24 election-related bans taking place Created on January 14, 2013, 3:17 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – Sunday, January 13, started the longest political event in the country that happens every 3 years—the elections. Taking effect within the election period are all sorts of prohibitions in and out of government and among political players that are more detailed and expansive than what some countries have.

DSWD, Tesda launch cash-for-training project for victims of 'Pablo' Created on January 14, 2013, 2:08 am Posted by nup

BARANGAY ANGAS, Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 11 -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Caraga Region, Wednesday, January 9, launched the Cash for Training Project (C4TP) here with Tesda Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr., Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr., Congresswoman Evelyn “Bebs” Plaza-Mellana with Sta. Josefa Mayor Glenn Plaza. 

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.

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