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PSL: F2 overpowers Generika in All-Filipino conference opener

MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics got off to a good start in its bid for the 2019 PSL All-Filipino conference crown with a straight-set win, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17, over 2018 2nd runner-up Generika-Ayala on Saturday, June 15, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.  Aby Maraño delivered 15 points off 9 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Justice Bernabe to new lawyers: Integrity is non-negotiable

MANILA, Philippines – “Never compromise your integrity,” is the main message of Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe to the 1,800 new lawyers who took the oath on Thursday, June 13, after passing the 2018 bar examinations. “At the end of it all, always remember that in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

P22 million worth of travels of PDEA officials lack documents – COA

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officials and employees spent P110 million in local travels in 2018, but state auditors found that P22.45 million of that amount lacked proper documentation. The Commission on Audit (COA) said in its 2018 audit repot of PDEA that P22.45 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

Wealth of 7 lawmakers more than doubled in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The wealth of 7 legislators increased by more than 100% between 2017 to 2018, with a congresswoman representing farmers topping the list. AGRI Representative Delphine Lee declared a net worth of P254,308,994.61 in 2018, a whopping 406.25% increase in her wealth which was at P50,230,404.97 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

Ahead of SONA 2019, Duterte Cabinet to hold 3 fora on accomplishments

MANILA, Philippines – As in 2018, the Duterte Cabinet will be holding fora to showcase the achievements of the Duterte presidency in the lead up to his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July. The "pre-SONA" fora were discussed by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles during the 38th Cabinet ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Tourism’s GDP share up 12.7% in 2018

TOURISM managed to contribute 12.7 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, up 0.5 percent from 12.2 percent the year before, despite the six-month closure of Boracay…READ The post Tourism’s GDP share up 12.7% in 2018 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Tourism s GDP share rises in 2018 despite Boracay closure

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the 6-month closure of Boracay , the tourism industry's contribution to the country's gross domestic product (GDP)  increased by 12.7% in 2018. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat credited the industry's growth to the Build, Build, Build program and the improved ease of doing business , which she said "boosted both visitor and investor confidence." "Moreover, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

LOOK: Binibining Pilipinas winners

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowns Gazini Ganados of Talisay City, Cebu as Miss Universe Philippines early Monday morning at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 23-year-old Cebuana model was chosen…READ The post LOOK: Binibining Pilipinas winners appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Villar, Cusi still richest Cabinet members in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi remained the only billionaires and the richest members of the Cabinet in 2018, based on their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs). Villar declared a net worth of P1,408,281,794.00 in 2018. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Milyong halaga na proyekto ng Navy, kinuwestyon ng COA

  Manila, Philippines – Kinuwestyon ng Commission on Audit (COA) ang Philippine Navy sa pagkakaantala ng tatlong proyekto na nagkakahalaga ng P154.64 million. Ayon sa 2018 report ng COA, hindi nasimulan ang mga binayarang proyekto […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Robredo: Wrong to use Marawi rehab funds for Hajj

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo sided with the Commission on Audit (COA) on the issue of P5 million meant for Marawi City rehabilitation which was instead spent on the Hajj pilgrimage of some evacuees in 2018. In contrast to President Rodrigo Duterte, who had defended the spending , Robredo pointed out ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Gazini Christiana Ganados is crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Gazini Christiana Ganados is Miss Universe Philippines 2019.  She was crowned by reigning Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray early Monday morning, June 10, at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 finals night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ganados will represent the country at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant later in the year. Also crowned ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao is Senate s top absentee

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao posted the worst attendance record for senators in the 3rd and last session of the 17th Congress as it adjourned, according to data released by the Senate on Sunday, June 9. Out of 61 plenary sessions from July 23, 2018 to June 4, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

2% inflation seen; Recall when it hit 6.7%?

  INFLATION in the coming third quarter of the year (July-August-Sep­tember) should be around 2 percent, new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said Tuesday at a round-table dis­cussion at the Manila Bulletin. We can better appreciate this statistical figure when we recall the inflation rate at this time last year, 2018, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

PH Navy audit shows delays in hundreds of millions worth of projects

MANILA, Phiippines – The 2018 audit of the Philippine Navy showed that there were projects worth hundreds of millions that were either not implemented or delayed, putting to question the inefficiency of the Navy’s use of its funds. A big amount noted in the audit were projects ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

LOOK BACK: Catriona Gray s Miss Universe Philippines 2018 journey

MANILA, Philippines — A day before she crowns the new Miss Universe Philippines, reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray shared on Saturday, June 8, photos and videos documenting the preparations she made for the competition. Prior to joining Binibining Pilipinas, Catriona won Miss World Philippines in 2016. (READ:  From Miss World Philippines 2016 to Miss Universe Philippines 2018: The journey of Catriona Gray ) Here's a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio hopes to see teammate Danny Kingad become a champion

It wasn’t too long ago that Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio was on top of the ONE Championship flyweight  landscape.   In 2018, the Filipino striker defeated Kairat Akhmetov and Adriano Moraes - the division’s only other titleholders - on his way to becoming the ONE Flyweight World Champion.   Eustaquio’s reign came to a halt at the start of 2019 however, when he dropped the title back to Moraes in a trilogy match in Manila that saw the Brazilian grappler score a unanimous decision win after five rounds.   While many believed that Eustaquio deserved to win the bout, himself and his Team Lakay stablemate included, as the saying goes, “it is what it is.”   Now, Eustaquio is on the comeback trail and has bounced back with a unanimous decision win over South Korean newcomer Kim Kyu Sung at ONE: Enter The Dragon in Singapore and is hoping to once again regain his spot at the pinnacle of the division.   While the 30-year old is working his way back up, he is also helping his teammate and fellow flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad make it to the top as well.   The 22-year old Kingad is currently in the semifinals of fhe ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix and is set to face a familiar opponent in Akhmetov.   Eustaquio hopes that young stablemate can mirror what he did to defeat the Kazakh wrestler.   “For now, yung bata is hungry, and the skills we are working on, we are working with his distance right now, para if we can duplicate the things I did the last time that we fought for the interim title,” Eustaquio shared. “Hopefully magagawa din niya yun and we will have the same result.”   “So basically, ang ginagawa namin now, in terms of kay Danny is the distance and the timing,” Eustaquio added.   Kingad is two wins away from becoming the Flyweight World Grand Prix champion and is two wins away from once again challenging Moraes for the title, and fully behind him is Eustaquio and the rest of Team Lakay. Eustaquio is hopeful to see his teammate also become a champion in the in the biggest martial arts promotion in the world.   “We talk about it as a family here, and we encourage each and every one. We motivate him na don’t stop training, you have to keep grinding, you’re close to your goals or your dream to become a world champion, because I believe they’re going to give a belt to the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Champion has a belt.”   “It’s a title, and it’s every athlete’s dream to become a World Champion, and he’s almost there. Two wins, and he’ll also be considered as a titleholder or a World Champion. Hopefully, he will work his ass off and he will have the right attitude in this competition,” Eustaquio continued.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Motorbike crashes up 21% in 2018 – MMDA

Road crashes involving motorcycle riders in the metropolis increased by 21 percent in 2018, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019