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Goodbye Cardo...Solons voted to deny Abs Cbn's new franchise

July 11, 2020

METRO MANILA, Philippines (MDN national news) It would be a very sad and heart-warming goodbyes for the avid fans of Ricardo Dalisay, as the giant TV network Abs Cbn was denied Friday its petition for a  fresh franchise. In an overwhelming vote of 70 against 11, allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Lower House denied the petition of the television network to have another 25 years franchise, affirming its full support of the President. This, after a total of 12 hearings, wherein the members of the committee on franchises grilled the network's top executives on issues about the president emeritus dual citizenship, biases of the TV network, illegal termination of employees and non-regularization of employees, among other issues. From the 85 members of the committee, 70 voted to deny abs cbn network, 11 voted to a fresh 25-year franchise and two also decided to inhibit, while another one has abstained. "The shutdown has deprived more than 69 million Filipinos of the kind of information, analysis and commentary, and public service provided by ABS-CBN News. It has cut off our reach such that two out of three viewers are unable to watch our news programmes," the TV network's news department chief Ging Reyes said.     Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, the president's chosen House Speaker said it was not "press freedom" that's actually at stake but it was a question of the media protecting only its business interests. Rep Cayetano, Pres Duterte's tandem during the 2016 elections had earlier accused the TV network of alleged 'biased' reporting. But Abs Cbn refuted this allegations of Cayetano, saying they've been doing its best to fair, impartial and professional in its coverages and daily news reporting. Reyes said at the final hearing that ABS-CBN has been attacked by the president's allies on the network's reporting standards. But Reyes defended the channel's news reporting standards. But asked by the media to comment on Abs-Cbn closure, the TV network's News Head says she does not believe that it is the end of the road for the network.  

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New NSC rising

July 11, 2020

Iligan City — A new, state-of-the-art fully integrated steel mill is poised to rise again in this once touted as the industrial city of the south. Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia has acknowledged last week the intent of a foreign-funded consortium in the amount of 4B euros for the rebirth of the new National Steel Corporation. The development came as a big surprise after a series of failed investment proposals — mostly from Chinese groups — were presented before the pandemic to Mayor Regencia for the plan to rebuild the defunct NSC. Mayor Regencia had expressed optimism the latest investment proposal would push through as it were considering the seriousness of the consortium to proceed amid the growing threat of Covid-19. “We are bullish with the development to re-construct the mothballed NSC as this would place Iligan City once again in the country’s industrial map”, Regencia said. The reconstruction phase is set to start late this year by a European supplier of equipment and physical plants to the metal industry. The 400-hectare property of the old NSC is now owned by the city government of Iligan after undergoing a series of legal battles with bank liquidators. Settlement for the buy-out of the property is now in the last ditch of negotiations with the consortium group. As a driver of economic growth, the new NSC is expected to generate thousands of jobs to the people of Iligan and the rest of the region. The country has lost its presence in the steel industry sector after the old NSC had experienced a series of downfalls, latest of which was in the hands of Global Steel, a Malaysian manufacturing group. With the revival of the old NSC into a modern steel making plant, the economy of Iligan City and the rest of Mindanao will definitely shoot up to an unprecented level of progress, Regencia added.

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Four Northern Mindanao solons among the 70 who denied ABS-CBN franchise renewal

July 11, 2020

FOUR legislators from Northern Mindanao were among those who denied the application of ABS-CBN for the renewal of its broadcast franchise.   They are identified as Misamis Oriental Rep. Christian Unabia, Misamis Occidental Rep. Henry Oaminal, Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo and Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao.   In an overwhelming vote of 70 against 11, allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Lower House denied the petition of the television network to have another 25 years franchise, affirming its full support of the President.   From the 85 members of the committee, 70 voted to deny abs cbn network, 11 voted to a fresh 25-year franchise and two also decided to inhibit, while another one has abstained . Here’s a list of how lawmakers voted:   ‘Yes’ to the resolution to deny franchise renewal, or those who voted are against ABS-CBN’s continued operations.   Rep. Abraham Tolentino – Cavite, 8th District   2. Rep. Atonio Albano – Isabela, 1st District   3. Rep. Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III – Isabela, 5th District   4. Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado – Bulacan, 1st District   5. Rep. Cyrille Abueg-Zaldivar – Palawan, 2nd District   6. Rep. Faustino Dy V –  Isabela, 6th District   7. Rep. Dale Malapitan – Caloocan City, 1st District   8. Rep. Eric Martinez – Valenzuela City, 2nd District   9. Rep. Divina Grace Yu – Zamboanga del Sur, 1st District   10. Rep. Julienne Baronda –  Iloilo City, Lone District   11. Rep. Anthony Peter “Onyx” Crisologo – Quezon City, 1st District   12. Rep. Luis Ferrer IV – Cavite, 6th District   13. Rep. John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto – Manila, 3rd District   14. Rep. Strike Revilla – Cavite, 2nd District   15. Rep. Samantha Louise Alfonso – Cagayan, 2nd District   16. Rep. Rolando Valeriano – Manila, 2nd District   17. Rep. Joaquin Chipeco Jr. – Calamba City, Lone District   18. Rep. Eduardo Gullas – Cebu, 1st District   19. Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona – Romblon, Lone District   20. Rep. Frederick Siao –  Iligan City, Lone District   21. Rep. Ian Paul Dy – Isabela, 3rd District   22. Rep. Gil “Kabaranggay Jr.” Acosta – Palawan, 3rd District   23. Rep. Weslie Gatchalian –  Valenzuela City, 1st District   24. Rep. Prescious H. Castelo –  Quezon City, 2nd District   25. Rep. Alyssa Sheena Tan –  Isabela, 4th District   26. Rep. Christian Unabia – Misamis Oriental, 1st District   27. Rep. Raymond Mendoza – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines Party-list   28. Rep. Jericho Nograles – Puwersa ng Bayang Atleta Party-list   29. Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez – Tingog Sinirangan Party-list   30. Rep. Eric Yap – ACT-CIS Party-list   31. Rep. Claudine Bautista – DUMPER PTDA Party-list   32. Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu – Maguindanao, 2nd District   33. Rep. Enrico Pineda –  1-PACMAN Party-list   34. Rep. Dulce Ann Hofer –  Zamboanga Sibugay, 2nd District   35. Rep. Sharon Garin –  AAMBIS-OWA Party-list   36. Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. – Negros Oriental, 3rd District   37. Rep. Janette Garin (Ex-Officio) –  Iloilo, 1st District   38. Rep. Paolo Duterte – Davao City, 1st District   39. Rep. Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles –  Rizal, 2nd District  (Ferdinand Hernandez – South Cotabato, 2nd District)   40. Rep. Conrado III Estrella – Abono Party-list   41. Rep. Sandro Gonzales – Marino Party-list (Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. – Surigao del Sur, 1st District)   42. Rep. Michael “Mike” Defensor – ANAKALUSUGAN Party-list (Rep. Roberto Puno – Antipolo City, 1st District)   43. Rep. Allan Ty – PGMA Party-list (Rep. Alexandria Gonzales – Lone District of the City of Mandaluyong)   44. Rep. Francisco Jose “Bingo” Matugas II – Surigao del Norte, 1st District (Rep. J. Pimentel – Surigao del Sur, 2nd District)   45. Rep. Luis Villafuerte Jr. – Camarines Sur, 2nd District   46. Rep. Raneo Abu – Batangas, 2nd District   47. Rep. Dan Fernandez – Laguna, 1st District   48. Rep. Rodante Marcoleta – Sagig Party-list   49. Rep. Henry Oaminal – Misamis Occidental, 2nd District   50. Rep. Pablo John Garcia – Cebu, 3rd District   51. Rep. Deogracias ‘DV’ Savellano –  Ilocos Sur, 1st District   52. Rep. Francisco Datol – SENIOR CITIZENS, Party-list (Rep. Michael Odylon “Mike” Romero – 1-PACMAN Party-list)   53. Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez – Leyte, 1st District   54. Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla – Cavite, 7th District   55. Rep. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo –  Pampanga, 2nd District   56. Rep. Cristal Bagatsing – Manila, 5th District   57. Rep. Juan Pablo Bondoc – Pampanga, 4th District   58. Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. – Cavite, 4th District   59. Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy – BH Party-List   60. Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo – Camiguin, Lone District   61. Rep. Antonino Calixto – Pasay City, Lone District (Rep. Josephine Veronique “Jaye” Lacson-Noel – Malabon, Lone District)   62. Rep. Wilter Palma II –  Zamboanga Sibugay, 1st District   63. Rep. Ma. Theresa Collantes – Batangas, 3rd District   64. Rep. Ria Christina Fariñas –  Ilocos Norte, 1st District   65. Rep. Camille Villar –  Las Piñas City, Lone District   66. Rep. Roger G. Mercado – Southern Leyte, Lone District   67. Rep. Sharee Ann Tan – Samar, 2nd District   68. Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano – ABANG LINGKOD Party-list   69. Rep. Bayani Fernando – Marikina City, 1st District   70. Rep. Jose Singson Jr. –  PROBINSYANO AKO Party-list   ‘No’ to the resolution to deny franchise renewal, or those who voted in favor of ABS-CBN’s continued operations.   Sol Aragones –  Laguna, 3rd District   Christopher “Toff” De Venecia – Pangasinan, 4th District   Carlos Zarate – Bayan Muna Party-list   Gab Bordado – Camarines Sur, 3rd District   Vilma Santos –  Batangas, 6th District   Lianda Bolilia –  Batangas, 4th District   Jose “Ping-Ping” Tejada – North Cotabato, 3rd District   Benny Abante – Manila, 6th District   Stella Quimbo –  Marikina City, 2nd District   Mujiv Hataman – Basilan, Lone District   Edward Maceda – Manila, 4th District   Inhibited   Rep. Alfredo Vargas – Quezon City, 5th District   Rep. Micaela Violago – Nueva Ecija, 2nd District   Abstain   Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr – AKO BICOL Party-list  

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Court dissolves TRO, allows MisOr to spend 2020 budget

July 11, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--The Regional Trial Court here ordered the dissolution of the temporary restraining order (TRO) banning Misamis Oriental to spend its approved 2020 budget. In a three-page decision released Saturday, Presiding Judge Marites Filomena B. Rana-Bernales, of RTC, Branch 39, also said that the application for the writ of preliminary injunction (WPI) was also withdrawn. The dissolution of the TRO also returns the “status quo” prior to the filing of the restraining order, which means that the provincial government of Misamis Oriental could, again, start spending the approved 2020 Budget ordinance. Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano welcomed the court order as a relief in the province continued fight to prevent the spread of the corona virus disease in the province. In a statement Saturday, Emano said that the stalled construction of the “COVID-19 isolation units” in various towns in will resume after the dissolution of the TRO. Dr. Jerrie Calingasan, head of the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Covid-19, said that the province has tallied a total of 19 COVID-19 positive cases since June, all of them were all returning overseas Filipinos and Locally Stranded Individuals.   Opposition Vice Governor Jeremy Pelaez and two other board members Jessa Mugot and Jericho Khu filed a “declaratory relief” and TRO to stop the disbursement of the 2020 Budget for the non-posting of the approved Ordinance.

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To fly or not to fly amid Covid

July 11, 2020

OVER the past several years, movies about a virus that wiped-out the world’s population or turned everyone into zombies, or both, depicted airlines and air travelers as the ideal carriers. Today, as the world grapples with a real-live pandemic, concerns over whether fiction is fact have arisen, which begs the question: is it safe to fly? In reality, airlines like Cebu Pacific are part of a much broader aviation industry where there are many other layers of safety in place. And the entire aviation industry is not letting their guard down—beefing-up the already stringent safety measures to alleviate concerns of passengers regarding air travel. HEPA filters keep cabin air fresh and clean Some people think that the airplane cabin is just like any other enclosed airconditioned space, like a restaurant or an office. However, even if passengers are seated next to each other, the chances of transmission of contaminants like coronavirus from breathing in cabin air is reduced. This is because the air flows or circulates inside the cabin vertically, with “used air” pushed out of the cabin, and fresh air comes in from outside, passing through a filtration process all the time. Cebu Pacific jets are equipped with hospital-grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. These effectively circulate clean air every three (3) minutes, and eliminate microscopic particles such as bacteria, viruses and fungi with 99.99% efficiency. Multiple biosafety measures are in place Cebu Pacific has also adapted a layered approach to biosafety measures to help curb the spread of the virus onboard. The moment a passenger enters the airport, checks-in, goes to the pre-departure area, up until boarding of the aircraft, the airline constantly reminds its passengers to follow floor markers placed as a guide for them to observe social distancing, while always having their face masks on. And unlike any other indoor space or modes of transportation, research conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that the condition in the air cabin makes transmission of virus difficult, as airflow exchange rates and directions are less conducive to droplet spread. Seat backs also act as a solid barrier that directs the flow of cabin air in one direction, straight to the filters. Aircraft is cleaned and disinfected extensively   All our aircraft also undergo extensive disinfection, which are performed by Bureau of Quarantine-certified personnel. They use Airbus-approved disinfectant, proven to be effective against viruses, including the coronavirus. Lavatories are also cleaned by the crew members every 30 minutes while in flight. Keep in mind precautions before traveling EveryJuan has an active role in protecting themselves and fellow travelers from the virus. Before scheduled flights, passengers must ensure they are well enough to travel. Prepare face masks and bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (100mL maximum) to disinfect hands and belongings anytime. And it is imperative that everyone washes their hands properly at all times and avoids touching their mouth, eyes and nose. Rest assured, Cebu Pacific remains committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of staff and passengers are prioritized. For more information on the airline’s safety procedures and flight updates, visit www.cebupacificair.com.

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BAN toxics lauds PH government for ratifying Mercury Treaty

July 11, 2020

QUEZON City--Environmental justice watchdog BAN Toxics lauded the Philippine government for ratifying the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with the government depositing the instrument of ratification on July 8, 2020.  The Philippines is the 123rd country to join the treaty. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from man-made emissions of mercury and mercury compounds. The Convention provides a comprehensive policy to address mercury emissions to soil, water and the atmosphere, phase out mercury use in products and processes, and the regulation of the informality of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector (ASGM). It also addresses the storage and disposal of the chemical. “We laud the Duterte administration in taking the first step in the fight against mercury,” exclaims Reynaldo San Juan, Executive Director of BAN Toxics. “Mercury is a global problem, and by joining the community of nations in addressing the mercury scourge, the Philippines improves its chances in fighting off this deadly toxin.” The Philippines is among the 128 countries which signed the Minamata Convention in 2013. The mercury treaty entered into force in August 2017. Mercury is a toxic chemical with negative effects on both human health and the environment and is listed by the World Health Organization as one of their top chemicals of major health concern. Exposure to mercury may cause harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems and may also be fatal.[1]  Primary sources of human exposure to mercury are from dental amalgams, mercury-laden hospital devices, and gold mining activities. BAN Toxics has pushed the Philippine government to take action to curb mercury use in the country since 2007. The group praised the government for taking concrete steps to eliminate mercury use in the country.[2]  In May 2020, Secretary Francisco Duque III of the Department of Health (DOH) signed Administrative Order No. 2020-0020, effectively phasing out mercury use in dental restorative procedures. “Our fight against mercury does not end here. The only way we can ensure the safety of the Filipinos, especially the future generations, against mercury is by adapting the Minamata Convention into our local laws and implementing it,” stated San Juan. “We look forward to the quick action of Pres. Duterte against mercury, now that the Philippines is a party to the Minamata Convention.”

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