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National newsbits for June 25, 2014

NATIONAL FEEDING PROGRAM OKAYED

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture has approved a bill seeking to institutionalize a national school feeding program (NSFP) for public pre-school and elementary students. The committee chaired by Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco passed the substitute bill to the nine measures which seek to address the prevalence of malnutrition and undernourishment among school and household children in the country. Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette Uy, one of the authors of the bill, said the school feeding program should be implemented all over the country, noting that “in recent years, the feeding programs in public schools were implemented only for a limited duration and in select areas.” (Charissa M. Luci)

NOV. 10 DEADLINE FOR FILING CLAIMS

Victims of Martial Law who wish to avail of their benefits under the “Human Rights Reparation and Recognition Act” have until November 10 this year to file their claims. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) said the victims will waive their right for compensation should they fail to file their claims before the deadline. CHR Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales said the goal is to process at least 20,000 applicants within the six-month period. She noted that the goal was based on the HRVCB’s assessment on the number of Martial Law victims. “This would only be possible if we reach out to the biggest possible number of potential claimants who are living in far-flung areas,” said Rosales. (Chito Chavez)

NO TIT FOR TAT

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) opposes a House measure that would impose the death penalty on foreign nationals convicted of drug trafficking if that is the punishment for the same crime in their country. In a position paper, the DDB said:  “The DDB supports this measure with respect to its provision that the penalty to be imposed against foreign nationals shall be the penalty prescribed by their national law for the act committed or the penalty prescribed by the Act, whichever is higher.” But it added: “However, in view of President Benigno S. Aquino’s lukewarm reception to the reimposition of the death penalty, the DDB is not keen on supporting the provision which states that death penalty shall be imposed despite the prohibition of imposing the same in our country.” In filing the bill, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and his brother, Abante Mindanao party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. said that “while foreigners may not be executed in the Philippines for drug trafficking, Filipinos who commit the same are executed in other jurisdictions.” (Charissa M. Luci)

QUR’AN READING BET PLACES SECOND

A Filipino participant at the prestigious 56th International Al Qur’an Recital Assembly (IQRA) competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has emerged second placer. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) said yesterday that Ustadhza Rahima Panondiongan, local champion of this year’s National Qur’an Reading Competition (NQRC), was bested only by the participant from Malaysia, the IQRA champion for 2014. The IQRA is held annually in Malaysia with more than 60 countries sending representatives. Meanwhile, the NCMF will hold the commencement exercises for the Muslim Community Paralegal and Paralegal Trainors’ Training in Quezon City today. (Edd K. Usman)

  • Kulas

    Why is the Nov. 10 deadline for Martial Law victims not widely advertised? It should be front page news, and advertised for a few days at least so claimants will be informed.

  • Kulas

    The bill approving a national feeding program is good, but not good enough. Greedy BS Aquino should give up his unaudited milking cow, the P1.3 Trillion Presidential pork barrel and use the money to make public education up to college as well as public healthcare FREE for all Filipinos. The unaudited, much abused P137 billion Malampaya gas royalties should be used to lower the cost of gasoline,electricity, cooking gas, food and other basic commodities which are now beyond the reach of our poor people. Wake up, Abnoy, the country is hurting!