Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta passes away at 75
Robie de Guzman • May 15, 2020 • 1048
MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta has passed away at the age of 75, her son announced on Friday.
On his Facebook page, Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta said his mother died on Thursday, May 14.
He did not disclose the cause of his mother’s death.
“On behalf of my family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my mom at 10:48 p.m. of May 14,” his post read.
Mayor Oreta described his mother as a public servant who devoted her life to the country and her adopted hometown of Malabon.
“She was a loving grandmother, mother, and wife and a friend to those whose lives she touched,” he said. “We ask for your prayers for mom. Thank you.”
Oreta was the youngest sister of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., whose assassination in 1983 sparked protests that led to the people power revolt in EDSA which ousted then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
Oreta was elected senator in 1998 but before joining the Senate, she represented the district of Malabon-Navotas at the House of Representatives for three consecutive terms.
At the House of Representatives, she became the first woman to hold the position of assistant majority leader.
During her time at the Senate, she pushed for bills focusing on education, and the welfare of teachers, among others.
Among her bills that were enacted into law was the Republic Act (RA) 8972 or the Solo Parent Act and the RA 8980 or the Early Childhood Care and Development.
She is survived by her husband, Antolin Oreta Jr, and their four children. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
MALABON, Philippines — Malabon City targets 180,000 of its residents to get inoculated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the vaccination program of Malabon can begin in March or April once the procured vaccines arrive in February.
Malabon procured P50 million worth of COVID-19 vaccines. The city already designated 11 vaccination sites and also targets to inoculate 1,100 individuals per day. Medical frontliners and the elderly are the main priority of the city’s vaccination program.
Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta will also voluntarily get vaccinated to encourage his constituents to receive the vaccine. He reported that only 30% of the residents are willing to get inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We still have to convince the masses na kailangan, importante magpabakuna. Maybe set an example papabakuna din tayo (that it is necessary, important to get vaccinated. Maybe set an example, we will also get inoculated). I think that’s one aspect of it,” he said.
Oreta is also open for Malabon residents to choose the brand of the vaccine they want to receive. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
The operation is in line with the directives from BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona to intensify efforts against illegal importation.
According to the report, one of the fish dealers was unable to present the necessary importation documents of fish intended for wet markets when asked by authorities.
The required documents include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Certificate, delivery receipts, and transport clearance, without which is a violation of Sec. 105 or unlawful importation and exportation of fish or fishery species of Republic Act (RA) 8550, as amended by RA 10654 and in relation to FAO 195.
Meanwhile, the delivery receipt presented by the second dealer does not match the delivery receipt being issued by the alleged importing company, as per verification with the importer.
Notices of Violation for the filing of administrative cases were already issued to the dealers of imported fish.
The seized items, which include boxes of galunggong, mackerel, squid, yellow tail salmon, and moonfish, are kept in a storage facility under the custody of the apprehending team.
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