Supreme Court junks petition against “No Bio No Boto” policy
Voters who failed to register their biometrics with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will not be able to vote in May 2016 elections, as the Supreme Court dismissed petition to halt “No Bio No Boto” policy.
Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said, “The SC dismissed the petition for lack of merit and dissolved the December 1 TRO,”
The 32-page petition for certiorari and prohibition filed in November by groups led by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, contains arguments explaining that the validation and deactivation under Republic Act 10367 is unconstitutional for limiting the democratic right to suffrage.
Firm invests 10B in Iloilo bamboo plantation
An Italian-backed company is investing P10 billion to set up a bamboo plantation and processing plant within an industrial park.
It has been granted certification by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
As reported in BusinessWorld, construction of the economic zone, located in the town of San Enrique, will start by January, according to Enriko Caranza, chairman of the developer, Bamboo Technology and Development Park, Inc.
“The company plans to produce textiles, garments, and paper using bamboo,” Caranza said.
The project is aiming to generate some 35,000 jobs for skilled and unskilled workers with the production process using a minimal numbers of machinery. The park will also have a recreation and tourism component.
Vote Counting Machines for 2016 Elections to arrive this month
Over 20,000 Vote Counting Machines (VCM) from Smartmatic Corporation are expected to arrive in the country before the month ends as part of the preparations for the 2016 National and Local Elections.
According to Smartmatic Corporation, almost 94,000 machines are rented by Commission on Elections (COMELEC) which will be delivered per batch. The first delivery of about 30,000 will arrive on the first half of January while the remaining machines are expected to arrive on the last of the said month.
Nona’ s number of casualties rises in Luzon and Visayas
Authorities found 16 people dead and 28 wounded, while eight are still missing in Luzon and Visayas due to typhoon Nona.
A 50-year old man drowned along the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas last Tuesday when a big wave crashed onto the boat’s side, causing it to turn upside-down.
Ferdinand Cos, Antonio Leviste Sr.’s Pulo Island land keeper, was returning to Nasugbu’s mainland when the waves became uncontrollable around 7 in the morning.
According to Inspector Hazel Luma-ang, Cos can’t swim because he had his leg amputated. Meanwhile, his mother Teresa, 67-years old was able to survive together with his 9-year old granddaughter.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) computed P159.5 million damage in infrastructure and agriculture while large portions of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas still do not have electricity due to the typhoon.
Brandon Vera to bring Alliance MMA Gym in PH
ONE Heavyweight Champion and renowned UFC fighter Brandon Vera has expressed his interest to open the first The Alliance MMA Gym in the Philippines.
According to Vera, there are a lot of Filipino talents being wasted in the MMA industry in the country that’s why he wants to develop them by opening his gym specialized in MMA.
He also added that he wants to show to the Filipino fighters that MMA is now a sustainable and practical career that they can choose for their own path.
As of now, Vera is negotiating with few governors in bringing the said gym to the Philippines.
Vera’s first Alliance MMA Gym opened in Chula Vista, California in 2007 where some of the greatest MMA fighters came from including UFC’s light heavyweight contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Ryan Bader, and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.