• Top of the Morning: Gab Valenciano Reportedly 'Pushing For Divorce'

    Plus, Ara Mina and Patrick Meneses vow to always be present for their daughter, Iya and Drew share Baby Primo’s first week in pictures, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Gab Valenciano reportedly "pushing for divorce"

    A source close to the couple confirmed with Pep.ph that cheating on the part of Gab Valenciano and money woes are the alleged reasons behind the split betwee Gab and his wife Tricia Centenera. Gab has reportedly asked for a divorce. According to the same source, Gab "simply wanted out. Refused to go to marriage counseling, was and still is avoiding their pastor." The source also claimed that Tricia asked Gab to move out one month ago due to emotional abuse and his unwillingness to work on the marriage. Despite what happened, Tricia, whose mom recently arrived in the country, has maintained a good relationship with Gab's family. She recently thanked Gary Valenciano "for being my second Papa, you too are always here for me" on social media. When asked for their statements, Tricia refused to comment, while Gab said, "I'd rather deal with this privately with due respect to Tricia." Gab and Tricia were married three times, once in October 2014 the U.S., and twice in March 2015 here in the Philippines. (pep.ph)

    2. Ara Mina and Patrick Meneses vow to always be present for their daughter

    Last February, Ara Mina revealed in an interview that she and Patrick Meneses parted ways three months after their daughter Mandy was born. But she said she didn't have a hard time as a single mom because aside from her family, Patrick and his family were a constant support, which remains to this day as she revealed in a new interview. "Kahit wala na kami ni Patrick, we communicate. Actually friends kami," Ara said while guesting on morning talk show Magandang Buhay. "Kung magkaroon ka man ng iba o ako, dapat we see to it na nandoon pa din tayo kay Amanda as her parents." Patrick also chimed in via phone patch: "Yun ang aming common goal kay Amanda. We will always love Amanda. Let's share the love for Amanda always. Whatever we'd been through, let's keep the love for Amanda." (abs-cbn.com)


    3. Iya and Drew share Baby Primo’s first week in pictures

     

    And like any new mom, Iya Villania has been posting photos everyday of her first baby, noting every milestone. "This boy came out 47cm and is now 52cm long! From 2.9kgs he's now 3.2kgs! Aww... This is gonna go by so fast!" the new mom wrote as caption to an Instagram video of Baby Antonio Primo after his birth. So how was Baby Primo's first week? "Congratulations my love on surviving your first full day at home with your crazy parents. Sorry if we seem a little obsessed we just can't help it!" the TV host wrote as caption to Baby Primo's first day at home. Both Iya and Drew have been posting their life as new parents on their Instagram accounts. In one post, Iya said that they just look at their baby boy all day. Drew wrote "24/7 gigil" as caption to one photo that shows his mag-ina. Awww. (gmanetwork.com)


    4. DepEd wants more policemen in schools
    After the Davao bombing incident, bomb threats were received by numerous schools--three in Davao City, four near Malacañang, and four schools in Quezon City, including the University of the Philippines--prompting the Department of Education to release a statement. The Department of Education said that while said bomb threats turned out to be hoaxes, it has caused disruption of classes, panic, and unnecessary stress. "We reiterate our call for police visibility near the schools," the official statement read. "We also remind our school officials to intensify security and be extra vigilant to ensure the safety of our teachers, students, and personnel. We urge the public to report information on terror threats to the police and to avoid spreading unverified information especially through social media." (inquirer.net)


    5. House committee approves P2,000 SSS pension hike on first reading
    The revived bill to raise the amount of Social Security Services (SSS) pension of retired private company employees has just been approved at the first hearing of the committee on government enterprises. The next task for the committee is to consolidate the 15 bills, all of which propose a P2,000 pension raise, into one version. "We hope that the Senate version would also be expedited so that President Rodrigo Duterte can sign this long awaited measure before the year ends," Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate, one of the co-authors of the bill, said. The SSS pension hike was vetoed by former President Benigno Aquino III last year because the proposal would bankrupt the state pension fund. SSS vice president Gregory Ongkeko earlier warned that the pension hike could result to an increase in its members' premium contribution. (inquirer.net

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