Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta passes away at 75

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020   •   561

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)

Lockdown in 5 barangays in Malabon City starts July 16

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas in Malabon City will be placed under localized community quarantine from July 16 to 30 in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

The five barangays include Barangay Tañong, Longos, Potrero, Tugatog, and Tonsuya.

The 15-day lockdown followed the approval of the Malabon City Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (MCTF-MEID) on Wednesday (July 14) in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the said areas.

During the lockdown, the following roads will be closed:

  • portions of P. Concepcion and Tumariz in Brgy. Tugatog; 
  • University Avenue Extension and Guava Street in Brgy. Potrero; 
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Street and C4 Road in Brgy. Tañong; 
  • Gozon Letre and Phase 1 in Brgy. Tonsuya; 
  • Block 14 A and Block 14 C in Brgy. Longos

Residents are strictly advised not to go out on the duration of the lockdown except for Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) such as medical and healthworkers as well as other essential workers.

For information on the safety protocols and other matters concerning the lockdown, residents are advised to coordinate with the local government of Malabon and the Philippine National Police, barangay officials, and volunteers for the proper implementation of the lockdown. 

All barangay officials, meanwhile, assured to extend help as regards the basic needs of residents affected by the lockdown. 

Senate to honor ex-Senator Tessie Aquino Oreta

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020

The Philippine flag flies at half-mast in front of the Philippine Senate building Friday to mourn the passing of former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta. (Philippine Senate)

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Friday said it will give honors to the late Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta, who passed away on May 14.

Aquino-Oreta was a member of the Senate during the 11th and 12th Congress.

Senate Majority Juan Miguel Zubiri said a resolution will be passed on Monday, May 18 paying tribute to the former senator.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier expressed his sadness over the passing of Aquino-Oreta, whom he worked with at the Senate and considers as his friend.

“My family and I are so saddened by her demise.  She was very close to me and Sec Greg,” Sotto said, referring to former senator and now Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan.

Sotto also said that his wife, Helen, was also “devastated” by Aquino-Oreta’s demise.

“Helen, being a relative of theirs is devastated by her passing away. She has not stopped crying since we were told the news last night,” he said.

Other senators have also expressed condolences to the family of the former lawmaker.

Malacañang also expressed sympathy over the demise of Aquino-Oreta.

“Our sincerest condolences to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of former Senator Maria Teresa “Tessie” Aquino-Oreta who passed away yesterday, May 14 at the age of 75,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“Senator Oreta had a distinguished career in public service. She served the country as a senator during the 11th and 12th Congress and as Representative of 8th, 9th, and 10th Congress,” he added.

Aquino-Oreta was the youngest sister of slain Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and the aunt of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Her son, Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta, announced her passing on Friday but did not disclose the cause. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

NPD seizes P1-M worth of shabu in Malabon City

admin   •   April 5, 2018

Some of the illegal drugs suspect arrested by the Northern Police District. Photo courtesy by Peter Lacang

MANILA, Philippines — Twelve individuals were arrested in a series of anti-illegal drugs operations of the Northern Police District (NPD) in Malabon City, Wednesday night.

Authorities first arrested alleged drug pusher Marvin Orano alias Mabong.

Mabon, meanwhile, named the 11 individuals he has been supplying with illegal drugs.

Eighty-four grams of suspected shabu, two hand grenades, a gun, and ammunition were seized from the arrested suspects.

Meanwhile, John Paul Torres alias JP was not able to resist arrest during a buy-bust operation in Columbia Corner St. Mary’s Street, in Cubao Quezon City, Wednesday night.

An informant tipped off authorities about the suspect’s peddling of illegal drugs, and that many of his customers were tricycle drivers in Cubao.

Six sachets of suspected shabu were confiscated by the Quezon City police from Torres.

“According sa SDEU, yung kanilang intelligence report ay nagbebenta sa mga tricycle driver rin dito sa barangay na ito,” said QCPD Station 7 commander PSupt. Louise Benjie Tremor.

(According to SDEU intelligence report, he sells to tricycle drivers here in this barangay.)

Torres, on the other hand, denied selling the contraband but admitted to using illicit drugs.

“Kapag may gagawin akong importante, kunyari may gagawin ako sa bahay, gagawin sa motor. Pampagana lang po,” said the suspect.

(When I am doing something important, like fixing my motorcycle. It energizes me.)

The suspect will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue



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