Bella Perez-Rubio
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COA urged to review DND's cybersecurity funds
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 20, 2020 - 10:43am
"Hindi talaga maliwanag kung saan napupunta ang cybersecurity fund. Hindi maliwanag kung saan nga ba ginagamit ang kaban ng bayan. I flagged this amount because we want specifics. We want to make sure DND is spending...
China says it has 'reached consensus' with Philippines on South China Sea oil exploration
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 17, 2020 - 11:46am
A day after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, China said it has "reached consensus" with the Philippines regarding the joint exploration...
CHR scores alleged DepEd module discouraging students from participating in peaceful assemblies
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 17, 2020 - 11:03am
Blind obedience is not true patriotism, the education department was reminded after a questionable portion of one of its alleged self-learning modules went viral this week. 
Oil exploration in West Philippine Sea could help country to be energy-sufficient — Gatchalian
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 16, 2020 - 4:45pm
Sen. Win Gatchalian said the lifting of the ban on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea was a positive development, citing "the dwindling supply from the Malampaya reservoir which accounts for 20 percent...
'Serve and protect’: Cops reminded of mandate after saying they will file raps vs woman who tried to end life
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 16, 2020 - 10:50am
"There are 3.6 million Filipinos struggling with mental health problems. Will we imprison them when they need help the most? She needs to be in a hospital, not a jail cell," Hontiveros said.
Lacson: Kickbacks in the implementation of public works projects ‘an open secret’
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 15, 2020 - 6:15pm
"It has become an open secret that commissions or kickbacks have become the rule rather than the exception in the implementation of public works projects involving not only some corrupt officials of the department...
Palace sure COVID-19 vaccine will be affordable for Filipinos
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 15, 2020 - 4:24pm
Roque said the state intends to fund the inoculation of the poor, the police, the military, and frontliners.
DND's P500-M proposed cybersecurity budget undermined by AFP-Dito deal — Hontiveros
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
"Be circumspect. Isn't it foolish to allow a foreign entity, one with which we have territorial disputes, to put up a telco inside our military camps and then eventually spend for their potential cyberattacks?" Sen....
UP, UST experts say they will stop publicizing quarantine status recommendations
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 14, 2020 - 11:12am
"Certain recommendations are okay, it's just the specific recommendation [such as] going into a level of quarantine. Because, at the same time also, [the government has] more information on the ground, like...
AFP chief: Around P480 billion needed in next 18 years for modernization
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 13, 2020 - 7:42pm
The chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday confirmed that the military's modernization program has suffered significant delays and needs funding worth P480 billion in the next 18 years to be ex...
'It was newsworthy’: PCOO defends PTV coverage of Velasco faction's session
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 13, 2020 - 4:06pm
The Presidential Communications Office on Tuesday defended state-run PTV's broadcasting of the informal session held by lawmakers to elect Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque) as Speaker of the House, while maintaining...
Locsin in China until October 11 for bilateral meeting, DFA says
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 10, 2020 - 3:36pm
"Upon the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. will undertake an Official Visit to the People’s Republic of China from 09 to...
Release of political prisoner urged following death of her three-month-old baby
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 10, 2020 - 10:04am
"Nasino has already been cruelly deprived of her right to care for her child and to be with her in her dying moments. It is even more imperative to assert the call for the immediate release of Nasino on humanitarian...
Duterte's attribution of 'drug war' killings to drug syndicates 'a ruse,' HRW says
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 6, 2020 - 6:39pm
"Once again, Duterte is manufacturing a story, or ‘fake news’ to use the moniker he likes to use, to divert attention from killers in the ranks of the police to so-called drug syndicates. No one should...
Populist leaders like Duterte poll well during crises — political scientist
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 6, 2020 - 1:16pm
Populist leaders thrive in times of crisis, a political scientist said on Monday in response to the high approval and trust ratings credited to President Rodrigo Duterte by a recent poll.
Duterte approval, trust ratings at 91% amid COVID-19 crisis — Pulse Asia
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 5, 2020 - 12:22pm
(Updated) "Most Filipinos are appreciative of the work done by four of the country's leading government officials; public assessment of these officials' performance is essentially unchanged between December 2019...
Rapid antibody test, antigen test, RT-PCR test: How are they different?
by Bella Perez-Rubio - October 2, 2020 - 1:12pm
There are now three different kinds of COVID-19 tests approved for varying degrees of use in the Philippines. But what are these tests and how are they different?
Gov't should disclose state-backed ‘advocacy groups’ after Facebook takedown — rights group
by Bella Perez-Rubio - September 30, 2020 - 3:49pm
Facebook last week announced that it took down networks of pages, accounts, and groups for "coordinated inauthentic behavior."
Palace: Facebook ban unlikely, Duterte just wants to talk
by Bella Perez-Rubio - September 29, 2020 - 3:52pm
The social media platform drew the president's ire for taking down networks of pages, accounts, and groups for "coordinated inauthentic behavior." 
Lacson to Duterte: Instead of resigning, apply corruption laws to both friends and foes
by Bella Perez-Rubio - September 29, 2020 - 12:02pm
After Duterte revealed that he offered to resign over corruption allegations surrounding top public officials, Lacson urged him to instead exercise "strong political will" in the effort to weed out corruption from...
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