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Storm-hit Bicol farmers get P36M in rice, corn, vegetable seeds

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:44
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- About P36 million worth of hybrid palay, corn and assorted vegetable seeds were distributed on Monday to thousands of farmers whose crops were destroyed by floods and landslides spawned by Tropical Depression "Usman," the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol said. Emily Bordado, DA Bicol spokesperson, said 14,150 bags of certified hybrid palay seeds, 1,560 bags of hybrid corn seeds and 1,750 kilos of assorted vegetable seeds were sent to towns hardest hit by floods and landslides in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate. The total damage to agriculture or cropsin Bicol was placed at P1.1 billion, Bordado sai...

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Bahrain soccer player detained in Thailand to spend another two months in jail

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:43
Hakeem Al-Araibi, the refugee soccer player who is fighting extradition from Thailand, will remain in jail for a further 60-days as he prepares a defense against Bahrain's extradition request.
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‘LGU participation in budgeting would eliminate pork barrel’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:34
  MANILA, Philippines --- The practice of inserting 'pork barrel' funds in the country's national budget would be eliminated if the participation of local government units (LGUs) and if a Master Development Plan is adopted, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said on Monday. Alejano said the Master Development Plan should be done in the local government unit (LGU) level, which leaves no chance to place lump sum funds as projects are already decided and agreed upon by the lawmaker and LGU officials. "Dapat nating paigtingin ang pagpaplano ng mga proyekto ng gobyerno sa lokal na lebel pa lamang," Alejano said in a statement. (We should push for the planning of government ...

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Unserved and underserved areas eyed for solar franchise

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:12
MANILA -- After months of discussion over a bill granting Solar Para Sa Bayan (SPSB) a franchise to operate minigrids nationwide, lawmakers appear inclined to craft a compromise version limiting its scope to unserved and underserved areas. In three Senate hearings conducted for electric utilities to air their concerns, the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (Philreca) voiced concerns that SPSB's proposed franchise "might encroach into existing franchises of utilities." But for consumers from provinces where SPSB is already operating like Aurora, Cagayan, Davao Oriental, Masbate, Misamis Occidental, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan, it is clear that SPSB should be all...

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Duterte signs law dividing Southern Leyte into 2 legislative districts

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:04
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law reapportioning the province of Southern Leyte into two legislative districts ahead of the May elections.   Duterte signed Republic Act 11198 last Feb. 1. A copy of which was made available to the media on Monday.   According to the new law, the first legislative district will be composed of the capital city of Maasin and the municipalities of Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Limasawa, Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, and Bontoc.   The second legislative district, meanwhile, will be composed of the municipalities of Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, Anahawan, San Jua...

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Duterte, Kim Jong Un impersonators spark frenzy at Hong Kong church

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:04
  HONG KONG --- A Rodrigo Duterte impersonator sparked frenzy and confusion during Sunday mass when he walked into a Hong Kong church popular with the city's Filipino community. Accompanied by Howard X -- the Hong Kong-based impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- the Filipino actor arrived at St. Joseph's Church dressed in the Philippine president's signature relaxed white shirt. Hundreds of distracted worshippers erupted into cheers and took photos of the impersonator, who goes by the stage name Cresencio Extreme. They settled down for the hour-long service but many continued to grin and glance at him. "Is that Duterte?" whispered an incredulous-looki...

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New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:47
The dynasty lives on.
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How Nadine Lustre dealt with a litterbug

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:35
MANILA, Philippines --- People who dispose of their litter mindlessly are everywhere and actress Nadine Lustre has shared about how she dealt with one.   In an Instagram story on Sunday, Lustre recounted witnessing someone throwing paper and plastic wrappers outside their window as she was on a roll-on/roll-off ship (RORO).     "On a RORO atm [at the moment] and I caught someone throw paper and plastic out their van's window. I picked it up, knocked on the door, and asked the driver to properly throw it in a trash can," Lustre wrote.   She added, "I don't think I can forgive myself if I just stood still and let the trash go into the ocean....

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15-year-old stabs Grade 11 student in Malabon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:33
MANILA, Philippines --- A 15-year-old minor allegedly stabbed a Grade 11 student in Malabon City, shortly after the suspect allegedly lost their fistfight Sunday night.   The Malabon City Police reported Monday that alias "Tambol" and the 16-year-old victim had a fight at around 11 p.m but the suspect apparently lost in the duel.   Police said they both went home for a while but the suspect challenged the victim again for a second round at around 11:45 p.m., where the stabbing incident allegedly happened.   Tambol reportedly stabbed the victim twice in the back, which was witnessed by two friends of the victim present during the crime, according to police...

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Final children to leave Australia's detention centers on Nauru

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:24
The last of the asylum-seeker children detained by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru will be resettled in the United States, the government says.
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20,000 homes feared lost in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:19
Devastating flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people from their homes and brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way.
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Patriots defeat Rams in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:18
For those who may have dozed off ... the Patriots have won the Super Bowl. New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game. Tom Brady captured his record sixth NFL title by throwing for 262 yards, without a touchdown. The Patriots matched the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, with six. Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards; he was the day's only consistent offensive threat. Brady engineered the game's lone touchdown drive ---a five-play, 69-yard march punctuated by an over-the-shoulder, 29-yard throw into the hands of ti...

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Ecowaste warns of toxic chemicals in lucky charms

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Some lucky charms for the Chinese New Year may not exactly bring good fortune as they contain toxic chemicals like cadmium and lead, Ecowaste Coalition warned on Monday. "Some lucky charms and amulets that are supposed to attract energy, health, fortune and happiness are unluckily contaminated with cadmium and lead, two highly hazardous substances that belong to the WHO's list of 10 chemicals of major public health concern," said Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon in a statement. Ecowaste purchased 20 assorted lucky charms and amulets from retailers in Binondo and Quiapo and screened them for toxic metals using a handheld X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device....

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Duterte moves power over reclamation from NEDA to PRA

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:05
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has transferred the power to approve reclamation projects from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Monday. On Feb. 1, the President signed Executive Order No 74, which places the PRA under the Office of the President. The PRA was previously under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. /cbb ...

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California plane crash kills 2, injures 2

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:01
Two people were killed and two others injured when a small plane crashed into a home on Sunday outside of Los Angeles, authorities said.
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Experts see early benefits in PAL-ANA alliance

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:53
MANILA, Philippines -- The entry of Japanese industry giant All Nippon Airways (ANA) into Philippine Airlines (PAL) will provide a host of benefits for the flag carrier, including the immediate goal of helping reverse losses over the last two years as PAL's aggressive international strategy delivered mixed results. The alliance, involving ANA Holdings' acquisition of a 9.5 percent stake in operator PAL Holdings for $95 million, is also viewed by industry experts as an ideal fit that would strengthen ties between North Asia and Southeast Asia. "An Asian carrier partner is more compatible in cultural and organizational terms, which is important for a service business," Roberto Lim, f...

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Number coding suspended for Chinese New Year

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:46
MANILA, Philippines -- The number coding scheme will be suspended on Tuesday, Chinese New Year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Manila (MMDA) announced Monday. "Suspendido ang number coding scheme bukas, Feb 5, bilang pakikiisa sa selebrasyon ng Chinese New Year," it said. https://twitter.com/mmda/status/1092238340508643329?s=21 The traffic agency then urged the public to plan their trips ahead. /cbb...

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Lacson: No 2019 budget unless Senate, House agree on ‘pizza pie’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:19
MANILA, Philippines---The passage of the 2019 budget is dim before the adjournment of Congress this week unless legislators agree on their shares of the "pizza pie." "'Pag hindi nagkasundo sa hatian ng pizza pie, malabo," Senator Panfilo Lacson said in a text message on Monday. It was Lacson who started to question the alleged "pork" insertions in the budget, which remained pending in the bicameral conference committee. "Aside from the new issue raised by no less than the head of the House panel, the most contentious is how to deal with the P75 billion 'adjustment' inserted by DBM Sec. Diokno in the budget of DPWH," the senator said.   READ: Reenacted budget looms over ...

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Bomb scares in Makati turn out to be false alarm

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Bomb scares fueled by abandoned luggage and a text message in Makati City on Sunday turned out to be false alarm, according to the Makati Police Explosives and Ordinance Division (Makati EOD).   A report from the Makati EOD said a luggage was left unattended at 1:15 p.m. at the Magallanes Interchange in Barangay Bangkal.   An EOD team checked the luggage and discovered it was empty.   The same day, a text message warning of a bomb planted at the Bangkal Barangay Hall was supposedly sent to a Bantay Bayan and closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) operator at 5:09 p.m.   Makati EOD's report said the text message read...

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