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BY ED LIBRANDA

Who is Atty. Loida

Nicolas Lewis?  

In the ‘90s, Filipino-born American businesswoman and lawyer Loida Nicolas Lewis, the widow of TLC Beatrice founder and CEO Reginald Lewis, went to Houston to meet Filipino-American organizations and to promote her book “How to Get a Green Card.” She even gave me a copy, which she signed at the lobby of the old Warwick Hotel.

Years later, Mrs. Lewis initiated the move to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the abuses committed under the war on drugs, his campaign promise. 

Mrs. Lewis allegedly funded some lawmakers to start the investigation into Duterte and former Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa’s role in the bloody war on drugs. Both Duterte and dela Rosa promoted Oplan Tokhang, a police operation wherein cops visit the houses of drug suspects and ask them to stop trading and using illegal drugs. It was first implemented in Davao City when dela Rosa was the chief of Davao Police and Duterte was the mayor.

Perhaps Mrs. Lewis is hoping that if the ICC convicts Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo, by law, would take over the presidency.

Robredo criticized the war on drugs in a video sent to the United Nations. She said the illegal drug trade is a public health issue that cannot be solved "with bullets alone."

Is there a connection between Lewis and Supreme Court Justices Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Marvic Leonen? 

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Leni, Isko, Manny, Ping bare views on issues

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Joel E. Zurbano by Joel E. Zurbano  January 23, 2022, 1:20 am MANILA STANDARD


MANILA, Philippines — Four presidential candidates in the May 9 elections identified what they believe are the greatest problems besetting the country today during a television interview hosted by broadcast journalist Jessica Soho that was aired Saturday evening.

For Vice President Leni Robredo, Filipinos not learning from the past and historical revisionism should be addressed.

“We don’t learn from our mistakes in the past. There are a lot of lessons from those mistakes, but we keep on repeating the same mistakes and it seems we are not learning anything from them. That is the number one problem,” she said.

“Our educational system should address this so that children will grow up understanding what is right and wrong, so we don’t repeat the same mistakes,” Robredo added.

Political dynasty, according to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, must end to give Filipinos more choices for their future leaders.


“I hope that the passing of political powers to their relatives will really stop so that other people will have the opportunity to choose. It is like only two families are fighting,” he said.

For Senator Panfilo Lacson, the government is the country’s biggest problem, while the lack of hope for a better government is the Filipinos’ greatest mistake.

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Marcos skips show, says TV host ‘biased’ vs. family

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File Photo of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos

 

IRey E. Requejo by Rey E. Requejo  January 23, 2022, 1:10 am  MANILA STANDARD

 

MANILA, Philippines — After presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. declined to attend an interview hosted by television anchor Jessica Soho, his spokesperson on Saturday said the broadcast journalist was “biased” against the Marcoses.

“The reason why Bongbong Marcos decided not to join the Jessica Soho show Marcos…is founded on our belief that the hostess of [the] said popular talk show is biased against the Marcoses,” said Vic Rodriguez in a statement.

He said the Marcos camp believes that Soho will focus on “negativity” about the former senator.

 

“We believe her questions will just focus on negativity about BBM which the UniTeam dislike and will not subscribe as it hopes that the discourse in any forum about this upcoming elections must focus on how the aspiring presidents will solve our country’s lingering problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and what their plans are for our country to roll up from economic stagnation,” Rodriguez said.
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US DOS Extends and Expands Visa Interview Waiver Eligibility; President Rescinds Latest Covid Travel Ban (US)

Thursday, December 30, 2021
Due to the limited capacity to adjudicate visa applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State (DOS) announced the extension and expansion of its nonimmigrant visa interview waiver program through Dec. 31, 2022. Currently, U.S. consular officers may waive the in-person interview requirement for applicants who are renewing any type of nonimmigrant visa in the same visa category within 48 months of its expiration. That authorization has now been extended indefinitely.

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BUSINESS

Razon-Leviste joint venture seeking Meralco supply deal


Alena Mae S. Flores by Alena Mae S. Flores  January 23, 2022, 7:00 pm MANILA STANDARD


MANILA, Philippines — Terra Solar, the joint venture of Solar Philippines Power Project Holdings Inc. of the Leviste Group and Prime Infrastructure Holdings Inc. of tycoon Enrique Razon Jr., submitted an unsolicited proposal to supply Manila Electric Co. with 850 megawatts (MW) of mid-merit power for a period of 20 years

Meralco started the competitive selection process, or bidding, for its supply requirements in compliance with the Department of Energy’s policy on Renewable Portfolio Standards. The auction is part of Meralco’s efforts to secure up to 1,500 MW of its power requirements from renewable energy sources.
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WTTC Global Summit in Manila moved to April 2022

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora


January 21, 2022, 3:50 pm PNA
   

MANILA – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that its 21st Global Summit will take place from April 20 to 22 in Manila.

The travel event, originally slated in March, is expected to draw more than 600 tourism executives from across the world. It will be hosted in-person, with a global audience joining virtually.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the summit would be a "significant opportunity" for the Philippines to showcase the preparations it has put in place for the country's eventual reopening to international visitors.

“Tourism has always provided us with endless opportunities. The reopening of our destinations and borders amid the pandemic is crucial to sustaining the livelihood of the millions.....

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Biden says he believes Russia will invade Ukraine

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US President Joe Biden (File Photo)

 

January 20, 2022, 12:39 pm PNA
   

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden said Wednesday he believes Russia would move to invade Ukraine while continuing to warn his counterpart Vladimir Putin of devastating repercussions should he do so.

"My guess is he will move in. He has to do something," Biden said during a two-hour press conference.
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DoH to study proposal to relax air travel rules

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By Red Mendoza, TMT, January 23, 2022


MANILA, Philippines — THE Department of Health (DoH) said on Saturday that it would look into the proposal of Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria "Joey" Concepcion 3rd to loosen up the country's Covid-19 air travel restrictions.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the daily Laging Handa briefing that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) had already instructed its pool of experts to study Concepcion's proposal.

Concepcion, during a Go Negosyo town hall meeting on Friday, recommended a gradual shift from facility-based quarantine to home quarantine for international arrivals, saying it would help revive the country's tourism and airline sector.
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BBM hits Twitter 'disinformation'

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Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. (File Photo)

MANILA, Philippines — By THE camp of presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (BBM) on Saturday hit back at an online news network over its apparent attempts to discredit its campaign by using a "disinformation network to take down what it alleged as a disinformation network."

Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, Marcos chief of staff and spokesman, issued the statement after it was reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) that Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts reportedly linked to supporters of Marcos based on the accounts and hashtags identified in a recent article by local news site Rappler.

The son and namesake of the country's former president is drawing support from a massive social media campaign seeking to get him elected in May, which critics claim is attempting to rewrite the family's history.
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PDP-Laban’s Cusi wing picks Sara for VP, says not yet convinced with Marcos

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By Eimor Santos, CNN Philippines, Published Jan 21, 2022 12:07:45 PM


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — A faction of the administration party announced Friday that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is its easy pick for vice presidential bet in the 2022 elections, but could not say the same for her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

Members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) led by their president, Energy Secretary Alfonsi Cusi, formally adopted Mayor Duterte as their candidate for VP.

In an online media interview, Cusi said choosing the mayor was “an easy task to decide,” considering that she was a former member of PDP-Laban which is chaired by her father, President Rodrigo Duterte. However, Cusi stressed it does not mean the party would automatically support the Marcos-Duterte tandem.

“We are in the process of evaluating who among the candidates would best continue the programs that this administration has started,” Cusi said.

 

Pressed on what’s preventing the Cusi wing from endorsing Marcos, Cusi said, “we still have to be convinced.”
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OCTA sees Metro Manila daily COVID cases going down to 500 by end of February 14

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By Kris Crismundo, January 21, 2022, 3:45 pm PNA

MANILA, Philippines — The OCTA Research is seeing a downtrend in the surge in coronavirus infections due to the Omicron variant in Metro Manila, as it expects daily cases in the region to slow down to less than 1,000 infections by Valentine’s Day.

 

During the Go Negosyo’s Booster to the Max Townhall Friday, OCTA Research fellow, Dr. Guido David, said there is already a downward trajectory of cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) as average cases declined by 20 percent week-on-week.

He added that the reproduction number in NCR started to decline since January 3 when the government reverted Metro Manila to Alert Level 3.

David said NCR will have more than 2,000 daily cases by end of January from a peak of 8,000 cases a day.

“By Valentine’s Day, it could be at least 1,000 cases and by the end February it would be around less than 500 cases,” he added.

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Presidential bets 'frustrated' over failed opposition unity talks but still open if invited

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By Franco Luna - Philstar.com, January 23, 2022 | 9:28am

 MANILA, Philippines — Presidential bets expressed frustration over the result of the opposition's unification talks before the filing of candidacy for the 2022 elections but said they would be open to taking part in unification talks again should the opportunity arise. 

At the Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews aired over GMA News late Saturday evening, presidential candidates Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, and Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno were asked how they felt about the failed unity talks before the filing period. 

Robredo, who described herself as a presidential candidate who is open to working with anyone, said she was frustrated when a broad and united opposition did not happen

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More foreign business chambers urge Senate to ratify regional pact

By Francis Earl Cueto and Moises Cruz, TMT, January 17, 2022 Updated at 12:18 am

MANILA, Philippines — WITH the "no vax, no ride" policy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government officially taking effect today, January 17, the Philippine National Police (PNP) warned commuters with fake vaccination cards they face a fine and jail time.

 

PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Bernardo Carlos said anyone caught with falsified or tampered vaccination cards could be fined by as much as P50,000 and imprisoned for up to six months, based on the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Law."Don't ever attempt to falsify the vaccination card or else you'll face raps," Carlos said in a statement.

He issued the warning after Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi posted on her social media account pictures of two counterfeit cards that are almost identical to the original.
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Lacson backs divorce, LBGT civil union laws

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Manila Standard by Manila Standard  January 23, 2022, 11:40 pm

MANILA — Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said he will support proposed legislation for the establishment of a divorce process in the country as well the legalization of a civil union between same-sex couples if he gets elected as the 17th president of the republic.

Lacson made his position known to the public during the yes-or-no segment of an interview with presidential aspirants hosted by broadcast journalist Jessica Soho.

 

Lacson voted “yes” when asked on his stand on the divorce bill, which has been languishing for years in Congress.
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