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6 killed, 1 survive hacking attack in Cagayan

MANILA, Philippines --- Six people were killed in a hacking attack in Gonzaga in Cagayan province on Saturday. A 3-year-old boy survived the massacre. According to an initial report, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba confirmed in a text message that six members of a family were hacked to death in Sitio San Francisco, Barangay Ipil. At around 7:30 a.m., Barangay Chairman Edgar Rasos reported that six bodies with hack wounds were found in their barangay. The dead were identified as 42-year-old Dizon Oandasan, Sany Oandarade, 5-year-old Dizon Oandasan, 3-year-old Denisson Oandasan, and 53-year-old Juanito Soliva. The other fatality was still unidenitified. Police also said a 3-ye...Keep on reading: 6 killed, 1 survive hacking attack in Cagayan.....»»

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CebGo announces canceled flights

      MANILA, Philippines--In anticipation of a bad weather condition across the country, CebGo announced on Saturday the cancelation of six local flights for three days. In an advisory, the airline company said that the following flights to and from Legazpi have been canceled starting Saturday until Monday, Dec. 17. Manila - Legazpi DG 6191 DG 6189 DG 6193 Legazpi - Manila DG 6190 DG 6194 DG 6192 "Passengers on these affected flights from Dec 15 to Dec 17 have been notified through the contact information provided upon booking their flights," the airline said. "Affected passengers may send us a message on our official FB and T...Keep on reading: CebGo announces canceled flights.....»»

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Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful

BANGKOK, Thailand – Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a sharp rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe's 66-year history. The willowy beauty is making history since the pageant reversed a longstanding policy in 2012 that participants must be "naturally ........»»

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Bacolod City councilor and his wife survive ambush

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – A city councilor here and his wife survived an attack by unknown gunmen Friday evening, ........»»

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Senator’s staff offered ‘parked pork’ to solon – Lacson

    MANILA, Philippines --- It was a staff of a senator, who allegedly offered portions of his "parked pork" to a congressman, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed on Friday.   Lacson earlier disclosed a new scheme where lawmakers supposedly earned "commissions" from parked "pork" in a legislative district of a "well-connected" congressman.   "Then he/she offers to share portions of that parked pork to other congressmenwith very little or no pork allocations with the understanding that the choice of contractor remains with the former," he said in a text message.   "So project lang sa district nila pakinabang nung congressmen who accept the ...Keep on reading: Senator’s staff offered ‘parked pork’ to solon – Lacson.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 14th, 2018Related News

Senators shield Diokno from House attack

  Several senators have taken the cudgels for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno after the House of Representatives urged President Duterte to fire him for inserting huge infrastructure funding in the proposed 2019 budget, allegedly without the President's knowledge.   Senate President Vicente Sotto III lauded Diokno's performance as the official in charge of crafting the administration's spending plan.   "Ben Diokno has been doing a good job and has never been known to indulge in any illegal actions as far as the government budget is concerned," Sotto said in a text message on Thursday.   Whether he should be dismissed would depend on his explanati...Keep on reading: Senators shield Diokno from House attack.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 14th, 2018Related News

No hand in Sorsogon projects cornered by 1 contractor, says mayor

  LEGAZPI CITY --- Mayor Edwin "Boboy" Hamor of Casiguran town in Sorsogon province has denied any participation in infrastructure projects being built by CT Leoncio Construction and Trading, saying he does not even know its proprietor.   "I also have no idea that they (Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Sorsogon Vice Gov. Ester Hamor) know each other," Hamor said on Thursday.   The vice governor is the mayor's wife and the mother-in-law of Diokno's daughter. Hamor said Ester's son was by her first husband and not his.   The names of the Hamors surfaced during Question Hour in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when Diokno fielded quer...Keep on reading: No hand in Sorsogon projects cornered by 1 contractor, says mayor.....»»

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Sonia Roco directs original play on Jungian archetypes

  With its paisley prints and pastel hues, the poster for "Halo Halo Tayo!" looks like one for a dessert place selling all manner of sweets. It's actually an original, full-length play directed by Sonia Roco, wife of the late senator and presidential candidate Raul Roco.   Now in her mid-70s, Sonia keeps a schedule that allows her to indulge in her interests: traveling, meeting up with friends, and expressing her artistic bent. In her youth, she took a year-long course in speech and drama in London.   When she returned to the Philippines, she acted in and directed musicals and stage plays. "Halo Halo Tayo! The Delicious and Colorfully Complex Filipino So...Keep on reading: Sonia Roco directs original play on Jungian archetypes.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 14th, 2018Related News

Suspended Abra mayor refuses to vacate post

Lagayan town Mayor Jendricks Luna has refused to vacate his post after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan suspended him and his vice mayor wife in connection with an unfinished road project in Barangay Ba-i......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Kobe Paras: It ll be fun to face Ateneo in the Finals

Incoming Fighting Maroon Kobe Paras said that it would be fun to see the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University clash once again in the championship series of the UAAP. However, Paras then added that the Blue Eagles should open their doors, close the main thoroughfare and declare the bonfire on Saturday as a bond between the adjacent higher institutions of learning.  "Ateneo, sama mo naman kaming mga Iskolar ng Bayan. Because basketball brings us together. So why don't just have a bonfire of UP and Ateneo together? Sa lahat ng Fathers ng Ateneo, mahal ko kayo. #OneBigFight #UPFight. Sarado natin yung buong Katipunan. Throw a big party," the 21-year old said in an interview with Mico Halili on 'The Score'. Kidding aside, Paras admitted that it 'pissed him off' that he was not able to play for the Maroons this year, who made a surprise run to the UAAP Season 81 Finals. However, he says he looks forward to playing with UAAP Season 80 Mythical Five member Ricci Rivero in leading the squad perhaps back to the Finals once again, and make sure to make the Iskolar ng Bayan proud of their exploits. "I didn't really have to be a part of [the magical season]. But something inside me that people were talking about is why UP was going to the Final Four is because of me and Ricci," he shared. "Everytime people say that to me, I tell them, don't focus on me, focus on the present. Focus on Season 81. My guys really did some big things and I'm proud of them. Not have one, but Ateneo deserved the championship this year." Paras also talked about his haters and how he deals with them everyday. "You just got to live your life. Whatever you do, people are going to respond in a negative or positive way. Do something that makes you happy." See the rest of the interview below:.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Ellen DeGeneres may retire from her talk show in 2020

If you are a fan of the long-running "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", this may be bad news for you: its host Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she may retire from the show come 2020. The Emmy Award-winner disclosed that her contract with Warner Bros. Television is only until 2020. She made the revelation in a New York Times interview released Wednesday, Dec. 12. With this, DeGeneres also disclosed that her wife, actress Portia De Rossi, wants her to stop doing the show. However, the comedienne's brother, Vance, would encourage her to keep going."She gets mad when my brother tells me I can't stop," DeGeneres was quoted in the report. When asked why she wants DeGeneres to stop, De Ross...Keep on reading: Ellen DeGeneres may retire from her talk show in 2020.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 13th, 2018Related News

UN science panel chief calls for more action to curb warming

KATOWICE, Poland --- Governments must do more and act swiftly to prevent global warming on a scale that would cause irreversible environmental damage and hit poor societies hard, the head of the United Nation's top science panel on climate change said on Tuesday.   Lee Hoesung, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told diplomats at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in this southern Polish city, that scientists had conducted an exhaustive review of data for their recent special report on keeping average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.   Clear message   ...Keep on reading: UN science panel chief calls for more action to curb warming.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 12th, 2018Related News

Husband shot, wife kidnapped in Bula, Cam Sur

Husband shot, wife kidnapped in Bula, Cam Sur.....»»

Source: Bicolstandard BicolstandardCategory: NewsDec 12th, 2018Related News

Heart Evangelista s grocery outfit is now a meme and we re all for it

MANILA, Philippines – Heart Evangelista is a lot of things – an actress, a visual artist, an animal rights advocate, and a doting wife to husband Senator Chiz Escudero. And since being a formidable social media presence, Heart's been able to put another feather on her cap: a source ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 12th, 2018Related News

Alvarez, Fariñas deny having hand in pork insertions in budget

Don't look at us. Former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and his buddy, former House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias, dismissed insinuations that they had a hand in funneling billions of pesos in pork to their congressional districts. "I don't know with him. I have not attended a single budget hearing," Alvarez said in a text message to reporters on Tuesday when asked about the claim of House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. that his district in Davao del Norte province was allotted P5 billion worth of projects. In fact, Alvarez said he never saw the national expenditure program (NEP) prepared by the Department of Budget and Management. 'Executive function' "Congress has nothin...Keep on reading: Alvarez, Fariñas deny having hand in pork insertions in budget.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 11th, 2018Related News

MILF leader hopeful of lasting peace

AL-BARKA, Basilan --- Brave men cry. The "fiercest and most dreaded" commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was driven to tears recalling his past battles and hoped for a peaceful future through a new Bangsamoro autonomous region. In an assembly at Barangay Cambug here last week, Hadji Dan Asnawi, commander of the 114th Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, faced 2,000 fighters, both men and women, and told them: "For more than 40 years, thousands of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children sacrificed their lives here. [In] this land, blood had taken more blood, so that we can stand united like this." Those who heard him were also teary-eyed. Martyrs "I ...Keep on reading: MILF leader hopeful of lasting peace.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 10th, 2018Related News

Medialdea on Human Rights Day: Drug war protects innocent, law-abiding Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang joined the world in marking 70 years since the enactment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a message from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. The message, labelled as coming from the Presidential Human Rights Secretariat under the Office of the President, was sent to reporters ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2018Related News

Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 10th, 2018Related News

Top micro firms named

Who would have thought that a simple fishball-making business would earn a simple entrepreneur top spot in the 2018 edition of Citibank's Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA)?   Certainly not Erwin Ramos of Bulacan, who turns "bidbid" fish into fishballs and other processed products.   Last Friday, Ramos was presented the CMA Microentrepreneur of the Year award in ceremonies held at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Manila.   In 2011, Ramos, together with his wife Lanie, experimented with the use of bidbid fish---considered a nuisance in bangus fishponds---as base ingredient for fishballs.   In time, they ven...Keep on reading: Top micro firms named.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 8th, 2018Related News

[OPINION] Duterte and the hypocritical Church

Duterte has repeatedly lambasted Catholic priests . He has called them gay, useless, and corrupt. The message is clear. For President Duterte, the Catholic Church is a hypocritical institution. Thus it has no credibility to call him out for his errors.  Is this a case of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2018Related News