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2 Bicol towns, 1 in province with shabu lab record, declared drug-free

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LEGAZPI CITY—Two towns in as many provinces in the Bicol region had received a coveted certification of being cleared of drugs but would need to keep heeding at least 14 conditions to keep the distinction.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said the town of San Vicente in Camarines Norte and Magdalena in Sorsogon had been declared drug-free already.

Sorsogon had been in the news previously after the discovery of a shabu, or crystal meth, laboratory there.

Christian Frivaldo, PDEA regional director and chair of the regional oversight committee on drugs, said the two towns were issued clearance after a process of validation and assessment by sever…

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No ruling yet on Marcos-Robredo VP protest – Chief Justice Bersamin

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Published October 3, 2019, 7:28 PM

By Rey Panaligan

“There is no decision yet on the 2016 vice-presidential election protest,” Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin said on Thursday.

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin (Rio Leonelle Deluvio / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview after his speech before the National Summit on Dangerous Drugs Law at the Manila Hotel, Bersamin said.

“There is no definite voting yet or anything that happened in that particular case,” referring to the protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice-President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

Bersamin was asked to comment on a published report that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), composed of all justices of the Supreme Court (SC), has already voted 8-6 in favor of Marcos.

“I cannot confirm nor

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Albayalde, Magalong word war hurting PNP – Solon

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Published October 3, 2019, 7:26 PM

By Ellson Quismorio

The tit-for-tat between Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde and former PNP official Benjamin Magalong is hurting the police force as an institution.

Magdalo Party-List Rep. Manuel Cabochan III (Twitter)

Thus, said independent House member, Magdalo Party-List Rep. Manuel Cabochan III as the “ninja cops” controversy continues to hound the PNP.

“I agree that, with what is happening between these officers, our PNP is being placed in a bad light,” reckoned Cabochan, a former Navy lieutenant.

“But let us welcome this development in order to ferret out the truth. Public office is still a public trust. We deserve the truth,” added the neophyte lawmaker in the House of Representatives.

Magalong, currently the mayor of Baguio

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Disordered fat in the blood. This is the literal meaning of dyslipidemia, a lipoprotein metabolism disorder, which can cause overproduction or underproduction of lipoprotein.

The lipoprotein contains proteins and lipids, which enable fats to be carried in the bloodstream. Blood lipids are fatty substances, such as cholesterol and triglycerides. They can be beneficial or be a disability to a person depending on what it carries. When a lipoprotein becomes large and less dense, it is carrying more fat than protein.

High-density lipoproteins (HDL), according to Dr. Rey Salinel, diabetes specialist and infectious disease doctor, get cholesterol from the body tissues, which are brought to the liver. He said to Radyo Klinika at Dwiz 882 AM that this is called the good cholesterol lipoprotein.

The low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carries cholesterol from the liver to other cells of the body. But this is the cholesterol that the body doesn’t need.


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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Oct. 3, 2019)

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Published October 3, 2019, 7:23 PM

Construction worker shot dead in QC

A 31-year-old construction worker was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen while walking near his house in Quezon City Wednesday night.

Investigators of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said victim Fernando Sazon, a resident in Barangay Batasan Hills succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds upon arriving at the hospital.

Initial report from QCPD’s Batasan Police Station (PS-6) showed that Sazon’s brother, Zandro, was inside their house around 10:30 p.m. when he heard gunshots nearby.

When checked, he already saw the victim slumped bloodied on the ground.

He also noticed two men both wearing black jacket and black helmet onboard a motorcycle hurriedly sped-off away from the scene.

Zandro reported the incident to authorities while the victim

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16 reasons to love Generika

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Sixteen is a symbol of wholeness. Many cultures believed 16 to be the number of completeness, in measurement, weight and more. We also give significance to the number. It is the coming of age and maturity. We even call it “Sweet 16” for girls.

For Generika Drugstore, 16 marks the limitless blessings and milestones through the years.  From its humble beginnings and struggles 16 years ago, Generika comes of age with its nationwide expansion and strategic partnerships with only a brighter future to come. 

So in celebration of Generika’s 16 years in becoming an essential part of our lifestyle, let’s count the reasons why we love Generika so much!

1 Actimed and Nutrawell—If you are looking for quality, safe and affordable generic medicines and food supplements, Generika makes overall well-being accessible and easier on the budget with these house brands.

2 Patient counseling —Friendly, informative and easy to understand, Generika’s

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Three muscle myths we should stop believing

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Once again, we try to bust some myths that you may have heard in the course of getting to your fitness destination. Now what’s wrong with fitness myths, anyway? First and foremost, we have to be in possession of the proper knowledge in order to execute our fitness objectives.

Acting on wrong information, as with anything in life, is simply bad form. So here, we bust some muscle myths that may stand in the way of your body goals:

Muscle turns to fat once we stop working out

Muscle and fat are two entities independent of each other. These are two separate tissues.  Fat tissue is found under the skin, between muscles and around internal organs.  Muscle tissue is found throughout the body. One cannot simply convert into the other. Lifting weights will build muscle, but will not convert fat to muscle.  In the same vein, when you stop

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Eleazar meets Metro Manila cops to boost morale amid drug recycling controversy

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Published October 3, 2019, 7:12 PM

By Aaron Recuenco

Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), has started meeting his men to encourage them not to be distracted by the ongoing Senate probe on alleged illegal drugs recycling that dragged the highest-ranking official of the police organization.

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In a speech before more than 1,000 policemen from the Southern Police District after a One-Time, Big-Time operation that resulted in the arrest of a number of law violators in Paranaque City on Thursday, Eleazar reminded his men to remain focus on the jobs assigned to them.

“The police organization is now facing challenged like the Senate investigation. But I would like to remind each and everyone of you

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Sustainable Dining through Plant-Based Dishes at Sheraton Manila

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In line with Marriott International Serve  360 Initiative, which guides all hotel in operating responsibly as they become global, Sheraton Manila welcomes September, the first Philippine Sustainable Month, by initiating a healthy spin on its comfort food.

So what makes the plant-based  offerings of Sheraton Manila special? Taste, of course!  Thanks to its team of seasoned chefs, the plant-based dishes they offer shows just how palate-pleasing these health treats can be.

“We want to eliminate the stigma that healthy eating, or vegetables, are dull. So we go back to basics, switching meat on well-loved foods to plant-based but still with the same enticing flavors,” Executive Chef Kiko Santiago says.

A plant-based diet, as backed up by medical research, is responsible for a host of health-related benefits. Among the positive attributes one can reap from such a way of eating include reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, mental deterioration

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Albayalde stays firm: I didn’t ask Aquino to not dismiss Pampanga cops 

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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Thursday stood firm on his word that he did not ask Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino to not implement the dismissal order against the 13 policemen involved in the controversial 2013 anti-drug operation in Pampanga.
In an ambush interview with reporters following a Senate public hearing, Albayalde was asked point-blank: “Did you tell him (Aquino) not to implement the dismissal order?”
To which the beset top cop replied: “No, of course not.”
The Senate has been conducting its probe on the implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law but has alread…

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Tight security for Siargao’s world surfing tournament

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Published October 3, 2019, 7:08 PM

By Mike Crismundo

SURIGAO CITY –Security forces have been deployed for the 25th International Surfing Cup that will kick off in General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on Friday.


Thousands of local and foreign tourists starting arriving in Siargao since early this week to witness the five-day competition.

Aside from the police”, 220 troops from different branches of the military will be keeping an eye on the event, Lt. Col. Christian L. Rafols II, chief of the Caraga police Public Information Office told Manila Bulletin on Thursday.

The security plan was laid out by the Caraga in close coordination with the Task Force Siargao, local government units (LGUs), Surigao del

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DILG says gov’t still unprepared for proposed federal constitution

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Updated October 3, 2019, 7:16 PM

By Chito Chavez

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said on Thursday the government is still unprepared to fully campaign for the proposed federal constitution.

DILG undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a forum in Quezon City on the prospects for reforms in the 1987 Constitution, Malaya noted the Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform (IATF) is still in the midst of continuing the discussion on the proposed draft constitution.

Expounding further, Malaya said it is still too early to campaign for that since “there are ongoing discussions in the task force created by the President”.

‘‘Yun po ang katotohanan, hindi pa po nagkakasundo

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Gordon: Albayalde ‘dropped the ball’ big time

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MANILA, Philippines— Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde “dropped the ball” big time.

Senator Richard Gordon repeatedly said this during Thursday’s hearing of the Senate committee on justice, which he chairs.

“We are very serious and to me, when the Senate is insulted, we turn really, really nasty. And that’s not a threat. We want you to know that we are serious about this,” Gordon said.

“So I will call a spade a spade. You dropped the ball big time on this one. You dropped the ball.”

And when Albayalde was about to say something, the senator cut him and repeatedly said: “No, no. You dropped the ball from the very beginning, you dropped the ball…” …

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Lady solons vow to support bill protecting children from forced early marriages

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Published October 3, 2019, 7:00 PM

By Chito Chavez

Women legislators have vowed on Thursday to support a bill seeking to protect children from being forced into early marriages.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

To recall a nationwide campaign to end the practice was launched in Quezon City on Tuesday.

To recall the Alliance of #GirlDefenders: Creating Spaces Together to End Violence against Women and Girls was formed at the Sulo Hotel with prominent legislators on hand.

Among the legislators who supported the campaign were Rep. Malou Acosta-Alba of 1st District of Bukidnon, Kalinga party-list Rep. Irene Gay Saulog, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas, and Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago.

“As warriors and Girl Defenders, we will prioritize this

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BIR, DOF padlock 11 unregistered warehouses in Bulacan

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UNREGISTERED WAREHOUSES. Arnel Guballa, BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations (right) and Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino (left) lead the inspection and serving of a closure order to 11 unregistered warehouses of five big business enterprises in Barangay Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan on Thursday (Oct. 3, 2019). The move was in line with the BIR’s “Oplan Kandado” drive against businesses with unpaid tax dues and engaged in illegal practices. (Photo by Manny Balbin)

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Department of Finance (DOF) on Thursday padlocked 11 unregistered warehouses of five big business enterprises inside a compound in Barangay Tabang here.

Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa, DOF Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino, and Caloocan Revenue Regional Director Ma. Gracia Javier led the serving of the closure order of the warehouses of the Cagayan Corn Products Corp.; Pacific Rim Transport & Logistics, Inc.; UPFC Logistics Corp.; AAI Logistics Cargo Express, Inc.; and JCOMP Trading and Distribution.

These warehouses, located at the T12 Commercial Complex, on Ilang-Ilang St. in Tabang, contain more or less 260 sacks of rice from Myanmar and Vietnam, imported soya milk, liquid detergent and corn flour, and also house the service provider of Shopee, an online store. All the products inside the warehouses have an estimated value of PHP1 billion.

Guballa said at least 11 storage units inside the compound were operating illegally, especially the six rice warehouses of UPFC Logistics Corp., which has not been paying registration tax.

He added that the operators of the establishments were not compliant with the registration requirements of posting the annual registration fee, payment form, original certificate of registration and the poster “Ask for Receipts or Notice to the Public.”

“Section 115 of the Tax Code, as implemented through Revenue Memorandum Order No. 03-2009, authorizes the BIR to suspend or close the business operations of a taxpayer for a period of not less than five days for failure to register, issue VAT official receipts, or sales invoices, file correct VAT returns; or pay the correct VAT,” he said.

The closure order was signed by Guballa after the establishments failed to comply with the registration requirements specified in Section 236 of the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines (NIRC of 1997), as amended.

Guballa also told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the surveillance operations on the warehouses started last March.

Lambino, however, said they were still verifying if the goods found in the warehouses were smuggled or paid with the right taxes.

The closure of the warehouses was implemented through BIR’s “Oplan Kandado” campaign, which seeks to padlock businesses with unpaid tax dues, as well as those engaged in illegal practices, such as failure to register, understatement of taxable sales by more than 30 percent, and refusal to issue receipts. (PNA)

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