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RUSSIA-UKRAINE CRISIS: THOUSANDS OF RUSSIANS STAGE PROTEST AGAINST “PUTIN’S WAR” VS. UKRAINE

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Chanting “No to war!” thousands of Russians took to the streets in massive protests in Moscow on Thursday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “military operation” into Ukraine .

“No to war!”

Ukraine president says ‘enemy sabotage groups’ have entered Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s president said Friday that “enemy sabotage groups” have entered the capital Kyiv and called on the public to be careful and follow curfew rules.In a video message on Facebook, Volodymyr Zelensky said the Ukrainian army has managed to protect almost… Read More

Ukraine declares general mobilization as Russian attacks continue

 February 25, 2022, 10:42 am

ISTANBUL – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree early Friday on a general mobilization of the population as Russian attacks continued.The general mobilization was announced “in connection with the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and… Read More

Biden has no intention to send US troops to fight in Ukraine

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has no intention of sending US troops to fight in Ukraine, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday.”That has not changed,” Psaki said at a press conference.She said Washington will respond to Russia with strong economic measures due to its military… Read More

Ukraine declares martial law as Russia launches military ops

KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Thursday announced martial law across the country as Russian troops entered the border and hit targets around Kyiv.In a video posted on his Telegram channel, Zelenskyy said Russia launched strikes against Ukrainian military facilities and border… Read More

NATO condemns Russia’s ‘reckless, unprovoked attack’ on Ukraine

WASHINGTON – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday strongly condemned Russia’s “reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” saying it puts at risk countless civilian lives.”Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has… Read More

Ukraine warns against ‘staged provocation’ by Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s foreign minister warned late Wednesday against a “staged provocation” by Russia as tensions between Moscow and Kyiv remain high.“Worrying reports from Crimea on the entire night shift of Titan chemicals plant in Armyansk evacuated from the… Read More

Russia announces special military operation in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation early Thursday in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.In a televised address, Putin said the people of Donbas turned to Russia for help, according to Russian news agency TASS.“In this regard…I decided to… Read More

Russia-Ukraine crisis: What you need to know

ANKARA – The Russia-Ukraine crisis, which began about eight years ago, has taken on new dimensions following Moscow’s controversial recognition of the independence of separatist regions in the country’s east.In a speech late Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of… Read More

GUANZON VOTES TO DISQUALIFY BONGBONG MARCOS

Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Thursday said she voted to approve the petitions seeking to disqualify presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos visits Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on October 22, 2021. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

In an interview with GMA-7, Guanzon said her dissenting opinion was to disqualify Marcos, a former senator and son of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

“That’s why it’s all happening because my vote is DQ [disqualified] Marcos Jr. I think, there is moral turpitude really based on evidence on the law. There is, I will not keep it a secret, that is the reason why all of these things are happening,” she said.

Guanzon added that she submitted her opinion on the case to the two other commissioners of the First Division, Marlon Casquejo and Aimee Ferolino and the rest of the Commission en banc.Read More

PETITIONERS TO RAISE JUNKED DISQUALIFICATION CASE VS. BONGBONG MARCOS TO COMELEC EN BANC, SUPREME COURT

By ROGER M. BALANZA

IT IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD for those seeking to stop ex-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from running for President in the 2022 elections.

This, even as a division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked a petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

After the poll body’s 2nd Division dismissed the petition on Monday, January 17, the petitioners can still appeal to question the ruling to the Comelec en banc, and even up to the Supreme Court.

If Bongbong’s COC is canceled on appeal and affirmed with finality, he will not only be disqualified from running — he cannot also be substituted.

The petitioners asked to cancel the COC of Bongbong in November last year, claiming that he committed false material representation when he stated in his COC that he is eligible to run for President despite his earlier conviction for not filing income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.

Read More: Comelec 2nd division junks petition to cancel Marcos candidacy

Bongbong may have gained initial points in the 2nd Division favorable ruling, but he is still facing numerous other charges ,against his presidential bid.

The petition to cancel Bongbong’s COC is only one of three petitions against him before the Comelec.

The two other cases involving petitions for disqualification are yet to be decided by the poll body.

Earlier, a petition to declare the former senator as a nuisance candidate was also dismissed by the Comelec.

US sets global record with nearly 1 million COVID-19 cases in a day

OMICRON ACCOUNTS FOR 95.4% OF CASES

The United States set a global record of almost 1 million new coronavirus infections reported on Monday.

According to a Reuters tally, the alarming figure is nearly double the country’s peak hit just a week ago as the h

ighly contagious Omicron variant shows no sign of slowing.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen nearly 50% in the last week and now exceeds 100,000, a Reuters analysis showed, the first time that threshold has been reached since the winter surge a year ago.

The average number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths per day has remained fairly steady throughout December and into early January at about 1,300, according to a Reuters tally, though deaths typically lag behind cases and hospitalizations.

Omicron appears to be far more easily transmitted than previous iterations of the virus. The variant was estimated to account for 95.4% of the coronavirus cases identified in the United States as of Jan. 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.

RECTO ON ISKO MORENO: Ang tunay na lider na may utak sa bayag at may bayag sa utak

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto Recto said he is batting for Isko Moreno to be the next president because the Manila mayor “has the competence, courage and empathy needed to bring the country to its feet and uplift the lives of all Filipinos in this time of the pandemic.”

Recto, to further stress why Filipinos need an Isko Moreno to lead the country, cited a famous Batangas saying to describe the presidential candidate: “Ang tunay na lider, kailangan may utak sa bayag at may bayag sa utak.”

Recto dished out the ego-busting praise for the presidential candidate in the 2022 elections, in his speech at the joint One Batangas – IM Pilipinas convention held in Lipa Cit.y.

The event was attended by district representatives, provincial board members, municipal and city mayors, municipal and city councilors, as well as barangay chairs.

Recto elaborated on the Batangueno motto in Pilipino: “Ang ibig sabihin nun, kailangan may talino, may competence, courage, at dadagdagan ko, kailangan may puso para sa mahirap. Si Isko, na ilang buwan ko nang kasama, may competence, courage at tapang, at may empathy para sa pangkaraniwang mamamayan.”

“Kaya ang paki-usap ko sa ating mga kababayan, pag-isahin na natin si Mayor Isko para maging susunod na pangulo ng bansang Pilipinas,” Recto said.

Moreno is taking a crack at the presidency in the 2022 polls and will compete in a crowded field that includes Senators Manny Pacquiao and Ping Lacson, Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos. Being eagerly awaited to make the presidential election a six-man race is presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

DUTERTE to lead start of roadshow for Bato-Go tandem in 2022 election

By ROGER M. BALANZA

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte will lead start of a national roadshow for the BAGO tandem (Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for President and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for Vice President) of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2022 elections.

The faction led by party president Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi iPDP-Laban will fire the starting gun to kick off the event in Iligan City on Saturday, October 16.

“It would be like a political rally that would include acknowledgment and raising of the hands of our official candidates in local posts, new members would take their oath and everyone would be given a chance to give their commitment to support the candidates of the party,” Melvin Matibag, party secretary-general, said on Friday.

Duterte in the event expected to be attended by some 250 local candidates, officials and leaders of PDP-Laban, will endorse the party’s local candidates, said Manubag.