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Retired police general Maganto dies at 70

    CITY OF MALOLOS---Retired police general Romeo Maganto died from an ailment on Saturday (June 16), according to a belated report on Monday (June 18). He was 70.   His remains lie in state at his home in Barangay (village) San Pedro in Bustos town.   Bustos municipal government information officer Arnel Tolentino said the remains will be brought to Manila on Tuesday (June 19), according to Arnel Tolentino, Bustos information officer.   The late general became controversial for his tough stance on crime when he ran the Western Police District in the 1980s. Maganto will be buried on Sunday (June 25) in Manila.   The family ...Keep on reading: Retired police general Maganto dies at 70.....»»

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‘Goblin’ actor and BTOB star Yook Sung-jae returning to Manila

K-pop idol and actor Yook Sung-jae is scheduled to return to Manila for a fan meeting on July 13 at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent. Viu Philippines, the leading video streaming platform for premium Asian content, made the announcement in a Facebook post. "We are very happy to bring Yook Sung-jae closer to his Filipino fans," says Viu Philippines country head, Arianne Kader-Cu. "Since its launch, Goblin has become a top-performing program on our platform, and we thank our Viu-ers for their support, she adds. Kader-Cu also revealed that Viu Philippines, together with Globe, are working on a special project with the Korean star. "We will make the announcement soon, we hope you stay up...Keep on reading: ‘Goblin’ actor and BTOB star Yook Sung-jae returning to Manila.....»»

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Manila bishop wants ‘bad spirits’ driven out of Malacañang

"Bad spirits" have been lingering in Malacanang, and prayers should be usedas a weapon to drive them out. This was the statement of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo before the faithful on Monday as they gathered at Quiapo Church to express sorrow over the recent killings of clergymen across the country. "The evil spirits at Malacanang will only be driven away through the prayers of the faithful," Pabillo said in Filipino during his homily at the Mass. "We can show our faith when we combine our prayers with penance. That's how serious we are in praying and fasting," the bishop stressed. Pabillio made the remarks as he castigated the killings of priests, the push t...Keep on reading: Manila bishop wants ‘bad spirits’ driven out of Malacañang.....»»

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No more third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds – Palace

Published: 12:53 p.m., June 18, 2018 | Updated: 10:13 p.m., June 18, 2018 Malacaang no longer sees the need to have a third-party facilitator in the peace talks between the government and communist rebels. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement as he confirmed that President Rorigo Duterte wanted the peace talks to be held in the Philippines instead of Norway, the third-party facilitator between the peace negotiations government and communists. "Hindi naman po kinakailangan pa na mangibang-bayan para makipag-usap para sa kapayapaan lamang dahil tayo naman pong lahat ay Pilipino," Roque said in a Palace briefing on Monday. Asked who would facilitate the pe...Keep on reading: No more third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds – Palace.....»»

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Strong quake sets off fires, kills 3 people, injures 300 in Osaka

Published: 13:52 p.m., June 18, 2018 | Updated: 22:16 p.m., June 18, 2018 TOKYO --- A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300. A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in their 80s. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 307 people were treated for injuries at hospitals. Most of the injured were in Osaka -- Japan's No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were a...Keep on reading: Strong quake sets off fires, kills 3 people, injures 300 in Osaka.....»»

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Dureza: Norway still third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds

Norway remains the third-party facilitator in the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist rebels, Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza said on Monday night. Dureza issued the statetement hours after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing that Malacaang no longer saw the need to have a third-party facilitator in the resumption of peace talks. "The media report saying Norway is being removed or is no longer a 'facilitator' in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the communist rebels is a total fabrication," Dureza said in statement. "It is an example of irresponsible journalism." But it was Roque who told reporte...Keep on reading: Dureza: Norway still third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds.....»»

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Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia --- Sweden got the break it needed from the video review system, and team captain Andreas Granqvist didn't waste the chance. Granqvist slid his penalty kick into the bottom right corner of the net in the 65th minute to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Monday at the World Cup. "I was calm. I waited for the goalie and then I put it in the corner," Granqvist said. "We got the penalty, we scored, and then it was just a fight to the end." The Swedes were awarded the penalty after referee Joel Aguilar consulted a video screen on the sideline following an appeal by the Swedish players. Aguilar had originally waved play on after South Korea substitute Ki...Keep on reading: Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0.....»»

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Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

SARANSK, Russia --- Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be sett...Keep on reading: Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm.....»»

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Only 1 of 32 coaches at World Cup is black

MOSCOW --- The only black coach at this year's World Cup says there is a need for more in the sport. Senegal's Aliou Cisse says "in European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead." The percentage of black players at this year's tournament is far higher. FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cisse spoke Monday, a day ahead of Senegal's World Cup opener against Poland. He was captain of Senegal's team when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation's only previous World Cup appearance....Keep on reading: Only 1 of 32 coaches at World Cup is black.....»»

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Sotto asks Inquirer.net to remove Pepsi Paloma stories

Published: 7:14 a.m., July 17, 2018 | Updated: 11:34 p.m., July 18, 2018 The Inquirer.net articles linking him to the withdrawal of charges against the suspects in the alleged rape of movie starlet Pepsi Paloma were the "original fake news," according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Sotto said he expected these to be removed from the site. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which criticized his request to remove the articles from the website, do not know what really happened and should talk to the Inquirer, he said. "That is the original fake news, so do not make a big deal out of it," Sotto told reporters at the Senate on Monday. Asked if he ...Keep on reading: Sotto asks Inquirer.net to remove Pepsi Paloma stories.....»»

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Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week

LONDON --- Andy Murray is excited to be returning at the pre-Wimbledon Queen's Club event this week after the former top-ranked player in the world experienced the "lowest point" of his career during an 11-month absence from tennis. The 31-year-old Briton, who has been out of action with a hip injury since losing in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been drawn to meet Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Queen's. "I'm really looking forward to playing again," Murray said in his regular BBC Sport column. "While I will be nervous, it will be great to finally step back on the court. "With sport you play to win, but when you are away from something you love doing for almo...Keep on reading: Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week.....»»

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Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

SOCHI, Russia --- This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn't win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The "Selecao" had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after "The King's" farewell. Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 back then, the same score of its match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, when all the hype surrounding Neymar and his teammates turned into disappointment and concern. The result that ended Brazil's nine-match winning streak in openers left the national team two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 earlier Sunday. One of the main title fa...Keep on reading: Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup.....»»

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‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

KAZAN, Russia --- It was on a cold night of November two years ago that Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun displayed his class to the world. Playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with his Russian Premier League club Rostov, Azmoun collected a pass from a teammate on the edge of the area. He continued his run into the box, sent defender Jerome Boateng to the ground with a fine dribble and showed the composure of a seasoned veteranto slot the ball homewith a calm finish. That night, Rostov pulled off a surprise 3-2 win over Bayern, the kind of upset Iran will be looking for when it takes on Spain at the Kazan Arena on Wednesday at the World Cup following a 1-0 win agains...Keep on reading: ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game.....»»

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The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

CHICAGO --- The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process. The interview. Down in the lobby, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers chatted with familiar faces and pretended not to notice random fans taking selfies with them in the background. Agents held court with other agents, Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked with some journalists and a couple dozen people were outside with their phones ready to snap pictures of whoever was walking in next. But upstairs, high above the bustle and din of Chica...Keep on reading: The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process.....»»

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2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games

SEOUL, South Korea --- Athletes from the rival Koreas will march together under a single flag in the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, officials said Monday, in another tension-easing step since last week's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sports officials from two countries also agreed in talks at a border village to field combined teams in some unspecified events at the Asian Games, which begin in August, South Korea's Sports Ministry said in a statement. It said the two Koreas also decided to hold friendly basketball matches in Pyongyang and Seoul in the coming months. Kim proposed the matches in...Keep on reading: 2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games.....»»

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Megan: Fame no longer out of reach for the truly talented

No influential backer? No problem. Megan Young says that while stardom can still prove elusive to show biz hopefuls, it's no longer out of reach for the driven and the truly talented. This she said when we asked her if she thought the talent search route was still the best way for actor wannabes to get noticed. The former Miss World winner, who began her ascent to stardom after placing third behind Ryza Cenon and LJ Reyes in the second season of "StarStruck," said that joining reality shows is no longer the only way to get your foot in Tinseltown's door. "When I started, joining talent searches was a great starting point---and it still is," Megan said. "But there are other way...Keep on reading: Megan: Fame no longer out of reach for the truly talented.....»»

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Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win

MOSCOW --- With or without Mohamed Salah in the lineup, Egypt should give Russia an indication if it has any shot at making a mark in this year's World Cup. Russia dismissed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but the lopsided victory failed to show if the team is actually good enough to succeed in international competition. The Saudi team did put up much of a fight, so any questions about Russia's readiness were left unanswered. Either way, the Russian team understands that one victory from its next two Group A matches can put the team in the knockout round. A win over Egypt in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, coupled with an Uruguay victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednes...Keep on reading: Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win.....»»

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Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

MOSCOW --- Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015. An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in stoppage-time was decisive in a 1-0 loss to Iran last Friday in a game it mostly dominated. "Because they lost the first game, Morocco will give everything. They have no other choice," Portugal forward Andre Silva said. Portugal's opening 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic means Morocco must take at least one point before the Spanish play Iran in Wednesday's late game in...Keep on reading: Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup.....»»

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Treb wants everyone to speak up

Clearly, this is not the same Famas of yore. The highlight of the 66th Famas Awards was the audaciously rousing acceptance speech made by Treb Monteras II, whose Cinemalaya film "Respeto" won second place, Grand Jury Prize. Monteras dedicated the honor to victims of human rights violations, then and now---specifically, those who suffered during the martial law regime and those who are now suffering in the ongoing war against drugs. He asserted: "Huwag tayong matakot na gamitin ang ating boses para magtanong, para magsalita at higit sa lahat para mag-ingay! (Let us not be afraid to use our voice to inquire, to speak and, more than anything else, to make noise!)" Monter...Keep on reading: Treb wants everyone to speak up.....»»

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‘13 Reasons Why’s’ ‘edgy’ new kid

  Bryce Cass was cast last year to star in the second season of "13 Reasons Why" as new character Cyrus, "an edgy, cynical mischief maker who serves as an unexpected champion of the downtrodden," according to entertainment site Variety. Now that the hit Netflix series is out, Cyrus is shown as a prominent addition, a punk rock-influenced student who leads his own group of rejects and unhesitatingly befriends misfit photographer Tyler (Devin Druid). Cass, 20, is a former child actor whose guest appearances in TV shows include "ER," "Barney & Friends" and, more recently, "The Night Shift." He also had roles in films like "The Guardian" and "Battle: Los Angeles." We...Keep on reading: ‘13 Reasons Why’s’ ‘edgy’ new kid.....»»

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