Monday, April 13, 2015

Binay wins round 2

Makati Mayor Erwin “Junjun” Binay has secured a preliminary injunction order from the Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) against his preventive suspension order by the Office of the Ombudsman.
This is not surprising considering the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) refused to accept the earlier temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the CA, which was a slap on the CA.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima admitted that the government has to honor for now the restraining order against the suspension of Mayor Binay.
The mayor also asked Vice Mayor Romulo Peña to respect the CA ruling and go back to work.
The controversy now goes to the Supreme Court (SC) for a final resolution.
The Supreme Court (SC) has set the oral arguments on the petition of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales challenging the CA grant of a preliminary injunction. 
The oral arguments are set on Tuesday, April 14 at the SC summer sessions in Baguio City.

No peace in Mindanao

The kidnapping of Mayor Gemma Adarna of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay once again shows that there is no real peace in Mindanao. Mayor Adarna was taken from her house in Taytay Manubo, Naga.
Latest reports say she has been turned over to a Waning Abdusalam Group (WAG) known also for their lawless operations, not with Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as reported earlier, led by Abdulgani Abdusalam, a former commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Sibugay.
New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have also kidnapped soldiers in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Bukidnon.
About 11 persons previously kidnapped by ASG in Sulu are still being held hostage.
In Mati, the police and military remained on high alert to thwart an attempt by the NPA rebels to rescue their jailed comrade, Prince Wendell Olofernes, commander of the Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) Guerilla Front 18. He was among the 80 rebels who took part in the February assault on the Mati police station.
In Sulu, nine ASG rebels, two soldiers and more than 25 others were wounded in a firefight between the government troops and 200 ASG members in Talipao, Sulu.
Meanwhile in Metro Manila, Editha Tabor, a principal of Bellagio Ignatius School in General Trias, was shot dead in Tunasan, Muntinlupa.

Igbal is an alias

The two-day hearing of the House of the Representatives revealed the fact that MILF chief negotiator Mohagner Igbal was using an alias when he signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
Senator Ferdinand Marcos said the use of an alias by Igbal will further delay the deliberation of the Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) in his Senate committee on local governments.
The CAB is the basis of the BBL and the fact that one of its signatories is using an alias needs to be resolved first, Marcos said.
“This is an important revelation and raises many questions. We need to find out the implication of this,” Marcos added.
“Who notarized the documents he signed and what were the documents he presented to identify himself as Igbal?” Who is he? Did the government peace panel know this?” Marcos asked.
Senator Vicente Sotto likewise expressed serious concern over the consequences of the issue of Igbal’s alias and the approval of the BBL.
“The government should not be talking to an unknown personality,” Sotto said.
However, Igbal said he and his fellow leaders will reveal their real names once the proposed BBL is passed, saying everything will normalize.

Long life

Thanks to the Lord, I celebrated my 80th birthday last March 26. People ask me what’s the secret of my longevity.
Several factors. I never smoked and at age 25 I stopped drinking hard liquor.
I had regular check-ups twice a year, resulted in my heart disease being discovered early which led to an early cardiovascular bypass surgery.
I have never been overweight. I watch my food. I stopped eating lechon 50 years ago.
I believe in divine healing and for the last 13 years, I have attended healing sessions conducted by Sister Gloria Ross, RVM at the Mother Ignacia Healing Center.
I take my maintenance medicines regularly and watch my sugar religiously.
I had stem cell procedure four years ago.
I watch my stress and take time to relax.
Dr. Dean Ornish advice: “Eat well, move more, stress less and love more.”


The tourist arrivals for 2014 only increased by three percent.
The series of accidents involving construction workers in Guiguinto, Bulacan; Makati, and the girder launcher accident of the DCMI expressway on Nichols, Pasay calls for more protection to construction workers.
Planning to run for the Senate are Representatives Sherwin Gatchalian, Roman Romulo, Lito Atienza, and Rachel Arenas. Also, former Senator Migz Zubiri.
President Aquino has directed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to do something to improve his ratings.
Former Representative Jack Duavit has been elected to the board of directors of GMA Network.
Former Senator Ping Lacson is open to the idea of running for president.
Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told close associates he will consider running for president if his survey ratings reach 20 percent.

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