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Actor-director John Lapus hits Manny Pacquiao after proclaiming to run for President in 2022

September 22, 2021

MANILA - Actor-director John Lapus seems indirectly hitting presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao after Pacman announced his decision to run for President in 2022. Lapus, in his twitter tweet said, "Mga bakla! Wag kalimutan. Sinabihan tayo nyan na "Mas masahol pa sa hayop."   The boxer-turned senator of the country is one of the few leaders who have earlier announced their bid for the presidency in the 2022 national and local elections. Among them were Senator Ping Lacson, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Senator Bong Go, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. The Pacman's revelation of running for the highest position of the land also created mixed reactions and questions about his capability to run the country if he wins in the elections. Many Filipinos have openly supported the boxer's presidential bid but others have also doubted the Pacman's capability, saying he is not fit to run the country. Actor-director John Lapus is indirectly announcing that members of the LGBT community should not vote for Boxing Champ Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. Quoting an article from Pilipino Star Ngayon. Pacquiao allegedly said: “Mas mabuti pa yung hayop, marunong kumikilala kung lalaki o lalaki, [kung] babae, babae. Oh diba? Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae eh mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao. Ang hayop lang, hindi talaga puwedeng magsama ang lalake sa lalake.”   Earlier on Toni Gonzaga's Toni Talks Vlog, the senator clarified he is not in the position to make judgments on the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, in 2016, when Manny was still congressman of Sarangani, John Lapus recalled his past statement when he was asked about same-sex marriage.   "As Christian, bawal naman yung same-sex marriage. Ginawa ang babae para sa lalaki, ginawa ang lalaki para sa babae. Kasi para sakin ito lang, common sense lang, makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae?" sabi ng senador na noo'y kinatawan pa lang ng Sarangani. "Mas mabuti pa yung hayop, marunong kumikilala kung lalaki o lalaki, [kung] babae, babae. Oh diba? Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae eh mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao. Ang hayop lang, hindi talaga puwedeng magsama ang lalake sa lalake," the Pacman commented.   ________      

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Tanggulang Demokrasya to file petition in Congress to adopt "People's Draft"

September 21, 2021

Tanggulang Demokrasya, a people's organization that seeks to defend democracy, by pursuing electoral reform and advocating system change, announced this week that their group is set to file a petition in the Lower House to adopt the "People's Draft. In a press statement, the group said the draft constitution called the People's Draft has been silently making the rounds through social media for many years now. The group said they have become popular among those pushing for constitutional reforms in the country. Lawyer Dindo Donato, general counsel of Tanggulang Demokrasya (TanDem), the lead proponent of the People's Draft said their petition, which is to be filed in both houses of congress, seeks action from the lawmakers to deliberate, approve, adopt and endorse the draft to the Commission on Elections for the conduct of a plebiscite "simultaneous with the national and local elections” next year. “Tandem has sought the advice of many groups and individuals in writing this draft for many years. We now believe we have a draft that best reflects the reforms our people desire for their future,” the lawyer said. There are several moves to reform the constitution already resulting in several drafts in the past. Most recently, there are the Bayanihan Draft written by a constitutional committee formed by President Rodrigo Duterte, and the PDP Laban Draft written by members of the political party to which the President belongs. However, Donato said, the People’s Draft is the only one that claims to be crowd-sourced, having gone through different revisions over the years from comments and suggestions from “crowds.” The People’s Draft is also the only one that comes from the ground up, meaning it is not initiated by government officials or institutions but by ordinary people, hence its name. ###

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Mayor Sara says Davao Covid19 Taskforce requests for booster shots for frontliners

September 21, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte announced Monday that the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force has requested the Department of Health regional office 11 (DOH-11) to provide booster shots for frontliners in hospitals. Through a resolution, the mayor said, the taskforce cited the depleted number of healthcare workers in both government and private, thus the need to protect the remaining frontliners in said hospitals.   It can be recalled that thousands of healthcare service providers have contracted the deadly virus, and worst, many have also died. “It was discussed and that was the action of the Covid-19 Task Force. We passed a resolution seeking permission and requesting the approval from DOH-11,” Mayor Sara said. She also pointed out that the outbreaks in the city's hospitals were to blame for the depleted number of healthcare professionals. “It has been the [perennial problem] in the hospitals since last year,” Mayor Duterte said. The City Mayor also reminded the populace of Davao City to strictly observe minimum public health standards to help the city government and the frontliners. Mayor Duterte has also reiterated that work-from-home, as well as the skeletal force would continue among the city government employees to help control the surge of the deadly virus. “It is something we need to do. It is our contribution to our health workers inside the hospitals who are tired, overworked, and swamp with Covid-19 cases. We endeavor to reduce the infections among City Government of Davao employees so that if there’s a reduction of infections among our employees, we are less of a burden to our health care workers,” she concluded. (PNA)

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Justice Secretary orders NBI to probe the killing of a human rights lawyer in SoCot

September 21, 2021

SOUTH COTABATO - Secretary Menardo Guevarra of the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to probe and give justice on the recent killing of a human rights lawyer in this province. Lawyer Juan Macababbad, 68, was killed by an unidentified assassin last September 15, this year, in front of his residence in Barangay Poblacion, Surallah, this province. The police are 'still facing a blank wall' as the identities of the assassin and the mastermind behind the killing of the human rights lawyer, it was learned. Initial investigation, however, disclosed that prior to the killing, the lawyer had reportedly been receiving death threats. The office of Secretary Guevarra yesterday issued Department Order No. 222, directing the National Bureau of Investigation Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor to start a case build up and thoroughly conduct 'no-nonsense' investigation on the killing of Atty Macababbad. According to the report, the lawyer has been handling cases for farmers, fisherfolk, informal settlers, and victims of alleged extra-judicial killings. The human rights lawyer usually handled cases of farmers, fisherfolk, informal settlers, and victims of alleged extra-judicial killings. The immediate family of the slain lawyer also announced yesterday that the public viewing is scheduled on September 23 at his residence, and the interment will be held the following day at Koronadal Valley Eternal Garden. “We request that families, friends, and colleagues who will attend the wake should strictly observe health guidelines and protocols. Let us be vigilant in keeping everyone's health and safety a priority. We also ask those who have health vulnerabilities to just stay at home. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated,” the family posted on social media. Meanwhile, the lawyer's fraternity and sorority colleagues from Ateneo Law School's Fraternal Order of Utopia appealed for a speedy resolution of the crime. The lawyer's national organization, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), General Santos City and South Cotabato chapter also said in a statement that the late lawyer was a fierce advocate of justice and civil rights, and he was also a good father to his family. - PNA

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DOH-10 chief says no to Ivermectin

September 21, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A top-ranking official of the Department of Health regional office 10 (DOH-10) has strongly opposed the human use of Ivermectin anti-parasitic drug, to treat coronavirus-infected patients. This, even as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already given a go-signal to third party hospitals to start using Ivermectin, a drug specially formulated for animals, saying the use of said drug to treat covid patients has no proof and specific evidence. The idea of using Ivermectin to treat covid-19 patients came out after several people claimed they were treated and cured of Covid-19 after they used the said Ivermectin drug. But Doctor Llacuna in a press briefing claimed that there is no proof and specific evidence that patients were cured after using the "animal drug"   Dr. Jose R. Llacuna Jr, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH)-10, said he is not recommending the use of said drug because Ivermectin is formulated only for animals and not for human consumption, as a drug to cure illnesses from virus infections.   There is no sufficient evidence, Llacuna said, that could prove that said drug can actually cure the deadly coronavirus disease and its dangerous mutations. Director Llacuna claimed that last year based on the Philippine COVID-19 Living CPG reviewers of the UP-NIH and ICE, as well as the panel representative DOH-FDA, PMA, PCP, PAFP, POGS, PCEM, PSGIM, PCCP, PSPHP, and PSMID official statement early this year—regarding the use of Ivermectin for treatment of COVID 19 The DOH official said that further study of the Cochrane research group reportedly showed Ivermectin failed to reduce deaths happening in many regions in the country. Cochrane, the DOH official said, is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, caregivers, and people interested in health. Meanwhile, Dr Eric Domingo of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already announced and given a go-signal for third party hospitals to use Ivermectin to help treat the covid-19 victims. FDA GO SIGNAL Earlier, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that a third party hospital has been granted a compassionate special permit (CSP) to use Ivermectin anti-parasitic drug for the treatment of the deadly virus coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)   FDA Director-General Eric Domingo, during the House committee hearing on good government and public accountability, said the facility received the permit to use the veterinary drug and treat their patients contracted with the deadly virus. Domingo said: “Sa ngayon po mayroon pa pong na-approve na isang hospital." According to Domingo the CSP permit only allows the approved hospitals for one year and gives authorization to their doctors to administer the Ivermectin to treat covid patients.    

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Bulua dad promises to give justice to residents affected by 'hazardous smoke'

September 21, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Bulua Barangay Chairman Arjay "Al" Legaspi, Jr yesterday vowed to give justice to his constituents affected by the alleged "hazardous chemicals" coming from the thick-dark smoke of a crematorium here. Legaspi said he had already met twice the residents of zone 7 in Barangay Bulua, including representatives from DENR, Clenro, and the crematorium. "Ato na silang gipatawag sa ikaduhang higayon ug gihisgutan ang solusyon niining reklamo sa mga residente nga lage lain ug baho ang ibuga nga itom nga aso gikan sa crematorium," Barangay Chair Legaspi told MDNN. ("We've already called the parties twice and discussed on the solution of the complaints of Zone 7 residents that the crematorium located in their area, has been emitting a thick-dark smoke and bad odor) The barangay chairman said the DENR has already gotten air sample and would announced the result of their investigation into the matter. "We are only waiting for the result of the investigation made by the DENR and we will recommend whatever we can recommend based on the results of the investigations by proper authorities," Chairman Legaspi said in vernacular. The crematorium, it was learned, was cremating an average of 10 dead bodies of covid-19 victims everyday. The reported issue has reached the television show of Raffy Tulfo, who immediately acted on the complaint filed by a certain Jane Saligumba, who only lives 15 meters away from the crematorium. Saligumba claimed the residents were already alarmed after the children have started experiencing illnesses due to the alleged "foul smell" coming from the thick, black smoke of the crematory. Meanwhile, City Information Officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera told the media the concerns of the residents in Barangay Bulua has already reached the City Mayor. Rivera said the City Government has already spent more than 30 million pesos in cremation alone since August 10. It was also learned that of the over a thousand people who have died of the deadly coronavirus disease, 790 of them were cremated. MIXED URN The cremation of a Covid-19 victim who has died, and all the belongings of the dead, including a cellphone, shoes, bracelets, ring, body bags, laptop, PVC,  and all other belongings would be burned, the reason that during the process, a thick, black smoke coming from the crematory. Engr Armen Cuenca, in an earlier interview, said the thick smoke may contain "hazardous chemicals" so that an inspection from the DENR is necessary.      

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