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Bello appeals to public: Be kind to Chinese workers

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 19 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday appealed to the public "to be a little kind" to Chinese workers amid mounting concerns that these foreigners were already taking away jobs from Filipinos. Echoing President Rodrigo Duterte's previous statements, Bello said the public should take note of the supposed kindness the Chinese were showing for the "over 300,000" Filipinos working illegally in China. "You know, we have to be a little kind to the Chinese because they are very kind to us. How may illegal workers do we have in China? A little over 300,000," Bello said. "And then we'd vilify them even if they're doing nothing. It's all false reports t...

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New photos of Prince Louis released to mark first birthday

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 19 min ago
Three new photos of the UK's Prince Louis have been released by his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, ahead of his first birthday on Tuesday.
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Senators plan inquiry into conditional cash transfer program

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 20 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Senators plan to conduct an inquiry into the administration's conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor families to determine how its funds have been used and to see if it has met its objectives. The plan arose amid efforts of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to ban politicians from attending the payouts under the program so they could not use the event to boost their candidacies. Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he agreed with the DILG's ban so that the handing out of the government payout, which is administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), would not be politicized. Sotto...

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Duterte calls out China again for building on PH-claimed reefs

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 20 min ago
MANILA, Philipines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has called out China again for building structures on Philippine-claimed reefs in the South China Sea but said he would stick to "talking" with Chinese leaders to avoid a military confrontation. "We lost the Scarborough Shoal during the standoff in 2012. Over the years China has kept building structures while the case was being heard in the arbitral court," he said during a campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on Sunday in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte. He blamed the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III for not stopping the Chinese. "Why didn't the Philippine government go there at the...

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Morales: Timid press is a clear and present danger to democracy

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 22 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Stand up and let your voice be heard against the "decay of democracy" in the country. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Monday issued this challenge to Filipinos as she joined efforts by a group of journalists and communicators to fight disinformation pervading on social media. Like in other countries, Morales said it was unfortunate that cyberspace had become a tool in propagating lies and hatred against those seeking accountability from government officials in the Philippines. The retired Supreme Court associate justice said media literacy should be supported as a "first line of defense" against disinformation and misinformation which, she sai...

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Napoles refuses to enter plea in Malampaya Fund scam case

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 23 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was finally arraigned on Monday in connection with the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam. Napoles refused to enter any plea, prompting the Sandiganbayan Third Division to enter a not-guilty plea on her behalf. She faces charges over her involvement in the scam, which diverted funds meant for typhoon victims to her bogus nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The $4.5-billion Malampaya project, started in 2002, involves the extraction of natural gas from waters west of Palawan province. Government share It is operated by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. and Chevron Malampaya LLC, which hold controllin...

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Boracay group seeks silence in bat habitat

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 33 min ago
ILOILO CITY --- Helicopter tours and boats blaring music on Boracay Island should be regulated to avoid disrupting the bats' natural habitat, according to a group advocating the protection of endangered fruit bats. Friends of the Flying Foxes (FFF) said bats needed a 200-meter buffer zone from their roosting site so human activity and loud noises would not disturb their sleeping and mating patterns, according to a letter that the group sent to the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and the Malay municipal government in Aklan province. The Boracay-based FFF, which is composed of conservation volunteers, also asked the government to conduct an envir...

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Native Son: The fault in our symbols and how cinema fails at impressionism

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 35 min ago
One critic described Native Son "highly-watchable," and another "excruciating". It's fascinating that they're both right. What everyone seems to agree on is that it's a compelling, important, dark story, although they're not always really talking about the film, but Richard Wright's original novel of 1940, or its legacy anyway. Some do find themselves entranced in 2019, mostly with the performance of Ashton Sanders, the breakout star of Moonlight. I agree with them. Playwright Suzan Lori-Parks, who adapted the screenplay, said in an interview: "The idea of a multidimensional Bigger was so compelling. That is our biggest difference. Wright created him intentionally as a character ...

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SC to judges: Beware of warrants vs poll rivals

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 36 min ago
BAGUIO CITY --- Judges must be wary of issuing warrant applications that may be used by candidates in the May 13 elections against their rivals, Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said. "All judges are hereby reminded and advised to remain impartial and nonpartisan, and be very circumspect in acting on applications for search warrants to preclude the courts from being used for election purposes," Marquez said in a court circular. 1937 decision The circular addressed reports that the courts were being used by unscrupulous politicians to obtain search warrants against their rivals during the election period. Citing a 1937 Supreme Court decision, Marquez said, "Of al...

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New residents: Kadamay raises voting power of Bulacan town

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 37 min ago
PANDI, Bulacan, Philippines --- Candidates in the May 13 elections have been giving this town a serious look due to 18,000 newly registered voters composed of resettled families from Metro Manila, many of them belonging to urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay). Records of the Commission on Elections office here placed Pandi's voting population at 40,855 in 2013. But for the 2019 polls, Pandi has 58,115 voters, up from 48,232 who registered for the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. A total of 43,653 voters were listed in the 2016 presidential and local elections. Population rise The increase has been attributed to the 30,000 to 50,000 ...

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Intense heat good for Dagupan’s ‘bangus’ industry

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 38 min ago
DAGUPAN CITY --- Street performers launched this year's Bangus Festival under biting summer heat, which people normally avoid but which has been beneficial to this city's main product. This city is proud of its homegrown "bangus" (milkfish), which thrive in very warm condition. Bangus do not reproduce when the weather cools down from October to February. Dagupan experienced a heat index of 51.7C on April 9. The festival opening parades on April 12 rolled out under 28.4-degree weather, according to the weather bureau, which measured the day's relative humidity at 93. The heat index during the festival opening was 35.7C after a heavy downpour a day earlier. Major streets in...

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Girl dies from rare toothpaste allergy

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 44 min ago
Monique Altamirano's 11-year-old daughter, Denise Saldate, died of a severe allergic reaction to toothpaste, she told Allergic Living.
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Back to square one

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 49 min ago
Magnolia started out hot and barely hung on in the stretch on Monday night, with a 94-91 victory over Rain or Shine reducing their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series to a race-to-two at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. The well-rested Hotshots took command early but sputtered near the end, needing some help from critical misses and miscues by the Elasto Painters before forging a 2-2 tie and gaining momentum for Game 5 after pulling out a second straight win. For a while, it looked like the Hotshots were going to run away with it after opening up handsome leads, playing super sharp because of the rest they got from the Lenten break. Still, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero feels that...

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Don’t let heatstroke kill your dog

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 49 min ago
It was a sight I won't forget any time soon. It was the birthday party of my late yellow Labrador, Banana (yes, I threw her parties---so judge me), and one of the guests was an overweight pug. It was a summer afternoon in May, so although we had water bowls and electric fans all over the garden as well as sufficient shade, the pug didn't look too happy after a while, and seemed to be staggering as she walked. Good thing there were three vets among our guests. I remember one of them, Dr. Nielsen Donato, taking one look at the dog, and asking for a basin of ice, which he covered with a towel before practically dunking the pug in it. She survived, but her clueless mom didn't quite...

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This latest firming facelift is noninvasive and painless

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 50 min ago
It's a facelift minus the scalpel, stimulating the effects of a surgical facelift without actually putting the patient under the knife. In this age of noninvasive procedures, anything involving the lancet is often perceived as barbaric. Now comes the Belo Kinetic Facelift, first made popular by fashion blogger and mega influencer Bryanboy. He voluntarily became the clinic's guinea pig when the Belo Medical Group introduced kinetic facelift in the Philippines in February. The Belo Kinetic Facelift is an antiaging treatment that uses a technology called Enerjet. It works by inserting a unique firming and rejuvenating solution containing hyaluronic acid into the skin. Advanced ...

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Ceres shoots for repeat over Persija

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 50 min ago
JAKARTA---Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock has played in front of some of the most passionate and lively crowds when he was still in Europe. That experience should help him as he and the rest of the Busmen go up against Indonesia's most popular club, Persija Jakarta, on Tuesday in Group G of the AFC Cup in this populous capital city. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in Manila) with the Busmen looking to close in on a spot in the knockout stage at the iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, which can seat 80,000 fans. Schrock is already familiar with rabid Indonesian football fans because of his post on social media during last year's AFF Suzuki Cup that took a swipe at comments mad...

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‘Selfie’–highlight of Italian film fest

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 51 min ago
Troubled youths, desperate parents, and crossroads in life are the main themes of the Italian Cinema Now, a four-day film festival at the Cinematheque Center Manila on April 23-26. The gala tonight at 7:30 p.m. will feature the period film, "Una Questione Privata (Rainbow: A Private Affair)." Set in World War II in Piedmont, Italy, the love story is about a member of the Italian Resistance movement whose girlfriend is having an affair with his colleague. The protagonist searches for his rival in the Langhe region, but is caught by fascists. To grace the gala are prominent Italian personalities---actor Lorenzo Richelmy, the star of "Una Questiona Privata"; Agostino Ferrente, dire...

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Dennis Lustico conquers Paris (the marathon, that is)

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 51 min ago
Triathlete and fashion designer Dennis Lustico didn't exactly plan on running a marathon, until his mother, Maria Lustico, asked if he could take her to Paris for a vacation. It would be her first trip to Europe. When he mentioned this to his friend, Marge Buot, a fellow triathlete, she suggested they do the Paris marathon. "I got excited at the thought of doing a full marathon for the first time," Lustico said. They both immediately registered. He began training under coach Ige Lopez in November 2018, running every Tuesday morning in Dasmarias village in Makati, then speed training at the Manila Polo Club every Thursday. Long runs were done on Sundays at Bonifacio Global City....

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Slow start for dry run of Edsa bus ban

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 52 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Only one provincial bus stopped at the recently opened Valenzuela Gateway Complex terminal in Valenzuela City on Monday, the first day of the dry run for a ban on provincial buses on the busy thoroughfare of Edsa. Officials of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), however, were unfazed since it was only the start of the dry run before the ban would take effect in June. "We have no expectations at all since [compliance is] voluntary," said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago. She added that as of 1 p.m., only one bus of Victory Liner Inc. stopped at the terminal. "We are asking the bus companies and the commuters to try and visit the in...

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‘Smartmagic’ in May polls?

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 52 min ago
With Holy Week over, the unholy election cheaters and manipulators are back at their dirty work, prompting voters to ask, will we have accurate vote counting this time? Will "renegade" vote counting machines (VCMs) resurface and transmit "invented" results to the main server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)? Are the "source codes" safe and hack-proof? So far, we've heard Comelec bragging about the 82 "enhancements" done to 91,000 VCMs bought from Smartmatic in 2016. Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casuejo says these new features are part of their conditions for a more "secure and efficient" elections. He says most of the changes are based on the recommendations of political ...

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