BaGo’ tandem in 2022 polls ‘100 percent’ final: PDP-Laban

MANILA – The pairing of Senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for the country’s top two posts in the May 9, 2022 national elections is already “100 percent final,” the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan… Read More

Go on substitution: I’m very sure to run for VP

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go doused speculations that he was paving the way for the vice presidential candidacy of another individual through substitution for the 2022 elections.In an interview Thursday afternoon, the lawmaker said he is well-decided to run for… Read More

DE LIMA, TRILLANES in Robredo’s Senate slate for 2022 election

Vice President Leni Robredo n Friday, October 15, announced 11 names for her senatorial ticket in the 2022 polls.

It includes a former vice president, five incumbent senators, two returning senators, and one former congressman representing seven parties from across the political spectrum.

They are :

  1. Teddy Baguilat Jr.  (Liberal Party)
  2. Jojo Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)
  3. Leila de Lima (Liberal Party)
  4. Chel Diokno (Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino)
  5. Chiz Escudero (Nationalist People’s Coalition)
  6. Dick Gordon (Bagumbayan VNP Movement)
  7. Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan Party)
  8. Alex Lacson (Kapatiran Party)
  9. Antonio Trillanes IV (Magdalo)
  10. Joel Villanueva (Independent)
  11. Migz Zubiri (Independent)

Robredo is running as an independent candidate, while her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is seeking the vice presidency underopoosition Liberal Party (LP).

Go hands over P25-M for DavNor’s oxygen refilling station

TAGUM CITY – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go turned over on Thursday a check worth PHP25 million to the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) for the establishment of an oxygen refilling station at the hospital.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT. Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (left) turns over a check worth PHP25 million Thursday (Oct. 14) to Dr. Bryan Dalid, the chief of DRMC in Tagum City, for the establishment of an oxygen refilling station at the hospital. The senator, who visited the area for the distribution of “Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS),” stressed the importance of an oxygen refilling station to boost the response against the coronavirus disease 2019. (PNA photo by Prexx Marnie Kate Trozo)

Go, who visited here during the distribution of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), underscored the importance of constructing the facility in the province as it continues to battle with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

He said the facility can help address any shortage of oxygen should a surge of Covid-19 cases occur in the province.

“My only condition to DRMC is (to) please help the poor patients,” Go said in his message.

Apart from that, he also urged the Tagumeñeos to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

As the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he said the government is doing everything to achieve population protection.

“We have sufficient vaccines for all of you. We will make sure that no Filipino will be left behind,” he added.

The senator’s team also provided meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 500 residents composed of persons with disabilities and solo parents.

Several lucky residents, through a raffle, also got new pairs of shoes, bicycles, and computer tablets from the senator. (PNA)

Philippines gets 5 nominations at 2021 World Travel Awards

The Philippines got five nominations at the prestigious 28th World Travel Awards, signaling a continued recognition of its top-tier destinations despite the pandemic.

In an announcement on Wednesday night, the Department of Tourism called on all Filipinos and foreign travelers to vote for the country in the following categories:

1. World’s Leading Beach Destination 2021
2. World’s Leading Dive Destination 2021
3. World’s Leading Island Destination 2021 (Siargao Island)
4. World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2021 (Intramuros)
5. World’s Leading Tourist Board 2021

The public may register for free at to cast their votes. Voting closes on October 25 at midnight.

The Philippines is battling Jamaica, Maldives, Thailand, Cancun in Mexico, Maui in Hawaii, Miami Beach and Key West in Florida, Thailand, Diani Beach in Kenya, Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Peloponnese in Greece, Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, Riviera Maya in Mexico and seven others at WTA’s World’s Leading Beach Destination category.

It also joins eight other places in the World’s Leading Dive Destination category, namely, the Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.

In 2020, WTA returnee Intramuros won the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction award, besting 15 other destinations, including the Taj Mahal of India, Acropolis of Greece, and the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States.

The country also bagged the leading dive destination award in the same year.

The nominations came as the country slowly reopens its tourism industry to domestic travelers while ensuring health protocols are in place to keep both host communities and tourists safe from the coronavirus.

This October 25, one of its top dive destinations, Camiguin Island in Northern Mindanao is set to open its shores to local travelers. (PNA)

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista to break mayoral one-term jinx in 2022 election


Supporters of Mayor Ernesto Evangelista laughed off talks the reelectionist mayor of Santo Tomas town is not going to get a second term.

The talks, a political tale often normally taken as a joke, are spawned by what Tomasinos call as a “jinx” — no elected mayor has ever earned a second victory in the local elections.

But supporters of 78-year old Mayor Evangelista are confident the former cop could break the “one-term only” legend that hounded the political careers of the town’s former mayors.

Mayor Evangelista seeks a second term in the May polls in 2022 amid the backdrop of a first term marked by outstanding peace and order situation, corruption-free governance, enhanced economic development and responsive social, health and education services never experienced in the previous administrations.

Santo Tomas Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista Lapina: Outstanding performance would convince Tomasinos to give Mayor Evangelista an overwhelming vote for another term come 2022.

Mayor Evangelista runs Santo Tomas with a reliable partner, no less than daughter Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina.

The young lawyer is already a veteran in governance having held posts, before being appointed as Santo Tomas administrator, during her stint with the Davao City government under Mayor Sara Duterte, among others as a an attorney at the City Legal Office and action officer of Mayor Duterte’s Peace 911, an anti-insurgency special body that helped free the far-flung mountain village of Paquibato from the clutches of communist rebels.

Atty. believes the jinx sentenced previous mayors to a single term due more to corruption and poor governance and delivery of basic public services.

Based on Mayor Evangelista’s track record of public service in his first term, Atty. Lapina said the so-called jinx would be useless against the mayor’s outstanding performance that would convince Tomasinos to give him an overwhelming vote for another term come 2022.

In next year’s battle, Mayor Evangelista would be up against a neopphyte politician and a former mayor who could be a victim of the jinx, for the second time, because of his uneventful performance when he was the mayor.

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