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NDFP: Cruelty of attacks on rights workers most felt in Bicol

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:44
LEGAZPI CITY---The communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Monday (June 17) condemned what it said was escalation of attacks on Bicolano human rights defenders and activists following the killing of Neptali Morada, former Bayan Muna regional head and Bayan campaigner. Maria Roja Banua, spokesperson for NDFP in Bicol, said the killing of Morada was a message from the Duterte administration meant for "those with the bravery to fight for the rights of citizens." "Bicolanos are now facing the harshest lash of this murderous and fascist government," Banua said in a statement. It said Morada's killing was the latest in a spate of murders targeting human ri...

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Isko bares fangs at drivers: No cutting trip, or else…

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:42
MANILA, Philippines---Incoming Mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno Domagoso gave a preview of his iron fist policy against erring drivers of public utility vehicles, warning them they risked losing their franchises to operate if they did not stop cutting trips. Domagoso issued the warning some two weeks before he takes over the mayoral seat which he won by a landslide over pardoned plunder convict Joseph Estrada, who tried but failed to get another term as Manila mayor. Domagoso said he would personally file cases at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board against drivers who cut trips. "If they want to continue working, they should not cheat on our people in Manila,"...

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Iran says it will ramp up low-grade uranium enrichment, exceed stockpile limit in 10 days

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:41
Iran will surpass the limit of low enriched uranium it is allowed to stockpile under the nuclear deal in 10 days, a spokesman for the Iranian atomic agency spokesman announced Monday, in the latest blow to the pact agreed with the United States and other world powers in 2015.
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Fear and stigma mark life for gays in conservative Malawi

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:35
Fearing persecution after being outed as gay, Aniz Mitha fled Malawi. Leaving behind his well-off Muslim family and four-year-old son, he headed for South Africa, where he became a sex worker to survive. "The laws that we have in Malawi are incriminating. I wanted to get away from here. I had to take my chances," the 29-year-old told AFP. For two years Mitha labored as a male sex worker in the tough streets of downtown Johannesburg, eventually returning home. Mitha's case highlights the problems in Malawi, a holdout in southern Africa, where legal liberalization for gays is otherwise gaining speed. Botswana this week joined Angola, Mozambique, Seychelles and South Afri...

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Teen ‘felt God’ save him from 50-foot-drop off cliff

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:33
A 17-year-old boy credited God for saving his life after he slipped from a rock and tumbled 50 feet down off a cliff. The incident happened when Ben Foster was hiking on the Frenchman's Bluff Trail with friends last Sunday, June 9, as per CSB-affiliate KMOV on June 10. A tree branch saved him from falling any further. "I just flung my left arm out and grabbed onto it somehow, and just held on," Foster was quoted as saying. "I felt God grab on to me and pull on me tight." Firefighters from the Lincoln County Fire and Winfield-Foley Fire were able to rescue the boy after setting up a series of ropes that allowed them to reach him. He was then placed on a rescue boat and tak...

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BOC launches 6 IT systems to cut red tape, eliminate corruption

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:30
MANILA, Philippines --- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday launched six modern information systems aimed at making transactions with the country's second biggest revenue agency simpler and seamless in order to reduce red tape and ultimately eliminate corruption. According to BOC, these computer systems form part of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero's 10-point priority program for 2019, which included enhancement of the agency's information technology (IT) system and cargo clearance processes. Among the new IT systems unveiled was the BOC Customer Care Portal, an issue ticketing system that will "provide answers to inquiries and concerns submitted by stakeholders....

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Farewell for Baguio mayor turns into skit on his political life

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:28
BAGUIO CITY---A farewell ceremony for outgoing Mayor Mauricio Domogan turned the spotlight on his political career played out on stage by city government employees who became instant actors in a skit on Monday (June 17). Officials, employees, policemen and scouts bid farewell to Domogan at the flag-raising ahead of the formal turnover of power in the city on June 28. Domogan served as mayor from 1992-2001 and 2010-2019 and representative from 2001-2010. His streak came to an end when he lost to incumbent Baguio Rep. Marquez Go in the race for the city's congressional seat. Domogan is a member of the indigenous Bago community who often wore his tribe's colors during official func...

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Piñol says photo of submerged Filipino vessel real

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:27
MANILA, Philippines --- Agriculture secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piol clarified that the photo of the submerged Filipino fishing boat involved in the incident with a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea was real. Piol made the statement amid claims of "conspiracy theorists" that the incident was staged and that the photos of the submerged vessel and the photo of the boat pulled from the sea after the incident did not match. "I am making this statement in response to posts made by 'conspiracy theorists' who claim that the Recto Bank incident where a Chinese vessel rammed the Filipino fishing boat was stage-managed to fan a conflict between the Philippines and China," Piol said in...

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Remittances from expat Filipinos maintain slow but steady growth in April

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:23
MANILA, Philippines - Dollars sent home by expatriate Filipinos rose in April thanks to strong remittances from overseas workers with long term employment contracts, maintaining the slow but steady growth path that began last year, the latest central bank showed. In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said personal remittances from Filipinos working or based abroad increased by 3.7 percent year-on-year to $2.7 billion in April 2019 from $2.6 billion in April 2018. This brought the total remittances for the first quarter of 2019 to $10.8 billion, higher by 3.7 percent compared to the $10.4 billion posted in the same period last year, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said. "T...

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Police officer who saved man from jumping off bridge lauded

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:22
A police officer of the Chandler Police Department in Arizona, United States talked a man down from jumping off a bridge by offering him a hug. While the incident happened last March, the police officer's act of compassion has just recently been lauded by his department. Officer Aaron Little was recognized by the police department in a statement last June 12 for convincing an unidentified 26-year-old man from climbing off the railing of a pedestrian bridge that spans the Price Freeway. Their interaction was captured on video by Little's body camera which was then shared by the department on their website and Facebook account. The incident occurred last March 28 and showed the man hol...

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Sandiganbayan suspends Mindoro town mayor who aided crew of sunken fishing boat

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines -- Mayor Romulo Festin of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro --- recently known for helping Filipino fishermen whose boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel --- has been suspended for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan for graft cases. In the resolution released by last May 22, the Third Division clarified that Festin's suspension was not a form of punishment, but rather a measure to ensure that the public official involved would not be given a chance to stall or frustrate investigations against him. The anti-graft court also cited a Supreme Court ruling which said that suspending officials involved in graft cases are mandatory, in accordance with Section 13 of Republic Act...

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Filipinos fall in ONE: Legendary Quest

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:15
MANILA, Philippines---It was a forgettable campaign for Filipino fighters in ONE: Legendary Quest on Saturday in Shanghai, China. Eric Kelly, Trestle Tan and Angelie Sabanal all fell short in their respective bouts as the Philippines went 0-3 in the card. Kelly continued his downward spiral after bowing to hometown hero Niu Kang Kang by unanimous decision. A determined Kelly, who came into the bout having lost six in a row, showed up but his aggressive start still wasn't enough as Niu kept the Filipino warrior neutralized on the ground for the better part of their fight. Tan, meanwhile, was overwhelmed by South Korea's Yoon Chang Min, who improved to 2-0. Yoon made quick work of T...

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Comelec denies poll fraud in Maguindanao

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:14
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday denied there was poll fraud in Maguindanao after a ballot box was found submerged in a swampy area behind a municipal office in Datu Salibo town in that province. According to Sam Zailon Esmael, a mayoral candidate who lost his bid to be mayor of Datu Salibo, the ballot box was found near the municipality office of his town. He said the box still contained ballots used in the recently concluded elections. "Narito rin po ang mga boto ng mga tao kung saan nilubog o pinalubog ng Comelec para maisagawa niya ang pandadayang kanilang ginawa para maipanalo niya ang winning candidate na si Solaiman Sandigan for mayor,"...

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The royals at Ascot

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:13
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100% spike in cases prompts DOH call for LGUs to step up fight vs dengue

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:10
TACLOBAN CITY---The number of dengue fever cases in Eastern Visayas has doubled this year, prompting the regional Department of Health (DOH) office to renew a call to local government units to raise the level of their fight against the deadly mosquito-borne disease. As of June 15, the number of dengue cases across the region has already reached 4,437 with 17 deaths, according to Boyd Cerro, regional DOH epidemiologist. The figure was double that of the same period last year, Cerro said. (Editor: Tony Bergonia)...

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T-bill rates decline further

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:09
MANILA, Philippines --- With another round of reduction in banks' reserve requirement next week to release more liquidity into the system, T-bill yields again declined across the board Monday with the Bureau of the Treasury selling all P15 billion in IOUs it offered. The Treasury awarded P4 billion in the benchmark 91-day debt paper at 4.453 percent, down 10.2 basis points (bps) from 4.555 percent last week. It also sold P5 billion in 182-day treasury bills at 4.856 percent, down 6.7 bps from 4.923 percent previously. The P6 billion in 364-day T-bills fetched a yield of 5.05 percent, down 1.9 bps from last week's 5.069 percent. In a statement, the Treasury said the average ra...

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Mindfulness profits as meditation apps mature

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:08
From the Zen capital of LA to the Champs Elysees comes the calming voice of a British Buddhist monk-turned entrepreneur, introducing American-style online mindfulness to the stressed-out French. "Relax your muscles, breathe," Andy Puddicombe, the bronzed co-founder of the app Headspace, intones by videoconference to a roomful of participants gathered on Paris's ultra-chic shopping artery. The Englishman and his French team are hoping to replicate the US success of Headspace with a French-language version, in a market where New Age philosophies from the "Anglo-Saxon" world are often viewed askance. Its path has been helped by the success of French mindfulness app PetitBambou,...

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Gatchalian: Kapa scam a toxic mix of misinformation and religion

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:02
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian described the investment scam allegedly perpetrated by Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. (Kapa) as a "toxic mix of misinformation and religion." Kapa, a Surigao del Sur-based religious corporation, was allegedly soliciting investments from the public by encouraging them to "donate" any amount in exchange for a 30 percent monthly return. READ: Kapa is poor's ticket to good life--members Gatchalian said such an offer is "too good to be true" as no investment would offer such a high return. "Sa mga ganitong offer, pag sinabi nilang (In offers like this, when they say) it's too good to be true, it's definitely not true,"...

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