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When a millennial lawyer meets an ICC judge

14 hours 1 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- In the eyes of the Filipino legal community, Sean James Borja and Raul Pangalangan may be two different points on a plane. Borja has just graduated from Ateneo Law School in 2018 --- as valedictorian, no less --- and emerged as the topnotcher in last year's bar exams. Pangalangan, meanwhile, is already at the height of his legal career as a Filipino judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. But when the millennial lawyer met the seasoned legal luminary, their similar notions of excellence could transcend generational gap. "The real battle in law schools is about the true meaning of the rule of law," Pangalangan said...

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8 die as soldiers, Abus clash in Sulu

14 hours 11 min ago
ZAMBOANGA CITY, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, Philippines --- Eight people, two of them children, were killed when gunmen from the Abu Sayyaf Group attacked government troops in Patikul town, Sulu province, on Saturday, military reports said. Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said 1-year-old Saiful Abdun and 12-year-old Jahida Usab were among the fatalities when Abu Sayyaf members attacked the village of Igasan, triggering a firefight with soldiers, which lasted 30 minutes. The military claimed to have killed six and wounded seven Abu Sayyaf members. Pabayo said three soldiers and two residents, a 60-year-old man and a 17-year-old mother, were wounded wh...

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ERC grants Peco provisional permit to supply Iloilo power

14 hours 13 min ago
ILOILO CITY, Philippines --- With a new franchise holder still without power distribution assets, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has granted the Panay Electric Co. (Peco) a provisional permit to continue distributing power in Iloilo City to avert disruption of power supply. In a 13-page order promulgated on May 24, the ERC issued a provisional certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to Peco but only within the two-year transition period when More Electric and Power Corp. (More Power), a new distribution firm controlled by billionaire Enrique Razon Jr., is mandated to take over the power distribution in the city. "If a provisional CPCN is not issued upon expir...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: PMA Class of 2019 graduation

14 hours 15 min ago
New house, gun, luxury watch President Rodrigo Duterte was a generous commander-in-chief on Sunday, gifting newly commissioned Navy Ensign Dionne Mae Umalla with a house and lot during the graduation of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Mabalasik" Class of 2019. Umalla, the class valedictorian, also received 13 awards and the presidential saber. Since assuming office, the President has given houses to valedictorians of the PMA and the Philippine National Police Academy. Even the class "goat" (lowest-ranked member) got a piece of the President's generosity: 2nd Lt. Danmark Solomon was handed a .45-caliber pistol by the President. While the new cadet corp officers w...

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Elite get balanced scoring in winning a third straight game

14 hours 20 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan has asked just one thing from his Elite of late: "Continue to improve." From there, he knows that the results will just follow. Drawing balanced scoring Sunday night, Blackwater rolled to its third straight victory, a 118-110 dismantling of Columbian Dyip to regain the early lead in the PBA Commissioner's Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. "The guys are committed to improve," the rookie mentor said. "[And] I think that's the [best] thing about our team right now." Five players scored twin digits for the Elite, with super rookie Ray Parks shooting 23 and burly import Lance Stepheson finishing with 2...

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Ceres salvages draw with Stallion

14 hours 22 min ago
Reigning champion Ceres-Negros battled from a goal down twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with Stallion Laguna last Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium. But Ceres' Serbian coach Risto Vidakovic was far from pleased over the Busmen's showing, calling it their "worst game this year." "Maybe we underestimated Stallion," said Vidakovic. "Maybe it was too difficult to motivate the players with the AFC Cup (two weeks ago) and now playing in the [domestic] league." But Stallion came prepared against the two-time champions, pouncing on an early mistake as Senegalese striker Abou Sy intercepted a weak pass from Ceres Spanish striker Bienve Maranon before...

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Controversial China-funded Binondo-Intramuros Bridge put on hold

14 hours 25 min ago
The controversial China-funded project to put up the Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge, which may cause the delisting of San Agustin Church and other Philippine Baroque churches from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage List, has been suspended pending the submission by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of technical studies on the potential archeological and cultural risks of the construction, according to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The DPWH must also redesign the bridge. But heritage advocates disputed the NCCA report and said construction was continuing. "The studies (...

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DOJ clears 3 cops tagged in QC prosecutor’s murder

14 hours 26 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Saying the pieces of evidence against the accused were "inadmissible, unbelievable, untrue and contradictory," the Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared the three policemen charged with the murder of Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco in 2018. In a 36-page resolution issued earlier this month, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong dismissed for "insufficient evidence" the complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation against Police Pat. Jose Lunar Mercado, Police Senior Master Sergeant Rodante Sicat Lalimarmo and Police Staff Sergeant Arthur Yasonia Lucy. According to Ong, the testimonies of prosecution witnesses who claimed they...

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Navotas opens protection facility for abused kids

14 hours 26 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Navotas City has opened its Child Protection Unit at the city hospital for minors who are victims of abuse. Inaugurated last week, the facility has an examination room, a playroom and areas where interviews or conferences can be conducted. Navotas City Hospital medical director and city health officer Christia Padolina told the Inquirer that the facility would accommodate children who were raped or abused. Instead of being taken to a police station, they would be brought to the facility to be examined by a doctor and psychologist, and interviewed by a policewoman and social worker. "This is to protect the child. It's a one-stop shop so the [children] w...

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Faith and inquiry in Offemaria’s ‘Abstraction / Obstruction’

14 hours 26 min ago
E.H. Gombrich in "The Story of Art" appears to have made the dialectic between Christian representationalism and iconoclasm, noting the early Christians' depiction through images of episodes from the Scriptures and the Iconoclastics' revolt and their insistence on abstract symbols and patterns to depict the faith since they considered representation of sacred figures as idolatry. The dialectic is at the heart of Wilfredo Offemaria Jr.'s "Abstraction / Obstruction: A Discourse on Faith," running at the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Gallery until May 31. In the National Heritage Month exhibit of paintings and sculptures and art installations, Offemaria blends w...

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Partial closure of Marcos Highway bridge starts

14 hours 27 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- After a two-week delay, the eastbound portion of the Marcos Highway bridge was finally closed on Saturday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).   The four-month shutdown, according to MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, was to give way to the rehabilitation of the 30-year-old structure.   Afterward, the MMDA will also close down the westbound portion for another four months to complete the repairs.   Around 6,400 motorists are expected to be affected since the bridge connects Quezon City to the cities of Marikina and Pasig, and Taytay and Antipolo City in Rizal province.   Not yet ready   ...

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Award-winning Fil-Am author’s novel up for film adaptation by Netflix

14 hours 27 min ago
Steaming giant Netflix has picked up Filipino-American author Erin Entrada Kelly's novel "Hello, Universe" to be adapted into a live-action movie. Last year, Kelly received the prestigious John Newbery Medal---the highest literary prize for books for young readers---for "Hello, Universe," published by Greenwillow Books in 2017. "It's difficult to find words to describe how this feels," she told the Inquirer in an e-mail. And this is just the beginning of the journey! It's surreal." Kelly said in 2018 that there was interest in adapting the novel but couldn't say more. Now she can. "My film agent called me last year and said Netflix was interested in adapting the novel," she ...

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Philippines through the eyes of Amorsolo

14 hours 28 min ago
Len Gallery will bid out four major paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, three of them coming from the famous House of Tabacalera, during the auction house's Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2019 on June 22. The quartet of paintings by the country's first national artist forms a vignette in the auction, which curator Lisa Nakpil called as "The Philippines, as seen through the mythical eyes of Fernando Amorsolo." "A grand slam of works from the maestro includes three works from the legendary House of Tabacalera, arguably the country's biggest and richest company at the end of Spanish rule," explained Nakpil. According to social historian Augusto "Toto" Gonzalez, the Compania General d...

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SEAG football in three venues

14 hours 28 min ago
The Southeast Games football competitions will see an unprecedented 19 teams across two divisions with matches slated in three venues---Rizal Memorial Stadium, University of Makati Stadium and Bian Football Stadium. Philippine Football Federation general secretary Ed Gastanes, who has been appointed competitions manager, said a full slate of 11 teams will vie in the men's tournament, while the women's competition will see a record eight countries disputing the crown. While the SEA Games men's event will be an Under-22 tournament, two overage players will be allowed each team. Former Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband has expressed his desire to reinforce the team, but the country'...

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Dead woman found inside sack

14 hours 29 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A 22-year-old woman who had disappeared from her room was found dead on Saturday in a building's storage room in Muntinlupa City, her body stuffed inside a sack. Sheva Adare Mae Prementil, an assistant supervisor of a supermarket in Alabang, bore wounds in the stomach, head and hand. Her shirt had also been rolled up, exposing her chest. According to the Muntinlupa police which had tagged her case as a crime of passion, Prementil's body was found in a corner of a storage room not far from her house at Purok 2, Barangay Cupang, around 11 a.m. Investigators said they were looking for her suitor and neighbor, Alexander Morpuz, who lived in the building where...

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DILG: No expense report, no assumption of post

14 hours 32 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Local poll winners could be barred from taking their posts if they fail to report their campaign expenses to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by June 13. In a statement on Sunday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesperson, Jonathan Malaya, reminded newly elected local officials of their obligation to submit their respective statement of contributions and expenses or Soce to the poll body. "Filing your Soce is your first legal obligation to the nation and to the public," Malaya said. Declare contributions "We are reminding the winners to submit their Soces to the Comelec this early because they may not be allowed to as...

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Pacifictown, Petro Gazz off to flying starts

14 hours 33 min ago
Pacifictown Army bucked a third set meltdown in turning back Bali Pure, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23, Sunday to set in motion its title campaign in Season 3 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Imports Janelle Jordan and Olelna Lymareva-Flink alternated in delivering the blows and finished with 15 points each as the Lady Troopers did well in their return to the league after once reigning supreme in the Shakey's V-League, which was the predecessor to the PVL, more than a decade back. In the second game, Creamline got its title defense going off on the wrong foot---quite literally---after taking a 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 defeat at ...

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DepEd opens applications for financial aid

14 hours 35 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Education (DepEd) has opened its Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) to applicants for the incoming school year. The DepEd said prospective recipients could apply manually from May 26 to May 31, while online applicants have until June 2. The SHS VP provides qualified Grade 10 finishers with financial assistance of up to P22,500 to ease the cost of schooling. Recipients can use the vouchers to enter SHS in participating private schools and local and state universities and colleges (LUCs and SUCs). Students who finished Grade 10 at public schools, LUCs and SUCs are automatically qualified for the program and do not need to apply...

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Thousands in HK commemorate 1989 Tiananmen protests

18 hours 7 min ago
HONG KONG --- More than 2,000 people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to mark 30 years since a pro-democracy protest in Beijing's Tiananmen Square ended in bloodshed. Demonstrators took to the streets holding yellow umbrellas that read "Support Freedom, Oppose Evil Laws." Some people carried a black coffin, while others wheeled white crosses and the numbers 6 and 4 --- a nod to the day on June 4, 1989, when leaders of China's ruling Communist Party ordered the military to re-take Tiananmen Square from student-led protesters. Hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed late on June 3 and in the early hours of June 4 as a result of the martial act...

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Suspect in stabbing incident nabbed in Occidental Mindoro

18 hours 16 min ago
CITY OF CALAPAN, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines -- Police arrested a man for stabbing his drinking buddy while he was trying to escape on Sunday morning in Calintaan town in Occidental Mindoro province. Lt. Col. Socrates Faltado, chief of the Mimaropa Police Regional Office, said Manuel Laciste, 24, a farmer and a resident of Rizal town, was arrested while aboard a passenger van at about 9:45 a.m. in Barangay Concepcion. Initial investigation revealed that Laciste was at Sitio Umbuyan in a drinking spree at about 1 a.m. when he had a heated argument with Antonio Quimoyog, 46, a laborer and a resident of San Jose town. Laciste stabbed Quimoyog, killing him instantly. Faltado said ...

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