Inclusion of Kabataan, Gabriela in ’22 polls saddens NTF-ELCAC

The national government’s anti-insurgency task force is saddened over the inclusion of party-list groups Gabriela and Kabataan in the May 2022 elections.

To recall, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) filed petitions before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify Gabriela Women’s Party and Kabataan Party-list due to their alleged links to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

“The NTF ELCAC is deeply saddened that fiercely anti-CPP-NPA-NDF party-list groups, notably Sambayanan and Epanaw were not given accreditation by the Comelec while at the same time giving accreditation to party-list groups the NTF-ELCAC has clearly identified as fronts of the terrorist group: Kabataan and Gabriela,” NTF-ELCAC spokesperson for Sectoral Concerns Lorraine Marie Badoy said in a press statement on Sunday.

Badoy, also Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), said their petitions provide “incontrovertible proof” that Gabriela and Kabataan are fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

“These include powerful personal testimonies of victims and their families of deceitful recruitment of Gabriela and Kabataan of our children as violent extremists of the NPA where an unbearable number of them have died at such tender ages and such violent circumstances,” she said.

She noted that their petitions also include direct testimonies of former CPP-NPA-NDF founders, cadres and operatives as well as documentary evidence seized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in their numerous operations for the past 52 years.

Citing calls made by various multi-sectoral groups, she expressed disappointment over the decision of the Comelec to approve the registration of the two party-list groups.

“It is unfortunate that while the vast majority of our people are already awake and know the clear truth about these groups, it seems the Keeper of the integrity and sanctity of our votes, the Comelec has remained ignorant and/or apathetic,” she added.

Meanwhile, Badoy urged Filipinos to support the NTF-ELCAC in condemning the decision of the Comelec, noting that it puts the nation and children “in serious peril.”

COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT SPREADING FAST IN US

Variant found in almost a third of states

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The Omicron, the latest, most contagious and deadliest variant of Covid-19 coronavirus disease,  has now spread to about one-third of US states.

But the Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 cases nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday, December 5.

 The emergence of the new variant, now also found in many other countries including Europe, has caused wordlwide alarm.

At least 15 US states have reported Omicron cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant still accounts for 99.9% of the 90,000 to 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the United States, according to the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 UPDATES DECEMBER 5, 2021

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Philippines may raise vaccine target amid new variants

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The Philippines may increase its COVID-19 immunity target from 70% to 100% of the country’s population to prevent community transmission due to emerging coronavirus variants, a Department of Health official said Sunday.

In an interview over Super Radyo dzBB, DOH Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said that the 70% herd immunity target could only protect people from severe infection of the original virus strain.

“Yung 70% yun yung sa original strain ng virus natin yung SARS-CoV-2. Ngayon nagkakaroon ng maraming variant, kailangan taasan ang herd immunity. In fact, target natin 90% or kung puwede 100%,” said Vega.

(The 70% target for herd immunity is for the original strain of the coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2. But with the new variants, we need to raise the herd immunity to 90%, or possibly 100%.)

THE PINOY VOTERS’ MESSAGE TO BONGBONG MARCOS

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THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT VOTE BONGBONG MARCOS FOR PRESIDENT

THE SINS OF BONGBONG

No Favor Nor Fear