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Drivers of transportation network companies (TNC), Uber and Grab, formally filed a petition last Friday, urging the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to lift its moratorium on the granting of franchise to transport network vehicle services (TNVS).
The TNVS drivers appealed to the LTFRB and the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to recognize and process the applications, especially those within the TNC’s platform that have no certificate of public convenience (CPC) or provisional authority (PA).
They asked both agencies to consider their plight as the TNVS is their source of livelihood.
“We agree that there should be a limit on the TNVS. However, we are appealing that those already in the platform before the suspension order be given the opportunity to be granted their CPCs and PAs because they have sufficient capital and investment,” Bobby Coronel, founder of Team Speed, said during a press conference held in Quezon City to commemorate the first anniversary of the issuance of LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2016-008.
The memo circular directs the board’s technical division and regional offices not to accept any application for TNVS, especially those from Uber, GrabCar and Uhop, due to the rising volume of TNVS applications.
“We appeal to (Transportation) Secretary (Arthur) Tugade to lift the suspension to ease the concerns of drivers that they might lose their jobs,” he added.
Coronel, along with other leaders of TNVS providers — Polo Almazan (Takbong South president), Glenford Artuz (PDCom president), Aylene Paguio (Silangan Autoclub) and Glen Jacobe (Team Tiger City), who are representing 12,536 drivers — filed the petition at the office of newly appointed DoTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Tim Orbos.
He further explained the TNCs should always replenish the supply of drivers to address the demand of the commuters.
On Tugade’s statement that TNCs should submit themselves to regulation to allow the government to collect the right taxes from them, the TNVS drivers said they have been paying taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
“We have insurance coverage, NBI clearances. The drivers are subjected to drug tests. I think Secretary Tugade is being misguided,” said Efren Baltazar of Team Mandaluyong.
The petitioners affirmed  they had submitted the necessary requirements for the accreditation and are wondering why the LTFRB is taking a long time to process their applications.
“We have complete requirements and have undergone trainings and seminars. We don’t know why the LTFRB does not process our papers. We have complied with their requirements. What do they still want? That’s all,” Coronel said.
The petition, which was hosted on online platform, has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from commuters.
The LTFRB is set to create a Technical Working Group  that will settle various concerns, such as accreditation and pending applications, accountability and a dynamic pricing scheme.
It will also establish a one-stop shop, as well as a help desk, in its central office in Quezon City to process CPCs that are about to expire until end of July.
It will also issue a memorandum circular extending the validity of the CPC from one year to two years and direct TNCs to extend the accreditation of their TNVS.                        

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CBCP official slams BoC’s new policy on balikbayan boxes

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMIP) criticized the new policy of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on balikbayan boxes.
Bishop Rupert Santos, chairman of the CBCP-ECMIP, noted the additional requirements for the sending of balikbayan boxes would be an added burden to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and Filipinos living abroad.
“We at the CBCP-ECMIP appreciate and thankful for duty tax free of the balikbayan boxes, the inclusion receipts will be problematic and burdensome to our OFW. Why? To fill up a balikbayan box usually takes up months as they wait for sales and they will ship them for Christmas or before graduations and so to keep up receipts is added difficulty,” he said.
The Bataan prelate noted  requiring senders to present receipts of the items they are sending is unreasonable.
“Besides most items like food items or clothing are gifts from their employers. So it is very shameful to ask for receipts from them,” he said.
Santos added: “And lastly when our OFW send balikbayan boxes, they give listings of the contents to the forwarders. So just ask the forwarders to furnish the BoC with the listings.”
The CBCP-ECMIP official said helping OFW should be the primary concern and not to add more burden to them by imposing unnecessary measures.
“When we want to help our OFW let us not make any added unnecessary measures,” the Catholic prelate added.
The BoC has issued Customs Memorandum Order 04-2017 which requires balikbayan boxes to include itemized lists of all their contents and receipts of newly puchased items inside the boxes.
Likewise, it requires receivers to be solely relatives and family members who have to prove that they are Filipino citizens.

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Taguig, Makati governments intensify campaign vs smoking

The local governments of Taguig and Makati cities have intensified their campaign against smoking in line with the implementation of the National Smoking Ban beginning July 22 (Saturday), a move that aims to ensure a smoke-free environment and harness a healthy community for all.
In Taguig, the local government reiterated its directive for everyone to strictly comply with the city’s Anti-Smoking Ordinance which absolutely prohibits smoking in centers of youth activity; elevators and stairwells; locations in which fire hazards are present; within the buildings and premises of government institutions, offices and units; public conveyances and places, and in food preparation areas.
In public areas where smoking is allowed in designated areas, establishments are required to put up signage delineating such restricted area.
To give more teeth to the local government unit’s ordinance, the city’s Anti-Smoking Task Force composed of the Sanitation Office, Solid Waste Management Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Traffic Management Office, Business Permits and Licensing Office and Market Management Office will be active in issuing citation tickets to violators.
A fine of up to P1,000 will be imposed on first-time offenders while an amount of P3,000 is meted out to second-time offenders.
At the third offense, a violator has to pay a fine of P5,000. Owners of establishments who violated the ordinance for the third time will also pay a fine of P5,000, and will face cancellation of their business permits.
“What we want is a healthier environment for everyone. Smoking has always been a risk to the health of not only the smoker but also to non-smokers. To make this advocacy effective, we are firmly implementing this policy to ensure that every life is protected from the hazardous effects of smoking,” said Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano in a statement.
The city government also released a memorandum dated last November 2016 which directed its employees to strictly comply with the 2007 Revised Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the city that absolutely prohibits smoking “within the premises of buildings, offices and facilities owned, leased, used or managed by the Taguig City government.”
Under the same memorandum, “No Smoking” signs will be displayed within the vicinity of the government facilities. Violators will be instructed to immediately halt the activity while employees who fail to comply with this directive will be given appropriate sanctions with corresponding penalties.
In Makati, to show solidarity with the nationwide enforcement of Executive Order 26, the Makati Health Department led an Anti-Smoking Parade this yesterday which started at the Makati City Hall Quadrangle at 7 a.m.
The Makati City government expressed its full support to EO 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) which  took effect yesterday.
The activity was attended by officials and representatives of the city Law Department, Engineering Department, Information and Community Relations Department, Department of Environmental Services, Liga ng mga Barangay, Department of Public Safety, Makati Police, DepEd Makati and the Makati Action Center.
Last May, President  Duterte signed into law Executive Order 26 which provides for the establishment of smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places.
Cities like Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Navotas, Muntinlupa, Makati, Davao, Dipolog, Legazpi, Maasin, Balanga, Roxas, Iloilo, Marikina and Santiago have also passed an ordinances against smoking, promoting instead the protection of Filipinos from the ill effects of tobacco and cigarette smoke.                                      

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MMDA bares traffic rerouting plan for Sona


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released Friday its traffic rerouting plan for the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Duterte tomorrow, July 24, at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
In its traffic advisory, the MMDA urged the motorists to take the following alternate routes:
From Commonwealth Avenue (west bound), turn right to Fairlane, right to Dalia, then left to Chestnut then straight to Sauyo Road to Mindanao Avenue to destination (vice versa).
From SM Fairview/ Robinsons take Quirino Highway, straight to Mindanao Avenue to destination.
Fairview/Mindanao Avenue, right to Jordan Plains straight to Quirino Highway to Mindanao Avenue to destination.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said around 2,000 traffic enforcers will be deployed to manage the crowd and vehicular flow in the vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa Complex.
Teams of traffic, anti-riot, rescue and even sidewalk-clearing operations personnel will manage both vehicular traffic and protesters that may stage their rally during the event.                


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NHA to provide 6,000 houses to squatters along MRT-7 right of way


Some 6,000 housing units will be provided by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to informal settlers who will be affected by the construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7.
In his speech during the Progress Briefing and Inspection of Build, Build, Build projects, Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said NHA will also provide assistance in expediting the right of way issue of the MRT 7 station.
“Mister Secretary, I’m allotting to you 6,000 units of houses already plot in with utilities, water and electricity,” Tugade said, quoting NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.
The DoTr will provide technical support to the Quezon City local government and the NHA to facilitate the relocation of information settlers along the right of way of the proposed stations.
Relocation sites are being prepared in Tanay, Rizal and in Bulacan for qualified candidates. Other options such as the “Balik Probinsiya” program of the government are also being explored.
There are 160 families initially identified which still have to undergo vetting procedures from the NHA.
Tugade said the cooperation among various government agencies and the private sector would be vital for the success of the railway project.
“It’s the unity of purpose. It is the unity of action. No contest. One administration, one government, one country,” he said.
The 22-kilometer MRT 7 rail transit system will connect North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan.
Among the areas where stations shall be constructed include: North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose del Monte.
The railway line will accommodate an estimated ridership of 420,000 passengers daily.
A common station which will link with the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will be built along North Edsa.
Furthermore, a 22- kilometer, six-lane asphalt road will be constructed to connect the North Luzon Expressway to a major intermodal transportation hub in San Jose del Monte.
Korean rolling stock company Hyundai Rotem will supply 108 train cars, signalling, communication and power systems.
The Universal LRT, which is controlled by the San Miguel Corp., holds the exclusive right, obligation and privilege to finance, design, construct, supply, complete and commission the MRT 7 project.
Through the Build, Build, Build program, the government aims to allocate P8 trillion to increase infrastructure spending to 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product  from the current 5 percent, paving the way for a Golden Age of Infrastructure within the term of President Duterte.                    


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Erap leads anew cleanup of Manila Bay


With a dogged determination to bring back Manila Bay to its former state, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada yesterday led another extensive cleanup of the waterway’s coastline to rekindle public support in the restoration of the now polluted waterway.
Estrada lamented that nine years after the Supreme Court (SC) issued a writ ordering the cleanup of Manila Bay, significant results have yet to be achieved because of the lack or absence of cooperation from the people.
“We have not received the public’s complete cooperation in our initiatives to clean up this vital waterway,” the Manila mayor said, “pero hindi pa rin ako nawawalan ng pag-asa na balang araw, magtatagumpay din tayo na maibalik ang linis at ganda ng Manila Bay.”
“We have one objective here, and that is to return Manila Bay to the way it was: clean, green and litter-free,” Estrada added.
On December 18, 2008, the High Tribunal issued a writ of continuing mandamus directing 13 government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate and eventually preserve Manila Bay. They were given 10 years to do it.
In the City of Manila, Estrada said “we take the Supreme Court’s order very seriously.”
“As you all know, Manila has always been a tourist magnet with our beautiful spots and historical and cultural sites,” he pointed out. “But, unfortunately, this once beautiful city became a victim of indifference and lack of political will.”
Today’s Manila Bay cleanup is organized by the management of Rizal Park Hotel, the former historic Army Navy Club on Roxas Boulevard, as part of its corporate social responsibility program to beautify the City of Manila, Rizal Park Hotel chairman Simon Paz said.
Paz, through the Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp., led the restoration of the former Army Navy Club into a heritage boutique-styled hotel now called Rizal Park Hotel.
Oceanville executive vice president Mark Brian Paz extended the company’s gratitude to the city government of Manila, saying it was an honor to take part in this activity and be a partner in the efforts to bring back the city’s old beauty and glory.
“Ang dating Army Navy Club ay hindi lamang isang makasaysayang gusali kundi isa ring piping saksi sa pagbabago sa baybayin ng Maynila,” he said in his message, citing the picturesque sunset in Manila Bay that became famous around the world.
But through the years of neglect and abuse, Paz lamented, the waters of Manila Bay have become polluted; the coastline has become littered with trash; Rizal Park Hotel, he said, has committed to help the government rehabilitate this body of water.
“Ako po ay naniniwala na walang imposible sa sama-samang pagkilos at pagtutulungan at kami po sa pribadong sektor kasama at kabalikat ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ay nakahandang humarap sa mabigat na hamong ito,” he pointed out.
Completed in April 17, 1911, the Army Navy Club was the first American social club to be established in the Philippines and served as rest and recreation area for the exclusive use of the US military personnel and civilians and later Filipinos.
With the help of the private sector, including Rizal Park Hotel, Estrada is confident the city government can restore Manila Bay as a natural landmark of beauty and history.
Through the Task Force Manila Cleanup and other city hall offices, Estrada has been regularly leading efforts to clean up Manila Bay, collecting hundreds of truckloads of trash from its coastline since he assumed office in 2013.
On September 19, 2015, he even led 10,000 participants in the 30th International Coastal Cleanup along the shorelines of the Manila Bay that was held simultaneously all over the Philippines and in 153 countries around the world, with the country constantly topping the chart in volunteer turnout.
On the part of the city government of Manila, it mobilized, for yesterday’s activity, its various units and offices such as Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Task Force Manila Cleanup, Department of Public Services, Department of Engineering and Public Works, Manila Police District and even the Manila Barangay Bureau which mobilized hundreds of barangay personnel and volunteers to take part in the cleanup activity.
Other government agencies that also took part in the event included the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism and National Parks Development Committee.
Students from the city-run Universidad de Manila and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and candidates of Mr. and Ms. Chinatown beauty pageant also participated in the day-long cleanup.       

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All save Noynoy want to watch Duterte deliver his second Sona

While most lawmakers would want to see and hear President Duterte deliver his second State of the Nation Address  (Sona) on Monday, former President Benigno Aquino III would be absent from the event.

According to House Secretary General Cesar Pareja, of the 3,000 invitees for the event only President Aquino had declined the invitation.   
“Si former President Aquino pa lang ang nag-decline (Only President Aquino had declined),”  Pareja said.
Pareja added the former President did not give a reason for his refusal.
Aquino also did not attend Duterte’s first Sona last year.
Three former Chief Executives —Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo — are expected to attend the event.
Duterte allies said the President does need to do any gimmickry to impress the Filipino people.
AKO Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe and Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) partylist Rep. Sherwin Tugna said all the President has to do is just be himself.
“Just be himself and he’ll have no problem. That is what endeared him to majority of Filipinos,”  Batocabe said.
Batocabe added the President does not need to read a speech because an outline would suffice.
“Better if he will just have an outline and do his own speech. He is the best speechwriter for himself,” Batocabe added.
For Tugna of the CIBAC partylist, the President’s sincerity is all that is needed.
Tugna, chairman of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, said the President has always been sincere in his leadership style.
“He has not used any gimmicks to command leadership and show his performance. He just have to be himself,” Tugna said.
Meanwhile, Camarines Sur  Rep. LRay Villafuerte said  those opposing the Duterte administration should take a hint from the recent survey figures.
“His detractors should now take pause and focus their energies instead on supporting the President’s priority reform programs that will benefit the majority of Filipinos, even those who dislike his kind of leadership.
“The President’s critics may abhor his brusqueness and his tough-talking ways, but they cannot deny that his style of governance is working and that people approve of it,”  Villafuerte said.


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Cops swoop down on bars in Caloocan, round up 16 GRO

Sixteen guest relation officers (GROs), found to be working either with expired or without permit, were rounded up as operators were nabbed during an operation by the Valenzuela City government and local police on suspected prostitution dens last Thursday.
A composite team from the city police and city hall personnel swooped down on at least five beer gardens in Barangays Lawang Bato, Paso de Blas and Canumay East, police chief Senior Supt. Ronaldo Mendoza said.
He told reporters his police deputy chief for operation, Supt. Reynaldo Medina, led the composite team belonging to the Women and Children’s Protection Desk, Special Reaction Unit and Police Community Precincts 1 and 7 that conducted the simultaneous raid under “Oplan Magdalena.”
Two GROs were apprehended at Princess Dianne Videoke Bar in Lawang Bato, three in Emilie Mommy D Videoke Bar in Paso de Blas, including its owner Emily Dee and five GROs at Road Side Videoke Bar in Canumay East.
The team also swooped down on RR Videoke in Paso de Blas and rounded up two GROs and arrested its owner identified as Erlinda Regalario, 44, while five others were rounded up at Heaven Disco and Videoke and arrested its floor manager Florentina de la Vega, 42.
Medina said the female employees of the raided videoke bars were found working without or with expired health and working permits.
They were told to secure health certificates from the City Health Department following the filing of case for violation of PD 856 of the Code of Sanitation before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

]]> (Arlie O. Calalo) Metro Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0800
Jardeleza still richest Supreme Court magistrate

By Julius N. Leonen

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday released the summary report of filed Statements of Assets, Liabilities and net worth (SALn) of 15 SC magistrates for the year 2016, with Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza remaining as the richest magistrate.
Jardeleza recorded a net worth of P252.16 million, a P2.4- million increase from his previous net worth of P249 million in 2015.
The magistrate also has real properties worth P58.9 million while his personal property is at P193.2 million with no liability. He jointly filed his SALn with his wife Concepcion.
Jardeleza previously served as senior vice president and general legal counsel for San Miguel Corp. starting 1996. He remained in San Miguel Corp. until 2010.
Meanwhile, Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo came second with a net worth of P138.9 million or P3.8 million higher than last 2015.
Del Castillo’s real properties were recorded at P50.9 million while his personal properties at P88.4 million with liabilities worth P459,147. He jointly filed his SALn with his wife, former Ateneo Law Dean Cynthia Roxas-del Castillo.
Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa came next with a net worth of P121.5 million. His real properties are worth P40.8 million while his personal properties P80.7 million with no liabilities.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio followed with a net worth of P82.6 million, His real properties are worth P38.3 million while his personal properties P44.4 million with liabilities worth P75,000.
The net worth of Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe reached P78.2 million with her real properties worth P53.7 million while her personal properties P24.5 million with no liabilities.
Meanwhile, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is still the “poorest” magistrate of the SC.
Leonen recorded a net worth of P2.4 million, an increase of P220,045 from P2.2 million in 2015. His real properties are worth P3.4 million and his personal properties P2.6 million with liabilities worth P3.6 million.
Moreover, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno recorded her net worth at P24.2 million, an increase of P2.76 million compared to her net worth in 2015.
Her real properties are worth P7.9 million and personal properties P16.8 million with liabilities worth P533,739.

]]> (Tribune Wires) Metro Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0800
Two drug personalities gunned down in Caloocan

Suspected killers on board motorcycles struck anew, killing two alleged drug personalities and wounding another in separate incidents last Thursday night in Caloocan City.
Quoting an initial report, local police chief Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna said tricycle driver Jimar Rafols, 32, of Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, was waiting for passengers at the corner of Katarungan Street and Kanlaon Road around 9 p.m. when he was shot repeatedly by one of two riding-in-tandem attackers.
Rafols died on the spot while the gunmen, on board a single motorcycle, sped away towards an unknown direction.
Investigators recovered four empty shells and two deformed slugs for .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.
Earlier around 7 p.m., Roberto Ramos Jr., 38, also of the same village, was driving a passenger jeepney (ACK-1005) with a lone passenger, Reynaldo Cabardo, 31, when two men on board a motorcycle blocked their path along Kanlaon Road.
The back rider pulled out the same caliber and shot the victims, hitting Ramos in the head and body, killing him instantly while Cabardo sustained gunshot wounds in the body and was rushed to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Barangay 176 Executive Officer Rolly Cebu said Ramos was included in their drug watchlist and prior to his death his parents continued to convince him to undergo drug rehabilitation but he refused.

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