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Fines for nuisance candidates pushed in Senate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018


PASAY CITY, Philippines – A bill seeking to penalize all nuisance candidates is now being pushed in Senate.

In a bill filed by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian entitled Senate Bill No. 911, the Commission on Election (Comelec) may cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) if a person files it with an intention of collecting money or other unlawful or invalid reasons.

If a person is proven to have filed a COC without any serious intention, he or she shall be penalized with a fine of up to P50,000.

Gatchalian hopes that the bill will be enacted soon to weed out personalities who disregard the very intention of the election process.

“Sana maipasa na ang panukalang batas na ito sa lalong madaling panahon para mapigilan ang mga hindi naman talaga seryosong balak tumakbo sa pagfile ng mga COC,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

The Comelec is expected to release the names of official election candidates as well as those who the poll body considers as nuisance. – Marje Pelayo

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Budget deliberations resume as Senate session reopens

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018


A Senate hearing

PASAY CITY, Philippines – At the resumption of Senate session on Monday (November 12) the lawmakers went straight to the discussion of budget appropriations for key government agencies.

First to be discussed were budget proposals of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); the President Communications Operations Office (PCOO); and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde attended the deliberations to answer inquiries from lawmakers.

Senator Panfilo Lacson particularly scrutinized the PNP’s proposed budget for recruitment of new policemen in order to attain its target of ration of 1 cop for every 500 people.

The DILG said their recruitment continues, therefore, they need enough budget to sustain police training for new cops.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) claimed the agency is still short of 35,000 people in its current manpower as compared to the country’s growing population.

The agency, also, noted a shortage of around 1,296 fire trucks.

Among the priority legislation, the Senate is expected to tackle on the course of the week will be the Medical Scholarship Bill which seeks to provide free medical education to Filipinos on the condition that the scholars will render five-year service in the Philippines after graduation. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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Senate on ex-Customs officer Jimmy Guban: No warrant, no arrest

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2018


Former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban


PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Senate of the Philippines maintained that it will not allow the arrest of former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban without any arrest warrant.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in a text message Thursday (October 25) that: “He is still under custody of the Blue Ribbon Committee, therefore, we will keep him (Guban) unless a warrant is issued.”

Guban remains in the Senate premises despite the order from President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest him for his involvement in the P6.8B shabu smuggling shipment in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

However, Sotto said: “It’s up to the chairman (Sen. Gordon) if he wants to turn over the witness.”

As the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair, Senator Richard Gordon upholds the Senate President’s decision as he believes a thorough investigation on the shabu shipment scandal is still highly necessary.

 “With all due respect to the president, if I heard him correctly, we cannot turnover Mr. Guban, right away, because we are still continuing the hearings,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s committee will also recommend to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to accept Guban into the government’s witness protection program as they believe that Guban has the information to pin down the persons behind the shabu smuggling which likely involves high ranking officials.

“Nagkaroon ngayon ang gobyerno ng testigo na magpapakabit kabit, hindi lamang circumstantial evidence nung sinabi noong una, pero siya ang nagturo kung sino talaga ang nagpapasok sa droga, at walang iba kundi itong si Col. Acierto; ang nagturo si Ginoong Guban.  Pati yung mga participation nila Mr. Fajardo, mapapatunayan rin ni Mr Guban,” Gordon said.

The senator also assured that Guban will not be allowed to roam around the Senate premises because he is a potential target due to his knowledge of the controversy.

He added that they already have recommended names of personalities to be charged in court over the shabu shipment.

Guban is detained at the Senate after he was cited in contempt for not disclosing the truth about the shabu smuggling shipment during the committee hearing. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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PNP snaps Senate’s winning streak at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

PNP Responders’ defense were able to limit Senate Defenders’ main gunners Jeff Sanders and Garri Sevilla to just 13 points combined. (Russell Julio / Photoville International)


Games on Sunday, October 28

2PM – Judiciary vs Ombudsman
3:30PM – PITC vs DOJ

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


The Senate’s three-game winning streak snaps Sunday after the Defenders fell to PNP Responders, 60-59, in a heart-thundering game at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Allan Omiping’s three-point shot in the last minute and 60 seconds of the ball game lifted the PNP to victory. Omiping also contributed 16 points to the game, but Anton Tolentino’s 15-point finish with two rebounds and steals and one assist earned him the best player of the game title for the second time.

The Responders also dominated all quarters after blocking the Defenders’ maneuvers.

“Inensayo talaga namin ung depensa namin. So yung mga guys di tumigil dumepensa, naging compose that’s why we get the win,” PNP Responders Head Coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.

(We really practiced our defense. So, the guys didn’t stop on defending, they were composed that’s why we get the win.)

The DA Food Masters, meanwhile, keep their share of Group-B lead by downing the two-time champion Judiciary Magis, 106-78.

Christian Dematera snagged the Best Player of the Game award after bucketing 28 points with four rebounds, one assist and a steal.

This is Food Masters’ third straight win while the Magis are yet to snag their first victory of the season.

“Kulang namin depensa, eh. Kung makikita mo yung mga kalaban namin, parang tira lang ng tira sa labas. Ah, di nagkaroon ng pag-uusap sa loob,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.

(We lacked defense. Our opponents were just shooting freely from the outside. Internal communication was missing.)

“Credit ito ng mga players. Sila sila mismo gusto manalo. So, ginawa namin yung game plan namin,” DA Food Master Coach Zaldy Realubit said.

(Credit goes to our players. They really wanted to win. So we just executed our game plan.)

Rookie team PITC Global Traders, meanwhile, successfully barged into the win column after smothering the GSIS Furies, 94-61.

Rod Savallo and Luis Lopez led the PITC by exploding a combined 28 points aside from grabbing 20 rebounds in the tournament.

PITC Coach Victor Ycasiano attributes their win to a well-thought out plan and teamwork.

“Yung game plan namin nagawa namin. We have to run… sabi nga namin at the same time we hit our basket,” PITC Global Traders Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

“Talagang hindi naging maganda yung preparation namin this coming weekend,” GSIS Furies Playing Coach Rene Boy Banzali said.

(Our preparation for this game were awful, really.) — Bernard Dadis  / UNTV News & Rescue



GAME 1: PITC defeats GSIS, 94-61.

Quarter Scores: 19-17, 46-34, 71-45, 94-61

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 94
R. Vasallo 18, H. Porto 16, M. Gecale 14, R. Regalado 13, L. Lopez 10, A. Taplah 9, M. Juan 7, M. Macabasco 5, K. Tibayan 2

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 61
K. Ilano 10, M. Nuyana 10, A. Martinez 9, D. Bunyi 7, A. Cuevas 6, T. Gementera 6, A. Sunga 3, R. Banzali 3, J. Abugan 3, B. Flores 2, T. Herenandez 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Rod Vasallo (18 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts, 4 stl, 2 blk) and Luis Lopez (10 pts, 12 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 3 blk)

GAME 2: Agriculture defeats Judiciary, 106-78.

Quarter Scores: 19-19, 41-40, 67-57, 106-78

Department of Agriculture Food Masters
Box Scores: 106
C. Dematera 28, H. Fernandez 18, M. Manigo 17, J. Comerciase 14, E. Oreta 12, S. Silva 10, M. Mangrobang 5, I. Hassan 2,

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 78
C. Tolomia 22, C. Camaso 12, J. Serrano 10, C. Roma 8, R. Chua 7, J. Rabino 5, R. Malinao 4, J. Montesa 3, F. Salamat 3, H.Bergonio 2, R. Litonjua 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Christian Dematera (28 pts, 4 rebs, 1 asts, 1 stl, 0 blk)

GAME 3: PNP defeats Senate, 60-59.

Quarter Scores: 19-14, 32-28, 46-44, 60-59

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 60
O. Omiping 16, A. Tolentino 15, C. Santiago 8, J. Cabahug 5, J. Saracho 5, R. Abaya 4, J. Misola 4, R. Cabrera 2, J. Criste 1

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 59
J. Mangaran 11, J. Sanders 10, M. Legaspi 9, R. Balboa 7, J. Angara 6, R. Malaga 5, M. Omega 4, R. Endaya 4, G. Sevilla 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Anton Tolentino (15 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asts, 2 stl, 0 blk)

GROUP A: AFP (3-0), Senate (3-1), PNP (2-2), DOJ (1-2), PITC (1-3), GSIS (1-3)

GROUP B: NHA (3-0), Agriculture (3-1), Malacañang-PSC (2-1), PhilHealth (2-2), Judiciary (0-3), Ombudsman (0-3)

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