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Davao's newest abattoirs to boost livestock sector

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 20:04

DAVAO CITY - The city is set to open soon two new slaughterhouses to boost the economic performance of the local livestock sector, as both halal (permissive) and non-halal consumers can now avail of its products.

The halal and non-halal slaughterhouses in Purok 3-A, Barangay Malagos will als

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French hospital accuses Israel of attacking journalist's funeral

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:59

JERUSALEM - The French Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday accused Israeli police of assaulting the funeral procession of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

On Friday, Israeli police surrounded mourners and used stun grenades and batons to assault pallbearers carrying Abu Akle

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3 laws establishing multispecies marine hatcheries inked

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:57

MANILA - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed three laws establishing, under the supervision of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture (BFAR-DA), multispecies marine hatcheries in the provinces of Palawan, Iloilo, and Dinagat Islands.

Republic Act 1

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Methanol detection kit project likely completed by August

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:57

MANILA - The field test kit to detect methanol contamination in lambanog is expected to be completed by August, an official of the Department of Science and Technology in Calabarzon (DOST 4-A) said Monday.


"We target the field testing to be completed by August. Then we will get intellectu

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Passengers, crew safe as smoke vented PAL aircraft

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:55

MANILA - All 82 passengers and four crew members of a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight en route to Dumaguete from Manila are safe after the aircraft experienced a "technical problem," spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said Monday afternoon.

In a message, Villaluna said the "technical problem" re

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Passengers, crew safe as PAL plane makes 'precautionary landing'

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:55

MANILA - All 82 passengers and four crew members of a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight en route to Dumaguete from Manila are safe after the aircraft experienced a "technical problem," spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said Monday afternoon.

In a message, Villaluna said the "technical problem" re

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PSE index up on risk-on sentiment; peso ends sideways

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:54
MANILA - Risk-on sentiment ahead of earnings reports, sales, and US' housing data mainly lifted the local stock barometer on Monday while the peso finished sideways against the US dollar.After posting negative finishes last week, the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) re
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Cordova mayor cries cheating in polls, claims 100 witnesses

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:52
THE team of defeated reelectionist Cordova Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho is set to file an election protest against the team of her rival, mayor-elect and incumbent Councilor Cesar “Didoy” Suan, and several individuals reportedly involved in “dirty politics” during the 2022 elections.

Based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) results, Sitoy-Cho garnered only 17,052 votes in the May 9 elections while Suan, currently the first councilor in the town, secured 21,222 votes.

In a press conference on Monday, May 16, Sitoy-Cho said they will file an election protest against the Comelec officials, barangay captains, tanods (watchmen), barangay health workers (BHWs) and teachers reportedly involved in the election irregularities that led to the defeat of the majority of her slate.

This is on top of the disqualification case with motion to suspend the proclamation filed before the Comelec against the Team Asenso Cordovanhon for the ground of vote buying around 10 p.m. of Election Day, or before the proclamation was conducted on May 10.

She said more than 100 witnesses, including the supporter of another candidate, have so far signified to submit their affidavits in support of their protest, citing more allegations came from them and not from her.

“They themselves are the ones who want to file a protest. I am just answering the clamor of the people, which is that they want to file a case but they can’t file alone. They think that they are very weak without me. So I will stand up for them,” Sitoy-Cho said in Cebuano.

The supporters, who staged a protest in front of the Municipal Hall on Monday, said some barangay officials, including the barangay captains, councilors, tanods and BHWs, stayed inside the polling places or precincts during the election despite this being prohibited by law.

They also claimed vote buying, adding that some voters were convinced by the opposition party to be brought to a hotel to prevent them from exercising their right to vote.

Other voters also reportedly voted several times, with Sitoy-Cho’s supporters saying the voters’ fingernails were not inked after casting a vote.

Sitoy-Cho said some teachers who served as poll workers, who she said were supposed to be neutral, also reportedly showed their support for her rival and even took a ride on the vehicles fielded by the opposition candidates.

About five to 10 teachers were reportedly involved in election irregularities, which is why they will file a case of abuse of power before the Department of Education and Office of the Ombudsman.

Barangay officials involved are also set to face charges before the Ombudsman.

The outgoing mayor further said voters encountered pre-shaded ballots while others were not able to cast their votes since their names were not on the list at the precincts, apart from the alleged transfer of names in most of the barangays where voters supposedly had to vote.

“All these are questionable on the part of the teachers. Not all the teachers, of course, but some of the teachers, why these were allowed to happen... Another question for the local Comelec is why many names disappeared during the time of voting,” she said, as she questioned how the local Comelec in Cordova made its report and transmitted it to the national office.

Among the 13 barangays in the town, Sitoy-Cho said one barangay reportedly had 40 voters who were not able to cast their votes while there were individuals who were able to vote even though they were not registered voters.

“I am not protesting because they won. I am protesting the election irregularities. I’m protesting against the government officials who did not follow the law, the teachers who did not follow the guidelines under the law,” she said.

Watchers of Team Teche were reportedly told to go outside the precincts while those with the allies of their rival stayed inside the polling place or precincts.

She also questioned why the teachers and the Comelec were not able to reprimand the doers of such acts, adding that paralegals from Team Asenso were also able to go inside the precincts.

With this, Sitoy-Cho said, they may ask for a special election.

“I’m not saying I won. I also won’t say that they won because of the anomalies seen. So if possible, let’s have a reelection,’’ she said.

Sitoy-Cho said she could concede defeat but stressed that the cases will continue as she said she did not want to agitate Cordova and protest that Suan will take the mayor’s seat.

“We are not protesting so that I will retain the mayor’s seat. No, they may take the seat. I just want to stand up for the concerns of the people, who themselves volunteered—they were not directed—to make their complaints. So I will just try to advance the case for them,” she added.

She further said there may be connivance amid the presence of the barangay officials alone, citing this as questionable.

The mayor also disclosed that the town’s Comelec elections officer Arvin Maghanoy was seen with Team Asenso, led by Suan, after the elections.

No anomalies

Reacting to the allegations, Maghanoy said there were no reported irregularities from the Philippine National Police during the elections.

“The Electoral Boards are supposed to report to us, but we did not receive any reports regarding that. So it seems those are just allegations,” he said in Cebuano.

As for the names of voters allegedly not in the list, Maghanoy said he had no idea if it was the manual cross-out which the protesters meant, which has basis and resulted in about 480 voters’ names being deleted.

The bases for cross-out, said Maghanoy, include the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (Afis), transfer out, and double multiple.

Under Section 58 of Comelec Resolution 10727, names in the Election Day Computerized Voters’ List may be manually crossed out for these reasons: (a) the voter has transferred residence to another district, city or town; (b) the voter has died; (c) the voter’s registration record was deleted based on the Afis, as approved by the Election Registration Board; and (d) the voter has availed of Local Absentee Voting.

Cordova town has about 46,190 voters.

Maghanoy also denied allegations that there were transfers of names among the barangays during the elections, citing this as already addressed two days prior to the election.

SunStar tried to get the statement of Suan, but the mayor-elect was not at his house during the attempt to interview him and he had not answered the calls as of press time. SunStar also attempted to interview vice mayor-elect Boyet Tago, the running mate of Suan, but he refused to comment on the allegations against their team.

Mayor Sitoy-Cho also clarified that she was not the one who pushed for the recent closing of the business of Suan, adding that it was the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) which made the move amid the issues on taxes.

“But if they will say I was the brains behind it, I really don’t have the time to dig into everything. What do I know about his business?’’ she said.

She stressed that she did not renew the business permit of Suan last January since the BIR already communicated with her office concerning the wrong income tax return that was attached.
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OPAPRU recognizes partners in peace efforts

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:48

MANILA - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) has achieved significant milestones in its pursuit of the comprehensive Philippine peace process because of the invaluable support and contributions of its partners from government agencies, non-governmental

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OPAPRU recognizes partners in peace efforts

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:48

MANILA - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) has achieved significant milestones in its pursuit of the comprehensive Philippine peace process because of the invaluable support and contributions of its partners from government agencies, non-governmental

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Philippine remittances rise by 3.1 pct in March

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:44

MANILA, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Personal remittances from overseas Filipinos reached 2.88 billion U.S. dollars in March, 3.1 percent higher than the amount recorded in the same month last year, the Philippine central bank said on Monday.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the March remittances expanded the cumulative personal remittances to 8.64 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter this year, 2.3 percent

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Galvez urges healing from 'animosity' of partisan politics

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:41

MANILA - Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., called on Filipinos to begin the healing and reconciliation process from the "animosity of partisan politics".

Speaking at the Peace Partners' Recognition Day of the Office of the Presidential Advi

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MRT-7 now 63.35% complete: DOTr

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:40

MANILA - The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7), one of the flagship transportation projects of the Duterte administration, is now 63.35 percent complete, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Monday.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the construction of the project continues to acce

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3 Dagupenos compete in SEA Games

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:29
DAGUPAN CITY - Three Dagupeno karatekas who are members of the 18-man Philippine karate delegation are competing in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam."They (are) with the team (who) flew to Hanoi, Vietnam last Sunday (May 15)," Dr. Alejandro Vasquez, chief inst
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Espina: Violence against women

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:28
Zonta International has a very relevant advocacy focusing on the crusade against Violence against Women (VAW). Our club, Zonta Club of Cebu I, has undertaken several long- and short-term projects in tandem with the academe, government and civic agencies: The Zonta Club of Cebu I VAW Referral Center, located in the University of the Visayas; Related symposia and livelihood projects in Budlaan, Cebu; Youth and family-oriented programs and services.

There are so many cases of domestic violence which need attention. One difficulty in pursuing these further is the reluctance of some women to seek help.

Don’t look far. There are so many women suffering in silence. I never realized how our women, working mothers specifically, like my household helpers, have to work hard as breadwinners while their jobless husbands gamble, drink and beat them.

My ‘Helper A’ was abandoned by her husband. She became a zealous mother to a son, a drug addict, who would get all her income and beat her when he needed more. She died after a head surgery.

“Helper B” has a live-in partner who beats her if he gets tired or drunk. But she doesn’t mind these because she needs his companionship. Being beaten became part of her system. She got so used to his beating that she said it does not hurt her anymore.

I told my fellow Zontians that domestic violence is real and rampant. I myself realized that VAW is threatening women, especially those in the lowly, underprivileged class. I see how man’s brutality at home affects the children.

The Zontians get immersed in VAW, but they take the situation positively, by giving seminars and livelihood projects to augment the women’s self-sufficiency and self-respect.

The cases of my household helpers are detestable; A realistic “eye-opener.” I can’t help but wonder why and how some women allow domestic abuse. I have time and again asked my helpers. They just say, “I can’t do anything about it, Madam. It’s my luck with the draw. I’ll just live with it.”

The Zontians are on the right track of alleviating domestic abuses through advocating against VAW. It is not an easy task, but it’s worth the try.

The advocacy to help women to be self–sufficient, to uplift their self-respect and desist from violence at home is noteworthy. The Zontians are not alone in this project because they have the support from the legal institutions to protect women’s rights, the academe for relevant seminars as well as psychological and emotional guidance, and some government agencies.
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Ahong warns constituents of voice phishing scam

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:27
LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has warned his constituents of a scammer who passed himself/herself off as a member of the mayor’s staff, telling would-be victims that he/she would facilitate the delivery of prizes they won from the mayor’s online contest.

This is a case of voice phishing or vishing—the term for fraudulent phone calls to dupe people into revealing personal data and bank account information or trick people into giving money. The scammers pretend to work for legitimate private companies or government offices.

In his Facebook post on Sunday, May 15, 2022, Chan advised Oponganons not to believe the person using the mobile number 09364327234.

“Ilang sulti nakadaog daw mo sa akong pa-premyo online pero para imo kining makuha, kinahanglan nga mohatag ka sa OTP (One Time Password) sa imong GCash account,” Chan said, adding that this is not true and is a big scam.

(They will tell you that you won prizes online but before you could receive them, you must give the OTP of your GCash account.)

According to Chan, the scammer will only use the OTP to get access to the account of the e-wallet GCash and steal the money of the account holder.

He said he has not conducted an online contest.

Chan further urged his constituents to refrain from entertaining the scammer, adding that he already reported the mobile number to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
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Gilas Pilipinas gets SEA Games title defense off to great start with close win over Thailand

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:23
The Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team came away with a close 76-73 win over Thailand at the start of their title-retention bid in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Monday at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Thailand’s defense was hapless to stop Cebuano big man June Mar Fajardo who led the way for Gilas with a huge double-double of 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting and 12 rebounds to go with two blocked shots.

The Gilas needed every point from the many-time PBA MVP as they trailed by as much as 10 early in the ballgame before turning it around in the second with a 25-13 run that allowed them to take a 38-34 halftime lead.

The Gilas extended their lead to a high of 12 but the Thais stayed within striking distance and were within three, 73-76, after Kiefer Ravena split his free-throws with 13 seconds to go.

Thailand even got a clear shot at tying the game to send it to overtime but Naikorn Jaisanuk missed a corner triple right before the final buzzer sounded to hand Gilas the victory.

Thirdy Ravena had 17 points for Gilas, which next faces Cambodia on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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No local transmission of Omicron BA.2.12.1 yet: DOH expert

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:22

MANILA - There is no indication yet of a local transmission of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in the country, an infectious disease expert said Monday.

In a televised public briefing, Department of Health (DOH) - Technical Advisory Group member, Dr. Edsel Salvana, said certain areas were pl

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No local transmission of Omicron BA.2.12.1 yet: DOH

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:22

MANILA - There is no indication yet of a local transmission of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in the country, an infectious disease expert said Monday.

In a televised public briefing, Department of Health (DOH) - Technical Advisory Group member, Dr. Edsel Salvana, said certain areas were pl

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Davao City logs 14 active post-election Covid-19 cases

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 19:19

DAVAO CITY - Following the recent elections here, the city government recorded 14 active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases here as of May 13.

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, in Monday's interview via the Davao City Disaster Radio, said of the new cases, 12 are asymptomatic and one is identifi

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