Editorial: Should she or shouldn’t she?

When Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for president last year, she was widely expected to beat her Republican opponent, real estate magnate Donald Trump, thereby becoming the first woman to become President of the United States.
In fact, she did win the popular vote. She bested Mr. Trump by some three million votes, but sadly for Mrs. Clinton, the US presidency is not won by the popular vote but by the Electoral College vote.
That more Americans voted for her rather than the Republican candidate who still ended up in the White House was not necessarily an empty victory. She had broken the glass ceiling and paved the way for a time when gender will no longer be an issue with the electorate, and the US will elect a qualified woman to lead the country.
If former President Barack Obama was able to break the racial barrier, then why not a woman to break the gender barrier?
Mrs. Clinton now appears to be reconsidering her stand to retire after her loss last November. We daresay that if she were to run again against a re-electionist Trump in 2020, the former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State would win by a landslide.
This is because the Trump presidency is as awful as had been feared, not just by Democrats but even by a good number of Republicans as well as a growing number of ordinary citizens who have lost all faith in the current chief executive. Mr. Trump’s popularity has sunk so low that if elections were held today, he would be wiped out the way Lyndon Johnson obliterated Barry Goldwater back in 1964.
Mrs. Clinton, however, may not be thinking of running in 2020, but of possibly claiming the presidency sooner. She has now raised doubts regarding the legitimacy of the Trump presidency following the latest revelations by the team of special counsel Bob Mueller. 
It would appear that the noose is tightening on the associates of Mr. Trump where collusion with the Russians is concerned.
If Mueller can prove that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 elections to the extent that the final results were affected, then Mrs. Clinton could indeed lay claim to be the true POTUS.
Under a worst case scenario – at least where Mr. Trump is concerned – the results of the 2016 elections can be invalidated. This means that not only will the incumbent be removed, Vice President Mike Pence cannot succeed him.
This, however, can cause a political crisis of humungous proportions. The Republican Party will not stand idly by while they lose control of the executive department.
Just how far Mrs. Clinton is willing to go is not yet clear. She knows that Mr. Trump will likely take extreme actions as she prepares to claim what she feels is rightfully hers. Everything now depends on what Mueller is able to unearth where Russian collusion is concerned.
If the special counsel uncovers a huge can of worms, Hillary Clinton may yet have reason to celebrate what happened last year.

BI says suspect in UST hazing death has left country – reports

File photo of UST law student Horacio Tomas Castillo III from his Facebook account

MANILA, Philippines — One of the suspects in the hazing death of University of Sto. Tomas law student Horacio Castillo III left the country on Tuesday, September 19, news reports said.

The reports quoted the Bureau of Immigration as saying a Ralph Caballes Trangia boarded Eva Flight BR262 for Taipei, which left around 1:53 a.m. Tuesday.

Trangia, who authorities have identified as an officer of the Aegis Juris fraternity, is one of three persons the Manila Police District are looking to arrest over Castillo’s death.

The others are his father Antonio, in whose name the vehicle that took Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital is registered, and John Paul Solano, another fraternity member who police said “misled” them by claiming to have found the freshman law student on a street in Balut, Tondo Sunday morning.

The younger Trangia and Solano are also among 16 Aegis Juris members included in an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order issued by the Justice department.

Two Filipinos named 'Asia 21 Young Leaders'

A social entrepreneur working to end poverty for farming and fishing families and the founder of a nonprofit school that provides high-quality education to low-income communities are among the 30 remarkable professionals recently named “Asia 21 Young Leaders” by Asia Society.
AGREA CEO Cherrie Atilano and Mano Amiga Academy founder Eleanor Rosa Pinugu were selected for the 2017 class of Asia 21, Asia-Pacific’s foremost network of young leaders. They will travel to Melbourne, Australia in December for the Asia 21’s annual summit, where they will meet members of the 2017 class from 20 other countries as well as Asia 21 alumni. The goal of the summit is to explore opportunities for collaboration to create positive impact and change across the Asia-Pacific region. 
Cherrie Atilano
Cherrie Atilano
Atilano is the founder and CEO of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc., an agro-social enterprise that aims to help eradicate poverty for farming and fishing families in order to alleviate the effects of climate change and establish food security in the Philippines. AGREA has been mobilizing communities, businesses, academia, local and national governments, and international partners to bring an “Ecology of Dignity” to farming and fishing communities on the island of Marinduque. Previously, Atilano worked as a consultant with the Department of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines and helped to form a cooperative of 241 smallholder farmers in the country.
Eleanor Rosa Pinugu
Eleanor Rosa Pinugu
Pinugu founded Mano Amiga Academy, a sustainable nonprofit school designed to provide high-quality education and development services to low-income communities. She is also the co-founder of Bistro 3846, a social enterprise that provides healthy meals to schoolchildren, employs the parents of the Mano Amiga students, and donates its profits to the Mano Amiga scholarship fund. Pinugu’s vision is to make quality education accessible to all children. She was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and was chosen to speak at the IdeasLab session at the 2012 WEF annual meeting in Davos, where she received a grant of $10,000 from the Good Planet Foundation. 
Other member of this year’s class include Melissa Jardine, a former Australian police officer examining how law enforcement in Asia responds to drug use, economic crimes, and terrorism; Chenhui Liu, co-founder of a mobile health startup transforming China’s healthcare system; Sana Mir, a cricket star challenging attitudes about women’s participation in Pakistan’s male-dominated world of sport; “Krating” Poonpol, a venture fund manager ushering in a startup revolution in Thailand and across Southeast Asia; Shameer Rasooldeen, a news host giving voice to Sri Lanka’s marginalized and silenced voices; and Sim Chi Yin, a Singaporean photographer and filmmaker capturing how industrialization and urbanization are reshaping the landscape, and the people of Asia. 
“Asia 21 really brings to life Asia Society’s mission to build bridges of understanding across the Asia-Pacific region, across different sectors and between Asia and the world,” said Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran. “Our goal is not just to recognize the amazing work these young leaders are doing, but to connect them to one another so that they can take on some of the biggest challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region today.” 
Asia 21, now in it’s 12th year, has grown into a network of more than 800 young leaders from 40 nations, working together to shape a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific region. Asia 21 alumni are proven leaders representing a variety of professional backgrounds and serve as mentors and potential collaborators. Filipino alumni include former Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Teach for the Philippines CEO Clarissa Delgado; IP Ventures CEO Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez; and Bantay.ph co-founder Henry Motte-Muñoz
About Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding of Asia in a global context and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, DC, and Zurich.

CA lawmakers urged to pass SB 100 for 100% clean electricity by 2045

LOS ANGELES A broad coalition from the public health, environmental justice, environmental, clean tech, business and labor communities gathered at Los Angeles City Hall this week to urge the State Assembly to pass Senate Bill 100 (De León), which will ensure that California generates 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045.

“We are 100% ready for 100% renewable electricity,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California. “It’s good for our planet, good for our kids, and good for our economy. We must take action now to ensure a clean energy future for California.”

SB 100 has passed theState Senate as well as two key committees in the State Assembly. Now, theAssembly Appropriations Committee and the full Assembly need to vote on it before the legislative session ends for the year on September 15, 2017.

The Los Angeles CityCouncil, which last year directed the Los Angeles Department of Water &Power to work with stakeholders to study how L.A. can achieve 100% clean energy, may lend its support to the bill via a resolution authored by Council member Paul Koretz and seconded by Council members Bob Blumenfield, Mike Bonin, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell and David E. Ryu. The resolution will be voted on by the City Council Rules, Elections, andIntergovernmental Relations Committee on Tuesday.

“Climate change is not happening to our children and our grandchildren, it’s happening to us, right here, today, in real time, and, perhaps thanks in part to the fear the Trump administration’s environmental policy has struck into the hearts of human beings across the planet, we are really starting to do something serious about it, ” said Council member Koretz.

"TheWhite House has turned it’s back on renewable energy and environmental justice.However, California will continue to lead our country with a clean environment and thousands of new green jobs by passing SB100. Angelenos need this legislation to pass so we can continue to create healthier neighborhoods for future generations," said Council member Ryu.

“SB 100 and other aggressive clean energy mandates are crucial to advancing the cause of ending our reliance on fossil fuels and inspiring all of us to work together to create a more healthy and equitable economy in Los Angeles and in California,” said Bahram Fazeli, director of research & policy with Communities for aBetter Environment. “We ask the Los Angeles City Council members to unanimously support SB 100.” 

“Moving to 100 percent clean, renewable energy will have significant health benefits inCalifornia,” said Dr. Michael Ong, a volunteer physician with the American Lung Association in California.“By reducing dangerous emissions from power production we can all breathe easier, especially those suffering from lung diseases like asthma and lung cancer.”

“California communities breathe some of the most polluted air in the nation,” said Sara Gersen, clean energy staff attorney with Earth justice. “SouthernCalifornia won't have clean air or a stable climate until we make a complete switch to zero-carbon energy.  We deserve a California free of fossil fuels, and SB 100 will help us get there.”

“Thousands of California health care and public service workers speak with one voice -- we need 100% renewable, pollution-free energy for our public health, for our communities, for our children,” said Keenan Sheedy, Environmental Justice Committee of SEIU 721.

California passed its first clean energy standard in 2002 (Sher). That law required California energy providers to generate 17% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.Subsequent bills have ramped up the clean energy standard. SB 350 (De León) was the last clean energy bill to pass, two years ago. It requires that California energy providers generate 50% renewable electricity by 2030.

California utilities are ahead of the current clean energy goals that have been enshrined in law.

“We've been preparing for this moment for years,” said Katya English, organizing representative with the Sierra Club. “Every time we’ve set a stronger goal for clean energy, we've surpassed our own expectations, created more job opportunities and watched our economy grow. It’s time to go all in on clean energy and expand on this strong foundation of success.”

“The Los Angeles Clean tech Incubator understands that smart, forward thinking public policy has accelerated the development of markets for clean technology, especially here in California,” said Michael Swords, VP government relations forLACI. “SB 100 will send an unequivocal message to the market that renewable energy is a huge business opportunity here in California, which in turn will create jobs and attract investment capital to our state.”

A recent report byEnvironment California Research & Policy Center found that California has seen a 2,583% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a245% increase in wind power production over the past decade. The report, Renewables onthe Rise, makes the case that the progress we’ve seen in California and around the country on renewable energy and technologies such as battery storage and electric cars should give Californians the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level.

“In these troubled times, California has the opportunity to lead once again,” said Dan Brotman of SoCal 350 ClimateAction. “Let’s do it now by declaring that the age of dirty electricity is over.”



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