KUWTT: Escorial, 2 cohorts charged with murder | October 20, 2022
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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.
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.
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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting.