• No 'Moving On' Yet for Jodi Sta. Maria and Pampi Lacson

    Plus, nationwide transport strike today, Miss Bulgaria's message for cyberbullies, and more!
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • Jodi and Pampi's annulment junked by Court of Appeals 

    According to Pep.ph, the Court of Appeals (CA) handed a "no reason to void" judgment on the couple's marriage after Jodi submitted a "Motion For Reconsideration." The marriage was declared "null and void" by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) back in 2014, but the Office of the Solicitor General elevated the case to CA. In September 2016, CA threw out the RTC's ruling that the estranged couple's marriage was "void from the start," a decision that Jodi appealed and has now lost. 

    Pep.ph reported that a section of CA's latest resolution said, "No less than the Constitution recognizes the sanctity of marriage and the unity of the family," and thus, the marriage of Jodi and Pampi remained "inviolable." Also, the court stated there was "no sufficient proof that Jodi and Pampi were psychologically incapacitated to fulfill their marital obligations." Jodi and Pampi have been separated for almost six years. Pampi is now with Iwa Motto, and the two have a daughter together, Mimi. (pep.ph)  


    Nationwide transport strike today 
    CNN Philippines and Inquirer report that a national strike will push through today. Transport group, Stop and Go Coalition, and its members will protest "the government's plan to phase out passenger jeepneys 15 years old and above in a bid to modernize transport vehicles and make these environmentally-friendly," CNN reports. Jun Magno, president of Stop and Go, tells Inquirer that "the jeepney modernization program being pushed by other transport groups was a euphemism for edging out small operators." Magno declined to give Inquirer an estimate of his group’s membership, saying that the affected routes would be in Metro Manila, Regions 3 and 4 and the Bicol area. Transport group Piston, however, said it is joining the transport strike and will stage a picket rally in front of the Department of Transportation office along MIA Road in Pasay City Monday morning.


    Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva has message for cyberbullies


    Remember when Miss Bulgaria, Violina Ancheva, gave one of her preliminary competition gowns (a midnight blue Sherri Hill two-piece gown) to Issay Gallano, a single mother of two? Issay had asked for the dress so she could give it to her 15-year-old daughter, Zyra Nicole Cifra since she couldn't afford to buy her daughter one. That should have been the end of the story. Unfortunately, some people started making nasty comments; they felt Issay and Zyra didn't deserve the gown because "they didn't look poor."

    Violina didn't let the comments pass. She got in touch with CNN Philippines to call out the people who were attacking Zyra Nicole. "It's hard to believe that it is possible (for) somebody to write negative and rude comments to one 15-year-old girl. The decision to give this dress to this girl was mine, and you have to respect my decision," Violina announced to the haters. She added, "(The) sparkle, the dress, the heels, the jewelry aren't the most important thing in your life. The most important thing is your heart. You teach me that we have to be a better person. And one day, all of us can be in need, and we have to be ready to help each other and not to be rude. So people, please stop. Please." (cosmo.ph)

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    Teach sex education diligently, “specifically condom skills”
    The is the message Aiza Seguerra, singer, and chair of the National Youth Commission (NYC), has made to the Department of Education after it has decided it will not pursue the initiative of Department of Health to distribute free condoms to schools. 

    In a Philippine Star report, Seguerra said, "Students should be taught how to use condoms and be provided with the necessary skills and information on how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy." She also told the newspaper, “We’ve had reports that even if it is part of the curriculum, these are still not taught and are being avoided because there are teachers who think it is taboo. We cannot protect our young people if we do not give them the right information.” 

    Seguerra also appealed to parents. “Please protect and arm your children with the right information so they can decide correctly (for themselves).” (philstar.com

    SM denies bomb threat  
    SM Supermalls denies there was any Philippine National Police (PNP) report about a bomb threat from terror group Abu Sayyaf on its malls. The document that has been circulating in social media is a "hoax," which the PNP verified, SM said in a statement to Inquirer. The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) urged netizens to remain calm yet vigilant for anything unusual. It also asks the public to be extra cautious before sharing a document or post on social media especially if you cannot verify its authenticity. (inquirer.net

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