Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia
A new Chief of the Philippine Army was appointed by President Aquino on Feb. 6. Major General Hernando Delfin Carmelo Iriberri will lead the 80,000 Philippine Army.
Iriberri is the commander of the Philippine Army's 7th Infantry division. He formerly served as Bridgade Commander of Army's 503rd Brigade in Abra from January to July 2013. Also he was the Senior Military Assistant and spokesman to Gazmin from July 2010 to January 2013. Iriberri is a member of the Philippine Military Class (PMA) 1983. •
During his 21 years in Congress Joker Arroyo paid and incurred a total of P34.927 million, according to an Inquirer News report. The former senator is noted for for being as frugal as his colleagues: Senate President Frankin Drilon who spent P38,320,938.48 and Sen. Serge Osmena III who spent P41,489,332.13, according to an Inquirer News report.
Alternatively, the most spendthrift Senators are Juan Ponce Enrile who spent P123,457,426; former president pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada who spent P67,597, 673; and ex-majority leader Vicente Sotto who spent P61,331,482.
This has gained him a moniker of "Scrooge of the Year" many times. He retired in 2013.
Arroyo challenged the Marcos dictatorship when he was a human rights lawyer. He became a congressman of Makati in 1992. He was elected senator in 2001.
Honolulu City Council member Joey Manahan is running for congress in Hawaii's First Congressional District. He announced his candidacy on Feb. 14.
Manahan immigrated from the Philippines to Honolulu as a child. If elected, he will be the first Filipino immigrant to hold a seat in US Congress.
In 2006, Manahan ran and won by 11 points a seat as a Democratic state representative for Hawaii . He served two years as the legislature's Vice Speaker.
While a state representative, he worked to push initiatives to provide affordable housing, improve education, and secure funding for critical projects.•
Aldrin Jeff Cudia was dropped from the roster of this year's Philippine Military Academy graduates for lying about being two minuteslate to class, according to an Inquirer News report. Lying is considered violating the PMA's Honor Code.
Cudia was studying accounting on a scholarship at Polytechnic University of the Philippines before joining the PMA. It was his family's hope that he could graduate so he could pay for his sick mother's health care.
Initially, Cudia had contested his demerit and was found by the council of cadets that he had lied. A reinvestigation of the case was ordered by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista but there is no deadline. Cudia's sister Avee had posted on her Facebook about the ordeal and said that her brother is being treated harshly, the report added.
GMA Network puts heart first in Kapuso Month campaign
This February, GMA Network departs from the conventional concept of the love month by highlighting how love deepens all kinds of relationships in its Kapuso Month campaign titled "Puso Ang Una" (Putting the Heart First).
The different slices of life show diverse expressions of love depicted between a couple, a father and son, and among colleagues that will surely make their mark in the hearts of Kapuso viewers everywhere.
"At the heart of this Network are its viewers," explains GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon. "That is why we always aim to develop a deeper bond with them by sending the message that in the Kapuso Network, we put our hearts in everything we do."
Moreover, GMA Network President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. shares, "Moving beyond the typical Valentine's Day fare, we thought it timely to celebrate the broader types of love – and how much more love can be felt in such relationships through small acts of the heart, be it through reconciliation, forgiveness, even solidarity."
The campaign imparts the message that in our daily lives, many little things given and received become more touching and gain a deeper meaning because they come from the heart. As the Kapuso station, GMA believes in "putting the heart first" and this manifests in the heart that goes into delivering entertainment, news, and public service to its Kapuso viewers here and abroad.
The three clips can be seen on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA's flagship international channel, in the entire month of February.
Puso Ang Una was spearheaded by members of the Network's Program Support Department (PSD): Regie Bautista (First Vice President), Grace Feliciano (Assistant Vice President), Dino Garcia (Creative Director), Joy Comia-Ashipaoloye (Junior Associate Creative Director), Jason Faustino (Sr. Visualizer), Raymond Ignacio (Sr. Visualizer) and Hasmin Marable (Senior Project Manager).
Working hand in hand with PSD are representatives from the Post Production Department: Paul Hendrick Ticzon and Vince Gealogo (Directors), John Paul Arojado (Director of Photography), Neil Nanquil (Colorist/Master Editor/Edit Supervisor), Nep Rebao and Ryan Reyes (Colorist/Master Editor), Allyn de Ocampo (Main Cam/Ari Operator), Percival de Leon (Assistant Director), Rey Coloma (Digital Imaging Technician), Isagani Mauleon (1st Cameraman), Janros Avellana (2nd Cameraman), Michael Ongleo (Live Sound Recording), Angie Reyes/JR Lobitos (Audio - Sound Design), Ingrid Navarro (Shoot Producer), Hazel Joy Raymundo (Post Production Admin), Jann Buencamino and Jewelyn Archie Dave (Project Managers), CriseldaDacanay (Production Designer) and Steve Salvador (Costume Supervisor).