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Leila Benitez: I’m so blessed

The name Leila Benitez still rings a bell…as it should......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

De Lima welcomes SC ruling to allow media coverage of her trial

      Senator Leila De Lima welcomed on Thursday the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) allowing media coverage of her trial on drug charges filed against her before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206. The SC ruling came after the media were earlier prevented from entering the courtroom, which De Lima said could be due to Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo's orders. "Despite Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo's effort to prevent the media from observing the proceedings, I am grateful that the High Court has shown respect to the free press and to my right to an open and public trial," she said in a statement. Last June, Domingo denied the writte...Keep on reading: De Lima welcomes SC ruling to allow media coverage of her trial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 50 min. ago

IV of Spades to open for Panic! At The Disco in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – IV of Spades, the Filipino band that quickly rose to local music scene fame, sure isn’t holding back on their success. Warner Music Philippines  said on Tuesday, October 16 that the musical trio composed of Zild Benitez (bass/vocals), Blaster Silonga (guitars), and Badjao ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

De Lima asks judge to inhibit herself from drug case due to bias

Sen. Leila de Lima (Photo from her Facebook page) Detained Sen. Leila De Lima has asked one of the three judges handling the drug case against her to inhibit herself because of 'manifest parti.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

De Lima wants judge out of her case due to bias

MANILA, Philippines – The trial of detained Senator Leila de Lima has moved at a slow pace since she was arrested and jailed February 2017, and it’s not about to move faster after the senator asked a Muntinlupa judge to inhibit herself from the case. De Lima ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Supreme Court allows media coverage of De Lima trial

The Supreme Court has allowed media coverage of the trial of detained Sen. Leila de Lima on drug charges before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Supreme Court allows media coverage of De Lima trial

The Supreme Court has allowed media coverage of the trial of detained Sen. Leila de Lima on drug charges before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

De Lima asks judge to inhibit herself from drug case due to ‘bias’

Detained Sen. Leila De Lima has asked one of the three judges handling the drug case against her to inhibit herself because of "manifest partiality, bias and hostility." In a 13-page motion, De Lima asked acting Presiding Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 to refrain from further hearing and conducting the trial on the case against her. The senator, through her counsel, said Navarro prematurely ruled against her motion to disqualify 13 previously-convicted witnesses despite her own order giving gave them five days to file a reply to the prosecution's comment. "This means that the Honorable Judge already had a pre-determined resolution o...Keep on reading: De Lima asks judge to inhibit herself from drug case due to ‘bias’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

PVL: Valdez not closing doors on politics

Alyssa Valdez could be looking at running for public position in the future. With the local elections just a few months away and following volleyball legend Leila Barros being elected as a senator in Brazil, Valdez said that she’s ‘not closing her doors’ to politics.      In fact, she and some local volleyball stars are now in the process of conceptualizing a partylist that aim to promote the welfare of Filipino athletes and nation building through sports.     “You know honestly kami talaga nina Ate Cha (Soriano), mga teammates ko from Ateneo, we really wanted to (form) a partylist,” said the Creamline power hitter. “Gusto talaga namin ang ibang tao na mag-support talaga sa sports. ‘Yun pa lang parang may concept na.” A representation in the House of Representatives, according to Valdez, will give athletes a voice in the government.  “We really wanted to help not just volleyball, siyempre we want the support talaga sa lahat ng sports,” added the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player.  “Lalo na ako na nakikita ko whenever I go out of the country like Asian Games grabe talaga ang support ng bawat country na nakakalaban namin. So I wanted also na ganoon ang mangyari sa Philippines,” added the national team member.  However, the possibility of running for a position could take a few more years to materialize as Valdez is still enjoying her peak in the sport.  "We are trying to conceptualize pa lang naman,” explained Valdez. “We’re serious but as of now marami pa rin naman nangyayari sa amin sa volleyball kung na-settle muna lahat, so why not di ba?”     Barros a hero Barros endeared herself among the Filipino fans when the talented Brazilian opposite spiker strutted her wares during the country’s hosting of the FIVB Grand Prix in the late 90s early 2000s. With her charm, beauty and incredible power and skill, the 5-foot-10 hitter received a rock star status among adoring fans and became a hero among local volleyball players including most of the country’s stars today. One of them is Valdez.      “Leila Barros siguro is one of the heroes of Philippine volleyball. Isa siya sa talagan hinangaan ng lahat ng tao that’s why we’re all here,” said Valdez, who was just eight years old when Barros last saw action in the country during the 2000 World Grand Prix. “As a volleyball player I’m just really proud na may someone na very strong and brave enough to face another chapter of her life,” she added. Valdez herself has been actively doing civic works through her clinics and support to other foundations.  And her following Barros’ footsteps in public service is not far-fetched. "Siguro hindi naman sa ayaw kong magsalita ng tapos, mga councilor muna, hindi just kidding,” she said. “I really want to help not just volleyball in general but siguro sa nakukuha kong responsibility ko ay hindi lang din naman nali-limit sa volleyball. “Siyempre kailangan mo rin namang maka-experience ng mas madami, si Leila Barros nga ilang taon na rin naman then dun lang din nya na-realize na she’s ready to serve,” Valdez continued. “Hindi naman sa hinihintay ko siguro darating naman ang point na may mag-snap dyan na ‘you really have to serve (the country) after na lang ng volleyball siguro." “I’m not closing my doors but im really happy to help anyone din naman so who knows,” she said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Catching Up with The Truth: ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera talks BuyBust experience

It’s been a while since we’ve seen ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera compete inside the ONE Championship cage. The last time Vera was in action was back in December of 2016 when he defended his title against Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in Manila, winning via first round-TKO. And while “The Truth” hasn’t been active in mixed martial arts competition, that doesn’t mean that he’s been just sitting around, chilling. Far from it, in fact. Aside from getting married and taking care of some outside-competition matters, Vera has been quite busy on the silver screen. The 41-year old Fil-American booked his first major movie gig as part of the highly-successful action movie BuyBust, where he plays Rico Yatco, a member of an anti-narcotics squad in the Philippines. For Vera, the whole experience of being part of a movie is something that he says he looks forward to doing more in the future. “It was amazing, definitely something I look forward to doing after I’m finished with my competition side of martial arts, I absolutely loved it,” Vera shared with ABS-CBN Sports. Directed by famed Filipino movie director Erik Matti, BuyBust also features veteran actors such as Anne Curtis and Victor Neri among others. The experience, Vera says, is a ‘dream come true’ for him. “Working with Direk Erik, Ms. Anne Curtis, Victor Neri, Tito Levi [Ignacio], you know just working with that group of people and seeing the level of where I want to be, projects are coming my way now, it’s, I don’t know how to describe it, I don’t know how to explain it,” he said, “it’s beyond a dream. Most people dream to just get into a movie, I was put into a movie with all of those superstars. All I can do is thank my blessings everyday that I was able to do something like that.” Being a life-long mixed martial artist, Vera is no stranger to pressure and performing in front of large audiences. Having to “perform” so to say, for his BuyBust director and co-stars however, he admits, was a different beast altogether. “What do you think?” Vera responded with a chuckle. “First movie out? Okay, the lead is Anne Curtis. The director is Erik Matti. Then the names just kept on rolling. The pressure was definitely there, but Direk Erik said I did really good with the pressure, I just didn’t want to let the team down, that’s how I felt the whole time, I just didn’t want to let anybody down. From the directors, to the production, the cast, the crew that was working on set, I didn’t want to mess up for anyone. Definitely pressure, but I think that’s what helped us get through it,” he continued. Asked if he expected BuyBust to be as big as it was, Vera admitted that he didn’t know what to expect. “I had no idea. This was my first anything, so I had no idea. I didn’t get nervous, I wasn’t nervous for the world premiere in New York, I wasn’t nervous about that until before we left. We might have been already on the plane when I asked Anne, ‘Is this your first one?’ and she was like ‘Yeah, this is my first one.’ When she said that, it’s like it hit me in the face. ‘Oh my God, oh my God this is a big deal!’ That’s when I started getting nervous. I couldn’t believe what was going on,” he said. The experience as a whole, Vera says, was not simply a reason to be thankful, but rather a reason to keep working and keep striving to get better. “I’m just lucky, I’m lucky and blessed, that’s why I don’t complain about anything, just keep going forward and I keep training hard,” Vera added, “I keep going to Tagalog classes, I keep going to acting workshops, I have no right to complain, all I can do is get better. There’s too many people who put their faith in me for me to fail, and I just wanna keep grinding and getting better, and I realized all of this before, during, and after the shoot.” For now, however, Vera says that he’s more than excited to make his long-awaited return to the ONE Championship stage. While there’s no announcement yet with regards to his next title defense, the champ hopes to be able to do it on the upcoming ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS card in Manila on November 23rd at the Mall of Asia Arena. The card also features a highly-anticipated ONE Lightweight World Championship bout between Filipino martial arts hero Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of Team Lakay and Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

La Naval and the power of prayer

TODAY marks the centuries-old feast of La Naval de Manila, the title by which the ivory and wood image of the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of the Rosary is known and venerated by Filipinos. The feast is highlighted by a grand procession around Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, with the resplendent, gold-mantled icon [...] The post La Naval and the power of prayer appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

De Lima pays tribule to hero, idol teacher Mylene Durante

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday, October 13, paid tribute to fellow Bicolana Mylene Durante, calling the slain teacher a "hero and idol" whose tragic death should not be in vain. "If there is anyone who deserves to be called a 'hero' and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Understanding the Holy Rosary

LAST week I wrote about the Holy Rosary, a prayer that is powerful weapon among the Catholics but derided by anti-Catholics as sacrilegious because they claim Catholics pray to the Blessed Mother when people should pray only to God. To the mind and propaganda of non-believers, the devotion to Mary is idolatry. To the mind […] The post Understanding the Holy Rosary appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Former volleyball star Leila Barros now a senator in Brasilia

A volleyball superstar close to the heart of Filipinos has won a battle in a different arena. Brazilian Leila Barros, who turned heads during the FIVB Grand Prix held in Manila in August 2000, was.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

[ANALYSIS] Leila de Lima and the Nobel Peace Prize

  On October 5, 2018, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a 5-member committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway, awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to campaigners against rape in warfare, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege . These individuals truly deserve the award, and the cause they are fighting for is certainly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

De Lima urges Senate action on human rights measures

October 11, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has called on the Senate leadership to act with dispatch on several legislative measures aimed at protecting the rights of people to human dignity and reducing social, economic and political inequalities in the country. De Lima said she hopes that these measures… Source link link: De Lima urges Senate action on human rights measures.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima denounced the decision of Philippine National Police and court officials to ban media coverage of her court hearings. De Lima said it is a "gross violation" of the constitutional right to a free press, right of the public to be informed, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Opposition senators offer ways to tame inflation

    Opposition senators offered several solutions on Friday on how the government can address the surge in the inflation rate, as it soared to 6.7 percent in September --- the highest since February 2009 when it was at 7.2 percent.   There are six opposition members in the Senate and they are Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes, Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino and Leila De Lima.   "Clearly, now is a time of solutions --- concrete, immediate, and devoid of the usual politicking," they said in a joint statement. READ: Inflation hits new over 9-year high of 6.7% in September on elevated food prices ...Keep on reading: Opposition senators offer ways to tame inflation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

De Lima questions Ombudsman s order not to appeal lost cases

October 4, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has questioned Ombudsman Samuel Martires’ directive not to appeal lost cases in the Sandiganbayan and the lower courts as a move that would only promote impunity and abuse of power in public office. De Lima, the first prominent political prisoner under the… Source link link: De Lima questions Ombudsman's order not to appeal lost cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Benitez’ sibling ‘unopposed’ in third district congressional race

BACOLOD City – The younger brother of third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez seems to be unopposed in the third congressional race come the 2019 midterm elections. Dr. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez said he took the challenge to run for congressman in the third district because he feels there is a need to continue the programs and projects of […] The post Benitez’ sibling ‘unopposed’ in third district congressional race appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

[OPINION] With rice tariffication, what happens to food security?

“We’re a blessed nation because we can grow our own food and, therefore, we’re secure. A nation that can feed its people is a  nation more secure.” President George Bush said this on the occasion of the signing of the US Farms Bill in 2002, which is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018