Social Security and YOU
By DEOGRACIAS SANTOS
November is Family Caregiver’s Month, a time to thank and acknowledge all of the people who take care of those in need. If you handle the finances of someone who receives benefits from Social Security, or you know someone who may need help managing his or her benefits, you may want to consider applying to be a representative payee.More >
MANILA – Tensions flared up perilously close to armed confrontation three years after China took effective control of the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal in 2012 and later much of South China Sea or West Philippine Sea that the Philippines claims as part of its maritime possessions. But if the year 2014 was recorded for dangerous escalation of tensions, it was also set off as the point at which Manila has had enough and went to the United Nations for formal---and peaceful---arbitration.
In January, Chinese coast guard ships bombarded with water cannons some Filipino fishermen peacefully plying their trade on the sea around Panatag Shoal. Then Armed Forces Chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista accused China of firing water cannons at Filipino fishermen to drive them away from the disputed shoal, a rich fishing ground off Zambales province within the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone. The incident was considered one of the more aggressive moves of China against the Philippines since declaring new fishing regulations for enforcement by the Hainan municipal government starting January 1.
Neophyte Philippine Sen. Grace Poe has yet to declare her candidacy, but the highly popular daughter the iconic Fernando Poe Jr. already looms as the person to watch in the May 2016 presidential elections.
Days after seeing Poe jump to second to Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest Pulse Asia survey of potential presidential candidates, her godfather, Manila Mayor and former President Joseph Estrada told Inquirer columnist Neal H. Cruz that Estrada will support Poe if she finally decides to vie for the presidency.
Perennial presidential frontrunner Binay plunged six percentage points in the Nov. 14-20 survey after shedding a hefty 10 points in September. In contrast, Poe jumped by six percentage points to 18 points, dislodging Liberal Party's presumptive presidential bet, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who dropped sharply form No. 2 to seventh in the latest Pulse Asia polls.
By CECIL MORELLA
A sex, drugs and bribery scandal at the Philippines' main prison, where a raid uncovered drug lords "living like kings" in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis, has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption.
The revelations were headline news Tuesday, a day after police commandos swooped on the infamously crowded Bilibid prison complex to verify reports drug rings were operated from behind bars.