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LIPA CITY (PHLTODAY) - Was the creation of the lone congressional district of Lipa City made for her?

The question is raised by political observers as outgoing Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto filed her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman in the newly created district.

It was learned that Governor Recto is running for the post even if the creation of the district has not been ratified by the people of Lipa City in a plebiscite, although the law creating it does not call for a plebiscite.

The Lipa congressional district was created by Congress through Republic Act No. 10673 signed into law by President Aquino only on August 19, 2015. The law actually re-apportioned the congressional districts of Batangas from four to six districts, with Lipa City as one separate district known as the sixth district and Batangas City also as one distinct district called the fifth district of Batangas.

The lady governor filed her Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for congresswoman accompanied by husband, Sen. Ralph Recto, who also filed his COC for reelection as senator, together with their children.

Governor Recto had served for three terms as mayor of Lipa City before she was elected governor of Batangas. She is now serving her third and final term as governor which ends on June 30

If they both win, they will  set a record of sort as the first husband-and-wife team in Congress.


Governor Recto's first husband, actor Eduardo "Edu" Manzano, on the other hand filed his COC for senator at the Comelec main office in Intramuros accompanied by his son win the actress, Luis Manzano, and children Lorenzo and Andy with another wife.

During the last election, Manzano, a former American born in San Francisco, California, ran for vice president in tandem with former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro under the Lakas-CMD party. Teodoro immediately wished Manzano good luck and victory in a post on Facebook.

Manzano had served as vice mayor of Makati City and chairman of the Optical Media Board.

“I have a lot to contribute to the Senate,” he said in an interview with a television station.

“I have a lot of unfinished business. I would like to make my contribution and I would like to step forward,” he added.
Manzano said he would address the issue of “excessive taxation” and prioritize education if elected.


In an earlier interview, Edu admitted that he’s always been tempted to run for public office because of his love for public service.

Gov. Vi and son Ryan Christian accompanied Senator Ralph in filing his CoC under the Liberal Party ticket at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros.

Later, Governor Vi herself  filed her CoC for congresswoman in Lipa City.

Japan, PH sign new currency swap deal

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Kyodo News
TOKYO - Japan and the Philippines have signed an agreement to double the maximum amount of their currency swap arrangement to bolster financial market stability and bilateral economic and trade ties, the Finance Ministry said Monday.
The agreement will allow Manila to swap up to $12 billion, while the maximum amount Tokyo can swap will remained unchanged at $500 million, a statement released by the Japanese ministry said.
"Aside from the crisis resolution facility, this arrangement also introduces a new feature in the form of a crisis prevention scheme to address potential liquidity needs," the statement added.

Napoles children urge SC to stop graft trial

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by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the government to file its comment on the petition filed by the children of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, which urges the high court to stop the Sandiganbayan from hearing the graft cases against them.
In a two-page resolution, the full court required the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to file the comment within a period of 10 days upon receipt.
Jo Christine Napoles and James Christopher Napoles, in their petition, urged the high court to nullify the findings of the Ombudsman that led to their indictment for graft in connection with the multi-billion peso scam.
They also asked the high court to recall the warrants for their arrest.
The Office of the Clerk of Court was also directed by the high tribunal to study the possible consolidation of the cases of the Napoles children with the separate petitions filed by accused Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his former chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes, their co-accused in the graft cases.
The Napoles children stand trial for the alleged misuse of Enrile's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was allegedly funneled to their mother's "bogus" NGOs.
In their petition, the Napoles children argued that the Ombudsman failed to present any evidence against them.

Purisima opens up 'ordinary house'

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By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A convoy of about 14 vehicles composed of the media and the Philippine National Police traveled to Barangay Magpapalayok in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija to get a glimpse of the allegedly undervalued house of Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima. 
At certain points along the way, the convoy would stop and meet up with mobile patrol units who would then join the convoy. Police were also positioned in various corners and roads.
Upon entering Barangay Magpapalayok, officials of the barangay were also standing guard on the road.
Before letting the media in, representatives of the PNP chief reminded the group that live coverage inside the compound was not allowed. They also asked the media to take note of how cheap or inexpensive the materials used to build the compound was. Cousins of the PNP chief insist that the house is "ordinary," and "not a mansion."
They said the house is modest when compared to the houses in affluent neighborhoods like Forbes Park.
The main house is 204sqm, has granite posts, with driftwood chairs and tables on the white porch.
The exterior of the house is made of gypsum, a cheaper alternative to wood. A hardwood table for 10 is at the center of the house.
There is a hybrid refrigerator and an Italian-made stove in the kitchen.

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