MANILA — Robin Padilla is the latest celebrity who expressed his intention to join the Philippine Army. The action star made the announcement on his Instagram page on Monday, the same day that President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent a bill requiring the ROTC program for senior high school students. “Mga kabataang Pilipino, sasamahan ko kayo mula umpisa hanggang sa huli. Papasok ako sa Philippine Army Reserve para sa inyo upang masundan ko ang bawat ninyong hakbang tungo sa kabayanihan,” he said. Padilla also expressed confidence that Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not forsake the youth. “Hindi tayo iiwan ng AFP at ni Mayor PRRD mga mahal na kabataan kaya't tayo'y tumindig at bumangon ng nakataas ang dibdib at nakataas ang mga noo para sa Dios! Para sa Inangbayan! Para sa kapwa Pilipino,” he said. Duterte, in a letter addressed to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, called for the immediate passage of Senate Bill 2232 or … [Read more...] about News Robin Padilla to join Philippine Army as reservist
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MANILA - At least 50 party-list representatives will meet with lawmakers aspiring for the House speakership to evaluate whose leadership bid should be backed come July, a coalition head said Wednesday. The Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc. - a House bloc composed of 50 to 55 party-list lawmakers - invited “all aspiring speakers” to a lunch meeting in a hotel in Ortigas on Thursday, the group’s incoming chief, 1-PACMAN Rep. Michael Romero told reporters. “This is a chance for the speakers to air kung ano ang gusto nilang ipahiwatig sa coalition,” he said on the sidelines of the party-list proclamation in Pasay City. “Hindi naman screening, hindi naman pitch but for the speakers to tell us kung ano agenda nila and if we would support them,” he said. The party-list bloc is looking for a House Speaker who will push for the legislative agenda of the coalition, Romero said, without specifying the group’s legislative priorities. Marinduque … [Read more...] about News House party-list bloc to meet Speaker-aspirants
MANILA - He is credited as the architect of martial law during the Marcos years, joined the 1986 "People Power" revolt, was elected senator and congressman for several terms and was freed on bail despite a pending plunder case. But at 95, Juan Ponce Enrile may have come up short in his attempt to revive his political fortunes. Enrile, who is running under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), was 22nd in the senatorial race with 5,083,447 votes, with 92.89 percent of the votes tallied as of 5:20 a.m. "This is my last. I will not run again. This is the last," the nonagenarian candidate had said in an interview with ABS-CBN News during the campaign. His co-accused in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) - former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla - were faring better in the Senate race, as of posting. Comelec results showed that Revilla, with 13,909,105 votes, was inside the winning circle or the so-called "Magic 12", while … [Read more...] about News Midterm polls, Senate bet Enrile’s swan song?
After weeks of nonstop campaigning, Francis Zamora and his PDP-Laban Team San Juan wrapped up at the San Juan Arena on Saturday night. The 6,000-seater arena was almost full of supporters donning red colored shirts. “Za-mo-ra” echoed inside the halls of the gymnasium when Francis entered like a basketball superstar. The team’s platform include modernization of San Juan through technological infrastructures, all access free wifi in the city, expanded medical benefits for senior citizens, comprehensive sports program for the youth, and additional ambulances and fire trucks. Zamora said these are the needed changes in San Juan, add to the fact that he wants to unseat the leadership of the Estradas spanning for 50 years. Zamora said he is more than ready come Monday elections. “Grabe itong 44 na araw ng kampanya. Honestly, ramdam na ramdam ko na ang San Juan ay handa na sa pagbabago. Ngayong gabi pinuno natin ang Fil-Oil Center. Patunay na ang San Juan ay handa na … [Read more...] about News Zamora bullish on winning San Juan mayoral race
Clad in dark jeans and a blue camisa chino bearing his name, reelectionist Sen. Sonny Angara faced the crowd on a scorching Saturday morning for a campaign rally mounted by local officials at a covered court in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province. As he took the stage, Angara waved at the crowd and flashed a smile with his boyish good looks. Hours before the rally, the emcee hyped up the crowd for Angara's appearance, describing him as "artistahin" or with looks akin to a that of celebrity. Not one to be coy, the 46-year-old Angara, in an interview with ABS-CBN News minutes before he went onstage, admitted that his looks count as a factor in what makes him appealing to the people but said his work also matters. “Maybe that helps a little bit, but I think it’s also the work we do,” he said. Angara is seeking his second Senate term in the May 13 elections with the campaign slogan “Alagang Angara,” anchored on education and health care — … [Read more...] about News Angara touts father’s legacy, vows continuity in reelection bid