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Akihito begins abdication rituals as Japan marks end of era

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 14:16
  TOKYO --- Emperor Akihito began his abdication rituals at a Shinto shrine Tuesday morning as Japan embraces the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era.   Television images showed Akihito in a traditional robe entering the main Shrine of Kashikodokoro to report his retirement to the gods. The shrine is where the goddess Amaterasu, said to be the direct ancestress of the imperial family, is enshrined. Only part of Akihito's shrine ritual was released to the public.   In a palace ceremony later in the day, Akihito will announce his retirement before other members of the royal family and top government officials.   His reign r...

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Xi Jinping praises a historic student protest. It could never happen today

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 14:03
In a country whose leadership has little tolerance for open dissent, it is rare to hear Chinese President Xi Jinping praise a student protest against the government.
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Maisie Williams thought fans would hate Arya in Winterfell battle

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:57
[This article contains spoilers.] The Battle of Winterfell in "Game of Thrones" featured courage, fear and heroism in all forms as armies fought the undead in Winterfell. But if there was an MVP in the final season's third episode, it would be Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, after she defeated the Night King. Williams said she had doubts about her character as the ultimate hero in what seemed to be a hopeless battle. "It was so unbelievably exciting, but I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn't deserve it," she told Entertainment Weekly's April 28 issue. "The hardest thing in any series is when you build up a villain that's so impossible t...

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Nancy Binay wants answers, update on killing of Junjun’s aide 

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:55
  MANILA, Philippines - Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release details of the killing of the long-time aide of her brother, former Makati City mayor Junjun Binay.     Monalisa "Monette" Bernardo was gunned down by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Makiling Street, Barangay Olympia, Makati City in March.   READ: Junjun Binay's executive assistant hurt in Makati shooting   Bernardo succumbed to several gunshot wounds a day later.   READ: Junjun Binay's aide dies in hospital after Thursday's ambush "We're seeking for justice, and we're looking for answers. Monette's murder has a chil...

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LOOK: John Lloyd Cruz is officially back

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:49
  MANILA, Philippines---John Lloyd Cruz is officially back.   The Kapamilya actor made his return as the latest model for a shawarma chain.   In the chain's latest commercial, Cruz is seen as a traveler journeying around several sceneries.             Fans of the actor first speculated that Cruz was indeed the mystery man teased in a poster for the popular chain. READ:Is John Lloyd Cruz on his way for a comeback?   Cruz has been on showbiz hiatus since October 2017. During that time, ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communications head Kane Errol Choa said the actor took an indefinite l...

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'Yeti' footprints sighted, Indian Army tweets

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:42
For centuries, humans have been searching for the Yeti -- and now, in an unceremonious tweet, the Indian Army is claiming to have found evidence of the mythical Himalayan monster.
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Comelec: Proclamation of winning senators ‘roughly within 2 weeks’ after May 13

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:41
MANILA, Philippines --- Winning senators in this year's midterm polls may be proclaimed "roughly within two weeks" after May 13, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a press conference they already have set a "tentative date" for the declaration of the 12 victorious senatorial aspirants.   At the same time, Jimenez said proclamation of winners in the local elections may be "expected very quickly." "At the very lowest level, it is expected to happen within 24 to 36 hours (after the election). A little higher than that about 72 hours," the Comelec official said. "Meron na kaming tentative date for the proclamatio...

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PNP says Albayalde’s comment on vote-buying said in jest

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:40
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde's statement on vote-buying was only said in jest, PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard Banac clarified on Tuesday.   In a press briefing at Camp Crame on Monday, Albayalde seemed to have advised voters to accept cash offered by election candidates but still vote for the right candidates seeking government seat.   "Sabihin na natin na nabigyan tayo ng pera. Hindi natin maiwasan na tumanggap, but then again iboto natin kung sino ang nararapat. Kung hindi maano ng pulis 'yang vote-buying, tanggapin na lang natin siguro 'yung pera pero iboto pa rin natin kung sino ang nararapat," he said...

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PNP warns: Coddlers of fugitive Acierto may face charges, too

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:38
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday warned coddlers of Eduardo Acierto that they may also face charges for enabling the former police official to hide from the law.   PNP Spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac issued this notice as manhunt continues against the dismissed police colonel. Banac said PNP is not discounting the possibility that some individuals might be helping Acierto evade arrest. "Ang paalala natin sa mga maaring may kinalaman at posibleng nagkakanlong sa hinahanap na ex-Police Colonel Acierto, maari pong makasuhan ang sinuman ang mapatunayan na tumutulong or nagkakanlong sa isang pinaghahanap ng batas," Banac said in a press bri...

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9,700 jobs up for grabs in Eastern Visayas on Labor Day

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:34
      TACLOBAN CITY--About 9,700 local and overseas jobs are up for grabs during the May 1 Labor Day celebration in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. Yahya Centi, labor regional director, said that about 44 agencies have signed up for the jobs fair to be conducted at the Tacloban Convention Center on Wednesday. Of the participating agencies, 32 are for local employment while the remaining 12 are for overseas job opportunities. Another jobs fair will also be held in Ormoc City to be participated by 19 business establishments. The jobs fair, he said, will help address the region's problem on unemployment, which is at 4....

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MPD implements traffic scheme for Labor Day 2019

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:32
MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila Police District (MPD) has advised commuters to expect heavy traffic in three key areas in Manila which are expected to be the center of protest in celebration of Labor Day.   In an advisory on Tuesday, MPD's traffic enforcement unit said traffic congestion will be expected within the vicinity of Morayta, Mendiola, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Plaza Miranda, Liwasang Bonifacio and US Embassy.   Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:   Mendiola   - Vehicles coming from Legarda shall turn right to Bustillos to point of destination. - Vehicles coming from P. Casal shall tu...

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Don’t close doors on second wage hike — Villanueva

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:32
MANILA, Philippines --- "We should not immediately close our doors on the possibility of having a second wage increase in less than a year."   Senator Joel Villanueva said this on Tuesday after Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III said that another wage hike within a year would have to be justified by a supervening condition.   This is in light of a petition filed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) seeking a P710 across-the-board wage hike for Metro Manila workers.   READ: Labor group files petition for P710 wage hike   READ: Supervening condition for pay increase needed -- DOLE   Villanueva, who chairs th...

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Soldiers take part in local absentee voting

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:31
  MANILA, Philippines - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel on Tuesday took part in the local absentee voting for this year's midterm elections.   AFP public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said that 20,064 military personnel were approved by the Commission on Elections to participate in the absentee voting out of 24,773 applicants.       "They will be deployed during elections, while the others on standby can vote in the precincts they are registered," Detoyato said.   At Camp Aguinaldo, the military's main headquarters, 75 military personnel were scheduled set to vote on Tuesday.     The 135,00...

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Boy gets adopted on same day family adopts shelter dog

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:30
A dog is considered a man's best friend by many and one boy from Michigan, United States can say the same when it comes to his shelter dog. For one, they already share something in common: they were both adopted on the same day. Gabe Banzhof has always addressed his stepfather "dad" ever since, but he was only legally adopted by him just this April, as per WTOL last April 18. As if by fate, the Banzhofs also decided to adopt Cupid, a dog they came to know by coincidence, on the same day. The unexpected meeting happened when Gabe's mother Jessica had to go out to buy pet food and came upon Cupid who was at that time on a field trip with the Lucas County Canine Care and Control. "Yo...

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The NRA and the battle against itself

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:16
As gun violence erupted across the country over the weekend, the nation's foremost gun lobby struggled with one of its biggest crises in decades.
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Police not allowed inside Comelec facilities – Jimenez

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:13
  MANILA, Philippines---The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday underscored that police officers are not allowed to enter its facilities without authorization, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said Tuesday.   The poll body was reacting to, and addressing the alleged inspection conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in one of its warehouses in Baguio City. Jimenez, however, noted that they cannot act on the basis of a "picture that doesn't really give much context." Jimenez was referring to a photo of Police/Brig. Gen. Israel Dickson supposedly inspecting the vote counting machines (VCMs) and other election paraphernalia at the Comelec wareho...

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