Comelec mulls charges vs Bacolod church

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) plans to press charges against officials of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City for refusing to take down the oversized “Team Patay vs Team Buhay” poster.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the refusal of the owners to remove the poster might result in the filing of a case against them. Read the rest of this entry

Aquino cousin grateful over high ratings

SPIRITS are high among Team PNoy as the latest survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS) revealed that senatoriable Benigno “Bam” Aquino gained points, as he is now in the number 9 rank for the senatorial slots.

With this, Aquino on Tuesday expressed his gratefulness for the improvement and thanked his volunteers for their hard work. Read the rest of this entry

Police meet to discuss security of aspirants, equipment for May elections

BARELY three months from the elections in May, the police have drawn up a security plan for candidates, polling centers and election-related equipment.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr., head of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said they are assessing the capabilities of police personnel who will be involved in the May 13 elections. Read the rest of this entry

Liberal Party reports spending P155T in rally in Talisay City

THE Liberal Party (LP) spent P155,600 for its proclamation rally in Talisay City on Feb. 19.

This was shown in a statement of expenses on public rally, approved by LP national treasurer Alfonso Umali.

Talisay City Councilor Romeo Villarante, who is affiliated with the LP, said the cost of the rally at the Tabunok Sports Complex was minimal because they did not paid anyone to attend it. Read the rest of this entry

Consolacion mayor, execs to file perjury charges against 4 dads

CONSOLACION Mayor Teresa Alegado will file perjury charges against the four town councilors who accused her and 15 other officials of demolishing the structure, which was supposedly built in the first phase of the municipal hall project in Sitio Laray, Barangay Nangka.

Consolacion municipal legal officer Christian Bacus said it was not true that the Municipal Government, led by the mayor, demolished the project’s structure. Read the rest of this entry

Aid for ‘Crising’ victims assured

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured on Thursday that enough funds and relief supplies are in place for the victims of Tropical Depression “Crising.”

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that P15.84 million in standby funds, P10.45 million in family food packs, and P42.44 million worth of relief supplies were prepositioned at DSWD field offices in the regions of Mimaropa, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) affected by the tropical cyclone.READ MORE

‘Crising’ death toll rises to 4

MANILA — Tropical Depression “Crising” is moving away from the country, but has left at least four people dead and over 180,000 people affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said early Friday.

The NDRRMC identified the two latest fatalities as Nelson Jeminez, 40, of Barangay Sampao, Kapalong, Davao del Norte and Namatyagan Namones, 12.


‘Crising’ kills 2, affects 146,041

MANILA (Updated) – At least two people were dead while two others remain missing as Tropical Depression Crising dumped rains that triggered floods that affects 146,041 people in Mindanao, the state disaster agency said Thursday afternoon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the fatalities namely: Erwin Campana, 43, a resident of Barangay Camansi, Monte Vista, Compostela Valley; and Francisco Digaynon, also a resident of Compostela Valley – both drowned while crossing a river.READ MORE

DSWD to file raps vs ‘Pablo’ victims over relief goods looting

MANILA (Updated) – Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said Typhoon “Pablo” victims who ransacked the agency’s office in Davao City on Tuesday will have to face the consequences of their protest.

“We respond to the exigency of public service at great cost to ourselves and our families. That we are now being subjected to harassment is deplorable. This will leave us no choice but to pursue legal action against those who are responsible,” Soliman said in a press statement released at the website of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Continue reading "DSWD to file raps vs ‘Pablo’ victims over relief goods looting"

Duterte orders police: Disperse DSWD-Davao picket

DAVAO – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered the police to disperse the picket staged by Typhoon “Pablo” victims who looted Tuesday relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office.

The picket, which started Monday afternoon, also turned violent early Wednesday when police battled typhoon survivors. Five cops were hurt and two protesters were arrested. READ MORE

Typhoon survivors ransack DSWD office in Davao

DAVAO — Thousands of Typhoon Pablo survivors looted Tuesday some 3,750 packs of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Davao City, affecting traffic and classes in nearby areas.

The survivors stormed the DSWD regional office at 10:50 a.m. of Tuesday, decrying the agency’s failure to distribute 10,000 sacks of rice among the victims, six-month extension for the distribution, and alleged corruption of relief funds. (READ MORE)

4 dioceses to follow Bacolod ‘Team Patay’

FOUR dioceses in the country plan to post propaganda materials naming candidates they support and reject based on the bets’ stance on the controversial reproductive health (RH) law, a move started by the Diocese of Bacolod.

Fr. Melvin Castro, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) – Episcopal Commission on Family and Life executive secretary, said he has received word that the Archdiocese of Lipa and the Dioceses of Tarlac, Borongan, and Sorsogon are set to make the similar move. Read the rest of this entry

Bayan Muna’s inclusion in ‘Team Patay’ saddens rep

BAYAN Muna Representative Neri Colmenares expressed sadness over the tagging of their group as part of “Team Patay” by the Diocese of Bacolod and asked the church to be objective.

“When it comes to the issues of the poor, Bayan Muna has the same interests as that of the church’s with regards to alleviating the plight of poor. We are in fact pro-life because our advocacies have always revolved around issues on how to improve the lives of the poor in order for them to survive the chronic crisis which our country has been into these past decades,” Colmenares said. Read the rest of this entry