KUWTT: Zubiri next head of the Senate | June 2, 2022
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Here are the top stories from the Manila Times for Thursday, June 2, 2022.
READ: Zubiri next Senate leader
SEN. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri will take the position which will be vacated by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto on June 30. bedroom. Villar said Wednesday she was “no longer interested” in the job. The Senate adjourned sine die on June 3. Villar said she chose to have Zubiri form a “supermajority” bloc. The senator added that she was not interested in a mandate-sharing agreement with Zubiri. Villar is committed to pursuing its pleas which are agriculture and the environment. The new group of Senate leaders for the 19th Congress was finalized on Wednesday. Zubiri revealed that returning Senator Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda will serve as acting Senate President while re-elected Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva will serve as Majority Leader. The minority bloc is expected to be led by Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd with re-elected Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros as a member.
READ: Duterte appointees bypassed by Appointments Commission
THE Nominations Commission (CA) bypassed on Wednesday, for lack of quorum, the confirmation of five officials appointed by outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte to three constitutional bodies. Aimee Torrefranca-Neri, Karlo Nograles, President of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Rizalina Justol, President of the Audit Commission (CoA). All were named by Duterte in March. The 18th Congress will adjourn sine die on June 3 and will officially end on June 30. Comelec, CoA and CCS. She said she adjourned the meeting due to lack of quorum on the 24-member committee.
READ: Erwin Tulfo will focus on youth rehabilitation
The new secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Erwin Tulfo, said on Wednesday that he would focus on rehabilitation of young people, cleaning up files for 4P grants, presence on the ground during disasters and the professionalization of DSWD staff. Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay Forum, Tulfo outlined his top priorities for the department, where he will succeed Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista. The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) Program is the government’s national poverty reduction initiative, as mandated by Republic Act 11310, or “An Act Institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) Program”. Tulfo also promised to assess the risk and disaster management systems in place in different areas, in addition to serving effectively in the field. He stressed the need for DSWD staff to be disciplined to provide the highest level of professional service, citing comments about some staff who are unwilling to provide goods to needy Filipinos.
READ: 8 senators bid farewell to the Senate
EIGHT senators will bid farewell to the Senate today – three ending their terms while the other five failed to bid for re-election. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, Senate Pro Tempore President Ralph Recto, and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon were at the end of their second six-year terms. Philippine senators are elected for a six-year term. They cannot exercise more than two consecutive mandates. Sotto ran for vice president in the May 9 national election but lost. Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan were all eligible for re-election but chose to run for higher office. Lacson and Pacquiao ran for president while Pangilinan ran for vice president. All three lost. Senators Richard “Dick” Gordon and Leila de Lima sought re-election but were unsuccessful in seeking re-election.
READ: Group sees 9% growth in 2022
The Philippine economy is expected to grow by 9% this year, thanks to the continued implementation of the reforms launched by the Duterte administration. In a statement on Wednesday, Henry Lim Bon Liong, president of the Federation of Chinese Philippine Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII), said he was optimistic that economic growth could range from 7% to 9% this year despite global uncertainties such as the Russian-Ukrainian war, rising interest rates and inflationary pressures. He said one of the reasons for the optimistic outlook was President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’ decision to appoint “exemplary leaders to take charge of the Philippine economy.” Among the newly appointed officials are the governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Benjamin Diokno, who will be the next finance secretary; Felipe Medalla as the next Governor of BSP; Arsenio Balicasan as the next secretary of the National Economic Development Authority; and Alfredo Pascual as the next Secretary of Commerce.
READ: Nadal edges out Djokovic in quarter-final thriller
Rafael Nadal insists he can’t know for sure if a match could be his very last in a place he loves, a place he loves. For now, if he keeps winning and keeps playing like he did in his monumental quarter-final victory that started in May and ended in June, Nadal will have more chances to play. . With a brilliant shot mix and his trademark resilience, Nadal passed defending French Open champion Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) to edge closer to his 14th championship in the Grand Slam tournament on clay and what would be a 22nd major trophy overall, adding to the records he already has.
READ: Warriors and Celtics set for NBA Finals Classic
A resurgent Golden State Warriors tries to reclaim its throne in basketball’s pinnacle against a history-chasing Boston Celtics side in the NBA Finals on Thursday (Friday in Manila). After a grueling regular season and roller-coaster playoff campaign, Golden State and Boston will open their best-of-seven showdown Thursday in what has all the makings of a classic between two evenly matched teams. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are expected to lead the charge for the Warriors who made it to the NBA Finals five straight between 2015 and 2019, winning three championships. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are expected to anchor Boston’s offense with Marcus Smart and Robert Williams 3rd providing terrific defense as the Celtics seek their 18th NBA title that would put them away from bitter rivals the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Times editorial calls on the government to encourage flexible working arrangements. Read the full text in print or its digital edition or listen to The Voice of the Times. Featured columnists on the front page today are Antonio Contreras, Yen Makabenta and Danton Remoto. Contreras says opposition needs political reboot; Makabenta on why the president-elect will be his own spokesperson on certain topics and issues; and Remoto on the edge of a new world.
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This is the report by Christian Crow Maghanoy.