Grenade explosion survivor in Antipolo, admitted high on drugs
One of the survivors in the grenade explosion in Antipolo City admitted that they were under the influence of illegal drugs when the incident happened, killing three civilians. James Starling said that his companion played with the grenade which they thought was fake. Ronald Tupino, Art dela Cruz and Michael Wong were identified as Starling’s companions who were killed during the grenade explosion. According to City Police Chief Superintendent Dennis Macalintal, Flores who brought three hand grenades, assorted magazines and ammunition to the house of Tupino’s uncle in Sitio Taguisan, Barangay Bagong Nayon. Based on the investigation, the group was having a drinking and shabu session and the drugs came from Tupino, reportedly a known drug pusher in the area. Tupino reportedly pulled the safety pin and handed the grenade to Dela Cruz, who placed it in a glass, causing the incident.
House approves bill on free college education
House committee on technical education approves bill that seeks to fully subside tuition fees in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) on Monday, August 24. Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian authored the House Bill 5905, or the “Free Higher Education Act.” According to Gatchalian, two million students in the country are expected to benefit in the said bill. Qualified students to avail the full tuition subsidy just have to maintain good academic and moral standing.
40 civilians food poisoned in Ilocos
Forty-seven civilians were rushed to the hospital in the province of Iloilo after ingesting food from a party. According to Municipal Health Officer Dr. Gemma Monserate, the incident happened in a birthday party celebrated at the home of Lagunday family at Baranggay San Sebastian in Sta. Barbara. All 47 victims suffered stomach ache, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting two hours after eating spaghetti, pancit, salad, valenciana, chicken drumstick, and stew. 45 patients are still confined at the Western Visayas Sanitarium Hospital in Sta. Barbara. According to the statement of the father of the birthday celebrant Eleseo Lagunday, all of the victims ate their valenciana and pancit while those who wasn’t able to eat the foods were spared from food poisoning. He added that his family prepared the food except the chicken drumstick.
Peso hits the lowest of June 2010
The Philippine peso closed at P46.815 to $1 on Monday, August 24, the lowest since June 7, 2010. According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., the local financial markets are being affected by the shift in the Chinese yuan to a more market-influenced foreign exchange system and the drop in international oil prices. Tetangco said that other external factors also affect the local market such as plans of the United States (US) Federal Reserve on the path and timing of its policy normalization. Meanwhile, ING Bank Manila chief economist Joey Cuyegkeng said that the weak peso is line with the weakness of other Asian currencies.
SMART launches educational app for kids
Smart Communications recently launched Batibot App for children to be able to learn things through educational games and to be familiarized with famous songs of Batibot, using mobile phones. This app may also make parents reminisc about Kuya Bodjie, Ate Shena, Manang Bola, Gingging, Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing who were part of the program when it was first aired in television. The Batibot App is designed to develop essential thinking skills of children. According to Smart Public Affairs Head Ramon Isberto, Batibot app is the first learning application in Filipino that is aligned with the national kindergarten curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd).