Want to own a gun? Here's how easy it is Created on January 11, 2013, 5:04 am Posted by nup

GUN SHOPPING. Guns suggested to the writer at the store. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez.

MANILA, Philippines - I held the pistol delicately, turning it over, examining it.

"Can it kill?" I asked the salesman at a well-known gun store in Metro Manila.

"Yes. The bullet is strong enough," he said.

It was a .32 caliber, black Beretta Tomcat that could fire 7 rounds. It costs P39,000.

Mixed views on proposed gun ban Created on January 11, 2013, 4:59 am Posted by nup

Residents walk past by a door with lighted candles (L) and blood stains (bottom L) after a gunman reportedly shot a mother and child during a rampage in Kawit, about 40 kms (25 miles) south of Manila on January 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

MANILA, Philippines - Should the Philippines adopt a total gun ban to prevent tragedies such as the latest shootings which claimed the life of a young girl in Manila and 8 people in Cavite?

Lawmakers disagree on whether such law – proposed in 2010 and still a pending bill in Congress – would deter criminals.

House has time to tackle gun control bills Created on January 11, 2013, 4:55 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - There are 9 session days left before the official campaign period for the May elections, but Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr said the House of Representatives can still take up and finish deliberations on pending bills pushing for stricter gun control in the Philippines.

SC junks case on Comelec and dynasties Created on January 9, 2013, 5:43 am Posted by nup

BAN NOT IMPLEMENTED. The SC dismissed a petition asking Comelec to bar political dynasties from participating in the 2013 elections.

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court affirmed on Tuesday, January 8, its earlier dismissal of a petition that asked the Commission on Elections to implement the constitutional provision against political dynasties.

SC acting spokeswoman Victoria Gleoresty Guerra said the SC junked the motion for reconsideration filed by businessman Louis Biraogo on its decision in a petition he filed in October 2012.

Day of devotion Created on January 9, 2013, 2:51 am Posted by nup

Today millions of Filipinos troop to the streets of Manila to participate in the annual procession for the feast of the Black Nazarene.

The life-size statue, housed in the Quiapo Church since 1787, is said to have occasioned miracles ranging from the cure of diseases to other personal petitions. Many have committed to joining the procession every year as thanksgiving for an answered prayer, or a promise just so their prayers would be answered.

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