28 Oct 2020
LOCSIN PROMISES 'SEVERE' RESPONSE TO RECALLED ENVOY'S ALLEGED MALTREATMENT
MANILA Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday said his
department would conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the alleged
incidents of physical abuse of her household staff by the recently-recalled
Philippine ambassador to Brazil.
"The DFA will be firm in meting out the appropriate sanctions and
administrative or criminal charges on Ambassador Mauro if the results of the
DFA's investigation will demand as such," Locsin said on Twitter.
On Monday, the top diplomat disclosed that Philippine Ambassador to Brazil
Marichu Mauro was instructed to go home immediately "to explain the
maltreatment of her service staff." DFA later the same day confirmed that
the ambassador was recalled after the release of video footage showing her
"berating and mistreating her household staff."
A report from Brazil's GloboNews identifies the victim as a 51-year-old
Filipino who worked in the ambassador's official residence behind the
embassy's main building. The CCTV footage recorded from the diplomatic
residence was used as evidence in a complaint against Mauro in late August,
the report said.
"Rest assured, the DFA's response on this matter will be severe to the
fullest extent of the law especially when it involves a high-ranking DFA
official setting an example to ensure that matters like these will never be
tolerated," Locsin said Wednesday.
GUEVARRA FORMS CORE GROUP FOR 'MEGA TASK FORCE' VS CORRUPTION
MANILA Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday met with the chiefs
of the National Prosecution Service and National Bureau of Investigation
that form the core group of the task force created to conduct probe into the
entire government for corruption.
In a statement late Tuesday night, the Department of Justice said Guevarra
met with Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento and National Bureau of
Investigation Officer-in-Charge Eric Distor to organize the new task force.
The DOJ added that Guevarra, Malcontento and Distor discussed methods of
securing information regarding incidences of corruptions in government, and
possible approaches for the conduct of the investigations of allegations of
corruption taking into consideration the gravity of the allegations and
its impact on the delivery of government services.
It was agreed during the said meeting that the Core Group constituted for
the Task Force to investigate allegations of corruption in the [Philippine
Health Insurance Corp.] will be the same Core Group for the Task Force to
investigate allegations of corruption in the entire government, the DOJ
The following agencies were part of Task Force PhilHealth and will again
handle the probe into the entire government: NBI, NPS, Presidential
Anti-Corruption Commission, Office of the Special Assistant of the
President, and the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
EU COMMITS TO FACILITATE GREEN RECOVERY POLICIES IN PHILIPPINES
MANILA The European Union Delegation to the Philippines expressed its
commitment to engage with Filipino stakeholders in approaches toward
environmentally sustainable activities as part of the bloc's new growth
The European Green Deal, which aims to "build back better" following
monthslong lockdowns by implementing green policies, programs, investments,
commits to a digital and resilient recovery that is also sustainable.
It also outlines an action plan to boost the efficient use of resources by
moving to a clean, circular economy, restore biodiversity, and cut pollution
to become a climate-neutral economy by 2050.
The EU, said Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Wiersing at a recent webinar, supports
the Philippines in making "energy efficiency and conservation a national way
At the same event, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the country is
shifting its investments to clean energy resources and green technologies.
77,000 COPS, BARANGAY SECURITY IN METRO MANILA CEMETERIES FOR UNDAS
MANILA With all cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums closed from
October 29 to November 4, Metro Manila's police district is set to deploy
over 77,000 cops to "secure" more than 100 cemeteries in and around the
Metro, it said Wednesday.
President Duterte has urged the public to have a meaningful commemoration of
Undas. I expect a peaceful celebration of All Saints Day and the All
Souls Day, Duterte said in a taped address to the nation telecast
In a statement, the National Capital Region Police Office disclosed that of
the figure, 12,000 are cops while the rest are force multipliers including
barangay watchmen and local government personnel. As of this post, the NCRPO
said, 29,000 police elements have already been deployed to cemeteries.
The president gave this directive as early as September. We expect all LGUs
to cooperate by ensuring that cemeteries within their localities are closed.
This is to avoid mass gatherings amid the pandemic, interior secretary
Eduardo Año said in a separate statement.
The local police commanders and the mayors by now should have discussed the
rules that would be implemented per locality but all these local rules that
would be crafted should conform to the guidelines set by the IATF, he also
HOUSE OKS COMMITTEE REPORT HOLDING DUQUE, PHILHEALTH OFFICIALS LIABLE FOR
MANILA A House joint panel on Tuesday approved a committee report holding
some officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth),
its board chairman Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and several cabinet
members liable for alleged corruption in the agency.
The House Committee on Public Accounts and the Committee on Good Government
and Public Accountabilitys approved report kept the recommendation to also
hold PhilHealths board members liable for alleged anomalies at the state
The joint panel will send its report to the Department of Justice for
further study. The DOJ, which headed an inter-agency task force that also
investigated alleged PhilHealth corruption, had recommended the prosecution
of several former and current officials of PhilHealth, but Duque was spared.
Several lawmakers had pushed for the removal of the Cabinet members from the
list of respondents, but were outvoted by a majority in the joint panel.
They instead decided to just separate the cases against the PhilHealth board
and the executive committee.
ROBREDO CAMP DISOWNS FAKE QUOTE OF VP SAYING SHES READY TO BE PRESIDENT
MANILA The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo strongly denied a quote
spreading online that she is ready to become president as the country is
enveloped in darkness.
Its not true that the vice President said that the Philippines is
enveloped in darkness thats why shes ready to become the president of
the country. The fake news post also does not mention when and where this
was said, an administrator of Robredos Facebook page said in Filipino.
The image being spread online attributes this quote in Filipino to Robredo:
Darkness is enveloping the Philippines. Let us bring back the vigor of
every citizen. I am ready to become a president of the Philippines.
We remind everyone to be critical with what they read on social media and
to report those spreading fake news especially now that we are in a
crisis, when the correct information is needed the most, Robredos Facebook
page administrator said in Filipino.
Robredo, along with other figures in the opposition, have been the victim of
numerous fake quotes and fake news online.
ROBREDO, AIDES NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19
MANILA Vice President Leni Robredo and her aides have tested negative for
COVID-19, her office said Wednesday, following exposure to a coronavirus
Robredo said "all" the staff of the Office of the Vice President who were
exposed to a COVID-19 patient last week had "tested negative." She was also
among those cleared of the contagious disease, her office told reporters.
"Thank God!! All the activities today and the succeeding days will proceed
as scheduled," she said on her social media pages. "Thank you all for your
prayers and well wishes. They are very much appreciated."
The Vice President and her chief of staff went on self-quarantine last
Friday after learning they had "very close contact" with a COVID-19 patient.
Robredo described last week as a "blockbuster" for her, citing activities
she led, including the turnover of projects in Maguindanao, Negros Oriental
and Albay; turnover of testing kits to Iloilo province and Iloilo City; a
visit to Community Learning Hubs in Pasig City and Taytay, Rizal; and the
launch of Trabahope, a new program for out-of-school youth, in partnership
with USAID and PBed, among others.
PNP EYES ONLINE PLATFORM FOR TRAVEL PERMIT
MANILA The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing an online platform
where non-essential travelers, including locally stranded individuals
(LSIs), can access documents for their local travel.
PNP deputy chief for administration Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they are
working with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the
development of the online portal dubbed as Safe, Swift and Smart Passage or
Eleazar said the S-PaSS would allow LSIs and other non-authorized persons
outside of residence to secure a travel authority or pass-through permit in
areas where local government units (LGUs) impose travel restrictions due to
the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
With S-PaSS, applicants will be required to fill out certain documents
online which can be saved to their cell phones for presentation to police
officers manning border checkpoints.
PH RED CROSS TO RESUME COVID-19 TESTING AFTER PHILHEALTH PAYS HALF OF P1.1-B
MANILA - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Tuesday said it would resume its
COVID-19 testing services, hours after the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.
(PhilHealth) settled about half of its P1.1-billion debt to the humanitarian
PRC COVID-19 testing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport would resume
Tuesday night, while other PRC testing laboratories would reopen on October
28, Gordon told reporters in an online press conference.
"We embarrassed our entire country. Hindi naman kami sugapa. Sundin niyo
lang 'yung contract," he said, referring to an agreement that PhilHealth
would shoulder the cost of COVID-19 testing for frontliners.
"Ang tao ang iniisip namin eh (We are thinking about the people)... to help
save lives," he said.
The PRC will halt its COVID-19 testing program again should PhilHealth fail
to pay for the new tests strictly 3 days after each swab is conducted,
DUTERTE: SEPT. 8 IS 'NATIONAL GREEN BUILDING DAY'
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Sept. 8 of every year as the
"National Green Building Day," according to a document made public on
The law provides a framework of standards that are intended to reduce the
countrys carbon emissions from buildings, and promote the health and
well-building of occupants, Duterte noted in Proclamation 1030.
To promote development in the construction sector, it is imperative to
intensify existing initiatives to promote and raise awareness on the
efficient and equitable use of resources, proper water and waste management,
and integration of eco-friendly processes and systems, read the document
signed Oct. 21.
SENATE PANEL OKS BILL SPLITTING MAGUINDANAO INTO 2 PROVINCES
MANILA A bill seeking to divide Maguindanao into two provinces was
approved by the Senate committee on local government on Monday.
The Senate panel approved House Bill 6413, which seeks to split the province
into Northern Maguindanao and Southern Maguindanao.
Committee chairman Sen. Francis Tolentino said a technical working group
would discuss where to place the seat of government in the two provinces.
Datu Odin Sinsuat is being eyed as the capital of Southern Maguindanao and
either Buluan or Shariff Aguak in Northern Maguindanao.
Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu, one of the principal authors of the
measure, said Southern Maguindanao will be composed of 24 towns while
Northern Maguindanao will have 12.
DOTR MOVES TO DEC. 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF CASHLESS TOLL TRANSACTIONS
MANILA - The Department of Transportation said Wednesday it moved to
December 1 from November 2 the enforcement of mandatory cashless toll
The agency earlier issued the order to avoid traffic congestion in toll
plazas. RFID installation lanes will remain available as the deadline will
no longer be extended beyond this date, it said.
Motorists who fail to comply will be apprehended and issued a citation
ticket, it added.
"Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us
use the extension wisely, DOTr Assistance Secretary Mark Pastor said in a
89TH MALASAKIT CENTER LAUNCHED IN DIGOS CITY
MANILA Sen. Bong Go personally attended the launch of the countrys 89th
Malasakit Center at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City the
The one-stop shop for medical and financial assistance is the first of its
kind in the province and fifth in Davao region.
In his speech, the senator expressed his support for proposals to appoint a
vaccine czar to focus on preparations and development of vaccines against
QUINTA DEATH TOLL REACHES 4; 13 MISSING
MANILA The death toll from Typhoon Quinta rose to four after two persons
drowned in Negros Oriental, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Council (NDRRMC) reported yesterday.
The fatalities, a 60-year-old woman from the municipality of Siaton and a
man from Bindoy town, drowned.
The NDRRMC earlier reported that Artemio Bumiltac, a 60-year-old farmer from
Cagayan Valley, and Gloria Rivas, 70, of Mauban, Quezon died at the height
of the typhoon.
All fatalities were caused by drowning, NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal told
Timbal said 13 people, including nine fishermen in Catanduanes and Camarines
Sur, remain missing.
ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
CATRIONA GRAY SAYS PARLADE HAS APOLOGIZED FOR RED-TAGGING HER
MANILA Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. of the National Task Force to End
Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has already apologized to
Catriona Gray for red-tagging her, the former Miss Universe said in an ANC
interview on Wednesday.
Speaking on Headstart, Gray said Parlade personally reached out to her and
her team on Tuesday night for dragging her name into the red-tagging
issue.I appreciate that he really reached out because it gave me
clarification from my end also from the surprise that I felt. I do
appreciate him taking that initiative. He sent me a formal letter po, she
According to Gray, she was very surprised and concerned when her name
surfaced especially since she was not even in the Gabriela forum as one of
the special guests discussing issues that girls and young women are facing
in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
When the news did come about, I was very surprised. But the groups that I
work with, I want people to know that when I am an ambassadress, I dont
just stick my name on an organization without really knowing what that group
does, what projects they are involved in, she said.
I knew the truth. The team around me knows the truth and I feel that what I
stand for and what I work towards is really for the benefit of the Filipino
people. I just continued to work with my groups and I am also really
thankful that they showed support to me, she added.
With everything that happened, Gray said her takeaway would be that people
should be careful of the information you take as truth and also to really
research or fact check before making public statements.
Gray said this should be a big learning curve for everyone that if there is
really an intention to protect, it should be done in a certain way because
I feel like the way that it was done did not achieve what he (Parlade)
intended to do.
I hope that going forward, if there are any warnings to give, or advice to
give, that it would be done in the proper means which I feel is to contact
directly the group or the individual to let your concerns be known in that
way, she said.
Nonetheless, Gray said she is standing up against red-tagging because it can
construe someone in a certain light.
I feel that there should be evidence given or a basis given for that tag,
for that accusation As with me, there was no actual connection for me and
the Gabriela organization. Just that alone is an example of what can happen
if proper evidence is not given, or if proper basis is not presented
forward, she said.
NAMBATAC, BELGA TO THE RESCUE AS RAIN OR SHINE DEALS GINEBRA HEARTBREAKER
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters made big plays in the clutch to frustrate
Barangay Ginebra, 85-82, in overtime in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup at the
Angeles University Foundation Gym Tuesday night.
As a result, Rain or Shine improved to 4-1 to overtake Ginebra (4-2) at the
solo second spot.
Staring at a 73-76 deficit with only six ticks to go in regulation, Rey
Nambatac rose to the occasion once again and drilled the game-tying
three-pointer, before Beau Belga took over in extension period, hitting
back-to-back baskets to send the Gin Kings to their second straight defeat.
Belga showed the way for the E-Painters, dropping 20 points, 10 rebounds,
and four assists. Mark Borboran added 16 points, while James Yap had 13
markers in the win.
Scottie Thompson led the scoring for the skidding Ginebra, producing 21
points and 10 rebounds, while Stanley Pringle provided 20 points, seven
rebounds and six assists in a lost cause.
ALASKA ESCAPES UPSET AXE FROM DYIP
Alaska Aces warded off a persistent Terra Firma side with a 99-96 decision
to go above the .500 mark in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup, Tuesday night at
the AUF Sports Arena in Pampanga.
The win also avenged the Aces loss against the San Miguel Beer last
Saturday, as Alaska has won four of their last five matches to improve to
4-3 in the tournament.
The Dyip failed to sustain a solid start and squandered a 14-point lead
theyve had in the second quarter, as Alaska flipped the switch in the third
frame to make it a close game.
Down by just 96-97 with 1:34 left, Terra Firma had a chance to snatch the
lead back but botched crucial possessions, leading to them sending Alaska to
the foul line.
Vic Manuel topscored the Aces side with 18 points along with seven rebounds.
Robbie Herndon added 12 points, while Jvee Casio and Mike Digregorio made 11
markers, respectively, in the tough win.
Meanwhile, CJ Perez all-around showing of 25 points, four rebounds, and six
assists, and Juami Tiongsons 21 points on six of eight attempts from beyond
the arc went to waste anew for the Dyip, as they remained winless after five
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would
not miss. - Ralph Waldo Emerson