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DOJ chief asks CSC for guidelines on gifts for gov’t workers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:59
MANILA, Philippines --- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday suggested that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) should set the guidelines on the kind of gifts that government workers would be allowed to accept. "If I may suggest the CSC commissioners maybe you may have to set specific guidelines to determine if a government worker or a public officer is exceeding the bounds of ethics. It should be the CSC that should set the guidelines," Guevarra told reporters. Guevarra said the guideline would be necessary because, despite existing laws, there were still some gray areas that could be addressed by the CSC. "Probably by way of implementing guidelines kasi nasa batas naman...

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NCAA: San Sebastian escapes Letran to end 3-game slide

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:56
MANILA, Philippines---San Sebastian survived Letran, 102-101, in overtime to stop a three-game skid in the NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Ken Villapando played hero and nailed the game-winning basket for the Stags, who blew a 17-point lead. "The boys just really wanted to win," said San Sebastian assistant coach Melo Banua, filling in for head coach Egay Macaraya, who served a one-game suspension. RK Ilagan led San Sebastian, which leveled its record to 3-3, with 22 points while Allyn Bulanadi added 21 points. The Stags spoiled a career-game by Letran big man Larry Muyang, who delivered 32 points and 18 rebounds. Muyang al...

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DFA verifying reported abduction of Filipino seamen off Cameroon

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:55
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it is verifying and monitoring the reported abduction of several seamen, including Filipinos, off the coast of Cameroon. The DFA said it was in close contact with the manning agency of the 13 Filipino seamen as well as their families for updates on the case. "The Philippine Embassy in Abuja, which has jurisdiction over Cameroon, is verifying the report and has been instructed to make representations with the concerned authorities to ensure the safety and security of any Filipino national who may be held by the pirates," the DFA said in a statement. Citing an official port document, Agence France-Press...

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Robin Padilla surprises Mariel with private fine dining experience for 9th anniversary

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:55
Robin Padilla treated wife Mariel Rodriguez to a fine-dining experience for their ninth wedding anniversary on Monday, Aug. 19. The actor returned Rodriguez's grand gesture for his birthday party with a five-star surprise of his own. Rodriguez recounted the series of events that took place at luxury hotel Peninsula Manila in Makati on Instagram on Tuesday, Aug. 20. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1XhcMvDoZ5/ She recalled that Padilla greeted her with a bouquet of her favorite flowers at the hotel entrance in a Katipunero uniform. Inside the hotel were his friends who had helped him with the anniversary arrangements. "Brusko (Macho) action stars all giddy and supportive of their friend's ...

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13 Chinese killed as tour bus crashes in Laos

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:51
BANGKOK --- A tour bus carrying dozens of Chinese passengers crashed in Laos, killing at least 13, officials said Tuesday. The bus was carrying 44 Chinese when it careened off a road between the Lao capital, Vientiane, and the northern tourist town of Luang Prabang on Monday, the Chinese Embassy in Vientiane said on its website. In addition to the 13 who were killed, 31 other Chinese passengers were injured, two of them seriously, the embassy said. The bus driver and a guide, both Lao, suffered minor injuries. Members of a Chinese People's Liberation Army medical team who were in Laos for a joint medical event with the Lao government flew to Luang Prabang to help with treating t...

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A 16-year-old smuggled to the UK in a suitcase thanks Britain for giving him a home

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:50
A Vietnamese boy who was found stuffed into a suitcase after being smuggled into the UK has written a letter thanking Britain for giving him a home.
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Anne Curtis not pressured to have kids but ready anytime it happens

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:49
  MANILA, Philippines ---While she refuses to pressure herself and husband Erwan Heussaff on bearing a child, actress Anne Curtis said she is ready should it happen anytime soon.   "Feeling ko in God's time, it will happen. Ayaw kong magbigay ng pressure sa sarili ko or kay Erwan kung kailan mangyayari 'yon," Curtis said when asked about her plans on having child in an interview at "Magandang Buhay" aired Monday.   "Who knows baka next year na 'yan, di ba? It could be this year, next year, we don't know. But let's just say I think I'm at that age naman na talaga na anytime that it happens ay ready na akong maging momshie," she added.   Curtis tied...

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NLEX set to reacquire Michael Miranda to boost frontcourt

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:48
MANILA, Philippines---NLEX is set to reunite with Michael Miranda in a move that would bolster the team's frontline. In a press release on Tuesday, the Road Warriors said a trade with NorthPort is already in the works involving Miranda and point guard Juami Tiongson. "It so happened that Mike was available. Since Mike came from our team before and knows my system, he became a natural consideration," said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. "We did not want to give up Juami, but NorthPort insisted that he be the one included in the deal. We offered our second round picks but they insisted on Juami," Guiao added. Miranda played for the Road Warriors last year before being included ...

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Researchers found supernova dust in snow from Antarctica and it could be 20M years old

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:47
Researchers have found dust from an exploded star, or supernova, in snow from Antarctica, according to a study published this month.
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Sotto to submit CCTV footage of trans woman restroom incident

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday night said he obtained a copy of the CCTV footage, witness affidavits, and police reports supposedly showing the real story behind the viral video involving transgender woman Gretchen Diez. The video that circulated on social media showed Diez being accosted by female cleaning crew member of Farmers Plaza in Cubao, Quezon City, for attempting to use a women's restroom. READ: Transgender woman in women's comfort room causes stir in QC mall But Sotto said the viral video of the incident only showed "half of the story." "According to original incident based on the report I read, there was a woman in the CR who ...

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UPLB grad tops veterinarian licensure exam

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:39
MANILA, Philippines --- A graduate of the University of the Philippines - Los Baos led the 516 passers of the veterinarian licensure exam in August 2019, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Monday. The PRC said UPLB's Ian Cary Bolante Prado topped the exam after garnering a rating of 85.46%, followed by Paul Dela Cruz Valcorza Jr from Central Mindanao University with 85.34%, and Karl Robert Florida Ador from Central Bicol State University for Agriculture with 85.24%. Other successful examinees who garnered the top 10 highest ratings in the licensure exam include: Jan Clyden Bullag Tenorio from University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan: 84.90% Nikki Polistico ...

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Pacquiao: Mayweather using my name again to get attention

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:37
MANILA, Philippines---Manny Pacquiao took another swipe at Floyd Mayweather Jr. after a video of the former pound-for-pound king talking about a potential rematch surfaced. In the video making rounds on social media, Mayweather spoke about heading to Saudi Arabia to discuss a potential rematch with involved parties. "It's an honor to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch. Saudi Arabia, Floyd'Money' Mayweather, I'm on my way,"Mayweather said in the video. READ: Sugar Ray Leonard: Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 should happen Pacquiao blasted Mayweather, saying that the American boxing legend, who is currently retired, is using h...

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California smuggler of erectile dysfunction drug gets prison

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:36
LOS ANGELES --- A Southern California man who smuggled $11 million worth of erectile dysfunction drugs into the United States from China has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for conspiracy and smuggling contraband. Prosecutors said the drugs sold by 41-year-old John Lee of Walnut were dangerous black-market creations falsely advertised as herbal remedies and some customers suffered permanent injuries. Lee also was ordered Monday to pay $550,000 in restitution to victims. Prosecutors said that from 2011 to 2017, Lee illegally imported powdered tadalafil -- the active ingredient in the prescription drug Cialis. Lee made 5 million pills, some containin...

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Recto backs Duterte in requiring foreign ships passing PH to ask permission

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:29
      MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Tuesday backed the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to require foreign vessels to seek permission before passing through the Philippine waters. "The President is in the right in directing foreign ships who will sail in our seas to ask clearance from the proper government authority well in advance of the actual passage," Recto said in a statement. Recto also compared the incident to jaywalkers and erring drivers, adding that if rules are imposed on domestic ships, the same should also apply on foreign vessels. "If we accost jaywalkers and fine drivers who change lanes abruptly,...

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Bato now backs same-sex marriage

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:28
    MANILA, Philippines--- Neophyte Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa threw his support on Tuesday behind same-sex marriage. Dela Rosa made known his stand on the issue during the hearing of the Senate committee on women on the anti-discrimination bill. The hearing was attended by transgender woman Gretchen Diez, who was arrested for unjust vexation last week after she was barred from using the ladies' room at a mall in Quezon City. "I'd like to manifest na ako po, I'm on your side," dela Rosa said, addressing members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community present in the hearing. "Ako nga, I'm advocating...

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India’s Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:28
Bangalore, India --- India's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest maneuvers on its historic mission to the Moon. After four weeks of interstellar travel, the spacecraft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. The insertion "was completed successfully today at 0902 hrs IST (0332 GMT) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds," the national space agency said. India is seeking to become just the fourth nation after Russia, the United States, and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon. If the r...

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Palace: Duterte’s 5th China visit set on August 28 to September 2

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:27
  MANILA, Philippines---President Rodrigo Duterte will be on a working visit to China from August 28 to September 2, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said Tuesday.   Duterte will be embarking on his fifth trip to China since assuming office in 2016 amid the government's recent concerns on the West Philippine Sea dispute.   READ: Duterte to visit China in August for 5th time   Panelo earlier said Duterte will be raising the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea dispute in his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.   Duterte also said he intends to discuss the delay in the finalization of a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. ...

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Gamers risk health in bid to be eSports millionaires

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:03
    SHANGHAI -- A record $33.5 million is up for grabs but professional eSports players like those competing in The International in Shanghai this week pay a physical price with deteriorating eyesight, digestive problems and wrist and hand damage. At first, Evgenii "Blizzy" Ri looks perplexed at the notion: "It's impossible, how can you get injuries when you play games?" Then the 24-year-old from Kyrgyzstan discloses that a doctor urged him to take six months off to give his failing vision a badly needed rest. Ri plays for Natus Vincere, or NAVI, and this week is competing in The International, a world championship said to have the biggest prize pool in the h...

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Sedition complaint a ‘waste of time’, ‘huge lie’ – bishop

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:02
MANILA, Philippines --- Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has called the sedition case against him and at least 30 others, including Vice President Leni Robredo and personalities mostly critical of the Duterte administration, a "waste of time" as the accusations were a "huge lie." David, in a statement on Tuesday, raised doubt on the basis of the sedition complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) since it was merely based on a testimony of an individual, who was not even its witness. "Yun kasi ang hindi namin maintindihan dahil ang complainant ay PNP-CIDG pero ang batayan ng complaint nila ay testimonya ng isang respond...

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