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Employers told: Pay 13th month pay before Christmas

bello-2The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded Tuesday, November 1,  that it is a must that employers pay their workers’ 13th-month pay not later than December 24.

“All employers are required to pay their rank-and-file employees the 13th month pay, regardless of the nature of their employment, and irrespective of the methods by which their wages are paid, provided they worked for at least one month in a year,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

Bello warned employers who fail to pay the 13th month benefit that they are liable to money claim cases that aggrieved employees may file with any DOLE regional offices.

Labor laws and their implementing rules and regulations mandate the payment of 13th month pay.

He explained that 13th month pay is a labor standard provision of the law that the DOLE does not compromise as to its payment.

Under the Labor Code, every covered employer is required to make a report of compliance to the nearest DOLE regional office not later than 15 January of each year.

“Good labor-management relations, increased workers’ and enterprises’ productivity and competiveness result to workers being paid what is due them,” Bello said.

The 13th month pay is defined to mean one-twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year.

The basic salary includes all remunerations or earnings paid by an employer to an employee for services rendered, but may not include cost-of-living allowances (COLA), profit-sharing payments, cash equivalents of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime pay, premium pay, night shift differential pay, holiday pay, and all allowances and monetary benefits which are not considered, or integrated as part of the regular or basic salary of the employee.(PNA)


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The trapos can go to the extent of using children as weapons of their dirty war, said Peter Lavina, chief of the media bureau of the Davao City Mayor, standard bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Laban (PDP/Laban).
Lavina was referring to an attack ad that has started airing on television on Thursday, May 5, five days to go to the May 9 election.
The ad had minors commenting on issues raised against Duterte, now on top of poll surveys way ahead of his rivals.
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The placement of the ad, aired on ABS/CBN, was not attributed to any candidate.
The ad was aired as Senator Antonio Trillanes, running for vice president under the Magdalo Party, continued to hit at Duterte over the mayor’s alleged secret bank accounts and undeclared properties.
Presidential candidates Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party, independent candidate Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) have also intensified their attacks on Duterte, riding on the issues raised by Trillanes.
The Duterte camp has tagged Trillanes as an ‘attack dog’ of President Benigno Aquino whose ruling Liberal Party is fielding Roxas in the presidential derby.
The enemies of Duterte have turned into ISIS terrorists by using children in their propaganda war, said Lavina.
ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), considered as today’s most violent and and dangerous terrorist group in the world, have killed thousands in the Middle East as they attempt to create a separate Muslim caliphate in Iraq and Syria. ISIS militants are known to use child bombers in bombing missions.
Lavina said those behind the ad “violated decency and child labor laws just to hit at Duterte.”
High in the list of suspects of Lavina as behind the ad are Aquino and Roxas.
 In war, even among thieves like those in the mafia, they always exclude children and women. But not for Mar and Noy who have no actual children. The claimed son of Mar is not his; its from his brother, according to many stories. Look who turns out to be the real berdugos, child abusers, killing the bright future of these kids, said Lavina.
Among issues raised by rivals against Duterte is his alleged link to the Davao Death Squad, blamed as behind the spate of summary executions in Davao City that allegedly included minor victims.



Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the consistent winner in the first Pilipinas Debate 2016 held in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, February 21.

Duterte was selected by social media users who voted in Rappler’s polls.

Organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the debate gave the presidential bets the chance on national television to tell the public why they should be voted in the May election as the next president of the Philippines.


All the presidential candidates — Duterte (PDP-Laban), Vice President Jejomar Binay (UNA), Mar Roxas (Liberal Party), Senator Grace Poe (Independent) and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago (People’s Reform Party) – participated in the 3-round debate.

For all 3 rounds, Duterte emerged the top pick with wide margins over rivals by Rappler readers and netizens.

In Round 1, Duterte’s lead over second placer Santiago was 296. In Round 2, Duterte had a 451-vote lead over second placer Roxas.

While Duterte consistently ranked number one, the second placer alternated between Santiago and Roxas. The feisty senator ranked number 2 in the first round, while Roxas was second placer in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

For the closing statements, Santiago took 2nd place, as against Duterte’s 1,000-vote top finish.

Binay – who has been a consistent frontrunner in presidential preference surveys conducted by pollsters – consistently ranked 5th in all the Rappler polls.

Duterte’s emphasis on a corruption-free, crime-free Philippines got him the nod of netizens, who said the tough-talking mayor had the best closing statement in the debate.

In his final remarks, Duterte reiterated his promise to clean up the Philippines within months if he is elected president.

In the final Rappler poll, Duterte got 1,000 votes (59.14%) out of the total 1,691 votes.

He had a 728-vote margin ahead of Santiago, who got 272 votes (16.09%). Roxas placed 3rd, with 263 votes (15.55%), followed by Poe with 129 votes (7.63%) and Binay with 27 votes (1.6%).

Poe took Rounds 2 and 3, as she focused on poverty and development, and Mindanao peace and development, illegal drugs, political dynasties, the Philippines’ row with China, and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Roxas took Round 1, where he went on the offensive against his rivals.

The debate –  the first in a series being mounted by Comelec and its media partners – was organized by GMA-7 and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Two more sets of presidential debates – one in Visayas and the other in Luzon – will be held in March and April.  

For Mindanaoans, the highlight of the debate was Duterte criticizing the “Tuwid na Daan”(Straight Path) that Liberal Party bet Manuel Roxas was offering as the solution to a laggard Mindanao.

Roxas said he would continue the support being given by the Aquino administration to the region.

Roxas said that in the last 5 years of the Aquino government, the funds given to Mindanao (P250 billion) was double compared to P125 billion during the administrations of Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 12 years.

But Duterte said: “I did not see any straight path. It is crooked.”

He said it was not enough for Roxas to list down the amount of funds given to Mindanao without proving they went to the right programs.

“You do not count the funds given during the last 5 years. It was spent on corruption,” he said in rebuttal.

He said a disproportionate amount of money goes to Metro Manila while Mindanao, despite its contribution to the economy, does not receive enough funds.

The reason for this, he said, is the concentration of wealth and power in the capital.

Duterte presented federalism as his solution to the Mindanao challenge. From RAPPLER report



Rodrigo Duterte generated the biggest buzz on Twitter as Filipinos were focused on Pilipinas Debates 2016 on February 21, Sunday.

The debate held in Cagayan de Oro City aired live on national television and radio and online news site, had the five presidential candidates in the May election.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte generated the most buzz during the two-hour event, said Pinoy Twitter.

#PiliPinasDebates2016 dominated trending topics not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide.

Data from the social networking site showed that the tough-talking local executive was subject of some 322,000 tweets, or 35 percent of the discussion.

He was followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay (212,000 tweets or 27 percent), former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (78,000 tweets or 14 percent), Sen. Grace Poe (69,000 tweets or 13 percent), and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (65,000 tweets or 11 percent).


Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, standard bearer of the opposition Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), beat his four rivals in the race to Malacanang, based on “election-related conversations” about the coming election, according to social media giant Facebook.

Facebook said 8.2 million Filipinos participated in election-related conversations from November 30 through February 15. This figure represents 16.7 percent of the 49 million monthly active users on Facebook in the Philippines, and has resulted in some 45 million conversations.

“Election-related conversations,” according to Facebook, means any post or comment that contains highly specific and targeted keywords or hashtags related to either the election itself, a candidate, a party, or a specific topic that might be playing a large role in the election.

With the 2016 elections only three months away, Filipino voters have invaded Facebook to post comments about their candidates and their opponents and discuss election-related topics.

Duterte has also front lined survey results for presidential preference by pollsters Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

 “Facebook is the destination for authentic conversation about politics. It’s a place for citizens to learn about candidates, for friends to debate political issues, and for candidates to reach voters,” said Elizabeth Hernandez, Facebook’s Head of APAC Public Policy.




rapplerMayor Rodrigo Duterte emerged on top of other presidential candidates with more engaged voters across the country expressing their support for the Davao City mayor in text votes by Rappler.

Rappler said Duterte clearly dominated the online January text poll as he did in the December poll of the popular news site.

The preference for Duterte  among engaged voters, as reflected in the Rappler text survey, is similar to those in probability surveys, according to Carijane Laylo, Rappler’s survey consultant.

In the latest  BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (BW-SWS) pre-poll presidential preference survey, Duterte (24%) was already in a statistical tie with front runner Vice President Jejomar BInay (29%). Senator Grace Poe also had a 24%.

In the text vote, Duterte is the overwhelming choice in Mindanao (59% of total votes), especially in the Davao region (81% of total votes). He also leads in the National Capital Region (NCR), Southern Luzon/Bicol, and the Visayas, according to Rappler.







Rodrigo Duterte can still run for President in 2016 even if he is barred by the Commission on Election (Comelec) from running as a substitute candidate of Martin Diño  of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Laban (PDP-Laban).  

The Davao City mayor can run for President under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), said a stalwart of the party, lawyer Oliver Lozano.

Lozano said  KBL was  willing to field Duterte as its  standard bearer to skirt a possible disqualification, as the Comelec on Friday, December 18, heard a  petition filed by Roman Castor seeking to disqualify Duterte from the presidential election. READ MORE