19 Nov 2020
DUTERTE WARNS ROBREDO OF 2022 NIGHTMARE
MANILA - President Duterte has threatened that things will not be easy
should Vice President Leni Robredo decide to run for president in the 2022
elections as he would be her "nightmare."
Duterte aired his gripe against Robredo, whom he accused of criticizing him
for making himself scarce during the onslaught of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses
that left scores dead amid massive flooding in Luzon.
"Next time, do not make a mistake, or I'll be forced to insult you because
you are playing too much. Nagpapa-beauty ka (You are making yourself look
good). It's not the time for you," the President said during a nationwide
address after meeting the core members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for
the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) last Tuesday night.
Duterte lambasted Robredo and stressed that she was lying to the Filipino
people for making it appear that he was missing in action while Filipinos
were bearing the brunt of strong winds and rains brought by the typhoons.
The Chief Executive said he would already be on his way out of office during
the campaign for the 2022 elections, and by that time, he could carry out
the most he could do against her electoral plans, and that would be her
"nightmare" when she runs for higher office.
"During the campaign, papaalis na ako. Sige subukan mo. Matagal na ako
maraming gusto sabihin sa yo. Ireserba ko. When you start your campaign 'pag
magtakbo ka ng presidente, waswasan kita nang husto. This is your
nightmare," he added.
ROBREDO CAMP TELLS DUTERTE: 'WHY BE INSECURE IF YOU HAVE A 91 PERCENT
MANILA - The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday dismissed
allegations they were behind the hashtags critical of President Rodrigo
Duterte in the wake of successive typhoons that hit the country.
Speaking to ANC's "Matters of Fact," Robredo's spokesman Barry Gutierrez
said they don't have the time and energy to engage in such social media
campaign given the "more important concerns" they need to address.
"Instead of talking about what needs to be done in order to rebuild the
lives of all those affected by the typhoon, all those affected by flooding,
here we are spending so much time talking about hashtags, talking about who
said what, talking about all these things, and to be very clear, we are not
interested in this," he said.
Gutierrez said hashtags such as #NasaanAngPangulo were organic amid public
clamor for Duterte's presence in typhoon-ravaged areas.
Gutierrez also said the hashtag against Duterte was nothing compared to the
campaigns of his supporters against the vice president.
"Come on, the President complaining about the hashtag when for 4 years the
Vice President has been continuously blasted by a never-ending barrage of
fake news, of online abuse. Her daughters been subjected to rape threats.
The baseless insinuations, completely false of course, about her personal
life have been made. And you know, she just shuts it off. It's something
that comes with the territory."
He also denounced Duterte's camp for subjecting Robredo to a witch hunt, in
a time where relief efforts should be the main focus of the government.
"Why be insecure if you have 91 percent approval rating," Gutierrez said,
referring to a September 2020 Pulse Asia survey where majority of Filipinos
approved Duterte's performance despite the government's heavily-criticized
COVID-19 pandemic response.
He added, "If they really believed that they did everything right, in other
words there's really no call for the public to criticize them, if he really
believed he had a valid reason for not going and despite the fact that he
was in the ASEAN, they did all they could to give correct, timely
information to the people affected by the typhoons and the flooding, and to
bring help in a timely manner to all these places where the flooding
occurred, then I don't see what the big deal is."
Despite Duterte's tirade against Robredo, Gutierrez said the Vice President
was focused on doing the essential work and maintained she was not competing
"The Vice President is clearly more interested in doing the work that needs
to be done. If somebody else wants to take credit for what she has done,
fine. If somebody wants to say, 'We did more,' fine. It's not an issue," he
UNDER GORDON'S GRILLING, DUQUE ADMITS THERE'S CORRUPTION IN DOH
MANILA - Embattled Health Sec. Francisco Duque III early Thursday morning
admitted that there are anomalous activities being committed in the
Department of Health (DOH), after Sen. Richard Gordon threatened to block
the agency's budget.
During the Senate briefing on DOH's proposed 2021 budget, Gordon said
billions of pesos were withdrawn from treatment spending plans, like the
controversial Dengvaxia, and health facility enhancement programs, like
mobile dental clinics.
The senator, who took part in the briefing via teleconference, highlighted a
P8.1 billion project to establish school-based barangay health stations
(BHS) across the country, which were supposed to be completed in two phases.
He said that only 270 BHS were completed out of 3,200 in Phase 1, and the
costs of these stations reached around P4.4 billion. The project was
terminated in 2018.
Gordon said J. Bros Construction, which got the project, was also ordered by
the Supreme Court to return the stipulated mobilization fee amounting to
"What is now the update on the barangay health centers, nabawi na ba natin
'yung pera?" he asked.
Sen. Pia Cayetano, sponsor of the DOH's budget, said that the agency
blacklisted J. Bros but this was overturned by the Manila Regional Trial
"The DOH, with the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General) is questioning this
RTC decision. This case is pending before the RTC of Manila," she said.
"This is really swindling the country...in barangay health centers and all,"
Gordon said. "Ang lakas naman ng mga loob ng mga 'yan. Ano ba ginagawa ninyo
Sec. Duque. Ano ginagawa niyo ng lawyers niyo diyan?"
"Do you agree that there's corruption here?" he asked.
"It's under investigation. It's always, it is impossible," Cayetano said.
Gordon however refused to accept Cayetano's answer and said he is tempted to
block the budget of DOH if it did not admit there are anomalous activities
in the agency.
"The question is simple: do they agree that there is corruption as a
department?" he asked.
Cayetano immediately replied that Duque, who was sitting behind her, agreed
to Gordon's query.
"Thank you, that's all I wanted to hear," Gordon said.
Senators said that Duque, resigned PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales, and
other executive officers of the insurance agency should be charged with
malversation and graft for the "improper and illegal implementation" of the
interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM).
President Rodrigo Duterte however, has repeatedly defended and vouched for
the health chief, saying he trusts Duque despite numerous allegations
against the latter.
UP NOT 'ANTI-GOVERNMENT,' DOESN'T RECRUIT FOR COMMUNIST PARTY: EXEC
MANILA - The University of the Philippines on Thursday denied President
Rodrigo Duterte's accusation that it recruits students to join the communist
Duterte made the allegation as he threatened to defund the state university
for supposedly calling for an academic strike against the administration's
alleged negligence in responding to disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the President "somehow confused" the
state university with the Ateneo De Manila University, who initiated the
call for an academic strike.
The university is part of government and is a "liberal environment," said UP
vice president for public affairs Elena Pernia.
"Ang UP 'di nagre-recruit. We don't recruit for the communist party. We are
an educational institution. We teach, we do research, we do public service.
We don't recruit," she told ANC's Headstart.
"The University of the Philippines has a history of being activist but we
must make clear that the university is not anti-government. We are the
Defunding the university, which has up to 60,00 students in 16 campuses,
will affect its nationwide operations and projects with government, Pernia
"We are a community of scholars dedicated for the nation's quest for
development and we continue to serve our government. Many of our faculty are
doing service for government agencies," she said.
"Sayang 'yun. 'Yung kahusayan na nagagawa namin para sa bayan mismo ay
If there were any recruitments inside the university's campuses, it is "not
only one-sided," Pernia said.
"Kung sabihin mong may nagre-recruit na komunista, meron din namang
nagre-recruit sa militar," she said.
PH TO IMPORT MORE RICE IN 2021 AFTER LOSING 8 DAYS WORTH OF SUPPLY DUE TO
MANILA - The Philippines will have to import more rice in 2021 after losing
about 8 days worth of supply following the onslaught of 3 consecutive
typhoons, Agriculture Sec. William Dar said Thursday.
Typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses which crossed Luzon within weeks of each
other caused about P12.3 billion of damage in agriculture, said Dar. Rice
accounts for some 39.2 percent of the total, he said.
"Presently, we can say that about 8 days of rice consumption had been
damaged and with our inventory, we still have 82 days to last, so marami po
tayong bigas sa bansa (we have a lot of rice in the country)," he told ANC's
This refers to the total inventory of rice in the country including what's
kept with the National Food Authority, in households, and in private sectors
starting January 1, 2021. It is composed of both locally produced and
Dar said the department was originally targeting 93 percent rice sufficiency
next year, but with the recent typhoons, this will have to be brought down
to only about 89 to 90 percent. The Philippines will then have to import the
remaining 10-11 percent.
"Yes, that's a given because we are not able to produce 100 percent yet," he
Dar said one area that needs to be addressed is the 1.2 million hectares of
rice fields that are yet to have a national irrigation system.
"Without that, I cannot see happening na ma-produce natin lahat ng pagkain
natin (that we produce our entire consumption). So we have to enhance,
accelerate the investment in terms of having to develop more irrigated
areas," he said.
The DA has an P8-billion budget for agricultural input for the dry season
and is also gearing up to provide insurance indemnification of about P10,000
to P15,000 to affected farmers who are part of the program, he said.
Should there be no more typhoons expected to enter the Philippines, massive
planting of crops may begin by the second week of December, he said.
DUTERTE: NEW CLARK CITY IS BACKUP GOVERNMENT CENTER
MANILA - President Duterte has ordered the establishment of a national
government administrative center (NGAC) at the New Clark City in Capas,
Tarlac to serve as a "backup" government center during disasters and
Under Executive Order 119 Duterte issued on Tuesday, the NGAC will serve as
an integrated government center outside Metro Manila.
The President ordered the "whole of government" to put up satellite or field
offices in the government hub.
Government-owned and controlled corporations as well as the legislative and
judicial branches of government were encouraged to establish their
The President said the government center is also seen as a catalyst for the
creation of new economic opportunities outside Metro Manila.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council was tasked to
determine the phases of the establishment and clusters of the satellite
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority shall assist the government
in securing "advantageous, cost-efficient and flexible" logistical and
financial arrangements in putting up the field offices.
OVER 10K 'RETURNING OVERSEAS FILIPINOS' GOT COVID-19
ADELAIDE, Australia - Over 10,300 returning overseas Filipinos, not just
those migrant workers repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs
(DFA), were confirmed to have contracted SARS-CoV-2.
February 9 to November 17 data from the Department of Health showed that
these 10,333 with SARS-CoV-2 were mostly land-based migrants (6,486, or
62.8% of the total).
The rest (3,847) were seafarers.
Six of these returning overseas Filipinos have died, five of whom are
land-based migrants, DOH's Bureau of International Health Cooperation (BIHC)
reported during a national migrant health conference that kicked off online
As of November 17, about 9,920 of these returning migrant Filipinos with
COVID-19 have recovered, BIHC Director Dr. Maria Soledad Antonio reported.
BIHC also tallied around 601,460 returning overseas Filipinos during the
same ten-month period. Of that total, only 3,811 of them remain in
quarantine facilities as of November 17.
ISKO TO REVIVE GMRC, VALUES EDUCATION
MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Tuesday met with officials of the
Department of Education and Division of City Schools to discuss the conduct
of seminars about Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education
The meeting was held following the passage of Republic Act 11476, which was
signed by President Duterte to bring back GMRC and Values Education as a
separate subject from Grades 1 to 12.
Moreno said he wants to revive GMRC to help students "learn respect and
compassion for one another."
He also vowed to build more laboratories to strengthen Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics programs in senior high schools.
Warehouses shut down
Meanwhile, the Manila city government yesterday padlocked two warehouses for
operating without a license.
Moreno and Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo served closure orders on
two warehouses in Binondo for allegedly selling fake products delivered
through online shopping platforms.
He urged business owners in Manila to secure the necessary business permits
Moreno also cautioned the public to be wary of fake products being sold
Among the products found in the warehouses and believed to be fake were
shampoos, lotion, body wash, bath soaps and other cosmetic products.
MAYNILAD SETS ROTATING WATER INTERRUPTION
MANILA - Customers of Maynilad Water Services Inc. should brace for up to 16
hours of water service interruption until next week.
In an advisory issued yesterday, Maynilad said its basins have been filled
with sludge due to increased turbidity of raw water going into its treatment
plants since last week.
One of the basins has been fully drained, exposing a four-meter high
accumulation of sludge equivalent to 20,000 drums of sludge.
Maynilad said it expects to see the same volume of sludge in the other two
basins that also need to be cleansed.
"To give way to this cleaning, we have to reduce the production of water in
our plants," the water concessionaire said.
Roughly one million people or 70 percent of Maynilad's customers will
experience daily water service interruption that will last until Nov. 24.
The interruption can last from 12 hours to 16 hours per day.
BAGUIO TIGHTENS BORDERS AS COVID-19 CASES RISE IN NEARBY TOWNS
MANILA - Baguio City will tighten its borders after nearby towns saw an
increase in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said Thursday.
The city earlier formed a tourism bubble with nearby towns and Ilocos
region. It opened its doors to Luzon tourists in October.
Stricter rules will be implemented on those coming from the towns of Tuba,
La Trinidad, Sablan, and Tublay beginning Saturday, according to the mayor.
"Kailangan po talaga namin higpitan para di kami nagpapalitan ng infection.
We were hoping also they will increase their contact tracing and testing
capacity," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
16,000 HEALTH FRONTLINERS YET TO RECEIVE COVID-19 HAZARD PAY: DOH
MANILA - Some 16,000 health workers have yet to receive their hazard pay for
manning the medical frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of
funding, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.
The government disbursed some P842 million for the hazard pay of 86,348
medical frontliners, but 16,764 health workers have not received the
benefit, said Sen. Pia Cayetano who was sponsoring the DOH's proposed 2021
budget in plenary.
"The reason for this is there is no more funding," she said.
"They just have enough for the length Bayanihan was in effect... so for the
new hires, that might have to be a separate appropriation," she said,
referring to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the Philippines' first
COVID-19 aid package.
The government needs P108.2 million more to cover the hazard pay of the
16,000 health workers, she said.
Under President Rodrigo Duterte's Administrative Order No. 35, health
workers are entitled to receive a P3,000 hazard pay for every month of duty.
Administrative Order No. 36 grants health frontliners an additional "COVID
special risk allowance not exceeding P5,000 per month."
While 60,682 health workers have received their special risk allowance,
there are still those who remain unpaid, Cayetano said.
ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
NADINE LUSTRE, JAMES REID REMAIN KAPAMILYA
MANILA - Nadine Lustre and James Reid remain Kapamilya stars, as they took
part Wednesday in the filming of ABS-CBN's Christmas station ID.
Photos of the onscreen couple wearing the official "Ikaw ang Liwanag at
Ligaya" shirt quickly circulated on social media, drawing excitement from
The photos were taken on set, and were posted on Twitter by ABS-CBN creative
manager Kathrina Sanchez.
Popularly known as "JaDine," the tandem of Lustre and Reid starred in the
hit ABS-CBN dramas "On the Wings of Love" in 2015 and "Till I Met You" in
As a Kapamilya, Reid was most recently seen as a judge in "Search for the
Idol Philippines" in 2019. Similarly, Lustre sat as judge in the ABS-CBN
talent search "Your Moment," which concluded in February 2020.
In 2015, Reid and Lustre led the ABS-CBN Christmas station ID, "Thank You
for The Love," alongside fellow top love teams KathNiel and LizQuen.
Their participation in "Ikaw ang Liwanag at Ligaya," the previously unveiled
theme title of ABS-CBN's 2020 Christmas station ID, will mark their sixth
with the network.
Dating back to 2002, ABS-CBN has been releasing annual Christmas station
IDs, producing memorable tunes that have become holiday staples, notably
"Star ng Pasko" and "Just Love," among others.
The 2018 version marked one of the biggest gatherings of celebrities in
local showbiz, as some 400 ABS-CBN stars and personalities assembled for the
"Family is Love" station ID.
PBA SCORES NOV 18
WED, NOV 18, 2020 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
Barangay Ginebra 21 27 23 25 96
Meralco Bolts 17 19 18 25 79
TNT Tropang Giga 16 20 31 28 95
Phoenix Fuel Masters 24 13 24 31 92
FOREX $1 = P 48.22
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to
catch you. - Lolly Daskal