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House majority members meet before start of budget hearings

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:40
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some 160 House members attended Wednesday the majority caucus called by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to further organize the chamber before the deliberations for the 2020 national budget kickstart.   Cayetano said the meeting at a mall in Taguig around lunchtime was aimed at tackling various priority measures enumerated by President Rodrigo Duterte during his State of the Nation Address in July, which would also be discussed in a small group Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting next week.   "After receiving the 2020 national budget yesterday, we are setting timelines and defining tasks and responsibilities t...

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UK kids living in shipping containers: report

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:39
Children in England are growing up in shipping containers, office blocks, and bed and breakfasts, a report into youth homelessness has found, as authorities around the country struggle to combat the country's crippling housing crisis.
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Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:32
Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.
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Kris Aquino to Mar Roxas: ‘Sorry… I hope we can let bygones be bygones’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:21
MANILA, Philippines --- "I hope we can let bygones be bygones." With these words, Kris Aquino and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas seemed to have patched up their differences and reconciled. Speaking at the commemoration of her father's 36th death anniversary Wednesday at the Manila Memorial Park in Paraaque City, the actress-host invited Roxas to join her before the tomb of her dad, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., for a photo. "Please join me and let's take a picture so Noy sees it," Aquino told Roxas, referring to her older brother, former President Benigno S. Aquino III. https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/videos/575517146315380/ "I just want to do it publicly. I'm sorry. I'...

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Unlike last time, Gilas won’t have element of surprise in 2019 Fiba World Cup

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:17
MANILA, Philippines---Five years ago, the Philippines caught basketball heavyweights off guard in the Fiba World Cup. And with the rest of the world now aware of what Gilas Pilipinas is capable of, the Nationals won't have the element of surprise working into their favor this time in China. "We know we're not gonna surprise anybody anymore. We've demanded respect in the last World Cup," said team captain Gabe Norwood. "That's going to be a big factor. Gabe already told us about it that we're not going to have that advantage of surprising anyone that's why we need to be prepared and focused," said guard Paul Lee in Filipino. "The other teams are already looking at us." Norwood and L...

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Village official hurt in Camarines Sur shooting

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:12
LEGAZPI CITY -- A village councilman was wounded after he was shot by a son of a village chief in Tinambac town, Camarines Sur on Wednesday afternoon. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Bicol police, identified the victim as Edgar Nepas, barangay kagawad of San Vicente. The attacker, Adrin Tuy, armed with a still unknown handgun, barged into a nipa hut, where Nepas was, and shot him at close range in the said village at around 4 p.m. The victim was rushed to the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) where he was treated for a gunshot wound on his stomach. Tuy, accompanied by his mother Gemma Tuy, village chief of San Vicente, surrendered to police authorities. /je...

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BOC intercepts over P1.2M worth of smuggled rice, cigarettes in Zamboanga City

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 19:01
MANILA, Philippines -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents have intercepted more than P1.2 million of smuggled rice and cigarettes in Zamboanga City. The smuggled rice were seized from ML Nhardzrmar-2 that was docked at Weebin Private Wharf, Baliwasan Seaside, Zamboanga City. The cigarettes were confiscated from MV Trisha Kirstin-1 of Aleson Shipping Lines. A source from BOC's Intelligence and Investigation Service told INQUIRER.net on Wednesday that the raids were launched separately early this week. According to the source, the 196 sacks of rice valued at P735,000 were seized on August 19, Monday around 7 a.m. The rice product was considered a high quality grain from Vietnam, an...

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Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 18:59
WASHINGTON --- Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Donald Trump said that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes. It came amid Trump's ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Muslim. Trump has closely aligned himself with Israel, including its conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while the Muslim lawmakers have been outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinian...

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Cops seek Army help in hunt for Maguindanao ambush suspects 

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 18:59
COTABATO CITY --- Maguindanao police sought the help of the military to run after gunmen who ambushed and injured a village official and three others in Datu Montawal town last August 19. Mayor Ohto Montawal of Datu Montawal town and Capt. Razul Pandulo, the town's police chief, met with officials of the Army's 7th Infantry Battalion on Tuesday, seeking the military's help in hunting down the gunmen who attacked Safrula Buday, village chair of Dungguan, Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao. Buday and his three companions were heading home from a meeting when motorcycle-riding gunmen fired at their vehicle along the national highway in Barangay Layog, Pagalungan town in Maguindanao. Pand...

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Soldier hurt in Maguindanao blast – official

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 18:39
COTABATO CITY --- A soldier is now recuperating in a government hospital after being hurt from an improvised bomb that went off in Barangay Reina Regente of Datu Piang, Maguindanao on Tuesday afternoon. Lt. Colonel Ernesto Gener, commander of the Army's 57th Infantry Battalion (IB), said the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) could be behind the blast that wounded Private Narciso Monreal. A squad of 57th IB troopers was constantly patrolling the Reina Regente area after the Army received reports about sightings of suspected BIFF members. Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, they were met with an explosion. After the blast, Gener said, the troops went on quick foot patr...

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House probe on China-backed development of 3 PH isles sought

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 18:39
MANILA, Philippines --- Bayan Muna party-list representatives have filed a resolution seeking a probe into the security implications of Chinese investors' plan to develop three strategic islands in the northern Philippines.   Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat, and Ferdinand Gaite, in filing House Resolution No. 254, said security concerns on the projects are "even more pressing" with the recent "aggressive" naval and military maneuvers of China in the South China Sea, including the country's West Philippine Sea territory.   The progressive House members said the chamber should look into the projects' implications and threats to security, while Sen. Le...

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