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PRRD won’t allow ABS-CBN to operate even if it gets new franchise unless…

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will not allow the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to grant ABS-CBN permit to operate even if the broadcast giant gets a fresh franchise from Congress.

“Congress is planning to restore the franchise of the Lopezes. Wala akong problema doon kung i-restore ninyo (I don’t have a problem if Congress restores it), But if you say that if they can operate, kung may ano na sila (if they already have a franchise) no. I will not allow them. I will not allow the NTC to grant them the permit to operate,” Duterte said in his televised talk to the people.

Duterte said ABS-CBN must and should settle first their unpaid taxes.

“Unless and until mabayaran ang taxes (are paid), I will ignore your franchise. I will not give them the license to operate. Kalokohan ‘yan. Parang binigyan mo sila ng (That’s nonsense. It’s like giving them a) prize for committing criminal acts,” he said.

On Jan. 5, Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto filed House Bill No. 8298 seeking to renew for another 25 years ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise.

Price cap on pork, chicken products causing pandemonium

MANILA — With a price ceiling now in place, market vendors are now up in arms as they criticized the government over its ‘insensitive’ response to runaway prices of meat products, particularly pork and poultry, which have seen soaring in recent weeks following the resurgence of the African swine fever outbreak as well as avian flu in most farms across the archipelago.

Local consumers are now in a quandary with the stoppage of sellers selling their meat products in several private and public markets.

“Maling-mali ang ginagawa ng gobyerno sa pagtakda ng price ceiling dahil ang nagyayari ngayon ay hindi na magtitinda ang mga nasa palengke dahil sa presyong itinakda nila ay malulugi ang mga nagtitinda,” one consumer decried the price control directive from Malacañang.

Corollary to this, a market vendor pointed out that they should not be carrying the burden of the problem because the soaring prices are being caused by hoarding and the usurious prices set by middlemen.

“Bakit kami ang pagtutuunan nila ng pansin samantalang ang mga middleman ang siyang dahilan kung bakit mataas ang presyo ng baboy,” he chided the agriculture department.

DA to provide loan to market vendors affected by price cap

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has given its word to market vendors in Metro Manila that they will provide financial assistance in the course of the 60-day implementation of the new Executive Order (EO) mandating a price ceiling on meat and chicken products.

“Magpapautang tayo sa mga market vendors, alam naman nating sila ay at the mercy of wholesalers (We will lend money to the market vendors, they are at the mercy of wholesalers),” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said during the Laging Handa briefer on Monday with Communications chief Martin Andanar.

Dar is yet to share the details on the loanable amount offered to vendors but he mentioned it will be paid with zero-interest in five years.

“We are offering it to association members,” he added.

EO 124 orders a price ceiling of PHP270 per kilo for “kasim” (pork shoulder) and “pigue” (leg), PHP300 per kilo for “liempo” (belly), and PHP160 per kilogram for dressed chicken effective today (February 8).

Manila partners with DENR to install water quality monitoring device in Baseco

MANILA — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced here Tuesday that the local government has partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the installation of a water quality monitoring device in the Baseco beach area.

During the launching ceremony, Domagoso signed a memorandum of agreement for the installation of a Water Quality Monitoring Equipment or WQME in line with the rehabilitation efforts at the Manila Bay.

According to the DENR, the device would be placed on a buoy for authorities to gather data, as well as to detect and record levels of the following:

—biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), dissolved oxygen (DO), pressure, chloride, pH, temperature, optical brighteners, nitrate, fecal coliforms, refined oils, ammonium, electrical conductivity, salinity, total dissolved solids (TDS), turbidity, crude oils, colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM), and total organic carbon (TOC)

The installation of the device is only one among the plans of actions specified in the Writ of Mandamus issued by the Supreme Court (SC), which directs various government offices to rehabilitate Manila Bay.

NBI seizes P37.9M worth of fake CopperMask face


MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today announced the seizure of fake Coppermask by the NBI-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) in several stores located in the City of Manila and Pasay, and a warehouse in Biñan, Laguna.

NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor said that the operation stemmed from a complaint by JC Premiere Business International, requesting investigative assistance and enforcement actions to stop the proliferation and distribution of counterfeit/fake CopperMask products.

NBI-NCR requested Search Warrants against the subject stores and warehouse for violation of trademark Infringement under R.A. 8293, which were granted and issued by RTC Branch 46 of Manila.

Thus, on February 4, 2020, NBI-NCR implemented seven (7) Search Warrants against several stores in Binondo, Manila, and Pasay City, and a warehouse located in Biñan, Laguna.

The search was conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner in the presence of Respondent’s witnesses, Mall Security, and Barangay personnel.

Kidnapper arrested by PNP AKG

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Group has arrested Monday (08 February 2021) a wanted person for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

PNP AKG Director BGen. Jonnel Estomo identified the arrested as VERGEL MIRANDA TAGUPA who was served his warrant of arrest, with No Bail recommended, along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City at around 9 p.m. on February 8, 2021, by intelligence operatives under the direct supervision by PCOL. EDWARD M CUTIYOG, the Chief, IRAD of AKG.

His arresting team led by PMAJ LOWERBEL CERALVO, together with PMAJ DOMINADOR INALDO of the same office, arrested the suspect who has been hiding after his warrant of arrest for Criminal Case No. 405-B-2018of was issued by Hon. Judge Tomas Ken D Romaquin, Jr, the presiding judge of RTC Branch 25, Biñan City, Laguna.

As a background, during the earlier arrest of ARNOLD GASTADOR VARGAS on February 5, 2021 also by AKG elements, a tactical interrogation was conducted and Vargas revealed the hideout of his cohort, Vergel Tagupa.

Through social media exploitation and intensive casing and surveillance by IRAD, AKG operatives, they eventually located the specific address along Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque City where wanted person Tagupa was hiding. (AI/MTVN)

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