Solons out to postpone barangay, youth polls

Lawmakers on Tuesday said Congress had ample time to pass a bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Oct. 23 this year. “We still have enough time to postpone the barangay and SK polls. We hope Malacañang will certify the bill as urgent to make this possible,” said Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers. Barbers is chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs and author of House Bill 5359 that seeks to postpone the elections. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said the House will give priority to…

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LOOK: Cong. Velasco at Gov. Reyes, nagkatagpo sa kaarawan ni kapitana

MOGPOG, Marinduque – May humigit limang minuto ring nagkausap si Congressman Lord Allan Jay Velasco at Governor Carmencita Reyes ng dumalo ang mga ito sa isang okasyon kaninang hapon. Naimbitahan kasi ang dalawa sa kaarawan ni Kapitana Lilian Sarili ng barangay Paye, Mogpog. Ayon sa nagbahagi ng mga larawan, hindi umano agad nakilala ng gobernadora ang kongresista at kinailangan pang may bumulong dito.   Sinalubong at nagmano naman si Velasco sa itinuturing na nanay ng probinsya. Mapapansin na bihirang makitang magkasama ang dalawang mataas na pinuno ng lalawigan sa mga pampublikong…

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Dating Marinduque Governor Antonio ‘Bong’ Carrion, pumanaw na

Pumanaw na nitong Lunes, Marso 27 sa edad na animnapu’t siyam si dating Marinduque governor Antonio “Bong” Carrion matapos makipaglaban sa sakit na lung cancer. Nahalalal si Carrion bilang gobernador ng lalawigan noong 1995 at naglingkod hanggang 1998. Muling kumandidato sa pagkagobernador noong 1998, 2001 at 2004 subalit hindi pinalad na manalo. Pagkatapos ng siyam na taon, muling nahalal si Bong Carrion bilang gobernador noong 2007 ‘Legislative and Local Elections’ at nagsilbi hanggang 2010. Nakaburol ang mga labi ng dating gobernador sa Sanctuario de San Antonio, Capilla de la Virgen,…

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Magkapatid na Velasco, 215 iba pa bumoto pabor sa death penalty

Tuluyan ng pumasa sa ikatlo at panghuling pagdinig sa Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang House Bill Number 4727 o ang death penalty bill nitong Marso 7. Sa pamamagitan ng nominal voting, 217 mambabatas ang bumoto ng Yes sa pagbabalik ng death penalty habang 54 lamang ang tumutol at may isang nag-abstain. Isa si Cong. Lord Allan Q. Velasco ng Marinduque sa dalawangdaan at labingpitong mambabatas na bumoto pabor sa panukalang ibalik ang parusang kamatayan sa bansa. Layunin ng panukang batas na ipaubaya sa mga huwes ang paghahatol ng bitay sa…

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Marinduque lawmaker seeks graft case dismissal

Yet another lawmaker has invoked the alleged prosecution delays of the Office of the Ombudsman in seeking the dismissal of his case in connection with the 2004 fertilizer fund scam. Former Marinduque Rep. Edmundo Reyes Jr., in a 12-page motion to quash, asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to throw out his cases for two counts of malversation through falsification and one count of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Reyes said the Ombudsman took five years and seven months to finish the preliminary investigation stage…

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Gasan LGU in Marinduque misspends P4.5M development fund

The municipality of Gasan in Marinduque in 2015 spent P4.5 million of its development fund on projects which are not capital investment in nature, defeating the purpose of the fund, state auditors said. In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the implementation of various non-capital investment projects and activities amounting to P4,506,851.42 were charged to the development fund, “defeating the purpose for its establishment and depriving the public of vital socio-economic programs and projects.” The development fund, or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment, should contribute…

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Justice Velasco asked to inhibit from Marcos case

An online group is calling on Supreme Court (SC) Justice Presbitero Velasco not to take part in the resolution of the electoral protest filed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo because of the Velasco family’s close ties to both President Duterte and the former senator. The Silent Majority (TSM) said Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, the justice’s son, has been flaunting his family’s closeness to Mr. Duterte and Marcos. It expressed fears that this might compromise the magistrate’s position on the electoral protest. Active campaign…

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Gov. Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes legacy

By Recto Mercene, Manila Bulletin This is an appeal to my esteemed kababayan, the honorable Governor Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes of Marinduque. Please allow a contractor to continue with the concrete paving of the remaining portion of the Marinduque Airport runway so that business would flourish and tourism would boom in our beloved province. It has come to my attention that Melchor Go, reportedly her godson and contractor, has been a pain in the neck, having fought her for the governorship twice in the past, and she twice defeated him. As…

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