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SC urged to void sale of reclaimed land

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A Party-list lawmaker asked the Supreme Court (SC) to void the sale of a 41-hectare reclaimed land in Parañaque City for being illegal and unconstitutional. The reclaimed land was sold 30 years ago to Manila Bay Development Corp. (MBDC). In his 33-page petition dated April 19, 1-SAGIP Party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta…

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VARIOUS attempts to scuttle the barangay elections on May 14, 2018 have failed, so the election of officials in the country’s smallest political subdivision will be held as scheduled. And yet it is the May 2019 midterm senatorial election that appears to be causing a premature election fever in the…

Opening Ceremonies of the 31st ASEAN summit

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has opened a 60-day window for peace and urged the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to seize the chance to resume negotiations to end their decades-long war. The President prodded CPP leader Jose Maria Sison to come home and participate in the peace…

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The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Sunday boasted that it has won “great political victories” despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s failure to deliver on his promises. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said the NDFP has been trying to negotiate peace with the…

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HONG KONG: It has been being jokingly referred to as “Botmageddon.” But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation. Maya Gilliss-Chapman, a Cambodian tech entrepreneur currently working in…

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MALACAÑANG on Sunday said the Duterte administration will continue to work hard to serve the people amid the huge drop in the satisfaction rating of the Cabinet. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the first quarter of 2018 showed that Duterte’s Cabinet netted a +28-satisfaction rating, a ten-point dip from last…

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Govt to bring home last batch of over 200 Filipinos granted amnesty in Kuwait on Monday

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THE last batch of more than 200 overstaying Filipinos granted amnesty by the Kuwaiti government are expected to arrive on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement. The 215 Filipinos, who include six infants, checked in for the last repatriation flight to Manila on Saturday afternoon. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan…

Grab violating LTFRB order to remove feature showing passengers’ destination since 2015, lawmaker bares

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ON top of overcharging customers with P2 per minute on the road, ride sharing service company Grab has been violating a government regulatory order to remove a feature, which allows drivers to see the passengers’ destination before accepting the booking, a lawmaker said on Sunday. Rep. Jericho Nograles of Pwersa ng…

Austin Powers’ ‘Mini-Me,’ Harry Potter’s ‘Griphook’ actor dead at 49

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LOS ANGELES: Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49. While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide…

Hong Kong Airlines opens flights to Manila starting in June

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Hong Kong Airlines will start operating flights between Manila and Hong Kong on June 1, 2018, an official said in a statement. “Demand for flights between the Philippines and Hong Kong has been growing steadily, and we are pleased to offer customers more travel options than ever. Our entry into a…

Chinese arrested in Manila drug bust

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ANTI-narcotics agents arrested a Chinese in Manila and seized in his possession methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” during a raid late Saturday, according to a report by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Metro Manila. Xi Qingchu alias Jason Chen, 37, of 562 Alonzo St., Sta. Cruz, was arrested…

Grab lists driver ‘don’t’s,’ warns offenders of suspension or ban

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THE management of Grab Philippines warned its drivers that they can be suspended or banned if found forcing their passengers to cancel bookings. According to Grab Philippines, it has sent a message to drivers that the following acts were strictly prohibited by the transport network company (TNC): * telling the…

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Duterte opens 60-day peace window

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has opened a 60-day window for peace and urged the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to seize the chance to resume negotiations to end their decades-long war. The President prodded CPP leader Jose Maria Sison to come home and participate in the peace…

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THE Catholic Church in the Philippines at this point in history is a church in flux. To recall, the church hierarchy had yet to recover from its stunning defeat in the reproductive health (RH) bill debate when President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in mid-2016 and took swipes at the…

Duterte appoints 17 new judges

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 17 new judges, including two women whose fathers are also members of the judiciary. The appointments were contained in a transmittal letter of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (on leave) dated April 19, 2018. They were processed by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio.…

PH growth likely hit 6.8% in Q1– Moody’s Analytics

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The Philippine economy is currently in a “sweet spot” with growth likely having accelerated in the first three months of the year, Moody’s Analytics said. “The Philippine economy likely grew 6.8 percent year-on-year in the first quarter,” it said in a report released over the weekend. Official gross domestic product…

 

 

Dyip runs over Blackwater in Commissioner’s Cup opener

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Unheralded Jeremy King scored a career-high 30 points on Sunday to lead Columbian Dyip to a 126-98 win over Blackwater in the opening day of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Rashawn McCarthy finished with 22 points, Carlo Lastimosa added 14, Eric Camson and…

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…

Barca hammers Sevilla to win 30th Copa del Rey

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MADRID: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona to what will surely be the first part of a domestic double this season as they thrashed Sevilla 5-0 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to win the Copa del Rey. Messi had scored once and Suarez twice before even the half-time whistle…

Process to progress

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The Philadelphia 76ers are now past the “Trust the Process” era and have transitioned into a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. Missing the playoffs for the past five seasons, the 76ers now hold a 2-1 lead against the Miami Heat and are poised to enter the conference semifinals for…

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…


 

Troops kill NPA leader in Davao

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Soldiers killed a battle-hardened communist rebel leader and captured a female fighter in fierce clashes on Saturday in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur. Officials said Julito Pueblas, alias Taghoy, commanding officer of Sentro de Grabidad, said to be the hard core unit of the New People’s Army (NPA) and blamed…

Iran to resume nuke enrichment

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NEW YORK: Iran warned Saturday it is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is…




 

 

‘Viva Europa 2018’ to celebrate best of European culture in PH

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Filipinos will get the chance to experience a European cultural summer via “Viva Europa 2018,” which will showcase the best of the continent’s dance, film, literature, music, sports, and visual arts from April to June. Viva Europa is the outcome of a fruitful cooperation between the EU Delegation to the…

Billy Crawford, Coleen Garcia wed in scenic Balesin

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Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia got married on Friday at the exclusive Balesin Island Club in Quezon Province with some of their closest friends in showbiz attending the ceremony. Besides Crawford’s co-hosts on the ABS-CBN daily noontime show, “It’s Showtime” – among them Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, Jhong Hilario, Jugs…

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…

Rachelle Ann Go weds American beau in Boracay

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International musical theater actress Rachel Ann Go and American businessman Martin Spies exchanged vows before their family and friends in an intimate beach wedding on Thursday. A stunning Boracay sunset provided the perfect backdrop to the romantic event at The Shangri-La Hotel. The reception, meanwhile, took place at Discovery Shores.…

On building better lives

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For many successful women, making it in their chosen careers means learning to work within male-dominated workplaces where the proverbial all boys’ club still prevails. In fact, these very women will be the first to admit that it can feel intimidating to break into industries generally monopolized by men, but…

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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…