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Teachers’ group sues DepEd director for alleged red-tagging

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:35
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers in Central Luzon (ACT-CL) sued Department of Education (DepEd) regional director Beatriz Torno at the Office of the Ombudsman and sent her a letter of condemnation on her birthday on Friday following her supposed red-tagging of the group in a media forum. Torno's statement was "highly irresponsible, baseless and downright malicious," said ACT-CL secretary general Mathew Guetan Santiago. Torno said "nothing directly" about ACT-CL being a communist front or its members being with the New People's Army, according to Michelle Catap, DepEd regional office public information officer. Torno, who retired on Thursday, spoke at a...

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Currys excited for ‘mini family reunion’ at All-Star weekend

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:30
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room. Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is. Everyone in the Curry clan has been pinching themselves lately; the family has been downright giddy about NBA All-Star Weekend. "It's going to be incredible," said Curry, a former NBA player and color commentator for the Hornets TV network who still lives in Charlotte. "It's going to be a mini family reunion." T...

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Volunteer worker finds $4,000 stashed in donated book up for sale

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:26
A volunteer worker for a book sale in Arizona found $4,000 (almost P210,000) stashed in one of the items being sold. Cathy McAllister said that while she was preparing for the annual VNSA book sale, she came across a donated book titled "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." This was reported by KPNX 12 News on Monday. When she was about to throw the book away, she decided to take a closer look. "I fanned the book and someone had taken an X-Acto knife and cut a big hole in the middle of the book," McAllister said. McAllister could not believe her eyes when she found the money stashed in the book. At first, she even thought the cash was from the board game Monopoly. "...

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Survey result inspires me to reach out to more Filipinos – Bam

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:26
  MANILA, Philippines -- Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino on Friday said the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey would serve as an "inspiration" to "reach out" to more Filipinos during the campaign season. Aquino, running under the Otso Diretso opposition coalition, landed in the 10th to 15th spot with a 38.5 percent voter preference in the Pulse Asia survey conducted from January 26 to 31 and released Friday. "Magsisilbi itong napakalaking inspirasyon sa ating pag-iikot at pag-abot sa ating mga kababayan upang maipaalam sa kanila ang ating nagawa at patuloy pang gagawin sa Senado para sa kanilang kapakanan," the incumbent lawmaker said in a statement. (This will inspire m...

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Palace tells Maria Ressa: You’re abusing your power as journalist

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:25
MANILA, Philippines --- Embattled Rappler Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maria Ressa is "weaponizing" the issue on freedom of expression against the government, Malacaang said on Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this after Ressa claimed that her arrest is a clear case of "abuse of power" and that the Duterte administration is using the law as "weapon" against its critics. Ressa was arrested for a cyberlibel case late Wednesday night but was ordered freed on P100,000 bail by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Thursday morning. READ:Rappler's Maria Ressa arrested for cyberlibel "You are the one using or weaponizing the law, what is the law? The consti...

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Mom Made: Local Mompreneurs Spread the Love at Mommy Mundo World

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:14
The first-ever Mommy Mundo World is happening this weekend, February 16-17 at the Powerplant Mall and there's much to celebrate! Touted as the ultimate mom resource destination weekend, Mommy Mundo World shines the light on Mom Made: a curated list of successful and innovative mompreneurs who designed and invented their own products, created their services and developed their own brands, borne out of their passion for homegrown and proudly local enterprises. Having started the mompreneur movement 11 years ago, Mommy Mundo is the home of Filipina mompreneurs. It initiates expos and activities for its business-moms to network, share best practices, gain support, as well as for them t...

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Man killed in Cebu City fire

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:12
CEBU CITY - A 51-year-old man died after he allegedly burned his house in Barangay Kamputhaw at past 9 a.m. on Friday. Alexitas Rabong identified the fatality as her uncle Alex Sanchez. The fire also destroyed three houses and damaged two others. Rabong said her uncle, who had been talking to himself, had long wanted to end his life. The Cebu City Fire department received the alarm at 9:28 a.m. Firefighters put out the fire at 9:54 a.m. Damage was pegged at P80,000./lzb...

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Police fish out ‘bloody hand’ in canal, but it turns out to be from mannequin

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:04
Local police in the United Kingdom thought they would fish out evidence of a horrible crime from a canal, but it turned out to be something unexpected. The Wednesfield Police in the UK said they responded to a call, which reported that someone had found a chopped, bloodied hand in a canal behind the Wednesfield High Street. When authorities got on the scene, they did not hesitate to scoop it out of the canal. But after some "delicate fishing," it turned out the bloodied hand that belonged not to a person, but a mannequin. Police then posted their discovery on Twitter Thursday, and even had a warning to their followers: "[G]raphic images of a detached mannequin hand attached." ...

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Groups urge energy body to cancel pending PSAs

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:03
    MANILA - Groups under the Power for People (P4P Coalition) have urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to immediately cancel the seven power supply agreements (PSAs) of Meralco which have been pending with the ERC for two years.   "The 7 PSAs have long been found anomalous for not following the competitive selection process inscribed in the law. After almost two years of ERC inaction they should be rescinded," said Ian Rivera, National Coordinator of PMCJ, during a rally held earlier this week in front of the ERC headquarters under the call Malinis at Murang Kuryente (MMK).   "ERC must nullify these contracts now, in the interest of the ele...

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Panelo says he won’t be surprised if Sara Duterte becomes President

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:03
MANILA, Philippines --- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday said he will not be surprised if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio becomes president like her father. Panelo made the remark when asked if government resources were used in the campaign sorties of Duterte-Carpio's Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party. He explained how "strict" the Davao city mayor is like her father, President Rodrigo Duterte. "Si Mayor Sara napaka-istrikto niyan(Mayor Sara is very strict). You know what the people there in Davao City said when she was Mayor, until now, mas istrikto pa iyan kay Mayor Digong (she is even more strict than Mayor Digong)," Panelo said. "I will not be surprise...

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Rick Pitino’s Greek team reaches final after opponent walkout on refs

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:01
ATHENS, Greece --- Rick Pitino is back in a final. However, the Greek team he's coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game on Wednesday. The club forfeited the game in Athens after leaving while trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was "disgusted" with the quality of the refereeing. Giorgos Vassiliadis, the deputy minister for sport, described the game as a "blow to the sport" but said he couldn't interfere with the referee selection process. Pitino tweeted after the incident, "Well, in 4...

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5 Filipino seafarers missing off Falkland Islands — DFA

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:42
MANILA, Philippines --- Five Filipino seamen were reported missing after abandoning a burning fishing vessel off Falkland Islands, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday. "The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) remains hopeful that five Filipino seafarers reported missing after their vessel caught fire off the Falkland Islands will be found," it said in a statement. Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo said the five Filipinos were among the 69 crew members of a Taiwanese fishing vessel that caught fire off the islands on Feb. 11. Lagdameo said the Philippine Embassy in London is requesting for more information about the incident. The E...

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Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:41
DALLAS --- Of all the opposing jerseys Dwyane Wade has collected through swaps during his final NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki's was among those the Miami star wanted the most and somehow seemed worried he wouldn't get. Maybe it had something to do with the "frosty" phase of their relationship, as the Dallas icon described the strain following the Heat's six-game win over the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals. Maybe Wade thought such a display wouldn't be possible on Dallas owner Mark Cuban's court. In reality, Wade didn't need to worry about Nowitzki turning him down. The two-time Finals foes are elder statesmen in their league now, a co-existence better defined by sharing hono...

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Heart receives Bicolano song from Chiz on their 4th wedding anniversary

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:40
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero had a song made for his wife Heart Evangelista to mark their fourth wedding anniversary.     Evangelista shared the sweet gesture in an Instagram story on Friday.   "My husband had a song in Bicolano made for me for our anniv," the actress wrote in the caption.           The actress also shared a photo of a plaque where the song is written.         An English translation of the song was also posted on Evangelista's Instagram story.         In separate Instagram post, Evangelis...

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DPWH to conduct roadworks on Feb. 15 to 18

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:34
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct repairs and reblocking in several major roads from Feb. 15 to 18.   In a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority advisory on Friday, the following roads will undergo repairs from Feb. 15 (Friday) at 11 p.m. to Feb. 18 at 5 a.m. (Monday):   Southbound: C-5 Road after Lanuza Ave. before Bagong Ilog flyover C-5 Road fronting SM Aura EDSA Lagarian Creek before Ermin Garcia (2nd innermost lane) Northbound: Fairview Ave. Atherton to Regalado Ave. North (1st lane from center island) EDSA corner Congressional Ave. Ext. (2nd lane from sidewalk) R. Magsaysay Blvd...

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Palace says Duterte remarks vs Tatad just ‘hyperbole’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:30
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte's insolent remarks against former Senator and columnist Francisco "Kit" Tatad is just "hyperbole" to say that he is still manly despite his age, Malacaang said Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's explanation came a day after Duterte dared Tatad to let him "borrow" his wife to show that he is still virile. The President also threatened to slap the former lawmaker for spreading rumors about his health. READ: Duterte threatens to slap ex-senator for spreading rumors on his health "Gusto mo talagang subukan kung meron pa kami o wala? May asawa ka? Ipahiram mo sa akin. P***** i** ka," Duterte said in an event in Bulaca...

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Alleged leader of robbery-holdup gang slain in Quezon

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:26
LUCENA CITY -- Police killed an alleged leader of a notorious robbery-holdup gang in a shootout along the diversion road in Tayabas City Friday morning. Patrolling policemen spotted Rex Salidaga Borrinaga and a companion while walking towards a big hardware store in Barangay (village) Isabang around 10 a.m., Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman, Quezon police director, said in a report. The police said both were noticeably carrying guns tucked in their waists. But the suspects reportedly fired at the authorities when the policemen stepped out of the patrol vehicle and approached them. A running gun battle ensued that left Borrinaga dead. His cohort was able to escape and is now the su...

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China’s State Grid to provide solar power for Zambales

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:21
MANILA, Philippines --- The China-based technical partner of power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is spearheading efforts to generate solar power for areas of Zambales that would benefit over 1,000 residents in the province.   In a statement, the State Grid Corporation of China said the move comes on the heels of Chinese President XI Jinping's state visit to the Philippines last year where he committed greater economic support for the Philippines.   As part of the closer ties between both countries, State Grid recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Zambales II Electr...

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Comelec to voters: Don’t accept pre-marked ballots, report them

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:16
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded voters on Friday to make sure that their ballots are not pre-marked before they cast their vote in the upcoming May 2019 elections.   "Ang instruction po natin sa mga botante, bago nila tanggapin 'yung balota na binibigay sa kanila ng BEI [Board of Election Inspectors], kailangan tignan nila at siguraduhin na walang marka 'yung balota," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a media forum.   Jimenez recalled how some claimed that the 2016 polls were rigged because of supposed pre-marked or pre-shaded ballots.   "Nung 2016, maraming naglabasang balita na may pandaraya daw na nagagan...

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Palace: Gov’t to address shortage of skilled workers

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:15
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Friday assured the public that the government is already moving to address the shortage of skilled workers, which President Rodrigo Duterte earlier blamed for the delay in his "Build, Build, Build" program. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing that the President has directed theTechnical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to do something about the reported lack of experts in carpentry and welding, among others. "Marami tayong tao na hindi empleyado sa gobyerno, sa kumpanya kasi di naman sila qualified...Kaya nga sabi ni Presidente sa Tesda (chief) aba e kailangang gumawa ka ng paraan para magkaroon ...

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