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8 cops caught sleeping while on duty during ‘Undas’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:23
MANILA, Philippines --- Eight police officers were caught sleeping while on duty in Metro Manila during the "Undas" season, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said Tuesday. Sinas said the four police officers, whose identities he did not disclose, were spotted by his "red teams" assigned to hunt down NCRPO personnel not following orders, including the directive to not play golf during weekdays. The so-called "red teams" in civilian clothing make rounds within Metro Manila and capture photos of policemen caught in act of disobeying orders. The group directly reports to Sinas. READ: 'Red team' to go after Metro cops hooke...

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Iranian president announces another break from nuclear deal

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:01
  TEHRAN, Iran --- Iran's president announced Tuesday that Tehran will begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges, the latest step away from its nuclear deal with world powers since President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord over a year ago.   The development is significant as the centrifuges previously spun empty, without gas injection, under the landmark 2015 nuclear accord. It also increases pressure on European nations that remain in the accord, which at this point has all but collapsed.   In his announcement, President Hassan Rouhani did not say whether the centrifuges, which are at its nuclear facility in Fordo, would be used to produc...

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Ayala Land net income rises to P23.2B

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:56
Net profit of one of the country's biggest realty firms, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), grew by 12 percent to P23.2 billion from high earnings from malls, offices, hotels and revenue from real estate projects.   But the profits came mainly from real estate revenues which were steady at P119.7 billion compared to P113.1 billion in 2019. This was attributed to higher office, commercial and industrial lot sales and further boosted by more leases.   "Third quarter financial results were in line with our expectations," ALI president Bernard Vincent Dy said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Nov. 5.   He said more projects that had been launch...

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NCRPO: Phones of cops in ‘smuggling try’ not used for transactions at NBP

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:54
MANILA, Philippines --- The cellphones of 14 police officers implicated in the alleged attempt to smuggle contraband at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City were not used for transactions inside the national penitentiary.   Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said this was based on findings of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG).   "Lahat ng cellphone, 14 doon may mga interactions, discussions with their families, friends, so more or less ginamit ito as personal use. Wala kaming nakitang irregularity doon," he said in a press briefing at the Kamuning Police Station i...

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India's top court calls out authorities for not doing enough to stop pollution

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:51
India's top court has criticized authorities for not doing enough to curb New Delhi's dangerous levels of air pollution, calling it a "blatant and grave violation of right to life."
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Robinsons Land net income grows 12%

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:49
The nine-month net income of Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) grew 12 percent to P7.31 billion mostly from rental income and sales of houses and lots. Consolidated revenues for the nine-month period surged by 40 percent year-on-year to P31.18 billion as the company started to realize revenues from its Chengdu Ban Bien Jie project in mainland China in the third quarter of 2019. RLC's investment portfolio - which accounts for 47 percent of total revenues and is underpinned by rental income - grew by 14 percent year-on-year. The real estate development portfolio contributed 53 percent of the business and saw a significant revenue growth of 78 percent, driven mainly by the China project a...

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French celebrity chef suing Michelin was named as an ‘immortal’ of French cuisine

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:44
Paris, France | AFP | Monday 11/5/2019 - 05:26 UTC+8 By: Olga Nedbaeva / Fiachra Gibbons   A French celebrity chef who is suing the Michelin guide for suggesting he used cheddar cheese in a souffl was named as one of the 10 immortals of haute cuisine Monday by the rival Gault & Millau guide.   Marc Veyrat was given a permanent place in the new academy of the "Golden Toque" alongside Guy Savoy, Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and other legends of French cuisine.   The news was seen as a swipe at its arch rival Michelin, who Veyrat accused of "dishonouring" him by stripping him of his coveted third star in January.   The chef --- a larger tha...

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Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post; it’s ‘baloney’ to call drug war a failure

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:43
MANILA, Philippines--- Vice President Leni Robredo should accept the anti-drug post so she and her allies would realize that the war on drugs could not be stopped. On Tuesday, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III joined some of his colleagues in urging Robredo to accept her appointment as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). READ: Duterte appoints Robredo co-chair of gov't committee vs illegal drugs "Good, so the VP can see for herself why the war on drugs cannot be stopped!" Sotto said in a statement to reporters. Whether Robredo would deliver or not, "the point is for her and her advisers to realize that the war on drugs cannot be ...

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PNP to extend ‘full assistance’ to Robredo in leading drug war

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:37
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed on Tuesday to extend full assistance to Vice President Leni Robredo in the drug war, after she was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).   "The PNP will comply with, and abide by the order of the President," Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said in a statement.   "The PNP will extend its utmost courtesy, cooperation, and full assistance to the Vice President," he also said.   READ: Duterte appoints Robredo co-chair of gov't committee vs illegal drugs   Once Robredo accepts the post, she wil...

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Chinese pilot gets banned for life in flying for air safety violations

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:29
    MANILA, Philippines --- A Chinese pilot has been banned for life from flying after letting a young woman visit the plane's cockpit and take photos, Chinese media South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. The decision came after Chen Yuying, a third-year student at Guilin Tourism University, reportedly posted a photo where she is seen sitting in a pilot seat. The photo was captioned: "I am super thankful to the pilot! I am so thrilled!" The incident happened on an Air Guilin flight barely 10 months ago but the post only became viral last Sunday, causing an uproar among aviation specialists. They pointed out that it was taken when the plane was mid-flight,...

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Palace: Robredo’s appointment as drug czar a ‘ladder to the presidency’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:24
  MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo's appointment as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) is a "ladder to the presidency," Malacaang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesmanSalvador Panelo said this as she urged Robredo to accept her appointment as President Rodrigo Duterte's drug czar. "We're giving her a ladder to the presidency, this is her chance, this is her moment. She should accept it," Panelo said in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel. Panelo earlier announced that Duterte has signed Robredo's appointment as ICAD co-chairperson. "Be in the moment, help the Filipinos. Help the country and help herself, show h...

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Press freedom in PH dead if accused in Maguindanao massacre not convicted – victims’ lawyer

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 15:22
MANILA, Philippines --The lawyer for the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre - where 58 persons including 32 journalists were killed - said that press freedom in the Philippines should be considered dead if the accused are not convicted of murder. According to lawyer Nena Santos, the essence of press freedom and democracy dies if people responsible for the killing of media people are allowed to get away. "If there would be no conviction, I am sorry to say that press freedom in the Philippines is dead," Santos said during a forum about the massacre on Tuesday in Quezon City, which was organized by the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP). "Impunity, if no ...

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