Atty. Larry Gadon
By Fitzgerald Cecilio
College of law deans coerced to rally behind Leonen’s impeachment case
MANILA – College of law deans in the country are allegedly being forced to express support for embattled Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen with regards to his impeachment case filed before the House of Representatives.
This appears to be true after a mainstream newspaper report indicated that Manifesto of Support for Leonen is being circulated by Unibersidad de Manila Law Dean and Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) President Marisol Anenias .
When interviewed, Anenias refused to divulge the author of the manifesto as he claimed that it was a collective decision of the law deans and law professors to support Leonen.
However, a mainstream newspaper source disclosed that it is Anenias’ camp that leads the movement of drawing support for Leonen, texting individual law deans and professors, and persuading them to sign the manifesto.
But not all law professors and deans are willing to support Leonen. The magistrate’s glaring violations are weightier compared to that of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Mario Lourdes Sereno according to reports.
Accompanied by counsel in Atty. Larry Gadon, Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance-Maharlika (FLAG-MAHARLIKA) Secretary-General Edwin Cordevilla filed the impeachment complaint on 7 December against Leonen at the House of Representatives citing betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution as his group’s primary complaint against the magistrate.
PH tallies 2,122 new COVID-19 cases
MANILA — For the first time since November 29, the country surpassed the 2,000-level when it logged 2,122 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.
With the fresh cases, the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases increased to 456,562. The daily tally did not include data from four laboratories that failed to submit on time.
According to the DOH, Quezon City had the highest number of new cases with 160, followed by Rizal (105), Bulacan (91), Makati City (83) and Davao City (79).
The DOH also recorded 778 new recoveries, bringing the total number of COVID-19 survivors in the country to 420,666.
Villar SIPAG recognizes 22 cooperatives for poverty reduction
MANILA — The Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) recognized 22 cooperatives for their contribution in improving the quality of life of Filipinos, especially from the countryside.
Former Senate President Manny Villar and Sen. Cynthia Villar led the virtual handover ceremony to the cooperatives hailing from different parts of the country. The event capped the birthday celebration of former Senate President Villar, the founding chairman of Villar SIPAG.
The awardees each received Php250,000 in cash from Villar SIPAG. Three cooperatives, which received special citations, were granted Php100,000 each.
“Cooperatives play a significant role toward realizing the aspirations of our countrymen, especially those from the rural areas. They are the true epitome of Sipag at Tiyaga, values that have helped me succeed in my career as a businessman and a public servant,” former Senate President Villar said.
“Through this recognition, we hope to inspire and encourage cooperatives to continue with their work to uplift the lives of their communities,” added Sen. Cynthia Villar, director of Villar SIPAG.
Pagkaantala ng CREATE bill ‘malaking kawalan’ — Cayetano
MANILA — Kaakibat ng matinding problema sa pinansiyal na aspetong kinakaharap ng ating bansa sa gitna ng pandemya, binigyan pansin ni Senator Pia Cayetano na ang pagkaantala ng isinisusog na Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives Reform Act (CREATE) ay malaking kawalan na magreresulta sa kondisyon ng walang katiyakan o kapanatagan para sa mga negosyo sa taong 2021.
Nauna rito, iminungkahi ng economic team ng administrayong Duterte sa senado ang ilang amendments sa Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA), ang ikalawang package Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), na naipasa na sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa sa Lower House noong September 2019 at pinangalanang CREATE.
Sa ilalim ng panukala, ang pag-amyenda ay ire-recalibrate ang bill para sa mas mapahalagahan at matugunan ang pangangailangan sa mga negosyong labis na apektado ng Covid-19 pandemic at mapalakas ang kakayahan ng Pilipinas na makaakit ng mga malalaking mamumuhunan na magsisilbing public interest.
Ang mga pagsusog ay ginawang ang panukalang batas ay kauna-unahang nakakabawas sa kita sa reporma sa buwis na iminungkahi ng Kagawaran ng Pananalapi at ang pinakamalaking programang pampasigla ng piskal para sa mga negosyo sa kasaysayan ng bansa.
Ang binagong panukalang batas ay nagdaragdag din ng kakayahan ng Pangulo na aprubahan ang mga package para sa tax at non-tax incentive para makaakit ng pamumuhunan na ang makikinabang ay ang sambayanang Pilipino.
‘Di rason ang Pasko para labagin ang quarantine protocols — PNP
Hindi puwedeng ikatuwiran ang anumang selebrasyon o ang pagsasadiwa ng Pasko gaya ng Simbang Gabi para sumuway sa ipinapatupad na community quarantine dahil sa pandemya.
Babala sa publiko, kailangang sumunod sa mga pinaiiral na panuntunan kabilang na ang mga nagsisimba para na rin sa kapakanan ng bawat isa lalo na ngayong Christmas holiday para hindi mahawaan ng nakamamatay na sakit.
Sa ipinalabas na advisory, pinaalalahanan ni Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año ang publiko na ang pagtitipon ng higit sa 10 katao ay hindi pinapayagan dahil kinukunsidera itong mass gatherings at labag sa anti-pandemic rules na itinakda ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
Noong Oktubre ipinalabas ang mga panuntunan sa pagbabawal sa malawakang pagtitipon tulad ng movie screenings, concerts, sporting events at iba pang entertainment activities.
Ang pagdaraos ng mga Christmas party ay kinukunsidera ding non-essential activities na isa pa ring paglabag sa pandemic protocols.
“We are warning those who will hold Christmas parties in restaurants, malls and other public places. This remains illegal and a violation of our quarantine protocols. Any gathering of more than 10 people outside (homes) will be considered a mass gathering,” ani Año.
Pero nilinaw din ng DILG chief na ang pagtitipon ng bawat pamilya ay hindi labag.
Heart Evangelista cusses over an abuse towards a lantern vendor
MANILA— Who would ever imagine sweet and classy actress Heart Evangelista would suddenly cuss on Twitter after she learned about a Christmas lantern vendor who was duped by his client?
Heart vent her anger on her Twitter account last Friday, December 18, to the person who refused to pay the Christmas lanterns he took from a lantern vendor who was later known as Kuya Lakay.
The picture of the vendor in tears went viral on social media because of the experience he suffered from a buyer who did not pay him. According to Kuya Lakay, the buyer ran off with the total bill amounting to PHP100,000 worth of lanterns.
“Paano na ako? Baon na naman ako sa utang,” Kuya Lakay lamented.
A netizen posted Kuya Lakay’s photo on Facebook on December 16. Some broadsheets published and TV network announced about the plight of Kuya Lakay, which eventually reached Heart’s attention.
Immediately heart twitted: “Who ordered?? Nakakainis ha. How to find him??”
The Kapuso actress angrily tweeted: “Napipikon talaga ako! Hayop mga manloloko na yan. Good luck sa inyo.
Heart cussed out: mga abusado!” (AI/MTVN)