For heaven's sake, MERALCO, who for over 4 decades have been serving Metro Manila and its adjoining provinces, have been sending its electric bills to the consuming public, indicating the power generation and distribution charges as part of its bill.
Are these charges humane and fair to the Filipino people?

Even the cost of maintaining a pension plan among the MERALCO employees have been charged also to the consumers, making the cost zero to the pockets of the Lopezes, at that time that the pension plan was offered to its employees.


We should remember that most of the power being generated comes from Lopez-owned power company, FirstGen, while MERALCO prior to Manny V. Pangilinan takes over, was the majority-owned by the Lopez family. Just like the old American soap drama ALL IN THE FAMILY..







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COVID-19 and the great digital divide

The economy is gradually recovering with the easing of quarantine measures, reopening of the transportation sector, and modification of health protocols. Employees are now slowly getting back to their usual daily grind of going to and from work, filling highways once again with commuters and speeding buses and jeepneys.

It’s a welcome sight especially for a nation that was generally conscientious in following lockdown procedures for almost half a year. But beneath the buzz of daily street hustles are the millions of Filipinos who moved in the opposite direction – back home, a monumental shift that blurred the boundaries of work and personal life.

This army of the “Work from Home” movement only had two options: to swim with


 Sept 14 - 21, 2020

NBI collars Nigerians suspected in P167-M UCPB cyberheist in Sucat

condo raids

Pemberton 'successfully deported', says BI


We dedicate this section of The Philippine Sentinel Global Edition to our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), our unsung heroes who are the greatest contributors to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We welcome all your stories all over the earth. Thank you - Ed Libranda, Publisher and Executive Editor).

OFW who escaped death penalty for ‘killing’ partner now back home — DFA

By CNN Philippines Staff
Published Sep 12, 2020, 3:16:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines —  An overseas Filipino worker in Kuwait who was initially sentenced to death for the killing of his Filipina partner over a decade ago is now back in the country, thanks to the pardon granted by the Amir of Kuwait, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.


The OFW, identified as Bienvenido Espino, who was released from 13-year detention, is



Sandamakmak na basura, palutang-lutang

sa Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines —

Kahit na ginagawa na itong white sand beach, sandamakmak pa rin na basura ang makikitang palutang-lutang sa Manila Bay.

Ayon sa ulat ni Jonathan Andal sa Unang Balita nitong Martes, makikita ang mga lumulutang na basura malapit sa Manila Yacht Club.


Aniya, mas marumi rito kumpara sa kabilang dulo ng Manila Bay kung saan naman nagtatambak ng 'white sand' ang Department of Environment at Natural Resources.

P/Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar interrogates arrested Nigerian nationals.

By: Daxim L. Lucas - Reporter / @daxinq, Inquirer Business / 09:37 PM September 08, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — – Operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation have arrested several Nigerian nationals suspected of being behind the P167-million cyber heist on the United Coconut Planters Bank perpetrated during the June 12 Independence Day long weekend.

The Inquirer learned that the raid was made by government law enforcement agents on Tuesday morning on a condominium unit in Muntinlupa City after several days of sleuthing at the behest of the highest authorities of the Department of Finance which oversees the operations of the government-controlled bank.

US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, convicted of homicide for the killing of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, was deported from the Philippines on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Photo: Bureau of Corrections

Published September 13, 2020 9:37am, Updated September 13, 2020 2:15pm, By JOVILAND RITA, GMA News

MANILA, Philippines —  US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, the soldier convicted of homicide for the killing of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, was successfully deported from the Philippines on Sunday morning, the Bureau of Immigration said.



Last Chance to be Counted

in the 2020 Census! 

The census deadline is looming, and the Filipino community is in danger of not getting their fair share of resources over the next decade. There is only one month left to make an impact.

As of August, nationally, three out of 10 U.S. households have not filled out the census. In other words, the response rate is less than 72%.

Everyone in the community needs to be counted by Sept. 30. If people are undercounted, states could lose thousands of dollars in public funding per person every year for emergency services, education, health facilities, road improvements, and other benefits. The community i


Legal Alert: 2020 New Rules for Green Card Holders

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing new policies and rules that will affect green card holders or lawful permanent residents (LPR) starting this year.


These individuals need to be advised of these new changes:

The rules regarding “abandonment” of your permanent resident status are stricter. In the 

past, if you remained in the U.S. more than six months out of the year



Outsourcing industry eyes new overseas markets

The Philippines dropped one spot to sixth in the Tholons Global Innovation Index 2020 that measures the world’s most attractive outsourcing destinations. — BLOOMBERG

By Jenina P. Ibañez, Reporter, September 14, 2020 | 12:32 am, BusinessWorld

MANILA, Philippines – THE Philippine outsourcing industry is looking to tap new markets such as Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka for much-needed investments.

The sector has been touting the skills of the country’s workforce after the Philippines slipped in an index measuring the attractiveness of the country as an outsourcing destination.



Hotels launch 2020 sale for front-liners, leisure travelers

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  September 10, 2020, 8:55 am, PNA



MANILA – Dozens of hotels nationwide are slashing up to 70 percent on accommodation in the industry's first September Online Sale (SOS) since the coronavirus outbreak struck.

The SOS, organized by the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) Philippines, with the support of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), is a two-week online sale of 89 hotel accommodations and other offerings across the country to be held on Sept. 15 to 30, 2020.


Las Vegas shooting victims closer to getting $800M payout

Since 1951, the US and the Philippines have had a Mutual Defence Treaty that commits them to support each other in the event if either is attacked.


By KEN RITTER Associated Press, September 10, 2020, 8:14 PM

LAS VEGAS — More than 4,400 relatives and victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history could receive a total of $800 million in payouts from MGM Resorts International and its insurers by January, the casino giant and attorneys said Thursday.


After a year arranging details, Robert Eglet, the attorney handling the settlement of dozens of lawsuits, submitted documents asking a Nevada court judge to approve sweeping ....




House approves bill putting up economic zone next to Bulacan airport

Reduced physical distancing in public transport based on science, says DOTr 

Duterte approves raps vs. Morales, execs over PhilHealth mess

Published September 14, 2020 9:09amUpdated September 14, 2020 12:15pm By JOVILAND RITA, GMA News

MANILA, Philippines — The implementation of reduced physical distancing in public transport amid the COVID-19 pandemic is based on studies of experts in railways and medical fields, according to a Department of Transportation (DOTr) official on Monday.

The reduced physical distancing between passengers in public transportation — from a meter to 0.75 meter — takes effect on Monday amid criticisms including from Vice President Leni Robredo, who questioned its basis.


Published September 14, 2020 11:06pm, Updated September 15, 2020 12:21am

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendations of a task force to file criminal and administrative charges against resigned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. Ricardo Morales and several other executives in connection with irregularities in the state insurer.


No less than Duterte read the task force's recommendations on Monday night in a briefing with members of the Cabinet.

Proposed Bulacan International Airport (Photo courtesy of DOTr)



Published September 10, 2020 1:46am


MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading the measure seeking to establish an economic zone adjacent to the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan.

In a vote of ayes and nays, the chamber approved House Bill 7575 which establishes the Bulacan Airport City Special Economic Zone and Freeport, principally authored by Bulacan Representative Jonathan Sy-Alvarado.


Duterte 'cleared' Duque of wrongdoing in PhilHealth mess, says Lacson

resident Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Health Secretasry Francisco Duque III (File Photo)

MANILA, Philippine — President Rodrigo Duterte virtually "cleared" Health Secretary Francsico Duque III of any wrongdoing when he told him not to resign despite being

29th MinBizCon pushes for more resilient agriculture

in Mindanao

CARDAVA VARIETY. Cardava bananas are commonly exported to be used for banana chips. (Photo courtesy of DOST-11


By Judy Quiros  September 11, 2020, 8:24 pm PNA

DAVAO CITY  — The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis has led the majority of Filipinos to see the value of agriculture to ensure food security amid the movement restrictions to contain infections, an official of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said.



Leonen failed to file his SALNs like Sereno, but for more years

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao, September 7, 2020, Republished from The Manila Times

SUPREME Court Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen maybe even a worse offender of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) Law than the ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. That law (Republic Act 6713 of 1989, called the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) requires all state officials and employees to file their yearly SALNs.


Sereno was removed from her post in 2018 for having failed to file such reports for six years, an offense for which her colleagues decided that she had no integrity 

Sampung Minuto Lamang at Mababago ang Mundo ng mga Asyanong Amerikano

Ni John C. Yang


Kung mayroon kang maaaring gawin na isang bagay sa loob ng sampung minuto o mas maikli pa rito upang tiyakin na may mga impormasyon sa iyong komunidad sa wika ng mga Asyanong Amerikano na hindi lubos na nakakaintindi ng Ingles, o na mayroong mga grocery stores na nagtitinda ng mga produktong Asyano sa iyong komunidad, o na masasabihan mo ang mga Asyanong negosyante kung saan sila dapat magtayo ng kanilang mga bagong tindahan, gagawin mo ba ito?

Sa ngayon, maaari kang magkaroon ng impluwensya kung paano ituturing at susuportahan ng iba ang ating mga komunidad kung maglaan ka ng ilang minuto na sagutin ang 2020 Senso. Hindi na natin kayang  hayaan na tignan ng iba na kapareho lamang ng mga ibang komunidad ang ating komunidad. Sa ngayon, nasa krisis tayo. Ipinakita ng pandemyang coronavirus kung gaano kakaunti ang pambansang data tungkol sa epekto ng virus sa mga komunidad ng mga Asyanong Amerikano at Pacific Islander. Ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno ay nahirapan alamin kung saan ipapadala ang mga resources nang magsimula ang pandemya.

Kung mayroong accurate na census data, maaari nating patunayan kung saan kailangang ipamahagi ang resources sa buong bansa, sa mga estado, at pati na hanggang sa mga komunidad. Walang data kung paano naapektuhan ng coronavirus ang mga Asyanong Amerikano at mga Pacific Islanders. Sa simula, hindi ipinakita ng mga reports na ang mga miyembro sa ating mga komunidad ay namamatay mula sa virus nang mas mabilis kaysa sa ibang mga etnisidad. Halos 190,000 na mga Amerikano ang namatay mula sa COVID-19, ngunit kaunti lamang o walang data tungkol sa epekto ng virus sa Asyanong Amerikano at Pacific Islander ang ibinibigay. Ang death rate sa mga Amerikanong Pacific Islander ay mas mataas kaysa sa mga Asyanong Amerikano, ngunit ilang buwan ang nakaraan bago ipinaalam ang istatistikang ito. Wala pa rin tayong isang tumpak na larawan sa laki ng mga pagkakaiba-iba.

Ang komunidad na Asyanong Amerikano sa Amerika ay ang pinakamabilis na lumalagong populasyon sa Estados Unidos. Ito ay pinatunayan ng 2010 Senso. Kung hindi natin lahat sagutin ang 2020 Senso, hindi natin malalaman kung ito ay totoo pa. Hindi natin malalaman kung paano lumalaki o nagbabago ang ating mga komunidad. Hindi tayo maaaring humingi ng mga bagong paaralan, mga serbisyo para sa pangangalaga ng mga matatanda para sa ating mga komunidad, o makipag-debate para sa patas na representasyon sa Kongreso, state legislatures at pati sa local na school boards.

Sa loob ng ating mga komunidad, mayroon tayong higit sa 50 detalyadong mga subgroup na may iba’t ibang mga key social at economic indicators. Ang detalyadong data mula sa 2020 Senso ay kritikal sa ating kakayahang baguhin ang stereotype na "model minority," na ginamit upang burahin ang history of exclusion at discrimination laban sa mga Asyanong Amerikano.


Ginagamit din ang stereotype na ito upang ikubli ang ating mga pangangailangan at ang mga kritikal na pagkakaiba at prayoridad ng mga iba’t ibang subgroup ng mga Asyanong Amerikano at sa gayon ay bigyan ng dahilan ang kakulangan ng mga government resources at investments sa ating mga komunidad.

Ang ilan sa inyo ay maaaring nananatili sa inyong mga tahanan at naghihirap, o may mga negosyong nagigipit, o di kaya’y nababahala tungkol sa inyong job security. Ang data mula sa census ay magpapaalam sa gobyerno kung saan maglalagay ng mga resources na makakatulong sa inyong negosyo, kung saan magpapadala ng mga healthcare supplies o manggagawa, at kung saan nila sasabihin sa mga negosyante kung saan dapat muling magtayo o magtayo ng kanilang mga negosyo. Dapat tayong ganap na lumahok sa senso upang matiyak na ang mga komunidad na Asyanong Amerikano at Pacific Islander ay kasama sa pagpaplano ng ating mga komunidad upang makuha ang ating sapat na bahagi ng mga resources.

Ngunit hindi ito mangyayari kung hindi ka tumugon sa census. Ang deadline upang tumugon ay inextend kaya wala kang dahilan na huwag gawin ang dapat mong gawin para sa ating komunidad. Sa ngayon, maaaring hindi ka sigurado kung ano ang gagawin o kung paano ka makakagawa ng diperensya sa panahon ng pandemya at habang nagaganap ang mga protesta at rally tungkol sa racial injustice.

Ang isang bagay na magagawa mo ngayon ay baguhin ang ating visibility. Magpakita ka. Maging bahagi ka ng bilang. Sagutin ang 2020 Senso ngayon. May sampung minuto ka, di ba?

(Si John C. Yang ay ang pangulo at executive director ng Asian American Advancing Justice - AAJC, isang pambansang nonprofit na itinatag noong 1991 sa Washington, DC, na ang misyon ay i-advance ang civil at human rights ng mga Asyanong Amerikano at itaguyod ang isang patas at pantay na lipunan para sa lahat.)

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