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Day: May 13, 2022

Sara tells supporters to be humble, reach out to others

To unite the country, presumptive Vice President Sara Z. Duterte called on supporters to be humble and be the first to approach followers of defeated rival candidates. “Let us humble ourselves because we are the winner. We are the ‘Sana all’, we are the Sara All,” she said during her online thanksgiving aired on her Facebook Page Friday. She added: “We have to be magnanimous because we are only 31.5 million. We need them for us to be a 100 percent nation with no division.” Likewise, she urged Filipinos to dismiss the colors that have become the hallmark of the

Gatchalian to vie for Senate presidency

Reelectionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian bared Friday that he will eye the Senate presidency in the coming 19th Congress. Running fourth in the ongoing partial and unofficial tally, Gatchalian will be on his second six-year term. He said the biggest factor in winning the Senate presidency, currently occupied by losing vice presidential bet Vicente Sotto III, is the support of his colleagues who have different ideas and priorities. “I have talked to some of our colleagues about that and of course, since reelectionist naman ako (I am a reelectionist) and I have been in the Senate for the last six years,

Over 3K BEIs, poll clerks in Antique to get pay

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will release as early as next week the payroll for 3,020 teachers and 562 non-teaching staff who served as Board of Elections Inspectors (BEIs) and poll clerks, respectively during the May 9 elections. “Our election officers will be informing the teachers and non-teaching staff once we finish processing their payroll so that they could immediately get their honorarium from their respective municipal Comelec offices,” Antique Provincial Election Supervisor Wil Arceño said in an interview on Friday. BEI chairpersons will receive PHP9,000 while poll clerks will get PHP8,000 in cash. Arceño, thanking the Schools Division Office

Ilocos Norte’s biggest event to serve as thanksgiving for BBM win

A bigger and better arts and music festival in Ilocos Norte is set to be held on May 28 and will feature trending Pinoy pop-rock band, Agsunta. Dubbed “Himala sa Buhangin”, the grandest outdoor arts and music festival is an annual event held every May in honor of the La Virgen Milagrosa Festival, the province’s patroness, provincial tourism officer Aian Raquel said in an interview Friday. Raquel said the festival was originally scheduled for May 14 but they opted to push it back to May 28 to turn it into a thanksgiving celebration for the victory of presumptive president Ferdinand

Comelec eyes OT pay for poll workers in areas with faulty VCMs

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is eyeing to give additional honoraria to electoral board (EB) members who rendered overtime work during the May 9 elections due to faulty vote counting machines (VCMs). In a press conference on Friday, Comelec acting spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said they are waiting for the resolution and final approval of the proposal, which should go through the Commission en banc, for teachers and staff appointed by the Department of Education (DepEd) to EBs. EBs are composed of a chairperson, a poll clerk, and a third staff. “As to the number po, it will be based

No discussion on ROTC yet: Sara spox

The camp of presumptive Vice President Sara Z. Duterte has downplayed the claims of lawyer Bruce Rivera that her priority in the Department of Education (DepEd) would be the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In a statement Monday evening, Duterte spokesperson Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Frasco-Garcia said the matter has not yet been discussed. Rivera, who is also a friend of Duterte, said in a May 12 interview that “Inday really wants to, the return of mandatory ROTC, yun talaga (that’s it).” But Frasco clarified that “while VP-elect Sara looks forward to fulfilling her role as DepEd Secretary, she

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