MANILA – Pope Francis has offered prayers for the country and the victims of Typhoon Ulysses.

Para sa naghihirap: Pope Francis offers prayers for Pinoys after Ulysses batters PH

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MANILA – Pope Francis has offered prayers for the country and the victims of Typhoon Ulysses.

In his tweet, the Holy Father also expressed sympathy and concern to the thousands of Filipinos affected by the storm that brought heavy flooding in some parts of the country.

“I am near in prayer to the dear people of the #Philippines who are suffering because of the destruction, and especially because of the flooding caused by a strong #typhoon,” he said in his Twitter, @Pontifex on Sunday night.

“I express my solidarity to the poorest families and those who are doing all they can to help them,” the pontiff added.

“Ulysses” caused massive flooding in Luzon including Metro Manila and the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. The typhoon’s death toll remains at 67 — 22 in Region 2; two in Region 3; 17 in Calabarzon; eight in Region 5; 10 in CAR and eight in NCR.

Even before “Ulysses” hit, Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) also wreaked widespread destruction in the Bicol region early this month.

When Pope Francis visited the Philippines in January 2015, he held a mass in Tacloban City and met with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), the most powerful storm recorded on land. (PNA)

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Bilib kay Vico Sotto! Pangilinan commends Pasig mayor for anti-corruption feat

Senator Francis Pangilinan is impressed with the brand of leadership of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.

The millennial politiko has earned a recognition from the United States Department as among the world’s anti-corruption champions. The International Anticorruption Champions Award was given to Sotto and several others individuals who have shown leadership, courage, and impact in battling corruption.

Pangilinan took to Facebook to extend his congratulations to Sotto.

“Congratulations, Mayor Vico Sotto! May your tribe increase,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Mayor Vico Sotto was recognized as standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office,” he said.

In giving the award, the US State Department recognized Sotto as “a standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office.”

Sotto has expressed gratitude to the US agency for the latest recognition. He said it was important to “denormalize” corruption and take it out from Filipino culture.

“Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for this recognition. But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness. If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture,” he tweeted on Feb. 24.

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Drilon: No need for Cha-cha; just amend retail trade liberalization law

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Tuesday said there was no need to change the Constitution once Congress passed key economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act.

“The immediate passage of this law will remove the steam the powers that Cha-cha train in the House of Representatives,” Drilon said on Wednesday as Senate plenary discussed Senate Bill 1840 or the proposed amendments to Republic Act 8762.

The bill seeks to further relax foreign restrictions by removing investment categories and setting an across-the-board minimum paid up capital investment equivalent of $300,000 in Philippine peso.

“By amending the Foreign Investments Act (FIA), further relaxing retail trade restrictions and amending the public service law, the Philippines will generate up to $30 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) a year,” Drilon said.

“We are all bombarded with questions about the so-called economic charter change. Well, we do not need to be bothered by such talks because we can immediately better the investment climate,” Drilon said.

“The proposed Cha-cha simply seeks to add the phrase ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to address the so-called economic provisions of the Constitution,” he said.

“What we need now to address the economic slowdown is a concrete solution through the enactment of various economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act and the Public Service Act,” he added.

Drilon is the principal author of Senate Bill 1840, which is being sponsored by Senate committee on trade chair Senator Koko Pimentel.

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