Jan. 21, 2019 – Plebiscite for the ratification of the BOL takes place for all areas under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City in Basilan and Cotabato City. ADVERTISEMENTFeb. 6, 2019 – Second plebiscite for voters in Lanao del Norte, seven towns in Cotabato province and other areas that petitioned for inclusion in the future Bangsamoro takes place. Feb. 22, 2019 – The 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the interim government in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), appointed by the President takes oath. The BTA will run the BARMM’s parliamentary government in the Bangsamoro region until its first regular elections. 2022 – BARMM constituents will hold election for the first set of officials of the BARMM, synchronized with the national elections.
February 22, 2019 22:52 UTC
Hamilton still full of drive as he chases 6th F1 world titleBy The Manila Timeshome/Sports/Top Sports/Hamilton still full of drive as he chases 6th F1 world titleTURIN, Italy: At the age of 34 and with five world titles, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is still showing no sign of waning motivation. And it is that drive and determination he will take into the new season. I don’t love testing. Leclerc earned a prestigious move to Ferrari following strong performances for unheralded Sauber in his debut F1 season and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he reminds him of Hamilton when he first came into F1 in 2007. But while Hamilton admits certain aspects of racing are harder with age, he also believes nothing replaces experience.
February 22, 2019 22:52 UTC
BAGUIO CITY — Environmental regulators have started an inventory of pine trees and lands in the summer capital, on the heels of a report that points to growing population as one of the main causes of its urban decay. The survey and mapping office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is collating data on the pine trees to determine their age as well as how these can regenerate without human intervention. Using satellite maps, Certeza consultants examined 19,016 structures in areas that were vulnerable to both rain and earthquake-induced landslides. The concept was developed shortly after Baguio was devastated by the 1990 Luzon earthquake. 1998 which exempts the provinces of Benguet and Cebu from the national forest code rule on 18-degree slopes, said Benjamin Ventura, who is overseeing the task set by Cimatu.
February 22, 2019 21:45 UTC
Among those killed were two barangay “tanod” (village watchmen) and a woman from Barangay Lusaran, Cebu City; a man from Barangay Zapatera, Cebu City; two men from Cordova town, Cebu; and another man from Daanbantayan town. Ken Kenneth Rosales, 31, who was killed in Zapatera, was a suspected supplier of the party drug ecstasy, police said. Two suspected drug pushers identified Rosales as their supplier. ADVERTISEMENTIn Cordova, two suspected drug pushers were killed in a buy-bust operation on Thursday. They were Librador Abayan and a certain “Moises,” who, police said, were “high-value targets.”In Daanbantayan, the fatality was identified as Cristori Montiadora, a suspected drug user.
February 22, 2019 21:44 UTC
SAN PEDRO CITY — A high school in Los Baños town in Laguna province where National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema graduated took down a tarpaulin showing him with President Duterte, amid the youth leader’s controversial proposal to withdraw support for government scholars joining antigovernment protests. Cardema graduated from Maquiling School Inc. (MSI), a nonstock and nonprofit institution inside the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) campus, in 2002. ADVERTISEMENTThe tarpaulin carried messages congratulating Cardema, a former head of the Duterte Youth, for his appointment to the NYC in August 2018. It showed a photo of him flanked by Duterte and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. It was taken down only on Thursday, the same day a group of MSI alumni wrote the school to have the tarpaulin removed.
February 22, 2019 21:29 UTC
According to a statement issued by De Lima’s office, the parliament adopted the motion of Member of Parliament Christopher Hayes of the Labor Party, expressing deep concern over the senator’s worsening plight in a speech last Feb. 18. The lawmaker sent an official copy of his motion to De Lima in an official email correspondence dated Feb. 21. “The case of Senator de Lima is a clear example of what happens when a government seeks to circumvent the rule of law. In emphasizing that, the evidence against Senator De Lima consists of untested statements by convicted drug lords, police officers and prison officials. The court also did not order any reinvestigation that led to the exclusion of Ragos in the charge, she added.
February 22, 2019 20:03 UTC
“I’ve always, always wanted to be a mom,” Korina told The STAR in an exclusive e-mail interview. And maybe I’ll live to be 120 years old!” Mar and Korina planned and started the “baby project” several years ago. “We weren’t married yet when we decided to freeze our embryos, before my biological clock stopped ticking,” revealed Korina. I am hoping to work with a group back in the Philippines so I may continue feeding the kids mother’s milk. Mother’s milk ensures strength, health and resistance from infections.
February 22, 2019 18:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged the government to rethink its approach to the campaign against illegal drugs following President Duterte’s new directive for a “harsher” war on drugs. CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said yesterday that the threat of a harsher campaign is an insult to the thousands who have died since the government started the war on drugs in 2016. “Since the start of the campaign against illegal drugs, the commission has expressed its support for it but repeatedly denounced the methods used. “Isn’t this proof that violence, killings will not resolve the drug war?” she said in Filipino on Wednesday. “Like what I said, there are a lot of drugs that enter through international cartels.
February 22, 2019 18:02 UTC
Oakland teachers in round 2 of strikesBy ASSOCIATED PRESShome/News/World/At a Glance/Oakland teachers in round 2 of strikesTeachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that, in many places, has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling issues like charter schools and vouchers. Call it round two of the teacher mobilizations that began last spring as grassroots revolts in conservative-leaning states over salaries and school funding. The most recent actions, including a union-led strike in liberal Los Angeles, have been as much about pushing back on charter schools and other school choice reforms initiatives that have a history of bipartisan support but have long been decried by unions as threats to the traditional public school system. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the strikes this year were more important than actions that sought pay increases last year because teachers were pushing back on efforts to silence them.
February 22, 2019 18:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines–Ahead of the commemoration of the 33rd year of the Edsa People Power Revolt on Monday, former President Fidel V. Ramos launched on Friday “Silver Linings: The Continuing Saga of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution” at the Kalayaan Hall at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. Silver Linings is a tribute to the heroism, bravery and dedication of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, as well the founders who made this historical book possible. ADVERTISEMENT“This updated edition of Silver Linings seeks to instill in the Filipinos that, as we go about our daily tasks, we must do our best in whatever we think, say and do; that our greatest duty is to rise to life’s challenges as responsible citizens; and that we must strive always to see justice done, the rule of law upheld, civic responsibility performed, and national teamwork enhanced,” said Ramos, who, along with then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, led the revolt in 1986 that brought down a dictator. Authored by the Ramos family biographer Melandrew T. Velasco, together with former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan and the first SAF Director Reynaldo Velasco, “Silver Linings” follows through where the first edition ended in May 2012 under former President Benigno S. Aquino III until the first three years of the Duterte presidency. Read NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
MANILA, Philippines–The Supreme Court has suspended for two years a 78-year-old lawyer for duping a client of P50,000 in connection with a marriage nullification case nine years ago. In an eight-page resolution dated Jan. 8 and written by Justice Marvic Leonen, the court en banc ordered lawyer Wilfredo Lina-ac to return to complainant Everdina Angeles the P50,000 with an interest of 6 percent per year until fully paid. ADVERTISEMENTLina-ac was found administratively guilty of negligence in performing his duties as legal counsel of Angeles and for committing a fraudulent act to cover up his negligence. Angeles engaged Lina-ac’s services sometime in February 2010 to secure a declaration nullifying her marriage to her husband. Instead of filing an actual petition for the nullity of marriage, Lina-ac tried to hoodwink her by furnishing her a copy of a complaint with a fraudulent received stamp purportedly from the regional trial court in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.—JEROME ANINGRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
MANILA, Philippines–Bureau of Customs inspectors seized more than 50 iguanas smuggled by a Filipino traveler from Bangkok, Thailand, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 2 on Friday morning. The suspect, Neil Ryan Dysoco, is facing a charge of importing wildlife species without permit, a violation of Republic Act No. ADVERTISEMENTDysoco was accosted by customs agents and ordered to submit his luggage for inspection upon his arrival on board a Philippine Airlines flight. Upon examination of his two luggage, the customs agents found 56 iguanas, five of which were already dead. Some of the iguanas were concealed inside black socks.—JEROME ANINGRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
“These regulations are found in employment settings where people with viral hepatitis are routinely excluded from employment and immigration processes, in which people with viral hepatitis are excluded from receiving work visas in overseas countries. Renowned medical journal Lancet said that the viral hepatitis was an inflammation of the liver the kills 1.34 million people worldwide every year. About 96 percent of the deaths were attributed to infection with the hepatitis B virus and/or the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis D is transmitted on through contact with infected blood and only occurs in people who are already infected with hepatitis B. Hamid said that the elimination of viral hepatitis depends on the efficacy of developing new models of care.
February 22, 2019 17:09 UTC
Hanjin white knight can be any firm – Lopezhome/Business/Top Business/Hanjin white knight can be any firm – LopezAny company — local or foreign — can take over bankrupt Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Philippines, a Cabinet official said amid concerns that the sale of the Subic-based shipbuilder could compromise national security. “Hindi, kahit sino naman (No, anyone can),” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said when asked if the government preferred that a Filipino firm would buy Hanjin. The Trade department has said that it would help Hanjin acquire funding by attracting investors. After news of Hanjin’s bankruptcy broke, Lopez said two Chinese firms had expressed interest. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also said that shipbuilders from the United States, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and Turkey had expressed interest to take over Hanjin.
February 22, 2019 16:59 UTC
Getz PH shifts focus to healthcarehome/Business/Health Industry/Getz PH shifts focus to healthcareThe Getz Group has rebranded its Philippine unit to shift its focus to the health care industry, banking on the growing market for medical technology and pharmaceutical goods. “We started the process of creating Getz Healthcare in 2016. Getz Healthcare is gearing toward medical technology marketing and promotion, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products. Getz Healthcare General Manager Ian Grist said that the firm was now commissioning new distribution center in Taguig catered to supply the market in Metro Manila. Getz Healthcare is the healthcare unit of the Getz Group.
February 22, 2019 16:59 UTC