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Lady solon hails DOH move to defer PCV bidding

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Published November 17, 2019, 3:26 PM

By Ellson Quismorio

For ACT-CIS Party-List Rep. Niña Taduran, the Department of Health (DOH) earned brownie points for opting to postpone the bidding for pneumococcal conjugal vaccines or PCVs, which was initially participated in by just one bidder.

ACT CIS Partylist Rep. Niña Taduran (Congresswoman Niña Taduran act-CIS Partylist / FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Taduran, a former journalist, reckoned that an open competitive bidding procedure will give better options for the government in procuring the said vaccines.

“We don’t want to have another rushed procurement of vaccines which could be a source of corruption,” said the nominee of ACT-CIS, the top vote-getter among party-lists during the May 2019 midterm polls.

PCVs are designed as a protection against

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Duterte, task force to end communist insurgency to meet Monday

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MANILA, Philippines — After the simultaneous raids conducted at the offices of alleged fronts of communist insurgents, President Rodrigo Duterte will meet the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Monday.
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon announced this in a statement Sunday, and enumerated that among the agencies and offices that Duterte would meet to discuss details of the campaign against “communist terrorist groups” or CTGs are the Cabinet Officers Responsible for Development and Security, Regional Peace and Order Council, Regional Development Council, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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DILG firms up support to LGU-based GCF projects

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Published November 17, 2019, 3:24 PM

By Chito Chavez

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has pledged support to the first Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project that stands to benefit four hazard-prone cities and municipalities in the country.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año explained the $10-million project establishes a multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and early warning system (MH-IBF-EWS) in Tuguegarao City; Legazpi City; Palo, Leyte and New Bataan in Davao de Oro.

These areas were approved as the target areas by the GCF Board during a recent meeting in South Korea.

“The DILG thanks the GCF Board for approving the project as it will complement the efforts of the government to ensure that our LGUs

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Subject drug users to compulsory rehab to cut demand for illegal drugs – Anakalusugan party-list

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Published November 17, 2019, 3:22 PM

By Charissa Luci-Atienza 

This was the unsolicited advice of Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Mike Defensor to Vice President Leni Robredo.

Anakalusugan Party-List Rep. Mike Defensor (Mike Defensor FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN/ FILE PHOTO)

“There are two sides to the drug problem – the supply side and the demand side. We have to suppress both sides at once if we are to succeed in the war on drugs,” he said in a statement.

Defensor, vice chairperson of the House Committee on Health, took note that there were only 5,447 abusers who were admitted to 54 public and private residential and outpatient treatment facilities in 2018 alone, citing figures from the Dangerous Drugs Board.

He said it was about time the government implements

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Duterte’s threat against Robredo on possible disclosure of ‘state secrets’ uncalled for

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Published November 17, 2019, 3:21 PM

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman described on Sunday as “utterly unnecessary” President Duterte’s threat against Vice President Leni Robredo over possible disclosure of “state secrets” on illegal drugs.

Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman
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The veteran lawmaker even questioned the move of the Chief Executive to elevate the list of high-profile narcotics traders and users, as well as the records of those involved in extrajudicial killings related to the war on illegal drugs, to the status of “state secrets”.

“It is utterly unnecessary for President Rodrigo Duterte to threaten Vice President Leni Robredo with dismissal as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) if she would reveal “state secrets” on

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Solon asks DOH to enforce protocol on ‘Black Death’

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — A legislator here has called on health officials to install measures to ensure a deadly disease from China would not find its way to the country.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, of this city’s second district, has issued such call following reports that two people infected by the bubonic plague died in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region recently.

Rodriguez said the Department of Health (DOH) and port authorities must put in place necessary mechanisms to prevent the possible entry of the dreaded disease in the country, considering the number of Chinese nationals arriving in the Philippines daily.

“We have to tighten our quarantine (measures) against C…

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LOOK: Aicelle Santos marries Mark Zambrano in Batangas

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Aicelle Santos tied the knot with news anchorMark Zambrano yesterday, Nov. 16, in a garden wedding at El Jardin de Zaida in San Juan, Batangas.
Santos was blooming while she walked the aisle toward Zambrano, as seen in a video on actress-singer Sweet Plantado-Tiongson’s Instagram page yesterday.


Santos donned a stunning white off-shoulder gown while Zambrano looked sharp in a navy blue suit paired with a white polo and red bowtie, as seen in Nice Print Photo’s post yesterday.


The wedding reception was adorned with numerous sunflowers and yellow-hu…

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Excess rice tariffs should go straight to beleaguered farmers

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Updated November 17, 2019, 3:11 PM

By Ellson Quismorio

A House leader is set to file this week a measure which would allow the government to tap all rice import tariff collections in excess of the P10-billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in setting up a special emergency fund for farmers affected by falling farm gate prices of the staple food following its recent market deregulation.

Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte
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Deputy Speaker Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. LRay Villafuerte said he will file a joint resolution to provide congressional authorization for an immediate special fund to enable the Department of Agriculture (DA) to distribute direct cash transfers to small farmers to help them cope with

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De Lima chides gov’t for refusing to share info on illegal drugs campaign with Robredo

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Published November 17, 2019, 3:09 PM

By Hannah Torregoza

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Sunday slammed the Duterte administration for its refusal to share information with Vice President Leni Robredo regarding high value targets in the government’s war on drugs.

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“We see a lot of duplicity here. What vicious political game is Duterte and his men playing this time?” De Lima said in a statement.

De Lima was reacting to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Aaron Aquino’s who earned flak after his alleged refusal to provide Robredo, who has been assigned as his co-chair in the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), the list of the HVTs which she has asked.

But Aquino backtracked, clarifying he did

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Go says he’s open to lifting martial law in Mindanao

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Published November 17, 2019, 3:06 PM

By Hannah Torregoza 

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he is open to lifting martial law in Mindanao but will wait the recommendation of law enforcement authorities on the matter.

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

Go said he was waiting for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide inputs regarding the proposal to lift martial law.

“Kung hindi na talaga kailangan ngayon, sabi ng PNP, AFP, will also recommend or should have recommended already,” Go said in a recent interview.

According to Go, he is now working with authorities to determine whether it is appropriate to lift martial law in the region. He said

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Proposed Cha-Cha to widen China’s entry to Philippine territory—militant partylist

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — A militant partylist group warned against the renewed move by the Duterte administration to amend the 1987 Constitution, saying such a move would be geared towards allowing China to further intrude into the country’s maritime territory and sovereignty.

“Cha-Cha has a new component—deleting constitutional provisions that protect the Philippines from China’s expansionism in the West Philippine Sea as well as providing China red carpet entry into the Philippines,” said a joint statement issued by Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares and his partymate Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate over the weekend.

Cagayan de Oro’s second district Rep. Rodriguez said the mo…

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House leader cites need to provide protection for judges

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:58 PM

By Ellson Quismorio 

Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel feels that local judges are as helpless as “sitting ducks” in the light of recent attacks against magistrates.

Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel
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“Right now, every active judge is a sitting duck, with absolutely no protection whatsoever against potential attacks,” said Pimentel, author of House Bill (HB) 5403 which seeks to establish the Office of the Philippine Marshals Service under the Supreme Court (SC).

“This is in response to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta’s call for a marshals service for the judiciary,” Pimentel said, noting that the marshals will be tapped to protect members of the judiciary.

The

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Duterte in ‘green’ – not pink – of health — Palace

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:56 PM

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang assured that President Duterte was fit to fulfill his duties as the country’s leader despite complaining of illnesses, saying it was only normal for a man of Duterte’s age to not be in the best of health.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
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Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said life has begun to take its toll on his health.

“Lahat ng sakit, nandito na sa ‘kin kasi matanda na ako. Kung sabihin mo (I have all illnesses because I’m already old. So if you ask me), ‘Okay ka ba, Presidente (Are you okay, President)? Are you in the best of health?’ Of course not,” Duterte said.

“I am old, life has begun

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Robredo says she won’t release classified info on anti-drug campaign

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:53 PM

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday allayed fears of the agencies under the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) in sharing to her the sensitive information on the drug war.

Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We will be transparent as possible so the people would know what is happening, but we will not divulge information that would not be good to the campaign,” Robredo, co-chair of ICAD, said in Filipino.

“I understand what I can’t say to the media. I’m not allowed to talk about it if it is sensitive,” the newly designated drug czar stressed.

During her weekly radio show, Robredo and co-host Ely Saludar discussed the hesitation of

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5 nabbed while transporting boxes of alleged fake cigarettes

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LEGAZPI CITY — Eight boxes of alleged fake cigarettes were intercepted by barangay tanods (village watchmen) being unloaded by five people at the Codon Seaport in San Andres town in Catanduanes province on Sunday morning, a police report said.

Arrested for possession of undocumented counterfeit cigarettes were: Mostafa Bucay, 27; Bravo Alimusa, 24; Saidomar Sumalug, 28; Juhair Macadaag; and Khalil Ampaso, 31, all residents of Barangay (village) Pawa in Tabaco City in Albay province, according to Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson.

Alvin Surban, village councilman, reported to the police that at 8:40 a.m., they caught boxes of suspected fake cigarettes worth P2…

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Bayan Muna solons frown on AFP bid for dialogue over raids

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MANILA, Philippines — Progressive party-list representatives on Sunday said they felt insulted over the offer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to hold a dialogue with lawmakers regarding the recent raids on the offices of organizations tagged as alleged fronts of the communist rebels.
AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo earlier said they can explain to lawmakers, who expressed opposition to a supposed crackdown of leftist groups, the rationale behind the raids and how the groups allegedly recruit minors and purportedly use human and indigenous people’s rights issues to their own favor.

But Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite were not having it.

“Sa…

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Palace distances from Locsin’s tirade vs. Valles

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Romulo Valles and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. 

MANILA — Malacañang distanced itself from the criticism made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. against Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Romulo Valles.

“That’s between the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and to those subject of his criticism. Hindi na natin papasukin yun (We won’t meddle into that),” Panelo said in an interview over dzIQ on Sunday.

In a Tweet, Locsin called CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Valles “moron in a white Mu-Mu” after he called on the faithful to pray for Vice President Leni Robredo after she was appointed as the country’s drug czar.

Panelo explained that Locsin must have been “triggered” by what Valles said stressing that he would not react that way without basis.

“Ang isang government official, hindi naman magre-react kung walang basis ng kanyang reaction (A government official would not react without basis). There must be something that triggered the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) Secretary to say the things that he said,” he added.

Panelo, however, said there would be no need for Palace to advise Locsin to watch his language.

“DFA Secretary Locsin is a man of substance. He is professional and he knows what he is doing,” he said.

Commenting on an article about Valles’ call to pray for Robredo, Locsin said the former should thank President Rodrigo Duterte for appointing Robredo as drug czar.

Aside from calling him a moron, Locsin also called Valles “an ecclesiastical idiot” and questioned how he passed theology.

Locsin further said Valles was “a disgrace to what is supposed to be the world’s most intellectual religion.”

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio, in a Facebook post, described Locsin’s remarks as “vitriolic and undiplomatic.” (PNA)

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Robredo as Duterte's successor ‘wishful thinking’

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MANILA — Malacañang on Sunday brushed aside the claim of London-based think tank that more foreign investors may be lured into the Philippines in the event that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo replaces President Rodrigo Duterte due to his health issues.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Robredo taking over as the country’s president was just a “wishful thinking”.

“Unang-una, ‘yun ay wishful thinking (First and foremost, that’s a wishful thinking),” Panelo said in an interview with dzIQ, when sought to react to think tank Capital Economics statement that foreign investors would welcome the idea of Robredo replacing Duterte.

“Pinakikialaman na naman nila ‘yung soberentiya at ‘yung tinig ng taumbayan na nag-halal sa kanya overwhelmingly. Masyado silang nakikialam sa pamamalakad ng ating pamahalaan (They are once again interfering in our sovereignty and to our countrymen who overwhelmingly voted for him. They are meddling in our government’s policy),” he added.

Section 8 of the 1987 Constitution states that, “in case of death, permanent disability, removal from office, or resignation of the President, the Vice-President shall become the President to serve the unexpired term.”

In a report titled “Duterte health worries, Sri Lanka election” and published on November 15, Capital Economics senior Asia economist Gareth Leather claimed that there was a downtrend in foreign investments since Duterte assumed presidency in 2016.

Leather said while Robredo has scant knowledge about economic policies, “a change in president would probably be welcomed by investors.”

Leather also noted Robredo’s “fierce opposition to Duterte’s authoritarian tendencies, including his willingness to undermine political institutions, his attacks on political opponents, as well as the controversial war on drugs” could entice foreign firms to invest in the Philippines.

Panelo debunked the think tank’s claim, saying that the Philippines has “good” foreign investments.

“Ang alin, foreign investment? Eh maling-mali siya doon. Definitely, di ba sinasabi nga ng mga economic managers na ang ganda ng investment natin, lalung-lalo na sa foreign (About foreign investment? He’s wrong with his claim. Our economic managers are definitely saying that we have good investments, most especially in foreign investments),” he said.

“‘Yun ang sinasabi natin kay VP Leni na maging maingat ka sa pag-tanggap ng mga payo sa’yo ng inaakala mo na makakatulong ay baka sa halip na makatulong ay makasira (That’s why we are telling VP Leni to be careful with accepting a piece of advice from others, which you think can help you but truth is, would just destroy her),” Panelo added.

Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed that foreign direct investments registered a net inflow of USD543 million in July 2019.

For the first seven months of 2019, long-term equity net inflows totaled USD4.1 billion. (PNA)

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Leni won’ t have access to classified information on drugs

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:43 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The government is not keen on giving Vice President Leni Robredo access to “classified” information since it is supposedly beyond the scope of her authority as the country’s anti-drug czar.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
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Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo explained that access to classified government documents is presently limited to President Duterte and a handful of top security and defense officials.

“She wanted access to all documents including classified information. Unang-una hindi kasama ‘yan sa scope ng kanyang authority. Mayroon mga bagay-bagay na even us members of the Cabinet are not allowed to look into kasi mga classified nga eh [First, it is not part of the scope of her authority. There are

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Palace defends Locsin vs Valles: He is a professional

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:40 PM

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang came to the defense of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. after the latter slammed Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, saying something must have triggered Locsin for him to call the prelate a “moron”.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after Locsin lambasted Valles for calling prayers for Vice President Leni Robredo as she took on the role of the drug czar.

In a tweet, Locsin called Valles a “disgrace” to Catholicism and told him that he should be grateful to President Duterte.

“Say Thank You to the President you moron in a white Mu-Mu. Without him,

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Ramon’ could hit Cagayan; another LPA monitored

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:32 PM

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Even as slow-moving tropical storm ‘Ramon’ (international name ‘Kalmaegi’) has yet to make landfall over Northern Luzon early this week, a new low pressure area (LPA) east of Visayas could enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday.

(PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN)

After being stationary over the Philippine Sea in the past few days, Ramon moved slowly at 10 kilometers per hour on Sunday morning, according to Benison Estareja of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The storm was estimated 395 kilometers (km) east of Casiguran, Aurora, and maintained its maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph, before Sunday noon.

Should Ramon retain its north-northwest track,

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Cleanfuel announces adjustments of diesel, gasoline prices

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Local independent fuel company Cleanfuel announces pump price adjustments in all Cleanfuel Stations.

Effective this Sunday, November 17 at 4:01PM. Cleanfuel will reduce its diesel prices by P0.30 per liter.

Late increase will be implemented for gasoline prices by P.0.80 per liter effective Wednesday, November 20 at 12:01AM.

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LOOK: Ice Seguerra helps out Mindanao earthquake victims through music

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Amid financial support and donations, multi-awarded artist Ice Seguerra helped the victims of the strong earthquakes that hit Mindanao last month in his own way, through music.

Liza Dio-Seguerra, his wife, spoke about Seguerra’s journey last week, when he performed in the many evacuation centers where the displaced victims of the earthquakes are currently located, as per her Facebook post last Friday, Nov. 15.

“My husband at his HAPPIEST AGAIN,” Dio-Seguerra, CEO and chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, said. “Ice has spent the last two days traveling all over North Cotabato para magreach out sa mga kababayan nating nabiktima ng lindol (to reach out t…

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Motorcycle rider dies in 6-vehicle collision in Pasay

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Published November 17, 2019, 2:11 PM

By MB Online

A motorcycle rider died when he figured in a six-vehicle collision in Pasay City Sunday morning.

A dump truck first hit the rider, then ran over him, causing his death.

The fatality was identified as Joaquin Bolanos, a Pasay City resident who was on his way home from the market when the accident happened.

The dump truck first collided with a jeepney which the victims was trying to overtake but was hit by the truck instead, according to a report by ABS-CBN News.

Two jeepneys, a car, and a taxi were also involved in the collision when their drivers failed to stop to avoid hitting other vehicles.

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Motorcycle rider killed as truck mows down 6 vehicles in Pasay City

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Updated November 17, 2019, 4:53 PM

By Dhel Nazario

A 58-year-old motorcycle rider died after he was accidentally struck by a garbage truck that suddenly broke down in Pasay City, Sunday morning.

PMSg Eulalio Corpuz, case investigator, identified the victim as Joaquin Bolanos, 58, vendor, and resident of Pag-asa II Brgy. 201 Pasay City. Bolanos died on the scene.

The truck driver was identified as Wilmar Dalugdog, 25, of Temporary Housing Vitas Tondo Manila.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 7:15 in the morning along the West Service Road, Brgy.201 Zone 20 Pasay City.

According to Corpuz, the garbage truck driven by Dalugdog was travelling along the West Service Road and was southbound when the accident happened.

Police said that Dalugdog’s truck experienced mechanical malfunction,

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Duterte doing well despite health issues: Malacañang

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WORKING PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines the injury of one of the wounded law enforcers he visited at the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City last Friday. Duterte can still perform his duties well, despite his health problems, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Sunday (Nov. 17, 2019). (Presidential photo of Ace Morandante)

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte can still perform his duties “well” as the country’s chief executive despite his health problems, Malacañang said on Sunday.

“If you will notice, kahit na ganyan siya, may nararamdaman, ‘yung kanyang schedule, ganoon pa rin, hindi naman nababago eh (If you will notice, his schedule does not change, despite his health issues). And he not only does survive, he does it well,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an interview with dzIQ.

Panelo made the comment two days Duterte admitted that his ailments are taking a toll on his health.

On the sidelines of his visit to slain soldiers in Eastern Samar, Duterte told GMA News that he was not in the best of his health, given his age.

“Lahat ng sakit, nandito na sa akin kasi matanda na ako (I have health issues since I’m already old. Kung sabihin mo, ‘okay ka ba, Presidente (If you will ask me, are you okay, Mr. President)? Are you in the best of health?’ Of course not,” the 74-year-old President was quoted as saying.

“I am old. Life has begun to take its toll on my health. At kung sabihin mong may sakit ako, meron (If you will ask me if I have an ailment, yes). You name it, I have it. Para wala na lang debate (I’ll admit it to end speculations),” he added.

The Chief Executive on October 22 learned that he has muscle spasms, which was triggered by his October 16 minor motorcycle accident at the Presidential Security Group’s compound in Manila.

On October 5, Duterte also revealed that he has myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that weakens skeletal muscles responsible for breathing and moving parts of the body.

Apart from the muscle ailment, the President previously admitted that he is suffering from Barrett’s esophagus, a potentially serious complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Buerger’s disease, a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs.

Duterte is also battling with chronic back pains and migraines.

The President also informed the public in October 2018 that the supposed “growth” found in his digestive tract tested negative for cancer.

Work continues

The public’s renewed concerns over Duterte’s health surfaced anew when Panelo initially announced on November 11 that he would go on a three-day leave from November 12 to 14. The Palace official clarified on the same day that the President would not take a respite and would just work from the comfort of his home in Davao City.

Panelo said it was normal for the President to deal with health problems, since he is already 74 years old.

Duterte, nevertheless, would continue fulfilling his mandate to serve the public, despite the status of his health, his spokesman said.

“Kung ano ang sakit ng matatanda sa edad niya (Whatever ailment an elderly has), ordinarily he has that,” Panelo said.

“Trabaho pa rin. Hindi ba sabi niya, ‘Kahit na ano, basta gagawin ko ang trabaho ko kahit na anong mangyari sa akin (But he will continue working. He said, ‘I’ll perform my duties, whatever happens to me),” he added.

Duterte is expected to return to Malacañan Palace in Manila because of his “very busy” schedule starting Monday.

Panelo said the President is also scheduled to join his fellow Southeast Asian leaders in a commemorative summit with Shout Korean President Moon Jae-in on November 25 to 27 in Busan. (PNA)

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Palace: Duterte not in good health

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is not in the pink of health, considering that he is getting older, Malacañang said Sunday, November 17.

In a radio interview, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the 74-year-old President is suffering from various ailments.

He, however, stressed that it was “normal” for Duterte to encounter health problems.

“Kung sasabihin mong normal, hindi siya normal kasi nga ang dami niyang nararamdaman. Kumbaga kung sinabi ko noon na if he was in the pink of health, ngayon I think he’s now in the green of health (If you’ll say he’s normal, he’s not normal because he has health issues. If I said earlier that he was in the pink of health, I think he’s now in the green of health),” Panelo said.

“Hindi na pink, green lang, which is kung ano ang sakit ng matatanda sa edad niya, ordinarily he has that (He’s no longer in a pink of health, it’s just green of health, which means, ordinarily, he has that, given his age),” he added.

This comes after the Chief Executive admitted that that he was not in the best of his health.

The President made the admission in an interview with GMA News.

“Lahat ng sakit, nandito na sa akin kasi matanda na ako (I have health problems since I’m already old.) Kung sabihin mo, ‘Okay ka ba, Presidente (If you will ask me, ‘Are you okay, President)? Are you in the best of health?’ Of course not,” he said.

“I am old. Life has begun to take its toll on my health. At kung sabihin mong may sakit ako, meron (I am sick). You name it, I have it,” he added.

Despite this, Panelo insisted that Duterte is still fit to work.

“If you will notice, kahit na ganyan siya, may nararamdaman, ‘yung kanyang schedule, ganoon pa rin, hindi naman nababago eh (If you will notice, his schedule does not change, despite his ailments). And he not only does survive, he does it well,” he said. (NASE)

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Parts of Metro Manila, nearby provinces to experience power interruption starting November 18

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Updated November 17, 2019, 2:20 PM

By MB Online

Parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will experience scheduled power interruptions starting Monday, November 18 until Sunday, November 24, due to maintenance activities.

In an advisory, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced that some barangays in the cities of Manila, Makati City, Quezon City, and Malabon will experience power outages.

The power cuts are due to preventive maintenance for Installation and retirement of poles and installation of facilities, Line reconductoring, line conversion works and replacement of poles.

Power interruptions would also affect some barangays in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna.

Meralco advised the public to be aware of the scheduled power interruptions.

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Vico Sotto to food firm: Drop charges vs workers, they’re ‘not criminals’

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MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has appealed to the management of Regent Foods Corporation to withdraw the charges against 23 of its workers, who were arrested after violence erupted at their picket line in front of the firm’s main plant on November 9.

 

“These people are not criminals; they do not have the goal of hurting you. They are fighting for what they believe to be just. You can continue with the labor dispute without sending the poor and powerless to jail!” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

 

READ: 23 strikers arrested after dispersal at food plant in Pasig

 

Sotto said he told…

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Robredo to PDEA: Knowing data on high-value targets is part of mandate

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MANILA, Philippines — The request for the data on high-value targets (HVTs) stems from her mandate as the anti-drug czar, Vice President Leni Robredo reminded the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

According to Robredo, the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), she needs to know how many and who are the HVTs so that she can assure an effective implementation of the anti-drug campaign.

“Kaya nga binalikan ko ‘yong functions ng ICAD […] under Executive Order No. 15, ang number one function niya, ensure the effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high value drug personalities,” she said on DZXL’s radio program…

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