CA rules in favor of outspoken HS salutatorian
“Krisel is entitled to the fundamental freedom to express one’s views and opinions without undue restraint. Krisel should not be punished arbitrarily for exercising her right to freedom of expression.”
This was the legal ground the Court of Appeals (CA) stood on when it ordered yesterday the Santo Niño Parochial School (SNPS) in Quezon City to immediately issue a certificate of good moral character to Krisel Mallari, a high school salutatorian who criticized certain policies of her school in portions of her graduation speech last March.
As a result of Krisel’s criticisms, she was interrupted in the delivery of her speech, forced to leave the stage, and was not issued a certificate of good moral character she needed for her college enrolment.
She went to the Quezon City regional trial court (RTC) but …
Millions of pupils covered by nat’l deworming drive
Millions of school-aged children enrolled in public elementary schools nationwide were dewormed on Wednesday during the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) led by the Department of Education (DepEd).
In partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and Health Nutrition Center (NHC), Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that the NSDD was conducted “to deworm approximately 16 million school-aged children in all public elementary schools in one day.”
The activity also aims to “reduce the burden of Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) infections with a positive impact on children’s education and health.”
To support the said activity, Luistro earlier issued DepEd Memo No. 80 series of 2015 which contained guidelines on the implementation of the NSDD.
All regional directors, schools division superintendents and school heads were encouraged to ensure the successful implementation of the said activity.
Studies show …
DFA urged to file protest over trash shipment
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are one in calling on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against the government of Canada over the waste dumping in the country in the past two years.
In a letter addressed to DFA Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Charles Jose, both BOC and DENR sought the filing of diplomatic protest in order to “prevent a repeat of the unfortunate incident and enjoin the government of Canada to revisit their domestic regulations on the export or illegal traffic of wastes.”
Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Ariel Nepomuceno and DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones, concurrent director of the Environmental Management Bureau, signed the letter.
They asked the DFA to formally request the government of Canada also to …
AFP on China military drills: No big deal
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday downplayed the live-fire military drills conducted by China in the disputed South China Sea, saying it is their right to conduct such exercises.
And while calling on China to be transparent, AFP spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said the AFP does not see the Chinese military exercises as a threat, especially since it appears to have been held in international waters.
Chinese state media on Tuesday reported that exercise involved more than 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircrafts, several missile launch battalions of the Second Artillery Corps, as well as unknown number of information warfare troops.
Dozens of missiles and torpedoes and thousands of shells and jamming bombs were also fired during the exercise, according to an article posted on China's Ministry of Defense website.
Binay bats for stronger cyber security drive
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay batted for more focus on cyber resilience and protection of the country's national and international cyber infrastructure.
“The path ahead of us will be shaped primarily by the decisions and actions we now undertake, keeping in mind that technology can evolve in an exponential rate,” Binay said Tuesday during his keynote speech at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Security Congress.
During the event, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) chairman stressed the need for strong multi-sectoral partnerships "in order to ensure that the future of cyber technology will be a secure and productive one.”
Binay went on to outline three principles of cybersecurity which he said should be observed by authorities.
“The first principle is about ensuring that the enhancement of cyber security is a multi - sectoral endeavor,” said the 2016 …
DOTC told: Come prepared for House budget deliberations
The House Committee on Transportation demanded yesterday all agencies attached to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to submit progress reports and action plans on or before August 12 or to avoid being heavily scrutinized during budget deliberations.
Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, panel chairman, made the stern warning as he delivered the "State of the Committee Address" (SOCA) as he laid down the lawmakers' recommendations on how to improve the state of the country's transportation system.
He warned that those transportation agencies who fail to submit their reports would face the panel's brunt during the budget discussions.
"The power of the purse still lies in Congress. Congress approves the budget of each agency as such our proposal should be taken seriously. Rest assured that this committee will seriously police and never get …
Chiz on endorsing Binay in 2010: Lesson learned
Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero yesterday said he doesn’t regret raising the hands and endorsing the vice presidential candidacy of then Makati City mayor Jejomar C. Binay in the 2010 elections.
Escudero defended his previous decision that is now one of the things his critics are hurling against him.
“I don’t regret anything I’ve done simply because I did not know those things at that time. I could not have seen that before, very much like what other supporters of candidates in the 2010 elections did which was until after the fact,” Escudero said in an interview over ANC Channel.
“It’s not my habit to regret the things I’ve done. I learn from it,” the senator added.
Escudero pointed out his decision to support Binay was identical to the way President Aquino and Secretary Manuel …
National Newsbits for July 30, 2015
NAPOLCOM ONLINE APPLICATION
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) yesterday announced that the enhanced online examination application scheduling system (OLEASS) will be activated in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com from August 3 to 7, 2015 for the police entrance exam, August 10 to 14, 2015 for the Police Officer (PO) exam and August 17 to 21, 2015 for the Senior Police Officer (SPO), Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on October 25. The OLEASS systematizes the scheduling of the processing of exam applications at the Napolcom NCR office and the other 16 regional offices nationwide. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)
IEC FORMATION TALKS
To help prepare the faithful spiritually for the coming 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu …
Sen. Marcos says next PH president must focus on infra dev’t
Senator Bongbong Marcos said the next administration must focus on expanding the transportation infrastructure and implement reasonable taxes for corporations.
At the Asia CEO Forum, Marcos made known his economic prescriptions for the incoming president of the country, saying that the government should improve its infrastructure development plan to further expand economic growth and create more jobs.
“The next administration must focus on expanding the transportation infrastructure as well as providing better training and law enforcement and orderly conduct of transport system,” Marcos said.
He said the next administration must find ways to attract new investors and partners to help build the needed infrastructure, including the mass transit system, and solve the traffic problems in Metro Manila.
This will also address overcrowding on trains and long lines in the MRT and LRT lines.
“We have belatedly …
Senate to tackle reopening of Mamasapano probe
Senate President Franklin Drilon said the Senate will tackle the proposal to reopen its investigation into the tragic Mamasapano incident last Jan. 25 in plenary.
Drilon said the proposal submitted by Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano has already been calendared for plenary discussion.
“The reopening of the investigation must be voted upon by the entire plenary because the report is already with the plenary,” Drilon said in an interview.
The Senate leader said the matter is already outside the jurisdiction of the Senate committee on public order, which is chaired by Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares who earlier released a committee report on the probe.
“It is in the calendar for ordinary business of the Senate as a whole. To bring it back to the Committee will require the vote of the plenary,” he said.
Poe, however, said …