Fil-Am businessman runs for Houston City Council seat

HOUSTON, Texas -- A Filipino American businessman is running for Houston District J's seat on the City Council in the Nov. 5, 2019 general election.   Nelvin Joseph Adriatico, 45,is running as a non-partisan candidate and hopes to be the first Fil-Am in the City Council. Adriatico is the president and founder of brokerage firm Core Realty LLC, has served as the president of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas and Co-Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Office of the New Americans and Immigrant Communities.   Adriatico, an openly gay candidate married to Avinash Thadhani, has a son A.J., a University of Houston poli/sci sophomore A.J., an...

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Liza ‘better’ in kissing scenes than bf Quen, who kisses ‘like a 2nd grader’
"I'm better at doing kissing scenes ... He kisses like a second grader." This was how Liza Soberano described real and reel-life partner Enrique Gil to reporters during a media gathering for their latest project, the romantic-comedy series "Make It With You." The couple was asked whether or not they have kissing scenes in the series, to which headwriter Mark Angos replied: "They will be super intimate. They're currently working on Week 2 so they don't know this yet. They have yet to find out what will happen to Week 10, for example." Liza quipped that whenever Enrique would have a kissing scene, like the one with Bea Alonzo in the movie "She's the One," the actor would down ...Keep on reading: Liza ‘better’ in kissing scenes than bf Quen, who kisses ‘like a 2nd grader’
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Vice Ganda reconciles with Coco Martin after a falling-out 2 years ago
Vice Ganda has admitted that he and good friend Coco Martin had a falling-out two years ago, but that all is well now after they had a heart-to-heart talk. "Nag-artehan kaming dalawa. We didn't sit down and talk right away. We just kept telling common friends what we didn't like about each other in the hope that these would reach the other party," Vice said. "When we finally met again, we greeted each other as if nothing was going on," he told reporters during the grand press conference of "The Mall the Merrier," an entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which will run for two weeks starting Christmas Day. The two stars were supposed to make a sequel for their ...Keep on reading: Vice Ganda reconciles with Coco Martin after a falling-out 2 years ago
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Louise’s ‘dry run’ for marriage
It's a dry run of sorts---that's our thinking," Louise delos Reyes said of her decision to live in with her non-show biz boyfriend. The couple moved in together under one roof about a year ago. "We have to prove that we can do it. We're both working hard, so that we don't end up asking for help, money for rent, etc.," she told reporters at a press conference for her Dec. 11 romantic drama film, "My Bakit List." Louise added that their setup is more practical because they get to split living expenses. Because she comes from a "traditional family," her mother---who passed away six months ago---had initial misgivings about the concept of living in. "But she soon realized that I...Keep on reading: Louise’s ‘dry run’ for marriage
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When movie queens meet
Something like this doesn't happen every day. But special occasions---like the taping of the ABS-CBN Christmas Special last Tuesday---have a way of making more magical moments happen. The occasion didn't just gather the Kapamilya network's biggest stars, it also brought together the movie queens of the '80s, Sharon Cuneta and Maricel Soriano. The Megastar and the Diamond Star were seen in a rare huddle at the taping, capped off by a photo that was posted by Sharon for her 1.1 million followers on Instagram. Maria and Shawie were the top box-office champs of the '80s, but they were made more popular by their respective love teams with Gabby Concepcion (for the latter) and William Marti...Keep on reading: When movie queens meet
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LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019 – Draws for 6/58 Ultra Lotto, 6/45 Mega Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/42 Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today,Friday, December 13, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major lotto games […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Mimiyuuuh is PH’s top emerging local YouTube content creator in 2019
MANILA, Philippines --- There's another addition to yuOr LOcq4l j3j3 gHurl Mimiyuuuh's long list of achievements as she was hailed as the top emerging local YouTube creator in 2019.   This was revealed Thursday during a thanksgiving party organized by Google Philippines at their headquarters in Taguig City.   From going viral for her "Dalagang Pilipina" video, Mimiyuuuh now has a strong 1.92 million subscribers on YouTube, as of writing, as she shares a wide array of content on the platform such as fashion tips, music and dance covers, and simple daily adventures.   Her videos may offer a wide range of topics but one thing is constant in each one of t...Keep on reading: Mimiyuuuh is PH’s top emerging local YouTube content creator in 2019
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Christmas hush
‘T is the season to be jolly and with all the hustle and bustle going around, not to mention the traffic, I think we can all say that we’ve entered into Christmas madness.
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Fear in the city
There is a growing number of women both local residents and foreigners who’ve asked me about the reported kidnappings of young children, a white van used in grab and snatch of kids, and the latest kidnapping in Makati that authorities suspect is POGO related.
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Dubious intention
Kidnapping is the forcible taking and detention or deprivation of liberty of a person, which is a crime punishable under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code.
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More fun, jobs and money from tourism
We had so much fun with the pieces of good news shared to us by the Department of Tourism led by Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat during our Kapihan sa Manila Bay last Wednesday.
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Having fun
After seeing moms and dads bursting with pride, some of them teary-eyed, over their medal-winning children in the just-concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games, I’m sure there are other parents who now face a dilemma: should they allow their kids to indulge their fondness for sports at the possible expense of their studies?
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If students fare bad, then we’re the failures
“K-12” can’t be the culprit in Filipinos’ poorest scores among 79 countries in Reading, Mathematics, and Science.
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EDITORIAL - A growing problem
A law was passed last year, Republic Act 11036, laying down a national policy to promote mental health.
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Wise is the person who would rather give honor than receive it.
Wise is the person who would rather give honor than receive it.
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The STAR Cover for December 13, 2019
The STAR Cover for December 13, 2019
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PNP needs more agents vs POGO-related kidnappings
The police Anti-Kidnapping Group wants to recruit more agents to beef up manpower against the rising number of kidnappings involving personnel of the Chinese-run Philippine offshore gaming operators.
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Caviar ‘queen’: Chinese roe reigns around the world
by Ludovic EHRET The caviar on the menu of Michelin-starred restaurants may come from an unexpected place: China. The country has endured embarrassing food scandals in recent years, but its sturgeon eggs have gained the respect of caviar connoisseurs around the world. It has also become pricier for US buyers as Chinese caviar is among the slew of products hit with 25 percent tariffs in the US-China trade war. The bulk of China's production comes from a picturesque lake ringed by mountains in eastern Zhejiang province where industry leader Kaluga Queen breeds the giant fish. The brand was created in 2005 by experts who worked for the ministry of agriculture and it now pro...Keep on reading: Caviar ‘queen’: Chinese roe reigns around the world
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Bong Go: Harassing critics not Duterte’s cup of tea, style
  MANILA, Philippines --- Harassing his critics is not President Rodrigo Duterte's "cup of tea," according to his former aide and now Senator Christopher "Bong" Go.   Speaking with reporters at the Bureau of Fire Protection's (BFP) 46th Fire Service Recognition Day on Thursday, Go criticized a recently passed US Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of detained Senator Leila de Lima.   "Wag muna kayo manghimasok sa bagay na hindi niyo alam. Alamin n'yo muna 'yung totoo. Walang ginagawang political harassment po ang ating pangulo. Hindi po ganun si Pangulong Duterte," he said.   (Do not intrude in things you don't know about. Know...Keep on reading: Bong Go: Harassing critics not Duterte’s cup of tea, style
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EU leaders keep quiet on Brexit as Britain votes
BRUSSELS, Belgium – European leaders arrived for their Brussels summit on Thursday, December 12, knowing that before their late-night budget debate is over British voters will have given their latest verdict on leaving the bloc. The 27 remaining EU chiefs have a packed summit agenda and a dispute to resolve over how to fund the ...
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What’s trending in PH in 2019? Google reveals Filipinos’ top search queries
  MANILA, Philippines --- As we approach the end of the year 2019, Google Philippines revealed Thursday the top search queries made by Filipinos this year---ranging from personalities, events, entertainment, music, and news, among others.   During a thanksgiving party organized by Google Philippines at their headquarters in Taguig City, they revealed that online chat site Omegle, which allows users to talk to strangers to discuss topics of common interest, topped the list of the overall trending searches for 2019.   This was followed by gaming sites MemoryHackers and Codashop.   Here is the complete list for the overall top trending search...Keep on reading: What’s trending in PH in 2019? Google reveals Filipinos’ top search queries
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Malaysia's Anwar quizzed over sex assault claims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim was Thursday, December 12,  questioned by police over allegations he sexually assaulted a male former aide, the latest such scandal to hit the veteran politician's career. Anwar told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) he was quizzed at national police headquarters over the claims by ...
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Catriona Gray: Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet
MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray sees actress Liza Soberano as a potential candidate to represent the country. But the 25-year-old beauty queen stressed it still boils down to one's passion and willingness. During her contract signing with ABS-CBN Books Thursday, Gray was asked whom she thinks could be fit as the Philippines' Miss Universe bet. "Well, everyone always wanted Liza to join di ba?" Gray said. "She's very very beautiful and I feel like she would be wonderful, but I really feel it needs to be the girl that wants to do it," she added. Gray, who just relinquished her title to South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi, underscored the need for passion t...Keep on reading: Catriona Gray: Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet
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Sandiganbayan imposes 90-day suspension vs Eastern Samar town mayor
              MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has preventively suspended the mayor of Guiuan town in Eastern Samar for 90 days pending an investigation on a graft case filed against her.   In its resolution dated November 25, the Sixth Division denied Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan's bid to overturn the ruling, as Section 13 of the Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act mandates the preventive suspension of incumbent officials.   That is, even if Gonzales-Kwan contended that the informations were filed prior to her election as Guiuan mayor. The accused is facing graft charg...Keep on reading: Sandiganbayan imposes 90-day suspension vs Eastern Samar town mayor
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Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet, but it needs to be her passion
MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray sees actress Liza Soberano as a potential candidate to represent the country.   But the 25-year-old beauty queen stressed it still boils down to one's passion and willingness.   During her contract signing with ABS-CBN Books Thursday, Gray was asked whom she thinks could be fit as the Philippines' Miss Universe bet.   "Well, everyone always wanted Liza to join, di ba?" Gray said.   "She's very very beautiful and I feel like she would be wonderful, but I really feel it needs to be the girl that wants to do it," she added.   Gray, who just relinquished her title to South Afri...Keep on reading: Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet, but it needs to be her passion
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Where her journey began: Catriona Gray to return to kids of Tondo
    MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back in the country after her reign as queen and is set to return where her pageant journey began --- the kids of Tondo. "Yes, I definitely want to go back and visit. I think it'll be very emotional for me because I really did in a way start my journey, this journey with them," Gray said Thursday when asked if she plans to visit the kids of Tondo, Manila who inspired her answer during last year's Miss Universe 2018 pageant. Gray had been involved with non-government organization Young Focus Philippines, focused on children's welfare, even before joining pageants. "It was really volunteering with them...Keep on reading: Where her journey began: Catriona Gray to return to kids of Tondo
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LOOK: Henry Cavill and Lauren Hissrich Bring The Witcher to Manila
Cavill was pretty much born and raised for the role of Geralt.
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Shopping List: What you need to rule 2020 and where to find them
"I need to this to reach my new year goals" is the reason I often use when I buy gifts for myself this Christmas. I can abuse the reason a bit, but there's some sense in making purchases for your resolutions. They can be a tool to improve your work, reminders of the trips you want to take, or just everyday pieces that reduce daily stressors. This weekend, Dec 14 to 15, one of my favorite shopping parties, Soire by Retail Lab, is happening at The Fifth at Rockwell. As a physical home to local brands, you will love how Retail Lab manages to put together various labels under one roof. It's hard to leave the event empty-handed, so be ready with your card and a reusable tote bag. You'll al...Keep on reading: Shopping List: What you need to rule 2020 and where to find them
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2 alleged Chinese ‘loan sharks’ arrested in Parañaque City
  MANILA, Philippines ---Two suspected Chinese loan sharks were arrested in Paraaque City for allegedly kidnapping a fellow Chinese who owed them money spent in a casino.   Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, director of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), on Thursday identified the arrested suspects as Wan Renhong and Wan Liang.   According to Estomo, the suspects lent P2 million to the victim identified as Wang Hong, who had lost his cash after playing at a casino. Under their deal, Wang will pay the suspects 15 percent commission every time he wins a game.   The victim, however, lost all his borrowed cash prompting the sus...Keep on reading: 2 alleged Chinese ‘loan sharks’ arrested in Parañaque City
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Catriona Gray to release book on ‘Conquering Your Universe’
MANILA, Philippines --- After her Miss Universe reign, Catriona Gray is back in the country with many projects ahead, one of which is sharing experiences and lessons on "Conquering Your Universe." The 25-year-old beauty queen kickstarted her return to the country by inking a contract with ABS-CBN's publishing arm for her upcoming book entitled "Conquering Your Universe" to be released in 2020. "The title is Conquering Your Universe. It's a collection of lessons that I've learned in the past couple of years, that I feel really allowed me to achieve what I did---things that I've learned from a personal perspective, things that I learned in regards to dealing or learning from others, ...Keep on reading: Catriona Gray to release book on ‘Conquering Your Universe’
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Trump says Greta Thunberg should 'chill,' go to movies
WASHINGTON, DC, USA (UPDATED) – US President Donald Trump on Thursday, December 12, slammed Time magazine's naming of Greta Thunberg as 2019 Person of the Year, saying the Swedish teen climate activist should "chill" and go see a movie. "So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go ...
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Paras, Magsanoc bolster UP Maroons coaching staff
MANILA, Philippines---University of the Philippines has beefed up its coaching staff after it missed a chance to return to the finals in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament. After stacking their player roster in 2019, the Fighting Maroons have now added a bevy of coaching minds to aid head coach Bo Perasol. Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras, Joey Guanio, and Xavier Nunag were added to the coaching staff whom Perasol described as "four outstanding basketball minds who have selflessly agreed to help the team." "The track records for these coaches speak for themselves. They bring with them years of experience as both player and coach and we will believe that with them on...Keep on reading: Paras, Magsanoc bolster UP Maroons coaching staff
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Sotto, Imee reject US plea to free De Lima: PH no longer American colony
  MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Imee Marcos slammed the passage of a US Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of detained Senator Leila de Lima and condemning the Philippine government for her continued detention.   "We are a sovereign nation. We have our own judicial processes. What will they say if we pass a resolution asking the US to put in jail all abortionists in their country considering abortion is illegal in ours?" Sotto told reporters in a message on Thursday.   He pointed out that criminal laws "are territorial and are different in every country."   "Sovereign states have exclus...Keep on reading: Sotto, Imee reject US plea to free De Lima: PH no longer American colony
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BSP left policy rates unchanged as inflation stays 'benign'
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday kept its key rate unchanged, saying inflation continues to be “benign.”
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Lotto results for December 12, 2019
Lotto results for December 12, 2019
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Subanen thanksgiving ritual added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list
A committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Tuesday inscribed the Subanen thanksgiving ritual system on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
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Robredo wants private sectors’ participation in securing Mindanao
      MANILA, Philippines -- Vice President Leni Robredo is urging the administration to include the private sector in securing people in Mindanao and in working for a lasting peace in the war-torn region.   Robredo, who was in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on Thursday and in Lamitan, Basilan on Wednesday for a series of talks and anti-poverty programs, said that crafting policies on security should not only rest upon the government and the military.   "Ako, sa akin kasi, iyong security is not just the function of the military and the government alone. Kailangan talaga iyong strong participation of the private sector," she told reporters in ...Keep on reading: Robredo wants private sectors’ participation in securing Mindanao
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Will ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ reveal Rey’s heritage? ’Some searching, some answers,’ says Daisy Ridley
TOKYO, Japan – The cast and crew of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have been, understandably, sparse in talking about any of the upcoming movie's details, lest they accidentally blurt out any spoilers. But they’ve been kind enough to offer a hint or two in media interviews and press ...
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Pangilinan pushes Senate OK on bill banning single-use plastics
        MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate should follow in the footsteps of a House panel that recently approved a measure on taxing single-use plastics, Senator Francis Pangilinan said Thursday.   In a statement, Pangilinan said that imposing tax on single-use plastics was a "step in the right direction."   "Nakita natin kung gano kalala ang patuloy na epekto ng pabago-bagong klima dulot ng global warming at climate change, lalo ngayon matapos ang pagsalanta ng Bagyong Tisoy sa Bicol at iba pang parte ng bansa," Pangilinan said.   (We saw how drastic the effects were of the changing climate due to global warming and c...Keep on reading: Pangilinan pushes Senate OK on bill banning single-use plastics
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Revoked extension of water concession deals good for business, Andanar says
Last week, Duterte accused water firms of "screwing" the Filipinos and demanded revisions to the concession deals they signed with the government in 1997.
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Locsin throws shade at U.N. court hearing on Myanmar genocide case
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr threw shade at International Court of Justice (ICJ) proceedings involving Myanmar, which is facing charges of genocide targeting Rohingya Muslims, saying the public should judge the Southeast Asian country against massacres seen in Western history.  For further emphasis, ...
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Why Angelica Panganiban Said, “Mahihiya na si Kathryn Bernardo”?
This is the reason why Angelica Panganiban said “Mahihiya na si Kathryn Bernardo” Kapamilya actress Angelica Panganiban said, “Mahihiya na si Kathryn Bernardo” during a recent media conference and here is the reason why. Angelica is set to do a movie with Ang Probinsyano actor Coco Martin with the working title Love or Money under […] The post Why Angelica Panganiban Said, “Mahihiya na si Kathryn Bernardo”? appeared first on Philippine News.
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Thai king takes part in royal barge procession in Bangkok
  BANGKOK --- Thousands of Thais and tourists flocked to the Chao Phraya River banks in Bangkok to witness an ancient ceremony of a royal barge procession on Thursday, marking the end of the coronation ceremony for King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The king, together with Queen Suthida and 14-year-old Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, boarded a century-old barge bearing the figurehead of a swan-like mythical creature while other members of the royal family accompanied them in separate vessels. A total of 52 decorated barges were powered by 2,200 oarsmen selected from the Royal Thai Navy, who sang rhythmic songs as they paddled a distance of 3.4 kilometers (2.1 miles) between two key...Keep on reading: Thai king takes part in royal barge procession in Bangkok
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IN PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ stars hit the red carpet in Tokyo fan meet
TOKYO, Japan – The rain poured hard at one point but that didn't stop fans – and especially the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – from walking the red carpet on Wednesday, December 11, ahead of the film's premiere in a matter of days.  Stars ...
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Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable P16B in bicam-approved 2020 budget
MANILA, Philippines – Anti-pork crusader Senator Panfilo Lacson urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 12, to exercise his line-item veto power over the questionable multibillion "insertions" in the proposed 2020 national budget. The 18th Congress ratified the panel report on the proposed  P4.1-trillion national budget  on Wednesday, December 11, which was approved ...
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Sison says meeting Duterte likely but unsure if it’s in PH
LUCENA CITY---Top communist rebel leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison could meet face-to-face with his former student, President Rodrigo Duterte, but was unsure if it would take place in the Philippines. Sison said the planned meeting between him and the President, as reported by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, is not a remote possibility but may not happen in the Philippines. "Maybe in a nearby country," Sison said in an online interview from his base in Utrecht on Thursday (Dec. 12). Sison said even if the personal meeting with Duterte takes place outside the Philippines, "I have to have political and legal guarantees that I retain the protection of the Refugee Convention and the Eu...Keep on reading: Sison says meeting Duterte likely but unsure if it’s in PH
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Thousands attend service for Hong Kong student who died during clashes
HONG KONG (UPDATED) – Thousands of Hong Kongers formed long lines to attend a memorial service on Thursday for a student whose death led to some of the most violent clashes in 6 months of democracy protests. Alex Chow, 22,  died last month from head injuries sustained during a fall inside a ...
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Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil to Make 2020 TV Comeback With a Teleserye Shot In Croatia
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Nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ named Merriam-Webster word of year
The pronoun "they," used by non-binary people who identify as neither male nor female, was named word of the year by American dictionary Merriam-Webster on Tuesday. In the English language, more and more people are exercising their right to choose the pronoun by which they are identified, regardless of their sex at birth --- such as "they" instead of "she" or "he." Two months ago, the dictionary added the word "they" as a non-binary pronoun that can refer to just one person. "There's no doubt that its use is established in the English language, which is why it was added to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary this past September," the website said, adding that searches for "th...Keep on reading: Nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ named Merriam-Webster word of year
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