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How Much a Philippine-Made New Jeepney Cost these Days (2018)

How Much a Philippine-Made New Jeepney Cost these Days (2018)

Philippines, What, Where, Why, How
We are always updated on the prices of new vehicle models but many, if not most of us are not aware of the price of the most important vehicle here in the Philippines – the jeepney. With the government’s plan to modernize the public transportation, especially the jeepney, we will examine how much is the real cost of the newly-assembled jeepney compared to the government-endorsed e-jeepneys of P1.2 to P1.6 million. As an auto-repair shop owner that caters to dozens of jeepneys every day in Lipa-Calamba route, I am dealing with all types of jeepneys every day. Jeepneys are fully assembled and manufactured inside the Philippines. See Also: Biggest Bus Companies in the Philippines Before there were Sarao Motors and other popular brands like Lawin, Armak, Malagueña, Celestial, La
Why I Stopped Supporting Duterte

Why I Stopped Supporting Duterte

Philippines, What, Where, Why, How
As a small business owner and somewhat influential in our small community, at least fifty of my friends and acquaintances decided to vote the then Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, after talking to them personally. I think Duterte’s uniqueness and unorthodox style is what made me liked him, and the fact that he is not connected to any national politician who has a track record of corruption, I liked him even more. That was more than a year ago though, a couple of months before the 2016 General Elections. I donated hundreds upon hundreds of T-shirts bearing Duterte’s name. I distributed thousands of Duterte stickers to Jeepney drivers and tens of thousands of rubber wristbands. My devotion to then unknown Duterte was unparalleled. Several months after he took office
Duterte or Aquino? Who Does the Worse

Duterte or Aquino? Who Does the Worse

Philippines
The administration of former President Benigno Aquino III was marred by major political scandals, natural; disaster scandal, military conflicts, and other weird events that caused the people to dislike Aquino. His quest to pin down former Vice President Jejomar Binay and family cost Mar Roxas’ presidency. The ouster of former Chief Justice Renato Corona solidified Aquino’s political power during his time, added with former Chief of Police Angelo Reyes untimely death. The biggest political scandal in Asia, the PDAF and DAF scams destroyed Aquino’s government, coupled with the Yolanda funds scandal. Aquino’s record made Roxas looked like a shit during the May 2016 General Elections. The death of SAF 44 will forever haunt Aquino (if he has a conscience). Here comes Duterte, th
The Reason Why This Mother Rejected UP Scholarship For Her Valedictorian Son Will Shock You

The Reason Why This Mother Rejected UP Scholarship For Her Valedictorian Son Will Shock You

Philippines, What, Where, Why, How
Update 12/01/2017 Josephine Anne Lapira, 22, a University of the Philippines (UP) Manila student, died in what the authorities reported as an encounter between New People’s Army members and government forces in Batangas province on the evening of Nov. 28. September 26, 2017 - Southern Leyte | Sometimes, parents cannot be blamed for their unorthodox decisions especially when they experienced something that changed their lives. This is what happened to the family of Elsa Torreblanca, a public school teacher, widow, and a mother of four. Elsa’s husband Mario, was killed by suspected members of New People’s Army in Sogod, Southern Leyte, on September 2000. Mario was a farmer and was suspected by the group as a military asset. The group later claimed his death, but evidence of his l
This Agonizing Story Reminds Everyone How Activism Can Destroy Someone’s Future

This Agonizing Story Reminds Everyone How Activism Can Destroy Someone’s Future

Philippines, What, Where, Why, How
It was June 2000 when Carmelo Luna Jr. entered the University of the Philippines – Los Baños as a freshman taking BS. In Agriculture. Carmelo was among the top students who graduated from Tanauan Institute, a private school in Tanauan City, Batangas. Carmelo Jr. is the eldest son of Jeepney driver Carmelo Baltazar Sr., and his deceased wife Lucinda. Lucinda died of breast cancer two years earlier, leaving Carmelo Sr. with three kids (Junjun and his two younger sisters). Carmelo Sr, or Meloy as called by his neighbors, is a frustrated lawyer. He studied Political Science in San Beda College, but because poverty struck his family after his father died, he was not able to graduate and settled driving Jeepney after he got married at 24. Meloy’s hope relied on his son Junjun. After
Uncovered:  This Truth About CJ. Sereno’s Psychiatric Report Will Shock Everyone

Uncovered: This Truth About CJ. Sereno’s Psychiatric Report Will Shock Everyone

Philippines, What, Where, Why, How
The Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno saga continues after some people on social media uncovered old news regarding her appointment as Chief Justice by former Pres. Benigno Aquino III more than two years ago. Her continued exchange barbs with the president prompted the latter’s supporters to dig deep down her employment record, and people uncovered something that might shock most people. According to a report by the Manila Times published on Feb. 23, 2014, CJ Sereno fired two Psychiatrists who gave her low grade. The following is the full report by Jomar Canlas Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has fired the two psychiatrists of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who gave her a poor grade when she applied for the top judicial post. A well-placed source at the Supreme Court told
Not Bar, CHED Says LET is Now the Toughest PH License Exam to Pass

Not Bar, CHED Says LET is Now the Toughest PH License Exam to Pass

Philippines
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED). On Wednesday said licensed teachers are now the smartest and most intelligent professionals in the Philippines. This is after the Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC), released the result of March 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) result, where only 10.9% for elementary teachers have passed, while only 25.46% for the secondary teachers have passed. Both results are the lowest percentage among any other board exams given by PRC since the commission was created decades ago. The following is the list of results of different board and professional licensure exams given by the PRC in 2017. From highest to lowest. Physician/Medical Doctor – 61.73% Lawyer (bar – given by Supreme Court) – 59.06% Master Electrician – 58.05%
Karma? Former PUP Activist Now Living Through 4Ps Program

Karma? Former PUP Activist Now Living Through 4Ps Program

Philippines
When Marcus Mauricio passed the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP-Manila), entrance exam on March 2001, his parents told him to stop seeing his high school sweetheart. Their reason was, the girl didn’t deserve him as they were aware that her parents cannot afford to send their daughter to college. Marcus was an officer of Student Supreme Government (SSG) during his high school in Bulacan. His family runs a rice mill and a small factory of salted eggs. Finance was not a problem for his family. His two older brothers, although had their own families, were both OFWs. Elena Morfe, a shy and simple girl who graduated with honors, is the older of two daughters of a rice farmer. His father had been working with the Mauricio’s since he was single. The two families knew each othe
Welcome Plant is Toxic and Poisonous – Victim Speaks

Welcome Plant is Toxic and Poisonous – Victim Speaks

Philippines, World
Thousands of people on social media are going crazy after a post about welcome plant became viral on Tuesday. On his Facebook account, member Alex Aclan recounted how his child was almost brought to the hospital after the kid chewed a Zamioculcas leaf. Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ), or commonly called “Welcome plant, good luck plant, or Feng Shui plant” in the Philippines, is one of the favorite indoor plants by most Filipinos. Alex narrated how his child went crazy after it bitten a leaf. He said he wondered why his child cried uncontrollably. He suspected the plant because it was the only thing his child last touch. Out of curiosity, he bit a leaf and there his suspicion was proven. He said he felt like poisoned when he can’t explain the taste. His mouth was irritated.