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‘Odette’ death toll now 397

Displaced families top 1.08M

MANILA – The number of families affected by Typhoon Odette has slightly climbed to 1,082,910, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said this is equivalent to 4,235,400 persons residing in 6,115 barangays

ocated in 11 regions in the country.

The affected barangays are from the Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Also, the NDRRMC reported that 1,201 evacuation centers are now aiding and sheltering 75,731 families while another 74,9254 families are being aided outside, with the remainder staying with relatives and friends. Read More

DUTERTE SAYS STATE OF CALAMITY LAW A “STUPID LAW”

TELLS CONGRESS: Repeal law on state of calamity declaration

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress or the next President to repeal a law requiring the assessment of reports on disaster areas before a state of calamity is declared.Duterte was possibly referring to Republic Act No. (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction… Read More

warns profiteers, hoarders in wake of ‘Odette’

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte said business owners profiteering from consumer goods in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette may be arrested.In his prerecorded Talk to the People on Monday night, Duterte threatened to order the arrest of business owners involved in the overpricing of basic… Read More

PRO-BONGBONG MARCOS SACKED DUTERTE OFFICIAL SLAMS DIGONG: PUT A STOP TO YOUR MADNESS

Ugly, unwise, unfatherly, unpresidential, unprecedented, unforgivable!

If this reaches him, my personal and friendly advise to PRRD: Take a deep breath, shut his ears, eye the bigger picture and listen to his heart. This is not the time to display Tapang, the situation calls for Malasakit.

By PETER LAVINA

As father of the nation, he should put a stop to this madness.
History will be unkind to a father who denies his daughter a chance to be President (Letter 1), ties her hands to handpick her own tandem (Letter 2) and threatens to whip her in public by fighting her in the polls for VP. This is not just ugly, unwise, unfatherly, it is unpresidential, unprecedented, unforgivable!
He should also stop attacking other people. Maybe he needs to be reminded about one among his favorites: “don’t paint others black to picture yourself white.”
Best for him is to devote his remaining months in office in winning against the pandemic, reviving the economy and making certain that the elections are conducted above board, no terrorism, no power outages, no ISP shutdown, no cheating. And then retire as he has announced on Oct 2, be a mentor, spend time for family and himself.
What more does he need to prove, our people’s admiration and respect he already have?
(Mr. Lavina served as unofficial spokesman of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential election. After Duterte, won the presidency, Mr. Lavina was appointed as head of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) but after only a few months, would be kicked out for alleged corruption by the President.

(Posted in Peter Tiu Lavina, Facebook, November 15, 2021)

METROMANILA MAYORS OPPOSE CHARTER CHANGE

THE TIMING IS OFF

A NUMBER OF of Metro Manila among them Mayors Joy Belmonte of Quezon City and Toby Tiangco of Navotas said the timing is off for Congress to pursue Charter change (Cha-cha) amid the pandemic.

” Not now, please, ” Tiangco, a former member of the House of Representatives ,said at the virtual Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum.

“I see the sense in economic Charter change, especially during these times that we need to recover economically, but within certain bounds and limits,” Belmonte said also at the Kapihan forum.

Tiangco said that at this time he would rather help his constituents recover their losses due to the pandemic.

“The benefits (of legislated economic reforms) will not be (felt) that fast, so maybe we can talk about that at another time. Maybe not this time,” Tiangco said.

Belmonte said said she understands public hesitation to Cha-cha, especially now that an administration’s term is nearing its end. “There are issues of suspicions and timing and these things have to be taken into consideration,” she said.