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Singer-composer of "Pusong Bato" dies at 61

September 21, 2021

MANILA - Renee "Alon" dela Rosa, 61, died of illness on September 15th inside an ambulance, due to lack of oxygen. He was also rejected by 40 hospitals and those rejections, according to the immediate family, also contributed to the untimely demise of the singer-composer. Dela Rosa was the original composer of "Pusong Bato" which became a hit song many years ago, and it was first sung by Aimee Torres. On September 14 in her Facebook page, Alon's daughter Justine dela Rosa said: “Hello po, humihingi po kami ng kahit kaunting tulong pambili lang po ng oxygen para sa aking papa na si ‘Alon.’ Nandito po kami ngayon sa district hospital. Any amount will do po and prayers na rin po. Salamat po.” Later, around 5:00 p.m. her daughter also asks for help again. She said her father needs oxygen.  “ASAP: Need Oxygen Tank na may laman. at Private Hospital na rin po around QC na may avail na room po, please.” Her daughter also said three hours after that her father badly needs a hospital room. “Badly needed, private hospital with available room. Or baka may kakilala po kayo na tao na marrefer nyo po sa amin. Please po need ma-admit sa ospital ng papa ko." REJECTIONS It was learned that there were 40 hospitals who denied her father admission, even though he was already at the critical stage of his life. “Grabe po, 40+ na hospital po ang pinuntahan namin at maski isa po, wala man lang po nagbigay ng first aid, dextrose at yung oxygen tank po. Yung iba po tinataboy pa po kami at sinusungitan po. Na-record po namin yung ibang trato po sa amin ng mga ospital, kung paano kami sinungitan.” The daughter said she's been begging to hospitals to admit them considering the critical condition of her father but no hospitals accepted him. She said she cannot understand why hospitals were denying them. She's been requesting to use even the hospital premises or just outside the wards. Nadsla dela Rose, Alon's niece also claimed the singer-composer became so ill after they travelled many places just to look for a hospital that will accept him. “In behalf of dela rosa family grabe ginawa ng mga hayop na doctor at hospitals na tumanggi sa tito ko Renee Alon grabe grabe! “In short napaka worst almost 48hrs na." she narrated sadly. Nadsla said hospitals were too harsh and no humanitarian considerations even a critical patient won't be accepted for no enough reasons. "Sana wag mangyayari sa mga pamilya nila yung nangyari sa amin," Nadsla said.  

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Guinness World Records may recognize a Filipina grandma the oldest living person

September 21, 2021

MANILA - The Guinness World Records people may come to the Philippines and recognize the oldest living person in the world. Lola Francisca Susano, 124, was born in 1897. And the current holder of the oldest living person was born in 1903, known as Kane Tanaka, a Japanese.     The oldest living "Pinay" from Negros Occidental had just celebrated her 124th birthday last September 11, this year. Representative Rodolfo Ordanes of the Senior Citizen Partylist said the Guinness World Record has already received the needed documents supporting the country's claim to the oldest living person in the world. Rep Ordanes also filed a resolution urging the House of Representatives to honor Lola Francisca and grant her the supercentenarian award of P1 million for her remarkable achievement and great honor to the country if she will be cited by Guinness soon. "Dapat nating ituring na pambansang yaman ang mga gaya ni Lola Francisca Susano. Nasaksihan niya ang mahahalagang  yugto sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa sa nagdaang mahigit isang siglo. Mas matanda pa nga siya kaysa sa deklarasyon ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas mula sa Espanya," Rep. Ordanes pointed out. Based on records, a certain Jeanne Calment from France was the oldest living person at the age of 122 but she passed away in 1997.    

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Bangsamoro Medical Program Helps Over 14,700

August 11, 2021

In the three short years that it has been existing, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has been busy with many programs, especially medical ones that are seriously needed in a time of COVID-19. Currently, the BARMM’s Ayudang Medical mula sa Bangsamoro Government (AMBaG) program has given financial assistance to more than 14,700 people among 22 partner hospitals. “The importance of lending a helping hand for medical expenses cannot come at a more suitable period than what we are experiencing today with the ongoing pandemic,” said BARMM Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim Al-Haj in a statement. Over PhP 87 Million has been disbursed to the partner hospitals, as well as to hospitals outside the region, to assist Bangsamoro patients’ needs that are not covered by Philhealth benefits and other medical assistance programs. Out of the 14,752 people assisted by AMBaG, 10,346 (around 70%) were “zero balance” or did not have any outstanding hospital debt upon discharge. Recently, three North Cotabato hospitals joined the AMBaG program namely the Aleosan District Hospital (ADH) in Aleosan town; the North Cotabato Provincial Hospital (NCPH) in Amas, Kidapawan City; and the Dr. Amado B. Diaz Hospital (DABDH) in Midsayap town.  Though not officially part of the BARMM region, these hospitals will still be receiving financial aid from AMBaG so they can help more Bangsamoro people in need of assistance. “The NCPH will receive a PHP10-million allotment from us under the AMBaG project while the ADH and DABDH will also receive PHP5 million each,” said BARMM Cabinet Secretary and AMBaG project manager Mohd Asnin Pendatun during the MOA signing.

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Olympic silver medalist in boxing Mansueto' Onyok' Velasco claims Congress, Philippine Navy failed to fulfill pledges

July 31, 2021

FALSE PROMISES   The celebrated silver medalist in boxing Olympics in 1996, Mansueto 'Onyok' Velasco, has revealed on national television that both Congress and the Philippine Navy did not fulfill their pledges. This, in reaction to the windfall of monetary pledges that Hidilyn Diaz is receiving now as posted on social media. The cash pledges have now reached more than P40 Million, excluding the Foton van, a condo, lifetime plane travel, lifetime gasoline, and all other pledges, which would eventually change the lifestyle of her siblings and family in Zamboanga City. “Yung kay Hidilyn, sana matupad lahat para hindi lang si Hidilyn, yung iba pang gustong maging athletes na kabataan, magpursige rin na ganun pala kalaki yung mga binibigay,” he said quoting an exclusive interview made by a National TV giant GMA. Velasco revealed that after bagging the silver medal in Atlanta Olympics in boxing in 1996, he has also received pledges just like what happens now to weighlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz. But he was saddened as according to him, Congress did not fulfill their P2.5 million pledge which he could have used for the education of his children. He also lamented that the Philippine Navy pledged educational scholarship to his children but did not also fulfill their promise. "Right now I was using my income for my children's education. Had Congress fulfill the P2.5 million I could have used it in my kids' schooling," Velasco pointed out. Velasco also revealed that a businessman has pledged a P10,000 lifetime allowance but it only lasted for one year. But he said he did receive the house and lot pledged by another businessman before and where he is currently dwelling. He is hoping said businessman could already transfer the certificate of title to him so that he could live peacefully in said property. “Ang inaano ko na lang sana, yung titulo lang mai-transfer na ba, kasi nakatira ako doon sa bahay, mamaya bigla akong palayasin doon.” MOTIVATION The boxing champ said all these financial help from both the government and the private sector is a great motivation for budding athletes especially those who have less in life and their families live in poverty. He said the training is hard and you can leave your family for many months and even a year, so it is one challenge that must be faced by the national athletes competing in olympics to bring honor to the country. During his time, he said, was really tough as there were no cellphones yet. So he would always think if his family was okay or not, or they have eaten a good meal in a day without him.  

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A Note to Media from foodpanda Philippines

July 27, 2021

Dear friends in the media, There’s been a lot of stories written about foodpanda in the past weeks. We’ve heard the feedback, and feel it might be helpful, and important for us to share the following with you, to provide more facts, and explain the factors contributing to these scenarios. 1. On July 13, 2021, foodpanda made the difficult decision to offboard 37 riders who were found to have violated the agreement which all foodpanda riders agree to. These violations included making fake bookings and instigating other riders to jointly breach their agreements with the company. As of July 26, all the riders who were offboarded have been invited to small group dialogues with the foodpanda team to openly discuss the situation on each case, and the possibility of reboarding them. 2. The 10 year suspension message was sent to the riders due, in large part, to a system glitch: due to violations of the agreement described above, foodpanda's intention was to inform the rider that they have been offboarded. In fact, this offboarding is mentioned in the accompanying text to the suspension message which states (in part): "Ang actions mo ay in violation of the said Agreement. Dahil dito, nais naming ipaalam sa iyo na offboarded ka na mula sa foodpanda" Unfortunately, our rider software did not recognize the offboarding option and instead, sent out the message for the 10-year suspension. Our technical team has taken all the necessary steps to address this error and we have explained the same to riders who have attended our invitations for open dialogue. 3. Rider fees are dynamic,and are calculated based on multiple factors that include the route and distance of the delivery, making the payment structure more organized and fair. Riders’ earnings on each order are transparent at the point of their accepting each order before proceeding. If an order falls under a Free Delivery campaign, foodpanda shoulders the full delivery fee so riders still get their full fee for those orders. As a company, foodpanda is always working hard to keep operations running smoothly everyday - so that restaurants can get orders, riders can deliver them for a living, and customers receive satisfactory service. There are complex areas of balance that are critical so that everyone can be fairly compensated and satisfied. There are times when we fail to communicate better and we’re always open to feedback for improvements, but please rest assured that all communication channels are open especially to our hard working riders to express their concerns and feedback. We will continue to initiate and continue with regular dialogues to help riders better understand their earnings structure, and other benefits available to them. We hope this gives you a good glimpse into the circumstances surrounding these recent stories, and help contextualise these incidents and the sentiments surrounding it. Sincerely, foodpanda Philippines

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IMEE: VAT SA OIL PRODUCTS, SUSPENDIHIN MUNA SA GITNA NG PANDEMYA

July 16, 2021

Isinusulong ni Senadora Imee R. Marcos, chairperson ng Senate committee on Economic Affairs, na dapat suspendihin muna ng isang taon ang ipinapataw na Value Added Tax (VAT) sa oil products sa gitna ng nararanasang krisis dulot ng Covid-19 pandemic sa bansa. Nitong Martes, nagpatupad na naman ang oil companies ng price hike na umabot sa P1.15/liter sa gasoline, P.60/liter sa diesel at P.65/liter sa kerosene. Mula Enero 2021, sinabi ni Marcos na pumalo na sa P13 per liter ang itinaas ng gasolina; P10/liter sa diesel at P9/ liter sa kerosene. "May domino effect ang oil price hike sa mga produktong agrikultura at iba pang essentials. Ipapasa lang ang dagdag na presyo ng langis sa mga consumer na kawawa na nga, walang trabaho, tumataas pa ang halaga ng pagkain, kuryente at mga bilihin," pahayag pa ni Marcos. Kung pansamantalang masuspindi ang 12% VAT sa langis, sinabi ni Marcos na malaking ginhawa ito sa mga motorista at mga konsyumer. Nagpatupad ang pamahalaan ng dagdag na 12% VAT sa fuel products bukod pa ito sa excise tax na ipinataw sa ilalim ng Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. Noong December 2017, nilagdaan ni Pang.Duterte ang batas na nagpapataw ng excise tax sa diesel sa halagang P2.50/liter at P7.00/ liter sa gasoline.  

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