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STI Celebrated its 35th Anniversary at Enchanted Kingdom

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This month, one of the country’s biggest educational institutions, STI, celebrated its 35th anniversary at Enchanted Kingdom, where more than 20,000 of its students attended and participated in the whole day of festivity with an exclusive use of the entire theme park

For the past 35 years, STI has produced exemplary graduates who are highly prepared for the real world through its Enrollment to Employment (E2E) system, a holistic education approach for student development.

For the upcoming second semester, students can look forward to a line-up of activities where they can continue to showcase their creativity and skills outside the classroom. Other major events that students look forward to include the STI National Youth Convention, the largest educational caravan in the country, and the STI Sports Cup featuring the National Basketball Tournament and the National Volleyball League.

STI offers a standardized curriculum with mirrored activities across its network. This guarantees that every student experiences the same developmental activities in each campus in its network.

STI looks forward to helping students reach their full potential and hone their skills as they deliver quality education and services. “Apart from the skills, the knowledge and the competencies that they learn in the classroom, they are able to also interact with others, collaborate, and communicate. So all of these are part of our developmental activities,” said STI assistant vice president for academic research Aisa Hipolito,

In line with its continuing mandate to provide holistic education and to produce highly competent graduates, STI once more opens its institution for enrollment in the second semester of 2018. For students planning to shift courses or to transfer for the second semester, STI also provides hassle-free processing through the STI Priority Transfer Program.

For more information, visit www.sti.edu

Photos: STI official fan page

Game of Drones 3rd Flight

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Ortigas Malls’ much-awaited annual event, Game of Drones, is now on its 3rd Flight. On May 25, the country’s first drone competition will take place at Industria at Circulo Verde from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and will be complemented by a Celebrity Trunk Bazaar for everyone’s summer shopping needs.

The media activity would start by 2:00 PM so it’s best to come by 1:00 PM.But feel free to come earlier to experience the entirety of the competition! 


WHAT: Game of Drones 3rd Flight

WHERE: Industria at Circulo Verde

WHEN: May 25, 2019, 1:00

PMRSVP: Trisha Ilaga at 09175119964



A stratospheric high took over everyone as Game of Drones: 3rd Flight, the country’s biggest and only drone competition.

High-flying teams will come together at Industria in Circulo Verde, the city’s active lifestyle destination that has become a haven for those who love one-of-a-kind adventures. Game of Drones: 3rd Flight is one such event, which will provide FPV (First-Person View) pilots and drone enthusiasts an opportunity to show off their flying skills without having to wander far from the city, thanks to Industria’s wide open spaces which is ideal for those who love to fly drones. 

On ground, there will be as much excitement as that in the skies. The Industria Celebrity Trunk Bazaar, led by Tintin Babao, will also be happening where you can find unique goods and treats for the summer.

Drone Photographers who would like to join the drone photography contest, this is your time to shoot. For more details feel free to check out mechanics and register for free through this link: http://bit.do/GameofDrones

Vaya: A Mother’s Day Must-Have!

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MANILA, Philippines – Every year people all around the world, young and old alike, celebrate a truly unique and remarkable woman: their mothers. Among all the holidays observed every year, there is no denying that Mother’s Day is the most special of them all. On the second Sunday of May, we invite you to celebrate your mother in the best way possible!

A Quick Look at Mother’s Day
Motherhood has been celebrated for countless centuries, among various civilizations all over the world. As a modern holiday, the regular observance of Mother’s Day began in 1908 by Anna Jarvis. Jarvis sought to create an annual holiday to celebrate motherhood in the wake of her mother’s passing. Within two years, every state in the United States recognized Mother’s Day as a National Holiday. By the end of the 20th century, it was a well-established annual tradition in countries across the world.

Vaya: A Smart & Versatile Must-Have for Any Mother
Vaya reimagines everyday products to ensure mothers and their families can enjoy fresh meals-on-the-go. Every Vaya product is developed by a team of seasoned professionals who are driven by a revolutionary zeal to improve people’s lives, while ceasing the global need for disposable and non-biodegradable products.

Vaya has three standard offerings, conducive for family members of all ages:

·         Vaya Tyffyn – The Vaya Tyffyn is the brand’s signature product. Constructed with innovation, this sleek and leak-resistant lunchbox allows you to pack multi-course meals that can stay fresh for 6-hours. The Tyffyn comes in three sizes for every member of the family: 600ml (two containers), 1,000ml (three containers), 1,300ml (four containers).

·         Vaya Drynk – Cool down with a cold, refreshing sip of water or simply enjoy a cup of tea through a sustainable and colorful bottle. The Vaya Drynk keeps your drink cold for 18-hours and hot for 12-hours. It is available in two sizes (350ml and 600ml) and comes with two different lids for your drinking pleasure!

·         Vaya Preserve – Perfect for picnics, one-pot meals, or simple ingredient storage, the Vaya Preserve keeps your food fresh for a long time! Available in two different sizes: 300ml and 500ml.

Experience Mother’s Day with Vaya
This Mother’s Day, experience life-changing freshness with Vaya! Whether it’s showing your mother you care with a stylish bottle, a welcome addition to her kitchen with the Vaya Preserve, or the Tyffyn lunchbox, Vaya creates products that can be enjoyed by your whole family. Spend this Mother’s Day with a special treat from Vaya!

About Vaya
Vaya is the coming together of seasoned professionals from across the globe, driven by a visionary zeal to significantly improve people’s lives. The company intends to bring an emotional component in everyday life through the concept of total user experience: a combination of innovative, carefully designed, high-quality products, and smart, useful, friendly services.

For more information, kindly contact Danise Flores | Media Relations | Centaur Marketing pr@centaurmarketing.co | +63 917 651 5984

Reigning Champions off to a good start for Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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El Nido, Palawan Philippines – April 12th-13th 2019.

Perfect start for reigning cliff diving champions in the Philippines. Record winners Gary Hunt (GBR) and Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) dominate in the opening stop of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Sergio Guzman of Mexico and the divers cheer at the Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island during the final competition day of the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Palawan, Philippines on April 13, 2019.

After winning the final four stops last year, 7-time champion Gary Hunt began this season where he left off – the brilliant Brit is unbeaten in five competitions across seasons. In El Nido’s beautiful lagoons Romania’s Constantin Popovici edged the leader after three rounds, Jonathan Paredes from Mexico, out of second place in his first competition as a permanent diver from 27 metres.

No surprises for the women in the season opener. Three-time champion Rhiannan Iffland got off to a flyer in this unspoilt location off the Philippines’ Palawan Island. Yana Nestsiarava from Belarus equalled her best-ever finish in second place, with Canada’s Lysanne Richard completing the podium.

With a pair of 10s for Paredes’ first dive of the season, the Mexican launched immaculately from the rocky off-the-cliffs spots above emerald green lagoon waters, taking the lead into round four. However, it was in this final round when Popovici’s impressive armstand dive earned the Romanian the high score of the day and his first ever World Series podium, just 1.35 points ahead of Mexico’s style master. It was record winner Hunt, though, who nailed his final dive to stay unbeaten with his dive list for a fifth time.

Over to the women’s and Iffland, the sport’s most decorated female athlete, surprised herself by winning for the 12th time in 18 events. Sitting in third after two rounds from the rocky launchpads in the Small Lagoon, the 27-year-old showed no nerves with the best dive in the final round to keep her contenders in check and continue her winning form from 21 metres. Under the scorching Philippines sun, it was Belarusian Nestsiarava, the surprise leader before making the way over to the platforms for the more complex dives, who came closest to the Australian. Canada’s Richard, at 37 the most experienced permanent diver in the women’s, secured 3rdplace to make it 10 career podiums.

Women’s wildcard, Xantheia Pennisi (AUS/PHI), kicked off the 2019 season with strong showing in-front of a hometown crowd. Pennisi, who is the first-ever Filipino athlete to compete in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, managed to better her standing after each round finishing 7th overall.

In this, the remotest of locations, the divers were tasked with kayaking, rock-climbing and traversing ladders before they even reached their take-off positions. Once on their platform the phenomenal views across the lagoons were certainly worth the effort.

Untouched limestone formations, natural colours, coral and fish were the stunning scenery as the world’s best cliff divers kicked off the new season in paradise with a display of diving grace. From here they move on to chillier waters in Dublin, Ireland for the second new stop on the calendar in a month’s time.

Quotes from the winners

Gary Hunt, GBR

I knew it was going to be a tough competition. Constantin pushed me right until the edge and that’s been like that for a couple of competitions now. I know it’s not going to be easy, but that’s one.

I want to be diving against the best people in the world and here is where I can do that. I don’t want to be just on my own. It’s much more fun when it’s a fight.

A wonderful location. When you think of cliff diving you think of a place like this. We found some really great places and what better way than come away with a win.

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS

Super happy and a bit surprised as well. I was standing up there and thought the win is a bit out of my reach, but I do like that extra bit of pressure. It definitely helps me when I’m out on the platform. It helps me to stay calm and collected and enjoy what I do. Super stoked and kind of out of words.

It’s a good start, but the rest of the season I’d like to be just as consistent. I did four consistent dives here in the Philippines. I’d like to carry that on for the rest of the season and I’ll be happy if I can do so.

Some say it’s not easy, but I actually really enjoy diving off the cliffs; I love being out in nature and I love the extra adrenaline you get standing up on the cliffs. It shows a little bit more versatility with the dives also, so I’m excited that we have two more stops with off the cliffs dives coming up this season.

Results – Stop #1, El Nido, Palawan, PHI

MEN

Constantin Popovici (left) of Romania, Gary Hunt of the UK and Jonathan Paredes (right) of Mexico celebrating at the podium at the Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island during the final competition day of the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Palawan, Philippines on April 13, 2019.

1- Gary Hunt GBR – 427.25pts.

2- Constantin Popovici ROU – 409.40

3- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 408.05

4- Kris Kolanus POL – 380.10

5- Steven LoBue USA – 365.60

6- David Colturi USA – 362.50

7- Andy Jones USA – 354.40

8- Blake Aldridge GBR – 350.50

9- Michal Navratil CZE – 330.90

10- Orlando Duque (W) COL – 309.60

11- Oleksiy Prygorov UKR – 308.35

12- Nikita Fedotov (W) RUS – 306.05

13- Sergio Guzman (W) MEX – 262.50

14- Alessandro De Rose (W) ITA – 259.65

WOMEN

Yana Nestsiarava (left) of Belarus, Rhiannan Iffland (center) of Australia and Lysanne Richard (right) of Canada celebrating at the podium at the Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island during the final competition day of the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Palawan, Philippines on April 13, 2019.

1- Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 329.25pts.

2- Yana Nestsiarava BLR– 319.35

3- Lysanne Richard CAN – 309.70

4- Jessica Macaulay GBR – 304.55

5- Adriana Jimenez MEX – 292.55

6- Ginger Huber (W) USA – 249.30

7- Xantheia Pennisi (W) AUS – 209.30

8- Antonina Vyshyvanova (W) UKR – 208.65

9-Eleanor Townsend Smart USA – 179.90

 

Where to Watch Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Catch the live broadcast from El Nido at Red Bull TV (http://bit.ly/Philippines Live) Facebook and YouTube on April 12th, 2019. Viewers in the Philippines may also watch the full event, along with the remaining six stops of the 2019 World Series, on S+A and iWant Sports (iwant.ph), 5PLUS and 5plus.com.ph, FOX Sports, FOX Sports GO, FOX+ app, online at http://www.foxsports.ph, and on iFlix VOD service.

We also invite you to follow the World Series on Facebook (win.gs/cliffdivingelnido), Instagram (@redbullcliffdiving) and Twitter (@cliffdiving).

About Red Bull

Red Bull gives wings to people and ideas. As a functional beverage, we give wings to our athletes by vitalizing body and mind – supporting their professional career and helping them achieve milestones within their sport.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. In its 11th season, the sport’s best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during seven demanding competitions around the world. Between April and September, this pure extreme sport will hit waters in natural and urban environments as well as remote and iconic venues atoceans and rivers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East to crown two new champions.

Please, check the Red Bull Cliff Diving Newsroom for more editorial content.

For more information and updates visit www.redbullcliffdiving.com

NEWSROOM

The Red Bull Cliff Diving Newsroom is the central hub for all World Series content and will be updated through out the event week and is free for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital.

www.redbullcliffdivingnewsroom.com

For more information, kindly contact:

E.Jay Miranda | Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Country Lead
ejay.miranda@redbull.com | +63 917 820 6507

Danise Flores | Media Relations | Centaur Marketing
pr@centaurmarketing.co | +63 917 651 5984

Exciting times ahead: OLX and Carousell are merging soon in PH

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Exciting times ahead, Carousellers and OLXers!

We’re getting bigger and better, so you can enjoy a more vibrant classifieds community! Carousell Philippines and OLX Philippines, two of the leading buy and sell platforms in the country, will merge soon.

You can still continue to buy and sell on both platforms until then. Of course, we will update you through various channels (including this microsite) with the latest and exciting developments. Stay tuned!

FAQs:

1) Why are you working together in the Philippines? 
We at Carousell and OLX share the same goal of making online buying and selling easy and flexible for Filipinos. By working together, we are combining our strengths and technologies to provide a more seamless classifieds experience and build a bigger, more diverse community.

2) When will this happen?
The Carousell Philippines and OLX Philippines integration work will happen in stages over the course of the first half of 2019. You can enjoy using both platforms until then. We will update you through various channels (including this microsite) with the latest and exciting developments.

3) I’m only familiar with Carousell. Can you tell me more about OLX?
The Filipinos’ go-to classifieds platform for 13 years, OLX connects buyers and sellers of brand-new and pre-owned items, and services, through the web or mobile phone. It’s part of the Naspers OLX Group, and is available in more than 45 countries and over 50 languages. Every month, hundreds of millions of people around the globe use OLX to find and sell a wide range of products, including furniture, musical instruments, sporting goods, cars, kid and baby items, motorcycles, cameras, mobile phones, property, and much more.

4) I’m only familiar with OLX. Can you tell me more about Carousell?
Carousell is a classifieds marketplace that makes selling as easy as taking a photo, and buying as simple as chatting. Launched in August 2012, Carousell began in Singapore and is now present in seven markets across Asia. With over 185 million listings, Carousell is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplaces in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The Carousell marketplace has a diverse range of products across a variety of categories, including cars, lifestyle, gadgets, and fashion accessories.

5) What does it mean for us, OLXers?
You can still continue using the OLX website and app to buy and sell items. When the integration is completed, you will be part of the largest classifieds community in the Philippines, with more than 1.5 million listings monthly. Buyers will have access to a bigger selection of items online, and sellers will be able to reach more than 6 million users in the country. That’s a diverse and more vibrant online marketplace! We’ll update you through various channels (including this microsite) with the latest and exciting developments.

6) What does it mean for us, Property24 users?
You can continue using the Property24 website and app, as there will be no change on the platform. Property24 ads will still be synced to OLX while the OLX website and app are available and accessible. When the integration is completed, your Property24 ads will be synced to the largest classifieds community in the Philippines!

7) What does it mean for us, Carousell users?
You can still continue using Carousell to buy and sell items. When the Carousell-OLX integration is completed, you will be part of the largest classifieds community in the Philippines. Buyers will have access to a bigger selection of items online, and sellers will be able to reach more than 6 million users in the country. That’s a diverse and more vibrant online marketplace! We’ll update you through various channels (including this microsite) with the latest and exciting developments.

8) I’m a paying OLX user. How will this news affect my account?
This move will not affect your account. The OLX website and app are still available and accessible, so you can still continue to sell using the platform and reach millions of potential buyers.

We will make sure you’re informed of the latest updates. We’ll be in touch with you through email and call. You can also visit this microsite anytime for more exciting updates.

Email add: socialmedia@olx.ph
Website: http://www.olx.ph/
Twitter/IG: @olxph

Stunning sunset awaits the RBCDWS divers on its first stop in El Nido Palawan

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MANILA, Philippines – Australia’s defending women’s champion Rhiannan Iffland, cliff diving legend Orlando Duque from Colombia, and Filipino-Australian wildcard Xantheia Pennisi, got a first taste of what is sure to be a highly competitive and thrilling start to the new season during their sunset dive from the phenomenal rock formation at Tres Marias Islands.

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives from a rock face at the Tres Marias Islands prior to the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving

Their bodies are primed and their minds are pumped to open the 11th World Series season in a brand new location amidst the limestone formations at the Small and Big Lagoon in Miniloc Island, El Nido.

It’s sure to be a hot and blazing opener to the year as 24 athletes launch themselves before twisting and spinning their way down at over 85km/h into the dazzlingly clear emerald waters.

The additional challenge of an off-the-cliff competition at the first event of the 2019 season awaits the 14 men and 10 women of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. All divers will however be treated to a scenic entry as they are welcomed by the Philippines’ deep blue waters and beautiful corals.

Whether the reigning champions Iffland and Gary Hunt (GBR) will continue where they left off in 2018 and can find the right formula to defend the King Kahekili Trophy against the increased competition will soon be witnessed by turtles and kayakers in this first-time location set in the Pacific Ocean.

The cliff diving elite cannot wait to take off into another exciting year from up to 27m!

Rhiannan Iffland (R) and Xanthia Pennisi of Australia during a boat trip to the Tres Marias Islands prior to the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Palawan, Philippines on April 9, 2019.

Xanthia Pennisi of Australia at the Tres Marias Islands prior to the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Palawan, Philippines on April 9, 2019.

 

Orlando Duque of Colombia waits on the pier at El Nido prior to the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Palawan, Philippines on April 9, 2019.

 

Where to Watch Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series   

Catch the live broadcast from El Nido at Red Bull TV (http://bit.ly/philippineslive), Facebook and YouTube on April 12th, 2019. Viewers in the Philippines may also watch the full event, along with the remaining six stops of the 2019 World Series, on S+A and iWant Sports (iwant.ph), 5PLUS and 5plus.com.ph, FOX Sports, FOX Sports GO, FOX+ app, online at http://www.foxsports.ph, and on iFlix VOD service.

We also invite you to follow the World Series on Facebook (win.gs/cliffdivingelnido), Instagram (@redbullcliffdiving) and Twitter (@cliffdiving).

About Red bull 

Red Bull gives wings to people and ideas. As a functional beverage, we give wings to our athletes by vitalizing body and mind – supporting their professional career and helping them achieve milestones within their sport.

About Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 

Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. In its 11th season, the sport’s best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breath-taking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during seven demanding competitions around the world.

For more info, visit http://www.redbullcliffdiving.com and check www.redbullcliffdivingnewsroom.com for more editorial content. #RedBullCliffDiving

For more information, kindly contact:                           

E.Jay Miranda | Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Country Lead : ejay.miranda@redbull.com | +63 917 820 6507

Danise Flores | Media Relations |                                  CentaurMarketingpr@centaurmarketing.co | +63 917 651 5984

 

Vaya Tyffyn: The First and Last Lunchbox You Will Ever Need

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MANILA, Philippines – Get ready to change the way you eat lunch each and every day with the Vaya Tyffyn lunchboxes! Now available in the Philippines, the Vaya Tyffyn was designed by a team of highly seasoned professionals all across the globe. Vaya seeks to improve the way people take food on the go with a product that is stylish, durable, and travel-friendly.

Lunchboxes as a Way of Life for All Generations

In the Philippines, the lunchbox brings up memories of childhood and meals that end up cold and runny; edible, but not quite as satisfying as it could be. At its worst, the food inside can spoil before consumption.

The practice of carrying a lunchbox often continues into adulthood, with many taking a packed lunch to work in order to enjoy a healthier and fresher meal. Yet, despite the efforts at re-heating food, lunches never taste as fresh as it should be.

A Lunchbox Full of Innovation

Enter: the Vaya Tyffyn. The design defies the conventional approach to pre-packed meals by providing consumers with the option to pack a multi-course meal every day instead of the typical combination of rice and a main dish.

Vaya Tyffyn is a truly unique lunchbox with key features such as:

·         A collapsible handle

·         Vaya’s proprietary Vacutherm Insulation technology that keeps your food hot or cold for 6 hours

·         A sleek, stainless steel body that easily fits in your bag

·         Leak-resistant lids with integrated gaskets

·         Partitions that can carry more than one dish in each container

·         Heat-protective finger grips

·         Replaceable copper-finished, polished-stainless steel containers

·         Stainless steel pressurizing latches

The Vaya Tyffyn comes in three different sizes for all appetites; 600ml (two containers), 1,000ml (three containers), 1,300ml (four containers).

A New Approach to Meal Prep

Whether it’s a quick lunch at the office or a day-trip with your friends, the Vaya Tyffyn is sure to become a staple in your life. Safe, sleek, and sustainable, the Tyffyn ensures your food stays fresh and warm; ready to enjoy at your own convenience. Experience a new and exciting world of freshness with Vaya.

The Vaya Tyffyn is now available online at vayalife.com

 

About Vaya
Vaya is the coming together of seasoned professionals from across the globe, driven by a visionary zeal to significantly improve people’s lives. The company intends to bring an emotional component in everyday life through the concept of total user experience: a combination of innovative, carefully designed, high-quality products, and smart, useful, friendly services. Vaya actively markets and sells its products in the Philippines and 15 other countries.

Duterte might want more safeguards on medical marijuana use

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MANILA — Malacañang has yet to clarify the stand of President Rodrigo R. Duterte on the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes but noted that the chief executive may want more safeguards before its use is allowed in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this reaction after the President seemingly had a change of heart last Friday when he said that he would not approve the legalization of medical marijuana, stressing that it would mean condoning wrongdoings.

“You know I’m not sure exactly…his (Duterte’s) statement whether it was a general change of mind or he is only referring to specific,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Monday.

Puwede rin naman kaya niya sinabi ‘yun baka kailangan ng maraming safeguards (There might be a chance that he said it because he thinks there should be more safeguards on its use), he explained.

Panelo, however, recalled that the President previously stated that he was for the “limited” use of medicinal marijuana for certain illnesses.

Kasi noon, pabor siya sa limited use. I’ll ask him exactly kung ayaw niya ng outright or confined na confined (Before, he said he was in favor of its limited use. I’ll ask him exactly if he is outright against it or just confined),” Panelo said.

Panelo said that Duterte himself admitted that he knew little about marijuana for medicinal purpose and perhaps needed to be briefed on its use with respect to specific cases.

“I am ignorant of that kind of research, I must admit. And I do not read it and I do not intend to legalize it. Ayaw ko (I do not want to). Gawain mo lang excuse ‘yan eh (Legalization would be used as an excuse). Magtatanim ka ng iyo. Sabihin mo, ‘medicinal man kaya ‘to(People might cultivate it and say it is for medicinal purposes),” Duterte said in his speech at the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Victorias City, Negros Occidental on March 8.

In December 2018, Panelo said that the President is in favor of legalizing marijuana but only for medicinal use.

Marijuana is a prohibited substance under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In January 2019, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 6517, or the proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which allows the use of marijuana but only for those suffering from debilitating diseases.

In the same month, the Senate committee on health and demography, chaired by Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito conducted a hearing to tackle the House bill. (PNA) By Azer Parrocha

Senate didn’t touch anything in 2019 budget after ratification

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MANILA — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday denied House appropriations panel chairman Rolando Andaya Jr.’s claim that the upper chamber made some realignments in the proposed 2019 national budget after the ratification of the bicameral conference committee report.

“As far as we’re concerned, we did not touch anything. The Senate did not touch anything, contrary to what the House appropriation chairman is saying na Senado rin daw merong ganun (that the Senate also made realignments). Hindi (No),” Sotto told reporters.

Sotto said he has the assurance of the Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office (LBRMO), Senate committee on finance chair Loren Legarda, and Senator Panfilo Lacson that the Senate “did not touch anything” — not even a “single centavo was touched” — after it was ratified by both chambers of Congress.

Andaya earlier bared that some PHP75-billion in realignment was made by the Senate after both chambers ratified the 2019 budget. Of the PHP75-billion post-bicam realignment, Andaya said at least PHP25 billion was “parked” as additional fund for the senators’ pet projects in the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Sotto, citing the LBRMO, said that the House tweaked around PHP79 billion in the 2019 budget by increasing or decreasing the funding for several districts after ratification.

May mga increase at decrease doon sa mga districts at may mga congressman mismo na tumatawag sa amin na nakarating sa kanila yung mga nangyayaring yun, sila’y nabawasan, nadagdag sa kung saan saan. Kaya ang total nun pagka pinagsama-sama mo nasa PHP79 billion (There were increases and decreases made in the funding for districts, and some congressmen even called us up to tell us that such tweaks were made — either a reduction, or addition of funds. The total of that when combined is around PHP79 billion),” Sotto said.

Sotto maintained that he will not sign the budget bill that will be transmitted to Malacañang for the President’s signature if the House made revisions in the bill after it was ratified.

Simple lang eh. Kung anong pinasa, yun ang dapat gawing enrolled copy. Hindi pwedeng galawin. Maliwanag yan. (It’s simple. The enrolled copy should be what was passed and ratified [by both chambers]. It should not be tweaked. That’s clear.) We will be violating the Revised Penal Code, we will be violating the Constitution if we change anything after we have ratified it in both Houses,” Sotto said. (PNA) By Filane Mikee Cervantes

Palace will take Mahathir’s advice on Chinese loans

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MANILA — Malacañang on Monday welcomed the advice of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to be “very careful” when relying on loans from China to finance the administration’s infrastructure projects.

“Of course, we will take his advice,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing, assuring that government is reviewing these loans.

“The economic managers are evaluating all kinds of loans that we are having with the Chinese government,” he added.

Panelo, however, assured anew that the Philippines-China loan agreement for the Chico River pump irrigation project did not give the Philippines a short end.

“With respect to the Chico Dam, I think the eco managers have already explained that we are not at the disadvantage,” Panelo said.

The Chico River pump irrigation project aims to provide a stable supply of water to around 8,700 hectares of agricultural land, benefit 4,350 farmers and their families, and serve 21 barangays in the provinces of Kalinga and Cagayan in Northern Luzon.

Other projects for Chinese loan financing include the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project, the Philippine National Railways’ South Long Haul Project, and the Davao-Samal Bridge Construction Project.

In a TV interview before meeting President Rodrigo R. Duterte in Malacañan Palace on March 7, Mahathir warned against heavily relying on Chinese loans.

“If you borrow huge sums of money from China and you cannot pay, you know when a person is a borrower, he is under the control of the lender, so we have to be very careful with that,” Mahathir said in an interview over ANC.

China has committed to support the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program through Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans and grants.

China will also build for free the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridges along Pasig river. (PNA) By Azer Parrocha

You can’t talk about honesty, Mayor Sara tells VP Leni

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MANILA — As Vice President Leni Robredo shaded Davao Mayor Sara Duterte’s senatorial slate in one of her campaigns for the opposition, the presidential daughter fired back with a piece of advice.

“Leni Robredo should avoid commenting about honesty and integrity,” Duterte said in a statement sent by her city information aide, Jefry Tupas, on Saturday.

Mayor Sara said Robredo’s honesty has been questioned since day one of her term as Vice President.

This statement was released after Robredo said honesty is a “huge factor” in determining one’s integrity.

Mayor Sara was referring to the election protest filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. before the Supreme Court, accusing Robredo of cheating during the 2016 national elections.

Robredo denied these accusations and asked the court to deny Marcos’ appeal for the technical examination of voting records in three provinces in Mindanao where alleged massive cheating took place during the 2016 elections.

“She is not called fake VP for no reason. She has tried to copy her late husband but has failed at every turn. She is facing an electoral protest for massive fraud during the 2016 elections. She has refused to answer allegations of her relationship with a married man,” Mayor Sara said.

“And if she insists in saying that you have to be honest to run for public office, then she must say goodbye to her dreams of becoming President,” she added.

The opposition team has been doing the rounds in the country to campaign against Duterte’s candidates under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

In her previous statements, she advised the opposition hopefuls not to attack other candidates when “they are themselves liars.”

“They use inaccurate, misleading statements and even direct lies when they attack other candidates or President (Rodrigo) Duterte, and they know they are stretching the truth and yet they deny that they are lying,” the presidential daughter said. “That is the reason why they should not attack other candidates about honesty because they are themselves liars. And this is the truth”. (PNA) By Christine Cudis

Eagle.ph Team

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