Sen. JV Ejercito opposes prosecution move for preventive suspension

admin   •   August 3, 2016   •   2308

Sen. JV Ejercito.

Sen. JV Ejercito.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito believes that he should not be suspended from the senate while his cases are being tried in Sandiganbayan.

The senator is facing graft and charges of illegal use of public funds for allegedly using the calamity funds of San Juan City to purchase high-powered firearms in 2008 when he was still the city mayor.

The prosecution insists that Sen. Ejercito should be put under suspension to prevent him from using his position in intimidating possible witness and hamper evidence that might be used in the case.

They mentioned that under Section 13 of the Republic Act 3019, any public official facing criminal cases under a valid information can be put under preventive suspension.

However, the senator maintains that his lawyers, as well as the prosecution camp have already interviewed the witnesses so there is no reason for him to intimidate or influence them.

He also reasons that his suspension might stop current projects and public services that he already started.

His co-accused Ranulfo Dacalos, Romualdo Delos Santos, Lorenzo Catalan ching, who are current officials of San Juan City have also requested for the court to deny the motion by the prosecution, saying the suspension could cause a standstill in the services of the city.

(JOYCE BALANCIO/UNTV NEWS & RESCUE)

Ban on pay parking takes effect in San Juan City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2019

SAN JUAN CITY, Philippines – San Juan City’s Executive Order no. 7 has taken effect on Monday (August 5), banning operations of pay parking in all of the city’s public roads.

The order is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear public roads being used for private purposes.

Among the thoroughfares designated as ‘no parking zones’ are the following:

  • Club Filipino Avenue
  • Annapolis Street
  • Eisenhower Street
  • Connecticut Street
  • Missouri Street
  • Xavier Street
  • Grant Street
  • Washington Street
  • Madison Street
  • Pinaglabanan Street (Fil-Oil Flying V Centre)
  • Santolan Road
  • other public roads made as private parking spaces

The order also authorizes the city’s traffic management and parking office, Task Force Disiplina, the traffic police, and ‘lupong tagapamayapa’ of each barangay to issue traffic citation tickets to violators.

Vehicles found on ‘no parking zones’ will be towed immediately, according to the EO. — with reports from Harlene Delgado

Sotto, Zamora, Moreno topple giants; make history in PH politics

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2019

(L-R) Vico Sotto, Francis Zamora and Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – The political arena had a complete turn-around in major cities in the country as the reign of political clans ended and new faces emerged victorious in Monday’s 2019 midterm polls.

Pasig City’s new, “millennial” mayor

A promise of a “new kind of politics” is about to start in Pasig City after 29-year-old Councilor Vico Sotto braved the pressure to break the almost three-decade unbroken line of Eusebios in the country’s eighth largest city.

On his official Facebook page, Sotto thanked his supporters for the trust while he promised to lead the city to its new beginning.

“Maraming salamat. Sa lahat ng nagbigay ng tiwala, sa mga bumoto, at sa mga nakiisa sa ating laban,” the incoming Mayor said.

“Sulit po ang pagod at effort natin. Narinig na ng bayan ang ating tinig. Handa na ang Pasig para sa tunay at pangmatagalang pagbabago!” he added.

Sotto, who topped the councilor race in 2016 in his first ever attempt in public office, is the son of veteran celebrities Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes.

Sotto did not field a vice mayor which left the incumbent Iyo Christian Caruncho Bernardo unopposed.

His party-mate former Rep. Roman Romulo also won the race against Mayor Bobby Eusebio’s brother incumbent Rep. Ricky Eusebio and is now a returning congressman for Pasig City’s lone district.

A game changer in San Juan City

Businessman Francis Zamora is the new mayor of San Juan City ending the reign of the Ejercito-Estrada clan in the smallest city in Metro Manila.

Zamora considered himself a game-changer after winning the election against Jannela Ejercito, the daughter of former senator Jinggoy Estrada and granddaughter of Manila’s incumbent mayor Joseph Estrada.

The new mayor promised to turn the old city of San Juan into a highly developed “Smart City” with improved services and state-of-the-art facilities.

Francis’ father, Ronaldo Zamora, remains in office after defeating challenger Edu Manzano for the lone district of San Juan.

The Estrada clan took hold of San Juan City since 1969 when then popular actor Joseph Estrada won as mayor. He was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and JV Ejercito then JV’s mother Guia Gomez to whom Zamora narrowly lost his bid for mayor in 2016.

The Zamoras and Estradas were family friends for 30 years until Francis and Guia both ran in the mayoralty race in 2016. Francis claimed he was cheated in the election.

Dethroning a giant

Former Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso defeated the “giant” in the country’s capital, Manila.

The new mayor described his win as a “humbling experience” while he could only wish the best for his opponent, former president and mayor Joseph Estrada.

“Maging masaya ang kaniyang mga araw sa buhay. Maging maligaya din siya na kapiling ang kaniyang pamilya…Nakapaglingkod na naman siya sa taumbayan. Napagbigyan na rin naman siya. And I think he did enough already for the country and for the city,” Domagoso said of Estrada.

A Tondo boy who used to scavenge for food, Domagoso established his political career from serving three terms as a city councilor, another three terms as vice mayor and the most recent as an undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

As now the new mayor of Manila, he promised “more programs of governance” for the city.

“Today is just the beginning. It’s going to be challenging years for us. People are expecting pero may awa ang Dios. We always wanted to be guided by law and order and by God,” he said after securing his win.

His running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan, also won for a second term in office. — Marje Pelayo

Comelec cancels Edu Manzano’s bid for Congressional seat

Maris Federez   •   May 7, 2019

Former OMB Chairman Edu Manzano

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday canceled the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) of actor Edu Manzano, who is running for a congressional seat for the lone district of San Juan City.

The 15-page Comelec Second Division decision reads that the poll body has granted the petition filed by Sophia Patricia Gil, a San Juan City resident, in November 2018 which claimed that Manzano misrepresented himself by declaring that he is a Filipino citizen when he filed his CoC for the May Midterm elections.

“Respondent is not a Filipino citizen at the time he filed his COC for a member of the House of Representatives for the lone district of San Juan City,” Comelec stated in its decision released on May 6.

It added that Manzano committed false material representation of his citizenship, prompting the poll body to cancel his COC.

Comelec said Manzano failed to re-acquire his Filipino citizenship at the time that he filed his COC in October last year.

Manzano lost his Filipino citizenship when he served as a member of the United States Army from 1973 to 1977, according to Section 1-4 of the Commonwealth Act (CA) No. 63.

Comelec explained that the “C.A. No. 63 is clear and explicit in stating that by rendering service to, or accepting commission in, the armed forces of a foreign country, a Filipino will lose his Philippine citizenship.”

Manzano became Makati vice mayor in 1998. He lost, however, when he took a mayoral bid in 2001. He had also run in the vice presidential and senatorial race in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

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