MANILA, Philippines — Former senator Bongbong Marcos should just focus on the upcoming 2022 elections and prove himself there instead of casting doubts on the outcome of his electoral protest, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday. According to Robredo, Marcos should make himself and his platform known, especially after he expressed a desire to again run for office in the 2022 national elections. “Kaya nga may eleksyon kasi ito iyong pagkakataon na, ‘di ba, na ipapakilala mo iyong sarili mo, sasabihin mo iyong mga plano mo,” the Vice President said over her weekly radio program at DZXL. (That’s why the elections are there, this is your chance to make yourself and your platform be known.) Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), dismissed Marcos’ poll protest against Robredo. But the camp of Marcos, son of the late dictator and former president Ferdinand Marcos, claimed that only a part of his petition was dismissed by the ... » Learn More about Robredo to Bongbong Marcos: Focus on 2022 polls after protest dismissal
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This question at the Philippine Business for Education's (PBEd) July 5 press conference was key. Since early 2021, PBEd has been beating the drums to warn against this learning crisis. A week later, the question gained greater prominence when the IATF reviewed the controversy that had erupted between Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones and the World Bank (WB) . DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones was the star of the IATF session, earning praise from President Duterte for extracting a public apology from the WB, which had released a report on the poor state of basic education in the country. But the summary conclusion of the meeting, which suggested that the president was not unduly worried about education, seemed to misunderstand Secretary Briones’ issues with the WB and the gravity of the problems facing the department. The case of Briones against the WB rested on three points. First, it released its study to the media without giving her prior ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Does the government believe there is a learning crisis?
Parts of Bataan were flooded on Thursday, July 29, as the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat continued to trigger rain in the province and several other areas in Luzon. In Barangay Cataning in the municipality of Hermosa in Bataan, floods were chest-deep. Local authorities said in a Facebook post that the Hermosa Covered Court is available as an evacuation center. The bad weather also forced the suspension of COVID-19 vaccination in Hermosa on Thursday. Abucay, another municipality in Bataan, was also hit by floods. In its 11 am advisory on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that rain will persist in the next 24 hours. Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain Ilocos Region Benguet Zambales Bataan Tarlac Pampanga Occidental Mindoro Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain Metro Manila Calabarzon Abra ... » Learn More about Floods hit Bataan due to intense monsoon rain
Democratic vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris on Wednesday, October 7, called Donald Trump's COVID-19 response a historic failure that disqualified him from a second term, in a pointed but mostly civil debate with Mike Pence who sought to portray her as extreme. With Trump's weekend hospitalization for COVID-19 throwing a new importance on the role of the vice president, Pence and Harris spoke separated by plexiglass as a safety precaution 27 days before the election. Harris, who would be the highest-ranking woman in US history if she enters the White House under a president Joe Biden, immediately attacked Trump's record on COVID-19, which has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States, more than in any other country. "The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," said Harris, a US senator from California and former prosecutor. "And frankly, this ... » Learn More about Kamala Harris blasts Trump pandemic response as ‘greatest failure’ in history