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PNP, PDEA seize P68M worth of ‘shabu’ hidden in tea packs in Batangas

Inquirer Breaking News - 42 min 47 sec ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Joint operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confiscated Monday P68 million worth of suspected "shabu" concealed in tea packs in Lipa City, Batangas.   According to Batangas police, the 10 bags of "shabu" weighing 1 kilogram each or a total of 10 kilograms were seized from the house of Eugene Fernandez, who was also arrested during the enforcement of a search warrant around 1 p.m.   Aside from the confiscated illegal drugs, authorities also seized from the suspect a caliber .45-pistol and a magazine with eight bullets, a dried marijuana leaf, two fully-grown...

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LOOK: ‘Heartbroken’ dog waits for master who died of heart attack

Inquirer Breaking News - 50 min 22 sec ago
A 3-year-old Labrador Retriever mix in New Jersey, United States has been waiting for his owner to return --- unaware his "dad" passed away from a heart attack. Moose earned vast attention when NorthStar Pet Rescue told his story, as they uploaded a picture of him sitting by his owner's hospital bed last Tuesday, June 18. https://www.facebook.com/northstarpetrescue/posts/868404506855892 "Moose has now been returned to our friends at Eleventh Hour Rescue and he's taking the loss of his dad pretty hard," NorthStar said. Eleventh Hour Rescue is a non-profit organization which rescues dogs and cats from kill shelters. NorthStar then appealed for help to "mend this broken heart,...

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Chinese agricultural official picked to lead UN food agency

Inquirer Breaking News - 55 min 56 sec ago
ROME --- Qu Dongyu, China's deputy agricultural minister, was elected Sunday as the new director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the first person from a Communist country to hold the influential FAO post. The agency's 194 member countries convened at the FAO headquarters in Rome to choose a successor to Jos Graziano da Silva of Brazil for the 4-year term. Qu, 55, a biologist by training, won 108 votes, followed by France's Catherine Geslain-Laneelle with 71 votes and Georgia's Davit Kirvalidze with 12, according to official results. The United States had backed Kirvalidze. The FAO, which has over 11,500 employees, works closely with other UN agencies t...

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Miss Philippines Earth pageant reverts to original name

Inquirer Breaking News - 56 min 35 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines---Last year, the Miss Philippines Earth pageant decided to change its title to "Miss Earth Philippines" reportedly as a response to a legal rights claim for the name, and to also put emphasis on the "Miss Earth" brand.   But for the national tilt's 2019 edition, the local search is reverting to the original "Miss Philippines Earth" title, said Lorraine Schuck, executive vice president of organizer Carousel Productions.   "It was really originally Miss Philippines Earth. We own the 'Miss Philippines' [title] ," she told the Inquirer at the sidelines of the 2019 delegates' press presentation held at the poolside of Diamond Hotel in Manila on Mo...

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Trash Mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Everest

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 1 min ago
  KATHMANDU, Nepal --- After every party it's time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that threatens drinking water.   Budget expedition companies charge as little as $30,000 per climber, cutting costs including waste removal. Everest has so much garbage -- depleted oxygen cylinders, food packaging, rope -- that climbers use the trash as a kind of signpost. But this year's haul from an estimated 700 climbers, guides, and porters on the mountain has been a shock ...

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MRT-3 to give free rides to Filipino seafarers on June 25

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipino seafarers will be getting free rides on the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) on Tuesday, June 25, in celebration of the International Day of the Seafarer. The MRT-3 management announced on Monday that seafarers could avail the free rides from 5:30 a.m. until train operations end at 10:30 p.m. https://twitter.com/dotrmrt3/status/1143069500624891904?s=20 Seafarers need to present their Seafarer's Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID to the ticket booths or security guards at the stations to avail of the free ride. "Saludo po ang DOTr MRT-3 sa mga Pilipinong marino! Ingat po sa biyahe (The DOTr and...

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Bulacan cops probe harassment of members of media

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 5 min ago
      MANILA, Philippines --- The Bulacan Police Provincial Office is investigating the reported harassment of the members of media in the town of Norzagaray, Col. Chito Bersaluna said on Monday. Bersaluna, chief of the Bulacan police, said members of the media on board a Mitsubishi Adventure were traversing Igay Road in Barangay Paradise 3 when an unidentified armed man blocked the way and asked for the cellphone number of a certain Engineer Glen. Those in the vehicle were Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent Carmela Reyes Estrope, Louie Angeles of radio DWIZ, Frederick Silverio of The Manila Times, Eloisa Silverio of Centro News, and Isagani Navarro, ca...

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Governments must regulate social networks–Facebook’s Clegg

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 6 min ago
    LONDON -- Governments must regulate social networks and not the companies themselves, Facebook's head of global affairs and a former deputy prime minister of the UK said in an interview Monday. "It's not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules. It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world to do so," Nick Clegg told the BBC. Clegg, the former leader of UK political party the Liberal Democrats, said there was a "pressing need" for new "rules of the road" on issues including data privacy and election rules. At the same time, companies such as Facebook should play a "mature role" in advocating regulation, he told t...

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Drilon: Independent body should probe Recto Bank incident

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 14 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Instead of a joint probe with China, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon suggested an independent body to look into the Recto Bank incident last June 9. "What I will propose is that instead of a joint panel, we should create an independent probe body similar to what was formed in the past during the time of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo," Drilon told reporters on Monday. He cited the Feliciano Commission, which looked into the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the Melo Commission that probed political killings during the Arroyo presidency. "Similarly, such a body should be the one created by the President and give that probe body, investigative body jurisdic...

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LPA off Aurora may become tropical depression in 48 hours – Pagasa

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 15 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- A low-pressure area (LPA) off Aurora province is likely to intensify into a tropical depression within 48 hours. The LPA will be locally named "Dodong" if it turns into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Monday. According to Pagasa, the LPA was last spotted 760 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Visayas, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Zambales, Bataan, and Aurora.(Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)...

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Everest deaths: 'Corners are being massively cut'

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 19 min ago
An experienced mountaineer, Adrian Ballinger knows about the dangers of Everest better than most. He's spent 12 seasons as a guide on the world's highest peak and has summited it eight times -- once without supplementary oxygen, which almost cost him his life.
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Thai cave boys mark year since ordeal with Buddhist rites

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 27 min ago
MAE SAI, Thailand --- The 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who grabbed global attention last year when they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks have marked the anniversary of their ordeal start with a religious ceremony. The members of the Wild Boars took part in a Buddhist ceremony Monday before attending a news conference to talk about their lives over the past year. Many of the boys --- now aged 12-17 --- say they still dream of becoming professional soccer players, while others say they want to become Navy SEALs like those who took part in their rescue. The boys were lost in a cave in northern Thailand for nine nights before being found. It...

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Gov’t numbers show inflation for Philippines’ poorest stood at 4.6 percent

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 28 min ago
Government numbers are showing what could be obvious to many---the poor suffer most from rising prices of goods. According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), while the average inflation was a little above 3 percent, it was 4.6 percent for the country's poor in May 2019. In a report on Monday (June 24), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the bottom 30 percent income households suffered from higher inflation that month because of faster price increases of food, beverage, tobacco, clothing and miscellaneous items. Food prices rose 4.3 percent for the poor last May, faster than 3.9 percent last April. It was slower, though, than the 6.2 percent recor...

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LOOK: Georgina Wilson reveals gender of second baby

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 32 min ago
Model and entrepreneur Georgina Wilson revealed the gender of her second baby due this month. "It's time to meet the world my baby boy," Wilson said via Instagram last Saturday, June 22. https://www.instagram.com/p/BzAiqRIBd2Z/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link She shared the news with her fans and followers, together with a photo of her showing her nine-month baby bump, while donning a full-length white robe with tiger patterns. The reveal of her second child's gender was met with positive responses from her fellow showbiz personalities such as actress Isabelle Daza, stylist Liz Uy and TV host Raymond Gutierrez. Wilson first broke the news of being pregnant with her second ...

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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda coming to Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 36 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Linkin Park co-founder and lead vocalist Mike Shinoda is bringing his "Post Traumatic" tour to Manila on September 6. "It has been a long time since I played Taipei, Jakarta, and Manila!" Shinoda wrote on Instagram Monday. https://www.instagram.com/p/BzEvu0XAaBt/ The Linkin Park member will be playing for his Filipino fans at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. Tickets will go on sale starting June 29. On the other hand, his concert in Taipei and Jakarta will be on August 31 and September 4, respectively. Shinoda released his debut album as a solo artist, "Post Traumatic," in June 2018. The last time he visited the country was in 2013 fo...

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Locsin returns Del Rosario’s P500,000 donation to ‘Recto Bank 22’

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday said he returned the P500, 000 that former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario gave for the 22 Mindoro fishermen, whose boat was rammed and sunk at Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). In an earlier text message to reporters, Del Rosario said he made the donation through DFA last June 19 "to manifest from my heart that we truly care for them and sympathize with what has happened." Locsin, however, said DFA "cannot dispense donations." "I have to return the P500,00 check donation or I shall be compelled to turn it over to the Treasury," Locsin s...

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National Printing Office illegally subcontracted jobs to private firms — COA

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 44 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Printing Office (NPO) has allegedly subcontracted its printing jobs illegally, under the guise of renting equipment from private firms, the Commission on Audit (COA) said. In the 2018 audit report released on Friday, COA said NPO made it appear that they were hiring printing equipment from 12 companies for a price of P121.6 million. However, documents showed that the payments, which already amounts to P120.9 million, were for the printing process --- which COA says is an indication that NPO "subcontracted" its tasks. "To augment its limitation on printing capability of accountable and specialized forms, the Agency continued the engagement of ...

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PACC vows impartial probe on corruption allegations vs PIA’s Clavite

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 53 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has assured an impartial investigation on the corruption allegations being hurled against Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold Clavite. The embattled PIA chief earlier asked PACC to look into the allegations made through anonymous letters sent to his superior, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. PIA is the government's primary development communications arm under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). READ:PIA chief asks anti-corruption body to probe charges READ:PIA chief under probe over corruption allegations -- Andanar In a text message to I...

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Monreal seeks cooperation of airline operators on red lightning alert

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 6 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) General Manager Ed Monreal on Monday sought the cooperation of airline operators whenever the airport announces a red lightning alert. A red lightning alert is issued as a safety precaution when lightning is prevalent in the area and may endanger personnel, passengers, and flight operations. Ramp movement for both aircraft and ground personnel is suspended whenever a red lightning alert is announced. "While we are duty bound to keep flights safe, we are also duty bound to protect the lives of airport personnel while at work, especially those working in areas where exposure to environmental hazards is greater,"...

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Angat Dam water level dips further below critical mark

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 9 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- The water level in Angat Dam continued to drop as it remained below its 160-meter critical mark on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. Angat Dam's water level was at 159.09 meters as of 6 a.m. -- lower than the 159.43 meters recorded Sunday morning, according to the state weather bureau. Pagasa further said water level also dipped in other dams in the country, namely, San Roque Dam (-0.41 meters), Pantabangan Dam (-0.18 meters), and Magat Dam (-0.18 meters). However, the water level in Ipo Dam, La Mesa Dam, Ambuklao Dam, Binga Dam, and Caliraya Dam slightly increased from Su...

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