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Opposition bets denounce BFAR’s advise for fishermen to stay away from Panatag Shoal

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:48
  MANILA, Philippines --- Opposition senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares and Gary Alejano on Monday denounced the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for its "defeatist" advise to local fishermen to avoid the Scarborough (Panatag) shoal amid reports that Chinese Coast Guards have been harassing them in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). READ: Critics rage against increased presence of China vessels "If a burglar goes to your house wouldn't you do something to stop him?" Colmenares asked after BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona advised fishermen to "refrain" from going to the contested parts of the WPS. "Patalo ang advise na ito at di makakatulong sa mga ma...

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45 NPA rebels yield in Calabarzon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:39
      MANILA, Philippines - Forty-five New People's Army (NPA) rebels surrendered to authorities in the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal -Quezon) region over the weekend and turned over 25 high-powered firearms and explosives to the regional police and the Philippine Army. Thirty-three rebels under the Komiteng Larangan Girilya-Cesar that operates in Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon surrendered on March 29. Ten more, some from General Nakar, Quezon, turned themselves in on Saturday, while another two yielded on Sunday. Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, Calabarzon police director, said the suspected communist fighters would be referred to the government's ...

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47 NPA rebels yield in Calabarzon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:39
      MANILA, Philippines - Forty-seven New People's Army (NPA) rebels surrendered to authorities in the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal -Quezon) region over the weekend and turned over 25 high-powered firearms and explosives to the regional police and the Philippine Army.   "These rebel surrenderees are now free to rebuild their lives and enjoy peace and prosperity with their families and take the opportunity to avail of the government's amnesty program and livelihood assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)," Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde said in a press briefing at Ca...

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An hour of activity may keep disability away

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:30
Losing the ability to move and perform the activities of daily life can lead to a loss of independence and even be deadly, so researchers are focusing on preventing conditions that can lead to disability.
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Mt. Apo trails in Davao del Sur temporarily closed due to El Niño

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:25
DAVAO CITY --- Starting April 1, visitors would be barred from climbing and camping at Mt. Apo because of the El Nio phenomenon. The Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB) issued the temporary closure order on March 28 in a bid to prevent possible forest fires during the dry season. Frank Buenaflor, of the Davao del Sur Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, said the order on trails covering Sta. Cruz, Digos, and Bansalan in Davao del Sur, is a preemptive move especially after vast areas of Mt. Apo caught fire in 2016. As early as March 7, the North Cotabato trails of Mt. Apo have also been closed. "In order to decrease the risk of fire until Pagasa lifts the d...

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Chinese envoy: ICC complaint vs Xi Jinping a ‘fabrication’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:24
MANILA, Philippines --- Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua on Monday dismissed as mere "fabrication" the complaint filed by two former Philippine government officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking to reporters in Malacaang, Zhao also acknowledged that President Rodrigo Duterte has already assured China that the Philippine government has nothing to do with the complaint. "First and foremost, President Duterte and the department concerned has expressed clearly to the Chinese the Filipino government has no role in it. So it's an action by individuals," Zhao said. READ:Duterte assures China that PH gov...

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Netizens to Lonely Planet: Banaue Rice Terraces not built by Chinese

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:22
    MANILA, Philippines - Netizens slammed travel guide Lonely Planet which uploaded a video stating that the Chinese built the Banaue Rice Terraces.   Banaue Rice Terraces was included in the travel guide's video of the "world's greenest places" published on Sunday.   The video, however, described Banaue Rice Terraces as "first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese".   One Twitter user, with handle @AltPCOOSec, called out Lonely Planet and noted that Banaue Rice Terraces was built by Filipino indigenous peoples and not by the Chinese.   "Dear [Lonely Planet], the Banaue Rice Terraces were by Filipino indigenous people...

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NBI seizes over 3 kilos of cocaine hidden in children’s books

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:16
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday announced that it has seized over 3 kilos of cocaine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). NBI Deputy Director for Investigative Service Vicente De Guzman said the cocaine was hidden in children's books bound for Thailand. Arrested were Ma. Clara Q. Bedico, Alvin Jr. Avila, and Antonette R. Mendiola. /ee  ...

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‘I am more than my weight’: Demi Lovato calls out ‘toxic’ body-shaming headline

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:13
Demi Lovato spoke up about her body making an article headline where she was described as having a "fuller figure." The pop singer shared a screenshot of the headline in her Instagram Stories on Friday, March 29. The headline from a news aggregating site said, "Demi Lovato appears to have a fuller figure after working up a sweat in LA." Lovato wrote, "I am more than my weight." She clarified that she was speaking up not just for herself, but for people who could be struggling with weight and body image issues. "Unlike the past, I'm not triggered, I'm not upset that someone wrote a headline about my 'fuller figure,'" she said. "I'm angry that people think it's okay to writ...

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Philippines, US open 2019 Balikatan exercises

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:08
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines and United States on Monday started its annual military exercises, one of the largest under the Duterte administration.   The Balikatan exercises, which opened at Camp Aguinaldo, will have around 7,500 Filipino and American personnel with a small contingent from Australia.   The ten-day exercises will run up to April 12.   "Balikatan will strengthen our armed forces, improve our interoperability, and facilitate a robust exchange of ideas and best practices," US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim said in his speech.   In the next two weeks, the Philippine and US forces will conduct count...

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Lacson owns up to most budget cuts

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:01
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Panfilo Lacson owned up to most of the cuts in the 2019 national budget, still because of "pork." "While I was the main proponent of most of the cuts which I did only upon the requests or concurrence of the agencies, I was aware of the presence of 'pork,' thus my dissenting vote on its ratification," Lacson said in a Twitter post Monday. The senator was reacting to Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya's latest allegation that the Senate might be "liable to the accusation of sabotage" when it "unilaterally" cut down the allocation for the administration's "Build, Build, Build" program and other priority projects. READ: Andaya: Senate cuts on...

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In Protest of Brunei’s Brutal Ruling, Elton John Joins George Clooney’s Brunei Hotel Boycott

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:59
In protest of Brunei's plans to punish gay sex and adultery via stoning, Elton John joins George Clooney's move to boycott nine luxury hotels with direct links to the Asian monarchy. The "Tiny Dancer" hitmaker posted his stand on Twitter over the weekend. https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1112070070103146496 https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1112070071290155014 He also listed down the nine hotels. https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1112070072401580037 On Apr 3, Brunei shall implement the barbaric ruling which includes imposing amputation of a hand or foot when found guilty of theft. This comes directly from the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. He's...

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‘Invest in our people, invest in their dreams’–Bullet Jalosjos

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:58
Running for governor for the province of Zamboanga Del Norte, Seth Frederick "Bullet" Jalosjos said this election is all about investing in the people's dreams. "It's not about the candidate, it's always about the people," Jalosjos stressed. Prior to the start of the official campaign period, Jalosjos visited several remote barangays in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte riding a motorbike via "Moto Meet", a group of riders and volunteers. Jalosjos who is in his last term as 1st District Representative said that he wanted to know hor himself, first hand what really is the situation on the ground. That way he said, he will not make promises he can't keep. "It's about thei...

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Golden State Warriors rout Hornets, clinch 5th straight Pacific title

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:46
        OAKLAND, Calif. --- Stephen Curry scored 25 points with five 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors beat Charlotte 137-90 on Sunday night to clinch their fifth straight Pacific Division title and hand the Hornets their worst loss of the season. Curry has made five or more 3s in a career-best eight straight games. He has 335 so far, his second-most in a season behind the NBA-record 402 he hit in 2015-16. Klay Thompson scored Golden State's initial nine points and finished with 24 and six 3s. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 11 for 17 from deep and 17 of 30 overall. Quinn Cook added 21 points off the bench. Willy Hernangomez scored...

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Surreal 'one-minute' poses redefine notion of sculpture

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:45
In an awkward pose, with three oranges propped under my forehead, I learned up close what it was like to become one of Erwin Wurm's subjects -- if only for a minute.
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Flights canceled Monday due to bad weather

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:39
MANILA, Philippines --- Two domestic flights were canceled Monday due to inclement weather, airport authorities announced. The Manila International Airport Authority said in an advisory that the following flights bound for Siargao were canceled as of 1:00 p.m. CebGo DG 6841 Manila - Siargao DG 6842 Siargao - Manila /ee [Kindly refresh for updates]...

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Blind triathletes fuel Kim Chiu’s drive to finish Clark duathlon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:37
  MANILA, Philippines --- Actress Kim Chiu drew inspiration from two blind triathletes and completed a duathlon she joined over the weekend.   Chiu posed with the two blind triathletes named Joshua and Jerome in an Instagram photo posted on Monday.     https://www.instagram.com/p/BvsskZVn0J0/ "Still in awe of these 2 triathletes on how they are motivated despite being blind. Just shows that there is no excuses, if you really want to do something, you can't say 'hindi ko kaya' coz look at them," Chiu wrote in the caption.   "I immediately have high respect to Joshua and Jerome. They only have the rope that they're holding that is connect...

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Biden tries to defuse first crisis over kiss allegation

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:37
Joe Biden is facing the first crisis of his yet-to-be-official, front-running 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.
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MMDA to candidates: Obey road rules during motorcades, rallies

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:27
MANILA, Phillipines --- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday prompted candidates to keep in mind and follow existing traffic rules, including the number coding scheme, when they stage motorcades and campaign rallies.   MMDA Edsa Traffic Head Bong Nebrija said candidates who violate the rules would be apprehended despite the prevailing campaign period, which started March 29.   "'Pag nasa major thoroughfares po sila, bawal po 'yun. Biruin niyo po 'yun, halimbawa number coding po 'yung sinasakyan ni mayor, sinasakyan ni congressman, biglang makita ng enforcer huhulihin, 'di ba nakakahiya naman po 'yun, lalo na kung may media," Nebrija said in...

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Diplomatic protest filed vs surge of Chinese vessels in WPS – Panelo

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:14
    MANILA, Philippines---Malacaang on Monday said the Philippine government has already filed a diplomatic protest against China over the presence of hundreds of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, did not divulge details of the protest. "I understand we have already issued a diplomatic protest, (as) per the Western Command. The DFA has already made a diplomatic protest over it," Panelo said in a Palace briefing. Panelo added that he will raise the issue with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua during their meeting Monday afternoon in Malacaang. The Palace official also described ...

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