KUWTT: Investigation of Guanzon, discipline encouraged | January 30, 2022
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Guanzon Probe, Discipline Recommended
LA Electoral Commission (Comelec) en banc should investigate and impose disciplinary sanctions on commissioner Rowena Guanzon for putting the electoral body and her fellow commissioners in a “bad light” after disclosing her decision to disqualify presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong Marcos Jr., an election attorney said Saturday. Luna said Comelec “as a constitutional body, can investigate and punish such acts even if the member involved is an unimpeachable officer,” he said. He cited as examples the cases of former Deputy Supreme Court Justice Ruben Reyes and former Comelec President Juan Andres Bautista.
Pacquiao plans ‘mega prison’ for corrupt officials
SEN. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao said that if elected president in the May 9 national election, his administration would adopt a zero-tolerance policy on bribery and corruption and even members of his government would not be spared. Everyone in his cabinet should also submit to a regular performance audit so he knows if they are doing their job. During the ‘Bakit Ikaw?’ Presidential job interview on DZRH radio in partnership with the Manila Times on Saturday, Pacquiao said he expects the number of people who will be arrested for corruption will be overwhelming, so his first executive action, once elected , would be to issue a decree ordering the creation of a “mega prison” (MP). This facility, he said, would be the main detention center for all officials arrested for corruption. He said the facility would have its own hospital for officials who could gain court approval for hospital arrest and a small hut for those who managed to obtain permits for house arrest.
DoH defines 32 vaccination sites for children
The Department of Health (DoH) said on Saturday that it was preparing 32 vaccination sites for its “Resbakuna Kids” campaign, the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19, starting February 4. The head of the center, Myrna Cabotaje, said the vaccination campaign, using a reformulated dose of the Pfizer-Comirnarty vaccine, would initially cover the National Capital Region (NCR), followed by selected areas in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas , Rizal and Quezon) and central Luzon. , from February 7. Among the 32 vaccination sites are the National Children’s Hospital, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. The Manila city government had previously proposed to include the renovated Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden or Manila Zoo as a sting site.
The men of Mangondato’s Cabinet: experienced under-secretaries
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Faisal Mangondato has said he would appoint experienced undersecretaries to his cabinet if elected in the upcoming national elections on May 9. During an interview on The Manila Times Diretsong Pananaw TV show, Mangondato said he would put the government on autopilot. Mangondato, a favorite of the Katipunan ng Kamalayang Kayumanggi party, did not specify who he meant as undersecretaries, but hinted that his prospects had all served in previous administrations. Mangondato’s unified approach to choosing Cabinet members was reminiscent of President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of former military officials to key government posts. Among the former military personnel to whom Duterte has assigned high-level government positions are presidential adviser for the peace process and Covid-19 vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, adviser to the National Security Hermogenes Esperon and Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero. All four served as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
US-China relations challenge allies, partners and experts
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says China poses the biggest challenge to the United States and all countries, including the Philippines, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) , according to Professor Tony Saichs, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation on Saturday. Saichs made the remark during an online webinar on US-China relations hosted by the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations (PCFR) and the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines (HKSAAP), led by Ambassador Jimmy Bautista. and former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan. Saichs presented the opposing views of Blinken and Politburo member Jiechi Yang on US-China relations.
Sara pledges to support MSMEs
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has pledged to support small businesses if elected vice president in May. In an online meeting on Friday, Duterte-Carpio said passing the Magna Carta for MSMEs, landmark legislation defining the country’s policy towards MSMEs, is not enough. Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, pointed out that MSMEs are an underserved sector because the government does not have many funding bodies to help small business owners with their start-up capital.
PopCom: teen pregnancies down 13%
According to the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom), ADOLESCENT PREGNANCIES in the Philippines fell by 13% in 2020, the biggest drop in births in this age group in 17 years. PopCom data showed there were just 157,060 births to teenage mothers in 2020, with most of the declines coming from the 15-19 age group which recorded 154,947 births, fewer than the 178,504 reported in 2019. The figure for the 10-14-year-old age group, considered the “very young adolescent” group, is 12% lower than the 2019 figure, with 2,113 births reported this year -the. By daily births, only 425 births per day were reported in the 15-19 age group, in 2020, down from the 2019 figure of 489, while six births per day were reported in the age group. of 10 to 14 year olds, down from the 2019 figure of seven births per day. The 2020 teenage birth rate is also lower at 31 births per 1,000 girls, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, which is significantly lower than the birth rate of 47 per 1,000 cited in the Survey. 2017 National Health Demographic Report. The Philippines’ 2017-2022 development plan targets a birth rate of 37 births per 1,000, while PopCom said it targets a halving of teenage births, by using the baseline of 57 percent of teenage births from the 2013 National Demographic Health Survey for 28 percent by 2022. The numbers, according to PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez 3rd, were due to the increased awareness of the problem of teenage pregnancies, as well as the lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic which have changed the provision of face-to-face learning primarily online.
DCCCII eyes robust economy in 2022
On the business side, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) predicts a more developed economy for this year as the chamber continues to invest in inclusive growth and recovery from the dreaded pandemic. At its 54th installation of DCCCII’s officers and board, the Davao Chamber announced the re-election of President Maria Lourdes Monteverde, who served as DCCCII’s President from 2011 to 2012 and held various positions in the area of medicine and real estate. . In 2021, the DCCCII committed to and achieved its “Restart, Recharge, Recovery and Reset” goals, which were primarily to help businesses recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as to adapt new ways of doing business. Monteverde said the DCCCII aims “to be able to recover and move forward with a strong determination to live with the pandemic.”
PH guns for a spot in the Women’s World Cup
Leading the sports, the Philippines women’s national football team blazes a new trail in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in India. The team are looking to make history when they aim for their first-ever World Cup ticket when they face Chinese Taipei in the knockout quarter-finals. Kick-off is at 10 p.m. (Philippines time). With a berth in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a berth in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup semi-finals on the line, Philippines coach Alen Stajcic believes the game will be close and that both teams will play under a lot of pressure.
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