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Court finds ‘undue haste’ in securities case vs Rappler, orders preliminary investigation

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:38
MANILA, Philippines --- A Pasig City court has suspended proceedings in the illegal securities sale case against online news site Rappler and remanded the case to proseuctors for preliminary investigation. The Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 159 explained that the "undue haste in transmittal of the records of the case" for the filing of criminal charges violated the rights of the accused to due process. Respondents in the case include Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as well as Manuel Ayala, Nico Jose Nolledo, Glenda Gloria, James Bitanga, Felicia Atienza, and James Velasquez. The case was filed against the Rappler executives for alleged violations of Commonwealth Act No. 108 or t...

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Ansel Adams' take on Yosemite National Park

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:34
To Matthew Adams, Ansel Adams was simply his grandpa.
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Ex-Senate President Nene Pimentel in ICU — PDP Laban

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:31
MANILA, Philippines --- Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., who is also the founder and chairman emeritus of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), has been put in an intensive care unit (ICU). In a Twitter post by PDP-Laban spokesperson Ron Munsayac appealed for prayers from friends and party mates for the "full and speedy recovery" of Pimentel. "We are humbly asking our friends and party mates in the @PDPLABAN to pray for the full & speedy recovery of our founder and Chairman Emeritus Tatay Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel, Jr. who is currently in the ICU," Munsayac said. There are no further details yet on Pimentel's condition and the hospi...

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Turning waste plastic into fuel for hydrogen cars

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:28
Britain produces about 5 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, but less than a third of that is recycled. Roughly half ends up in landfills.
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Good news for LRT 2: No, its not full operation but 3 more stations planned

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:18
MANILA, Philippines---At least three new stations would be added to the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) which is still struggling to return to normal operations, according to the government agency supervising rail operations on Monday, Oct. 14. In a statement, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said the P10.1 billion project's objective was to help ease road congestion in the metropolis by establishing stations in Tutuban, Divisoria and Pier 4. It would be finished by 2023, well beyond the expiration of President Rodrigo Duterte's term. Former police officer Reynaldo Berroya, LRTA administrator, said "easier journey awaits commuters" bound for Tutuban or Divisoria to shop...

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COA: Quezon town’s P12-M payment for water system disallowed

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Audit (COA) has affirmed a notice of disallowance (ND) previously issued to a P12.11 million payment made by officials of Pitogo, Quezon province, for the construction of the town's water supply system. According to COA's decision dated Sept. 16, the petition for review filed by former Mayor Domingo Tan and other Pitogo local government unit (LGU) officials was denied because they failed to provide documents deemed necessary by the auditing team. The transaction flagged by COA was the P12.11 million payment made by the Pitogo LGU to MG Salazar Corp. in 2003. The first notice of disallowance was issued last May 2009 against Tan, municipal ...

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Joma: Albayalde out but drug lord ‘protector’ still in power

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:05
LUCENA CITY---Self-exiled communist party founder Jose Maria Sison said he saw no improvement in the government's fight against drugs even following the resignation of Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde because "the supreme protector of drug lords remains in power." Sison, who is in self-exile in the Netherlands, said Albayalde's ouster and replacement by another official "will not bring changes favorable to the people." "The supreme protector of drug lords remains in power," Sison said in a statement. Sison was not explicit who he was referring to as protector of drug lords but he had in the past accused President Rodrigo Duterte of involvement himself in the drug...

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Gordon on commute dare: ‘I don’t want be laughing stock like Panelo’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:58
MANILA, Philippines --- "I don't want to be the laughing stock." Sen. Richard Gordon said this on Monday about a measure filed by Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao mandating ranking public officials, including Cabinet secretaries, to take public transportation on Mondays. "That's a good suggestion, but I think that's an impractical one because we don't have to. We know what the traffic is. I don't want to be the laughing stock, like Panelo. I know that there's traffic," Gordon told reporters in an interview at the Senate. The senator was referring to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo who had earlier took on the challenge to commute to Malacaang. READ: Panelo took 4 jeep...

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French politicians want soccer match against Turkey canceled

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:51
Several leading French politicians have called for France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey in Paris to be called off after Turkish players enacted a military salute in Friday's victory over Albania.
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From Mediterranean’s biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:46
Freedfromits eggshell by a volunteer, the tiny turtle hatchling clambers across a pebble-strewn sandy Greek beach in a race to the sea, the start of a hazardous journey that only one in 1,000 will survive. Kira Schirrmacher, 22, donning black gloves to gently ease the newborn loggerhead turtle on its way, grins at suggestions that she's a kind of "midwife." "Yes, I do that all day," the German social sciences student confirmed her role. Schirrmacher was one of several volunteers monitoring the beaches of Kyparissia Bay, the Mediterranean's largest nesting ground for the loggerhead sea turtles, which had the scientific name Caretta caretta. Tourism, climate change and good...

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Trump comes to the defense of Rudy Giuliani

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:45
• Fake video of Trump shooting media played at his resort
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On Marcos poll protest: Stand by your rules, Robredo urges PET

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:42
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo through her counsels on Monday asked the Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to stand by its own rules in deciding on the electoral protest filed by losing vice presidential candidate, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. In the manifestation, Robredo --- through lead lawyer Romulo Macalintal and Emil Maranon III --- said the PET should abide by Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules, which entails judicial recount, revision and appreciation of the votes cast in protestant's Marcos pilot provinces. Macalintal said Rule 65 would result in the dismissal of Marcos's electoral case, if, after the initial determination in ...

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Sulli, 25-year-old K-pop star, found dead at home in Seongnam, South Korea

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:33
K-pop star Sulli, formerly of the band f(x), has been found dead at her home.
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California outlaws sale, manufacture of fur products

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:29
California is officially going fur-free. As of January 2023, the state will prohibit the sale and manufacture of new fur products, thanks to legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday. The governor also signed into law a series of bills banning animals like elephants and bears from being used in circus acts, and prohibiting the hunting or killing of bobcats in California. "California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur," said Gov. Newsom in a statement. "But we are doing more than that. We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no pl...

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CJ Bersamin leaves SC with no regrets

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:27
MANILA, Philippines --- Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Monday said he would leave the judiciary with no regrets. "I have always endeavored to be true to my oath of office and have always discharged my duties and responsibilities in the best lights that God has endowed me with," Bersamin said before officials and employees of the Supreme Court. The high court has been at the receiving end of criticism following its pro-Duterte votes on key issues such as the Marcos burial, dismissal of plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, justifying the arrest and continued detention of Sen. Leila de Lima. Bersamin earlier said that the high court could only decide ...

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The war against ISIS was all a waste

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:22
Earlier this year I spent almost two months in northeast Syria covering what we thought was the final battle against ISIS. The so-called caliphate that stretched from the outskirts of Baghdad to western Syria, that ruled over more than ten million people, had been reduced to the remote town of Baghouz on the banks of the Euphrates.
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Catalan independence leaders given lengthy prison sentences by Spanish court

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:21
Nine Catalan independence leaders have received lengthy prison sentences of between nine and 13 years for their part in a failed 2017 attempt to split from Spain, but were acquitted of the most serious charge against them.
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WATCH: First ‘Dolittle’ trailer starring Robert Downey Jr. released

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:15
Universal Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming Dr. Dolittle reboot, "Dolittle". The new feature stars Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role. The film represents Downey Jr.'s first big project since his announcement that he would be retiring from playing Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films following a decade of loyal services. "Dolittle" will be directed by Stephen Gaghan, known for screenwriting Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" and is a new adaptation of the famous Hugh Lofting-written children's novels, published between 1920 and 1950. The story, set in Victorian England, happens seven years after John Dolittle, who can famously "talk ...

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