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DepEd Order No. 8, series of 2017 dated February 17, 2017, makes life easier for parents of graduating students in public schools. For now, they will have lesser or no expenses at all in this year’s commencement exercises.

Dr. Pedro Melchor Natividad, city schools division superintendent said, the school principals and heads have been tasked to use their respective Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) to shoulder the expenses of the graduation ceremonies, including the use of the sound system. Natividad the Alumni Association and the General Parents Teachers Association (GPTSA) could be tapped shoulder any extra expenses such the snacks during the occasion. Also, students can join the graduation ceremony even if they don’t have toga or have failed to pay any possible contribution. He warned school principals, heads and teachers to adhere to the He said the graduation rites in the elementary level are on or before April 7, 2017 per schedule set by DepEd. For junior high school, they will have the moving up ceremony.

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The move of Governor Antonio Cerilles declaring support to responsible mining that complies with government regulations, makes good sense. He cited TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD) as one of the mining companies that follows and observes the principles of responsible mining.

For a mining operation to be responsible, Cerilles said it must demonstrate the capacity to comply with the rigorous processes required by the government. Cerilles, who also served as secretary of of DENR former President Joseph Estrada, blamed illegal and small-scale miners whose operations are not strictly regulated by the government for harm to the environment.

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Another tagged kidnap-for-ransom-group leader was killed while two police officers were wounded in a shootout in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Peninsula Police director Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran identified the fatality as Fahad Andi, leader of the criminal Andi group.

Beltran said Andi was killed in a 30-minute gunfight with joint police and military forces around 10:50 a.m. Monday, March 6, in the village of Pampang, Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur. Beltran Andi, listed as the number one most wanted person in Zamboanga Peninsula, was the first to have opened fire at the authorities, but managed to flee to the coast of Pampang, Lapuyan, where chasing troops caught up with him. The Andi Group is involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the towns of Lapuyan, Dinas, Margosatubig and other areas in Zamboanga del Sur. The group is also involved in kidnapping, gun for hire, robbery and extortion activities in Zamboanga del Sur.

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Claiming to be a shooting victim, a man was arrested at the Ciudad Medical Center for alleged illegal drug, possession found in his bag.

Police Station 7 commander, Chief Inspector Joseph Ortega, identified the person as Rodel Julian y Gregorio, 35, married and a resident of Sabina Loon Subdivision, Sitio Pasay, Barangay San Roque.

Acting on a report of indiscriminate firing, probers found that the alleged target of the wanton firing was one Michael Yanga y Sabilyano, 24, married, also of the same place.

The victim bared, he was walking home when a man shot him, but missed.

And when gunman inserted the handgun inside his front pocket it accidentally went off, hitting his right thigh. He was then brought to the hospital by an habal-habal driver.

It turned out, the wounded Rodel was the one who targeted Michael.

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The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) had arrested a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group who carries a P1.24 million bounty on his head.

CIDG-National Capital Region chief Senior Supt. Belli Tamayo said his men and other policemen arrested Gian Arasod, who went by the aliases Mujib Angging, Abu Jhad and Hunta. at the Zamboanga City Port.

Arasod is wanted for 14 counts of murder and 12 counts of frustrated murder, he said.

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In four separate incidents, hours after the resumption of Project Double Barrel, the police had initially killed four suspected drug pushers and a couple of others captured. The four were killed in four different areas in Malolos City by operatives from the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Investigation showed that the suspects were to meet a poseur along the Santo Cristo Diversion Road on Tuesday night for a drug deal.

But during the transaction, the two suspects sensed, the buyer was a police officer and that allegedly prompted them to fire their guns at the poseur, sparking a shootout.

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Security forces have been ordered to sustain the offensive against the Abu Sayyaf and to finish them off within a six-month deadline as ordered by President Duterte.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reminded them that the six-month order of Duterte was issued as early as last January. The deadline ends in June.

Col. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), expressed optimism they would meet the deadline, saying they have all the resources of the Armed Forces to back their operations.

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The ’three strikes,  you’re out”  rule the Commission on Appointments (CA) adopted yesterday takes effect today, and is seen as sending two strong messages. One for the President not to reappoint a nominee whose appointment has been rejected three times by the bicameral body, and the other for Environment Secretary that her nomination is doomed.

The policy was introduced by Rep, Rodolfo T. Albano III,  CA majority leader. That to WS is the indicator - as majority leader, definitely he holds sway to the majority bloc. The fact, they want a ’three strikes,  you’re out”,just means they want her out with finality early.

In previous occasions, the president recycled many bypassed nominees as many as 20 times. That was the case of then Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima whose DOJ appointment was repeatedly bypassed over a five-year period. De Lima was only confirmed by the CA nearing the end of President Aquino’s six-year tenure.

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Another department secretary up for CA confirmation also faces stiff opposition.

Lawmakers on Tuesday slammed Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. for lying under oath about his citizenship and suggested he may even be prosecuted for perjury over several instances in his career when he claimed to be a Filipino but wasn’t.

The CA has found that Yasay was granted United States citizenship on Nov. 26, 1986 and renounced it only on June 28, 2016.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, CA chair said Yasay’s possible rejection as foreign secretary should be the least of his concerns because there are other serious questions about perjury in several instances in Yasay’s actions over the past 30 years.

He noted that Yasay had served in different other government posts at a time he was an American citizen, and in all appointment, he had to declare his citizenship; clearly he must perjured himself.

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A fire-spewing dragon-like Sen. Richard Gordon on Wednesday accused retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas was paid to recant his testimony and turn against President Rodrigo Duterte. Rising from the floor, Gordon lambasted the witness for lying before the Senate when he testified last year before the committee on justice and human rights, which he chairs, and denied the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).

Speaking in Pilipino, Gordon said, Senator Leila de Lima should have been mad, when the witness lied to her.

It was De Lima as then chair of the justice committee who initiated the probe on alleged extrajudicial killings in the country, until she was later unseated and replaced by Gordon.

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The Philippine Embassy in Washington has denounced what it called a “highly negative portrayal” of the Philippine President in the American television series “Madam Secretary.”

In the CBS political drama’s upcoming episode, the Philippines’ “unconventional new president” Datu Andrada was punched in the face by the female lead character, plazying US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, after exhibiting inappropriate behavior toward the top American diplomat.

In a letter to CBS, the Philippine embassy said the portrayal “tarnishes the Philippines’ longstanding advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality” as it called on the network to make “necessary corrective actions.”

It will air on March 12, Sunday.

Duterte, a confessed womanizer, has been criticized for sexually inappropriate remarks against women in the past, including his admission of spanking the bottoms of female cops, ogling at the knees of Vice President Leni Robredo, and catcalling a female reporter during a press conference. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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