Sal Panelo speaks

The usual incorrigible critics and detractors of PRRD have found another arsenal within which to put the President in a bad light. They are using a portion of his speech delivered in Filipino: “Ang kasalanan ko lang iyong extra-judicial killing,” as an admission by him being behind the EJKs. The statement must be viewed in relation to his on-going relentless war against the drug menace.

In his first SONA speech, he declared that there would be hell to pay against those who abuse their authority because they become worse than criminality itself. It must be viewed in the context of his governance as well. What he meant when he made that utterance was that from day one of his presidency he could not be accused of corruption.

Nor could he be blamed for persecuting anyone or putting anybody to jail. He has nothing to do with few of his critics being placed in jail or facing the brunt of the law.

That happenstance properly belongs to another branch of the government which he does not have control of nor is he inclined to influence. Interference with a co-equal body is simply out of his character.

It is only the baseless allegation of him being behind the extra-judicial killings that appears to tar his governance. That was what he meant when he made the aforesaid statement, the meaning of which is now, as always, being twisted by the perennial nit pickers of his uncommon lingua franca.

Obviously, the President being a Visayan is not adept at expressing himself in Filipino.

The President will not stop at continuing his war against illegal drugs, a duty imposed on him by the Constitution. Extra-judicial killings are the result of members of the drug syndicates killing each other due to fraud in their dealings as well as a means of protecting and avenging themselves from whistle blowers.

The fact that policemen are killed in anti-drug operations shows that the drug lords and pushers use violence in resisting arrest as well as putting the lives of the arresting officers in peril; hence, their application of lawful self-defense.

The success and effectiveness of the anti-drug campaign is validated by the overwhelming approval and satisfaction of the citizenry as reflected by the latest SWS survey. Rather than maliciously and continuously paint the dismantling of the drug apparatus as a crime against humanity, the purveyors of the status quo should instead view it as a forceful legal method of saving a generation from drug addiction and ruin.

For once in their lives, they should contribute to its triumph by assisting the government in its fight against the destroyers of society, for they may well be saving themselves and their families from the scourge of illegal drugs.

Salvador S. Panelo Chief Presidential Legal Counsel

Palu tsunami

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Photos from the Palu tsunami in Indonesia that killed hundreds of people.

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The aftermath.

Pray for Indonesia.

Grab receives approval from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to rapidly expand GrabPay services

Grab, the Philippines’ and Southeast Asia’s leading Online-to-Offline (O2O) platform, today announced it will rapidly expand the GrabPay mobile walletin the Philippines. The announcement comes as Grab receives the e-money license from

The announcement comes as Grab receives the e-money license from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the central bank in the Philippines.

With the e-money license, Grab consumers in the near future, will not only be able to use GrabPay for rides and express delivery, but a number of additional payments services.

The Philippines is the 5
th country in Southeast Asia where the full suite of GrabPay mobile wallet services becomes available.

“The Philippines has one of the highest percentages of people in Southeast Asia who do not have a bank account and who transact in cash. We believe Grab, an everyday app available on 1 in 2 smartphones in the Philippines can make a difference where other e-wallets have not been able to so far. The convenience of Grab’s many services and the millions of customers already using the Grab app every day, make us confident about the GrabPay wallet’s prospects. With the support from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, we can now help millions participate in the cashless, digital economy without the need for a bank account or to download additional apps,” said Ooi Huey Tyng, Managing Director of GrabPay Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

According to statistics from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, more than 98% of transactions in the Philippines still happen in cash, whereas 86% of people remain unbanked. Cash handling and services also cost millions of pesos a year to the banking industry.

Grab consumers will soon be able to benefit from a full-fledged, safe and convenient mobile wallet, without having to leave the convenience of the Grab app. Grab announced a number of new features besides its existing payments functions for ordering rides, express delivery and peer-to-peer credit transfer. Starting today, Grab users will be able to top-up their prepaid sims from the Grab app, and soon, order food, pay their bills and purchases from their favorite stores and restaurants.

As with rides, new services may help customers earn points with GrabRewards, Southeast Asia’s largest loyalty programme, with offers from top brand partners such as SM Cinema, Cebu Pacific flights, McDonalds or Globe prepaid.
Starting today, Grab users will be able to top-up their prepaid sims from the Grab app, and soon, order food, pay their bills and purchases from their favorite stores and restaurants.

As with rides, new services may help customers earn points with GrabRewards, Southeast Asia’s largest loyalty programme, with offers from top brand partners such as SM Cinema, Cebu Pacific flights, McDonalds or Globe prepaid.

Major merchants, restaurant partners and small businesses will also be able to receive mobile payments with GrabPay’s QR technology. Grab believes its large customer base of millions of driver-partners and consumers across the Philippines, will help to incentivise the adoption of mobile payments among merchants.

Grab as the app offering essential everyday services in areas such as mobility, food and other services to more than 110 million consumers across Southeast Asia is best placed to make a difference. The GrabPay mobile wallet built into the Grab app offers a low-entry barrier to secure cashless payment options for both consumers and merchants.

The GrabPay mobile wallet built into the Grab app offers a low-entry barrier to secure cashless payment options for both consumers and merchants.

Grab the Everyday Superapp experience

Grab users will soon be able to experience the new Grab Superapp. This will allow quick access to the GrabPay wallet, easy navigation to all Grab services and personalized news feed.

The new face of the app features a news feed that is localized, useful and informative, when you’re on the go. Featuring news, reviews and entertainment, Grab consumers can see nearby restaurants recommendations, play games, get exclusive deals from shops.

Top up prepaid load through GrabPay

The first feature to be launched by Grab under the e-money license will be the option to top-up prepaid load from the Grab app. Users in the Philippines who wish to top up their prepaid load, can tap the ‘Load Now’ bar below the GrabPay mobile wallet bar alongside other features including send, request and top up wallet. After entering the phone number to be topped up,

they can select their top up product. The request is sent to the telco service provider and receipt provided.

DOE to Explore DavOr’s Potentials for Geothermal Energy

DAVAO ORIENTAL – In the effort of finding more efficient and sustainable energy source that would power the country’s ever-growing households and industries, the Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing studies and surveys on some areas potential for geothermal energy.

During the Information, Education, and Communication Campaign for the Philippine Geothermal Resources Inventory and Assessment Project, resource persons from the DOE said that there are six potential areas in the Philippines for the geothermal energy, including Davao Oriental, which the DOE now plans to assess.

In Davao Oriental, the areas considered for assessment are the villages of Cabagayan in Tarragona town, Don Mariano Marcos in Lupon town and Buso in the City of Mati.

According to Joel Miguel, Science Research Specialist II, their team consisting of specialist are now gearing to determine Davao Oriental’s potentials for geothermal energy on the said villages. Another purpose of the study, he added, will also be to update geothermal database and identify areas for geothermal development.

Miguel underscored the importance of the IEC campaign in urging local government officials to support the project as they will tap the communities to assist them during the assessment and exploration.

The assessment which has already started in some areas last January 2017 is expected to be completed on the year 2021. The assessment will undergo three phases, namely geological survey, geophysical survey, and geochemical survey, explained Kristine Louise Alvarez, Science Research Specialist II.

Upon completion of the study, the DOE will furnish the LGUs the results as well as its recommendations for the LGUs.
Atty. Marissa Cerezo, Assistant Director of the Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the DOE assured the public that geothermal exploration is completely safe, especially with modern technology. She also dispels claims that geothermal exploration may trigger earthquakes. “There is no scientific basis for that,” she said, describing that digging the ground is just like a scratch under the earth. “Epicenters of earthquakes are hundreds of kilometers below,” she said, adding that the deepest that humans have ever dug from the surface of the earth is only about 2 kilometers.

Powering the Future
Geothermal energy has many advantages. Aside from it being a clean, renewable and sustainable source of energy, tapping this unlimited source of energy is a way to go amidst the increasing demand for energy.

Geothermal energy abounds in the Philippines which has the third largest “installed capacity” in the world. However, she said that if the areas of study turn out not feasible for power generation, these sources can be tapped for myriad of other potential uses such as for agriculture and tourism, among others. She said geothermal energy has endless potentials wherein LGUs can benefit.

Atty. Cerezo expounds on the environmental benefits of the geothermal energy. She said that should geothermal power plants be established; developers and the communities will be even more compelled to plant trees on the surrounding watersheds as geothermal energy needs water to produce steam in order to propel and drives the turbines of a power plant.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, in a message delivered for him by his representative Freddie Bendulo, the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, said this geothermal energy study is welcome development for the province.

He said that with Davao Oriental abounding in natural resources and potentials for renewable energy, the province will hopefully contribute in providing solution to power generation for the growth of industries and businesses. <strong>Karen Lou Deloso