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Marcos hits DTI for charcoal, kerosene price increase

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:33
MANILA, Philippines --- "Where is the Department of Trade and Industry?" Sen. Imee Marcos possed the question on Monday as she hit the trade department for the increase in prices of charcoal and kerosene. Marcos noted that Filipinos from poor communities use charcoal or kerosene as an alternative to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to save some money. But the price of charcoal had increased from P10 per pack to P15, while kerosene, more popularly known as "gaas," are currently priced at P60 per liter, up from P55. "Even the prices of charcoal and kerosene had increased? Our poor countrymen could not afford LPG so they resort to charcoal and kerosene for their cooking needs. But ...

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Why the 'midlife crisis' is a myth

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:29
Middle age is often seen as life's pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling. As Victor Hugo said: "forty is the old age of youth" and "fifty the youth of old age."
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For PNP in Mindanao areas, life goes on with or without Albayalde

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:17
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Ranking police officials here weighed in on the resignation of Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde early on Monday, Oct. 14. In separate statements, city and regional police information officers said they will continue doing their duties no matter who their new boss would be. Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa, regional PNP spokesperson, said the police regional command in Northern Mindanao "respects the decision" of Albayalde to resign ahead of his retirement in November. He said the regional PNP office would support Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as OIC and whoever would be appointed on a permanent basis. Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago Jr., regional PNP direc...

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Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte had wanted resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde to only take a "terminal leave" until his scheduled retirement next month, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go revealed Monday. Go said that after the Cabinet meeting last Friday, Duterte suggested to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao that Albayalde should take his terminal leave amid the investigation on his alleged involvement in the suspected drug recycling in a buy-bust operation in Pampanga in 2013. "Ang discussion ni President at Secretary Ao kung ano makakabuti base sa panahon na 'yun para sa organisasyon [The President and Secretary Ao had discussed what w...

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Movies, dramas become new lucrative business for S. Korean internet firms

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:15
SEOUL --- South Korea's leading internet firms are seeking to boost their presence in the entertainment industry by capitalizing on online content popular here and overseas. Using their internet cartoons, K-pop streaming services and other web-based items, Naver and Kakao have been accelerating their efforts to monetize lucrative content by adapting them into movies and dramas. In addition to establishing drama studios and streaming platforms, the internet giants have acquired stakes in local entertainment companies to enhance cooperation with top artists and social media influencers. "Based on our business portfolio ranging from music to videos and other items, we will come up ...

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‘Ambisyon’: PH predominantly middle class, no one poor…by 2040

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:09
Social media may teem with clashing opinions over many issues, but some traits bound Filipinos like being conformist, religious and traditional, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). In a statement on Monday, Oct. 14, the Neda said results of the National Values Survey showed a number of characteristics that Filipinos have in common. The survey polled 10,200 respondents 15-years-old and above nationwide. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said the survey results can help planners "understand the cultural values that characterize Philippine society." The results, Pernia added, could also "provide a basis for monitoring the country...

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Former K-pop star Sulli found dead

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:02
SEOUL ---Singer and actor Sulli was found dead Monday at a house in Seongnam, south of Seoul, police have confirmed. Her manager found her dead on the second floor. She debuted as a member of K-pop act f(x) in 2009. She went on a yearlong hiatus in 2014, citing hate comments and rumors. When she returned the next year, she left the group and turned to acting....

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PSC to award gold medalists Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo P1 million each

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:40
Buoyed by the consecutive success of Filipino athletes in the international front, the Philippine Sports Commission is preparing a war chest of P50 million for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Thanks to the feats of Carlos Yulo of gymnastics and lady boxer Nesthy Petecio, these world champions have brought hope that the elusive gold medal in the Olympics will finally be won in Tokyo 2020. "We will be all-out in financially supporting our Olympic-bound athletes," said PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez on Monday during a press briefing at Rizal Memorial Sports Center. The 19-year-old Yulo became the latest toast in Philippine sports for a historic feat of winning the floor exercise event in ...

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‘This will not be easy’: DOH launches vaccine drive vs polio with Church backing

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:40
MARAWI CITY---Health officials got the full backing of the Church for a massive vaccination drive targeting at least 134,411 children under five in Lanao del Sur alone, aiming to push back the deadly disease polio to its grave. In a campaign dubbed "Sabayang Patak (Simultaneous Drop)" the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday launched a vaccination drive that seeks to cover at least 95 percent of children under five nationwide. "This will not be easy," said Health Secretary Francisco Duque, who led the launch at the new provincial capitol here of the first round of the mass vaccination program that would last until Oct. 27. "We will need everyone's full participation," Duque said...

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Queen's Speech opens new session of UK Parliament amid Brexit deadlock

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:35
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Parts of Luzon to experience moderate to heavy rain on Monday afternoon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:34
MANILA, Philippines --- Several provinces in Luzon are expected to experience moderate to heavy rain on Monday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported. In an advisory posted 3:32 p.m., the state weather bureau said moderate to heavy rain showers with lightning and strong winds are expected over Tarlac, Zambales, and Pampanga within the next two hours. "All are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts associated with these hazards which include flash floods and landslides," Pagasa said. https://twitter.com/dost_pagasa/status/1183647078548852736 In an earlier forecast, Pagasa said the Inter...

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Woman yields ‘shabu’ in underwear while visiting partner at QC jail

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:29
    MANILA, Philippines --- A woman who was previously jailed for six years is facing another drug case after she was caught allegedly sneaking "shabu" (crystal meth) concealed in her underwear while visiting her live-in partner detained at the Quezon City Jail. Col. Ronnie Montejo, acting director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), identified the suspect as Leslie Hernandez, who was arrested at about 10:50 a.m. on Sunday. She was previously convicted for drugs but released after completing her prison sentence. In a QCPD report on Monday, Montejo said the duty jail officer noticed "something unusual" in the underwear of the suspect, who was then subjected to...

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Japan hits rankings high to buoy World Cup hosts after deadly typhoon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:26
Japan rose to a record rankings high of seventh on Monday after their historic run to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, providing some respite as the host nation reels from a deadly typhoon. As rival teams and Japan's public united in praise, the Brave Blossoms climbed to one place above France, and also higher than Scotland, Argentina and Italy. It came on the back of Sunday's 28-21 win over Scotland which put Japan into their first World Cup quarter-final at the top of Pool A, and in some style after four superb running tries. The game had added poignancy as it came a day after Typhoon Hagibis smashed through Japan, killing dozens of people and triggering landslides and f...

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UAAP lifts Perasol suspension; UP coach back vs UST Wednesday

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:15
MANILA, Philippines---It took a personal apology from University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol for the UAAP to soften up its stance and lift the last of his three-game suspension. A day afterthe UAAP Board of Trustees turned down an appeal on his case, Perasol personally reached out to UAAP commissioner Jensen Ilagan last Saturday and also extended his apology to referee Jaime Rivano, the subject of his outburst that led to the UP coach's ejection in the 63-89 loss to Ateneo in the final game of the first round. Perasol's move set the wheels in motion for Ilagan to reconsider his decision and lift the suspension. "Last Saturday was the first time our office heard dire...

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TRAIN pulls off pleasant surprise: Collection exceeds target

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:14
It was a pleasant surprise for finance officials. Collection from new or higher excise on oil, sugary drinks and cigarettes exceeded expectations and made up for disappointing numbers from motor vehicle and value added taxes. Latest Department of Finance (DOT) data showed the government collected by end of June at least P55.6 billion in net revenue from the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN). The collection was well above the P52.1 billion target for the firs six months of 2019. Actual collection from January to June flew by 65 percent and already accounted for nearly half, or 49.2 percent, of the 2019 collection goal of P113.1 billion./TS...

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Aside from commuting, solon says public officials should get minimum wage

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:07
MANILA, Philippines --- Aside from commuting every Monday, Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas also wants public officials, especially senators and congressmen, to have a minimum wage just like most Filipino workers in the country. The progressive lawmaker made the call on Monday after Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao suggested over the weekend to require public officials--from division chiefs, cabinet secretaries to elected officials--to take public transportation every Monday to help "ease traffic congestion and vehicle volume on the roads of Metro Manila." Brosas said giving minimum wage to public officials could help them feel the suffering of ordinary Filipinos. "Para malaman sa kat...

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Vera moves on from first ONE loss, sets sights on defending heavyweight belt

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:03
MANILA, Philippines---Reigning ONE heavyweight world champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera did not hide his disappointment after failed his bid to become a two-division world champion in the biggest night of ONE Championship. Vera absorbed his first loss in the organization following a second-round TKO stoppage to light heavyweight world champion Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang in the main event of the historic ONE: Century at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. As promised, Vera brought the heat. But it just was not his night as the Kachin State hero absorbed his best shots, countered them, and scored a TKO. "Sometimes, things don't go as planned, sometimes no matter how ...

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Singapore-listed Yoma in tie-up with Ayala unit for renewable energy projects in Myanmar

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 15:59
SINGAPORE - Myanmar-focused Yoma Strategic Holdings said on Monday it will form a strategic partnership with AC Energy, the energy platform of Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corporation. The two companies are looking to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to scale up Yoma Micro Power (S) Pte Ltd (YMP) and to explore developing around 200 megawatts of additional renewable energy projects within Myanmar, which will include participating in large utility-scale renewable projects. As part of this transaction, Yoma Strategic and AC Energy have signed a binding term sheet for the new JV to invest at least US$30 million (S$41.2 million) into YMP. YMP builds micro power plants and mini ...

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