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Duterte did not downplay Recto Bank ramming incident — Yasay

    MANILA, Philippines -- When President Rodrigo Duterte described the ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea as a «little maritime incident,» it was not meant to
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Duterte did not downplay Recto Bank ramming incident — Yasay

    MANILA, Philippines -- When President Rodrigo Duterte described the ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea as a «little maritime incident,» it was not meant to downplay it, Duterte's former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said.   «To describe it as a little maritime incident is not to downplay it. I mean the fact of the matter is that here, a small Filipino fishing boat that was involved versus a much bigger Chinese fishing vessel, allegedly, this is not a collision between two cruise ships, not between two oil tankers,» Yasay said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.  ...Keep on reading: Duterte did not downplay Recto Bank ramming incident — Yasay

Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an ‘ISIS dirtbag’

    SAN DIEGO --- A Navy SEAL charged with killing a captive militant boy in his care had told fellow troops that if they encountered a wounded enemy, he wanted medics to know how «to nurse him to death,» a former comrade testi
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Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an ‘ISIS dirtbag’

    SAN DIEGO --- A Navy SEAL charged with killing a captive militant boy in his care had told fellow troops that if they encountered a wounded enemy, he wanted medics to know how «to nurse him to death,» a former comrade testified Wednesday. When a radio call announced an Islamic State prisoner was wounded on May 3, 2017, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher replied: «Don't touch him, he's all mine,» Dylan Dille told jurors in a military courtroom. The captive was on the hood of a Humvee fading in an out of consciousness with only a minor leg wound visible when Iraqi forces delivered him to a SEAL compound in Mosul. Dille said he was not the grizzled wa...Keep on reading: Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an ‘ISIS dirtbag’

Enchong Dee admires HK people, says Filipinos need to serve the country

Actor Enchong Dee expressed his admiration for Hong Kong people and their unity toward a single goal after recently talking to his friend from the Special Administrative Region of China. The massive Hong Kong protests in the past week had the world watching
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Enchong Dee admires HK people, says Filipinos need to serve the country

Actor Enchong Dee expressed his admiration for Hong Kong people and their unity toward a single goal after recently talking to his friend from the Special Administrative Region of China. The massive Hong Kong protests in the past week had the world watching as tens of thousands took to the streets to oppose an extradition bill that seeks to allow extraditions to countries Hong Kong does not already have a treaty with, including mainland China. The protests prompted Hong Kong's leader Chief Executive Carrie Lam to apologize and indefinitely suspend the bill on June 15 as a response to the public's opposition of the measure. "Talking to my HK friend and all I can say to her is that the...Keep on reading: Enchong Dee admires HK people, says Filipinos need to serve the country

Universal owes artists ‘transparency’ after fire destroyed roughly 500,000 recordings

  The world's largest music group Universal owes artists «transparency» over revelations that a 2008 fire devoured some 500,000 recordings in its care, its chief said in an internal memo.   Universal Music Group CEO and chairma
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Universal owes artists ‘transparency’ after fire destroyed roughly 500,000 recordings

  The world's largest music group Universal owes artists «transparency» over revelations that a 2008 fire devoured some 500,000 recordings in its care, its chief said in an internal memo.   Universal Music Group CEO and chairman Lucian Grainge released the note to staff Tuesday following a bombshell New York Times magazine investigation that found the blaze tore through a warehouse housing irreplaceable master recordings spanning decades.   The work of stars including Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny and Cher, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Nirvana and Tupac was reportedly engulfed in the flames. ...Keep on reading: Universal owes artists ‘transparency’ after fire destroyed roughly 500,000 recordings

DICT: Too late for telcos to question waived interconnection fee

MANILA, Philippines --- It is «too late» for telecommunications companies (telcos) to question the removal of all interconnection fees as mandated by the Mobile Number Portability Act, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT
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DICT: Too late for telcos to question waived interconnection fee

MANILA, Philippines --- It is «too late» for telecommunications companies (telcos) to question the removal of all interconnection fees as mandated by the Mobile Number Portability Act, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said.   «May mga comment na ganito (removal of interconnection fees) yung mga telcos natin, pero dumaan ito (Mobile Number Portability Act) sa public hearing, yung IRR (implementing rules and regulations) may public hearing 'yan...Too late na ngayon na i-bring up nila yang mga concerns,» Rio said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer on Thursday.   (A public hearing on the IRR of the Mobile Nu...Keep on reading: DICT: Too late for telcos to question waived interconnection fee

Ceres confident despite draw

BACOLOD CITY---Hanoi may have left Panaad Stadium with a precious away goal after a 1-1 draw with Ceres-Negros on Tuesday night at the AFC Cup Asean zone semifinal, but the Busmen feel they're more than capable of claiming a victory in the Vietnamese capital
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Ceres confident despite draw

BACOLOD CITY---Hanoi may have left Panaad Stadium with a precious away goal after a 1-1 draw with Ceres-Negros on Tuesday night at the AFC Cup Asean zone semifinal, but the Busmen feel they're more than capable of claiming a victory in the Vietnamese capital in the second leg next week.   Bienvenido Maraon handed the Busmen the advantage with a precise diving header in the 57th minute, but the visitors hit back---albeit in controversial fashion---through Omar Faye 10 minutes later, giving his side a slim lead heading into the return duel on Tuesday at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi.   A goalless stalemate will not be enough for the Busmen, but a scoring draw with over tw...Keep on reading: Ceres confident despite draw

Lacson sees conflict in Duque firm building lease to PhilHealth

MANILA, Philippines --- Sen. Panfilo «Ping» Lacson on Wednesday lashed out at Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, calling him a «hypocrite» for projecting an «unblemished» record as a public official with no conflict of i
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Lacson sees conflict in Duque firm building lease to PhilHealth

MANILA, Philippines --- Sen. Panfilo «Ping» Lacson on Wednesday lashed out at Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, calling him a «hypocrite» for projecting an «unblemished» record as a public official with no conflict of interest despite his family's business transaction with Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).   Lacson cited the Duque family-owned company's contract to lease their building in Dagupan City, Pangasinan province, to house PhilHealth's Ilocos regional office, which had processed some of the fraudulent claims paid by the state insurer.   As health secretary, Duque serves as ex-officio chair of PhilHealth, an agency attached to the Departmen...Keep on reading: Lacson sees conflict in Duque firm building lease to PhilHealth

Pay hike for teachers better given in phases, biz groups say

MANILA, Philippines --- Business groups on Wednesday cautioned the government against giving public school teachers an immediate salary increase, recommending instead that the P10,000-a-month raise demanded by a teachers' group be phased over a period of time
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Pay hike for teachers better given in phases, biz groups say

MANILA, Philippines --- Business groups on Wednesday cautioned the government against giving public school teachers an immediate salary increase, recommending instead that the P10,000-a-month raise demanded by a teachers' group be phased over a period of time.   In a joint statement, six major business and professional groups appealed to the government to delay the salary relief promised, but repeatedly set aside, by President Rodrigo Duterte to the teachers.   The statement was signed by the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Action for Economic Reforms, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Foundation for Economic Freedom...Keep on reading: Pay hike for teachers better given in phases, biz groups say

Tiny homes setting next big trend

  ELIZABETHTOWN, Pennsylvania --- In a country that nearly always believes bigger is better --- think supersize fries, giant cars and 10-gallon hats --- more and more Americans are downsizing their living quarters.   Welcome to the world o
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Tiny homes setting next big trend

  ELIZABETHTOWN, Pennsylvania --- In a country that nearly always believes bigger is better --- think supersize fries, giant cars and 10-gallon hats --- more and more Americans are downsizing their living quarters.   Welcome to the world of tiny homes, most of them less than 40 square meters, which savvy buyers are snapping up for their minimalist appeal and much smaller carbon footprints.   The tiny homes revolution, which includes those on foundations and those on wheels, began a few decades ago, but the financial crisis of 2008 and the coming-of-age of millennials gave it a new impetus.   The proliferation of home improvement shows on netwo...Keep on reading: Tiny homes setting next big trend

Furious rally

  Pido Jarencio was so excited that he couldn't stop talking when he faced the press on Wednesday night---or asking questions when he was supposed to do the answering.   «Did you see what my players just did?» he asked reporter
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Furious rally

  Pido Jarencio was so excited that he couldn't stop talking when he faced the press on Wednesday night---or asking questions when he was supposed to do the answering.   «Did you see what my players just did?» he asked reporters in Filipino. «They never gave up. We were down by 20 points in the third quarter and they just kept on playing, kept on fighting. I'm so excited.»   He had every reason to be, after NorthPort gutted out a 107-105 overtime win over Rain or Shine with just eight healthy men at Mall of Asia Arena to reclaim a piece of the PBA Commissioner's Cup lead and put its talkative coach in a position to guide the franchise to a place it has n...Keep on reading: Furious rally

‘Just let us fish,’ says skipper of PH boat in Reed Bank incident

SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines --- Janelle Insigne, 20, has high hopes. Last April, she received her Public Administration degree from the Occidental Mindoro National College in this town. She and her elder sister, Janine Mae, have been plannin
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‘Just let us fish,’ says skipper of PH boat in Reed Bank incident

SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines --- Janelle Insigne, 20, has high hopes. Last April, she received her Public Administration degree from the Occidental Mindoro National College in this town. She and her elder sister, Janine Mae, have been planning to go job-hunting in Batangas City, where their eldest sister Jamela is already working at Card Bank. The sisters already know where they will apply. «My siblings and I want to help our family. We don't want Tatay Junel to fish anymore because he's not getting any younger,» Janelle says. Janelle also worries about her three younger siblings who are still in school --- King Junel, 15; Alyana Jade, 10; and Prince Lance, 4. ...Keep on reading: ‘Just let us fish,’ says skipper of PH boat in Reed Bank incident

FastJobs widens its network, further empowering the working class through its ‘FastJobs Friends Program’

The growth and success of any company - or country rests on the shoulders of the working class. Manual and skilled workers are responsible for building cities and lifting the country's economy. FastJobs -- Philippines' fastest growing online jobs portal -- be
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FastJobs widens its network, further empowering the working class through its ‘FastJobs Friends Program’

The growth and success of any company - or country rests on the shoulders of the working class. Manual and skilled workers are responsible for building cities and lifting the country's economy. FastJobs -- Philippines' fastest growing online jobs portal -- becomes the partner of every blue-collar worker by helping bridge need with opportunity. «FastJobs has for years been the champion of the blue-collar worker. These unsung heroes are the backbone of the economy, and so we must support them and help them find jobs that make use of their unique skills and experience,» shares Sebastian San, Assistant Director, Regional Partnerships of FastJobs. FastJobs makes it easier for indi...Keep on reading: FastJobs widens its network, further empowering the working class through its ‘FastJobs Friends Program’

Filipino fishermen ‘abandoned twice’ — Binay

MANILA, Philippines --- The 22 Filipino fishermen aboard the boat rammed and sunk by a Chinese fishing vessel in the West Philippine Sea were «abandoned twice,» Senator Nancy Binay said Wednesday. She said the fishermen were first abandoned by
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Filipino fishermen ‘abandoned twice’ — Binay

MANILA, Philippines --- The 22 Filipino fishermen aboard the boat rammed and sunk by a Chinese fishing vessel in the West Philippine Sea were «abandoned twice,» Senator Nancy Binay said Wednesday. She said the fishermen were first abandoned by the Chinese vessel and then by their countrymen because they failed to give «considerable attention» to their accounts. Binay issued the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte downplayed the Recto Bank incident and called it just a «little maritime accident.» Malacaang also cast doubt on the testimonies of the Filipino fishermen. READ: Duterte breaks silence on sinking of PH boat: 'It's a little maritime accident' READ: Conflicting a...Keep on reading: Filipino fishermen ‘abandoned twice’ — Binay

Twins defy poverty to graduate cum laude in Tarlac

TARLAC CITY--- Another set of fraternal twins finished their college degree with flying colors from Tarlac State University (TSU) during the fourth day of the school's 30th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday. Raniell and Darshiell Lopez, 20, graduated cu
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Twins defy poverty to graduate cum laude in Tarlac

TARLAC CITY--- Another set of fraternal twins finished their college degree with flying colors from Tarlac State University (TSU) during the fourth day of the school's 30th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday. Raniell and Darshiell Lopez, 20, graduated cum laude after completing Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health. The twins said they drew inspiration from their father, Darius Lopez, 42, a visual artist who juggled various jobs to send them to college. Raniell, who is also a visual artist, recalled how he would sell his artworks to fellow students or help his father in making mural paintings to earn money. Dar...Keep on reading: Twins defy poverty to graduate cum laude in Tarlac

2 Filipinos dead, 3 others injured in New Zealand train and car crash

MANILA, Philippines --- Two Filipinos died while three others were injured in a train and car accident in New Zealand Wednesday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the DFA reported that the i
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2 Filipinos dead, 3 others injured in New Zealand train and car crash

MANILA, Philippines --- Two Filipinos died while three others were injured in a train and car accident in New Zealand Wednesday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the DFA reported that the incident happened at the Bay of Plenty along Pongakawa School Road near Te Puke town in northern New Zealand. «The [DFA], through the Philippine Embassy in Wellington, is closely monitoring the aftermath of a train and car accident in New Zealand this morning where five Filipinos were involved,» the department said. «Two of the five Filipinos passed away due to the accident while three were injured,» it added. According to th...Keep on reading: 2 Filipinos dead, 3 others injured in New Zealand train and car crash

Cardema ineligible as youth representative, not a professional – lawyer

MANILA, Philippines --- The lawyer of Duterte Youth party-list nominee Ronald Cardema admitted Wednesday that her client is not qualified to represent the youth sector, not a professional, and not a college graduate. During an en banc hearing of the Commissi
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Cardema ineligible as youth representative, not a professional – lawyer

MANILA, Philippines --- The lawyer of Duterte Youth party-list nominee Ronald Cardema admitted Wednesday that her client is not qualified to represent the youth sector, not a professional, and not a college graduate. During an en banc hearing of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the petition seeking for the disqualification of Cardema as Duterte Youth party-list nominee, poll Commissioner Rowena Guanzon grilled Cardema's counsel, Atty. Rani Angeli Supnet, on the eligibility of her client as representative of Duterte Youth in Congress. On whether or not Cardema is qualified to represent the youth sector, Supnet said her client is ineligible because he is beyond the age limit se...Keep on reading: Cardema ineligible as youth representative, not a professional – lawyer

Neda supports division of Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY ---- The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) supports the provincial government as it pushes to divide Palawan into three provinces. NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion M. Navarro, said Wednesday that
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Neda supports division of Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY ---- The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) supports the provincial government as it pushes to divide Palawan into three provinces. NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion M. Navarro, said Wednesday that the agency posed no objection on the move to divide the province into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur. «We recognize the objectives of the proponents to manage Palawan better---to ensure that the far-flung LGUs are reached by government services,» she said. Navarro also acknowledged the side of the opposition and said that their fears might have stemmed from previous experience. "The premise (of the ...Keep on reading: Neda supports division of Palawan

Makisig Morales now a married man in Australia

MANILA, Philippines --- Former child star Makisig Morales is now a married man. Morales, who was made famous by the fantaserye «Super Inggo,» tied the knot with this beauty queen girlfriend Nicole Joson in Australia earlier this year, the Phili
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Makisig Morales now a married man in Australia

MANILA, Philippines --- Former child star Makisig Morales is now a married man. Morales, who was made famous by the fantaserye «Super Inggo,» tied the knot with this beauty queen girlfriend Nicole Joson in Australia earlier this year, the Philippine Ultimate Showbiz Hub (Push) reported on Tuesday. Morales and Joson had an intimate sunset ceremony at the south-eastern area of La Perouse in Sydney. The former child actor confirmed that he is now married in an Instagram post, sharing a quote from the Bible about husbands and wives. https://www.instagram.com/p/By4tXkxpgvm/ "I did not look for love, but instead love found me and brought me back to him. I am grateful to be your ...Keep on reading: Makisig Morales now a married man in Australia

Dominican officials arrest 11th suspect in David Ortiz case

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic --- Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. An official identified the suspect as Franklin Junior Mern. T
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Dominican officials arrest 11th suspect in David Ortiz case

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic --- Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. An official identified the suspect as Franklin Junior Mern. The official, who agreed to disclose the information only if not quoted by name because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly, told The Associated Press that Mern is accused of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo. Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the alleged shooter. Authorities ...Keep on reading: Dominican officials arrest 11th suspect in David Ortiz case

Canada drug store chain to use blockchain to trace cannabis

Canada's biggest drug store chain said Monday, June 17, that it plans to use blockchain technology to trace the source of the cannabis it distributes, as part of an effort to set standards for the flourishing industry. Shoppers Drug Mart said it was teamin
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Canada drug store chain to use blockchain to trace cannabis

Canada's biggest drug store chain said Monday, June 17, that it plans to use blockchain technology to trace the source of the cannabis it distributes, as part of an effort to set standards for the flourishing industry. Shoppers Drug Mart said it was teaming up with Canadian software firm TruTrace to develop and deploy a pilot project to ensure the traceability of medical cannabis. Shoppers vice president Ken Weisbrod said that for patients to feel confident about using medical cannabis, its source must be «traceable and accountable.» "When a patient takes medication, there is an expectation that it is standardized, and they can expect consistent clinical outcomes and results...Keep on reading: Canada drug store chain to use blockchain to trace cannabis

Recto Bank fishing boat ramming must be probed by ‘third party’ – security expert

    MANILA, Philippines -- A national security expert said a «third party» should conduct an impartial investigation on the ramming of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at the Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine
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Recto Bank fishing boat ramming must be probed by ‘third party’ – security expert

    MANILA, Philippines -- A national security expert said a «third party» should conduct an impartial investigation on the ramming of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at the Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea.   «Para sakin mahalaga yung efforts to investigate pero para magkaroon ng impartial, unbiased [and] untainted investigation, magkaroon din ng third party investigation,» national security expert Prof. Rommel Banlaoi told Radyo Inquirer on Wednesday.   Banlaoi said the third party probe will help the public scrutinize the statements issued by the Philippine government and China about the incident.   "Kasi lum...Keep on reading: Recto Bank fishing boat ramming must be probed by ‘third party’ – security expert

Sandigan amends jail sentence of ex-PRC exec found guilty of estafa

      MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has amended the jail sentence of a former commissioner of the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) who was earlier found guilty of estafa. According to a resolution from the Secon
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Sandigan amends jail sentence of ex-PRC exec found guilty of estafa

      MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has amended the jail sentence of a former commissioner of the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) who was earlier found guilty of estafa. According to a resolution from the Second Division on June 3, Alfredo Yap Po will now certainly serve the maximum penalty of four months and one day, after he was originally sentenced to a minimum of two months and one day and maximum of four months and one day. "Wherefore, pursuant to the court's inherent power to amend its process and orders so as to make them comfortable to law and justice, the penultimate paragraph of the dispositive portion of the decision dated Ma...Keep on reading: Sandigan amends jail sentence of ex-PRC exec found guilty of estafa

Celtics’ Al Horford to be unrestricted free agent

BOSTON --- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity T
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Celtics’ Al Horford to be unrestricted free agent

BOSTON --- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced. ESPN was first to report Horford's decision. A five-time All-Star, the 33-year-old Horford joins point guard Kyrie Irving, who also won't exercise his option to remain in Boston for the final year of his contract. Horford signed a four-year, $113 million deal in 2016. Among the preseason favorites in the Eastern Conference before last season, the Celtics finished the regul...Keep on reading: Celtics’ Al Horford to be unrestricted free agent

Andi Eigenmann surprised by BF Philmar Alipayo in talk show

Andi Eigenmann was treated to an early birthday surprise when her boyfriend, Philmar Alipayo, appeared on a talk show she guested on Monday, June 17. The actress, who turns 28 on June 25, was in «Magandang Buhay» when Alipayo entered the stage. C
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Andi Eigenmann surprised by BF Philmar Alipayo in talk show

Andi Eigenmann was treated to an early birthday surprise when her boyfriend, Philmar Alipayo, appeared on a talk show she guested on Monday, June 17. The actress, who turns 28 on June 25, was in «Magandang Buhay» when Alipayo entered the stage. Caught off-guard, Eigenmann became teary-eyed as they embraced. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByzK--wl4HS/ Eigenmann said, «Sabi niya sa akin kagabi, 'Mahal ko, alam mo ba, sobrang miss na kita. Kapag nagkita tayo, feeling ko maiiyak talaga ako.' Sabi ko, 'Iyakin ka naman talaga.' Ako pala 'yung maiiyak.» (He said last night, «My love, you know I miss you so much. When we see each other, I feel like I'll cry.» I said, «You usually cry.» I'm the ...Keep on reading: Andi Eigenmann surprised by BF Philmar Alipayo in talk show

Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

TORONTO --- Police are looking for a fourth person and haven't recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that wounded four people and sent thousands fleeing, authorities said Tuesday. Toronto Police Chief Marc Saunder
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Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

TORONTO --- Police are looking for a fourth person and haven't recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that wounded four people and sent thousands fleeing, authorities said Tuesday. Toronto Police Chief Marc Saunders said they are looking for a male who was wearing a white button down T-shirt at Monday's shooting at city hall square, less than a block from where the players and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage. Police arrested three people who are now facing firearm charges, but the shell casings at the scene didn't match two guns seized. Shaquille Anthony Miller, 25, Abdikarim Kerow, 18, and Thaino Toussaint, 20 have been char...Keep on reading: Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

Robin Padilla reacts to sinking of PH fishing boat: ‘Wag nalang natin palakihin’

The sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel at Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea has prompted some celebrities to give their take on the issue, including action star Robin Padilla. President Rodrigo Duterte called the incident a «mari
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Robin Padilla reacts to sinking of PH fishing boat: ‘Wag nalang natin palakihin’

The sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel at Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea has prompted some celebrities to give their take on the issue, including action star Robin Padilla. President Rodrigo Duterte called the incident a «maritime accident» during his speech commemorating the 121st Philippine Navy anniversary on June 17. Without mentioning any names, he said that politicians are just making the situation worse. Padilla took to Facebook and did a live video on June 18 in which he expressed his support for the President's statement. «Sinabi ng ating mahal na pangulo na hindi yun dahilan para tayo ay makipag-giyera sa China at tayo'y matunaw na...,» Padilla to...Keep on reading: Robin Padilla reacts to sinking of PH fishing boat: ‘Wag nalang natin palakihin’

1 dead, 3 held in Cavite buy-bust

SAN PEDRO CITY ---- A suspected drug pusher was killed while his three companions were arrested in a buy-bust operation in General Trias City, Cavite on Wednesday. A report from the Calabarzon police identified the slain suspect only as alias «Manoy.
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1 dead, 3 held in Cavite buy-bust

SAN PEDRO CITY ---- A suspected drug pusher was killed while his three companions were arrested in a buy-bust operation in General Trias City, Cavite on Wednesday. A report from the Calabarzon police identified the slain suspect only as alias «Manoy.» The police, meanwhile, arrested suspects, Rading Flojo, Lebardo Prudente, and Mary Jane Manuel following the operation in Barangay San Juan 1 around 2:30 a.m. The police report said Manoy suddenly drew a .38 caliber gun from his sling bag and fired at the police. The police returned fire and hit the suspect, who was declared dead on arrival at the General Trias Hospital. Police recovered six sachets of suspected shabu (crysta...Keep on reading: 1 dead, 3 held in Cavite buy-bust

Lacson says Panelo acting like defense lawyer of China

MANILA, Philippines --- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is acting like the «defense counsel of China» when he doubted the statements of the Filipino fishermen who were rescued after their fishing boat was rammed by a Chinse vessel in th
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Lacson says Panelo acting like defense lawyer of China

MANILA, Philippines --- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is acting like the «defense counsel of China» when he doubted the statements of the Filipino fishermen who were rescued after their fishing boat was rammed by a Chinse vessel in the West Philippine Sea, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday. Panelo, who is also the President's chief legal counsel, earlier said that conflicting accounts concerning the sinking of the Philippine boat in Recto Bank will cast doubt on Filipino fishermen. READ: Conflicting accounts of boat sinking will cast doubt on PH fishermen --- Palace ''Yung statement na nakakita agad siya [Panelo] ng butas doon sa pahayag ng mga fishermen para...Keep on reading: Lacson says Panelo acting like defense lawyer of China

Lorenzana: Sinking of Filipinos’ fishing boat an accident

    MANILA, Philippines - The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea was an accident, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday.   «I think it
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Lorenzana: Sinking of Filipinos’ fishing boat an accident

    MANILA, Philippines - The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea was an accident, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday.   «I think it's just an accident based on the information we got from the crew. Siguro hindi sinasadya ng kabila na nasagi nila (I think it was unintentional) he told reporters in a press briefing in Manila.   His condemnation of the Chinese crew for abandoning the distressed Filipino at sea, however, remains.   »My denouncing stays. I denounce the ship captain for abandonment... If you read my [statement], collision ang nakalagay...Keep on reading: Lorenzana: Sinking of Filipinos’ fishing boat an accident

High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft

CLEVELAND --- The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA's postseason from afar. They'll be big players again Thursday night. With the 5th and 26th picks in the draft, the Cavaliers can add quality talent to a young team now
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High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft

CLEVELAND --- The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA's postseason from afar. They'll be big players again Thursday night. With the 5th and 26th picks in the draft, the Cavaliers can add quality talent to a young team now under the direction of new coach John Beilein. He, along with the players selected, will transition to the pro game. While Cleveland's fans were deeply disappointed the Cavs couldn't conjure more magic and win the lottery for the fifth time since 2003 and have a chance at Zion Williamson, Ja Morant or RJ Barrett --- the consensus Big Three in the 2019 class --- Beilein was satisfied. He didn't dwell on falling short. After ...Keep on reading: High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft

Palace: ‘Dangerous’ for Duterte to express anger on sinking of boat in WPS

MANILA, Philippines --- It is «dangerous» for President Rodrigo Duterte as head of state to make public his outrage over the sinking of a Filipino boat at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. This is because, according to Cabinet Secretary Karl
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Palace: ‘Dangerous’ for Duterte to express anger on sinking of boat in WPS

MANILA, Philippines --- It is «dangerous» for President Rodrigo Duterte as head of state to make public his outrage over the sinking of a Filipino boat at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. This is because, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the President might be «taken out of context.» Nograles made the pronouncement Tuesday,a day after the Chief Executive broke his weeklong silence -- without even a sign of anger -- on the Recto Bank incident, which he merely dismissed as a «little maritime accident.» «You know, it's dangerous when the head of state [issues a statement] and [would be] taken out of context and everything,» Nograles told reporters in Malacaang when ...Keep on reading: Palace: ‘Dangerous’ for Duterte to express anger on sinking of boat in WPS

DOJ asks suspected Chinese drug lord to answer smuggling complaint

  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned a suspected Chinese drug Lord and his co-respondents to answer a complaint related to the smuggling of P1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs. The DOJ panel of prosecutors chaired
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DOJ asks suspected Chinese drug lord to answer smuggling complaint

  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned a suspected Chinese drug Lord and his co-respondents to answer a complaint related to the smuggling of P1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs. The DOJ panel of prosecutors chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Clarisa Kuong has scheduled the first hearing of the preliminary investigation on July 5 and 10. On the said dates, Xu Zhi Jian, alias Jacky Co, and the 16 other respondents will be required to submit their response through a counter-affidavit as well as supporting evidence. The case stemmed from the complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last May 31 against the...Keep on reading: DOJ asks suspected Chinese drug lord to answer smuggling complaint

Slain rights volunteer was supposed to testify on amparo case – Karapatan

    MANILA, Philippines - The 22-year old human rights volunteer gunned down during the weekend was supposed to stand witness to the alleged harassment being perpetrated by the government against members of cause-oriented groups. Karapatan
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Slain rights volunteer was supposed to testify on amparo case – Karapatan

    MANILA, Philippines - The 22-year old human rights volunteer gunned down during the weekend was supposed to stand witness to the alleged harassment being perpetrated by the government against members of cause-oriented groups. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said Ryan Hubilla was supposed to testify on the writs of amparo and habeas data case before the Court of Appeals about how he was subjected to periodic surveillance by elements of the military intelligence company under the 903rd Brigade. Last April, Palabay said Hubilla and three other Karapatan workers were tailed by men on a gray pick-up vehicle and a black motorcycle with no license plat...Keep on reading: Slain rights volunteer was supposed to testify on amparo case – Karapatan

Manila Water to implement 8 to 12 hours of service disruption

MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Water is set to enforce rotational service interruptions for up to 12 hours in areas under its East Zone concession as water level in Angat Dam nears its critical mark. Manila Water's announcement came after the National Water
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Manila Water to implement 8 to 12 hours of service disruption

MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Water is set to enforce rotational service interruptions for up to 12 hours in areas under its East Zone concession as water level in Angat Dam nears its critical mark. Manila Water's announcement came after the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said it will reduce allocation to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (cms) to 40 cms starting Wednesday, June 19, until Friday, June 21. NWRB's reduced water allocation to MWSS, which allots supply to Manila Water and Maynilad, may be subject to «another adjustment» after June 21 if Angat Dam's 160-meter level is breached by June 22. In a statement, Manila ...Keep on reading: Manila Water to implement 8 to 12 hours of service disruption

Philippine Army troops to train under Israeli Defense Forces

MANILA, Philippines --- Nearly 200 soldiers of the Philippine Army will undergo counter-terrorism training under the Israeli Defense Forces later this month. The training is set for June 26 to July 4 at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Army spokesperson Lt. Co
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Philippine Army troops to train under Israeli Defense Forces

MANILA, Philippines --- Nearly 200 soldiers of the Philippine Army will undergo counter-terrorism training under the Israeli Defense Forces later this month. The training is set for June 26 to July 4 at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala told reporters Tuesday. A total of 180 soldiers from various units of the Army, including the 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th Infantry Divisions as well as the Special Forces Regiment, Scout Ranger Regiment, and Light Reaction Regiment will participate in the training. Around 10 soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force will conduct the training, the first collaboration of its kind for the Philippines and Israel. "Ter...Keep on reading: Philippine Army troops to train under Israeli Defense Forces