KUWTT: ‘Covid positives’ can vote – Comelec | May 01, 2022
Have a good day. Here are the stories from the Manila Times this Labor Day, May 1, 2022.
‘Covid positives’ can vote – Comelec
As for the Electoral Commission (Comelec), it must ensure that all registered voters can exercise their right to vote, including those possibly infected with Covid-19. Commissioner George Erwin Garcia reiterated on Saturday that the only exception is for voters and their family members who are being monitored by their respective barangay (village) and are isolated at home in accordance with health protocols from the Ministry of Health and the Task Force. Interagency for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and as required by Republic Act (RA) 11332.
Labor Day demands: higher wages, end of endo
THE Trades Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has reiterated its demand that the government approve a realistic minimum wage and end contracting or “endo”, in time for the Labor Day celebration today, May 1 . The TUCP, the country’s largest labor union, added that it has found empirically that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration does not just perpetuate a cheap labor policy, but helps and also encourages the continuing injustice of minimum wages which cannot meet the needs of a family of five to live a decent life. The TUCP said it has already filed wage petitions in 10 regions, including the National Capital Region and Regions 4A, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. It will then file petitions in Region 1 and the autonomous region of the Cordillera. . Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez, however, denied the TUCP accusation, saying all RTWBs in the country were now deliberating on proposed wage increases in their respective regions and would soon make recommendations.
DoJ downplays Espinosa’s retraction
THE recantation of confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa’s statement about his alleged dealings with Senator Leila de Lima will in no way affect the drug cases pending against her in court, according to the Ministry of Justice. Justice (DoJ). The DoJ said Espinosa’s statements “have never been used” and “will not be used” by the prosecution as evidence in the two ongoing drug cases against de Lima filed in the regional court branches of Court of First Instance (RTC) of the town of Muntinlupa. The DoJ’s Office of the Attorney General (OPG) also pointed out that Espinosa’s counter affidavit with retraction of statements was not executed until April 28, 2022, more than five years after his testimony before the Senate in 2016 and other subsequent statements. affidavits executed in 2017. In criminal case 17-165, de Lima’s co-defendant was his former driver and alleged lover Ronnie Dayan. It is pending before Section 204 of the RTC. In this case, the OPG said the prosecution was done presenting its evidence without using Espinosa as a witness because his statements/affidavit, which he recanted, were not relevant to the case.
“Russia will not launch nuclear weapons in the first strike”
The Russian Federation will not initiate the use of nuclear weapons in its war against any nation, including the United States of America, and its Western allies, an official has said. Andrey Klimov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on international affairs, told ASEAN reporters, including the Manila Times, during a virtual briefing on the international cooperation and support for compatriots on April 29, 2022 (Manila time) that his country will not start a nuclear war unless provoked. Klimov, however, said that the Russian Federation has “the same missile, the same nuclear power as the United States” and that its nuclear weapons “are better than America’s” because “they are faster and more powerful”. . At the same time, Klimov warned the United States and its allies “not to try to use nuclear weapons against Russia because it won’t end well for them.”
Return of quarantine envisaged for arrivals from PH
THE government will consider the possibility of reinstating the mandatory seven-day quarantine for arriving international travelers as protection against variants of Covid-19, a senior health official has said. At a press conference on Saturday, Undersecretary of Health Myrna Cabotaje said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) would look into it further, as many have been vaccinated and have a good immunity wall, with 75% of the population fully vaccinated, but visitors should continue to adhere to minimum health protocols upon arrival in the country. Cabotaje released the statement after Philippine College of Physicians President Dr. Maria Encarnita Limpin called on the government to reintroduce the measure after the Philippines’ first case of the BA2.12 subvariant of Covid-19 was detected in a 52-year-old Finnish woman. who conducted seminars in Quezon City and Baguio. Cabotaje said people who had close contact with the Finn have been traced and tested. His 30 fellow travelers on a plane, including two partially vaccinated people and an unvaccinated 7-year-old child, remain asymptomatic. The other two contacts from Quezon City and Baguio have also been tested and remain asymptomatic. Cabotaje said current regulations are that only fully vaccinated visitors are allowed to enter the country provided they have tested negative in an RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test 48 hours before. She praised the country’s effective border control and case surveillance, citing the rapid detection of the country’s first sub-variant case, but added that local government units (LGUs) should add another layer of protection. .
The economy will remain in catch-up mode
In business, despite the improving Covid-19 pandemic scenario in the country, the Philippine economy would continue in catch-up mode, Capital Economics said. Despite a big Omicron wave in January, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) likely grew in the first quarter of this year, the research consultancy added. He said with virus infections at an all-time high and all activity restrictions lifted, the economy is expected to recover strongly this quarter, returning to pre-crisis output levels by the middle of the month. year.
Blue Eagles eye sweep, place for the final
Top of the sports, defending champions Ateneo de Manila University are looking to sweep the knockout round and clinch a spot in the Final Four as they take on the University of the Philippines (UP) in the basketball tournament. University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s ball of the 84 season at the Mall of Asia Arena today, Sunday. On a 39-game winning streak dating back to 2018, the Blue Eagles looking for four rounds take on the Fighting Maroons at 7 p.m. University (FEU), which lifted the Blue Eagles to first place with their 13th win and at least one spur to beat twice in the Final Four, they still want to beat the Fighting Maroons and go straight to the Finals.
Opinion and Editorial
Marlen Ronquillo is the front-page columnist today as he tackles the rise of so-called political heretics.
Today’s op-ed is about Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s decision to call a debate against his rival, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. Read a full version in the opinion section of the newspaper or listen to the voice of the times.
TMT Appoints New Vice President for Innovation and Business Development
THE Manila Times is pleased to announce the appointment of Edumar “Dumy” Madlangbayan as Vice President (VP) for Innovation and Business Development effective May 1, 2022. Madlangbayan, who has worked for the newspaper for three years as a business development consultant, helped grow and transform The Times from a legacy publication, in circulation since 1898, into a multimedia company and “news source of choice” that has now a foothold not only in print but online, with its digital edition and website that offers content on its various social media and video platforms. Throughout the pandemic, Madlangbayan, in coordination with the editorial team, helped train Times staff to become a hybrid workforce that kept the newspaper running 24/7. 7 and to ensure an uninterrupted information service to its readers despite the closures. Madlangbayan showcases nearly two decades of expertise, skill, and technical know-how in website development and design. The 39-year-old Oriental Mindoro executive and entrepreneur also draws on his experience as a former editor-in-chief of The Varsitarian, the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry.
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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.