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Male Students Slams Rude Security Guard For Hitting Homeless Man
Security Guard Lambasted by Male Students After Hitting Homeless Man A group of male students lambasted a rude security guard for hitting a homeless man beside the street of a university in Taft Aveñue, Manila. Security guards are personnel hired by the government or private sectors to protect people, property, money, and equipment. They are […] The post Male Students Slams Rude Security Guard For Hitting Homeless Man appeared first on Philippine News.
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Gretchen Barretto Posts Video of Cute Dog “Harlow” Following Instructions
Video of Harlow, Dog of Gretchen Barretto, Following Instructions GRETCHEN BARRETTO – Former actress Gretchen Barretto posted a video showing her dog, Harlow, following instructions. Undeniably, a loyal and cute dog is one of the best buddy a person can ever have. In fact, most people who are into dogs do not consider them as […] The post Gretchen Barretto Posts Video of Cute Dog “Harlow” Following Instructions appeared first on Philippine News.
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Balik-tanaw: Ang pagbida ni Angelica sa life story ng iconic young actress na si Julie Vega
Gumanap ang noo’y teen star na si Angelica Panganiban bilang ang iconic young actress na si Julie Vega Sa Maalaala Mo Kaya episode na pinamagatang “Unan”, ikinuwento ang buhay ng late actress Ipinakita rin ang [Read More]
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Mariko Ledesma Quits TNT Finals Following Criticism
Mariko Ledesma Decides To Back Out From TNT Finals Following Criticism MARIKO LEDESMA – The Tawag ng Tanghalan Finalist made a Facebook post which said that the singer would quit TNT due to depression caused by backlash from the show’s fans. She started the post by thanking all the people that believed in her and […] The post Mariko Ledesma Quits TNT Finals Following Criticism appeared first on Philippine News.
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Ethel Booba Bravely Names Kapamilya Show Which Haven’t Paid Her Yet
Ethel Booba names show which haven’t paid her yet. ETHEL BOOBA – The famous comedienne Ethel Booba names the show which haven’t paid her yet following her rants on social media. One of the most famous personalities on social media because of her brave opinions and point of views is the comedienne Ethel Booba. She […] The post Ethel Booba Bravely Names Kapamilya Show Which Haven’t Paid Her Yet appeared first on Philippine News.
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PAGASA – Equinox To Cause Longer Nights Starting September 23
PAGASA – Equinox To Cause Longer Nights Starting September 23 PAGASA – Weather state bureau PAGASA recently announced that the autumnal equinox approaches and bring longer nights starting September 23. The bureau elaborated that the autumnal equinox will happen at about 3:50 PM on September 23 (Monday), thus, nights in the Philippines will be longer […] The post PAGASA – Equinox To Cause Longer Nights Starting September 23 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Gabby Concepcion’s Unexpected Intro of Sharon Cuneta Makes Crowd React
Gabby Concepcion & Sharon Cuneta Introduce Each Other on Stage GABBY CONCEPCION – Kapuso actor Gabby Concepcion made an unexpected introduction of his former wife, Megastar Sharon Cuneta, on stage. Undeniably, one of the love teams that will always be close to the hearts of many people is “ShaGab” – the tandem of Sharon Cuneta […] The post Gabby Concepcion’s Unexpected Intro of Sharon Cuneta Makes Crowd React appeared first on Philippine News.
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Poorest people getting world’s small change to cope with climate crisis
BARCELONA — The world’s poorest people, increasingly buffeted by storms, floods and droughts, have been getting less than 1 cent a day each in international help to protect them from wild weather and rising seas as the Earth heats up, aid group Oxfam said Monday. Its analysis of global funding for developing countries to adapt […] The post Poorest people getting world’s small change to cope with climate crisis appeared first on Interaksyon.
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United Auto Workers strike against GM may be headed to day 8
NEW YORK --- A strike against General Motors by 49,000 auto workers appears headed to an eighth day. Bargainers were meeting all day Sunday at GM's headquarters in downtown Detroit. "They're still talking," United Auto Workers union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said. The workers left their jobs early Monday after their four-year contract with the company expired. They're seeking a bigger slice of GM's profits, products to manufacture at plants GM wants to close, a path to permanent jobs for temporary workers and other items. GM wants to lower its labor costs so they're closer to the compensation for workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign automakers. Most UAW production ...Keep on reading: United Auto Workers strike against GM may be headed to day 8
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Fate of travel firm Thomas Cook up in the air after talks
LONDON - More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday, wondering if they will be able to get home, as one of the world's oldest and biggest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse.       The debt-laden company, which confirmed Friday it was seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million) in funding to avoid going bust, was in talks with shareholders and creditors to stave off failure.   A collapse could leave around 150,000 travelers from Britain stranded, along with hundreds of thousands from other countries. The company has sought to reassure customers that flights were continuing to operate...Keep on reading: Fate of travel firm Thomas Cook up in the air after talks
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Trump, Modi show unity between world’s largest democracies
HOUSTON - Deafening drums marked the entrance of President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they clasped hands and walked across the stage in a packed Texas stadium Sunday, sending a message of unity between the world's two largest democracies despite trade tensions.     But instead of dwelling on differences, Trump highlighted the growth of U.S. exports to India, the billions of dollars spent by India on U.S.-made defense equipment and joint military exercises with New Delhi.   "India has never invested in the United States like it is doing today," Trump said, adding that "we're doing the same thing in India."   The pre...Keep on reading: Trump, Modi show unity between world’s largest democracies
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‘Downton Abbey’ overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office
NEW YORK --- Raise your tea cups! The big-screen encore of "Downton Abbey" handily (but very politely) thumped both Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" in theaters over the weekend in one of the more unlikely box-office upsets. "Downton Abbey" debuted with $31 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, royally trumping the $19.2 million-opening for "Ad Astra" and the $19 million debut for "Rambo: Last Blood." Neither the draw of Pitt in space nor a bandanna-wearing Stallone could match the appeal a tea party with old friends. While the stout performance of "Downton Abbey" had come to be expected in the lead-up to release, it w...Keep on reading: ‘Downton Abbey’ overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office
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United Auto Workers strike against GM may be headed to day 8
NEW YORK - A strike against General Motors by 49,000 auto workers appears headed to an eighth day.   Bargainers were meeting all day Sunday at GM's headquarters in downtown Detroit. "They're still talking," United Auto Workers union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said.   The workers left their jobs early Monday after their four-year contract with the company expired.     They're seeking a bigger slice of GM's profits, products to manufacture at plants GM wants to close, a path to permanent jobs for temporary workers and other items.   GM wants to lower its labor costs so they're closer to the compensation for workers at U.S. factories o...Keep on reading: United Auto Workers strike against GM may be headed to day 8
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‘Deficit of trust’: At UN, leaders of a warming world gather
UNITED NATIONS --- The planet is getting hotter, and tackling that climate peril will grab the spotlight as world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations this week facing an undeniable backdrop: rising tensions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan and increasing nationalism, inequality and intolerance.       Growing fear of military action, especially in response to recent attacks on Saudi oil installations that are key to world energy supplies, hangs over this year's General Assembly gathering. That unease is exacerbated by global conflicts and crises from Syria and Yemen to Venezuela, from disputes between Israel and the Palestinians...Keep on reading: ‘Deficit of trust’: At UN, leaders of a warming world gather
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ aim for records at Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES - Get the snacks and a scorecard ready for the 2019 Emmy Awards.       As TV academy voters honor what they consider the small-screen's best, viewers can join in by tallying up wins, snubs and records during the no-host, three-hour ceremony airing Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox. The reward for TV geeks whose predictions pan out at the 71st annual Emmy Awards: no trophy, but bragging rights.   There's also the fun of cheering your favorites and rooting against their competitors. Conflicted feelings may loom for "Game of Thrones" fans who loved the series, hated its finale. HBO's fantasy saga headed into the ceremony with a record 32 nomin...Keep on reading: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ aim for records at Emmy Awards
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Aso, nagkulay asul pagkatapos paliguan
Viral ngayon ang litrato ng aso pagkatapos itong paliguan Ayon sa uploader, napagkamalan daw ng kaniyang tito na nagpaligo sa alaga nilang aso na shampoo ang isang pakete ng pangkulay ng buhok Umani ng iba’t [Read More]
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When a queen gets starstrucked: A no-makeup Liza Soberano meets Pia Wurtzbach
A bare faced Liza Soberano visited Pia in her dressing room in a new trending video Pia was mesmerized over her natural “going to a gym” look She called Liza “the patron of beauty” Miss [Read More]
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Bicolandia’s heroes live again in Ibalong Festival
The Ibalong epic is the best known in all of Bicolandia, and the annual festival devoted to its heroes is one of the biggest shows in the region. Tanghalang Pilipino, a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has retold the story in musical terms, staged it in Manila and then in Albay, the heart of Bicol, where majestic Mt. Mayon rules. There are three episodes in the Ibalong epic poem, and three heroes: Baltog, Handyong and Bantong. The epic exists in fragments, said to have been transcribed by a Franciscan missionary, Padre Jose Castao, who left the document to a traveling poet, Cadugnung, who then translated it. Sixty stanzas out of a presumed 400 are ...Keep on reading: Bicolandia’s heroes live again in Ibalong Festival
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CCP’s golden anniversary is now a fashion statement
It has been a decade since the fashion retail brand Freeway sought to honor National Artists starting with writer Nick Joaquin for whom it created a tribute fashion line. The designs were vibrant, bold and striking enough to reintroduce Joaquin's literary works to younger generations. Quijano de Manila was hip again! Freeway then followed it up the same year by featuring Ang Kiukok in its holiday collection, which was a clear runway hit. Kiukok's collectors and fans were finally able to wear his art. Since then, the brand has continued to pay tribute to the National Artists. This year Freeway is paying tribute to the Cultural Center of the Philippines on the latter's 50th an...Keep on reading: CCP’s golden anniversary is now a fashion statement
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SMB rally falls short
MACAU---San Miguel Beer's frenetic rally fell short on Sunday as the Beermen finished out of the medal in the East Asia Super Leaue: The Terrific 12 after taking a 91-89 loss at the hands of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here. The Beermen were behind 86-77 with 1:37 left but slowly chipped away at the lead and came to what turned out as the final score behind Dez Wells' three-pointer that capped a 12-5 run with 2.6 seconds left. Wells then nearly stole Cheng Liu's inbound pass but the ball sailed out of bounds with 0.6 seconds left, leaving the Beermen with practically no time for a game-winning heave. Already depleted with the absence of June Mar Fajardo a...Keep on reading: SMB rally falls short
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Kingly debut
Barangay Ginebra bucked a wobbly first few minutes and then went full throttle to hammer out a masterful 102-83 demolition job of Alaska Sunday night that got the Gin Kings off to a swashbuckling start in the PBA Governors' Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Resident import Justin Brownlee was his usual all-around brilliant self, scoring 30 points and plucking down 22 boards as the Kings extended Jeffrey Cariaso's woes as the new Alaska coach. And while everyone can rave about Ginebra's offense, coach Tim Cone, who is expected to accept an appointment making him the Gilas Pilipinas coach for the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this year, stressed that such dominant showin...Keep on reading: Kingly debut
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‘The Farm’ is an enthralling, unexpectedly dystopian OFW drama
Desperate for a job after being fired as a baby nurse, half-Filipino half-American Jane Reyes decides, at the suggestion of her cousin known mostly as Ate, to become a surrogate at Golden Oaks, the posh, secluded and super exclusive baby farm. But her life makes a truly unexpected turn when she is chosen to become the Host---as they are called---for a Chinese billionaire. This is the dramatic premise of "The Farm" (Random House, New York, 2019, 321 pages), the highly anticipated debut novel from Joanne Ramos. It's not that simple, of course, and "The Farm" enthralls by turning from the book you expect into one you didn't see coming---twice. Born in the Philippines, Ramos moved ...Keep on reading: ‘The Farm’ is an enthralling, unexpectedly dystopian OFW drama
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‘Holy Grail’ of Philippine maps sells for P46.72M in Magnificent auction
If one needs a solid reason why an 18th-century map of the Philippines is worth P46.72 million (with buyer's premium), one only needs to read Inquirer columnist Ambeth Ocampo's piece published last Sept. 11. Prior to its public appearance a few weeks ago when Len Gallery announced its Magnificent September Auction, only academics and collectors would have probably known of the Pedro Murillo Velarde map---said to be "the Mother of all Philippine maps." In his column, Ocampo highlighted all the fine details that would perhaps make studying the map the closest thing one could get to understanding how and why the Philippines is where it is today. And if that's not enough, the ma...Keep on reading: ‘Holy Grail’ of Philippine maps sells for P46.72M in Magnificent auction
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Vital ingredient
There was a brief moment of silence before Manny V. Panglinan, telecommunications tycoon and chairman emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, breathed out a huge sigh. "When we were in China [during the World Cup], yes," said Pangilinan, when asked if the devastating and painful basketball setbacks he has witnessed since becoming the sport's designated godfather in the country has floated thoughts of giving up. "Right after the Italy game," he added, referring to the country's first game in the World Cup, which ended in a miserable rout. And it only got worse from there. And for Pangilinan to make things better, he's going to need a unified effort from all major stak...Keep on reading: Vital ingredient
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Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP
In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (Mormons), through its Family Search arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). The digitized documents from 1614 to 2014 were personally received by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles and Caloocan Bishop Virgilio David, president and vice president of the episcopal conference, respectively, at the CBCP office in Intramuros, Manila. Handing the documents which included, birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as canonical decrees, inventory of church objects, were Family Search (fo...Keep on reading: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP
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Ragma’s ‘Linear Imaginings’
In "Linear Imaginings" at Galerie Joaquin Podium, Jay Ragma pursues his geometric aesthetics, establishing relationships between simple and planar lines on surfaces. A line, an outline, or any work that becomes any gauge of location in space is an intentional statement. It reflects what is taking place in the artist's mind or psyche. In "Linear Imaginings," the colors are solid reds and blacks that become strong visual elements attracting viewers. Lines vibrate with their own life. Infuenced by Swiss master Paul Klee, Ragma tries to conjure magic through multitudinous lines across an expanse of black space. The zigzagging graphic elements become metaphors for life.---CONT...Keep on reading: Ragma’s ‘Linear Imaginings’
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National volleybelles come home with bronze, and a lot of gains for SEAG wars
stock Screams of jubilation pealed inside the locker room after a hard-earned five-set win over Vietnam in the tournament being used to gauge the Filipinos' readiness for the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games. "I'm very proud of the players, they did all they could given the limitations we had," said head coach Shaq Delos Santos following a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12 nipping of the Vietnamese at Terminal 21 Mall. But the Nationals know the mission is just beginning as the country's hopes to medal---and consolidate on the sport's success---rest squarely on their shoulders. "This is what we came for. We didn't come here to lose. This is part of our goal, and that is to w...Keep on reading: National volleybelles come home with bronze, and a lot of gains for SEAG wars
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Taiwanese-American Marlon Chen is new MSO conductor, music director
The Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has a new conductor and music director---Taiwanese-American Marlon Chen, former associate conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, assistant conductor of the MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk) Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. Jeffrey Solares, MSO executive director, made the announcement during the orchestra's concert last Sept. 1 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. Chen may be familiar to concertgoers since he has been a guest conductor in the last three seasons of the MSO. Last June, he successfully led the MSO in the 5th Hunge River Bank Symphonic Festival in Shenyang, China....Keep on reading: Taiwanese-American Marlon Chen is new MSO conductor, music director
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Tale of three odettes
On two weekends last week, Ballet Philippines attracted a big chunk of Metro Manila's balletomanes with its latest revival of "Swan Lake" in time for its 50th anniversary. On opening night, Elena Evseeva as the White Swan displayed a willowy figure with shimmering arms and a forlorn face of a maiden under an evil spell. She had the body and the fragile contour of Odette and she used it to project a swan in distress. In the much-awaited Act II, a solo violin highlighted the much-awaited White Swan soliloquy, and Evseeva projected lyricism with able and solid support from Evgeny Ivanchenko as Siegfried. Ending on a lyrical note with the ethereal corps de ballet providing a magical...Keep on reading: Tale of three odettes
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Teachers’ choir from Bicol bags top prizes in int’l choral tilt in Indonesia
A choral group composed of elementary and high school teachers from Bicol won top prizes in 4th North Sumatra International Choir Competition held in Parapat, Sumatra, Utara, Indonesia, recently. Formed only last May, the Camarines Sur Teachers' Choir (CSTC), composed of 28 Bicol teachers whose ages range from 24-50, won the silver medal in Church Music and the gold in the Mixed Choir category. It was a finalist in the Grand Prix round. Conductor was Hermilino "Bemot" Briones, also the conductor of the multiawarded Baao Children's Choir. In the Church Music competition, the CSTC sang "Alleluia" by Ralph Manuel and "Ave Maria" by Kevin M. Memley. In the Mixed Choir, it sa...Keep on reading: Teachers’ choir from Bicol bags top prizes in int’l choral tilt in Indonesia
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Funds for health cut by P10 billion
MANILA, Philippines --- Funds for health services in the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 that the House of Representatives approved on Friday were slashed by about P10 billion, even as the country is facing a polio epidemic as well as dengue and measles outbreaks that have claimed the lives of more than a thousand people, mostly children. The P88-billion budget of the Department of Health (DOH) in the 2020 spending bill decreased by P10.6 billion from its 2019 level of P98.6 billion, said Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin. In the 2020 proposed budget, government subsidies to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and government hospitals have a total allocation of P71.4 ...Keep on reading: Funds for health cut by P10 billion
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Laurice Guillen directs restaging of Nestor Torre’s ‘Magnificat’
"Magnificat," possibly the modern religious musical play that has been restaged the most in local theater history, is due for another run in September and October. The play, written and first directed by Nestor Torre Jr., is now being presented by Lyric Opera of the Philippines (LyrOpera) headed by Sherwin Sozon as executive producer. Sozon says the presentation is a totally new staging of the 1996 musical whose music was composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. "Magnificat," Torre's tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary has to its credit been staged more than 200 times in different parts of the country. Developed by Torre as a travelling theater piece, it was st...Keep on reading: Laurice Guillen directs restaging of Nestor Torre’s ‘Magnificat’
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Diokno: Docu on drug war could be used vs Duterte
MANILA, Philippines --- A documentary on the Philippines' drug war that has been criticized by Malacaang can be used against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is what impressed human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno on watching "On the President's Orders" at its Philippine premiere on Sept. 20. "On the President's Orders" is the first full-length documentary of the drug war on President Duterte's watch. The film was made by Emmy award-winning filmmakers James Jones and Olivier Sarbil for the US television program "Frontline." The film's Philippine premiere at the Film Center of the University of the Philippines was scheduled...Keep on reading: Diokno: Docu on drug war could be used vs Duterte
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3 in PMA fatal hazing held
MANILA, Philippines --- Three Philippine Military Academy (PMA) upperclassmen are being held for the hazing death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio, following a pledge by the military chief, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., to hold accountable all people responsible for the 20-year-old student's demise. In a radio interview on Sunday, Maj. Reynan Afan, spokesperson for the PMA, said two cadets third class had been sent to the stockade and a cadet first class was being held at the holding center at Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City. 2 persons of interest Afan said the two cadets in the stockade were suspected of having direct involvement in the hazing of Dormitorio, while ...Keep on reading: 3 in PMA fatal hazing held
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House leader: No room for vetoed pork in budget
MANILA, Philippines --- Lawmakers hoping to raise their "pork" allocations will no longer get a chance to reinsert some P70 billion to P90 billion worth of vetoed public works funds in the newly passed 2020 spending bill, a House leader said on Sunday. "It's impossible to restore the vetoed items," the lawmaker, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, told the Inquirer, citing lack of funding sources. Some 68 disgruntled House members had been pushing for the restoration of their share of P95.3 billion worth of projects they "inserted" in the 2019 budget that was later vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte for not being in line with administration pri...Keep on reading: House leader: No room for vetoed pork in budget
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Congress urged to check on Pogos
MANILA, Philippines --- Congress should step in to stop unregistered Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) from becoming hotbeds of illegal drug trade and money laundering by foreign syndicates, a House leader said on Sunday. Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, chair of the House dangerous drugs committee, raised fears that Pogos could suffer the same fate as international gaming hubs used by mafias and drug syndicates for money laundering. In a statement, he called for a "close scrutiny" of Pogos, suggesting they might have links to illegal drugs and organized crime. "However, this requires a deep, profound and perhaps long and tedious investigation," Barbers said...Keep on reading: Congress urged to check on Pogos
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Filipino students join climate strike
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte --- Nearly six years after Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan), Giela Ann Delleva still breaks into tears whenever she remembers what her family went through after the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit land flattened her hometown of Guiuan in Samar province. "It was so difficult because our hometown suddenly felt unfamiliar," she said. Delleva was only 12 when Yolanda, with monstrous winds of more than 300 kilometers per hour, made the first of six landfalls in Guiuan on Nov. 7, 2013. "It doesn't feel like six years ago," Delleva, now 18 and a college student said, wiping away her tears. "It feels like it all happened just yesterday."...Keep on reading: Filipino students join climate strike
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Swine fever scare may raise prices of Bulacan ‘chicharon’
SANTA MARIA, Bulacan, Philippines --- Rising prices of pork skin have aggravated the impact of the African swine fever (ASF) scare on "chicharon" makers in Bulacan province. The government has tightened controls over the importation of most pork commodities that may result in supply shortages for processed hog skin used in making the popular cracklings in the province, said Lailanie Aguilar of the municipal tourism office. There is no African swine fever in Bulacan, according to Voltaire Basinang, Bulacan provincial veterinarian. "[But] while our chicharon makers rely on the domestic pork skin supply, they require imported skin too to augment their needs, and many fear the i...Keep on reading: Swine fever scare may raise prices of Bulacan ‘chicharon’
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Panelo: Martial law a tool to save democracy
MANILA, Philippines --- The declaration of martial law is not necessarily antidemocratic, but "the very tool to save the exercise of democracy," President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said in a statement on the eve of the actual enforcement of Ferdinand Marcos' martial law 47 years ago. "Those who perceive that a declaration of martial law is antidemocratic is oblivious of the fact that its application is precisely the very tool to save the exercise of democracy," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Sunday. "It is only when it is clothed with abuse by its enforcers that it becomes obnoxious," added Panelo, a former lawyer of the Marcos family in its ill-gotten wealt...Keep on reading: Panelo: Martial law a tool to save democracy
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PH Embassy in S. Arabia: Don’t report abuse on social media
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia has warned the 1 million-strong Filipino community there against "sensationalizing" and reporting cases of abused overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on social media. All requests for assistance should be coursed directly to the embassy so they can immediately assist the distressed OFW, it added. The embassy complained that the news report did not provide the victim's personal details. ---Dona Z. Pazzibugan...Keep on reading: PH Embassy in S. Arabia: Don’t report abuse on social media
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Bantag wants to bring some BJMP officers to BuCor
MANILA, Philippines --- New Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag has asked that he be able to bring in with him some of his fellow officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to "clean up the mess" in the country's prisons. Bantag made the request when he took his oath of office before Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sept. 20. "The first thing he did was to request the detail or secondment of certain BJMP people whom he can trust to help him at BuCor," Guevarra said on Sunday. Guevarra said he would take up Bantag's request with Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao "as soon as possible." Bantag was the regional director of the BJMP in Region 4-...Keep on reading: Bantag wants to bring some BJMP officers to BuCor
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New doctors told: Work in gov’t hospitals
MANILA, Philippines --- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday urged the more than 4,000 newly licensed doctors to serve their countrymen by taking on jobs in the government's public hospitals. Following the Professional Regulation Commission's announcement that 4,006 examinees passed the September Physician Licensure Examination, Duque said he hoped this new set of doctors would use their skills and talents to help improve the delivery of public health care services in the country. Serve marginalized "There is no better way to fulfill our oath as doctors than to serve our marginalized and underprivileged countrymen through public institutions," Duque said. He poi...Keep on reading: New doctors told: Work in gov’t hospitals
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Environmentalists blockade oil refinery
BATANGAS CITY, Batangas, Philippines --- "Sounding the alarm" for what is seen as the greatest crisis infringing on human rights, Greenpeace Philippines on Friday joined hands to form a human blockade in front of Pilipinas Shell Oil's refinery in Tabangao, Batangas, in a bid to emphasize corporations' outsized responsibility in curbing emissions causing global warming. Around 6 a.m., six volunteers swiftly linked hands and chained themselves to a large siren. Within seconds, they had barricaded the gate: a peaceful yet brazen challenge to fossil fuel companies like Shell to show accountability for their role in the climate crisis. "It is big industries like Shell: those who have un...Keep on reading: Environmentalists blockade oil refinery
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House lacks budget for new committees
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives is pressed for cash and requires at least P1.6 billion in additional funds for several new positions created under the fledging leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, including 22 deputy speakerships. The chair of the House accounts panel on Friday sought to augment the chamber's P14-billion allocation for 2020 by an extra P1.59 billion to cover extra expenses that were not included in the budget proposal. "We did not expect there will be additional deputy speakers. We did not expect there will be additional vice chairmen on appropriations and ways and means. We did not expect either that there will be newly-created committee...Keep on reading: House lacks budget for new committees
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Columnist Nelson Navarro writes 30
MANILA, Philippines --- Veteran opinion columnist, author and former student activist Nelson Navarro passed away on Sunday morning. He was 71. Navarro's friends and former colleagues took to social media to express grief at his passing. "Sad news. Talented writer and witty Nelson Navarro just passed away this morning, he was rushed to Makati Medical Center 8 a.m.," said columnist and Kamuning Bakery owner Wilson Flores on Facebook. TV host Jules Guiang thanked Navarro on Twitter for sharing his experience as an activist during martial law under the Marcos regime. "Brod Nelson Navarro, thanks for all your wisdom. For your teachings about your struggles during martial law as an...Keep on reading: Columnist Nelson Navarro writes 30
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PNP Maritime Group to get 22 high-speed boats
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) is considering the boosting of its boat fleet with the expected delivery next year of 22 high-speed tactical watercraft. The PNP-MG director, Brig. Gen. R'Win Pagkalinawan, told reporters at Camp Crame last week that his unit's fleet was only composed of 174 water assets nationwide with most of the high-speed tactical boats deployed to Mindanao. To guard coastal towns Pagkalinawan pointed out that the tasking of the PNP-MG in Palawan and Tawi-Tawi was to counter human trafficking and smuggling activities in the area and support in counterterrorism operations in other parts of Mindanao. "We have ant...Keep on reading: PNP Maritime Group to get 22 high-speed boats
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Sandiganbayan suspends Cebu municipal engineer
MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has ordered the 90-day preventive suspension of Ronda City, Cebu municipal engineer Oscar M. Pilapil in connection with his ongoing graft charge. Pilapil is facing 15 counts of graft for his alleged failure to post the invitations for bidding on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System from 2012 to 2013. Earlier, the antigraft court asked Pilapil why he should not be suspended. Pilapil then responded that since he was no longer the chair for the bids and awards committee of the municipality, he should not be suspended since there was no way he could intimidate or influence witnesses or affect the outcome of ...Keep on reading: Sandiganbayan suspends Cebu municipal engineer
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Palace spurns US solon’s demand to free De Lima
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang has described as "nonsense" the renewed call of a US lawmaker for the release of opposition Sen. Leila de Lima from detention. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo refused to comment on the appeal of US Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for the release of De Lima, who has been in jail for two years. 'Nonsense' "We don't respond to nonsense," Panelo said in a message to reporters on Sunday. The Palace official made the remark a day after Rubio took to Twitter to demand the release of De Lima, a critic of President Duterte and a former justice secretary. De Lima has been detained since February 2017 in connection with illegal drugs charges fi...Keep on reading: Palace spurns US solon’s demand to free De Lima
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