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Lodi si Win? Migz Zubiri ribs Vico Sotto over lack of love life

Does Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto want to follow in the footsteps of bachelor Senator Sherwin Gatchalian?

Sotto’s lack of love life became the subject of senators’ ribbing Monday (March 1) when the mayor went to the Senate to personally receive the Senate’s commendation for being named as one of the United States government’s anti-corruption champions.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri acknowledged that “honest to goodness public service” can sometimes cause a politiko’s love life to take a backseat.

“Kaya ang payo ko kay Mayor Vico, huwag nyang kalimutan yung private life lalong lalo na ang kanyang love life…” Zubiri said, adding that he also got married late due to work.

“ O baka gusto po nyang e-idolize ang ating pambansang bachelor ng Senado, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian…” the senator added.

The 46-year-old Gatchalian is currently in a relationship with actress Bianca Manalo.

Sotto’s uncle, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, joked that there are “many applicants” for the role of the mayor’s girlfriend.

The 30-year-old politiko has said he doesn’t have time to find a girlfriend because of the demands of his work in government.

Parang Duterte lang: Lorenzana declines Sinovac vaccine due to old age

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana won’t be getting vaccinated with Sinovac vaccine donated by China.

And the reason for his decision? Lorezana is too old to get the Chinese-developed vaccine, which has not been recommended by local drug regulators for senior citizens.

The country’s defense actually volunteered to show leadership by example but learned he can’t be get the Sinovac vaccine due to his old age. Lorenzana is 72 years old.

“I wanted to be the first to receive the Sinovac vaccine in DND to build trust and confidence among personnel but health experts advised that those over 59 should not be vaccinated. Besides, the front liners will have first priority,” he tweeted on February 28.

In another tweet, Lorenzana said he was informed that he was not qualified for the Sinovac vaccines.

The Chinese-made vaccines have not been recommended for health workers and seniors by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to varying efficacy rates.

“I volunteered to be among the first to be vaccinated but was told that I’m not qualified based on Sinovac’s age limit (18-59). I wanted to lead by example to not cast doubt against Sinovac and hopefully bring confidence among DND personnel,” he said in a later tweet.

Although he passed up the vaccine line, Lorenzana attended the rollout of the vaccines for intended health workers in military hospitals as well as Department of National Defense personnel Monday, March 1.

“All is set for today’s rollout, with 100,000 doses allocated for DND Personnel. 29,040 of which are for the health workers of the Veterans and VLuna medical centers, military and civilian staff of the DND-Proper,” he said.

Pati pensyon pinakialaman! Mike Defensor accuses Lord Velasco of slashing P20B from 2021 budget for retired soldiers

By Billy Begas

Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor has accused the House leadership led by Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco of removing P20 billion from the pension and gratuity fund allocated for uniformed personnel under the P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.

In his privilege speech, Defensor said President Rodrigo Duterte signed the 2021 national budget in December 2020 not knowing that the House of Representatives has slashed the budget.

“Ako po ay tumayo dahil hindi ko po masikmura ang situwasyon ng ating mga retiradong sundalo, mga pulis at iba pang sangay ng ating armadong sektor,” he said.

Duterte has promised to increase the pension and gratuity pay of uniformed personnel in his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“I now ask the leadership of Speaker Lord Velasco, why this happened? Paano natin pinayagan na ang pensyon at gratuity fund ng ating mga pulis, ng ating mga sundalo, ang mga coast guard, bureau of fire at jail guards. Bakit natin pinakialaman ang dapat nilang tanggapin pag sila ay nagretiro at ang pension nila buwan-buwan ay para sa kanilang pamilya?”

Defensor called Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Wendel Avisado to seek clarification and learned that he was not consulted on the reduction of the budget.

The DBM has proposed P172.9 billion for the pension and gratuity fund but Congress only approved P152 billion.

Defensor assumed that the fund was added to the budget of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) since it increased by P32 billion.

House Committee on Appropriations chairperson and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap assumed responsibility but claimed that he disclosed it with the DBM.

Yap said they were told that the P20 billion will not be used this year to pay the pension and gratuity of retired uniformed personnel.

Defensor and Yap agreed that Congress should pass a supplemental budget to augment the pension and gratuity fund.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Isidro Ungab said that the previous leadership of the House also made the same move and reduce the pension and gratuity fund by P70 billion.

Defensor said that he did not know what happened during the previous leadership of the House.

“Hindi ko po alam kung nag-usap sila (Congress and DBM) pero ang sigurado ko po, hindi nagrereklamo noon ang DBM. Ngayon nagrereklamo ang DBM dahil sa pagbawas sa budget ng pension and gratuity fund,” added Defensor.



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