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HOMELAND SECURITY COURT COMPLAINT:

‘Quiboloy follower lied about cash in jet’

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FELINA Sabino Salinas, the Honolulu-based follower of Kingdom of Jesus Christ Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, lied to US authorities about the amount of cash she brought with her to the private jet that was supposed to take the charismatic preacher back to the Philippines from a weekend of preaching in Hawaii,…

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Xi Jinping, China’s supreme leader, has learned a valuable lesson from Vladimir Putin. Annexing territories, like what Mr. Putin did with Crimea in March of 2014, is always a win-win thing. After the annexation of Crimea and the balkanization of Ukraine, Mr. Putin’s political stock did not only rise. There…

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Here we go again. It’s that sullen time of year when mass vestments turn penitential purple, Fridays are meatless, and two days, last Ash Wednesday and Good Friday on March 30, we have to skip meals. And the faithful undertake varying degrees of prayer, mortification, and charity — all to…

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Palace hits sacked SSS director

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte fired Social Security System (SSS) commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña because of his repeated requests for millions of pesos to fund media programs and for waging a “vilification” campaign against the agency’s executives, Malacañang disclosed on Saturday. In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. cited…

AMERICAN-STYLE DEMOCRACY

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Naming territory a symbolic act of sovereignty

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THE Palace is to be commended for protesting China’s naming of five features in the Philippine Rise, also known as Benham Rise. That vast undersea area in the Pacific is part of the Philippines’ continental shelf, therefore giving the country sovereign rights, including the economic exploitation of natural resources. Manila…

‘Corruption real cause of traffic gridlocks’

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Lawmakers should not allow themselves to be stampeded into approving House Bill (HB) 4334 or the Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 that would give emergency powers to different departments of the government to address the seemingly unsolvable traffic mess. “Let’s go slow on this bill’s approval. This is not the…

BDO leads PH banks among valuable banking brands

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Banco de Oro (BDO Unibank) led several Philippine banks in the latest ranking of the world’s 500 most valuable banking brands according to the 2018 Brand Finance Banking 500 report. Based on the said report, BDO’s ranking improved from 164 last year to 159 this year as its higher brand…

 

 

World trounces USA to jump start all-star weekend

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LOS ANGELES: Team World attacked the rim and dominated from three-point range as the internationals kicked off the NBA 2018 All-Star Weekend festivities with a 155-124 victory over Team USA on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Serbian guard Bogdan Bogda­novic scored 26 points and drained seven of 13 from beyond the…

Local ace Fernando rules ICTSI kiteboarding

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Local ace Bong Fernando (center) poses with runner-up Swede Atte Kappel (second from right) and third placer Jay Ortiz (second from left) after topping the Master’s Twin Tip Racing in the fifth ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour’s kickoff leg in Lakawon island off the coast of Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental recently.…

Willian double leads Chelsea into FA Cup quarterfinals

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LONDON: Willian starred with two goals as Chelsea warmed up for a season-defining few weeks by easing into the FA Cup quarterfinals by thrashing Hull City 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last…

Carlo Biado: From golf course tee boy to world pool champion

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Before there was an Efren “Bata” Reyes, and after there was an Alex Pagulayan and Ronnie Alcano, there, too, was, a Francisco “Django” Bustamante. Seven years later, Carlo Biado added his name among the greats of Filipino billiards by crowning himself the 2017 World 9-Ball Champion, beating Thailand-based compatriot Roland…

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…

MILF groups clash over control of banana farm

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Two groups belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) clashed early on Friday for control of banana farm causing panic among villagers at disputed areas in at least two municipalities here. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, spokesman for the Army-led anti-crime Task Force Central, said information reaching…

US eyes heavy tariffs on China, Russia

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Commerce Department on Friday (Saturday in Manila) recommended imposing heavy tariffs on China, Russia and other countries to counter a global glut in steel and aluminum which it says threatens national security. The move gives President Donald Trump the opportunity to strike a highly public blow…

Home on a mission of love

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One too many times, law enforcers are portrayed in movies and television as intimidating figures albeit sworn protectors of the community. While a commanding stance, body type and attitude are arguably useful in warding off the “bad guys,” the public often forgets that underneath the uniform, badges and perpetually folded…

Maja Salvador ‘finds her voice’ with Thai popstar

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Never before has multi-hyphenate Maja Salvador proven her talent for singing until now. The Philippines’ Dance Princess and primetime TV’s “Wildflower” said as much herself at the home court launch of her landmark collaboration with Thailand’s most adored pop singer and pianist Tor+Saksit—a beautifully moving ballad titled, “Falling Into You.”…

PAGANI IS COMING TO PH

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One of the most popular hypercar brands in the world will soon hit Philippine shores and it’s no other than the ultra-exotic Pagani! The earthshaking shaking announcement was made by Autohub president Willy Tee Ten during the annual thanksgiving party for the motoring press held recently at the Mini Showroom…

Celebrities experience newest posh coffee boutique

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A new contemporary boutique becomes an all-sensory haven that highlights the wide range of coffee beans from around the world. Occupying an expansive 140 sqm space, Nespresso delighted and excited the coffee lovers of the metro with its newly opened boutique at the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell. During its…

Home on a mission of love

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One too many times, law enforcers are portrayed in movies and television as intimidating figures albeit sworn protectors of the community. While a commanding stance, body type and attitude are arguably useful in warding off the “bad guys,” the public often forgets that underneath the uniform, badges and perpetually folded…

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An expat boss unleashes Gen Y power

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Five years ago, a young man uprooted himself from his home in Melbourne, Australia for an expat assignment to a country he knew very little about. He was 27, a greenhorn in the industry, and was assigned to head a promising company. He would operate in a market whose culture…

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Michael Kors Michael Kors, the global fashion brand, proudly introduces its newest additions to the ever-expanding portfolio of Kors luxury—the Sofie and Grayson touchscreen watches. The next generation watches of Michael Kors Access wearable technology were designed in partnership with Google to promote the innovative Google assistant technology, which is…

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Brietling Swiss watch brand Breitling announced its partnership with English motorcycle producer Norton Motorcycles, which will lead to the creation of some unique common products or features. Timepieces will be inspired by the brands’ compelling and intriguingly similar historic timelines, and will even include some of the materials used in…

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Nomination While Valentine’s Day may be over, continue to show your love and appreciation the rest of the month. And now, you can say it in the most original and precious way possible—with a Nomination jewel. The Italian company leader in stainless steel and gold jewelry has created a romantic…