Marinduque representative next speaker?

MANILA, Philippines – Is Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez being eased out as House leader in favor of a neophyte? This appears to be the case – at least in the minds of several lawmakers – after Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco “sent invitations” to fellow lawmakers to attend a birthday party that he would sponsor for President Duterte tomorrow at Hotel Sofitel in Pasay City. President Duterte turned 73 last March 28, Holy Wednesday. Rumors of Alvarez’s possible ouster as speaker first emerged after he had a falling – out…

Legarda celebrates Women’s Month in Mindoro, leads opening of Regional Athletics Meet

Senator Loren Legarda joined the women of Occidental Mindoro for the celebration of Women’s Month and led the opening of the 2018 MIMAROPA Regional Athletics Association (RAA) Meet on Monday, March 12, 2018. During the Women’s Month celebration in San Jose, Legarda stressed the important role of women in homes and in the society as a whole as she shared the laws that have been enacted to protect the rights and welfare of women including the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, Magna Carta of Women, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act,…

Anti-big-scale mining coalition seeks mining law repeal

Anti-big-scale mining group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is urging the government to replace Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 with a law that is “pro-Filipino and pro-environment”. ATM claimed the present law has paved the way for plunder of the country’s mineral wealth, as well as mining-related environmental destruction. These are on top of adverse health impacts, displacement of people, and human rights abuses across the country, according to ATM national coordinator Jaybee Gerganera. “Our country didn’t benefit from RA 7942,” he said Monday (March 5)…

Marinduque rape suspect arrested in Batangas

After hiding for more than five years, joint operatives of Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Gasan police stations of Marinduque arrested a 60-year-old rape suspect in Bgy. Poblacion IV, Sto. Tomas, provincial police PIO chief Insp. Hazel P. Luma-ang said on Tuesday, February 6. Acting Batangas police director Senior Supt. Alden Bacarra Delvo said the suspect, tagged as the no. 4 provincial level of Marinduque, PPO, PRO 4B, was identified as Leodigario Sapulpaya Lawig, 60, single, helper, a native of Bgy. Laon, Mogpog, Marinduque and presently residing in Bgy. Real, Calamba…