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Russia-Philippines Defense Ties to Get a New Boost

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Both sides are expected to make some inroads in this realm despite the limits that remain. Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that Moscow would be donating some defense material to the Philippines later this month. The transfer, if it occurs as scheduled, will mark part of what is expected to be a bigger […]

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European businesspeople reiterate commitment to Philippines

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European businesspeople on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to invest in the Philippines, even after President Rodrigo Duterte’s renewed criticism of the European Union. The Philippines hosts 600 companies from the EU and its economic ties with the regional bloc has generated half a million jobs, said European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Guenter […]

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Philippines looking at future with cautious optimism BSP

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The Philippines is looking at the future with cautious optimism as the economic landscape has altered considerably a decade after the global financial crisis, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said yesterday. Espenilla said during the 2017 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank the world economy is now […]

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Taiwan grants visa-free entry to Pinoys

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Filipinos will be granted visa-free entry to Taiwan starting November 1, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines announced yesterday. It said those who intend to visit Taiwan for purposes of tourism, business or visiting relatives can enjoy visa-free entry for 14 days. The visa-free initiative will undergo a nine-month trial period […]

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Philippines vows to crush pro-Islamic State groups after two leaders killed

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The Philippines’ military chief vowed no letup on Monday in hunting down and destroying extremist groups loyal to Islamic State, saying Marawi City would be retaken within days after the pivotal killing of two top rebel commanders. General Eduardo Ano said the successful operation to take out the two leaders was a “triumph of good […]

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PH exports to EU seen hitting $10B in ’17


Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez warned of a “strong reaction” from the Duterte administration if the European Union (EU) would interfere in the Philippines’ domestic affairs, reiterating the government’s threat that it would be willing to cut trade ties when pushed to a corner.

In his speech before an audience of the European and Philippine businessmen at the EU-Philippines Business Summit yesterday, Lopez called for mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty.

This comes on the heels of last week’s confusion in Malacaang that led to President Duterte threatening EU country ambassadors to leave the country within 24 hours.

The call was triggered by a group…

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PH stock index sets new record, breaks through 8,500 barrier


The local stock barometer posted a new all-time high on Tuesday, piercing the 8,500 mark in intra-day trade, ahead of the third quarter corporate earnings reporting season.

Resuming trading after a long weekend break, the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index added 49.8 points or 0.59 percent to its best-ever finish of 8,497.74 on selective buying of large cap stocks.

The local stock barometer also breached the 8,500 mark for the first time in intra-day trade, scaling a new peak of 8,586.73 before paring gains at the close.

“Philippine markets set a new record once more, along with major US indexes setting the latest in a string of records, as investors looked…

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September vehicle sales up 9.5% to 34,445 units

Car sales went up 9.5 percent in September from the same period in 2016 as automotive and truck manufacturers kept their optimism in reaching their yearend goal.

According to a joint report of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA), member-companies sold 34,445 units in September, higher than the year-ago figure of 31,451 units.

However, this was a 2.4-percent decline from sales in August this year of 35,309 units.

“Despite the decline in September sales, the outlook for the succeeding months remains strong, driven by the good sales performance of key models,” said Campi president Rommel Gutierrez.

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Prosecutors to amend charges vs De Lima

State prosecutors are planning to revise the drug trafficking case they filed against detained Sen. Leila de Lima, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II disclosed on Tuesday.

“I heard that they will make an amendment. I don’t know if they will pursue it. It’s the call of the [National Prosecution Service]. It’s not up to us,” Aguirre told reporters.

Aguirre said that the prosecutors were supposedly studying the position that Solicitor General Jose Calida explained during the oral arguments on De Lima’s petition in the Supreme Court.

Calida had told the magistrates that De Lima should have been charged with violating Section 26 of Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive …

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Kings shoot for 3-0 cushion

A Barangay Ginebra side that has momentum in the PBA Governors’ Cup title series tries to more or less put Meralco away when Game 3 gets off the ground Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

After winning the first two games in contrasting styles, the Gin Kings take the floor at 7 p.m. looking to sound the death knell on the hard-fighting Bolts and move closer to becoming just the fourth team to retain the season-ending championship.

“We still have a lot of work to do. We won two straight games and it only shows that they (Bolts) can also win two straight and tie this thing up,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said.

“They still have a lot of punches to throw at us,” Cone said. “I think…

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UP Masscom awards outstanding alumni in first-ever Glory Awards

Eight distinguished alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications (UPCMC) will be honored during the first-ever “Glory Awards” ceremony to be held on November 11, 2017 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, DIliman Quezon City.

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Alumni Association (UPCMCAA) president Malou Fagar announced that the awardees were chosen for their outstanding work and influence in their chosen disciplines and advocacies. “These personalities brought not only honor and prestige to the college but also inspiration to colleagues in various fields of communication,” added Fagar.

The eight awardees includeLan Mercado, under…

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Visiting journalist warns of PH dictatorship in the making

SAN FRANCISCO — A visiting investigative journalist and author of a bestselling book about martial law believes that the Philippines is headed toward another dictatorship, but only if the people will allow incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte to get away with his authoritarian ways.


Raissa Robles, author of the best-selling bookMarcos Martial Law: Never Again about torture and atrocities under the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos, recalled that Duterte friend and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol wrote in his Facebook entry as early as 2015 that then would-be candidate Duterte would “only agree to become the president if people will allow him to declare Marti…

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Fil-Am entrepreneurs in PH trying to reverse ‘brain drain’

WASHINGTON, DC — In the 1970s, bright, ambitious Filipinos were leaving the Philippines in pursuit of better opportunities, a time period known as the “Brain Drain.” To this day, the trend continues: The number of Filipinos leaving for work abroad has increased 27 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Bloomberg.


But a reverse trend is now happening: Many Filipino Americans are returning to the Philippines to build businesses and start-ups that will engage more Filipinos and create more job opportunities for them.


Now, entrepreneurs have more opportunity to excel than ever before in today’s Philippines. According to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospec…

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Filipinos were first–to America

By rights, it really should be called the United States of the Philippines.

I mean first is first, right?

And so who’s on first, as the joke goes, but we all know it was Filipinos.

History says so.

This year was special as I am scheduled to perform my one man show at the University of Pacific, in Stockton, California, a town that oozes Filipino American history.

But this year’s Filipino American History Month was even more special when I made a pilgrimage to a special landmark that you may miss—unless you happen to be looking for the only public restroom at a particular vista point in Morro Bay, California.

For Filipinos, maybe even for all Asian Americans, maybe …

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Critics demand abolition of NY PH Independence Day Council

NEW YORK — Some members of the Fil-Am community were appalled by the conduct of the October 7 Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) elections, that they are calling on the Philippine Consulate to void the results or abolish the organization.

“Make the election null and void due to unresolved issues,” wrote May Tumulak-Durano, a registered nurse, in her letter to Consul General Tess Dizon-De Vega.

Durano said she agreed to snowballing calls for PIDCI to be “dissolved” and replaced with an organization whose officers come from legitimate groups recognized by the consulate and are elected yearly.

“Let us do what is right. Let us find the answers to questions,” Duran…

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Baby boy is Kaye’s top priority


Kaye Abad has played mother roles onscreen a handful of times in the past. But, approximately three months from now, she’ll get to be one—“finally”—to a baby boy.

“I wanted to have a son first, so I was happy when I found out I was having one.” Kaye, who’s married to actor Paul Jake Castillo, told reporters at a recent “gender reveal” party mounted by the baby product brand Aprica in Cebu City, where the couple is based. “I want to have two kids, but my husband wants three! We’ll see about that.”

The 35-year-old actress was initially worried that she would have a difficult time getting pregnant. “I’m not exactly at the ideal age, so I couldn’t help thinking about …

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LTFRB: Those who forced drivers to join 2-day strike will face charges

Jeepney drivers and operators who forced others to take part in the two-day nationwide transport strike will face charges for causing disturbance, according to Aileen Lizada, board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

On Tuesday, Lizada said the LTFRB would cancel the franchise of those who could be proven to have coerced drivers and operators to join the strike — incluing George San Mateo, national president of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston).

“We will cancel franchises,” Lizada told reporters at Piston’s protest center in Cubao, Quezon City. “Sa part ni George San Mateo, since hindi naman siya ope…

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AFP and Maute agree: PH terror laws are lax


The military on Tuesday agreed with the claim of a New York terror suspect and doctor of Maute terrorists that Philippine anti-terrorism laws are lax.

Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, said Russell Salic, a Filipino doctor accused of planning a bombing blitz in New York City, was correct when he boasted to other terrorists that the country’s anti-terror laws are “not strict.”

“That is correct,” Padilla told reporters yesterday after a media briefing in Malacaang.

“It’s not that we are a breeding ground (for terrorists but they) have many opportunities because our laws are not that tight or not that strict so some eleme…

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Kingad challenges Brazilian bet for ONE flyweight title

Danny Kingad braces for the biggest break of his career as the rising star challenges ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil at ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.

The unbeaten Filipino flyweight stakes his immaculate 7-0 record as he seeks to add gold to Team Lakay’s collection in the co-main event of the evening.

Kingad is coming off a dominant showing against Muhammad Aiman of Malaysia last April to earn him a shot at the title.

But it won’t be a walk in the park with Moraes (16-2) aiming to sustain his three-match winning streak and establish himself as the best flyweight in the promotion.

The flyweight bout will co-headline the Ma…

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No. 1 spot, last playoff berth at stake in crucial NCAA stretch

Every game matters, especially for the last remaining teams in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.

Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.

The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.

Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five po…

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Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL

Mike Heung, vice director of the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, shrugged off any concerns with the status of Christian Standhardinger on the team ahead of the new ABL season.

A conflict looms following the application of Standhardinger for the 2017 PBA Draft but Heung is certain that the Fil-German big man will be with the Long Lions throughout the season.

“He signed a contract with our team and the contract he signed is for him to complete the ABL season, this season,” said Heung. “So I think a contract is a contract and he will play for us. He will play this season for us.”

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Kim Chiu reveals family member was a ghost bride

Coming from a Chinese family, Kapamilya actress Kim Chiu is indeed the perfect choice for the lead role in “The Ghost Bride”, which revolves around the Chinese tradition of ghost weddings.

But more than that, she’s also perfect for the role because she actually has a family member who was an actual ghost bride.

A ghost marriage is a union of two people wherein one or both partners are deceased. Such practice is done by the Chinese to make sure that the two souls would not be lonely in the afterlife.

Also, succession is very important to the Chinese. The eldest should always be the one to marry first and thereafter, the siblings follow in proper order. In the event that the e…

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Robredo calls for unity as gov’t starts rebuilding Marawi

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday called for unity as the government starts rehabilitating Marawi City, which bore the brunt of the months-long siege by Islamic State-inspired terrorists.

Robredo also hailed the military and police forces in the war for the dedication and heroism they showed to bring back peace in the city.

“Sumasaludo po tayo sa tapang at dedikasyon ng ating mga sundalo at iba pang mga kawani ng gobyerno, at sa kanilang sakripisyo at kabayanihan para maibalik ang kapayapaan at katahimikan sa Marawi,” Robredo said in her speech during the first anniversary celebration of her flagship program Angat Buhay.

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Avenido’s years in ABL recognized with Lifetime Achievement award

It’s only fitting that Leo Avenido, one of the longest tenured players in the Asean Basketball League, has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Avenido has more than five ABL seasons under his belt, including 2012 where he won a title as part of San Miguel and became the first Filipino to become MVP.

“Honestly, it’s not something I expected,” Avenido told in Filipino during a press conference Tuesday. “I just got a call from boss Jericho (Ilagan) inviting me to attend the press conference then he told me about the Lifetime Achievement award that I’m going to be awarded due to my contributions to the league for about six to seven seasons that I playe…

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CBCP denies report it regretted Hapilon, Maute’s death




The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) deniedon Tuesdaythe widely-circulated report on social media that it regretted the killing of extremist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, calling it “fake news.”

CBCP President Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the organization never made such statement and instead lauded the bravery and heroic efforts of the soldiers.

“Once more, CBCP is the hapless victim of fake news. Going viral on social media is a “report” that the CBCP regrets the killing of misters Hapilon and Maute. The CBCP never made such a statement,” Villegas said in a statement.

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Baron Geisler’s family apologizes for actor’s behavior

The family of Baron Geisler apologized to the publicon Tuesdayfor another scandal that the actor got involved in and assured that they would try their best to get him in the right direction.

In an interview with reporters, Donald David Geisler III, the actor’s older brother, said their family is taking the necessary steps to deal with the matter.

“As family, of course we would like to apologize with what’s been happening pero [but] rest assured, we will deal with this matter to get him right…para maging mas maayos (so he would improve),” Donald David said.

READ:Baron Geisler faces charges for ‘unruly behavior’ in QC restaurant

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Men find ‘bromances’ more emotionally satisfying than heterosexual relationships—study

Men have had close platonic ties dating back to centuries ago, which are now referred to as “bromances” in this modern era.
Apart from spending time with significant female loved ones, males have always sought the company of other men and formed strong camaraderies that often last a lifetime.
A recent study by researchers from the University of Winchester in England revealed that male friendships threaten heterosexual pairings, as most men now believe “bromances” are more emotionally satisfying than relationships with women.
“Our participants mostly determined that a bromance offered them elevated emotional stability, enhanced emotional disclosure, social fulfilment, and better conf…

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UPLB declares Mt. Makiling off limits due to landslide






SAN PEDRO CITY—Mount Makiling has been temporarily closed off to hikers and visitors following a landslide happened on the trail up its popular camp site, Peak 2.


Dr. Roberto Visco, director of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems-University of the Philippines Los Baos (UPLB), issued the advisory Tuesday prohibiting visitors inside the forest reserve and the Makiling Botanic Gardens.


“We sent someone to check it this morning and initially, he confirmed a landslip of about 50 meters in length,” Visco said in a phone interview.


The landslip or landslide, he said, occurred between the trail…

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WATCH: Nicole Kidman explains why she kissed co-star in front of husband Keith Urban

With an Emmy Award recently added into her long list of acting achievements, “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman finally answered what was on everyone’s mind: why did she kiss her co-star in front of her husband?

In a guesting for BBC One’s “The Graham Norton Show”, the actress teased Norton after he showed a still image of Kidman’s much talked-about kiss with co-star Alexander Skarsgrd during the awarding. The actor played Kidman’s abusive husband in the show. Her real life husband, country singer Keith Urban, was with Kidman during the ceremony and witnessed the kiss.

“It’s a loving moment of celebration,” Graham told Kidman.

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Abu Sayyaf, BIFF, NPA: Army’s next targets after Hapilon, Maute deaths

MARAWI CITY — The military said its next target would be the Abu Sayyaf, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the communist New People’s Army (NPA).

Armed Forces Chief Eduardo Ao made the pronouncementon Mondayafter he confirmed the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, leaders of Islamic State-inspired terrorists fighting government forces here sinceMay 23.

Hapilon, leader of the Abu Sayyaf based in Basilan, was the head of the IS in Southeast Asia, while Omar was one of the leaders behind the Maute Terrorist Group.

Ao told reporters that they were going to run after the Abu Sayyaf in the provinces of Sulu and Basilan, as well as the BIFF men that pledge…

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Homeowner in Laguna stabs burglar armed with toy gun

SAN PEDRO CITY — A man stabbed dead one of three men who broke into his house earlyTuesday, without immediately realizing what the intruder was carrying was a plastic toy gun.

Senior Insp. Gerry Sangalang, spokesperson of the Laguna Police Provincial Office, said Romeo Carlos, the owner of the house, and about four other people were awakened when three men broke into their home in Barangay San Vicente in this city at 3:30 a.m.

The police said the robbers carried weapons, a knife and what seemed to what looked like a a .22-caliber gun.

Don Solidum, a village official here, said Carlos had a chance to grab one of the suspects and as they
grappled, accidentally stabbed him with …

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Mactan airport opens door to new international flights




CEBU CITY—GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the private operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), on Tuesday announced that it is opening two new routes to China this month.


The operator will also introduce two new Chinese airlines to Cebu, bringing its total number of international destinations to 18 from just seven in 2014.


“Promoting the province and its surrounding areas to other Asian countries, especially China, is among our highest priorities,” Louie Ferrer, GMCAC president, said in a statement.


This October, China Eastern and Juneyao Airlines will both start their flights to Sh…

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Human remains found in large Australian crocodile

Human remains were found Tuesday in a large crocodile that police believe killed an elderly woman who wandered away from her aged-care home in northeast Australia.

Clothing and a walking stick belonging to Anne Cameron, who suffered from dementia, were discovered by a creek near the tourist town of Port Douglasin Queensland state last week.

Police made the grisly find after a 4.3-meter (14-foot) animal was removed by wildlife officers from the Mowbray River.

“The estuarine crocodile, which is believed to be the one involved in the death of 79-year-old Anne Cameron, was examined by a specialist in Cairns today with human remains being located inside,” police said.


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Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander marry in private ceremony—report

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are reported to have tied the knot in a private ceremony in Ibiza, Spain.
According to People, sources confirmed that the wedding took place at the sprawling La Granja Farmhouse.
The Daily Mail reports that the blissful pair was seen Sunday on the Mediterranean island with wedding bands on their fingers.
Pictures from the Daily Mail show the couple gathered with family and friends in a restaurant on the beach.
The “Assassin’s Creed” actor is seen constantly smiling, and one shot shows them kissing.
Both were dressed casually, with Fassbender, 40, wearing a floral polo and shorts and Vikander, 29, in a ruffled blue dress.
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WATCH: Microsoft builds tree-house offices for employees
Regardless of how old we get, there’s always something captivating and alluring about tree houses.
Tech-giant Microsoft continues its corporate objective of providing a relaxing and stress-free environment to its employees, this time offering a wooden work space in three natural locations.
In hopes of boosting productivity by exposing workers to nature, Microsoft opened its “outdoor districts,” which are directly connected to buildings around its Redmond campus in Washington, USA.
“Research shows that being in nature improves creativity, focus and happiness,” an introduction to the one-minute promotional clip read.


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Baron Geisler accuses QC police of power-tripping

Actor Baron Geisleron Tuesdayaccused the police of “power-tripping” as he complained being handcuffed even while inside detention.


“Nakakulong na nakaposas pa rin? Normal ba yun?” Geisler told reporters.


(I’m already detained but still handcuffed. Is this normal?)


READ: Baron Geisler arrested after allegedly causing commotion in QC restobar


Geisler is detained at Kamuning Police Station 10 in Quezon City after causing commotion at a restaurant along Tomas MoratoMondayevening.


While inside detention, he also shouted and cursed at members of the press who tried to take his photograph.


He also asked this repor…

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Lapeña divulged ‘P107M welcome gift’ to Faeldon – Lacson


No less than thenewly-appointed Bureau of Customs (BOC) chiefIsidro Lapea had reportedly confirmedthat his predecessor,Nicanor Faeldon, had received P107 million “welcome gift”.


Senator Panfilo Lacson said Lapea came to his office before attending a Senate hearing and told him that Faeldon got P107 million, and not only P100 million as the senator earlier alleged in a privilege speech.


READ: Lacson vows to take action on Faeldon’s smuggling allegations


“No less thanCommissioner Lapea testified. He confirmed that there’s indeed the pasalubong money and he confided to me: ‘Sir, hindiP100 million yung kay Faeldon, P107 (million) yung inab…

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China’s Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

BEIJING, China — Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday.

From meetings largely cloaked in secrecy, powerful players will emerge publicly in new roles, and Xi will address the nation to lay out his political and economic vision for the world’s second-largest economy over the next five years. Villages will broadcast news of the congress over loudspeakers, a security crackdown has been extended and monitoring of dissidents strengthened.

Xi, who is expected to get a second five-year term as party leader at the gathering, wi…

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Meet Kate Lanphear: The Woman Replacing Nina Garcia at ‘Marie Claire’

When Nina Garcia took on the role of editor-in-chief at Elle, she left behind an opening for creative director at Marie Claire. Now that job is no longer available (in case you were just about to hand in your application) and brings to the forefront the name Kate Lanphear.

Kate is a long-time publishing force, working in Sydney, London and New York. In 2015, she was appointed editor-in-chief of Maxim. Prior to this she was the style editor at Elle andT Magazine. She is also a part of Business of Fashion’s 500, where she shares the need to always be flexible in fashion, “It’s a challenge for any magazine to evolve in turn and stay relevant.” Her most recent and one of the most nota…

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3 killed, over 300,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

Three people were killed while more than 300,000 customers were left without power, and schools and government offices shut down, as Ireland was hit by what officials called an “unprecedented storm” on Monday.


A police spokesman said the first fatality was a woman in her 50s, who died outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, when a tree fell on her car. Her female passenger, who is in her 70s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


The second fatality was a man killed in an accident while he was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw near the town of Cahir, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) further inland, while the third victim was a man killed on the…

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EJKs? Trust in Duterte spurs support for war on drugs – Ping

Senator Panfilo Lacson described on Tuesday as “disturbing” the recent Pulse Asia survey, which he said indicated that Filipinos seemed “resigned” that extrajudicial killings (EJKs) are part of the government’s war on drugs.

On Monday, Pulse Asia’s survey results showed that 73 percent of the 1,200 surveyed respondents believed that EJKs exist in the government’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs but 88 percent of them still support it.

READ: 88% of Pinoys support war on drugs; 73% say EJKs happen—survey


“That means Filipinos are resigned, and that is disturbing. They are resigned to the fact, at least 73 percent or a great majority of that number believe that EJ…

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Army says battle for Philippine city to end soon, 1,000 dead

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Philippine troops Sunday bombed militants loyal to the Islamic State group who have held out for over four months in a southern city and the military said the conflict would be over “very soon”. The army previously set a target of Sunday to end the fighting in Marawi, which it said has killed more than […]

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