COMELEC to ban plebiscite in Cavite
Commission on Elections will ban plebiscite seeking conversion for General Trias into a city, starting on October 12. According to the poll body, authorities would reject appointment of new position from November 12 to December 11.COMELEC’s released resolution stated that the movement has been affecting the function of General Trias. Moreover, renewal of temporary, casual, substitute, and contractual employees are not under the supervision of the banning, thus, not need prior authority notice.
PNP-HPG coordinates with MMDA to manage traffic
The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group coordinates with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government units to lessen the traffic particularly on routes connecting EDSA. PNP-HPG Spokesperson P/Supt. Grace Tamayo said there will be strict implementation of rules on alternative routes particularly on the shortcuts to be used during Christmas season. The HPG and MMDA are also monitoring and managing traffic through Kamuning road.
DILG denies allegations on Binay’s harassment
Secretary Mel Sarmiento of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday denied the allegation that they harassed dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay in his own home. In a text message relayed to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., Sarmiento said “allegations of harassment are untrue and unfounded.” The camp of dismissed Mayor Binay accused DILG of harassment after its officials and several policemen supposedly surrounded his house in Barangay San Antonio, Makati City.
PH, third place in International Coastal Cleanup 2015
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) 2015 report of Ocean Conservancy ranked the Philippines in third spot after the United States, and ahead of Canada. Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest volunteer effort for the ocean’s health and initiators of the cleanup, is an event held every third day Saturday of September. During the ICC, about 100 countries with nearly 562,000 volunteers collected more than 16 million pounds of trash along more than 13,000 miles of shorelines. Since 1994, the Philippines has been participating in the ICC clearing of beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites.
Pope Francis’ apology impressed the public
The public widely admire Pope Francis after he asked for forgiveness on Wednesday, October 14 for scandals that involves the Catholic Church at the Vatican and in Rome. According to the Vatican Expert Joshua Mcelwee, the act that was done by the Pope is an “extraordinary” move. In the past two weeks there have been scandals involving the Vatican and the church in Rome. A Polish monsignor working in the Vatican’s doctrinal office held a packed news conference in which he disclosed that he was gay and had been living with another man for years. Another scandal is about the Parishioners in the Santa Teresa d’Avila parish who wrote to the local Church officials alleging that a clergyman there had had encounters with “vulnerable adults”. Many were concerned about the cases of “Vatileaks” that ruins the reputation of the Pope as the leader of the Catholic Church.