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8 Wack Wack Road Condominium Bans Maids, Drivers From Using Passenger Elevators

8 Wack Wack Road Condominium Bans Maids, Drivers From Using Passenger Elevators

Philippines
A condominium in Greenhills is now in hot water after its house rules include not allowing maids (kasambahay and yaya) and drivers to use passenger elevators. Instead, they are advised to the service elevators. The condominium management also emphasized that there is a CCTV in the elevators and that violators will be fined accordingly. “Bawal sa elevator na ito: Mga kasambahay; Mga driver; Mga yaya na walang dalang mga alagang bata; Mga delivery personnel. Sa SERVICE ELEVATOR ang sakayan ng mga nabanggit. (May kaukulang multa ang paglabag sa alituntunig ito.” A statement read at the sign, according to the 8 Wack Wack Road Condominium House Rules 11.6. In his disappointment, RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy posted the said sign in his Facebook page on Thursday, May 9, and criticized the co
Sereno Ousted as Chief Justice, Loses Quo Warranto Case via SC Votes, 8-6

Sereno Ousted as Chief Justice, Loses Quo Warranto Case via SC Votes, 8-6

Philippines
The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday, May 11, more than two months after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed the quo warranto petition against her on the basis of an invalid appointment. Voting 8-6 in a special en banc session, Sereno’s appointment as chief justice was declared as void. The SJ justices who voted in favor of Sereno’s ouster were Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo. Sereno attended the en banc, she was asked to step out of the room during the deliberation of the quo warranto petition. On the other hand, those who voted “No” were Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Presbitero Jose Velasco J
Watch: Did Erwin Tulfo Report Fake News About K-12 Graduates Studying in New Zealand? (Video)

Watch: Did Erwin Tulfo Report Fake News About K-12 Graduates Studying in New Zealand? (Video)

Philippines
TV broadcaster Erwin Tulfo is now being accused of reporting fake news about New Zealand accepting Filipino students who graduated from the K-12 program by the Philippine government. In fact, even Philippine ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Domingo called it as “irresponsible” reporting. But was Erwin Tulfo’s report really fake news? Last March, Erwin Tulfo visited New Zealand and made a report about K-12 graduates now can study in the country and soon can have a better life. In his report via PTV-4, Tulfo said Filipino students can easily finish a college degree in New Zealand because it only takes 3 years, unlike in the Philippines where college courses are taken in 4 years. Tulfo also mentioned Pinoycare Visa Center, which according to him has long ties with schools in New Zealand.
Spanish-Descent Billionaire Spends P50 Million in CJ Sereno Campaign to Stay in Office?

Spanish-Descent Billionaire Spends P50 Million in CJ Sereno Campaign to Stay in Office?

Philippines
A Spanish-descent billionaire has already spent P50 million in campaigning Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno so she can still stay in office. This is according to Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao, the former Philippine Ambassador to Cyprus and Greece, as appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in October 2005. That such ads are expensive, P500,000 bolsters the report I’ve received that a Spanish-descended tycoon has been funding—spending P50 million so far—the massive PR campaign to keep Sereno at her post.” Tiglao wrote on his Manila Times column on Wednesday, entitled 'Leftists support Sereno, the Hacienda Luisita champion in the SC.' Tiglao was referring to the 2-page statement supporting CJ Sereno that has been published in several broadsheets recently. Signat
DOT Sends Invitation to Bid for Reversible Jackets for Birthday Celebrants Worth P1.3 Million

DOT Sends Invitation to Bid for Reversible Jackets for Birthday Celebrants Worth P1.3 Million

Philippines
The Department of Tourism (DOT) sent an Invitation to Bid to its registered suppliers for reversible jackets to be given to the department’s birthday celebrants, with an approved amount of a whopping P1,294,500. This is according to the tourism department’s document, which was posted on its official website last month. According to the DOT-BAC-IB No. 2018-009 (pdf file), the purpose of the project is to procure customized reversible jackets to be given as special tokens to all DOT birthday celebrants for CY 2018. As part of the requirement for bidders, the department said that prospective bidders should have undertaken a similar project within the last two years. As for the schedule of activities, the DOT noted that the issuance of availability of bidding documents shall be from Apri
Calumpit, Bulacan Barangay Captain Running for Reelection Threatens Non-Supporters, Witness Says

Calumpit, Bulacan Barangay Captain Running for Reelection Threatens Non-Supporters, Witness Says

Philippines
Barangay Captain Reynaldo R. Tarroza Sr. of Pungo, Calumpit, Bulacan is allegedly threatening residents who are not supporting him in his campaign for reelection. This is according to a Facebook post by RJ Nieto, aka Thinking Pinoy on Monday, May 7, merely a week to go before the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. “Nabati ko kayo kap kasi ayon ho sa mga residente diyan sir, na ang ilan e pawang kamag-anakan ko pa, tinatakot ninyo ang mga hindi sumusuporta sa inyo. Ayon sa isang testigo, sinasibihan niyo siya ng "pag na nanalo ako, may kalalagyan kayo at lahat ng kumakalaban sa akin, may kalalagyan." Thinking Pinoy wrote on Facebook. (I greeted you, Captain, because according to the residents [in your barangay] who most of them are your relatives, you are threatening th
Miss Universe Winners Back in Manila, Philippines to Host Miss Universe 2018?

Miss Universe Winners Back in Manila, Philippines to Host Miss Universe 2018?

Philippines
It appears that the upcoming Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant will be held in the Philippines. This speculation came after Miss Universe 2017 winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa and Miss Universe 2016 title holder Iris Mittenaere of France arrived in the country on Saturday, May 5 for a series of Miss Universe activities. According to a poster via Empire PH CEO Jonas Gaffud’s Instagram, Iris and Demi-Leigh will be joining Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach at the fashion show called Grit+Glam, which will be held at the Cove this coming Tuesday, May 8. This fashion show is reportedly a pre-event to the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, with still no official date yet. But while the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Miss Universe organization still have yet to confirm if the Philip
Watch: President Duterte Shops at Greenbelt Again, Treated Like Rock Star (Video)

Watch: President Duterte Shops at Greenbelt Again, Treated Like Rock Star (Video)

Philippines
As the world knows, President Rodrigo Duterte is always being treated like a rock star everywhere he goes. And despite all the controversies and criticisms against his leadership, his millions of followers do not seem to be bothered. Below is a classic example, where the president went shopping at Greenbelt, Makati on Saturday night, May 5. On the Facebook video uploaded by a certain Angel Abella, President Duterte can be seen being flocked by Greenbelt 5 mall shoppers and all of them were very eager to have a selfie with him. Aside from the Presidential Security Group (PSG) agents, there were also mall security guards who are all in smiles as they protect the president. You can also see President Duterte giving some of the mall shoppers a chance to have a selfie with him, and treate...
Look: Avengers Invade Barangay Elections Campaign in Davao City

Look: Avengers Invade Barangay Elections Campaign in Davao City

Philippines
The Avengers have invaded the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections campaign period, which started Friday, May 4. And yes, the more than 1 million candidates all over the country will do everything to attract attention, from happy-tune jingles to colorful posters, so that voters will remember their names during the election. And because social media is a very useful platform for promotion, barangay and SK candidates need to have tons of friends and followers to help them. But if you are creative enough, all you need is a single tarpaulin with a controversial theme, just like in the photo below, where candidates used the famous Avenger movie in their campaign. As you can see, there are eight candidates running for barangay captain and councilors (Kagawad) at Barangay 16-B. ...
Watch: Labor Day 2018 Protesters Leave Tons of Garbage at Mendiola (Video)

Watch: Labor Day 2018 Protesters Leave Tons of Garbage at Mendiola (Video)

Philippines
An angry netizen posted a video on Facebook showing tons of garbage that militant groups left behind after their protest rally at Mendiola in Manila on Tuesday, May 1. The protesters accused President Rodrigo of breaking his promise during the elections that he will end contractualization, also known as Endo (end-of-contract). Watch the video below. “Dito tayo ngayon sa Mendiola, tingnan nyo naman yung mga basura na itinapon ng mga nagra-rally. Tama ba ito? Inilagay lang dito sa ilog. Ito ba ang gusto nilang pagbabago? Ang basura, tinatapon kung saan-saan lang. Yan, yung mga ginamit nila.” JP Mortel Fajura said while filming a Facebook live video showing the tons of garbage. (We are nowhere at Mendiola, look at the garbage that the protesters left behind. Is this right? They threw th