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Proposed Teacher Education Excellence Act passed on 2nd reading: Senator Win says

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian today expressed hope the Senate will soon pass one of his major legislation that will benefit the teachers across the country.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed on second reading his proposed Teacher Education Excellence Act (TEEC).

"Pasado na po sa ikalawang pagbasa ang Teacher Education Excellence Act. Sa panukalang ito, maitataas natin ang kalidad ng edukasyon at kasanayan ng ating mga guro," Gatchalian said in a statement.

Go hits back at critics, calls for fairness and respect from senators

DAVAO CITY -- After his colleagues questioned the qualifications of appointed officials of the Duterte administration, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go emphasized that President Rodrigo Duterte has the prerogative being the appointing authority as provided by law.

In a privilege speech, Go cited President Duterte who, during his Talk to the People address on Tuesday morning, said that he has the authority to appoint individuals he put trust into government positions.

Rep. Salceda pushes Sen. Gatchalian to seek Mayor Sara's running mate if she runs

Among vice presidential hopefuls who have already come forward, it was Senator Win Gatchalian as the “most qualified” for the post.

This is according to Albay A 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda.

Salceda, an economist, said the country needs an economist in the person of Sen. Gatchalian.

Salceda said Senator Gatchalian is the perfect partner for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte if she decides to run for the presidency next year.

Sen. Poe wants Duque suspended

TO MAKE THINGS clearer, Sen. Grace Poe has sought Health Secretary Francisco Duque's suspension after state auditors found "deficiencies" in his department's handling of P67.32 billion in pandemic funds.

Poe noted that last year Ombudsman Samuel Martires ordered the preventive suspension of eight Philippine Health Insurance Corp. executives and five DOH officials for alleged irregularities on the use of pandemic funds.

This time, Senator Poe said DOH underspent 31 percent of pandemic funds.

Residents ask Comelec to probe Maguindanao floating ballot box

COTABATO CITY  – Residents of a remote Maguindanao town have asked the Commission on Elections to probe the discovery of a mysterious ballot box with election documents for the May 13 elections.

“We ask the Comelec to investigate it, this is clearly a proof there was cheating in last month’s election here in Datu Salibo,” Sam Esmael said in an interview.

Sam Esmael, a resident of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao, said today that the poll body should invalidate the proclamation of winners in Datu Salibo election until after the investigation.

North Cotabato governor-elect offers hand of conciliation

North Cotabato elect Nancy Catamco has offered conciliatory leadership in North Cotabato, urging her rivals in the midterm elec­tions to set aside politics and rally her administration to bring the province to greater heights.

“I urge all candidates who did not make it in the recent polls to amplify con­cern for the public welfare, and respect the result of the elections. Let’s show to our people that we respect their decision,” Catamco said in a Visayan statement is­sued shortly after her proclamation last week.

Faith-based group seeks independent probe on poll glitches

A faith-based group has joined calls for an independent probe of technical glitches that marred the midterm elections, fuelling suspicions of fraud.

The Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) said that the Commission on Elections must be held accountable for alleged poll irregularities.

“We will not rest until a proper investigation of these allegations of a fraudulent election and conspiracy is initiated,” PMPI said.

It said that glitches on the vote counting machines are substantiated by reports from their partners in communities.

2 women now governors in central Mindanao provinces

COTABATO CITY --- Two women, a blue-blooded Manuvu and the other a scion of the Maguindanaon royalty, are now governors of North Cotabato and Maguindanao, respectively.

Both provinces are home to Lumad, Christian and Muslim groups, stakeholders to the peace process of President Rodrigo Duterte with Moro secessionists now in peace with government and are helping address via governance the nagging community concerns in underdeveloped communities.

Gov. Toto pushes for reconciliation, healing after polls

COTABATO CITY – Outgoing Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, elected as Congressman for Maguindanao’s second district, yesterday said he will push for reconciliation of the Mangudadatu clans in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

“This is just politics, there should be no hatred, there should be no division,” Mangudadatu said after he was proclaimed by the Maguindanao provincial board of canvassers, headed by Atty. Ernie Palanan, Thursday morning.

IP leader wins North Cotabato gubernatorial race

KIDAPAWAN CITY – An Indigenous Peoples (IP) leader who was a three-termer national lawmaker was elected governor of North Cotabato.

Rep. Nancy Catamco, former representative of North Cotabato’s second district, was proclaimed at 5 a.m. today by the provincial board of canvassers after defeating her rival, Mayor Roger Talino of Carmen, North Cotabato by 3,531 votes.

Catamco got 272,249 votes as against Talino’s 268,718 votes.


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