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News Report: PNP chief orders investigation of prisoner's continued involvement in drug operations from behind bars. He has been reportedly involved in high profile drug seizures in certain parts of the country.
News Report: Manila Bay white sand beach opened. The much-publicized artificial white sand beach near Manila Bay was opened last weekend, an occasion graced by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. Crowds and lack of physical distancing were noticeable, causing the firing of the Ermita police chief. The Cebu contractor has stopped shipping white sand, causing the DENR to look for new sources.
Longest lockdown blamed for PH economic meltdown - Manila Bulletin
News Report: Number of unemployed reaches 38% due to closure of small and medium industries. Department of Trade and Industry Sec. Lopez calls for reclassification of NCR to MGCQ. Earlier, Sec. Lopez criticized the face shield requirement saying the Philippines is unique in addition to face masks. (September 29, 2020)
Philstar.com October 3, 2020 DTI allows more businesses to operate at 100% capacity
Tinglayan, Kalinga July 20, 2020 P13.2 million marijuana plants torched
At least P17 million worth of the party drug Ecstasy were seized following a raid on a gasoline station in this town on Saturday night. August 13, 2020 P17 million party drugs seized in Pampanga
News Report: Ecstasy, marijuana cases increasing. Drug cases have been rising during the pandemic, bucking the general trend towards lower crime since lockdown. Much of ecstasy comes from Europe; much marijuana from Northern plantations. Despite Pekingese involvement in shabu, they are also engaged in ecstasy and marijuana, as a multimillion peso buy-bust operation in Pampanga shows.
News Report: Classes begin in public schools. Classes began in public schools yesterday with speeches by the President and the DepEd Secretary. It was labeled a triumph by the DepEd, despite a Usec saying only 55% of students have gadgets. Internet services are bad in much of the country. The Bohol governor said in an interview that they're bad outside Tagbilaran, prompting a response that they are bad in Metro Manila as well. Governors from some provinces asked for exemptions from blended learning, citing bad Internet and low COVID cases.
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Presidential survey results released. Among the first surveys for the 2022 presidential elections has come out. It was topped by an NCR mayor widely believed to be eyeing the position (to be expected, according to pundits, since he commissioned it).
He was followed by Vice President Leni Robredo, then former Sen Bongbong Marcos, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and Sen Manny Pacquiao, who came fifth. Sen Marcos said in an interview that he is keeping his options open. He has been rumored to be seeking the presidency, but rumors put him as running mate to Sara Duterte.
Groups and officials have been calling for the candidacies of Sen Pacquiao, Mayor Duterte-Carpio (with Pres Duterte as VP) and others. A group of retired generals are pushing for the candidacy of Baguio mayor Magalong.
Maritime authorities in Malaysia say they stopped six Chinese fishing vessels in Malaysian territorial waters, as Beijing increases its presence throughout the South China Sea. October 13, 2020
News Report: 5 arrested for estafa. Five people were arrested for estafa, having convinced a Filipino-Chinese businessman to invest millions of pesos in a fictitious telecommunications company. One of the five, a Pekingese national, was slated for deportation by the BID.
Comment: This might have been superfluous. But it is most relevant to say that Pekingese mischief is directed at everyone: Filipinos, fellow Pekingese (victims of kidnapping, fake Peking virus clearances, drugs, and so on), and also, in this case, Filipino-Chinese, with whom they share the same race, if not citizenship.
‘The nerve!’ Sotto hits back at Cayetano for ‘passing blame’ on budget delay October 8, 2020
Senators warned that the gov't will likely operate on a corruption-prone budget next year due to the lack of time for Congress to pass the proposed P4.5-trillion National Expenditure Program amid the leadership squabble between Cayetano and Velasco
News Report: House intramurals may delay budget. The dispute between Speaker Alan Cayetano and Representative Lord Velasco over the speakership has caused Cayetano to declare an early recess. Senators said last year, the budget had already been transmitted to the Senate. Observers expressed concern that a reenacted budget will lead to a shortage of funds to deal with the pandemic.
MANILA BULLETIN By Genalyn D. Kabiling
'Natagam na ako' "let the best man win" Roque quoting Duterte. "In principle, the President does not want to get involved in politics."
Sara Duterte-Carpio is reportedly moving to have Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano ousted and replaced by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco. October 12
186 lawmakers ratify Velasco’s election as speaker
Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano concedes via FB Live post. October 13
House of Representatives elected presidential son Paolo Duterte as the chairman of the House committee on accounts. October 14
News Report: Velasco elected speaker by House majority. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco was elected speaker by a majority (186) of congressmen at the Celebrity Sports Complex in Quezon City. The main parties, including known Cayetano allies, were present. In his acceptance speech, Velasco thanked Davao mayor Sara Duterte Carpio. She was also behind the ouster in a previous Congress of Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and replacement as speaker by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
News Report: Pulse Asia survey topped by Poe, Pacquiao. A survey by Pulse Asia of 2022 presidential hopefuls put Senators Grace Poe, Manny Pacquiao and Bong Go at the top, followed by VP Leni Robredo and Ping Lacson. For the vice presidential race, Manila mayor Domagoso led in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Senate President Tito Sotto came in second.
Checking all the top presidentiables/VPs, all except possibly Robrebo are of Visayan descent. Poe (adopted, a foundling from Iloilo), Pacquiao, Go, Domagoso (Manileno of Visayan parents). Even Senator Lacson, while from Cavite, may originally be from the South (Negros?).
"I'm planning to file a bill which will limit the entrance of foreign construction companies in the country," Zubiri said. Bill limiting foreign contractors in PH projects sought. October 15, 2020
Gordon furious: What? Gov’t allows 35-yr-old Chinese to stay in PH as retirees? m.inquirer.net/newsinfo/1349919 October 19, 2020
Gordon berates PRA chief for allowing 35-year-old Chinese nationals ‘retire’ in Philippines gmanetwork.com/news/story/760532
News Report: 30-40% of workers in government construction projects from China. An article published in the Manila Standard revealed that 30% to 40% of workers in DPWH projects were Pekingese. This comes at a time when a pandemic, itself caused by China, has caused unprecedented levels of unemployment and closure of businesses.
News Report: Hontiveros asks for more funds for cybersecurity. Senator Risa Hontiveros called for an increase in funds for cybersecurity. She said in addition to escalated aggression by China in the West Philippine Sea, there were also many instances of hacking of Philippine government websites from China, some of it bearing Chinese script. China is also known to be doing the same to US websites.
Sen. Richard Gordon thinks the matter is a national security concern because the young Chinese retirees could serve as a fifth column or a clandestine force that could be mobilized against the Philippines. October 21, 2020
Palace: Give China ‘flexibility’ to hire workers for China-funded bridge projects
P40B kickback through ‘pastillas’ scheme, VUA issuances bared 2020-10-20 Around 3.8 million of these four million Chinese nationals were non-VUA applicants according to Hontiveros. She said the non-VUA applicants are believed to have paid the P10,000 service fee.
News Report: BID officials reveal 'pastillas gang' crimes. Two officials of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation said that the 'pastillas gang' has collected P40 billion from illegal Chinese, Indian, Korean and other aliens and allowed them to go free. According to them, the number of illegal Pekingese is now 4 million, which is bigger than the population of Quezon City. By proportion of the population, this is much bigger than the number of Japanese in the Philippines on the eve of Japan's invasion in 1941. China now occupies Philippine islands and waters in the West Philippine Sea.
News Report: DepEd asks media, public to respect privacy of those involved in suicide. The Department of Education appealed that privacy be respected in cases of suicide, saying that it is a sensitive issue, This comes after several suicides of students and teachers unable to cope with blended learning for economic reasons and due to poor internet connections.
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