The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) limited its operation on Monday morning. In its Twitter account, the MRT-3 said it implemented provisional service from North Avenue Station to Shaw Boulevard Station and vice versa as of 6:16 a.m.A Radyo Inquirer 990AM report said the service interruption was prompted by a diaper hanging on the cable lines between Ayala and Buendia Stations. ADVERTISEMENTMRT-3 resumed full line operation at 7:34 a.m. but a southbound train had to unload passengers at Shaw Boulevard station at 8:16 a.m. due to a door problem.
October 22, 2017 23:15 UTC
Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. contradicted himself numerous times in rejecting the plea of detained Sen. Leila de Lima to toss out her indictment for drug trafficking, according to two of his colleagues in the Supreme Court. A check made by the Inquirer on Velasco’s opinions regarding Revilla’s and De Lima’s petitions revealed that he actually took contrasting views on other similar legal matters. In dismissing her certiorari petition, Velasco said hearsay evidence was enough to prompt the DOJ to conduct a preliminary investigation against an accused and that the testimonies provided by De Lima’s supposed coconspirators, among them convicted drug lords, should not be disregarded outright. “However, the information… as filed against (De Lima), clearly and egregiously does not specify any of the essential elements necessary to prosecute the crime of illegal sale of drugs,” Carpio argued. ADVERTISEMENTDe Lima had tried to seek Velasco’s inhibition from her petition due to his supposed ties with convicted drug lord German Agojo, who had also testified against her.
October 22, 2017 23:03 UTC
Two coworkers of a 19-year-old female caddie who died allegedly following a bad fall on a golf course in Antipolo City, Rizal, are being considered by the police as persons of interest. Serafin Petalio, Princess Jen Parilla, a caddie at Valley Golf and Country Club in Barangay dela Paz, fell from a moving golf cart at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. Parilla, her partner said, was an in-demand caddie and earned nearly P1,000 a day, including tips. The police did not name the persons of interest pending the results of the autopsy report. She has yet to be buried because the police are still waiting for the autopsy results, Cruzada added.
October 22, 2017 21:00 UTC
USING the Bureau of Customs (BoC) as conduit, so-called online “love scammers” are again back in business to extort money from unsuspecting Filipino men and women who are searching for foreign partners. From January to September 2017, the BoC’s help desk received a total of 1,263 reports and inquiries on various online scams. The alleged BoC official would even provide details of the breakdown of Customs duties and taxes as proof. The scammers used non-existent couriers like SpeedEx Cargo, Speed Cargo, Global Express Cargo, Skyline Delivery Express, Express Cargo, Blue Express, Airtrack Cargo, United Global, Alpha Blink, Sky Express, Quick Cargo, Oceanic Delivery, ABC Cargo, Unifed, Link Up Freight, ECC Cargo, ACC Cargo and Union Cargo. Victims of online scams are also advised to report the incidents to the cybercrime divisions of the Philippine National Police or National Bureau of Investigation.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will launch today, Monday, a coalition that will fight destabilization efforts against her father, President Rodrigo Duterte. Ronald Gian Cardema, commissioner of the National Youth Commission for Luzon, is the chairman of Duterte Youth. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chief Andrea Domingo is a member of Friends of Rody Duterte. Several days later, Mayor Duterte said the threat of destabilization is as real as the threat of terrorism. However, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla had said there are no destabilization threats against the Duterte administration.
Laboga used the Mitsubishi Strata pickup owned by the father of Ralph Trangia, one of the suspects in the hazing of Castillo. Zubiri said the autopsy report indicated that Castillo died at about 5 a.m. on Sept. 17. He was brought to the Chinese General Hospital at 9 a.m.“Napakahalaga ‘yung driver nung pick-up ni Trangia (The driver of the pick-up is important). I will suggest to the DoJ to locate him and turn (him) into a state witness because he is the least guilty,” Zubiri said in a radio interview. “He must be taken into custody by the WPP (Witness Protection Program).
THE Department of Education reported 22 schools have been totally damaged in the war between government troops and the Maute militants in the battle area in Marawi City. “Kung hindi nabomba, nasunog ang 22 na paaralan sa Marawi City na nasa ground zero (If not bombed, the 22 schools on ground zero were burned),” Pascua said in a radio interview. Education officials are in the process of determining the extent of the damage to schools in Marawi. Officials expect this number to double once the assessment of schools in the Islamic city has been completed. “The area being developed by DPWH in Barangay Sagongsongan, Marawi City, can accommodate 1,100 families.
The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) has tightened security for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in Clark, Pampanga, which opens today, Monday. These soldiers will be assigned to cover the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan to ensure that the security measures prepared for the Asean meeting will be implemented without hitches, Nato said. “Everything is planned out and rehearsed to ensure the safety and security of the VIPs and participants,” he added. Defense chiefs from the Asean region and some of its allied countries such as Russia, Australia and the United States are expected to attend the meeting. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, joined by Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Año, will welcome the delegates.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the government and the public should brace for possible terrorist attacks from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The attack in Marawi prompted Duterte to cut short his state visit in Russia. He also declared martial law in Mindanao. VisitSen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said senators should visit Marawi to assess for themselves the extent of the damage caused by the war. “If martial law is lifted, we may not be able to prevent the residents from going back to their homes.
The war in Marawi City is at its tailend as soldiers only have to clear just one building where remaining members of the Maute Group are hiding. Government troops have earlier cleared several villages occupied by the Islamic State-linked Maute group. There were some Maute wives who went out along with the hostages,” Brawner said. Those rescued claimed that the Maute terrorists were no longer holding any hostages. Last week, government snipers killed the three leaders of the terror group — Isnilon Hapilon, Omarkhayam Maute and Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad.
Seven trial court judges who are aspiring for the position to be vacated by Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Leoncia Dimagiba will be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council on October 25. A law graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University, she was appointed by then- President Gloria Arroyo as CA justice in 2009. Until her appointment to the appellate court, Dimagiba had been a Manila assistant city prosecutor and Paranaque City Regional Trial Court judge. The seven applicants are Alexander Nicandro Acosta, Jimmy Edmund Batara, Marie Grace Javier-Ibay, Rowena de Juan-Quinagoran, Evelyn Gamotin-Nery, Romeo Tagra and Ferdinand Tan. It is headed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, with ex-officio members Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, Sen. Richard Gordon and Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali.
ENVIRONMENTAL, health and labor groups have lauded the government’s decision to phase out leaded paints, saying such move will benefit millions of Filipino children, mothers and workers today and the future generations. It stipulates a three-year phase-out schedule from 2013 to 2016 for lead-containing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints, and a six-year phase-out period (2013-2019) for lead-containing industrial paints. Eliminating lead paint now is more cost-effective than remediating lead-contaminated homes, schools and other facilities used by children later, the groups said. “Lead paint is a serious threat to the long-term health of our children. To encourage further industry compliance with the phase-out of lead paints, the EcoWaste Coalition on Monday will mark the country’s achievements so far in removing lead in AHD paints.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said the government will not pursue plans to rehabilitate the Pasig River unless agencies and concerned cities will stop activities that continue to pollute the river. “That is the first step and that doesn’t require financing, that requires political will to stop the pollution in the river. “They should stop dumping things there and then we will fix it. Stretching for 25 kilometers, the river bisects the city of Manila, Makati, and Pasig. “Since we will build the bridges across the Pasig River, we are going to look at the Pasig River too,” he said.
ON Facebook, you will find a man named Meer Jon Meer who lives in Moscow, Russia. The couple occupies the main bedroom while a second bedroom with bunk beds serve as crowded and expensive accommodation for new recruits from Hong Kong. Unfortunately, Hong Kong does not have an anti-human trafficking law or even policies and programs against illegal recruitment like we do. Philippine Ambassador to Russia King Sorreta expressed willingness to help Meer’s victims who flew all the way from Hong Kong to non-existent jobs in Moscow. From Hong Kong to Russia, the women that Meer has enticed and duped and swindled have debts of their own to pay, and sad stories to share.
October 22, 2017 17:03 UTC
IT is easy to say sorry, but making it a meaningful apology requires positive action. In early August, I was enticed to order what was advertised as fresh purple corn from an online store called HomeGrown Organics. I immediately took photos of the rotten vegetables and sent it to HomeGrown Organics the next day. “Sorry” may be a powerful word when you put meaning to it, but it becomes just a word when overused. Being sorry is not enough when you just say it without doing something to correct even minor infractions.
October 22, 2017 17:03 UTC