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‘Frontliners’ praises COMELEC for recognizing PDP of Cusi, backs unity among members

May 8, 2022 4:30 p.m.

A DAY after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) recognized the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) as the dominant majority party in Monday’s national elections, Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist first nominee Jayke Joson backed the political party’s unity drive among its members.

“We, the Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist, are so happy and supportive of the gesture shown by PDP-Laban President Alfonso Cusi for extending his hand to the other faction after that COMELEC’s decision,” Joson said, adding that the PDP-Laban is very supportive of the millions of frontliners around the country.

Joson, one of the three partylist endorsed by PDP-Laban, also asked the other PDP faction to forget past bickerings because it is now time to reunite for the people based on the party’s political mandate.

He added the ultimate goal of PDP-Laban and the Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist #111 is to continue all the programs, services and advocacies of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

“PDP-Laban is everywhere helping and empowering the people. We are very glad to be part of this legitimate PDP-Laban of Sec. Al Cusi, Sen. Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte who are known for being men of few words but more of being action men,” Joson said.

“We really admire their political will and stance, that’s why we’re really inspired to help all the frontliners by praying to be their voice in congress soon,” the former actor producer added.

“If we’re genuine of what we’re fighting for, I think this is the time to rejoin us and set aside vested interests,” Joson continued.

Shown here are (from left) PDP-Laban senatorial bet Robin Padilla, Olongapo City Mayoral candidate Arnold Vegafria, PDP-Laban President, Secretary of Energy Alfonso Cusi, Senator Bong Go, aspiring senator Astra Pimentel-Naik, PDP Laban Secretary-General Melvin Matibag and Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist #111 first nominee Jayke Joson are shown during a PDP Laban campaign sortie.

Cusi, the Secretary of Energy, has extended his hand to the faction of Senator Koko Pimentel after the COMELEC’s verdict.

“We invite Senator Koko Pimentel to meet us. We invite him to take a step back and not to be emotional. Let’s unite for the sake of PDP-Laban. Let’s make the party stronger than ever,” Cusi said.

“We are asking him to stop issuing inflammatory statements. We have worked together in the past so we can work together again for the future,” he added.

The PDP-Laban officers are led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the party’s chairman, President Alfonso Cusi, executive vice president Karl Nograles, Secretary General Melvin Matibag, Auditor General Senator Bong Go and membership committee Astra Pimentel-Naik, among others.

The PDP-Laban has the unwavering support of its more than 100,000 members nationwide and the loyalty of more than 5,384 incumbent officials and candidates, whom Cusi thanked for standing beside them during difficult times.

The other partylists supported and endorsed by the country’s most dominant majority PDP-Laban party are AKO OFW #10 and SANDUGO #77.

The Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist #111 will fight for the welfare of police, soldiers, doctors, nurses, medical staff, barangay workers, media, firemen, security guards and food delivery boys, among others.

The Frontliners will be vying for one of the 63 seats in the House of Representatives to pursue filing a bill on double hazard pay, tax-free allowance, free insurance policies for all the frontliners and the abolishment of the ‘no-work, no-pay; policy for sick frontliners.


Atayde bats for moratorium on student loan payments during emergencies, calamities

March 17, 2023 9:00 p.m.

STUDENTS won’t have to worry paying their loans during times of calamities and emergencies, as Quezon City first district Congressman Juan Carlos “Arjo” Atayde has introduced a moratorium on the payment of student loans administered by higher educational institutions (HEIs).

The House Bill 7279, which Atayde filed last Feb. 21, headed into its first reading six days later in the Committee on Higher and Technical Education, chaired by Baguio City Rep. Mark O. Go.

He said the bill — once it turns to a law — will halt the payment of all the fees, charges, and costs relating to student loans and technical-vocational training institutions (TVIs) or by the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) during emergencies.

It will cover all students residing in areas declared to be under a state of calamity or emergency — those who are enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs), private HEIs, and public and private TVIs.

“We have to find a way to help our students and their families, when natural or even these man-made calamities hit them hard. We just have to make everything easy for them including a moratorium on the payment of student loans,” Atayde said. “It is a burden on a student and their family especially in difficult times like aftermath of typhoon, fire and earthquakes, among other disasters.”

“In the order of spending, student loans will be their least priority since spending will go mostly to basic necessities for survival,” Atayde added.

The moratorium shall be effective for the duration of the state of calamity or emergency and for 30 days after its lifting. No penalties shall be collected on the deferred payments.

“To provide adequate relief and protection to our students in times of calamities and emergencies, this measure shall allow the deferral of student loan collections for a reasonable period during and after the onset of disasters.”

The Quezon City lawmaker cited also the availability of the moratorium, which shall not adversely affect the status of the students concerned with regard to their eligibility for re-enrollment on the succeeding semesters or terms, or their eligibility for graduation.

“The proposed legislation doesn’t prevent public and private HEIs from implementing more favorable forms of payment relief or assistance to students affected by disasters, prohibiting students from voluntarily waiving the moratorium on student loan payments, or availing subsidies and assistance from the government,” Atayde concluded.

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ShopeePay now available as a payment method for App Store, other Apple services in PH

March 16, 2023 1:59 p.m.

Beginning today, ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, is now available as a payment method for Apple services in the Philippines. Customers can use their ShopeePay account to pay for App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV app, and iTunes Store purchases, iCloud storage and more.

The addition of ShopeePay as an Apple ID payment method offers a new way to pay for Apple services without needing a credit card and still allows for easy, secure one-tap purchasing from Apple products including iPhone, iPad and Mac. 

Customers can manage their Apple ID payment information in Settings on iPhone and  iPad, or on their Mac or PC.

Agatha Soh, Director at ShopeePay commented, “ShopeePay is committed to meeting the needs of users who are increasingly expecting seamless payments across all platforms. We are excited to offer  ShopeePay as a convenient payment option for our customers, and expand  access to digital payments, benefitting more users.”

For more information on how to add ShopeePay as a payment method, please visit or

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Be bolder, braver, more confident at SM Supermalls’ Women’s Month celebration!

March 8, 2023, 8:30 p.m.

Ladies, take center stage as SM celebrates Women Power throughout the month of March. Lots of activities both online and on-ground are in store to empower women and girls all over the country. 

Join the Future of Women Global Summit

SM Supermalls will be joining UN Women in kicking off the IWD 2023 celebration through a women’s summit on March 8, at the SM Aura Premier Samsung Hall. Focusing on the future of women in ICT, the two-part event will gather young women, country leaders, policy makers, and advocates together to share perspectives and affirm their commitment to supporting digital equality for women and girls. 

Photo courtesy of SM City Lucena

Photo courtesy of SM City San Jose del Monte

Support your local Womenpreneurs

Great finds for ladies are on sale at the SM Womenpreneur Market! This pop-up of small and medium businesses owned by women for women will give you everything you need from food and beauty to wellness and fashion! 

Wednesdays are for women!

Shopping on Wednesdays has become even more tempting because the Women’s Wednesday Sale is back! Achieve the glow-up you deserve with special discounts, deals, and promos on fashion, beauty, and fitness exclusively for women every Wednesday of March. So don’t hold back on your shopping; you deserve all these and more!

A beautiful treat of wellness all for you

Forda glow-up and pampering sesh tayo this month because lots of self-care deals are available at the Women’s Wellness Sale. Avail of great deals from wellness salons on facials, hair and body treatments, nail care, and massage from March 1 to March 31.

And more deals online!

Special deals are up for women via the SM Malls Online app. Get the best brand offerings every Wednesday from shoes and beauty and wellness to home and hobbies. Use the code WOMEN and get an extra 10% off, capped at 250. What’s great is that there’s no minimum purchase required! 

Also, a collection of brand vouchers will be sent to all women SM Malls Online shoppers valid all month. Wait for your Beauty Pass and give yourself the retail therapy you deserve with tons of discounts, GWP deals, samplers, in-store pick up bonuses, and mystery boxes!

Plus, the SM Malls Online app will be hosting self-care sessions online. Follow SM Supermalls on social media to get a dose of starter packages, Get-Ready-With-Me routines, and beauty products that your favorite beauty experts swear by.

Photo courtesy of SM City East Ortigas

Photo courtesy of SM City Manila

Celebrate Women Power on IG!

Capture the beauty and power of women at the beautiful spots and installations all over SM. Be free to express your own uniqueness and creativity in the specially-designed selfie spaces in partnership with Selfie Studio. Don’t forget to tag us on IG!

We don’t know about you but exciting days await every SM woman. So be bolder, braver, and more confident! With these activities, you can confidently step forward in fashion, beauty, wellness, and express yourselves to make a positive impact.

Stay updated on all things women this IWD 2023 by visiting and following @smsupermalls on social media. 

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