Marcos scion now unopposed in Ilocos Norte after Fariñas’ withdrawal from race

Marje Pelayo   •   May 3, 2019   •   2540

(L-R) Marcos’ grandson, Matthew Manotoc and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas

MANILA, Philippines – Marcos scion Matthew Manotoc is now awaiting proclamation as the successor of his mother, incumbent Governor Imee Marcos in Ilocos Norte.

This, after the withdrawal of candidacy of the family’s arch-rival, Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas on Monday (April 30).

The former House majority leader filed his notice of withdrawal before the provincial office of Commission on Elections (Comelec).

 “I did not really want to run for any office as I want to retire on June 30, after 39 years since I started as Laoag City mayor on March 3, 1980 at the age of 28,” he told House reporters on Tuesday (May 1) through a chat message.

“58 days na lang, FREEDOM!” the lawmaker declared. – Marje Pelayo

Ilocos Sur judge gunned down in La Union

UNTV News   •   November 6, 2019

An Ilocos Sur judge was shot dead by unknown assailants in San Fernando City, La Union on Tuesday (November 5) at 5:40 p.m.

A report by San Fernando City Police said that 54-year old Judge Marion Anacleto Bañez of Regional Trial Court Branch 25 in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur was on his way home when he was gunned down by unidentified suspects who fled the scene on board a blue motorcycle.

Bañez was rushed to the Bethany hospital but was declared on arrival.

Police are now conducting an investigation into the motive behind the incident.

Imee Marcos wants Manila Water, Maynilad held liable to service disruption

Robie de Guzman   •   October 24, 2019

Senator Imee Marcos (C)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday said that concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad should be held accountable for implementing rotational water service interruptions which are seen to inconvenience millions of its customers.

In a statement, Marcos said water concessionaires in Metro Manila should have implemented countermeasures to prevent water shortage amid declining water level at Angat and Ipo dams.

Marcos said this is not the first time that Metro Manila and nearby provinces have experienced water shortage this year, recalling the time when water concessionaires also implemented operational adjustments due to low water supply in March.

“Di ba nasabon at binalaan na sila ni Pangulong Duterte na ite-terminate ang concession agreements noong Marso dahil sa kapalpakan nila, pero ngayon wala pa rin silang solusyon sa problema sa tubig,” Marcos said in a statement.

Alam naman nila na may kakulangan sa suplay nito. Bakit ang mga tao ang babalikat ng sakripisyo,” she added.

She said the Senate could review the existing agreements between the concessionaires and the government.

Manila Water and Maynilad both announced earlier that they will implement daily rotational water service interruptions in several areas starting Oct. 24.

The water companies cited the declining water level in Angat dam and Ipo dams as the reason for the supply adjustment.

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, the water level in Angat Dam is at 185.87 meters while the Ipo dam is at 100.37 meters.

The dams’ water elevation has consistently declined in the past few weeks due to a lack of heavy rainfall that could raise its reserves.

Marcos pushes for Citizen Program Bill seeking choice of military, civic training for students

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

A proposed bill has been filed in the Senate which offers a choice of military or civic training for students.

Senate Bill 413 will push Citizen Service Program from grade school to college. According to Senator Imee Marcos, who filed the bill, “there are other ways to love and serve our country besides fighting wars.”

“[The bill] still accommodates President Duterte’s call for military training for the youth but allows college students the choice of training instead in community service, disaster preparedness, and environmental protection to develop a sense of ‘bayanihan’, which is embodied in Filipino culture and history,” she adds.

The bill also ensures free health insurance and medical services to students who opt for ROTC training, while officers will earn stipends.—AAC


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