House majority lauds Sotto ascension; opposition questions value of change 598 SHARES Share it! Reps. Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers Partylist) and Tom Villarin (Akbayan Partylist) said Sotto and outgoing Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III serve at the pleasure of President Duterte. Or they would just pander to the whims of President Duterte?” asked Villarin. Tinio, a member of Makabayan bloc, said the sacking of Pimentel despite his being the president of Duterte’s political party, PDP-Laban, “goes to show that party affiliations are meaningless. “What really counts, as far as this administration is concerned, is loyalty to President Duterte and the ability to deliver the Palace’s bidding,” stressed Tinio.
May 21, 2018 08:39 UTC
Amid the Ombudsman’s persistent efforts to prosecute and dismiss him from office, Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano has managed to get one criminal case off his back. Just one year after prosecutors charged him before the Sandiganbayan, the court’s First Division acquitted Soriano of graft over his grant of a provisional permit to a parking terminal operator without the city council’s prior authorization in 2013. The council did authorize the terminal project through a resolution passed on Sept. 30, 2014, but Soriano’s temporary successor, then-Mayor Engelbert Caronan Jr., vetoed it on Oct. 20, 2014. His belief that the terminal project warranted prompt action was “devoid of any willful intent to commit a criminal act,” the decision added. The Ombudsman first ordered the mayor’s lifetime ban from the government in July 2014 for permitting a businesswoman to operate a baratilyo (flea market) a week before asking for the city council’s consent.
May 21, 2018 08:37 UTC
Actress Agot Isidro, known for her acerbic comments against the Duterte administration, is being wooed to join the senatorial lineup of the “Resistance Coalition,” an alliance of Liberal Party (LP), Akbayan and Magdalo party-list groups, and Tindig Pilipinas. Isidro, whose frequent posts on Twitter were critical of President Duterte and who also tussles with his supporters, has not publicly indicated any interest in seeking a Senate seat. “One cannot measure the competence and service of those on our list who will run under the banner of the true opposition,” the LP president said in a statement. In the statement, Pangilinan said the Resistance Coalition would highlight a number of issues against the administration. And resistance to the lack of emphasis on creating jobs and addressing the rising prices of goods,” he said.
May 21, 2018 08:26 UTC
Gay men can face the death penalty while lesbians can face flogging after three convictions and death for the fourth. A transgender woman, Maryam Khatoonpour Molkara, managed to push her way through the guards to meet Khomeini while dressed in men’s clothes. Iran grants transgender people loans worth nearly $1,200, though that’s still well below the $7,000-$12,000 cost of the surgery. Despite his show, Bayan thinks Iranian society as a whole isn’t ready to accept transgender people. “Our society lacks the ability to accept minorities.”Perhaps the worst abuse transgender people face is in the home.
May 21, 2018 08:15 UTC
Classes in war-torn Marawi City will begin on the same day as the rest of the public schools nationwide on June 4, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Monday. “We are doing all we can to speed up the construction and repair of the school buildings in Marawi,” she said in a press briefing in the DepEd central office in Pasig City. Despite the ongoing rehabilitation, however, Briones noted that not all schools in Marawi can be opened for classes this school year. “We have surveyed [the area] even before the Marawi siege, there were schools that were deemed not appropriate or safe for classes,” she said. ADVERTISEMENTThe education secretary also said that they are working close with DepEd ARMM to ensure that there would be enough teachers in the Marawi schools that would hold classes.
May 21, 2018 08:03 UTC
Gone are the days when only children got into trouble for playing hooky — at least in Germany. Police investigated parents with children at an airport, ahead of the Pentecost weekend holiday from May 19 to 21, reports Der Spiegel. Police officers asked for the names of the school and validated if the children had excused absences. If a parent refused to give a school’s name, the officers would still manage to locate where the child studied. Though schools can request to have the children brought back, parents most likely face fines of up to €1000 (P61,500) and have two weeks to present a valid reason for an unexcused absence.
May 21, 2018 08:03 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China launched a relay satellite on Monday as part of a groundbreaking program to be the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year. The satellite, lofted into space aboard a Long March-4C rocket, will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang’e 4 mission, the China National Space Administration said on its website. The satellite, named Queqiao, or “Magpie Bridge,” after an ancient Chinese folk tale, was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the Space Administration said. Without such a communications relay link, spacecraft on the far side would have to “send their signals through the moon’s rocky bulk,” space.com said. China conducted its first crewed space mission in 2003, making it only the third country after Russia and the U.S. to do so and has put a pair of space stations into orbit.
May 21, 2018 07:52 UTC
Senator Vicente “Tito“ Sotto III on Monday officially took over the Senate leadership from Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. Sotto was formally elected as Senate president on Monday at a session opened by Pimentel, who nominated Sotto. Pimentel stepped down as Senate president on Monday, joining his colleagues in signing a resolution electing Sotto as the next leader of the chamber. READ: Pimentel bows out; nominates Sotto as next Senate presidentThe outgoing senate president said Sotto is an institution not only in the Senate, but in the fields of show business, music, and sports as well. As early as last week, Sotto’s election as new leader of the upper chamber was sealed as 15 senators signed a resolution calling for reorganization of Senate leadership.
May 21, 2018 07:41 UTC
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin was wrong when he slammed the Consultative Committee’s (Con-com) proposed version of the impeachment process and called it a “purely judicial” one, the Con-com spokesman said on Monday. Con-com spokesman Ding Generoso said their proposed impeachment process was both political and judicial, contrary to Villarin’s statement it was “purely judicial proceeding.”“Akbayan misreads the Con-com proposal by saying that it is a ‘purely judicial’ process, which is absolutely not the case,” Generoso said in a statement. So it is neither purely judicial nor purely political. It is both political and judicial,” the Con-com spokesman explained. “There are countries where impeachment is a pure[ly] political process like in the US because it is lodged solely with Congress.
May 21, 2018 07:41 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia’s president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption. ADVERTISEMENTThe coalition of campaigners, calling itself Dog Meat-Free Indonesia, also warned of health risks posed by the trade due to its potential to spread rabies. Dog meat is eaten by only a small percentage of Indonesians but in a country of more than 250 million people it still represents a significant trade. “We respectfully urge President Widodo to work with us on a solution that protects not only Indonesia’s dogs and cats but also the health of its people,” she said. CCADVERTISEMENTRELATED STORIES:China’s dog meat festival opens amid ban rumors2 charged over frozen dog meat found in Laguna home
May 21, 2018 07:07 UTC
Outgoing Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel on Monday signed a resolution electing Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as his successor. Pimentel became the 16th senator to sign the resolution, which is expected to be taken to the floor on Monday afternoon. In a press briefing, Pimentel said he was stepping down as leader of the upper chamber and announced he will nominate Sotto as Senate president. ADVERTISEMENTThe afternoon’s session will be opened by Pimentel and the election of Sotto will follow. /vvpRELATED VIDEO
May 21, 2018 06:56 UTC
But he said he nonetheless favors a new election soon and urged Maduro to do the courageous thing and desist from running. If Maduro presses forward, he warned, Venezuela will explode before his new six-year term is scheduled to begin in January. Both of Maduro’s opponents accused electoral authorities of being blind to blatant violations before the vote and on election day. Under Venezuela’s electoral law, any political activity must take place at least 650 feet (200 meters) from voting centers. “The people of Venezuela have made their pronouncement and we ask everyone, nationally and international, to respect the results,” she said.
May 21, 2018 06:56 UTC
China not a threat to PH security– Malacañang 93 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Genalyn Kabiling and Roy MabasaThe Philippines does not consider China a threat to national security but has expressed “serious concerns” over the presence of its bombers in the disputed South China Sea, Malacañang said Monday. China’s air force has reportedly deployed nuclear-capable bombers on islands on the South China Sea as part of training exercises in the disputed region. The latest air exercises aimed to “reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time, and strike in all directions,” Beijing reportedly said. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government intends to raise the matter in the next bilateral dialogue with China amid the renewed call for “non-militarization” of South China Sea to ease tension arising from the disputes in the strategic waterway.
May 21, 2018 06:55 UTC
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) welcomed on Monday the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to fire its Assistant Secretary for Railways Mark Tolentino. “May this be a warning to all government officials and employees,” it added. READ: DOTr exec ignites scandal over rail projectLikewise, the DOTr assured the public that the MRP was “on track and on schedule.” The project was a priority under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. “Phase 1 (Tagum-Davao-Digos) will be completed in 2021, without delays and without corruption,” it said. /eeADVERTISEMENT
May 21, 2018 06:22 UTC
Two were killed and 10 were wounded in an encounter between two armed groups in Sulu. One of the two people killed in Brgy. Bualo, Maimbung town on Sunday night was Maming Mudjasan, a former commander of the Moro National Liberation Front, said Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu. The firefight between the group of Maimbung Vice Mayor Musjasan Pando and Imal Matarol, a sibling of Councilor Abubakar Tan, started past 7 p.m.ADVERTISEMENTThe other fatality was identified as Jubilun Sampu.
May 21, 2018 06:00 UTC