At least 1,800 policemen will secure the cemeteries in Manila during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day 9 (undas) , which Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada expected could draw up to two million people. “As with the previous years, we don’t take any chances when it comes to the safety and convenience of the cemetery-goers,” Estrada said. Joel Coronel said deployment of security personnel will begin on October 27 until November 2, focusing on four biggest cemeteries in Manila. “For all those days when we will have deployment, October 27 to November 2, we will be deploying close to 1,800 policemen. So round the clock, starting Friday afternoon, October 27, for all those cemeteries mentioned,” Coronel said.
With a regulatory framework that is clear, transparent and consistent, Public-Private Partnership in water projects has worked in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines. Thus spoke Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz, president of Manila Water who added that PPP “can work in many more places in Asia and Manila Water is a testimony that Asians can solve Asian water issues. Manila Water president Ferdinand dela Cruz delivers a speech at the recent Asia Water Week conference in Gyeongju, Korea. Over the last eight years, Manila Water has ventured outside Metro Manìla to replicate the success of the water PPP model in solving urban water issues. According to Dela Cruz, Manila Water now have operations in several parts of the Philippines.
The Supreme Court has affirmed the right of RII Builders, Inc. to institute before the Quezon City regional trial court the recovery from the Home Guaranty Corporation and the National Housing Authority of the more than P4 billion, in connection with the Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project (SMDRP) in Manila. Petitioners (HGC and NHA) failed to sufficiently show that the Court of Appeals committed reversible error in issuing the assailed decision and resolution,” the SC declared. The recommendation stated that the items of work in SMDRP had been rendered as early 1995 but remained unpaid. In 1993, the NHA and R-II Builders entered into a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) for the implementation of the SMDRP. In 1994, NHA and R-II Builders, alongside with HGC as guarantor and the Philippine National bank as trustee, entered into an Asset Pool Formation Trust Agreement which provided the mechanics for the implementation of the project.
Air transport authorities have temporarily shut down the Iloilo International Airport after a Cebu Pacific plane overshot the runway Friday night. Cebu Pacific also deployed flights and provided transportation to and from Roxas City, some 110 km away from Iloilo, to accommodate passengers. On Sunday, Cebu Pacific cancelled the following flights: 5J164 (Cebu-Iloilo), 5J462 (Iloilo-Manila) and 5J 461 (Manila-Iloilo). They will also receive a free round-trip travel voucher to any domestic Cebu Pacific destination,” the airline said in a statement. The airline added that guests with concerns regarding their flights may call the Cebu Pacific hotline at (+632) 702-0886, or message the official Cebu Pacific pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cebupacificair), or Twitter (@CebuPacificAir).
Senator Nancy Binay has called for the suspension of the P50.00 fee telecommunications companies charge subscribers for the delivery of their billing statements. In a letter to National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, Binay requested the commission to stop indefinitely the collection of the fee. The senator also urged credit card companies to refrain from charging their customers a fee for paper billing. “We also received reports that credit card companies charged their customers who want paper billing. She said the credit card companies should check that instead of charging consumers, they should instead give incentives in the form of a rebate.
Apparently miffed by criticism, both domestic and foreign, about his draconian style and method of government, the President has threatened to set a revolutionary government in place. It is not like “revolutionary government” is an option in the scheme of powers bestowed on the President: the “calling out powers”, the suspension of the privilege of the writ and the declaration of martial law, and finally “revolutionary government”. Precisely because it is “revolutionary” there is no constitutional scheme for it; there are no established standards. But from that decision, we get it that a revolutionary government involves setting aside the Constitution and its institutions and governing by the fiat of only one person. But of course, impeachment is also out of the question because a revolutionary government dismantles the mechanisms of impeachment and of accountability.
The government is in need of 25,000 health professionals for deployment in the rural areas next year under its provisional staff augmentation programs, according to Rep. Johnny Pimentel of Surigao del Sur. Pimentel, House committee on good government and public accountability chairperson, said the Department of Health has opened application windows at its regional offices for 20,527 nurses, 3,108 midwives, 446 physicians and 324 dentists, all for deployment to the countryside from Jan. 2, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018. DoH is accepting applicants for the positions of medical technologists, pharmacists, universal health-care implementers, public health associates and family health associates, too, he added. “We’ve already set aside P9.7 billion to pay for their salaries and benefits next year,” said Pimentel, a member of the House appropriations committee. The recruitment and selection of the additional health professionals began on Oct. 1 and will last until Dec. 31, Pimentel said.
COTABATO CITY – A lone gunman killed the father of a bride in a Muslim wedding ceremony inside the mosque of a popular commercial complex in this province over the weekend. The imam was reading the traditional marriage sermons when a man wielding a 9-mm pistol suddenly entered the mosque and shot the victim before shooting the groom as well. Police identified the fatality as Hadji Nasif Sampiano, 52 of Maguindanao; and the wounded groom as Abil Gampong Balindong, 35, of Malabang, Lanao del Sur. The gunman and a cohort casually escaped on a motorcycle, past the mall’s blue guards. Sampiano died on the spot, while Balindong was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
It was a reaction to the visit of an obscure European group that criticized the administration’s alleged extra-judicial killings of drug suspects. Mr. Duterte obviously does not know that expelling the foreign ambassadors from the country would have serious repercussions of reciprocal action. Based on reciprocity, the 28-member countries of the European Union can also kick out our own ambassadors and shut down our embassies abroad. But wait , the European group was mistakenly labeled by the local media as an EU parliamentary group, which it was not. In another disturbing statement, President Duterte threatened to set up a revolutionary government and have detractors and those allegedly destabilizing his government under arrest.
The Court of Appeals upheld its ruling in favor of the conversion of the historic Army and Navy Club in Manila into a boutique hotel and casino. The CA ruled that “neither certiorari nor prohibition is the remedy in the present case.”“Accordingly, this case is considered closed and terminated,” the CA said. The ruling gave the green light to Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp. to continue the conversion of the former Army and Navy Club in Manila into a boutique hotel and a casino gaming facility. The Army and Navy Club, founded in 1898, is considered to be the first American social club in the Philippines. On April 26, 1991, the National Historical Institute declared the 12,705.30 square meter club as a national historical landmark because it is considered as a “living monument of Filipino-American friendship and cooperation.”
The army previously set a target of Sunday to end the fighting in Marawi, which it said has killed more than 1,000 people. “We are hoping that we will end this Marawi siege very soon,” Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of the task force battling the Maute group militants, told reporters. The Maute group gunmen overran occupied parts of Marawi, the country’s Islamic capital, on May 23. Mark NavalesSince then 822 militants, 162 government forces and 47 civilians have been killed, Brawner said. But there were also 100 civilians in the zone including hostages and families of the militants, Brawner added.
THE Palace said Sunday there is no need for Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista to go through an impeachment trial because President Rodrigo Duterte has already accepted his resignation. Duterte on Friday accepted Bautista’s resignation after the House of Representatives voted to impeach the Comelec chief. Sotto said that the Senate will prepare for an impeachment trial once the articles of impeachment are forwarded to them by the House of Representatives. All articles of impeachment support Bautista’s impeachment for graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution. But Sotto also said there is no need for a trial because Duterte has accepted Bautista’s resignation.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto AbellaBut the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Sunday it received reports that the transportation strike is meant to destabilize the government.”“We are receiving reports that the transport strike tomorrow led by Piston will be supported by other left-leaning groups allegedly... to destabilize government. Among the groups supporting this week’s nationwide transport strike are Kadamay, Migrante, League of Filipino Students, and Kilusang Mayo Uno. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority earlier said that the strike will not paralyze the transport sector. “While we are confident the transport strikes will not totally paralyze public transportation in the City of Manila, we still have to prepare,” Estrada said. If the situation requires it, Estrada said, city hall and the Manila Police District have available vehicles to ferry stranded commuters.
SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday raised doubts on the results of the latest Pulse Asia Survey in which President Rodrigo Duterte received 80 percent in both approval and trust ratings. Trillanes said it was likely that the researchers of Pulse Asia had been compromised. Remember nu’ng 2007 na-miss nga ako nu’ng Pulse Asia. Talo daw ako.”The latest Pulse Asia survey results showed that Duterte had an 80-percent approval rating, which was slightly lower than June’s 82 percent. Reacting on the decline in the President’s ratings in the SWS survey, Trillanes said Filipinos “are beginning to see the light.”“It’s very encouraging to know that the Filipino people are beginning to see the light.
“The threat of destabilization is as real as terrorism.”The group Tindig Pilipinas called President Duterte paranoid and insecure in reaction to his statement about setting up a revolutionary government. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also tore into Tindig Pilipinas. Tindig Pilipinas said on Saturday that only a “paranoid and insecure little man” would feel the need to issue such a threat. “We, the Filipino people, call on President Duterte to sign the waiver on the secrecy of bank deposits. We deserve a transparent and accountable leader,” Tindig Pilipinas said in its petition.