MAYNILA-TAMA nang bala ng baril mula sa Chief Clerk of Court sa lungsod na ito ang tumapos sa buhay ng isang hukom dakong alas 2:45 ng hapon, ika-11 ng Nobyembre 2020.

Duguang isinugod sa pagamutan ang biktimang si Hon. Maria Theresa Samonte Abadilla, 44 taong gulang, walang asawa at kasalukuyang Presiding Judge ng Regional Trial Court Branch 45 sa lungsod na ito.

Samantalang natagpuan namang naliligo sa sariling dugo ang suspek na si Atty. Amador Bustamante Rebato, 42 anyos at siyang kasalukuyang Chief Clerk of Court ng RTC Branch 45 na sinasabing nagbaril sa sarili pagkaraan niyang barilin ang biktima.

Ayon sa pangunang imbestigasyon, sinasabing sa nasabing oras, araw at lugar sa loob ng Room 535 Branch 45 RTC Manila, 5th Floor ng Manila City hall, A. Villegas St. Ermita Manila,. Nagtungo umano ang suspek sa silid ng biktima at hindi nagtagal ay nakarinig ang mga kawani ng mainitang pagtatalo sa pagitan ng suspek at biktima hanggang umalingawngaw ang mga putok ng baril buhat sa loob ng silid.

Namataan na lamang nilang nakahandusay na ang dalawa at duguan, agad namang dumating ang mga element ng Manila Police District at dinala na ang biktima sa Manila Medical Center dakong alas 3:05 ng hapon.

Kabilang sa mga naunang magresponde ay ang grpo ng MPD SMaRT sa pangunguna ni Major Rosalino P. Ibay Jr. at nai turn over sa MPD Homicide Division sa pangunguna ni PCPT Henry Navarro na nag iimbestiga na sa kaso.///Michael Balaguer, 09262261791,


DSWD sends augmentation support to “Ulysses” affected areas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started providing assistance to Local Government Units (LGUs) affected by Typhoon ‘Ulysses’.
At the National Capital Region (NCR), DSWD FO NCR facilitated the release of 1,000 FFPs and 250 sleeping kits for Quezon City, and 2,000 FFPs and 400 Sleeping kits for Marikina City from the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau. 
Meanwhile, DSWD FO IV-A has provided 2,000 and 4,961 FFPs currently in transit to Cardona, Rizal, and San Narciso, Quezon, respectively. Likewise, a total of PhP3 million in standby funds is available.
In addition, National Resource Operations Center (NROC) released 3,300 and 1,700 FFPs bound for Legazpi, Albay and Camarines Norte, respectively.As the lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Items Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and as part of its mandate to provide augmentation support to LGUs, the DSWD Central Office (CO), Field Offices (FO), and the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) have more than PhP800 million worth of stockpiles and standby funds. Of which, more than PhP226 million standby funds are available at the CO, and more than 282,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) and other food and Non-Food Items (NFIs) are prepositioned around the country.
Disaster Response for Regions affected by Typhoon Ulysses
At Region I, DSWD FO 1 has prepared a total of PhP6.6 million standby funds, along with 9,192 FFPs and 14,129 NFIs.
In Region II, DSWD FO II has prepared more than 23,000 FFPs, along with PhP1.16 million in standby funds ready for immediate support. In addition, 872 FFPs were provided to fisherfolks of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan.
At the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), DSWD FO CAR has prepared 11,686 FFPs and 52,364 NFIs, together with PhP3.2 million in available standby funds.
For Central Luzon, DSWD FO III has a total of 4,562 FFPs amounting to PhP1.11 million are readily available at the regional at satellite warehouses as of November 12.
For the Bicol Region, which was severely hit by Typhoon Rolly, DSWD FO V has a total of 24,897 FFPs available at its warehouses, along with standby funds amounting to PhP3 million to augment response operations and PhP15 million for welfare goods provided by the DSWD CO. Additionally, 50,000 FFPs from the DSWD CO are in-transit, along with the additional procurement of 45,000 FFPs.
Protective services for affected families
The DSWD, being the lead in camp coordination and camp management, has also ensures the efficient and effective delivery of protective services to affected families and individuals. Likewise, in ensuring the management of evacuation centers, children and women friendly spaces made available, minimum health standards are practiced (in coordination with the Department of Health), and psychosocial support is extended to Internally Displaced Persons.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista assured the public of the Department’s continued “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo.” 

DTI releases SRP of Noche Buena products  

MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the List of Suggested Retail Prices (SRPs) of Noche Buena staples for information and guidance of consumers on November 11, 2020 in light of the Christmas season.  

The price guide includes products such as ham, fruit cocktail, keso de bola, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, pasta—spaghetti noodles, elbow, and salad macaroni—spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and all-purpose cream.  

“In the midst of the pandemic, the spirit of Christmas will continue to draw many of our consumers to buy their favorite noche buena products for their families to be served on their tables. Thus, the Department assures the public of the availability of supply and stability of prices of these items,” said DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.  

Prior to the release, the DTI Consumer Protection Group reviewed the prices and the proposals of some companies for price increases. According to Lopez, during the Christmas season, DTI approves the SRPs of these products as they become necessary products and to protect the interest of the consumers.  DTI conferred with manufacturers to evaluate the basis of any price adjustment and cost increases, if any, have to be proven. To the extent possible, with minimal cost movement, price increases are avoided, especially considering the pandemic situation now where many Filipinos are experiencing financial difficulties.   

Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo explained, “The process is not easy, but we appreciate the response of many companies as they want to show the bayanihan spirit by not increasing their Christmas products this year. We talked to each manufacturer to retain their 2019 prices for noche buena products.”  

Secretary Lopez expressed, “The DTI extends its appreciation to the manufacturers for showing their solidarity in providing affordable noche buena products to the consumers this Christmas by committing to retain their 2019 prices for this year despite COVID-19.”  

In particular, the DTI expressed its gratitude to Alaska Milk Corporation, CDO Foodsphere, Inc., Century Pacific Food, Inc., Del Monte Philippines, Inc., Dole Philippines, Inc., Ideal Macaroni & Spaghetti Factory, Inc., King Sue Ham & Sausage Co., Inc., Kraft Foods Philippines, Inc., Modelez Philippines, Inc., Nestle Philippines, New Amigo Food Products Corp., New Zealand Creamery, Inc., NutriAsia, Inc., Philippine Leading Infinite Logistics, Inc., RFM Corporation, San Miguel Foods, SYSU International, Inc., Unilever Philippines, Inc, Universal Robina Corporation, Virginia Food, Inc. for maintaining their October 2019 SRPs. The DTI also highlighted that San Miguel Foods—Magnolia Inc. and Ideal Macaroni & Spaghetti Factory, Inc. even decreased the prices of their products, namely Magnolia Queso de Bola and Sunshine Spaghetti, by as much 5%.  

Currently, the Noche Buena SRP Bulletin has a total of 241 shelf keeping units (SKUs). Christmas shoppers may use this to their advantage by referring to the list below. The list also includes the SRPs of Christmas staples in various sizes so the public may purchase based on their preference and needs.  

Product  Unit  Price Range  
Ham  500g  Php 135.00 – Php 189.00  
800g  Php 196.00 – Php 430.00  
1kg  Php 299.00 – Php 1,025.00  
Fruit Cocktail  432g  Php 50.35 – Php 56.45  
3kg  Php 202.75 – Php 239.40  
Cheese  165g  Php 49.50 – Php 89.00  
500g  Php 118.20 – Php 165.60  
Keso de Bola  350g  Php 199.00 – Php 320.00  
500g  Php 279.50 – Php 410.00  
750g  Php 435.30 – Php 539.00  
Sandwich Spread  200g  Php 72.00 – Php 85.00  
220ml (pouch)  Php 52.50 – Php 89.45  
220ml (jar)  Php 59.85 – Php 99.80   
470ml (jar)  Php 122.85 – Php 205.80  
Mayonnaise  220ml (pouch)  Php 47.55 – Php 83.35  
470ml (jar)  Php 96.50 – 196.35  
700ml (jar)  Php 140.00 – 283.00  
Pasta/Spaghetti  400g  Php 30.00 – Php 52.50  
500g  Php 55.00 – Php 73.00  
900g  Php 57.00 – Php 87.65  
Elbow and Salad Macaroni  200g  Php 18.75 – Php 36.65  
400g  Php 31.00 – Php 58.05  
1kg  Php 64.00 – Php 98.65  
Spaghetti Sauce  250g  Php 22.00 – Php 27.90  
500g  Php 42.00 – Php 57.70  
1kg  Php 60.70 – Php 84.20  
Tomato Sauce  200g  Php 15.50 – Php 19.70  
1kg  Php 62.00 – Php 78.25  
Creamer  250ml  Php 55.00 – Php 59.00  
370ml  Php 47.00 – Php 55.00  

To avoid panic-buying and to ensure the safety and value for money, the public is advised to make a shopping list and to refer to the prices of said products before visiting their supermarket of choice. The DTI also reminds consumers to always observe minimum health protocols, such as the wearing face masks and face shields, and maintaining physical distancing.  

Additionally, the DTI emphasizes consumers to practice their right to choose and to check for promotional goods or those sold in bundles in supermarkets and groceries.  

The list of 2020 Noche Buena SRP Bulletin is uploaded in the DTI website which can be accessed through  

To report retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that sell basic necessities and prime commodities above the SRPs, consumers may call the DTI Hotline at 1-384 (1-DTI) or email at END