards before another tragedy occurs.

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Many may remember the Lynas issue and its rare earth business that was raised at the last general election.
The issue of Lynas almost took centre stage then.
The opposition made all kinds of claims on rare earth, all in the interest of securing votes.
One claim was that the processing of rare earth would be disastrous for the public, especially those living near the Lynas plant.
They produced fake evidence linking rare earth to cancer and other side effects. Their exaggerated claims somehow caused some unease among the people there.
The public took the opposition’s bait mainly because they were ignorant.
Rare earth processing is a new business in the country, although rare earth itself is not entirely new.
During the era of tin mining, waste from tin processing comprised rare earth.
And, children, including some among the vocal critics of Lynas, used to run around such tin mining waste, including a few of our colleagues at the Academy of Sciences.
They are all fine despite the exposure.
It was a pity such an issue was exploited at great cost. It was, to some extent, a waste of public money. At the academy, we spent time and money building factual information on rare earth.
I was sent to visit a thriving rare earth facility in La Rochelle, France. The aim was to gather evidence on the safety aspects of rare earth processing. To my surprise, the facility has been operating for decades with no harm inflicted on the environment.
In fact, La Rochelle itself was, and still is, a thriving tourist destination, attracting visitors from the European Union and the world.
Fellows of the academy appeared on television and radio to explain to the public that rare earth waste was not like nuclear waste. The radioactive level was extremely low, oftentimes lower than the natural background levels around Kuantan.
There are lessons that we can learn from the Lynas incident.
We should never take things for granted when it comes to bringing in investment to the country.
Rare earth processing is a good example where those opposed to the government’s well-meaning intention to bring in foreign direct investments and jobs twisted facts to confuse the public.
They hoped to derail the project.
That would have been unfortunate because the demand for rare earth in the new digital economy is expected to continue rising.
At the academy, we have even produced a report urging the government to initiate our own rare earth industry.
Our studies have shown that we do have healthy deposits of the more expensive heavy rare earth that is ready to be mined.
We have even drawn up a plan on how to move that industry as another source of revenue for the country.
Admittedly, the nation needs to diversify its revenue streams.
Though the government has, over the years, done much to diversify the economy, moving away from total reliance on oil, we need to be on the constant lookout for emerging opportunities.
With the advent of the new global economic order revolving around Industry 4.0, the rare earth business will, undoubtedly, be prominent in the coming years.
The other lesson from the Lynas incident is that we need to monitor scientific claims in the media.
Many errant parties are spreading fake scientific information to dupe the public to buy their products.
The palm oil industry is aware of such tactics.
There are also those peddling all kinds of medicines, spreading false science.
We need to have a group of scientists working closely with the media to monitor such fake information.
The academy can host this group.
With the 14th General Election looming, the government should monitor the emergence of fake claims, as was the case with Lynas.
For matters related to science, the academy has the expertise to do so.

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