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Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:01
    KABUL, Afghanistan --- The Taliban fighters arrived with hammers and hatred. What they left behind is laid out on tables at the National Museum of Afghanistan, 18 years later: shattered pieces of ancient Buddha figurines, smashed because they were judged to be against Islam.   Museum workers in Kabul have been trying to fit them together again as a nervous country waits for the Taliban and the U.S. to reach a deal on ending America's longest war. The agreement is expected to lead to intra-Afghan talks in which the extremist group would play a role in shaping Afghanistan's future.   As the workers pick with gloved hands through hundreds of nea...

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Kris Aquino asks Lolit Solis to negotiate a project for her after cancellation of MMFF entry

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:00
Kris Aquino recently asked Lolit Solis if she could negotiate a deal for a new teleserye for her. Aquino's request came after Solis aired her opinion on the cancelation of the actress' entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). "Grabe ang bilis ng pangyayari kaya I can just imagine ang frustration ni Kris," Solis said in her Instagram post last Sunday, Aug. 18. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1SW-OGHQD8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Aquino broke the news of her MMFF entry "(K)ampon" being canceled last Friday, Aug. 16, via an Instagram post. She cited the late request to change the film's lead actor as the reason for the cancelation. Derek Ramsay, Aquino's initial leading man in t...

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BOC: 119 Customs personnel facing raps for various complaints

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:57
    MANILA, Philippines -- About 119 personnel of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are now facing cases for various complaints, Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero announced Tuesday. Citing its mid-year report, Guerrero said that the agency filed 120 administrative and 20 criminal cases against its 119 active personnel. There are also 27 other BOC officers who have been served show cause orders for alleged underperformance and corruption, Guerrero said. The personnel facing complaints have been placed on "floating" status pending investigation. Guerrero nevertheless said that these officers facing cases are assigned to the Compliance Monitoring Unit where they ...

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COA OKs special audit of Philhealth funds, disbursements — Drilon

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:56
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Audit (COA) has agreed on the need for a special audit on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) funds and disbursements, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Tuesday.   Drilon said he talked to COA chairman Michael Aguinaldo, whom he said did not oppose his call for a special audit, and even recommended an accurate review of Philhealth.   "I am glad that COA finds merit in our proposal for a special audit of Philhealth considering the gravity of the situation and the consequences if we fail to address the matter with urgency," Drilon said in a statement.   READ: Drilon renews call for...

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MMDA: Number coding lifted on Wednesday, August 21

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:56
MANILA, Philippines - The number coding scheme will not be in effect on Wednesday, August 21, as the nation commemorates Ninoy Aquino Day, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday. In a Facebook post, MMDA chairman Danilo Lim advised the public to plan their trips ahead and to always be careful while on the road. "ADVISORY: Suspendido ang number coding scheme sa, August 21 (Miyerkules) bilang pakikiisa natin sa paggunita ng Ninoy Aquino Day. Planuhin na ang mga lakad at laging mag-iingat sa pagbiyahe," Lim said. https://www.facebook.com/135997858455/posts/10156432789808456?s=100001221022837&sfns=mo August 21 was declared as a non...

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Albayalde: Activists ‘overreacting’ on proposal to let cops inside schools

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:56
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday dismissed as mere "overreaction" criticisms against suggestions to allow state forces inside universities. For Albayalde, groups have "misunderstood" the proposal of Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, his predecessor at the helm of the nation's police force. According to him, under the current set up, the police and military cannot enter campuses without prior coordination with school authorities. "I think this is misunderstood and medyo overreaction naman siguro ang mga militanteng grupo dito (overreaction perhaps from militant groups). There is no such thing as a militarization of a campus...

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Gilas preparations go on even with three vital cogs still resting

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:56
Gilas Pilipinas' preparations for the Fiba World Cup entered a crucial stretch on Monday night at Meralco Gym without three of its key players. San Miguel Beer's June Mar Fajardo and TNT's Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy, who played a rugged PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals that ended just last Friday, missed practice, though it was reported that coach Yeng Guiao was expecting to have all of his players. The Philippines plays Serbia, Italy and Angolo in Group D in Foshan, China, beginning Aug. 31. Even without Fajardo, Rosario and Pogoy, the rest of the pool began simulating drills a little past 6 p.m. Present were skipper Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca, Kiefer Ravena, Paul Lee, CJ...

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Carpio fact-checks Cayetano: Only China claims part of PH EEZ

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:54
  MANILA, Philippines--Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio refuted the claim of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano that Malaysia and Vietnam occupy more islands in the West Philippine Sea than China.   Cayetano said Malaysia and Vietnam have occupied more islands than China. However, China has bigger military installations compared to the two countries.   "Maraming hindi may alam, mas marami po na-occupy ang Malaysia at Vietnam sa West Philippine Sea. Kaso sa China, mas malaki lang sa China. Na meron na ring military installations," Cayetano said over radio DZMM.   In rebutting Cayetano, Carpio, the West Philippine Sea advocate said Malaysia oc...

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LOOK: Liza Soberano back to school to continue pursuing degree in psychology

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:52
Almost a month after returning to the Philippines, Liza Soberano returns to school to continue her studies. "What I like most about being a student is the joy of discovering new things and appreciating what the world has to offer," she said in her Instagram post yesterday, Aug. 19. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1VgeswFD-M/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Soberano is currently pursuing a degree in psychology at Southville International School and Colleges. She enrolled in the school in June 2018. Aside from Soberano, fellow actress Jodi Sta. Maria is also pursuing a degree in psychology at the same institution. The two multi-awarded artists had the chance to share their learning experie...

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DBM submits P4.1-T 2020 budget plan to House, bares spending priorities

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:51
    MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives received Tuesday the 2020 National Expenditure Program (NEP) from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), two days before the chamber is set to scrutinize the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget.   READ: Congress to receive NEP on Aug. 20;Budgethearings on by Aug. 22 -- Ungab   DBM Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado submitted the expenditure plan to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in a short ceremony attended by other lawmakers at the Batasang Pambansa Complex. Next year's proposed budget is 12 percent higher than the P3.662 trillion 2019 budget, according to the DBM.   Timeli...

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PNP-SAF official shot dead by subordinate

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:49
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) official was shot dead by his subordinate inside Camp Bagong Diwa Monday afternoon. The Taguig City police on Tuesday said that Master Sergeant Sanwright Lobhoy shot and killed Major Emerson Palomares, commanding officer of the 125 Special Action Company - Force Service Batallion inside the latter's office at about 4:40 p.m. Monday. Palomares was rushed to Sabili Hospital and later transferred to Paraaque City Doctors Hospital where he expired at around 5:23 p.m. Initial investigation showed the suspect and the victim had a heated confrontation inside latter's office before the shooting incident....

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Korean, live-in partner nabbed in Angeles City drug buy-bust

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:47
Police on Tuesday arrested a Korean national and his live-in partner during a buy-bust operation in Angeles City. Suh Jun Hong, 44, a native of Daeju City in South Korea and Maria Ramos, 31, were caught selling "Kush" (high-grade marijuana) to a police undercover agent in Timog Park at 2: 15 a.m. "Hong has been in the country for eight years and based on our investigation, he owns a five-story commercial building being rented [out] in Korea and all proceeds are being sent here in the Philippines," said Gil Pabilona, regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Luzon. Also arrested during the operation were Michael Balberan, 40, an employee of the Depart...

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Duterte’s peace adviser backs revival of anti-subversion law

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:44
MANILA, Philippines---Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. on Tuesday said he is in favor of reinstating a law that criminalizes communism.   Galvez, a former military chief, said the Anti-Subversion Law, which made membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) punishable by law, will "multiply" the effects of the government's localized peace talks with communist rebel forces in the Philippines.   "I believe mas maganda po. It can multiply the effect kasi unang-una 'yung mga organizations na affiliated sa CPP-NPA ay definitely we can carve them and we can ano issue warrants," Galvez said in a Palace briefing.   Enacted...

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Pagasa’s Tuesday forecast: Cloudy skies with scattered rains

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:44
MANILA, Philippines - The trough or extension area of a low pressure area (LPA) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms over the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, the state weather bureau said. In its daily weather forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the LPA was last spotted 975 kilometers (km) east of Catarman, Northern Samar. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or "habagat" continues to affect the western section of Northern Luzon. It is expected to bring cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms over Batanes and Babuyan ...

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Albayalde: Too many Pogo hubs near PNP, AFP camps ‘detrimental’ to national security

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:43
  MANILA, Philippines --- The presence of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (Pogo) hubs manned by Chinese workers near police and military camps could be detrimental to the national security if it becomes too much, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Tuesday.   In a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Albayalde said the intelligence community should also look at whether Chinese Pogo hubs are operating purely for business purposes or are meant for "anything else."   "In fact, kahit talagang walang ginagawa [na iba aside from gambling], kung talagang sobra sobra naman 'yan, that could be also detrimental sa ating nat...

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Galvez backs presence of police, military in schools

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:43
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte's peace adviser and former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Carlito Galvez is backing the proposal to have military and police presence in schools to prevent communist recruitment and violent extremism. "I believe the state police should not be restricted to enforce the law," Galvez said in a press briefing in Malacaang. "Kung magkakaroon po ng restrictions there are possibilities na magkakaroon po ng security gap," he added. The presence of police and military in schools was earlier proposed to prevent the recruitment of students to join the New People's Army. But state universities and colleges have forged an agreement th...

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PH Malditas rip Timorese, near semifinals

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:42
Former UAAP star Cam Rodriguez zoomed to the top of the scoring charts after bagging another brace as the Philippines overwhelmed Timor Leste, 7-0, last Saturday to close in on a semifinal spot in the AFF Women's Championship in Chonburi, Thailand. The 24-year-old Rodriguez, who also scored twice in a 3-0 win over Malaysia on opening-day, set the tone for the Malditas' relentless charge against the overmatched Timorese. More importantly, the win gave the Malditas top spot in Group A with six points, ahead of defending champion Thailand, which handily beat Singapore, 8-0, also Saturday. Hali Long also struck twice for the Philippines, while Charisa Lemoran, Sara Castaeda and Quin...

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Maxene Magalona responds to comments shaming her for weight loss

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:42
Maxene Magalona answered back to comments chiding her for her slim figure. The actress posted a picture of her on Instagram on Monday, Aug. 19, in a pink bikini and a confused expression. "My face when random people start sending me messages of concern about my weight loss," she captioned the photo. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1VErZOF7L0/ She also assured followers with the hashtag "#okaylangpoako (I'm OK)." On Instagram Stories, she shared a screenshot of comments and her replies to them. One came from a fan in Uganda, one @mariakyomu. The fan said she liked Magalona's hips, stating, "You were shaped like an African!" The fan added that even if her hips are now "gone," "It's y...

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UK Foreign Office concerned for Hong Kong staffer reportedly detained in China

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:02
The United Kingdom Foreign Office is "extremely concerned" by reports that a British Consulate staff member in Hong Kong has been detained in mainland China for over 10 days.
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Model's nude photo shows realities of pregnancy

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:26
Ashley Graham is pregnant and proud of her body -- and she's letting everybody know on Instagram.
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