Lorenzana says federalism remains confusing

        Another Cabinet official has expressed doubts the Philippines is ready for federal form of government because everything still confuses him.   In an interview with the media in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Thursday afternoon, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND) shared his observation with reporters, saying the Philippines is "not yet" ready for the change in government system.   "So many don't understand it yet. It's confusing," Lorenzana said in Tagalog, when asked for his opinion on the shift to federalism.   Lorenzana's statement follows apprehensions expressed by Finance ...Keep on reading: Lorenzana says federalism remains confusing.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 10th, 2018

Yemeni couple may be bomb carrier

A Yemeni couple may have brought inside the Jolo cathedral the bombs that exploded Sunday while Mass was being held, according to Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana. Lorenza made the revelation in a radio interview Thursday morning adding that pieces of remains from victims killed in the twin explosions at the Cathedral of Our Lady of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Palace still hopeful on Cha-cha, federalism

Malacañang remains optimistic that Congress will pass a measure amending the Constitution and adopting a federal system of government even if it is not a priority of the Senate......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Palace still optimistic on shift to federalism

Malacañang remains optimistic that Congress will pass a measure amending the constitution and adopting a federal type of government even if is not among the priorities of the Senate......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Federalism unlikely now but still relevant — analysts

THE SHIFT to federalism is now unlikely to move ahead within President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, but its significance as a continuing public issue remains, analysts sought for comment said. The post Federalism unlikely now but still relevant — analysts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Suarez remains minority leader, Duterte on Uson, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The House majority bloc retains Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader. President Duterte does not think much about the controversy sparked by the lewd federalism jingle posted by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. Government rice imports in June fail to bring down rice prices. A ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: What’s with federalism?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 9 January) – It is touted by its proponents, including President Rodrigo Duterte no less, to be a decisive step toward curing the country’s social, economic and political ills. But the type of federalism that the administration envisions remains nebulous at this stage. It has yet to present a model that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

TURNING POINT: The Military Semantics on Intelligence and the Marawi Crisis

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 31 May) – Defense Secretary Lorenzana does not consider the ongoing Marawi crisis as resulting from a failure of intelligence but from a misappreciation of military intelligence. The semantics, regardless, the fact remains that there was gross negligence in the command, resulting to a costly inaction that failed to prevent [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 31st, 2017

AFP backs Duterte amid oust plot – DND chief

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Deflin Lorenzana has assured the public the entire 125,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains suppo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

FEDERAL TALK: Preconditions, Process, and Timeframe towards the Future Republic of the Philippines

(Delivered at the Kusog Mindanaw Conference 2016 on 29 November 2016 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel by Lito Lorenzana, Centrist Democratic Party) Federalism is a subject matter that has occupied its Philippine advocates over the last three or four decade.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

LOOK: VIPs arrive for PMA Alumni Homecoming

  BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- Top government officials, including from the police and military, and several VIPs arrived at the Fort del Pilar here for the 2019 Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alumni Homecoming on Saturday. PMA cadets gave the traditional arrival honors for Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Benjamin Madrigal Jr., former AFP Chief and Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Similar honors were also given to this year's Guest of Honor, former AFP Chief and current Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. After the arrival honors, the A...Keep on reading: LOOK: VIPs arrive for PMA Alumni Homecoming.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News3 hr. 46 min. ago

Construction worker tagged in teen’s slay

AS THE old saying goes, flight is a sign of guilt. A 25-year-old construction worker is now the prime suspect in the killing of a 16-year-old girl in Cabatuan, Iloilo. Gringgo Morales, who hails from Barangay Bangongbong, Dueñas, Iloilo, failed to go home and remains missing after the stab-riddled body of Maria Ariza Mayormente was […] The post Construction worker tagged in teen’s slay appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News5 hr. 46 min. ago

10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday (Saturday, PHL time), here are 10 things to know going into the weekend: BACK TO CHARLOTTE Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities. The Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city. LEBRON’S RECORDS LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year. But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there. By starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and three-pointers (35). And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449. FOULING OUT Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game. There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once. MVPs AT HOME Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance. There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games. The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951). AGE MARK Assuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41. Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month. HEROES Jason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense. But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated. Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel. G LEAGUE FIRST Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club. He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record. There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. CASH MATTERS There is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) events, and everybody gets something. Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000. In all, the Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) participants will split $610,000. EASTBOUND This All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game. THE REFS Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte. Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie. The Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time) events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 12 min. ago

Independent Grace Poe keeps top spot in Pulse Asia senatorial poll

Reelectionist Sen. Grace Poe remains the top choice of Filipinos among senatorial candidates in the 2019 midterm elections, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News21 hr. 12 min. ago

Kill order vs drug dealers remains - The Manila Times Online

President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed not to lift the kill order against drug traffickers even if human rights groups would seek Gods intervention. In his speech during the inauguration ofREAD The post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Venezuelans send out SOS signal from Colombian border

UREÑA, Venezuela: Desperate doctors and nurses are protesting at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, demanding that President Nicolas Maduro allows in humanitarian aid that remains tantalisingly out of reach. “Right now…READ The post Venezuelans send out SOS signal from Colombian border appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Clock winds down on rice tariff bill signing with no announcement of veto

PALACE OFFICIALS said Thursday that the rice tariffication bill remains “for signing” right up to today’s deadline for President Rodrigo R. Duterte to veto the measure, but did not comment on the reason for the delay, adding an element of uncertainty to its enactment......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

PBA: Lee on Magnolia s 0-3 start: 'Alam ng lahat sitwasyon namin ngayon'

Magnolia's rough start to the season continues. After capturing the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the Hotshots haven't won since, starting the 2019 Philippine Cup with three straight losses, the latest being a dramatic one-point loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. Entering the Gilas break, Magnolia remains as the only winless team in the All-Filipino. Still, despite the 0-3 record, the Hotshots are not dwelling on their poor card. "Siguro ano, di na lang namin titingnan na parang negative," guard Paul Lee said. "Kailangan kung ano yung nasa harap namin, doon kami mag-focus kasi baka lalo lang mapasama kapag inisip namin yung 0-3 kami," he added. While that's a great mindset to have, it doesn't change the fact that the Hotshots are 0-3. And if Magnolia is to build on its latest championship and have another strong playoff run, the team will have to turn things around and start winning games. The break to give way for Gilas is the perfect way for the Hotshots to recalibrate. "Laging nire-remind ni Coach Chito na yung sense of urgency, kailangan and yan na talaga. Kasi yun nga, mahirap malubog talaga. Kailangan next game, talagang next game pilitin namin na makuha yung panalo, kasi parang do-or-die na sa amin yun," Lee said. "Siguro alam naman ng lahat kung ano yung sitwasyon namin ngayon, so there's no point na magre-relax pa kami or what," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Manila Bay remains a no swim zone Manila Bulletin News

Manila Bay remains a no swim zone Manila Bulletin There is no way swimming will be allowed in Manila Bay if the two water concessionaires of Metro Manila will continue to ignore their obligation to p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Duterte urged: Veto rice tariffication

The bill that seeks to liberalize rice importation by replacing quantitative import restrictions with tariffs will lapse into law this week if it remains unsigned by President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Duterte urged: Veto rice tariffication

The bill that seeks to liberalize rice importation by replacing quantitative import restrictions with tariffs will lapse into law this week if it remains unsigned by President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019