Go drumbeats stepping down as VP bid

Go drumbeats stepping down as VP bid | Juan Manila


Vice presidential candidate Senator Bong Go confirmed on Tuesday that the candidates in his political party, Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), will be going through major changes.


MANILA, Philippines — This announcement came after the President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio has officially withdrawn her certification of candidacy (COC) for reelection as Davao City mayor.

Maaring may magbabago sa mga tatakbong posisyon sa mga darating na araw. Ang problema po dyan kailangan umiwas. Gustuhin ko man pong magsilbi sa inyo bilang bise-presidente dahil sa kagustuhan ng mahal na pangulo, kailangan ko pong umiwas.” Go said in his speech.

(There may be changes in the next few days on candidate positions, the problem is I need to avoid something. I wanted to serve you as vice president because it was what the President wants but I need to avoid it.)

Malalaman niyo po sa mga darating na araw.” he added. (You will know about it in the next few days.)

The PDP-Laban’s standard bearer Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa has already said that he would be willing to step down as the party’s presidential bid should Sara decide to take his place. (HMP/JuanManila)

Death penalty bill withdrawn, life imprisonment in place

Death penalty bill withdrawn, life imprisonment in place | Juan Manila


On 08 November, presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson decided to officially withdraw his authorship on a bill seeking to reinstitute the death penalty as punishment for crimes through
the law.


MANILA, Philippines — Addressing a letter to Senate Secretary Atty. Myra Villarica, the senator requested that his proposed bill, Senate Bill No. 27, may no longer be considered by the Senate panels.

The reason behind his change of heart was the possibility of wrongful convictions. He then said that life imprisonment and penal reforms would instead be better alternatives.

Mas mainam na ang guilty ikulong habang buhay sa halip na inosente ma-execute dahil sa pagkakamali,” Lacson said in a statement Tuesday.

(Better that the guilty be imprisoned for life than to have innocents executed because of a wrong judgment.)

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) earlier thanked Lacson and Sotto for withdrawing their support for the death penalty, expressing hopes that this would end calls to reinstate capital punishment. (HMP/JuanManila)  

‘Ferry service’ an alternative public transport—MMDA

‘Ferry service’ an alternative public transport—MMDA | Juan Manila


As more and more business establishments reopen, so do the number of commuters in the metropolis.

The need for more transport vehicles to move these commuters to places prompted the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to open the new Kalawaan Station for the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS).

The agency also intends to draw more commuters in Pasig City to use the alternative mode of transport six weeks before Christmas.


MANILA, Philippines — The Kalawaan Station at N Cuevas Street is the twelfth ferry station ready to serve commuters to Manila and back.

The role of the ferry service is critical at this time since public transportation in Metro Manila is not yet normal and, as seen in the past days, the number of public land transport is simply not enough to cope with the influx of people moving to work or getting essential needs said MMDA chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr.

“The Pasig River Ferry Service is one of the solutions to the problems in public transportation,” he said and continued to say that the ferry was developed to provide a fast, smooth, reliable, and affordable nautical transport system to help decongest road traffic in Metro Manila.

Two more stations are also expected to open soon in Quinta and Marikina.

“We want to serve residents of San Mateo and other parts of Rizal. This will be our new gateway, not just to address traffic, but also keep intact the rich cultural heritage of the Pasig River,” he pointed out.

The PRFS serves an average of 300-440 passengers a day. It has a total of 17 ferry boats although only nine are operational. Rides are free for commuters at the moment. (TRC/JuanManila)

Año clarifies confusion over face shields

Año clarifies confusion over face shields | Juan Manila


Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año maintained his earlier directive in a statement that local chief executives can lift the mandatory use of face shield in public places.

He clarified that there is no need to seek any more approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), especially after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr, who is also the IATF spokesperson, declared as “null and void” Año’s directive.


MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, the secretary explained that even without an approval from the government’s pandemic policy-making body, “it is up to (the LGUs) if they want to decide ahead of the IATF. “As I said, that issue is not worth quarreling about. It’s not like before where we didn’t have vaccines yet and our cases were really high. We were really strict then,” he pointed out.

According to Año, the mayors can impose their policies as long as they are reasonable.

“Anyway, the IATF guidelines can catch up (with such policies) later on,” he said.

“You know, there are issues that you need to fight to be sure (of keeping people safe). But there are also issues that you’ll need to adjust to because we are living with the virus,” he added.

In a press briefing earlier, Roque had announced that executive orders had been issued declaring “null and void” the lifting of the face shield requirement in Manila and in Davao City.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s mouthpiece tagged the lifting of the requirement as “in violation of an existing executive policy decreed by the president himself in the exercise of police powers.” (TRC/JuanManila)