BY ED LIBRANDA

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President Duterte for Vice President in 2022 national elections?

The truth has come out. President Rodrigo Duterte is running for vice president in next year's presidential elections after all. Many in his political party PDP-Laban are urging him to select his running mate, but political pundits are pushing for the tandem of Sen. Bong Go for president and President Duterte for vice president. 

In the event that Duterte chose Go as his running mate, can a sitting president run for vice president?

Article 7, Section 5 of the Philippine Constitution states: "The President and the Vice President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years which shall begin at noon on the thirtieth day of June following the day of the election and shall end at noon of the same date, six years thereafter. The President shall not be eligible to any re-election. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time.

“No Vice President shall serve for more than two successive terms. Voluntary renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of the service for the full term for which he was elected.

 

“Unless otherwise provided by law, the regular election for President and Vice President shall be held on the second Monday of May."

The presidency is indeed limited to one term of six years, while the vice presidency is limited to two terms of six years each. But the President is not barred from running for any elected position lower than the presidency. An example is the election of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as representative of Pampanga. Her election was never questioned in the Supreme Court (SC). Arroyo was even elected as House Speaker on July 23, 2018.
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SEE-THROUGH

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By YASHIKA TORIB

News Editor

Manila Bureau Correspondent

Arrested Development

The World Bank has already apologized to the Department of Education (DEPED), following the latter’s demand, for releasing its report indicating the poor performance of Filipino students that “insulted and shamed” the Philippines. 

What it apologized for, however, was the premature release of the report, not the veracity of its contents. 

The report, based on three different multicountry assessments, revealed that the Philippines performed poorly as compared to nearly all the other participating countries, ranking at or near the bottom in each learning area assessed. It also showed that one in every four Grade 5 students does not have the reading and mathematic skills of a Grade 2 or 3 students, and four in every five 15-year old students do not understand basic mathematical concepts such as fractions and decimals that should be mastered by fifth-graders.  

Simply put, more than 80% of the Filipino students fell below the minimum levels of proficiency expected for their respective levels.
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Federal judge blocks new DACA applications and says program is illegal

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By Priscilla Alvarez, Tierney Sneed, and Rachel Janfaza, CNN, Updated 2:44 PM ET, Sat July 17, 2021


(CNN) — A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program shielding certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, is illegal and blocked new applicants.

The ruling from Judge Andrew Hanen would bar future applications. It does not immediately cancel current permits for hundreds of thousands of people -- though it once again leaves them in devastating legal limbo and is a reminder of the uncertainty they face.


DACA, created in 2012, was intended to provide temporary reprieve to undocumented immigrants who were 

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BUSINESS

1M mobile subs expected to switch providers 
starting end-Sept


By Myla Iglesias -July 14, 2021, Business Insight MALAYA

By Lisbet Esmael, CNN Philippines, Published Jul 22, 2021, 4:04:04 PM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — The country's major telcos should expect a heightened head-to-head battle as an initial one million subscribers are expected to avail of mobile number portability following its implementation by end-September.

"Initially, we’re projecting a million. But in other countries we see about 30% of the subscribers porting out, so we will prepare for it," said Melanie Manuel, general manager of Telecommunications Connectivity Inc.—the joint venture of Globe Telecom, PLDT's wireless arm Smart Communications, and DITO Telecommunity.

"We’re setting it at about a million at the initial stage," she added.

TCI will focus on facilitating the porting in and porting out service.

Dominant telcos Globe Telecom and PLDT ended the first quarter with 79.8 million and 71.8 million mobile subscribers, respectively.
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TOURISM

Clark Airport dev't to help propel PH economy: Tugade

By Marna Dagumboy Del Rosario  July 18, 2021, 2:02 pm PNA

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The completion of the new passenger terminal building of the Clark International Airport is seen to help the country’s economy bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Saturday said the new passenger terminal building, once operational, will not only provide a modern air travel experience but will help the economy recover from the crisis and equip Northern and Central Luzon with transportation infrastructure for future development


"Clark International Airport will clearly showcase the best of Northern and Central Luzon from the world-class service 

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U.S. repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting with Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 1, 2021. (Reuters/Ken Cedeno/Pool)
 

By Reuters - July 12, 2021 - 10:48 AM


WASHINGTON — The United States on Sunday repeated a warning to China that an attack on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea would trigger a 1951 U.S.-Philippines mutual defense treaty.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the comment in a written statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by an arbitration tribunal repudiating China’s vast territorial claims in the South China Sea.

China – which lays claim to most of the waters within a so-called Nine-Dash Line, which...... 

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Hidilyn Diaz wins PH's first Olympic gold medal
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Weightlifting - Women's 55kg - Group A - Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan - July 26, 2021. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates after a lift. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Published July 26, 2021 8:41pm, GMA NEWS


TOKYO— Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz delivered the country's first-ever gold medal in the Olympics after winning the women's 55-kg weightlifting event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Monday at the Tokyo International Forum.

This put an end to a near century-long Olympic gold medal drought since the Philippines first competed in the games in 1924. The country has since won three silvers and seven bronze medals but the gold proved elusive until this moment.
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No letup in delivery, administration of vaccines

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Citing the arrival of a DHL cargo plane amid heavy rains at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday night, he gave assurance that the government is ramping up its vaccine program, especially now with the threat of the COVID Delta variant. (STAR/File)

By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star ) - July 24, 2021 - 12:00 am


MANILA, Philippines — There is no letup in the delivery of vaccines and the inoculation of Filipinos be it day or night, in fair or inclement weather, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said yesterday.

Citing the arrival of a DHL cargo plane amid heavy rains at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday night, he gave assurance that the government is ramping up its vaccine program, especially now with the threat of the COVID Delta variant.

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PERSPECTIVE 

Kris, Sara, Bongbong in dream showdown

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File Photo of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. together with Sen. Imee Marcos, Kris Aquino, and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte Carpio

By  Federico D. Pascual Jr. (The Philippine Star ) - July 18, 2021 - 12:00 am


The post-EDSA 1986 political showdown that I often dream of is a one-on-one electoral duel where the main antagonists are the presidential candidates representing the Marcos and the Aquino families.

We had the snap election of Feb.7, 1986. The victory was handed to then-president Marcos by a captive Batasan, but the dubious verdict was upended two weeks later in the streets by the People Power Revolution. Marcos fled to Hawaii and Cory Aquino took the presidency.

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120 Marawi families find new homes 4 years

after siege

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RESETTLED. Marawi City families displaced by the 2017 siege find new homes in Darussalam Village, Barangay Dulay Proper. A total of 120 families received their certificates of award on Thursday (July 22, 2021). (Photo courtesy of Task Force Bangon Marawi)

MARAWI CITY – Families displaced after their houses were burned during the 2017 Marawi Siege now have permanent shelters in two sites here.

They are the 170 families who were barred from going back to no-build zones, or those within the three to the six-meter easement of Lake Lanao, within the river banks, and within the reclamation area.
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Philippines approves GMO ‘golden rice’ 
for commercial production

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: Golden Rice is unique because it contains beta carotene, which gives it a golden color.(IRRI PHOTO)

 

Agence France-Presse / 05:09 PM July 23, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines became the world’s first country Friday to approve the commercial production of genetically modified “golden rice” that experts hope will combat childhood blindness and save lives in the developing world.

A biosafety permit issued by government regulators paves the way for the rice — enriched with the vitamin A-precursor beta-carotene to make it more nutritional — to be grown by farmers across the country, its developers said.
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Curfew hours in Metro Manila extended to 10pm - 4am

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Armed with yantoks, members of the Southern Police District roam around Barangay Baclaran in Parañaque City on Monday night, March 15, 2021, to remind the public of the strict implementation of the unified curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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By Ralph Villanueva (The Philippine Star ) - July 25, 2021 - 12:00am

 

MANILA, Philippines — The cities of Metro Manila would be implementing longer curfew hours starting today, following the threat of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

In a statement yesterday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos said the 17 mayors of the region would be reimposing the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew starting today.

Abalos said the mayors agreed to adjust the curfew hours – from the previous midnight to 4 a.m. time period – under MMDA Resolution No. 21-13.

The Delta variant “may potentially trigger an exponential surge and local transmission in densely populated areas like the NCR (National Capital Region),” the chairman said.
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No help from China in 2016 polls – Duterte

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In his regular televised address Monday night, Duterte also rained invectives on former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, who revealed receiving information on Feb. 22, 2019 that Beijing officials had bragged about having influenced the elections in 2016 to favor Duterte.
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MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has denied owing his election victory in 2016 to China as ranking Beijing officials had reportedly bragged, saying he didn’t need help from a foreign country to get 16 million votes.

In his regular televised address Monday night, Duterte also rained invectives on former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, who revealed receiving information on Feb. 22, 2019 that Beijing officials had bragged about having influenced the elections in 2016 to favor Duterte.

 

Duterte also threatened to file charges against the former.....

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Phivolcs lowers Taal alert level due to ‘decreased unrest’

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White steam emits from Taal volcano crater as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on Jan. 21, 2020. Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion.(AFP/Ted Aljibe, File photo)

(Philstar.com) - July 24, 2021 - 9:48am
 

MANILA, Philippines — State volcanologists lowered Friday night Taal’s status from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, indicating “decreased unrest” in the volcano.

Phivolcs noted that “there has been a cessation of eruptive activity” at Taal Volcano following the phreatomagmatic eruption of the main crater last July 1 and 19 weak phreatomagmatic bursts until July 9.


“Unrest since then has been characterized by renewed seismic activity, generally declining volcanic gas emission, very slight ground deformation, and positive microgravity anomalies,” Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs warned that the lowering of the alert level over Taal Volcano should not be interpreted as that unrest has ceased or that the threat of eruption has disappeared.
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Hybrid electric road train fabrication project to be launched in Ilagan City in August

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By Charissa Luci-Atienza , Published July 24, 2021, 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has forged a partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Ilagan City to fabricate the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT).

 

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the partnership between DOST-II and the Ilagan City is in line with the creation of a Smarter City Belt in Cagayan Valley.

“The launching and MOU (memorandum of understanding) signing of the project will be conducted on August 11, 2021, in time with the Cityhood Anniversary Celebration of Ilagan City,” he said during his weekly report on Friday, July 23.

He cited that the City of Ilagan has already committed to providing two sets of HERT.
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Philippines' first gold medalist rewarded with money and homes

By Caitlin O'Kane, CBS NEWS, July 27, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz won the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines on Monday. The weightlifter ended the country's 97-year Olympic drought, and now will be rewarded for her historic accomplishment. Diaz will receive at least 33 million pesos – about $600,000 – from the country. She has also been offered two homes.

The 30-year-old will be given a condo in the Eastwood City development in Quezon City by Megaworld, a property empire owned by real estate tycoon Dr. Andrew L. Tan. 
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