BY ED LIBRANDA
THE LONG WAIT IS OVER
President-elect Joseph E. Biden, Jr. will be inaugurated Wednesday, January 20, 2021, as the 46th president together with Senator Kamala Harris, who is elected 48th vice president of the United States of America
The history of President-elect Joe Biden's quest for the U.S. presidency dates back many years ago, specifically in 1988 and 2008, but won the Democratic nomination in 2020. Biden then won his first presidential primary in the 2020 South Carolina primary, and in Super Tuesday, he won primaries in nine more states. And the rest is history.
Amid his victorious election to the US presidency last November 3rd, 2020, President-elect Biden has faced numerous election protests from incumbent President Donald J. Trump who never shown his submission as a loser, and instead lodged several election protests with the courts, even reaching all his appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Trump, using the power of his Tweets, expressed his dismay over how the presidential election was "rigged" and the alleged massive fraud that occurred in states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia.
By YASHIKA TORIB
Manila Bureau Correspondent
COVID-19 Vaccine woes
The new variant of the Coronavirus disease (B117), otherwise known as the UK variant, has been confirmed to be present in the Philippines weeks before the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives.
Studies revealed that this variant is more infectious than the current COVID-19 strain, with as high as 70 percent transmission rate. What’s odd about this new variant is that it emerged shortly after the United Kingdom rolled out mass vaccination drives for its citizens, making the intended immunity futile as the strain simply mutated into a variant that quickly replaces other versions of the virus.
What use could the current vaccines now be?
This reminds me of what my friend, a medical doctor by profession, once said – “we’d rather not be inoculated even if the vaccines are already available.” She said it with much conviction and finality that I ended up stunned, I could only ask “why?”. Accordingly, it takes years, mostly decades, to develop, test, and approve a truly efficient and effective vaccine. She maintained that at the least, a vaccine could be developed in two years, otherwise, those who will be subjected to inoculation will simply become “guinea pigs” for testing.
Biden OKs legal status for 11M immigrants
President-elect Joe Biden will soon embark on a new immigration involving 11 million immigrants.
By Associated Press, January 18, 2021
SAN DIEGO: President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties.
Skyway 3 extends night time closures, preps up for Jan. 14 opening
Victoria De Dios, January 8, 2021, 3:46 pm
MANILA, Philippines — Motorists will continue to enjoy toll-free and seamless travel from north and south Metro Manila via the newly soft-opened Skyway 3, even as Skyway management has extended its temporary night time closures to give way to finishing work needed in time for the formal opening of all seven lanes on January 14.
Skyway management said that the Skyway 3 project from Buendia, Makati to North Luzon Expressway will be open throughout the day, especially through morning and evening rush hours. However, it will be closed from 10 pm to 4 am from January 8 up to January 13.
“We are working to make sure that the 18-kilometer north-south stretch of Skyway 3 will be ready for official opening starting January 14. That is why we need to close it during
Boracay, Palawan included in Condé Nast beach list
BORACAY BEACH (Photo File)
MANILA – White Beach, Boracay and El Nido, Palawan have placed second and ninth, respectively, in the Condé Nast’s Traveler's 25 Best Island Beaches in the World: 2020 Readers' Choice Awards list.
In a new release on Wednesday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the inclusion of the two destinations in the prestigious travel publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards is "sheer recognition of their unparalleled beauty and uniquely diverse resources."
Biden-Harris inauguration theme: 'America United'
One of Biden’s first acts as president will be to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery with three former presidents.
Author: ALEXANDRA JAFFE (Associated Press), Published: 8:21 AM CST January 11, 2021, Updated: 8:21 AM CST January 11, 2021
WASHINGTON — The theme for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be “America United,” an issue that’s long been a central focus for Biden but one that’s taken on added weight in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.
In an announcement shared first with The Associated Press, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said that the theme “reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future.
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New Mexico sues firm that recruits teachers from PH
: A classroom in New Mexico: The state’s Attorney General has sued Total Teaching Solutions International for allegedly exploiting teachers that the firm recruited from the Philippines.
INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau / 01:35 PM January 07, 2021
SANTA FE, New Mexico — A company that recruits immigrant teachers from the Philippines to work at public schools is being sued by New Mexico’s attorney general for allegedly charging exorbitant fees and using deceptive financial tactics.
Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit Tuesday with a state district court in Albuquerque against Total Teaching Solutions International and CEO Janice Bickert of Ruidoso, alleging exorbitant fees to place Filipino teachers in schools on work visas, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Bickert and her company are accused of violations under the state unfair practices act.
: New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas sued Total Teaching Solutions for allegedly exploiting Filipino teachers. NM
The lawsuit seeks a permanent restraining order against the company, financial restitution to immigrant teachers, fines of $5,000 per violation and damages
Gatchalian pushes SIM registration
Senator Win Gatchalian (File Photo)
By Javier Joe Ismae, tmt, January 15, 2021
MANILA , Philippines — SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday called anew for the passage of a bill that requires the registration of all users of prepaid subscriber identity module (SIM) cards to enable authorities to easily trace online fraud.
Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, said a number of individuals in recent months have fallen prey to online fraudsters who hacked prepaid SIM cards.
Presidency not for women? That’s dad’s opinion,
Davao City Mayor Sara "Inday" Duterte Carpio (File Photo)
Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star ) - January 16, 2021 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday brushed aside the comments of her father, President Duterte, that the presidency is “not for women” when he expressed opposition to her running for president in 2022.
“That is his opinion. And it is up to the people if they will respect or react violently (to it),” she said at her City Disaster Radio program a day after the President made the remarks.
Fil-Am mother is missing in
Chula Vista, California
: Maya “May” Millete, 39, a mother of three, was last seen Thursday, January 11, in her home near the San Miguel Ranch, California area. FAMILY PHOTO
INQUIRER.net US Bureau / 11:21 AM January 15, 2021
Searchers are looking for Maya “May” Millete, a Filipino American mother of three in Chula Vista, California, who has been missing for a week.
Millete, 39, was last seen Thursday evening, Jan. 11, in her Chula Vista home near the San Miguel Ranch area,
according to her loved ones. Her car is still at her residence and her phone has been going to voicemail since her disappearance.
Searchers are looking for Maya “May” Millete, a Filipino American mother of three in Chula Vista, California, who has been missing for a week.
Millete, 39, was last seen Thursday evening, Jan. 11, in her Chula Vista home near the San Miguel Ranch area, according to her loved ones. Her car is still at her residence and her phone has been going to voicemail since her disappearance.
She is 5-feet-2-inches tall, weighs about 105 pounds, has brown hair and eyes and freckles. She has a wrist tattoo.
Millete has three children, aged 4, 9 and 11. Her family had been planning a birthday party set for this past weekend for her oldest child at Big Bear Lake, near San Diego.
A communist front is born: The League of Filipino Students
By Rigoberto D. Tiglao, January 15, 2021
Republished from The Manilaa Times
Third of a series
THIS is the third of a series of articles reprinted from a blog by Roberto “Beto” Reyes, an eyewitness and participant in the communist movement’s expansion in the University of the Philippines and other schools.
This part narrates the establishment of the League of Filipino Students (LFS), allegedly the biggest and most politically successful student and youth organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the equivalent of the pre-martial law Kabataang Makabayan, the first CPP front that leader Jose Ma. Sison founded. The military has claimed that the LFS since its establishment in 1977 has consistently been one of the main recruiting venues for the New People’s Army. In the past year as the military’s offensives against the NPA has intensified, more and more of its casualties have been identified as former members of the LFS.
OFW remittances drop
By Mayvelin U. Caraballo, TMT, January 14, 2021
MANILA, Philippines — MONEY sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) declined by 0.9 percent in the first 11 months of 2020, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno.
In a virtual briefing on Thursday, Diokno announced that personal remittances — personal transfers in cash or kind and capital transfers between households — dropped to $29.98 billion in January-November 2020 from $30.25 billion during the same period in 2019.
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Traffic on EDSA to ease
Formal opening of the Skyway 3 January 15, 2021 is expected to decongest the traffic along EDSA (Photo File)
By Myla Iglesias -January 15, 2021
MANILA, Philippines — Traffic congestion on Epifanio de los Santos avenue (EDSA) is expected to ease with the completion of the P44.7-billion Skyway Stage 3 project that is seen to provide a major boost to the country’s post-pandemic recovery.
With the full opening of all seven lanes of the 18-kilometer Skyway 3 from Buendia, Makati to North Luzon expressway starting today, a huge number motorists will now have an alternative to EDSA, said Ramon Ang, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) president.
“At full capacity, with 7 lanes available, Skyway can easily handle 50 percent of EDSA traffic, or 200,000 vehicles per day. Together with the existing Skyway 1 and 2, the Skyway system now has 38 kilometers of elevated expressway with 36 on- and off-ramp access points. This will greatly contribute to decongesting Metro Manila traffic,” Ang said.
Since its soft-opening last December 29 – free to the public until February 1 – some 71,000 vehicles per day have been passing through Skyway 3, using only the four lanes initially opened.
PH Eligible Again To Participate In US H-2B Visa Program
by RITCHEL MENDIOLA
MANILA, Philippines — THE Philippines can now participate in the United States’ H-2B visa program again after two years of ineligibility.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), announced the list of countries on Tuesday, January 12.
For 2021, the acting secretary of homeland security and the secretary of state have agreed to add the Philippines to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2B....
US to require negative Covid test from int'l travelers
January 13, 2021, 8:22 am PNA
WASHINGTON – The US will require all passengers traveling to the country on international flights to test negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) starting January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday.
"Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants," the CDC said in a statement. "With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public."
"Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the three days before their flight to the US departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from Covid-19," it added.
PH bans entry of foreigners from 6 more countries
By Azer Parrocha January 6, 2021, 11:44 pm PNA
MANILA – The Philippines has added six more countries to the list of nations covered by temporary travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom, Malacañang announced on Wednesday night.
“The Office of the President, upon the joint recommendation of the Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs, included Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil as among the countries / jurisdictions subject to travel restrictions,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
The countries join the list of travel restrictions earlier imposed on travelers from the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, SAR, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, and Spain.
Foreign passengers coming from or who have been to Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, will be prohibited from entering the country from Jan. 8, 12:01 a.m., Manila time, to Jan. 15.
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