Divorce Bill Next To Be Tackled By The Congress

After the successful approval of Reproductive Health (RH) bill that was greatly opposed by the Catholic Church, Divorce bill will be followed in turn by the Lower House of Congress.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. himself is said to favor RH bill that is still pending in the House committee on constitutional amendments and only once had a hearing on this proposal by Gabriela partylist Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan.

“Ako, I’m in favor of the Divorce bill. It’s in the back of our mind,” Belmonte stated in a press conference yesterday afternoon in the chamber when questioned if RH bill will be followed by Divorce bill.

Like with the RH bill, Catholic Church strongly opposed to Divorce bill because they believe it will just destroy the Filipino family as it makes separation easily between the spouses who are having conflict with their marriage.

However, despite the opposition of the Catholic Church on the RH bill it is still approved by both Houses of Congress on third and final reading and immediately passed to bicameral conference committee.

“Kung hindi na ba talaga kayo magkasundo, bakit pa kayo nagsasama.” According to Belmonte that shares his side of support to Divorce bill.

However, Belmonte said, dealing with Divorce bill will not be on the 15th Congress due to lack of time so they might start it in the next Congress.

Ifugao Rep. Tedy Baguilat stated that issue of RH bill is way different from divorce bill. Therefore this matter is possible to pass through the eye of a needle in the next congress.

“Baka puwedeng pagaanin na lang ang annulment case at maglagay na lang tayo ng masa maraming family court,” said Baguilat.

In this regard, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz wasn’t surprised with the legislators’ plan to add in a Divorce bills once the issue of Reproductive Health (RH) bill ends.

“Alam na po namin ‘yan, talagang panimula lang ang RH bill at isusunod ‘yang Divorce bill, pati same sex marriage, pero ang nakapagtataka talaga, anong klaseng pamahalaan nga ba meron tayo? Imbes pag-isahin tayong mga Filipino, hinahati tayo, pinabababa ang moral ng mga tao,” Cruz stated in an interview.

“Nauunawaan ko kung mayroong mang mga magngingitngit. Nanghihinayang ako, dalawang taon pa lamang sila nakapuwesto, ganito na ang nangyayari, napakabilis nilang manira ng kultura,” Cruz added.

 

RH Bill Finally Approved

After a year of debate in plenary, the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill is approved in the Senate and House after the ‘second and third reading’.

In polling done in the Senate, 13-8 in favor of proposal and no ‘abstention’ while the Lower House of Congress, 133 voted Yes, No, 79 and 7 abstention.

The senators who voted “yes” on the RH bill were Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Edgardo Angara, Francis Escudero, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ralph Recto, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.., Loren Legarda, Teofisto Guingona II, Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan and Panfilo Lacson.

In other turn, ‘no’ vote were from senators Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, Vicente Sotto III, Antonio Trillanes IV, Aqui­lino Pimentel III, Jinggoy Estrada, Manuel Villar and Gregorio Honasan.

The two senators, Sen. Serge Osmeña and Sen Lito Lapid weren’t able to vote since they were out in the plenary when the voting of RH bill was done.

Before the vote, Sotto stood aside to insert some amendments to such bills.

Arroyo also hopes that the decision of the Senate and House in the RH bill will be respected in the bicameral conference committee.

Lacson also praised Enrile and Sotto due to their resistance to their ‘beliefs’ and ‘conviction’ of such measures.

Meanwhile in the House, it appears to raise more yes vote compared on second reading last week that only reaches 113 while it is noticeable that no votes lessen more that first earned 104 votes.

Because of this, Albay Rep.. Edcel Lagman said their contingent is already preparing for Bicameral conference meeting that is expected to do today.

“We are now preparing for the Bicam,” Lagman said after polling ended, he said, with almost 18 years of fighting to have the RH law in the Philippines.

“Eto na ang pinakamasayang araw,” stated Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin after the polls.

Taguig Risen Against Illegal Drugs

The City of Taguig comes second to its campaign countering illegal drugs contrary to the allegations that Taguig Police isn’t doing a move against the proliferation of drugs.

The Taguig Police are in hot water because of allegations of shabu recycling however to the issued accomplishment Report of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign and Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SOTG-DAID) of the Southern Police District consist of Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig and Pateros Taguig Police have recorded the amount of P1.9M seized shabu or up to 160.55 grams from the month of January to November 12.

According to SPD, based on their report Taguig City will be considered successful in their campaign against illegal drugs as well as its successive operations against drug pushers, also filed cases against 119 individuals arrested 62 in which it big time drug pusher includes syndicate leader named Elia Particle and 45 drug users also. Led in turn to list the Las Piñas Police confiscated a total of 424.70 grams or with a street value P5M.

Atty. Darwin Icay, spokesman of Nacionalista Party-Taguig have defend the city of Taguig to all its critics stating drug related problems got worst in the City.  Icay said that is not true and the accomplishment of the city said to support this.

Dead Due to Typhoon “Pablo” Has Reached 714.

Yesterday, the confirmed dead from the typhoon Pablo in the country has already reached 714.

In the last notes of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 457 of the recovered corpse are identified while the 257 are still unrecognized and still on the process of trying to determine the identity.

Although there’s no storm, the state of national calamity is still up, particularly in the worst devastated areas caused by “Pablo”.

Still according to the NDRRMC, 114,583 households destroyed by the storm and 29 bridges and roads are still impassable because of the damage it left.

In summary, a total of P7, 116,388,040.07 amount of storm damage to infrastructure, agriculture and other property.

Justin Bieber Mocks Manny Pacquiao With Offending Photos On Instagram

 

For some congressman, the offensive pictures of Manny Pacquiao when he fell down posted made by the Canadian singer and teen sensation Justin Bieber on the internet was an open profanity and mockery.

In two photographs uploaded by Bieber’s thru Instagram, Shows the fallen bodies of Philippine pride positioned vertically adjacent next to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson while doing the famous ‘leaning dance step’ that has a caption, “Pacquiao doing the lean with MJ…Classic moment” and the other is the knockout shot on the canvas which in turn adds Lion King Simba cartoon character that pushed to see the bottom of faced down Pacquiao with caption, “Dad wake up”.

In anger of Yacap party list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez, She imposed to ban Bieber in the Philippines and do not allow to re-invoke concert here and appeal to fellow citizen – particularly young people – to sabotage the songs and videos of the young international singer.

According to the lady solon, Bieber allegedly insulted not just Pacquiao on his derision but the entire Filipino so it is right to be declared “persona non-grata,” in the Philippines.

“Sobra naman ang ginawa niya. Ininsulto ang hero ng mga Filipino sa boxing,” Lopez’s statement admitting he didn’t like Bieber’s act towards the fellow Sarangani congressman.

“Dapat lang siyang i-ban dito sa Pilipinas at iboykot ang kanyang mga kanta. Hindi niya alam na mara­ming Filipino ang bumili ng kanyang album tapos ganyan ang gagawin sa isang Pinoy. Kahit hindi si Manny ang kanyang ininsulto, hindi pa rin ito katanggap-tanggap,” Said Lopez.

Lawmakers said that Bieber is taking it personally against the rival of the boxer he’s supporting, Floyd Mayweather Jr.., And Pacquiao.

Bieber had a concert in the Philippines recently and was mobbed by young Filipino so today it is said that he does not owe the fans that included Filipinos who put him in the state he is now.

Everyone knows that Bieber has many Filipino followers on his social media accounts so it is allegedly right to extend to him that fellow countryman of Pacquiao didn’t like what he did.

“Dapat niyang malaman na ang iniinsulto niya ay mahal ng mga Filipino,” According to Lopez.

 

 

‘Quinta’ Last Typhoon of 2012

One storm left is expected to enter the country before the end of the year and is named Quinta, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

There are currently no perceive any low pressure area by Pagasa and if we are experiencing rain it is caused only from northeast monsoon rains.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Pablo allegedly dissolved where it was became a low pressure area only while leaving the country day before yesterday of four o’clock in the afternoon after land fall in Ilocos Norte, according to Buddy Javier, weather forecaster of PAG ASA.

Even though it left the country already, the three regions in the North such as Cagayan, Ilocos, and Cordillera will experience more rain and lowering sky.

While in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao will also continue to experience fleeting rain caused by the breeze.

State of Calamity, Declared by P-Noy

President Benigno “Noy-noy” Aquino III declared National State of Calamity yesterday in areas severely affected by the typhoon “Pablo”.

Based on Proclamation 522 signed by the president, Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are covered by National state of calamity due to the severe flooding and landslides storm resulted with the death of many victims.

With the declaration, hasten the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government as well as helping the private sector.

P-Noy ordered the major agencies and departments of government to implement rehabilitation medical assistance and relief works and also instructed the local government units to use their calamity funds to help their constituents.

Tax Revolt Vs Sin Tax

Along with the Sin Tax bill surely the bicameral conference committee, over 5,000 militant workers and sellers rush out of the Lower House of Congress at the National Assembly to demand the abolition of such measures.

Carrying banners with the slogan “Tax Reform o Tax Revolt!”, “Tax Revolt Laban sa Regresibong Sistema ng Pagbubuwis!”, “Bicam-Bayaran ng Sabwatang P-Noy, Belmonte at Danding!”, Gathered in front the Sandiganbayan place at 10: 00 am the onset of labor as many passenger cars since the different cities followed the march to National Assembly which made their program.

According to Gie Relova, secretary-general of the bind together Filipino Workers, National Capital Region and Rizal Chapter (BMP-NCRR), the bicameral committee meeting just shows, he said, how corrupt  the political system process by large corporation that serves as a proof how the capitalists and politicians are working together to develop a law on getting the labors of others.

Defined on this, is the movements dictated by powerful legislators capitalist of tobacco and alcohol raising or lowering their tax component targeted by the government from such products.

In the version of the House, 85-15 in which larger tax imposed on cigarettes, while for the Senate, 60-40, and also cigarettes still larger levy.

 

Miriam to China, “Ano sila sinusuwerte?”

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago expressed her beliefs that China just bluffs their warning to block illegal ship pass through their territorial claims in the South China Sea since January 1, 2013.

“Ano sila sinusuwerte? Ito namang China na ito talagang nagpo-provoke lang iyan ng public attention. Alam naman niyang hindi niya magagawa iyan at pipigilan talaga iyan ng Amerika”, said Santiago.

According to the former chairman of the Senate committee on foreign relations, China also knows that the blocking of their Ships pass through the South China Sea cannot be happen but still tried to levitate to know the reaction of America as well as other countries Europe and Asia.

“China is testing the waters,” Santiago said in a radio interview.

 

Economy is Getting Better

To unexpected circumstances, the economy grew at 7.1 percent this Philippines third quarter, compared with 3.2 percent slack in 2011.

Reported by the National Statistics Coordination Board that economic growth is caused by the implemented ‘service sector’ like ‘robust performance’ of transport, storage and communication, financial intermediation, real estate, Renting and business activities and agriculture.

The palace of Malacañang is pleased to this news that beats economy on the other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia which recorded a 6.2 percent said the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Malaysia with only 5.2 percent, Vietnam with 4.7 percent, with 3 percent Thailand and Singapore with 0.3 percent.

“We were very pleased with the news that was relayed to us by NEDA director general Arsi (Arsenio) Balisacan and certainly it was beyond our expectations. We knew that it was going to be a good number,” said the presidential spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda.

Lacierda also assured of not only the entrepreneurs benefit from the growth of our GDP but also felt by ordinary people across the country.

In this regard, said the progressive legislators in the Lower House of Congress to hint that the Aquino government to the Filipino people of the country’s economic growth by providing employment and reducing poverty in the country.