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The Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Covid-19 Vaccination Days is a three-day national vaccination drive that aims to boost the country’s inoculation rate against the coronavirus disease. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation 1253 for the conduct of the event to be headed by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). To be held from 29 November to 1 December 2021, the event will coincide with Andres Bonifacio Day on 30 November. The drive targets 15 million jabs. However, two days before the event, the target was adjusted to nine million jabs due to syringe supply problem.

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"Substitution of candidates has become a hot topic among Filipinos in anticipation of the 2022 presidential election. The buzz began after President Rodrigo’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has consistently topped pre-election surveys on possible presidential candidates, missed the deadline of filing of certificate of candidacies in October. Since then, many have speculated that the incumbent mayor of Davao City would be substituting for candidates who have filed their candidacies for the presidency or vice presidency. Should she decide to run, under what circumstances may Duterte-Carpio substitute for a candidate? When is the deadline for substitution of a candidate? Can substitution due to withdrawal be removed as an option for running for public office?" -Bong


According to Section 77 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, or the Omnibus Election Code, substitution of a candidate is allowed only in case of the candidate’s death, withdrawal, or disqualification. When the reason for substitution is death or disqualification, the substitute may file their certificate of candidate until mid-day of election day. Meanwhile, if the substitution is due to a candidate’s withdrawal, the substitute may file their certificate of candidacy within the period allotted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). In the case of the 2022 elections, the deadline is 15 November 2021. However, there are limitations to substitution. An independent candidate may not be substituted for. Also, only a person belonging to and certified by the same political party of the original candidate can be a substitute. When asked in an interview, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the agency cannot do away with candidate substitution and that there is nothing wrong with it, noting that it was practiced even before the 1987 Constitution was written. Nevertheless, a bill seeking to prohibit candidate substitution due to withdrawal has been filed by Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, who said that the legislation would end “the mockery of the election process,” adding that any candidate who files their candidacy but has no serious intention to run or is only a placeholder for another candidate should be considered a nuisance. 

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Higantes Festival, also known as the Feast of San Clemente, is celebrated every November 23 in the town of Angono, Rizal. This is a major festival in honor of San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen. His image is carried by male devotees during a procession accompanied by "pahadores" (devotees dressed in colorful local costumes or fishermen's clothes, wearing wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles, fish nets, traps, etc.) and "higantes" (paper-mâché giants measuring 10-12 feet in height and 4-5 feet in diameter). This street event ends in a procession to Laguna de Bay until the image is brought back to its sanctuary.

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  • November 30, 1645 – One of the most destructive earthquakes to hit the Philippines occurred at about 8:00 PM local time on Luzon in the northern part of the country. Luzon was struck by a 7.4 surface wave magnitude tremor produced by the San Manuel and Gabaldon Faults (Nueva Ecija) in the central section of the island.

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Andres Bonifacio was a Filipino revolutionary leader and patriot, known as the "Father of the Philippine Revolution." He was one of the founders and organizers of the Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan, although he was not its first supremo or leader. He eventually assumed the leadership of the society owing to his dedication and resolve to the cause of Philippine independence. Bonifacio has earned his place in Philippine history as a Filipino hero with an uncompromising stance in leading his countrymen to the path of freedom.

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