Thursday, October 31, 2013
Former Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Andres Narvasa, 84 died on Thursday, October 31. He was declared dead at 6:05 a.m. no cause of death was released. It was reported by the Public Information Office of the Supreme Court.
He was the 19th chief justice from December 1991 to November 1998. He also acted as the chief defense counsel of former President Joseph Estrada during his impeachment trial in 2000.
He was also the general counsel for the Agrava Fact-Finding Commission, which looked into the death of former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.
Friday, October 25, 2013
An earthquake with magnitude 7.1 hit the Fukushima region of Japan on Saturday. It triggered a tsunami that smash into 3 cities
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck off the Fukushima region of Japan on Saturday local time, triggering tsunami-driven waves that hit three cities that are included in the 200-mile stretch of the east coast that was under a tsunami alert.
The tsunami waves are three feet or less and the first wave hit Soma, Kamaishi, and Ishinomaki-shi Ayukama, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The epicenter was located 231 miles east of Japan's Honshu Island at a depth of 6 miles. It was also felt 300 miles away in Tokyo.
Monday, October 21, 2013
A photo of NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) employees playing games on their official work computers has gone viral on social media and have drawn a lot of negative comments. NAIA has been tagged as the Worst Airport in the world for the 2nd year in a row.
The photo shows two women clearly playing computer games despite the long line of people at the other window.
MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) may intervene in the love affair of Freddie Aguilar who is now 60 year old singer and her 16-year-old girlfriend.
The singer was criticized for his admitted relationship with a minor. A report said that the “Anak” singer may be sued for child abuse or seduction by being in a relationship with a minor.
The Revised Penal Code states that seduction of a girl who is under 18 years of age is considered a crime against chastity. While Child abuse is a public offense that can be filed by the DSWD for the victims under Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
“The girl is considered a minor under the law. That means she is vulnerable to abuse, and not yet capable to discern,” Dulfie Shalim a DSWD Protective Services Bureau officer said.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) Risk Analysis Project (RAP) showed that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake along the West Valley Fault may cause the death of 37,054 people and may cause up to P2.4 trillion in damages.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum added that powerful earth quake like that could also injure 16,000 people.
“A magnitude 7.2 and 6.5 earthquakes along the West Valley Fault can cause severe damage to Metro Manila,” Solidum said at the project launch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City yesterday.
The study estimated the risks for three hazard types – flood, earthquake and severe wind. The towns of Rodriguez, Angono, Cainta, and Taytay and the city of Antipolo in Rizal were included in the study.
Also Philvolcs found out that three buildings of Ateneo de Manila University stand on the West Valley Fault.
You can view the comprehensive risk assessment maps covering the Greater Metro Manila Area on www.geoportal.gov.ph.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Ferdinand Pascual Aguilar now 60 (born February 5, 1953), known as Ka Freddie Aguilar, a Filipino folk musician that is know for his rendition of "Bayan Ko" and the best-selling Philippine music record of all time "Anak" has been trending online because of his admission of having a 16-year-old girlfriend. Photos of him and the 16yo girl kissing has making it rounds online. The photo surfaced on Thursday possibly originating from a facebook user named Angelica Rosario.
Ka Freddie admitted to reporter of pep.ph Glenn Regondola last Sunday at the 5th Star Awards for Music at Solaire Resorts and Casino that indeed he has a girlfriend who is a minor. But he clarified that he has her parents’ blessings and is ready to marry her when she’s legal. He also said that they have discussed the prospect of having a baby.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Centra Philippines was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake early Tuesday. Reports said that 20 people are dead and 33 are missing.
Buildings were crumbled and people are sent panicking into the streets. At least 15 were killed in Cebu city, 4 killed in Bohol and 1 died in Siquijor Maj. Reynaldo Balido said.
Most of those killed were hit by falling rubble, the Philippines News Agency reported.
At least 33 people were missing, and authorities were checking into reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings in Cebu and Bohol, the agency reported.
The quake was centered about 385 miles (619 kilometers) south-southeast of Manila, near Catigbian, and its depth was 12 miles (20 kilometers), according to the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Vivian Que Azcona owner of Mercury Drug is the BIR's top individual income taxpayer for 2012, stated on the report of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). She paid P131.43 million in income tax.
The report is on the Top 500 income taxpayers for last year released by BIR yesterday.
TV host Wilfredo Buendia Revillame or Willie Revillame, is in second. He payed an income tax of P63.9 million.
At No. 3 was Estelito Mendoza of E.P. Mendoza Law Office, his income tax is P56.59 million.
Kristina Bernadette Aquino, or “Kris,” youngest sister of President Aquino, was in 6th place, she paid P44.93 million.
John Lloyd Cruz and Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan settled for eighth and ninth place, with tax payments of P42.79 million and P42.025 million, respectively.
The Zobel brothers took the 10th and 11th spots. Fernando Zobel de Ayala paid P40.85 million and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, P40.78 million.
The BIR earlier explained that the list of top taxpayers was based on regular income taxes paid resulting from transactions and not static assets.
This means a tycoon who has much bigger assets could possibly trail behind someone in terms of income taxes paid.
The list of top individual taxpayers excluded those whose taxes were withheld and paid on their behalf by companies that employ them.
Friday, October 11, 2013
MANILA - Mark Solis, the UP student who plagiarized professional photographs and submit it to photo contests as his own had submitted plagiarized photos to at least 7 competitions.
This is the result of the investigation done by the University of the Philippines (UP) special committee who were task to probe the public administration graduate student Mark Joseph Solis.
“He submitted pictures that were not his despite the rules of the contests that the person should be submitting original work,” UP National College of Public Administration (NCPAG) dean Fe Mendoza said yesterday.
The report shows that Solis had been plagiarizing photos since February 2011 when he was still a Political Science undergraduate student at UP.
Here are the reported 7 competitions:
2. Say Peace! Online Photo Contest (2011) - organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
3. VinylPlus Sustainable Thinking Platform Photo Contest (2010-2011)
4. Smiles for the World: 2nd Calidad Humana Photo Essay Competition (2012-2013)
5. Water and Life: 2013 ICIMOD Digital Photo Contest (2013)
6. Mulat Maninipat Photojournalism contest of the Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP (2012)
7. OH MY GOVERNMENT Photo contest organized by the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (2012)
Mendoza said the report “enumerates resolution of some issues related to student conduct and discipline which at this point, the college may not be in the best position to resolve alone.”
“It is in this light that I am elevating the matter to your level for your more competent resolution. The college will still help; just let us know how,” she said.
The report said the NCPAG could elevate the case to higher university authorities for appropriate action.
The committee said the NCPAG would also have to decide on the status of Solis as a graduate student.
Mendoza also said that Solis ask advice from her and was remorseful for his actions and looked thinner when she met him last week.
The Chilean Ambassador said they will not press charges against Solis. The OPAPP on the other hand, is investigating the incident involving its own photo competition.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called off his scheduled visit to the Philippines due to a looming typhoon that may affect the country, the Philippine government said Thursday.
Palace deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said that Mr. Kerry's visit "will be rescheduled."
MANILA, Philippines— The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will investigate if there are possible tax violations committed not only by Janet Lim-Napoles but also her children.
BIR Chief Kim Henares said during an interview, “We want to know how much is their total tax liability”.
The BIR already filed tax evasion complaint before the Department of Justice against Janet Napoles and her husband Jaime. Her total tax liability is P44.68 million while her husband’s liability is P16.43 million.
The BIR also filed a separate tax evasion case against Napoles’ youngest daughter Jeane Catherine for failure to file income tax return for 2011 and 2012.
Henares said the young Napoles was able to acquire a condominium unit at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, California worth P54.73 million; and has a share, equivalent to P1.49 million, in a Bayambang, Pangasinan property purchased in 2012 without declaring any income. Jeane was heavily criticized through social media for flaunting her lavish lifestyle.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
MANILA, Philippines — A new crush video originating from the Philippines are trending on social media sites, it shows three ugly Filipina girls in shorts stepping on a cute puppy to death. They were toying with it then killed the puppy.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) are now searching for the ugly Filipina girls shown on the video to file appropriate case.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Manila, Philippines - Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and its affiliates, which are national organization of farmers filed plunder charges against President Benigno Aquino III, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, other government offials and individuals. It was filed at the Office of the Ombudsman
Contained in the complaint-affidavit, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and its affiliates said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) accredited this year three bogus non-governnment (NGOs) organizations that misuse millions from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF):
- Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI)
- Gabay at Pag-Asa ng Masa Foundation Inc. (GPMFI),
- Kaupdanan Para sa mga Mangunguma Foundation Inc. (KPMFI)–
They cited the Commission on Audit (COA) special audit from 2007 to 2009.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is charged for violating Republic Act 7080 or the Anti-Plunder Law; Violation of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act; Violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees; Malversation of Public Funds; and Grave and Serious Misconduct.
Other officials of Department of Agriculture Antonio Fleta, Ophelia Agawin, Arnulfo Manalac, Salvador Salacup and Irene Alogoc were also charged.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Undersecretary Mario Relampagos were also held liable for signing and releasing the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and Notice of Cash Allocation to the DA.
President Aquino was also charged of plunder by virtue of the Doctrine of Qualified Political Agency.
People are calling President Aquino as the Pork Barrel King.