Shoes are getting burned, athletes are being called out, amnesties are being voided, and press cons are disappearing. It can be pretty hard to keep up when so many things are erupting in flames. This SYAG’s locked, loaded, and ready to help you stay informed.
People ignite Nikes in Kaepernick boycott
People across the States are apparently setting fire to their Air Maxes and other Nike sports apparel in an attempted boycott of the brand. These people are specifically calling out former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick recently joined athletes such as Serena Williams (more on her later) in a new advertisement celebrating the “Just Do It” slogan’s anniversary.
What’s he under fire for? During the national anthem, he knelt to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Critics including President Trump himself have taken the gesture to mean disrespect for the American flag and the country in general.
Kaepernick’s advertisement alludes to his lawsuit against the NFL. In the collusion case, he asserts that they’re keeping him out of the league because of his protests. His ad’s caption reads: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Considering that people are igniting $100 sneaks, it would seem people are willing to sacrifice a lot in their show of patriotism.
Points to both parties for conviction.
Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism in US Open
Serena Williams drew flak and praise alike for calling out umpire Carlos Ramos at the finals of the recently held 2018 US Open, claiming that he was sexist in meting out penalty calls. Ramos gave Williams three code violations: a warning on coaching, a penalty point for racket abuse, and a game penalty for verbal abuse in calling the umpire a “thief.”
“I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality… He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief,’” said Williams in relation to the ruling. While coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted to sending the player tactics from the stands, he also said that this was a common practice on tour: “Everybody does it — you all know it.”
Opponent Naomi Osaka, who came out as the tournament’s champion in a 6-2, 6-4 victory, even apologized after the game.
Osaka confessed that she felt “a little bit sad” at the trophy ceremony because she was uncertain whether the crowd was booing at her or at the tournament’s outcome.
Duterte voids Trillanes amnesty
Things are on fire both in the court, and, well, at court.
Back in 2010, former President Benigno Aquino III granted amnesty to then Lieutenant Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes IV for leading two failed uprisings. First was 2003’s Oakwood Mutiny, which called for the resignation of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and second was the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege, which happened as Trillanes and co. walked out of a trial for the original mutiny. Fast forward eight years, and you’ll see President Rodrigo Duterte signing Proclamation No. 572, voiding that amnesty. The proclamation states that the amnesty was “void ab initio” or invalid from the beginning because the senator supposedly failed to comply with two amnesty requirements: an application for amnesty and an admission of guilt.
Sotto, Hontiveros propose porn ban to curb teen pregnancy
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senator Risa Hontiveros want to reduce instances of teenage pregnancy in the country. Their solution? Ban porn.
Sotto suggested during the interpellation on the “Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy Act of 2018” (Senate Bill 1888) the removal of pornographic material online as an amendment to the bill. Hontiveros, in support of the suggested amendment, said “Yes, I certainly agree, Mr. President. We must remove porn that is directed towards the young people especially through adult supervision through protective legislation and programs.” She has since clarified her stance, stating that she is pushing for the implementation of the Anti-Child Pornography Law, which “must be done in partnership with internet rights groups and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the unnecessary infringement to free expression and access to information will be avoided and the government will not be accused of overreach.”
Malacañang cancels Presidential press con
One last blooper which we can’t quite let go of — what happened to that sketchy press con?
Last Monday, Sep. 10, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to “speak to the nation,” slating the mysterious address for 3 p.m. the next day. Come Tuesday, just an hour before it was due to begin, Malacañang announced that the address would not push through.
In a press message, Communications Undersecretary Feducia Mia Reyes-Lucas told waiting reporters that “[…] the PRRD Press Conference…is no longer included in today’s activities.” The Palace official did not give a reason for the cancelation. Instead of the scheduled address, Malacañang said that the President would have a têtê-a-têtê with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.
Only state-run station PTV 4 was allowed to cover the one-on-one, in which Duterte and Panelo discussed Trillanes’ void amnesty, the country’s economy, and possible efforts to overthrow the government, particularly those of communist leader Joma Sison and the Left.