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Body of missing student found floating in waters off Leyte village

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:40
ORMOC CITY, Leyte---The body of a 17-year-old senior high school student was found on Thursday, a day after he was reported missing while swimming in the waters off Barangay Bislig, Tanauan town, Leyteon Wednesday morning.   Fishermen found Francisco Logarto, floating in the waters off Bislig on Thursday, said Chen Anthony Salva, a member of the Tanauan rescue group.   He was pulled out of the water and brought to the Leyte Provincial Hospital in Palo, Leyte, said Salva.   Logarto was a senior high student at the Tanauan School of Arts and Trade and a resident of Zone 5, Barangay Cabuynan, Tanauan.   Senior Insp. Delfin Dingky Boy Bardillon...

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Murder raps filed vs Daraga mayor over Batocabe slay

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:39
  MANILA, Philippines --- Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay is facing murder charges for allegedly ordering the killing of Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe.   Cases of Double Murder and Multiple Frustrated Homicide were filed in Albay against Baldo and six others, said the Philippine National Police.   Batocabe and his police aide were gunned down outside a covered court in Barangay Burgos last December 22, after attending a charity event. Both were rushed to the hospital but were eventually declared dead.   The slain lawmaker was on his last term as Ako Bicol Representative, and was poised to run for Daraga's mayoralty in the May 2019...

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Russian apartment collapse death toll rises to 37

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:31
  MOSCOW --- The death toll from the collapse of a Russian apartment building has risen to 37 after more bodies were discovered by crews searching the huge pile of concrete rubble.   State news agency Tass cited an emergencies ministry official on Thursday as saying four people who lived in the collapsed section of the building in Magnitogorsk remain unaccounted for.   The collapse on Monday followed an explosion that officials said likely was caused by a gas leak.   An 11-month-old boy was extracted from the wreckage alive on Tuesday and was flown to Moscow for treatment of injuries including frostbite. Nighttime temperatures in the city 1,40...

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Palace downplays CPP’s threat to prioritize ouster of Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:31
      MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Thursday downplayed the threat ofCommunist Party of the Philippines (CPP) exiled founding chair Jose Maria Sison that the ouster of President Duterte will remain the communists rebels' priority this 2019. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reiterated that Sison's five-decades long insurgency efforts is a "failed rebellion." READ: Palace, group blast CPP-NPA's 50 years of 'failed rebellion' "He has been saying that and as I've said much earlier and even recently, his is a failed rebellion. It's about time that he realizes that fact, that 50 years of rebellion has not bore any fruits in so far as the int...

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Soldier charged with murder after wife’s body found in trash

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:25
    INDIANAPOLIS --- Authorities said a 21-year-old soldier who flew from Colorado to Indiana and allegedly killed his wife, then fled to Thailand, is now wanted for military desertion.   Prosecutors in Indiana filed murder charges Wednesday against Peter Van Bawi Lian for the death of Khuang Par, whose body was found in an Indianapolis trash bin on December 23.   Indianapolis police said Lian is on active duty with the U.S. Army. Police said he flew on December 22 from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Indianapolis, where Par had moved to be with family after Lian was arrested in November on charges of assaulting her.   Fl...

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Devotees with health conditions told: Skipping Traslacion won’t lessen faith

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Devotees of the Black Nazarene with health conditions should not worry if they skip the upcoming Traslacion as it does not make a person less faithful, a priest from the Quiapo Church said on Thursday.   "We encourage do'n sa mga deboto na merong health conditions, like hypertension or sakit sa puso, na they don't need to participate in the procession," Fr. Douglas Badong of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene said in a media briefing in Quiapo, Manila.   "Meron naman kaming mga prayers stations na itinalaga kung saan pwedeng maghintay, pwedeng magparticipate na hindi nasa-sacrifice or naapektuhan 'yong kanilang pagiging devotees," he ad...

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Career service exam set for March 17

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:13
MANILA, Philippines --- Examinees who missed the Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) in August2018 due to bad weather may take the exam in March this year, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said on Thursday.   The CSC said that examinees from Regions I, III, IV (except Morong, Rizal,) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who were not able to take the exam on August 12, 2018, will be allowed to take the March 17, 2019, CSE-PPT free of charge, upon request.   It said that its consideration for the examinees were in light of the torrential rain brought by the southwest monsoon, or "Habagat," on August 12, and might have caused non-attend...

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Indonesian volcano lost two-thirds of its height

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:03
New satellite images show the extent of the changes caused by the collapse of the Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami in late December last year.
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Palace confident Diokno can answer corruption charges in 2019 budget

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:42
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacaang is confident Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno would be able to answer allegations of corruption against him related to the 2019 national budget.   The Inquirer had reported that a construction company of Diokno's in-laws bagged P551 million government projects in 2018 alone.   This, aside from the previous statements of House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. (Camarines Sur Rep.), who accused Diokno of arbitrarily "inserting" P75 billion in the proposed 2019 budget of Department of Public Works and Highways.   Andaya has called for a congressional investigation into the alleged irregularity. The House of Representativ...

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LOOK: Sunshine Cruz, Macky Mathay reaffirm love for each other this New Year

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:36
Actress Sunshine Cruz and her boyfriend businessman Macky Mathay started 2019 on a high note by exchanging words of love for each other. Cruz expressed her gratefulness and appreciation for her beau via Instagram on New Year's Day. Sharing with her fans adorable photos of them sitting on the stairs while wearing matching sneakers, Cruz did not hold back in saying what she feels. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsFwhCAFDBQ/ "To you who I share the same passion for sneakers, food, fitness, music, movies and love for family, thank you for being there for me and my princesses," she said. "Know that we truly appreciate you." "You are a wonderful person and I often wonder what I have d...

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Traslacion 2019 theme: Mission and responsibility of devotees

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:32
    MANILA, Philippines -- The theme of this year's Traslacion focuses on the mission and service of devotees, a church official said Thursday.   Rev. Fr. Douglas Badong said the theme will try to enlighten devotees on their mission and on their responsibility as followers of Jesus Christ.   "Sa taong 2019, ang focus po ng tema ay nakatuon sa mga deboto," Badong said in a press briefing.   "Susubukan natin sa mga pagninilay, mga katekismo, at maging mismong Misa sa araw ng vigil, na maipaliwang at maipaunawa sa mga deboto kung bakit sila deboto, kung bakit sila naririto, at bakit patuloy pa rin silang nananampalataya," he added.   ...

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Ex-Zamboanga Sibugay mayor convicted for graft

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:23
      MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan has sentenced the former municipal mayor of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay to imprisonment for six years to one month up to eight years after she gave four times bigger financial calamity aid to two of her relatives--husband and sister--back in 2007. The Sixth Division said that Mayor Gemma Adana violated Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act when she handed out P45,000 to husband Edgar Adana and P40,000 to sister Emma Aranas for the repair of fish dryers, while other people affected by Typhoon Bebing were given a maximum aid of P10,000. While the prosecution failed to prove that th...

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Man demanding straw attacks fast food employee, gets arrested

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:21
One man from St. Petersburg, Florida in the United States was recently captured assaulting a McDonald's employee. The reason behind his outburst? A straw. The video was recorded by Kinie Biandudi, a witness of the incident, and was shared all over social media by her brother TJ on Dec. 31. In the video, the man, identified by reports as Daniel Taylor, can be seen putting his hands on the employee, Yasmine James, who was standing behind the counter. "My mom and sis Kinie Biandudi recorded this today... All started because he wanted a straw," he wrote on Facebook. In the video, Taylor forcefully grabs James by her shirt's collar and pulls her towards him on the counter. James ...

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Cebu’s feast of Sto. Niño starts Jan. 10

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:19
CEBU CITY -- All is set for the feast of the Seor Sto. Nio de Cebu. "We are now very prepared for the Fiesta Seor," said Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes, OSA, spokesperson of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nio. The Fiesta Seor 2019 will officially start at 4 a.m. on January 10, with the annual "Walk with Jesus," a penitential 2-km foot procession from Fuente Osmea to the Basilica. This year's fiesta Hermano and Hermana Mayores, lawyer Paul Yabao, and wife Dioscora will be installed during the liturgical celebration. This year's celebration carries the theme "Sto. Nio: Guide of God's Children to Humility and Service," which is patterned after the pastoral thrust of the Catholic Bishops' C...

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Ancient tsunami almost wiped out civilization in southern China, study finds

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:19
A tsunami which struck southern China around a thousand years ago nearly wiped out civilization in what is now one of the most densely populated regions of the planet, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.
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Duterte to visit ‘Usman’-hit areas Friday

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:13
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte will visit on Friday the areas in Camarines Sur hit by Tropical Depression "Usman," which ripped through Bicol and Eastern Visayas shortly after Christmas.   "We're scheduled to visit tomorrow, sa Bicol area, Camarines Sur," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Thursday.   "We will check on the stricken areas para malaman natin kung ano pang kailangan nating gawin," he added.   Bicol region was the hardest hit with 105 killed due to intense rains and landslides. Damage to agriculture in in the region, which produces rice and corn, was estimated at P342 million.   ...

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Filipino wins UAE’s largest singing reality show ‘The One’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:12
  MANILA, Philippines --- Jovan Aquino brought pride to the Philippines when he won the first season of United Arab Emirates' (UAE) largest singing reality show "The One."   "I'm still speechless and I still couldn't believe it. What a way to close 2018's door and what a great start for me this 2019!" Aquino wrote in an Instagram post on New Year's Day.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BsFwnIllrR3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link   "5 minutes before the countdown begins, I was announced the grand winner of UAE's largest singing reality show, The ONE UAE Season 1!" he added.   Aquino further said, "It was a month-long competition which I just e...

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Andaya: Contractors are being used as fronts for Aremar

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:07
    NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, Philippines --- Some contractors are only being used as fronts to win infrastructure projects before funds are funneled into the company owned by the in-laws of Budget Chief Benjamin Diokno, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. alleged on Thursday. During a public hearing here, Andaya said several contractors intimated to him the scheme being done so Aremar Construction Corp. could bag millions of projects from the Department of Public Works and Highways. One bidder--usually a "triple A" contractor--only needs to win a certain project, the Camarines Sur 2nd District congressman said. The winning bidder would receive a commission...

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Andaya bares infra projects scam involving huge budget allocation

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:07
    NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, Philippines --- Some contractors are only being used as fronts to win infrastructure projects before funds are funneled into the company owned by the in-laws of Budget Chief Benjamin Diokno, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. alleged on Thursday. During a public hearing here, Andaya said several contractors intimated to him the scheme being done so Aremar Construction Corp. could bag millions of projects from the Department of Public Works and Highways. One bidder--usually a "triple A" contractor--only needs to win a certain project, the Camarines Sur 2nd District congressman said. The winning bidder would receive a commission...

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Man attacks McDonald's employee over a straw

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:02
A new plastic straw law had unexpected consequences when a man lashed out at a worker at a fast food chain.
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