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Macalintal extols ex-Comelec chair Brillantes


MANILA, Philippines — Atty. Romulo Macalintal remembered his fellow veteran election lawyer and former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Sixto “Boy” Brillantes Jr., who passed away on Tuesday — days before his 81st birthday. In a statement, Macalintal said that Brillantes was “the most knowledgeable and competent Comelec chairman to ever handle and run the poll body under an automated election system.” Brillantes was named Comelec chief by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino in January 2011. According to Macalintal, Aquino was supposed to appoint him as head of Comelec but turned it down. “I politely declined the appointment and instead recommended Boy to …

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Palace: No to canteen dine-in, common smoking areas in workplaces under MECQ areas


MANILA, Philippines — Dine-in in canteens and common smoking areas are no longer allowed in workplaces for areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacaang said Tuesday. This is among the health protocols set in place by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. “Walang dine-in sa mga canteen. Packed food at delivery lamang po,” Roque said in an online briefing. (No dine-in in canteens. Only packed food and delivery are allowed.) “Bawal ang common smoking areas. Pinapayagan lang po ang individual smoking areas or booths in open spaces,” he added. (Common smoking areas are not all…

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Palace condoles with family of ex-Comelec chief Brillantes

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:16:57 +0000

MALACANANG on Tuesday expressed its deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) head Sixto Brillantes Jr., who passed away this morning. He was 80. READ: Ex-Comelec chairman Brillantes dies due to Covid-19 In a virtual press briefing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. praised Brillantes, who served as Comelec chairman from […]

1,502 telco tower construction permits approved — Año

Credit to Author: Darwin Pesco| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:35:10 +0000

A total of 1,502 applications for the construction of telecommunication towers were approved by the local government units (LGUs), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año reported on Monday night. In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte, Año said the permits were approved by 80 LGUs out of the 1,930 applications that were filed by Touch Mobile and Globe […]

50 village chiefs face suspension over aid anomalies – Año

Credit to Author: Darwin Pesco| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:10:37 +0000

INTERIOR Secretary Eduardo Año reported on Monday night that about 50 barangay chiefs would be suspended due to various anomalies in the distribution of Social Amelioration Program (SAP). The preventive suspension would be implemented pending the administrative investigation on the officials who face charges of malversation, corruption, estafa, Año reported to President Rodrigo Duterte in a […]

Duterte says Russia may give COVID-19 vaccine for free, volunteers to receive first injection


MANILA, Philippines — Russia is willing to provide the Philippines a vaccine against COVID-19 for free, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday as he volunteered to receive the first injection and show the public it is safe for humans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGppZ5f2LY   “Maligayang-maligaya ako kasi ang Russia, kaibigan natin ito, wala tayong away sa Russia, kaibigan natin. Ang ano nila is magbigay sila ng bakuna. Wala naman silang sinasabi bayaran mo. Ito, tingin ko kay President [Vladimir] Putin, tulong niya sa atin, libre,” Duterte said in a taped address. (I’m so happy because Russia is our friend. They said they will give the vaccine. They are not saying …

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Shooting near White House interrupts Trump’s briefing on TV


WASHINGTON — A uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man during a confrontation near the White House that led to President Donald Trump being abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news conference Monday, authorities said. The White House complex was not breached and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger, said Tom Sullivan, chief of the Secret Service Uniformed Division. The name of the man, 51, and his condition were not released by Sullivan. The District of Columbia fire department said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Sullivan said the man had claimed he was armed, moved aggressively toward the off…

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Some HCIs pay people to pass off as patients to defraud PhilHealth


MANILA, Philippines — Some healthcare institutions (HCIs) are allegedly paying individuals P1,000 each for them to act as patients in order to claim reimbursement for more serious diseases from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri disclosed on Tuesday. https://youtu.be/RSN8SVHx5gs Zubiri said this as he revealed more alleged schemes at PhilHealth during a Senate hearing on alleged irregularities in the state insurance firm. “Some HCIs—this is a true story told me by one of those who are in PhilHealth as one of the investigators—they pay people P1,000 to act as patients in order to claim for more serious ailment…

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