Manila to achieve herd immunity soon, only 60k left

Manila to achieve herd immunity soon, only 60k left | Juan Manila


Manila takes a step closer to achieving herd immunity with only 58,870 individuals left to be fully vaccinated in the city.


MANILA, Philippines — The city’s target population is 1,351,487, with currently 95.64 percent of this already inoculated from Covid-19.

The city has already exceeded the Department of Health’s target number in providing the people their first doses. It has already achieved 107.22 percent of the agency’s goal.

Presently, the city has a total of 1,292,617 individuals fully vaccinated from the virus, with an additional 50,000 pediatric jabs on their first doses as of 13 November.

In its latest report, Manila has recorded 271 active COVID-19 cases as of 14 November. (HMP/Headline PH)

Featured image: A drive-thru vaccination center was installed on 31 July 2021 at the Quirino Grandstand and could accommodate up to 1,200 individuals daily. /Credit: Manila PIO

Escudero says candidates should reveal SALNs

Escudero says candidates should reveal SALNs | Juan Manila


Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero urges candidates running in the 2022 elections to disclose their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth, to promote credibility and integrity.

A Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth is an annual document that all government workers in the Philippines, whether regular or temporary, must complete and submit attesting under oath to their total assets and liabilities, including businesses and financial interests, that make up their net worth.


MANILA, Philippines — According to the governor from Sorsogon, knowing their candidates’ SALNs will help voters to make an informed decision on choosing who to vote as their leaders.

Kung alam ng mga botante ang SALN ng mga tumatakbo, maari itong makatulong sa ating mga kababayan sa kanilang pagpili ng mga kandidato para sa darating na halalan,” Escudero said.

(If voters know the SALN of candidates, it can help our countrymen in their selection of candidates for the upcoming election.)

Escudero filed a bill during his time in the Senate that requires public officials and employees mandatory signing of bank waivers along with the filing of the SALN with the Office of the Ombudsman.

“For greater transparency, we should make our SALNs readily available. Kung wala ka namang itinatago, wala kang dapat ikatakot,” he said.

(If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.)

However, current Ombudsman Samuel Martires blocked the access to SALNs which, he sais, was a move to prevent it from being “weaponized against government officials.” (HMP/JuanManila)

Martial law survivors urge SC to uphold conviction vs Imelda

Martial law survivors urge SC to uphold conviction vs Imelda | Juan Manila


A graft conviction against former first lady Imelda Marcos seemingly turned quiet, as there had been no update, since she appealed her conviction at the Sandiganbayan, with the notice forwarded to the high court in 2018.

Martial law survivors seek any update on the case and urged the Supreme Court early this week to affirm the conviction.

Why is she still out of jail, they asked.


MANILA, Philippines — The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) and the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang and Martial Law (CARMMA) are waiting for an update on Imelda Marcos’ case, either from the Sandiganbayan or the Supreme Court three years after she appealed her conviction.

“We suffered during the Marcos conjugal dictatorship, and we continue to suffer as we continue to see that Imelda is out of jail, out of accountability.

The dictator’s widow continues to live the life, not sickly and dirt-poor, as she receives all the geriatric care she wants and needs using all the wealth from the people’s pockets accumulated in their more than two decades of power and might,” SELDA vice-chairperson and CARMMA convener Danilo de la Fuente said in a statement.

Convicted of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan in 2018 for illegally funneling at least $352 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s while she was governor of Metropolitan Manila, Imelda Marcos was also sentenced to six years and one month of imprisonment to eleven years for each count of graft, equivalent to a minimum of 42 years in prison.

The Sandiganbayan allowed her to post bail at ₱300,000 citing old age and state of health.

“We urge the Supreme Court not be an accessory to the Marcos’ continuing grand deception and escape from accountability,” the groups told Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo. (RA/JuanManila)

Duterte-Carpio leaves HNP for Lakas-CMD

Duterte-Carpio leaves HNP for Lakas-CMD | Juan Manila


Soon after Sara Duterte-Carpio withdrew her certificate of candidacy (COC) as Davao City mayor, she joined the political party Lakas-CMD (Christina Muslim Democrats), leaving her former Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).


MANILA, Philippines — Duterte-Carpio took her oath at the Revilla Farm in Silang, Cavite, 6 p.m., Thursday.

Present during her oathtaking was House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who is also the president of the party, with Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.

“The officials and members of Lakas-CMD are elated to welcome Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as new member of our party,” Romualdez said.

“We had long been inviting Mayor Inday to join our party as we are all impressed with her sterling qualities as a leader and we saw up close her exemplary work ethic as chief executive of Davao City,” he added.

According to Romualdez, Duterte-Carpio “will be a very promising leader and a tremendous asset to the Lakas-CMD.”

This recent move further induced conversations of her going after a national post for the May 2022 elections.

However, Duterte-Carpio has not yet released an official statement on her decision. (HMP/JuanManila)

Sara Duterte must switch parties for eligibility

Sara Duterte must switch parties for eligibility | Juan Manila


Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez said Sara Duterte-Carpio will not be eligible to run for a national position at the 2022 national polls under her current political party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).


MANILA, Philippines — In order for Sara Duterte to run for national office, she will have to switch and join a national political party to qualify as a substitute candidate, Jimenez said.

She must be in the same party as the person who filed a certificate of candidacy (COC).

The reason behind this is because her current party, HNP, is a regional party and did not file national candidates.

“Not as HNP, because that is not the political party of the person that she, whoever it is, would be representing,” Jimenez pointed out when asked if Duterte-Carpio could run for president or vice president under HNP.

“And why is that? Because HNP is a regional party, which means they are unable to file national candidates.”

“If she is going to substitute, then she will have to join a political party that already has a candidate for whatever position she wants to substitute,” he added.

Duterte-Carpio recently withdrew her COC for reelection as Davao City mayor which sparked more talks on her gunning for a national post.

The COC filing ran from October 1-8 but candidate substitution would be permitted until November 15. After which, the Comelec could already finalize the list of candidates for the 2022 elections. (HMP/JuanManila)

Duterte-Pacquiao: Friendship rekindled

Duterte-Pacquiao: Friendship rekindled | Juan Manila


Despite a previous word war, and as the holidays are fast approaching, it is not a good time for anyone to be in a rift with someone. Not when he used to be a friend or a party mate.

So have presidential aspirant Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao and President Rodrigo Duterte realized, perhaps. And maybe they can work on some elections agenda for the 2022 polls?


MANILA, Philippines — A meeting was set for the two word-warring friends early this week at Malacañan although it was “short and cordial,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr in a statement.

“There was no talk of politics but a renewal of friendship,” the palace spokesperson said.

“It was a meeting between two national leaders from Mindanao, who discussed certain matters related to people’s concern in their area, specifically in the infrastructure and power industry,” Mr Roque said. (RA/JuanManila)

Featured image: Rekindling a friendship. President Rodrigo Duterte and presidential aspirant Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao are flanked by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go and Pacquiao’s running mate, vice-presidential aspirant Representative Joselito Atienza. /Credit: Office of Senator Pacquiao

Security marshals bill approved in final reading

Security marshals bill approved in final reading | Juan Manila


Twenty-one senators voted to pass the bill seeking to provide security to members of the judiciary and their families.

The bill, Senate Bill No. 1947, calls for a security force supervised by the Supreme Court.


MANILA, Philippines — Also called the Judiciary Marshalls Act, the measure mandates that the Office of the Judiciary Marshalls shall conduct threat assessments, investigations, and forensic analyses of crimes and threats committed against judiciary members, including court properties.

Further, the judiciary marshals will investigate alleged corruption committed by justices, judges, and other court officials, as directed by the Supreme Court.

Said Office will be headed by a Chief Marshall appointed by the Supreme Court. The appointee will be assisted by three deputy marshals assigned in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

A Judicial Marshall Academy will be established to recruit and train judicial marshals if the measure is enacted into law.

More than 60 lawyers in the country have been killed during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. (RA/JuanManila)  

Senators slam ‘no vax, no subsidy’ plan for 4Ps recipients

Senators slam ‘no vax, no subsidy’ plan for 4Ps recipients | Juan Manila


The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier presented a proposal to refuse giving out provisions to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) if they refuse inoculation for Covid-19.


MANILA, Philippines — A number of senators, however, struck down the idea, saying the laws of 4Ps are cannot be changed or edited on a whim.

Hindi pwedeng gawin yan kung walang batas, at hindi ako sasangayon. Unang-unang, may batas na nagsasabing ipagpatuloy itong 4Ps program at di mo pwede dagdagan ang mga kondisyon dyan,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said in an interview on Radio DZBB.

(You can’t do that without any law; I don’t agree to that. In the first place, there is a law that says the government should continue the 4Ps program and you can’t just add some conditions
to it.)

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III shared the sentiment, expressing that the “no vaccination, no subsidy” policy would be contradictory to the government’s program because it was meant to extend its hands on the marginalized.

“All of a sudden, dadagdagan mo ng condition ang 4Ps, in effecting, forcing the vaccines, para makatanggap ng ayuda? Mandatory ba ito? Kasi kelangan nila ng pera, tulong eh. Disagree po ako dun, huwag nilang baguhin yung rules of the program in the middle of the implementation of the program,” he said.

(All of a sudden you are putting additional conditions on the 4Ps, in effect, forcing them to take the vaccines, just so they can receive cash aid? Is this mandatory? Because they need cash, they need help. I disagree with that proposed policy. They should not change the rules in the middle of the implementation of the program.)

Senator Risa Hontiveros also agreed with the other senators, saying the proposal would not benefit the ones 4Ps should be helping. (HMP/JuanManila)

Peace adviser responds to black propaganda

Peace adviser responds to black propaganda | Juan Manila


Responding to a post accusing the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) as one of three government agencies that failed to fully document and comply with the procurement rules in the government’s Covid-19 response program, presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr tagged the allegation as “utterly malicious and was written with the intent to discredit the reputation not only of our agency, but of the national government as a whole.”


MANILA Philippines — The post ‘Bad Marks in CoA (Commission on Audit) Reports for OCD, OPAPP, DILG’ published in the Facebook page of the Right to Know Right Now Coalition, claimed that aside from failing to document and comply with the procurement rules, OPAPP as well as the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) paid out certain contractors for supplies and projects not fully delivered and have yet to fully account for all the funds that they had disbursed under the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws.

The post further states “the audit reports of the Commission on Audit (CoA) for the year 2020 on the said agencies raise multiple adverse observations” and likewise cited OPAPP’s 642-strong workforce as well as the ₱103 million in salaries and wages and bounty of other compensation that were given to the agency’s personnel.

Galvez said the claims stated in the post were without bases and totally unfounded.

“First of all, we would like to set the record straight that OPAPP did not receive any funding under the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws, as the funds were allocated only to agencies such as the Department of Health, OCD, and the Department of Public Works and Highways,” he disclosed.

Furthermore, the peace adviser clarified that OPAPP realigned its own fund which was tagged as Bayanihan 1 and Bayanihan 2 and that the realigned allotment had been disbursed at 94.27 percent for its anti-Covid-19 efforts and operations.

“We would also like to point out that the fund allocations for both laws are very specific, and can only be used for Covid-related expenses such as personal protective equipment (PPE), quarantine facility costs, and purchase of rapid testing kits.

“Secondly, all of OPAPP’s expenses, including the expense items mentioned in the coalition’s post, are contained as line items in the ₱2.71 billion budget granted to the agency under the General Appropriation Act (GAA) of 2019 and 2020,” he stressed.

Third, and in opposition to the claims spelled out in the post, Galvez noted that CoA had given OPAPP the highest rating it can give to a government agency—an ‘unqualified rating’ and a 95 percent efficiency rating, which obviously belies the accusations against the agency.

“Such recognition from COA and the Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines only proves one thing, and that is, our office is employing sound fiscal management and ensuring the most efficient use of its resources, while responding to the enormous challenges that have been brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We would therefore like to call on the Right to Know Right Now Coalition to cease from carrying out such black propaganda whose only objective is to soil the reputation not only of our agency but the whole national government by perpetuating such lies and misinformation,” he concluded. (TRC/JuanManila)

Public warned of posers using PAO identities

Public warned of posers using PAO identities | Juan Manila


Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida V. Rueda Acosta reiterated that legitimate PAO lawyers never ask or demand for payments for their legal services.


MANILA, Philippines — Top state lawyer Acosta warned the public on social media against scammers who have been using her and other PAO lawyers’ names.

Hindi nagpapabayad si PAO Chief Acosta kahit kanino man.”

(PAO Chief Acosta does not demand payments from any person.)

Sa mga gumagamit po ng pangalan niya at nagpapanggap na siya, tigilan po ninyo ang ganitong klase ng panloloko dahil mananagot po kayo, una sa Diyos at sa batas kapag kayo ay nahuli,” she warned.

(Those who have been using Acosta’s name and posing as her, you should stop because you will be held accountable by God and the law when you get caught.)

PAO is an agency under the Department of Justice which offers free legal assistance to indigent persons in criminal, civil, labor, administrative, and other quasi-judicial cases. (HMP/JuanManila)

Featured image: Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta accompanying a kin of a human rights victim.