THREE suspects in the assassination of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe want to become state witnesses, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday. He said the…READ The post 3 suspects in Batocabe slay want to become state witnesses – Albayalde appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
A theft suspect in England, who shot to fame for his uncanny resemblance to «Friends» star David Schwimmer, was finally arrested on Thursday, Jan. 17. Lancashire Police said that 36-year-old Abdullah Husseini was supposed to appear at the Blackpool Magistrates' Court last December, in relation to charges of four counts of fraud and theft. The charges against him resulted from a case were a coat, a wallet and a phone was stolen from a restaurant in Blackpool last September 2018. After failing to appear in court, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Lancashire Police added that the Metropolitan Police were also on the lookout for him after he was ordered to appear in court...Keep on reading: David Schwimmer lookalike wanted for theft finally arrested
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Loren Legardais eyeing the Senate ratification of the proposed P3.7 trillion national budget by February 6. The target date is also the last day of the session of Congress before it adjourns. «On January 28, Monday at 10 a.m., we will resume the bicameral conference of the budget and the House has committed to finish it on and before January 30 for a Senate ratification of February 6,» Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, told reporters on Wednesday. On Tuesday, contingents from the Senate, led by Legarda, and from the House of Representatives met for the first time in a conference to reconcile their versions of the 2019 General Appr...Keep on reading: Legarda eyes Senate ratification of 2019 budget by Feb. 6
MANILA, Philippines --- As debates on lowering the age of criminal liability continue, the public yearned for that one voice that championed children's cause at the world stage: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. Taking their call on social media, netizens urged Gary to speak about moves by legislators at the House of Representatives to set the minimum age of criminal responsibility at nine years old. Twitter user Justin Dizon cited the reigning Miss Universe's role in a foundation, which helps kids in Tondo. "Now is the time for@catrionaelisato say her stand on the issue. As a Miss Universe, she possesses a great amount of influence that can help us fight this move of the ...Keep on reading: Miss Universe Catriona Gray urged: Speak vs lower age of criminal liability
SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea's military has accused Japan of a «clear provocation» over what it says was a threatening low-altitude flight by a Japanese patrol plane over a South Korean warship. An official from Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that the plane flew 60 to 70 meters (196 to 229 feet) above the water near a South Korean naval ship. Seoul and Tokyo are key U.S. allies and close economic partners, but are currently locked in disputes over military issues and wartime history. South Korea also accused another Japanese patrol plane of conducting a low-altitude flight over a South Korean warship that had been rescuing a North Korean f...Keep on reading: Seoul accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight
MANILA, Philippines---President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Feb. 6 a non-working holiday in Lanao Del Norte (except Iligan City) and in seven North Cotabato municipalities for the second day of the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Upon Duterte's order, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Proclamation No. 656 on Jan. 21, to formalize the holiday in the areas. The seven municipalities under North Cotabato that will participate in the plebiscite are Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pikit, Pigkawayan, and Talunan. In his proclamation, the President ordered the declaration of a non-working holiday to give people in these ...Keep on reading: Palace declares holiday in areas holding 2nd BOL plebiscite
Spotify has stealthily released an option to mute certain artists on its mobile app, a much-requested feature that comes amid calls to remove music from artists like R. Kelly over abuse allegations. The new button, first reported by tech news site Thurrott, allows users of the streaming service to prevent any artist from automatically playing by selecting «Don't play this artist» from a menu on the artist's page. The feature does not appear to be available on desktop or browser versions of Spotify, which did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment. The Sweden-based music company removed several artists including Kelly from its curated playlists last year, a...Keep on reading: Spotify rolls out feature to block artists
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) advised Chinese nationals in the Philippines who will spend Chinese New Year overseas to pay their reentry fees at BI field and satellite offices and avoid congestion at airports. The statement was issued due to the anticipation of influx of passengers lining up to pay their re-entry fees in BI cashiers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). «Many of them are Chinese residents in the Philippines who wish to spend the Chinese New Year in their homeland,» BI Ports Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said. "It usually results to heavy congestion of passengers at the airport ...Keep on reading: Chinese nationals told to settle re-entry fee at BI offices
OKLAHOMA CITY --- A renewed focus on defense has the Oklahoma City Thunder on another winning streak. Paul George had 36 points, eight rebounds and five steals, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds and the Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114 on Tuesday night. Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson each added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which snapped a three-game losing streak to Portland at Chesapeake Energy Arena. After a stretch of losing five of six games, during which they gave up 154, 142 and 138 points in defeats, the Thunder have won three straight and moved back into third place in the fluid Western Conference...Keep on reading: Paul George, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder past Trail Blazers
MANILA, Philippines --- Three Lumad teachers and a student from the Save Our Schools network on Wednesday have joined the clamor for the Supreme Court to declare the third extension of martial law in Mindanao as unconstitutional. The petitioners --- Lumad teachers Rius Valle, Josea Mae Palomo and Jeany Rose Hayahay; and a student of legal age Rorelyn Mandacawan --- say that martial law only contributed to the abuses by state security forces. They are represented by lawyers from the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). This is the fourth petition against martial law extension; the first was filed by residents from Mindanao. The pe...Keep on reading: Lumad teachers, student file 4th petition to declare martial law unconstitutional
SEOUL --- A former senior South Korean prosecutor was convicted Wednesday of abuse of power and sentenced to jail term of two years in connection with a high-profile case that triggered the country's #MeToo movement. Ahn Tae-geun was accused of repeatedly groping a female junior colleague at the funeral of another co-worker's father. After Seo Ji-hyun filed a formal complaint, he had her transferred to a provincial position and her career went nowhere. She suffered in silence for years until she went public with a tearful live television interview last January, detailing her experiences. The interview was a rarity in a still conservative society where female victims of sexual assault ...Keep on reading: South Korean prosecutor jailed in #MeToo case
PHILIPPINE agriculture sector slowed down to 1.8 percent in the last quarter of 2018, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its quarterly Performance of Philippine Agriculture report, the…READ The post Agriculture output slows down in Q4 of 2018 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
DARAGA, Albay — The son of slain Ako Bicol Rep. Justin Batocabe wishes the alleged mastermind behind his father’s killing “well” after he was rushed to the hospital shortly after…READ The post Son of slain partylist lawmaker to ‘mastermind’: ‘I wish him weĺl’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
THE local bourse went below the 8,000 level in morning trading on Wednesday as investors worried over local and foreign economic developments, analysts said. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index…READ The post PH stock market drops below 8,000 level in morning trade appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
When looking at getting a mortgage, one of the best options is going to be a fixed rate mortgage, or an FRM. A fixed rate mortgage is a mortgage with an interest rate that remains the same for the duration of the loan. Meaning that as time progresses, months, years, or even several years, the interest rate on your payment will never change. Sounds pretty good right? Fannie Mae No, not your weird aunt. Fannie Mae is the more commonly used moniker for the Federal National Mortgage Association. In the 90's Fannie was one of the most powerful and most profitable companies in the world, But despite the impressive reputation of this powerhouse company, a lot of people feel that Fannie Mae pl...Keep on reading: What’s the Best Fixed Rate for Your Mortgage?
NEW YORK --- The Oscars still don't have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they'll at least have nominees.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will unveil Oscar nominations to the 91st Oscars on Tuesday morning at 8:20 a.m. EST from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The nominations, to be announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross, will be livestreamed globally at Oscars.com, Oscars.org and on the academy's digital platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The lead-up to Tuesday's nominations has been rocky for both the film academy and some of the movies in contention. Shortly after being announced as host, Kevin Hart was forced to with...Keep on reading: 5 burning questions ahead of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations
HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Filipino Chronicle is offering a new $2,500 scholarship for future journalists to commemorate its 25th year of publication. The inaugural award will be presented at the Chronicle's «silver celebration gala and scholarship awards banquet» in November 2019 to one deserving student who is a full-time, college-level sophomore, junior or first semester senior of Filipino heritage who graduated from a high school in Hawaii and is majoring in journalism/mass communications at a four-year public or private university within the state. Filipinos and Filipino-Americans represent the fastest growing ethnic group in Hawaii and make up 23 percent of the state's popula...Keep on reading: Hawaii Filipino Chronicle offers journalism scholarship
NEW YORK --- Fil-Am and other Asian American actors have gained mileage in the Broadway industry but are still facing much headwind, according to a panel at this year's BroadwayCon, which included Fil-Am actors Jaygee Macapugay and Orville Mendoza. The panel opened with some facts: out of the 30 shows currently in the 41 theaters on Broadway, only nine have Asian American actors in lead or feature roles. The group also noted that so far on Broadway, there has only been one male Asian American playwright who has been produced (David Henry Hwang) and only one female (Young Jean Lee). Held in Manhattan, Broadwaycon is a multiday expositio...Keep on reading: Fil-Am actors sound off on Broadway opportunities
LAS VEGAS---Manny Pacquiao's unanimous decision victory over the weekend convinced fans that their beloved sports icon cum politician should still have a few more fights, especially with Mayweather. The Pac-Man won yet another boxing match and retained his WBA Welterweight Championship, but this fight was a big deal for both The People's Champ and his legions of followers. Can he still deliver the blows as well as absorb them? «It's not a matter of age,» Dave Tiu, a local supporter who saw Pacquiao's fight against Adrien Broner on pay-per-view (PPV) tells the INQUIRER.net. "I don't care that he's already 40, the man is obviously passionate about bo...Keep on reading: Ringside fans agree Pac-Man has what it takes for Mayweather 2
MANILA, Philippines --- Children used in crimes are not criminals but victims, former Interior Secretary Manuel «Mar» Roxas II said on Tuesday. «Ang batang nagagamit ng sindikato ay biktima, hindi kriminal. Sa lipunan natin, kailangan maging 18 years old muna para makapagtrabaho, magpakasal, uminom, bumoto,» Roxas wrote on Twitter. [A child used by a syndicate is a victim, not a criminal. In our society, you have to be 18 years old to work, get married, drink, vote.] https://twitter.com/MARoxas/status/1087680288191324161 Roxas was reacting to the passage in the House of Representatives of a bill lowering the age of liability from 15 to 9. "Hindi ang mga bata ang dapat ...Keep on reading: Roxas: Children used in crimes are victims, not criminals
The Canadian indie band Broken Social Scene is back with a new single called «All I Want» and an EP out in February. Last week, the band delighted fans with two new songs they premiered on Canadian radio program «The Strombo Show» called «Can't Find My Heart» and «1972». They have now revealed that the latter song will be one of five tracks included on an upcoming EP, which is titled «Try the After - Vol 1». The full track listing is as follows: 1. «The Sweet Sea» 2. «Remember Me Young» 3. «Boyfriends» 4. «1972» 5. «All I Want» The band has also followed up those two new tracks with a third, «All I Want», which will be the closing track on the LP. Broken Soc...Keep on reading: Broken Social Scene announces EP out next month
PARIS --- France's national weather agency Meteo France says a large part of the country is on alert for dangerous levels of snow and ice and urged people to limit their movement. The area includes 24 departments in northern and central France, and in the Paris area. Meteo France has issued an orange alert --- the second-highest warning level --- for snow and ice. In Paris, about five centimeters of snow fell on Tuesday and the Eiffel tower has been shut down as a precautionary measure. A major road in the Paris region, where 2,000 drivers were trapped for a night in February last year, was closed to traffic in the morning. The weather agency says the snow should last unt...Keep on reading: France on alert for snowfall, Eiffel Tower closes
Eye-watering, throat-scratching air pollution is a major driver of big city blues in China, according to a study published Monday that matched social network chatter with fine-particle pollution levels. «The take-away is simple,» lead author Siqi Zheng, an associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the University's China Future City Lab, told AFP. «Higher levels of air pollution lower people's happiness in the world's most populous country.» Dirty air is not the only blight on life in urban China, which is also plagued by soaring housing prices, worries over food safety, and poor public services. But health-wreaking pollution, especial...Keep on reading: Unhappiness tracks poor air quality in China
A group of five black men shouting vulgar insults while protesting centuries of oppression. Dozens of white Catholic high school students visiting Washington for a rally to end abortion. And Native Americans marching to end injustice for indigenous peoples across the globe who have seen their lands overrun by outside settlers. The three groups met for just a few minutes Friday at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, an encounter captured in videos that went viral over the weekend --- and again cast a spotlight on a polarized nation that doesn't appear to agree on anything. At first the focus was on a short video showing one of the high school students, Nick Sandmann, wearing a red...Keep on reading: 3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of DC encounter
FIVE mayors based in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley may face administrative sanctions before the office of the Ombudsman for allegedly being absent in their areas during the…READ The post 5 mayors from Cordillera, Cagayan Valley face raps for absence during ‘Ompong’ onslaught — DILG appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
SENATORS on Tuesday expressed opposition to an approved measure at the House of Representatives to lower the age of criminal liability for minors, saying that a nine-year old offender is…READ The post Senate panel opposes House-approved bill lowering age of criminal liability to 9 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
THE Philippines will be sending a Navy ship to the fleet review, which China will host in April, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a text message to reporters on…READ The post PH to send ship for Chinese fleet review in April appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
One hotel in Japan learned the hard way that robots are not always right for the job. Henn na Hotel in Tokyo is laying off half of its nearly 250 robots because they failed to do their automated tasks and humans had to intervene in their operations, the Wall Street Journal via Business Insider reported on Jan. 17. The hotel began employing robots in 2015 with the goal of becoming «the most efficient hotel in the world» and to respond to a worker shortage. Those laid off included Churi, a pink, egg-shaped virtual assistant assigned in each room, who could not keep up with the likes of Siri and Alexa. For instance, she failed to answer guests' questions on opening hours of local b...Keep on reading: Japan hotel fires ‘annoying’ robot staff and replaces them with humans
MANILA, Philippines --- Lawmakers should check the real situation on the ground before passing a bill that would lower the age of criminal liability to nine years old, children's rights advocates said on Tuesday. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Leah Tanodra-Armamento said the bill --- if enacted into law --- would aggravate the situation of children who are already suffering inhumane conditions inside jails and reformation facilities. "The Commission on Human Rights reminds our legislators of the realities on the ground, which will be worsened by the proposed bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR). Everyone knows our jails are overly conge...Keep on reading: Check realities on the ground, child advocates tell lawmakers
MANILA, Philippines---«Shameful is when she intrudes into the sovereignty of this country.» Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this on Tuesday in response to United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard, who branded as «shameful» the House's approval of lowering the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old. «She should address that to lawmakers not to us. What is shameful is 'yung nakikialam siya that is shameful when she intrudes into the sovereignty of this country,» Panelo told reporters in an interview in Malacaang. "She has no business interfering with the affairs of Congress in the first place, or with...Keep on reading: Palace: Callamard has no business interfering with Philippine Congress
Chinese authorities appear to have confirmed a scientist's unpublished claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies and that a second pregnancy is underway, and say he could face consequences for his work. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that investigators in Guangdong province determined that the scientist, He Jiankui (HUH JEEN-qway), evaded supervision of his work and violated research norms because he wanted to be famous. The report said He acted alone and will be punished for any violations of the law, although it didn't say which regulations he may have broken...Keep on reading: China seems to confirm scientist’s gene-edited babies claim
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacaang said Tuesday it expects a «smooth sailing» bicameral deliberations on the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019, dismissing Senator Panfilo Lacson's claim that it would be «bloody and sweaty.» Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing that lawmakers have already talked about the matter, thus, «There will be no fireworks in the bicam.» «According to them they will pass it. According to the Speaker, they will pass it. According to Senator Sotto, [they will pass it],» he added. The Palace official said the executive branch have "submitted a general appropriations bill... f...Keep on reading: Palace sees ‘smooth sailing’ bicam on 2019 nat’l budget
CEBU CITY---The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) is looking into the death of a 19-year-old student while attending a concert on Saturday, one of the pre-parties in the city in celebration of Sinulog Festival. Chief Supt. Debold Sinas, PRO-7 director, said they would look into reports that the girl, a first-year college student, may have died due to an overdose of a party drug called ecstasy. He said he has talked with the parents who promised to cooperate in the investigation after they had attended to their daughter. "They had to prepare the wake first before they would report to the police and the father promised that they would cooperate by filing a blotter ...Keep on reading: Central Visayas police to probe death of student during concert
MANILA, Philippines --- The House energy panel approved on Tuesday the «Murang Kuryente» bill, which seeks to source P123 billion from the Malampaya fund to pay the debts of the National Power Corporation (NPC) that is now being charged to consumers' monthly electricity bill. The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (Psalm) Corporation is the government corporation created through Section 49 of Republic no. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) inherited all of NPC's obligations and stranded contract costs. Section 4 of the still unnumbered substitute bill states that a portion from all the proceeds of the net national go...Keep on reading: House panel OKs ‘Murang Kuryente’ bill
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---More than 300 farmers in Central Luzon left for Mendiola in Manila on Tuesday to join protesters commemorating the so-called Mendiola massacre, which has become the symbol for their quest for land. The caravan began in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija, where cases of land grabbing, land-use conversion and militarization are «rampant,» said Joseph Canlas, chair of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon, an affiliate of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. «It has been 32 years [after the Mendiola massacre] and we farmers are being killed and many of us are still landless,» Canlas told the Inquirer. Former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano was a su...Keep on reading: 300 C. Luzon farmers join commemoration of ‘Mendiola massacre’