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‘Freedom’: Fil-Canadian YouTube star Mikey Bustos comes out

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 52 min ago
YouTube star Mikey Bustos publicly came out on social media on Easter Sunday, April 21. The Filipino-Canadian comedian, 37, hinted at a "new life" and "freedom" in two Instagram posts on Sunday and Monday. In the pictures, he posed alongside longtime friend and manager RJ Garcia while in a Puerto Galera beach. Both posts had the gay pride flag in the caption. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwgR7d3gGwu/ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwi821Tgj9r/ This morning, April 23, Bustos shared a heartwarming message of gratitude on his social media accounts. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwlFxWqgnOj/ Sharing a shirtless picture of himself with a sticker of rainbow sunglasses over his ey...

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Jogger suffers heart attack, saved by stranger from same hometown

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 53 min ago
A man vacationing in Florida, United States suffered a heart attack while jogging and was saved by a stranger who was coincidentally from his Canada hometown. Tom Reddon was out for a morning run with good friend Bernie Arseneau in Indian Rocks Beach when he suffered a heart attack, as per CBC News on April 18. Reddon apparently suggested to his friend that they take a selfie and shortly after collapsed to the ground while Arseneau was just stowing his phone away. The incident happened on April 4. "I looked up and down the street, thinking [something] was coming and turned around and Tom had collapsed on the ground," Arseneau was quoted as saying. Two women arrived and called 911, w...

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Facebook hires high-ranking US State Department lawyer

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 7 sec ago
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said Monday it has hired a high-ranking US State Department lawyer credited with helping craft the controversial Patriot Act as the social network's new general counsel. Jennifer Newstead will replace Colin Stretch, who announced in July that he planned to leave Facebook. Newstead will oversee global legal functions at the California-based social network as it faces continued pressure from regulators regarding how well it safeguards user privacy and protects against the spread of misinformation or abuse on its platform. "Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission," Facebook chief operating ...

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Hidilyn Diaz wins silver in Asian Weightlifting Championships

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines--- Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz moved up to a heavier weight class and still ended up on the medal podium. The Filipino weightlifting heroine carried 94 kilograms in the snatch and followed it up with a 115 lift in the clean and jerk for a 209-kg total to claim the silver medal late Monday in the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Ningbo, China. The continental meet is a qualifier to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, allowing Diaz to successfully position herself for an unparalleled fourth straight stint in the Olympics. The Asian Games gold medalist in the 53kg moved up to the 55kg class after Diaz's weight category was scrapped....

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Gov’t inspects Laguna hospitals, schools for quake damage

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 10 min ago
SAN PEDRO CITY -- The provincial government of Laguna on Tuesday suspended classes to give way to an inspection of public schools, buildings, and hospitals. So far, no damage resulting from the magnitude 6.1 quake that struck Luzon Monday was reported in the province, but Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez still ordered an assessment of the structural integrity of public infrastructure, said provincial information officer Chris Sanji. Sanji said government engineers would go around nine public hospitals and schools to check the structures. Aldwin Cejo, Laguna disaster risk reduction and management officer (DRRMO), said the earthquake was felt across Laguna at intensity I to III. He ...

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Trump says Congress ‘can’t impeach’ him

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 11 min ago
WASHINGTON --- US President Donald Trump said Monday that Congress "can't impeach" him over the findings of the Mueller report into Russian election meddling and his alleged attempts to hamper the investigation. Defiantly insisting that he did nothing wrong, Trump also denied a portrait of dysfunction in the White House where disobedient aides are said to have saved him from committing obstruction of justice by refusing to carry out his instructions. Asked by reporters at a White House Easter egg event for children whether the prospect of impeachment worries him, Trump replied: "Not even a little bit." "Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no...

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Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 13 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO -- Samsung said Monday it was delaying the launch of its folding smartphone after trouble with handsets sent to reviewers. Some reviewers who got their hands on the Galaxy Fold early reported problems with screens breaking. Samsung said it decided to put off this week's planned release of the Fold after some reviews "showed us how the device needs further improvements."   https://twitter.com/Samsung/status/1117951992851324928 The South Korean consumer electronics giant planned to announce a new release date for the Galaxy Fold in the coming weeks. Initial analysis of reported problems with Galaxy Fold screens showed they could be "associated with ...

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Asian stocks mixed, oil soars on Iran sanctions worries

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 18 min ago
  SINGAPORE - Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday while oil prices soared to their highest level since October after the U.S. said it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil.   Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.2% to 22,165.41.   The Kospi in South Korea was less than 0.1% higher at 2,217.31 while the Shanghai Composite gave up 0.6% to 3,194.88.   Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.1% to 29,926.69. Australia's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.8% to 6,308.50.   Shares fell in Taiwan and Singapore but rose in Indonesia.   There was no strong impetus for buying in Asia.   Reports from a recent high-level meeting i...

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Clark Airport to use temporary check-in areas after ceiling’s collapse

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 20 min ago
      MANILA, Philippines --- The management of the Clark International Airport will be setting up temporary check-in areas for its passengers, after the lobby's ceiling collapsed due to the Zambales earthquake. According to Clark Airport CEO Jaime Melo on Tuesday, airlines can only use the lobby if they are able to remove the whole ceiling, or the arrival area which has been used yesterday. "The whole check-in counter portion ay damaged po. But I think we can set-up a temporary check-in counters for the airlines, depende po kung ma-lift natin 'yong ceiling, matanggal natin para sigurado pong safe," Melo said in a press briefing. "Baka po may mahulog ...

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Journalists, lawyers in ‘ouster plot matrix’ may face cases — PNP chief

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 20 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- Journalists, lawyers, and other personalities in the matrix released by Malacaang on the alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte may face cases if proven that they are trying to destabilize the government.   Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde issued the statement on Tuesday, as he added that the PNP is already investigating the alleged matrix.   "If evidence warrants they can always be [sued and have] cases filed against them. Ang ano dito is always we go for evidence. We go for evidence, 'yung talagang substantial evidence that will stand in court," he said in a press briefing.   Albaya...

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LOOK: Sunshine Cruz, daughters flaunt bikini bodies in Batangas getaway

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 22 min ago
Sunshine Cruz and her daughters Angelina, Sam and Chesca had fun in the sun and showed off their beach bodies while vacationing in Nasugbu, Batangas over the weekend. The single mom first posted a photo of her girls while lounging at their resort, as per her Instagram post on Easter Sunday, April 21. "Children are gift[s] from God," Sunshine said in the caption. "I'll enjoy the good times and will surely survive the tough times. My children are my life. Always." https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwg2Q71Fcxh/ Sunshine then showed she was a stunner at the beach, donning a striped one-piece blue and white swimsuit. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwi55dBF-wq/ The actress also si...

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Colmenares: Gov’t can use oust plot to declare revolutionary gov’t

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 35 min ago
      MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte can use the alleged "Oust Duterte plot" as a basis for declaring a revolutionary government, Bayan Muna chair and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares warned on Tuesday. "So other than the attacks on media personalities and human rights lawyers, it can also be used to justify 'yung isang revolutionary government that kating-kati na talaga ang kamay ni Presidente na maimpose 'yun," Colmenares said in a press conference in Quezon City. Duterte earlier threatened to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, declare a revolutionary war and government, and arrest his critics following statements of ca...

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Fans can refund tickets for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with Chinese subtitles

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 43 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- Fans can now have their tickets refunded for the "Avengers: Endgame" screening with Chinese subtitles.   "To our valued moviegoers who have already booked their tickets but prefer watching the film without subtitles, you may refund your tickets at the ticketing booths where the booking or purchase was made starting today," Megaworld Lifestyle Malls said in a statement Tuesday.   https://www.facebook.com/SouthwoodsMall/photos/a.1856097741370896/2216429138671086/?type=3&theater   The mall chain said it noticed "a strong demand from moviegoers coming from other countries, particularly those from China" hence the decision...

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Phivolcs denies rumored 7.1 quake in Metro Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 46 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has disowned a text message that a magnitude 7.1 magnitude earthquake may strike Metro Manila soon.   "Nais naming ipabatid sa publiko na hindi nanggaling sa DOST-PHIVOLCS ang mensahe na ito at walang sapat na basehan para maglabas ng warning ang aming tanggapan tungkol sa isang nalalapit na malakas na lindol (The text message is not from DOST-Phivolcs. There is no basis for the warning)," Phivolcs said in a statement on Tuesday.     https://www.facebook.com/DICTgovph/posts/2190750734353374     The message appeared in the wake of a 6...

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6 soldiers dead, 6 others hurt in NPA ambush in Samar

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 48 sec ago
TACLOBAN CITY -- Six soldiers were killed while six others were wounded in an ambush allegedly staged by communist rebels in Calbiga town, Samar province on Tuesday morning. Lt. Karen Cadano, assistant civil-military operations officer of the 46th Infantry Battalion, said the government troops were in Barangay Biri, more than 13 km away from the town proper, as part of their community support program at past 2 a.m. when the rebels lobbed several improvised explosive devices at them and then fired at them. The report received by the 46th IB identified the slain soldiers as Corporal Abing, Private First Class (PFC) Garcia, PFC Paster, PFC Constantino, Private Lagrimas, and Corporal M...

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Harris joins impeachment call during Democratic town hall

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 3 min ago
  MANCHESTER, N.H. - California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment on Monday as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency. Harris' unexpected support for impeachment follows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's push for Congress to begin the process to remove the Republican president following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report --- a plan all but certain to fail without significant Republican support.     "There is no political inconvenience exception...

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Rafael Nadal to face 63rd-ranked Leonardo Mayer in Barcelona Open

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 11 min ago
BARCELONA, Spain --- Defending champion Rafael Nadal will face Leonardo Mayer in his first match at the Barcelona Open. Mayer defeated Marius Copil 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5 in the first round on Monday. The 63rd-ranked Argentine saved all five break points he faced in a match lasting more than two and a half hours. Second-ranked Nadal, an 11-time winner in Barcelona, opens play at the clay-court tournament on Wednesday after a first-round bye. He is coming off a loss to Fabio Fognini in the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. "My personal opinion is that I played one of the worst matches on clay," Nadal said in Barcelona. "It's a reality. There is no need to hide it. What has ...

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DPWH issues Pampanga road, bridge closure advisory

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 14 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines -- Motorists in or passing through Pampanga have been advised to take note of road and bridge closures in the area as a result of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that jolted the province, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) said on Tuesday.   DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said Consuelo Bridge in Floridablanca, Pampanga and Megadike Access Road in Bacolor, Pampanga are not passable.   "Dito sa Floridablanca, Pampanga, sarado po ang Consuelo Bridge dahil nagkaroon ng damage as of this moment, 'di pa siya passable. Megadike Access Road ng Bacolor, Pampanga ... not passable," Villar said over dzMM.   Mancat...

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