Thu. May 19th, 2022

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president, seeking to follow the footsteps of his father who ruled the country for more than two decades.

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas presidential bet Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. files his certificate of candidacy for the May 2022 Philippine elections at the Sofitel hotel in Pasay City on October 6, 2021. (Photo Courtesy: Angie de Silva/Rappler)

It was on Tuesday that Marcos made known that he was running for president under the revitalized Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).

“I don’t have any fight with VP (Vice President) Leni (Robredo). I am running for president, I am not fighting against anyone. Senator Ping (Lacson) is filing as we speak, so it’s not going to be that kind of elections. There are many of us. I would not file my COC if I was not ready to campaign, if I was not ready to answer all your questions. I am ready to answer your questions and I am ready to campaign,” Marcos said shortly after filing his COC at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City.

In 2016, Marcos and Robredo were the top contenders in the vice presidential race, which was eventually won by the latter with only over 200,000 votes.

In February, the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) dismissed the electoral protest filed by Marcos against Robredo. The camp of Marcos has filed a motion for reconsideration before the high court.

Asked regarding his running mate, the former lawmaker said they are planning to adopt President Rodrigo Duterte but everything changed when the Chief Executive announced over the weekend that he is retiring from politics after his term ends in June next year.

“Well right now, I filed under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and as of now, we have not, no one has a field for VP under PFP and I’ll be very candid with you the reason why that is, is that the original plan was for us to adopt President Rodrigo Duterte for our VP candidate, but from what happened last Saturday, all plans changed. Now, we will consult, the party and of course all our other colleagues on what to do and what do we do now and so that is where it is,” he added.

Marcos was accompanied by his wife, Louise, and two sons, Ferdinand Alexander and Joseph Simon.

On Tuesday, Marcos formally announced his intention to run for president in next year’s elections.

Marcos said he hopes to bring all Filipinos to work together towards a shared vision and goal, especially now that the country is facing challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Siargao, Palawan, Boracay land spots in worldwide readers’ choice awards

Three Philippine islands have landed a spot in the annual Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) readers’ choice awards for top islands to visit this 2021.

Out of the 85 destinations listed, the surfing haven Siargao Island was recognized as this year’s top favorite in Asia, while the world-famous Palawan and Boracay Island earned the third and eighth spots, respectively.

The three bested other world favorites in Asia like Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands (second), Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands (ninth), and Phuket (10th).

“At a time when we are exhausting all means to revive tourism in the country, we are grateful for this new recognition from Condé Nast Traveler. We have worked to strengthen our position as a top-of-mind destination around the globe while ensuring that health and safety protocols across our destinations are implemented and observed,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

She said the recognition bodes well for the recovery of the country’s tourism industry and DOT’s latest global campaign “More Fun Awaits”, which showcases the Philippines’ preparations for international leisure travel once pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked 20th in the CNT’s list of Top Countries in the World with a score of 91.63.

The annual CNT Readers’ Choice Awards gathers feedback from over 800,000 readers across the globe based on their recent travel experiences in the world’s top hotels, resorts, cities, countries, islands, spas, trains, car rentals, luggage, airlines, airports, and cruises.

The results of the 2021 awards demonstrate the recent travel experiences of the readers and — given the travel restrictions forced by the pandemic—provide an idea of where travelers are “dreaming of going next” when the world reopens for international travel.

Siargao has also been chosen by TIME as among the World’s 100 Greatest Places 2021.

Palawan ranked 19th on Travel + Leisure magazine’s Top 25 Islands in the World and fifth in the Asian category this year. It was also included in CNT’s list of The 30 Best Beaches in the World in 2020. 

Attack on Gordon’s website seen as move to suppress Pharmally hearings

“We view such service outage or disruption as a serious concern as its timing comes when the Senate Blue Ribbon panel is investigating alleged irregularities in government procurement for Covid-19 supplies and equipment,” said Myke Cruz, an information technology officer in Gordon’s office.

According to Cruz, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, usually “patched through the dark web by nefarious individuals in exchange for a high price,” caused a web services shutdown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Administrators of were able to contain the problem by barring entry of traffic from outside the Philippines at around 1 p.m., Gordon’s office said.

However, a foreign-led attack “persisted” until 3:04 p.m

Past instances have linked DDoS attacks to destabilizing the online presence of an opposing party,” Gordon’s office added.

His office said traffic requests to Gordon’s website primarily came from China, the United States, Ukraine, and other Southeast Asian countries, causing the “usual bandwidth traffic to rise dramatically from less than 100 megabytes to almost 1.8 gigabytes within an hour’s span.”

“Ang nangyari, pwede mo ihalintulad sa sari-sari store, na usually may regular na bilang ng customer na bumibili sa loob ng isang minuto. Ngayon, biglang dinumog ng lahat ng residente ng Metro Manila ang sari-sari store para bumili, kaya di lahat matutugunan on time,” Cruz said.

(What happened can be likened to a neighborhood store where there is a regular number of customers. Now, the store was mobbed by all the residents of Metro Manila, that’s why their purchases can’t be addressed on time.)

Gordon’s office explained that the “botnet owner” or the originator of the attack “usually develops a malicious software or malware distributed through email or website attachments.

“Owners of these infected computers unknowingly host this malware, which the attacker adds to the botnet to simultaneously make requests on a specific website or cloud service,” it added

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