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LTO warns driver’s license applicants of online scammer

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:28
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has warned driver's license applicants against an online scammer offering assistance.   In a warning issued on Thursday, the agency said a certain Hauddin Ryan, who is "offering assistance for drivers' license application" is not connected with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in any way.   The DOTr reminded the public to just visit LTO offices for any transactions as the LTO "does not transact business via any online persona."   The LTO also issued a warning on Facebook about the said online scammer.   "This person is not connected with LTO and you can only get fake ...

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‘Concerns’ preventing Duterte from signing Rice Tariffication Law

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:20
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has not signed the Rice Tariffication Bill due to "concerns" raised by some stakeholders.   Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said this after Duterte met with rice industry stakeholders in Malacaang on Wednesday.   Rice industry groups met with the President and asked that he veto certain provisions of the bill.   Lopez said the President had a "positive meeting" with the stakeholders.   "President was willing to hear out the rice farmers/millers concerns and asked them to put in a position paper so we in Cabinet can consider as we draft the IRR for the ratified bill to be passed," he toldINQUIRER....

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‘Concerns’ preventing Duterte from signing Rice Tarrification Law

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:20
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has not signed the Rice Tarrification Bill due to "concerns" raised by some stakeholders.   Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said this after Duterte met with rice industry stakeholders in Malacaang on Wednesday.   Rice industry groups met with the President and asked that he veto certain provisions of the bill.   Lopez said the President had a "positive meeting" with the stakeholders.   "President was willing to hear out the rice farmers/millers concerns and asked them to put in a position paper so we in Cabinet can consider as we draft the IRR for the ratified bill to be passed," he toldINQUIRER....

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DBM welcomes Diokno subpoena from House

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:15
  MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Thursday said it would welcome a subpoena from the House of Representatives "to clarify" issues regarding the 2019 national budget.   The DBM issued the statement after the House appropriations committee on Wednesday carried a motion to subpoena Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno after he continuously snubbed the chamber's inquiry into issues hounding the 2019 national budget.   READ:Andaya-led House panel to subpoena Diokno   "Wetake any subpoena from the House as an opportunity to clarify all these matters not only to the public, but also for the official records of House," the DB...

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De Lima wants July 12 declared as ‘West Philippine Sea Victory Day’

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:08
    MANILA, Philippines---Senator Leila De Lima has filed a bill seeking to declare July 12 of every year as the "West Philippine Sea Victory Day" to mark the country's landmark victory in thePermanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) against China. In filing Senate Bill 2201, De Lima noted that July 12 should be declared a special working holiday to mark the historic decision of the PCA in The Hague, Netherlands. In July 12, 2016, the PCA released a decision upholding the Philippines' sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea and invalidating China's expansive claim in the disputed waters. "[I]t is fitting and compelling that the 12th of July of each year be a S...

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Indonesia court sentences Brit to 6 months in jail for assaulting immigration officer

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:07
JAKARTA ---The Denpasar District Court on Wednesday sentenced a British woman, Auj E. Taqaddas, 43, to six months in jail after finding her guilty of assaulting an immigration officer at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. The assault happened in July, while the trial started in early December. The judges were to have read out their verdict and the sentence at the end of it on Jan. 21, but the defendant failed to show up, causing the session to be postponed. That happened two more times, until prosecutors had Taqaddas arrested at Lippo Mall Kuta on Wednesday and taken to court to attend the final session of her trial and hear the ruling. https://www.facebook.com/jakpost/v...

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Go-Jek strengthens grip in Indonesia as fresh funds pour in

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:59
JAKARTA --- The rivalry between homegrown ride-hailing company Go-Jek and Singapore-based Grab has reached the next level, with the former having received its latest round of funding for its regional expansion from global tech giants. Go-Jek announced last week that it had received series F funding from Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc. and China-based conglomerate Tencent Holdings, with Mitsubishi Corp. and Provident Capital joining as investors. Go-Jek did not disclose in its press statement the amount it raised, but sources quoted byReuterssaid the value was at around US$1 billion. The funds raised would be used to help Go-Jek penetrate the mark...

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Bicam report keeps ‘pork’ insertions in 2019 budget — Lacson

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:52
  MANILA, Philippines--- The alleged billions worth of "pork" insertions by congressmen and some senators have been retained in the 2019 national budget, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday.   "Yes, the P160 million per cong plus the billion peso insertions made by a number of their colleagues, and the P23 billion DPWH insertions by a number of senators plus other insertions in different agencies have all been retained," Lacson said in a text message to reporters.   Senators met in a caucus late Wednesday night to discuss the 2019 budget, which remains pending at the bicameral conference committee.   During the caucus, Lacson said Senator Lore...

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Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:51
OTTAWA --- Canada will welcome some 750 ex-slaves from Libya as refugees, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday. The number of migrants traveling through Libya to reach Europe has increased tenfold since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, according to the United Nations. And their fate was highlighted -- dramatically in 2017 -- by multiple shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and the broadcast of a CNN report showing a Libyan slave market. "In 2017, the world was shocked to see the harrowing images of people being sold into slavery in Libya," the minister said in a statement. "Canada was one of the few countries to step up to work with the UNHCR to resettle these r...

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Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:44
TOKYO --- Scientists said Wednesday they have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant. But the researchers cautioned that their success was only a first step and that "serious technical barriers and complex ethical issues" remain before the process could be used for human organs. The technique has previously been used to grow mice-derived pancreases in rats, but the new study is the first evidence that it could one day provide a solution to the massive shortage of donor kidneys for people with renal disease. The research, published Wednesday in the Nature Communications journal,...

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DILG issues show cause orders to 108 LGUs over solid waste

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:40
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued show cause orders to 108 local government units (LGUs) for their failure to submit a 10-year solid waste management plan as required by law.   DILG Secretary Eduardo Ao said the orders were issued as the government beefed up efforts to rehabilitate tourist spots in the country.   "We don't want another case of Manila Bay. These LGUs have, unfortunately, been accustomed to leniency. The Solid Waste Management Plan is a requirement of law, yet for many years they ignored it. Hence, we have no recourse but to issue show cause orders to them,"Ao said in a statement on Thurs...

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IN PHOTOS: PH Spratlys construction triggers China paramilitary response

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:35
  MANILA, Philippines --- China deployed a large paramilitary force late last year in an apparent response to the ongoing construction by the Philippines on Pagasa Island (Thitu) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), new satellite images have showed.   "A handful of Chinese vessels have operated in the area between Subi and Thitu since at least July 2018, likely in response to the initial Philippine effort to start runway repairs last May. But their numbers increased to at least 24 on December 3, just before the current construction operations began," the Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said in its latest update on Thur...

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LOOK: Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda turns 43

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:33
Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda marks his 43rd birthday today, Feb. 7, and celebrations are definitely in order. Miranda shared to his fans on social media that wife Neri Naig surprised him with a pre-birthday barbecue party yesterday, Feb. 6. "Neri surprised me with a pre-birthday barbecue party sa kanyang 'not so secret garden,'" wrote Miranda via Instagram on Feb. 6. "Nagulat ako, hindi lang dahil surprise party, kundi dahil sa kung gaano kaganda yung ginawa nya sa balak nyang buksan na cafe." https://www.instagram.com/p/BtipKXHBPDL/ Miranda, however, does not need a special occasion such as his birthday to realize his blessings from God. In his heartfelt post, he said...

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Tricycle driver dead, 2 passengers hurt in Quezon road mishap

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:16
  LUCENA CITY -- A tricycle driver died and his two passengers were injured in a road accident in General Luna town in Quezon province Wednesday night, police said. A report from the Quezon police said Wenifredo Medina, 63, was driving his tricycle with passengers Jay-R Rodelas and Willie Rejano, when their vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming truck in Barangay (village) San Isidro at 7:40 p.m. Medina suffered fatal injuries and died on the spot. His two passengers, who were also seriously injured, were taken to the town's rural health unit for emergency treatment and later transferred to Gumaca District Hospital. The truck driver, Benito Bautista, was detained at t...

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DOT eyes 8.2M foreign tourist arrivals in 2019

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:08
  MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is aiming for 8.2 million foreign tourist arrivals for the country in 2019, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Thursday.   Puyat said that the tourism agency is "very confident" that they will reach this year's target, which was a 15 percent increase from the tourist arrivals recorded in 2018 which was 7.1 million.   "We're actually confident that we're going to reach it because every year there's a 15-percent increase," Puyat said in an interview over ABS CBN News Channel.   The Tourism chief also noted that even with the six-month closure of Boracay due to rehabilitation effort...

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Magnitude 4.3 quake hits Surigao del Norte

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:06
MANILA, Philippines -- Surigao del Norte was hit by a 4.3-magnitude earthquake on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.   Phivolcs said in its earthquake bulletin that the quake hit 48 kilometers southeast of General Luna, Surigao del Norte, at 8:38 a.m.   It had a depth of 12 km and was tectonic in origin.   No aftershocks or damage could be expected from the temblor, Phivolcs said. /cbb...

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‘Notorious’ robbery suspects arrested in Manila

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:59
MANILA, Philippines --- Two men notorious for robbery in different establishments in San Juan, Pasig, and nearby cities were arrested by the police on Wednesday.   Police said Ronel Guevarra, 25, and Gervy Magno, 37, were eyed in a series of robbery hold-up incidents in laundry shops, gas stations, spa, and restaurants.   Police said the two were arrested in Manila by joint elements of the San Juan City Police Station Investigation and Detection and Management Branch and the Cubao Police Station.   A report from the Eastern Police District on Thursday said the suspects yielded a caliber .38 revolver they allegedly stole from a security guard in a comm...

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Aubrey Miles turns down social invitations, says scared to go out with baby Rocket

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:42
Aubrey Miles has apologized to her friends and coworkers whose invites she had to pass up on. She has baby Rocket to care for, after all, and these days she's just taking it all in: the late nights, diaper changing, tummy time and everything else in between. Miles took to social media recently to share to her fans and friends what she has been up to lately after she and Troy Montero welcomed Rocket last December. "To all my friends and co workers that I said NO to dinner, drinks even work. I apologize, this is what I've been doing," she wrote via Instagram on Feb. 6. "Busy nursing and taking care of the family." https://www.instagram.com/p/BtiTeTHnbCI/ Miles, whose last pregnancy w...

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Seeking redemption? Enrile says, ‘Judge me’

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:20
MANILA. Philippines --- "Judge me."   Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile had that to say to people who think that he was running again for the Senate just to redeem himself.   Enrile, along with former Senators Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., was charged and detained over the so-called "pork barrel" scam. All three are seeking a comeback in the Senate in the May 2019 elections.   "What do I have to redeem? My case is there. It will be decided according to evidence. Let the people decide. Judge me," Enrile told reporters over dinner on Wednesday.   "I've been a part of this country for some time. I've done quite a number o...

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EcoWaste warns of poison in plastic election tarpaulins

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:07
MANILA, Philippines --- Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition warned candidates in the coming elections against using of potentially harmful plastic tarpaulins ahead of the official campaign period on Feb. 12.   "The mass production of tarpaulin banners and posters for the midterm election campaign will surely add to the plastic pollution that our country is wrestling with," EcoWaste Coalition's Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon said in a statement.   "It's not a simple solid waste issue as these popular campaign materials are laden with toxic chemicals such as cadmium that may negatively impact on our people's health and the environment,"he added. &...

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