Sereno: Impeachment meant to make gov’t officials accountable

  Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said she was hoping that the impeachment case against her was not fuelled by "vengeance or personal agenda," as she reminded those who wield power that the political exercise was meant to exact accountability from government officials.   "I hope everybody involved rises to the requirements of the Constitution that this (impeachment) should not be done for personal vengeance or for personal agenda, but this is only a mechanism for accountability," Sereno said in an interview over ANC's Headstart on Monday.   The impeachment process, she added, is designed to "preserve, not destroy democratic institutions....Keep on reading: Sereno: Impeachment meant to make gov’t officials accountable.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 1 hr. 10 min. ago Related News

Marawi rehab will not take away from ‘Yolanda’ aid, DSWD chief assures

There will be continuous assistance for both the survivors of Supertyphoon "Yolanda" and the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The assurance counters pronouncements made by several government officials, including Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), that government plans of diverting P5 billion in unused funds originally meant for "Yolanda" rehabilitation would be used to rebuild Marawi. "Right now, the focus is really on Marawi. So funds are being coursed to Marawi," Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, DSWD officer i charge said in a press ...Keep on reading: Marawi rehab will not take away from ‘Yolanda’ aid, DSWD chief assures.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 18th, 2017Related News

DA chief: Assistance meant for farmers, not coop workers

By: Isabella Marie A. Zerrudo THE Department of Agriculture (DA) implemented a new validation scheme to ensure that agricultural aid goes to farmers, not cooperative employees. DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the scheme will also avoid “sabotage” of agricultural loaning processes. Piñol announced the scheme during the turnover of agricultural loans worth P30 million to Antique […] The post DA chief: Assistance meant for farmers, not coop workers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2017Related News

Isabel Lopez faces LTO summon

  Former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez on Thursday finally faced the Land and Transportation Office (LTO) after she was summoned for deliberately breaching the ASEAN lane meant for visiting world leaders.The post Isabel Lopez faces LTO summon appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Source: Dzrhnews DzrhnewsCategory: Nov 16th, 2017Related News

New clearing house live by 2018

A second digital clearing house meant to process real-time money transfers is eyed to go live by early 2018, central bank officials said, which is expected to push more Filipinos to use online channels for payment transactions......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopNov 15th, 2017Related News

Jedinak stars as Australia qualifies for 2018 World Cup

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer SYDNEY (AP) — Mile Jedinak didn't miss when it counted, propelling Australia into next year's World Cup with three goals in Wednesday's 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras. The Australia captain was in doubt for the series with a groin injury that had forced him to miss end of the Asian qualifying campaign, when his team narrowly missed out on direct entry to the tournament in Russia. But Jedinak played a full game in the 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula last Friday and, aided by the state-of-the-art rehabilitation program on Australia's charter flight home, took the free kick that broke the scoring drought in the 54th minute at Sydney's Olympic stadium. His free kick curled to the left of the wall and deflected sharply in off defender Henry Figueroa, bringing the parochial 77,060-strong crowd at Sydney's Olympic stadium to life. He converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and again calmly slotted home another penalty after Robbie Kruse was dragged down in the area in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup. "I'll take them all," Jedinak said. "It wouldn't have mattered who scored. I'm happy to chip in." Honduras scored a consolation goal deep in injury time in a scramble in front of goal with Alberth Elis and Maynor Figueroa both swiping at the ball from close range. The result meant Asia got a full quota of five teams into the World Cup in Russia, with 31 of the 32 places decided. Peru was hosting New Zealand for the last spot later Wednesday. Under-fire coach Ange Postecoglou said he was delighted for his team, and declined to comment on his future with the Socceroos amid speculation that he may not stay on for the World Cup. "They got what they deserved — it wasn't by luck or by chance," Postecoglou said. "They believed in something that we started, and right to the end they displayed the kind of resilience and belief that has made me proud all the way along. They did it their way, and got great rewards for it." While the Australians invested heavily in the charter flight to get home Sunday after the first leg, the Honduras squad took a commercial flight and arrived a day later. But with veteran skipper Maynor Figueroa returning, and with Elis adding pace on the flank, Honduras lifted its tempo in the first half and frustrated the Australian attack. Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto said the Australians clearly worked to neutralize Elis out wide, and the momentum shift was too great after the opening goal. "Australia were very strong and aggressive and put pressure on us. In the first half the game was more balanced — in the second half, the (first) goal took a toll," Pinto said. "The second goal, there was contact with the player's hand, but it wasn't intentional." Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Australia advanced after beating Syria for fifth place in Asian qualifying, with veteran Tim Cahill scoring twice in Sydney, and setting up the intercontinental playoff. Cahill was involved when Australia edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year's World Cup in Germany. He was also there when the Australians qualified directly from Asia for 2010 and 2014. There is a good chance he'll be in Russia, too, even after he has turned 38. The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for Aston Villa in England. "We got the job done and that's all that matters — it's going to be a big 2018," he said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2017Related News

How these kids–with their parents go gadget-free, cold turkey

My 6-year-old son committed a major infraction, so we suspended his iPad privileges for a month. As it is, he is allowed to use it only for two hours each on Saturday and Sunday, so this was meant to really make him more mindful of his actions. Admittedly I was mostly happy about it. I've observed that he becomes irritable and sasses back when he's on it. I said "mostly" because having him on it means I get some me time, too. We aren't totally screen-free, as I oversee his online piano lessons ( on an almost daily basis and coach him through free coding lessons ( I see the value of being connected, with parental participation. With coding, for in...Keep on reading: How these kids–with their parents go gadget-free, cold turkey.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 14th, 2017Related News

New clearing house live by 2018

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter A SECOND DIGITAL clearing house meant to process real-time money transfers is eyed to go live by early 2018, central bank officials said, which is expected to push more Filipinos to use online channels for payment transactions. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. said […] The post New clearing house live by 2018 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2017Related News

Asian Cup stint remains elusive as Azkals settle for draw vs Nepal

MANILA, Philippines – History wasn’t meant to be made Tuesday as the misfiring Philippine Azkals were held to a scoreless draw by nothing-to-lose Nepal in th.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2017Related News

Trumps Asia trip ends as it begins - shadowed by Russia

Manila - President Donald Trump's lengthy Asia trip wound down as it began - with a visit meant to be centered on trade and North Korea shadowed by questions about Russia. Trump was in the Philippine.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2017Related News

Craft brewers edge their way into Lebanon market

For decades, beer in Lebanon has meant just one thing: the ubiquitous local pilsner, Almaza. But now a crop of local microbrews is making headway in the home market. On the shore of the seaside town of Batroun, 34-year-old Jamil Haddad presides over the Colonel brewery, now just over three years old and, he says, expanding fast. "Every year I'm growing like crazy," he told AFP, as workers put the finishing touches to a stage in the brewery's garden for its annual festival. This year alone, thanks in part to his new beach bar a few hundred metres (yards) from the brewery, business is up 45 percent, he said. "When I opened in 2014, I was afraid. Are people going to...Keep on reading: Craft brewers edge their way into Lebanon market.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 13th, 2017Related News

Coach Bo says season-ending win is ‘defining moment for UP’

It was a short-lived celebration for the University of the Philippines. Two hours and 18 minutes after staying alive in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the playoff hopes of the Fighting Maroons were effectively extinguished when Far Eastern University triumphed over Adamson University. “Wala na naman talaga yung bola sa kamay namin,” head coach Bo Perasol said. “What’s important now is we (had for) ourselves a chance for the playoffs.” Indeed, a lot had to go right for them to end what is now a 20-year playoff drought. Heading into today’s gameday, State U was tied with National University at 5-8. A win there then raised their record to 6-8. Along with that, however, they also needed 6-7 FEU to lose to Adamson. If such scenario would have happened, FEU and UP, both at 6-8, would have figured in a knockout bout for the fourth and final playoff berth. Of course, their first playoffs in two decades wasn’t meant to be as they downed NU, 106-81, only to see the Tamaraws gore the Soaring Falcons, 71-54. Still, Perasol said how they came through in a must-win game was only a good sign for their program. “Ang sabi ko sa kanila, this is going to be a defining moment for our program. If you wanna grow, you have to undergo these kinds of games – knockout games, all for the marbles games – kasi rito mo nage-gain yung confidence mo,” he shared. He then went on to say how the Fighting Maroons, long used to be at the bottom of the standings, just did not have the experience of how to win. “Lahat ng teams have to overcome high-pressure games. E kami, yung simpleng laro lang, pagdating sa dulo, bumabagsak kami,” he said. He then continued, “Kaya kailangang merong pinaghuhugutan. They have to remember this experience na, ‘Hey, we have done this already.’” Indeed, Perasol’s wards got just that and persevered – imposing their will on the also determined Bulldogs from tip-off to final buzzer. “Whatever happens, I’m really proud of how we played this game. All of them really responded well,” he said. While they are yet to end that 20-year playoff drought, the always amiable mentor said they are on their war there, slowly but surely. “When we began this season, we really had high hopes on getting into the Final Four. Now, here we are and we were just a win away,” he said. And Perasol has the numbers to back him up as in his first season, he guided State U to a 5-9 record. Now, they wrap up their campaign at 6-8. “It’s an improvement to what we had last season. So no matter what happens, I believe we added some character to these gentlemen which we are going to hopefully bring into next season,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 11th, 2017Related News

Pinoy traits featured in Asean dinner barong

Which of the 21 world leaders coming to the Philippines for the 31st Association of Asian Nations (Asean) summit will be magiting (courageous), marangal (honorable), mapayapa (peaceful), magiliw (amiable) or magalang (respectful)?   These Filipino qualities were among the names given to barong Tagalog that the leaders---including the heads of nine other Asean members and US President Donald Trump---will be given to wear for the special gala celebration on Sunday for Asean's 50th anniversary.   The celebration was meant to showcase the best of Filipino artistry and talent.   Distinct Filipino quality   Embroidered pia cocoon barong Tagalog f...Keep on reading: Pinoy traits featured in Asean dinner barong.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 11th, 2017Related News

Buses upended in Berlin evoke suffering of Syrian refugees

BERLIN — A Syrian-born artist has upended three buses next to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, an installation meant to evoke the suffering of civilians in Syria......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldNov 10th, 2017Related News

Craft brewers edge their way into Lebanon market

BATROUN, Lebanon – For decades, beer in Lebanon has meant just one thing: the ubiquitous local pilsner, Almaza. But now a crop of local microbrews is making headway in the home market. On the shore of the seaside town of Batroun, 34-year-old Jamil Haddad presides over the Colonel brewery, now just ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 10th, 2017Related News

VACC slams Ombudsman for filing ‘downgraded’ charges vs Aquino

      A group that provided legal assistance to the relatives of policemen killed in the January 2015 Mamasapano incident has denounced the Ombudsman's recent filing of "downgraded" charges against former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in the Sandiganbayan.   Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption spokesperson Arsenio Evangelista said the Ombudsman's Wednesday indictment was meant to "preempt" their petition before the Supreme Court.   The said SC petition questioned the Ombudsman's June 13 and Sept. 5 orders finding probable cause to charge Aquino only with usurpation of authority and violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and...Keep on reading: VACC slams Ombudsman for filing ‘downgraded’ charges vs Aquino.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 9th, 2017Related News

Super Typhoon Yolanda: Malacañang declares holiday on Nov 8 for Tacloban

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has declared Wednesday, November 8, a special non-working holiday in Tacloban City. Proclamation No 348, released to media on Wednesday morning, says that the holiday is meant to commemorate the "persons who perished and survived super typhoon Yolanda, and highlight the resilience of its people." {source}.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2017Related News

The best present is our presence

It is November, and the Christmas season has begun for our nation. Although we faced various sociopolitical issues that have divided the country, we seem to be united when it comes to celebrating this yearend season meant for eating, singing, gift-giving and never-ending gatherings. We take a moment to think of our loved ones and [...] The post The best present is our presence appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsNov 6th, 2017Related News

BEST OF 5 Part 2: O captain, my captain, Topex Robinson

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. --- Long before Lyceum of the Philippines University was dominating the NCAA, it was already a force to reckon with in other collegiate leagues. The Pirates were the class of both the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) and the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA). Also, they had four Sweet 16 finishes to their name in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL). Perennial favorites in the collegiate leagues they competed in, they were, without a doubt, a battleship staking claim to a river. Clearly, the Intramuros-based squad needed a whole damn sea to set sail in. MAKE WAY And so, LPU entered the first and oldest collegiate league in the country as a guest team in 2011. However, they soon realized that they may have had good endings in their prior collegiate leagues, but the NCAA is a whole different story. The Pirates fell far from the .500 mark in their first four years in the NCAA and compiled an overall record of 25-47. “Na-experience ko lahat simula guest team pa lang ang Lyceum. Noon, yung pag-compete namin, kapos na kapos pa,” now graduating Wilson Baltazar recalled of that time. He then continued, “Naalala ko nung mga panahong yun, gustong-gusto naming manalo, pero laging kulang effort namin.” Their battleship was now in the sea, but was also now alongside other battleships – other battleships which were bigger, badder, better. Clearly, change had to come. PARTING WAYS Long before he was the leader of a crew that is now in the championship round, Topex Robinson was already leading a generational group in the Finals. In just his first year as head coach of San Sebastian College-Recoletos in 2011, Robinson made it all the way to the Finals, guiding the famed “Pinatubo Trio” of Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual, and Ian Sangalang into yet again challenging dynastic San Beda College. Unfortunately, his first championship wasn’t meant to be as he and his alma mater ultimately bowed down to the Red Lions. The former PBA player would not reach the same heights again in Recto. With a 5-13 record in 2014, both Baste and its alumnus had fallen off the map. Clearly, change had to come. SEE YOU AT THE CROSSROADS And so, LPU saw the resignation of 11-year head coach Bonnie Tan while San Sebastian witnessed Robinson’s second departure from the bench. Not long after, LPU and Robinson then found one another. “It was something I didn’t expect to happen so early because, basically, I had just resigned from San Sebastian. I guess I was just blessed to be given an opportunity,” the always amiable mentor now narrates. Just as the Pirates were more than willing to give the young coaching mind a fresh start, the young coaching mind was also more than willing to give the Pirates a fresh start. “It was just an opportunity for me to grow. I always loved coaching and that’s how I always envisioned myself,” he said. He then continued, “So whatever opportunity there is for me to take my calling, I’m always open to that.” THIS IS DIFFERENT Still, Robinson made it clear that it never crossed his mind that he would end up inside the walls of Intramuros – a place he did not really have any ties to. “I never thought of being LPU coach,” he expressed. In fact, he went on to say that in during those first few practices, he had a tough time getting their team name right. As he put it, “Actually, the first year, I still always said, ‘San Sebastian.’ Yung adjustment from San Sebastian then all of a sudden, I was in LPU, it took me a while bago mag-sink in.” Fortunately for the mentor, he had the all-out support of both the school of the students. “What I appreciate about LPU is the support of the students and the management. Yun yung isang bagay na I was really excited about – knowing na I had the full support of the community,” he said. Of course, that all-out support entailed being given the tallest of tasks. “Sa start pa lang, they told me to change the culture. I pretty much explained to them that it’s not an overnight thing, that it’s gonna take a while,” he said. ROUGH START Robinson’s entry didn’t necessarily turn the tides in LPU’s favor. He won four of 18 games in his debut season and then followed that up with a 6-12 record in his sophomore effort. However, he also wasted no time in effecting change in the habits of players. “Yung iniba ni coach Topex, yung disiplina sa team. Ngayon, willing kaming lahat gawin lahat para manalo,” Baltazar shared, noting the difference between the Pirates of old and the Pirates under Robinson. He then continued, “Sa training talaga, dun mo makikita yung pagkakaiba. Ngayon kasi, lahat nag-sacrifice sa training, lahat nagbibigay ng effort mula sa dulo ng bench hanggang first five.” Baltazar went on to say how their new head coach gave his all to make them understand that they are a team and not just a collection of individuals. “Lahat kami, walang entitled, pantay-pantay lang. Kung anong ginagawa ng isa, ginagawa ng lahat,” he said. And while that understanding didn’t translate onto the standings just yet, Robinson already proved that he was up to the tallest of tasks. That did not get lost on the LPU community which entrusted him with its fledgling program. “What I appreciate from them is LPU is really determined to change what was there and make this program one to be respected,” he then continued. Now, the LPU Pirates had their captain. Now, it was just all about assembling the right crew. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 6th, 2017Related News

SOPA and Natal Day

Gov. Joseph C. Cua ‘s report on the ‘State of the Province Address’ (SOPA) at the Capitol Dome the other week was comprehensive, timely, and practical. Comprehensive in that it covered all areas meant to uplift the socio-economic development of the island province. Timely and practical in that it was delivered during his most cherished […].....»»

Source: Bicolperyodiko BicolperyodikoCategory: NewsNov 6th, 2017Related News