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Senators assert right to detain 3 BuCor officials

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MANILA, Philippines— The Senate has every right to detain the three officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) for being evasive in the chamber’s ongoing probe on the early release of convicts.

 

Senate President Vicente Sotto III made this assertion on Thursday after the three officials questioned before the Court of Appeals their detention at the Senate.

 

The three BuCor officials involved are legal chief Frederic Anthony Santos, BuCor records division head Ramoncito Roque and Ursicio Cenas, medical officer at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) hospital.

 

READ: Senate panel cites 3 BuCor officials in contempt

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Pagasa: ‘Nimfa’ slowly moving west over Philippine Sea

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MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression “Nimfa” is now moving slowly west over the northern portion of the Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said “Nimfa” was last spotted 715 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

Nimfa is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain will be experienced over the Ilocos region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan, Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, occasiona…

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Globe spearheads the digital transformation of Manila

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Globe has collaborated with the City of Manila to spearhead the digital transformation of the country’s capital by providing fast and reliable internet connectivity in key areas with GoWifi and delivering financial technology services to the city’s scholars with GCash.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu and Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to make GoWiFi available at Manila City Hall, Ospital ng Maynila, Tondo Medical Center, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Tondo National High School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Universidad de Manila.

The MOA also covers the use of GCash as the official financial services platform to sen…

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Group says evidence on arrested NDFP officer was ‘planted’, charges ‘fabricated’

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MANILA, Philippines — A group has claimed that the murder charges and the evidence gathered against National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) officer Antonia Setias Dizon were “fabricated” and “planted” on her by state forces.

According to a statement from the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), a union of government employees of which Dizon is part of, this ‘desperate’ measure is still part of the government’s crackdown on labor unions.

“COURAGE calls on the immediate release of Dizon, as we believe this is a direct attack not just to her but to whole essence of unionism. As we all know, the state has been ag…

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50 convicts freed via GCTA surrender in W. Visayas

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Published September 19, 2019, 11:46 AM

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — A total of 50 convicts of heinous crimes who were previously released through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law have surrendered in the Western Visayas region.

Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-6) in Western Visayas. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, PRO-6 director, said that Iloilo province had the most number of GCTA-freed convicts who surrendered with 15.

Eleven convicts also surrendered in Aklan province, 10 in Negros Occidental province, six in Capiz province, four in Iloilo City, three in Antique province, and one in Bacolod City.

No GCTA-freed convict surrendered in Guimaras province.

While 50 is a substantial number, PRO-6 records showed there are a

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DOH proposed budget of P160.1-B for 2020 gets Senate nod

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Published September 19, 2019, 11:38 AM

By Mario Casayuran

The Senate finance sub-committee ‘’F’’ has approved the proposed 2020 P160.15 billion budget of the Department of Health’s (DOH).

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (MALACAÑANG PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, sub-committee chairman, announced yesterday the approval by his sub-committee and expressed his full support for the DOH’s multi-pronged programs.

Go, however, raised concerns regarding the budget allocated for the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law, saying that its funds might not be enough to cover all its programmed expenditures.

Go had asked whether the proposed 2020 budget of P67.35 billion in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) is enough for the implementation of the UHC next year.

The UHC measure was principally

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PH won’t elevate WPS dispute with China to UN; opts for peaceful dialogue

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Updated September 19, 2019, 11:35 AM

By Genalyn Kabiling

The Philippine government is inclined to continue the peaceful dialogue with China to resolve the West Philippine Sea dispute rather than elevate the country’s 2016 arbitral win before the United Nations.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the suggestion of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to present the case before the UN General Assembly this week is futile since the UN has no power to enforce the arbitral ruling that nullified China’s claims in the disputed territory.

“It’s futile exercise. Why? Because UN has no enforcement power,” Panelo said.

Del Rosario had earlier urged the Duterte government to bring the arbitration ruling before the 74th

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S. Korea to revamp workforce system amid population decline

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SEOUL —South Korea’s fiscal chief on Wednesday announced proposals to improve the supply of key workforce amid a declining population and aging society.

The government’s latest blueprint announced Wednesday focuses on recruiting teachers, soldiers and foreign workers in nonmetropolitan areas, as well as improving the employment conditions for seniors.

“With its record-low birth rate and fast aging society, Korea is now facing critical demographic changes,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki in an economic revitalization meeting held at Seoul Government Complex.

Earlier this year, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development…

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Mapua University suspends classes due to bomb threat

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MANILA, Philippines — Mapua University on Thursday suspended classes in its Makati and Intramuros campuses due to a reported bomb threat.

The university, through its official Twitter account, advised students and employees to vacate both the Intramuros and Makati campuses.

 

The university added that all classes will instead be conducted online.

 

The Makati City police said that the Student Discipline Secretary of the Makati campus received a text message from an unknown number warning school administration that the university will be bombed within three hours.

 

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Roxas claims no drastic changes made on GCTA law during his tenure

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Published September 19, 2019, 11:21 AM

By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki

Former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas has maintained that there were no drastic changes made in the provisions of Republic Act No. 10592 regarding the release of inmates during his term.

Mar Roxas
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R.A. 10592 provided that the computation of preventive imprisonment for purpose of immediate release shall be the actual period of detention with good conduct time allowance (GCTA). However, recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes are excluded from the law.

During the terms of Roxas and Senator Leila De Lima who was then the Secretary of Justice, Rule IV, Section 3 of the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) changed the

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Cardinal Tagle to baptize 450 street children

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Published September 19, 2019, 11:17 AM

By Christina Hermoso

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will baptize 450 children from the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation on September 28 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, executive director of the Tulay ng Kabataan said many children from poor families, particularly street children, are unable to receive the Sacraments instituted by the church.

“When it is so difficult to bring our wounded children close to God, it is very easy to bring the Lord to them through the Sacraments,” Dauchez said over Church-run Radio Veritas. “The Church will be the one to find ways to introduce God to poor children,” he

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SC: Admin case of former CHEd executive director not yet resolved

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Published September 19, 2019, 11:16 AM

By Rey Panaligan

The Supreme Court (SC) said on Thursday it has not ruled on the administrative liability of Julito D. Vitriolo, then executive director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), who was ordered dismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) in 2016 for gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, inefficiency, and incompetence.

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Through its public information office (PIO), the SC said the challenge on the administrative liability of Vitriolo is still pending resolution on its merits based on a petition filed by complainant Oliver B. Felix who challenged the 2017 and 2018 rulings of the Court of Appeals (CA).

The PIO said the pending petition filed by Felix with the

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Trump and California go to war over clean cars

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Published September 19, 2019, 11:12 AM

By Reuters

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump and the state of California went to war on Wednesday over who should set the standards in the United States for vehicle emissions and electric cars, foreshadowing a legal battle over environmental policy issues that will affect the auto industry and consumers.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with California’s then-Governor-elect Gavin Newsom (L) after greeting then-Governor Jerry Brown (C) upon arriving at Beale Air Force Base, California, US, November 17, 2018. (REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Trump confirmed he would revoke California’s authority to require automakers to build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements demand.

The Republican president is counting on voters in truck-friendly heartland states to carry him to re-election in 2020, and

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PRRD off to 2nd Russia visit in October

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Presidential Photo)

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Moscow for a second time this October upon the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed to reporters that Duterte accepted the invitation of Putin to visit the country.

Ang sabi niya ay inimbitahan siya ni Russian President at tinanggap na niya (He said he was invited by the Russian President and he accepted),” Panelo said in a media interview.

Duterte has previously called Putin “his favorite hero”.

Panelo said that the trip to Moscow would likely happen during the first week of October.

Ties between the Philippines and Russia are expected to improve after the President’s visit, he said.

“When you visit a country other than yours, it means you are trying to improve the relations, right? It could mean further improved relations between the two countries,” Panelo said in a media interview.

Last Sept. 12, Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. bared that the President will go to Russia to “make up for his first state visit that was aborted within half a day of arriving by the fall of Marawi to jihadis including foreign fighters.”

In May 2017, Duterte cut short his first state visit to Russia after Maute terrorists attacked Marawi City.

He declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017. (PNA)

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NegOcc wins big in regional organic agri awards

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AWARDEES. Agriculture Assistant Secretary Rene Famoso (seated, 2nd from left) and representatives of National Organic Agriculture Program and Agriculture Training Institute, with the awardees from Negros Occidental, including integrated and organic farmer Jesus Antonio Orbida (standing, 3rd from left) during the 2019 Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards held in Iloilo City on Tuesday. Negros Occidental won six awards, including outstanding province. (Photo courtesy of Checcs Osmeña-Orbida)

BACOLOD CITY — Negros Occidental has been recognized as outstanding province in this year’s Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards (ROAAA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 (Western Visayas).

The province led the six Negrense recipients during the awards program that was graced by Agriculture Assistant Secretary Rene Famoso at the Casa Real in Iloilo City on Tuesday.

Provincial agriculturist Japhet Masculino on Wednesday lauded the winners from Negros Occidental for helping sustain the province’s organic agriculture development.

“Just keep on implementing organic farming for we still have a long way to go,” Masculino said.

Data from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist showed that at least 17,000 organic farming practitioners in the province plant various crops on 16,000 hectares of farmlands.

Victorias City was also named as outstanding city; Binalbagan-based farmer Jesus Antonio Orbida, outstanding small farmer in the individual category; Elpedio Dayuday, outstanding local government unit agricultural extension worker; Corazon Galon, outstanding provincial focal person; and Sag-ang and Coffee Growers Association of La Castellana, outstanding group.

“This award recognizes all our sacrifices and shows that we’re doing the right thing despite the odds,” said Orbida, who is also among the finalists in the same category for the National Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards (NOAAA) this coming November.

The organic agriculture achievers’ award recognizes organic agriculture development initiatives in the country.

Meanwhile, at the national level, members of the NOAAA’s national technical committee have already conducted the field validation for Orbida, who is one of the three finalists in the small farmer category this year. The team evaluated Orbida in his farm in Barangay Enclaro, Binalbagan town on August 27.

Last year, Orbida was recognized by the provincial government of Negros Occidental for coconut and integrated farming during the 2nd Food Production Heroes Assembly.

His association, PeacePond Farmers Association, also bagged the 2018 Outstanding Farmer of the Philippines gold award for agriculture initiatives category. (PNA)

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