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Will peace reign in PH without BBL?

DESPITE the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), both the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vowed to pursue the path of peace, the Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported Wednesday.
During the commemoration of the second anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in Cotabato City on Monday, the GPH and the MILF also vowed to continue the fight for the passage of BBL.
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said much has been attained in the Bangsamoro peace process amid the setbacks posed by the non-passage of the proposed measure.
“Our faith is not misplaced: the peace process, while badly hit, remains intact; while battered, it has emerged, I daresay, even stronger,” Deles said during the CAB anniversary celebration held at the Notre Dame University gymnasium.

Prince of Monaco to visit PH

HIS Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, will undertake an official visit to the Philippines from April 6 to 7 upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Wednesday said HSH Prince Albert II will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Park before proceeding to Malacañang Palace where he will hold bilateral talks with President Aquino on April 7.

PH president to Asian media: Deliver the truth

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday underscored the importance of truthful reporting, during the opening of the Publish Asia 2016 Conference at the Manila Hotel.
In his speech before the participants of the two-day event organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the President emphasized the need to deliver the right information that will empower citizenries and nations.
“By far and large, you—the press—already have our people’s trust. This alone reflects the magnitude of your responsibility to wider society: to disseminate information, instead of speculation; to foster higher levels of discourse, instead of becoming a rumor mill; to empower citizenries and nations, instead of tearing them down. It is my deepest hope that you will never forget this—that, whether in the Philippines or elsewhere in the world, you live and work accordingly, with the greater good of the public in mind,” he said.

Marcos: Divisiveness prevents PH to move forward

VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Saturday night said divisiveness has been one of the main reasons why the country has not moved forward.
Marcos, who is campaigning on the message of unity, issued the statement as some 2,000 fellow Ilocanos based in Cebu have joined together to campaign for his vice presidential bid.
“If people unite and set aside political differences, the country can begin real change to have a progressive future,” Marcos said.

Marcos: They could not provoke me

PHILIPPINE vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday said he would not be provoked to engage in mudslinging just stay ahead in the vice presidential race, saying it will not help solve the country’s problems.
In an interview over Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) in Cebu City, Marcos said he will just continue to present his platform rather than destroy his political rivals.
“Will mudslinging create one more job? Will insulting somebody else, trying to put them down help feed a child? None of these things are useful, none of these things achieve anything except more disunity, more polarization,” he said.

Marcos opposes merger of 2 PH banks

VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday expressed his opposition to the merger of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), saying it will further prejudice the country’s farming sector.
In an interview over Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) in Cebu City, Marcos said the merger will deprive farmers of an agricultural bank that is mandated to serve their needs.
“In debt we also have to think very hard about this LandBank and DBP merger because the two had been merged, it will be a commercial bank. We don’t have an agricultural bank so we don’t have a bank that will answer the needs of farmers,” he said.

Poor Filipino’s ATM vulnerable to hacking

CYBERTHIEVES in the Philippines may not have the sophistication of their international counterparts to stage billion-peso heists, but they now have the capability to steal millions of pesos from automated teller machines (ATM) stationed all over the country, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Sunday.
What is alarming, according to Recto, is the fact that the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has only 110 officers who serve as special investigators for all internet-related crimes.
The growing menace of cybercrime, Recto said, should move Malacañang to immediately sign into law the Congress-approved bill creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Public crematoriums in PH sought

TO help alleviate the plight of millions of Filipino families mired in poverty, a lawmaker from Iloilo City on Sunday said government should establish public crematoriums in cities and municipalities.
“In an ironic twist of events, the cost of living has outpaced the cost of living for millions of poor Filipino families,” Rep. Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. laments.
Defensor is author of HB 3848 entitled “an Act mandating the establishment of public crematoriums in cities and municipalities and extending free cremation services to indigent families, amending for such purpose the Local government code.”

PH lawmaker moves vs GMO crops

A PHILIPPINE lawmaker on Sunday vowed a no-let-up campaign to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country despite the recent government-issuance of a new set of guidelines on GMOs.
Rep. Fernando “Ka Pando” L. Hicap (Party-list, Anakpawis) said the approval of the new set of rules on the propagation and sale of GMOs only made him more resolute and determined to push for the approval of his bill prohibiting the use of products containing GMOs on food and agriculture.
Hicap said several studies have shown the harmful effects of genetically modified (GM) crops like the Bt (Basillus thuringionsis) corn on the health of farmers such as unusual high incidence of skin diseases, allergies, blood dyscrasias, infertility and seizures.

PH to freeze $81M Bangladesh money

THE Philippines has shown the world that it is a responsible member of the banking community with its response to the $81-million bank heist in Bangladesh recently, in which the stolen money ended up in a Philippine bank and casinos, a Palace official said.
In a radio interview Saturday, Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said the Anti-Money Laundering Council, through the Office of the SolGen (Solicitor General), filed ex parte petition for the issuance of a freeze order with the Court of Appeals against RCBC bank accounts that received inward remittance totaling $81 million under the account name William S. Go.