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‘Koko’ wants the Senate presidency

Senator Aquilino Pimentel, III, president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party that successfully carried Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency, announced yesterday his intention to snag the Senate presidency in the upcoming  17th Congress that begins on July 25. Pimentel said the incoming president is too busy on matters of national importance before assuming his presidency on June 30 to talk about the Senate presidency. “But what is important is that we who are his confederates we should strategize so that the leadership at the Senate, if we cannot lead, we can influence the Senate so that his priority legislative agenda can be guided through the Senate,” he said. These, among others, were the thoughts of Pimentel during a press briefing just before he and leaders of the …

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P2,000 workers subsidy pushed

The country’s largest labor group has called on incoming president, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to grant minimum wage earners nationwide a P2,000 cash subsidy  to allow them to cope with the rising cost of living. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said their proposed subsidy for workers will be similar to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DWSW) Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for the country’s poorest of the poor. However, instead of being given actual cash, workers will be given cards, which they can use to pay for their basic needs. “The scheme is for government to provide P2,000 monthly cash subsidy for all minimum-waged earners out of the government annual cash surplus. The card will be used to purchase basic commodities and pay for utility …

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Marcos campaign adviser files formal complaint

The campaign adviser of vice-presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, on Friday (May 20, 2016), has filed a criminal complaint against three executives of Smartmatic and a Comelec personnel at the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The complaint-affidavit stemmed from the issue on the changing of the programming script of the transparency server of the poll body last May 9 without proper authorization. "The act of ‘tweaking the script of the transparency server caused widespread anxiety and concern throughout the nation. The lapses in protocol have undermined the credibility and integrity of the 2016 elections,” complainant Jonathan dela Cruz said. Named respondents were Marlon Garcia, head of Smartmatic Technical Support Team; Elie Moreno, Smartmatic project director; Neil Banigued, a member of the Smartmatic Technical Support Team; and Rouie Peñalba, IT officer of the Comelec. In …

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Pena seeks for manual recount of votes

Losing Makati City Mayor Romulo Kid Pena Jr. is seeking for a manual recount of votes in relation to the 2016 mayoralty race in the said city where he lost to newly-proclaimed mayor Abigail Binay. "There are two districts in Makati. I won in District 1 and in almost all villages. But it is in District 2 that we are filing this (election) protest," Pena said in an interview Friday after filing his protest at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros. In his electoral protest, he questioned the "counted and/or canvassed results" in the 287 precincts where he obtained 142,315 votes against Binay's 160,120 votes. "The results in the protested precincts are not reflective of the actual votes cast therein due to electoral fraud, irregularities and/or errors in the conduct of the elections, technical …

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Scarborough reclamation may force US to defend PH, says Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III said on May 19, 2016 that the United States would be obligated to take military action in the South China Sea if China moved to reclaim Scarborough Shoal, a hotly contested reef directly off the shore of Zambales province. Aquino said he had no indication that China had imminent plans to develop the reef, also known as Panatag Shoal and Bajo de Masinloc, which sits 185 nautical miles from Manila. But he suggested that there would be a harsh response if China decided to do so, saying that in his view the United States would be forced to defend the Philippines or risk losing its credibility in the region. “It has to maintain its ascendancy, moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies,” Aquino said during …

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Purisima posts bail

Former Police Director General Alan Purisima  posted bail over the graft case against him in connection with the alleged anomalous courier service for gun license applications. Purisima paid a P30,000 bail bond and P600 in legal fees before the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division for the one count of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). Sixth Division Clerk of Court lawyer Ruth Ferrer said that Purisima voluntarilty surrendered himself on Friday. Though he was escorted by police when he was brought to the Sandiganbayan, Ferrer explained that return of arrest warrant was made nor a report about any arrest was submitted by police. His co-accused who also posted bail were former Philippine National Police (PNP) officials Gil Meneses, Napoleon Estilles, Allan Parreno, and Melchor Reyes. The other co-accused who also …

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GMA asks SC to resolve petition on house arrest

Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to finally resolve her petition to be granted house arrest. In a seven-page motion filed before the High Court, her lawyers prayed that her Urgent Motion for House Arrest which was filed last December 1 "be considered submitted for resolution" by the SC. With this, the lawyers hopes that once the petition has been resolved "the Court issue an order placing petitioner under "house arrest", changing her place of "imprisonment" from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center to her residence at No. 41 Badjao Street, La Vista Subdivision, Quezon City." Arroyo has been charged with the plunder offense over her alleged involvement in  the P365,997,915 that were allegedly diverted from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office's (PCSO) Confidential/Intelligence Fund (CIF) from 2008 …

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DOH offers free pneumonia vaccine for senior citizens

All senior citizens, aged 60 to 65 years old, can avail free pneumococcal vaccination in their respective health centers this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said. Pneumococcal disease is a leading cause of serious illness throughout the world. It is caused by a common type of bacteria, the pneumococcus, which can attack different parts of the body. Illnesses caused by pneumococcus include pneumonia, meningitis, middle ear and sinus infections, and a condition called sepsis, which is an infection of the bloodstream. Age related-impairment of the immune system compounded with decrease of physical activity and poor nutrition increase the risk of severe pneumococcal infection. "Pneumococcal vaccines has been long available in the Philippines, specifically in the private sector. DOH wants to ensure that these are distributed not only to the people who …

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Former PNP Chief Alan Purisima arrested at NAIA3

Dismissed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima was arrested Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3. Elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) - National Capital Region (NCR) served the arrest warrant issued by the Sandiganbayan against the former PNP chief upon his arrival from Butuan City around 2:00 p.m. From the airport, Purisima was brought to the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. The anti-graft court on Thursday ordered the arrest of Purisima and 10 others in connection with a graft case over a contract entered into by the PNP with a courier service, Werfast Documentary Agency Inc.,  in 2011. This, after the The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division found said there was sufficient ground to to hold the dismissed PNP chief and his co-accused on trial for the anomalous courier deal. Aside from Purisima, the anti-graft court also ordered the arrest of 10 others, …

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Netizens react to Duterte’s statement on God, religion

Incoming President told in an interview on GMA's State of the Nation Address about his stand when it comes to God and religion. "For the record, I believe in God, but I do not believe in religions," the incoming president told Jessica Soho. He shared how he has no anger or grudge against any religion but he doesn't believe in its concept, stating that there are times when it is the source of hypocrisy. This statement of the incoming president gained a lot of reactions, both positive and negative. [View the story "Positive reaction Duterte" on Storify] Those who agreed with his statement understood the point of the incoming president. They expressed how they can relate to his belief and way of thinking. They even shared their opinions, saying that it is God who saves …

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