Sara urged to run for president
MANILA — Despite repeated denial by presidentiañ daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte that she is eyeing to succeed her father President Rodrigo Roa Duterte 16 months from now, a new multisectoral group Sandigan ng Demokrasya 2022 Movement (SD22M) has urged her to run for president.
“Inday Sara does not only have beauty and brains but also courage to defend the masses, specially the downtrodden and oppressed,” a convenor of Sandigan ng Demokrasya told Maharlika TV in an exclusive interview upon the founding of the movement on Sunday, January 31.
The Sandigan ng Demokrasya convenor was referring to an incident in Davao City when she stood for the beleaguered urban poor residents whose houses were about to be demolished.
It can be recalled that ten years ago, the feisty lady mayor punched not once, but four times, a court sheriff for insisting on demolishing houses inside a contested property in Barangay Soliman in Davao’s Agdao district.
Inday Sara had appealed for a couple of hours of “grace period” to wait for the court decision on an earlier motion to discontinue the demolition but the sheriff ignored Duterte’s plea.
Senate ratifies treaty banning the use of nuclear weapons
MANILA — The Senate today adopted a resolution expressing its concurrence to the ratification of a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW).
Proposed Senate Resolution 620, introduced and sponsored by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, was unanimously adopted with 23 votes. The resolution was co-sponsored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros and all other senators.
“The Treaty further reinforces commitments against the use, threat of use, development, production, manufacture, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, transfer, stationing, or installation of nuclear weapons,” Pimentel, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, said.
According to Pimentel, the treaty is the “first globally applicable multilateral agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons on the basis of international humanitarian law.”
He said, the Philippines is among the first states to sign the treaty, along with other 52 countries. As a signatory to the treaty, he said the Philippines has much to gain, including the TPNW’s provisions on victim assistance and environmental remediation.
Former senator Victor Ziga Sr. dies at 75
LEGAZPI CITY – Former Senator Victor Ziga Sr. passed away on Sunday afternoon due to heart and multi-organ failure at the St. Lukes Hospital, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. He was 75.
Albay Board Member Victor Ziga Jr. said his father’s remains would lie in state at the Loyola Memorial Chapel in Sucat, Parañaque where this could be viewed for five days and later on cremated.
Vic Jr., in a phone interview on Monday, said the Senate staff is preparing to hold a neurological service at the Senate this week.
The late former senator was a Liberal Party stalwart and staunch supporter of former President Corazon Aquino during the Edsa People Power Revolution in February 1986.
He was the son of former Senator Tecla San Andres Ziga, the first female senator in the Philippines and the first woman in the country to top the Bar examination, and Venancio Ziga, a former governor of Albay province.
Borongan City lifts 2-week hard lockdown
TACLOBAN CITY – The local government of Borongan City in Eastern Samar lifted on Monday the two-week hard lockdown enforced in communities near the city’s commercial district.
Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda issued Executive Order No. 005-0121 relaxing movement restrictions that were imposed for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“During the implementation of the hard lockdown, the city government, through the City Health Office, was able to trace and isolate all Covid-19 suspects through the voluntary antigen testing held in the city’s different villages with suspected clustering of Covid-19 cases,” Agda said in a statement on Monday.
In the past two weeks, there was a steady decrease in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, putting the city under moderate risk by the provincial health office, he said.
Agda said lifting some restrictions will allow businesses and other stakeholders to recover from the stringent protocols imposed when the city recorded a sudden surge of Covid-19 cases.
DSWD resumes aid releases for crisis-hit folk in Soccsksargen
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) has resumed the release of financial and relief assistance to residents that were affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-Region 12 director, said Monday some 351 poor residents from South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat have benefitted from the first batch of releases since last week under its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).
He said the recipients comprised 311 farmers and fishermen from parts of South Cotabato and 40 others from Lutayan town in Sultan Kudarat.
Espejo said they each received one-time emergency cash grants of PHP3,000 and a box of family food pack.
He said the release of the assistance was facilitated by the Office of the President and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and conducted in coordination with the concerned local government units.
Pampanga capital seeks to sustain gains of road clearing ops
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The city government of San Fernando is targeting to keep a high compliance rating for the second phase of road clearing operations ordered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
This city was one of the 328 local government units (LGUs) out of 1,246 in the country that garnered a high compliance rating for the first phase of the DILG’s order on road clearing operations.
City Local Government Operations Officer Marites Quillope said on Monday that members of the city’s road clearing operations discussed preparation measures leading to DILG’s table and actual validation in the city on Feb. 18 this year.
For the second phase, the DILG, along with a representative local government unit, will be validating the city’s compliance with the following components: tricycle ban on national roads, creation of ordinances relative to the directive, completion of inventory reports for road obstructions, relocation/recovery programs for displaced obstructions/vendors, and, establishment of electronic and physical grievance mechanism.
Quillope said the city is prepared for the validation, but will strengthen its existing operations, with the support of its partner agencies and the community.
GenSan cops to use body cameras in operations
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Police personnel here will soon be using body cameras to make their operations more efficient and transparent.
Maj. Rissa Hernaez, spokesperson of the city police office, said Monday the preparations are ongoing for the utilization of at least 16 body cameras provided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) central office in their operations.
She said they already installed the accompanying software to the computer systems at the city police headquarters in Camp Fermin Lira.
But she said the personnel assigned to handle and supervise them still need to undergo proper training to ensure its smooth rollout, specifically in terms of monitoring and processing of the footages.
Hernaez said they are currently waiting for the issuance of a memorandum from the Police Regional Office-12 for the schedule of the training, which will initially involve their information technology or IT personnel. (AI/MTVN)