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Flawed policies blamed for lack of skilled labor

Malacaang on Friday said the government was doing its best to address the lack of skilled workers which had affected the implementation of its flagship "Build, build, build" program.   Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after President Duterte blamed the delays in the ambitious infrastructure program on the lack of skilled workers in the country.   In a press briefing, Panelo said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), through its director-general Isidro Lapea, was on top of the situation.   "That's why the President told the Tesda, you should do something so we will have a deep bench of carpenters,...Keep on reading: Flawed policies blamed for lack of skilled labor.....»»

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MWSS urges masterplan for cleanup, rehabilitation of Manila Bay

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has called for the crafting of a masterplan for Manila Bay not only to clean up the polluted bay but also to ensure that sewerage and wastewater problems are addressed over the long term.   The MWSS also directed its two concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad Water, to reengineer and fast-track their wastewater treatment projects to arrest the deterioration of the waters of Manila Bay.   "We welcome all efforts of collaboration to clean up and rehabilitate Manila Bay. However, I strongly recommend that a masterplan, which should have been done long time ago, is needed right now to properly address the se...Keep on reading: MWSS urges masterplan for cleanup, rehabilitation of Manila Bay.....»»

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California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SACRAMENTO, California --- California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, told reporters there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration. "No one in America is above the law, not even the president of the United States," Becerra said. "The president does not have power to act frivolously." Trump declared a national emergency earlier in the day to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and counterdrug efforts to fulfill his promise of ...Keep on reading: California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration.....»»

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Reelectionists, pro-admin candidates in top 15 – survey

Reelectionist senators and those seeking to regain their Senate seats, many of them supporters of President Duterte, dominated the list of candidates likely to win in the midterm elections in May, according to results of the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Friday.   An independent, Sen. Grace Poe, remained on top of the list of 15 candidates with a "statistical chance of winning" if the elections had been held during the Jan. 26-31 survey period, Pulse Asia said.   Administration bet and former presidential aide Bong Go showed the biggest gain, landing in eighth spot.   In addition to Poe, the top six candidates were Sen. Cynthia Villar followed ...Keep on reading: Reelectionists, pro-admin candidates in top 15 – survey.....»»

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Duterte: I don’t know about Ressa’s arrest

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN --- President Duterte has distanced himself from the cyberlibel case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa that had led to her arrest, saying he had nothing to do with it.   The President on Thursday said he did not even know businessman Wilfredo Keng, who filed the complaint in the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr.   "I don't know Keng. Frankly, I do not know him or what prompted him to file a case," Duterte told reporters after rallying support here for 11 senatorial candidates he endorsed in May's midterm elections.   "I really don't know about [Ressa's case and arre...Keep on reading: Duterte: I don’t know about Ressa’s arrest.....»»

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‘Don’t invite candidates to graduations’

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged government agencies and public schools to steer clear of inviting to their events candidates who are running in the May midterm election.   Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said on Friday that while there was no specific provision prohibiting candidates from being invited to speak in functions or in graduation ceremonies, it would be prudent to avoid tapping them so these agencies and schools would not be accused of engaging in partisan activities.   "If you were to force your staff to listen to someone speak and be political at that event then you might be imposing your political views on them. It's the appearance o...Keep on reading: ‘Don’t invite candidates to graduations’.....»»

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Philippines wants 625 cases delisted from UN record

The Philippines has commenced work with the United Nations to delist from its official records more than 600 cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances, mostly attributed to government forces between 1975 and 2012 and gave assurances that it has put in place a strong legal framework and institutional mechanisms to address the issue.   Senior Philippine officials led by Undersecretary Severo Catura of the Presidential Human Rights Committee formally moved for the delisting of 625 cases during a meeting with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.   The move was made on Thursday during the first meeting day of the 117th session of the fiv...Keep on reading: Philippines wants 625 cases delisted from UN record.....»»

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Duterte ‘pissed off with fake news’ he had kidney transplant

"It's just hyperbole ... to dramatize that he's still virile at his age," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday of President Duterte's angry remarks challenging former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad to lend him his wife.   "He's pissed off with his fake news," Panelo said, referring to Tatad's newspaper column earlier this week in which he claimed that the President had undergone a kidney transplant operation on Jan. 29.   Duterte's remarks were just exaggerations meant to drive home the point that he still has a strong drive at 73, Panelo said.   "People have [become] used to this President's hyperbole; he uses certain situations and makes...Keep on reading: Duterte ‘pissed off with fake news’ he had kidney transplant.....»»

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Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya

The government failed to pay private companies more than P100 billion in 2018 due to a "corrupt system" that continued to control the payment scheme for public works contracts, according to House appropriations committee chair Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.   In a statement on Friday, the Camarines Sur congressman said the government's failure to pay for completed projects might drive away contractors and derail the Duterte administration's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program.   "This gargantuan amount of payables has reincarnated an old system that forces (public works) contractors to cough up kickbacks just to be paid for completed infrastructure projects," ...Keep on reading: Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya.....»»

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Locals find monarch colony in Mexico after yearslong search

AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico --- For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local woodsmen would report seeing some of the butterflies fluttering about and scouting teams would scramble to trek into the forest. They eventually narrowed their search to a swath of communal lands more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level on the northwestern side of the park, but still couldn't find the colony. "It was like an urban legend," said Gloria Tavera Alonso, a regional...Keep on reading: Locals find monarch colony in Mexico after yearslong search.....»»

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Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

DALLAS --- Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such "undisclosed" or "unspecified." There could also be the optional title of "Mx." The airlines say they are making the change to be more inclusive in dealing with a diverse population of travelers. The move was praised by advocacy groups for transgender people. "It's a significant step forward for nonbinary individuals, so they are not faced with a mismatch between their ticketing information and their legal identification," said Beck Bailey of ...Keep on reading: Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender.....»»

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Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

NEW YORK --- Following an outcry from many of the movie industry's most prominent figures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year's Oscar broadcast. The film academy on Friday said all 24 categories will be shown live, after all, at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24. On Monday, the academy had said that the winning speeches for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short would be aired in a shortened, taped segment during the broadcast. "Nine days until the showtime, still tweaking the script" the Academy tweeted Friday afternoon. READ:Cinem...Keep on reading: Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars.....»»

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The Latest: Seth Curry Says He Will Win 3-Point Contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Seth Curry has a bold prediction as to who will win the NBA 3-point contest on Saturday night. "Me, me, I will," Curry confidently told The Associated Press on Friday at the NBA's Day of Service at the Charlotte Convention Center. Curry will be competing in his first NBA 3-point contest against a solid field that includes older brother Stephen Curry, who won the event in 2015 and is third all-time in NBA history with 2,365 3-pointers made. Seth Curry says, "I want to win it for myself and my family" saying it has been a goal of his to win the event since he watched his father Dell Curry ...Keep on reading: The Latest: Seth Curry Says He Will Win 3-Point Contest.....»»

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2 firefighters, retired cop dead; 7 hurt in Quezon highway crash

  LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Two firefighters and a retired policeman were killed after the vehicle they were on was accidentally bumped by a Manila-bound passenger bus along the Maharlika Highway in Lopez town in Quezon province Friday night, police said. Lopez police identified the victims as Fire Officer 3 Ronaldo Alcala and Senior Fire Officer 2 Cleto Natao, both assigned at Tagkawayan fire station; and retired Police Insp. Juanito Untiveros, also a resident of Tagkawayan. Report saidthey were traveling back home aboard a Mitsubishi Adventure van being driven by Alcala when they were accidentally hit by an oncoming passenger bus being driven by Julio Mayores in Baranga...Keep on reading: 2 firefighters, retired cop dead; 7 hurt in Quezon highway crash.....»»

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Rappler’s Maria Ressa sees threat to democracy

MANILA, Philippines --- Journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who was arrested on a libel complaint, accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent. "What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I frankly haven't seen, and I've been a journalist for more than 30 some odd years," Maria Ressa told The Associated Press on Thursday afterposting bailin a Manila court. Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, is the head of Rappler Inc., which has aggressively covered Duterte's administration. She was arrested Wednesday over a libel complaint from a...Keep on reading: Rappler’s Maria Ressa sees threat to democracy.....»»

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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.....»»

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Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant

    AURORA, Ill. --- An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire at its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said.   Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin and said he was believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. --- which makes valves for industrial purposes --- in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago. She told a news conference that officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing ...Keep on reading: Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant.....»»

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21 Savage ‘wasn’t hiding’ being British, feared deportation

ATLANTA --- The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage said in an interview aired Friday that he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Feb. 3. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement called it a targeted operation. He was released from immigration custody Wednesday on a $100,000 (P5,232,000) bond. Abraham-Joseph, now 26, told ABC's "Good Morning America" he had no idea what a visa was when his mother brought him to the U.S. at 7 years old. His visa expired in 2006. "I knew I wasn't born here," he said. "But I didn't know like, what that meant ...Keep on reading: 21 Savage ‘wasn’t hiding’ being British, feared deportation.....»»

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Open 24 hours: 2 million new books on sale at 50-90% off

From its name alone, the Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Book Sale instantaneously catches attention. Inspired by the scary, fictional animal character in "Little Red Riding Hood," "Three Little Pigs" and other children's tales, Big Bad Wolf is coming to Manila for the second time on Feb. 22-March 4 at the World Trade Center, Pasay. On its Manila debut last year, the Malaysia-based book fair brought a staggering two million books, comprising almost 20,000 titles, offered at an astounding 60-80 percent discount. On Feb. 18, 2018, a story by former Inquirer desk editor Marlet Salazar on Big Bad Wolf's first Manila edition said: "Three-fourths of the World Trade Center in Pasay... is dedicated...Keep on reading: Open 24 hours: 2 million new books on sale at 50-90% off.....»»

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ACT reminds public: Know your history, learn from Marcos years

      MANILA, Philippines -- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has called on the public to learn from history, citing the condition of the country during the Marcos regime. "The Alliance of Concerned Teachers calls on the people to learn from the lessons of history. The arrest of journalists were reminiscent of the country's experiences under Marcosian martial rule when journalists like Joe Burgos was arrested and incarcerated under similar circumstances," the group said in a statement on Saturday. The statement of ACT stemmed from the arrest of Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa on Wednesday over a cyberlibel case. She was arrested at Ra...Keep on reading: ACT reminds public: Know your history, learn from Marcos years.....»»

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