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Palarong Pambansa babaguhin ang petsa

Inaasahan ang paglili­pat ng buwan sa pagdaraos ng 63rd Palarong Pambansa 2020 habang iniutos na put on hold din ang lahat ng mga regional qualifying event na itinakda para sa national finals na gaganapin sa Marikina City dahil sa pangamba sa kalusugan ng mga kabataang estud­yante na atleta. Ito ang napag-alaman sa ilang regional director na dumalo sa ginanap 2020 Palarong Pambansa Final Technical Conference sa Marikina City Convention Center. “All regional Palaro (meet) on hold until further notice. Palarong Pambansa is now postponed, new dates to be determined by EXECOM,” post ng isang regional director kahapon. Una nang inihayag ng Department of Education (DepEd) na ipagpapatuloy ang pagsasagawa ng Pala­rong Pambansa kahit na marami ang nangangamba sa panganib at posibleng epekto ng lum...

Cycling: Oconer, Standard Insurance claim Ronda title

MANILA, Philippines — George Oconer went on to become LBC Ronda Pilipinas king while steering his squad Standard-Insurance to win the championship as the 10th anniversary race ended in front of the provincial capitol in Vigan on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who was already a sure victor owing to his lead in the individual general classification, contented himself in staying at the back end of the peloton that checked in first in the Stage 10 criterium. He raised his arms in victory, rode his ceremonial victory lap and was met by a wild applause from the appreciative crowd at the finish where he was met by hug and congratulatory message from Ronda chairman Moe Chulani and Standard Insurance Group chairman Ernesto “Judes” Echauz. After 10 stages and 11 days covering a total of 14 provin...

Parlade renews call for CHR to take action vs. Reds’ atrocities

MANILA – A ranking military official called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) anew to take action against atrocities of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). “Weeks after the NPA killed several surrenderers in Sorsogon and other places, CHR has not taken any action but instead proposed the abolition of the NTF ELCAC (National Tas Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) for allegedly using the NTF as a tool to harass people. Is CHR really blind of what’s happening around?” said Lt. General Antonio G. Parlade, Jr., Southern Luzon Command chief. Aside from being mum on the issue of communist atrocities, Parlade said CHR has not lifted a finger to denounce the lies being propagated by human rights group Karapatan Cara...

Duterte wants awareness on hazing

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the second week of February of every year as “National Hazing Prevention Week,” to increase awareness of the importance and value of hazing prevention. Under Proclamation 907 signed Feb. 21, the Commission on Higher Education is tasked to lead the nationwide observance of the National Hazing Prevention Week. All other national government agencies, including state universities and colleges, are directed to provide assistance to CHED for the successful conduct of programs, projects and activities relative to its observance. “Throughout the years, there has been an alarming number of hazing-related deaths in the Philippines despite the passage of the Anti-Hazing Act,” according to the proclamation. Local government units, as well as the private sector, r...

Never forget ‘EDSA’ –Bishops Bastes & Santos

Never forget what happened at EDSA. Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said this to Filipinos on Monday, a day before the 34th anniversary of EDSA People Power uprising which culminated with the ouster of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos (MANILA BULLETIN) The prelate said Filipinos should proudly remember how EDSA People Power Revolt toppled a cruel dictatorship in a peaceful manner. “The young people should be taught in the schools and churches that we should never forget what happened at EDSA, which inspired other countries to do the same — ousting a dictator without shedding blood!” said Bastes in an interview. “Thanks to the sacrifice of Ninoy Aquino, which triggered EDSA! Never again to Marcos an...

Tugawin scores first stage win in Ronda Pilipinas

LEGAZPI CITY — Ryan Tugawin of Tarlac took his very first stage victory while 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines and Standard Insurance-Navy waged a heated battle for cycling supremacy in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race. Tugawin, 30, outfoxed a talented but inexperienced 21-year-old Ismael Grospe, Jr. of Go for Gold in a frantic mass finish to take the 154.5-km Sorsogon-Legazpi Stage Two and essay his best effort after winding up second in the Guimaras stage a year ago. Grospe slid to second while George Oconer of Standard Insurance completed the podium finish as all — including 43 riders from the peloton — clocked three hours, 50 minutes and 37 seconds. It was an epic win for Tugawin as he sprinted past Grospe by coming out from the right side and besting a slew vet...

Leni Robredo mom dies

MANILA, Philippines — Sally Gerona, the mother of Vice President Leni Robredo, died last night.  She was 83. In a post on Facebook, Robredo said her mother died at 7:27 p.m. in Naga City. Last month, the Vice President asked for prayers for her mother after she “turned for the worst.” She thanked all those who offered prayers and sent condolences. The wake will start at 4 p.m. today at the Eternal Chapels and Mortuary, Eternal Gardens, Balatas Road in Naga City. Janvic Mateo Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/02/23/1995379/leni-robredo-mom-dies Photo: Bicol Today (FB) | Bicoltoday.com

Ronda Pilipinas rolls off in Sorsogon

Five former champions headed by two-time winners Jan Paul Morales of Standard Insurance-Navy and Santy Barnachea of Scratch it and a slew of worthy challengers battle it out for cycling supremacy as the 10-stage LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race unfolds on Sunday (Feb. 23) in front of the provincial capitol in Sorsogon. Morales, who won it in 2016 and 2017, and Barnachea, the inaugural winner in 2011 who repeated in 2015, will both aim to write history as they seek to become the first three-time winner of this annual race staking a whopping purse worth P1 million for the individual champion alone. “I always aim to win in all the race I join and I’m confident of my chances this year,” said the 34-year-old Morales. Barnachea, 43, for his part, said he would do his best to win in this...

‘Airlines lacking crew due to COVID restrictions’

LOCAL air carriers have expressed concern that if the restrictions on pilots and cabin crew who fly to Hong Kong and Macau are not lifted, their operations will be hampered by the lack of personnel. Manila had imposed a ban on foreign nationals from China, including its Special Administrative Regions (SAR) due to the outbreak of the 2019-novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has killed 2,000 people. “We will soon run out of pilots and cabin crew if the restrictions imposed on them are not lifted,” said a source from flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) who requested anonymity. “If the company will continue to operate out of Hong Kong and Macau, our reserves of pilots will be exhausted because every time they travel to those places, they have to undergo a 14-day self-imposed quarantine,” ad...

CSC issues guidelines on quarantine of gov’t workers due to COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has clarified that the 14-day self-quarantine of government employees who traveled to COVID-19 affected areas — either for personal or official reasons — would not be charged against their leave credits. According to a memorandum dated Thursday and signed by CSC chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, the rule also applies to government workers like frontline personnel, health workers, and immigration officials who were advised to conduct self-quarantine due to high risks of contracting the COVID-19. “Absence from work during the 14 calendar days prescribed period of observation, including those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the said period, shall not be deducted from their earned leave credits,” CSC’s Memorandum Circular No. 5 ...

Side tracking Lent

The fear of the spread of the corona virus, now named COVID-19, is affecting our lives, not only our entertainments and our travels, but also our church activities. The bishops of Singapore and Hong Kong have cancelled masses for the coming month. Here in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has instructed that receiving communion be done by the hand for the time being. Now even our Ash Wednesday imposition of the ashes may also be affected. There are also many public practices that we do during the Lenten season where crowds gather, like the Way of the Cross processions, the recollections, the kumpisalan ng bayan, and especially the Holy Week celebrations. Would these also be affected? There may be changes in some of the church practices that we ...

‘Rise for rice’ | Global women’s action calls for scrapping of rice liberalization law

“Duterte ignored the calls of farmers to put a stop to the rice liberalization law, when its dreadful impacts on our livelihoods is very much evident, affecting consumers, government workers, small rice traders, and workers.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAOBulatlat.com MANILA – This year’s global action on violence against women and children here in Manila focused on the impact of the lifting of tariffs on imported rice on the lives of farmers, worsening their already impoverished conditions and the dire situation of agriculture sector in the Philippines. “One devastating year for our farmers and the local rice industry is enough for us to unite and demand an end to this law,” said Cathy Estavillo, Bantay Bigas spokesperson. Members of the network Bantay Bigas, along with farmers and other rice sta...