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ELECTED MAYOR ABBY BINAY STARTS SCRUTINY OF PEÑA's ACTS AS 1-YR MAKATI MAYOR
[RELATED: On Mayor Abby Binay's orders - Drug war to include posh Makati villages]


JULY 20 -A top aide of Mayor Abigail Binay said an investigation had begun into the appointment or promotion of over 200 City Hall employees which were approved by Peña’s administration allegedly during the election period, in violation of the Omnibus Election Code. In an interview, Binay’s legal counsel Don Camiña said they were reviewing the records of 276 workers covered by personnel movements during Peña’s watch.
Peña, who was elected vice mayor in 2013, took over as mayor in June 2105 and held that post for about a year after Binay’s brother Junjun was ordered dismissed from the mayoralty by the Ombudsman over corruption charges. “That’s what we’re focusing on at the moment. Once everything is in order, then we can move on to other matters, projects,” Camiña said in a recent interview. The employees’ names were submitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC), he added. While the movements involved mostly all city hall departments and offices, Camiña could not immediately say how much they cost the local government since the human resources department was still awaiting the CSC’s confirmation on whether the appointments were legal. READ MORE...RELATED, On Mayor Abby Binay's orders: Drug war to include posh Makati villages...

ALSO: P100,000 reward for arrest of suspect in Quiapo road rage killing
[RELATED: Quiapo road rage suspect nabbed in Masbate]
[RELATED(2):
Road rage suspect: Arrogant cyclist provoked me]


JULY 28 -Former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada offered a P100,000 reward for the immediate arrest of the suspect in Quiapo road rage. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has offered a P100,000 reward for the arrest of the suspect in the killing of a biker following a road altercation in Quiapo district on Monday night. “I’m giving P100,000 for any information that could lead to the arrest of (Vhon Martin) Tanto,” Estrada said in a statement Thursday. “Delikado siya ‘pag nahuli siya... ‘pag lumaban siya, siguradong six feet under the ground siya." “Of course, I’m appealing to him to surrender,” Estrada said. “But once he’s caught, he will be put behind bars, automatic, until he is sentenced… to death.” Estrada admitted he made the offer after he got impatient over Tanto’s refusal to surrender to authorities despite the chance given to him by the Manila Police District on Wednesday. The MPD then launched a manhunt operation against Tanto, an Army reservist who was identified by witnesses as the one who allegedly shot biker Mark Vincent Garalde to death. READ MORE...RELATED, Quiapo road rage suspect nabbed in Masbate... RELATED(2), Road rage suspect: Arrogant cyclist provoked me...

ALSO LIST: Class suspensions on Aug. 1, 2016 due to ‘Carina’[RELATED: Gov’t alerts public vs ‘Carina’]


JULY 31 -An elementary school pupil drenched in the rain cries while walking home along Batasan Road in Quezon City Tuesday morning as local government officails suspend classes due to heavy rains caused by a low pressure area. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
(Updated) Some local government units announced on Sunday that classes will be suspended in their areas due to heavy rains brought by Severe Tropical Storm “Carina” (international name: Nida). Classes on Monday, August 1, have been suspended in the following areas (Please refresh this page for updates): Isabela province: Pre-school to high school Cagayan province: All levels in northern Cagayan (towns of Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Buguey, Aparri, Lal-lo, Camalaniugan, Allacapan, Ballesteros, Abulug, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Claveria, Sta. Paxedes, Calayan, Lasam, Gattaran and Rizal); pre-school to senior high school in the rest of the province The state weather bureau, in its 11 a.m. weather bulletin on Sunday, said that Carina was packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph. READ MORE...RELATED,
Gov’t alerts public vs ‘Carina’...

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Bongbong's son, Sandro Marcos talked on handling his newfound fame


JULY 30 -Sandro Marcos has gained over a million followers on his Twitter account after actively campaigning for his father, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, over the summer
His surname alone denotes a life of unimaginable privilege, but believe it or not, Ferdinand Alexander Araneta Marcos 3rd rides a bus, makes his own bed, and does his own laundry like any regular twentysomething. Never mind that he lives this “regular” life in London, for like his mother, lawyer Liza Marcos, rationally pointed out, how can he learn to fend for himself in the Philippines where help is readily available. “That’s why we sent our sons abroad to study so they can learn to be independent,” she told The Sunday Times Magazine over lunch with Sandro and her husband, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. “He’s as regular as regular can get; in fact, I came home the other night and he and his dad were cooking dinner for me in the kitchen!”  Sandro, 22, is the eldest of the Marcoses’ three sons—followed by Simon, 21; and Vince, 19—and is definitely the most popular one among his brothers. When he came with his parents to lunch, all eyes were on the very friendly political scion, who suffered endless ribbing from the senator and his wife for overshadowing them. “Ever since the campaign,” said Sen. Marcos who had just returned to the Upper Chamber of Congress after his vice presidential bid in May, “his mom and I have just become his alalay [body guards] wherever we go! When people take pictures, we’re just Sandro’s photo bombers.” Both dad and mom clearly enjoyed teasing their eldest, whose achievements, both in school and in his first foray in the political arena make them very proud. Sandro, who just completed his major in International Politics at City University London, is eyeing the London School of Economics for a master’s degree. He has been living and studying in England for the past 11 years, but told The Sunday Times Magazine that after he finishes post-graduate studies, he will come home to the Philippines for good. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao's Forbes Park home is a knockout for understated elegance
[RELATED: ‘Wala namang nagbabawal sa akin na mag-absent ako'; Pacquiao Talks About His Attendance On Senate!]


JULY 13 -HOUSE becomes transparent at night despite the stone cladding and teakwood. HOUSE becomes transparent at night despite the stone cladding and teakwood. EXPANSES of glass allow the views and the light to come to the living room. Transitional reading armchairs in earth colors anchor the neutral palette. PHOTOS BY MARC HENRICH W. GO AND KEVIN MILES R. EVORA Boxing icon-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, yet despite his stature, he enjoys simple pleasures. At home, Pacquiao eats fried fish, nilagang baka, sinigang na miso with salmon, tinola and pinaupong manok made with native chicken, and kalderetang kambing. He plays chess with friends and holds weekly Bible studies. Still, Pacquiao has a taste for understated elegance. In his Makati residence, he favors a contemporary design with subdued color palette, but rich with warm textures—even if wife Jinkee gets her way at times. Years ago, the couple bought a three-level house on a sloping terrain, a total area of 1,526 square meters, in North Forbes. It was tempting for them to opt for an opulent Old World or Hollywood décor style, replete with elaborately trimmed interiors and polished surfaces, showing off their affluence. Modern International However, design consultant Budji Layug and architect Royal Pineda pointed out to their clients that the house did not suit a classic or lavish décor theme. The L-shaped house is done in the Modern International style—strict lines, concrete and glass with accents of teak and stone cladding. The rooms are busy with various ceiling treatments—trellises, vaulted and coffered. The floors are covered with rich textures of travertine and wide narra planks. The philosophy of Budji+Royal Architecture + Design isn’t so much about construction and composing vignettes as about giving life to wood, metal, glass, stone and other materials, and making it suitable for the clients. Their designs complement the transparency of the architecture. READ MORE...ALSO MORE PHOTOS...RELATED, ‘Wala namang nagbabawal sa akin na mag-absent ako': Pacquiao Talks About His Attendance On Senate!...


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Abby Binay starts scrutiny of Peña’s acts as 1-yr Makati mayor


WITH A BINAY back in power in Makati City, it’s the turn of former Mayor Kid Peña to have his actions scrutinized.

MANILA, AUGUST 1, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Annelle Tayao-Juego @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:07 AM July 20th, 2016 - A top aide of Mayor Abigail Binay said an investigation had begun into the appointment or promotion of over 200 City Hall employees which were approved by Peña’s administration allegedly during the election period, in violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

In an interview, Binay’s legal counsel Don Camiña said they were reviewing the records of 276 workers covered by personnel movements during Peña’s watch.

Peña, who was elected vice mayor in 2013, took over as mayor in June 2105 and held that post for about a year after Binay’s brother Junjun was ordered dismissed from the mayoralty by the Ombudsman over corruption charges.

“That’s what we’re focusing on at the moment. Once everything is in order, then we can move on to other matters, projects,” Camiña said in a recent interview.

The employees’ names were submitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC), he added.

While the movements involved mostly all city hall departments and offices, Camiña could not immediately say how much they cost the local government since the human resources department was still awaiting the CSC’s confirmation on whether the appointments were legal.

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Peña: They met requirements

Reached for comment, Peña said the promotions were allowed by an approving body and that they also passed the requirements of the CSC.

“These employees had already rendered 28 to 29 years of service. They went through the right channels, they applied for the positions. If ever there were any illegal appointments, then the CSC must be questioned, too,” Peña said.

“Some of these employees have been working since [former Vice President Jejomar] Binay’s term as mayor. They were his employees, too,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Binay noted that based on the recently released National Competitiveness Council’s (NCC) Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, Makati slipped from third to fifth place in terms of government efficiency.

“It is sad that dirty politics have derailed the painstaking efforts of the Binay administration to continuously improve the efficiency of government services,” Binay said in a statement.

The mayor, however, lauded the fact that in NCC’s overall ranking of highly urbanized cities, Makati placed second while it was No. 1 in terms of economic dynamism, besting over 1,300 local government units.

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On Mayor Abby Binay's orders: Drug war to include posh Makati villages By Coconuts Manila July 21, 2016 / 19:50 PHT Like Coconuts MNL on Facebook Follow Coconuts MNL on Twitter


Makati Mayor Abby Binay is going all out for the government's anti-drug campaign. PHOTO: ABS-CBN News video screengrab

Because drug problems affect people from all walks of life.

On Wed, Jul 20, Makati Mayor Mar-Len Abigail "Abby" Binay ordered the local police to conduct operations in the city’s posh villages as part of the campaign against illegal drugs.

"Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Rommil Mitra had reported that no drug pushers and users had surrendered from the city’s six exclusive villages — Magallanes, Dasmariñas, Forbes, San Lorenzo, Bel-Air, and Urdaneta," reports Mike Frialde in The Philippine Star.

Thus, Binay issued the directive authorizing the implementation of Oplan Tokhang in the said villages. The operation involves police officers personally visiting the homes of suspected drug pushers and users and asking them to change their ways.

Binay has likewise called on the residents and barangay officials in the six exclusive villages to "help police in identifying known drug users and pushers in their communities." She said, "The war on drugs can only be won if we cooperate with the police."

It's worth noting that Barangays Bel-Air, Dasmariñas, Forbes Park, San Lorenzo and Urdaneta reportedly submitted to police certifications signed by their respective barangay chairmen that there were no drug pushers and users monitored in their villages.

To date, 734 suspected drug pushers and users in Makati have surrendered to authorities.


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Erap offers P100,000 reward for arrest of suspect in Quiapo road rage killing Published July 28, 2016 5:07pm


JULY 28 -Former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada offered a P100,000 reward for the immediate arrest of the suspect in Quiapo road rage.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has offered a P100,000 reward for the arrest of the suspect in the killing of a biker following a road altercation in Quiapo district on Monday night.

“I’m giving P100,000 for any information that could lead to the arrest of (Vhon Martin) Tanto,” Estrada said in a statement Thursday.

“Delikado siya ‘pag nahuli siya... ‘pag lumaban siya, siguradong six feet under the ground siya."

“Of course, I’m appealing to him to surrender,” Estrada said. “But once he’s caught, he will be put behind bars, automatic, until he is sentenced… to death.”

Estrada admitted he made the offer after he got impatient over Tanto’s refusal to surrender to authorities despite the chance given to him by the Manila Police District on Wednesday.

The MPD then launched a manhunt operation against Tanto, an Army reservist who was identified by witnesses as the one who allegedly shot biker Mark Vincent Garalde to death.

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The incident was captured by CCTV cameras posted along P. Casal Street, which showed Tanto, the Hyundai Eon driver, and Garalde having a fistfight before the shooting.

Garalde was killed on the spot after being shot five times, including in the face. A female bystander was also hit and is in critical condition in a nearby hospital.

Police, citing witnesses, said the altercation between Tanto and Garalde occurred after the suspect's Hyundai Eon hit the bicycle rider along the same street.

The vehicle has since been found by police in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. — Virgil Lopez/RSJ, GMA News

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Quiapo road rage suspect nabbed in Masbate (philstar.com) | Updated July 29, 2016 - 12:35pm 6 6721 googleplus2 0


ROAD RAGE: The body of Mark Vincent Garalde is slumped next to his bicycle after he was shot dead on Monday night by the driver of the car that bumped him along P. Casal street in Quiapo, Manila the other night. Video grabs from CCTV footage show the fistfight before the driver got his gun from the car and shot Geralde twice. STAR/Joven Cagande, file

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 4 4:21 p.m.) — The Army reservist who allegedly shot dead a cyclist in Quiapo, Manila after a road altercation has been arrested by authorities on Friday.

Vhon Martin Tanto was nabbed in his home in Barangay Poblacion East in Milagros, Masbate around 11:50 a.m. by a combined team of Army intelligence personnel, cops and local Army members, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said.

Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the Armed Forces Public Affairs Office, said Tanto was turned over to Masbate police before being handed over to the Manila Police District.

"According to reports coming from apprehending personnel, Tanto did not resist arrest and peacefully joined the team that accosted him," Arevalo said in a statement.

Arevalo said the Army took interest in the case and assisted the police when it learned of Tanto's background as a reservist.

"Per verification, however, it surfaced that [Tanto] is in 'inactive' status and has been virtually delisted from the rolls for failure to report to his unit since December 2015," Arevalo said.

Earlier on Friday, the Philippine National Police announced that it has revoked the firearm license of Tanto, who has two registered handguns with the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO).

FEO chief Senior Superintendent Cesar Binay said Tanto has been ordered to turn over all of his firearms to the nearest police office immediately upon receipt of notice. The police sent the revocation order to his house on Thursday

"Ang pagkakaroon ng baril ay isang pribilehiyo, hindi ito isang karapatan so anytime the government, of course provided by law, we can revoke the licenses that we issued to gunholders," Binag said at a televised press conference

Based on the CCTV footage, Garalde and the suspect later came to blows for more than a minute until Garalde managed to headlock the suspect.

The victim released the suspect, walked toward his bike beside the car and peered into the passenger side window of the vehicle as if talking to someone.

As Garalde walked away with his bicycle, the suspect—now carrying a gun—got out of his car and walked casually toward the biker.

Click to zoom Authorities recovered the abandoned vehicle used by the Quiapo road rage suspect Vhon Tanto in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya and was brought to the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame on Thursday, July 28, for further examination. PNP PIO/Released

READ: Manhunt on for biker killer in Quiapo road rage

The man shot him once in the head and fired four more shots at the victim when he was already slumped on the pavement. The suspect sped away towards Ayala Bridge.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has put up a P100,000 bounty for the arrest of Tanto, who allegedly pulled the trigger on cyclist Mark Vincent Garalde along the southbound lane of P. Casal on Monday night.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan then offered another P100,000 in bounty for the suspect's capture. — With a report by Patricia Viray; Based on an initial report by Rey Galupo

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Road rage suspect: Arrogant cyclist provoked me By Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 31, 2016 - 12:00am 25 1263 googleplus0 0


PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa looks at the black eye of road rage slay suspect Vhon Tanto who was presented to the media at the Manila Police District yesterday. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines – Vhon Martin Tanto, the suspect in the road rage killing in Quiapo, Manila, yesterday admitted he went overboard in killing cyclist Mark Vincent Garalde last Monday.

Tanto was presented to the media by lawmen led by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa after he was caught in Masbate and brought to the Manila Police District (MPD) to face murder charges.

Tanto said what provoked him to shoot Garalde was the victim’s aggressive attitude.

Tanto said he was about to turn right at P. Casal street from Vergara street when Garalde suddenly darted out from Nepomuceno street.

“I honked at Garalde to know if he was okay when he told me I was too arrogant on my driving and even cursed me,” Tanto told reporters.

“We had that fistfight after that heated argument,” he said.

The fight stopped when Tanto got a black eye and became weak after Garalde headlocked him.

Why he shot the cyclist

Garalde then offered his hand to Tanto as a gesture to end their fight. Tanto, however, told Garalde to remove his bicycle leaning against his car, saying this might scratch the paint of his brand new vehicle.

Geralde then blurted out: “Yabang mo. Basagin ko pa salamin mo eh (I might even smash your windshield).”

Tanto said the remark made him want to get even with Garalde. He got his pistol and confronted Garalde, then shot him several times at close range.

One of the stray bullets hit 18-year-old Rocel Bondoc.

After the incident, Tanto said he drove straight to Baliuag, Bulacan to visit his brother.

He then left for Aritao, Nueva Ecija to meet is brother-in-law Jonathan Leaño, a fellow Army reservist.

Tanto said he gave his car and his firearms to Leaño. “I told him to give them to police in case trouble comes his way,” he said.

Lawmen recovered Tanto’s red Hyundai Eon car in Aritao.


The practice of installing Ghost Bikes is observed by the global biking community, serving as reminders of tragedies both accidental and avoidable. - PHOTO FROM GMA NEWS

Tanto took a bus to Manila. He called ahead to his wife Annesha to meet him in Cubao, Quezon City from where they would take a bus to her hometown in Milagros, Masbate to keep her safe.

“Their lives were in danger as my wife saw suspicious people roaming near our house,” he said.

‘Forgive me’

Tanto, sporting a black eye, asked for forgiveness from the families of Garalde and Bondoc.

He said he did not mean to kill Garalde but only got infuriated by the victim’s attitude.

His wife Annesha also pleaded for forgiveness, saying she plans to talk to the Garalde family for a possible settlement.

But Garalde’s mother Malou insisted that any arrangement would never bring back the life of her son.

“Even if we say I am angry at him, would my son be brought back to life even if I kill (Tanto)?” she said.

Malou and Garalde’s wife Rei Eleazar-Garalde were thankful for the speedy capture of Tanto, saying it was an answered prayer.

Dela Rosa presented Tanto to the media and advised the suspect and the motoring public to always practice deep breathing to calm down.

Dela Rosa even offered to teach Tanto boxing. “You got fuming mad at him (Garalde) then challenged him to a fistfight, but turned out you are not good at it,” he told Tanto in Filipino.

Tanto was arrested by combined police and Army intelligence operatives at his wife’s hometown in Milagros, Masbate on Friday.

The 36-year-old Army reservist went into hiding for four days after authorities had identified him through the conduction sticker of his car.


Bikers from different groups also joined a unity ride, which began at 6 a.m. The ride started at Rizal Park and ended in Quiapo, where the group lit candles and offered prayers at the scene of the crime. PHOTO FROM GMA NEWS

Tanto, however, claimed he had no intention of evading arrest but he also admitted he had no immediate plans to surrender to the police, fearing he might end up summarily executed.

Tanto insisted he surrendered before the barangay chairman of Bangad in Milagros, Masbate with the help of his brother-in-law, also an Army reservist.

“My brother-in-law coordinated with our comrades in the (Army’s) 1301st Community Defense Center,” Tanto said.

MPD director Senior Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel presented the .45 pistol allegedly used by Tanto in killing Garalde.

The murder weapon was turned over by Leaño, who also surrendered Tanto’s car with the conduction sticker MO3745.

Police said Tanto will be charged with murder and frustrated murder before the Department of Justice. – With Victor Martin


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LIST: Class suspensions on Aug. 1, 2016 due to ‘Carina’ SHARES: 4680 VIEW COMMENTS
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An elementary school pupil drenched in the rain cries while walking home along Batasan Road in Quezon City Tuesday morning as local government officails suspend classes due to heavy rains caused by a low pressure area. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO


(Updated) Some local government units announced on Sunday that classes will be suspended in their areas due to heavy rains brought by Severe Tropical Storm “Carina” (international name: Nida).

Classes on Monday, August 1, have been suspended in the following areas (Please refresh this page for updates):

Isabela province: Pre-school to high school
Cagayan province: All levels in northern Cagayan (towns of Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Buguey, Aparri, Lal-lo, Camalaniugan, Allacapan, Ballesteros, Abulug, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Claveria, Sta. Paxedes, Calayan, Lasam, Gattaran and Rizal); pre-school to senior high school in the rest of the province

The state weather bureau, in its 11 a.m. weather bulletin on Sunday, said that Carina was packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph.

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The severe tropical storm was last located 160 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

It is expected to make landfall in Northern Cagayan on Sunday afternoon.

Public storm warning signal number 2 remain hoisted over Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Abra and Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands.

Signal number 1, meanwhile, was raised over Batanes Group of Islands, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Aurora. AJH/JE/rga

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State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said “Carina” has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to move towards northern Luzon.

“Carina” has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move north northwest at 18 kph.

Moderate to heavy rains within the 400 km diameter of the tropical storm may be expected.

Fisherfolk are warned against rough to very rough seas over the eastern seaboards of Camarines Norte and Quezon including Polillo Island.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over Isabela, while Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Aurora, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and northern Samar were put under TCWS No. 1.

Areas under TCWS No. 1 and 2, as well as the rest of Cagayan Valley, rest of Cordillera and the provinces of Masbate,
 Camarines Norte and Quezon are alerted against moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
The center of “Carina” was last spotted at 290 km. northeast of Virac, Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, at 4:45 p.m. yesterday, PAGASA said thunderstorm is affecting Metro Manila (Valenzuela, Navotas, Malabon), Nueva Ecija (Gen. Tinio, Rizal, Gabaldon), Zambales (San Marcelino, Castellejos), Quezon(Tiaong), Batangas (San Juan) and portions of Bulacan. This may persist for one to two hours.

The state weather agency said Pampanga, Rizal and other areas of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Batangas and Quezon may expect thunderstrom within the next two hours.

The intermittent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains currently affecting portions of Quezon may persist for several hours, PAGASA said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) meanwhile declared a “blue” alert status and advised all local government units in Luzon and Visayas to strengthen their preparations for the onslaught of tropical depression “Carina”.

BLUE ALERT

The Blue alert requires half of the agency’s personnel to be ready for contingencies.

NDRRMC issued Memorandum Circular No. 26 raising alert status to Blue Alert and subsequently directing its concerned member-agencies to send their respective Detailed Duty Officers (DDOs) to render duty at the NDRRMC.

Likewise, RDRRMCS concerned are requested to submit their respective disaster preparedness reports to NDRRMC.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued a directive to all concerned Regional Offices (1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, 5, 6, 7, 8 , CAR and Caraga) to activate their respective Disaster Monitoring and Reporting Systems to inform all concerned Provincial Directors and Local Chief Executives directed to perform the following actions:

—Assist in the conduct of their respective RDRRMC Pre-Disaster Risk Assesment (PDRA) meeting in close coordination with your Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Pagasa and DENR counterparts;

-Ensure the participation of respective RDRRMC member-agencies during the said meeting;

-Activate their respective DILG Regional Operation Center;

-Closely monitor the situation in their Area of Responsibility (AORs); and
monitor updates from Pagasa via http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph  and DoST Noah http://noah.dost.gov.ph .

Further, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned a total of P952,313,694.09 standby funds and stockpile available at the field offices in Regions CAR, NCR, 1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga and National Operations Center as of Friday.

PAGASA said “Carina” packed with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. and moves in north northwest direction at 15 kph.

Maintaining its speed and movement, “Carina” is forecast to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area by evening today.

Carina is also expected to intensify into typhoon category and is expected to exit the country tomorrow heading towards Southern China.

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.

The Southwest Monsoon enhanced by TD Carina will also bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over MIMAROPA.

DOH



The Department of Health (DoH) assured pregnant or lactating mothers, the elderly, children and persons with disability (PWD) living in low-lying areas affected by Tropical Depression Carina of immediate assistance.

Health Sec. Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said DoH personnel will aid these vulnerable groups if there is a need for them to be transferred to evacuation centers and even if they are already in these alternative safe places.

She said health workers have been instructed to provide children in evacuation centers Vitamin A and Zinc to prevent possible disease outbreaks.

Hygiene kits with underwear and malong (body wrap that can also be utilized as blanket) will also be given to women and girl evacuees after it was learned during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 that these necessities have been neglected in the past donation-giving programs."

Ubial said it has also been a standard procedure that once a woman was assessed as pregnant immediate medical attention will be given to her, especially when she needs to be transferred to a safe birthing facility.

Meanwhile, the DOH Chief said they continue to disallow infant formula donations and instead encourages mothers to breastfeed their babies since this remains the safest food for infants, most especially in evacuation centers where the risk of epidemic is high.

She also said immunization programs as well as provision of reproductive health services are part of the health services that will be provided to women in evacuation centers.

She added that regular check-ups will be held in the centers to provide services to those who are needing immediate medical attentions such as those needing vaccination for tetanus and others who belong to the poorest sector of the society whom DOH wants to reach out to.

In related developments, six domestic flights were cancelled yesterday afternoon due to bad weather brought by ‘Carina’, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in an advisory.

These flights include 2P-2071 (Manila-Calbayog), 2P-2072 (Calbayog-Manila), 2P-2079 (Manila-Catarman), 2P-2080, (Catarman-Manila), 2P-2021 (Manila-Masbate) and 2P-2022 (Masbate-Manila).
These flights belong to PAL Express.


MANILA TIMES

Sandro Marcos on handling his newfound fame July 30, 2016 7:14 pm by TESSA MAURICIO-ARRIOLA


Sandro Marcos has gained over a million followers on his Twitter account after actively campaigning for his father, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, over the summer

His surname alone denotes a life of unimaginable privilege, but believe it or not, Ferdinand Alexander Araneta Marcos 3rd rides a bus, makes his own bed, and does his own laundry like any regular twentysomething.

Never mind that he lives this “regular” life in London, for like his mother, lawyer Liza Marcos, rationally pointed out, how can he learn to fend for himself in the Philippines where help is readily available.

“That’s why we sent our sons abroad to study so they can learn to be independent,” she told The Sunday Times Magazine over lunch with Sandro and her husband, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. “He’s as regular as regular can get; in fact, I came home the other night and he and his dad were cooking dinner for me in the kitchen!”

Sandro, 22, is the eldest of the Marcoses’ three sons—followed by Simon, 21; and Vince, 19—and is definitely the most popular one among his brothers. When he came with his parents to lunch, all eyes were on the very friendly political scion, who suffered endless ribbing from the senator and his wife for overshadowing them.

“Ever since the campaign,” said Sen. Marcos who had just returned to the Upper Chamber of Congress after his vice presidential bid in May, “his mom and I have just become his alalay [body guards] wherever we go! When people take pictures, we’re just Sandro’s photo bombers.”


Sandro Marcos congratulates his father after the VP debate. Photo by Jansen Rppler.com.

Both dad and mom clearly enjoyed teasing their eldest, whose achievements, both in school and in his first foray in the political arena make them very proud.

Sandro, who just completed his major in International Politics at City University London, is eyeing the London School of Economics for a master’s degree. He has been living and studying in England for the past 11 years, but told The Sunday Times Magazine that after he finishes post-graduate studies, he will come home to the Philippines for good.

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“That’s the rule of my parents—to come home when you’re done with your education,” Sandro elaborated. “I’ve been away for so long since I also went to boarding school over there, and I think my parents are scared if I work in London, I’ll never come home,” he added laughing.

For a bit of trivia, Sandro also shared in a previous interview with The Manila Times that just like most college kids do in London, he would also work for extra money in his spare time. Luckily, his love for music afforded him a fun and profitable sideline as he would DJ for parties and get paid for his hobby.


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Asked what career he sees himself choosing eventually, Sandro, who impressed large crowds when he spoke about his dad during the campaign over the summer, replied, “Naturally, everyone would think politics. At this point, I’ll just say I’m not opposed to it, so we’ll see.”

And with over a million Twitter followers and counting—a huge majority o f which seem to come from the opposite sex—talent agents, advertising executives as well as TV and movie producers also hope that Sandro would consider going into show business.

Brushing the idea aside, he simply said of his fame, “I’m overwhelmed by it; I don’t think about it too much because if you pay attention to it, and let all of it affect you, you won’t be able to carry on and be yourself.”

More humbly this time, the privileged Marcos added after a thoughtful pause, “But you know, I wouldn’t call it popularity, what they say about me. I’d call it support from so many Filipinos who believe in my dad.”

VIDEO: Sandro Marcos, Praised For His Intelligence Compared to Daniel Padilla


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The son of vice presidential hopeful Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. named Sandro Marcos is currently the talk of the town on social media. The younger Marcos was reported to be currently living and studying in the United Kingdom. He was able to gain the hearts of mostly female netizens because of his looks and intelligence.

Moreover, many claim that he is indeed articulate and charming. Because of this, he can’t escape some ambushinterviews. A perfect example is the video below which shows what he has to say about his role if ever his father wins. Also, Sandro tweeted something which are directed towards the Teen King Daniel Padilla.

 He made this tweets after he has watched the viral video of Daniel where he can be seen saying: “Shut up if you’re not aregistered voter.”

He was also known for supporting the Liberal Party standard bearer Sec. Mar Roxas. His love team Kathryn Bernardo also supports the LP bet.

Sandro Marcos posted, "Just watched Daniel Padilla's video telling non voters to shut up. What an insensitive and disconnected thing to say." He followed,"Use your fame and publicity to promote constructive political discourse, not negatively and hate. Vote or not it all affects us."

You can watch the interview of Sandro Marcos on this link.https://www.facebook.com/rapplerdotco ...


Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr with his son Ferdinand Alexander Marcos and wife Lisa Araneta-Marcos in a gathering with members of digital media. Photo by Jasmin Dulay rappler.com


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Pacquiao’s Forbes Park address scores a knockout for understated elegance
[DESIGN CONSULTANT BUDJI LAYUG AND ARCHITECT ROYAL PINEDA CREATE A HOME BEFITTING A WORLD-CLASS CELEBRITY] SHARES: 5400 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marge C. Enriquez (Contributor) @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 06:00 AM July 13th, 2016


HOUSE becomes transparent at night despite the stone cladding and teakwood. EXPANSES of glass allow the views and the light to come to the living room. Transitional reading armchairs in earth colors anchor the neutral palette. PHOTOS BY MARC HENRICH W. GO AND KEVIN MILES R. EVORA

Boxing icon-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, yet despite his stature, he enjoys simple pleasures.

At home, Pacquiao eats fried fish, nilagang baka, sinigang na miso with salmon, tinola and pinaupong manok made with native chicken, and kalderetang kambing. He plays chess with friends and holds weekly Bible studies.

Still, Pacquiao has a taste for understated elegance. In his Makati residence, he favors a contemporary design with subdued color palette, but rich with warm textures—even if wife Jinkee gets her way at times.

Years ago, the couple bought a three-level house on a sloping terrain, a total area of 1,526 square meters, in North Forbes.

It was tempting for them to opt for an opulent Old World or Hollywood décor style, replete with elaborately trimmed interiors and polished surfaces, showing off their affluence.

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ROYAL Pineda and Budji Layug carefully edited the decor elements to create a harmonious setting.

However, design consultant Budji Layug and architect Royal Pineda pointed out to their clients that the house did not suit a classic or lavish décor theme. The L-shaped house is done in the Modern International style—strict lines, concrete and glass with accents of teak and stone cladding.

The rooms are busy with various ceiling treatments—trellises, vaulted and coffered. The floors are covered with rich textures of travertine and wide narra planks.

The philosophy of Budji+Royal Architecture + Design isn’t so much about construction and composing vignettes as about giving life to wood, metal, glass, stone and other materials, and making it suitable for the clients. Their designs complement the transparency of the architecture.


LOW seating is a perfect choice for Pacquiao’s lounge area, which also displays more of the boxer’s photos. Low marble coffee table connects all the elements in the room. Vianelli Ponce’s red painting brightens up the space.

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The integration of nature in the indoors, the ambiance, the logical succession of spaces, the natural light, tactile materials, and the activities of the inhabitants are important to the Tropical Moderne philosophy of Budji+Royal.

“In the interior styling, we wanted to create a modern tropical mansion fit for Manny’s stature,” said Pineda. “It needed to be more luxurious than just a resort-like design. It has to reflect the characters of Jinkee and Manny, who like rich things.”

Down-to-earth


EXPANSES of glass allow the views and the light to come to the living room. Transitional reading armchairs in earth colors anchor the neutral palette. PHOTOS BY MARC HENRICH W. GO AND KEVIN MILES R. EVORA

The modern tropical mansion theme focuses on bringing the outdoors inside and incorporating decorative elements rooted in elegance.

The interior design is quiet, echoing Pacquiao’s down-to-earth personality.

The sophisticated and timeless furniture and accessories reflect his international fame and progressive personality.

Not to be outdone, Jinkee has a generous boudoir—the size of a condominium.


SUCCESSION of spaces through the house leads toward a painting by Jo Liognon and a simple armchair and side table vignette.

“We couldn’t do major construction and fix the electrical wiring, only some magic touches,” said Pineda.

Layug and Pineda merely lowered the louvered wall that divided the living room and the stairwell. This minor renovation welcomed more light and space into the living room.

Pacquiao wrote the check, but Jinkee made all the decisions. Although her taste was more Hollywood glam, she was extremely cooperative and gave the design team carte blanche.


LAYUG’S ladder-back chair adds a layer of ease in Pacquiao’s office.

The interior styling connects the public spaces between the hallway, the living room and Manny’s office and den. “Opening them up makes the atmosphere more inviting,” said Pineda.

Respecting family privacy, the team maintained the original layout of the kitchen and formal dining room behind public areas.

On the ground floor, the Pacquiaos host poolside buffets and conduct Bible studies in the home theater.

It is said that Bob Arum stayed in the guest bedroom, which has a reception area.

Pacquiao’s office is designed to meet visitors and hold meetings; it even has an onyx bar.


CONTRAST of dark “kamagong” tables with yellow dining chairs plus the glass pendant lamps makes the formal living room modern and fresh.

Most of the furniture pieces there are Italian-made to lend formality. The key piece is an Italian executive desk made of solid wood; it has a leather top and a granite base, and is matched with a leather chair.

However, Layug’s ladder-back kamagong chairs that flank the desk bring a laid-back vibe. Visitors can plop themselves down and chat with their host.

Then again, a round gray glass table with leather-covered metal legs and leather armchairs invite guests to play chess with Pacquiao.

The adjoining den is more informal, with furniture for reclining and a sofa bed—ready for Mommy Dionisia’s sleepover, although she has yet to spend a night there. Layug’s louver barrel chair with a generous round seat makes for a striking accent piece.

Pacquiao’s photographs, from poses to boxing matches, were edited and made into a collage. The design team artfully composed the trophies, and stored the major ones in Layug’s solid kamagong cabinet.

Organic yet contemporary


PACQUIAO’S trophies are neatly stored in Layug’s “kamagong” cabinet.

Instead of the multitier chandelier common in affluent homes, a giant metal chandelier by a metal accessories exporter, Industriya, hangs from the wooden cathedral ceiling, giving an organic-meets-contemporary mood to the main living room.

This space also showcases other Filipino designs such as Layug’s eight-inch-thick coffee table, made of dao (sapwood) from supplier Osmundo Esguerra, carved horse and cactus candleholder, and artist Jo Liognon’s geometric abstraction.

The formal dining room commands views of the opposite living room, the lanai and the pool that reflects the building.

Two long kamagong (Philippine ebony) dining tables can be joined or separated depending on the number of guests. Globe pendant lamps lighten up the cathedral ceiling.

“We wanted to create the feeling of transparency and polish,” says Pineda.

The drama of the dining room is heightened by the glass wall that makes the space seem to float above the swimming pool.

The garden views are also integral to the design. Gray paint breaks the monotony of the white perimeter walls. The koi pond breathes life into the garden, and a row of bamboo poles exudes a graceful rhythm.

Since the Pacquiaos like to entertain al fresco, the lanai is decorated with outdoor furniture by Kenneth Cobonpue and Layug, both proponents of contemporary and tropical designs.

“There has to be a visual connection,” explained Pineda. “Once you present tropical furniture outside and tropical furniture inside, then you see unity in design.”

Amid the artworks by Layug, Liognon and Arturo Luz are inspirational passages from the Bible books of Joshua, Proverbs, Psalms and Deuteronomy, and a wooden Holy Cross, a memento from the Holy Land.

Colors, patterns

The signature palette of the Budji+Royal firm has always been neutral and earthy to soothe the senses and to blend with the natural scenery. In contrast, colors and patterns were introduced in the bedrooms, echoing the personalities of the members.

The design team did minor touches in the children’s bedrooms by lightening up the dark walls to make them more spacious, and displaying the interests of the family. Princess and Queenie’s bedroom is covered with a feminine wallpaper and decked with their favorite Hello Kitty motifs.

The dark woods in Jimuel and Emmanuel’s rooms were replaced with upholstered walls in blue and with mirrors. The boys needed lots of closet space and shelves for their collections of books and toy models.

The master bedroom is made cozy by an upholstered headboard that protects the bed from the glass wall. The bed is flanked by Layug’s horizontal kamagong night tables that are designed in harmony with the length of the room.

The room is furnished with Bang & Olufsen sound systems and premium Italian pieces, but Rene Alcala’s mother-of-pearl mosaic mirror stands out for its artistry.

“We want to emphasize Filipino creativity in this tropical mansion,” said Pineda.


WATER feature speaks to the soul. People can enjoy the serenity while sitting on Kenneth Cobonpue’s Croissant outdoor chairs.

The couple has the luxury of having their own bathrooms and walk-in closets.

Jinkee gets the bigger space, naturally. Her glam taste is expressed in the bright colors and shiny surfaces that make the room seem deeper. A floating mirror doubles the illusion of space. The cabinet doors are done in painted glass. Their spacious shelves can accommodate her color-coded clothing, designer bags—among them Hermès Birkins and LVs—and high-heel shoes.

Although Pacquiao’s walk-in closet is smaller, it boasts a Jacuzzi that also faces a pocket garden for quiet personal time.

All told, the shell of the house posed challenges for the design team.

Still, the home has acquired a character befitting a global personality.

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Manny Pacquiao's 708M-peso Forbes Park Mansion by Angelique Sampayan posted on May 24, 2016

Before her 'Sunday worship,' Jinkee posted this OOTD with the living room of their Forbes Park mansion as her backdrop.


Photo by: @jinkeepacquiao on Instagram For the past weeks‚ Jinkee Pacquiao has been showing her Instagram followers glimpses of her over–half–a–billion–peso mansion.

Their arcadian 1,500 square-meter mansion in Forbes Park, Makati City, is just one of the many properties of the 37–year–old vice governor of Sarangani and her husband, Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao.

They also have a house in California, his 'White House' in General Santos City, and vast residences in Laguna and Sarangani.

The couple bought the Forbes Park house for 388 million pesos back in 2011.

Reports surfaced that Pacman wanted to sell this house for 708 million pesos in 2014.

Here are photos showing Manny and Jinkee’s home in Manila.


Elegant muted-colored living room


Enormous master’s bedroom


The Pacquiao kids spend their free time swimming in the pool.


Dining area


Guided by their Christian beliefs, the couple decided to put this empowering Bible verse in the mansion’s hallway.


Jinkee showed her OOTD with the stoned walls of her Forbes Park mansion as her backdrop.


FAMILY PHOTO AT THEIR FRONT DOOR: Manny is missing in the picture because he still eating upstairs and we are late for church already We are blessed to have with us our good friend from Israel brother Amir Tsarfati (extreme right ) @beholdisrael. He will preach today in our church with the message " Godly Leadership" Blessings! Happy Mother's day to all the mothers.

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‘Wala namang nagbabawal sa akin na mag-absent ako': Pacquiao Talks About His Attendance On Senate! Print this article Font Size -16+ Medwin July 31, 2016


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Boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao was well remembered in the congress for his number of absences due to his boxing career. However, despite the bad record in terms of absences, the boxer still surprisingly won during the last senatorial election.

During the senatorial election, he have made a promise to prioritize his job in the senate if ever he won. He even made news of retiring permanently in his boxing career. Although, news have been out that Pacquiao plans to make a comeback sometime this year in the world of boxing.

When asked during an interview on Wednesday in regards to his plans on the habitual absence, he answered: "Sinisikap natin 'yan."

"Dahil unang-una, wala namang magbabawal sa akin na mag-absent ako."

"Pero ang goal ko talaga ay magampanan ang trabaho ko,"

"I am challenged doon sa nag-criticize sa akin, So nagpapasalamat ako sa nag-criticize sa akin. Parang na-challenge ako. Nakaya ko ngang maging champion sa boxing dahil sa disiplina ko, 'yan pa kaya na hindi ako mabubugbog?"

He explained that the comeback fight will be scheduled on November 5, although the date is still tentative, sometime along the days that would not affect the duties in the senate.

"I want to make sure na 'yung bakasyon ng session, matapat doon, so October hanggang November."

"His commitment is that he will not neglect his duties as a Senator, and I take his word for that," former Senate President Franklin Drilon, the man Pacquiao came to for advise in regards to his plans of making a comeback, said.


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