Senator Leila de Lima is certain that opposition’s senatorial candidate Gary Alejano will "uphold" country’s sovereignty against foreign invaders like China.

De Lima endorses Alejano for senator: Tatayuan niya ang Pilipino!

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Senator Leila de Lima is certain that opposition’s senatorial candidate Gary Alejano will “uphold” country’s sovereignty against foreign invaders like China.

She said that Alejano is among the few independent-minded candidates for the May 13 midterm polls who “have the guts” to speak out against government abuses and defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s inhumane policies.

“During this time of chaos, we need leaders with extraordinary courage to speak truth to power. We need Gary Alejano who has the will to reclaim our national dignity and fight for our sovereignty,” De Lima said.

“Magiting na sundalo. Ipagtatanggol ang dangal ng Pilipinas at Pilipino. #5 Alejano. We badly need Gary Alejano at the Senate,” the opposition senator said in a statement.

A former soldier turned congressman, she noted that Alejano is one of the most vocal critics of Duterte’s lax policies toward China and a part of the independent minority bloc at the House of Representatives (HoR) that unfailingly called out the excesses of the government.

In 2017, Alejano hogged headlines for being the first lawmaker who dared file an impeachment complaint against Duterte for betrayal of public trust, bribery, and other crimes in relation to the latter’s alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the war on drugs and his positions on the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“Bilang dating sundalo – bitbit pa rin natin sa ating puso ang pagseserbisyo sa ating bayan – gusto ko hong itaguyod ang seguridad ng bawat Pilipino, bawat pamilya, at also ang seguridad, soberanya, at integridad ng ating teritoryo laban sa panghihimasok ng dayuhang bansa, especially ng China,” Alejano was quoted to have said.

The senator from Bicol said Alejano belongs to the unique breed of courageous leaders whose moral courage is considered as a rare commodity in our country.

“We need leaders who have the will and capacity to confront the powerful, and the imagination and ability to lead the powerless,” the former justice secretary said.

“They will not shirk in their responsibility to the people, even as they have to make decisions on the basis of conviction not expediency or political survival. We badly need such leaders in this time and place,” De Lima said.

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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.



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