Kevin Alas felt he was the one to blame for NLEX's latest loss on Wednesday night. Alas cited lapses on his part in the critical moments of the Road Warriors' 85-80 defeat to the TNT KaTropa. «Today's game I think I cost us the game because I fouled Jayson (Castro) then, Roger (Pogoy) hit that three-points that was my assignment then, I also missed an open three so I have to take responsibility,» Alas told reporters. With NLEX trailing by two, Alas missed an open 3-pointer with 1:09 left then, saw TNT swingman Roger Pogoy hit a triple in front of him before committing a personal foul that led to a free throw by Jayson Castro for an 83-80 KaTropa edge with 14 seconds left. With stil...Keep on reading: Struggling Kevin Alas takes blame for NLEX loss to TNT
Roger Pogoy made a name for himself in college as Far Eastern University's defensive specialist. Now, Pogoy is making a career out of hitting buckets on top of his lockdown defense as one of TNT's main options along with superstar guard Jayson Castro. Pogoy admitted he's still getting himself accustomed to his starring role on the offensive end. «First of all, I'm feeling nervous being given that role because I started out at FEU as a defensive player and the offense is just secondary to me,» he said in Filipino. «But I take it as a challenge that coach is calling plays for me.» The 26-year-old swingman, however, showed no signs of anxiety in the pressure-packed moments on Wednesda...Keep on reading: ‘Defensive player’ Roger Pogoy embracing bigger role as one of TNT’s main offensive weapons
«Hate is such a strong feeling. And I hope we don't let it get the best of us.» Thus said Maine Mendoza in response to a fan's Twitter post, accusing actress Ria Atayde of using the 23-year-old star's name to create hype for her projects. «It's never right to hate ... people---whoever they may be,» Maine's reply to the said netizen read. «Masyadong mabigat sa puso. Huwag sana tayo magpalamon.» Ria is the sister of Arjo Atayde, who's being linked to Maine. Maine also urged the Twitter user to show «some respect» for the Atayde family. "Just stop this nonsense and let us all do better instead. They get projects because of their talent...Keep on reading: Maine Mendoza: It’s never right to hate people
MANILA, Philippines --- The voter turnout last Monday for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite exceeded 85 percent, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez announced on Wednesday. «Voter turnout in the #BangsamoroPlebiscite exceeds 85% #Bangsamoro,» Jimenez wrote in a Twitter post. https://twitter.com/jabjimenez/status/1088079040676679680?s=21 Meanwhile, Comelec will finally continue the canvassing of votes for the BOL plebiscite on Thursday, having received the first certificate of canvass coming from Cotabato City on Wednesday afternoon. The canvassing was deferred twice at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, because the National ...Keep on reading: Voter turnout for BOL plebiscite exceeds 85% – Jimenez
'When I do something, I put my heart and soul into it---be it acting, singing or cooking,' said actress Helen Gamboa-Sotto, who currently hosts the cooking show, «From Helen's Kitchen,» on Cignal cable. She said she would never turn her back on her first love---acting on the big screen. However, she likewise finds joy in cooking for her loved ones and friends. In fact, «From Helen's Kitchen» already aired its first episode for the second season on Cignal's Colours channel last Jan. 21. "The atmosphere in this show is different. I noticed that all our guests leave the set happy. I guess it's because even those who don't know how to cook...Keep on reading: How being an actress helps Helen Gamboa be a good cook
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc, sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBC), deferred its counting for the second straight day as it has yet to receive copies…READ The post Comelec defers canvass of votes in Bangsamoro plebiscite for 2nd straight day appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
ST PETER PORT, Guernsey — Rescuers searched Wednesday for a missing plane carrying Cardiff City’s record new signing Emiliano Sala, as it emerged the Argentine striker had sent relatives a desperate…READ The post Light plane carrying Cardiff striker Sala disappears, rescuers mount search appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
PHOENIX cruised to its third straight victory for its best start in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 44 Philippine Cup, drubbing Columbian Dyip, 108-98, at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday….READ The post Phoenix cruises to franchise best start, drubs Columbian Dyip, 108-98 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hinted at possibly firing Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officials again as he lamented the delayed processing of land conversion documents. Duterte made the announcement just a day after warning DAR officials involved in the land conversion processing to shape up or face dismissal. READ:Duterte warns DAR officials: Shape up or prepare to get fired «Ito may susunod ito bukas,» Duterte said in a speech before tricycle operators and drivers in Pasay City. The President, however, did not identify who will be next to receive the boot. Duterte said he found it unacceptable that it took DAR officials two years to proces...Keep on reading: Duterte again hints about sacking DAR officials
MANILA, Philippines ---Finance Chief Carlos Dominguez III has admitted that he was also molested by a priest in high school. Dominguez revealed this over CNN Philippines' One-on-One with Finance Chief, noting that the tragic experience was «regrettable.» When asked to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's allegation that he was molested by a priest in high school, Finance Chief Carlos Dominguez III said: «That was experienced by many of us.» «He [Duterte] is completely right. It happened and I think it is very regrettable, but it wasn't just him or me, it was a lot of us in that class,» Dominguez, the President's classmate at the Ateneo de Davao University, said on Wednesday. ...Keep on reading: Finance chief admits he was molested by priest in high school
DAVAO CITY --- A peace advocate and professor of the Mindanao State University (MSU) blamed «moneyed politics» for the rejection in Sulu province of the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law through a plebiscite held on Monday, Jan. 21. MSU Professor Octavio Dinampo cited the wide discrepancy between the relatively low turnout of voters at polling centers in Jolo and those registered in the canvassing of election returns in the province. «Moneyed politics is still in control. It will take time for it to stop,» told the Inquirer in a phone interview. He said he was surprised over the relatively few voters who actually showed up at polling centers during the day of the plebiscite. ...Keep on reading: ‘Moneyed politics’ behind BOL rejection in Sulu – professor
MANILA, Philippines --- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he favors the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility, adding that criminal syndicates tend to use minors to commit crimes. «Tama yun because ginagamit ang kabataan ng mga certain criminal syndicates to propagate their hanabuhay. Criminality is a hanapbuhay at ginagamit nila ngayon 'yung mga menor de edad, para sumulong yung kanilang negosyo,» Enrile said in the first episode of his radio show «Itanong mo Kay Manong Johnny.» «Itanong mo Kay Manong Johnny» airs on Radyo Inquirer 990 AM and Digibox Beam TV from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday. The former Senate President's view on the...Keep on reading: Enrile favors lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed criminal complaints against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo after firearms and explosives were confiscated inside the compound of the local executive's residence in Albay. Under the complaint filed before the Albay Provincial Prosecution Office on Wednesday, Ronnie Fabia of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Albay accused Baldo of violating Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunitions Act. On Tuesday, police recovered two caliber .45-pistol, a magazine for an Uzi loaded with seven live ammunition, ammunition for a grenade launcher, eight ammunition for caliber .45-pistol,...Keep on reading: PNP files criminal raps vs Daraga mayor
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