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Court resumes trial of Trillanes’ rebellion case

3 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 has resumed the trial of Senator Antonio Trillanes' rebellion case that was dismissed by the same court eight years ago. On the first day of the trial, the prosecution presented as witness Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat, who was present in court when Trillanes and his fellow soldiers walked out and went to the Manila Peninsula. Trillanes' long-time counsel, lawyer Reynaldo Robles said Sytat, the first witness presented by the prosecution, is "a filler witness." "Wala namang materiality ang testimonya nya. Ang sabi nila nahihirapan sila sa ibang testigo so ayaw nilang masayang yung hearing kay...

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WATCH: Sheep headbutts police officer in street chase

3 hours 5 min ago
  Police officers from Lancashire, England found themselves in a wild sheep chase during their first call of the day." According to the Lancashire Constabulary Police Dog Unit, their officers responded to an incident wherein they had to round up a loose sheep charging on the street. https://twitter.com/BTPLancs/status/1130886361433690117 A witness from British Transport Police Lancashire shared a video of the sheep headbutting an officer while chasing the animal. https://twitter.com/LancsPolDogUnit/status/1130717094302158848 The police dog unit said that the sheep was eventually captured and none of the officers were hurt during the "comedy" chase. "[It was...

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Trump breaks with Abe, says not bothered by NK missile tests

3 hours 15 min ago
    TOKYO - President Donald Trump said Monday that he is not "personally bothered" by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry.     Abe, who stood beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, disagreed with the U.S. president, saying the missile tests violated U.S. Security Council resolutions and were "of great regret."   Abe, who has been cozying up to Trump on a number of issues, is concerned because the missiles pose a threat to security in Japan.     &nb...

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LOOK: Beauty Gonzalez bonds with Ellen Adarna, John Lloyd Cruz

3 hours 20 min ago
MANILA, Philippines ---As actress Beauty Gonzalez and her family unwind at the beach, she also bonded with her long-time friend Ellen Adarna and John Lloyd Cruz. Gonzalez shared Sunday a photo of her and Adarna via her Instagram stories captioned: "Mama happy hour." The "Kadenang Ginto" star also gave a glimpse of Cruz, who has decided to shy away from public view in 2017. In another post, Gonzalez shared a photo of her husband Norman Crisologo and daughter Olivia alongside Adarna and Cruz. Both Adarna and Cruz have been keeping a low profile after turning their social media accounts to private and taking a break from show business. Cruz took an "indefinite lea...

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DOF chief OK with staggered tobacco tax hike for healthcare program

3 hours 26 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines -- The staggered implementation of the proposed tobacco tax increase is not ideal but acceptable, as long as it covers the funding gap of the Universal Health Care program, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Monday.   "A staggered [implementation of the] bill is not ideal but if it helps us reach the funding gap, yes, it will be okay," Dominguez said in a Senate hearing.   He pointed out that the estimated expenditure for the next five years for the recently-enacted Universal Health Care act is about P1.4 trillion.   The government, however, currently has only about P1 trillion for the program.   "We're go...

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Next House Speaker should fight for lawmakers’ budget, projects — Suarez

3 hours 27 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The next House Speaker should be able to "fight" for the budget and "wishlist" projects of his or her fellow lawmakers, outgoing House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said Monday. Suarez explained that running for Congress, specifically for the lower House, entails promising several projects for one's district and constituents, and budget would be needed for that. "If the speaker is dynamic and has the concern of the members he'll fight for it," the outgoing Quezon 3rd district congressman said in an interview. "Give some direction to the DBM (Department of Budget and Management), to the (Department of) Finace na 'yung wishlist ng mga members ko ibigay niny...

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Octogenarian couple found dead inside Quezon City home

3 hours 33 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- An elderly couple were found dead inside their home in Novaliches, Quezon City over the weekend, police said Monday.   A report from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) showed that the bodies of Nicolas Austria, a retired engineer; and Leonora Austria, a retired government employee, were discovered by officials of Barangay San Agustin on Sunday afternoon.   Police said the couple's daughter, Maria Liza, came knocking on her parents' home around 2:00 p.m. May 26 to pay them a visit. But after repeated calls, no one from the Austria couple's house answered. This prompted Maria Liza to ask assistance from village officials to force open the g...

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Legarda on House speakership: ‘It’s not in my radar’

3 hours 38 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- While she is open to lead the appropriations committee in the House of Representatives, Senator Loren Legarda said vying for the speakership is not in her "radar."   Legarda minced no words when asked about Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III's insinuation at a Senate hearing on Monday that she could lead the House appropriations committee.   "Yes I'm open but it's really up to the Congress, the lower house, to designate their chairmanships," she said in an interview at the Senate on Monday.   "It's been my job for the past four years and I think I've a very good working relationship with the economic team. It's really up to...

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COA reports P49M unused anti-poverty fund from Pagcor

3 hours 44 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) has not used P49 million out of the P50 million financial assistance it received from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) in 2017, the Commission on Audit (COA) said. In an audit report released last May 23, COA said that the NAPC used only P969,479.50 for the socio-civic programs the fund was intended for. "Funds received from Pagcor as financial assistance for the socio-civic programs and projects of NAPC, recorded under the account due to GOCCs amounting to P49,030,520.50, remained unutilized as of December 31, 2018; thus, depriving the intended beneficiaries and the public of the benefits t...

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Neri Naig on miscarriage healed by faith, hope and letting go

3 hours 46 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - Actress Neri Naig recalled the time when she and her husband, Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda lost their first child when she had a miscarriage and how faith in God, hope and acceptance ushered her to the road to recovery and joy.   Naig posted Monday an ultrasound photo from exactly four years ago, May 27, 2015.     https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx8lH6xg5lN/     "May 27, 2015. Nakapag ultra sound na kami ni Chito nun para sa una naming baby. June 3, 2015, wala nang heartbeat ang baby namin," Naig wrote.   The actress opened up her emotions after learning of the miscarriage and even admitted...

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Tim Cone gives vote to Justin Brownlee as Gilas’ naturalized player

3 hours 58 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows just how good Justin Brownlee is that he wants his trusted forward to one day don the Philippine national team colors. Cone didn't discount the capabilities of current naturalized player Andray Blatche, but if it were him he'd vote for Brownlee to represent the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino in international competition. "Isn't Justin amazing?" said Cone after Ginebra's 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I tell you, I know that Andray is a great player, and I know all these guys, I really don't have any say in that." "But I tell you my vote goes for J...

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Bolivian women fight gender-based violence through theater

3 hours 59 min ago
  LA PAZ, Bolivia --- On stage, amid the hubbub of a Bolivian street market, women recount their stories of abuse at the hands of men.   But the violence depicted in the play isn't just make-believe for the 22 indigenous actresses: It's based on their own real-life experiences.   "Kusisita," a work that seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and mobilize people to fight it, has been drawing large audiences in Bolivia, which has one of South America's highest rates of femicides.   In the theater, Maria Luque portrays a woman who asks her drunken husband to stop abusing her. In her own history, she said, she was so brutally beaten...

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Grab is celebrating its 7th Anniversary with P7M worth of promos, discounts and rewards—and more

4 hours 10 min ago
Seven years ago, Grab started out as a humble ride-hailing app with an equally humble objective to provide a solution to the growing and urgent need for more transport options in the Metro. Today, it has evolved and expanded into the leading everyday super app in the Southeast Asian region -- addressing people's everyday needs from transport and food delivery to parcel service and digital wallet. The celebration of its seven-year milestone revolves around the magnanimous concepts of SHARING and GIVING BACK. Nourishing small players and partners Grab recognizes the invaluable support given to them by their mentors, financial backers, partners, and customers when they were...

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House minority leader rejects ‘Pulong’ as possible speaker

4 hours 12 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines -- The possibility of presidential son and Davao City Representative-elect Paolo "Pulong" Duterte becoming House of Representatives speaker may not sit well with the public, outgoing House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez pointed out on Monday.   "I really doubt if people will accept ang presidente ay si Pangulong Duterte at ang speaker anak mo, medyo marami nang magtataas ng kilay na mga tao... Siguro kung hindi Presidente ang Pangulong Digong, he may have a chance getting a crack at the leadership (It will raise eyebrows when the President's son becomes House speaker)," Suarez said in an interview.   In a separate interview with ANC, he ...

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Philippines to get nearly P300 B worth of deals in Duterte’s Japan trip

4 hours 14 min ago
TOKYO -- President Rodrigo Duterte's third trip here would give the Philippines nearly P300 billion worth of investment deals, which would create 80,000 jobs for Filipinos, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Monday.   Duterte will attend the Nikkei's 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia on May 30 to 31 as Manila continues to strengthen its economic ties with Tokyo.   Lopez said 20 business agreements on the areas of infrastructure, manufacturing, electronics, medical devices, business process outsourcing (BPO), power, electricity, transport, automotive, food manufacturing, and marine manpower industries would be signed at the sidelines of Duterte's visi...

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Europe at crossroads as far right makes big gains in vote

4 hours 15 min ago
BRUSSELS --- Europeans woke Monday to a new political reality after European Parliament elections ended the domination of the EU's main center-right and center-left parties and revealed a changed political landscape where the far-right, pro-business groups and environmentalists will be forces to be reckoned with. Turning out in numbers not seen for 20 years, voters took their concerns about immigration and security to the ballot box, making parties led by the likes of Italy's populist Matteo Salvini and France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen among the biggest in the 28-nation bloc's assembly. "The rules are changing in Europe," Salvini, Italy's hard-line interior minister, sai...

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P300K worth of ‘shabu’ seized in Legazpi City

4 hours 24 min ago
  LEGAZPI CITY -- Police and anti-drugs agents seized P333,200 worth of suspected illegal drugs in four separate operations in Legazpi City in Albay province on Monday morning. Lt. Col. Aldwin Gamboa, chief of Legazpi City police, said authorities recovered 16 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected as "shabu" (crystal meth) weighing more or less 10 grams from the house of Rosemarie Dayap at around 6:20 a.m. at Barangay (village) Dinagaan. At the same village, a separate police team also recovered seven sachets of suspected illegal drugs from Jomarie Dayap with estimated weight of 17 grams around 7 a.m. Cotton Yu...

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BI arrests Japanese national with 3 pending cases

4 hours 29 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A Japanese national wanted by his government for embezzlement has been arrested by Philippine authorities in Pasay city. Bureau of Immigration Fugitive Search Unit Chief Bobby Raquepo said on Monday that apart from the embezzlement case, Fuminori Sato was also wanted as an illegal alien in the country. According to Japanese records, Sato was asked by a compatriot to keep her bank book back in 2012. However, Sato took advantage of this and reportedly withdrew a total of 200,000 (P100,000) for his personal use. Sato, 37, was arrested in his hotel room last Thursday based on a complaint filed against him for violating the Republic Act 9262 or anti-violence a...

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P50M antidrug funds from 2010 to 2013 unaccounted for — COA

4 hours 49 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- About P50 million in antidrug funds released from 2010 to 2013 have not been liquidated, a Commission on Audit (COA) report shows.   The unaccounted funds totaling P49,218,561.36 comprised money that the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) released to other government offices and non-government organizations (NGOs) for antidrug-related projects.   According to the COA audit report released on May 23, the funds were 83 percent of the amount which the DDB distributed to national government agencies (NGA), local government units (LGUs), and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).   Before 2010, the COA noted P1,208,165.85 th...

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Trumps and emperor, empress, exchange gifts

4 hours 51 min ago
TOKYO --- The Trumps and Japan's new emperor and empress have exchanged photos and other gifts. Emperor Naruhito presented President Donald Trump with a traditional Japanese pottery and porcelain bowl. Trump gave the emperor with an American-made viola in a custom case handmade in Charleston, West Virginia, and a photo of US composer Aaron Copland. Mrs. Trump presented Empress Masako with a White House desk set featuring a fountain pen made from a red oak tree that stands on the grounds of Harvard University. The empress studied economics at Harvard. The empress presented the first lady an ornamental box with a traditional Japanese design. The foursome also exchanged phot...

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