Suspects behind group soliciting cash for Sara’s campaign funds surrender

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Four suspects who were behind the group using the names of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and other local officials to solicit campaign funds from contractors and businessmen surrendered to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) last July 30. In a statement of the City Government of […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsAug 6th, 2021

Sara warns vs groups soliciting funds for presidential campaign

President Duterte’s daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, yesterday warned the public against individuals said to be soliciting funds for her supposed presidential bid in May 2022......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2021

Scammers using Sara Duterte’s name surrender

Six members of a scam group targeting politicians, government officials and business investors have surrendered to the National Capital Region Police Office, an official announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Group to persuade Sara to run for president

Supporters of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will launch a signature campaign to convince her to run for president and replace her father President Duterte in 2022......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2021

THRILLMAKER: Ces Drilon turns over a new leaf

In showbusiness, there will always be the one hit wonders, those people who hit mainstream popularity usually for only one piece of work and become known to the general public solely for that momentary success.  Of course, those of this type are, sooner or later, gone from the public eye and then eventually forgotten.  Then there are the lurkers, as in the online world, they are those who just quietly stay afloat in the sidelines, not hitting it big but somehow able to prolong their presence in the showbiz realm.  Then come the real superstars, those who are able to prolong their relevance by not being boxed in by their past successes and are not afraid to explore and reinvent themselves for a more “current” image.  When one talks about reinvention, favorite pop icon of the 80s, Madonna, always comes to mind.  Locally, there is Vilma Santos-Recto, who has, throughout her career, taken on a lot of image makeovers from her days as a childstar, a teenstar, a dramatic star and now as a star legislator—truly stamping her mark as a Star For All Seasons. In Philippine television, one personality who has, over the decades, managed to successfully take on any role she’s been asked to play is seasoned broadcaster Ces Oreña-Drilon.  From being a very incisive news reporter, she shifted to covering business and then even hosted her own popular business show in the 90s.  From there we all saw her taking on the mainstream news anchoring chores in ABSCBN’s late primetime newscast Bandila, before eventually heading the Lifestyle Ecosystem of the entire network. When the dust coming out of the whole ABSCBN franchise debacle finally settled, regular viewers and fans found Ces still widely present in their mobile devices, with her KUMU ventures Ces and the City and Bawal Ma-Stress Drilon still getting good audience shares.  She has also upped her “influencer” status further by going into various businesses which are not only profitable but are inspiring more and more women to empower themselves though enterprise and hardwork. Very recently, the former Usapang Business host decided that she wanted to do something bigger for the nation—bigger than just giving Filipinos their daily dose of the news.   This is why she recently accepted her election as President of the TOWNS Foundation (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service).    TOWNS Foundation Incorporated is a national organization of dynamic and effective women who by their common shared activities and interests help transform the lives of the Filipinos.  The association is composed of 160 women, all accomplished in their respective fields, be it in the private or government sectors, who have been working together to help in the country’s development for the past 50 years.  Among the goals of the TOWNS Foundation is the recognition of women achievers which paved the way for the TOWNS Awards.  All TOWNS awardees become members of the foundation. The vision of TOWNS is to have a nation of empowered women who serve as catalysts for national development towards improving quality of life.  Its four-fold mission includes: identifying and recognizing exemplary women; harnessing talents of its members to influence national issues; inspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs; and providing a nurturing environment to TOWNS members. When the COVID19 pandemic hit the country last year, TOWNS joined forces with the UP Medical Foundation, Inc (UPMFI) to source funds that were used to procure PPEs for hospitals all over the country.  The still ongoing campaign has so far raised over P57 Million for countless frontliner beneficiaries. With her election as President, Ces now joins the ranks of former TOWNS Presidents Olivia Ferry, who became ZONTA International President; former PEZA administrator Lilia De Lima; former SSS Administrator Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo; businesswoman  Evelyn Singson; and former DOH Secretary Esperanza Cabral. With Ces now at the helm, we’re certain that the group is now headed to even greater heights of greatness for we know that when Ces starts talking business, she really means it......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Militant labor group demands P10K cash aid for displaced workers

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Militant labor group Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo-Kilusang Mayo Uno (AMA Sugbo-KMU) has launched a signature campaign on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, calling on the government to provide P10,000 unemployment assistance to distressed workers as part of its COVID-19 response. The group directed their call to the Department of Labor and […] The post Militant labor group demands P10K cash aid for displaced workers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

MECQ not for lack of ayuda – IATF

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles denied yesterday that the lack of funds for cash aid or ayuda forced the government to downgrade the quarantine status in Metro Manila and two other areas despite sustained high COVID-19 infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

PayMaya offers free cash in at over 55,000 touchpoints

Digital financial services leader PayMaya has waived cash in fees at over 55,000 online and physical touchpoints nationwide, making it easier for consumers to put funds and use their e-wallet anytime, anywhere. This is in line with making financial services more accessible and convenient to all Filipinos, especially during heightened community quarantine measures across the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Duterte fires NEA chief Masongsong

The PACC in May filed a case against Masongsong for allegedly allowing public funds to be used for a party-list's campaign activities in 2019. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Farmers groups call to end fake and forced surrender campaign

Filipino farmer groups have called on the Duterte administration to stop targeting their ranks as they are being rounded up and forced to “surrender” as alleged members of the New People’s Army. The post Farmers groups call to end fake and forced surrender campaign appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

OWWA says cash aid for OFWs on hold

The cash assistance program for overseas Filipino workers displaced by the pandemic has been put on hold due to lack of funds, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration confirmed recently......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

P10.89-B for ayuda now ready for distribution amid NCR lockdown

Funds for a new round of cash aid or “ayuda” in Metro Manila have already been released and are now ready to be distributed, as the capital region goes on hard lockdown......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

You will be charged! — Police to those spreading fake news about COVID-19 vaccines

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has warned the public to stop spreading fake news about the government’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign to avoid being charged in relation to cybercrime. Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, CCPO deputy director for operations said they will coordinate with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in […] The post You will be charged! — Police to those spreading fake news about COVID-19 vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Local telco recruits TXT as new ambassador

K-pop boy group TOMORROW X TOGETHER, or TXT, aims to inspire the youth to stand out, take charge, and build a better tomorrow through its latest campaign with Smart Communications, Inc......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

COA to Army: Stop ‘huge’ cash advances

The Commission on Audit has asked the Philippine Army to stop the practice of granting “extremely huge” cash advances to a few officers, saying that it exposes the government funds to the “risk of loss or misappropriation.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2021

Palace: 2-week ECQ in NCR dependent on cash aid

The re-imposition of a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila will depend on the availability of government funds that can be used as cash aid for poor families, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will discuss the proposal of Metro Manila […] The post Palace: 2-week ECQ in NCR dependent on cash aid appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2021

Philracom lends helping hand

The Ayuda sa Atleta, a campaign to raise funds for both regular and para national athletes, got a big boost from the Philippine Racing Commission, headed by Chairman Reli de Leon......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Cebu militants on Duterte’s admin: ‘Palpak’

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Militants here called President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration “palpak” because of his failure to especially end contractualization in the country. But this was just one of the many campaign promises that he seemed to have ignored, says Jaime Paglinawan of Bayan Muna Central Visayas. Paglinawan’s group also criticized the Duterte administration for its […] The post Cebu militants on Duterte’s admin: ‘Palpak’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

'UndoingDuterte | OFWs gained nothing under Duterte admin, says migrant rights group

Overseas Filipino workers and their families only saw broken campaign promises in the last five years of the Duterte presidency. The post #UndoingDuterte | OFWs gained nothing under Duterte admin, says migrant rights group appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

16 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender

Sixteen members of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group have surrendered to the military in Sulu, security officials said on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021