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‘Otso Diretso’ hits the streets of Caloocan City on first day of campaign

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Opposition slate or Otso Diretso

CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines — Opposition senators have begun their campaign trail on the streets of Caloocan City to reach out to the public and to know the issues which they want the future leaders to address.

They decided to do away with the traditional method of campaigning and conventional speeches.

“Nag-move on na ang taumbayan sa partido, sa kulay. Ang isyu nila, sino ang magbibigay pansin sa tao sa pangangailangan nila,” Senator Bam Aquino said of the people’s sentiments.

Joining Aquino in the opposition senatorial slate are Magdalo Party list Rep. Gary Alejano; Former Deputy Speaker Congressman Erin Tañada; Election Lawyer Romy Macalintal; Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay; Former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Samira Gutoc; and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.

Roxas was not able to join the first day of campaign because he preferred to go to Capiz as he traditionally does.

Other members denied the issue of disunity in the group with the absence of Roxas.

Roxas’ campaign manager Rep. Egay Erice said it was part of their political strategy.

“He will be there tomorrow. Mangyayari talaga na hindi nakakasama. That’s how it is,” explained Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

The group chose Caloocan City because it has recorded the highest number of victims of extrajudicial killings.

They claim that the opposition coalition in the 2019 election will be the referendum of the Duterte administration.

“Maraming victims ng war on drugs sa Camanava area – 157. Tuloy tuloy parin ang patayan,” noted Atty. Chel Diokno, one of the eight senatorial hopefuls. 

The opposition group’s platform focuses on educational reform, security, justice system, women’s and senior citizens’ rights as well as farmers’ rights, economic progress and the country’s sovereign rights.

The group will have their grand launch on Wednesday (February 13) in Naga City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Gov’t tells Alejano: Trip to Panatag shoal OK but should be cleared

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Senatorial candidate Gary Alejano (📷 Twitter)

Everyone may visit the disputed Panatag Shoal off Zambales, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo said on Monday.

Balilo made the statement after Otso Diretso Senatorial candidate and Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano wrote a formal letter to the PCG to request for permission to visit the contested shoal.

The letter, dated April 13, was addressed to PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino.

“Sir, the PCA ruling in 2016 clearly stated that the Scarborough Shoal is a traditional fishing ground of Filipino and Chinese fishermen, hence, both of our fishermen can fish there. However, our local media has reported otherwise, which, if left unchecked would greatly undermine our people’s rights to the resources found there,” Alejano’s letter read.

Balilo said there is no policy that prohibits people from visiting Panatag Shoal as long the trip is properly coordinated with the PCG station for rescue operation in case of emergency.

However, the Philippine Navy said Alejano and other opposition senatorial candidates cannot just sail to the disputed area, saying this should be cleared with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM).

The Philippine Navy said Alejano’s request should be forwarded to the AFP-NOLCOM as it has operational control of the navy ships deployed in Panatag shoal.

Nevertheless, authorities expressed doubt that the trip would be permitted if it’s going to be used for something other than fishing.

The PH Navy also stressed it can always deny request to travel to Panatag Shoal as it is not a tourist destination that anyone can visit.

The military said the AFP-NOLCOM’s priority concern is safety, and the current maritime dispute between the Philippines and China comes second. – Robie de Guzman

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Caloocan mayor wants to repeal ‘dress code’ ordinance

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan | Courtesy: Mayor Malapitan’s Facebook page

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan clarified that City Ordinance 0439 does not prohibit women from wearing shorts but requires residents to be ‘decently attired’.

“I believe that all women should be respected no matter what they wear,” Mayor Oca said in his official Facebook page on Wednesday.

He reiterated that the said ordinance was signed in 2007 and was passed by the previous administration. However, he did not approve the ordinance during his term.

The Caloocan City Government headed by Mayor Oscar Malapitan clarified that the 2007 dress code in public places…

Posted by Mayor Oscar "OCA" Malapitan on Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Malapitan also ordered the city councilors to discuss and update the said ordinance.

“For me, I really want the ordinance to be repealed as I stand for equal rights to freedom,” he said.

Based on City Ordinance 0439, it “seeks to prescribe appropriate and acceptable manner of wearing clothes in public places in the city.”—Aileen Cerrudo

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Summer reminder: No shirtless, short shorts in Caloocan

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — As the summer heat rises, people tend to wear less. Some women prefer to wear shorts while men would wear undershirts or just go shirtless.

But in Caloocan City, an ordinance released in 2017 prescribes a dress code for its residents.

The City Ordinance no.0439 prohibits women from wearing short shorts and men from wearing an undershirt or going topless in public.

Several residents like Leticia Yzon is in favor of the ordinance. She said revealing clothes are not a good look.

“Gandang-ganda sila sa sarili nila pero hindi nila napupuna pangit tignan. Kung masusunod iyong ayos na pananamit, mas maganda. Iyong lumabas na halos lahat ng kaluluwa, napakapangit tignan, (They think it looks pretty but it isn’t. It is better to have a dress code. Revealing clothes do not look good)” she said.

Joni Abucayo, another resident, said wearing shorts is okay as long as it is the proper length.

“Mas maganda po talaga parang gaya noong panahon noong araw na mahaba mga short at damit, (It was better during the old days when shorts and dresses were longer)” he said.

For coconut vendor, Willie Gaspar, it is better for men to wear shirts instead of sando or undershirt because it looks more decent.

Student Jessa Avila is also in favor of the ordinance. She said it is also a form of preventive measure against sexual harassment or rape. She also wants fair treatment of all genders under the ordinance.

“Para maging fair na rin po dapat kung ano ang ipinagbabawal sa mga babae, ganoon na rin po para sa mga lalake, (To be fair, if women are banned from wearing something, men should also be subject to same restrictions)” she said.

Violators of the ordinance will be reprimanded for the first offense but they will have to pay a fine if they are already under second (P500) and third offense (P1,000).

According to barangay 120 chairman Antonio Duran, even though the ordinance has been in existence since 2007, they still need to remind residents about it.

“Sundin natin ang batas kahit sobrang init pa iyan. Gawa tayo ng paraan para hindi tayo makalabag, ( Just follow the law despite the heat. Let’s just think of other ways to avoid breaking the law)” he said. —Aileen Cerrudo

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