Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

PAGASA launches satellite-based constant weather watch system

South Korea's Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite (COMS) Cheollian-1 continuously hovers some 36,000 km above the equator, sending out weather data every 15 minutes.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is now able to take full advantage of the satellite's capabilities through a new system inaugurated this Wednesday, May 17.

Dubbed the COMS Data Analysis System, the initiative is a joint project with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

24/7 imaging every 15 minutes

The COMS Cheollian-1's geosynchronous orbit above the equator means that it is in almost always in sight of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.

According to PAGASA administrator Dr. Vicente Malano, the agency's new COMS Data Analysis System enables practically constant weather monitoring via receiving stations in Metro Manila and Cebu.

"Mas frequent ang data na naibabato (ng COMS satellite) sa atin. Dati-dati, ang nakukuha nating data (sa ibang satellite) is every 30 minutes. Ngayon, every 15 minutes na lang," he said.

The system is particularly useful for the live monitoring of rainfall, fog, clouds, and large fires in the country, Malano said.

Complement to Project NOAH, Diwata-1

Malano also said that the COMS system complements and augments PAGASA's other tools, including Project NOAH and Diwata-1.

Project NOAH, for example, utilizes a network of sensors across the country whose range does not extend far offshore. Malano explained that the COMS satellite can augment this data by tracking weather disturbances long before they make landfall in the Philippines.

"Ang mga (ground-based) radar natin ay may capability of monitoring not more than 400 km away from the station. But itong satellite na ito, kahit nasa karagatan pa ang (weather disturbance) ay makukuha ng satellite ang hindi kaya ng radar," he said.

On the other hand, Diwata-1 and its upcoming sister satellite Diwata-2 utilize a different set of sensors and serve different functions to the COMS satellite.

"Ang Diwata is sun synchronous, okay yung resolution for research. But (the COMS satellite) is for monitoring," explained Dr. Vicente Palcon, COMS project proponent and PAGASA's counterpart focal person to KOICA.

Priority aid from South Korea

The COMS Data Analysis System is fully funded by KOICA and involves access to the COMS satellite as well as basic training for Filipino personnel.

"Wala tayong binabayarang subscription. Ang binibigay ng KOICA ay libre, kasama ang receiving facilities, computing system, at training," Malano said.

Shin Myung Seop, country director of KOICA's Philippine office, said that the COMS Analysis System was a priority aid initiative.

"(The Philippines) is one of the most advanced countries in implementing the shift from a reactive emergency response to a proactive risk reduction approach," he explained.

"The KOICA Philippine Office is making efforts towards the prioritization of the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Sector in our cooperation areas this year," he added. — GMA News


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PHL joins call to stick to climate pact amid Trump threats

Countries at high risk of sea-level rise, drought and storms caused by global warming urged world leaders Wednesday to stay the course despite America's threatened exit from a UN climate pact.

The Paris Agreement struck in 2015 to limit warming by capping emissions from burning coal, oil and gas, is "our lifeline", pleaded the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

The grouping represents the interests at UN climate negotiations of over a billion people in nearly 50 countries on five continents.

"As long there is a chance to stop global warming at a level that lets humanity survive and thrive, we should seize it," CVF representative Emmanuel De Guzman, a climate commissioner from the Philippines, said on the sidelines of UN talks under way in Bonn.

"This is why we continue to advance the call for world leaders to keep to the 1.5 goal and to recalibrate climate finance" for poorer countries to build less polluting infrastructure and raise their defences against climate impacts.

The Paris Agreement set a limit of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) limit for average global warming over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

Also underwritten is an aspirational lower target of 1.5 C, which the CVF considers says is key to the survival of millions of its people.

Trump has yet to announce whether or not he intends to execute his threats to withdraw America from the pact which his predecessor, Barack Obama, was instrumental in pushing through.

"We really believe that right now without increased climate action no country can ever be great again," said De Guzman, referring to Trump's campaign slogan: "Make America great again."

'Complicit'

The American president may also opt to abandon the US' pledge to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The new administration has already said it intends to cut funding for the Green Climate Fund and related fora, including the UN climate secretariat under whose auspices the 196-nation Paris Agreement was negotiated.

"There should be no backsliding on existing commitments," said a CVF statement, which warned that "inaction is a serious threat to global cooperation."

Trump is only expected to make his announcement after returning from a meeting of the G7 rich nations in Sicily on May 26 and 27, where many are hoping America's peers will put pressure on Trump to stay in the deal.

The other six, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, "must make a strong case for action," argued climate activist Mohamed Adow of Christian Aid, which advocates for poor country causes at the UN forum.

"Like witnesses to a violent assault, they will be complicit in the suffering of the world’s poor if they refuse to try and steer America back towards the right path."

The Paris Agreement's signatories, including a delegation from the United States, are gathered in Bonn until Thursday to work on a nuts-and-bolts "rulebook" for achieving the agreement's goals. —Agence France-Presse

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New evidence may change Ombudsman’s mind on Napoles as state witness —Panelo

Chief presidential legal counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo on Wednesday said that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales can still change her decision against turning alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles into a state witness on the reopening of the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) investigation.

Panelo stressed that the Ombudsman’s decision would depend on the evidence that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would submit to the anti-graft body. 

“It could be that that’s the initial impression of the Ombudsman. As I always say, there are as many opinions as there are lawyers. And lawyers can change their mind, depending on the facts, figures presented before that lawyer. So, there may be some evidence to the Ombudsman that may persuade her to change her mind,” he told reporters in Malacañang.

“But right now, that is the opinion of the Ombudsman and as a lawyer and knowing the Ombudsman, her competence, her integrity, and her excellence, I will have to defer,” he added.

Carpio on Tuesday said that her office would block any move to turn Napoles into a state witness and stressed that they were not bothered by the "exploratory talks" between the DOJ and the Napoles' camp.

"We are confident with our position. So whatever they say, let them say it. We are not bothered. We are not concerned at all by whatever they say," she said.

Panelo said that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II would want the Ombudsman to reconsider her position.

“Under the law, it’s the Ombudmsan who will prosecute plunder cases. If that’s the opinion of Ombudsman, then it should prevail," Aguirre said.

"Now, I think what Secretary Aguirre wants is for the Ombudsman to consider such an alternative but ultimately, it’s the Ombudsman who will decide… [Future] Plunder cases [involving Napoles] are under the exclusive jurisdiction of Ombudsman,” he added. —NB, GMA News

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PHL will only bring up arbitral win 'at a proper time'

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose “Chito” Sta. Romana on Wednesday did not confirm whether the Philippines will raise the country's arbitral win in upcoming bilateral talks with China about the maritime dispute.

Sta. Romana told reporters in Beijing that the issue would be raised "at a proper time," echoing President Rodrigo Duterte.

“This is the mechanism that could provide a setting for it. The question is at what point will you bring it up and the president’s instruction is quite clear: at the proper time. We don’t start with the issue that will divide you. We start with the issues that what…if there is a mechanism for discussing it, this is it. At the proper time as the President has said,” he said.

Sta. Romana, the leader of the Philippine delegation, refused to reveal the talking points of the inaugural bilateral dialogue on Friday that would center on finding areas of cooperation.

"As I’ve said, whatever we’re going to present on Friday will be in line with the President’s directive and the President’s directive is very clear: Find a peaceful and diplomatic approach to resolve the issue so as to preserve peace and stability and to further improve bilateral relations and to avoid confrontation, avoid violence that will lead to nobody’s benefit," he said.

"Sometimes you have to give diplomacy a chance and I think the President's friendly position towards China and his independent foreign policy," he added.

The first China-Philippines bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue will be held in Guiyang in China's Guizhou province. The Chinese delegation will be led by Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying echoed Sta. Romana's statement that the bilateral consultative mechanism will establish an institutional platform for dialogues on the South China Sea-related issues

"China hopes and believes that the two countries will build up consensus, enhance mutual trust, disperse suspicion, properly manage disputes, and move forward maritime practical cooperation through bilateral dialogues so as to make the conditions more favorable towards the final settlement of the relevant dispute and create a good atmosphere for the sound and steady development of bilateral ties and the smooth progress of practical cooperation in various fields," she said in a briefing on Tuesday.

Senior officials of the ASEAN and China will also hold a meeting before the bilateral talks in the same city for the framework of the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea. —JST, GMA News

 

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PHL tells European Union it won't accept aid anymore

The Philippines has told the European Union that it will no longer accept development aid from the foreign body.

Thelma Gecolea, EU delegation to the Philippines Public Affairs Officer, confirmed the development in a text message to GMA News Online.

"The PH gov't has informed us that it will no longer accept new EU grants," she said.

Ambassador Franz Jessen said the decision to cut aid from the EU, a strong critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's drugs war, would mean the loss of about 250 million Euros ($278.73 million) worth of grants mostly allocated to Muslim communities.

Manila's move comes days after Duterte won billions of dollars in pledges from China after attending the Belt and Road summit in Beijing.

"The Philippine government has informed us they no longer accept new EU grants," Jessen said without elaborating.

The EU will issue a statement on Thursday, officially announcing the end of its funding agreement with the Philippines.

There was no immediate response from the Philippines' foreign ministry.

It was unclear why the Philippines made the move, but it comes a couple of months after the EU Parliament, the lawmaking body of the 28-country regional bloc, adopted a resolution calling for the immediate release of Senator Leila De Lima and a probe into alleged extrajudicial killings in the country in light of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

The EU's trade commission has also warned that the Philippines could lose its preferential status if measures reinstating the death penalty and lowering the age of criminal liability are passed.

Duterte has bristled at the criticism from the EU, often going on profanity-laced tirades to hit back.

The EU has been providing support to Manila's efforts to end nearly 50 years of Muslim rebellion in a conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people, displaced 1 million and stunted growth in one of the country's resource-rich regions.

It granted the Philippines 130 million euros in development assistance between 2007-2013. In 2015, it pledged 325 million euros over four years to finance projects in Muslim Mindanao after Manila signed a peace deal with rebels in March 2014.

Earlier this month, EU ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen had assured the Philippines of continued assistance despite concerns over human rights issues.

An initial funding of €50 million (P2.76 billion) had been earmarked for Mindanao, Jessen said.

Duterte says European nations don't understand the extent of the narcotics problem in the Philippines.

Almost 9,000 people, many small-time users and dealers, have been killed in the Philippines since Duterte took office on June 30. Police say about a third of the victims were shot by officers in self-defense during legitimate operations. --Bernadette A. Parco with a report from Reuters/JST, GMA News

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Tax reform revenues, domestic loans to fund Duterte’s infra buildup

MANILA — Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III reiterated on Wednesday that the Duterte administration’s planned infrastructure buildup would be funded mainly by revenue gains from comprehensive tax reform as well as local borrowings to avoid falling into a “debt trap” even as it secures more loans from China.

“The government will take advantage of the excess liquidity in the domestic market by borrowing 80 percent from banks and other financial institutions here, while tapping only 20 percent of its loans from overseas lenders,” Dominguez said in a statement, referring to the administration’s borrowing program for the next six years to finance the wider budget deficit of 3 percent yearly in order to spend more on building infrastructure.

“We will invest wisely and gain from the investments we have made to pay for the country’s debts,” Dominguez added, in reaction to an opinion piece of Corr Analytics founder Anders Corr published on Forbes, which claimed that Philippine debt, including interest, could jump to $452 billion from $167 billion at present on the back of plans to borrow more from the Chinese government.

“High rates of interest that China, the most likely lender, could impose on the new debt could balloon it to over a trillion US dollars in 10 years. More likely according to my analysis, at 10-percent interest the new debt could go to $452 billion, bringing the Philippines’ debt-to-GDP [gross domestic product] ratio to 197 percent, second-to-worst in the world… Dutertenomics, fueled by expensive loans from China, will put the Philippines into virtual debt bondage if allowed to proceed,” Corr said.

But Dominguez said “the Duterte administration will exercise fiscal prudence and responsibility to ensure that its unmatched public investments in infrastructure would create a lot more jobs and business opportunities, which, in turn, would sustain the country’s growth momentum and accelerate poverty reduction.”

“The government will only resort to financing its ambitious infrastructure buildup through borrowings — and mostly from local sources — if the economy can grow to finance its debts,” Dominguez said.

According to Dominguez, “the Duterte administration is bent on having its comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) approved in Congress so that it could help raise enough revenues to bankroll the government’s ambitious plan to modernize the country’s infrastructure backbone so the Philippines could catch up with its more vibrant Southeast Asian neighbors.”

“The first package of the CTRP would serve as the cornerstone of the funding for the government’s ‘build, build, build’ program,” according to Dominguez, referring to the measure aimed at bringing down personal income tax rates while imposing higher taxes on oil, vehicles as well as sugar-sweetened drinks.

During their presentation of Dutertenomics on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing early this week, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said that “in order to fund our projects, whether through borrowings or by paying as you go, we have to raise an additional $7 billion of taxes every year” to increase the share of revenues to GDP to 28 percent by 2022 from 16 percent in 2015.

Diokno said the Duterte administration would spend a total of P8.4 billion on infrastructure.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said during the recent World Economic Forum on Asean in Cambodia that the administration “will raise infrastructure spending up to 7.4 percent of GDP in 2022, with the thrust of rural and regional development: to build major connectivity networks, spawn new growth centers nationwide, support production value chains reaching deep into rural areas, and better protect local communities from calamities.”

“We plan to pour in up to $170 billion for public infrastructure from 2017 to 2022, making this period ‘the golden age of infrastructure’ in the Philippines. We also plan to complement public spending with private investment through public-private partnerships or PPP currently with our robust pipeline of at least 40 major projects amounting to more than $25 billion,” added Pernia, the head of the state planning agency, National Economic and Development Authority.

“Based on our calculation, we expect this planned infrastructure spending to supplement our GDP growth by 3.4 percentage points on average annually, and create more than one million additional jobs a year over the next six years,” according to Pernia. 

 

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Newly Freed, Chelsea Manning Looks To 'Exciting' Future

Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, was released from a maximum-security prison in Kansas Wednesday after seven years behind bars.

 

FORT LEAVENWORTH, UNITED STATES:  Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, was released from a maximum-security prison in Kansas Wednesday after seven years behind bars.

With little fanfare, Manning, 29, walked out of Fort Leavenworth's military jail at 2 am to start a new life, after former president Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence just days before leaving office.

"After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. I am looking forward to so much!" said Manning in a statement released by her legal team.

She posted a picture on Twitter of her black-and-white Converse baseball shoes with the caption "First steps of freedom!!" followed by a smiley-face emoticon.

 

"Whatever is ahead of me, is far more important than the past," said Manning, whose original release date was set for 2045. "I'm figuring things out right now -- which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me."

Manning twice attempted suicide in jail, the second time in an isolation cell where she had been sent as punishment for the first attempt.

 


Manning was arrested in July 2010 over the release of a huge trove of more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents via WikiLeaks.

Lauded as a hero by freedom of speech advocates and as a traitor by others, including President Donald Trump, Manning is expected to head to Maryland, where she lived with an aunt before joining the army as a young man.

'Question marks'

The former military intelligence analyst struggled with gender identity issues while in the service, and eventually began her transition while locked up in the all-male prison in Kansas.

 

"It's going to be a profound change for her," Evan Greer, a friend of Manning, told AFP.

"She has been incarcerated for more than seven years and held in conditions that the United Nations considers to be torture. She's been through a tremendous amount."

"Understandably she has a lot of question marks about what her life is going to be like next, but it's also her first chance in her adult life that she is really going to be able to define that for herself," Greer said, noting that Manning joined the army at a very young age.

"She is a very driven person and I know she intends to continue what she has always done, which is advocating for others and using her voice to try to make the world a better place so I'd expect that we will be hearing from her before too long," said Greer. She said Manning's exact location would be kept under wraps for her own security and privacy.

Maintaining that privacy could prove difficult however. Now an internationally known figure, both adored and reviled, Manning is even the subject of a planned documentary called "XY Chelsea" to be co-produced by Oscar winner Laura Poitras, who worked with fellow intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

"Chelsea Manning's story is one of the major events of our time," the film-makers said as they announced the project at the opening of the Cannes film festival, the same day that Manning was released.

The documents leaked by Manning ranged from embarrassing diplomatic cables that revealed how US envoys really felt about friends and foes alike, to videos showing a US air strike in Afghanistan in 2009 that left more than 100 civilians dead and footage of a US helicopter attack in Iraq that killed two Reuters journalists.

Manning supporters said they feared she would not have survived the long jail sentence. Aside from suicide attempts, she had also been put in solitary for a hunger strike in protest at her treatment as a transgender woman in a men's prison.

"I firmly believe that the fact she is walking out of prison today not only secured her freedom but also very likely saved her life," said Greer.

Manning, a native of Oklahoma, had a difficult childhood, seeing her parents divorce and being mocked as effeminate as a young boy named Bradley.

 

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Chot admits having finals showdown vs Indons in mind during Gilas-Vietnam tussle

MANILA, Philippines — Chot Reyes is saving the best for last.

After scoring another convincing victory over Vietnam, the national team head coach shared that the final SEABA game—which will be against Indonesia—had been in everyone’s mind.

And it was evident early into the game against the Vietnamese.

“Well we went into this ballgame with the intent and purpose of making sure that we keep our discipline and retain good habits, and not fall into bad habits. Unfortunately, it wasn't the case in the first quarter—in the first half,” Reyes said.

But that was understandable, he noted, as the players—he thought—“have been subconsciously thinking or preparing for the harder game.”

Indonesia is finally competing with full potential after naturalized cager Jamarr Johnson and part-American Arki Wisnu have have been cleared to play by FIBA. They took the court Wednesday in a victorious stand against the Singaporeans.

But that was understandable, he noted, as the players—he thought—“have been subconsciously thinking or preparing for the harder game.”

Indonesia is finally competing with full potential after naturalized cager Jamarr Johnson and part-American Arki Wisnu have have been cleared to play by FIBA. They took the court Wednesday in a victorious stand against the Singaporeans.

“From Day One, not only now but from Day One we took a look at their roster and we knew it's not a roster we can take for granted, that's why we built the team that we built,” Reyes furthered.

He went on to add that every game Gilas has played felt like a prelude to the final dance on Thursday night.

“The essence of sport is you can never be sure. That's why we keep harping on the fact that we shouldn't take anything for granted, and we'd like to think everything we've done at this point is to get us ready for the game tomorrow,” Reyes noted.

“They have a couple of bigs who can score and shoot from the outside. And then they have Johnson who's going to be their energy guy, going to be their go-to guy,” the returning Gilas tactician added.

“The key for us is to keep up with his motor. He's going to be raring to go, he doesn't have any minutes on those legs, so he's going to be very fresh. We gotta get ready for that tomorrow,” Reyes said.

Gilas’ victory against the Vietnamese has been the third straight win with a 55-point gap. Asked about the winning margin for tomorrow’s night, Reyes said the favorites couldn’t care less.

“We can just win by one. All we need to do is to get the W. We're not concerned about the margin of victory or whatever. We just want to get the job done. We just want to make sure that we get to the FIBA Asia,” he noted.

“And now, there's 40 minutes separating us from that, so our key now is to prepare them. Basically, this game was played in preparation for Indonesia already tomorrow, but to prepare them emotionally and mentally for that team tomorrow, because we know it's going ot be a hard one,” he closed.

The two unbeaten teams will dispute the lone ticket to FIBA Asia hostilities in Lebanon at 7 p.m., again at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

By Denison Rey A. Dalupang (philstar.com)

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Filipino expats celebrate Independence Day in Dubai

Filipino expats from across Dubai and the Northern Emirates trooped to the Dubai World Trade Centre as early as 7am on Friday to take part in the celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day (PID).

It was definitely a whole day of festivities, highlighted by cultural presentations by performers from various Philippine schools in Dubai and Sharjah. They were dressed in bright-coloured national costumes and danced to the rhythm of native drums, gongs and other musical instruments as the audience were busy capturing and sharing every moment on their smartphones.

The Filipinos' passion for singing also took centrestage as UAE-based crooners battled it out in the OPM (Original Pinoy Music) singing competition. Besting a dozen contestants, Noryneel Hernandez grabbed the top prize with her rendition of 'Ako Ang Nagwagi' (I'm Triumphant). Coming in second place was Christian Encelencia who sang 'Ikaw Mahal Pa Rin' (I Still Love You) and Elton Bautista, in third place, who did his own interpretation of the classic Filipino song 'Magsimula Ka' (Start Over Again).

In the side hall, some students and budding artists were busy competing in the on-the-spot painting competition while others were preparing in the Pinoy hairstyle challenge and some musicians were tuning their instruments and fixing their outfits for the battle of the bands. Some teens were seen preparing for the Mr and Miss Teen PID.

"The event highlighted Philippine music, art, dance, ingenuity and creativity," said Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes.

"It was also a time of strengthening the bond and camaraderie within the Filipino community," added Wafa Qasimieh, executive cultural consultant at the islamic affairs and charitable activities department - Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture.

Of course, not to be missed were the Filipino food and snacks on sale. From pancit (stir fried noodles) to puto bumbong (rice cake); favourite deserts ube halaya and leche flan; Pinoy pan de sal, chicken inasal, kare-kare and lumpia, the visitors had a taste of home-cooked meals and delicacies.

But it was not just Filipinos who sold Pinoy food. French-Lebanese Houssam Abdul Malak, owner of Fiesta Pinoy restaurant in Deira, proudly vended his own version of Pinoy sweets and breads.

The Pinoy 'dyipni' (jeepney or jeep), an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art, was also a crowd-puller. Kids were seen playing inside it while adults were taking selfies, probably out of nostalgia and yearning for their homeland. In the Philippines, jeepneys are used as public utility vehicles and considered as the king of the road for their sheer passenger capacity.

It was a day of celebration as well as patriotism. The Filipinos, though most have been away from their country for a long, did not forget that they too have a duty to celebrate their country.

Angel Tesorerohttp://www.khaleejtimes.com

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Why I stealth: 'Because it feels better with no condom on'

 

When Hack put stealthing on the radio earlier this month, Brendan* was listening in - now he had a name for what he had been regularly doing with sexual partners, without their knowledge.

Stealthing is where one partner removes a condom during sex without the consent or knowledge of the other. A study from Yale Law School found it's been happening more often - part of a disturbing trend of gender-motivated sexual violence.

Since that story, we've been contacted by readers and listeners with their own stories of manipulation and deceit - of being stealthed.

 

Brendan thought this was bullshit.

"I've only just heard about stealthing now and I think it's a ridiculous claim," he said.

He agreed to an interview with Hack host Tom Tilley to explain why he stealths "most of the time" and isn't phased by the risk of unplanned pregnancy or STIs.

Is it sexual assault? Yes, according to the president of The Law Society of New South Wales, Pauline Wright. "Removing a condom after there's been a prior agreement that a condom is going to be used, basically undoes that agreement. Because there is no consent," she said. 

It's almost impossible to verify Brendan's story, though we have verified his identity. This is what he says he's done.

Listen to the interview at 5.30 on Hack. Here's the full transcript:

Tom: Why do you do it?

Brendan: Because it feels better with no condom on.

Shouldn't you negotiate that before sex?

I should, but if I have no reason to wear a condom then I don't really see the problem.

What about the risk of transmitting an STI or getting a person pregnant?

I really don't want to get them pregnant so I definitely wouldn't be leaving a trace. As for STIs, I don't want to get them but I would run the risk.

But you're making them take the risk?

Yeah I am. But I'm confident I get checked regularly. I'm pretty safe in saying I'm clean when I'm clean.

So every time you've stealthed someone you've been tested between that occasion and the last sexual partner you've had

Definitely not.

So there is a risk?

Yes there is but there's a risk crossing the road and we all do that.

So you really don't care? It's all about the pleasure?

Of course I care. But I can still look at it from the point of view where I'm pretty sure [about my sexual health], and where I'm pretty sure ... then I'm happy to do it.

How many times would have stealthed someone?

Most of the time. If I'm asked to put one on - which isn't as often as you might think. People are pretty chilled with doing it bareback.

And therefore chilled about their sexual health?

I guess so. I'm not a dirty-looking guy.

So what does that mean? You have less chance of having an STI?

I think so. 

Have you ever been busted stealthing someone?

Yeah. I've been asked to put a condom on before and normally I will.

So you put one on and then take it off without them knowing. How long into having sex before you sneak it off?

I don't know. Pull it out, take it off, put it back in. Everyone's happy.

Most of the time do they notice or not notice?

Not notice.

Have they ever got angry at you?

No-one's ever angry but if someone asks me to put it back on I'll put it back on for sure. That's fair.

So no-one has ever said 'how dare you do that to me, I don't know if you're going to give me an STI and get me pregnant'?

No. No-one's ever said that.

So what's the usual reaction?

'Do you mind - it's safer'. Something to that effect.

But you made an agreement to wear a condom and then you breach that without the person knowing.

I don't know. I don't think I really make an agreement. I just put one on and if nothing is said I take it off. I don't think it's breaking the law.

But if that person has asked you to put on a condom, they're having sex with you on the understanding that's what's going on.

I'd be more worried about getting an STI than getting someone pull a lawyer on me for fraud when I'm having sex and I take a condom off.

Well, both could happen.

Well, I'll take those chances.

Is this a view held by most of your mates?

Yeah I'd say so.

*Name has been changed.

-From http://www.abc.net.au

 

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