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Keep Up With The Times | Oct. 12, 2020

Keep Up With The Times | Oct. 12, 2020
Keep Up With The Times | Oct. 12, 2020The fate of the election protest of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. had already been decided by its ponente long before the case was assigned to him. According to unimpeachable sources of The Manila Times in the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Mario Victor "Marvic" Leonen, who was given the case last year, wanted to dismiss outright Marcos' protest more than a year after it was brought before the high court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on June 29, 2016. It was remembered that Marcos filed an electoral protest against current Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, after he lost in the 2016 vice presidential race.Meanwhile, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco has won the support of at least 200 members of the House of Representatives, more than enough to oust Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, according to former House Deputy Speaker and 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Michael Romero. Romero was among Velasco's allies who lost key leadership positions amid the speakership row. Valenzuela City Rep. Eric Martinez, who also lost a committee chairmanship because of the infighting, told The Manila Times that the number of Velasco's supporters "is climbing alarmingly fast." The statement came following reports that Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio met with Velasco on Friday.In Rome, a British-born Italian teenager who dedicated his short life to spreading the faith online and helping the poor was beatified by the Catholic Church on Sunday. Internet and computer-mad youngster Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006 aged 15, was placed on the path to sainthood after the Vatican ruled he had miraculously saved another boy's life. The beatification leaves him just one miracle away from becoming the world's first millennial saint.Back in the Philippines, Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go opened the country's 86th Malasakit Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental on Friday as he raised the need to improve public health facilities and services amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Malasakit Center, the first in the province, is located at the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center.The Philippine National Police (PNP) will provide escorts to 5,000 enumerators and supervisors who will do house-to-house visits during the national ID system registration, which starts in 32 provinces today, October 12. LtGen. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the PNP's Joint Task Force Covid Shield, said police commanders were ordered to coordinate with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and local government units "in order to come up with security and health safety procedures for the entire registration process."Motorcycle-hailing application Angkas expressed its readiness to serve Metro Manila commuters as the government seeks to boost mass transit in the capital. Over 5,000 Angkas bikers on Sunday led a unity ride along EDSA to show their preparedness for