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‘Groups might take Duterte seriously, harm bishops’

1 hour 13 min ago
Former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales has warned the public against individuals or groups who might take President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal assault on Catholic prelates seriously. "Such words from the President may attract stupid people who would do the bidding of the President and decapitate bishops," Gonzales said at a forum in Manila. "Malacaang will say it's just a joke from the President. But what they don't know is that some followers of Duterte may follow it. So I would caution the Church," he added. Speaking at the same forum, Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' public affairs committee, agreed with Gonza...

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Balangiga bells’ return ‘sign of US respect for PH alliance’

1 hour 14 min ago
The Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday said the return of the Balangiga bells to the country after 117 years was a sign of the United States' "respect" for and commitment to its alliance with the Philippines. The iconic bells, a war booty taken by the US Army from a church in Balangiga, Easter Samar, during the Filipino-American war in 1901, will be turned over by US Embassy officials on Tuesday at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. President going to Balangiga President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping the ceremony in Pasay but will instead go to Balangiga on Dec. 15 to turn over the bells to the town's officials, according to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ...

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DOJ: Trillanes can’t travel yet

1 hour 15 min ago
Sen. Antonio Trillanes may have the fresh warrants of arrest issued against him by a Davao City court already lifted, but the Department of Justice (DOJ) said he might need to put on hold his scheduled travel to Europe on Tuesday. Trillanes on Monday posted a total bail of P96,000, or P24,000 for each of the four libel charges filed against him by President Duterte's son, Paolo Duterte, in the sala of Presiding Judge Rowena Nieves Tan of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 118. Tan consequently lifted the four warrants of arrest issued by Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of Davao City RTC Branch 54 on Dec. 7. But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Trillanes ...

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Napoles wants transfer to women’s jail deferred pending appeal

1 hour 18 min ago
Convicted pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has asked the Sandiganbayan not to order her immediate transfer to the Correctional Institution for Women, arguing that she should be allowed to appeal her plunder case first. In a three-page motion for reconsideration, Napoles said the Dec. 7 verdict --- which led to the acquittal of Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., the former senator whose pork barrel funds she was found guilty of pocketing --- was "not yet final." Hours after she was sentenced, the court issued a separate order for the issuance of a commitment order for Napoles to begin serving her maximum sentence of 40 years in the Mandaluyong City penitentiary. Napoles' lawy...

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News Briefs: Dec. 11, 2018

1 hour 19 min ago
Enrile plunder trial to begin in February   Former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. may have already been acquitted, but the trial of former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with his P172.8-million plunder case will start only in February.   The Sandiganbayan Third Division has scheduled the presentation of the Ombudsman's evidence in Enrile's plunder case on Feb. 19, four years and eight months after it was filed on June 5, 2014.   Hearings will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, according to division clerk of court Dennis Pulma.   The pretrial conference, where prosecutors and defense lawyers mark their respective pieces of evid...

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Show of force for Bangsamoro law

1 hour 32 min ago
At least 15,000 people gathered at the compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Cotabato City on Monday as the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) launched the campaign for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Mohagher Iqbal, MILF peace implementing panel chair, said the campaign, organized by the government-MILF Joint Communications Committee, aimed to drumbeat support for the creation of the new Bangsamoro region. The launch was simultaneously held in other provinces or areas covered by the plebiscite, scheduled in January and February next year, he said. "The BOL is for the welfare not only of the Bangsamoro peopl...

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Deadly ‘lambanog’ came from Quezon, says PNP

1 hour 32 min ago
SAN PEDRO CITY --- Authorities have found the distillery that manufactured the brand of "lambanog" (coconut wine) that blamed for at least eight deaths in Laguna province last week. Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran, spokesperson for the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) regional police, on Monday said police traced the source of the lambanog sold in Laguna to Candelaria town in Quezon province. She did not identify the manufacturer, saying an investigation had yet to be completed. In Santa Rosa City, relatives of four people who died after drinking lambanog had not filed any complaint as of Monday, said Supt. Eugene Orate, city police chief. 'Highly probable' D...

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MILF leader hopeful of lasting peace

1 hour 34 min ago
AL-BARKA, Basilan --- Brave men cry. The "fiercest and most dreaded" commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was driven to tears recalling his past battles and hoped for a peaceful future through a new Bangsamoro autonomous region. In an assembly at Barangay Cambug here last week, Hadji Dan Asnawi, commander of the 114th Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, faced 2,000 fighters, both men and women, and told them: "For more than 40 years, thousands of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children sacrificed their lives here. [In] this land, blood had taken more blood, so that we can stand united like this." Those who heard him were also teary-eyed. Martyrs "I ...

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PBA warns coaches

1 hour 40 min ago
Beaten black-and-blue Sunday night, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero praised the enemy for a job well done before launching his attack on officiating and asking for fairness for the rest of the PBA Governors' Cup best-of-seven title series. "Coach Alex (Compton of Alaska) did a good job (in making the adjustments)," Victolero told reporters, shortly after a 100-71 loss. "Coach Alex (also) did a good job calling the attention of the referees (after Game 2) about (how) my guards (are) playing defense." Victolero was wondering where Compton was coming from when the Alaska coach made his post-Game 2 rant on officiating. "I kept reviewing the tapes (of the first two games) and saw tha...

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Cancer won’t stop her Christmas—‘Stage 4 is just a number’

1 hour 43 min ago
Cancer won't stop Cathy Nazareno from celebrating Christmas. It did not stop her last year, when she was first diagnosed in September 2017, with stage 4 colon cancer. It won't stop her again this year, not even if the cancer recurred, this time as stage 4 liver. Nazareno, 48, was declared cancer-free April this year---seven months after her stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis, which metastasized in two lymph nodes above the pancreas, in her bones, and in 60 percent of her liver. Her family was devastated, but not Nazareno. Never her. Always headstrong and a fighter, she remained optimistic and surrounded herself with everything positive. She calmly accepted her fate---"What ca...

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Another Petron-F2 title clash looms

1 hour 43 min ago
Petron and F2 Logistics seek to arrange another finals duel as the semifinal phase of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference get under way Tuesday at Muntinlupa Sports Center. F2 battles Generika-Ayala at 4:15 p.m while Petron, which ended the preliminaries at 10-0, will clash with Cignal at 7 p.m. Earlier, University of Santo Tomas tries to inch closer to the Collegiate Grand Slam championship when it faces University of the East at 2 p.m. After four previous titular showdowns, the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers are tipped to make it all the way to the best-of-three finals after gaining twice-to-beat advantages in the Final Four....

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Imports power Alab Pilipinas past Indonesia in debut ABL match

1 hour 45 min ago
Defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas had a dominant debut in a 94-67 whipping of CLS Knights Indonesia in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Alab was the last team to play this season and its masterful performance made it worth the wait. Returning Alab reinforcement Renaldo Balkman and new import PJ Ramos proved too much for the Knights as they combined for 53 points and 24 rebounds. It was a wire-to-wire win for Alab, which scored the game's first seven points and led by 30 points in the fourth quarter. Ray Parks, the reigning two-time local MVP, had 10 points while newly acquired Caelan Tiongson did a little bit of e...

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Binay Jr. arraigned on graft raps

1 hour 46 min ago
Former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. has finally been arraigned on multiple charges in connection with the P2.3-billion Makati City Hall Building II, nearly three years after his indictment. He refused to enter a plea so the Sandiganbayan Third Division entered a not guilty plea for him during his arraignment on Friday. The court set his pretrial on Jan. 18. Binay Jr. was charged with four counts of graft, six counts of falsification and one count of malversation in connection with the supposedly rigged bidding for the last three phases of the five-phase project. The six counts of falsification and two of the four counts of graft covered phases 4 to 5 of...

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Adults can learn ballet—even for cross-training

1 hour 46 min ago
You are never too old to start learning ballet. In the west, the number of adult ballet classes has been growing exponentially---as much as 70 percent in the past few years. Major dance companies and academies offer them as a service to the community. They acknowledge dance as a vital element in building a civilized society, rather than just a hobby for the young and nubile. Mindful Movement Asia, the studio which specializes in Merrithew/Stott-Pilates and rehabilitation, has opened ballet classes as a cross-training program. "Ballet is for everyone. No need to have a dance background," says Filipino-Italian ballet instructor Angelo Cacciatore. "Those who want to pursue ball...

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Keep pain at bay for faster healing

1 hour 46 min ago
Pain management is critical to healing. Without proper guidelines for treating pain, patients will experience delayed recovery, a longer hospital stay, readmission, and may eventually suffer from chronic pain. "It is not only an ethical problem but also a medical and economic problem," said Dr. Antonio Montero, head, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Unit, University Hospital Amau de Vilanova, Lerida, Spain. "Acute pain is the most common symptom experienced by surgical patients, and has historically been poorly evaluated and often underrated." Montero was one of the guest speakers during the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) 74th Annual PCS Congress, presented in collab...

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Mandatory ROTC bill violates laws protecting kids

1 hour 46 min ago
President Rodrigo Duterte's proposal to require senior high school students to complete a two-year military training course would violate domestic laws and international agreements protecting minors from being involved in warfare, a group of military reservists from the University of the Philippines said on Monday. At the hearing of the House committee on basic education and culture, UP Vanguard chair Gilbert Reyes said while they support the President's plan to revive the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, only students at least 18 years old should be covered by the mandatory training. New military system Reyes, a lawyer, said House Bill No. 5113 authored by House ...

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Power Hitters try to finish off Agilas

1 hour 46 min ago
PLDT will aim to end Air Force's bid on its first crack at the Spikers' Turf Open Conference crown on Tuesday at Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City. The PLDT Home Power Hitwas seeded second in the Final Four but gained the twice-to-beat edge in the finals after No. 1 Sta. Elena-National University pulled out to represent the Philippines in the Asean University Games in Myanmar. The withdrawal paved the way for the finals playoff between No. 3 Air Force and No. 4 Cignal, with the Agilas pulling off a 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 win over the weekend to stay in the title hunt. PLDT swept Air Force in the elimination round but the latter hopes to sustain the momentum of their victory over...

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PSA Forum: Wushu, PBA Draft

1 hour 47 min ago
The Philippine wushu team that pocketed medals in the 1st Asian Traditional Wushu tournament and some of the PBA rookie draft applicants will grace the last session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum for 2018 at Tapa King Restaurant in Farmer's Plaza Cubao on Tuesday. Gold medalists Daniel Parantac, Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan, Agatha Wong and Jones Llabres Inso and silver Dave Degala will share the limelight with Letran's Bong Quinto and other candidates in the Dec. 16 rookie draft to be held at Robinsons Place Manila....

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Pagan parallels of Jesus Christ

1 hour 47 min ago
Most Christians do not bother to trace the origins of their religion, much less their beliefs and rituals. If they do, they might be in for the shock of their lives. This column is not for people who are satisfied with what Church officials tell them. As the saying goes, "Let sleeping dogs lie." Rather, this is for those who are intellectually curious and discontented. The central event in the celebration of Christmas is, of course, the birth and life of Jesus Christ, considered a great prophet by Muslims, but as God by his followers. Christians, especially Catholics, perhaps, have been led to believe that the story of Jesus, his birth, death and resurrection is unique, and that...

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State U stars Desiderio, Dario beat PBA Draft deadline

1 hour 48 min ago
University of the Philippines stars Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario brought to 48 the total number of Rookie Draft applicants as they beat Monday's deadline for those wanting to be a part of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) starting the 44th season next year. The PBA's decision to extend the deadline for local players from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10 allowed the duo to make the list after playing for the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals against eventual champion Ateneo Blue Eagles. The official list of applicants, which surpassed last season's total of 44, won't be released until Dec. 14, or two days before the draft proceedings at Robinsons Place in E...

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