February 9, 2021
Malacañang on Tuesday shrugged off the suggestion made by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to let Covid-19 vaccine delivery in far-flung areas be handled by the Red Cross and other civil humanitarian agencies instead of the military.In a Palace press briefing,… Read More
February 9, 2021
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said all of its assets are ready to help the Department of Health (DOH) in the rollout of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines in the country.”Considering po na strategically deployed tayo, kami po’y aktibong tutulong sa DOH… Read More
February 9, 2021
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will not allow the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to grant ABS-CBN permit to operate even if the broadcast giant gets fresh franchise from Congress.”Congress is planning to restore the franchise of the Lopezes. Wala akong… Read More
Sabi ninyo wala naman akong pag-asang manalo, e, bakit ako pinag-aaksayahan ninyo ng panahon?
Vice President Leni Robredo dished out this line on Sunday as she lashed at her critics she accused of spending time and money to destroy her.
In her Sunday program over radio station dzXL, Robredo said attacks against her have something to do with the 2022 elections. The opposition Liberal Party is considering Robredo as its standard bearer.
“Bakit ba nila ako pinag-aaksayahan ng panahon, eh, mababa naman ako sa survey?” Robredo said.
Among the most vocal critics of Robredo is Malacanang chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo.
“Sabi ninyo wala naman akong pag-asang manalo, e, bakit ako pinag-aaksayahan ninyo ng panahon? Bakit ninyo ako ginagastusan,” she said.
“Pag-aksayahan ninyo ng panahon yung sinasabi ninyong may laban, yung mataas sa survey,” she added
A Pulse Asia in December had President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte leading a pack of prospective presidential front runners in the 2022 polls.
Sara Duterte was followed by former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Senator Grace Poe, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
Robredo came in sixth place, followed by Senators Panfilo Lacson and Bong Go.
Bayanihan to Arise As One Act is worth P420-billion
House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said on Sunday that he had filed the proposed “Bayanihan to Arise As One Act” or the Bayanihan 3 in an attempt to help spur the country’s economic recovery in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Velasco said that 115 members of major political parties and blocs in the administration-allied supermajority in the lower chamber have already signaled their support for the measure and their intent to co-author House Bill No. 8628).
Pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles could be slapped a jail sentence of more than 100 years after her conviction by the Sandiganbayan for graft as mastermind of the controversial P20-billion pork barrel scam.
Convicted with Napoles was former Cagayan de Oro Rep. Constantino Jaraula. They were were found guilty for pocketing P20.8 million worth of kickbacks from Jaraula’s pork barrel supposedly intended for non-governmental organizations.
The Sandiganbayan First Division affirmed the conviction of Napoles and Jaraula for graft and malversation in a decision released by the anti-graft agency on Friday, February 5.
They will be facing charges for three counts of graft and three counts of malversation, punishable by 36 to 108 years of imprisonment.
Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, is currently jailed at the Correctional Institute for Women.
She was earlier convicted of plunder for allegedly embezzling P224 worth of Revilla’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Jaraula allegedly received P50.5 million of PDAF from 2004 to 2007 from fake projects under Napoles’ bogus foundation.
The complaints stemmed from principal whistleblower Benhur Luy who claimed of personally delivering commissions from bogus government projects to Jaraula.
10 pilgrim churches will be centers of prayer, forgiveness, and charitable works
The Philippines’ capital city of Manila will start its celebration today, Saturday, February 6, of the 500 years of Christianity in the country.
According to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM), among the activities for the day would be the wearing of the 500 Years Mission Cross. The cross has the name of Jesus inscribed in Roman letters and ancient Baybayin script intersecting.
“This symbolizes the encounter of the faith from Western missionaries and our own culture and life, resulting in a colorful and vibrant Filipino faith that now becomes our contribution to the universal Church.
The Mission Cross is an invitation to bring back the tradition of wearing a cross, which is a sign of our faith in Jesus, of protection from God, and most importantly, as a badge of our missionary work. Wearing a cross, we are reminded that we are Christians, we are Catholics, and we say yes to God’s mission,” the RCAM said in a statement Friday.
There will also be a ceremonial giving and wearing of the Mission Cross, particularly for the mayors and representatives from communities and chosen pilgrimage churches of the Archdiocese.
Earlier, the Manila archdiocese has named 10 pilgrim churches that will be the centers of prayer, forgiveness, and charitable works during this jubilee year.
These are the Manila Cathedral (Manila), Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Quiapo Church (Manila), Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia (Manila), Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo (Manila) and San Pablo Apostol Parish (Manila), Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish (Pasay), National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Makati), Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Makati), San Felipe Neri Parish (Mandaluyong), and St. John the Baptist Parish (San Juan).
Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo will celebrate the 9 a.m. Mass at the Manila Cathedral.
The Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles Brown, the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila, representatives of the religious and of the laity will be present. Also invited are the five Mayors of the cities within the Archdiocese.
“We also invite everyone to like, follow, and share the official Facebook page “500 Years of Christianity – Archdiocese of Manila” to be notified and updated on our different activities,” the RCAM added.
Another highlight of the Manila celebration is the launching of the official Mission Song, ‘We Give Our Yes’ to be performed live by singer Jamie Rivera.
The official music video will be released on the same day.
The local launching of the celebration in parishes will follow on Sunday (Feb. 7).
“Parish priests will be launching and explaining to the people the wearing of the 500 Years Mission Cross. The music ministry and youth ministry in the parishes will lead the singing, accompanied by the action, the mission song, WE GIVE OUR YES, during the recessional of all Masses,” it added. (PNA)
A signature campaign has started to circulate online, encouraging Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo to run for president in the May 2022 election
The petition “I am ready for Leni”, was posted by Robredo’s supporters on global petition platform Change.org. A report said the petition has gathered 2,161 signatures as of Wednesday, February 3.
The petition was launched days ago by a core group of the Vice President’s supporters to push for her presidential bid and raise campaign funds.
“It is our deepest desire to see the Philippines back on its way to being one of the most economical, progressive, politically transparent, humane and respected countries in Asia. We believe that Vice President Leni Robredo can lead us to this goal by leading the country as the next duly-elected President in 2022,” the group behind the petition wrote.
If Robredo decides to lead the Liberal Party, of which she is the chairman, and carries the opposition flag in the race to Malacanang in the 2022 presidential polls, she was expected to lock horns with presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
February 3, 2021
MANILA – Filipinos under the government’s priority list will be inoculated two to three days after the first batch of coronavirus vaccines arrives in the country on Feb. 20, National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Wednesday.”Hindi na po tayo… Read More
A heartless Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Wednesday. predicted doomsday to chances of Vice President Leni Robredo succeeding President Rodrigo Duterte, giving the opposition leader a measly score of 2 out of ten that she would make it to Malacanang in the 2022 election.
Robredo’s grade would just be two out of 10, if he were to rate the Vice President, said Panelo in his commentary show “Counterpoint.”
Cruelly, Panelo said he is himself doubting his rating of Robredo: “She’s lucky if her rating is two out of 10.”
It is “obvious” that Robredo wants to succeed Duterte when the latter steps down from office in 2022, Panelo said.
He said that Robredo is trying to be “politically relevant” by criticizing the government because of her apparent motive to run for president in the 2022 elections.
Other than the poor rating, Panelo also said Robredo’s presidential bid would be hobbled by her lack of political strategists.
Robredo’s advisers are not “tacticians” who can help the Vice President gain support from majority of Filipinos, Panelo said. “Leni’s advisers do not teach her well, they do not study good strategies. They are not tacticians. “
Robredo rates poorly not only in Panelo’s rating game but also in a recent survey by Pulse Asia on presidential preference for the coming 1011 elections.
Panelo has repeatedly said presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte qualifies to be her father’s successor.
Panelo earlier said Sara has the political will, courage, and passion to serve the people, qualities that the next Philippine president should possess.
He also believed there is “no legal impediment” that would prevent Sara and her father to run for president and vice president, respectively, in 2022.
Responding to calls for her to seek the highest post in the country, Sara said those who want her to run for president might wait until 2034.
Duterte has discouraged her daughter to pursue her presidential bid, as he does not want her to suffer the hardship he endured as the country’s Chief Executive. (with PNA)