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Tagum City Chamber Chorale to sing national anthem for Duterte s 3rd SONA

MANILA, Philippines – The award-winning Tagum City Chamber Chorale will sing the national anthem for President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA). In a press conference on Thursday, July 12, House Secretary-General Cesar Pareja said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez himself suggested the choir to be invited ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 12th, 2018

Bayang Barrios to sing national anthem in Duterte's first SONA

MANILA, Philippines Musician Bayang Barrios has been tasked with singing the Philippine National Anthem at President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25. (LOOK: Batasan prepares for SONA 2016 ) This was confirmed in .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2016

Duterte: I know nothing of Mayor Halili’s murder

      President Rodrigo Duterte claimed innocence over the assassination of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili, saying it is "unfair" for his part to be linked to the killing of the local chief executive. Halili was shot dead by what appeared to be a sniper while singing the national anthem during the city hall's flag ceremony back in July. READ: Tanauan mayor gunned down while singing national anthem-- witnesses "Kagaya nung si Mayor Halili ng Tanauan, nag-ano siya 'Bayang magiliw...' Bog! Patay siya, tapos ako ang pagbintangan. Unfair sila sa akin," Duterte said in a speech on Friday in Papua New Guinea. (Like the case of Mayor Halili of Tanauan, ...Keep on reading: Duterte: I know nothing of Mayor Halili’s murder.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 at Fenway in World Series opener

By Ben Walker, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Fenway Funhouse proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the beach boys. Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on a chilly, windy Tuesday night. Benintendi had four hits, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed a three-run homer to seal it. The 108-win Red Sox got a solid effort from their bullpen after an expected duel between aces Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw never developed. From the get-go, old Fenway Park caused all sorts of problems for the Dodgers. Mookie Betts led off for the Red Sox with a popup that twisted first baseman David Freese as he tried to navigate the tight foul space near the stands and gauge the gusts. Lost, he overran the ball and it dropped behind him. "You never really know," Benintendi said. "The flag will be blowing one way, and the wind is actually blowing the other. You have to be on your toes pretty much." Given a second chance, Betts lined a single that set up a two-run first inning. "It was important for us to score first and kind of put some pressure on them," he said. In the seventh, newly inserted left fielder Joc Pederson looked hesitant as he chased Benintendi's soft fly, rushing toward the seats that jut out down the line. The ball ticked off his glove for a ground-rule double, and soon Nunez connected to break open a 5-4 game. "We didn't play the defense that we typically do. I thought we left some outs out there," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "And it didn't make Clayton's job any easier." The crowd and cold temperatures were no picnic for Los Angeles, either. The oddly angled ballpark became an echo chamber even before the first pitch. Chants of "Beat LA!" began early, Kershaw got heckled with a sing-song serenade and Dodgers villain Manny Machado heard loud boos all evening. Only one person wearing Dodger blue drew a cheer: Roberts, saluted in pregame introductions for the daring steal that turned the tide in Boston's 2004 playoff comeback against the Yankees. It was 53 degrees at first pitch and it dropped into the mid-40s by the end. That was the coldest game for Los Angeles this season and quite a contrast from last year's World Series, when it was a record 103 degrees for the opener at Dodger Stadium. "We won Game 1 last year and lost the Series, so maybe we'll try it out this way. See if we can win one," Kershaw said. Game 2 is Wednesday night, when it's supposed to be even colder. David Price, fresh from beating Houston in the ALCS clincher, starts against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Benintendi scored three times for Boston, trying for its fourth championship in 15 years. Matt Kemp homered and Justin Turner had three hits for the Dodgers, aiming for their first crown since 1988. Machado drove in three runs, and his RBI grounder in the fifth inning made it 3-all. Boston retook the lead in the bottom half when Xander Bogaerts hustled to beat out a potential inning-ending double play — Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson seemed to celebrate a little too early. Rafael Devers followed with an RBI single, giving himself an early birthday present. He turned 22 at midnight, three minutes before the game ended. Martinez, who led the majors with 130 RBIs, gave the crowd a scare when his foot slipped rounding second base on a run-scoring double in the third. He fell hard, but soon got up. Steve Pearce, ruled safe at first on a replay review, scored from there on Martinez's double. The ball hit a metal garage-type grate on the far center-field wall and took a weird carom, giving Pearce extra time to score. A garage-style grate, used for groundskeeping vehicles and such. What other park has that in play? A day before this opener, Kershaw and most of the Dodgers pooh-poohed the prospect that Fenway would cause them trouble. Most of them had never played at the oldest ballpark in the majors, built in 1912, but said they were sure they'd be OK. It didn't quite turn out that way in their first trip to Fenway since 2010. Besides, clubs coming to Beantown have other things to worry about. "I think the biggest challenge for a team coming in here is you're playing the Boston Red Sox," pitcher Nathan Eovaldi said Monday. The only other time the Dodgers and Red Sox met in the World Series was 1916, when Babe Ruth helped pitch Boston to the championship. Those games were at Braves Field, the bigger home park of the city's National League franchise. Kershaw and Sale each started out wearing short sleeves, but neither warmed to the possibility of the marquee matchup. In similar outings, both were pulled before getting an out in the fifth. Kershaw took the loss in his first appearance at Fenway, tagged for five runs on seven hits and three walks. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner fell to 9-9 in the postseason, his October results often falling short of his brilliant regular-season resume. "All the way around it wasn't a good night," Kershaw said. Sale threw 91 pitches in his first outing since the ALCS opener. He was hospitalized last week for an unspecified stomach illness. Matt Barnes, the first of six Boston relievers, got the win. Eovaldi pitched the eighth and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth as the Red Sox bullpen held the Dodgers to one run on three hits in five innings. Boston manager Alex Cora won in his first try guiding a club in the Series. This also marked the first World Series game between teams led by minority managers. LUCKY CHARMS Both teams had omens on their side. Three gorgeous rainbows appeared over Fenway before the game, much like a colorful arc that came ahead of Boston's winning effort in the 2013 World Series. The stadium organist played "The Impossible Dream" in a nod to Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski. The 79-year-old Yaz bounced his ceremonial first pitch, asked for another try and did fine. Magic Johnson was in the park, too. The former Lakers star, who heard plenty of "Beat LA!" chants at Boston Garden, is a part-time owner of the Dodgers and visited Fenway for the first time. Plus this: On this date in 1945, Dodgers executive Branch Rickey announced the signing of Jackie Robinson. UP NEXT Price had been 0-9 in 11 postseason starts before pitching six scoreless innings to help close out the Astros in Game 5. Ryu was 1-1 with a 3.40 ERA in three playoff starts this year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

‘Significantly higher’ number of anti-Duterte rallyists gathered for SONA–police

ABOUT 15,000 anti-Duterte rallyists gathered along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday afternoon as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). “Initial report from our ground operatives is 15,000. We have definitely seen it reach until Ever Gotesco Mall. It is… link: ‘Significantly higher’ number of anti-Duterte rallyists gathered for SONA–police.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Labor group asks Duterte: Give true report in SONA

In this photo taken in March, workers carry sacks of rice from a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Cebu City. File photo by JUNJIE MENDOZA / CEBU DAILY NEWS A labor group demanded Presiden.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

NCRPO gears up for SONA, AFP to support police force

QUEZON CITY, July 18 (PIA) - The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is gearing up for the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, July 23, at th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

NCRPO gears up for SONA, AFP to support police force

QUEZON CITY, July 18 (PIA) - The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is gearing up for the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, July 23, at th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 18th, 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

Tagum City to host this year’s MinBizCom

TAGUM CITY, awarded as the 3rd most competitive among component cities in 2017 by the National Competitiveness Council-Philippines, will host this year’s Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCom) in September. The business chamber of neighboring Davao City would be assisting the Tagum chamber in organizing the annual event. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) […] The post Tagum City to host this year’s MinBizCom appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Mayor wants bigger police force for Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 February) – City Mayor Sara Duterte has asked the city council to pass a resolution supporting her request to the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the expansion of the Davao City Police Office. Duterte had signed the proposal of city police director Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum to expand the city’s police […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Guess who did not come to Alvarez’s final birthday bash

    TAGUM CITY -- President Duterte and other ranking national and local officials - including some Cabinet members and lawmakers - graced the final day of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's week-long birthday celebration here.   Among those who confirmed attendance were Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol and North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco.   But members of the Floirendo and del Rosario clans, whom Alvarez had a bossom relationship with in the past, were not among the invited guest.   Davao del Norte Anthony Rafael del Rosario confirmed to the Inquirer that they did not get an invite to the "by invitation only" birthday celebration. &n...Keep on reading: Guess who did not come to Alvarez’s final birthday bash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

No ‘epal’ in Dinagyang 2018 – mayor

IF PRESIDENT Duterte will grace the Dinagyang Festival in January 2018, Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III wants to keep the program simple and free from “epal” or credit-grabbers. “Kun ara ang presidente, ang programa naton will be abbreviated. Nga pag-pungko ya, national anthem, prayer and I will just declare Dinagyang 2018 open. Tribu dayon, […] The post No ‘epal’ in Dinagyang 2018 – mayor appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

Palace to decide whether or not to extend martial law in Mindanao

        President Rodrigo Duterte is set to decide next week whether or not to extend martial law in Mindanao, a Palace official said Saturday.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte would submit his decision to the Congress before the chamber goes on Christmas break on the Dec. 15.   "Inaantay pa rin po natin ang rekomendasyon ng Hukbong Sandatahan (We are still awaiting the recommendation of the Armed Forces) and because the national media is here, I have had prior consultations with the Armed Forces (and) the recommendations (will be out) next week," Roque said in a press briefing in Zamboanga City.   "...Keep on reading: Palace to decide whether or not to extend martial law in Mindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Musikahan 2017

Cornexus Harmonia Chorale of the Tagum City National High School bested other youth-based chorale groups during the Himig Handog Chorale Competition held at Big 8 Corporate Hotel on March 01, 2017. Himig Handog is a major highlight of this year’s edition of the Musikahan Festival. LEO TIMOGAN/CIO Tagum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2017

Duterte invited to grace B Pinoy rites in Tagum

MANILA, Philippines – Tagum City will be home to 11,332 delegates for about a week when it hosts this year’s national finals of the Batang Pinoy......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – With his first State of the Nation Address last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte broke protocol, precedents and tradition. As he entered the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) session hall – .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 4th, 2016

MM police all set for Pres Dutertes SONA

QUEZON CITY, July 22 (PIA) - The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is all set for the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the House of Representati.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2016

Balangiga bells’ return ‘sign of US respect for PH alliance’

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday said the return of the Balangiga bells to the country after 117 years was a sign of the United States' "respect" for and commitment to its alliance with the Philippines. The iconic bells, a war booty taken by the US Army from a church in Balangiga, Easter Samar, during the Filipino-American war in 1901, will be turned over by US Embassy officials on Tuesday at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. President going to Balangiga President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping the ceremony in Pasay but will instead go to Balangiga on Dec. 15 to turn over the bells to the town's officials, according to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ...Keep on reading: Balangiga bells’ return ‘sign of US respect for PH alliance’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Trillanes gets 4 warrants of arrest

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Sunday confirmed that it had received not just one but four warrants of arrest against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV issued by Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 on Dec. 7. But NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar assured the public that his men would not arrest Trillanes even with the arrest warrant for libel charges filed by the President's son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, after the senator linked him to illegal drug smuggling. Immunity from arrest Eleazar said the NCRPO would abide by the senator's constitutional privilege that granted him immunity from arrest for of...Keep on reading: Trillanes gets 4 warrants of arrest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018