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Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarMar 22nd, 2018

Actress Hayley Atwell cancels appearance in ComicCon Asia 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Organizers of ComicCon Asia 2018 announced that actress Hayley Atwell, known for her role as Peggy Carter in Agent Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will no longer be part of the event. In a statement posted on the group's Facebook page, Hayley cited the "political unrest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Hayley Atwell cites schedule, not ‘political unrest’ as reason for canceling Philippines trip

Hayley Atwell cites schedule, not ‘political unrest’ as reason for canceling Philippines trip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Malacañang on Hayley Atwell: Who s she?

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang shrugged off British American actress Hayley Atwell's decision to cancel her visit to the Philippines, even wondering, "Who's she?" Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a message to reporters on Thursday, March 22, said it was to Atwell's disadvantage that she chose to skip the trip. "Her loss and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

DFA: Sri Lanka President to visit Philippines on Jan 15-19

  MANILA, Philippines --- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sisirena will be in the country for a state visit on January 15 to 19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Thursday. Sirisena is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on January 16 to discuss "political, economic, cultural, and people engagement," according to DFA. DFA said Sisirena will also visit the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baos, Laguna during his trip in the Philippines. "The visit of President Sirisena is the first by a Sri Lankan President serving both as Head of State and Government under Sri Lanka'...Keep on reading: DFA: Sri Lanka President to visit Philippines on Jan 15-19.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Pangilinan blames Duterte’s drug war anew for ‘daily killings’

MANILA, Philippines --- Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan blamed the Duterte administration anew for the "daily killings" that plague the country after the recent assassination of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe. "The daily killings were touted by the Duterte administration as the solution to our country's ills, that the more killed in the drug war, the better," Pangilinan said in a statement on Sunday. While they may not be on the same side of political fence, Pangilinan said Batocabe's violent death should be "roundly condemned." "He was my contemporary at the UP College of Law in the late 80s. We may not have been on the same side of the political fence but his violent ...Keep on reading: Pangilinan blames Duterte’s drug war anew for ‘daily killings’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Catholic faith responses to political crisis

  MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Church has always played a key role in historic junctures in our national life – like the bloodless 1986 People Power revolution. History teacher Leloy Cladio talks to De La Salle University president Br Armin Luistro and Jesuit theology professor Fr Albert Alejo about Church response ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Why political participation matters

MANILA, Philippines – In this week's episode of Basagan Ng Trip, history teacher Leloy Claudio talks about the importance of political participation, and why apathy is fast becoming the silent killer of democracy. MORE ON 'BASAGAN NG TRIP' On using the term 'Filipino' Is human rights relevant to Filipinos? Whom to trust – journalists or social media stars? What liberalism, LP, and yellow really mean.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Philippines hoists alert level 1 in Honduras due to political unrest

MANILA, Philippines — The government has advised the Filipino community in Honduras to take necessary precaution as it raises alert level one in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

LPU barges into Finals for first time after besting San Beda in 2OT classic

Lyceum of the Philippines University is not yet done making history in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. And not even defending champion San Beda College can do anything about it – not right now, at least. CJ Perez’s star shone anew, but Mike Nzeusseu proved to be the difference as the Pirates edged out the Red Lions in a double overtime classic, 107-105, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Perez tallied 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Nzeusseu posted a humongous double-double effort of 27 points and 21 rebounds to go along with two blocks. “Credit goes to the players. They just didn’t wanna give up,” head coach Topex Robinson said post-game. It was also those two who made good on four of six free throws that turned a two-point deficit with under two minutes remaining to a two-point win. Arnaud Noah and Robert Bolick went back-to-back to grant San Beda a 105-103 lead with 1:29 remaining before Perez’s split from the stripe and Nzeusseu’s 2-of-2 trip at the line gave back the lead to the Intramuros-based squad. “San Beda is a strong team. It’s just a testament of working together as a solid group,” their mentor said. Down by one with 12.7 seconds left, the Red Lions gave the ball to Bolick to make something happen, but his try over the outstretched arms of MJ Ayaay and Nzeusseu only hit the front of the ring. Seconds later, another split from the stripe by Perez sealed the deal in LPU’s gritty win. With the gritty win, LPU completes an elimination round sweep last accomplished by San Beda in 2010. With the gritty win, LPU resets the best start to the season in the history of the oldest collegiate league in the country at 18-0. With the gritty win, LPU automatically advances into the championship round – their first trip there since joining the NCAA in 2011. “It’s still a long way to go. There’s still so much that we have to work on,” Robinson said. Birthday boys Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino also added a combined 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. The Pirates were already well on their way to a win with Perez granting them a one-point lead with 1.5 ticks to go in the first overtime. The Red Lions were given a break, however, as a controversial call was assessed on Jaycee Marcelino, sending Bolick to the line. The King Lion missed the first before making the second, sending the game to another extra period. There, Bolick still tried his best to take down the league-leaders, but was thwarted by Perez and Nzeusseu. He wound up with 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Donald Tankoua was a force with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks while Javee Mocon chipped in a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double. All of it still weren’t enough to deny LPU’s shot at history. And now, San Beda will have a longer, tougher road to the Finals. With the rule change, they will no longer have any twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder playoffs despite ending the elimination round at 16-2. BOX SCORES LPU 107 – Nzeusseu 27, Perez 20, Marcelino JC 9, Caduyac 9, Pretta 8, Santos 8, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Marcelino JV 4, Ibanez 1 SAN BEDA 105 – Tankoua 34, Bolick 16, Mocon 14, Doliguez 13, Abuda 8, Presbitero 6, Soberano 5, Noah 4, Oftana 3, Cabanag 2, Potts 0, Bahio 0, Adamos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-22, 56-46, 70-69, 85-85, 97-97 (1OT), 107-105 (2OT) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

PHL rating affirmed, GDP forecast hiked

THE PHILIPPINES yesterday got a shot in the arm amid nagging political noise, as Fitch Ratings, Inc. affirmed the country’s credit standing and S&P Global Ratings raised its growth forecast anew......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

Front Page: PHL rating affirmed, GDP forecast hiked

THE PHILIPPINES yesterday got a shot in the arm amid nagging political noise, as Fitch Ratings, Inc. affirmed the country's credit standing and S&P Global Ratings raised its growth forecast anew......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

Duterte urged to continue peace talks with rebels

DAVAO CITY – Farmers fighting for genuine land reform have appealed on Sunday to President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace talks with communist rebels after he scrapped the negotiations following the spate of deadly attacks by insurgents in southern Philippines. Duterte’s decision to abandon the negotiations with communist leaders came on Saturday barely a day after he terminated the government’s unilateral ceasefire with New People’s Army rebels who also ended earlier its own truce. Since then, at least 4 soldiers had been killed by rebels in separate attacks and three more are being held prisoners in the troubled region. The rebels demanded the release of some 400 political prisoners &'' mostly NPA fighters and their leaders – languishing in jails across the country, but Duterte flatly rejected the demand, saying, a peace accord must be signed first before he could grant amnesty to political prisoners, although he had ordered the release from prison at least 21 senior rebel leaders to join the peace talks. Duterte said he cannot free all political prisoners and claimed that such action may trigger unrest in the police and military. Peace talks and land reform  But Joseph Canlas, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, one of the biggest farmers’ organizations in the country, said the continuation of peace negotiations is in the best interest of farmers, who are pressing for genuine land reform, land distribution and real change under the Duterte administration. “Farmers want the peace negotiations to continue. We want the peace talks to help address the problem of land monopoly, landlessness of farmers, unemployment and to realize the equitable distribution of social wealth,” Canlas said. “The peace negotiation is a separate and distinct track of struggle to press for significant pro-people reforms. While the New People’s Army and President Duterte announced the termination of the unilateral interim ceasefires, it should not hinder the continuation of the talks that is gaining relevant developments with regard to discussions on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms, particularly agrarian reform and rural development,” he added. Canlas said based on the reported outcome of third round of the peace talks in Rome recently, the government, in principle, acquiesced to free land distribution to farmers and farm workers and that alone is a milestone with regard to pushing for socio-economic reforms and enough grounds to continue the talks. Pedro Arnado, leader of the farmers’ group in southern Mindanao, also urged Duterte not to abandon the peace talks, saying, the resumption of war with rebels may spark a series of illegal arrest and human rights violations, and even extrajudicial killings of civilians by government soldiers. “We call for the continuation of the peace talks and compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law to avoid rights violations of civilians,” said Arnado, who noted that at least 20 farmers and national minorities were killed during the ceasefire period. “For us farmers, a just peace means food for our families, education for our children and recognition of our right to the land we till.” Arnado said while the ultimate goal of the peace talks is to resolve the armed conflict and achieve cessation of hostilities, that wouldn’t be possible at this period when there are conflicting social classes and interests. “Big land estates, haciendas and landholdings remain intact and under the control of a few landlord families. That is in contrast with the situation of millions of tillers,” Arnado said, adding, Duterte should realize that people in the countryside are supporting and even joining the armed revolution because of the systemic and chronic crisis that is worsened by the government’s failure to address the most basic problems in rural areas. “Historically, it is the peasant masses that have made the ultimate sacrifices to achieve peace. Buhay na ang ibinuwis ng mga magsasaka para sa lupa at kapayapaan. The cost of peace is too expensive, farmers have paid it with their lives,” Arnado said. Cancel passport of communist negotiators Duterte also threatened to cancel the passports of the representatives National Democratic Front of the Philippines &'' the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA &'' who make up the peace panel negotiating with the government, saying, “they are in the wanted list, so I will alert the International Police to arrest them where they are because they are in wanted list. I'll cancel their passports.” “They can return, all of them. For those released by the government, they should, on their own volition, return here and go back to prison. Or else I will be forced to, I am alerting all the intelligence community to keep track of where they are now,” Duterte said. “Iyon na-release temporarily to talk with us in Oslo, they should come back and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the government because they are still in prison. Walang pardon, walang amnesty, wala lahat.” Blame Duterte, AFP The NPA blamed Duterte for the breakdown of the talks and accused the military of sabotaging the peace negotiations, saying, security forces encroached and attacked rebel territories in Mindanao, and murdered innocent civilians suspected of supporting the communist group. “To conceal their own ceasefire violation, the spin doctors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines concocted yet another storyline of an anti-criminality operation to assist the Philippine National Police in going after lawless elements such as their botched combat operations in Makilala and Matalam [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2017

Nike cancels LeBron’s return trip to Philippines

Nike announced on Wednesday the cancellation of the Cleveland Cavalier’s “Battle the Doubt” tour supposed to take place at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Thursday citing logistic concerns. The said sports apparel’s .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 7th, 2016

Rody cancels Brunei trip

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte cancelled yesterday his state visit to Brunei scheduled for today and tomorrow......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2016

Duterte cancels Brunei trip after Davao blast

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte canceled his official visit to Brunei following an explosion that tore into his hometown Davao City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2016

A1 and Holland Roden in, Hayley Atwell out

British-Norwegian boy band A1 will be in the Philippines in October for their “Here We Come Back!” tour......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 13th, 2016

2019 elections seen as way to consolidate power — political analyst

MANILA, Philippines --- The upcoming 2019 midterm elections could be seen as way to consolidate power, a political analyst said on Tuesday.   The polls determine what the administration has already done and what it has yet to do, Institute for Political and Economic Reform executive director Ramon Casiple explained.   "Papasok tayo sa midterm election. Pinaguusapan yung presidente, kung ano ang nagawa niya, kung ano pa yung pwedeng mangyari sa last half of his term," Casiple said in a media forum.   "Ano ngayon ang ibig sabihin nitong midterm na ito, partikular sa 2019? Ako, tingin ko, consolidation ito ng power," Casiple added.   Casiple ...Keep on reading: 2019 elections seen as way to consolidate power — political analyst.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News1 hr. 30 min. ago

LOOK: Campaign urges men to share house work with women

In interviews with 541 respondents from Eastern Samar, Leyte, Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat, it appeared that women spend up to 12 hours a day on "unpaid care work," meaning household tasks like meal preparation, laundry, and childcare. With at least half a day spent on these chores, women and girls are often hindered from taking up pursuits in education, employment, political engagement, and leisure activities. The WE-CARE (Women's Economic Empowerment and Care) Project, implemented by Oxfam in the Philippines and its partners, sheds light on this overlooked issue with "I LABA YU," a campaign to encourage men to share in household chores, particularly laundry, and counte...Keep on reading: LOOK: Campaign urges men to share house work with women.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2019

‘Hugpong’ brings campaign to Ilocos

VIGAN CITY, Philippines---The coalition of senatorial bets under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) took its campaign caravan here on Monday.   Hosted by Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson, the party's campaign rally in Tamag, Vigan City drew thousands of people who trooped to the venue as early as 8 a.m.   Nine of HNP's 13 senatorial bets cracked jokes to liven up their campaign speeches and praised the Ilocano culture.   Among those who attended the event were re-electionist senators JV Ejercito and Cynthia Villar, former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bon...Keep on reading: ‘Hugpong’ brings campaign to Ilocos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2019