Quiboloy’s Church Issuing US Visa?

By Fernan J. Angeles

 

THE Federal Bureau of Investigation may have uncovered a dubious scheme that sees Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s religious sect into a lucrative business offering an express visa to the United States using their controversial church as conduit.

In a news article which appeared in a Manila-based major daily, the FBI was reported to be in the middle of an investigation on the local chapter of Quiboloy’s church, Kingdom of Jesus Christ, on what appears to be an in-house “immigration bureau”.

The news article specifically cited the FBI is intently looking for evidence that would pin down…

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Random drug test must begin with Barangay, SK people in drug list

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

To weed out drug users and dependents among barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials and personnel, the Department of Interior and Local Government must initiate random drug testing to ensure that those elected to the post can’t do more harm to the community.

 

This was proposed by Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader, as he asked the DILG to also invoke RA 9165 (or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) in doing such random testing.

 

RA 9165 authorizes the DILG to conduct random drug testing of current…

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By Rose de la Cruz

 

To demonstrate its sincerity with its modernization program for public utility vehicles (PUVs), the Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board was asked to allow the modernized PUVs to operate starting this summer, if only to serve as an example to those still operating old jeepneys.

 

The proposal was raised by Rep. Carlos Ramon Uybarreta of 1-CARE partylist and vice chair of energy committee of the House, as summer is the mostly timely period to “break in” new units and for the riding public to familiarize with them so that by the start of the next school year in June or August, they already know what to do.

 

This summer can be the period for the new PUV companies and cooperatives to hire competent, diligent, and courteous drivers

 

The LTFRB should now start issuing new certificates of public convenience (CPC) and provisional authority to the new jeepneys.

 

Let the riding public choose between the old, dilapidated PUVs and the new units. Let the consumers decide what is best for them.

 

Allowing market forces to determine outcomes sooner rather than later is the non-combative way of resolving the situation.

Read more: LTFRB asked to allow new PUVs to operate starting this summer

Banks told to provide more loans to education sector

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Iligan City Rep.  Frederick Siao urged the Bangko Sentral to encourage private banks to extend more loans to the educational sector, which compared to car loans is a pittance.

 

Last January, loans extended by the banking sector to the educational institutions reached P32.8 billion while those for motor vehicles was a hefty P262.8 billion, said Siao.

 

Preliminary figures for February 2018 showed loans to the education sector of P33.75 billion compared to car loans of P266 billion.

 

He said the lack of finances available to Philippine…

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Deped told to let Landbank handle teachers’ salary loan deductions

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

To ease the burden of deducting the loans obtained by teachers from private lenders in their salaries, the Land Bank of the Philippines is proposed to do this service, being the depository bank of the state.

 

The proposal was raised by Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., 1Ang Edukasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, so that the staff of DepEd can do their main function and core competencies.

 

Tens of thousands of public school teachers are saddled with debt, especially from salary loans of banks and other financial institutions. This is the…

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