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Plump Trump still in very good health

3 hours 54 min ago
WASHINGTON---President Donald Trump is technically obese and has put on weight since last year, but his official doctor declared him on Thursday to be in "very good health."   The presidential physician, Sean Conley, said Trump, 72, passed his medical exam last week with flying colors.   "It is my determination that the president remains in very good health overall," he said in a brief statement.   Trump, who has confounded health experts with his penchant for junk food and avoidance of strenuous exercise, weighs 110 kilograms (243 pounds), the report said.   A little bulkier   This is a little bulkier than the 108 kg recorded la...

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Duterte watches concert of Sergio Mendes

3 hours 56 min ago
President Duterte and some of his Cabinet members took time off to unwind on Valentine's Day by watching the concert of Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes on Thursday night at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paraaque City.   The President himself told reporters that his partner, Cielito "Honeylet" Avancea, was there waiting for him and that they would go to the concert together.   "I'm greeting my first wife, Elizabeth, Happy Valentine's. Honeylet, Happy Valentine's. To my daughter Sara, Veronica, Happy Valentine's. To all the women involved in my life..." he said in an interview.   Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte arrived late fo...

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Court denies Rappler motion to dismiss tax evasion case

3 hours 57 min ago
The Court of Tax Appeals has denied the motion of Rappler Holding Corp. and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa to dismiss a P70.2-million tax evasion case over their alleged incorrect declaration of tax returns.   In a 13-page decision dated Feb. 7 and written by Presiding Justice Roman del Rosario, the court's First Division said the charges sufficiently indicated the dates and location of the alleged crimes, the amounts of income tax and value-added tax deficiencies ... that constituted violations of the National Internal Revenue Code, making the charge against Rappler and Ressa valid.   In November 2018, Department of Justice prosecutors filed charges against Ressa and Rapp...

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DOH wants dengue outbreak declared in Central Visayas

3 hours 59 min ago
CEBU CITY---With 3,076 cases and 24 deaths from dengue in Central Visayas in just over a month's time, the Department of Health (DOH) has recommended the declaration of a dengue outbreak in at least nine towns and cities in the region.   Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, the DOH dengue program coordinator for Region 7, urged local governments in the affected areas to declare a dengue outbreak since they had already "exceeded the epidemic thresholds for the number of cases" involving the mosquito-borne illness.   Among the areas that exceeded the thresholds are Lapu-Lapu City and Sibonga town in Cebu province; Tagbilaran City and the towns of Trinidad, Cortes, Dauis, Clarin...

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Duterte to Manny Villar: Run, I’m with you

4 hours 3 min ago
President Duterte promised to support former Senate President and House Speaker Manuel Villar Jr. should he decide to run for President again.   The President made the vow during the PDP Laban's proclamation rally of its senatorial bets, which included Villar's wife, Sen. Cynthia Villar, as a guest candidate.   Duterte said it was the Villars who convinced him to run for the presidency in 2016.   "As the campaign drew near, ma'am (Cynthia) and Speaker called to me a hotel suite, a large one with a sala. We talked. They said: 'Rody, you should run. You might be able to help the country,'" the President said.   He added: "Speaker was one of t...

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News Briefs

4 hours 5 min ago
President apologizes to Alvarez for his ouster   President Duterte has apologized to Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez for his ouster as House Speaker in July last year. The President said he was prevailed upon by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, whom he describes as "the one who dictates" on him, which he found hard to resist as she was his eldest daughter. "I am really antidynasty... But I really cannot handle Inday. She's the one who dictates... Maybe she saw that I am already old," the President said. He added: "That's why when the party was in shambles... You know, the Speaker and I have been friends way back. I am very sorry that it had to happen that way." The...

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Spain to get 3rd gov’t in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

4 hours 20 min ago
MADRID --- Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election. Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to get parliament's approval for its 2019 budget proposal earlier this week, adding to the political uncertainty that has dogged Spain in recent years. "Between doing nothing and continuing without a budget, or giving the chance for Spaniards to speak, Spain should continue looking ahead," Sanchez said in a televised appearance from the Moncloa Palace, the seat of government, after an urgent ...

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Europeans fire back at criticism from US over Iran

4 hours 35 min ago
MUNICH --- Germany's foreign minister on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade measures as creating a "lose-lose" situation and defended Europe's attempts to keep a nuclear deal with Iran alive after the unilateral American withdrawal. Heiko Maas fired back after harsh criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence of some of Washington's closest European allies. Maas told a conference of world leaders and top diplomats and defense officials that Germany, Britain, France and the European Union as a whole were committed to preserving the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from obtaining a bomb. "Without it, one thing is clear, the region would be no saf...

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IC: Insurers can now invest in big infra projects

5 hours 6 min ago
To support the Duterte administration's ambitious "Build, Build, Build" program, the Insurance Commission (IC) has issued rules to guide insurance firms when investing in big-ticket infrastructure projects.   Circular Letter No. 2018-74 issued by Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa late last year said insurance and reinsurance companies could invest either in debt or equity instruments for projects covered by the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), the country's medium-term socioeconomic blueprint.   The PDP included the following types of infrastructure: airports, highways, nonrail-based transit facilities, port infrastructure, airports and railways as well as env...

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Federalism is a riot in ‘Charot!’

5 hours 9 min ago
The tricky thing about "Charot!"---Philippine Educational Theater Association's (Peta) 51st season ender---is that it functions more as a primer on federalism than as a proper narrative.   Set in 2020, this story of eight people stuck in traffic on their way to vote for a crucial charter change is messy, shamelessly didactic, but still somehow riotously entertaining. It points its drama toward overtly pedagogical ends, but by totally embracing its nature as a theatrical lecture, only becomes more successful.   At the outset, "Charot!" is impressively stubborn. It begins not by introducing characters and plot, but by simulating a noontime show that is immediately...

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DOH expects measles surge in Calabarzon

5 hours 10 min ago
The number of people infected with measles is expected to rise, at least for the next two weeks, in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region, according to the Department of Health (DOH).   As of Friday noon, the number of cases in the region had risen to 2,194. The DOH recorded 54 deaths from January to Feb. 15. A measles outbreak was earlier declared in the region.   "We expect more [cases] in the next [two] weeks. The [number] may start to go down by mid-March," Dr. Eduardo Janairo, DOH regional director, said in a telephone interview on Friday.   Incubation period   Janairo said this was because some of those infect...

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Bourse OKs follow-on offering of PH Resorts

5 hours 15 min ago
The Philippine Stock Exchange has approved a follow-on offering worth as much as P11.99 billion planned by PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc. (PHR), the gaming business firm led by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy.   PHR plans to offer 2.054 billion common shares at between P3.65 and P5.84 a share. The base offer is composed of 1.786 billion shares but another 267.94 million shares are earmarked for stabilization-related option.   Based on an offering circular posted by the PSE, the follow-on offering of PHR would run from March 4 to 8 this year after a price-setting on Feb. 26.   The shares are tentatively set for listing on March 18.   This offe...

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Socrates for the here and now

5 hours 22 min ago
In producing "Ang Apologia ni Sokrates," a Filipino stage version of Socrates' "Apology," the Ateneo de Manila Philosophy Department dealt with the challenge of making a 4th-century intellectual one-man discourse relevant to college students with a short attention span. In fact, the actual text---the final, impassioned self-defense of the condemned but brilliant Greek philosopher Socrates---requires utmost concentration.   The first thing that director Jovi Miroy---playwright and a philosophy professor himself---did is present Socrates' self-defense as nothing less than a battle between good and evil. There are no gray areas. One is either on the side of the lone angel in ...

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PH seeks outside help as farmers feel crunch from low copra prices

5 hours 23 min ago
Local copra prices have yet to recover from the ongoing global supply glut despite the various interventions from the government to assist the coconut industry.   The development comes just after President Duterte decided to veto the coconut levy bill for supposedly being prone to corruption.   Based on data from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), the average farm-gate price for copra as of the first week of February was at P25.90 a kilogram, down 18 percent from its prices a year ago at P31.65 a kilo.   Prices of crude coconut oil has also declined by more than 60 percent to $730 a ton from a high of $1,850 a ton last year.   The lowest f...

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Staying positive

5 hours 23 min ago
With the national team facing tough odds in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, coach Yeng Guiao is trying to hang on to every bit of positivity before flying off to two crucial games that will determine if the Philippines will be in the China tournament or not.   Andray Blatche is more fit. The team is getting glued defensively. The Nationals won their final scrimmage before leaving, a 100-82 dismantling of PBA squad Meralco.   "I feel like we're on 8. By the time we play, we should be around close to 9 or something," Guiao told reporters on the eve of their departure for Qatar, where they take their first shot at staying alive for a World Cup berth.  ...

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Rice tariffication signed into law

5 hours 25 min ago
The Rice Tariffication Bill has been signed into law by President Duterte on Friday amid opposition from farmer groups and consistent prodding from economic managers and business organizations.   The measure, considered a priority bill of the Duterte administration, will effectively open the country's doors to unimpeded importation of rice and provide an annual subsidy of P10 billion for the development of the rice industry.   Economic managers and 13 business organizations had thrown their support for the law, noting that its enactment would help temper the country's inflation, bring down retail prices of rice in the market and harness the country's ability to ensu...

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DOTr plans to integrate new railway lines

5 hours 29 min ago
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is working to integrate its new railway lines as it revealed a connection between its massive Metro Manila subway and the so-called North South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project.   Timothy John Batan, Transportation undersecretary for railways, said they were studying a possible connection between the subway project and the NSCR in Bicutan.   The subway will span more than 30 kilometers and will run from Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Southern Metro Manila. The NSCR will run 147 km and will link the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga to Calamba, Laguna, via Bulacan and Manila.   The subway proje...

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Form Manila Bay body, Duterte asked

5 hours 31 min ago
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Following his order in January to clean up the Manila Bay, President Duterte has been asked to certify as urgent a bill that seeks the creation of the Manila Bay Development Authority.   Bataan Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III made the request for House Bill No. 01419 that has been pending with the House committee on appropriations.   It had passed the committees on government enterprises and ways and means since Garcia filed it on July 12, 2016.   In a Feb. 4 letter to Duterte, Garcia sounded off the need for a body "to be wholly dedicated to a singular, legal mandate: the rehabilitation, restoration and preservation of Manila Bay....

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Manila Water earmarks P38.4B for 7 wastewater facilities

5 hours 33 min ago
Manila Water Co. Inc. will start over the next four years the construction of seven wastewater facilities worth a total of P38.4 billion as it continues to strengthen its programs regarding used water.   Manila Water officials yesterday said the package was part of a P115-billion wastewater infrastructure program for the next 19 years or until the end of the company's concession with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)---covering the East Zone of Metro Manila and adjacent provinces.   Donna Perez, head of Manila Water's used water planning department, said in a briefing that the new batch of projects would be in addition to seven others that were ...

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How the manic-depressive becomes truly brilliant

5 hours 35 min ago
  One: ice cream. Two: water fights. Three: staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.   So goes the list of brilliant things at the heart of Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe's one-person play, "Every Brilliant Thing," now being given two vastly different lives by The Sandbox Collective under Jenny Jamora's sprightly, frequently playful direction.   In this 90-minute monologue, a girl journeys from childhood to early adulthood accompanied by the specter of her mother's mental illness and repeated suicide attempts. Bereft of more sophisticated coping mechanisms as a child, the protagonist crafts a litany of the things she deems wonderfu...

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