“A few of the principled men, I would say, want this kind of thing about dynasty [to be] abolished. Political dynasties have been blamed for a lack of progress in the towns, cities, or provinces. The 1987 Constitution has a provision against political dynasties, but it required an enabling law from Congress. Legacy continuedMr. Duterte, whose father was a Davao governor, also said that people actually wanted members of the same family to continue holding public office. The President, who said his daughter was a “character and she can be mean,” asserted that people in Davao wanted his legacy to be continued.
March 21, 2018 22:18 UTC
ANA, Cagayan — The administrator of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) has ordered an overhaul of the security force at Port Irene, following the disappearance of decals of some luxury cars that were crushed last week. Lawyer Raul Lambino said he was terminating Ceza’s engagement with Sigma Security Services Inc., the private agency contracted to secure Port Irene and other Ceza facilities, for the theft of decals from five luxury cars the night before they were destroyed on March 14. “I was really outraged because how can we still trust these security guards if they are the ones stealing the things they are supposed to guard?” Lambino said. ADVERTISEMENTCeza officials said car emblems of high-end cars command steep prices at auto shops, like those in Quezon City. The five luxury cars were among the 14 vehicles that were crushed on March 14 at Port Irene.
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PLARIDEL, BULACAN — Relatives and friends buried on Tuesday five family members who were killed on March 17, when a light plane crashed into their house in Barangay Lumang Bayan here. Neighbors lined up to condole with Rizza’s husband, Noel dela Rosa, and their two other children, Leo, 20, and Cris Noel, Crizzia’s twin brother. ADVERTISEMENTThey were not home when the plane owned by charter group, Lite Air, plunged minutes after it took off from the Plaridel airport. The crash also killed the pilot and his four passengers. The investigation of the crash might take a month to complete, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
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BAGUIO CITY — Three men were charged last week in connection with the grenade blasts that killed two policemen and hurt 26 people, including Abra Rep. Joseph Bernos and his wife, La Paz Mayor Menchie Bernos, during the town’s fiesta celebration on Jan. 25, according to the Cordillera police. Joel Millare Balucas, Roel Escalante and Eljay Biyang were charged on March 15, with two counts of murder for the death of PO2 Frenzel Buneng Kitoyan and PO3 Carlos Baccali Bocaig. The three were also charged with 26 counts of multiple frustrated murder. ADVERTISEMENTThe charges were filed in the provincial prosecutor’s office in Bangued town. —Vincent Cabreza
March 21, 2018 21:56 UTC
YANGON: Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday leaving the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis. The president, an old school friend of Suu Kyi, served as her proxy in an office she was barred from occupying under Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution. His role was largely ceremonial with Suu Kyi calling the shots within her civilian administration, under the self-appointed title of State Counselor. But he was nonetheless the country’s head of state and a key domestic ally for Suu Kyi within her party. “Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw resigned on March 21, 2018,” a statement on the president’s official Facebook page said.
SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro: Nineteen people were killed and 21 others were injured when the bus they were riding lost control and plunged into a ravine in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro late Tuesday. Arcris Canillo, Sablayan municipal disaster risk reduction officer, said the Dimple Star Transport bus, with plate number TYU-708, was approaching Patrick Bridge on its way to Manila from San Jose town, and had 40 passengers. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board immediately suspended 10 buses of Dimple Star Transport bus for 30 days. Earlier on Wednesday, LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada inspected the terminals of the bus operator to ensure the safety of passengers. In 2010, 41 people died, including five foreigners, when a packed bus plunged into a deep ravine in the northern Philippines.
ANOTHER employee of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. died on Wednesday, the sixth fatality in the fire that hit the Manila Pavilion Hotel on March 18. Jennilyn Figueroa, 28, was in critical state for three days at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital. Figueroa was an Internal Security Staff of the Casino Filipino which is located at the ground floor of the hotel. Five other employees died in the blaze that raged for more than a day—Edilberto Evangelista, treasury officer; Marilyn Omadto, assistant treasury officer; Billy Rey de Castro, security guard; John Mark Sabido and Jocris Banang, both closed-circuit television (CCTV) operator. The Department of Justice on March 20 ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to determine who should be held liable for the fire.
SILANG, CAVITE: Fritz John Vallador proved that poverty is no hindrance to success when he graduated top of his class at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) on Wednesday. When Vallador was young, life was tough: he had to repeat grade one because his family was too poor. The couple stood proud when Vallador, the valedictorian of Maragtas Class 2018, received the Presidential Kampilan Award and the Chief PNP Kampilan Award. In his valedictory address at the PNPA 39th commencement exercises in Silang, Cavite, Vallador attributed his strength to his foster parents. “I was a Grade 1 repeater, and that was when I learned that life is going to be hard.
March 21, 2018 17:26 UTC
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he was amenable to a long-term closure of Boracay island to pave way for the rehabilitation of the famous resort island. The DILG, the Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism had recommended the closure of Boracay island in Malay, Aklan for a maximum of one year. On Monday, March 19, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. gave assurance that there would be no “permanent closure” of Boracay. “Our committee report is for temporary closure of the Boracay island in order to address the discharging untreated waste water into the beach. Torres-Gomez noted that while the closure of Boracay island would mean P5 billion worth of losses a month, the sustainability of the island should be prioritized.
March 21, 2018 17:26 UTC
This is so even as all other predominantly Roman Catholic countries have already written divorce into their laws. And it is even dishonest, considering that we have legal separation and annulment as existing legal options for those who want to get out of failed marriages. The House of Representatives has already passed its version of the divorce bill with 134 members voting for it, 57 against and with two abstentions. This has led to failed marriages, dysfunctional families, juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancies and even drug addiction. It must be emphasized that legalizing divorce is not an attack on the institution of marriage and the family.
First wordI JOIN the discussion of the ICC controversy (the case vs Duterte and PH withdrawal from the ICC) regrettably late, because my time has been taken by research on other subjects and other issues. And they have seized the moment to openly campaign for other countries to withdraw from the ICC. There is no existing case for President Duterte and other administration officials to face in the ICC. ICC threat to DuterteThere is more propaganda than substance to all the talk about the ICC indicting President Duterte for crimes against humanity. Failing these, it will take a referral from the UN Security Council for the ICC to investigate Duterte.
Business is abuzz again with speculation over whether the Philippines would raise interest rates or not. For businesses, the policy rate of the central bank is an important guide in corporate planning and financial forecasting. 5) Stocks are expected to have a negative reaction to an interest rate hike as lower-risk investment such as Treasury bonds become more attractive to investors. Again on Wednesday, the index lost a further 1.87 percent to close below 8,000 points on worries over a possible interest rate hike. Reflecting market concerns, Japan’s biggest investment bank Nomura forecast a policy rate adjustment – a 25- basis point policy rate hike based on accelerating inflation.
The so-called “super” consortium’s plans to upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) includes the construction of a rail line connecting the facility’s three terminals, representatives said on Wednesday. The “people mover” will facilitate transfers and also connect to the existing Light Rail Transit Line 1 and the proposed Metro Manila Subway, NAIA Consortium officials said in a briefing. The consortium earlier this year submitted a P350-billion proposal to upgrade, operate and maintain NAIA over 35 years. NAIA Consortium officials said they had already hurdled a completeness review and expressed optimism that a notice to proceed would be granted by the end of the year. The NAIA Consortium has proposed to create a third runway but this could be dropped if the government insists on a shorter concession period.
News broke out globally in recent days of yet another data compromise involving Cambridge Analytica. Founded in London, Cambridge Analytica is a data analytics company that specializes in behavioral microtargeting, i.e., understanding your personality and exploiting that. In order to do this, they would have to have access to massive amounts of data, create algorithms and produce the data sets. Secondly, the process violated the sharing or transfer of data to another third party (Kogan to Cambridge Analytica) for commercial purposes. This Facebook data compromise clearly shows how technology can be misused with none of us ever knowing it happened.
Sereno was said to have earned $336,287.66 or P15 million in the case against Piatco, builder of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. In his own opinion, Estrada said, the allegations against Sereno are enough for her to be convicted by the impeachment court. It still depends on the pieces of evidence that they will present in the impeachment court,” Estrada said when asked if he thinks Sereno will be impeached. Apart from Estrada, 19 other senators voted to convict Corona while three senator-judges namely Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Joker Arroyo voted to acquit him. When asked what advice he could give Sereno when she faces the impeachment court, Estrada said Sereno should always respect the members of the Senate impeachment court.