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Duterte picks OP's Michael Pastores Ong as new appeals court justice

Philippines Star - Sun, 2022-10-09 10:42
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed an official of the Office of the President as the new Court of Appeals associate justice.
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EXPLAINER: Mayor Mike gives clue on Digong's most likely bet: It's Bongbong. Although the president teases BBM, other wannabes on cocaine use, 'most corrupt' tag.

Cebu Sun.Star - 34 min 12 sec ago
KEY POINTS. [1] Last Wednesday, January 26, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama announced that Partido Barug-PDP Laban supports the tandem of Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte-Carpio for president and vice president.

[2] Earlier, on December 19, 2021, Mayor Mike said Barug will support the candidate "anointed" by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the country after his term. He said then, "wala magdali, maghuwat."

[3] Duterte has not yet named his choice of presidential bet, although it is assumed he supports his daughter Sara for VP. Are people to assume too that BBM is Digong's pick, the "anointed"? No, Mayor Mike said, but he prays the President "will be with us in this direction." He gave a clue though on where Digong most probably will go.

A LONG WAIT this has been for the nation: knowing for sure the candidate for president whom outgoing President Duterte and his ruling party PDP-Laban will bless and support. To be sure, he'll back his daughter Sara for VP but, in his wish list, who's the next chief executive, president #17?

The waiting delayed announcements by local parties that are allied to or coalesced with PDP-Laban. They wanted to be sure whom President Duterte, with his vaunted high ratings, would back for president and if he is "winnable" and thus most useful to them in the next six years.

After the riddles and confusion caused by political parties, enabled by the Comelec rule on substitution of candidates, PDP-Laban was left with no candidate for president and VP. Senators Bong Go and "Bato" de la Rosa and the president himself figured in that play, which epically flopped.

PDP-Laban now asks Comelec to reopen the COC filing but the strategy has dim prospect succeeding. PRRD and ruling party PDP-Laban are left with those names already in the ballot: Leni Robredo, Ping Lacson, Isko Moreno, and Bongbong Marcos.

GIVEAWAY HINT FROM MIKE. In his January 26 announcement of support for the BBM-Sara team, Mayor Rama said he consulted national personalities, besides his Barug party-mates. As part of keeping the mystery, he didn't name them: "needless to say who they are," he said twice.

But, later, he did name one: Senator Go who, Mike said, the mayor "looks up to" as Cebu City's conduit of benefits from the central government. So it must be Bong Go, above others, who convinced him of the "direction" the president's support is going in the presidential race.

WHY PRRD WILL (MOST LIKELY) PICK BBM. Mayor Mike's naming Bong Go as guide for the Barug move was one strong giveaway: the senator knows more about the president's plans and strategies than most anyone else.

And Mayor Mike must have calculated that Digong would ultimately give support to BBM for these reasons:

(a) Bongbong is necessary to make Sara win and vice versa, as both could lose with no solid backing from the two political clans; (b) Bongbong is most likely the "healing president" who wouldn't send him to jail, and BBM has bigger chance of winning than the other contenders; (c) it would be tough and awkward as a political strategy of the Dutertes to have a split national ticket in their bailiwick in Davao and many other parts of Mindanao, just as it would be tough and awkward for local parties such as Barug to be split or split further on the top two posts.

Mike has an escape clause if something else happens: "We cannot dictate the president" and "we just hope" PRRD will choose Bongbong as Barug has done.

DIGONG DIGS ON BONGBONG. Would President Duterte's teasing of the presidential candidates, particularly BBM, stop him from later supporting Marcos? He didn't name Bongbong as the "cocaine user" and "weak leader" but many people believe he was referring to the son of the late martial law president.

For Digong, that should be no bar to supporting BBM, with his daughter Sara. He could keep quiet as the elections draw near and stop his attacks on the presidential wannabes, or say he didn't refer to Bongbong, or claim he was just joking or making noise to make himself less of a lame duck in the dying weeks of his term. After all, many times before, the president made serious accusations or plans he didn't follow through.

SHORTFALL IN SUPPORT. The most significant inadequacy in Barug's support for Bongbong is that it does not carry the weight of the two local parties coalesced with Barug, namely, Panaghiusa of MCWD chairman and former councilor Jose Daluz III and Kusug of Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia and his dad former mayor Alvin. That is, assuming that Panaghiusa and Kusug are each still with considerable mass base.

Daluz spoke out against the BBM support, saying his mom Inday Nita Cortes-Daluz's party cannot be associated with Marcos, whom the original Panaghiusa fought against during martial law. Kusug has not been heard from, but Mayor Mike told the January 26 press-con that Barug publicity streamers for BBM will carry only the names Barug-PDP Laban and party-list Marino.

The pro-BBM decision also opened the mayor to some criticism as Mike Rama had not been known to be a supporter of the Marcoses as his star -- from councilor in 1992-2001, to vice mayor 2001-2010, then 2019, to mayor in 2010 and 2013 -- had been tied most of his political career to a rabid anti-Marcos by the name of Tomas Osmeña. His uncle Napoleon Rama, the late journalist who was son of Don Vicente Rama, author of the Cebu City Charter, was "a fearless fighter" against martial law and the Marcoses.

‘MOVE FORWARD.’ Mayor Mike's comment on the pro-Marcos stand: "Yesterday should be a lesson and what we have today is to move forward [to]." He didn't say the lesson is that, in facing the present, one must forget the past.
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Kuwait reports 6,515 new COVID-19 cases, one death

Philippines Times - 1 hour 7 min ago

KUWAIT, 28th January, 2022 (WAM) -- Kuwait announced 6,515 new COVID-19 cases and one related death on Thursday.

The state news agency KUNA quoted the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health as saying that the new figures took the total cases to 521,341, and deaths to 2,490.

The ministry added that 5,063 patie

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India logs 251,209 new coronavirus case

Philippines Times - 1 hour 19 min ago

NEW DELHI, 13th January, 2022 (WAM) -- India reported 251,209 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the overall coronavirus cases to 40.62 million.

The country reported 627 deaths overnight, taking the overall tally to 492,327 fatalities, Reuters reported.

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Global COVID-19 cases cross 362.2 million

Philippines Times - 1 hour 31 min ago

LONDON, 28th January, 2022 (WAM) -- More than 362.2 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally, and 5,978,288 have died, according to a Reuters tally on Friday.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were ident

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Comelec says polls secured as cybersecurity center flags Smartmatic ‘breach’

Philippines Star - 1 hour 54 min ago
The Commission on Elections assured lawmakers on Friday that the polls are still secured even as the government’s cybersecurity center flagged a “breach” of the systems of Smartmatic, the company that has bagged the most contracts with the poll body.
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Philippines sets new COVID-19 rules for arriving travelers

Philippines Star - 2 hours 5 min ago
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Philippines suspended the current “green-yellow-red list” system, which is used to classify countries, territories and jurisdictions based on their risk levels. 
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Savoy Hotel Mactan rolls out delightful offerings

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 23 min ago
SAVOY Hotel Mactan remains open for business travelers and family vacationers as it continues its mission to provide a safer environment and utmost excellence in welcoming guests with warm hospitality and a heart of service.

Driven by its commitment to serve guests with the highest standards of health and safety measure, the hotel has created memorable stays for more than 100,085 room nights and have been compliant with all the local guidelines since the opening.

Savoy Café, the all-day dining restaurant of Savoy Hotel Mactan, features a series of food and beverage offerings available daily.

"Weekday Feast"

Palates will be enlivened as Savoy Hotel Mactan's innovative culinary team headed by executive chef June Fernandez showcases its expertise, bringing a sumptuous gastronomic experience through its signature dishes at Savoy Cafe. To make it even more special, the hotel is offering a 20 percent discount on all a la carte selections every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. starting February.

"Working at your Comfort"

Guests can find the best spot to work at their comfort with unlimited coffee paired with their favorite pastry or sandwich for P300 net per person at The Lobby Lounge. This offer includes free internet access and can be availed of on all Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 5 p.m. only.

"Batalla Splash"

The crowd favorite splash is back with Savoy Hotel Mactan's signature feast, the Batalla De Mactan. It serves a drool-worthy array of fresh yet nostalgic Filipino favorites to complete one's staycation. This package also includes a whole-day use of the swimming pool good for four to five persons for P2,500 net.

"Flash Sale"

Savoy Hotel Mactan is treating guests on pay day with its flash sale. One can get 50 percent off the hotel's bar rates every 15th and 30th of the month with stay dates valid for one month upon purchase. This promo is bookable via website using the promo code FLASHSALE.

For more information, one may contact the hotel through 032 494 4000 / +63 917 854 0739/ +63 (917) 868 6746 or email it at One may also follow its social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) at Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown | Facebook / @savoymactannewtown / Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown. (Sponsored Content)
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Isko to make DICT 'powerful' to address porn if elected as president

Philippines Star - 3 hours 19 min ago
In an interview with television host Boy Abunda, Moreno said he will make social media sites responsible for allowing improper behavior on their platforms.
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India, Philippines to sign USD 375 mn deal for sale of BrahMos missile today

Philippines Times - 3 hours 27 min ago
New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): India and the Philippines will sign the USD 375 million deal for the sale of BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile today, Government officials informed on Friday. They added that the top defence brass of the Philippines would be present on the occasion while India would be represented by its Ambassador. These missiles are meant for the Philippines Navy. Earlier this month, the Ph
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Interim Market stalls in Carbon now open

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 37 min ago
THE opening and blessing of Interim Market stalls at the Unit 2 of Carbon Public Market and the Sto. Niño chapel near the Cebu City Hall were held Friday, January 28,


The newly-finished facilities were built under the Carbon Market Modernization Project between the Cebu City government and Megawide Construction to

accommodate the vendors from the Freedom Park and Warwick Barracks.

To recall, stall owners doing business at the Carbon Public Market were given certificates of award that would allow them to sell their products at the Unit 2

building in Barangay Ermita.

Around 161 certificates of award were given to the stall owners by the city government and Megawide Construction during a formal ceremony July last year.

Irvin Cabales, Cebu City Market administrator, said majority of those who received the certificates were flower vendors from Freedom Park and Warwick


The stalls, which are five meters long, will be used by the vendors free of charge, except for the daily arkabala or excise tax that the city government is going to

collect, Louie Ferrer, Megawide’s Infrastructure Development Division executive director, earlier said. (TPT)
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India, Philippines to sign USD 375 mn deal for sale of BrahMos missile

Philippines Times - 3 hours 55 min ago
New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): India and the Philippines will sign the USD 375 million deal for the sale of BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile today, Government officials informed on Friday. They added that the top defence brass of the Philippines would be present on the occasion while India would be represented by its Ambassador. These missiles are meant for the Philippines Navy. Earlier this month, the Ph
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Delta variant still a threat in Baguio: city exec

Philippines Times - 3 hours 57 min ago

BAGUIO CITY - The city government on Friday said the more virulent Delta variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has remained a threat here even amid the more contagious Omicron.

In an interview, Aileen Refuerzo, city information office chief, said "the city government proved that the

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23 Cebu City barangays log 3-digit active cases

Cebu Sun.Star - 4 hours 13 min ago
TWENTY-THREE barangays in Cebu City have 100 or more active Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, January 27, 2022.

This number constitutes 29.48 percent of the 78 of 80 Cebu City barangays that had active cases as of January 27.

On top of the list is Barangay Guadalupe with 645 active cases. Lahug followed with 416, according to the data provided by City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the City Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Three barangays had over 300 but less than 400 active cases as of January 27. These are Tisa (334), Talamban (333) and Apas (317).

Also, there were five barangays that had 200 or more but less than 300 active cases as of January 27. These were Camputhaw (298), Capitol Site (279), Labangon (275), Mabolo (259) and Sambag 2 (219).

Thirteen barangays that had 100 or more but less than 200 active cases as of January 27, included Sambag 1 (198), Kasambagan (187), Punta Princesa (175), Mambaling (163), Kalunasan (155), Basak San Nicolas (154), Bulacao (145), Banilad (142), Pardo (129), Quiot (124), Inayawan (114), Bacayan (110), Santa Cruz (100).

Thirty-five barangays had double-digit active cases, while 20 barangays had only single-digit active cases.

Most of the barangays with single-digit active cases are in the Cebu City uplands.

Ten upland barangays had less than five active cases as of January 27. These were Agsungot (4), Pung-ol Sibugay (4), Taptap (4), Lusaran (4), Mabini (3), Sinsin (3), Pamutan (2), Sirao (2), Tabunan (2), and Tagba-o (2).

Critical care occupancy rate

The critical care occupancy rate in Cebu City had reached 60.81 percent as of January 27.

This after 391 of the total 643 beds allocated for Covid-19 were occupied. Only 252 beds were vacant.

Based on the Department of Health's classification, Cebu City is still at moderate risk in its occupancy rate. A moderate-risk classification means from 60 percent to less than 70 percent occupancy rate.

The utilization rate for the combined Covid and non-Covid beds had reached 45.39 percent as of January 27. This after 955 of the combined 2,104 beds allocated for Covid and non-Covid cases were occupied.

Meanwhile, the utilization rate for non-Covid beds had hit 38.60 percent as of January 27 after 564 of the total 1,461 beds set aside for non-Covid cases were occupied. (KAL)
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Honduras swears in Xiomara Castro as 1st female president

Philippines Times - 4 hours 15 min ago

BOGOTA, Colombia - Xiomara Castro was sworn in as Honduras' first female president Thursday in a ceremony attended by US Vice President Kamala Harris, who later met with Castro to tackle immigration and other issues between the two countries.

"Our relationship with Honduras is an important on

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Joel Villanueva tests positive for COVID-19

Philippines Star - 4 hours 46 min ago
He was referring to the results of his RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test which he received on Thursday evening.
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Baguio eyes banning discrimination vs. unvaxxed folks

Philippines Times - 4 hours 57 min ago
BAGUIO CITY - The city council has passed on first reading a proposed ordinance that will prohibit the discrimination of individuals who have not been vaccinated from receiving s
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'Odette'-affected families top 2.5M: NDRRMC

Philippines Times - 4 hours 58 min ago

MANILA - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported that a total of 2,551,957 families have been displaced by Typhoon Odette after it ravaged parts of the Visayas and Mindanao in December last year.

In its update Friday, the NDRRMC said the figure is equ

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Partido Federal wants Guanzon probed, sanctioned for 'illegal' disclosure of DQ vote

Philippines Star - 5 hours 51 min ago
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas on Friday called on the Commission on Elections to investigate Commissioner Rowena Guanzon for disclosing her vote on the pending disqualification suit against their presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
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Minister Bibeau and Minister MacAulay meet with United States Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack

Philippines Times - 6 hours 13 min ago

January 27, 2022 - Washington, DC - Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Member of Parliament for Cardigan, met with the United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Washington, where Secretary Vilsack provid

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