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Regulatory board may impose SLEx toll discount

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 13 min ago
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) will start determining the toll discount for motorists caught in heavy traffic congestion on the northbound portion of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) as a result of the construction of an extension of the Skyway in Muntinlupa City, a board official said on Sunday. With the daily gridlock on SLEx, the toll road operator is shortchanging people taking public transportation and motorists using the SLEx and Skyway, said Raymundo Junia, private sector representative on the toll board. The TRB move came after San Miguel Corp. (SMC) Tollways, operator of SLEx and Skyway, did not show up at a meeting with the regulator on Oct. 19. Junia said the failur...

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Nene Pimentel: Adventure, drama in storied political career

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 14 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- "An old man on the way out" was how Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. described himself in an interview on the homestretch of his third and last Senate term that ended in 2010. Years later, the stalwart of PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) was still acknowledged as a keen political observer, even expressing reservations about the version of federalism---his lifelong vision for the country---being pushed by President Duterte. Pimentel also remained a dear adviser to friends and family in his twilight years, especially to son Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III who followed in his footsteps and became Senate President in 2016. ...

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US-PH ties still very strong, says exec

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 15 min ago
PALO, Leyte, Philippines --- The relationship between the United States and the Philippines remains "very strong," John Law, the US deputy chief of mission, said on Sunday. Law attended the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing, which led to the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation during World War II. In a speech, Law said that 75 years ago, the alliance between the United States and the Philippines was "tested in war, forged in fire, and tempered with blood." "[And] that alliance endures and thrives today," he said. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., reading a speech for President Duterte, said what happened 75 year...

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Leyteños honor ‘Captain Yamasoy’

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 16 min ago
DULAG, Leyte, Philippines --- Though this quiet town is one of the places liberated from the Japanese by American forces in Leyte 75 years ago, its people have an ongoing love affair with an official of the Japanese Imperial Army. They even built a shrine on the spot where Capt. Isao Yamazoe was killed by Filipino guerrillas on April 22, 1943. Dulag Mayor Mildred Joy Que said the townspeople loved Yamazoe because the Japanese official treated them fairly. "When the Japanese [commanders] told them to go rob the locals, he did not," Que said. 'Captain Yamasoy' Yamazoe, fondly called "Captain Yamasoy" by residents of the town, is remembered as someone who was gentle, comp...

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Beleaguered beauty joins Miss Grand International

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 17 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Lo and behold, Samantha is in Venezuela. Before she left for her international pageant assignment, Samantha Ashley Lo, 2019 Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International, said, "some days are not gonna be your winning day and that's OK, we're all human. We're allowed to have that day." The message may seem ominous now, considering what the beauty queen had gone through, being the subject of talk about a fake passport and being deported back to the Philippines. More than a week after she left the country on Oct. 9, nothing had been heard of Lo. She had not been seen in photos posted on the Miss Grand International pageant's official Facebook page, raising c...

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Palace: Ex-PNP chief’s fate up to prosecutors

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 34 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang will not yet pass judgment on former top cop Oscar Albayalde and will leave it to prosecutors to assess if he should be charged for the drug recycling case of his former subordinates. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said prosecutors would be the ones to determine if there is probable cause to also indict the resigned Philippine National Police chief in the case. "Whatever the findings, the recommendation is up to them [the Senate]. But whether or not the cases will be filed and the nature of the case filed against them, will be the discretion of the prosecutors who will assess the evidence," Panelo said in an interview over dzIQ. He po...

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Kids learn to protect country’s flora, fauna

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 36 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- About 50 children from different schools and foundations learned on Saturday the practice of appreciating and protecting the country's flora and fauna through tales on environment conservation during a special Inquirer Read-Along session featuring Miss Earth Water Valeria Ayos from Colombia and returning storyteller and Inquirer Read-Along partner Ann Abacan. Ayos read "Waling-waling" by Lolo Bentot and Mang Teban, a story about finding a rare orchid, the "waling-waling," which is only found in the forests of Mindanao. She said awareness should be raised in protecting the environment. "I think society and the environment are suffering because we are igno...

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Pinoys opt to remain in HK despite protests

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 36 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong have not asked to return home despite the monthslong mass protests that have turned violent. abor Secretary Silvestre Bello III pointed this out as he denied false news in social media that the government has supposedly banned the deployment of workers and ordered a mandatory repatriation from China's special administrative region. "There is yet no order for mandatory repatriation or deployment ban for Filipino workers in Hong Kong. I urge the public to ignore this fake news on the internet," Bello stressed. Despite the escalating protests, no overseas Filipino worker in Hong Kong has asked to be repatriated, according t...

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Palace backs Dole against 2-year probation period

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Sunday sided with the Department of Labor and Employment's rejection of a measure seeking to extend the probationary employment period from six months to two years. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte might also veto the proposal if the House of Representatives passed it into law. "You don't need an assurance. If that is the policy of the President, then you don't even need an assurance from him. It means he will veto whatever law that goes against his pronounced policy," Panelo said. House Bill No. 4802, filed by Probinsyano Ako party list Rep. Jose Singson Jr., seeks to extend probationary employment to ...

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Iranian beauty queen seeks asylum in PH

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 48 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- An Iranian beauty queen who was held upon her arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport has applied for asylum to prevent her forcible return to her home country. The Department of Justice said Bahareh Zare Bahari, who represented Iran in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant held in Manila, was prevented from entering the country because of an Interpol "red notice." Bahari's name showed up in the Interpol alert for internationally wanted fugitives due to an assault case filed against her in Iran by a fellow Iranian. The assault allegedly took place in the Philippines. Justice Undersecretary Mark Perete said the beauty queen would remain in the custo...

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Job losses feared in quake-hit Digos

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 50 min ago
DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines --- About 2,000 workers may lose their jobs if the nine establishments earlier ordered closed by the city government due to safety concerns after a strong earthquake hit parts of Mindanao last week will not resume operations soon. Mayor Josef Cagas earlier ordered the closure of these establishments, most of them shopping malls and department stores, because of structural defects found after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted the provinces of Cotabato and Davao del Sur and other cities and urban areas in Mindanao on the night of Oct. 17. Malls and department stores have been mushrooming all over the city in recent years that residents were ...

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PMA eyes ‘more humane’ practices to stop hazing

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 51 min ago
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) intends to replace the "cadet culture" that considers hazing as part of its tradition, with "more humane" practices, Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., the academy's new commandant of cadets, said last week. While acknowledging that hazing or maltreatment in the military school continues, Rear Adm. Allan Cusi, PMA superintendent, has ordered a review of "cadet norms," said Brawner, a member of the PMA "Makatao" Class of 1989. "To solve the problem [of hazing] we need to recognize there is a problem ... There is a culture. What we will try to do now is eliminate bad practices and replace them with better [traditions],...

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Sorsogon folk mark 450th year of first Mass on Luzon mainland

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 52 min ago
MAGALLANES, Sorsogon, Philippines --- Teresita Dogaojo, 66, sitting under a tent outside the rebuilt Gibalon Shrine at Sitio Gibalon in Barangay Siuton here, was intently listening to Papal Nuncio Gabriele Caccia's homily on Saturday as townsfolk commemorated the 450th anniversary of the first Mass held on mainland Luzon. From time to time, she would write on her notepad. "I wrote down what the Papal Nuncio said because his words were true, like there were so many things that kept us busy, but we were not truly happy," Dogaojo said. Welcoming It was the third time that Dogaojo, a catechist from Bacon district in Sorsogon City, attended the celebration in Magallanes, where...

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JP Pining’s ‘Zoo’ lends wonder to global issue of animal welfare

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 1 min ago
According to archaeologists, the world's first zoological park was established 5,000 years ago in Predynastic Egypt. A political and economic capital even long before the unified rule of pharaohs, it isn't the least bit surprising that Hierakonpolis brimmed with signifiers of its affluent residents' wealth and stature, like a menagerie of exotic animals, the wilder the better. National Geographic published in 2015 a retelling of these events in "In Ancient Egypt, Life Wasn't Easy for Elite Pets." A snippet of environment journalist Traci Watson's reportage reads, "Baboon skeletons found at one tomb bear dozens of broken hand and foot bones, hinting at punishing beatings." Ladies a...

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Back on track

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Coach Leo Austria heaved a big sigh of relief after San Miguel Beer's 113-107 escape from Columbian Sunday night in the PBA Governors' Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. It was understandable, for his Beermen---despite their powerhouse roster---have gone down against this much-maligned enemy the last two times they played in an elimination round game. "We know that Columbian has been comfortable against us," Austria said of the Dyip, who dragged them to a nip-and-tuck game all night. "We knew from the start this would be tough." The Beermen thus bounced back from a loss to sister squad Barangay Ginebra and claimed a piece of second spot with idle NLEX at 5-1. ...

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2 cops caught smuggling contraband into Bilibid

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 3 min ago
MANILA, Philippine --- The Philippine National Police said on Sunday that it would keep a close eye on the policemen assigned at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) after two of them were reportedly caught trying to sneak liquor and tobacco into the national penitentiary. In a radio interview, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, the PNP spokesperson, said that two members of the National Capital Region Police Office's Special Weapons and Tactics (NCRPO-SWAT) unit were under investigation. "The public can trust that we will not tolerate this illegal activity," he stressed. "This is saddening but we will not stop. This is a continuing challenge for us to reform the organization. Our reforms wi...

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At Manila Symphony Orchestra concert, prodigies shine

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Nineteen-year-old conducting prodigy Tarmo Peltokoski led the Manila Symphony Orchestra in an evening of Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" at the Arete Ateneo de Manila campus. Fifteen-year-old Jeanne Rafaella Marquez was soloist in the Sibelius concerto. Peltokoski's gift as chamber musician was in full view when he accompanied Marquez on Sibelius' "D Minor Violin Concerto." The Sibelius concerto is considered the Holy Grail of all violin concertos; it is often categorized as a diploma-level piece in higher music education. Peltokoski and the MSO breezed through it with aplomb. Marquez's tone was solid and refined and she had rapport with the orchestra. Meanwhile the young condu...

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Cool Smashers move within a win of sweep

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Creamline overhauled a huge deficit in the second set and went on to crush BanKo-Perlas, 25-22, 27-25, 25-14, Sunday to move a win away of a rare elimination round sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Perlas Spikers looked headed to squaring the match with a 16-9 lead in the second set, only to crumble in the face of a relentless effort by Creamline. Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao, Pau Soriano, Rose Vargas and Kyle Negrito took care of business and steered the Cool Smashers to a big comeback before totally outclassing the Perlas Spikers in the third. Starting out strong in the third, the Cool Smashers raced to a 4-1 lea...

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‘Home alone’ kids killed, hurt in fire

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Three children died while a brother, along with a neighbor, were under treatment in the hospital after a fire gutted their house in Caloocan City before Sunday dawn, the police said. The fire started at the house of Maymay Mano at Tupda Village in Barangay 8 at 3:03 a.m. and was put out at 4:39 a.m. The cause was still under investigation. The police identified the fatalities as Kian Nardeja, 10, and his siblings, Jilian, 8 and Marian, 7. Marian was reportedly trapped in one of the four rooms and died before she could be rescued. Jilian died on the way to the Caloocan City Medical Center while Kian passed away as he was undergoing treatment. Another br...

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PPO begins season with guest pianist Noriko Ogawa hitting the right notes

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 4 min ago
In its opening concert for the new season at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra ( PPO) displayed luxuriant colors from three different stylistic idioms---the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. Highlight was Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto in C Major," featuring Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa, a prizewinner in the Leeds International Piano Competition. Eagerly awaited, her engagement marked a triumphant Manila debut that electrified the audience. Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto 3" was Ogawa's pice de rsistance, scored in the white keys or C major. Scored in three movements, it was devoid of romantic trappings, but filled with sensitiv...

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