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No persecution in ‘pork barrel’ scam cases during Aquino admin – De Lima

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:56
MANILA, Philippines --- "I don't know what their definition of political persecution is."   Detained Senator Leila de Lima had this to say as "sympathetic lawmakers," including those with pending plunder cases in relation with the "pork barrel" scam, celebrate the acquittal of former Senator Bong Revilla and "cry political persecution from the previous administration."   In a dispatch from Camp Crame in Quezon City, De Lima, who was Justice Secretary at the time of Revilla's arrest and detention for his plunder and graft cases, noted Monday the Aquino administration "never resorted to public vilification or character assassination of any of those under investigation...

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Duterte wants Arroyo to explain alleged P2.4-B ‘pork’ – Panelo

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:49
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte wants to hear the explanation of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the alleged pork barrel insertions in the proposed 2019 national budget, Malacaang said Monday. "He (Duterte) said that there will be some explanation on the part of Speaker Arroyo and others. So let's hear them," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters in a Palace briefing when asked about the President's stand on the supposed budget insertions. Earlier, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed that the funds were allocated to Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who received P2.4 billion worth of projects, and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr., P1.9...

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Auschwitz and its monsters

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:44
On a gorgeous spring morning, so early in the day that the hotel hasn't started serving breakfast, my guide picks me up for a long drive to the suburbs. It is the perfect day for a field trip. The sun is shining, but there is a cool breeze. The trees are a lush green and the flowers are in bloom. Everything is bursting with life, and until I stand before the iron gate with its monstrous motto, I am trying not to think that we have come to a place of death. Auschwitz is crowded with ghosts looking out of the past with cold, pitiless eyes. If they had been the pale specters from fairy tales and horror movies, it would've offered a measure of comfort. We would know to be terrified...

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SoftBank is pulling off the second biggest IPO in history

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:38
SoftBank is raising $23.5 billion from the IPO of its Japanese mobile business, making it the second biggest stock market listing ever.
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In Beijing, newsstands face battle amid changing times

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:34
BEIJING---Zhang Fan, 33, stopped by a newsstand one recent Sunday morning near his home in Beijing to buy a magazine, only to find the stand had been shut down.   Zhang, a designer living on the Guangqumenwai street in Chaoyang district, used to visit a stand just 500 meters from his residential community to buy newspapers and magazines.   But since he started to read news and other material on his phone, he can count on one hand the number of times he has visited the stand in the past year. He had not even noticed it had been closed for the past four months.   Due to falling demand for newspapers and magazines, newsstands in many cities have been clo...

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Bill on mandatory school armchairs for lefties gets House nod

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:26
  MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill requiring all public and private schools in the country to provide armchairs for left-handed people. With a unanimous vote of 207, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 8654 on third and final reading. Antipolo City 1st Dist. Rep. Cristina Roa-Puno, the principal author of the bill, said the intent of the measure was "to promote equal development of students." Section 3 of HB 8654 states it should be "obligatory for all educational institutions, both public and private, to provide the appropriate armchairs for left-handed students, equivalent to at least 10 percent of the student popul...

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LOOK: Order of Pasay Court lifting Trillanes’ arrest warrant 

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:26
      The Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Monday lifted the warrants of arrest against Senator Trillanes IV after he posted bail over the libel suits filed against him.   Trillanes voluntarily appeared before the Pasay RTC Branch 118 to post a P96,000-bail for four arrest warrants in connection with the libel cases filed against him by presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio.   READ: Trillanes posts bail in Pasay   READ: Trillanes gets 4 warrants of arrest     Trillanes, after posting bail, was then ordered by the court to "coordinate...

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Declaring martial law may become a gov’t habit, senators tell security execs

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oELCIw9_lX4   MANILA, Philippines --- Senators have raised concern that the government may get used to declare martial law if Congress grants its request to extend its declaration in Mindanao for another year.   Senators aired this sentiment during a closed-door meeting with security officials on Monday, Senator JV Ejercito said.   Among those who briefed the senators in the meeting held in the Senate were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao and AFP chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr.   "Concern na maging senator, baka maging regular na ito o normal na na hingi kayo nang hingi," E...

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Best design ever—a grateful heart

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:14
Believe it, happiness is a choice. In the case of Swatch's Thanksgiving-at-Christmas party, happiness isn't only a choice; it is also a design, in this case, by Gino Gonzales. And---happiness is by design, meaning you can design your happiness. For the dinner party last November 22, hosted by Virgie Ramos---the out-of-the-box thinker of retail---the Swatch display window lit up in fun, wacky and brilliant colors, and a phalanx of images. Motorists would slow down to glance at the eye-grabbing display of the Swatch building on Arnaiz Avenue, Makati. It was thanksgiving but it also heralded the start of the Christmas season---the Philippines has the longest Christmas celebr...

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‘We prosecute people who violate human rights,’ says Palace

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:11
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang Palace disputed on Monday the remark of Sen. Risa Hontiveros calling President Rodrigo Duterte the "single biggest threat to human rights" in the Philippines. Contrary to criticisms of alleged rising human rights abuses under the Duterte administration, the President respects human rights, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Monday. "Of course. We've been saying so and we have shown it. We prosecute people who violate human rights," he said. Earlier on Monday, Hontiveros issued a statement to commemorate International Human Rights day, saying that the "President has singlehandedly rolled back human rights s...

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House OKs Legarda son’s solar energy supply franchise on final reading

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:04
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives has approved on final reading a bill granting renewable energy distribution franchise to Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp. (SPSB) owned by 25-year-old Leandro Leviste, son of Senator Loren Legarda. An overwhelming 198 congressmen voted Monday to pass House Bill No. 8179 or an act granting the SPSB a 25-year franchise to "construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain distributable power technologies and mini-grid systems throughout the Philippines to improve access to sustainable energy." Seven congressmen voted against the approval of the proposed measure while one lawmaker abstained. The approval came just four months afte...

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Reenacted budget in 2019 to push up to 400K Filipinos into poverty

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:04
Reenacting the 2018 national budget for next year will not only slow down economic growth as government spending gets reduced, but also lead to job losses and push hundreds of thousands to poverty. Department of Budget and Management (DBM) estimates showed that expenditures in 2019 will be cut by a total of P219.8 billion if a reenacted budget would be spent instead of passing the proposed P3.757-trillion cash-based appropriations. In particular, disbursements for personnel services will be reduced by P54.4 billion; maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) by P14.3 billion; subsidies by P28.3 billion; and capital outlays by P122.9 billion. Based on estimates of the st...

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House OKs bill lowering retirement age of GSIS members to 56

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:56
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill amending the Government Service Insurance Act of 1997, which would allow government workers to retire at age 56. Two hundred and six congressmen unanimously voted to approve the House Bill No. 8683, which seeks to amend Section 13-A of Republic Act No. 8291, lowering the optional retirement age for government employees from 60 to 56. The amendments specifically provide that members of the Government Service Insurance System who retire from service should be entitled to retirement benefits if they have rendered at least 15 years of service, is at least 56 years of age at the...

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Britain can unilaterally halt Brexit process, EU's top court rules

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:55
Britain can unilaterally halt the formal process of leaving the European Union, the bloc's top court said Monday.
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Senate ratifies universal health care bill

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:49
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate ratified on Monday the bicameral conference committee report on the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill that would make healthcare available to all Filipinos.   The reconciled version of the measure was approved by the congressional bicameral conference committee last November 27.   Once ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the bill will be transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for signature.   READ: Universal healthcare bill gets bicam nod   Senator JV Ejercito, author and sponsor of the bill, said that the ratification of the UHC is a "victory of all Filipinos." Ejercito also chairs the Senate healt...

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Guevarra: If no HDO, let Trillanes travel abroad but…

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:39
    MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Monday that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV can travel abroad if there is no hold departure order (HDO) issued against him by the lower courts.   "My instruction to the Bureau of Immigration is clear: if there's no HDO issued by any court, let Sen. Trillanes travel abroad," Guevarra told reporters.   The Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier asked several courts to stop Trillanes from travelling abroad because the senator has pending complaints for inciting to sedition before a Pasay court and Pasay Prosecutors Office.   READ: DOJ asks several courts to stop Trillanes from le...

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DeRozan’s 26 points leads Spurs past Jazz

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:36
SAN ANTONIO --- The San Antonio Spurs are starting to feel better about their play, which is a welcome sign for the former defensive stalwarts following a series of blowout losses. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and eight assists and Rudy Gay added 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 110-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points for Utah, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. "It's a marathon," Aldridge said. "You can't get too high, can't get too low, can't get caught up in one loss (or) one win. You know we've had great games where we've played the right way and had good wins. And we've had games where we laid an eg...

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Arroyo’s daughter named as National Museum chief trustee

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:30
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has named Evangelina Lourdes "Luli" Arroyo-Bernas, only daughter of former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as chairperson of the National Museum board of trustees. The President signed Bernas' appointment paper last Dec. 6, a copy of which was released to the media only on Monday. The President also appointed retired Bases Conversion and Development Authority Director Yusop Jimlani, a former Army colonel, as presidential adviser on local extremist groups concerns. He will have the rank of undersecretary. Prior to his appointment, Jimlani once served as chief of the City Demolition Unit during during the ...

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House panel tackles bills reviving mandatory ROTC

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:28
MANILA, Philippines --- The House committee on basic education and culture began on Monday its deliberations on bills seeking the revival of the mandatory basic Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for Grades 11 and 12 (senior high school) in public and private schools nationwide.   This came weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to "expedite" the restoration of ROTC for senior high school students to "instill patriotism, love of country among our youth." If Congress fails to act on it, he said he might issue an executive order (EO) to require it.   READ: Duterte mulls issuing EO for mandatory ROTC   The committee tackled House Bill Nos. 5097, 5113...

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Walker, Lamb lead Hornets over Knicks

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:27
NEW YORK --- The Charlotte Hornets got off to a strong start and cruised to an easy win. Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Jeremy Lamb added 19 as Charlotte beat the New York Knicks 119-107 on Sunday night in a game it never trailed. Tony Parker scored 16 points, Marvin Williams had 13 and Cody Zeller finished with 12 as the Hornets led by as many as 28 points. "We knew they played last night. We wanted to come out really aggressive on both ends of the floor and it worked out for us," Walker said. "We wanted to jump on them. We really needed this win." Knicks rookie Kevin Knox tied a season high with 26 points and set a career high with 15 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr....

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