Manila Times

Another Yolanda storm brewing – and what a howler!



BY MAURO GIA SAMONTE ON OCTOBER 29, 2017

The huge howler that was Yolanda in 2013 does not seem to have ended after all. Four years into its anniversary four days from today, the killer typhoon (death toll more than 6,300, with bodies continuing to be found into 2014) is once more a-forming, its howl now certain to duplicate that which made Yolanda the most destructive on record to have hit humanity ever.

Crush terror before lifting martial law – Lacson



BY BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO ON OCTOBER 18, 2017

SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said the military must be allowed to finish its “final assault” against the remaining terrorists cornered in Marawi City before martial law is lifted in Mindanao.

Some senators said the government must also focus on the reconstruction of war-torn Marawi following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that the Islamic City has been “liberated” from the clutches of the Islamic State-linked Maute group.

2019 SENATORIAL: POLLS PDP-Laban to field Fariñas, Roman, Tolentino



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON OCTOBER 7, 2017

THE ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has identified six of the 12 candidates for its senatorial slate in the 2019 mid-term elections.

The PDP-Laban senatorial line up will be, so far, composed of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Representatives Alfredo Benitez, Karlo Nograles and Geraldine Roman; and former Metro Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino.

Duterte party names 6 senatorial bets for 2019 mid-term polls



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON OCTOBER 6, 2017

THE Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has identified six of 12 possible candidates for its senatorial slate in the 2019 mid-term elections.

They are: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas, and Representatives Alfredo Benitez, Carlo Nograles, Geraldine Roman and former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Francis Tolentino.

Robredo backs charges vs. ‘Yolanda’ housing contractor over substandard materials



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo favors the lawmakers’ proposal to file perjury and syndicated estafa against the contractor of the housing project in Samar and Leyte for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda”.

“[To file charges vs. the contractors] is the order of the day. When I was with HUDCC, I have repeatedly pointed out problems on the Yolanda housing project. There are flaws in the policy,” Robredo, a lawyer, said in an interview during her visit to Pili, Camarines Sur.

9,000 Negros officials to join PDP-Laban



BY EUGENE Y. ADIONG ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

BACOLOD CITY: About 9,000 local officials in Negros Occidental are set to join the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban in a mass oath-taking set for October 5 at the Victorias City Coliseum, according to Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd District).

Benitez said he has invited House Speaker and PDP-Laban Secretary-General Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, PDP- Laban president, to swear in the new party members.

House panel sets probe on ‘Yolanda’ housing anomaly on Sept. 18



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

THE House of Representatives has calendared an investigation on an alleged anomaly in a government housing project involving “billions of pesos” allegedly misused by a contractor hired by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to build homes for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that hit most of the Visayas region four years ago.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental said in a text message on Thursday that the committee on housing and urban development, which he heads would conduct the inquiry starting on Sept. 18.

‘Yolanda’ housing contractor faces raps



BY RALPH VILLANUEVA ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

LEYTE Rep. Vicente Veloso is considering filing estafa and plunder cases against the main contractor of the housing project for victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar for building substandard units.

Veloso and members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Housing and Urban Development found that only 33 percent of the project has been completed. The lawmakers visited the housing site in Leyte.

Lawmaker pushes audit of P5B housing budget



BY LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT ON APRIL 27, 2017

The House of Representatives will scrutinize the P5-billion annual budget for the government’s socialized housing program in light of the occupation of a government housing program in Pandi, Bulacan by members of Kadamay, according to Rep. Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental.

Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday inspected the housing units in Pandi that were originally intended for soldiers and policemen.