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THE SUPREME COURT has already opined that Lucy Torres-Gomez was not even a candidate in the 2010 elections, this was the contention of lawyer Alex Avisado in a verified answer to the complaint for disqualification filed against the congresswoman on January 28 only, 104 days past the Comelec deadline and questioning once more the solon’s “supposed” first term.

Lawyer Avisado is asking the Commission on Elections to dismiss outright the complaint for disqualification for lack of factual basis and being filed out of time.  read more

ORMOC CITY – City officials here, this week, are asking Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to “reconsider the national government’s plan to liberalize the importation of sugar” as this will “cause substantial loss of income and employment to the city (Ormoc)”.

The plan, which has been announced in various national newspapers and media outlets recently, aims to allow the unregulated entry of imported sugar into the Philippine market. 

Sugar farmers here fear that the unregulated entry of imported sugar will lead to a drop of purchases of locally produced sugar, and will result to job displacements and closure of businesses allied to sugar production and an economic slowdown in general.  read more

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health Regional Office 8 (DOH 8) blames the dengvaxia vaccine scare for the spike of patients infected with measles. 

DOH 8 information officer John Paul Roca said the cases of measles have increased by over 1,000 percent with 161 cases recorded for the month of January compared with the same period last year with only 2 cases and no deaths. 

The department has reported 8 deaths for the month of January alone with 4 deaths in Palo, 2 deaths from Tacloban City, 1 from Pastrana, all in Leyte province, and 1 from Gandara, Samar.  read more

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