Does getting elected to office mean abandoning one's family?

Does getting elected to office mean abandoning one's family?

It’s a dilemma Vice-President Leni Robredo now faces as she receives a barrage of criticism for allegedly neglecting her home province of Camarines Sur following the onslaught of typhoon “Nina”.

The Vice-President has drawn flak for staying with her family in the United States on Christmas Day while “Nina” was battering the Bicol provinces. 

The public, it seems, was expecting Robredo to abandon a long-planned family reunion and fly immediately to Naga City after the typhoon struck her home turf.

But wouldn’t this be asking too much for Robredo –…

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Be forewarned: peeing can kill.

That’s what a Quezon City man learned – too late – after he was shot for urinating on his neighbor’s wall last Christmas Day.

Aniceto Magsanay, 45, died from a gunshot wound after an altercation with his neighbor Winifredo Abenoja last December 25 in Purok 8, Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City. 

Police reports show that Magsanay, who was then in a drinking session with two other men, urinated on Abenoja’s perimeter wall, sparking an altercation between the two. 

After Magsanay ignored his neighbor’s cursing, Abenoja, who was also drunk, went inside his house to get a gun and then fired at the victim.

Despite being hit in the body, Magsanay still managed to get close to the suspect and grapple with him. Abenoja kept firing, hitting himself in the face as well as one of Magsanay’s drinking buddies, Joshua Cabuang.

Magsanay was pronounced dead at the hospital three hours later, while Abenoja who was also confined would soon face charges of murder.

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The Iglesia ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena, the world’s biggest indoor stadium, is set to celebrate a “family-friendly” new year with two big events in time for 2017.


In a statement released by GP Santos IV, Philippine Arena’s Chief Operating Officer, the 55,000-seat arena in Bocaue, Bulacan will host the PBA’s Manila Clasico game between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Star Hotshots on December 25 and a two-day New Year countdown on December 30 and 31


The two events, according to Santos, are geared towards strengthening the family “because we believe that this is the foundation of a strong society.”


“The basic unit of society is the family and here the family is not just composed of married couples and their children but also grandparents, cousins, house help and even friends,” Santos said.


The INC executive also said families could welcome the New Year at the Ciudad de Victoria with attractions such as giant inflatable slides and carnival rides as well as events to be topbilled by popular local artists and a 30-minute fireworks display.     

Read more: PH’s biggest arena ready for 2017

Another JV-Jinggoy rift Looms?

The rift between brothers former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senator JV Ejercito again sizzles.

Speculations of a rising conflict between the two came after Jinggoy contradicted his half-brother’s statement about what really caused the hospitalization of their father, former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Estrada had been rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on December 21 with pneumonia, news reports have said, quoting Jinggoy’s half-brother JV Ejercito.

But on December 27, Jinggoy clarified that his father was rushed to the hospital not for pneumonia but for “an asthma attack due to overfatigue and because of…

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It’s an early Christmas windfall for an unidentified bettor from Laguna after he bagged the jackpot of the 6/42 nationwide lottery during the December 20 draw.

The lucky bettor hit the six-digit winning combination of 39-25-13-09-01-29, which has a jackpot prize of P18,299,908, according to Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Balutan.

The winning ticket was bought from a lotto outlet in Cabuyao City, Laguna with a lucky-pick (computer-generated) combination, according to the PCSO.

Meanwhile, 48 other lotto players will be getting P15,440 each as second prize for hitting five out of six numbers.

The third prize of P360 was won by 1,614 bettors.

Read more: Laguna bettor bags P18-million lotto jackpot

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