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Kris Jenner Officiated a Celebrity Wedding Over the Weekend

Momager and all around businesswoman Kris Jenner can do it all, including officiating a celebrity wedding. Over the weekend, Arrow star Colton Haynes and Four Seasons artistic director Jeff Leatham got married and Kris presided over the ceremony.

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According to Elle, the grooms wore matching white tuxedos and invited 120 guests. Joining in the festivities were Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lisa Rinna, and Billie Lourd.

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Pagasa: ‘Amihan’ is here

Following the observance of gradual cooling of the surface air temperature over the Northeastern part of Luzon, the weather bureau has declared the start of northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” this year.

 

Northeast monsoon is associated with cold weather during the Christmas season.

 

Last October 12, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) declared the end of the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” — a weather system associated with the rainy season.

 

“With these developmentsthenortheast wind flow is expected to further intensify and become dominant over most parts of the country, bringing cold an…

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Cloudy with scattered rain on Monday – Pagasa

A low pressure area (LPA) embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will dampen Palawan and Mindanao, the weather bureau said Monday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the LPA was last tracked at 625 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Due to the ITCZ, Pagasa said the regions of CARAGA, Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain and thunderstorms.

While the northeast monsoon (amihan) will affect Northern Luzon, Aurora province will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain and thunderstorms due to wind convergence.

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NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely

 

 

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the top pick in last June’s NBA draft, will be sidelined indefinitely with the right shoulder injury that has hindered him this season, the Sixers said on Sunday.

 

The 76ers said Fultz would be re-evaluated in three weeks.

 

Fultz was seen by several shoulder specialists, who found a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder but no structural damage to the joint.

 

Fultz had already changed the mechanics of his free throw shooting in a bid to solve the problem.

 

But his play has suffered and he averaged just six points and 2.3 rebounds in four games, before missing Philade…

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Hundreds of thousands rally in Barcelona for Spanish unity

BARCELONA, Spain — Hundreds of thousands who want Catalonia to remain part of Spain rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday, two days after a separatist majority in Catalonia’s parliament exacerbated a political crisis by voting for the wealthy region to secede.

Organizers say the march’s goal is to defend Spain’s unity and reject “an unprecedented attack in the history of democracy.” Leaders of rival pro-union parties from the ruling conservatives, the pro-business liberals and the socialists have joined together under the slogan “We are all Catalonia. Common sense for coexistence!”

Rally organizers Societat Civil Catalana, the leading pro-union grassroots group, said that o…

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Marvin Lee ‘frustrated, pressured’ as UST nears winless season

University of Santo Tomas is two games away from a possible 0-14 finish in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and no one feels the pressure more to avoid such embarrassment than captain Marvin Lee.
The third-year guard practically left his heart out in the Growling Tigers’ 94-59 loss to La Salle putting up 25 points, 10 coming in the fourth, and seven boards in a bid to show that UST still has the heart to put up a fight.
“I’m really pressured right now because this might the be the first time in my career that I will finish with a 0-14 record,” said Lee in FilipinoSundayat Mall of Asia Arena.
Lee played 34 minutes, the most of all the players on both teams, and looked …

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Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s future

Twenty-five years ago, then-Swift coach Yeng Guiao missed his chance on drafting his former player in the amateur ranks Bong Ravena in the 1992 PBA Draft as the deadeye gunner was selected one pick ahead by San Miguel.
Fast forward to 2017 and the fiery coach once again had a chance to draft another Ravena, Bong’s son Kiefer.
Luckily for Guiao, lightning didn’t strike twice as San Miguel went with Christian Standhardinger as the top pick, allowing NLEX to draft the younger Ravena at second in the 2017 PBA Rookie Drafton Sunday.
READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEX
“It’s no surprise because from the beginning, he was really the one we’re eyeing,” Guiao.
Guiao and t…

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UP coach Perasol not focused on standings as race to Final Four heats up

When University of the Philippines snatched a victory over Far Eastern University onSaturday, the Fighting Maroons also boosted their chances of barging into the Final Four.
The Fighting Maroons tied the Tamaraws for the fourth spot with a 5-6 record, a major morale booster heading into the last four games of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.
All the potential intricacies, though, are far from UP head coach Bo Perasol’s mind with the Fighting Maroons more concerned with just simply winning the game that’s next on their schedule.
“In fact we’re not thinking and we’re not talking about the standings,” said Perasol in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “It will give us undue…

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Saudi crown prince favors extending OPEC production limits

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince says his country supports extending an agreement by major oil producers to limit output beyond next March.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Saturday that the OPEC-led agreement is necessary to balance supply with demand.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer and the most influential member of OPEC. The agreement, which kicked in at the start of 2017, also included Russia and other non-OPEC countries.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is expected to take up the agreement at its next meeting on Nov. 30.

In a statement, Prince Mohammed said that Saudi Arabia “affirms its readiness to extend the production cut agreem…

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Presidential spokesman mouthpiece, not adviser of Duterte —Lagman

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Mysterious plane damage while in flight rattles Oklahoma Thunder

CHICAGO, United States — Spooked Oklahoma City Thunder players took to Twitter on Saturday after a plane carrying them to Chicago suffered mysterious damage mid-flight.

Dramatic images posted by Thunder players on social media showed the nose of their jet travelling from Minnesota caved in.

Several players demanded an explanation for the damage.

“We had a rough flight to say the least,” New Zealand star Steven Adams said in a Tweet addressed to NASA, prominent astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and scientist Bill Nye.

“30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?” Adams wrote above an image of the damaged plane.

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Military hunts down suspected IS recruiter

 

MARAWI CITY — Despite their defeat here and the death of their top leaders, including “emir” Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers, Islamic militants are still pursuing their plan to put up a caliphate, the military said.

 

Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of the Joint Task Group Ranao, said pro-Islamic State (IS) individuals continued to rally support and recruited new fighters for IS by using images of the destruction here to convince them to join.

 

“There are again efforts to recruit fresh fighters,” Brawner said, adding that the recruitment was being done through social media.

 

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the W…

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Tattoos in the Cordillera

Tattooing was prevalent during the pre-Hispanic and early colonial period in the Philippines. The practice was common among the Bontok, Ifugao and Kalinga people, the major warrior groups in the Cordillera, in the 16th century.

 

“Batok” is the general term for tattoos. But tattooing is so widespread in the region that there are local equivalents in other Cordilleran languages: whatok (Butbut Kalinga), batk (Kalinga), fatek (Bontoc), btok (Ifugao), btek (Ilocano, Ibaloy, Lepanto and Sagada Igorots), and btak (Kankanaey).

 

Most tattoos documented in the pre- and early contact periods were of abstract, geometric designs that followed a similar pattern and form, a…

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Uncommon valor of a female SAF commando

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Islamic State (IS)-inspired militants were “good snipers” and they hid themselves well in buildings or in some spots under the ground.

 

SPO1 Junates Acacio’s memory is very vivid of the cunning and slippery enemy they had battled for five months in Marawi City.

 

But Acacio, a member of the police’s 5th Special Action Force (SAF) Battalion, said there was no way good could not triumph over evil in the end.

 

She was the only female member of the so-called assault team of Joint Task Force Vector in the early days of the fighting.

 

“We were the assaulters, clearing the structures [of enemy fighters] and we were always car…

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Abella axed; Roque

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Adrenaline-fueled Tenorio dedicates Finals MVP trophy to Helterbrand

LA Tenorio is no young star in the PBA.

At 33-years-old, the Finals MVP of the PBA Governors’ Cup should be the one getting tributes from younger teammates.

And yet it was Tenorio who dedicated his personal hardware to 41-year-old teammate Jayjay Helterbrand.

“I want to dedicate this championship also to Jayjay,” said Tenorio in Filipino Friday at Philippine Arena after Ginebra wrapped up the series in Game 7, 101-96, against Meralco. “We talked and he’s still unsure of his plans after this.”

“So I told him that we’ll get this one, Mark [Caguioa] will still be back next year.”

And Tenorio finished with 26 points and four assists on his dedication game while nursing a h…

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Sandiganbayan chides Abalos camp for using delaying tactics in graft case

The Sandiganbayan has chewed out the camp of former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. for resorting to delaying tactics and repeatedly contesting his graft charge on the ground of inordinate delay in the investigation being conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman.

In a five-page resolution dated Oct. 25, the Sixth Division denied Abalos’s “motion to dismiss” the P1.71-million case involving the June 2003 purchase of two Toyota VX 200 cars allegedly without holding public bidding.

The court pointed out that Abalos already invoked the alleged violation of his right to the speedy disposition of his case in his motion to quash.

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Jinggoy Estrada seeks court nod to go abroad for father’s treatment

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, recently released from detention after posting bail, has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to go on his first trip abroad in three years to accompany his father, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, who is going to Singapore for medical treatment.

In a three-page motion, the younger Estrada sought the Fifth Division’s permission to leave the country from Nov. 11 to 20, as his father is set to undergo a procedure for the severe lower back pain.

He said his father had set an appointment with Dr. Premkumar Pillay of the Singapore Brain-Spine Nerves Center at Mount Elizabeth Hospital for “examinations and possible surgery” from Nov. 12 to 19.

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Roque to ‘reduce impact’ of Duterte statements seeming to back rights violations

Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque has agreed to become President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson with this goal in mind: “to reduce, if not totally eradicate, the impact of statements which appear to support genocide or violations of fundamental human rights.”

In a Saturday statement, Roque said he intended to “refocus the attention of the people more towards the fundamental position of the State, and less towards the manner by which such has been declared.”

Roque, a human rights lawyer prior to being elected as a party-list representative, would be tasked with speaking on behalf of a president infamous for his incendiary, antagonistic and often profanity-laced way of talking in public a…

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GALLERY: Ginebra retains title, survives Meralco in Game 7

Barangay Ginebra successfully defended its PBA Governors’ Cup title but not after holding off a resilient Meralco side in Game 7 before a record crowd of 54,086 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Veteran point guard LA Tenorio had a team-high 26 points and four assists and was awarded as the Finals MVP.

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Kobe wants to be presented in Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson

Kobe Bryant is definitely a shoo-in in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in four years’ time.
In a storied career that span 20 seasons, the five-time NBA champion has worked with and played against some of the biggest names in basketball.
But when it comes to the person he wants to present him come the historic day, “The Black Mamba” already has two people in mind.
“For me it’s two people: Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson,” Bryant toldComplex’s Liz Levy.
“They’ve been the greatest mentors, not only in my career as an athlete but also as a person. And what I might say is just a lot of thank yous. ‘Cause I’ve had a lotta help along the way. A lotta …

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Judge: QC petitioners fail to justify request to halt cops’ house-to-house drug tests

 

 

 

A Quezon City court has denied the application for writ of preliminary injunction filed by a number of residents against the house-to-house drug testing and surveys done by the city police.

 

Judge Editha Mina-Aguba, of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 100, said the case did not meet the two requisites for preliminary injunctive relief, which are the existence of a right and its actual or threatened violation.

 

Citing the Rules of Court, the order said that for the writ to be granted, the right to be protected and the violation against that right must be shown.

 

Aguba said in her Oct. 10 order that the petitioner…

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Warriors come back to beat Wizards; Green, Beal ejected

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State lost its emotional leader when Draymond Green was ejected shortly before halftime. The defending champs were sloppy again, even forgetting several plays after one timeout and still somehow won — but it has hardly been easy so far.
Kevin Durant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to help rally the Warriors from 18 points down and beat the Wizards 120-117 on Friday night, a game marred by a fight between Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal that led to both being tossed.
READ: Green, Beal ejected after fight during Warriors-Wizards game
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Manila issues traffic plan, rerouting schemes during All Saints’ Day

 

 

 

 

People visiting their departed loved ones in different cemeteries in Manila for the All Saints’ Day holiday are advised to plan their routes to avoid being inconvenience by closed roads and rerouting schemes, the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) said Saturday.

In its Oplan Kaluluwa 2017 traffic advisory, the MDTEU bared a list of road closures and traffic rerouting schemes in the perimeters of Manila’s major cemeteries—the Manila North Cemetery, La Loma Cemetery, and Chinese Cemetery—in line with the observance of the All Saints’ Day on Wednesday.

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Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual Are Teaming Up Again For This Comedy Show

When John Lloyd Cruz announced his indefinite hiatus from showbiz, this also meant that he’s left his role on Home Sweetie Home. In the show, he plays Toni Gonzaga’s husband. So who will replace him for now? No other than Piolo Pascual.

It was confirmed via behind-the-scenes photos released by ABS-CBN. Although Piolo’s role wasn’t disclosed, it also doesn’t seem like he’ll play Toni’s love interest. He may even be a returning character since he made a cameo back in 2014.

How long will Piolo be in the show? A source told Bandera that it might last for four months. This comes as good news for #ToniOlo fans, especially after their successful film Last Night.

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BI on heightened alert for All Saints’ Day, Asean Summit

 

 

 

 

 

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has placed on heightened alert all its units in different ports of entry in the country to ensure security during the All Saints’ Day holiday and in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit meetings, its spokesperson said Saturday.

 

BI acting spokesperson Grifton Medina said BI officers in all international airports and seaports nationwide have been instructed to be doubly strict and vigilant in screening travelers.

 

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Travelers increase at PH ports for long weekend

 

 

 

 

Thousands of passengers have started flocking to different ports in the country as the expected exodus of travelers begins over the weekend for the long All Saints’ Day holiday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Saturday.

As of 6 a.m., the PCG monitored a total of 25,139 passengers in eight Coast Guard districts—7,813 of them were in Southern Luzon.

It was followed by Central Visayas with 6,877 passengers and Western Visayas with 4,098 travelers.

The Malacaang has declared October 31, Tuesday, a special non-working day, and November 1, Wednesday, as special non-working holiday in observance of the All Saints’ Day.

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Depression is real and deadly, not a ‘fad or crazy trend’

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Imagine depression as this small figure that sits at the back of your head. It’s barely noticeable, but once provoked, it becomes bigger. It occupies the space in your brain that causes you to feel anxious, nervous, sad or angry.

You start to have feelings that are too overwhelming, until they start to eat you from the inside. You feel worried for no reason. You feel caged, unable to mentally move. You feel smaller as the figure gets bigger, until it consumes you. The figure inside your brain has taken over.

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SWS: Most Filipinos believe not all summoned for Oplan Tokhang are addicts, pushers

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly half of the Filipinos surveyed by the Social Weather Station (SWS) believe that not all of the people summoned by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the implementation of Oplan Tokhang were illegal drug users and peddlers.

 

This was the result of the latest survey conducted by the SWS that was published on Saturday by its media partner BusinessWorld.

 

The third quarter SWS survey covering 1,500 adults nationwide disclosed that 49 percent of them believe that none or not all of those called up by the police were involved in drugs.

 

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North Korean ‘masterminds’ evade Kim Jong Nam murder trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — At a trial that could send two Southeast Asian women to the gallows, Malaysian prosecutors are shining a light on several men at large they say masterminded and played crucial roles in carrying out the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong’s Un’s estranged half brother.

The lone defendants at the Shah Alam High Court — Siti Aisyah, 25, of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong, 29, of Vietnam — say they are innocent, duped by the men into participating in February’s attack at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport, which they say they thought was a harmless prank for a TV show.

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Alibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports

Joseph Tsai, one of the founders of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is set to buy 49 percent of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, reports said Friday.

ESPN and Newsday both reported that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who purchased controlling interest in the cub in 2009, has agreed to the sale.

Although the Nets had the worst record in the NBA last season, a source told Newsday that the deal values the franchise at $2.3 billion.

That tops the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets earlier this year in a deal that included their Toyota Center arena.

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Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice

PARIS — Edinson Cavani continued his remarkable scoring form with two goals as unbeaten league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat lackluster Nice 3-0 on Friday.

Brazil star Neymar was suspended after being sent off in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Marseille. It made little difference, especially with Cavani further underlining his importance.

Having netted a career-high 49 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani already has 11 league goals in 10 games and 15 in 13 overall.

PSG coach Unai Emery recalled Argentina winger Angel Di Maria and he set up Cavani’s goals, the second with
a clever pass over the top of a static defense that is leaking goals.

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‘Hand of God’ saved Indonesian teen from fatal factory fire

TANGERANG, Indonesia — The explosion came first, shocking 17-year-old Fitriyah and sending her running for the only exit of the Indonesian fireworks factory where she started work just the week before.

Next came the heat from the fires and then the choking smoke, which made navigating the chaos impossible. As more explosions rang out and the flames spread, there appeared to be no escape. She could feel the skin on her hand start to peel off.

Then a co-worker appeared and told Fitriyah to follow him and to jump in a nearby pool used to wash factory equipment.

“That pool was like a hand of God,” Fitriyah, who goes by one name, saidFridayfrom the hospital room where she was b…

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Bulls exercise options on Portis, 4 other players

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on Bobby Portis after the forward was suspended for eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

The Bulls also picked up third-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine and fourth-year options on guards Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. The moves were announced on Friday, meaning the players are under contract for the 2018-19 season.

Portis and Mirotic got into an altercation during practice on Oct. 17. Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. He likely will need surgery.

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Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, avoids jail

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving in a deal that will keep him out of jail as long as he stays out of trouble, resolving charges from an arrest last spring in which he was found passed out in his Mercedes with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system.

Woods spoke only briefly during a hearing at a Palm Beach County courthouse, answering questions from a judge about his plea agreement. Prosecutors dropped a driving under the influence charge for the superstar golfer, and the judge warned him to behave.

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Is Philippines’ Marawi free from ISIS influence?

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The Philippine government may have won the battle against “Islamic State”-affiliated militants in Marawi but experts say it may lose the war against violent extremism if the peace process is not revived in the area and the re-building of Marawi is not done according to the wishes of the residents. The Philippine security forces officially […]

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Paolo Duterte: Family talking to Baste to be Carpio’s running mate

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Will vice Mayor Paolo Duterte succeed his sister, Mayor Sara Duterte, in 2019? Sara had announced she would not seek re-election and would instead pursue the seat that three-term Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles would be vacating. But Paolo said he will not seek the city mayor’s post in the mid-term elections. Instead, […]

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Duterte: There’s a ‘twist’ in Kian’s case

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There is a “twist” in the controversial killing of teen Kian Loyd Delos Santos, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday. Duterte said the truth behind the Delos Santos case would come out once the trial of police officers tagged in his killing begins. The teen’s killing in an anti-drug sweep in August had triggered public outrage […]

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Is Philippines’ Marawi free from ISIS influence?

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The Philippine government may have won the battle against “Islamic State”-affiliated militants in Marawi but experts say it may lose the war against violent extremism if the peace process is not revived in the area and the re-building of Marawi is not done according to the wishes of the residents. The Philippine security forces officially […]

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Philippines’ Duterte orders army to recruit 10 new battalions to crush militants

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered the new army commander to recruit and organise 10 new infantry battalions to crush remnants of pro-Islamic State militants, days after they were defeated in a southern city. The military on Monday declared victory over the Maute group, which seized control in Marawi City on May 23, after […]

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UST law dean urges more frat brods to do hazing tell-all

Following the reported confession of state witness Mark Ventura, one of the Aegis Juris members involved in the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III, law school dean Nilo Divina called on his fraternity brothers to “follow suit.”

Divina, dean of the University of Sto. Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, said the “decision of Ventura to come out and shed light on the facts is a most welcome development.”

“I trust that Mr. Ventura tell the whole truth in the spirit of remorse. I hope that others will follow suit,” he added in a statement.

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More flowers for ‘Undas,’ thanks to good weather

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET— Consumers are assured of an abundant supply of cut flowers from Benguet province for this year’s All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day commemoration due to good weather in the province, local officials said on Thursday.

In previous years, storms blew through upland gardens and damaged flowers being cultured for “Undas,” when Filipino families remember their departed kin.

The absence of destructive typhoons may allow farmers to surpass last year’s production, according to provincial agriculturist Lolita Bentres on Thursday. Benguet produces about 30 varieties of cut flowers, among them roses, gladiola, calla lily, carnation and anthurium, she said.

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Long way home for Marawi evacuees

BALO-I, LANAO DEL NORTE —Cradling her baby in a muddy tent camp, Jamalia Pindaton has no idea if she can return home to Marawi City after the end of a five-month war launched by Islamic State supporters.

More than 350,000 people from in and around Marawi, the mainly Catholic Philippines’ Islamic capital, were displaced because of the conflict, which ended on Monday when soldiers killed the remaining gunmen.

But with the eastern half of Marawi almost destroyed and worries over bombs planted by the militants, authorities have said it could be months, or even years, before most people would be able to return.

“We don’t know if our house is still there,” Pindaton, 29, told Age…

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Did QC stall rentals fund Maute? ‘Financier’ nabbed

Rent paid by stall holders at an electronics and cell phone bazaar in Novaliches, Quezon City, may have been funneled to the Maute terror group, police said on Friday.

A joint operation by the military and police resulted in the arrest Rasdi Hamid Malawani, allegedly a Maute “financier” who collected the funds and sent them to the Islamic State-inspired combatants in Mindanao.

Malawani, 42, allegedly fronted for Ominta Romato “Farhana” Maute in managing her Salam Bazaar at Novaliches Plaza Mall after she was arrested in June. She remains in detention at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

The suspect collected monthly rent of around P300 to P500 each from at least 30 t…

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CHR doubts cops’ shootout report

CAVITE CITY—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has doubted the police’s claim that the five suspected members of a gun-for-hire gang, among them a pregnant minor, died in a shootout with the police in this city on Monday.

Rex Guevarra, CHR director in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region, said the commission would also request a reautopsy.

“We have some doubts, especially when we saw the place of the incident. It’s too cramped for a shootout,” Guevarra said, citing the CHR’s initial findings.

“Tapos, ‘yong mga bala sa pader. Kung shootout, dapat both directions (Then, we observed the bullet holes on the wall. If it were a shootout, the bullets shou…

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Why Fatima is the pilgrimage to make this year

In August, the weather in Portugal can get hotter than the Philippine summer. In Fatima, a 90-minute drive north of Lisbon, temperature peaks at 42C during midday.

But for the pilgrims who flocked to Fatima at the tail end of the Mediterranean summer, the heat is hardly a hindrance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to worship Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima on the 100th anniversary of her apparition, in the actual Shrine of Fatima.

This entails long walks up rolling hills. Thankfully, the weather is cooperative.

Millions of pilgrims have been flocking to Fatima since the first time the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children—Lucia Santos (now known as Sist…

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Catalan MPs vote to break from Spain as crisis escalates

 

 

 

MADRID – Catalan lawmakers voted Friday to declare independence from Spain but Madrid moved swiftly to quash the breakaway bid in a sharp escalation of a crisis causing jitters in secession-wary Europe.

 

As thousands of pro-independence activists cheered outside, the regional parliament in Barcelona passed a resolution declaring Catalonia “a republic in the form of an independent and sovereign state”.

 

Demonstrators broke out in ecstatic shouts of: “Independence!” as the vote count was announced, while MPs cheered, clapped and embraced before breaking out in the Catalan anthem.

 

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Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet

BOCAUE — Despite another another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.

Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.

“Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”

Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the…

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Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high

BOCAUE — Eventually, something’s got to give.

That was how Allen Durham described Meralco’s 101-96 Game 7 defeat to Ginebra as the Bolts finished as bridesmaids anew for the second straight PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.

“Last year, we lost in Game 6. This year, we pushed it to Game 7,” said Durham, putting spotlight on how close Meralco was on claiming its first title in franchise history.

READ:Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat

Durham put up another valiant effort in the final game of the season, unleashing 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists as the Bolts fought back from as much as 20 points down before fizzling out in the end.

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Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time

 

BOCAUE—It’s been said that winning Game 7s boils down to sheer attitude and that rang true for Barangay Ginebra and Justin Brownlee.

With a record 54,086 fans shouting and jeering at every conceivable moment, the Gin Kings managed to shout the loudest of shouts at Philippine Arena when they survived Meralco, 101-96, in the clincher to retain the PBA Governors’ Cup crown.

And in the middle of it all was Brownlee who once again led the Gin Kings in their quest for a title.

READ:Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat

“It just shows the character of the team, coach Tim [Cone] told us to just win the game,” said Brownlee. “We knew we had to do wh…

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LA Tenorio named PBA Finals MVP

BOCAUE — LA Tenorio has countlessly bailed out Ginebra in tight situations before, may it be dropping his signature baseline reverse or drilling a gutsy three whenever his team needs him the most.

But more than his heroics, what makes the 33-year-old important for the Gin Kings has always been his stability, emerging as the calming force for the crowd favorites through the course of their campaign this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Tenorio was adjudged as the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in Ginebra’s title repeat.

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Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew

BOCAUE — For the third straight time, the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals broke the record books.

Game 7 between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday once set a new league attendance record, attracting 54,086 fans to the Philippine Arena here.

Fans packed the world’s largest indoor arena to the rafters and eclipsed the previous marks set in Games 5 and 6.

Game 5, which ended in a Gin Kings victory over the Bolts, 85-74 on Sunday, drew 36,445 fans.

However, Game 6 smashed that turnout, with 53,642 basketball aficionados trooping to Bocaue to gain the distinction of being the biggest crowd in PBA history. Meralco took that game at the expense of Ginebra, 98-91 on Wednesday.

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Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat

BOCAUE — Ginebra didn’t disappoint its legion of fans this time.

With another record crowd trooping to the colossal Philippine Arena here, the Gin Kings completed their quest for back-to-back titles, routing Meralco, 101-96, in Game 7 to win the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.

Delighting the 54,068 in attendance, Ginebra finally showed the hunger it lacked two days prior, leading by as much as 20, 52-32, in the second half courtesy of a Justin Brownlee jumper before holding off the Bolts’ last ditch rally.

It marked the Gin Kings’ first back-to-back titles in their 38-year history and their 10th championship overall.

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What to Pack for Your Long Weekend Trips

Right now, there are a lot of suitcases being taken out of storage as trips are being booked. The long weekends are coming in a wave and I’m betting most of you have plans of getting away. It is funny how this season feels busy too because you have to pull these trips off right after your Halloween reveries.

You’ll manage, I’m sure. Still, packing is always a challenge for anyone, anytime. This is why we put together a small guide on what you should bring on your trips: from a simple city escape, to the airport, and from cold to tropical destinations
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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 legacy still growing

MEXICO CITY — The checkered flag is two days away, yet the underlying expectation at the Mexican Grand Prix is that Lewis Hamilton’s fourth career Formula One championship is on course for the inevitable.

Whether it’s this week or next month, Hamilton’s nearly insurmountable lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has him facing constant questions about his legacy in the sport and where he stands among Formula One’s greatest drivers.

Hamilton tries to steer the conversation toward winning a single race, but it always returns to measuring his place in F1 history. He can win the title if he finishes as low as fifth. He’ll shoot to finish first.

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Victolero hopes to pick up the right fit in the rookie draft

Upon seeing the field in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Star coach Chito Victolero is confident that the Hotshots can secure a solid contributor from the rookies in this year’s proceedings.

“The talent pool is good, so I think we can sign a solid rookie,” he said in Filipino.

Slotted at ninth in the first round, Star is bound to miss the highly touted neophytes like Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng.

But Victolero isn’t fretting over his late pick, with a handful of players already earning the attention of the Hotshots’ coaching staff in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.

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Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie

Newly appointed Kia team manager Joe Lipa is well aware of the talent his team will miss out on as the controversial trade involving the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pushed through on Friday.

But Lipa said he doesn’t mind losing one top-flight player if that means Kia will acquire veterans who will all embrace the mentality they are trying to inculcate going forward.

“One man cannot spell the difference from a team winning a championship. But for us to have three to four veteran players who we believe isn’t only talented but can also contribute to the development of the younger players, we believe that we can be very competitive,” said Lipa Friday during a small chat w…

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Inside Maureen Wroblewitz’s Lazy Girl Makeup Beliefs

It’s easy to assume that a lot of people we see onscreen and on social media follow complicated beauty routines. Think of all the different rituals we see and how they vary so much. You can also thank the beauty industry because it is constantly awash with new products.

Maureen Wroblewitz, who’s been busy since winning Asia’s Next Top Model, hasn’t been carried away by the hype. Despite all the demands she’s meeting lately, her makeup and skincare routines are pared down. Though she does admit that it took her a while to figure it out. “Before, my contour would be too harsh,” she says while taking about how she experimented with makeup in her younger days. Just before her #Maureen…

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What the ‘Stranger Things’ Kids Did Before Season 2 Premiered

Are you ready to binge-watchStranger Things 2tonight? We are and we’re probably going to lose sleep because of it. No Demogorgon nightmares, please!

Since the first season, the show gained a cult following. Halloween parties and cosplay conventions were filled with Eleven costumes. I even got to experience the Upside Down (not real, of course) during Asia Pop Comic Con 2017.

Not only that,Stranger Thingsalso propelled the careers of the young protagonists. In between shooting the second season, the kids made several red carpet appearances and fronted magazine covers. Before we start our all-night binging, here’s what they achieved so far at their young age.
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Solons seek House probe on DepEd order lifting cap on pay cuts

 

 

The ACT Teachers Party-list has asked the House of Representatives to investigate the legality of a Department of Education order that allowed more of already underpaid public school teachers’ salaries to go to loan deductions, causing some of them to take home only a few hundred pesos for their daily needs.

 

House Resolution No. 1342, filed by Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro, said Secretary Leonor Briones’ DepEd Order No. 38, series of 2017, was ultra vires or issued beyond her legal power.

 

The resolution said the DepEd order was contrary to the 2017 General Appropriations Act’s provision mandating that an employee’s monthly net tak…

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Lacson in disbelief at raps Roxas, Drilon protected drug traders

 

 

 

 

Hard to believe.

This was Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s reaction to the accusations that Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts Senator Franklin Drilon and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II were drug protectors.

“For me, not only probably because I know senators Drilon and Roxas too well, but also it is hard to believe the words of a rival drug lord of Odicta who cannot anymore confirm or deny that statement,” Lacson said in a statement on Friday.

Lacson was referring to drug lord Melvin Odicta of Iloilo, who was killed together with his wife last year in Aklan.

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Military vows to probe soldiers’ mauling of suspected Maute fighter

 

 

MARAWI CITY — The military on Friday assured that it would investigate an incident caught on video, in which some soldiers were mauling a suspected member of the Maute Group.

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Jr., the deputy commander of the Joint Task Group Ranao, said the investigation will seek to identify soldiers involved in the manhandling of the male suspect — who was shown in an undated video supposedly taken from the war zone.

In the said video, which has also been shared on social media, the man was heard crying as some soldiers took turns in hitting and kicking him.

Other soldiers in the video were also heard pacifying their raging colleagues.

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