Tuesday, July 17News That Matters

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CBCP Defends Tuition Fee Increase in Catholic Schools for School Year 2018-19

CBCP Defends Tuition Fee Increase in Catholic Schools for School Year 2018-19

Nation, News
As usual, there will be an increase in tuition fees in Catholic schools in the Philippines this school year. But after being heavily criticized, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) defended the tuition fee hike, saying that it was necessary so that they will be able to follow the standards required to them by the government. “Private schools are forced to increase tuition and other fees to ensure effective curriculum implementation and maintain the quality of student services in general,” Bishop Roberto Mallari of the CBCP Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education said in a statement, posted at CBCPNews.com, last Wednesday, May 30. “DepEd and other quality assurance institutions require a set of standards that intend to promote student achi
‘Solid Kapuso’ Grab Driver Got Suspended for Rejecting ABS-CBN News Reporter

‘Solid Kapuso’ Grab Driver Got Suspended for Rejecting ABS-CBN News Reporter

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A Grab driver was suspended after he rejected ABS-CBN News reporter Jacque Manabat to be his passenger. It turned out that he rejected her simply because he is a solid fan of the GMA-7, or the Kapuso network. Manabat herself shared the details of the incident on her Facebook page last Wednesday, May 30 and earned mixed reactions. “Sa dami naman na maayos na Grab drivers, sa “solid kapuso” pa makakapag-book. Koya, kebs kung saan ka solid. Gusto ko lang makauwi.” Manabat wrote as caption to the screenshot of her conversation with the solid Kapuso Grab driver. According to her, she told the driver that she is inside the ABC-CBN compound at Esguerra Ave. Quezon City. “Sorry, I can’t make it. Solid Kapuso po kasi ako.” The Grab driver replied. In short, her booking was canceled. Ironicall
Starbucks Now Allows Anyone to Use Restrooms, Sit In Without Buying Anything

Starbucks Now Allows Anyone to Use Restrooms, Sit In Without Buying Anything

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Starbucks is now allowing anyone to use its restrooms or to sit in its cafes, even if they do not buy anything. The coffee chain giant made the announcement of its new policy on Saturday, May 18, more than a month after two African American who hadn’t bought anything at a Philadelphia Starbucks was arrested when they refused to leave. “Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes, and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase,” Starbucks said in a statement published on its official website. It did not mention if this new policy applies in the US alone, but it can be assumed that it also applies to all their stores around the world, including the Philippines. “We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is
Alejano Slams Duterte for Preferring Male as Next Chief Justice Instead of Female

Alejano Slams Duterte for Preferring Male as Next Chief Justice Instead of Female

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Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Sunday, May 20 once again criticized President Rodrigo Duterte. This time, the Liberal Party (LP) ally lawmaker slammed the president over his recent statement saying that the next Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno should not be a woman. “I cannot believe that a leader of a free nation in this age of democracy can still harbor such an outdated and depraved view of women. Man or woman, the qualifications of the next Chief Justice should hinge on competence, impartiality, and integrity, as these are the essential qualities he or she should have,” Rep. Alejano said in a statement. “Duterte is acting like a 1970s dictator with the ideals and principles of a 19th-century man, and he feels sorely entitled to i
Watch: CNN Philippines News Reporter Calls De Lima as ‘Former Senator’ (Video)

Watch: CNN Philippines News Reporter Calls De Lima as ‘Former Senator’ (Video)

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News reporters are human too and are also prone to making mistakes. The latest example is CNN Philippines correspondent AC Nichols, who addressed jailed Senator Leila de Lima as “former senator.” The blooper happened on Friday, May 18 when she was reporting about De Lima’s court appearance that day. Watch the video below. In a live report via CNN Philippines Newsroom Ngayon, anchorwoman Ruth Cabal reported that Sen. de Lima appeared before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to attend the hearing regarding her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was still the Justice secretary. Shortly, Cabal asked for further details from Nichols, who was then covering the event. “Ruth, yun nga. Di na naman natuloy yung mga arraignme
Trillanes Wants Probe on “COA Report” on PCOO’s Alleged Misuse of Funds Based on Tabloid News Report

Trillanes Wants Probe on “COA Report” on PCOO’s Alleged Misuse of Funds Based on Tabloid News Report

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday, May 16 wants a probe on the alleged misused of millions of pesos funds by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) related to the hosting of the 50th Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit last year, based on a tabloid report. However, the Commission on Audit (COA) reacted. “There is an immediate need to look into the alleged irregularities in the disposition of PCOO’s budget and its irregular expenditures for the aforementioned information caravan in order to ensure that government funds are legally and properly allocated.” Sen. Trillanes said in his proposed Senate resolution No. 735 that day. For his source of information, Trillanes cited a May 9 news report by Hataw tabloid which claimed that COA supposedly fo
Bam Aquino Uses LA Times 2012 Photo in Criticizing Duterte’s Train Law

Bam Aquino Uses LA Times 2012 Photo in Criticizing Duterte’s Train Law

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For the 4th time, Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV criticized the supposed negative effect of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. But this time, he used a 2012 photo of a poor Filipino family taken by Los Angeles Times (or LA Times) to exaggerate the issue. In his blog post last May 12 entitled “Poor Filipinos are collateral damage of TRAIN and Build-Build-Build,” That time, Sen. Bam Aquino was reacting to the statement of the Department of Finance (DoF) that funds for free college education and salary increase of uniformed personnel will be greatly affected if the TRAIN Law Act will be suspended. ”Hindi puwedeng collateral damage ang ating mga kababayan sa hangarin na magkaroon ng maraming tulay at kalsada s
Duterte Explains Why He Did Not Vote in Barangay, SK Elections

Duterte Explains Why He Did Not Vote in Barangay, SK Elections

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President Rodrigo Duterte did not vote in the barangay and SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) elections on Monday, May 14. On Tuesday, the president explained why he went straight to the Davao International Airport for his flight to Manila instead of going to the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS) in Davao City to cast his vote. “Lahat ‘yung tumakbo, kaibigan ko (All the candidates are my friends) , almost all were my supporters during the last election. They would never believe that nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila (I voted for them or not.)” President Duterte told reporters in Taguig City during his visit to the wake of the late former Senator Edgardo Angara. “To erase all suspicions in the minds of people who really helped me along the way, sabi ko ‘ay ‘wag na lang, hindi na la
Watch: Binayaran lang? Pro-Sereno Bayan Student Activists Cannot Answer Why They Protest (Video)

Watch: Binayaran lang? Pro-Sereno Bayan Student Activists Cannot Answer Why They Protest (Video)

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As expected, various militant groups protested last Saturday, May 12 the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) to oust former chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno But apparently, some student activists and members of Bayan cannot explain why they joined the protest rally, and what they are fighting for. Watch the Manila Bulletin video below. “Justice for Sereno! Justice for all! – Bayan ST [Southern Tagalog],” reads the huge, red banner that some young activists are holding while protesting the SC’s decision to grant the quo warranto petition against Sereno. As you can see, a Manila Bulletin reporter read the contents of the banner and tried to ask the protesters on what they say about the issue. “Hi Mam. May I get your reaction about the recent ruling of the Supreme Court? They had ruled
Liar? Sereno Biodata Claims She Became Faculty Member in 2 Australia Universities But Not True

Liar? Sereno Biodata Claims She Became Faculty Member in 2 Australia Universities But Not True

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Following her oust as Supreme Court (SC) chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno also allegedly lied on her PDS (Personal Data Sheet) or biodata as a candidate for being a chief justice in the High Court. This is according to SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro in her concurring opinion on the quo warranto petition against Sereno. "Respondent further made spurious claims in her 2010 PDS and 2012 PDS when she declared that she was a lecturer at Murdoch University in 2001-2002 and at University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2003-2007, teaching International Business Law." De Castro, who was one of the 8 SC justices who granted the quo warranto petition, wrote. "A reading of her entries in both PDS gives the impression that she was actually a faculty member at the said universi...