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Akbayan solon tells SF seniors federalism poses threat to PH sovereignty

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rep. Barry Gutierrez spoke with Filipino senior citizens, including World War II veterans during a livestreamed forum on the West Philippine Sea, Saturday, July 7,warning that the federalism being pushed by the Duterte administration poses a threat to Philippine sovereignty.   "Federalism could break up the Philippines into smaller states that could be more susceptible to China's influence (on the West Philippine sea territorial conflict)," said the Akbayan Partylist representative to the 16thPhilippine Congress. Gutierrez spoke via livestream video to a large group of Filipinos at a senior residence in downtown San Francisco, at a forum hosted by t...Keep on reading: Akbayan solon tells SF seniors federalism poses threat to PH sovereignty.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 10th, 2018

Typhoon Ompong poses serious threat to Cagayan

What's the weather like in your area? Report the situation through Rappler's  Agos  or tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) "posed a serious threat" to Cagayan late Friday evening, September 14, a few hours before its expected landfall in the province. In a bulletin issued ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

‘Ompong’ weakens, slows down

TYPHOON “Ompong” weakened  and slowed down but still poses a threat to Northern Luzon, the weather bureau said Thursday. As of 11 a.m., the typhoon was moving west at 30 kilometers per hour (kph). It was last seen 725 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds  of 205 kilometer per hour (kp/h) [...] The post ‘Ompong’ weakens, slows down appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Experts: Global extremism threat has grown since 9/11

WASHINGTON, United States --- Extremism poses a greater global threat today than it did 17 years ago, despite costly U.S. military action overseas, according to members of the U.S. government commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks. Deaths from terrorist attacks each year have increased substantially since 2001 and violent extremism has spread, according to the report Tuesday from the task force on extremism in fragile states led by former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean and former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton. Kean and Hamilton led the 9/11 Commission that was created in 2002 to make an official report of events leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Wash...Keep on reading: Experts: Global extremism threat has grown since 9/11.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Gatchalian: 6.4% inflation rate cause for alarm

Senator Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian has warned that the increasing inflation rates, recorded at 6.4 percent for August, would severely impact poor Filipino families, especially as majority of the goods with surging prices are food products.   "The 6.4 percent inflation rate recorded in August -- a nine-year high -- is cause for alarm because of its potentially grave impact on poor and underprivileged Filipinos," Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on economic affairs, said in a statement on Wednesday.   "Once again, food inflation is the main culprit, with food prices soaring at a rate of 8.5% over the past month. This poses a serious threat to the food secur...Keep on reading: Gatchalian: 6.4% inflation rate cause for alarm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Europe’s news agencies blast Google, Facebook for ‘plundering’ content

PARIS, France--- Europe's biggest news agencies accused Google and Facebook of "plundering" news for free on Tuesday in a joint statement that called on the internet giants to share more of their revenues with the media. In a column signed by the CEOs of around 20 agencies including France's Agence France-Presse, Britain's Press Association and Germany's Deutsche Presse-Agentur they called on the European Parliament to update copyright law in the EU to help address a "grotesque imbalance". "The internet giants' plundering of the news media's content and of their advertising revenue poses a threat both to consumers and to democracy," the column said. European Parliament lawmakers...Keep on reading: Europe’s news agencies blast Google, Facebook for ‘plundering’ content.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Nokor still poses threat – Japan

TOKYO — North Korea still poses a “serious and imminent threat,” Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defense review since an outbreak of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula. Japan’s 2018 defense white paper also took aim at China’s rise as a military power, saying Beijing was sparking “strong security concerns in the region and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Federalism a major threat to the environment

BAGUIO CITY — The Duterte administration’s push for a federal form of government is seen as among the major threats to the environment by green groups who spoke about mines, giant dams and forests at the State of Nature Assessment 2018 on August 20......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

PCOO tells officials, employees: Be mindful of social media posts

MANILA, Philippines – Over a week after Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's viral federalism video that sparked public outrage, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) reminded its personnel to "be more mindful" about their posts and official releases. The memorandum, dated August 13 and shared to Malacañang reporters, reminded them ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Letran kidnapping, Mocha federalism video, July inflation | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Colegio de San Juan de Letran vows to help the victim’s family and authorities in resolving the case of a 19 year-old student kidnapped by his own schoolmates. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the Presidential Communications Operations Office budget should be removed . Inflation jumps to 5.7% in July , higher ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Sen. Trillanes on ‘ulterior’ motives behind federalism

NEW YORK--- In Manila last month for some work, I managed to interview Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, arguably the fiercest opposition solon---aside from Senator Leila de Lima, now in detention on what most believe are trumped-up drug charges. Senator Trillanes is a rather large thorn in President Duterte's side. In June, the president, railing against the young senator in his native Cebuano, stated that "he believes that he's the only tough one around because nobody fought him back. But there will come a day that someone will shoot him because he's arrogant." Since this interview, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been deposed and in his place is former president and now Congresswoman...Keep on reading: Sen. Trillanes on ‘ulterior’ motives behind federalism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Nowhere To Go But UP

Akhuetie secures the defensive rebound! In one motion, turns and makes the outlet pass to Juan Gomez De Liaño streaking from the wing… before he even puts the ball on the floor he makes another forward pass to Paras who then takes a power dribble from the 3-point line, takes two steps and then soars for the tomahawk slam… Two possessions later, it’s a ball screen set by Akhuetie for Juan at the left wing. The defender – who fights over the screen – is left behind; as Bright’s man tries to hedge, Akhuetie sucks the help defense in with a strong roll to the hoop. Juan whips a pass to the right corner to an open Ricci Rivero, who shot fakes, gets his man in the air, drives baseline and eludes the last defender with his trademark euro-step to the middle, before kissing the layup softly off the glass… Deep in the fourth period, UP enters the ball into Akhuetie in the post. He backs his man down, and after a couple dribbles, sees the double team from the middle and makes a kickout pass to a wide open Javi GDL at the top of the key. The weakside defender rushes to close out against an open 3, but Javi passes it off to his brother Juan at the wing, who knocks down the booming triple!   These are just some of the plays that UP fans will bask in the glory of come UAAP Season 82, when their highly-touted all-UAAP 5 are finally all eligible to suit up for the Fighting Maroons. Before we get ahead of ourselves however, let’s dial it back and take a look at each of these players at this point of their college careers and what they bring to the Diliman stable. Javi Gomez De Liaño A product of the UPIS system, Javi is the first of the De Liaño brothers to play in the Seniors division after a successful stint in the high school ranks. Although not as highly-touted as his younger sibling, Javi is a stretch 4, standing 6’5” with lots of length and athleticism, and a reliable outside touch. Definitely one of Coach Bo’s blue-collar glue guys, who has stepped up his game (8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 30% 3P% 21.2mpg in S80) as his minutes have increased. He will play both ends of the floor, can defend an opponent’s best scoring big or forward, and will be Mr. Intangibles on the court. Juan Gomez De Liaño Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, Juan GDL is already one of the UAAP’s most exciting and explosive players to watch. Arguably the most athletic and shifty guard in the league today, he’s a natural born scorer who can finish at the rim but has also shown the ability to run a team and make great decisions. While he needs to raise his 3pt shooting percentage to the high 30’s to be a real threat from the outside, he has that same winner’s mentality as his fellow fighting Maroon, Mr. “Atin to!” Paul Desiderio. Bright Akhuetie The two-time NCAA Mythical Five member and former Perpetual Help double-double machine could easily be the most dominant big man in the UAAP after Ben Mbala. Not only will he bring the much needed inside scoring UP has sorely lacked for the past several years, but he will immediately be a dominant inside presence on both ends of the floor – commanding double and even triple teams on offense, and altering shot after shot as the last line of UP’s defense. After serving a year of residency after transferring from UPHSD, Akhuetie is surely raring to stamp his mark in the UAAP, much like he did in the NCAA during his two seasons with the Altas. Ricci Rivero The biggest surprise and recruiting coup this summer belonged to UP Diliman, if only for the transfer of Ricci Rivero from DLSU. The prized former LSGH swingman was already making waves as the possible next King Archer when his career at Taft was cut short due to out-of-court issues. But on the court, Rivero has dazzled UAAP fans the past two years with a combination of athleticism and finesse not seen in decades. His natural scoring ability (12.9ppg, 35% 3P%, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg in Season 80) and trademark euro-step have left many defenders bewildered, and have unleashed a social media fandom unlike any we’ve seen so far. Kobe Paras As if the UP Community didn’t already have enough to watch out for in season 82, they pulled off another big catch when Kobe Paras, son of former UP legend Benjie Paras, committed to Diliman just early this month. Another LSGH product, Kobe played for the Creighton Bluejays in the US NCAA and has represented the country in multiple FIBA tournaments, including a gold medal finish in the 2017 SEA Games. Another prolific and high-flying scorer, Paras stands 6’6” but plays the wing position; and while he has a respectable outside touch, he is more known for his thunderous finishes, as a 2-time FIBA 3x3 dunk champion. With Paras and Rivero, UP would have the most athletic wing combination the UAAP has seen in years.   BUT, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s remember that basketball is still won by an entire team, and not just the five on the floor, star-studded as they may be. And more importantly, not only will UP be able to seriously contend for the final four and even a championship in Season 82, they could in fact contend for one as early as this Season 81. Paul Desiderio, their undisputed leader, will be playing out his final year, coinciding with Akhuetie’s first year with the team. Together with the GDL brothers, Jun Manzo, Noah Webb, Gelo Vito, Diego Dario, Jan Jaboneta,  Jerson Prado, Jarrell Lim, and even Will Gozum, among others, UP will have its deepest roster in more than a decade; and will definitely be a favorite to finally barge into the Final Four. Thus, while Season 82 is ripe with championship promise; as early as now, there is nowhere to go but UP for the Fighting Maroons.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Providing Uncompromised Comfort for Tropical Climate through Toshiba’s Thoughtfully-Designed VRF Technology

As a country that lies in the tropical area, the Philippines has a tendency to experience extreme weather—be it a hot and dry, or a wet season. This poses business and economic threat, where productivity and comfort of both the employees and customers are affected. As an innovation leader when it comes to cooling technology, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Solon vows expanded pension plan for seniors

A HOUSE leader vowed to expand the coverage of the social pension program for senior citizens. Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, chairman of the House committee on appropriations, said that the House of Representatives will ensure that there will be enough budget for the Department of Social Welfare and….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

SC ruling on larger IRA a boost to federalism shift — solon

The Supreme Court (SC) ruling effectively increasing the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs) will be a huge boon to these provinces in the run-up to the impending switch to a federal system of government. SC ruling on larger IRA a boost to federalism shift — solon The Supreme Court (SC) ruling… link: SC ruling on larger IRA a boost to federalism shift — solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Robredo seeks peaceful protest vs China moves in West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo urged Filipinos to "peacefully protest" China's behavior in the West Philippine Sea, as "the threat to our sovereignty" is the "most grave and alarming" among the issues the country is facing. "This is the time for us to peacefully protest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Incompetent? Look who’s talking, Robredo camp tells Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo clapped back at President Rodrigo Duterte for calling her “incompetent” and unfit to lead the country. "Incompetent? Nagsalita ang magaling (Look who's talking),” Robredo’s legal adviser, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez, said in a statement sent to reporters ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Solon blames President for killing of 2 mayors

  Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin on Wednesday blamed the deadly attacks on two local officials this week on President Rodrigo Duterte who, he said, inspired disrespect for the rule of law by promising protection to police who would kill drug users and dealers.   According to the opposition lawmaker, the shooting deaths of the mayors of Tanauan City, Batangas province, and General Tinio, Nueva Ecija province, showed that once the rule of law is abandoned, "anybody with a gun and a grudge has a license to kill people without worrying about the consequences."   No prosecution   He said the President himself gave the license to kill by repeatedly assur...Keep on reading: Solon blames President for killing of 2 mayors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Tanauan mayor’s slay ‘shows how rule of law has been abandoned’ – solon

The assassination of Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan in Batangas inbroad daylight "shows how the rule of law has been abandoned,"opposition lawmaker Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said Monday. Halili was shot and killed during the flag raising ceremony at city hall on Monday. READ:Tanauan mayor dead after flag ceremony shooting| Tanauan mayor gunned down while singing national anthem-- witnesses Halili had as been indicted for his alleged involvement in drugs and condemned by the Commission on Human Rights for his "walk of shame" campaign for drug pushers in Tanauan. His assassination, Villarin said, showed that"the cornerstone of Duterte's anti-illegal drug policy is the tombston...Keep on reading: Tanauan mayor’s slay ‘shows how rule of law has been abandoned’ – solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Oppose amendments to Human Security Act, solon tells public

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao on Monday called on the public to reject the House of Representatives’ supposed attempt to railroad amendments to RA 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007. Oppose amendments to Human Security Act, solon tells public Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao on Monday called on the public to reject the… link: Oppose amendments to Human Security Act, solon tells public.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

ONE: Danny Kingad happy to play gatekeeper if Geje Eustaquio wins ONE title

Macau, China - ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on June 23 is one of the deepest cards from top to bottom offered by ONE Championship for its 24-event calendar this 2018. From the preliminary portion to the main card of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, there are plenty of bouts with championship and ranking implications, including the three-round flyweight encounter between former title contender Danny Kingad and Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin. The winner of the aforementioned 61.2-kilogram tussle could earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, which will be on the line in the main event of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER as Adriano Moraes is slated to duke it out with Geje Eustaquio in a much-awaited rematch and title unification contest. Kingad is now trying to build some momentum towards a second crack at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, while Ma has aced six of his assignments since joining the promotion in 2016. However, the 22-year-old Baguio City native finds himself in a peculiar position if he and his teammate Eustaquio will walk out of the Studio City Event Center with respective victories. Kingad knows that he has to be relegated to a gatekeeping role if Eustaquio will be successful in unifying both titles against Moraes at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER. “I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. Although he could be knocking on the door for a world title shot again with a decisive win over Ma, Kingad stressed that he will gladly play gatekeeper to Eustaquio. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me,” he stated. “I am still young. I believe that my time will come.” Kingad is not fond of the idea of squaring off with Eustaquio for the flyweight crown, pointing out that he would not trade his treasured friendship with his Team Lakay comrade for a shot at the world title. “That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway. I'm happy that I get to spar with him all the time because he pushes me to the limit. We push each other, and we push each other to the next level,” he shared. “I will support coach Geje all the way. For now, I'll just keep getting better as a competitor. I'll wait for my time,” Kingad added. Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive triumph over a battle-tested veteran in Sotir Kichukov four months later. Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Kingad is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities. “Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense,” Kingad explained further. Despite the threat that Ma poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes on June 23. “I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is,” he disclosed. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.” Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds. What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje? I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018