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LP defends DAP despite Aquino indictment

The unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that landed former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in hot water was merely meant to deliver services and infrastructure "needed by the people." This was the defense of the Liberal Party (LP)on Wednesdayafter the Office of the Ombudsman announced Aquino's indictment for usurpation of legislative powers over the DAP scam. READ: Ombudsman indicts Aquino over DAP scam In a statement, the LP tried to justify why Aquino approved the DAP, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. "The DAP was crafted with the intention to deliver theservices and infrastructure needed by the people andguided by the law...Keep on reading: LP defends DAP despite Aquino indictment.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 20th, 2018Related News

Martires apologizes to Sereno, says he never meant to faith-shame her

Martires’ application to the Ombudsman post is facing an opposition from a group of priests, pastors and theological teachers. They pointed out that Martires’ questions to Sereno that linked her faith to “mental illness” shows his “lack of respect to faith-based communities” and his “lack of probity.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 20th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Tony Labrusca gets 1st place on first try at Spartan race

The Spartan race truly gives justice to its name, as the series of obstacle races with varying distances and range of difficulty seems like an undertaking fit only for the fiercest and toughest warrior society of ancient Greece. The Spartan race held in Foressa, Cebu last June 16 was a feat not meant for the weak, thanks to its rugged 6.5 kilometer terrain with 21 obstacles. For some, the idea of a first timer having a go at the behemoth race seems daunting, but actor and model Tony Labrusca proved that even a neophyte like him can conquer the said battlefield. Labrusca took to his Instagram account two days ago, June 18, to share to his fans his 1st place win in the Age Group Divisi...Keep on reading: LOOK: Tony Labrusca gets 1st place on first try at Spartan race.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 20th, 2018Related News

Japan scores historic upset over Colombia in World Cup

SARANSK, Russia – Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia  2-1, becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team at the World Cup. Osako’s 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Japan makes history with World Cup win over 10-man Colombia

SARANSK, Russia –Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday, June 19, as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia, 2-1, becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team at the World Cup. Osako's 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Say NO to entitlements

Let’s be reminded that these privileges, favors and blessings are meant for us to strengthen our desire to serve and not to be served......»»

Source: Samarnews SamarnewsCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Whether he ever wins a U.S. Open — and that prospect is increasingly bleak at age 48 — Phil Mickelson will be remembered for what happened on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday. Call it the Mickelson Meltdown. His bogey putt from above the hole ran by the cup and was headed down a slope when he ran over and swatted it back toward the hole as the ball was still moving. "Sometimes it gets a little goofy, sure," he said, "but it's all within the rules." Mickelson's shocking display in the third round earned him a 2-stroke penalty for breaking the rule against hitting a moving ball and led to a 10 on the hole, an 81 overall. He went from shooting a 69 to making the cut to falling apart so badly that playing partner Andrew Johnston called it "a moment of madness." "I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that," Mickelson said, explaining he preferred the 2-stroke penalty to having to play the ball from off the green. "I just finally did." Saturday was Mickelson's 48th birthday, and there were good vibes everywhere early in his round. He was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" at nearly every green, and even after four consecutive bogeys the fans were supportive. "People here have been awesome, they made my birthday special," he said. Then came No. 13, where nothing was special — just outrageous. Mickelson jogged after the ball after it curled around the hole, realizing it was about to head down the other side of the green. His swat sent the ball off the hole. He then two-putted. With the 2-shot penalty, he was given a sextuple-bogey 10 that was the highest score on any hole at this U.S. Open, according to the USGA. "I've wanted to do that many times. I should have done it several times at Augusta on 15," he said. As he walked off the green, he could be seen smiling and talking to Johnston, who also was smiling. "I said, 'That is one of the strangest things I have ever seen' and started laughing, and said 'sorry' about laughing," said Johnston, a jovial Englishman with the nickname Beef. "He just laughed at me, he had no words to say. We just laughed. "It's something you might see at your club with your mates. It was strange, no one ever has those thoughts, it just happens." Mickelson's actions were reminiscent of John Daly hitting a moving ball at Pinehurst No. 2 in the 1999 U.S. Open. Daly was on No. 8 in the final round when he took an 11 on the hole and signed for an 81. He then said: "This is my last U.S. Open — ever. I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments." He was back the next year at Pebble Beach, where he pumped three shots into the Pacific Ocean on the famed 18th and hit another shot into someone's backyard. That made for a 14, a total of 83 in the first round, and a withdrawal. Another player who let things get to him was Kirk Triplett in 1998 at Olympic Club. On the 18th hole in the second round, Triplett stuck his putter in the ground as a backstop when his ball was headed back down from the hole. Mickelson, who has been a U.S. Open runner-up six times, most recently in 2013, was having a miserable time Saturday before reaching 13. He had those four consecutive bogeys before a par at the 12th. After three more pars following the meltdown, he bogeyed 17, then parred 18. Asked if people would find his actions on No. 13 disrespectful, Mickelson said: "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can. In that situation, I was just going back and forth. I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display." As for walking off the green chuckling, he insisted: "How can you not laugh? It's funny." ___ AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson, AP Columnist Tim Dahlberg, and Sports Writer Jimmy Golen contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Crackdown vs tambays to make streets safe — Palace

The crackdown on tambays (loiterers) is meant to help law enforcers improve their maintenance of peace and order in the country, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Passionate Peruvian fans flood World Cup’s smallest city

SARANSK, Russia --- Peru soccer fan Daniel Etchevarria learned he had severe arthritis in his knees shortly after his beloved team made the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The diagnosis meant the accountant would have limited mobility if he made the trip to Russia to cheer on his team. No chance he was missing it, though, even if he was confined to a wheelchair for the trip. But when fellow Peruvians began a loud traditional chant at the Saransk Fan Fest, the 51-year-old pulled himself to his feet, wearing his "lucky" Peru shirt, with tears in his eyes. "I had to be here. I feel like a messenger from Peru. It doesn't matter how far we go. We are here," said Etchevarria, wh...Keep on reading: Passionate Peruvian fans flood World Cup’s smallest city.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 16th, 2018Related News

Woods on expectations for another major win: Absolutely

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hoist the anchor, and set sail the great ship Privacy on a course for Carnoustie Bay, Pebble Beach or some other future site of a golf major. Tiger Woods isn't going to win the U.S. Open this year. He still thinks he can win another major before he's done. "Absolutely," Woods said after shooting a 2-over 72 at Shinnecock Hills on Friday for a 36-hole total of 10 over that saw him miss the cut. "They're not easy," he said. "I mean, I've won a few of them over the course of my career, and they're the hardest fields and usually the hardest setups. So they're meant to be testers, and you don't win major championships by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts. "You have to be on," he said. "You just can't fake it at a major championship." Woods couldn't even fake it for the first 34 holes in Southampton, and despite birdies on the last two holes, he needed a lot of help to avoid the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors. That means he won't need to bunk for the weekend at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club on the 155-foot boat he jokingly calls "the dinghy." Woods also missed the cut when he brought Privacy to the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York City's northern suburbs. He has not played the weekend at a U.S. Open since 2013, or won one since 2008 — his last major victory. He remains stuck at 14 in his career, four short of Jack Nicklaus' record. "Our whole careers are pretty much measured as if you can win four times a year," Woods said. Woods' chances were effectively eliminated after two holes. He shot a triple bogey on Thursday on No. 1 — a 399-yard par 4 that is the fourth-easiest hole on the course — needing three tries to manage a short rise to the elevated green and then two-putting. He entered the second round nine strokes behind the leaders and thought if he could shoot in the 60s on Friday he would have a chance to get back into it. Now he won't even have a chance to play. "I couldn't chase down the leaders right away. It's going to take me probably 2½ to 3 rounds to do it," he said. "Unfortunately, I went the other way." Starting the second round on No. 10, Woods made the turn at even par and came back around to No. 1. His drive was fine, but he yanked his approach shot to the right of the green into deep rough, and then rolled his third shot over it. After pitching to about 14 feet, he missed a bogey putt. He then bogeyed No. 2 for the second straight day. "I didn't play the first and second hole very well," said Woods, who started on No. 10 for the second round. "I was kind of hanging in there until, unfortunately, first and second hole kind of derailed it." Woods said he would take the week off before playing the National and then heading to Carnoustie, Scotland, for the British Open......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2018Related News

PBA: At last, Alaska has broken the coach Yeng-NLEX curse

Alaska was winless against NLEX ever since Yeng Guiao has been sitting in the coach’s chair in 2016. That’s six straight games without a win spanning two seasons and seven conferences. That was until Friday at the MOA Arena. Behind Vic Manuel’s seventh straight 20-point game and Antonio Campbell’s red-hot shooting, the Aces finally downed the Guiao-coached Road Warriors, 120-111. It almost wasn’t meant to be, though, as Alaska found itself down by five early in the final frame before Campbell came up big. “We’re really fortunate to make plays in the end,” head coach Alex Compton expressed post-game. That the Aces, now winners of seven straight, were pushed to the limit by an NLEX side without both Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas was just another proof of Guiao’s coaching prowess. “Coach Yeng has six championships, he’s a great coach. You don’t know how relieved I am (with this win),” their always amiable mentor candidly said. Without a doubt, the conference has been kind to Compton and his wards – not only did their latest win get the coach Yeng-NLEX monkey off their back, it also kept them as frontrunners for a top two finish for the quarterfinals. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 15th, 2018Related News

‘Yellow rainfall’ warning up in 3 areas as ‘Ester’ triggers monsoon rains—Pagasa

A yellow rainfall warning is up over Zambales, Bataan, and Pampanga on Friday morning because of monsoon rains enhanced by tropical depression “Ester,”  the state-run weather bureau said. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Admnistration (Pagasa) said this meant that flooding was possible in low-lying areas. As of 8 a.m., the center of Ester [...] The post ‘Yellow rainfall’ warning up in 3 areas as ‘Ester’ triggers monsoon rains—Pagasa appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Town declares 1,000-ha area as critical habitat for wildlife

By: Perla Lena THE municipality of San Joaquin, Iloilo has declared nearly 1,000 hectares of its land as a critical habitat area, a move meant to protect vulnerable and endangered wildlife. San Joaquin is the southernmost town of Iloilo. Rodelio Sedantes, the town’s Sangguniang Bayan (SB) secretary, said in a phone interview on Wednesday that threatened […] The post Town declares 1,000-ha area as critical habitat for wildlife appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

Macron never meant to offend Italy with migrant comments

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to resolve tensions with Italy on Thursday, June 14, saying he never meant to cause offense by criticizing its rejection of a migrant ship in remarks that sparked fury in Rome. Macron had on Tuesday ignited the worst Franco-Italian diplomatic spat in years ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

Trillanes on Paolo Duterte& apos;s impending libel rap: Lawsuit meant to divert my attention - GMA News

Trillanes on Paolo Duterte's impending libel rap: Lawsuit meant to divert my attention - GMA News.....»»

Source: Googlenews GooglenewsCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Golden State Warriors light up championship parade

   MANILA, Philippines – The stars were out for the Golden State Warriors championship parade this Wednesday, June 13, Manila time.  Four stars, to be exact, and a bunch of role players. But of course, being a role player isn't a bad thing. It just means that you're meant to actually do your role, and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 13th, 2018Related News

FX system, bond mart overhaul part of financial market reform, says DOF chief

The central bank's plan to overhaul the foreign exchange system and fiscal authorities' push to accelerate the development of the fixed income bourse are linked to an overarching strategy on market reform, according to the head of the Duterte administration's economic team. In particular, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the two parallel moves on the monetary and fiscal tracks were meant to improve liquidity, price discovery and stability, and the infrastructure of the country's currency, bond and stock markets. "Our reforms are geared toward enhancing the overall efficiency of the Philippine capital markets by focusing on their core elements," he said in an e-mail to th...Keep on reading: FX system, bond mart overhaul part of financial market reform, says DOF chief.....»»

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

BSP looks at further easing of FX rules

WORK is under way for fresh easing of foreign exchange restrictions, with changes being prepared by the central bank meant to simplify the entry and withdrawal of investments. The post BSP looks at further easing of FX rules appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJun 12th, 2018Related News

'3x3WC: Pogoy after bitter loss to Canada: 'Para sakin na sana pero kinuha nila sa akin'

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- RR Pogoy's FIBA 3x3 World Cup moment was there for the taking. Sadly, the Canadians managed to snatch it away at the last second. Down seven against the unbeaten Canadians, Pogoy caught fire from deep, single-handedly carrying Gilas Pilipinas in the must-win game. Pogoy's hot shooting gave the Philippines an 18-16 lead with a minute to go and after Canada recovered to take a one-point advantage in the dying seconds, RR got final chance to win the game for the Philippines. It wasn't meant to be as a heavily-contested two-point attempt missed at the buzzer. The loss ultimately eliminated Gilas Pililipinas from the tournament. "Sayang lang talaga yung Canada," Pogoy said. "Kasi para sakin na sana pero kinuha nila sa akin," he added. Despite the bitter loss, Pogoy says there's so much to learn in this 3x3 stint for Gilas Pilipinas. And if given the opportunity again, he'd like to put those lessons into actions. "Dapat matuto tayo sa experience na yun kasi kami ‘yung first timer. Dami din mga bagong rules," Pogoy said. "Pinapanood namin yung game against Canada. Talagang nasayangan talaga kami pero yun talaga eh. May nananalo, may natatalo, first timer kami. Di pa kami masyado sanay sa 3X3. Siguro dapat matuto kami sa tournament na ito kasi may ibang tournament pa. Next time," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 11th, 2018Related News

Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Donald Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday with President Donald Trump meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear bomb arsenal......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 10th, 2018Related News