Luzon Newsbits for October 23,2013

S.C. RULES AGAINST MARINDUQUE SOLON

The Supreme Court (SC) declared final yesterday its decision that dismissed the petition of Regina Ongsiako Reyes who challenged her disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as a candidate for the lone congressional district of Marinduque in the last May 13 elections. Declared final by the SC was its June 25, 2013 resolution that affirmed the May 14, 2013 ruling of the Comelec en banc which declared that Reyes is an American citizen and is not qualified to run for an elective post. The Comelec en banc ruling, which affirmed the decision of its first division, also ruled that Reyes lacked the required one-year residency in Marinduque. (Rey G. Panaligan)

CONSUMERISM TILT

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — In celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will hold today the Second Consumerism Challenge for high school students at Pacific Mall, here. With an aim to raise the level of awareness of students on consumer laws, rights, and safety, the DTI hopes to strengthen the linkage with the Department of Education (DepEd) through its participating schools in providing consumer education and enhancing the interest of students and teachers in consumerism. The top three winners of the contest will receive prizes of P10,000, P7,000, and P5,000. Finalists will be given P1,500 each. (Sarah C. Imperial)

UNITY WALK

BATANGAS CITY – Despite the rain, thousands of Batangueños participated in the simultaneous holding of a unity walk and peace covenant-signing in all the 31 towns and three cities of this province last Monday. Undertaken to replicate the accomplishment of the Batangas Provincial Police Office (PPO) during last May’s elections, Senior Suprintendent Omega Jireh D. Fidel said the activities help the PPO’s target to achieve zero barangay election-related violence and incidents. The awareness campaign also drew partnership among government agencies and stakeholders. (Vicky Aclan Florendo)

WORLD TRIATHLON

MORONG, Bataan — After successfully holding it in various parts of the world, the Challenge Triathlon will stage its 14th international meet in this coastal and mountainous municipality, Governor Abet S. Garcia announced yesterday. “This is the first ever in the country and will surely be a breakthrough since Bataan will be further exposed to the world,” said Garcia. Challenge Family, the global series of long distance triathlons that is changing the face of ultra-distance racing around the world, is all set for its Philippine debut in February, featuring a spectacular and iconic tri-course that runs through Subic and Bataan. (Mar T. Supnad)

ISABELA ROCKED BY ‘CAIN’ CASE

ECHAGUE, Isabela — As in the Biblical story of Cain killing his younger brother Abel out of jealousy, a man was charged yesterday with parricide for fatally stabbing his younger brother who allegedly carried an illicit affair with his wife. Chief Inspector Melchor Ariola, local chief of police, said jealousy drove Julian Simangan, 42, to hack and stab his brother, Gary, 36, to death in Barangay San Felipe, this town. Ariola said the suspect had earlier warned his brother to stay away from his wife, but when he discovered them together, Julian ran amuck and attacked Gary. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

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