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Jane de Leon admits meeting Liza Soberano for her Darna role
Jane de Leon admitted she and Liza Soberano has finally found time to see each other Liza had initially reached out to Jane and expressed an invitation for dinner She wished to help Jane deal [Read More]
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At least 3 hurt in California school shooting, gunman sought
    SANTA CLARITA, California --- At least three people were injured Thursday during a shooting at a Southern California high school and a search was underway for the gunman, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said deputies responded to Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The department said a male suspect in black clothing was seen at the location. "If you live in neighborhoods anywhere near Saugus High, PLEASE LOCK DOORS and stay inside. If you see suspect, male dark clothing, in backyards, etc. CALL 911," the Santa Clarita sheriff's station tweeted. White House...Keep on reading: At least 3 hurt in California school shooting, gunman sought
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Why Ejay Falcon finds Air Force training similar to working on Korean TV series
Ejay Falcon has something to feel happy about when he turns 30 next week. The former "Pinoy Big Brother" winner has been busy ticking off items on his bucket list before he marks a milestone on Nov. 21. For starters, he finished his training as a reservist of the Philippine Air Force last September. We spoke to the handsome actor in July before his three-day locked-in activity in Bamban, Tarlac, in September, but he asked us to keep it under wraps until he finished his training. Ejay, who currently topbills the ABS-CBN action-drama series "Sandugo," had sunburn when we spoke to him for this article, but he said he wasn't bothered by it. "Nag-start na kasi ako sa training ...Keep on reading: Why Ejay Falcon finds Air Force training similar to working on Korean TV series
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Why Joem Bascon still not completely happy despite having 4 new films, 1 soap
"I just take one day at a time," said Joem Bascon when asked to share his current state of mind. While he is busy promoting four films, the actor admitted that he is also trying to fix "a major problem" between him and his longtime girlfriend, Crisha Uy. "Our relationship is going through a rough patch. It's something major. In time, I will be able to tell you if we're able to fix it or not," Joem told the Inquirer during a media gathering on Monday for his movie "Culion," an entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in December. Joem can also be seen in "The Annulment," opposite Lovi Poe; in "Utopia," a finalist in the ongoing 2019 Cinema One Originals; and, soon,...Keep on reading: Why Joem Bascon still not completely happy despite having 4 new films, 1 soap
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‘School Service’ triumphs in Barcelona
"It's no longer new, but it still keeps on winning," said Louie Ignacio, director of the indie drama "School Service," which won another honor---this time, at the 7th Asian Film Festival Barcelona in Spain. Ignacio's film received a Special Mention from the festival under the Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) category, according to producer Ferdy Lapuz, who received the news via e-mail on Nov. 11. "School Service" follows the story of Maya, a young girl taken against her will in the province and placed as a beggar in Manila by a small-time syndicate. "While there was only one Filipino film that won, it's still a reason to celebrate. At least we're still very...Keep on reading: ‘School Service’ triumphs in Barcelona
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LOTTO RESULT November 15, 2019
LOTTO RESULT November 15, 2019 – Draws for 6/58 Ultra Lotto, 6/45 Mega Lotto LOTTO RESULT November 15, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/42 Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today,Friday, November 15, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major lotto games […] The post LOTTO RESULT November 15, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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How much more!
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
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Pagcor halts financial medical assistance temporarily
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation wishes to inform the public that beginning November 14, 2019, it is temporarily halting the acceptance of applications for medical financial assistance.
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How secured are you?
Safety and Security are top two concerns of multinational corporations whenever they assign or deploy executives and their families abroad.
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Deliberate, not accidental
This is another case where the decision of the court is based mainly on the credibility of the evidence for the prosecution or the defense.
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Just wishing aloud
Both official lawyer spokesmen of VP Robredo confessed to having advised her to accept the ICAD post.
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The role of education in crisis
The recent earthquake experience in Mindanao has shown that education is deeply affected in such times of crisis.
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Women today
People who know her are familiar with her story: as a five-year-old, Vicki Belo recalls being bullied by classmates for being an adopted child.
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Two- versus four-wheeled: Rising motorbike casualties
Sooner or later the authorities will have to deal with a raging road war: between two- and four- or more wheeled vehicles.
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EDITORIAL - Discipline first
he mayor of Manila was fuming the other day.
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Luzon, Visayas under cyclone signals due to Ramon
Several areas in Luzon and the Visayas remained under tropical cyclone warning signals yesterday as Tropical Storm Ramon (international name Kalmaegi) continued heading for land this weekend.
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Displaced vendors in QC score 2nd chance with night market
  MANILA, Philippines --- Vendors displaced in Quezon City due to the nationwide road clearing operations will now have the opportunity to sell their goods in the city once again. This is through the efforts of the Quezon City local government as it announced the upcoming "Sari-Sari Kyusi: The Quezon City Night Market" on Thursday. "The Quezon City government wanted to establish and develop a space for street vendors who had lost their livelihood because of the clearing operations," Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement. "This is not just a night market as we will provide a stage for homegrown Quezon City talents to perform live acts," Belmonte added. "We al...Keep on reading: Displaced vendors in QC score 2nd chance with night market
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Motorcycle assassins strike again, kill ex-South Cotabato village chair
KORONADAL CITY---Unidentified motorcycle-riding assassins shot dead on Thursday, Nov. 14, a former provincial legislator of South Cotabato in a brazen attack that again showed the level of impunity with which a life can be snuffed out. The victim, Vicente Yungco Jr., former village chair of Poblacion and former ex-officio provincial board member for the Liga ng Mga Barangay, was driving his vehicle on Dallah Street around noon when two gunmen came close and shot him. Police are now investigating. Edited by TSB...Keep on reading: Motorcycle assassins strike again, kill ex-South Cotabato village chair
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Jun Manzo has no regrets over fouling out in his final game for UP
MANILA, Phiilippines---Jun Manzo's collegiate career came to an end in the most unceremonious of ways. With University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas fighting for their lives, Manzo ended his four-year UAAP career by fouling out with 2:33 left in the knockout game for a UAAP Finals berth. As UP center Bright Akhuetie laid on the Growling Tigers' side of the court writhing in pain, the Fighting Maroons had to commit a foul to allow the Season 81 MVP to go to the bench and get treatment. Manzo decided to step up and do it without knowing that he was already in foul trouble. "I'm sad because those were the last two minutes of the game but I don't regret tak...Keep on reading: Jun Manzo has no regrets over fouling out in his final game for UP
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Ex-Iligan gov’t employee jailed for sex abuse of minor househelp
ILIGAN CITY---Police arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 13 yet, a former member of the Iligan City government's Civil Security Unit for allegedly raping his househelp who is a minor. Maj. Allan Abalde, chief of Iligan City Police Station 5, said Ray Baldicantos, 53, resident of Canaway village here, was arrested through a warrant issued by Judge Anisah Aminoding-Umpa of the Iligan City Regional Trial Court Branch 2. Abalde said the minor househelp had accused Baldicantos of sexually molesting her eight times between July and August this year. Baldicantos is now detained and awaiting the start of trial for a charge of child abuse. Edited by TSB...Keep on reading: Ex-Iligan gov’t employee jailed for sex abuse of minor househelp
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Thousands join nationwide simultaneous quake drill
Thousands of Filipinos on Thursday participated in the government-initiated nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill.
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‘We can do it’: Empowering female students through tech-voc programs
MANILA, Philippines --- With her hair braided and a hint of makeup on her face, 20-year-old Leira Gamo would appear like she's just the same as any ordinary girl. However, she proved that she can be one of the boys, as she took on mechanical electromechanical technology as her technical vocation course--a road less traveled by most women her age. With every turn of the screw, Gamo was focused on her craft, and appeared to perfect what she is working on. Aside from Gamo, there is also 17-year-old Jemicah Vicente Arca, whoalso took up the same course as Gamo. In her desk, Arca is testing sensors. She makes sure that every time metal is placed near it...Keep on reading: ‘We can do it’: Empowering female students through tech-voc programs
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Know some of the Cebuano athletes competing in SEA Games
CEBU CITY, Philippines ---Cebuano athletes will be among those competing for the Philippines in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games, which the country will be hosting from November 30 to December 11. Among the top Cebuano athletes expected to shine are Asian Games gold medalist in skateboarding Margielyn Didal, and three-time SEA Games gold medalist in judo, Kiyomi Watanabe. Both were also reportedly tapped to be the flag bearers although this has yet to be confirmed by the Philippine Olympic Committee. Another noted Cebuano who will be competing is Marathon Queen and Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, who handed the Philippines its first gold medal in the 29th SEA Games held in K...Keep on reading: Know some of the Cebuano athletes competing in SEA Games
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Lotto results for November 14, 2019
Lotto results for November 14, 2019
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Gem-Ver sails back into the West Philippine Sea | Evening wRap
Today on Rappler: PH boat sunk by Chinese sailing again to Recto Bank Duterte abolishes Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission Dennis Uy now owns almost half of Malampaya gas field Pressure builds as Trump impeachment probe hears new claims Facebook rolls out new labels for fact checked content – Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico
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UAAP Season 82 heartbreak ‘learning experience’ for UP Maroons
MANILA, Philippines---University of the Philippines' much-hyped campaign in UAAP Season 82 has come to a crashing end, but Bright Akhuetie sees it as a learning experience for the team. The Fighting Maroons, the second seed after the eliminations, lost twice to University of Santo Tomas in the stepladder semifinals, including a 68-65 heartbreak that put their title hopes to death. "It's just a learning experience, we just have to go back and get ourselves together and build that chemistry more," said Akhuetie as UP failed to return to the title round. On paper, UP had the best team that was assembled ahead of the tournament with Akhuetie anchoring the middle and former NCAA ...Keep on reading: UAAP Season 82 heartbreak ‘learning experience’ for UP Maroons
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Azkals escape Maldives in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals denied host team Maldives' comeback bid to secure a 2-1 win on Thursday, November 14, at the Maldives National Football Stadium.  The Philippines wound up tied with China with 7 points, but still ranked 3rd place with a +1 goal difference.  After a scoreless first ...
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Drinking bout in quake-weary Digos turns deadly as man killed, assailant jailed
DIGOS CITY---A construction worker is now being held behind bars after stabbing on Wednesday, Nov. 13, a drinking buddy with whom he had a heated argument. Armando Baredo, 38, resident of the village of Goma here, was having a drink with Dante Cabanda, 37, and another neighbor, Jeffrey Aranquez, inside a store in the village of Matti before heading home. But their lively drinking spree turned bitter as Cabanda and Baredo, already drunk, engaged in a heated verbal tussle. According to Col. Ernesto Castillo, Digos police chief, Cabanda eventually fell asleep, giving a fuming Baredo the chance to attack him. Baredo, Castillo said, took a knife and stabbed Cabanda in the neck, in...Keep on reading: Drinking bout in quake-weary Digos turns deadly as man killed, assailant jailed
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SHOPPING LIST: Kathryn Bernardo’s smart tourist look in Italy
Many questions in life bother us always. One of which is "What's the best way to look cute in my travel photos without compromising comfort?" Kathryn Bernardo seems to have found an answer for herself. She's currently in Italy, appreciating the Colosseum in a fall-appropriate outfit. It's an easy look to pull off. Plus, it's functional and comfortable for a long day of sightseeing.   Let's get into the details of the look, shall we? Do anything dress Kathryn's choice of dress ticks off everything you need in a day dress for touring. It's not tight so you can move around freely. It's easy to style with a jacket when it gets cold ...Keep on reading: SHOPPING LIST: Kathryn Bernardo’s smart tourist look in Italy
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PNPA director gets promoted to two-star general
  MANILA, Philippines --- The director of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has been promoted to two-star general.   PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac announced on Thursday the promotion of Brig. Gen. Chiquito Malayo into the rank of major general.   Four other police officials with the previous rank of colonel were also promoted into brigadier general.   They are Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay, director of the PNP Legal Service; Brig. Gen Jonnel Estomo, director of the Anti-Kidnapping Group; Brig. Gen. Remus Canieso, deputy regional director for administration (DRDA) of the Police Regional Office 6; and Brig. Gen. Ildebrande Usana,...Keep on reading: PNPA director gets promoted to two-star general
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‘Ramon’ forces 2,000 villagers in 2 Bicol provinces to flee homes
LEGAZPI CITY --- Landslides and flooding unleashed by Typhoon "Ramon" forced out of their homes more than 2,000 villagers in low-lying and mountainous areas in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Albay, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said. The villagers took shelter in evacuation sites as Ramon lashed at areas on its path. The OCD said floods swamped 19 villages in in the towns of Caramoan, Garchitorena, Pasacao, Del Gallego, Canaman, Calabanga, Tinambac, Lagonoy Magarao and Sipocot, all in Camarines Sur, and in Tiwi, Albay. Claudio Yucot, OCD regional director, said ankle to knee deep waters were reported in these areas while water level in river channels rose by up ...Keep on reading: ‘Ramon’ forces 2,000 villagers in 2 Bicol provinces to flee homes
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‘Prudent pause’: BSP keeps policy rates unchanged
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday left its benchmark rate unchanged — a decision described as a “prudent pause” to let the previous cuts to the policy rate and reserve requirement work their way through the economy.
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PH Azkals overcome Maldives for 2nd win in World Cup qualifiers
MALE - Iain Ramsay and Patrick Strauss struck in the second half as the Philippines overcame a stiff challenge from the Maldives, 2-1, Thursday for only its second victory in the joint 2022 Fifa World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at National Stadium here. Ramsay fired the opener in the 53rd minute, controlling excellently from the edge of the area before firing a rocket from a narrow angle to beat Mohammed Faisal on the Maldives goal. The second goal came in the 69th minute when Strauss stabbed home from close range after Luke Woodland and Patrick Reichelt were denied by the upright. Substitute Hassan Naiz denied the Azkals of a clean sheet with a goal in stoppage time...Keep on reading: PH Azkals overcome Maldives for 2nd win in World Cup qualifiers
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SEA Games bronze will do just fine for Malaysia ice hockey team
PETALING JAYA--The Malaysian ice hockey team knows that gold is elusive in the SEA Games so a bronze will be enough reason for celebration. In the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia did win the bronze with seven points to finish third in the league standings. In the Philippines, the tournament will follow a single round-robin format for the group phase with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals. Malaysia can be expected to advance to the semis but the battle for third place will be a close one, admits team manager Hazurin Harun. "The four top teams are Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. Our main competitors for the bronze will be Singapore...Keep on reading: SEA Games bronze will do just fine for Malaysia ice hockey team
China's economy: Powerful, yes, but vulnerable
Part 1:  China: An imperial power in the image of the West? Part 2:  Capitalism with Chinese characteristics China's economy is often presented as a powerful engine. This is, however, only one face of it. It has also been marked by vulnerabilities, and these have become more obvious over time, as the costs of high-speed growth have ...
Municipal government launches ‘Bawal ang Pasaway Boracay’ slogan
The Malay, Aklan government recently launched “Bawal ang Pasaway Boracay” to remind tourists and residents of the rules on the world-famous island.
Van driver arrested for transport of illegal logs from Lanao del Sur
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY---Police are preparing charges against a suspect caught transporting illegally-cut logs in Bukidnon. Caught driving a van with at least 8,000 board feet of lauan logs was Albert Arendain, 32, of Kitaokitao town, Bukidnon. Capt. Patrick Jess Paguirigan, Talakag municipal police chief, said Arendain was the van driver. Police got a chance to make the arrest after the vehicle carrying the logs broke down. The logs were seized. Paguiringan said Arendain is now being detained by police pending the filing of charges for violating the Forestry Reform Code. Arendani, according to Paguiringan, had told investigators he was just hired to transport the logs from L...Keep on reading: Van driver arrested for transport of illegal logs from Lanao del Sur
US defense chief Esper, who presided over operation to kill Al Baghdadi, visiting PH next week
MANILA, Philippines --- US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will be in town next week to sew back the decades-long alliance between the Philippines and United States in the face of China's increasing aggression in the Asia Pacific region. In a statement, the US Department of Defense said Esper would meet with Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to "advance the alliance" and "strengthen security cooperation to uphold international rules and norms." Esper was appointed by US President Donald Trump after the resignation of former general Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis. Esper rose to prominence recently after presiding over the US Delta Force operation to get Islamic State leader Al Bag...Keep on reading: US defense chief Esper, who presided over operation to kill Al Baghdadi, visiting PH next week
Lovi Poe Speaks About “Reconciliation” With Marian Rivera
This is what Lovi Poe said about her “reconciliation” with Marian Rivera Kapuso actress-singer Lovi Poe spoke about her so-called “reconciliation” with Primetime Queen Marian Rivera. Back in 2014, rumors about the supposed rift between Lovi and Marian surfaced. Allegedly, the name of the daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr. got involved in the conflict between […] The post Lovi Poe Speaks About “Reconciliation” With Marian Rivera appeared first on Philippine News.
MH17 probe releases new phone calls linking suspects to top Russians
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Dutch-led probe into the shooting-down of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 released new intercepted phone calls on Thursday, November 14, between high-ranking Russian officials and suspects facing trial over the crash. Investigators said they were making a "new witness appeal" based on ...
DNA tests on Sulu suicide bombers confirm Abu Sayyaf’s ISIS links – military
MANILA, Philippines – DNA tests have established the identities of 3 Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists killed recently in Sulu province, confirming the terror network’s links to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the military’s Joint Task Force Sulu revealed earlier this week. Police investigators found a ...
Lucio Tan's LT Group nets P14.7 billion in January-September 2019
MANILA, Philippines – LT Group posted a net income of P14.7 billion for the 1st 9 months of the year, P2.2 billion or 17% higher than the same period last year, on the back of the strong performance of its banking and tobacco businesses. Its ...
Digos cops clueless on fatal shooting of traffic office worker near police, Army outposts
DIGOS CITY---Police are still in the dark on the killing on Wednesday, Nov. 13, of a female employee of the Traffic Management Center (TMC) here which took place just a few meters from police and military outposts. Col. Ernesto Castillo, Digos police chief, said so far what the police know only was that victim Angelica Lazaga, 23, TMC office staffer and resident of Sulop town, Davao del Sur, was gunned down just a few meters from the Satellite Bus Terminal at the village of Aplaya and where a police outpost and command post of soldiers also stood. Lazaga suffered bullet wounds in the chest and neck that led to her death. According to police, Lazaga was having lunch with a female...Keep on reading: Digos cops clueless on fatal shooting of traffic office worker near police, Army outposts
Malaysia’s oldest sprinter ready to challenge younger rivals
KUALA LUMPUR--For Malaysia's Siti Fatimah Mohamed, age is not a barrier. The 33-year-old, who will be the oldest sprinter in the women's 100m at the Philippines SEA Games, believes she can spring a surprise at the biennial Games. The army lance corporal feels that she can give the younger rivals a run for their money. "I have faith in myself and with the experience and the preparations that I went through, I can finish on the podium, " said Siti, who clocked a season-best 11.93 to win bronze at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Bukit Jalil in March. She has never won a medal in the sprint at the SEA Games and her best outing was a fifth place at the Kuala Lumpur Games two years...Keep on reading: Malaysia’s oldest sprinter ready to challenge younger rivals
Due to concerns over future of SEA Games sports facilities, Senate recalls approval of P15.5B BCDA budget
        MANILA, Philippines - The Senate recalled on Thursday the approval of the proposed P15.5 billion budget of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) after its ability to ensure that newly-constructed facilities will not go to waste after the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was put into question.   The recall comes after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed concern over the supposed lack of financial plan to maintain the sports facilities to be used as venues for the SEA Games, particularly those in the New Clark City in Tarlac.   The Senate was deliberating on the proposed 2020 budge...Keep on reading: Due to concerns over future of SEA Games sports facilities, Senate recalls approval of P15.5B BCDA budget
Authorities hold simulation for worst-case scenario on SEA Games
  MANILA, Philippines -- Medical teams are all set for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games following the holding of a simulation to prepare for worst-case scenarios, police said Thursday. During a dry-run, Lt. Col. Ruby Diangson, a responder for SEA games, said medical teams are deployed in case of accidents for convoys that would escort athletes, technical officials and spectators going to the Philippine Arena and other venues. Earlier, authorities simulated an incident where a bus driver had a heart attack and responders have to transfer "Meron tayong mga staging areas na dineploy [We have staging areas that would be deployed] ng emergency preparedness and re...Keep on reading: Authorities hold simulation for worst-case scenario on SEA Games
China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission
HUAILAI, China – China on Thursday, November 14, completed a test of its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing's first mission to the red planet slated for 2020. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space program , with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022. Thursday's hovering and ...
UST can’t afford to make mistakes against Ateneo, says Chabi Yo
MANILA, Philippines---University of Santo Tomas has not beaten Ateneo this season, but Season 82 MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo is determined to help the Tigers change that. The Blue Eagles swept the Growling Tigers 2-0 in the elimination round but UST has a chance to redeem its futility in the grandest stage--the UAAP Finals. Momentum is on UST's side after its sensational run in the UAAP stepladder semifinals that ended with heartstopping 68-65 win over Season 81 runner-up University of the Philippines. Asked if he has vengeance on his mind, Chabi Yo simply answered with a slow and meaningful "yes." "If we're to win against Ateneo we have to be more disciplined than them and we...Keep on reading: UST can’t afford to make mistakes against Ateneo, says Chabi Yo