27 December 2019
PALACE, PNP: NO ARREST IF JOMA SISON COMES TO PHILIPPINES FOR MEETING WITH
MANILA — The Malacañang on Friday said Communist Party of the Philippines
founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison will not be arrested if he comes to the
country for a one-on-one meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We dare Mr. Sison to come to the Philippines for a one-on-one meeting with
the president to forge a lasting peace agreement,” the Palace said.
“[Duterte] guarantees that he will not be arrested upon his arrival and
after the meeting he can freely leave for Netherlands when he so desires,”
On Thursday, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press
briefing that Duterte wants Sison to discuss peace talks.
“The president did not state any condition. He just said, ‘I want to talk to
him one-on-one here,’” Panelo said Duterte told him last Tuesday. “He should
take it or leave it – that’s the stand of the president.”
But Sison told GMA news online that he is “willing to meet with President
Duterte in a country near the Philippines.”
Sison, who has been on self-exile in the Netherlands since 1987, said it
would be “premature” for him to go to the country pending the mutual
approval of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.
Panelo added that Sison’s refusal to talk with Duterte, his former student,
“betrays his insincerity.”
Sison was once Duterte’s college professor and the president claims he was
once a member of Kabataang Makabayan, a now-underground youth movement Sison
founded in 1964.
PNP to abide by Palace directive
Sison is facing an arrest warrant, issued by Manila Regional Trial Court
Branch 32 last September, for 15 counts of murder in connection with the
so-called 1985 Inopacan massacre.
The Philippine National Police said September that it will seek the help of
the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for Sison’s
Following the Palace's latest order, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP
spokesman, told Philstar.com in a text message that the police will "abide
by, and support the decision of the president."
He added: "Pursuant to this, we will make the necessary coordination with
the DOJ for the proper guidance to work out [Sison's] immunity from arrest
in case he accepts the offer of the president and decides to return to the
'NO MORE PROBLEM' WITH HOLIDAY TRUCE, SAYS JOMA SISON
MANILA -- Exiled communist leader Jose Ma. Sison said Friday there was "no
more problem" with continuing with a Christmas ceasefire with government
forces, since the rebels' declaration was reciprocated.
Sison said government negotiators presented their own ceasefire order in
response to the truce declaration from the National Democratic Front Panel.
"At this point in time, there is no more problem about continuing the CPP
ceasefire order to the NPA," Sison said on Facebook, referring to the New
"The best thing to do is cool down and proceed with the reciprocal
ceasefires and let them generate goodwill and confidence in preparation for
the resumption of the peace negotiations," he said.
Before Sison's Facebook post, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo dared
him to cancel the rebels' unilateral ceasefire with the government.
"Sison and his comrades can proceed with the cancellation of the ceasefire
and the President will oblige them," Panelo said.
"In the first place, they have violated their own declared unilateral
ceasefire. So there is not even logic in their threat," he added.
Panelo was referring to separate attacks in Camarines Sur and in Iloilo on
Monday that left one soldier dead and 8 other security forces wounded
despite an ongoing holiday truce.
The government's peace panel and the NDFP earlier agreed to a nationwide
"unilateral and reciprocal" ceasefire from Dec. 23 up to Jan. 7 after
President Rodrigo Duterte hinted at a possible reopening of peace
US STATE DEPARTMENT HAS PROCESS TO FOLLOW IN BAN ON DE LIMA'S JAILERS —
MANILA — There is a process for the US State Department to determine who is
covered by a provision in the US budget for 2020 that bars people behind the
"wrongful" detention of Sen. Leila de Lima from entering the United States,
the Palace said Thursday.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the US State Department will
only act when it has "credible information" that a person was involved in De
Lima's continued detention, adding that US Ambassador Sung Kim agreed with
"You have to follow the process. There is a process where before the US
State Secretary can ban any person, which of course is a right on the part
of the sovereign state, it has to determine whether the information relative
to a person being banned is credible or not," he said.
"I don’t know if I’m at liberty to tell what he made an off-remark statement
and he said, 'I read your statement, it’s a very good statement, I agree
with it. It’s Congress that passed that law," Panelo, who also quotes
conversations and text exchanges with then-Chinese Ambassador to the
Philippines Zhao Jianhua, said.
The Palace spokesman, who is also chief presidential legal counsel, added
the ban should not apply to him: "Like me for instance, what in heaven’s
name can I be part of the detention of this woman? I’m not even part of the
PHILIPPINES RESTORES FLIGHTS, POWER AS URSULA DEATH TOLL CLIMBS
MANILA -- Philippine authorities on Friday moved to restore power to
millions and normalize air traffic in the wake of a typhoon that tore
through the central islands on Christmas Day, as the death toll climbed to
The country's largest airline, Cebu Pacific, said it was mounting recovery
flights to assist those whose bookings were canceled this week. Typhoon
Ursula (Phanfone) tracked a path similar to Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
in 2013, damaging the Kalibo Airport that serves Boracay Island.
Iloilo accounted for 13 out of 28 fatalities, said the National Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Council. The storm injured 2 others, while 12
others remained missing, it added.
Ursula forced 43,850 people to evacuation centers, damaged around 2,000
houses and 55 schools, and knocked down power in almost 150 towns, the
It may take 10-15 days before power is restored in Occidental Mindoro with
the help of electric cooperatives from neighboring provinces, said Governor
"Talagang napakarami kasing natumbang poste; kahit na bakal, bali iyong mga
poste (many electric posts fell, even the metal ones)," he told radio DZMM.
Ursula could also prompt the provincial government to declare a state of
calamity for a third time this year as emergency funds ran low, he said.
In Iloilo, it could take 5 days or until New Year's Day before power is
restored in 4 northern towns, Governor Arthur Defensor told radio DZMM. Two
Iloilo towns declared a state of calamity, he said.
A magnitude 4.8 quake on Thursday night rattled Iloilo province and nearby
areas. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, he said.
Ursula hit Boracay, Coron and other holiday destinations that are famed for
their white-sand beaches and popular with foreign tourists.
"Roads remain blocked, but some efforts have been made to clear away the
damage. It's pretty bad," said Jung Byung-joon, a Korean tourist at Kalibo
POPE FRANCIS PRAYS FOR VICTIMS OF TYPHOON URSULA IN PHILIPPINES
Pope Francis on Thursday prayed for the Philippines after a typhoon struck
the country over Christmas, killing at least 21 people.
"I join in the pain that affected the dear people of the Philippines because
of the typhoon Phanfone," Francis said.
The pontiff then asked the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for his
weekly Angelus prayer to join him in a prayer for the Philippines.
Typhoon Phanfone (Ursula) hit the Philippines late on Tuesday (December 24)
with winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of 150 kph, heavy rain and
More than 58,000 people were evacuated from their homes before the storm,
which caused widespread property damage, and more than 15,000 were stranded
at ports when ferries were suspended. Scores of flights were cancelled.
The fatalities were in the central provinces of Capiz, Iloilo and Leyte,
including a 13-year-old boy who was electrocuted, a man killed by a tree
branch and another killed in a car accident, the disaster agency said.
The typhoon left the Philippines on Wednesday (December 25) night and was
out over the South China Sea, moving west.
DUTERTE DISTRIBUTES LAND TITLES TO BARMM FARMERS
MANILA — President Duterte recently led the distribution of certificates of
land ownership awards (CLOAs) to 793 agrarian reform beneficiaries in
Basilan, Maguindanao and Tawi-Tawi.
Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones said the CLOAs cover 1,742
hectares of agricultural land.
“Take care of your land. Huwag ninyo ipagbili,” the President said in his
speech during the awarding ceremony at the Shariff Kabunsuran Cultural
Complex in Cotabato City on Monday.
The land distribution is the first under the Ministry of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Agrarian Reform of the newly created Bangsamoro Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
CLOAs covering 238.9 hectares under the Department of Agrarian Reform’s
post-land distribution program were also turned over to 93 beneficiaries at
the same event.
Agrarian cooperatives in the BARMM were also provided farm machineries and
crop seedlings as part of the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support
program of the Department of Agrarian Reform.
ATHLETES ASSURED LAW-MANDATED DISCOUNTS TO BE FULLY APPLIED EARLY 2020
The Philippine Sports Commission on Monday said it is working to make sure
deserving national athletes and coaches can avail of discounts mandated by
Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez said the sports body wants Republic Act
10699, or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act, to
be fully implemented as soon as possible.
“We know this is long overdue but rest assured we are doing what we can,
coordinating with the concerned government agencies to effect the full
implementation," Ramirez said in a statement.
"We hope for the full implementation by first quarter of 2020 so our
athletes could swiftly avail of the benefits.”
On Saturday, Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Agatha Wong took to Twitter
to call for the strict application of RA 10699.
The discount, pegged at 20 percent, applies in all transportation services,
hotels, restaurants, recreation centers and purchase of medicines and sports
equipment throughout the Philippines.
Ramirez said the PSC has been coordinating with the Bureau of Internal
Revenue since February for the implementation of the law.
"We are now just awaiting the issuance of a Revenue Regulation by the BIR on
the final implementation of RA 10699 Sec. 4 and 5," he said.
P170,000 ‘SHABU’ NASABAT SA CALOOCAN; 4 TIKLO
MAYNILA -- Arestado ang mag-asawa at 2 pang lalaki matapos mahulihan ng
hinihinalang droga sa Barangay 179, Caloocan.
Nasamsam sa mga suspek ang 8 sachet ng hinihinalang shabu na may bigat na 25
gramo at nagkakahalaga ng P170,000.
Mga suplayer umano ng droga sa north Caloocan ang mga suspek, ayon kay
Police Capt. Ramon Aquiatan Jr.
Mahaharap ang mga suspek sa kasong paglabag sa Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs
P11 MINIMUM NA PASAHE SA JEEP IHIHIRIT SA ENERO
Hihirit ang ilang transport group sa Enero na itaas sa P11 mula sa P9 ang
minimum na pamasahe ng jeepney para sa unang 4 na kilometro, sinabi ng 2 sa
kanilang lider, Biyernes.
Tataas ng P1.50 kada litro ang presyo ng krudo sa Enero 1 dahil sa tax
reform law, katwiran ni Pasang Masda president Obet Martin.
Ang naturang taas-presyo ay "masyadong mabigat na po bulsa ng tsuper" na
kumikita lang ng P400 hanggang P600 para sa 14 hanggang 16 oras na
pagpasada, aniya sa panayam ng DZMM.
"Kung puwedeng magpasensiya, kung puwedeng magtiis sa kaunting-kaunting
kinikita, may maiuwi lamang, nagtitiis kami. Pero itong klaseng ito, hindi
na po kaya," dagdag ni Fejodap president Zeny Maranan.
Maaari rin aniyang tumaas sa P12 ang hirit nilang minimum fare kung papalo
sa P49 ang kada litro ng diesel.
Nangako naman si Maranan na hindi magsasagawa ng transport strike ang
kanilang mga grupo sakaling mabinbin ang pagpasa sa taas-pasahe.
"Papahirapan na nga sa taas ng pasahe, pahihirapan pa ba natin sila sa
kanilang pagsakay ng jeep patungo sa kanilang hanapbuhay," aniya sa hiwalay
na panayam ng DZMM.
FAIR WEATHER EXPECTED ON NEW YEAR AFTER DEADLY CHRISTMAS STORM: PAGASA
Filipinos will likely welcome the New Year next week with fair weather,
state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday, in the wake of a Christmas Day
typhoon that left at least 28 dead and sent tens of thousands into
evacuation centers on Christmas Day.
Typhoon Ursula was 335 kilometers west of Zambales at 4 a.m. and no longer
had any direct effect on the country. It is expected to leave the Philippine
area of responsibility on Saturday, said PAGASA weather forecaster Ezra
On New Year's Eve, Tuesday, the country can expect fair weather with spots
of light rain in the afternoon or evening, he told radio DZMM.
The Ilocos, Cordillera, and Cagayan Valley regions and Aurora province on
Friday will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms, he said.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country meanwhile can expect fair weather
with isolated rains in the afternoon or evening, he added.
LIZA SOBERANO SPENDS CHRISTMAS IN NEW HOUSE IN US WITH FAMILY, ENRIQUE GIL
MANILA -- Liza Soberano finally got to spend Christmas in her new house in
the United States.
The actress can be seen celebrating with her family and her boyfriend,
Enrique Gil, in photos shared on Instagram on Thursday (Manila time).
"First Christmas in our new home. Finally have a place to call my own back
in the USA. Couldn’t have done it without ABS-CBN and all the brands that
have given me their complete trust," Soberano said in an Instagram post.
"To all of my LizQuen and Liza supporters out there, thank you for the
unconditional love. Last but not least, thank you, Papa God. You have
provided a home for me and the people most dearest to my heart. I will
forever give you thanks and praise," she added.
In a previous interview, Soberano said she will celebrate the holidays with
her family and Gil.
The couple will star in the upcoming ABS-CBN series "Make It With You."
ION PEREZ SHOWS TATTOO DEDICATED TO VICE GANDA
MANILA — In a sweet moment during the live episode of “It’s Showtime” on
Thursday, Ion Perez confirmed that a date which he recently had tattooed on
his leg is dedicated to his partner and co-host Vice Ganda.
The topic came up during the “BiyaHero” segment of the noontime program,
when a contestant’s tattoos on his arm caught the attention of the hosts.
Vhong Navarro asked Vice Ganda and then Perez how many tattoos they have
each. The former did not give a serious answer, while the latter counted
Asked which tattoo he considers most special, Perez showed the latest one he
got: three dates on a ribbon that goes around his left leg.
Written in digits, the dates are: August 4, 1947; February 3, 1952; and
March 31, 1976.
“Si Tatay, si Nanay, tapos ikaw,” Perez told Vice Ganda.
“Lahat ng special sa buhay ko, iyong tatlong iyon, kaya pinalagay ko,” Perez
added, when asked by Jhong Hilario why he had those dates inked.
Perez and Vice Ganda have become increasingly open about their relationship,
after the comedian confirmed in November that they have been officially
together for a year.
Perez, in particular, has been vocal about his affection for Vice Ganda,
saying numerous times that he hopes the relationship will last.
PBA: BLACK, UMAASANG TATAPUSIN NA NG MERALCO ANG FINALS JINX KONTRA GINEBRA
Sabik na si Meralco coach Norman Black sa panibagong salpukan nila ng
Barangay Ginebra sa 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup finals.
Dalawang beses nang natalo ang Meralco sa Governors’ Cup finals kontra
Justin Brownlee at Ginebra — 2016 at 2017.
“We all feel like we have some unfinished business. We've already had two
rounds with Ginebra and we've lost both,” ani Black sa artikulong ipinost sa
“We're looking forward to the third round because we wanna change things
around and come out the victors this time. That's gonna be our focus now.”
Uhaw sa kampeonato ang parehong koponan: ito ang unang title series ng
Ginebra ngayong taon, samantalang pinapangarap ng Meralco na makuha ang una
nilang PBA title.
“Our goal is to win a championship. We have a lot of respect for Ginebra and
Tim Cone. Tim is a top coach in the league, but our goal is to win. Simple
as that,” ani Black.
“It doesn't matter who we're playing against. Our goal is to win a
championship. We've already lost two. We only have one goal.”
Enero 7, Martes, sa Araneta Coliseum ang Game 1 ng 2019 Governors’ Cup
FROM SEA GAMES 2019 TO TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020
After reigning supreme in this month’s Southeast Asian Games, the
Philippines wants to parlay its success there with a victory that has eluded
it for nearly a century.
The country looks to win their first Olympic gold medal in the Tokyo Games
next year, and the national contingent is capable of accomplishing that
based on the performance of gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole-vaulter EJ Obiena.
So far, the Philippines, which joined the Olympic program in 1924, has 3
silver and 7 bronze medals, the last podium finish courtesy of weightlifter
Hidilyn Diaz in 2016.
According to the Olympics Reference website, only two countries that exist
until today have had a longer gold-medal drought — Haiti (1900) and Monaco
It’s rare to tout a Filipino athlete’s gold chances in the buildup to the
Olympics, but thanks to world champion Yulo and top-class talent Obiena
there’s excitement over breaking a drought spanning 22 Olympic Games.
Given the proper government support and the presence of elite coaching,
which both Yulo and Obiena enjoy, that could become a reality.
NBA SCORES DEC 25
NOTE: No games were played on 24th
1 2 3 4 T
team logo Celtics 21-7 28 27 33 30 118
team logo Raptors 21-10 19 28 22 33 102
J. Brown BOS
30 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
F. VanVleet TOR
27 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
1 2 3 4 T
team logo Bucks 27-5 30 18 25 36 109
team logo 76ers 23-10 38 31 31 21 121
SCORING LEADERSK. Middleton MIL
31 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
J. Embiid PHI
31 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
1 2 3 4 T
team logo Rockets 21-10 29 39 19 17 104
team logo Warriors 8-24 28 36 28 24 116
SCORING LEADERSR. Westbrook HOU
30 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
D. Lee GS
22 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
1 2 3 4 T
team logo Clippers 23-10 31 20 35 25 111
team logo Lakers 24-7 33 30 23 20 106
SCORING LEADERSK. Leonard LAC
35 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
K. Kuzma LAL
25 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST
1 2 3 4 T
team logo Pelicans 9-23 29 29 26 28 112
team logo Nuggets 21-9 26 29 25 20 100
SCORING LEADERSB. Ingram NO
31 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
N. Jokic DEN
23 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST