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Court Branch 19 in Bacoor City, Cavite this afternoon to call for the junking of charges filed by the military against labor advocate Adelberto Silva, women’s right activist Sharon Cabusao, and their companion Isidro de Lima.

KMU claimed that Silva, Cabusao and de Lima were illegally arrested because the search carried out by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Special Weapons And Tactics Team in their Bacoor residence last June 1, was illegal as the police operatives did not have a search warrant.

It backed the political detainees’ lawyers from the Public Interest Law Center who asked the court to quash information for illegal possession of explosives, to render inadmissible as evidence the “rocket-propelled grenades” that were allegedly retreived from the three, and that the cases against the three be junked.

“Silva, Cabusao and de Lima should be freed immediately. There is no reason why a trial against them should proceed. The premise of the case against them is a violation of their constitutional and democratic rights,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson and convenor of the Free Adel Silva Committee.

The labor leader said that like previous governments, the Aquino government has filed trumped-up charges against National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ consultants in peace negotiations with the government in order to keep them in jail.

“The case of Silva, Cabusao and de Lima is no different from that of other NDFP consultants. They are in jail not because the legal basis for keeping them in jail is strong but because the government wants to keep them in jail, and is using its power to invent charges,” Labog added.

The KMU leader said Silva is a long-time labor activist and organizer and is a consultant of the national labor center on matters related to the peace talks, national industrialization, and pro-worker labor laws.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy


A local government employee was arrested by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during an entrapment operation in Sarangani Province on August 10, 2015.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Russel Maniquez, 37 years old, a resident of Maguling, Maitum, Sarangani Province. Maniquez is an administrative aide assigned at the Municipal Hall of Maitum, Sarangani Province.

At around 1:00 p.m., elements of PDEA Regional Office 12 (PDEA RO12) under the direct supervision of Director Lyndon Aspacio conducted a buy-bust operation in Purok Namnama, Barangay Malalag, Maitum, Sarangani Province which led to the arrest of Maniquez.

A PDEA agent who acted as poseur-buyer bought a transparent plastic sachet of white crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, weighing more or less one gram worth P7, 500 from the suspect.

Maniquez is temporarily detained at PDEA RO12 jail facility and will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, on the same day, the same operating unit arrested Christopher Paghobasan, alias Cocoy, 26, a manicurist, after he sold a sachet of shabu with an estimated street value of P2,000 to a poseur-buyer in Purok Gumamela, Tabuk Tual, Barangay Poblacion, Kiamba, Sarangani Province, at around 9:30 in the morning.

Paghobasan’s cohort, a certain Adobo Rebuca was able to elude arrest after sensing the presence of PDEA operatives.

Cases for violation of Section 5 in relation to Section 26 (Conspiracy to Sell), Article II of RA 9165, will be filed in court against Paghobasan and Rebuca, who remains at large.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy


As part of its coverage and collection efforts, the Social Security System (SSS) led by SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros, Jr. recently visited Rome, Italy and other countries in Europe to encourage Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the continent to register as SSS members so that they can enjoy social security benefits upon their retirement in the Philippines.

Right photo shows President de Quiros, Jr. together with the members of the Filipino communities in Rome after a briefing conducted about OFW coverage and the SSS Flexi-fund Program.

SSS Flexi-fund Program is a voluntary provident fund program exclusive for OFWs which gives them an opportunity to save a bigger portion of their salary as a pension-savings plan to receive a bigger pension as well as become part of their investment in the future.

Left photo shows President de Quiros with CBN Grupo Director Ben Javellana. CBN Grupo is one of the active partner remittance companies of SSS in Europe.
Left photo shows President de Quiros with CBN Grupo Director Ben Javellana. CBN Grupo is one of the active partner remittance companies of SSS in Europe.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy


Ngayon pa lang ay pinaghahandaan na ng Manila Water, ang konsesyunaryo ng silangang bahagi ng Metro Manila, ang El Nino na inaasahang  mas titindi pa sa huling bahagi ng kasalukuyang taon, na maaaring tumagal pa hanggang sa unang tatlong buwan ng 2016, ayon na rin sa pahayag Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Inihayag ni Manila Water OIC for Corporate Strategic Affairs Group at Corporate Communications Head Jeric Sevilla, na ang Manila Water ay nakikipag-ugnayan sa iba’t ibang ahensiya na kasapi sa El Niño Inter-agency Technical Working Group upang maagang makapaghanda at nang maibsan ang posibleng epekto ng matinding El Nino. Dagdag pa ng PAGASA, mas mababa at maaaring hindi sapat ang dami ng ulan na darating upang punuin ang Angat Dam na siyang pinagkukunan ng tubig para sa halos 15 milyong residente ng Metro Manila.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 180 meters lamang ang lebel ng Angat Dam, lubhang mababa sa kinakailangang lebel na 212 meters na siyang target sa pagtatapos ng taon.

Paliwanag ni Sevilla na bagama’t nananatiling normal ang suplay ng tubig sa mga kostumer kahit binabaan ang alokasyon ng tubig para sa Metro Manila, umaasa lamang ito sa mga inflows na nagmumula sa Ipo at La Mesa. Bukod pa dito, malaking tulong din ang mga naunang pagsasaayos ng water network ng Manila Water kaya’t bumaba ang antas ng nasasayang na tubig o system loss sa 11%  Dahil dito, nasisigurong ang tubig mula sa mga treatment plant ay makaaabot mismo sa mga kostumer.

Ibinahagi ng Manila Water ang plano nito upang maibsan ang nagbabadyang kakulangan ng suplay sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagsasaayos ng mga linya ng tubig, paniniguro na patuloy na gumagana nang maayos ang lahat ng mga pasilidad, kabilang na ang mga treatment plants, pump stations at mga reservoirs o imbakan ng tubig; paggamit muli  ng mga deepwells upang may pandagdag sa suplay; paghahanda ng mga mobile treatment plants; at implementasyon ng supply at pressure management schemes sakaling kinakailangan.

Patuloy rin na nanawagan ang Manila Water sa lahat na ugaliin ang wasto at responsableng paggamit ng tubig upang magkaroon ng sapat na suplay hanggang sa tag-ulan sa susunod na taon.

Ang Manila Water ang naghahatid ng serbisyong tubig at sanitasyon sa ilang bahagi ng Quezon City at Maynila, Pasig, Marikina, San Juan, Pateros, Taguig, Makati, Mandaluyong kabilang na rin ang  lalawigan ng Rizal.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV reiterated the government’s full support for the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to achieve the inclusive growth agenda as he inaugurated the Negosyo Center in the city last Thursday (July 30).

In his speech, Sen. Aquino said the economic gains that the country has been reaping the last five years will not be complete if it is not an inclusive one.

“We have the best economic growth in the last five years. But this is not complete if it is not inclusive. To achieve this, number one on the list is support for our MSMEs so that we can ensure that our economic growth reaches to the farthest places and where it is really needed”, the young legislator said.

He pointed that access to finance, access to improve their capacity, and access to larger markets are key to inclusive growth, thus, he authored Republic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act of 2014.

“We passed the law to be that support for our MSMEs so they can feel that the government is here to help them grow and expand their businesses. If our business owners are able to grow and thrive, they provide jobs, make local economy grow, and we create value for our countrymen, Whether you are an owner of a sari-sari store or a big factory, each one has a role to play, and if supported, can support  our inclusive growth agenda”, Aquino said.

One of the biggest provisions of RA 10644 is the establishment of negosyo centers nationwide, aimed at assisting and guiding MSMEs to the right business direction.

“Negosyo Centers are our gift to our people; for our people who work hard for their families. Whether you are big or small business, you can go to our negosyo center and get the same amount of support and get the same type of respect. You will get all the support, information, care, and guidance that you need”, Aquino stressed.

With the Department of Trade and Industry as the implementer and oversee of negosyo centers, Sen. Aquino personally thanked DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo for making RA 10644 a reality.

“To Sec. Gregory Domingo, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. This law, without your support, and without your persistence and insistence, will only be a piece of paper. But because of your support and your action, it’s now a reality and it’s something that we can all be proud of”, he said.

DTI is tasked to establish 100 negosyo centers nationwide for 2015, but as it stands, the department is set to establish 140, 40% above the target, to the delight of Sen. Aquino.

“I was told by Usec. Zeny Maglaya that we are on our way to establishing 140 for this year with just a budget for a hundred. That means they are 40% above target and for businessmen, 40% above target is very good news! We are hoping that by outing up together these negosyo centers, creating the right support for our MSMEs, we’ll be able to contribute to our inclusive growth agenda for our country. Congratulations to all stakeholders! And as I love to say it, Zamboanga City Negosyo Center, now open for business”, he ended.

Among the dignitaries present during the inauguration of the Negosyo Center are DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo and DTI Usec. Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya, and Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle G. Climaco. It was also graced by the leaders of business chambers all over the region, and national line agencies officials and representatives.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy