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Maguindanao massacre should reopen death penalty debate – Imee Marcos

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:32
MANILA, Philippines - The reimposition of capital punishment or death penalty should be given serious thought for crimes of an "unimaginable level of brutality and inhumanity, as in the Maguindanao massacre," Senator Imee Marcos said Friday after the court handed down its verdict on the brutal 2009 Maguindanao massacre that took the lives of 58 people, including 32 mediamen.   This was a complete turnaround from Marcos' previous stand on the revival of the death penalty, which she opposed when she was still a member of the House of Representatives.       "The scope of the Revised Penal Code at present does not fathom the horror suffered by the re...

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Lolit Solis slams Janine Gutierrez’s comment on Bong Revilla’s TV comeback

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:28
MANILA, Philippines --- Talent manager Lolit Solis on Friday slammed actress Janine Gutierrez for her comment regarding Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.'s impending TV comeback.   https://www.instagram.com/p/B6RmiPzHGr3/ "Siguro gusto ni Janine Gutierrez na mapansin ko siya Salve (I think Janine Gutierrez wants me to notice her)," Solis, who serves as Revilla's talent manager, said in an Instagram post.   "The nerve na mag-negative comment siya sa TV comeback ni Bong Revilla," she added.   "How can she be so cruel for a second chance to a co-actor like Bong without even thinking if not for the goodness of people she won't be where she is today." ...

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Number coding for provincial buses suspended for the holidays

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:17
MANILA, Philippines --- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has lifted the number coding scheme for provincial buses from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27 and from Dec. 31 to January 2 next year. This is to "accommodate more passengers during the holiday season in going to provinces and back," read a memorandum from the MMDA released Friday. The number coding scheme, also known as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), is implemented to reduce the volume of vehicles plying Metro Manila's major roads by banning vehicles based on the last digit of their vehicle license plates. During holidays, the number coding scheme for all vehicles is automatically lifte...

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23 injured in 3-vehicle NLEX smash-up

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:12
MANILA, Philippines - Twenty-three persons were injured when three vehicles figured in a collision Thursday night along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Barangay Ligas, Malolos, Bulacan.   The Malolos City police on Friday said a Nissan commuter van accidentally rear-ended a Toyota pickup, which then, in turn, rear-ended a Mitsubishi SUV at around 6:30 p.m.   Police said the Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles were moving slowly due to traffic buildup on the South-bound section of the expressway when the accident took place. Rescuers and first responders attended to the injured and helped transport some of them to hospital.   GSG  ...

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100 op-eds that tell the story of the 2010s

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:50
Do you wonder where the 2010s went? Us too.
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Roque: 58th murder charge vs Ampatuans wouldn’t matter as they’ll still be serving life terms

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:43
MANILA, Philippines --- A 58th charge of murder against those convicted in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre would not matter as they'd still serve the maximum punishment allowed by law, Harry Roque said Friday. Roque, who serves as the lawyers for the victims of the country's worst political murders, said this even as he acknowledged it would be difficult for the family of Reynaldo Momay to accept. The photojournalist was identified as the 58th victim although his body has never been found. "Well, let me start by saying something that would be difficult to accept to the Momay family. But when 27 individuals were found guilty of 57 counts of murder, a 58th charge won't matter b...

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Singer's yacht destroyed by fire

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:36
Marc Anthony's 120-foot yacht in Miami was on fire for two hours before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.
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Marc Anthony’s luxury yacht goes up in flames in Miami

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:29
MIAMI --- A luxury yacht owned by singer Marc Anthony partially sank in Biscayne Bay after it was engulfed by a massive fire that took 45 firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish. No one was injured. The 120-foot (36.5-meter) boat was docked off Miami's MacArthur Causeway at the Island Gardens Marina when it caught fire Wednesday night, fire officials said. Island Gardens Marina spokeswoman Nataly Tovar confirmed the boat belonged to the famous salsa artist. Two crew members were on board at the time of the fire, but they were able to get off safely and were not injured, the Miami fire department said in a news release. Their identities were not released. The Miami and Mi...

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‘High-value drug target’ gunned down in Negros Occidental

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:26
MANILA, Philippines --- An alleged high-value drug target was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental, police said Friday. Jomarie Tejada, 35, had just alighted from his vehicle along Hinigaran National Highway in Barangay Anahaw at about 6:25 p.m. Thursday when he was shot several times. He was brought to Hinigaran Medical Clinic but was declared dead on arrival. In its initial report, the local police described him as a high-value target and an alleged member of the Ramos drug group operating in the area. Police said Tejada was believed to be one of the killers of the gang and involved in a series of robbery hold-up incidents victimiz...

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Charles Dickens' last Christmas turkey was lost in a freak accident

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:25
The author known for introducing turkey to our Christmas menu may have lost his preferred poultry in what was his last Christmas on Earth.
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LIST: Canceled flights on December 20, 2019

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:24
MANILA, Philippines - Several domestic flights were canceled on Friday due to inclement weather.   The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa), in an advisory, announced the cancellation of the following flights as of 9 a.m.: Cebu Pacific 5J 196 Manila-Cauayan 5J 197 Cauayan -Manila   The trough of a low-pressure area is expected to bring cloudy skies with scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms over the Caraga region, Davao region, Northern Mindanao, Eastern and Central Visayas, the state weather bureau said.   Meanwhile, the easterlies will bring cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms over Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and...

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Investigators find excessive speed caused Tesla crash that killed 2

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:22
DETROIT --- Speed of over a hundred miles per hour on a curve caused a 2018 crash and fire in Florida that killed the teenage driver of a Tesla Model S and a passenger, federal investigators have concluded. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report released Thursday, said the battery-powered car erupted in flames after colliding with a wall, trapping two 18-year-olds. Firefighters were unable to rescue the two despite putting out the blaze less than a minute after they arrived. Injuries from the fire that started in the car's lithium-ion battery contributed to the two deaths, although the passenger had head and torso injuries, according to the report. The agency ...

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US woman blocked from flight for bringing emotional support dog

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:19
A woman in Florida, USA, was blocked by gate agents from her flight for bringing her emotional-support dog to fly with her. Stacy Christopoulos is a frequent flyer and usually brings her dog, named Spikey, whenever she would travel, as per Fox 13 on Dec. 20 (Dec. 19 in the US). However, they were turned away by gate agents when they were about to board their Allegiant Air flight at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport last week. "The lady asked for my documents and I showed her the documents that I always do carry and she said, 'These are not the correct documents,'" Christopoulos said in the report. "I did not get on a plane and it's the first time in many years, with docum...

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Miss America to be crowned for the first time in Connecticut

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:09
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut --- The final night of the 99th Miss America competition kicked off with a glamorous red carpet photo shoot Thursday, but organizers hoped to make it clear this isn't your grandmother's beauty pageant. No longer called contestants, the 51 women "candidates," who hail from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, were vying for a $50,000 scholarship and the "job" of Miss America, a one-year paid position they hope to use as a public platform for their "social impact initiative." For the second year in a row, women will not be judged in a swimsuit or how they look in an evening gown. Instead, a series of interviews and talent demonstrations will determi...

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8 Curated ‘Platelists’ for When Your #MoodFood Cravings Kick In

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:00
While love for food is universal, another thing that most people can relate to is the state of dilemma that tends to take over upon entertaining the question, "Ano kayang kakainin ko ngayon (what should I eat today)?" Whatever you're feeling --- whether you're down for some comfort food for staying in or wanting an energizing power meal to kickstart your week --- there's a meal for every kind of mood. Good thing NESTL All Purpose Cream's website --- www.createwithcream.ph, created "PLATELIST". The first curated recipe list based on moods, moments or even trends --- from the simplest "bed weather" mood, the much celebrated "birthday bash" occasion and even the nostalgic "Batang 90'...

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Nike’s sales get boost from direct-to-consumer strategy

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 08:54
NEW YORK --- Nike's quarterly results again beat Wall Street expectations, as its online sales grew and customers shrugged off a series of corporate scandals. The company's revenues grew to $10.33 billion in the second quarter ending Nov. 30, up 10% from the same period last year. Analysts had been expecting $10.1 billion in revenue, according to Zacks Investment Research. Nike's North America sales, however, disappointed slightly at $3.98 billion, up 5% from $3.78 billion during the same period last year. Analyst had anticipated sales closer to $4 billion, according to FactSet. Nike's shares fell $1.95, or almost 2%, to $99.18 in after-hours trading. Its net income rose ...

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335 Chinese Pogo workers arrested in QC for fraud, investment scam

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 08:45
MANILA, Philippines --- Police arrested 335 Chinese employees of a Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) Chinesewhose passports have been canceled due to their alleged involvement in investment scams and other financial crimes online.   Based on a report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday, personnel of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested Thursday night the Chinese nationals whom it called "fugitives from justice."   Police said the Pogo firm is duly licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).   The police operation was coordinated with Pagcor, accordi...

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Trump said he believes Ukraine interfered in 2016 election because 'Putin told me,' report says

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 08:31
President Donald Trump once stated explicitly that he believes that it was Ukraine -- not Russia -- that meddled in the 2016 election because Russian President Vladimir Putin "told me," The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing a former senior White House official.
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Why North Korea wants nothing to do with South Korea

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 08:26
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had nothing but praise for "the compatriots in the south" at the start of 2019, speaking of "the united strength of the fellow countrymen."
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