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Aquino vows to tell truth about Dengvaxia program

Inquirer Breaking News - 24 min 49 sec ago
            Former President Benigno Aquino III has vowed to tell the truth about the botched P3.5-billion anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, which was first administered to youth during his time.   Aquino, in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Tuesday, confirmed receiving an invite from the Senate blue ribbon committee investigating the controversy.   "We received an invite today (Tuesday) at around 4:10 p.m.," the former president said.   "We want to participate in telling the truth to the people as we have always done; at the same time, observing compliance to various laws, rules and traditions," Aquino sa...

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Hungry supermarket clerk jailed for stealing can of corned beef

Inquirer Breaking News - 30 min 57 sec ago
How much does freedom cost? For sales clerk Paul Matthew Tanglao, 21, his freedom cost him P31.50, the price of a can of corned beef he took in the supermarket where he was working -- because he was hungry. Tanglao has been detained since Sunday at the Santa Ana station of the Manila Police District and facing a complaint of qualified theft. Qualified theft is committed when a person steals from somebody who has given him trust and confidence -- in this case, the supermarket that employs him. According to the police report, a security guard caught Tanglao hiding a can of corned beef in his apron at around 5:40 p.m. last Sunday. The guard immediately reported it to his supe...

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Arum, White deny Pacquiao-McGregor talks

Inquirer Breaking News - 39 min 40 sec ago
Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum and UFC president Dana White may not see eye-to-eye on many things, but they agree on one thing. There is not going to be a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. Amid Manny Pacquiao's admission that he has reached out to McGregor's camp for a possible fight, the two honchos were quick to quell such talk. READ:Pacquiao 'extends' McGregor challenge "That would be weird because he's under contract with us," White said during UFC Fight Night: Fresno post-fight presser as reported by Yahoo! Sports. "If that's true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever's representing him, so I'm assuming that's not true." White also assured that McG...

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Ruffa Gutierrez’s Daughters Have the Perfect Advice For Beginner Beauty Vloggers

Inquirer Breaking News - 55 min 20 sec ago
Sarah Lahbati launched her website yesterday, and with it came several blog posts and videos. This included a bonding session with her nieces, Venice Bektas and Lorin Bektas. (AKA, Ruffa Gutierrez's teenage daughters.) The video showed the girls doing Sarah's makeup. Neither of them were experts on it, but they were knowledgeable of the do's and don'ts. Their bubbly personalities and banter also made the video entertaining---it's like they're born to be in front of the camera. (Then again, if you're born in a showbiz clan, can you expect anything less?) That said, Venice and Lorin gave funny but useful advice when doing someone else's makeup. We'd like to think these are the be...

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PNP Maritime Group sues owner of boats fishing off Turtle Islands

Inquirer Breaking News - 57 min 3 sec ago
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group said on Sunday, Dec. 10, that had it filed a complaint against the owner of five commercial fishing vessels for illegally operating inside the Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary in Tawi-Tawi. Navotas-based operator Alex del Rosario is facing charges for violating several sections ofthe Fisheries Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 10654). The Maritime Special Operations Unit caught five of his commercial-scale fishing boats operating near the islands of Taganak and Langaan in the morning of Dec. 1. The vessels -- Sabrina DR1, Sabrina DR5, Sabrina DR9, Alex DR1 and Marceliana -- were towed by the Maritime Group. The ...

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Portugal and Bolivia among big winners of World Travel Awards

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 1 sec ago
After a year of holding regional pageants that crowned the best hotels, airlines, resorts and destinations around the world, Portugal and Bolivia emerged as some of the big winners at the grand finale of a gala event that bills itself as the Oscars of the travel world. At the 24th edition of the World Travel Awards, which were held at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay hotel in Vietnam over the weekend, the equivalent of best film, and best actor awards were handed out to grand finale winners. According to the travel professionals and consumers who cast votes throughout the year, Portugal was the stand-out destination of 2017, taking the title of world's leading destination. ...

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AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick Owen Graham

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 1 min ago
Head coach Mark Herrera couldn't help but compare AMA Online Education's top overall selection Owen Graham in the 2017 PBA D-League Draft to a former PBA Most Valuable Player. "He's like Arwind Santos. He's hardworking on defense plus he can score," said Herrera of the Fil-Canadian forward. He also saw something in Graham that reminded him of former AMA standout Jeron Teng. "He's like Jeron that he really gives his all in practice. He always goes hard and you can really show how high his level is," said Herrera, blown away by Graham's effort in the Titans practices. With Graham and Andre Paras in tow, AMA is set to field in an intriguing 1-2 punch in the upcoming PBA D-Le...

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PC download charts: ‘Spellforce 3’, ‘Getting Over It’, ‘ETS2 – Italia’

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 18 min ago
  As this year's PC breakout hit (and, from Dec. 12, a late game of the year contender on Xbox One) "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" (PUBG) nears nine months straight atop the Steam charts, several other new releases make positive impressions. Fantasy adventure "Spellforce 3", mythological farce "Getting Over It", and the Italian expansion for "Euro Truck Simulator" enter the top five on PC gaming platform Steam, separated from PUBG by 2015's continually popular "Grand Theft Auto V". It's 11 years since the debut of real-time strategy and fantasy adventure game "Spellforce 2", but the genre blend is still novel and the attention to visual splendor still evident in "Spell...

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WATCH: BTS does skincare collaboration

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 28 min ago
K-pop boy band BTS has had a stellar year, breaking into the Top 40 on the United States singles chart for the first time and scoring a performance at the American Music Awards this November. Now, it seems the boy band is ready to make its move on the beauty industry. The seven-member group has teamed up with K-beauty skincare brand Mediheal on a range of sheet masks, Allure reports. And the brand has taken to Instagram to reveal a sneak peek at the collaboration, which comprises a series of four different dual-mask packs with packaging featuring the brand. [MEDIHEAL X BTS] 4 ! 12/8-12/10 #BTS . #1219_ #__ _ [MEDIHEAL X BTS] First peek: 4 New collaboration products! D...

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Aliping arraigned for destruction of Mt. Sto. Tomas forest reserve

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 28 min ago
      LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET - A Benguet court entered a "not guilty' plea for former Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. who refused to give one during hisTuesdayarraignment for the destruction of trees and a water source at the Mt. Sto. Tomas forest reserve in 2014.   Aliping was arraigned along with three contractors, who were blamed for a road excavation that uprooted about 700 trees. The road project was discovered by mountain hikers in April 2014.   Mud and gravel that polluted a spring, from where the Baguio Water District draws water for parts of Baguio City and the Benguet town of Tuba, have also been attributed to the excavation.The f...

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Uber charges passenger over C$18K for 5-mile ride, later apologizes for error

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 31 min ago
One Uber passenger will surely remember this ride after paying a hefty price for it. The Comeback reported that a man in Toronto, Canada, was charged a whopping C$18,518.50 (around P610,000 or US$14,401.25) for a five-mile, 20-minute ride. The usual cost of the trip would have been around $12-$16. This was first tweeted by Emily Kennard, who complained for her friend about the bill he received from the transportation service. "My friend was charged 18K for a 2o minute ride, and they are sticking to it. What in the world?[!]This is insane!" Kennard reacted on Twitter. My friend was charged 18K for a 20 Min ride (!), and they are sticking to it. What in the world??? This is...

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Foton grabs bronze medal in PSL Grand Prix

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 36 min ago
Foton settled for the bronze medal after shutting out Cocolife, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The Tornadoes banked on the all-around effort of Jaja Santiago, who scattered 10 kills, four blocks and three service aces. But it wasn't all Santiago as Foton also drew double-digit scoring from imports Sara Klisura, Dragana Perunicic and Katarina Vukomanovic. Klisura scored 13 points, fellow Serbian Vukomanovic had 12 excellent digs while Montenegrin Dragana added 11 points with a pair of blocks and aces. "It (game) was very difficult [for us] after that loss over Petron," said Foton head coach Mor...

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Fariñas: Lawmakers ‘overwhelmingly in favor’ of martial law extension

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 45 min ago
        After a three-hour long briefing with security officials on Tuesday afternoon, members of the House of Representatives were "overwhelmingly in favor" of extending martial law in Mindanao for one year, Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias said.   Farias said this "general sentiment" was shared "especially by the members from Mindanao."   Legislators across party lines were briefed by key security officials including Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency chief Alex Monteagudo.   This was ...

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Is a New York Christmas Just All Hype?

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Is Christmas the same everywhere else in the world? They probably don't have the second national anthem that is "Christmas in Our Hearts" by Jose Mari Chan but I bet they have their own share of holiday music blasting in their malls. Is it a "White Christmas" as the movies would make you believe? Or is it just a holiday overshadowed by other occasions such as Thanksgiving and Halloween? In New York City, it certainly looks like Christmas is true to what we've seen on-screen. Kristelle Batchelor, who moved to the Big Apple early this year, tells us that it can get a little manic as well. "Malls and shops were very crowded starting from Black Friday up to Cyber Monday because of the...

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WATCH: Lucy Torres-Gomez gets two cakes, loving birthday messages from family

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 5 min ago
Dec. 11 marked Lucy Torres-Gomez's 43rd birthday, and her family spared no expense to make her feel how special she is to them. A video posted by her husband Richard Gomez on his Instagram page showed Lucy receiving two different kinds of cake --- a chocolate-colored one from Gomez and another cake of a lighter shade from daughter Juliana. Torres-Gomez was so impressed with the cakes that she had to pause before blowing the candles. https://www.instagram.com/p/BckQW-LHPuG/ Aside from the cakes, Gomez also posted a photo with a dedication to his lovely wife. Gomez wrote, "Happy birthday, honey! Thank you for the joy you bring to us, your family and to so many people...

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LPA turns into Tropical Depression ‘Urduja’

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 6 min ago
A low pressure area east of Surigao del Norte has turned into Tropical Depression "Urduja," according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). In its 5:00 pm bulletin on Tuesday, Pagasa said that Urduja was last spotted 480 km east of Surigao City. It was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph with a gustiness of up to 65 kph. Pagasa said that Urduja was moving north-northwest at 6 kph. Urduja will bring cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms in the Bicol region and Quezon province. Meanwhile, Mindanao and the Mimaropa region will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and...

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Fullerton Health announces PH market entry through the acquisition of Intellicare Group

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Fullerton Healthcare Corporation Limited (Fullerton Health) have announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire a 60% stake in the Intellicare Group, one of the leading managed care providers in the Philippines. The Philippines is an important market in Asia Pacific for Fullerton Health, underpinned by attractive underlying growth drivers. Completion of the transaction is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions and is expected to complete in early 2018. The Intellicare Group was founded in 1995 and is strategically aligned with Fullerton Health's vision of being Asia Pacific's preeminent total healthcare solution provider. The Intellicare Group comprises three comp...

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UP players to skip PBA D-League, says Perasol

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 21 min ago
Fans of the University of the Philippines will have to wait a little bit longer before seeing the Fighting Maroons on the court anew. Coach Bo Perasol said that instead of playing in the upcoming PBA D-League season, he advised his core players to focus on their studies as they prepare for next year's run in UAAP Season 81. "I told them to focus on their second semester studies," he said in a text message Tuesday. Javi Gomez de Liao, who was picked by Wangs Basketball-Letran, and Jerson Prado, who was selected by Gamboa-St. Clare, were picked in the 10th round of the 2017 PBA D-League Draft, but Perasol said that the two won't be making their debut in the developmental leagu...

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Lawyer: Statements of justices against Sereno ‘colored by personal sentiments’

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 22 min ago
The administrative issues raised by Supreme Court (SC) justices against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the House hearing on Monday were pointless, according to Sereno's lawyers. Sereno's camp on Tuesday said it did not see any "bombshells" but "personal opinions" in the statements of Associate Justices Teresita de Castro, Noel Tijam and Francis Jardeleza, and former Associate Justice Arturo Brion. "It is unfortunate that their perspectives were colored by their personal sentiments," lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno's spokespersons, said in a statement on Tuesday. "We do not see the point of raising these issues again," Lacanilao stressed. "That's all water under t...

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LOOK: Rachel Peters goes to her ‘happy place’ by the beach

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Rachel Peters has come home to relax in her "happy place" next to the sea, along with friends from the Miss Universe 2017 pageant. Her Instagram page shows where she's been. She has also shared some of the things she's seen while on vacation. The top ten Miss Universe placer even met a new friend and named him "Henry". Here's Peters with her girlfriends Ms. USA Kra McCullough, Ms. Malaysia Samantha Katie James and Ms. Canada Lauren Howe at Siargao Island. Even when the sun hides from them at the beach, Rachel is able to make it a happy problem with one solution: "When it rains, we take a hundred photos." JB RELATED STORIES: LOO...

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