Manila government – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 17:19:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://apasl2019manila.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Manila government – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ 32 32 Group backs move to contain ASF https://apasl2019manila.org/group-backs-move-to-contain-asf/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 16:10:43 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/group-backs-move-to-contain-asf/ AGRICULTURAL group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) on ​​Monday backed the declaration of a state of calamity in San Miguel, Iloilo, following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the municipality. Sinag executive director Jayson Cainglet said it would equip municipal and provincial governments with all the resources at their disposal to fight the […]]]>

AGRICULTURAL group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) on ​​Monday backed the declaration of a state of calamity in San Miguel, Iloilo, following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the municipality.

Sinag executive director Jayson Cainglet said it would equip municipal and provincial governments with all the resources at their disposal to fight the spread of ASF.

“The volume of slaughtered hogs is minimal compared to the overall local hog inventory. There is no significant impact on hog supply and prices heading into the festive season,” Cainglet said. .

At the same time, Cainglet warned that unscrupulous traders would take advantage of the situation.

“There will be elements that will try to take advantage of this statement. Processors have long since abandoned the local pork industry, so there should be no impact on prices for ham and other processed meats. Let’s continue to patronize our Pinoy pork and support our local pig farmers,” he added.

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Agriculture Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista also assured that efforts are being made to contain the spread of African swine fever.

“The DA is coordinating closely with the local government unit to resolve the issue,” Evangelista said.

Evangelista added that actions are being undertaken jointly by DA Region 6 and Iloilo LGU to combat the outbreak of ASF.

“That’s the goal, to be able to stop the spread of African swine fever and help our livestock sector,” Evangelista added when asked if the African swine fever outbreak was already under control.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. also issued guidelines to control ASF, including implementing a 60-day ban on all trucks transporting pork and pork products from outside the Panay region.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said at least nine villages in the province are already affected by the disease, including Bita Norte, Bita Sur, Cabuluan Norte, Cabuluan Sur, Santa Monica, Abilay Norte, Tagbak Norte , Galang and Buray.

Meanwhile, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia has ordered a temporary 60-day ban on the entry of live pigs and other pork products from Iloilo and Panay Island.

The ban will be effective until December 12, 2022.

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SC confirms decision against MWSS, Maynilad, Manila Water https://apasl2019manila.org/sc-confirms-decision-against-mwss-maynilad-manila-water/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 03:10:16 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/sc-confirms-decision-against-mwss-maynilad-manila-water/ MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld its 2019 ruling that the Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System (MWSS) and concessionaires Maynilad Water Services and Manila Water Company should be held liable for violating the law of Republic 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. . The High Court has changed […]]]>

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld its 2019 ruling that the Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System (MWSS) and concessionaires Maynilad Water Services and Manila Water Company should be held liable for violating the law of Republic 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. .

The High Court has changed its ruling on fines imposed on water concessionaires. In his 2019 ruling, he ordered them to pay nearly 2 billion pesos in fines for violating section 8 of RA 9275.

Under Section 8 of the Clean Water Act, the MWSS requires that Maynilad and Manila Water have sewage treatment facilities and connect sewer lines from all establishments and households to a sewage system within five years, following the entry into force of RA 9275 on March 6, 2004. .

In its resolution on separate applications for review by water concessionaires, released on October 18, the High Court reduced the fines imposed on the applicants.

The High Court ruled that “Maynilad shall be jointly and severally liable with Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System for a basic amount of P30,000 per day of infringement from 7th May 2009 until 21st January 2022, for a total amount from P202, 256,756. 22.

In the case of Manila Water, it “shall be jointly and severally liable with Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System for the basic amount of P30,000 per day of violation from 7 May 2009 until 21 January 2022, for the full amount of P202 256 726.22.”

The resolution added that the basic amount of fines of 30,000 pula per day of violation “shall be subject to an increase of 10% every two years from 7 May 2009 until 21 January 2022, in accordance with the Section 28 of the Philippine Clean Water Act.”

The High Court ordered the petitioners to pay the fines within 15 days of receiving the resolution. It also imposed a legal interest of 6% per year on the total amount of fines from the finality of the resolution until its full execution.

“The total amounts set out here will be deducted from the amount of fines already paid by the claimants, if any, and the difference, if any, will be returned to them,” the High Court said in a resolution drafted by Associate Justice Ramon Paul. Hernando. .

The Supreme Court did not give credence to Maynilad and Manila Water’s assertion that RA 9275 only holds liable for clear and direct acts that result in pollution. He cited Article 27, listing acts prohibited by law, which shows that “failure, inaction, withdrawal, passivity or omission” to do certain acts required by law are punishable under of RA 9275.

“Section 8 should not be overstated: it provides that within five years of the CWA coming into force, applicants are required to connect sewer lines and must complete required connections after five-year period. Accessing MWSS arguments is nonsense. Infrastructure cannot be considered usable at the groundbreaking stage and laws should never be interpreted to the detriment of the consuming public,” the High Court said in its decision.

“With this, it remains that the petitioners violated Sec. 8 of the CWA with respect to their legal duty to interconnect sewer lines,” he added.

In 2009, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) discovered that the MWSS and the two water concessionaires had barely finished – at only 16% completion, at the time – in construction of sewage works and that full compliance with RA 9275 was expected. by 2030.

The DENR had cited the failure to provide sewage facilities, as required by law, as a key factor in the deterioration of Manila Bay.

A year earlier, in 2008, the Supreme Court ordered the DENR and other relevant government agencies to restore Manila Bay to a state that would allow public bathing and bathing and the breeding of fish species.

The DENR subsequently imposed fines on MWSS, Maynilad and Manila Water, which led to the three taking the case to the Court of Appeal and then to the High Court. – Rappler.com

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KUWTT: Escorial, 2 cohorts charged with murder | October 20, 2022 https://apasl2019manila.org/kuwtt-escorial-2-cohorts-charged-with-murder-october-20-2022/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 19:02:16 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/kuwtt-escorial-2-cohorts-charged-with-murder-october-20-2022/ Have a good day. Here are the Manila Times articles for Thursday, October 20, 2022. READ: Escorial, 2 cohorts charged with murder JOEL Escorial, who confessed to killing journalist Percy Lapid, has been charged with murder along with two of his acolytes, siblings Israel and Edmon Dimaculangan. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed that […]]]>

Have a good day. Here are the Manila Times articles for Thursday, October 20, 2022.

READ: Escorial, 2 cohorts charged with murder

JOEL Escorial, who confessed to killing journalist Percy Lapid, has been charged with murder along with two of his acolytes, siblings Israel and Edmon Dimaculangan. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed that a murder complaint has been filed against the three for the October 3 shooting of Lapid (Percival Mabasa) in the town of Las Piñas. The complaint was filed with the DoJ late Tuesday evening by the Southern Police District’s Criminal Investigations and Detectives Group and the victim’s family. A resolution should be published today. Escorial alleged that the Dimaculangan brothers actively participated in the crime. He turned himself in to police and Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. on Tuesday. He said the order to strike came from someone inside the New York jail. Bibid. Escorial walked police through the crime scene on Tuesday evening, giving a detailed description of where they waited to where they shot the victim.

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READ: Village surveys challenge Comelec

THE Elections Commission (Comelec) will find itself in a difficult situation if the Supreme Court rules against the postponement of the village and Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled for December this year. Comelec chairman George Erwin Garcia has admitted it will be difficult for the electoral body to meet certain deadlines and prepare for the election if the High Court rules the postponement unconstitutional. Garcia said the main concern is whether Comelec will be able to print the 91 million ballot papers needed for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSKE) elections in time.

READ: OCTA offers antigen testing at transportation hubs

THE government should bring back random antigen testing to mass transportation centers to measure the number of Filipinos affected by Covid-19 after the discovery of highly infectious and immuno-evasive variants of Omicron, according to OCTA Research. The country reported its first cases of the Omicron XBB subvariant on Tuesday. A total of 81 people have been infected with the variant in the Western Visayas and Davao region. XBB is a recombinant variant that contains the BA.2.75 and BJ.1 subvariants of Omicron and is believed to cause spikes in cases in some countries around the world, including Singapore, Austria, and the United States.

READ: Pangasinan, Ecija most prone to drought, floods

The Philippines World Food Program (WFP) has identified Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Maguindanao, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato as the areas most prone to flooding and drought due to climate change. WFP Deputy Country Director Dipayan Bhattacharyya said the agency launched a study in November 2021 analyzing the impact of climate change on food security in the Philippines.

BUSINESS: Balisacan warns of rate hikes

Leading the way, interest rate hikes will need careful consideration following President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s directive to defend the peso, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said Wednesday. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it is likely to raise its own key rates following further Fed hikes, but Balisacan said monetary authorities should consider the possible impact on growth .

SPORTS: Magnolia prepares for match against Ginebra

In sports, the return of big man Ian Sangalang and Rome forward de la Rosa to Magnolia’s active roster last weekend can be seen as a prelude to the team’s much-anticipated showdown with the fierce rival Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. The 6-foot-5 Sangalang celebrated his comeback from a bout with typhoid fever by scoring 10 points and adding four rebounds as Magnolia beat NorthPort, 109-91, last Sunday in their Commissioner’s Cup match. PBA 2022-23.

READ: Opinion and Editorial

Antonio Contreras, Yen Makabenta and Danton Remoto are the front-page columnists today. Contreras speaks about the release of former Senator Leila de Lima, Makabenta discusses the life of novelist Salman Rushdie and Remoto reads about fiction writer Ninotchka Rosca.

Today’s editorial looks at what’s missing in the Department of Trade and Industry’s latest innovation push. Read the full version in the opinion section of the newspaper or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Manila Times hosts 1st hybrid forum

THE Manila Times (TMT) is hosting its first hybrid forum in over two years today, October 20, to reveal what defines the next stage of development in the Philippines. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco and Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual will be the keynote speakers at the forum titled “The Next Era Begins: PH Is Ready for Growth” at 11 a.m. at the New World Hotel, Makati. The forum will be simulcast live on the Manila Times Facebook page, YouTube channel and Dailymotion accounts with TMT editor Dafort Villaseran as host and TMT columnist Ben Kritz as forum moderator. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on paper, subscribe to his digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. follow us on Twitter, Facebook Where instagram and Track times.

On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting.

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BBM, FL really cares about the poor https://apasl2019manila.org/bbm-fl-really-cares-about-the-poor/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 16:10:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/bbm-fl-really-cares-about-the-poor/ “You could see in the eyes of the president his real concern for the young orphans or abandoned who end up at the shelter” Unknown to many, first couple president Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos and first lady Liza Araneta-Marcos have big hearts for the poor. I had the privilege of witnessing this on Saturday during our […]]]>

“You could see in the eyes of the president his real concern for the young orphans or abandoned who end up at the shelter”

Unknown to many, first couple president Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos and first lady Liza Araneta-Marcos have big hearts for the poor.

I had the privilege of witnessing this on Saturday during our gathering at the Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) in Muntinlupa City, a shelter for abandoned women and children accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in coordination with local government.

Mrs Liza could not hold back her tears as the children lined up and took turns to receive an early Christmas present from the First Lady. She bought all the arts and crafts/products made by the residents of the facility.

Despite her high place in society coming from a prominent family and being a successful lawyer, Madame Liza has a special place for poor women and children.

She also asked the EGV administrators to intensify the production of their arts and crafts and she will procure them all to give as gifts to her friends and visitors.

This shows that the leadership of PBBM and Madame Liza truly cares about the well-being of this poor and disadvantaged sector of our society.

EGV is one of DSWD’s temporary residential care for abused and abandoned women and children, who would otherwise wander aimlessly on the streets of Metro Manila and elsewhere.

The residence houses women up to the age of 60 who suffer from autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome, and at least two of the residents are struggling with psychosis.

The center’s services adapt a holistic approach to the physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being and development of residents through the center’s educational, vocational training, arts, music, and sports programs.

Last month, on the president’s birthday, BBM and the First Lady visited the White Cross Orphanage in San Juan.

Like EGV, DSWD licensed child care agency provides temporary shelter for children aged 0-6 born to single mothers, indigent families, mentally or physically handicapped parents or victims of incest or rape.

At White Cross, children receive medical assistance, pre-school education and infant care.

The visit to the orphanage shows that President BBM takes after his father and that he shares this quality with the First Lady LAM, a big heart for the disadvantaged poor.

So Christmas came early in the orphanages as the first couple gave them snacks and toys that made the children smile.

At White Cross, BBM in casual attire waved several children over to him and said hello. I heard him ask them in a paternal voice: “Anong gusto nyo, anong kailangan nyo?

You could see in the president’s eyes his genuine concern for the orphaned or abandoned young people who end up at the shelter.

A legal practitioner and professor known by her initials ‘LAM’, the First Lady shares BBM’s sympathy for the poor. Charity is something they have both been involved in long before the idea of ​​running for president came up.

Prior to leaving with BBM for the United Nations General Assembly in New York, First Lady LAM discussed with me extending assistance to people who come to see her personally for assistance with various concerns, such as as medical and funeral assistance.

Although LAM is a very private person, people in need come to her through friends, connections in the practice of law or in academia – and she has proven to be a truly helpful person.

I learned that LAM has also requested assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for “ayuda” or financial assistance on hospital bills for sick poor kababayans.

Also concerned about the welfare of single parents or single parents, LAM inquired about the status of drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the expanded Welfare of Single Parents Act. 2022 single parents.

The new law aims to develop a comprehensive package of social development and welfare services for the growing number of single parents and their children who will be provided by DSWD.

At the height of the pandemic crisis in 2020 and 2021, the government introduced blended learning and online classes as face-to-face schooling was suspended across the country amid the coronavirus crisis. COVID-19.

The former BBM senator and his wife LAM knew that very many poor students lacked the ability to afford the cell phones and tablets needed for their online courses and research to complete their modules and chat online with their teachers.

BBM was a regular guest on my radio show Tutok Tulfo at PTV-4 and Radyo Pilipinas during which he gave tablets to hundreds of poor parents and children who called.

At our cabinet meetings, BBM never forgets to ask me about the status of the various DSWD aid programs for poor Filipinos.

To prove his loyalty to his first state of the nation address pledge, “Di namin kayo iiwan,” the president pledged to marshal all available government resources to increase financial aid to Filipinos in dire need.

Indeed, hope floats because BBM and LAM have a special place in their hearts for the poor and a commitment to help the underprivileged overcome difficulties and hardships.

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Remulla should remain in his post in the government https://apasl2019manila.org/remulla-should-remain-in-his-post-in-the-government/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 16:39:21 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/remulla-should-remain-in-his-post-in-the-government/ Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Jesus Crispin C. Remulla. FILE PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla has no reason to resign, and President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. appears to have reason to push back against such a suggestion. Some people have urged the secretary to resign from his government post […]]]>

Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Jesus Crispin C. Remulla. FILE PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla has no reason to resign, and President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. appears to have reason to push back against such a suggestion. Some people have urged the secretary to resign from his government post after his son was recently arrested in an illegal drug operation. But so far, Mr. Remulla has demonstrated his integrity in difficult times for him and his family.

Clearly, the calls for resignation are rooted in a conflict of interest argument. They raise the possibility that the secretary’s son gets away with it or receives special treatment because of his family ties. And even if the secretary doesn’t interfere, prosecutors and other justice officials might offer the accused special treatment, simply because he’s a Remulla.

Critics also cite delicadeza as another reason to quit. But they fail to mention that there is no trace of impropriety on the part of the secretary himself.

Despite the fears aroused, Mr. Remulla reassured on his impartiality in this case involving his son. He praised the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for making the arrest “without fear or favour”. And the secretary even noted that he had no conflict with anyone at the PDEA.

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In a handwritten statement, Mr Remulla said: “I am both a father and a legal secretary, roles which I take very seriously. We all know about unconditional love, but at 38 he will have to face to his predicament as a fully emancipated child.” He added: “A person should always face the consequences of their actions, and I will let justice take its own course.

On Friday, prosecutors filed an unlawful possession of dangerous drugs case against Juanito Jose Remulla 3rd in the Las Piñas City Regional Trial Court. Prosecutors, who are under the administrative control of the Justice Secretary, did not recommend bail for their boss’ son. And as of this writing, he’s sitting in jail awaiting his day in court.

Vigilant

Clearly, the fears raised by those calling for the resignation have not materialized. And people can be sure that the Marcos government has enough critics who will follow this case closely and watch for missteps.

They should take inspiration from Albay’s representative, Edcel Lagman, who leads the opposition as president of the Liberal Party. He seems willing to give the Secretary of Justice the benefit of the doubt. “Until Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin Remulla interferes with the investigation, prosecution and/or adjudication of the reported drug offense of his son Juanito Jose Remulla 3rd, there is no reason for that he resign due to his son’s offense,” he said in a statement.

Mr Lagman asked why it took the Remulla family two days to disclose the arrest to the public. Again, young Remulla is an adult and lives alone. Also, it seems natural for any family not to voluntarily disclose anything that might embarrass them.

To be fair to the Remullas, however, there’s no suggestion that they were trying to hide anything. The family confirmed the young Remulla’s identity when interviewed by the media. And at the time of the arrest, the secretary was in Geneva on official government business.

That said, the secretary knows that each member of Cabinet serves at the pleasure of the president. And so far, President Marcos is sticking to his guy.

“I think the calls for his resignation have no basis,” Mr. Marcos told reporters Friday, October 14. “You are calling someone to resign if they are not doing their job or if they have behaved badly in that job.”

The President later said, “And I think as the Secretary of the Department of Justice, he is very aware that he has to allow the judicial processes to work properly and that no one within the executive should interfere. .”

This unfortunate development should not prevent the government from doing its job, including the reforms initiated by Mr. Remulla. Audiences can be quite confident that they have a good idea of ​​what is right and wrong.

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BARMM has a new transport chief https://apasl2019manila.org/barmm-has-a-new-transport-chief/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 12:52:30 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/barmm-has-a-new-transport-chief/ Lawyer Paisalin Pangandaman Tago, Member of Parliament from the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority (BTA), has been appointed by Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ibrahim as Minister of Transport and Communications (MoTC) for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Tago had served as president of the regional assembly of the now defunct autonomous region of […]]]>

Lawyer Paisalin Pangandaman Tago, Member of Parliament from the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority (BTA), has been appointed by Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ibrahim as Minister of Transport and Communications (MoTC) for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Tago had served as president of the regional assembly of the now defunct autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao. At a renewal ceremony held at the Cotabato City Capitol, former MoTC Minister Dickson Hermoso said Tago’s qualifications and experience ensure the smooth management and operation of the ‘agency. Officials present at the ceremony were BTA’s Lawyers for Parliament, Jose Lorena and Omar Sema, and BARMM’s Cabinet Secretary, Asnin Pendatun. The MoTC is the policy-making, planning, programming, co-ordinating, implementing, regulating and administrative arm of the Home Rule Government in the promotion, development and regulation of defensible and coordinated networks of transport and communication systems, as well as fast, safe, efficient and reliable transport and communication services.

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“Maymay” will make landfall on Wednesday – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/maymay-will-make-landfall-on-wednesday-manila-bulletin/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 08:45:03 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/maymay-will-make-landfall-on-wednesday-manila-bulletin/ New / National / MB Daily News Update: ‘Maymay’ will make landfall on Wednesday MB Daily News Update: ‘Maymay’ will make landfall on Wednesday Short of saying he supports some quarters’ decision to call for a complete halt to offshore gambling in the country, China’s ambassador to the Philippines has told Senate President Juan Miguel […]]]>

MB Daily News Update: ‘Maymay’ will make landfall on Wednesday

Short of saying he supports some quarters’ decision to call for a complete halt to offshore gambling in the country, China’s ambassador to the Philippines has told Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri that his country is inclined to blacklist countries that will continue to allow these gambling operations to operate.

Ambassador Juang Xilian said it was for the protection of Chinese nationals, who have become targets of criminal syndicates operating in the offshore gambling community.

Tropical Depression Maymay could make landfall in Aurora Province or northern Quezon Province on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, even as the state weather agency said another cyclone could enter the region. Philippines Area of ​​Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, October 13, 2022. .

And with its border restrictions already relaxed, the Japanese government, through its ambassador to the country Koshikawa Kazuhiko, has called on Filipinos to “come and experience Japan”.

These are among the top stories in the list of Manila Bulletin reports for this Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

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Biden pardons thousands for cannabis possession – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/biden-pardons-thousands-for-cannabis-possession-manila-bulletin/ Sat, 08 Oct 2022 00:26:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/biden-pardons-thousands-for-cannabis-possession-manila-bulletin/ WASHINGTON, United States – US President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of Americans convicted of possession of marijuana on Thursday in another major step towards destigmatizing the drug – and fulfilling a promise he made to his supporters a month ago. before the midterm elections. US President Joe Biden (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/AFP FILE) “I am […]]]>

WASHINGTON, United States – US President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of Americans convicted of possession of marijuana on Thursday in another major step towards destigmatizing the drug – and fulfilling a promise he made to his supporters a month ago. before the midterm elections.

US President Joe Biden (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/AFP FILE)

“I am announcing a pardon for all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana,” Biden said.

He did not call for full decriminalization of cannabis, saying “limitations on traffic, marketing and sales to minors should remain in place.”

Instead, the president has focused on individual possession of a substance that government health officials say was used by at least 18% of the population in 2019 – and which is already authorized by several governments in State for recreational or medical purposes.

In addition to pardons, Biden has instructed the justice and health departments to determine whether cannabis should be reclassified as a less dangerous substance.

Officials told reporters that about 6,500 people are directly affected by convictions under federal marijuana laws. The clemency will extend to thousands more convicted under the laws of the federal capital, Washington.

However, Biden’s move aims to push change much further, pressuring state authorities everywhere to follow suit.

“I urge all governors to do the same with respect to state offenses. Just as no one should be in a federal prison solely for possession of marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or a state prison for that reason either,” Biden said.

– Political impact –
The move was announced abruptly by video message and in a written statement, with no prior build-up by the White House.

However, the impact should be significant, both legally and politically, allowing Biden to capture the narrative of a decriminalization trend that whole swaths of the country have already embraced.

Ahead of the November 8 midterm elections, where his Democrats are struggling to retain even partial control of Congress, Biden has now met a key demand from racial justice activists angry at the way law enforcement on cannabis often targets ethnic minorities.

“Sending people to jail for possession of marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for behaviors that many states no longer prohibit,” Biden said.

He noted that non-white people are disproportionately affected by marijuana possession convictions, which, in addition to sometimes including jail time, can trigger years of legal fallout, making it difficult to find work. and studies.

The third measure announced was an instruction for federal health and justice officials to “promptly review how marijuana is enshrined in federal law.”

Currently, federal law associates marijuana with what are widely accepted to be far more dangerous narcotics, such as heroin and LSD. It’s in a higher group than the relatively modern – and extremely addictive – drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, a key Biden ally who is fighting to try to keep the chamber under Democratic control in November, said the president’s decision recognizes that the so-called “war on drugs” is “a war against people and especially people of color.”

Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, a prominent black civil rights organization, said on Twitter, “We applaud President Biden.”

“Addressing unequal treatment — including marijuana reform — has been a priority issue for the NAACP for decades.”

Cynthia Roseberry of the powerful American Civil Liberties Union echoed the praise, saying Biden was partly lifting the “long shadow” cast by draconian drug laws, while the Marijuana Policy Project, which campaigns for reforms legal, called Biden’s decision “historic.”

Republican Senator Tom Cotton, however, accused Biden of being soft on crime in an effort to distract.

“In the midst of a crime wave and on the brink of a recession, Joe Biden is granting a blanket pardon to drug addicts – many of whom have pleaded to more serious charges. This is a desperate attempt to distract of failing leadership,” Cotton said on Twitter.

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Inflation hits its highest level in four years https://apasl2019manila.org/inflation-hits-its-highest-level-in-four-years/ Wed, 05 Oct 2022 16:22:27 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/inflation-hits-its-highest-level-in-four-years/ INFLATION accelerated to 6.9% in September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday, its highest level in four years, mainly due to rising food prices. It was significantly higher than the 4.1% recorded a year earlier. It brought year-to-date inflation to 5.1%, approaching the upper limit of 4.5-5.5% expected by the government for 2022. […]]]>

INFLATION accelerated to 6.9% in September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday, its highest level in four years, mainly due to rising food prices.

It was significantly higher than the 4.1% recorded a year earlier.

It brought year-to-date inflation to 5.1%, approaching the upper limit of 4.5-5.5% expected by the government for 2022.

Prospects for further hikes in key interest rates have increased. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which wants to keep consumer price growth at 2.0-4.0%, had forecast inflation in September to rise to 6.6-7.4%.

“The BSP stands ready to take further policy measures to bring inflation to a path consistent with the medium-term objective, in line with its primary objective of promoting price stability,” the central bank said in a statement.

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He said inflation risks remained “broadly balanced”, with price pressures expected to come from higher global non-oil prices, pending demands for further tariff hikes, the impact of weather disruptions, as well than a sharp increase in sugar prices.

“[T]The impact of a weaker than expected global economic recovery continues to be the main downside risk to the outlook,” he added.

PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis Mapa Screenshot of September 2022 Inflation Report Live Press Conference | October 05, 2022

PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis Mapa said food prices were rising in different regions.

“Reducing inflation would really mean reducing food inflation. This is really one of the reasons why inflation has increased, not only nationally but also regionally,” he added.

Mapa said the PSA was also monitoring the peso’s decline against the U.S. dollar as further depreciation would have a “ripple” impact.

The Department of Finance (DoF) said inflation is expected to remain high for the rest of the year given recent tariff hikes and the impact of Super Typhoon “Karding” on food supplies.

“Inflation is still considered to fall within 4.5% [and] assumption of 5.5% of the Development Budget Coordination Committee for 2022,” he said.

Continued timely implementation of government measures would be crucial in mitigating the impact of lingering supply pressures on food and other commodity prices, the DoF added.

These include “increasing local production, ensuring the timely importation of goods, fertilizers and raw materials, and improving distribution efficiency.”

“Given regional disparities in production and price, it is equally important that these goods are efficiently distributed,” the DoF said.

“The government is already looking at areas with high inflation and which goods are causing inflation to address any bottlenecks.”

The National Economic and Development Authority stressed that the rise in inflation was not limited to the Philippines, noting that other countries were affected by soaring commodity prices, logistics bottlenecks, weather shocks and the strengthening of the US dollar.

Up since March

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. chief economist Michael Ricafort said inflation had risen steadily since March 2022, blaming the Russian-Ukrainian war that began on Feb. 24, 2022, which raised global oil prices. and other global commodities earlier this year.

“Global prices for crude oil and other commodities have already fallen recently amid the risk of recession in the United States, which is the world’s largest economy, due to aggressive interest rate hikes by the Reserve. federal government in a bid to bring down high US inflation from 40-year highs,” Ricafort said.

He added that some shutdowns in China, which is the world’s second largest economy, have also caused inflation.

“Inflation could still peak around October 2022 at around 7% and could mathematically decline [after that]“, added Ricafort.

A major catalyst for inflation in the Philippines includes storm damage from Super Typhoon Karding in central and northern Luzon, particularly in hard-hit provinces.

“[These regions] are among the largest producers of rice, corn, vegetables and other food/agricultural products,” said Ricafort.

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Honey, Isko is facing criminal and administrative charges https://apasl2019manila.org/honey-isko-is-facing-criminal-and-administrative-charges/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 08:06:47 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/honey-isko-is-facing-criminal-and-administrative-charges/ (UPDATE) VARIOUS criminal and administrative charges have been filed against Manila Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan and former Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, including for looting, bribery and bribery, before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the implementation of the contact ban. apprehension policy (NCAP). In addition to looting, bribery and bribery, Lacuna-Pangan […]]]>

(UPDATE) VARIOUS criminal and administrative charges have been filed against Manila Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan and former Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, including for looting, bribery and bribery, before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the implementation of the contact ban. apprehension policy (NCAP).

In addition to looting, bribery and bribery, Lacuna-Pangan and Domagoso, a defeated presidential candidate, have been charged with violations of the Data Privacy Act, the Code of Ethical Conduct for Public Officials, oppression and abuse of authority, breach of due process and disproportionate penalties clause. , and violation of the Public Procurement Reform Act.

The charges were filed with the mediator by attorney Alex Lopez on Thursday.

Manila City Government implemented NCAP in 2020 through City Ordinance 8676 when Domagoso was still the city mayor and Lacuna-Pangan was still the city vice mayor.

“It should be remembered that NCAP was made or implemented by the private sector through the public-private partnership in this case Mayor Lacuna and QPAX Traffic Systems Inc.,” Lopez said.

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He pointed out that in the said ordinance, there is no mention or even a hint of how the penalties will be distributed between the city government and the collecting private entity.

“Furthermore, there is also no mention of a special fund to put collected fines paid for alleged traffic violations,” Lopez said in her complaint.

He said the purpose of the technology-based NCAP is to avert “robbery-extortion perpetrated by law enforcement against traffic violators, ease traffic flow in Manila, and relieve the local government of past methods in the implementation of traffic rules and regulations”.

However, Lopez argued that “the use of lawful force” can only be done by the state and that a private entity, in this case QPAX Traffic Systems Inc., cannot exercise police power or of law enforcement.

“There are three powers of the state and one is the power of the police. Private entities cannot be delegated to implement the power of the police,” Lopez explained.

“Furthermore, monetary penalties (money) owed to law enforcement must go directly into government coffers and cannot be divided or given to a private entity as a percentage,” he added in his statement. complaint. “Money received by the state must be complete and its disposal is subject to so many other laws.”

Lopez, the eldest child of former Manila Mayor Gemiliano “Mel” Lopez, said QPAX Traffic Systems Inc. is not part of the government and therefore cannot act as an agency, unit, bureau, law enforcement group or tool to apprehend and penalize traffic violators. .

He pointed out that the city ordinance that established NCAP in the city is “patently unconstitutional” for violating various bills of rights under the Constitution and the Data Privacy Act.

Further, Lopez said that the illegality is even evidenced by a “contract and transaction” with a private entity and the law enforcement is actually implemented by said private entity.

“What’s even worse is that a percentage of the penalty will go directly to the private entity through a percentage agreement,” he noted.

According to Lopez, QPAX Traffic Systems Inc. as law enforcement officers on Mayor Lacuna-Pangan’s imprimatur is “obviously in violation of laws and rules” as it receives shares of penalties for traffic violations. Traffic Laws.

“Under this pretext, Mayor Lacuna-Pangan should be preemptively suspended from office while he is under investigation (…) to protect the evidence that will be collected from the Manila City Government” , did he declare.

A thorough study of the use of technology in law enforcement is needed and the Supreme Court needs to have case law or a decision to clarify its implementation, Lopez added.

The Supreme Court last August ordered a temporary shutdown of NCAP which is being implemented in key cities in the National Capital Region, including the city of Manila.

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