MMDA starts Oplan Baklas operations

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had their clearing operations last Wednesday, February 10, 2016. They removed the campaign posters that are illegally posted in a few areas.

According to Francis Martinez, head of the MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group, they worked with the Department of Public Works and Highways to accomplish their mission. They continued their “Oplan Baklas” yesterday and targeted Mandaluyong. MMDA Chairman, Emerson Carlos said that most of the campaign materials removed are posted in electric wires and trees.


China’s first Zika case diagnosed after returning from Venezuela

A 34-year-old man whose China’s first imported Zika case was diagnosed with the virus after he returned from Venezuela on January 28 and reported a fever, headache and dizziness, as per Xinhua news agency citing health officials.

Manila Bulletin reported the man, from Ganxian county in the southeast province of Jiangxi, is now recovering with a normal body temperature and fading rash, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission cited on Xinhua.

Also, according to the news agency, the health commission said he posed an extremely low risk of spreading the virus.

Few cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in Asia, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency to combat Zika as cases spread elsewhere, the report added.


Quezon police arrest 2 NPA Rebels due to extortion 

Two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were arrested after an alleged extortion to businessmen and contractors in Barangay Cagsiay 2, Mauban, Quezon last Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The suspects were identified as Alex Perdiguera, a.k.a Daniel/Abil, and Mark Ryan Relao Asores alias David.

Brig. Gen. Rhoderick M. Parayno, 201st Infantry Brigade commander, said that the suspects were positively identified by the construction workers of a construction firm where the incident of backhoe burning made by the two rebels were noted after the contractors failed to give their desired money.

Meanwhile, a .45-caliber pistol was found and confiscated from one of the suspects.

The two suspects will be facing the respective charges who are now under the custody of the police.


LP cautions on VP Binay’s tax exemptions campaign

Liberal Party warns that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s promise on broadening tax exemptions will cut the government revenue in half, and may cause financial ruin in the Philippines.

According to Marikina Representative and LP coalition spokesperson Romero Quimbo, the proposal during Binay’s campaign on tax exemptions will include workers earning P30,000 or less a month.

Quimbo also points out that there are only 7.8 million of the 34 million workers pay taxes.



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