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Shamcey Supsup to lead selection of PH bet to Miss U starting 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - 28 min 59 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Shamcey Supsup-Lee, who finished fourth in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, will head a new national pageant organization that will select the Philippines' representative to the Miss Universe pageant starting 2020. On her official Instagram account, the multi-hyphenate 33-year-old mother of two posted an image bearing the title "Miss Universe Philippines 2020" and said: "I am honored with my new role for the organization that brought meaning to my life as a beauty queen and as a woman. I am more than blessed to be the National Director of Miss Universe Philippines." She continued: "As I continue to grow, I understand that being an architect and an entrepr...

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SEA Games: Melvin Calano’s personal best nets PH javelin throw gold

Inquirer Breaking News - 37 min 13 sec ago
NEW CLARK CITY --- Twenty-eight-year-old Melvin Calano launched the javelin farthest than he ever did to win the gold in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday. A Palarong Pambansa standout from Paracale, Camarines Norte, Calano threw to a distance of 72.86 meters on his first and fourth tries to nail the championship in the biennial meet. Calano said the atmosphere boosted him into breaking his own personal best of 69.48m. Indonesia's Hafiz Abd was silver medalist with 71.00m, while Vietnam's Nguyen Hoai Van took the bronze with 70.88m....

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Besieged Iloilo power utility pays P135M in realty taxes, averts auction of assets

Inquirer Breaking News - 49 min 13 sec ago
ILOILO CITY---The Panay Electric Company (Peco) on Monday, Dec. 9, paid nearly P135 million in real property taxes to the Iloilo City government, three days before the scheduled auction of some of its properties for purported tax delinquencies. In separate statements, Peco and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treas confirmed the payment covering Peco's tax liabilities from 2016 to 2019. A statement released by the city public information office cited the total amount paid as P134 million while Peco said it paid a total of P134,927,522.63. Treas in the statement welcomed the settlement of the tax liability. "This is a welcome development for us," said the mayor. He said the funds we...

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Countdown to rites for 500-yr-old event gets modern day iteration of Pampanga’s giant lanterns

Inquirer Breaking News - 55 min 6 sec ago
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---The reenactment of a 500-year-old historical event in Mactan City, Cebu province would be lit by a modern day lantern being built by a team of 12 craftsmen from this city in Pampanga province. The team is building a giant lantern to be lit on Friday, Dec. 12, when Mactan starts the countdown to the 500th anniversary in 2021 of the Victory of Mactan, the defeat in the hands of Filipino chieftain Lapu-Lapu of a team of conquistadors led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The lantern, which is 20 feet in diameter and fitted with 800 bulbs, is being put together at the shrine of Lapu-Lapu in time for the 500th year of the Battle of Mactan which took p...

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Bong Go to MWSS: See if ending deal with water firms doable

Inquirer Breaking News - 55 min 7 sec ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Christopher "Bong" Go urged the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to look into the possibility of terminating the extension of the concession contracts of Maynilad and Manila Water, adding the President "might also ask that you do this eventually."   In his privilege speech on Monday, Go said there is a need to "renegotiate and rework" the contracts that the MWSS signed with the two water firms in 1997.   He also called for the removal of provisions in the concession agreements that are "unduly disadvantageous" to the government.   "At the same time, I am also urging the MWSS to expl...

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SEA Games: Tarlaqueño bet wins 110m hurdles gold in photo finish

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
NEW CLARK CITY --- Clinton Kingsley Bautista may have that stateside looks and first names, but he's a proud Tarlaqueo. It came in handy for him that his family and province mates cheered as he zoomed away with the men's 110-meter hurdles Monday night in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. The crowd at the NCC athletics stadium, which stands on Capas town in Tarlac, got a dazzling treat from the hometown guy who won the gold medal via a thrilling, photo finish against his Malaysian foe. "I was not thinking of anything, I just went for the gold," said Bautista --- born and raised in Camiling town --- said in Filipino. "I'm very happy I have many supporters here." Bautista, 27,...

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North Korea calls Trump ‘erratic old man’ over tweets

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 9 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea --- North Korea insulted U.S. President Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a "heedless and erratic old man" after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wouldn't want to abandon a special relationship between the two leaders and affect the American presidential election by resuming hostile acts. A senior North Korean official, former nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol, said in a statement that his country wouldn't cave in to U.S. pressure because it has nothing to lose and accused the Trump administration of attempting to buy time ahead of an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for Washington to salvage nuclear talks. On Sunday, Trump tweete...

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Rwanda begins vaccinating against Ebola

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 10 min ago
Rwanda on Sunday started a voluntary Ebola vaccination program at its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus from its neighbor. All countries in high-risk areas, even if not hit by Ebola, had been advised by the World Health Organization to use a new vaccine developed by United States group Johnson & Johnson, the country's health minister, Diane Gashumba, told journalists. The idea was "to protect those with high chances of getting in contact with people living in areas where Ebola has been reported to be active", she said. The vaccine, Ad26-ZEBOV-GP, is an experimental drug produced by U.S. pharmaceutica...

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Polio returns to haunt Malaysia after almost 30 years

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island. The Malaysian health ministry's director-general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the baby from Tuaran in eastern Sabah state had been admitted into intensive care after experiencing fever and muscle weakness. "The patient is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation ward and is in a stable condition but needs respiratory support," Noor Hisham said, adding that the infant was diagnosed on Friday. Polio is a highly infectious viral disease which has no cure and can only be prevented with several doses of oral ...

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Days after Tisoy onslaught, execs open Legazpi airport hangar for relief deployment

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 14 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY---Officials on Monday, Dec. 9, inaugurated a newly-built hangar at this city's airport which would serve as central warehouse for the Bicol region in times of calamities. Ricardo Jalad, of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the hangar was a three-in-one facility that would serve as operations office, warehouse and staging area for relief operations. Jalad led the inauguration of the hangar, which would also serve its design purpose---as shelter for planes. Claudio Yucot, Office of Civil Defense Bicol director, said the new hangar would help facilitate the deployment of logistics like tents, rescue boats and generators from the OCD cent...

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SEA Games: Charly Suarez punches way to his 3rd boxing gold

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 14 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---Charly Suarez came out of a tough scrap against Thailand's Khunatip Pidnuch to take the gold medal in the men's boxing lightweight division of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Monday at PICC Forum. Both fighters were aggressive throughout the bout but it was Suarez who landed the better haymakers en route to the unanimous decision win. Despite getting pinned on the ropes, Suarez used his footwork to create separation and land a devastating left hook in the second round. Suarez then forced a standing 8-count after a flurry of punches rocked Pidnuch. "My opponent was tough because even though I was hitting him with my power shots he'd just get groggy but...

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Soldier dead, another wounded in clash with NPA in Iligan City

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 29 min ago
ILIGAN CITY---A soldier from the Army's 49th Infantry Battalion was killed and another was wounded in clash with New People's Army at the village of Kalilangan here last Saturday, Dec. 7. In a report given only on Monday, or two days after the clash, Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th IB head, said Private Joel Espreso, 22, was shot in the mouth causing his instantaneous death. Cpl. Crisanto Morales, 33, was wounded in the shoulder and brought to hospital. The soldiers, both Bicolanos, were part of the 49th IB team reinforcing the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in the area when they ran into a group of rebels, starting a 15-minute gunfight. Brig. Gen. Facundo Palafox, h...

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SEA Games: Team Lakay’s Jerry Olsim strikes gold in kickboxing

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines--Jerry Olsim of the Philippines bagged the gold medal in the -69kg kick light event of the Southeast Asian Games kickboxing at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. Olsim defeated Thailand's Srayut Klinming for a 3-0 decision and deliver the first gold for the Philippine contingent. The 24-year-old athlete, who is also a pro fighter for Team Lakay in a popular MMA circuit, drew 22-11, 16-8, and 19-6 scores from the judges....

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Senate honors cop who shielded students, teachers from grenade blast

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate on Monday honored Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Janog Magno who died after he covered a lobbed grenade with his body to protect teachers and students at the Initao College in Misamis Oriental. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution No. 229 which took into consideration Senate Resolutions 231, 237 and 253 introduced by Senators Panfilo Lacson, Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Ramon Bong Revilla and Sonny Angara respectively. Magno, a police explosive ordnance disposal specialist, was among the first respondents to a call regarding a man wielding a bladed weapon and grenade in the college. The police officer and Police Master Sergeant Alic...

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‘Valley of Souls’ triumphs at Marrakech film festival; Robert Redford honored

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 32 min ago
Colombian director Nicolas Rincon Gille's "Valley of Souls", the story of a father's solitary search for the bodies of his murdered sons, won top prize Saturday at the Marrakech film festival. It follows the journey of Jose, who comes home from a night of fishing to discover that paramilitaries have killed his two sons and dumped their bodies in the river. So he sets off in a canoe to try to find their bodies and give them a proper burial. Marrakesh's 18th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars such as Harvey Keitel, Marion Cotillard, Tilda Swinton and Robert Redford, who received a lifetime achievement award. Toby Wallace won best actor for his role in t...

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Heartbreaker: Indonesia foils Philippines’ bronze bid in women’s volleyball

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 33 min ago
The Philippine women's volleyball team took another heartbreaking loss as it fell to Indonesia, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15, 20-25, 16-14, in their bronze medal match in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at PhilSports Arena in Pasig City The star-studded women's team squandered two match points in the final set, deflating the momentum of a squad that showed a lot of fire earlier. The reigning silver medalists looked like they were going for an early kill as they broke a 1-1 set deadlock by dominating the third, 25-15. However, they were caught by surprise as the Filipinos unloaded a barrage of fresh attacks, courtesy of Eya Laure and Mika Reyes, which put the hosts ahead, 16-10, on the way...

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At 50, Sesame Street still going strong — and big honor awaits

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 36 min ago
Generations of children around the world have grown up learning their ABCs and 123s from the lovable muppets on "SesameStreet", and as the pioneering television program turns50, it's as popular as ever. It's also about to earn one of America's top cultural awards, to go along with a pile of nearly 200 Emmys --- at a gala in Washington on Sunday, it will be the first TV show to earn the Kennedy Center Honors. Since its debut in November 1969 on American public television, the famous address has taken on many forms, in more than 150 countries. In Afghanistan, it's "Baghch-e-Simsim". In Latin America, it's "Plaza Sesamo". And in Arabic-speaking countries, it's "Iftah Ya Simsim"...

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Albay families who lost homes to lahar at Tisoy height to be moved to new, safer community

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY --- At least 28 families in Albay province continued to languish in government-designated shelters after fleeing the wrath of Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) as their homes had been covered by lahar. Mayor Gemma Ongjoco, of Guinobatan town, said the families lived at the village of San Francisco at the foot of Mayon Volcano and had taken shelter in two classrooms of the Marcial O. Ranola Memorial School. Ongjoco said the residents' houses had been covered by lahar and local government workers had to use backhoe to retrieve the people's belongings. The families lived near a river channel connected to the slopes of Mayon. The mayor said the residents wou...

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Jeremy Corbyn will nationalize UK utilities in 100 days

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 39 min ago
Whoever wins this week's UK election, there's more at stake for businesses and investors than at any time since the 1970s — and it's not all about Brexit.
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Judiciary hearing sets stage for Trump impeachment charges

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 40 min ago
WASHINGTON --- Pushing ahead with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee convenes Monday to formally receive the investigative findings against President Donald Trump as the White House and its allies launch an aggressive attack on Democrats and the proceedings. Chairman Jerrold Nadler expects the committee to vote soon, possibly this week, on at least two or more charges against the Republican president. Democrats say Trump's push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while at the same time withholding U.S. military aid ran counter to U.S. policy and benefited Russia. It could result in impeachment charges of abuse of power, bribery, and obstruction. "The...

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