Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, September 27, 2021.
A recently formed coalition of different groups from the urban poor sector threw its support behind the presidential bid of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in next year’s national elections. The “Pinoy Ako, Isko Tayo” coalition was launched at the Lupang Arenda in Taytay, Rizal, over the weekend. Lead convenor Mik Rivera said the goal of this group is to serve as the vehicle of the campaign in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao towards success and genuine change.
With a good percentage of the population already fully inoculated against the coronavirus disease, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd urged the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to go over its protocols on access for fully vaccinated individuals under the new alert level system. Concepcion underscored that while he welcomed fully vaccinated individuals being allowed to participate in indoor activities in select business establishments under Alert Level 4, there were no clear qualifying conditions for Alert Levels 2 and 3. He said this could create confusion and put both the unvaccinated customers and employees of establishments at risk. Instead, Concepcion suggested for the IATF to consider “(1) allowing only fully vaccinated individuals for indoor business transactions across the alert levels (4-2), and (2) increase the capacity of businesses allowed to open.”
THE Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) said former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will beat the October 8 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy “for a national position.” Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, PFP executive president, gave the assurance “amid convoys of political parties rallying behind his (Marcos’) anticipated presidential bid.” The PFP endorsed Marcos as its presidential candidate in the 2022 national elections. The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan also wanted Marcos to be its standard-bearer. The former senator has yet to act on both nominations. Rodriguez said Marcos has opted to pursue “a low-profile status.” He added Marcos wants to keep all possibilities open as far as forming alliances for the coming elections. Rodriguez said Marcos was “thankful for the outpouring of support from major political parties, respected local chieftains and concerned citizens, but kept his cards close to his chest.”
PAKISTAN wants wider defense intelligence sharing with Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, as part of efforts to combat terrorism in the region. At a recent roundtable discussion with The Manila Times, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Philippines Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi said Islamabad has finalized a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defense cooperation with the Philippines. Kazi said he has received the final text of the approved version of the agreement. He said the agreement was supposed to have been signed by the two countries’ defense chiefs. But due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Philippine government, the ambassador said he was told by Islamabad to sign the agreement on behalf of Pakistan’s top defense official. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will sign for the Philippines.
THE Partido Reporma on Sunday dismissed reports that its standard- bearer, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, intends to withdraw from the presidential race in 2022. Lacson, chairman of Partido Reporma, and his longtime ally Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd on September 8 formally announced their candidacies for president and vice president in next year’s polls. The Partido Reporma warned the public against “an ongoing misinformation campaign claiming allegedly that Sen. Panfilo Lacson has or is withdrawing his candidacy for President in the May 2022 elections.”
BUSINESS: Fewer firms have expansion plans
In business, firms that wish to expand their operations have decreased, but they are looking to hire more staff, according to a poll done by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The central bank’s recently issued Business Expectation Survey (BES) showed that the number of businesses aiming to expand in the industry sector fell to 9.6 percent in the fourth quarter, down from 21.1 percent in the previous quarter. The percentage plunged from 27.8 percent to 27.3 percent throughout the next 12 months.
In sports, the Gilas Pilipinas Women’s basketball team faces a tall order right away, as they open their FIBA Women’s Asia Cup campaign against powerhouse China on Monday at the Prince Hamza Sport Hall in Amman, Jordan. Tip-off is at 9 p.m (Philippine time). Ranked 51st in the world, the Philippines take on ranked no. 7 China in a Group B action, which the former has to bring its “David slaying Goliath” energy to win the ball game. The Pinays need to outhustle and outplay the far taller Chinese players. Only center Clare Castro breaches the 6-foot mark, as she stands at 6-foot-5 for the Philippine team, whose average height is 5-foot-6 according to the FIBA website. On the other hand, the Chinese squad boasts a 6-foot-9 Han Xu and a 6-foot-7 Li Yueru on top of a 6-foot-4 Yang Hengyu, 6-foot-3’s Pan Zhenqi and Huang Sijing. China has an average height of 6-foot-1 per the FIBA website.
READ: Opinion and editorial
Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao believes there are netizens “overrunning” anti-Marcos posts, while Fr. Aquino asks what do people know of the “Other”.
Today’s editorial calls for a reform of congressional probes and procurement. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.
For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.
On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.