MANILA, Philippines — Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Wednesday said he wanted to delay the vote on the election protest of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo last Tuesday, but he was outvoted. WATCH: CJ Lucas Bersamin wanted to delay the voting on the poll protest of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos va. VP Leni Robredo. With regards to both parties claiming victory, Bersamin that was only their opinion and not of the tribunal. So it’s not up to us, unless somebody else comes here and complains that there was a falsification of the truth. The tribunal has given both parties 20 days to file their comment to the committee report and memoranda to the third cause of action.
October 16, 2019 12:11 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A bill at the House of Representatives has been filed to extend the probationary employment period to 24 months from the current six months. House Bill 4802, filed in September by Rep. Jose "Bonito" Singson Jr. (Probinsyano Ako party-list) seeks to amend the Labor Code of the Philippines and allow employers to "avoid the automatic regularization" of employees in their workforce. “[A] period of six months under the present set up is not sufficient a period in order for the employer to determine if the probationary employee is qualified for regular employment, especially in positions which require specialized skills and talents,” Singson says in the explanatory note of the bill. "Because of the maximum six-month period prescribed by law, employers are inclined to terminate the probationary employees before the expiration of the six-month period, rather than risk oppression by being stuck with a substandard employee.”According to a Bureau of Labor Relations briefer on termination of employment employers can fire regular employees for just cause. President Rodrigo Duterte asked the 17th Congress to pass a law abolishing labor contractualization as part of a campaign promise that he made in 2016 to end the practice of "endo" or "end of contract."
October 16, 2019 12:10 UTC
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court’s list of requests: Additional security, ambulances, a liquor ban and more first responders. Tomas, site of the 2019 Bar exams. ADVERTISEMENTBernabe is chair of the 2019 Bar exams. A request for a liquor ban in the vicinity of the exam site was also granted, according to the Manila PIO. The Bar exams would be held on four consecutive Sundays in November with two subjects per exam day.
October 16, 2019 12:00 UTC
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October 16, 2019 11:58 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — University of Santo Tomas sank University of the Philippines, 84-78, to grab solo third place in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Brent Paraiso buried the go-ahead triple with 52.5 seconds remaining, before Renzo Subido nailed the dagger trey in the final 26.7 seconds that gave the Growling Tigers the 82-78 lead. "Being a young team and making the right decisions down the stretch, that was big for us," said coach Aldin Ayo. Sherwin Concepcion paced the Growling Tigers with 16 points and five rebounds, as Soulemane Chabi Yo produced a double-double in the tune of 14 points and 10 boards. The Fighting Maroons are still at second place with their 6-3 card.
October 16, 2019 11:48 UTC
Presumed extinct, reports of sightings of Tasmanian tiger continue 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Gabriela BaronThe Tasmanian tiger is believed to have gone extinct for more than 80 years, but a newly released Australian documents show reports of sightings. According to DPIPWE, there have been eight reported sighting incidents including in February 2018 when a couple believes they saw a Tasmanian tiger crossed the road in front of their car. A week after the incident, a group of cyclists were out for a ride when they spotted what they believe was a Tasmanian tiger. In 2002, scientists at the Australian Museum replicated Tasmanian tiger DNA to potentially bring back the species with cloning technology.
October 16, 2019 11:48 UTC
ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Oct. 16, 2019) 0 SHARES Share it! The two were onboard a truck travelling on the westbound lane of the lower loop road of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Valenzuela City at about 5:25 a.m. when the accident happened. Also arrested was the minor who admitted to be a drug runner for the suspects. Elements of PS-6 conducted the drug sting against the suspects after receiving reports of their illegal drug activity in the area. Arrested suspects are now under custody of PS-6 and will be facing drug-related charges.
October 16, 2019 11:37 UTC
Gazans call on Saudi Arabia to free imprisoned relatives 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy the Associated PressSeveral families of Palestinians detainees imprisoned by Saudi Arabia held a rare protest in Gaza Wednesday, calling on the kingdom to free them. Most of the nearly 50 detainees are believed to be affiliated with Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza. Hamas says Saudi Arabia arrested the Palestinians for collecting donations for Palestinian charities, not on security charges. Bassem Naim, a Hamas official, said the prisoners did not carry out any “political activities” in Saudi Arabia.
October 16, 2019 11:26 UTC
Progressive groups condemn slay attempt on ACT member 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Chito ChavezHuman rights group Karapatan on Wednesday has strongly condemned the slay attempt on teacher Zhaydee Cabañelez, an active member of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT)- Region X last Tuesday. Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay noted just this month, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) made headlines for staunchly campaigning for a P30,000 base pay for teachers. She noted “this is among the legitimate campaigns that teacher Zhaydee Cabañelez has demanded, alongside other teacher-members of ACT’’. “We stand alongside the family of teacher Zhaydee Cabañelez, as we hope for her speedy recovery,’’ she added.
October 16, 2019 11:15 UTC
TUCP poses no objection to higher monthly contributions to Pag-Ibig Fund 0 SHARES Share it! Pag Ibig also revealed that there is steady growth among members seeking housing loans in the last five years starting from P40 Billion in 2012 to P75 billion last year. TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay, meantime, said that the growing number of Pag-ibig members seeking short-term cash loans is a “smoke signal” telling government that policies on current wages are not enough and existing benefits are no longer sufficient. He added: “This is also an indication that government public services in terms of health, education, mass transport, medicines are not working. Government needs to do more.”
October 16, 2019 11:15 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The October Orionids meteor shower will light up the night skies starting Thursday, Oct. 17, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has announced. Pagasa said the meteor shower will be active from October 17 to 25, with peak nights from October 21 to 22. ADVERTISEMENTThe state weather bureau said at its maximum, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour, which may be observed under “favorable sky conditions,” meaning no or very thin cloud cover. However, lulls may be observed even during peak nights. “The Earth is passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionid shower,” Pagasa explained./TSBRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
October 16, 2019 11:15 UTC
Food production needs to increase by 70 percent to avoid food shortage by 2050 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Alexandria San JuanSenator Cynthia Villar, in time with the celebration of the World Pandesal Day, said food production in the country should be increased by 70 percent to ensure food security and avoid shortage by year 2050. “We should double our time to increase our food production by 70 percent to prevent having a food shortage in the country 31 years from now. “We all have to come together to support the food security in the country,” she added. ‘World Pandesal Day’Over 70,000 pan de sals were distributed by the Kamuning Bakery Cafe for free to celebrate the World Pandesal Day.
October 16, 2019 11:03 UTC
Teachers’ cry out for mechanisms for safety, security in schools 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Merlina Hernando-MalipotFollowing the shooting of a teacher-unionist in Bukidnon, a federation of teachers on Wednesday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to “device mechanisms” to ensure the safety and security of the teachers in schools. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines strongly condemned the shooting of teacher Zhaydee Cabañelez which happened on Tuesday morning during the school’s flag ceremony at Dalet Elementary School in Barangay Lumbayao, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Aside from their safety, he noted that the family of the victims is also worried about financial issues following the hospitalization. Cabañelez, ACT said, was shot by four masked men – leaving her in critical condition with two gunshot wounds on the chest and two on the feet.
October 16, 2019 11:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya stars Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino received the top acting awards at the regional awards of the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards. Nadine bagged the Best Actress in a Leading Role honor for the movie “Ulan,” while Carlo received the Beast Actor in a Leading Role distinction. This is the fourth Best Actress award for the year for Lustre, who also received the same distinction for "Never Not Love You" at Young Critics Circle, FAMAS and Gawad Urian Awards this year. The winners in the regional awards will represent their country at the gala finals in December.Viva Films' and HOOQ’s “Ulan” also won the Best Feature Film, Best Direction (Fiction), Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound and Best Cinematography. “The General’s Daughter” actor Tirso Cruz III won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award, while “Kadenang Ginto” actress Dimples Romana won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role honor.
October 16, 2019 10:57 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — One in four local governments in the Zamboanga Peninsula region failed to comply with nationwide road-clearing operations, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government's assessment and validation ratings. DILG assessed local government units' compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to eliminate road obstructions and reclaim space for the public. Zamboanga del Sur had the most failed assessments, with 12 local governments receiving a failing rating. The rest consisted of Zamboanga Sibugay LGUs Alicia, Kabasalan, Mabuhay, Olutanga, Titay and Zamboanga del Norte’s Leon Postigo. Eight LGUs in Davao del Norte composed the majority, followed by Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, and Davao Occidental.
October 16, 2019 10:53 UTC