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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

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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
Watch: Pacquiao Gives House and Lot, Money, New Job to Ice Cream Vendor (Video)

Watch: Pacquiao Gives House and Lot, Money, New Job to Ice Cream Vendor (Video)

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Once again, Senator Manny Pacquiao showed his kindness and generosity especially to the poor and needy. This time, the boxer-turned-politician gave a house and lot, money, and a new job to a lucky ice cream vendor named Marciano in General Santos City. The heartwarming scene happened last Sunday, May 27. Watch the video below. “A heartwarming afternoon today. surely, Sen. Manny Pacquiao is such a good and humble man. While MP waiting inside his car, I called Manong ice cream as he passed by to buy ice cream. Sobrang init kanina. and I realized it was manong na lagi ko binibilhan pag npapadaan sa building kung san ako nagtatrabaho.” A certain Jen Manilay wrote on Facebook, as caption to the video. Manilay said bought 10pcs of ice cream and gave one to Sen. Pacquiao, who later told her
Watch: Pianist Bong Infante Plays “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko,” Mall Shoppers Sing Along (Video)

Watch: Pianist Bong Infante Plays “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko,” Mall Shoppers Sing Along (Video)

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Meet Filipino Tri-World pianist Vidalito Infante, aka Lolo Bong Infante, as he beautifully plays Sharon Cuneta’s “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” on the piano inside a mall. And you can see, mall shoppers could not help but surround him and sing along with the tune. A netizen took video of the Infante’s mini-concert, and you really have to watch it. Based on our research, Lolo Bong Infante is now 69 years old and is from Sampaloc, Manila. His father is a lawyer while his mother is a dressmaker. He graduated high school in Arellano University. Inspired by his mother who loves to dance, he took piano lessons when he was 6 years old, and started to perform professionally since 1970. "Playing the piano has already become my life. It's in my blood already and I am really passionate about it
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
Watch: It’s Showtime’s Myrelle Jazzey Vergel de Dios Shows Storytelling Talent at Eat Bulaga (Video)

Watch: It’s Showtime’s Myrelle Jazzey Vergel de Dios Shows Storytelling Talent at Eat Bulaga (Video)

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It seems that ABS-CBN’ sIt’s Showtime’ Mini Me 3 weekly finalist Myrelle Jazzey Vergel de Dios as Mini Yeng Constantino will be going places. This is after 5-year old smart girl showed her storytelling talent in front of the hosts of GMA-7’s noontime show Eat Bulaga last Wednesday, May 16. Watch the video below and be amazed at how she did it. As you can see, Myrelle Jazzey was chosen to be Eat Bulaga’s candidate for Hype Kang Bata Ka on their segment Juan for All, All for Juan, when Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros and Maine Mendoza visited Barangay 239, Zone 22, Tondo, Manila. When Maine asked her who taught her, Jazzey said her mother who taught her. Jose then asked Jazzey if she is beautiful, and she said, “Yes.” He also her if Maine Mendoza is beautiful and she said,
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