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Labor groups support pay hike, national minimum wage

MANILA, Philippines - A coalition of 47 labor groups yesterday gave its full backing for the government’s move to grant an across-the-board pay hike and set.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2016

Duterte asks Congress for P2.5-B intel funds

MANILA, Philippines - Saying he has many battles ahead, President Duterte is asking Congress to grant him about P2.5 billion in intelligence funds, or five t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 25th, 2016

Pacquiao’s killer instinct killed

Not only was the renowned boxer ridiculous in the presentation of his stand on pushing for the death penalty revival in the Philippines last August 6. He was also not equipped with the statistical data to support his stand. More ludicrous was his use of fallacious reasons to bolster his stand. The post Pacquiao’s killer instinct killed appeared first on A people's news site in Northern Luzon......»»

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Robinsons Retail Group and Robina Farms continue to back the UP Fighting Maroons

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons will continue to get valuable support from their most loyal and staunchest supporters, the Robinsons Retail Group and Universal Robina Corporation’s Agro Industrial Group (URC-AIG), as they continue their build-up for the upcoming UAAP season and beyond. They officially renewed their partnership recently with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. President and CEO Robina Gokongwei-Pe, and URC-AIG Group Business Unit General Manager Vincent Henry Go, and UP Fighting Maroons Team Manager Agaton Uvero and Head Coach Bo Perasol signing the Memorandum of Agreement at the UP Executive House in Diliman, Quezon City. Robina Gokongwei-Pe, a UP alumna and avid backer of the Fighting Maroons involved Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman as Fighting Maroons supporters in 2010. Even as UP went winless and won only a total of three games in four seasons (2010-2013), Robina and her group stuck it out with the country’s premier state university in its quest back to relevancy in the field of sports. More recently, Universal Robina Corporation’s Agro- Industrial Group, through its premium farm products unit Robina Farms, was added to the companies that threw its support behind the Fighting Maroons. “We firmly believe that the UP Fighting Maroons shares the same values as us, such as passion for excellence and loyalty to our stakeholders. As we renew our official support for the men’s basketball team, we want them to continue to imbibe the same things that our company lives by as they seek to surpass last year’s achievement. This upcoming UAAP Season 82, it would be another great privilege to stand by this team together with the whole UP community. Hoping to exemplify ISKOs values of honor and excellence in every endeavor” said Vincent Henry Go of AIG’s Robina Farms. “UP’s run last year is proof that everything is possible,” said Universal Robina Corporation – Agro Industrial Group’s Marketing Director Jonathan Diño. “Hopefully, this year’s team will build on what Batch 81 started and bring home the UAAP Championship for the first time since ’86. It’s UP’s time! They should take it. They deserve it.” “We’re always grateful for all the support we have received from our alumni, especially from Ms. Gokongwei and her group of companies, who have been with us through our ups and downs. This team knows what it’s like to be at the bottom, to lack basic necessities like food and allowances. We are thankful for the faith and loyalty of the Robinsons Retail Group,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. Also present at the signing besides Robina Gokongwei-Pe and Vincent Henry Go were Willy Co (Handyman Vice Chairman), Jody Gadia (Robinsons Supermarket Managing Director), Stanley Co (Handyman Group General Manager), Katherine Yu (Daiso General Manager), Agnes Rafinan (TGP General Manager), Abet Liuson (TGP AVP – Supply Chain), Dr. Florante Palabrica (Robina Farms Farm Operations Director), and Jonathan Dino (Robina Farms Marketing Manager). The Fighting Maroons fresh from their Championship run in Taiwan’s Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup coupled with offseason trainings in Las Vegas and Japan, look to give back to their supporters in Season 82......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

US launches ABC+ project to boost learning in 2 regions

The United States government recently launched the Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+) project to support the Department of Education (DepEd) in enhancing reading, mathematical and socio-emotional skills of at least two million students in Region 5 (Bicol) and Region 6 (Western Visayas)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

Police bungled this : Detained NDF members ordered released

MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City prosecutors have ordered the release of National Democratic Front (NDF) members Alexander and Winona Birondo after they initially found lack of evidence to support police allegations against the couple. Two QC prosecutors signed the Birondos' release orders for two complaints on July ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Del Rosario: Take SCS ruling to UN General Assembly

Since China has not stopped its bullying in the West Philippine Sea, former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario said the Philippines needs to drum up international support to compel Beijing to comply with an arbitral court ruling on the South China Sea as well as “bring to fore” its threat of force to assert its maritime claim......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Armed men who ‘observed’ killing of cops in Negros Oriental arrested in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Three armed men traveling from Ayungon, Negros Oriental, were arrested in Badian town in southern Cebu on Wednesday, July 31, for allegedly being  “passive observers” in the ambush of 4 police officers in Ayungon last July 18. According to regional police, they apprehended the 3 suspects who were traveling to Cebu on a banca after receiving an intel from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris looking forward to playing the LA teams next season

Denver Nuggets' shooting guard Monte Morris is coming off a breakout year during the 2018-2019 NBA season.  The third-year man out of Iowa State averaged career highs of 10.4 points and nearly 4 assists in 24.0 minutes of action per game, helping the Nuggets to surprising second-seed finish and a Western Conference Semifinals appearance.  It was a gigantic leap for the 24-year old who appeared in just 3 games for the Nuggets the previous season. Last year, Morris played in all 82 games.  "Really, I think it was just my hunger to show people that I was playing at this level," Morris said of his rise from a G-Leaguer to a key rotation player on a playoff contender. "I’m not the biggest, I’m not the quickest or the fastest, I just put in the time behind the scenes as much as I could, with film work and working on how I can help the Nuggets all around, staying on the court and making an impact, I think that was the biggest thing for me." Heading into the 2019-2020 season, the Nuggets are once again pegged to be a playoff team, but with the whirlwind of offseason moves, the team from the Mile High City isn't getting too much attention, and Morris says that being slept on is nothing new to the team.  "There’s been a lot of crazy trades in the West, so, not a lot of people are talking about us. It’s nothing new, I know last year we shocked a lot of people. We knew going into training camp - we missed the playoffs by one game the year before - our goal was to make the playoffs, and when we got it rolling real early, the coach was like, ‘Forget making the Playoffs, let’s try to get the 2-seed, let’s try to be a 1-seed!’ and that was our challenge." While other Western Conference teams made noise with their off-season moves, the Nuggets are banking on continuity and chemistry with the core of All-Star Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris all returning to the team next season. Not to mention the addition of forward Jerami Grant, who was acquired from the now-rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder via a trade. "With everybody back and adding Jerami Grant from OKC, it feels like our chemistry is going to be very well and we know what we got to do to get past where we lost last year." With all the new faces and superstar duos in the West, which team is Monte looking forward to playing with the most?  "I’d say both the LA teams. My best friend plays for the Lakers, and I know Paul George and Kawhi have the Clippers," he responded. "I’m looking forward to playing them two the most, but the West is so loaded every single night that we can’t take a game off, because you’ve got Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, all those guys in the West, every night, it’s going to be a battle." The best friend that Morris is referring to is Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Both Morris and Kuzma grew up in the same area in Flint, Michigan.  "Everytime me and him play each other because we try to go at it because we’re from the same part of Michigan, so it’s a good thing to give back to our hometown," Morris shared. "We grew up together, playing on the same AAU teams and everything, going to different camps. Our stories are a little different growing up. Kyle was more of a late bloomer and got his opportunity at Utah, whereas I went and won Mr. Basketball in Michigan an he went Prep, so our stories are a little different, but we always wanted to play in the NBA, and it’s crazy to see it all unfolding now, and when we play against each other, we talk a lot of trash to each other but it’s all love and we know we’re doing it for our bigger cause, and that’s to show that where we’re from, it’s possible." Apart from Kuzma, another Laker that has had an impact on Morris' youth is none other than the team's franchise star LeBron James. Morris shared that LeBron was someone that he looked up to as a kid.  "I would say, growing up, I looked up to LeBron James, for sure. Just the way he grew up with just a single mom and they moved a lot, and he stayed at the top of his game, his mom was his best friend, he didn’t have much of a father figure, like myself in my life, so I took his story and kind of implemented it in my lifestyle and what I stood for, how hard he worked, and I knew that anything was possible." Morris is currently in the Philippines for an NBA 3X event at the SM Mall of Asia on August 3-4, along with NBA legend Muggsy Bogues.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

Courtesy of Supreme Court: Everyone in PCSO intel fund scam now cleared

MANILA, Philippines – It's a grand theft without a thief, as the Supreme Court (SC) cleared the 10th and last individual charged over the P365-million intelligence fund scam of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The SC acquitted former PCSO board chairman Sergio Valencia of malversation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao looking to take MPBL to the international stage

It its first two seasons of existence, it's safe to say that the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League has been a huge success.  From just 10 teams in its inaugural 2018 Rajah Cup, the league has expanded every season, growing to 26 teams in the succeeding Datu Cup, and now 31 teams from all across the country in the on-going Lakan Cup.  "I’m so happy because what I planned two years ago, it’s very successful, itong MPBL, because of the support of the fans," Pacquiao said about the MPBL.  "Ngayon, we started at ten teams, and then naging 26, then naging 31. I’m overwhelmed with the support, na-amaze ako sa support of the fans sa MPBL, yung nagustuhan talaga nila yung liga dahil ito yung Liga ng Bawat Pilipino, we give time for the local players na makapag-laro." More than that, the MPBL has provided more Filipino basketball players the opportunity to showcase their talents on a big stage.  From ex-professionals to former collegiate stars, and even unheraleded talents, all have found a home in the MPBL.  "Actually nilimitahan lang namin yung mga [Fil-Foreigner] na maglalaro para mabigyan ng pagkakataon yung mga local players natin, especially yung mga homegrowns natin na makapag-laro sila ng husto," Pacquiao added.  When schedules permit, Pacquiao shares that he makes it a point to attend games to be able to check on the league himself and make sure that everything is running smoothly.  "Napaka-saya ng feeling dahil what you planned is well-accomplished, na makikita mo na overwhelming yung support ng mga fans sa basketball. Pumupunta ako dahil gusto ko pasalamatan yun mga fans, and to supervise also the operation of MPBL, to make sure na lahat ng galaw tama, walang magiging hadlang, para sa tuluy-tuloy na pag-suporta sa MPBL." Now that the MPBL has become widely successful on the local front, Pacquiao reveals that he is planning to take things to the next level.  Pacquiao reveals that he is looking at the possibility of bringing the MPBL beyond the Philippines and into Asia.  "I’m also planning to do that around Asia, like MPBL International, organizing parang one country, one team. Makapag-organize lang tayo kahit mga dalawampung team, mas maganda yan, tapos tawagin nating MPBL International." How does MPBL International sound to you?  Check out the full interview below: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

Cebuano bettors saddened by lotto outlets’ closure, but they back Duterte’s move

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — Some Cebuano lotto and small town lottery bettors in Cebu were saddened by the temporary closure of gaming activities under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in the country. However, they also showed their support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s action as a way to address corruption in the PCSO. Read […] The post Cebuano bettors saddened by lotto outlets’ closure, but they back Duterte’s move appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2019

Slain Dinagat board member s daughter gains support to take father s seat

MANILA, Philippines – Chelsy Olofernes, the daugher of slain Dinagat board member Wenefredo Olofernes, has received support to take over the seat of her father. On Friday, July 26, the Dinagat Islands Provincial Employees Association (DIPEA) released a resolution and a manifesto of support for the younger Olofernes. The manifesto was signed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Duterte extends duty-free imports of capital goods to 3 years

President Rodrigo Duterte has extended by three years the grant of zero percent duty on capital equipment by enterprises registered under the Board of Investments to make the Philippines more attractive to investors. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Ramirez grateful for Duterte s national sports academy backing

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William "Butch" Ramirez expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for announcing his support for the establishment of a national sports academy during the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 22.  "There might be bigger priorities but President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

NCAA 95: Navarro, David the latest former Stags to find form in LPU

Two years ago, Renzo Navarro and Jayson David were part of a resurgent San Sebastian College-Recoletos that returned to the Final Four. Now in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, Navarro and David are part of a rejiggered Lyceum of the Philippines University crew on a quest for continued contention. And on Tuesday, Navarro and David proved their worth to the Pirates - up against their former teammates with the Golden Stags, no less. The two connived for the bookending threes to the 13-0 run inside the last seven minutes that erased a five-point deficit and erected the edge the their side would keep for the rest of the game. In the end, Navarro turned in his best game in maroon and grey with 11 points while David contributed 10 markers, six rebounds, and three assists of his own. The two follow in the footsteps of the likes of ex-MVP CJ Perez, Nino Ibanez, Jeff Santos, and Rhanzelle Yong who once donned the red and yellow before rising and shining bright for the Pirates. Head coach Topex Robinson, himself a Sebastino, made it a point to say, however, that the much-anticipated match-up was never about them against their former team. "We were not out there to play for ourselves. Yes, they played for San Sebastian two years ago and they played their first game against their former team, but it's not Jayson and Renzo against San Sebastian," he said. He then continued, "It's about LPU vs San Sebastian. 'Di nila laban yun. They're just here to support each other." Indeed, the transferees could only agree with their mentor. As Navarro put it, "Since high school kasi, dun ako naglaro e tapos ngayon, kalaban ko sila. Siyempre, laging may extra motivation for me, pero enjoy lang talaga kasi pag kalaro mo mga kapatid mo, mga teammate mo." He then continued, "'Di naman ako naglaro para may mapatunayan. Gusto ko lang mag-enjoy kasi parang nasa practice lang kami sa laro kanina." David shares the same sentiment. "In-enjoy ko lang yung game kasi parang nasa scrimmage lang ako nung sa Baste e. Parang dati lang," he said. In the end, Coach Topex is only grateful to have fellow Sebastinos with him in Intramuros. "Renzo's been struggling a bit, but today, he showed his character. We're just so bless to have Renzo here and that also goes with Jayson," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

ABS-CBN launches National Cheer campaign during Pacquiao fight

One nation, one voice, one cheer. ABS-CBN launches a song in celebration of the string of victories that Filipinos have achieved in the international arena, showing the greatness of our people to the world. Entitled “Galing Natin Ito!” and sang by 29 Kapamilya artists, the song highlights the heart, wisdom, and strength of Filipinos that enable them to triumph over challenges in life. The song’s recording music video premiered during the fight of Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman that exclusively aired on ABS-CBN platforms including Channel 2, SKY Sports PPV, S+A, and iWant. It features Angeline Quinto, Bamboo, Billy Crawford, Daniel Padilla, Darren Espanto, Erik Santos, Gary Valenciano, Gloc 9, Iñigo Pascual, Jason Dy, Jed Madela, Kyla, KZ Tandingan, Martin Nievera, Moira Dela Torre, Morissette Amon, Ogie Alcasid, Piolo Pascual, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Sarah Geronimo, Shanti Dope, Toni Gonzaga, TNT Boys Mackie Empuerto, Francis Concepcion, at Keifer Sanchez, Yeng Constantino and ZsaZsa Padilla. “Galing Natin Ito!” aims to unite Filipinos in showing support to our fellowmen who are raising the flag of the Philippines and bringing glory to the country in their respective fields and professions. They include athletes like Pacquiao, who continues to make history in boxing, beauty queens like Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray who were named Miss Universe because of their beauty, wit, and advocacy, and thousands other of Filipinos making their mark around the globe. The song is the official theme of ABS-CBN’s National Cheer Campaign that celebrates the success of Filipinos to inspire the nation to unite and help unleash each other’s potential for greatness. With its catchy lyrics and melody, “Galing Natin Ito!” can be used to cheer on Filipinos during international competitions to boost their morale and make our presence felt in the world just like how it is done in basketball, volleyball, boxing, and football events. A full music video will be released soon featuring more cheerleading and dancing from the JRU Pep Squad, Mapua Cheerping Cardinals, Arellano Chief Squad, UPHSD Altas Perpsquad, and the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and dance crews Precom, Aces PH, and Prime, which are all performing together for the first time. The song’s lyrics were written by Jerome Clavio, Jan Dormyl Espinosa, and Tiny Corpuz from the ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management, with Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, while the music was composed by Thyro Alfaro. Behind the music videos are directors Paolo Ramos, Peewee Gonzales, and Lorenz Morales as directors with Elirose Borja and Patrick de Leon as creative directors, DJ San Jose, Jerome Clavio, and Lara Allardo as producers and Ruf Rosario as choreographer. Watch the “Galing Natin Ito!” recording music video on the official account of ABS-CBN on Facebook and ABS-CBN Entertainment on YouTube. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2019

No truth to the allegation of corruption -- Ramirez on SEA Games

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez on Friday denied the allegations that the country’s preparation for the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games has been tainted by corruption. “There is no truth to the allegation of corruption,” said Ramirez in a statement. “Yesterday, Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano, and myself sat down with Sen. Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to sort out issues being reported by news outfits in the past days.” Reports earlier this week surfaced that President Rodrigo Duterte is taking the embattled Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Foundation, Inc., a private body that aimed to organize the 30th SEA Games, out of commission and will be subjected to investigation due to alleged corruption and other irregularities. Ramirez cleared that all transactions made regarding the buildup for the biennial meet are met with ‘utmost transparency’. “We assure the athletes and the general public that all decisions and transactions will be done with utmost transparency,” he said. “The PSC, through the guidance of the Department of Budget Management and assistance of the Procurement Service shall work together to ensure that public funds are protected and that all disbursements or expenses follow existing government rules and laws.” A unity meeting to form a cohesive team for the country’s final push in the preparations of regional meet has been set. Ramirez, the chef de mission of Team Philippines, said all national sports associations that will participate in the coming Games and their athletes are invited during the gathering scheduled July 24 at the Malacanang Palace. The top brass of the Phisgoc and the PSC are also enjoined to attend the meeting to pledge their cooperation and all-out support to the entire organization of hosting the 11-nation sportsfest. “If we want to win as one, we should embrace a united front,” said Ramirez after attending the meeting with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator Bong Go, Taguig City Congressman Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday in Malacanang. “One team, one goal. The country should come together and be united in supporting this government effort,” added Ramirez, who led Team Philippines to its first overall title in SEA Games during the 2005 Manila hosting. Each national sports association has been tasked to bring along five athletes during the 10:00 a.m. Malacanang assembly. A total of 57 sports will be played during the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 Games to be held in three main clusters—Metro Manila, New Clark City and Subic. Ramirez has expressed high hopes that the meeting will encourage officials of the Phisgoc, POC and the PSC to move in one direction with four months to go before the biggest multi-sports event in the Asean region unfolds. Medialdea, Go and Cayetano, who also sits as chairman of Phisgoc, are expected to attend the gathering where at least 300 sports officials and athletes will be present......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

5 ways to enjoy Davao City - SUNSTAR

5 ways to enjoy Davao City SunStar Philippines DAVAO City has a lot to offer to its visitors - a ton of activities crafted to indulge tourists and locals. Kadayawan Festival and Araw ng Dabaw are few.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Two soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels in a village in Arakan town in North Cotabato. Police Captain Jose Marie Molina, the Arakan chief of police, said the soldiers under the 19th Infantry Battalion  were conducting a community support program ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019