What the Snapchat Generation Expects From Brands for Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond

Nearly one-half of Snapchatters responding to a recent survey by Snap Inc. said they intend to observe Hispanic Heritage Month in some fashion. The company wrote in a blog post, “The Snapchat Generation is distinctly diverse and socially conscious, making this month an especially important time for our community. As a particularly inclusive group, nearly…
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Abra, Baguio, Bohol under GCQ with heightened restrictions

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has placed Abra, Baguio City and Bohol under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

Abra and Baguio City were initially under GCQ while Bohol was under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Ilocos Norte was placed under GCQ.

These new classifications takes effect on September 24, 2021 until September 30, 2021.

In Abra, Baguio City and Bohol, indoor dine-in services will be allowed but only at 20% venue capacity. Outdoor dine-in services will be at 50% seating capacity.

Beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas may operate up to 30% capacity.

Outdoor tourist attractions will also be allowed at 30% venue capacity.

Interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit of destination.

Meanwhile, religious gatherings shall be allowed up to 10% of the venue capacity.

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Abra, Baguio, Bohol under GCQ with heightened restrictions

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has placed Abra, Baguio City and Bohol under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

Abra and Baguio City were initially under GCQ while Bohol was under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Ilocos Norte was placed under GCQ.

These new classifications takes effect on September 24, 2021 until September 30, 2021.

In Abra, Baguio City and Bohol, indoor dine-in services will be allowed but only at 20% venue capacity. Outdoor dine-in services will be at 50% seating capacity.

Beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas may operate up to 30% capacity.

Outdoor tourist attractions will also be allowed at 30% venue capacity.

Interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit of destination.

Meanwhile, religious gatherings shall be allowed up to 10% of the venue capacity.

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Archbishop thanks president for promise not to approve pro-abortion constitutional changes in El Salvador


Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador. / Presidencia SV

San Salvador, El Salvador, Sep 23, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

The Archbishop of San Salvador thanked Saturday the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, for his commitment not to approve abortion, gender ideology, or euthanasia in the constitutional reforms outlined by his government. 

In his homily at a Sept. 18 Mass for the nation’s bicentennial, Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas, who is also president of the Salvadoran bishops’ conference, said that “we want to take this moment to thank the president of the republic for the commitment he has expressed not to amend those articles of the Political Constitution relating to respect for human life from its conception to the final phase of human existence, in a natural way.”

The prelate also thanked Bukele “for his commitment not to approve euthanasia, as well as his commitment to defend respect for marriage as a bond established by God between a man and a woman.”

The archbishop was responding to a Sept. 17 Facebook post by Bukele saying, “I have decided, so that there is no doubt, not to propose any type of reform to any article that has to do with the right to life (from the moment of conception), with marriage (keeping only the original design, a man and a woman) or with euthanasia.” 

A coalition of 75 pro-life and pro-family organizations had on Sept. 13 asked Bukele to reject such proposed reforms. And more than 26,000 people signed an online petition launched by CitizenGO which warned of the dangers in the proposed reform.

The constitution of El Salvador recognizes in Article 1 “as a human person every human being from the moment of conception.”

The proposed reform was intended to add the term “in general”, which could open the doors to the decriminalization of abortion.

In addition, it sought to impose euthanasia by establishing “the right to a previously consented death with dignity.”

The proposed reform also aimed to eliminate the mention of the union between “a man and a woman” in Article 33 which talks about family relationships, and adds to Article 32 that the family will be protected “whatever form it may take.”

The Salvadoran bishops’ conference expressed Sept. 13 its opposition to any attempt to open the door to abortion, euthanasia, or gender ideology.

However, pro-life groups have warned that the proposed constitutional reform, with the modifications offered by Bukele, still opens the door to gender ideology and threatens religious freedom.

The Salvemos a la Familia platform urged in a recent statement that there be no change to “Articles 25, 26, 57 and 58 of the current Constitution in relation to the fundamental right of religious freedom and the right of parents as the first, primary and irreplaceable educators of their children to decide the education that they consider most appropriate.”

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Duterte to file case vs Gordon over P86M ‘disallowed’ funds

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to file a case against Sen. Richard Gordon for allegedly failing to return some P86 million worth of public funds.

In his pre-recorded public address aired Wednesday night, Duterte said the Commission on Audit (COA) issued a notice of disallowance for P140 million to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) under Gordon’s leadership, but the senator allegedly pocketed P86 million.

He said that the notice of disallowance is a sort of “final imprimatur” that CoA has finished its audit.

“So I would like to inquire from the Ombudsman if there is a case filed against you because lahat na na-disallow (everything was disallowed) and the money was not returned. The money was not used in the right way. It reduces into something like a personal liability,” he said.

“Nasaan na yung pera? (Where is the money?) So kindly settle or I will personally see to it that a case is filed against you,” Duterte said of Gordon, who served as the chairman of SBMA from 1992 to 1998.

Dutere, a lawyer, said Gordon’s supposed crime in connection with the unreturned money is malversation.

Aside from being threatened with malversation, the President reckoned that the senator should be facing the Sandiganbayan, the government’s anti-graft court.” This court hears criminal and other cases filed against public officials by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Of course, you are not exempted from prosecution. You can be charged. Anong hindi ka sa arrest [What do you mean you can’t be arrested]? Malversation,” Duterte said.

“Ibig sabihin binulsa mo yung pera (That means you pocketed the money),” he added. “Yung utang mo bayaran mo na yan, ang tagal na pala yan (Pay back that debt of yours, it’s been quite some time).”

Duterte also urged Gordon to give up one of his positions, claiming that it is illegal for him to be both a senator and the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the same time.

Then he accused Gordon again of diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund, the now-defunct pork barrel of lawmakers, to the PRC.

“Do not say that Red Cross and ikaw ay (you are) separate identity. That’s bullsh*t. You are a dual personality that is banned or prohibited by law. Dapat noon pa dinemanda ka na. Wala lang naglakas ng loob (You should have been sued long ago. It’s just that nobody was brave enough),” he said.

Duterte pointed out that not even Cabinet members could be officers of a corporation or any other business entity dealing with the government.

“Bawal ‘yan, actually. Bawal. Bitawan mo na ‘yan (That is prohibited. Prohibited. Give that up) because I will insist that you give up one because you cannot be both,” he added.

However, the Supreme Court had resolved in 2009 that Gordon could keep both his position as a senator and as PRC chairman, the PRC neither being a government office nor a for-profit organization.

The law prohibits anyone from holding two concurrent positions in government or another position in a private company that could give rise to a conflict of interest.

Gordon is the chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee that has been investigating the Duterte administration’s purchase of medical supplies for pandemic response.

This is the second time this week that Duterte mentioned Gordon and the PRC in his late-night “Talk to the People” address.

On Monday, Duterte insisted on having the CoA look at the finances of the PRC.

He also alleged that the PRC erred multiple times in conducting Covid-19 tests in the country.

CoA chairman Michael Aguinaldo has said state auditors have no jurisdiction over the humanitarian organization as it is not a government agency.

The PRC board of governors, in a statement, has also said it does not receive any funds from the government.

Gordon has yet to issue a statement regarding Duterte’s latest allegations, as of posting time.

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Duterte to file case vs Gordon over P86M ‘disallowed’ funds

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to file a case against Sen. Richard Gordon for allegedly failing to return some P86 million worth of public funds.

In his pre-recorded public address aired Wednesday night, Duterte said the Commission on Audit (COA) issued a notice of disallowance for P140 million to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) under Gordon’s leadership, but the senator allegedly pocketed P86 million.

He said that the notice of disallowance is a sort of “final imprimatur” that CoA has finished its audit.

“So I would like to inquire from the Ombudsman if there is a case filed against you because lahat na na-disallow (everything was disallowed) and the money was not returned. The money was not used in the right way. It reduces into something like a personal liability,” he said.

“Nasaan na yung pera? (Where is the money?) So kindly settle or I will personally see to it that a case is filed against you,” Duterte said of Gordon, who served as the chairman of SBMA from 1992 to 1998.

Dutere, a lawyer, said Gordon’s supposed crime in connection with the unreturned money is malversation.

Aside from being threatened with malversation, the President reckoned that the senator should be facing the Sandiganbayan, the government’s anti-graft court.” This court hears criminal and other cases filed against public officials by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Of course, you are not exempted from prosecution. You can be charged. Anong hindi ka sa arrest [What do you mean you can’t be arrested]? Malversation,” Duterte said.

“Ibig sabihin binulsa mo yung pera (That means you pocketed the money),” he added. “Yung utang mo bayaran mo na yan, ang tagal na pala yan (Pay back that debt of yours, it’s been quite some time).”

Duterte also urged Gordon to give up one of his positions, claiming that it is illegal for him to be both a senator and the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the same time.

Then he accused Gordon again of diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund, the now-defunct pork barrel of lawmakers, to the PRC.

“Do not say that Red Cross and ikaw ay (you are) separate identity. That’s bullsh*t. You are a dual personality that is banned or prohibited by law. Dapat noon pa dinemanda ka na. Wala lang naglakas ng loob (You should have been sued long ago. It’s just that nobody was brave enough),” he said.

Duterte pointed out that not even Cabinet members could be officers of a corporation or any other business entity dealing with the government.

“Bawal ‘yan, actually. Bawal. Bitawan mo na ‘yan (That is prohibited. Prohibited. Give that up) because I will insist that you give up one because you cannot be both,” he added.

However, the Supreme Court had resolved in 2009 that Gordon could keep both his position as a senator and as PRC chairman, the PRC neither being a government office nor a for-profit organization.

The law prohibits anyone from holding two concurrent positions in government or another position in a private company that could give rise to a conflict of interest.

Gordon is the chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee that has been investigating the Duterte administration’s purchase of medical supplies for pandemic response.

This is the second time this week that Duterte mentioned Gordon and the PRC in his late-night “Talk to the People” address.

On Monday, Duterte insisted on having the CoA look at the finances of the PRC.

He also alleged that the PRC erred multiple times in conducting Covid-19 tests in the country.

CoA chairman Michael Aguinaldo has said state auditors have no jurisdiction over the humanitarian organization as it is not a government agency.

The PRC board of governors, in a statement, has also said it does not receive any funds from the government.

Gordon has yet to issue a statement regarding Duterte’s latest allegations, as of posting time.

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