Thursday, 13 February 2020

SEN. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’

SEN. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go demanded justice for Jeanelyn Villavende, the 26-12 months-antique remote places Filipino employee (OFW) from Norala, South Cotabato, who changed into killed by her employers in Kuwait on December 28.“We are talking right here of ‘a lifestyles for a life,’ and we demand justice for Jeanelyn. We cannot convey her returned to existence, but we're annoying justice for her dying,” Go said at the public listening to at the case conducted through the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development along with the Committee on Foreign Relations.The post-mortem file of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) confirmed that Villavende became bodily and sexually abused for weeks before she changed into killed.

Go called at the relevant authorities organizations, inclusive of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Department of Labor and Employment, to present the case due interest.
He also asked for updates at the implementation of the existing 2018 agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello third said he changed into going to Kuwait on February 2 and 3 to satisfy with Kuwaiti government.

“I’m bringing with me our Technical Working Group (Philippines) in order that they will communicate with the Technical Working Group of Kuwait, and with any luck they'll conform to the harmonized Standard Employment Contract,” he said.

Bello explained the agreement contains provisions that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be protected, inclusive of allowing household service people to hold their passport and to use mobile phones, among others.

The senator expressed his problem for OFWs.

“We do not want our countrymen to lose their jobs, especially the skilled people. You recognize, you cannot pay loneliness with money. They want to paintings right here. However, the revenue hole is large. They earn larger amount remote places. We can't blame them for taking the danger, especially our domestic workers.”

After the hearing, Go met with the Villavende family and assured them that the government will do the whole lot to obtain justice for Jeanelyn. “We will assist you. President Duterte wants to protect the OFWs. Life is vital,” the senator stated.PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Archie Francisco Gamboa has ordered an investigation into the increasing cases of online prostitution allegedly backed with the aid of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs).Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman, said on Wednesday that the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) have been tasked to coordinate with the local and police gadgets.Banac said in 2019, the WCPC raided sex dens that have been connected to POGOs, ensuing within the rescue of one hundred forty overseas sufferers.

In the ones operations, 55 suspects were arrested, Banac stated.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) concurrently launched operations
in opposition to prostitution dens in Metro Manila.

“The PNP reminds overseas visitors, travelers and people to respect Philippine laws or face arrest,” Banac said.
More Filipinos anticipate their lives

More Filipinos anticipate their lives and the us of a’s economic system to improve inside the subsequent 365 days, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.The ballot , conducted from December thirteen to 16 remaining 12 months amongst 1,200 respondents national, located that forty eight percent of Filipinos have been constructive that the exceptional of life would improve this year while 4 percentage predicted it to worsen.This yielded a net rating of +forty four — up via 3 factors from the 0.33 sector file — which is assessed via SWS as “brilliant.”

“This was +forty one in September, +forty two in June, and +47 in March, all categorised as Excellent (+forty and above),” the pollster stated.

“Only eleven percent of Net Personal Optimism rankings considering 1983 are within ‘Excellent’ range,” it introduced.

The SWS stated the three-factor upward push in the national net private optimism score in December remaining year was due to increases of 7 points in Balance Luzon and a couple of points inside the Visayas, mixed with decreases of four points in Metro Manila, and 1 point in Mindanao.

In Balance Luzon, internet non-public optimism rose from +forty (remarkable) in September 2019 to +forty seven (exceptional) in December 2019.

It additionally rose inside the Visayas, from +32 (very high) in September to +34 (very excessive) in December.

But net personal optimism fell from +48 (awesome) in September to +44 (exceptional) in December.

It also fell in Mindanao, from +forty six (great) in September to +45 (high-quality) in December.

The same survey additionally showed that majority of Filipinos anticipated an improved financial system inside the following months.

Some forty seven percentage of respondents projected monetary increase, while nine percentage foresaw a gradual down.

“This was once +28 in September, +33 in June, and +35 in March, all categorized as ‘Excellent’ (+20 and above)

Twenty-eight percentage of Net Economic Optimism scores due to the fact 1998 are within ‘Excellent’ variety,” SWS said.

SWS attributed the upward fashion to higher financial optimism information in the will increase of 14 points in Balance Luzon, 10 factors within the Visayas, five factors in Metro Manila and 4 points in Mindanao.

In Balance Luzon, net financial optimism rose from +23 (super) in September 2019 to +37 (fantastic) in December 2019.

It also rose in the Visayas from +23 (amazing) in September to +33 (superb) in December.

In Metro Manila, internet monetary optimism rose from +34 (brilliant) in September to +39 (wonderful) in December.

It also rose in Mindanao, from +forty (extraordinary) in September to +44 (awesome) in December.

Meanwhile, the last quarter of 2019 also saw the highest range of Filipinos who said their lives advanced.

SWS determined that 39 percent of Filipinos stated their lives stepped forward (termed by means of SWS as “gainers”) in the closing 365 days whilst 21 percentage stated their lives worsened (termed as “losers”).

The December survey, conducted using face-to-face interviews national, had sampling blunders margins of ±three percent for country wide chances, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
LOS ANGELES: Medical examiners identified the body of NBA legend Kobe Bryan

LOS ANGELES: Medical examiners identified the body of NBA legend Kobe Bryant after recovering the stays of all 9 folks who died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, officers stated Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

Bryant’s frame turned into officially diagnosed in conjunction with 3 others using fingerprints, two days after their helicopter crashed right into a rugged hillside northwest of the metropolis.Meanwhile federal investigators finished their inspection of the crash website online, handing it over to nearby authorities.

“We are carried out on the site,” said Jennifer Homendy, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Images showed investigators in advance flying drones over the coincidence website and manually combing through twisted, charred wreckage of the helicopter, which changed into scattered over a extensive area of six hundred feet (one hundred eighty meters).

Officials also used drones to duplicate the helicopter’s final, fateful flight path, Homendy said.

Earlier Tuesday, the coroner’s workplace confirmed all nine bodies had been retrieved from the website and “transported to the department’s forensic technology middle” for examination.

The bodies of pilot Ara Zobayan, baseball train John Altobelli and Sarah Chester have additionally been identified.

The final five — such as Bryant’s thirteen-year-vintage daughter Gianna — have not but been formally recognized.

The dying of Bryant — a 5-time NBA champion for the LA Lakers and double Olympic gold medalist — has stunned the sector, with tributes continuing to pour in Tuesday.

‘Pretty devastating’

Bryant, 41, became travelling with daughter Gianna and seven other passengers and team while the Sikorsky S-seventy six slammed into a hillside in thick fog in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles.

The helicopter changed into headed to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, wherein his daughter turned into set to play.

Homendy described the twist of fate as a “excessive strength effect crash,” having earlier labeled the crash scene as “pretty devastating.”

Homendy said the helicopter did no longer have a “terrain awareness and caution gadget” installed. The NTSB in 2004 had advocated to federal aviation government that the system be required on all helicopters with six or more passenger seats, however the recommendation was not followed, she delivered.

Investigators have now airlifted the helicopter’s wreckage onto trucks, which then transported it to a relaxed region for similarly exam.

An iPad, cellphone and preservation information were located the various wreckage, at the side of “the whole thing we'd count on would be at the aircraft,” stated Homendy.

She instructed journalists that the in all likelihood motive for the coincidence might not be confirmed for 12-18 months, while a final report might be issued.

A preliminary, truth-based totally report is predicted in 10 days.

‘Heartbroken and devastated’

The different passengers at the flight — who have not but been formally recognized — have been named as Altobelli’s spouse Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, who performed basketball at the same membership as Gianna.

Christina Mauser, an assistant coach of the Mamba ladies’ basketball group, became additionally killed along with Payton Chester, Sarah’s daughter.

Mourning fanatics on Tuesday located bouquets of vegetation at a makeshift memorial out of doors the gated community in Newport Beach, south of Los Angeles, wherein the late NBA exceptional lived.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said a tribute to Bryant could be blanketed in subsequent month’s Oscars rite telecast.

The big name, who gained an Academy Award in 2018 for animated short movie “Dear Basketball,” have been honored with a second’s silence on the Oscars nominees luncheon on Monday.

A petition for the NBA logo to be redesigned with Bryant’s likeness had reached 2 million signatures by using Tuesday afternoon.

Basketball superstar LeBron James stated he turned into “heartbroken and devastated” over Bryant’s demise in an emotional Instagram put up, even as also vowing to keep his pal’s championship legacy with the Lakers.

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic donned a jersey bearing Bryant’s initials and blouse numbers on the Australian Open tennis event in Melbourne.

With the crash web page becoming a pilgrimage factor for fanatics, police on horseback and all-terrain cars had been delivered in to at ease the place.
Republic Act 4653

Republic Act 4653 prohibits the importation of used garb, which might be taken into consideration a health chance.

Maronilla stated the BoC additionally tightened the screening of food imports and most effective those protected by lets in and different necessities from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Food and Drug Authority would be allowed.

“We’re leaving it to the Department of Agriculture if they'll impose a ban or some stricter degree but proper now, we don’t permit any importation of food products without the corresponding license coming from the Food and Drug Authority and the Department of Agriculture,” he stated.

Cases of the brand new coronavirus were mentioned in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal, France and america, stoking fears of a international pandemic.PARIS: A quantity of airways say they may be halting or lowering flights to China because the us of a struggles to contain the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.China has recommended its residents to delay journeys abroad and canceled remote places group tours at the same time as several international locations have urged their residents to keep away from traveling to China if possible.
The coronavirus epidemic has killed 132 humans, infected nearly 6,000 and unfold to some 15 nations.Airlines which have announced changes include Air France, which suspended its three weekly flights to Wuhan on January 24 and Air KBZ, a good way to halt flights to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou from February 1.

British Airways said it had suspended all its flights to and from mainland China. The airline flies every day from London’s Heathrow airport to Shanghai and Beijing.

Cathay Pacific stated it would step by step lessen capability by 50 percent or greater on its routes to mainland China from Thursday via to the cease of March.

The discount concerns each Cathay Pacific and its Cathay Dragon subsidiary.
Finnair, which gives many connections among Europe and Asia, said the suspension of organization travel from China turned into main it to droop a few flights beginning February 5 through most of March.

Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, Southeast Asia’s largest provider by fleet size, is halting all its flights to and from China because of the lethal coronavirus, a corporation spokesman stated Wednesday.

The suspension, which affects routes to 15 unique Chinese cities, will take impact from February 1 until further note.Myanmar Airways International additionally announced a suspension powerful Friday for constitution flights to ten Chinese cities and become permitting passengers booked on its normal service to Guangzhou to change their journey plans with out charge.

Myanmar National Airlines stated it would halt flights to Hong Kong and Chengdu from Saturday.

United States carrier United Airlines said it'll trim its offerings to China from the USA in light of a huge drop in call for following a name by US fitness officers to avoid non-critical tour to the u . S ..
The Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of three officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) for allegedly disturbing money for the early launch of an inmate.

The Ombudsman found probable reason to file direct bribery costs towards Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda “Mabel” Bansil and Veronica “Boday” Buño earlier than the Regional Trial Court of Muntinlupa.

“Roque, Bansil and Buño demanded and acquired P50,000 from [Yolanda] Camilon in exchange for the early launch of the latter’s husband,” the Ombudsman stated.It was Bansil who allegedly asked Camilon if she wanted her husband launched early
through the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law.
When Camilon stated sure, Buño requested for fee.

The Ombudsman stated “Roque, notwithstanding claiming that he did now not call for or be given money from Camilon, and that Camilon and Bansil left the envelope containing the money in his residence with out his information, never reported the stated incident to the government. Such claim, consequently, can't receive full faith and credit score.”

“Camilon’s lone testimony, given in a sincere way, pitted against respondents’ denials and conflicting statements, is sufficient to establish probable motive for Direct Bribery as in opposition to Roque, Bansil and Buño,” it delivered.

The Ombudsman additionally observed possibly reason to file a case against the Roque, Bansil and Buño for alleged violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The retirement blessings of the 3 have been forfeited.The Bureau of Customs (BoC) has located all “ukay-ukay” or used apparel below tight watch as the lethal 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) keeps to spread global.During the weekly economic briefing in Malacañang, Customs Assistant Commissioner Vincent Philip Maronilla said the BoC turned into retaining its eye on used clothing shipped from countries with showed 2019 nCoV cases.Maronilla said it's miles feasible that the virus may be unfold via used clothes.

“We’re [on] very high alert, especially for used apparel. That’s one of the simplest way to transmit the ailment. So we’ve already identified merchandise that we’re placing on high alert. Our hazard control has been alerted to put all of them on red flags,” Maronilla informed journalists.

“[W]e’re not discounting that those (ukay-ukay) should probably have handed thru any united states that might be infected. You recognise, there may be a high hazard that they might carry the ones viruses. We don’t want that,” he introduced.

Maronilla said the BoC became coordinating with the Department of Health (DoH) to become aware of items that could deliver the radical coronavirus.

“We’re now searching at essential gadgets that might carry this form of virus… we’re being extra [cautious]. Number one, ukay products are illegal. Number two, it doesn’t hurt if we will be vigilant,” he said.
WUHAN, China: Hundreds of Americans

WUHAN, China: Hundreds of Americans and Japanese escaped the quarantined Chinese city at the middle of a coronavirus epidemic aboard charter flights on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) because the demise toll soared to 132 and confirmed infections neared 6,000.WUHAN, China: Hundreds of Americans and Japanese escaped the quarantined Chinese city at the center of a coronavirus epidemic aboard charter flights on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) because the dying toll soared to 132 and showed infections neared 6,000.The new disorder has spread to extra than 15 countries since it emerged from Wuhan overdue ultimate yr although all of the showed fatalities have up to now been in China.

“We had been not capable of flow freely; so, we most effective had partial data,” stated Takeo Aoyama, a Nippon Steel worker who become a number of the Japanese airlifted early Wednesday.

“The quantity of patients started growing hastily at a sure point. That become very traumatic.”

With global concerns mounting, the US, Britain and different nations have also counseled their citizens against travelling to China.

Escape

Thousands of foreigners were amongst the ones trapped in Wuhan, which has end up a close to ghost metropolis with vehicle journey banned and citizens staying indoors.

Countries have for days been scrambling to try to get their citizens out of Wuhan effectively, however have confronted massive logistical, scientific and bureaucratic hurdles.

About 200 human beings were aboard the Japanese flight, which landed in Tokyo on Wednesday morning.

Medical professionals have been at the aircraft to perform checks however Japan’s fitness ministry said there have been no plans to quarantine the passengers.

They could rather be requested to remain at home and avoid crowds at least till the consequences of the check had been recognized.

A US charter flight additionally left Wuhan on Wednesday with approximately 200 Americans on board, consisting of personnel from the neighborhood American consulate.

The European Union will fly its residents out aboard two French planes this week, and South Korea is because of do the identical.

Australia stated it would evacuate residents from Wuhan and quarantine them on an island commonly used to detain asylum seekers.PARIS: A wide variety of airways say they may be halting or lowering flights to China as the united states struggles to comprise the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.China has advised its residents to delay trips overseas and canceled distant places institution excursions at the same time as numerous international locations have urged their residents to avoid traveling to China if feasible.
The coronavirus epidemic has killed 132 human beings, inflamed almost 6,000 and unfold to some 15 nations.Airlines which have introduced changes encompass Air France, which suspended its three weekly flights to Wuhan on January 24 and Air KBZ, in order to halt flights to the southern Chinese town of Guangzhou from February 1.

British Airways stated it had suspended all its flights to and from mainland China. The airline flies daily from London’s Heathrow airport to Shanghai and Beijing.

Cathay Pacific stated it might step by step lessen ability through 50 percentage or extra on its routes to mainland China from Thursday via to the stop of March.

The discount concerns both Cathay Pacific and its Cathay Dragon subsidiary.
Finnair, which offers many connections among Europe and Asia, said the suspension of institution tour from China turned into leading it to suspend a few flights starting February five via maximum of March.

Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier through fleet length, is halting all its flights to and from China due to the lethal coronavirus, a corporation spokesman said Wednesday.

The suspension, which affects routes to fifteen different Chinese cities, will take effect from February 1 till similarly word.

Myanmar Airways International also announced a suspension powerful Friday for charter flights to ten Chinese towns and turned into permitting passengers booked on its ordinary carrier to Guangzhou to alternate their journey plans without rate.

Myanmar National Airlines said it'd halt flights to Hong Kong and Chengdu from Saturday.

United States service United Airlines said it will trim its services to China from america in mild of a big drop in call for following a call with the aid of US health officers to avoid non-critical travel to the united states.

United said positive flights to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai starting February 1 thru February 8 from three US towns were affected.

Russia’s Urals Airlines, which had already suspended flights to several locations in China, introduced on Wednesday it became reducing some services to Europe famous with Chinese vacationers, including Paris and Rome, because of the outbreak.

Kazakhstan says it'll halt all transport links with China.

SEN. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ SEN. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go demanded justice for Jeanelyn Villavende, the 26-12 months-antique r...