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COA questions Cavite consultants’ contracts

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 34 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Audit (COA) has questioned the payment of some P4.9 million by the Cavite provincial government to a number of consultants whose scope and duration of duties and functions were not clearly defined. In its report, the audit body cited 24 consultants who each received a monthly honorarium ranging from P10,000 to P30,000 in 2018, despite the glaring absence of their "scopes of work, terms of reference, time frames and expected outputs and deliverables" in their service contracts. "Review of the consultancy service contracts and related documents disclosed that the scope of works and expected outputs/deliverables of each consultant were not...

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Duterte appoints 24 gov’t officials

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 34 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted a longtime Department of Public Works and Highways official to assistant secretary, one of 24 new appointments. The President named Walter Ocampo, director of the Bureau of Construction, assistant secretary, replacing Gilberto Reyes. The President signed Ocampo's papers and the 23 other appointments on June 18. Mercedita Sombilla was also named the assistant director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). Jeorge Largado was appointed commissioner representing the Visayas and Mimaropa region in the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. The other appointments were: Jehan-Jehan Lep...

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Post-it note started UPLB scholar’s journey to the top

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 37 min ago
LOS BAOS, Laguna, Philippines --- For Helbert Paat, lone summa cum laude of the University of the Philippines Los Baos (UPLB) batch 2019, success started with a green Post-it Note. Paat was on his first semester at the UPLB taking up BS Applied Mathematics when he wrote down on a small Post-it Note his short- and long-term goals: to be a university scholar and to graduate summa cum laude. Though he graduated class valedictorian, he had come from a national high school in the small, rural town of Lal-lo, Cagayan, and had his doubts about competing with science high school graduates from other towns and cities. "Deep inside, I knew it seemed impossible for me to reach [those g...

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Women matter in CamSur town’s disaster response plan

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 38 min ago
SAGAY, Camarines Sur, Philippines --- Gender will be considered in the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) plan of this town as officials reflect on the lessons learned when a weak storm killed 36 people in December last year. Donato Panoy, Sagay DRRM officer, said they could have saved more residents if only women had a voice in deciding whether or not a household should be evacuated in anticipation of weather disturbances. "On the gender issue that the men decide for the household, the women do not have a voice. So even the children perished. If only the women are empowered to decide without the permission of their husbands, they would have survived," Panoy told the...

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Super loaded

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 46 min ago
BATANGAS---Stanley Pringle debuted for Barangay Ginebra and the Gin Kings packed so much firepower that NLEX didn't have an answer to. With Justin Brownlee being his usual prolific self and the other Ginebra veterans doing their part, Pringle just made the Kings an even more fearsome unit, overcoming the Road Warriors, 100-85, for a second straight win and 4-3 overall. NLEX remained at the tail of the 12-team field with a 1-7 record after trailing big early and never being in the contest. Brownlee scored 37 points in 36 minutes, Pringle finished with 16 in his first game in weeks after he was on NorthPort's injured list before being traded to Ginebra last week. Poy Erram ...

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Angels get back on track; BanKo trips Motolite

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 48 min ago
Jonah Sabete, PetroGazz's shy open-hitter, swore the whole team couldn't wait to get back from its loss to Creamline the previous day. They, according to the spiker from Bulacan, "wished it was the next morning already," so they can remove the taste of a bitter five-set defeat which soiled their perfect 7-0 start in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. "We really want to get out there again and start winning again," said Sabete in Filipino. PetroGazz did exactly that Sunday night, when it crushed PacificTown-Army, 29-27, 25-20, 25-14, at Alonte Sports Center in Bian, Laguna. The Angels reclaimed the solo lead with the win, which didn't come as easy as the fina...

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Fil-Am author’s critically acclaimed young-adult novel presents complex picture of Duterte drug war

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 48 min ago
Filipino-American teenager Jay Reguero's world is shaken by news from a place he is conflicted about. Just as he is excitedly preparing for his freshman year at the University of Michigan, he finds out his cousin, Jun, has been killedin the Philippines, an apparent casualty of President Duterte's drug war. Searching for answers, Jay travels to the Philippines, where he attempts to piece together the perilous puzzle of truth and falsehoods surrounding his cousin's death. He comes face-to-face with the complicated reality of the country he's in as well as the country he came from. It shakes him on a level he has never imagined. This is the premise of "Patron Saints of Nothing," t...

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Overloaded truck causes part of road to collapse

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 49 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A dump truck transporting sand for the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay sank into the ground after a portion of the road collapsed underneath the vehicle's weight on Sunday. The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on the northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard corner Remedios Street in Manila. Mikunug Macud, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) district engineer in the city, said the 14-wheeler driven by Michael Lagco weighed about 42 tons. However, Remedios Street, a secondary road, could only accommodate 20 tons. "The contractor [truck owner] committed a lot of violations. Two of them were exceeding weight or load limit, and passing t...

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Poems of love and injustice in three languages

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 50 min ago
The first thing that strikes the reader of this book ("Cadena de Amor" by Marra PL. Lanot, University of the Philippines Press), apart from the fact that it is written in three languages--- English, Filipino and Spanish ---is the lyrical tone of the poet. It is filled with images and metaphors, like good or great poetry, and yet accessible. The themes are many---romantic and sensual love, love of one's parents, love of nature, anger at man's injustice and, of course, feminism, for Lanot has always been in the forefront of the struggle for women's rights. It is a hefty volume for a poetry book: 42 poems in English, an equal number in Tagalog, 25 in Spanish, and finally 36 poems in t...

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Don’t buy these food supplements

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying and taking unregistered food supplements. In FDA Advisories No. 2019-155 and 2019-158, the agency said its postmarketing surveillance showed there were 11 food supplements without a Certificate of Product Registration that were being sold to the public. "Since these unregistered food supplements have not gone through the evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot guarantee their quality and safety," it added. These products were Vitacio Maca Root Extract complex (500mg); Doctor's Best Best Probiotic 20 billion cfu; Probiotic Pearls Women's Digestive & Yeast Balance; Puri...

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Ayala Foundation, Apl.de.Ap team up on relief operations in Pampanga

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 50 min ago
Ayala Foundation recently conducted relief operations for Aeta families affected by the April 22 earthquake in Porac, Pampanga. With working journalist Kara David and her "Project Malasakit" initiative, Ayala Foundation distributed food and water for at least 300 Aeta families living in Katutubo Village in barangay Planas, Porac, Pampanga. Ayala Foundation's other collaborators were the Manila Water Foundation, Apl.de.Ap Foundation, Pampanga Social Welfare and Development Office, and Philippine Air Force stationed at the Cesar Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga. The May 4 relief initiative was the second of several similar activities for Aeta families who lost their ho...

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Labor group hails probe of actor Eddie Garcia’s death

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 51 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) welcomed the move of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) to conduct a probe of the accident that led to the death of actor-director Eddie Garcia. "The set of a television series is definitely a workplace; and the producers, as employers, cannot deny this as the actors and crew are their employees," FFW vice president Julius Cainglet told reporters. "Investigators should find out if basic OSH standards were implemented, such as having a safety and health plan, an OSH committee composed of employers and workers, and an OSH audit of the set prior to the start of working days and working hours," he sa...

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Asian art and social engagement in ‘Awakenings’

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 52 min ago
National Gallery Singapore's (NGS) "Awakenings" is an exhibit of socially engaged and political-activist art from Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea and India from the politically charged decades of the 1960s up to the 1990s. The period saw Asian artists trying to respond in visually exciting, if provocative, ways to the challenges and crises unleashed by nationalism, ideology, modernization and democratization. Collaborating in the huge exhibit are NGS, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea and Japan Foundation Asia Center. Subtitled "Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s," the exhibit surveys postwar Asian artmaking via 142 socially provocative ...

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Fitz Herrera’s art deals with life in all its contradiction

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 52 min ago
For "Walking Forward and Looking Back," Fitz Herrera goes deeper into abstraction and makes a virtue of truth-telling out of distortion. Herrera said his abstracts are "imagery of life in all its contradictions." "Humans engage with reality more sharply when confronted with distortions," he explained. Herrera said he would work through memory, engendered by an emotional experience with the physical world. Particular memories of strong experiences---sadness, happiness, peace, delight and awe---are interpreted through color and texture. Herrera's artmaking, according to art writer Grace A. Ng, is very physical. "He energetically covers the canvas with thick layers of paint tha...

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UP finds humane way to deal with strays on campus

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 53 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Animal welfare groups and volunteers have joined hands to spay or neuter at least 70 percent of the stray dogs and cats found on the sprawling campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF) and UP Friends of Campus Animals (Foca) conducted on Sunday a mass spaying and neutering to help control the population of the stray animals in the university. The surgical procedures to be performed on around 700 dogs and cats in UP Diliman over three more Sundays are expected to lengthen their life expectancies and reduce the number of unwanted animals which often end up being abused or abandoned. "We feel...

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Istanbul vote signals shift in Erdogan's dominance

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 55 min ago
Change, hope, and a new beginning. That's the promise of Istanbul's newly elected mayor Ekrem Imamoglu.
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Bodies of 7 climbers recovered in Himalayas

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 36 min ago
The bodies of seven climbers who went missing in the Indian Himalayas late last month were recovered by rescue teams on Sunday, according to a tweet from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
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Cameroon protests and tears as England reach Women's World Cup last eight

CNN Top Stories - 13 hours 21 min ago
Distraught Cameroon players staged a series of on-field protests over VAR decisions as England earned a quarterfinal clash with Norway at the Women's World Cup with a 3-0 win in Valenciennes Sunday.
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On PNP request, Pornhub deletes Filipino students’ videos

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 39 min ago
MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Philippines --- Pornhub, a Canadian pornography streaming website, has deleted from its servers self-made sex videos of two senior high school students from a private school in Cagayan de Oro at the request of thePhilippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group in Northern Mindanao (ACG 10). Staff Sgt. Ritchel Tesoro, ACG 10 investigator, said the police forwarded the request to Pornhub after the father of the girl, a 17-year-old senior high school student, came to the ACG 10 office on Thursday, June 20, asking for help. Earlier, the student's father had filed a complaint at the National Bureau of Investigation in Northern Mindanao (NBI 10) against the gir...

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Pay proper taxes, Pagcor tells online gaming firms

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 56 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) warns erring online gaming firms against underdeclaring their tax obligations to the government, saying they face increased scrutiny by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to ensure compliance with the law. In a statement, the Pagcor vice president, Jose Tria Jr., said firms in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators industry must also comply with the agency's directive issued last February requiring the submission of all employees' names, their salaries, and visa status. The reminder comes amid a government move to tighten regulations in the online gaming industry, including the entry of a large number of...

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