Monthly Archives: November 2019

By Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano When you file your bankruptcy papers, a bankruptcy estate is created that is administered by the trustee designated by the U.S. Department of Justice.  The trustee is the representative of all your creditors in the process. While the bankruptcy process is in progress, he takes control of all the property in your bankruptcy estate.  However, the trustee won’t actually take physical control of the property.  Most, if not all, of your property wi...

By PERRY DIAZ The events leading to the appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as Drug Czar were like a high-stakes poker game.  When President Rodrigo Duterte, apparently annoyed at Leni’s criticism of Duterte’s handling of the bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign – she said the “War on Drugs” wasn’t working -- Duterte dared her to run the campaign herself.  “Let’s see if you can handle it,” Duterte told Leni on October 28, 2019. VP Leni hesitated and did not accept ...

By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO The impeachment proceedings is on its second week and citizens started weighing  in their perspectives in the historic public hearings leveled against US President Donald Trump in a process I call the people’s court.  The US Congress went public building  their case to the American people that President Trump violated the US constitution by committing impeachable act or actions unlikely for a US president to do which are violations of the Constitut...

By GREG B. MACABENTA I have been closely following the TV news coverage of the US congressional hearings on the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump and I am reminded of Harry Belafonte’s song, Man Piaba, which goes this way: “When I was a lad of three-foot-three, certain questions occurred to me; So I asked my father quite seriously to tell me the story ‘bout the bird and bee. He stammered and he stuttered pathetically and this is what he said to me: “H...

Story by Sam Tolosa, photos by R. Mascardo OAKLAND -- It may not have been exactly how the Raiders wanted it but they were able to hold off the winless Cincinnati Bengals for a 17-10 win. The score shouldn't have been that close and it could've easily gone the other way if the Bengals didn't have such a lousy offense. The Bengals kept the momentum going in the running game, continuing on a strong performance from last week. Joe Mixon carried the ball 15 times and ...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The professional basketball league founded by legendary boxing champion and Sen. Manny Pacquiao ordered the disbandment of one of its teams last week due to suspected game fixing perpetrated by its owner-financier, who coerced coaches and players to throw games. The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) was rocked by the scandal sparked by the suspicious play of the Soccsksargen Marlins, which had not won a single game t...

By Macon Araneta Voting 18-0, the Senate approved Senate Bill No. 1076, otherwise known as the Malasakit Center Act of 2019, which seeks to institutionalize the establishment of Malasakit Centers in all 73 hospitals run by the Department of Health (DoH). The bill, authored and sponsored by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, aims to consolidate the financial assistance provided by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), DoH, Department of Social Welfare a...

By William Casis Sen. Christopher Go said he would recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte that he issue an executive order to regulate e-cigarettes and vape before they become a large-scale health hazard. Go noted there is no law to regulate the manufacturing, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes and an attempt by the Department of Health (DoH) to impose some rules have been stymied by a preliminary injunction from a Pasig court. As chairman of the Senate committee on hea...

By Macon Araneta Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday questioned the PHP50-million estimated cost for the design and construction of a stadium cauldron  that will bear the symbolic Southeast Asian (SEA) Games flame to be lit during the opening ceremonies. Drilon said the budget could have been used to construct 50 classrooms. “A PHP50-million kaldero!Do you realize that at PHP1 million per classroom this can construct 50 classrooms? In other words, we did away ...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA --Laguna 1st District Rep. Danilo Ramon Fernandez filed House Bill No. 3507 titled “Social Media Regulation and Protection Act of 2019 to ban children under 13 years of age from using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in the Philippines,” citing "pervasive-driven digital marketing systems" on the internet. Under the bill, social media companies operating in the Philippines will be required to “strengthen its features restricti...

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