Foreign embassies required to get DFA clearance before donating to BARMM

MANILA, Philippines – European countries and other foreign embassies must seek clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before donating funds to the newly established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr said on Thursday, September 12.

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Secret to flavor-rich crispy ‘lechon’ belly
  Crispy lechon belly is becoming a staple in most Philippine get-togethers and celebrations. In place of whole pig, people now settle for roasted Filipino-style porchetta because of its extra crispy skin and tender, juicy and aromatic meat. This easy-to-make lechon belly is slow roasted in the oven for a couple of hours to ensure a super crunchy skin and moist meat. It's liberally stuffed with lemongrass stalks to further infuse flavor and add bulk to the rolled belly. "It's best that you choose a good pork belly slab from your reliable or trusted butcher from the supermarket," says celebrity chef and culinary instructor Zhe Jacinto. "Just have the butcher remove the rib p...Keep on reading: Secret to flavor-rich crispy ‘lechon’ belly
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Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts
SEOUL---Michael Bay, the man behind such box-office behemoths as "Bad Boys," "The Rock," "Armageddon" and the "Transformers" franchise, doesn't suffer fools gladly. When you cross paths with him, you know he's in charge. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were when we entered the room assigned for this exclusive on-cam interview at the Four Seasons with Mr. Bay to talk about Netflix's action flick "6 Underground" last week, and he looked at us as if he recognized us from somewhere. In fact, we met Bay, along with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel, 12 years ago in Tokyo during the Asian promo blitz of "Transformers." He directed the Ryan Reynolds starrer that begins stre...Keep on reading: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts
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Mico Palanca dead at 41
Actor Mico Palanca passed away on Monday, but with the cause of death still undetermined. He was 41. Mico's family, through his talent manager June Rufino, sent a statement to Inquirer Entertainment confirming his death. However, the Palancas did not give details related to the actor's death, as well as to his eventual wake and burial. "We are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved brother," the statement said. "The whole family is grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support that has been coming in today." Mico's siblings Pita, Lisa, Bernard, Erika, Martin and Santi requested for "privacy as we go through this very difficult time. Again, we ap...Keep on reading: Mico Palanca dead at 41
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Inquirer’s Hollywood insider clinches 2 journ awards in LA
It's a great way to start the holiday season: Ruben V. Nepales, who writes thrice a week for his Only in Hollywood column in Inquirer Entertainment, has just won two third prizes at the 12th Annual National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards in Los Angeles. Ruben won in the Celebrity News and Features categories for his articles on Sandra Oh and Elton John, respectively. Also feted at the event were actress Ann-Margret and director Quentin Tarantino. Just in time for Inquirer's 34th anniversary. Congratulations, Ruben! ---RITO P. ASILO...Keep on reading: Inquirer’s Hollywood insider clinches 2 journ awards in LA
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Golden Globes nominees’ reactions include a shoutout to PH
  LOS ANGELES---"A special shoutout to our fans in the Philippines for your loyalty and love!" Robert "Bobby" Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez exclaimed in reaction to their third Golden Globe Awards best original song nomination for "Into the Unknown," sung by Idina Menzel and Aurora in the soundtrack of "Frozen II." Fil-Am Bobby and Kristen, cited previously for "Let It Go" (from the first "Frozen") and "Remember Me" (from "Coco"), emailed, "We couldn't be more grateful to the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Golden Globes) for once again inviting us to the party---and what a party it will be this year! "We were so lucky to get to work ...Keep on reading: Golden Globes nominees’ reactions include a shoutout to PH
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LOTTO RESULT December 12, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 12, 2019 – Draws for 6/49  SuperLotto, 6/42 Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 12, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/42 Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today, Thursday, December 12, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major lotto games – […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 12, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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God's care for me eases my mind.
God's care for me eases my mind.
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The cure for anxiety
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6
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Tackling inequality in the 21st century – the challenges and potential solutions
Waves of protests have exploded around the world with people demonstrating against a range of problems, demanding an end to corruption, pushing for action on climate change, and pressing for personal freedom.
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Red Pope Tagle
I knew that the appointment of Cardinal Tagle as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is a major appointment to a critical post.
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Banning one-use plastic bags
The time has come to give up using one-use plastic bags.
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Why there is a great need for Cha-cha
Just when we thought our chances of having a genuine political change has slipped our hands, we learned that at least 256 local chief executives have expressed their support for the government initiative of amending provisions of the 1987 Constitution, as noted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
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To the credit of the Department of Health, our people have become more receptive to government’s vaccination campaigns. This is important to combat epidemics and save lives.
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Palace rethinking sanctity of contracts?
WHAT happens if a successor of President Duterte questions contracts entered into on his watch for being lopsided or even traitorous? The blame game for onerous deals could be played in an unending political cycle.
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EDITORIAL - Number One
It must be the morale-boosting hometown crowd, with the cheering more deafening when the going gets tough for the country’s athletes. It must be the familiarity of the environment – the training grounds and sporting venues.
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The STAR Cover for December 12, 2019
The STAR Cover for December 12, 2019
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‘Duterte respects human rights, press freedom’
To counter the statement of Irish band U2’s frontman Bono that human rights should not be compromised, Com­munications Secretary Martin Andanar stressed yesterday that President Duterte respects human rights with the same fervor that he respects freedom of the press.
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Pompeo insists Trump raised election meddling with Russia
WASHINGTON DC, USA – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wednesday, Deccember 11, that President Donald Trump issued a warning on election meddling to Russia's foreign minister, who said the topic never came up. The White House issued a statement after Trump's closed-door meeting Tuesday, December 10, with  Sergey Lavrov ...
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LVPI chief calls for unity after women’s volleyball team fails to win medal
MANILA, Philippines---Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. chairman Peter Cayco called for unity in the women's volleyball circuit after the female squad suffered a disappointing finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The women's national team was the only volleyball squad that failed to get a podium finish in the regional games with representatives from beach volleyball and the men's indoor team all getting their hardware. Cayco said that it's high time for the two commercial leagues, the Philippine Super Liga and the Premier Volleyball League, to come to terms for the betterment of the women's national team program. "I think we have to find common ground. Because we want...Keep on reading: LVPI chief calls for unity after women’s volleyball team fails to win medal
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Human rights activist Brandon Lee now recovering in U.S.
BAGUIO, Philippines – The more exciting video to come out on International Human Rights Day, at least to Cordillera activists, is not of U2 singer Bono issuing his "soft message" to President Rodrigo Duterte about not compromising human rights. Instead, it is a video uploaded by Bayan USA of Brandon Lee, 37, a Chinese-American ...
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WATCH: PH delivers perfect ending in SEA Games 2019
CLARK, Philippines – As the Philippines’ hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games came to a close, the host country made sure it penned a perfect ending. The Philippines emerged as the overall champion for the first time in 14 years after recording an all-time high of 149 gold medals ...
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At SEA Games closing, Cayetano tells critics: ‘Peace be with you’
MANILA, Philippines --- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addressed critics of the Philippines' hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games by offering peace at the closing ceremony of the regional meet. "For those of you who did not believe, for those of you who said this could not be done, for those of you who said this stadium will not be built on time, for those of you who said 'sayang ang pera, dapat hindi tayo nag-host,' sa lahat ng nagkalat ng fake news, ang masasabi ko sa inyo, at ito itaga niyo sa bato: Peace be with you," Cayetano said in his speech at the closing ceremony of the 30th SEA Games. [For those of you who did not believe, for those of you who said this cou...Keep on reading: At SEA Games closing, Cayetano tells critics: ‘Peace be with you’
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PH remains ‘deadliest’ country for farmers, IPs – rights group
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines has maintained its tag as the "deadliest" country for farmers and indigenous peoples (IPs) due to land disputes, regional rights advocacy group PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) said Tuesday. From Jan. 1 to Nov. 3o, 2019, a total of 50 killings related to land disputes were reported in the Philippines, which roughly translates to one Filipino land defender killed every week, according to PANAP' year-end report, titled "Land and Rights Watch 2019." "This rate of death toll outpaces last year's frequency of one land defender murdered every two weeks in the Philippines," the group noted. This is the third straight year that the Philippines had the m...Keep on reading: PH remains ‘deadliest’ country for farmers, IPs – rights group
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NEDA: Demand to amend water concession agreements will not scare away investors
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said investors would understand that the government is revising a deal that he said is "super onerous."
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PNP security remains for SEA Games delegates, athletes
MANILA, Philippines --- Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) maintained their visibility to secure guests, delegates and athletes even as the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held its closing ceremony on Wednesday. In a statement, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, the PNP officer-in-charge, ordered continued police assistance to athletes, officials and guests in their billeting venues and the airport. According to the PNP, untoward incidents were recorded as the games officially ended at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman, said police officers in tourist destinations in Luzon and Visayas remained alert. "PNP authorities have been duly no...Keep on reading: PNP security remains for SEA Games delegates, athletes
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Greta Thunberg named Time magazine’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year’
Updated @ 9:53 p.m., Dec. 11, 2019 NEW YORK --- Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time's youngest "Person of the Year" on Wednesday. The 15-year-old Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate movement, drawing large crowds with her appearances at protests and conferences over the past year and a half. Some have welcomed her activism, including her speeches challenging world leaders to do more to stop global warming. But others have criticized her sometimes combative tone. "For sounding the alarm about humanity's predatory relationship with the only home we have, for bringing to a fragmented world a voice that transcends backgrounds and borde...Keep on reading: Greta Thunberg named Time magazine’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year’
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Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends
The curtains closed on the 30th Southeast Asian Games at New Clark Athletics Stadium in Capas, Tarlac Wednesday night, marking the end of what had become a show of force by the Philippine delegation. The Philippines fulfilled its promise in delivering the overall title for the first time since it last hosted the regional meet in 2005 after finishing with 149 gold, 118 silver and 120 bronze medals. Just like in the opening rites held at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, the athletes from the 11 participating nations were treated to a spectacle. Fireworks display lit up the sky while Filipino-American artist, who performed in the opening ceremony, returned to the ...Keep on reading: Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends
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Aquino stayed at Makati Med ICU for security reasons
Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of ...
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U2 dedicates 'Ultra Violet' to Maria Ressa, PH women
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – U2 held their historic first concert in the Philippines on Wednesday, December 11, and paid tribute to female gamechangers all over the world – Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa included. After their performance of "Beautiful Day," Bono said, "Human rights churn out human wrongs, that’s ...
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PNR's Malabon and Tutuban to Taguig service to start on December 16
The Philippine National Railways is set to run trips from Malabon and Tutuban in Manila to Taguig City from December 16, Monday.
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Gamboa reshuffles PNP posts
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa on Wednesday designated new positions in the country's police force for their continuing reforms. In a statement from PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, Gamboa appointed Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu as new director of Headquarters Support Service. Abu, who is from Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Makatao Class of 1989, was a former deputy director of PNP Special Action Force and former executive officer of PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations. As the new head of HSS, Abu will implement policies for governing daily activities at the PNP Headquarters that would enable...Keep on reading: Gamboa reshuffles PNP posts
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Greta Thunberg makes history as youngest TIME 'Person of the Year'
MANILA, Philippines – Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" on Wednesday, December 11 – the youngest individual ever to be named as such. "Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, and in 2019, the earth’s existential crisis found ...
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Lotto results for December 11, 2019
Lotto results for December 11, 2019
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PH Navy launches web app to monitor procurements
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy on Wednesday, December 11, launched a web application designed to help monitor the progress of its projects and procurements in an effort to promote transparency and prevent corruption. Called the “Procurement Information System” or PRISM ( ), the web app contains ...
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SEA Games romp product of Gilas Pilipinas ‘special’ bond
MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas was all business from day one against Singapore last week to its gold medal romp of Thailand on Tuesday night, but there were also a lot of joking around and laughter shared in between. All that was a product of the squad's great on-court chemistry and tight-knit bond off of it the players had built throughout its flawless stint in the 30th Southeast Asian Games despite their limited amount of time spent in practice. "It's amazing. We spent I think a month together, a month and a half. And the camaraderie we built in that short amount of time with these guys, we really built something special," said Chris Ross, one of the elder statesmen ...Keep on reading: SEA Games romp product of Gilas Pilipinas ‘special’ bond
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Malaysian police to quiz Anwar over sex assault claims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will be questioned by police over allegations he sexually assaulted a male former aide, officials said Wednesday, December 11, the latest such scandal to tarnish his career. Anwar has vehemently denied the claims by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who ...
UP president: No police, military on campus without coordination
University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion said Wednesday that he has not agreed to let police and military personnel into the university's campuses despite a claim by Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa that he has.
First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada
VANCOUVER, Canada – The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, December 11, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their polluting emissions. "This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work," said Roei ...
Gilas women hope SEA Games gold paves way for female pro league
MANILA, Philippines --- Raring to gain the recognition they deserve, the country's finest in women's basketball needed a platform where they can be heard. With the Southeast Asian Games as its stage, Gilas Pilipinas women sent their message loud and clear with the gold medal dangling around their necks. "I'm just so happy for the girls, for what they achieved. Now, we hope you will start to recognize us. It's been a long time, we've been doing this since 2015, and now that the gold is with us, and I'm just so happy. I'm not only happy for the girls, but for the whole country and the women's side," said national team head coach Pat Aquino, who had long dreamed for female basketb...Keep on reading: Gilas women hope SEA Games gold paves way for female pro league
Questions still lingering about the Makati kidnapping incident
A video of a kidnapping incident late Monday night in Makati City unsettled Filipinos on social media. In their investigation, Makati City Police said documents were recovered at the scene of the crime which occurred in the morning of Tuesday, December 10. However, police observations ran counter to what was indicated in the video and […] The post Questions still lingering about the Makati kidnapping incident appeared first on Interaksyon.
Polls tighten on eve of Britain's Brexit election
GUISELEY, United Kingdom – Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Wednesday, December 11, to "fight for every vote" after polls predicted a close finish to Britain's general election aimed at settling the Brexit crisis. Britons head to the polls for the third time in 4 years on Thursday, December 12, against ...
Duterte’s 2018 SALN still unreleased 8 months after deadline – PCIJ
MANILA, Philippines --- The government has not released the 2018 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of President Rodrigo Duterte although nearly eight months have passed since the April 30 deadline for its filing. In a report published on Wednesday, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) revealed how the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the President had failed to provide the media a copy of the President's SALN despite the chief executive's repeated vow for transparency. "This would be the first time in the last 30 years that a President has not released his or her SALN," the report, written by its PCIJ executive director Malou Manga...Keep on reading: Duterte’s 2018 SALN still unreleased 8 months after deadline – PCIJ
PH Navy launches procurement web app
  MANILA, Philippines --- In a bid to promote transparent and efficient procurement, the Philippine Navy on Wednesday launched a web application to serve as a public procurement monitoring platform for their projects. Procurement Information System Management (PrISM), which can be accessed at, is designed for "efficient monitoring" of Philippine Navy projects by integrating project status updates from procurement stakeholders. The web application was developed by the Information Systems Group of the Headquarters Naval Information and Communications Technology Center. Defense assistant secretary for logistics and acquisitions Jesus Rey Avilla...Keep on reading: PH Navy launches procurement web app
Love teams ruled trending topics on Twitter in the Philippines for 2019
Entertainment topics were the most talked-about on Twitter this year as Filipino users engaged in online conversations about Maine Mendoza, the love team of Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber and the ABS-CBN Ball, among others. Twitter Philippines identified hashtags that gained the most number of engagements for 2019. Actors, love teams and showbiz-related events were […] The post Love teams ruled trending topics on Twitter in the Philippines for 2019 appeared first on Interaksyon.
PH is overall champion of 2019 SEA Games | Evening wRap
Today on Rappler: 'Worth it': Philippines reclaims SEA Games 2019 overall championship The Philippines emerges as the overall champion of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games for the first time in 14 years. MWSS cancels Manila Water, Maynilad concession agreement extension The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System revokes the extension of the concession agreement with companies Maynilad Water Services and Manila Water. ...
Expert says pneumonia still top killer of PH kids, bats for wider vaccine access
      MANILA, Philippines - Pneumonia remained to be the top killer of children in the Philippines and the rest of the globe which makes it critical to give wider access to vaccines as a preventive measure, according to an international expert on pediatric diseases and their cures. Dr. James Wee, medical director of pharmaceutical company Pfizer who had done extensive research on different diseases stalking children, said three types of deadly microbes, or serotypes, cause pneumonia among children 5 years or younger and are still prevalent in the Philippines. The three serotypes, Wee said in a statement, cause serious infections but one, which he identified ...Keep on reading: Expert says pneumonia still top killer of PH kids, bats for wider vaccine access
PH surfer awarded Fair Play Athlete of SEA Games 2019
    MANILA, Philippines – Roger Casogay got feted for putting humanity over victory as the Filipino surfer received the Fair Play Athlete of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday, December 11.  Helping Indonesia's Arip Nurhidayat get back to safety after losing his surfboard in the middle of competition, the ...
Panned ‘Joan of Arc’ film wins top French prize
Maverick director Bruno Dumont picked up France's most prestigious film prize Monday for a movie which was thrashed by English-speaking critics. "Joan of Arc" is the second part of his rock musical retelling of the life of the virgin French martyr. It was dismissed as "patience-testing" by the Hollywood Reporter and an "eccentric endurance test [which] burns up much of its goodwill by the time the pyre is finally lit" by Variety when it was premiered at the Cannes film festival in May. But the judges of Louis Delluc prize, who are drawn from the creme de la creme of French cinema, hailed it as the best French film of the year. "Bruno Dumont was already a great film-ma...Keep on reading: Panned ‘Joan of Arc’ film wins top French prize