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Zamora urges Comelec to act on recall petition at protest rally

FORMER San Juan City Vice Mayor Francisco Zamora urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to act
on the recall petition as the people of San Juan held a prayer vigil in front of Comelec’s main
office in Intramuros, Manila, yesterday morning

“I am urging the Comelec to hear the voice of the people of San Juan. They want real change
that is why they want the poll body to act on it,” Zamora said.
 
The petitioners appealed during the prayer vigil that the Comelec en banc act on the recall
petition which was already approved by the Comelec (en banc) to be sufficient in form and substance
last November 2017.
    
“We are losing time… I am hoping that Comelec will soon verify the signatures in the
petition that the en banc found ‘sufficient in form and substance’,” he added.
    
Gregorio Bonifacio, San Juan’s election officer, said he sent the notice through registered
mail on Jan. 12, 2018 as a substituted service, saying the camp of Gomez received it on January 15,
2018.
    
The move of substituted service was done after several attempts of Comelec to serve the
notice personally failed. It can be recalled that Zamora said that the camp of Gomez is
intentionally avoiding to accept the notice of sufficiency to delay the process.
 
However, Gomez said that she will not accept the notice for she finds it “unfair.
    
“I will not accept this recall and will allow my lawyers to challenge it legally… I find the
recall election notice unfair…[The Comelec] doesn’t know much of San Juan,” the incumbent mayor
said.
    
Guia, the former partner of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, went against former Vice Mayor
Francis Zamora in the 2016 mayoral elections. She was declared winner of the mayoral race after
garnering 28, 828 votes, while Zamora had 27,604 votes.
    
“The Comelec only need to verify 15,000 signitures to push through another election. My
supporters provided about 30, 000,” Zamora said in earlier interviews.

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AFP opens scholarships to soldiers’ dependents

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has renewed its partnership with the Mercury Drug
Foundation Inc (MDFI) to grant full scholarship to dependents of soldiers completing their bachelor's
degree in Pharmacy.

AFP spokesperson Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said with the renewed partnership, military
dependents taking up pharmacy may enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees in accredited colleges in
the Philippines starting this school year.
    
Aside from the full scholarship , monthly allowances will also be provided to scholars to
cover for food and transportation expenses.
    
Jobs at Mercury Drug Corporation upon graduation will also be offered.
    
The scholarship program is a nationwide effort between the AFP and MDFI that was initiated in
February 2017 and has been renewed this year.
    
It is part of the effort of civilian stakeholders to recognize the sacrifices and services of
soldiers, especially those in the frontlines.
    
Qualified applicants are dependents of soldiers who are in the active service, killed-in-
action, incapacitated (combat or non-combat), or died in the line of duty.
    
They must be in the last two years of their studies in Pharmacy or willing to transfer to
schools that are members of the Philippine Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
    
The AFP extends its gratitude to the MDFI, and all stakeholders for being partners in
uplifting the morale and welfare of soldiers.
    
The AFP hopes that more organizations will extend assistance to the AFP in helping soldiers
and their families secure a better future.   
    
For further information on accredited schools and other requirements on the AFP-MDFI
scholarship program, applicants may contact the following numbers: 912-9606 or 911-6001 loc
6009/6010; 0917-507-6617, 0999-993-3376, 0932-843-5446.
    
Application is until February 28.           

Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

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9-anyos nalunod sa Itogon resort

BENGUET -- Isang trahedya ang nangyari sa masaya sanang outing nu’ng Linggo ng isang pamilya at
kamag-anak nang malunod ang isang 9-anyos na kinilalang si Kurt Adrian Arguilles Ringor, Grade 2, ng
Sunny Side, Fairview, Baguio City.

Ayon sa ulat, nakatanggap ng report bandang 11:45 a.m. ng nasabing araw ang mga tauhan ng
Itogon Police Station tungkol sa nasabing insidente na nangyari sa Dyesebel Resort, Level 1300,
Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet.
    
Ang biktima ay dinala sa Bureau of Fire and Protection office ng Itogon at binigyan ng first
aid bago ito itinakbo ng ambulansya ng LGU sa Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) kung
saan idineklara na itong dead on arrival bandang 11:55 a.m. nu’ng Linggo.
    
Sinasabing ang biktima ay nakita ng kanyang pinsan na si Lyka Ringor na hindi na gumagalaw sa
ilalim ng swimming pool na may lalim na five feet habang ang biktima naman ay may taas lamang na 3
feet.
    
Nangyari ang insidente habang ang kanyang mga kamag-anak ay abala at walang nakapansin sa

biktima na napunta na ito sa malalim na parte ng swimming pool.
    
Sinabi rin ng mga kamag-anak na wala ring pool watcher ng mangyari ang insidente.
    
Ang bangkay ng biktima ay kasalukuyanng nasa morge ng BGHMC.            

Babae timbog sa droga sa QC

Inaresto ng pulisya ang isang babae na sangkot umano sa pagbebenta ng iligal na droga sa isinagawang
buy-bust operation sa Bgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City, kamakalawa ng gabi.

Ang suspek na kinilalang si Robelyn Sison, 18, ng Bgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City, ay nadakip
dakong alas-9 ng gabi sa loob ng kanyang tahanan pero ang boyfriend nito, na isang alyas Khamar Salik
na siyang target ng buy-bust operation dahil sa talamak nitong pagbebenta ng droga sa lugar, ay
nakatakas.
    
Batay sa report, nang maispatan ni Salik ang mga pulis ay agad itong umakyat sa bubong at
dinaig pa si Spiderman na nagpalipat-lipat para tumakas.
    
Ang kanyang girlfriend na si Sison na iniwanan ay mabilis namang dinakma habang aktong inaabot
ang dalawang sachet ng shabu sa isang police asset.
    
Nakuha din mula kay Sison ang P1,500 na marked money na siyang gagamiting ebidensiya laban sa
kanya.
    
Bagama’t aminadong gumagamit ng droga, itinanggi naman ni Sison ang paratang na nagbebenta
siya ng shabu.
    
Si Sison  ay kinasuhan ng paglabag sa Republic Act 9165 o ang Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs
Act of 2002 habang tinutugis pa ang kanyang boyfriend.

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