Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia
Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. on Nov. 2 made a request to the high court en banc to retire in January. Currently, he is the oldest SC Justice member. He will be turning 70 years old in April of next year. He cited his “deteriorating health condition” as a reason for retiring. He was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Mr. Villarama Jr. has served the judiciary for 28 years, according to an Inquirer News report.
A Filipina from Toronto, Canada duped over 500 individuals in promising false overseas work. Imelda Fronda Saluma, 46, was charged with 11 counts of fraud after she convinced applicants that they could get jobs in Canada, according to an Inquirer News report. Applications were submitted to the government agency in the applicant’s home country, according to police. Applicants’ entry to Canada, however, was denied because the documents submitted on their behalf were allegedly fraudulent, according to the report. The applicants will have to apply after another two years because they have already been banned from applying. Anyone with information is asked to call Toronto police at 416-808-3100, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477)
A 6-year old boy from California won first prize in the Primary Division of the National PTA Reflections Program for his literature entry, “The Knights who Rescued the Princess from the Dragon.” Rodriguez’s entry was forwarded to the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) for further judging against 45 other school PTAs who had participated in the Reflections Contest, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer News report.