No tsunami threat from 5.3 quake in Quezon province – Phivolcs

  MANILA, Philippines - No tsunami threat to the country is expected from the 5.3-magnitude earthquake that shook Burdeos in Quezon on Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. "None. because the magnitude were small the initial one was 5.3 [magnitude] and the latest recorded was 4.7 [magnitude]," Phivolcs chief Dr. Renato Solidum told in a phone interview when asked if tsunami incidents may be expected from the quake. Solidum explained that the Sept. 13 earthquake's "threshold" was much below than the expected threshold that would create tsunami threat which is at 6.5 magnitude. Based on their analysis, Solidu...

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BREAKING NEWS: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Davao del Sur
Davao del Sur Hit by Earthquake with 4.3 Magnitude EARTHQUAKE – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded a 4.3 magnitude quake in Davao del Sur today, December 16, 2019. Most of the time, quakes hit with no prior signs. Recently, several places in and out of the Philippines were shaken by quakes […] The post BREAKING NEWS: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Davao del Sur appeared first on Philippine News.
BSP sees wider current account deficit for the country in 2020
MANILA — Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said the country’s current account deficit will widen next year, with the trade gap broadening as the government imports goods for an overhaul of infrastructure under President Rodrigo Duterte. The current account deficit next year is projected at $8.4 billion, or 2.1% of gross domestic product, versus an expected $5.6 billion, in […] The post BSP sees wider current account deficit for the country in 2020 appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Pagasa: Mindanao to experience rain showers MANILA, Philippines --- The easterlies or wind from the east will bring cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms in Midnanao, the state weather bureau said Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned residents of possible flash floods or landslides. Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or "amihan" continues to prevail over Luzon, bringing cloudy skies with light rains to Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon. Ilocos Region and the rest of Central Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains c...Keep on reading: Pagasa: Mindanao to experience rain showers
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Hallmark draws criticism after pulling same-sex wedding ads
NEW YORK --- The Hallmark Channel was facing some bitter criticism on social media Sunday over its decision to pull ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar, following a complaint from a conservative advocacy group. The hashtag #BoycottHallmark was trending at one point on Twitter, and celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner assailed the decision. "Put the commercials back!" Shatner wrote. DeGeneres asked: "Isn't it almost 2020?" The LGBT advocacy group GLAAD called the decision to remove the Zola ads "discriminatory and especially hypocritical coming from a network that claims to present family programming and and also recently ...Keep on reading: Hallmark draws criticism after pulling same-sex wedding ads
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‘Abducted’ Chinese woman safely home, husband claims
MANILA, Philippines --- The Chinese woman who was abducted along Paseo de Roxas Avenue in Makati City has already returned her residence, police said Monday, quoting the victim's partner.   Maj. Gideon Ines Jr., chief of the investigation division of the Makati City police said the victim, Zhou Mei, came home Sunday morning, as relayed through a text message by her husband, Cheng Tangbin.   "Nakauwi na po yung babae. Nakauwi na po sa kanilang bahay. Sa ngayon po, sabi ng asawa niya po nagtext sa akin nakauwi na raw sya kahapon ng umaga," Ines said in an interview over dzMM.   (The woman has already come home. She has returned to their residence. As of now...Keep on reading: ‘Abducted’ Chinese woman safely home, husband claims
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Protests turn violent for 2nd day in Lebanon’s capital
BEIRUT - Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months.     The violence comes on the eve of a meeting between the president and parliamentary blocs in which resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri is widely expected to be renamed to the post.   Hariri resigned Oct. 29 amid nationwide protests that have accused the entire political elite of corruption and mismanagement amid Lebanon's worst economic crisis in decades. The protesters say the...Keep on reading: Protests turn violent for 2nd day in Lebanon’s capital
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Mexico trade negotiator: We’ll never accept US ‘inspectors’
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's trade negotiator for North America said Sunday that Mexico categorically opposes allowing foreign labor inspectors to operate in the country, saying that was not contemplated in the recent agreement with Washington and Ottawa on the USMCA pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.     Jess Seade was flying to Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. lawmakers to express his country's "surprise and concern" over language in implementation legislation introduced Friday in the U.S. Congress calling for the posting of up to five labor attaches to monitor Mexico's labor reform.   Seade, ...Keep on reading: Mexico trade negotiator: We’ll never accept US ‘inspectors’
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Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal
MADRID - Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year.         Organizers kept delegates from almost 200 nations in Madrid far beyond Friday's scheduled close of the two-week talks. In the end, negotiators endorsed a general call for greater efforts to tackle climate change and several measures to help poor countries respond and adapt to its impacts.   U.N. Secretary-General Antnio Guterres said he ...Keep on reading: Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal
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Davao del Sur town bridge shut down following strong quake
BANSALAN, DAVAO DEL SUR---Village officials have closed the "Tulay ng Pangulo" (Presidential Steel Bridge) in Barangay New Clarin here after cracks were spotted on the ground following the magnitude 6.9 quake that jolted this part of Mindanao Sunday afternoon.         New Clarin Barangay Captain Hamil Potarcos said they monitored the cracks near the bridge after the powerful quake, whose epicenter was traced 6 kilometers northwest of the nearby Padada town, hit this area at intensity six.   The steel bridge, which links Bansalan to the nearby towns of Magsaysay and Matanao, was inaugurated by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in ...Keep on reading: Davao del Sur town bridge shut down following strong quake
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Keep an open mind on Cha-cha, House reps tells senators
MANILA, Philippines --- Less than 20 weeks after they started fresh three year terms, congressmen have cooked up a joint congressional resolution proposing amendments to economic provisions in the Constitution and changes to the terms of national and local officials. The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments approved the Charter changes (Cha-cha), crafted in the form of a Resolution of Both Houses, on Dec. 11. Although the still unnumbered resolution, will still undergo plenary debate in the lower house, committee chair and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is already asking senators to keep an open mind to the proposal. "First I appeal to our good Senators to keep an o...Keep on reading: Keep an open mind on Cha-cha, House reps tells senators
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Robredo hits PDEA chief’s inconsistent remarks
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday expressed disappointment over Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino's inconsistent remarks when they were cochairs of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (Icad). "I find it funny, but also disappointing ... But for several instances, what he tells me is different from what he tells the media," she said in her weekly radio show. Last week, Aquino said Robredo had made some "missteps" during her short stint as Icad cochair. One of which, he said, was not meeting all the clusters under Icad. But Robredo belied his statements, saying that she met with all four clusters, namely enforcement, jus...Keep on reading: Robredo hits PDEA chief’s inconsistent remarks
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Probe of private sector’s ‘takeover’ of water districts sought
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Philippines --- Officials of two local water utilities in the Caraga region have asked the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) for allegedly laying the ground for the takeover by private groups of the country's water districts. In a complaint letter sent to Ombudsman Samuel Martires and Sen. Richard Gordon, Elmer T. Luzon and Anselmo L. Sang Tian accused LWUA Administrator Jeci A. Lapus of "tweaking" several policies of the agency to favor the entry of mostly water distribution giants in the operation of water districts in the name of public-private partnership. Luzon, general manager o...Keep on reading: Probe of private sector’s ‘takeover’ of water districts sought
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ACT to file suit with UN body in January
MANILA, Philippines --- The country's largest group of public school teachers will file a complaint in the United Nations Human Rights Committee in January, their most high-profile form of protest yet against what they decried as increasingly dire conditions for teachers in the country. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) told the Inquirer the complaint would be hinged on at least five grounds: police profiling and surveillance, state threats and intimidation, Red-tagging and cyberbullying, trumped-up charges and incarceration, and attempted extrajudicial killings. ACT secretary general Raymond Basilio said on Sunday that he hoped the complaint would prompt the 18-member commi...Keep on reading: ACT to file suit with UN body in January
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De Lima twits ‘master of disinformation’ Panelo
MANILA, Philippines --- Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Sunday hit back at presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo for claiming that the media and the opposition had "misled" a US Senate panel into issuing a resolution calling for her immediate release. The senator called Panelo "the master of disinformation" and said she found his claim "funny." "Mr. Panelo, my case is a test case for your boss' attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions. The whole world knows that," De Lima said in her usual handwritten message from her detention cell at Camp Crame. "Those who are genuinely on the side of truth and justice can never be hoodwinked into believing that we have a fair justice syste...Keep on reading: De Lima twits ‘master of disinformation’ Panelo
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Subanen ritual makes it to Unesco preservation list
MANILA, Philippines --- The son of a Subanen chieftain remembers it well: a two- to three-day feast that's as much a rousing celebration as it is a solemn thanksgiving ritual, a discreet courtship dance, and a chance to partake of well-loved childhood delicacies, like fried rice cakes called panyalam. Called Buklog, or more accurately, Boklog, the elaborate rite was recently added by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding to prevent it from being forgotten. Being on the list would help "mobilize attention and international cooperation," including financial support, ...Keep on reading: Subanen ritual makes it to Unesco preservation list
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Misuari vows to help gov’t crush Abu Sayyaf
DAVAO CITY, Philippines --- Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari has vowed to help the military go after the Abu Sayyaf Group, the government's long-time security headache notorious for bomb attacks and the beheading of their captives. Misuari, 80, made this promise following his appointment over the weekend as the special economic envoy on Islamic affairs to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). President Duterte and Misuari, along with their top aides, met here Friday night, the first meeting of the newly-established government-MNLF peace coordinating committee. Misuari said he would help in the government's efforts to rid Mindanao of threats ...Keep on reading: Misuari vows to help gov’t crush Abu Sayyaf
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Telco extends aid to Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ victims
MANILA, Philippines --- Residents of communities ravaged by Typhoon "Tisoy" received emergency mobile and connectivity services from PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications Inc., to help them get immediate updates and reach out to their loved ones in the Philippines and abroad. After the typhoon's onslaught, Smart offered free 300 MB data to Smart, Sun, and TNT subscribers in stricken areas in the provinces of Masbate, Quezon, and Surigao del Norte. The data package was valid for two days. "Libreng tawag" (free calls) and charging stations were set up for responders and affected residents in more than 20 locations nationwide where commercial power was limited and/or...Keep on reading: Telco extends aid to Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ victims
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Registration of overseas voters resumes Monday
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to resume on Monday the registration of overseas voters in all Philippine embassies and consulates to enable them to vote for the May 2022 national and local polls. Based on Comelec Resolution No. 10619, the period to file application to become registered overseas voters will run from Dec. 16, 2019 until Sept. 30, 2021. However, those applying for transfer from post to Philippine municipality/city will only run from Dec. 16, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2021. All Filipinos, who are abroad or will be abroad during the 30-day voting period, at least 18 years old, and not disqualified by law may register as overseas voters. -...Keep on reading: Registration of overseas voters resumes Monday
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Home of Pampanga lantern tradition wins in festival
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines --- The entry of Barangay Sta. Lucia won the grand prize in the Giant Lantern Festival 2019 on Saturday here, ending a five-year winning drought for the village where the tradition began 111 years ago. The village clinched the top slot because its maker, Byron Bondoc, put in a gimmick that wowed foreign and local judges as well as the audience. Held as a well-guarded secret before the competition began, the lantern's "tambor" (center) opened like a twin door, revealing what appeared like a glass-stained window with an image of the Holy Family in Nativity scene. Like its 11 competitors, the Sta. Lucia lantern steered clear of a them...Keep on reading: Home of Pampanga lantern tradition wins in festival
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Cordillera PUVs told to avoid ‘rooftop passengers’
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- Public utility vehicles may no longer ferry rooftop passengers in the Cordillera, a practice borne out of necessity due to inadequate transport systems, according to officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). But the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) tasked with enforcing that rule said a crackdown on traveling via "topload" would need a careful study. Topload travel is when people sit beside bags atop jeepneys or buses. It has been a practice for decades because of few public utility vehicles (PUVs) serving interior communities in the region. The practice is common for commuters in Buguias town in Benguet province or Sagada tow...Keep on reading: Cordillera PUVs told to avoid ‘rooftop passengers’
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Army soldier, 4 rebels slain in new clashes in Sorsogon
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines --- A suspected commander of the New People's Army (NPA) and his three companions were killed in a firefight with Army soldiers in a remote village in Matnog town, Sorsogon province, on Sunday, the military reported. Maj. Ricky Aguilar, public affairs chief of the Army's 9th Infantry Division based in Camarines Sur, said Robert Estiller, alias "Cindy"/"Meo," was killed, along with his three companions, in the encounter at Barangay Tugas (not Calpi as earlier reported by Bicol police) in Matnog. Aguilar said Estiller was the commanding officer of the NPA Sentro De Garbidad, Larangan 2, operating in Sorsogon. His three companions were immediately iden...Keep on reading: Army soldier, 4 rebels slain in new clashes in Sorsogon
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‘Buklog,’ Subanen trance dancing, is inscribed in Unesco World Heritage List
Buklog, an elaborate communal ritual of the Subanen ethnic group of Zamboanga Peninsula, has been inscribed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. Announcement was made during the recent 14th Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Meeting in Bogota, Colombia. Also inscribed were rituals and practices associated with the Kit Miyaki Shrine of Kenya, Sega tambour Chagos of Mauritius, and Seperu folk dance and associated practices of Botswana. It was the first such listing for the Philippines under that category. Previousl...Keep on reading: ‘Buklog,’ Subanen trance dancing, is inscribed in Unesco World Heritage List
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Back-to-back yearend auctions a boost to contemporary art
Salcedo Auctions brought 2019 to a close with back-to-back auctions---Under the Tree: The Wish List and Under the Tree: The Holiday Sale. The auctions followed last September's sale in which a new world record for a Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo painting: "La Pintura" sold for P78.25 million. The Wish List, held at NEX Tower along Ayala Avenue in Makati, featured select pieces by National Artists Jos Joya, Ang Kiukok and Napoleon Abueva, and by modern masters such as Malang and Sanso and sought-after contemporary artists Rodel Tapaya and Maria Taniguchi. Also going under the hammer were rare furniture and tribal and ethnographic art. Tapaya's "Mayumi," with a floor price of P60...Keep on reading: Back-to-back yearend auctions a boost to contemporary art
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Strong start
Getting twin digits from its starting crew led by the 38 points of import KJ Mcdaniels, TNT on Sunday ripped sister squad Meralco, 103-94, to draw first blood in their PBA Governors' Cup Final Four series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. The KaTropa defense was also key, as it held the Bolts to a lukewarm middle two quarters for commanding leads in the fourth, which proved too much for Meralco to overcome as TNT gained a huge psychological boost along the way. RR Pogoy scored 18 points, Jayson Castro added 17 and rookie Ray Parks and national team stalwart Troy Rosario added 11 each as the KaTropa won big and will take some serious momentum heading into Game 2 of this best-o...Keep on reading: Strong start
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Opera concert in Iloilo draws music lovers
The musical tribute to the late tenor Otoniel Gonzaga at the historic Nelly Garden in Iloilo City got two standing ovations from the audience consisting of both seasoned and first-timers in opera music. Tenor Nomher Nival received a standing ovation after performing Puccini's "Nessun dorma" from "Turandot" and a rousing duet ("Libiamo") with Jasmin Salvo at "La Traviata." The standing ovations were led by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas and former Tourism Secretary Narzalina Lim. "A concert like this is a big boost to Iloilo's tourism effort to promote the arts specially if it happens in the city's historic heritage house," said the beaming mayor who joined Ilonggo music lovers ...Keep on reading: Opera concert in Iloilo draws music lovers
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Ramsay, Woodland shore up T1 clubs
National team standouts Iain Ramsay and Luke Woodland will shore up two Thai League One clubs next season after completing their transfers recently. Ramsay, who had a strong campaign with relegation battle survivor Sukhothai last season, has moved to Prachuap FC, a club that finished ninth in the 16-team T1, while Woodland joined Ratchaburi Mitr Pohl, where Manny Ott, Amin Nazari and Javier Patio played last season. Ramsay scored for the Azkals in the 2-1 win over the Maldives last month, after playing all 30 league matches for Sukhothai, where he contributed five goals and six assists. Woodland who can play at midfield and in defense, played only 16 matches for Kuala Lumpur...Keep on reading: Ramsay, Woodland shore up T1 clubs
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4 Chinese Pogo workers linked to kidnapping case
MANILA, Philippines --- The police have identified the four Chinese suspects in the kidnapping of a Chinese Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) worker in Makati City on Dec. 9. Maj. Gideon Ines Jr., chief of the Makati police investigation section, however, said on Sunday that the one of the suspects had already left the country. A check with the Bureau of Immigration showed that Guo Wanshun flew back to China on Dec. 12, three days after the abduction of Zhou Mei on Paseo de Roxas. The other suspects --- Song Xifei, Guo Ebin and Zhang Xipeng --- remain in the country although they remain at large. According to the police, they were looking at the possibility that the ...Keep on reading: 4 Chinese Pogo workers linked to kidnapping case
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Jia Tolentino’s ‘Trick Mirror’ is the smartest book of the year
Every decade or so, a nonfiction book arrives that is so good that it causes a seismic shift in the way people think about everyday occurrences. Malcolm Gladwell's 2000's "The Tipping Point" (about critical mass) is one such book. Michael Lewis' 2010 "The Big Short" (about finance) is another. At the very end of the 2010s, you have Jia Tolentino's "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion" (Random House, 2019, New York, 300 pages). It would be too reductive to classify Tolentino as an edgier, Millennial Gladwell, though she shares Gladwell's love for data and understanding of access. But Tolentino is a writer who locates herself in her own milieu, a child of the internet, confli...Keep on reading: Jia Tolentino’s ‘Trick Mirror’ is the smartest book of the year
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2 killed on way home from wake in QC
MANILA, Philippines --- Two people on their way home were shot dead on Sunday morning in Tondo, Manila, by a man on a motorcycle. According to the police, 31-year-old Rina Lopez and 22-year-old Jairus Mendez were also on a motorcycle and traveling on Rodriguez Street at 5:43 a.m. when they were killed. Although the suspect was caught on a closed-circuit television camera, Cpl. Camilo Ross Cunanan of the Manila Police District homicide department said it was hard to identify him because he was wearing a motorcycle helmet. "The residents around the area panicked when they heard gunshots and quickly ducked to avoid being hit. They did not see the suspect and found the two victims l...Keep on reading: 2 killed on way home from wake in QC
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Aftershocks stop rescue work at collapsed Davao del Sur building
DAVAO CITY, Philippines --- Continuing aftershocks made rescue-and-retrieval operations dangerous at a collapsed commercial building in Padada town in Davao del Sur prompting the disaster response team to call off the operations for a while as they awaited some lifesaving equipment from Metro Manila. As of 10 p.m. on Sunday, at least 77 aftershocks have been recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck 6 km northwest of Padada town at 2:12 p.m. on Sunday, causing at two commercial buildings in the town to cave in. READ:Child dead, 18 hurt in magnitude 6.9 quake in Davao del Sur The strongest am...Keep on reading: Aftershocks stop rescue work at collapsed Davao del Sur building
LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019 – Draws for 6/55 Grand Lotto, 6/45 Mega Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/55 Grand Lotto and the 6/45 Mega Lotto draw for today, Monday, December 16, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
Marco Gallo not out to become ‘the next James Reid’
With James Reid no longer under Viva Entertainment's wings, some observers are now eyeing the Italian-Filipino neophyte Marco Gallo to fill the hole left by the wildly popular singer-actor. Marco promptly balked at the comparisons, however, stressing that no one could replace James. "I have a long way to go," he told reporters at his contract signing with the said company. "I would be so happy if I could achieve anything close to what he has. That would be overwhelming." Instead of aiming to become the next James Reid, it would be better, he said, if he could create a name for himself. "I wish I could prove myself and do just that---step by step. Everyone has his own path," ...Keep on reading: Marco Gallo not out to become ‘the next James Reid’
Andanar renews call to pass FOI law
The chief of the government’s lead communication arm has reiterated his call for the passage of a freedom of information law as some sectors are criticizing the failure of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the President to release a copy of President Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.
Overseas absentee voting registration resumes today
Starting today, Filipinos abroad can register and be able to participate in the overseas absentee voting for the May 2022 elections.
Senate revisions of Human Security Act seen this week
The Senate is targeting the approval of several proposed measures, including the Human Security Act, before Congress goes on Christmas break this week, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.
Philippine students most exposed to bullying
The government must strictly enforce the Anti-Bully Law after the global education survey Program for International Student Assessment 2018, which ranked the Philippines the lowest in Reading and second to the lowest in Science and Math among 79 countries, also showed that Filipino students are the most exposed to bullying, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said yesterday.
Quezon City lawmaker awarded 2019 TOYM for public service
Senior administration congressman Alfred Vargas of Quezon City’s fifth district has been chosen as this year’s awardee for the prestigious The Outstanding Young Men for public service.
Senate to probe poor hygiene, sanitation in Philippine
The Senate is set to conduct an inquiry into the lack of proper hygiene and sanitation facilities in Filipino households, schools and health facilities, which pose serious risks to people’s health and overall well-being.
15 years in prison eyed for vandalism
A committee of the House of Representatives has endorsed, for plenary approval, a measure that will impose up to 15 years imprisonment for vandals and those found stealing or destroying government property or signages.
PRC vaccinates 150,000 kids vs polio
Over 150,000 children from Metro Manila and Mindanao have been given the oral polio vaccine, according to the Philippine Red Cross.
PNP getting 17,000 rifles vs terrorists
The Philippine National Police will acquire at least 17,000 firearms to beef up the firepower for its mobility forces battling terrorist groups.
DND, AFP vow to beat Reds despite peace talks
Despite the revival of peace talks, the Department of National Defense and Armed Forces of the Philippines renewed their commitment yesterday to defeat the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing.
Smog forces schools shut in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran – Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday, December 15, in parts of Iran including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health. The pollution level in the capital was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" and officials warned the young, elderly and ...
24 killed in DR Congo gold mine collapse
BUNIA, DR Congo – Twenty-four people were killed when a landslide engulfed a gold mine in DR Congo's eastern Ituri province after days of torrential rain battered the region, an official said Sunday, December 15. "Our teams on the ground .. have pulled out 24 bodies and saved two people," provincial ...
U.S. secretly expelled 2 Chinese diplomats, report says
WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States secretly expelled two Chinese embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia, The New York Times reported Sunday, December 15.  The newspaper, which cited people with knowledge of the episode, said it appeared to be the first time ...
Golden trio: Brotherhood key for PH poomsae team
MANILA, Philippines – Success follows taekwondo jins Dustin Jacob Mella, Rodolfo Reyes Jr, and Raphael Enrico Mella wherever they go.  The 2019 Southeast Asian Games proved no exception.  Performing before an ardent home crowd, the trio captured its third straight SEA Games gold medal together as the Filipino ...
French New Wave icon Anna Karina dies at 79
by Rana MOUSSAOUI Danish-French actress Anna Karina, the muse of New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, has died of cancer at the age of 79, her agent told AFP on Sunday. Karina, who epitomized Sixties chic with her elfin features and big kohl-rimmed blue eyes, starred in seven films made by her ex-husband Godard, including "Pierrot Le Fou". She also had some success as a singer,recording the hit "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" with Serge Gainsbourg for his musical "Anna" in 1967. "Anna died yesterday in a Paris hospital of the effects of cancer," her agent Laurent Balandras told AFP, adding that she passed away in the company of her fourth husband, American director Dennis Berry. ...Keep on reading: French New Wave icon Anna Karina dies at 79