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July 30, 2015, Thursday
  • Tolentino thanks gov’t agencies, private sector & media for their participation in metrowide earthquake drill. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA’s night-time earthquake drill to be held in Pasig City on Thursday. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA’s metrowide earthquake drill ended at 12:20 noon Thursday. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA & Makati gov’t give Makati earthquake drill an ‘almost perfect’ 9 out of 10 success rating. about 1 hour ago |
  • Marikina 161 Rescuers hope gov’t personnel & people will remember the quake drill in case of an actual tremor. about 1 hour ago |
  • NDRRMC Exec. Dir. Alexander Pama notes gov’t agencies’ response to quake drill was very quick. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino declares the metrowide earthquake drill a success. 3 hours ago |
  • Arrest warrant sent to U.S. Embassy for Fil-Am Jonathan Viane who is suspect in a woman’s brutal slay in Olongapo City. 3 hours ago |
  • 133 Filipino soldiers who served as U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti return to the Philippines. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe not surprised that Pres. Aquino picked Mar Roxas as LP’s standard bearer. 3 hours ago |
  • House Minority Bloc to hold ‘Kontra-SONA’ next week. 3 hours ago |
  • China conducts military drill in South China Sea. 3 hours ago |
  • Agusan del Norte experiences rotational blackouts. 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino joining 10:30 am earthquake drill in Malacanang. 3 hours ago |
  • Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo not ready to run for the vice presidency in 2016. 3 hours ago |
  • MMDA’s earthquake drill all over Metro Manila happens at 10:30 am Thursday. 3 hours ago |
  • Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice says a wider consultation will be held on who will run as Mar Roxas’ running mate. 19 hours ago |
  • Erice says LP members who are congressmen, governors & local gov’t ofcls. will endorse Roxas as pres’l bet in a separate event next week. 19 hours ago |
  • LP congressman Erice confirms Roxas will be endorsed by the President as LP’s standard bearer at 9 am on Friday. 19 hours ago |
  • QCPD Chief Joel Pagdilao named new PNP NCRPO Chief. 19 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero to decide in September on whether or not he will run for the vice presidency in 2016. 19 hours ago |
  • Prosecution blocks Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s plea for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan. 19 hours ago |
  • LP Sec. Gen. Mel Sarmiento says Pres. Aquino will endorse Roxas as LP’s standard bearer on Friday, July 31 at Club Filipino. 19 hours ago |
  • Marquez saddened by CHR's seeming lack of interest in suing protesters who attacked 2 cops during SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe sees no need to resign from Senate cmte. chairmanships as she considers a possible presidential bid. 22 hours ago |
  • Manila Mayor Estrada plans to seal a joint venture with a private company to operate Manila Zoo. 23 hours ago |
  • Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada defends the joint venture with private firm to renovate Quinta market. 23 hours ago |
  • 14 injured as a bus falls off a ravine in San Narciso, Quezon. 23 hours ago |
  • DOJ team in Jakarta to talk with Mary Jane Veloso to strengthen case against her recruiter. 23 hours ago |
  • 8-man DOJ team arrives in Jakarta to talk with Indonesian authoroties about Mary Jane Veloso's case. 23 hours ago |
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House, Senate okay anti-bullying bill

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Jun. 07, 2013 at 12:01am
The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a Senate bill that would lessen, if not totally eradicate the incidence of bullying among students in elementary and high schools. The Senate on Wednesday approved its own version on third and final reading.

The Senate version would first be enrolled by the House before it is transmitted to Malacanang, either for approval or veto of President Aquino.

The anti-bullying measure was approved by the 15th Congress before it adjourned “sine die” on Thursday.

Outgoing senator Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture and sponsor of the bill, said the proposed measure is a combination of House Bill 5496 and the Senate versions authored by himself, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Angara said there is no reason for school authorities and societies to tolerate bullying because it traumatizes and in extreme cases, drive children to suicide.

He cited the findings of a research which showed that at least one-third of the students in the Philippines or about 2.5 million children were verbally or physically bullied.

He said the Department of Education, between May and August 2012 or within a three-month period, received reports of 112 cases of child abuse and related complaints in its central office in Pasig City.
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