Lucy Torres, tatakbong mayor ng Ormoc City sa Eleksyon 2022

Lucy Torres, tatakbong mayor ng Ormoc City sa Eleksyon 2022
(GMA News) Kinumpirma ni Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez na hindi tatakbong senador sa Eleksyon 2022 ang kaniyang asawa na si Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Sa halip na senador, posisyon bilang alkalde ng Ormoc ang tatakbuhan ni Lucy, na kasalukuyang hawak ni Richard.

Hindi pa malinaw kung tatakbo naman bilang kongresista ang dating aktor.

Una rito, sinabi ni Senate President Vicente Sotto III sa mga mamamahayag ang naturang plano ni Lucy.

“[Former] Speaker [Pantaleon] Alvarez just met with Lucy. She has decided not to run for the Senate and instead for Mayor of Ormoc,” sabi ni Sotto, tatakbong bise presidente sa Eleksyon 2022, katambal si Sen. Ping Lacson.

Nasa Ormoc sina Sotto, Lacson at Alvarez, para sa kanilang biyahe mula sa Iloilo patungong Bacolod.

Nitong nakaraang buwan, sinabi ni Lucy na hindi pa siya nakakapagplano para sa darating na halalan.

Noong Hulyo, inihayag ni Sotto na kasama si Lucy sa senatorial line-up na sa binubuo ng kanilang tambalan ni Lacson.

Miyembro si Lucy ng PDP-Laban, at kasama rin siya sa binubuong senatorial slate ng administrasyon… Read More

Japan embassy confirms its gov’t received info on possible terror attack in Philippines


(GMA News) Japan’s embassy in Manila on Tuesday confirmed that its government has received information on possible terror attacks in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

“We confirm that the Japanese government has received information about a possible terror attack, but we cannot give you any detailed background at the moment,” the Japanese Embassy said in a statement.

” In relation to this, we issued a warning to alert Japanese people residing in some Southeast Asian countries, but we cannot disclose the source.”

On Monday, Japan warned its citizens against possible attacks in six Southeast Asian countries—the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar— and urged them to avoid “Western-owned” facilities, such as hotels and restaurants, and religious sites.

“We ask all Japanese residents to remain vigilant against terrorist attacks,” it added.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry said it obtained information on “increased risks such as suicide bombings.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was not informed by the embassy on this matter. However, it added, countries can issue travel alerts for its citizens.

“[T]his type of information may have been shared among intelligence agencies,” it said.

The Department of Defense, meanwhile, said that it is working to validate the information, while the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police said that no threats have been monitored in the country.

“As with all reports concerning the safety and security of our communities, the aforementioned advisory will be subjected to the process of validation,” DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said in a statement… Read More

ICC opens probe into drug war killings in Philippines

ICC opens probe into drug war killings in Philippines
(GMA News) The International Criminal Court on Wednesday authorized the start of its investigation into the killings in the Philippines’ war on drugs.

In a statement, the ICC said that its Pre-Trial Chamber 1 has granted then-Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s June 14 request to probe crimes “allegedly committed on the territory of the Philippines between 1 November 2011 and 16 March 2019 in the context of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ campaign.”

The ICC said that a “specific legal element of crime against humanity of murder” has been met with respect to Duterte’s war on drugs in the period from July 1, 2016—the day after President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office as chief executive—until March 16, 2019, the day before the Philippines formally exited the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC.

It has also been met “with respect to the killings in the Davao area between 1 November 2011 and 30 June 2016.”

“The Chamber emphasized that, based on the facts as they emerge at the present stage and subject to proper investigation and further analysis, the so-called ‘war on drugs’ campaign cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcement operation, and the killings neither as legitimate nor as mere excesses in an otherwise legitimate operation. Rather, the available material indicates, to the required standard, that a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population took place pursuant to or in furtherance of a State policy, within the meaning of Article 7(1) and (2)(a) of the Statute,” the ICC added.

Jude Sabio, lawyer for self-confessed “Davao Death Squad” hitman Edgar Matobato, in 2017 filed the first publicly known communication before the ICC against Duterte, citing the “terrifying” and “gruesome” deaths in the Philippines as a result of his administration’s drug war… Read More

Las Piñas school gets computer upgrade through AllHome

Las Piñas school gets computer upgrade through AllHome
(PhilStar) MANILA, Philippines — The country’s leading one-stop-shop AllHome store has partnered with Deputy Speaker Camille Villar, who led the ceremonial turnover of upgraded computer laboratory equipment to a school in her district, the Las Piñas City National Science High School.

“AllHome fully supports public schools in implementing new learning strategies during this pandemic,” she said as she turned over the computer equipment to the school, which now has newly renovated ICT (information communication technology) rooms.

Villar also sits as vice-chair of AllHome, a family-owned enterprise.

“We are privileged to spearhead this initiative which equips Las Piñas City National Science High School with the facilities needed to ensure continuity in learning among our youth. We are also thankful for the partnership of our suppliers,” she added.

Aside from facilitating the interior renovations, repairs and styling of the school’s computer laboratories, Villar also donated laptops, projectors, DSLR cameras, office chairs and air-conditioning units.

With the help of its top suppliers, AllHome renovated three ICT rooms intended for both students and teachers.

Partner suppliers that took part in this initiative include Philippine Insulation Co., Inc., Pro-Wood, Delta Wood Products Corp., Polylite Industrial Corp., Uratex, Midea, Haier and TCL.

Leonora Lustre, principal of LPCNSHS, expressed gratitude to Villar as well as AllHome and its partners.

“The pandemic continues to change the way we teach and the way our students learn. We truly appreciate the efforts of AllHome and their partners in helping us fulfill our mandate to deliver quality education to our youth amid this very challenging time,” Lustre said.

The upgraded computer lab and equipment ensure that the campus population will not get left behind… Read More

Anxiety about finances in PHL highest in Asia Pacific, survey shows

Anxiety about finances in PHL highest in Asia Pacific, survey shows
(BusinessWorld) THE Philippines registered the highest levels of stress regarding individual finances in the Asia Pacific, according to a survey commissioned by banking software solutions company Backbase.

In its “State of Banking and Financial Wellness in Asia Pacific” study released Wednesday, managing debt was reported to be a challenge for 70% of Philippine respondents, well above the average for nine economies of 49%.

“Compared with the rest of APAC consumers, Filipinos are the most stressed about their current financial situation. They also feel more anxious and uncertain. One source of this anxiety is debt,” according to the study.

The survey indicated that 51% of Filipino respondents were “stressed” about their current financial situation, while only 39% and 46% gave as their answers “comfortable” and “informed,” respectively.

“Surveyed consumers from countries with lower levels of financial literacy report feeling stressed and overwhelmed by their financial

situation. The research also reveals that consumers over the age of 50 are more anxious, uncertain, and pessimistic about their financial situation compared with other age groups,” it said.

Other top concerns for Filipinos concern building up savings, with 58% of those surveyed reporting struggles, while 52% expressed worries about planning for retirement.

The study found dissatisfaction with banks in terms of providing financial management tools, encouraging better financial habits, and identifying risk.

“While Filipino banks are focusing their efforts on providing financial literacy tools, less than 50% of Filipino banks are focusing on the other two needs. Banks that simplify financial wellness and provide personalized solutions will help to address debt and, in the long run, build customer loyalty,” it said.

The study found that 70% of Philippine banks reported difficulties in keeping up with customer expectations while sustaining their profitability and relevance, significantly higher than the regional average of just 63%.

“Another major challenge is increased competition and disruption from new industry entrants. In order to stay ahead, Filipino banks should follow the example of banks in other countries and learn from global experience,” it said… Read More

General population vaccination to start next month, says Galvez

General population vaccination to start next month, says Galvez
(GMA News) The Philippine government is set to start the vaccination of the general public by next month, with the expected arrival of over 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

In a taped briefing aired Saturday morning, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. told President Rodrigo Duterte that the arrival of over “61 million doses of vaccine [will be in] September and October” this year.

Likewise, Galvez said there are 12 million doses of Sinovac vaccine arriving this month and and another 10 million doses are coning in October… Read More

PH breaks record for highest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases with 26,303 more infections

PH breaks record for highest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases with 26,303 more infections
(CNN Philippines) Metro Manila — The country once again logged a new record for the highest number of new COVID-19 cases it recorded in a day with 26,303 more infections tallied on Saturday, the Department of Health reported.

The DOH case bulletin counted a total of 2,206,021 cases in the country with 8.4% or 185,706 active cases or people currently battling the disease. At least 85.3% of the active cases showed mild symptoms, 10.2% are asymptomatic, 2.56% are in moderate condition, 1.3% are in severe condition and 0.6% are in critical condition.

The death toll climbed to 34,978 – which is 1.59% of the number of cases – with 79 new fatalities. Meanwhile, 16,013 others recovered, lifting the survivor tally to 1,985,337 or 90% of the COVID-19 count.

The DOH said it reclassified 32 survivors into deaths after validation and deleted 52 duplicate cases, including 45 recoveries.

The total excludes data from two laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the department added. These laboratories contributed an average of 0.8% of tested samples and 1.1% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate – or percentage of tested people with positive results – dropped from 28.8% based on tests on September 8 to 27.6% based on 75,688 tests reported on September 9. The rate has been higher than 27% since September 1.

According to US nonprofit Covid Act Now – which OCTA researchers use for reference – the positivity rate is at critical level if it is above 20%, meaning more coronavirus tests should be conducted. The standard positivity rate is below 3% to show there is sufficient testing… Read More

US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez was told to GIVE UP on tennis

US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez was told to GIVE UP on tennis
(Daily Mail) US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez has revealed she was told by a school teacher to give up on tennis because she would never make it to the top of the game.

The Canadian, who turned 19 on Monday, stunned world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka in a dramatic three-set semi-final at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night.

Fernandez will now face Britain’s Emma Raducanu in the first US Open final to feature two teenagers since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis in 1999 – before this year’s finalists were born.

US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez was told to GIVE UP on tennis

Dropped from Tennis Quebec’s development programme when she was seven, Fernandez will now have the last laugh as she battles Raducanu for a winner’s purse of £1.8million.

And she revealed after her victory over Sabalenka on Arthur Ashe Stadium that she was urged to abandon her tennis dreams as a youngster but uses those doubts as motivation on the court now.

‘A lot of people doubted me, my family and my dreams,’ said Fernandez after knocking out second seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6, 4-6 6-4.

‘They kept saying “No”, that I’m not going to be a professional tennis player, that I should stop and just pursue going to school.

‘I remember one teacher, which was actually very funny – at the time it wasn’t, but now I’m laughing.

‘She told me to stop playing tennis, you will never make it, and just focus on school.

‘I’m glad she told me that because every day I have that phrase in my head saying: “I’m going to keep going, push through, prove to her everything I’ve dreamed of I’m going to achieve.”‘… Read More