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Philippine Coast Guard beefs up capability with new assets

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:51
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday launched dozens of its newly acquired assets meant for rescue operations. PCG commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino led the launching and blessing ceremony in its headquarters in Manila, where some of the new aluminum boats, jetski, vehicles, and other equipment were put on display. https://twitter.com/FMangosingINQ/status/1133934620192301056 The assets are part of the P1.6-billion capability upgrade of the Coast Guard. The 20 new aluminum boats from Pacificfortia Marine Technologies, which have a speed of 20 knots, were purchased for P16 million; and the 20 personal watercraft from Scan Marine Incorporated, wi...

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Jeepney driver’s daughter is Ateneo 2019 class valedictorian, inspires with essay 

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:48
    MANILA, Philippines --- A daughter of a jeepney driver not only beat the odds of poverty, but also inspired everyone as she is set to graduate as Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) class of 2019 valedictorian.   Reycel Hyacenth Bendaa is set to obtain her B.A. in Management Economics degree and will graduate Cum Laude on Friday, May 31.   Bendaa is also ADMU Student Council president.   A day before her graduation, Ateneo released Bendaa's essaytitled "Prayer for Generosity," where she narrated the struggles she had faced and how she managed to achieve success.   In her essay, Bendaa shared her experience with poverty --...

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PNP to file case vs cops if there is proof of irregularity in suspect’s death

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:43
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday that cases can be filed against the policemen involved in the death of the suspect in the murder of an octogenarian couple while he was inside a police car if there is proof of irregularity. Carl Joseph Alarin Baanola, the suspect in the murder of Nicolas Austria and wife Leonora in Novaliches on Sunday, was killed Wednesday night after he allegedly tried to grab the firearm of a policeman escorting him to the headquarters of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD). READ: Suspect in killing of QC couple shot dead in police car Police claimed the suspect requested them to loosen his handcuff since he was "g...

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Legarda defends son’s solar firm: I abstained out of delicadeza

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:41
  MANILA, Philippines --- Out of delicadeza, Senator Loren Legarda said she abstained from voting on a bill, granting a "nonexclusive" 25-year franchise to a solar firm owned by her son, Leandro Leviste. Voting 16-0 with one abstention, the Senate on May 27 approved on third and final reading the franchise of Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. (SPSB). READ:Legarda son's solar firm secures legislative franchise "As you know, I abstained. That's my son's company of which I'm not an owner," she said at the regular Kapihan sa Senado. "On the words of the sponsor, it's a social justice legislation. But I abstained out of delicadeza because it's owned by my son, a 25-year-old en...

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Solons threaten to revoke Grab franchise if services don’t improve

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:40
        MANILA, Philippines --- Lawmakers from the House committee on Metro Manila development have threatened to push for the revocation of Grab Philippines' franchise after reports that senior citizens are not given discounts if they are not registered users. During a hearing on Thursday, Senior Citizen Rep. Francisco Datol Jr. said that they have received complaints from senior citizens that Grab is not adhering to the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. "Ang Grab, walang puso. Wala kaming 20 percent sa inyo, ang daming reklamo sa amin ipapakita ko sa inyo. Pagbutihin niyo dahil sa susunod na Kongreso, tandaan niyo h...

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Same-sex couple adopts 6 siblings who spent almost 5 years in foster care

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:35
A same-sex couple from Pennsylvania, USA, adopted six siblings who spent almost five years in foster care. Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean adopted the siblings after seeing a similar story on television, as per Good Morning America on May 29. The two dads then decided to do their own research and discovered many sibling groups get separated in adoption. In the end, they found siblings Carlos, Guadalupe, Maria, Selena, Nasa and Max, who had been in foster care for 1,640 days. "We instantly fell in love. They're very easy to make smile," Steve said in the report. "It was a bad background, a sad story---there was neglect and abuse. It was in the fall of 2017 that paren...

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Morales lawyer says ICC now analyzing allegations filed vs Xi

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:23
      MANILA, Philippines--The International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor is looking into the allegations mentioned in the communication filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping to determine if it falls under its jurisdiction. This development was revealed Thursday by the legal counsel of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who helped the latter and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario file the communication against Xi and two other Chinese officials before the ICC. "The office is analyzing the allegations identified in your communication with the assistance of other related communications and other information ava...

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Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi Leonard: Throw the whole kitchen at him

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:22
TORONTO --- Draymond Green believes he's the best defensive player in basketball. Klay Thompson sought inclusion on the NBA's all-defensive team for years. Andre Iguodala, even at 35 years old, can still neutralize just about any opponent. Golden State has some big-time defenders, without question. And they all respect Kawhi Leonard's offensive game. They will probably all get a turn at guarding Toronto's best player at some point during the NBA Finals, whether the assignment is by design or just sort of happens organically when defenders get switched during a Raptors possession. When the title series starts on Thursday night, the biggest key for the Warriors will likely b...

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge offers new world at Disneyland

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:09
  ANAHEIM, California --- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is on the same land as Disneyland, but stepping into the new attraction shows an entirely different world. The theme park offered media a glimpse into Galaxy's Edge on Wednesday. The exclusive tour included a Star Wars-themed food tasting, a stroll through the Black Spire Outpost marketplace and four-minute ride on the Millennium Falcon. A firsthand look took place a couple days before Galaxy's Edge opens at the California theme park on Friday. That's when guests with a pre-reservation can experience the largest single-themed land created in a Disney park. Disney officials said it took more the five years to develop ...

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6 fall in anti-drugs operations in Cotabato City

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 14:00
COTABATO CITY --- Six persons were arrested in an anti-drugs raid that dismantled a suspected drug den in Barangay Rosary Heights 7 of this city on Wednesday night, May 29, the city mayor here said Thursday. City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said the buy-bust operation carried out by the Army's 5th Special Forces Battalion, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Cotabato City Police Office, led to the arrest of a certain "Teng" in Purok Talitay at 8 p.m. Sayadi said Teng was later identified as Michael Mohammad. He was arrested along with five other persons identified as Faisal Mohammad, Silogan Patadon, Benjie Ulobalang, Sherad Abedin, and Amer Abedin, all suspected to be c...

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7 dead, 21 missing after South Korean tour boat sinks in Hungary

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:56
  BUDAPEST, Hungary --- Seven people are confirmed dead, officials said Thursday, as a massive search was underway on the Danube River in downtown Budapest for 21 people missing after a sightseeing boat with 33 South Korean tourists sank after colliding with another vessel during an evening downpour. Another seven have been rescued, Pal Gyorfi, spokesman for the National Ambulance Service, said. They were hospitalized in stable condition following the accident Wednesday night. Two Hungarian crew members are also missing. South Korean President Moon Jae-in instructed officials to employ "all available resources" to support the rescue efforts in Hungary. Moon's spokesw...

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Envi groups, solons to MMDA: Strictly implement solid waste management

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:55
MANILA, Philippines --- Environment advocates and lawmakers from the House of Representatives have called on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to strictly implement the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.   Mother Earth Foundation Chair Sonia Mendoza, who was present during the House committee on Metro Manila development hearing on Thursday, suggested that enforcing Republic Act 9003 can solve the long-time trash problem of the capital region.   "We have a law on solid waste management authored by Senator Loren Legarda. It is very sad that it's already 18 years and it has not been implemented to improve the garbage collection in Metro Manila and a...

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Imee Marcos on Archimedes Trajano’s death: Linking me is unfair 

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:50
  MANILA, Philippines --- Senator-elect Imee Marcos on Thursday said it was unfair for her to be linked to the 1977 death of Mapua Institute of Technology student Archimedes Trajano.   "Sabi nila, may kinalaman kami sa nangyari, I'm very, very mystified. Ang liliit pa namin and we had no direct... di naman kami naka-employ dyan, wala naman kaming command responsibility or operational command sa mga sundalo or sa mga pulis, so it's really unfair," Marcos said in an interview over ANC's "Headstart."   Trajano, then a 21-year-old engineering student, supposedly stood at an open forum on Aug. 31, 1977 at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and questioned Marcos...

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Filipina, Singaporean arrested for alleged illegal moneylending

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:50
A Filipino woman and a Singaporean man were arrested on May 12 for allegedly administering unauthorized moneylending services, as reported by Channel News Asia. According to Singaporean police, they received information about the 45-year-old Filipina and 60-year-old Singaporean's illegal services in November. The pair were involved in providing unlicensed loans to foreign domestic workers. After determining the suspects' identities, Singaporean officers nabbed the Filipina and Singaporean near Orchard Road on Sunday, May 12. Cash, two mobile phones and records of the illegal moneylending services were found in the Filipino's and Singaporean's possessions. They were charged ...

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PNP records 22 cases of cyberbullying since 2017

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:46
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday it recorded 22 cases of cyberbullying since 2017 until March 2019, with minors comprising most of the victims.   Data from the PNP showed it recorded nine victims of cyber-bullying in 2017; 11 in 2018; and two this year as of March.   According to PNP spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac, the incidents happened mostly through social media.   "Ito 'yung pinakacommon form of bullying ngayon sa mga kabataan (This is the most common form of bullying among the youth)," he said in a press briefing, adding that most bullying cases committed in person are mostly solved by school pers...

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Union Bank raises P5.8B from bond offer

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:46
MANILA, Philippines --- Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has raised P5.8 billion from a new offering of local retail bonds, proceeds from which will supplement its funding base and support business expansion plans. The three-year bonds carried a coupon rate of 6 percent, the bank said in a press statement on Thursday. This is the second bond issuance by UnionBank, following the issuance of P11 billion bonds last December 7. The bank announced an initial P3 billion offering size, but ended up upsizing the deal after receiving strong demand from institutional and retail clients. The brisk demand also allowed UnionBank to price the bonds at the lower end of its...

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Man bitten by rabid bat hiding between iPad and case

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:34
  SOUTH HAMPTON --- A New Hampshire man got a big surprise as he went to close up his iPad. A bat was wedged between the back of the device and its cover and bit his finger. Roy Syvertson, of South Hampton, tells WMUR-TV it felt like a bee sting at first. When he realized he was dealing with a bat, he pressed down on the cover to keep it from flying away.   READ: iPad vs iPad Pro - What Is The Best Choice For Your Money   The 86-year-old managed to get the bat outside but later found him dead. It turned out that the bat was rabid. Syvertson went to the hospital for rabies treatments. When asked how the bat got into his house and iPad case last week...

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Lacson’s wishful thinking: Tax all sins of congressmen, senators

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:31
MANILA, Philippines --- As the Senate deliberates on the proposed sin tax bill, Senator Panfilo Lacson had this wishful thinking: To tax all the sins of congressmen and senators.   The bill, which seeks to impose additional tax on tobacco products, was recently certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte.   The Senate is expected to pass the measure before the 17th Congress adjourns sine die on June 7.   "Sin Tax: If only we can tax all the sins of congressmen and senators, we can collect more than enough to cover the entire national budget," Lacson wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday.   While he welcomed the intent of the measure, whi...

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Mahathir says Malaysia will use Huawei ‘as much as possible’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:30
  TOKYO -- Malaysia will continue using Huawei products "as much as possible," bucking a global trend prompted by security concerns and a US ban on the Chinese firm, the country's prime minister said Thursday. Mahathir Mohamad, speaking at a conference in Tokyo, acknowledged the security concerns but said they would not deter Malaysia. "Yes, there may be some spying. But what is there to spy (on) exactly in Malaysia? We are an open book," the 93-year-old said at the Future of Asia forum. Mahathir said Huawei had access to research "far bigger than the whole of Malaysia's research equivalent." "So we try to make use of their technology as much as possible." "E...

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Thunderstorms ‘less likely’ in Metro Manila on Thursday

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:29
        MANILA, Philippines --- Thunderstorms are "less likely" to develop over Metro Manila on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In its advisory posted 10 a.m., Pagasa said thunderstorms over Metro Manila are less likely to occur over the next 12 hours. Meanwhile, in another advisory posted 11:24 a.m., Pagasa said the provinces of Batangas and Quezon are expected to experience heavy rainshower with lightning and strong winds in the next two hours. The towns of Victoria, Calauan, and Pila in Laguna are also going to experience heavy rain showers. "All are advised to take pr...

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