Monthly Archives: March 2017

Supreme Court dissolves National Assembly.

(CNN)In a surprising move the Venezuelan opposition is calling a coup, the Venezuelan Supreme Court has stripped the country’s National Assembly of its powers. The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists.

The ruling effectively means the three branches of the Venezuelan government will be controlled by the ruling United Socialist Party. The opposition has been taken out of the picture.


Coral: Devastated by South China Sea military buildup.

(CNN) The Spratly Islands are a nebula of biological wonder — an archipelago of atolls and reefs that support 600 coral species and 6,000 fish species — including huge schools of batfish, bumphead parrotfish, scalloped hammerhead sharks, and dolphins.

But they are also located in one of the most contested stretches of water in the world the South China Sea — and the island chain is now is home to some 15 military bases.

China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines have all reclaimed land in the Spratlys and built airstrips that can accommodate military aircraft but it’s China’s island-building that has grabbed the most headlines.


Floirendo’s partner: Spat with Alvarez’s girlfriend tip of iceberg .

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – For Davao del Norte 2nd district Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., politics was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s motivation for suing him for graft over his family’s banana business deal with the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor).

But for Floirendo’s common-law-wife, Cathy Binag, the kink in the relationship of the two Duterte allies started when Alvarez’s wife, Emily, and their children ran to them for help over the Speaker’s reported womanizing.

Floirendo and Alvarez had always been the best of friends. In the 2016 elections, Floirendo bankrolled Alvarez’s campaign for the congressional seat of Davao del Norte’s 1st district. He also aggressively backed him up for the speakership.



Individual and corporate taxpayers in the Philippines, who are required to file and pay their annual income tax return, should be done fulfilling their obligation on or before April 15, 2017 to avoid penalties for late filing.

With three months time remaining (as of this post) before the due date, taxpayers and their accountants still have enough time to prepare and ensure that their ITR will be filed and their taxes will be paid early.


Gunmen kill Imam known for anti-drug stance in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Gunmen shot dead Wednesday a crusading Muslim cleric who was active in helping push the government’s anti-narcotics campaign forward.

Imam Rene Solaiman was on his way home to Barangay Bagua III riding a motorcycle when he was ambushed by two men armed with pistols.

He died instantly from multiple gunshot wounds sustained in the attack.

Solaiman was very vocal against drug traffickers in their neighborhood and in nearby barangays, according to friends and relatives.

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WATCH: Mysterious creature sighted on trail by motorcycle group

The sighting, as reported by The Jakarta Post, was made by a Banda Aceh-based motor trail community during one of their trips into the forest.

One rider suddenly fell off his motorbike when he saw an unusual creature on the trail in front of him. The guy with the camera attempted to give chase while everyone was recovering from the shock. Unfortunately, the creature was rather fleet-footed and quickly retreated into the bushes. Other members of the group caught up with the camera guy but the small creature already disappeared.

The creature appeared to be far shorter than average humans. It had been carrying a wooden stick that could either be a simple walking stick or hunting spear.
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Duterte offers authoritarianism as PH panacea

Three turbulent decades after the Philippines shed dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a return to authoritarian rule as a solution to all the problems democracy has failed to fix.

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Senators to block law allowing Duterte to delay polls, appoint OICs

MANILA, Philippines – While the Speaker of the House of Representatives expressed confidence they can amend the Local Government Code to make possible the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to postpone village polls anew and appoint barangay officials, those in the upper chamber think the opposite.

Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President’s idea, saying it is “unconstitutional” and “undemocratic.”

“I am not inclined to support yet another postponement of barangay elections. There’s too many postponements already, and I believe it’s time we should allow the 42,036 barangays to elect their new village leaders or give those who deserve their vote of confidence to continue serving them,” Senator Panfilo Lacson said in a text message on Monday, March 27.

Senator Joel Villanueva said Congress, in 2016, already allowed the postponement of the barangay elections to October 2017. There should be a “more compelling” reason for it this time.