PH seeks to close deal with Disney
Rancho Mirage, California — Will the Philippines become the new site of Disneyland or at least become a regional hub of its animation department?
Business prospects in the country, particularly on game development and animation, will be high on the agenda during President Aquino’s meeting with top executives of Walt Disney International on Tuesday.
Aquino, who is expected to arrive in California on Monday morning (early Tuesday morning in Manila), is scheduled to sit down with Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney, and Jim Flippatos, vice president for global policy, on possible Philippine investments.
“I understand that they will be discussing the investment policies and climate in the creative sector, particularly game development and animation,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said in an interview here.
“I think the President will …
Drilon urges voters to listen to presidential debates
Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday urged the public to listen and thoroughly scrutinize the platforms that would be laid down by the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the upcoming public debate sponsored by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cagayan de Oro.
“I hope that the public will not miss this chance to tune in and listen to the answers that will be given by those who want to lead this country for the next years, and if they really can continue the progress which we have already made in the past six years,” Drilon said.
Drilon, a Liberal Party stalwart said, their standard-bearer Mar Roxas would be attending the forum. Senators Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Francis Escudero, her running mate under the Partido Galing at Puso also confirmed their participation in the …
DOTC, MRTC lose bid to regain properties in Mandaluyong
The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the motion of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and its private partner, Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC), to stop the Mandaluyong City government from taking over the latter’s properties for its failure to pay real property taxes amount to P2.4 billion covering the period of 2003 to 2005.
In a five-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam, the CA’s former Sixth Division threw out the petition of DOTC and MRTC, as it does not believe that it should take cognizance of the petition as argued by the MRTC.
The CA, in affirming its earlier ruling, stressed that “there was no ruling that the Court of Appeals can take cognizance of certiorari petitions involving real property tax cases decided by the …
Prosecutors seek release of wrong Maguindanao massacre suspect
The prosecution panel in the Maguindanao massacre case asked a Quezon City court to drop the 58 counts of murder charges against an accused mistakenly arrested by the police.
In a four-page motion to dismiss, the prosecution led by Assistant City Prosecutor Archimedes Manabat sought the dismissal of the cases of accused Sanggutin Musa, alias “Mores Sali Musa.”
The motion was filed before Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch (RTC) 221.
Court records showed that operatives of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office nabbed Musa in Barangay Malasing, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, on Dec. 6, 2015 supposedly for his alleged involvement in the slaying of 58 persons which included 32 media practitioners on Nov. 23, 2009.
Musa was arraigned on Dec. 18, 2015 while a preliminary conference of his cases was held …
Deferment of barangay polls sought
A lady lawmaker wants to reset this year’s barangay polls to October, 2018 to insulate the elected barangay officials from partisan politics.
Pasay City Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano filed House Bill 6420 seeking to postpone the barangay elections from October, 2016 to October, 2018.
“Considering that there will soon be nationwide elections this coming May 2016, it would be prudent and advisable to reset the next barangay elections this October 2016 to October 2018,” Calixto- Rubiano as she urged her colleagues to amend Republic Act 9340.
“It is noteworthy that the elected officials of the barangay, being the basic unit of our country’s social structure, should be insulated from the influence of partisan politics,” she added.
She cited the 1984 case of Occena v. Comelec where the Supreme Court held that “it would definitely enhance …
National Newsbits for February 16, 2016
DOOR OF CHARITY
Parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila have opened their Door of Charity for the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy last February 14 to coincide with the First Sunday of Lent. “The Door of Charity is one of the ‘doors’ by which the faithful may gain an indulgence during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016). The Door of Charity signifies a person’s passage towards doing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. “In opening the Door of Charity, the parish commits itself to the aim and spirit of the Jubilee of Mercy by doing concrete works of charity especially for the poor and the neglected in their community,” the Archdiocese of Manila said. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle enjoins the …
EU provides P156-million humanitarian aid to PH
The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), has provided 3 million euros or P156.34 million worth of humanitarian aid to assist Filipinos affected by the aftermath of Typhoon "Nona" (international name "Melor"), as well as the ongoing conflicts in Mindanao.
Half, or P78.17 million of the fund, will be allotted to those affected by "Nona", particularly in the hardest-hit areas of Southern Luzon and Eastern Visayas; while the other half will be allocated to those affected by the crisis in Mindanao.
Typhoon “Nona” struck the Philippines in December 2015. It left 42 people dead and more than 279,000 homes damaged, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
On the other hand, the ongoing crisis in Mindanao, brought about by the fighting between government forces and insurgent …
Roach sees Pacquiao as senator, boxer in the future
Coach Freddie Roach said he would love to see Manny Pacquiao as a senator of the Philippines while defending his title as a boxer in the near future.
Roach arrived in General Santos City on Monday, February 15, to personally supervise the training of Pacquiao until the first week of March, before Team Pacquiao leaves for the United States for the final preparations of the fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9.
Roach hinted that Pacquiao will not consider retirement after his fight with Bradley. Pacquiao earlier announced his plan to retire from boxing if he wins in the senatorial elections in May.
“I think he will fight again,” Roach said. The coach added that he would love to see Pacquiao as a fighting senator, and at the same time defending his title as a …
Manila Science questions SC on constitutionality of K-12 program
Four months before schools adapt the new education policy, parents, teachers and students of the Manila Science High School called on the Supreme Court (SC) to look into the merits of their petition questioning the constitutionality of the implementation of the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Lawyer Severo Brillantes, counsel of the petitioners, filed a fourth motion to resolve prayer for a temporary restraining order (TRO) before the SC and prodded the court to set for oral arguments their petition and motions and to include in its agenda for the Court en banc.
He claimed that the petitioners were saddened by the seeming lack of interest to resolve their petition considering that it merely noted its motions seeking for the immediate issuance of a TRO against K-12.
With only a …
Sandigan issues warrant vs ex-Marine commandant
The Sandiganbayan Third Division has issued an arrest warrant against former Philippine Marine commandant Major General Renato Miranda who has been charged over allegations of pocketing more than P36 million in clothing allowance of soldiers in 1999.
The anti-graft court ordered arrested Miranda, who was removed as Marine commandant in 2006 over alleged links in a coup plot, after finding probable cause in indicting him of malversation through falsification that the Office of the Ombudsman filed without any recommended bail.
Also ordered arrested are three of Miranda's co-accused former Marine officials Lt. Col. Jeson Batbat, Maj. Adelo Jandayan, and Capt. Felicisimo Millado.
In its resolution that turned down the accused's respective judicial determination of probable cause, the Third Division stated that "it appears that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause …