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Sara’s Surprise: Vice Presidential Bid 

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's decision to seek the vice presidency in the 2022 elections came as a surprise, especially to her father President Rodrigo Duterte.


Sara’s decision displeased her father as she was leading presidential preference surveys. She explained she was overwhelmed by her supporters’ call for her to run for president, something she said she would not do. To meet them halfway, she runs for vice president, shocking her father and his party PDP-Laban and her family’s supporters.


But the President and PDP-Laban were in for another surprise. Sara chose to run in tandem with presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and to join Lakas-CMD, the political party of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, instead of running under PDP-Laban.  

 

PDP-Laban’s presidential bet Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa withdrew his candidacy for president and was replaced by the President’s long-time aide Sen. Bong Go, who withdrew his vice-presidential bid to avoid competing against the presidential daughter. All these were done by using the substitution option provided by the election law.


Go admitted that he was also surprised by Sara’s political decisions. She already filed her candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor.

 

After a month, she withdrew her reelection bid and resigned from Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional party she found, to join the vice-presidential race and run under Lakas-CMD. While she did say she would not run for president, she said nothing about seeking the vice presidency. 
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After months of tension, Isko wants Duterte 
in his Senate slate

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE (File Photo)
 

By Franco Luna - Philstar.com, December 6, 2021 | 12:35pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 6:22 p.m.) — Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer and Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno said he would welcome President Rodrigo Duterte into his Senate slate with open arms, months after the tensions first flared between the two. 

This comes after Duterte's close aide, Sen. Bong Go, announced his withdrawal from the 2022 presidential derby. Go has yet to formalize his withdrawal as presidential candidate of Pederalismo ng Dakilang Dakilang Samahan at the Commission on Elections.

“I will personally vote for President Duterte for senator. And I will be grateful, honored, and humbled to have somebody like the president in our slate as an additional candidate for senator,” Moreno said during an ambush interview in Lapu-Lapu City.

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Bongbong-Inday Sara caravan snarls traffic in QC; 
Marcos camp apologizes

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BBM-Sara caravan jams traffic in Quezon City. Screengrab from Nestro Coralles video on Twitter

By: Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQINQUIRER.net / 03:30 PM December 08, 20


MANILA, Philippines — The camp of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. apologized Wednesday for the heavy traffic congestion caused by the presidential aspirant’s motorcade in Quezon City with his running mate Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The Marcos camp issued an apology after the Quezon City government advised motorists to avoid Commonwealth Avenue, Elliptical Road, and Quezon Avenue due to the motorcade.


“BBM-Sara UniTeam apologizes to motorists, travelers, the city government, and even the MMDA if the Unity Caravan caused traffic congestion,” Marcos’ camp said in a statement in Filipino.

It added that supporters of Bongbong and Sara eager to unite and see their candidates for president and vice president overwhelmed those preparing for the event.
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OPINION

Leni who?

By Rigoberto Tiglao, TMT, November 17, 2021

ANTI-Duterte writers on Tuesday became delirious over what one called the roller-coaster plot, referring to the announcements of presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

And then you even have the Red nemesis, the just-retired general Antonio Parlade, announcing he's running for president.
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7 immigration policy changes important to Filipinos

By: Lourdes Santos Tancinco Esq. - @inquirerdotnetINQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau / 11:03 AM January 20, 2021

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will introduce hundreds of pages of immigration executive orders that will cover most of the policies he pledged to change. With several provisions that are proposed, the relatives of more than 4 million Filipinos residing in the United States, who are still waiting to migrate, are looking forward to major changes in policies. Below are 7 immigration-related agenda that may have the most impact for Filipinos.

The DACA Program

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are immigrants who arrived in the United States at a very young age.
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BUSINESS

Affordable Housing to Take Center Stage at Eighth Asia-Pacific Housing Forum


Housing ecosystem stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond gather to address the urgent need for inclusive, climate-resilient housing


MANILA, Philippines — The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum taking place from December 7 to 9 highlights the urgent need to build sustainable, inclusive, and affordable housing, in a region where millions of people live in extreme poverty below the threshold of US$1.90 a day and where communities continue to grapple with the health and economic impact of COVID-19.

 

Even before the pandemic, there were 1.6 billion people in need of adequate shelter. The global health crisis has put a spotlight on the critical importance of having a home to stay safe and healthy. However, it remains that vulnerable populations, those unable to...
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BBM sees recovery of domestic, international tourism as travel

rules ease

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File photo shows Airbus A320 and A321 airliners from Philippine Airlines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.


BY BUSINESSMIRROR, NOVEMBER 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —– Seeing that the tourism sector is slowly going back to its glory days, former Senator and Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said this is a chance for Filipinos, especially those working in the sector, to recover after being greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Duterte accepts invitation to Biden's Summit for Democracy

By Alexis Romero - Philstar.com, December 7, 2021 | 7:24pm

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to join the US-organized Summit for Democracy to be held this week, Malacañang announced Tuesday.

"President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has accepted United States President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.'s invitation to participate in the Summit for Democracy on Dec. 9-10, 2021," a statement issued by the Office of Presidential Protocol read.

The statement noted that Biden has invited he
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 DEC. 6 - 13, 2021

House OKs bill requiring
SIM card registration

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By: Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQINQUIRER.net / 04:13 PM December 06, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives has approved the measure requiring the registration of Su

 

bscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards on final reading Monday.

The “SIM Card Registration Act,” which aims to help authorities track criminals using mobile phones with pre-paid and post-paid SIM cards, received 118 votes in favor, zero against, and no abstentions.


Under the measure, every public telecommunication entity (PTE) or direct seller shall require the end-user of a SIM card to present valid identification with a photo to ascertain identity.
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NCR, most of PH remains under Alert Level 2
until Dec. 15

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Parents and children relax at a public park, as the country’s capital region loosens new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, November 2, 2021. Picture taken November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

By Azer Parrocha  November 29, 2021, 9:00 pm PNA

MANILA, Philippines — Most of the areas in the country, including Metro Manila, will remain under Alert Level 2 from Dec. 1 to 15 to prevent the entry of new Omicron variant of Covid-19, Malacañang announced in a statement on Monday night.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Monday, November 29, 2021, the recommendation to place the National Capital Region under Alert Level 2,” Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a press statement.
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SC junks plea: Duterte has discretion on how to defend West Philippine Sea

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members prior to his talk to the people at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on November 2, 2021.

 

By Kristine Joy Patag - Philstar.com, November 24, 2021 | 12:25pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking to compel President Rodrigo Duterte to defend national territory, including the West Philippine Sea, against Chinese incursions.

The SC voted unanimously to junk the Petition for Mandamus filed by lawyer Romeo Esmero for “utter lack of merit.”

The SC said that Esmero argued to the SC that President Rodrigo Duterte, named as sole respondent in the case, has “ministerial duty of the President to defend the national territory which includes the West Philippine Sea.”

The petition also asserted that is an exception to the general rule on presidential immunity from suit.
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BBM paid taxes, documents show

By Jomar Canlas, TMT, December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. settled his tax dues in compliance with a 1995 court ruling, documents issued by the Supreme Court and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said.

The documents, copies of which were obtained by The Manila Times, bolster the argument that there is no legal impediment to the presidential candidacy of Marcos.

The standard-bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas is facing several petitions before the Commission on Elections seeking to cancel his certificate of candidacy.

One of the petitions contends that he is not qualified to run for president because he was convicted by a Quezon City court for tax evasion after he did not file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.

 

Marcos brought the case before the Court of Appeals which in October 1997 cleared him of tax evasion charges, ruling that he was not given due notice of the tax assessment.

The court, however, sustained Marcos' conviction for not filing his tax returns and fined him P36,000
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Army relieves Robin Padilla, Herbert Bautista, other reservists running in ‘22 polls

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By Martin Sadongdong, Published December 7, 2021, 1:06 PM MB


MANILA, Philippines — [The] said relief of position does not relieve them of being in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army,” Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, PA spokesperson, told reporters Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Relieved from their posts were actor Capt. Robin Padilla, former chairperson of the Army’s Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board – Strategic Communications Committee (STRATCOMM-MSAB); actor-turned-politician Brig. Gen. Herbert Bautista, former brigade commander of 1502nd Ready Reserve Infantry Brigade in the National Capital Region (1502 RRIBde); and Col. Isidro Ungab, former brigade commander of the 2002ndRRIBde in Davao City.

 

Also relieved were Lt. Col. John Tracy Cagas, former battalion commander of the 1101st Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (RRIBn) in Davao del Sur; Lt. Col. Eugene Balitang, former battalion commander of the 1404th RRIBn in Ifugao; Lt. Col. Jayvee Tyron Uy, former battalion commander of the 1103rd RRIBn in Davao de Oro; and Lt. Col. Rhodora Cadiao, former commanding officer of the 602nd RRIBn in Antique.

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Galvez all praise for priest-molecular biologist helping in COVID-19 response

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MANILA, Philippines — Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. heaped praises on molecular biologist Father Nicanor Austriaco on Monday night, Dec. 6, for helping the country address the challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Austriaco, who is in the United States while developing a COVID-19 vaccine for the Philippines, was admired by Cabinet members after he attended as a guest speaker during the recent “Talk to the People” public address of President Duterte.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) researcher discussed to Duterte the Omicron variant and allayed public fears on the new strain of the coronavirus.

“Sir, actually sir, Father Austriaco is helping us all throughout even though he is in States. He is with us every Monday talking about COVID-19. And also he helped Quezon City, sir, on the vaccination,” Galvez told President Duterte.
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South Korea’s offer to rehabilitate Bataan Nuclear Power Plant still stands, says PNRI exec

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The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is seen during a tour around the BNPP compound in Morong town, Bataan province.(Reuters file)

By Charissa Luci-Atienza,  Published December 6, 2021, 8:08 PM MB
 

MANILA, Philippines — The offer of South Korea to rehabilitate the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) still stands, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PNRI) said Monday, Dec. 6.

DOST-PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla said the South Korean government remained interested in rehabilitating the Bataan plant which has been mothballed since 1986.

He said South Korea’s BNPP rehabilitation proposal has been submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE).

“South Korea has offered to rehab our BNPP, may offer sila, nandun po sa DOE (they have an offer, it is with the DOE),” the PNRI top official said in a virtual presser on Monday as part of the DOST-PNRI’s Atomic Energy Week celebration.
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AARP Presents “Leading with a Champion Mind”: 
Olympian Panel with Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi,

and Alex & Maia Shibutani

Asian American Winter Olympians to share how resilience shaped their careers 

By: Staff Writer

 

After a challenging year of navigating the “double pandemic” of COVID-19 and the rise of anti-Asian hate, AARP presents “Leading with a Champion Mind” — a live virtual panel to celebrate the strength of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by bringing together several generations of Asian American Olympians who embody resilience and excellence

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