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PH eyes diplomatic protest vs China

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MANILA is mulling diplomatic action against Beijing over the reported presence of two Chinese military planes on a disputed reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a Palace official said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. told reporters the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was considering filing…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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DID we just miss it or are we inching our way towards it? This is the question some people have been asking since April 14 when the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched 110 ballistic missiles against Syria without any mandate from the UN Security Council, purportedly in…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A tale of love at first sight

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LONDON: It was love at first sight for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who both quickly sensed their brief encounter on a blind date could blossom into something much, much bigger. They were set up by a mutual friend when US actress Markle was passing through London in July 2016,…


Albayalde: From Team Metro Manila to Team PNP

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POLICE Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday formally assumed his new position as the new Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief during the turnover ceremony at the Camp Crame national headquarters in Quezon City. Albayalde succeeded retired PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” De la Rosa, who was the commander of 185,000-strong police force for…

Grab warns drivers may leave or vehicles reduced if P2 travel charge scrapped

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TRANSPORT network company (TNC) Grab Philippines warned that its drivers may leave or be forced to reduce the number of vehicles serving riders if it would comply with the order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to stop imposing the P2 per minute travel charge as it…

Hopes of end to contractualization dim as Duterte shifts responsibility to Congress

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte may not issue an executive order (EO) banning “endo” or contractualization after all and will leave the matter to Congress, Malacanang said on Thursday. The Palace statement comes a few days after Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that the President would sign an EO addressing “endo” on…

Palace: Govt mulls ‘diplomatic protest’ vs China on PH reef ‘breach’

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THE Philippines is considering taking diplomatic action against China over the reported presence of its two military planes on a reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a Malacanang official said on Thursday. “The Secretary of Foreign Affairs has said that they were preparing and exploring the possibility of…

3 local ships conducting scientific research at PH Rise

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THREE Philippine Navy ships have been conducting maritime scientific research over the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham) since last week, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said. “We have three ships there now conducting maritime scientific research and then they will move to the other parts of the Philippines,” Esperon told…

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Duterte leaves ‘endo’ promise up to Congress

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is no longer keen on issuing an executive order (EO) to fulfill a campaign promise to ban the labor practice of “endo,” administration officials said. The statement came a few days after Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the EO addressing endo would be signed by Duterte…

THE PASSING OF THE ‘TORCH’

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Filipino lawyers petition for UN intervention in PH affairs

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It is both embarrassing and astonishing to see Filipino lawyers petitioning for United Nations intervention in our national affairs on account of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements against Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, which they deem as threats to lawyers and judges. Why, in a nation under the rule of law, would…

Valid vote threshold sought by Robredo erroneous – Marcos

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Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo invoking on Thursday the 25 percent threshold for valid votes is “erroneous,” according to the spokesman for former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Marcos is contesting results of the May 2016 elections for Vice President, which then-congresswoman Robredo won over the former senator by more than…

PSEi touches 7,500 but pares day’s losses

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The stock market spent most of Thursday in 7,500 territory, threatening to hit a one-year low, before last-minute buying allowed it to limit losses for the day. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), which hit an intraday low of 7,537.43, managed regain some ground to close at 7,682.24, still…

 

 

James’ epic start helps Cavs even series with Pacers

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LOS ANGELES: LeBron James crystalized his reputation as one of the best playoff performers in NBA history on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a game one rout with a 100-97 win over the Indiana Pacers. James scored 20 of his 46 points in the opening…

PH to host the third leg of TRI-Factor Asian Championship

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The Philippines will host the third leg of the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series for newbies and those aiming to become full-fledged triathletes on May 26 to 27 at CamSur Watersports Complex. CamSur Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte (second from right) and Elvin Ting, founder of TRI-Factor and managing director of the…

Real held to draw at home by Bilbao

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MADRID: Real Madrid maybe the favorites for the Champions League but a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) will hardly have struck fear into Bayern Munich. Zinedine Zidane’s side started complacently at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended frantically, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 87th-minute equalizer canceling out a…

Pacquiao without Roach

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Freddie Roach not training Manny Pacquiao for his fight against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse is definitely bad news. I will not go into detail as to what led to the split between Roach and Pacquiao, but the world-class trainer was right when he said that the Filipino cannot juggle…

Lookout bulletin issued vs De Lima

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THE tables have been turned against Sen. Leila de Lima, who used Lookout Bulletin Orders (LBO) to bar political figures, including former president Gloria Arroyo, from leaving the country when she was Justice secretary. The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a lookout bulletin against De Lima to ensure that she…

SBC cruises past Mapua in NCAA volley

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San Beda College battered (SBC) Mapua University, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, to gain a share of the lead in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City. Premier Volleyball League veteran Cesca Racracquin registered 17 attacks, one block and…

 

 

Lightning kills 6, hurts 15 in Negros

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BACOLOD CITY: A woman and five minors died while 15 others working in a sugarcane farm were injured after a lightning struck them at Sitio Baras-Barasan in Barangay Manlucajoc, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, on Wednesday afternoon. Chief Insp. Nazer Canja, city police chief, identified the fatalities as Lorie Tejoc, 36;…

Trump hopeful for Kim summit

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PALM BEACH: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) he hoped his improbable summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un would go ahead—but warned he was not afraid to walk away if the meeting appears unlikely to be “fruitful.” The odds of the Trump-Kim talks taking place…

 

 

Tradition meets modernity at the ‘Heart of Asia’

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CHIAYI, TAIWAN: The smell of delicious street food wafting through the rather chilly air; the sound of loud music booming through the speakers; and the wondrous sight of bright and colorful lanterns floating gracefully above a vast field. This was the sensory experience that delighted throngs of tourists who came…

Showbiz’ newest BFFs

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The moment Paolo Ballesteros and Solenn Heusaff started shooting for Regal Entertainment’s Mother’s Day presentation entitled, “2 Mommies,” they hit it off right away. They’ve become the best of friends in fact and never run out of things to talk about. There’s not a dull moment when these two are…

Volvo XC90 SUV paves way for arrival of hybrid Volvos

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Volvo’s best-selling SUV, the Volvo XC90, graced the halls of the annual Manila International Auto Show held on April 5 to 8 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Representing the exhilarating range of the new generation Volvos, the Volvo XC90 confidently presents the face of the future with its…

Tradition meets modernity at the ‘Heart of Asia’

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CHIAYI, TAIWAN: The smell of delicious street food wafting through the rather chilly air; the sound of loud music booming through the speakers; and the wondrous sight of bright and colorful lanterns floating gracefully above a vast field. This was the sensory experience that delighted throngs of tourists who came…

Catriona Gray’s journey from the ‘World’ to the ‘Universe’

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Filipino-Australian Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray has made history in Philippine beauty pageantry for being the first to win the local franchises of Miss World and Miss Universe. Born in Cairns on January 6, 1994 to Australian Ian Gray—whose origins are from Scotland—and Bicolana Normita Magnayon of Oas, Albay the two-time…

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CELEBRITY CHEF LIVES LIFE AND COOKING WITH PASSION
As I stood there in stunned disbelief, scenes from Shinjuku, Peru, Argentina and Saitama swirled through my head like the images in a revolving…

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Talk about hitting career walls, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has rammed into them many times. How did he surmount them and achieve his dream to travel and become a sushi master? Read on. • Don’t look for the easy way, that’s the lazy way. • Don’t be afraid to make a…

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Amorita Resort Boracay’s out, so why not Bohol? And why not the boutique Amorita Resort along the southern edge of Panglao Island? Built with loving care by owners Nikki and Ria Cauton, Amorita marries world-class service with signature Filipino hospitality, offering guests an escape from the urban fray and a…

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Smdc Shell Residences Shell Residences, the 2.2-hectare resort residential complex developed by SMDC, located within the Mall of Asia Complex, provided the perfect view of the recent Philippine Pyromusical Competition at the Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia. With that front-row seat experience, the development treated homeowners and guests to…