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SIMBANG GABI USHERS IN WORLD's LONGEST YULE CELEBRATION


DECEMBER 16 -File photo of Filipino Catholics attending the Simbang Gabi at the Quiapo Church in Manila. ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO The Catholic faithful are expected to troop to churches all over the country starting today for the Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi, the nine days of pre-dawn masses, usually held from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.
It is said that the Simbang Gabi is a tradition that started in 1565 when Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi celebrated the first Feast of the Nativity in these islands. The practice started in Mexico to accommodate farmers and fisherfolk who woke up early to go to work.
Before heading for the farm or sea, they would first hear mass and ask for God’s blessing. Later, the Simbang Gabi incorporated the festivities of the Christmas season. For those who cannot attend the pre-dawn masses, there are also the anticipated masses from Dec. 15 to 23 at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. God at the center Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas yesterday encouraged men and women who are in a relationship to attend the Simbang Gabi but reminded them to put God at the center of their relationship. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leyte names new pilgrim churches


DECEMBER 20 -Survivor of Thypoon Yolanda
Churches badly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte are now pilgrim sites.
Palo, Leyte Archbishop John Du issued a decree declaring the renovated Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration in Palo, Leyte and the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban City as two of eight pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese of Palo, the CBCPNews reported yesterday. The declaration of the eight pilgrim churches is in line with observance of the Jubilee year of mercy. The six other pilgrim churches are the Redemptorist Parish in Tacloban City; St. Joseph in Dagami, Leyte; St. Francis Xavier in Abuyog; Holy Cross in Carigara; Saints Peter and Paul in Ormoc City; and the St. Francis Xavier in Palompon. The designation of these pilgrim churches was in accordance with the decree of Pope Francis enjoining each diocese to name its cathedral and other big churches as such for the Jubilee and to open the door of mercy for the pilgrims. Fr. Wilson Chu, co-parish priest of Sto. Niño Church, said churchgoers, who are in proper disposition and who received the sacrament of reconciliation and holy communion, prayed for the Holy Father’s intentions and entered the door of mercy on the same day, will gain plenary indulgence. Du, meanwhile, urged the faithful to follow the mandate on this extraordinary Jubilee year of mercy. These are to ask for the mercy of God, be merciful and create a structure of mercy.READ MORE... RELATED FROM CBCP, Churches destroyed by ‘Yolanda’ now pilgrim churches...

ALSO: Frosty fun - 'Disney On Ice' 


DECEMBER 19 -CHARACTERS OF ‘Frozen’ It’s that time of the year again. A well-love Filipino tradition returns to give Pinoys another fun-filled Christmas cheer. Yes, Mickey Mouse and company are back for yet another offering of “Disney On Ice.” In an interview, performer Phoebe Flynn related the special reason they keep coming back to the country. “The audience here in the Philippines are very enthusiastic. We are very lucky to have Filipinos as audience. Also, the Philippines has a long holiday and we love that,” she said. Now on its 33rd year, “Disney On Ice” is adding a new twist to the proceedings: it will feature performances relating to some of Disney’s most popular princesses including Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Rapunzel from “Tangled,” and Belle from “Beauty And The Beast.” As if that’s not enough, it will also include Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the loveable characters from the hit animated feature “Frozen.” “Bringing the characters of Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is very exciting ’coz kids have been waiting for them since last year,” said Phoebe, who also hopes to hear the audience sing all of the songs with them. READ MORE...

ALSO: CPP declares holiday truce, Dec 23 - Jan 3


DECEMBER 16 -SISON The ceasefire is in solidarity with the Filipino people’s traditional celebration of Christmas and New Year, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel chairman Luis Jalandoni said in a statement. AP/Peter Dejong, file MANILA, Philippines – Communist rebels will put in effect a 12-day holiday truce from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 next year. The ceasefire is in solidarity with the Filipino people’s traditional celebration of Christmas and New Year, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel chairman Luis Jalandoni said in a statement. “This will also enable the revolutionary forces to carry out mass assemblies and public demonstrations to mark the 47th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines and celebrate revolutionary victories of the past year,” he said. “The ceasefire is also in support of efforts of peace advocates to foster the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and the NDFP,” Jalandoni said. Armed Forces spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said a ceasefire during the Christmas season has been a tradition, although the government has yet to reciprocate the CPP’s declaration as of yesterday. “Once the President, who is also our commander-in-chief, approves it (recommendation to observe a ceasefire), we will announce it so that our countrymen will know,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Govt declares Christmas ceasefire from December 23 to January 1


DECEMBER 18 -Christmas ceasefire from December 23 to January 1
In the spirit of Christmas, the government will suspend offensive military operations against communist rebels from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.
President Aquino approved the Department of National Defense’s recommendation for a unilateral suspension of military operations (SOMO) against the New People’s Army (NPA) during the holidays. The President’s approval was sent by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday. Last year, the government declared a longer unilateral ceasefire, from Dec. 18 until Jan. 19 because of the visit of Pope Francis. The SOMO also paved the way for unhampered rehabilitation of calamity-affected communities, many of which were affected by armed conflict. Two soldiers were wounded when an Army convoy on their way back from delivering relief goods in typhoon-ravaged Eastern Samar were ambushed by suspected NPA guerrillas in Pinabacdao, Samar yesterday morning. Initial reports said the ambush happened around 7:30 a.m. when the rebels attacked an M35 military truck and two other trucks. The Army trucks were marked with a local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) tarpaulin and were carrying members of the 546th Engineering Battalion and 8th Infantry Division Reconnaissance Co. The military convoy was negotiating a sharp curve on the Maharlika Highway between Barangays Madalunot and Pahug when they were ambushed. The soldiers fired back and the ensuing firefight temporarily closed the highway as police and military reinforcement troops rushed to the area. Capt. Isagani Viernes, acting chief of the 8th ID public affairs office, said the trucks were supposed to pick up another batch of relief goods intended for Northern Samar, which was also devastated by the typhoon, after the Eastern Samar relief mission. Earlier this month, two soldiers of the 14th Infantry Battalion were killed and NPA rebels that ambushed the troopers along the highway in Catbalogan City took the unit’s monthly food allowance worth P1.8 million. READ MORE...RELATED,  SC Justices seen split on EDCA...

ALSO: Include fruits, vegetables in Noche Buena, says DOH


DECEMBER 21 -With the Christmas celebration fast approaching, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reminded the public to include fruits and vegetables on the Noche Buena table on Christmas Eve. “Make sure that vegetables and fruits are on the table together with your traditional ham and queso de bola,” said the DOH in an advisory. The department called on the public to prepare a well-balanced Noche Buena.
The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) had earlier warned that while Christmas is the happiest time of the year, it is also the deadliest. In the United States, PCP President Anthony Leachon said, there were 53 million deaths from 1973 to 2001, mostly on Christmas Day, December 25, with December 26 second. DOH said it will not be good to just prepare oily, fatty foods that are popular during the traditional Christmas Eve dinner. It said people should also meat with moderation despite the abundance of food; and drink. READ MORE... ALSO, No end to bullet cases at NAIA; 3 passengers held...


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Simbang Gabi ushers in world’s longest Yule celebration


File photo of Filipino Catholics attending the Simbang Gabi at the Quiapo Church in Manila. ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO

MANILA, DECEMBER 21, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Bebot Sison Jr. December 16, 2015 - The Catholic faithful are expected to troop to churches all over the country starting today for the Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi, the nine days of pre-dawn masses, usually held from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.

It is said that the Simbang Gabi is a tradition that started in 1565 when Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi celebrated the first Feast of the Nativity in these islands.

The practice started in Mexico to accommodate farmers and fisherfolk who woke up early to go to work.
Before heading for the farm or sea, they would first hear mass and ask for God’s blessing.

Later, the Simbang Gabi incorporated the festivities of the Christmas season.

For those who cannot attend the pre-dawn masses, there are also the anticipated masses from Dec. 15 to 23 at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.

God at the center Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas yesterday encouraged men and women who are in a relationship to attend the Simbang Gabi but reminded them to put God at the center of their relationship.

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Villegas issued the statement amid past reports that young people in particular tend to gather outside churches instead of actively participating in the mass.


Colorful lights adorn the doorway of a Catholic church as Filipinos attend the first day of the ”Simbang Gabi” (dawn masses), signaling the official start of the Christmas season in Manila, Wednesday. The tradition dates back to the Spanish era and is believed to have one’s wish granted after completing the novena. ABS-CBN PHOTO

While he reiterated that Simbang Gabi is for worship and not for courtship, Villegas said attendance at pre-dawn masses is considered a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members, friends and couples but also because their faith is intensified.

Meanwhile, over 200 police, including members of the elite Special Action Force, will be deployed in several churches in Metro Manila to secure the nine-day Misa de Gallo.

“Police presence will be intensified through increased foot and mobile patrol operations and deployment of route safety marshals in areas and times where and when they are most needed,” said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez.

Police assistance hubs will also be established in places of convergence to ensure immediate action when the need arises, Marquez said. – With Evelyn Macairan, Cecille Suerte Felipe

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Churches destroyed by ‘Yolanda’ now pilgrim churches Filed under: Headlines |


Palo Archbishop John Du opens the Porta Sancta (Door of Mercy) of the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban gravely destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. (Photo: Sr. Gemma Ria Dela Cruz/Paulines Media Center)

PALO, Leyte, Dec. 17, 2015 – Two churches in the Archdiocese of Palo severely destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 have recently been declared pilgrim churches for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

In a decree issued by Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, the renovated Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration here and Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban City were pronounced pilgrim churches among the eight other churches in the archdiocese.

Chancellor Ric Marpa read the decree during the presbyterial Mass at the Palo Cathedral on Dec. 9.

Other churches are:

Redemptorist parish (Tacloban City) St Joseph (Dagami, Leyte) St. Francis Xavier (Abuyog) Holy Cross (Carigara) Saints Peter and Paul (Ormoc City) St. Francis Xavier (Palompon) Conditions for plenary indulgence

The designation of these pilgrim churches was in accordance with the decree of Pope Francis enjoining each diocese to name its cathedral and other big churches as such for the Jubilee and to open the Door of Mercy (Porta Sancta) for the pilgrims.

In his April 2015 papal bull of indiction, Misericordiae Vultus (Latin for The Face of Mercy), the Supreme Pontiff declared the year from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2015, to the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016, next year as Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (Year of Mercy).

Fr. Wilson Chu, co-parish priest of Sto. Niño Church, disclosed the designation of the church during the first day Simbang Gabi.

According to Chu, churchgoers, who are in the proper disposition, received the sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, prayed for the Holy Father’s intentions, and entered the Door of Mercy on the same day, will gain a plenary indulgence.

Fr. Virgilio Cañete, parish priest of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Telegrafo, Tolosa, Leyte explained indulgence as a “remission of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.”

He added that the faithful Christian who is truly disposed gains this indulgence under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.

Fr. Ronel Taboso, parish priest of SNP disclosed that during the Jubilee year, all priests will be allowed to grant absolution for abortion reserved to bishops in places outside North America.

Palo’s ABC

Du urged all the faithful to take on the ABC mandate on this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that is:

Ask for the Mercy of God. Be Merciful. Create a Structure of Mercy. Msgr. Rex Ramirez, vicar-general of the Archdiocese, advised “in the Year of Mercy there has got to be practical ways or actions that will help actualize or give results to the theme.”

Giving aid to the poor and those in need is among the ways to show of mercy.

The SNP officially launched on Dec. 16 the first-ever foundation of the parish intended to raise funds for its weekly La Mesa ni Marta, outreach program, scholarship for the indigent youth in the parish, disaster response and youth ministry activities among others.

In the nine-day Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo this month, the SNP adapts the theme “A Family is an Oasis of Mercy”.

This is the same theme take on by the launching of the three-fold celebration of Years of Family, Eucharist, and Mercy in the archdiocese. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)


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Leyte names new pilgrim churches By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 20, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 1


Survivor of Thypoon Yolanda

MANILA, Philippines – Churches badly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte are now pilgrim sites.

Palo, Leyte Archbishop John Du issued a decree declaring the renovated Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration in Palo, Leyte and the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban City as two of eight pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese of Palo, the CBCPNews reported yesterday.

The declaration of the eight pilgrim churches is in line with observance of the Jubilee year of mercy.

The six other pilgrim churches are the Redemptorist Parish in Tacloban City; St. Joseph in Dagami, Leyte; St. Francis Xavier in Abuyog; Holy Cross in Carigara; Saints Peter and Paul in Ormoc City; and the St. Francis Xavier in Palompon.

The designation of these pilgrim churches was in accordance with the decree of Pope Francis enjoining each diocese to name its cathedral and other big churches as such for the Jubilee and to open the door of mercy for the pilgrims.

Fr. Wilson Chu, co-parish priest of Sto. Niño Church, said churchgoers, who are in proper disposition and who received the sacrament of reconciliation and holy communion, prayed for the Holy Father’s intentions and entered the door of mercy on the same day, will gain plenary indulgence.

Du, meanwhile, urged the faithful to follow the mandate on this extraordinary Jubilee year of mercy.

These are to ask for the mercy of God, be merciful and create a structure of mercy.


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Frosty fun by Rowena Tan December 18, 2015 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share1


CHARACTERS OF ‘Frozen’

It’s that time of the year again.

A well-love Filipino tradition returns to give Pinoys another fun-filled Christmas cheer.

Yes, Mickey Mouse and company are back for yet another offering of “Disney On Ice.”

In an interview, performer Phoebe Flynn related the special reason they keep coming back to the country.

“The audience here in the Philippines are very enthusiastic. We are very lucky to have Filipinos as audience. Also, the Philippines has a long holiday and we love that,” she said.

Now on its 33rd year, “Disney On Ice” is adding a new twist to the proceedings: it will feature performances relating to some of Disney’s most popular princesses including Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Rapunzel from “Tangled,” and Belle from “Beauty And The Beast.”

As if that’s not enough, it will also include Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the loveable characters from the hit animated feature “Frozen.”

“Bringing the characters of Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is very exciting ’coz kids have been waiting for them since last year,” said Phoebe, who also hopes to hear the audience sing all of the songs with them.

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“It will be more fun ’coz ‘Frozen’ tunes are really popular so we expect sing-alongs. We promise to give all our best to make you all happy,” she said.

The most challenging part of the production is the lighting effects needed to make scenes from “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen” come alive.

Phoebe maintains it is all worth the effort as the play of lights complete the performances.

“Like when the Daughters of Triton are presented to the people, the effects or lightning highlights each of them. Your eyes will definitely follow the spotlight,” she said.

Phoebe said they plan to add even more Disney characters on future “Disney On Ice” presentations. “As of now, we don’t have final casts for next year but expect ‘Frozen’ to be still on the show,” she shared.

“Disney On Ice: Magical Ice Festival” runs from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3 at the Araneta Coliesum in Cubao.


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CPP declares holiday truce By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 16, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

The ceasefire is in solidarity with the Filipino people’s traditional celebration of Christmas and New Year, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel chairman Luis Jalandoni said in a statement. AP/Peter Dejong, file MANILA, Philippines – Communist rebels will put in effect a 12-day holiday truce from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 next year.

The ceasefire is in solidarity with the Filipino people’s traditional celebration of Christmas and New Year, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel chairman Luis Jalandoni said in a statement.

“This will also enable the revolutionary forces to carry out mass assemblies and public demonstrations to mark the 47th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines and celebrate revolutionary victories of the past year,” he said.

“The ceasefire is also in support of efforts of peace advocates to foster the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and the NDFP,” Jalandoni said.

Armed Forces spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said a ceasefire during the Christmas season has been a tradition, although the government has yet to reciprocate the CPP’s declaration as of yesterday.

“Once the President, who is also our commander-in-chief, approves it (recommendation to observe a ceasefire), we will announce it so that our countrymen will know,” he said.

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“The Armed Forces of the Philippines hopes that the CPP and its armed unit, the New People’s Army, will strictly abide by this self-declared ceasefire and will live up to their promise of non-violent and peaceful holidays for the Filipino and their members.”

Jalandoni said the NPA would stop offensive military operations against the military and police during the ceasefire, and soldiers and policemen “who have no serious liabilities other than their membership in their armed units shall not be subjected to arrest or punitive actions.”

“They may be allowed individually to enter the territory of the people’s democratic government to make personal visits to relatives and friends,” he said.

However, all NPA units and militias would remain on defensive mode, Jalandoni said.

They were ordered to “maintain a high degree of militancy and vigilance against any hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces,” he added.

Hostile actions include “peace and development,” “civil-military” and “peace and order” operations, Jalandoni said.


Christmas ceasefire from December 23 to January 1 (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 19, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Christmas ceasefire from December 23 to January 1

MANILA, Philippines – In the spirit of Christmas, the government will suspend offensive military operations against communist rebels from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.

President Aquino approved the Department of National Defense’s recommendation for a unilateral suspension of military operations (SOMO) against the New People’s Army (NPA) during the holidays.

The President’s approval was sent by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday.

Last year, the government declared a longer unilateral ceasefire, from Dec. 18 until Jan. 19 because of the visit of Pope Francis.

The SOMO also paved the way for unhampered rehabilitation of calamity-affected communities, many of which were affected by armed conflict.

Two soldiers were wounded when an Army convoy on their way back from delivering relief goods in typhoon-ravaged Eastern Samar were ambushed by suspected NPA guerrillas in Pinabacdao, Samar yesterday morning.

Initial reports said the ambush happened around 7:30 a.m. when the rebels attacked an M35 military truck and two other trucks.

The Army trucks were marked with a local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) tarpaulin and were carrying members of the 546th Engineering Battalion and 8th Infantry Division Reconnaissance Co.

The military convoy was negotiating a sharp curve on the Maharlika Highway between Barangays Madalunot and Pahug when they were ambushed.

The soldiers fired back and the ensuing firefight temporarily closed the highway as police and military reinforcement troops rushed to the area.

Capt. Isagani Viernes, acting chief of the 8th ID public affairs office, said the trucks were supposed to pick up another batch of relief goods intended for Northern Samar, which was also devastated by the typhoon, after the Eastern Samar relief mission.

Earlier this month, two soldiers of the 14th Infantry Battalion were killed and NPA rebels that ambushed the troopers along the highway in Catbalogan City took the unit’s monthly food allowance worth P1.8 million.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the military yesterday condemned the attack against soldiers who delivered relief goods to typhoon victims in Eastern Samar.

The ambush happened three days after the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared a unilateral truce that will take effect from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 next year.

Two employees of the social welfare department were with the soldiers in the M35 military truck and two other trucks.

“Magkaroon sana kayo ng kunsensya (I hope you have a conscience),” NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said, referring to the suspected NPA rebels that staged the ambush.

“Whatever foolishness you are thinking, take time out from it. We are working hard here but some people who lack attention are intervening,” he added.

The soldiers and social welfare personnel transported goods to Eastern Samar and were on their way back to the Office of the Civil Defense Region 8 in Tacloban City when the ambush happened.

A 15-minute firefight ensued after the ambush, leaving two soldiers wounded. Aurea Calica, Alexis Romero, Ricky Bautista


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SC Justices seen split on EDCA By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 18, 2015 - 1:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The SC earlier set the deliberations on the case last Nov. 10 and 16 before the arrival of American President Barrack Obama for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last month, but the high court failed to rule on the case because some justices were not ready yet with their position. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Justices of the Supreme Court are divided over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States.

A court insider bared yesterday that three magistrates have submitted their respective dissenting opinions on a draft decision upholding the constitutionality of EDCA.

“This was the reason why the voting was again reset (last Wednesday). The dissenting opinions were circulated only last Tuesday,” the source revealed to The STAR.

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno reportedly penned the draft ruling.

On the other hand, at least three justices – including an appointee of President Aquino – believe that EDCA is unconstitutional and should be voided.

The SC was set to deliberate on the petitions filed in May last year by former senators Rene Saguisag and Wigberto Tañada and militant lawmakers led by Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate in a special session last Wednesday.

But the justices decided to instead set the voting when they resume session after the holiday recess on Jan. 12 next year.

It was the third time the high court tackled the case, but failed to come up with a decision.

The SC earlier set the deliberations on the case last Nov. 10 and 16 before the arrival of American President Barrack Obama for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last month, but the high court failed to rule on the case because some justices were not ready yet with their position.

The case was heard by the high court in oral arguments in November last year and has been up for resolution since December last year.


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Include fruits, vegetables in Noche Buena, says DOH by Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce December 21, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share3

With the Christmas celebration fast approaching, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reminded the public to include fruits and vegetables on the Noche Buena table on Christmas Eve.

“Make sure that vegetables and fruits are on the table together with your traditional ham and queso de bola,” said the DOH in an advisory. The department called on the public to prepare a well-balanced Noche Buena.

The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) had earlier warned that while Christmas is the happiest time of the year, it is also the deadliest.

In the United States, PCP President Anthony Leachon said, there were 53 million deaths from 1973 to 2001, mostly on Christmas Day, December 25, with December 26 second.

DOH said it will not be good to just prepare oily, fatty foods that are popular during the traditional Christmas Eve dinner. It said people should also meat with moderation despite the abundance of food; and drink.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also called on the public to ensure that the food to be offered this Noche Buena are cooked, stored, and handled properly.

“Food-borne illnesses and outbreaks that involve large number of people are usually caused by food produced for mass catering, which were not cooked, stored, or handled properly,” FDA said.

To avoid food-borne illnesses, the FDA said, those in charge of food preparation should always wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds in a designated hand-washing sink. The kitchen must be kept clean and protected from insects, pests, and other animals; the utensils must be neat, and the surfaces and equipment used for food preparation must be sanitized.

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No end to bullet cases at NAIA; 3 passengers held By Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 18, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


A passenger prepares her luggage for inspection at the NAIA. File photo/RUDY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - A niece of former senator Francisco Tatad was stopped while about to board her flight, along with an American and a 74-year-old grandmother after bullets were allegedly found in their belongings while undergoing security check at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

NAIA personnel said Rosanna Tatad, 31, was found with a bullet in her shoulder bag last Dec. 13.

Security screening officer Anna Margarita Repario said she saw an image of ammunition after Tatad’s bag passed through the X-ray scanner.

The bullet was found after Repario inspected the bag in the presence of Tatad and Senior Police Officer 1 Allan Sonio.

Tatad, of Congressional Model Subdivision, Camarin, Caloocan City, denied owning the bullet. She was subjected to inquest and charged with violation of Republic Act 10591.

American Joseph Ocasiones, 35, was found allegedly carrying a 9mm caliber bullet in his trolley bag last Tuesday. He was bound for San Francisco with his five-year-old daughter.

NAIA police said X-ray screening officer Rica Verano saw the image of the bullet in the trolley bag of Ocasiones.

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Verano then called the attention of Police Officer 3 Robinson Fernandez, the duty officer.

She inspected the bag in the presence of Police Officer 2 Pura Saavedra and security screening officer Arnedo Perez and Airport Police Officer 1 Danilo Santos and found a 9mm caliber bullet.

Ocasiones was arrested and detained at the police jail at the airport.

He denied owning the bullet found in his bag. “Why would I carry ammunition when I know that it’s prohibited?” he said.

“I read and saw news from newspapers and on TV that many passengers were caught having bullets in their belongings. “I remember when I alighted from the car, I noticed a group of people that included porters blocked my path and the next thing I know, I was arrested for the bullet planted in my baggage.”

Los Angeles-bound grandmother Araceli Fortuna was allegedly found carrying two caliber .45 bullets in her luggage.

Pasay City prosecutors ordered the immediate release of Tatad, Ocasiones and Fortuna after investigation and they were able to continue with their journey.


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