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Angel Locsin gifts fan with P20,000 as early Christmas treat

7 min 10 sec ago
Angel Locsin may have just made a fan's holiday season merrier by giving away P20,000 cash as an early Christmas gift. The actress decided to give a random netizen a cash gift when she realized in her recent vlog that some people might not be able to celebrate Christmas this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she said on her Instagram page yesterday, Dec. 8. The vlog, released on YouTube last Dec. 2, showed Locsin and her husband Neil Arce making DIY Christmas decorations with event stylist Randy Lazaro. "While we were making DIY Christmas decors on our last episode of 'The Angel and Neil Channel,' event stylist Randy Lazaro shared that celebrating Christmas was not a ...

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Doctors weigh COVID-19 impact on children as vaccine drives ramp up

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JERUSALEM --- One month after her son Eran had recovered from a mild case of COVID-19, Sara Bittan rushed the three-year-old to the emergency room. He had a high fever, a rash, his eyes and lower body were swollen and red, his stomach was hurting, and he was crying in pain. Eventually diagnosed with the rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), also known as a pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome or PIMS, Eran was hospitalized in October for a week and has fully recovered, Bittan said. "It is important for me to tell parents, mothers, all over the world that there is a risk. They should know," said Bittan. "He suffered a lot and I suffered with him." ...

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Matt Thomas is fourth Bulls player in NBA’s COVID-19 protocol

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Reserve guard Matt Thomas on Wednesday became the fourth Chicago Bulls player currently in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Thomas, who joins forwards DeMar DeRozan and Javonte Green and guard Coby White, is expected to miss several games, The Athletic reported. The Bulls have road games this week against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night and the Miami Heat on Saturday. The NBA permits teams in this position to apply for a hardship exception, which includes the clearance to sign a player to the active roster. Chicago used the slot to add Stanley Johnson to the roster, but he might not join the team until Saturday in Miami. Thomas, 27, has appeared in eig...

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Striking out parts of terror law a ‘small victory’ for human rights, advocates say

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MANILA, Philippines --- The Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) is a 'small victory' for human rights, critics of the law and rights advocates said on Thursday. Separate statements of the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL), lawyer and professor Tony La Via, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chair Chel Diokno, and other legal luminaries indicated that the removal of the qualifier in Section 4 of Republic Act No. 11479 as an important win in protecting the rights of the people. "[FLAG] considers the decision of the Supreme Court to strike down the qualifier to the proviso in Section 4 of RA 11479...

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ICTSI fast-tracks Manila port expansion, shifts to greener facilities

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MANILA, Philippines---Billionaire Enrique Razon Jr.'s International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is accelerating investments at its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) amid the gradual recovery in global trade. The company said on Thursday (Dec. 9) that the second-phase development of MICT's berths 7 and 8 will add full back-up areas for future berths, or areas where vessels stay anchored. "A substantial part of the ICTSI Group's 2022 budget has been earmarked for these MICT upgrades that will further strengthen MICT's capacity to effectively serve the world's larger box ships and the increasing volume that comes with a recovering economy," the c...

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Unrivaled GMA Network sees higher 2021 profit, to boost startup capital to P1B

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MANILA, Philippines--- GMA's evolving strategy, through GMA Ventures Inc., will help the company deliver "more revenues and net income for our stockholders", chair and CEO Felipe Gozon said on Thursday (Dec. 9). Gozon shared few details during the company's special stockholders' meeting, revealing that GMA had invested in "one or two so-called startup companies" and that other offers were being evaluated. Once averse to making risky new investments, GMA has since changed its stance when it announced the establishment of GMA Ventures earlier this year to focus on non-core businesses outside TV. "If a good opportunity presents itself for the company to earn considerable rev...

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Pacquiao open to a Duterte endorsement for president

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https://youtu.be/cP7v6PY6AHk MANILA, Philippines --- Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao is open for an endorsement from President Rodrigo Duterte for next year's national elections. Pacquiao said he has not talked with Duterte for a possible endorsement for the presidency, but added that he would be "okay" should the Chief Executive eventually decide to support him. "Hindi naman kami nag-uusap pero ang sa atin, unity naman tayo. Nagsama-sama. Tatanggapin naman natin yung lahat ng tao na naniniwala sa atin," Pacquiao told reporters. (We have talked but for me, I am for unity. We will welcome everyone who believes in us.) "Okay naman, sabi ko nga tinatanggap natin ...

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Pakistan detects first Omicron case – health ministry official

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KARACHI --- Authorities in Pakistan have detected the first case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in the South Asian nation, a provincial health ministry official told Reuters on Thursday. The spokesperson in the southern province of Sindh said the infection was found in an unvaccinated patient being treated at a private hospital in Pakistan's most populous city of Karachi. The patient had traveled abroad, said the official, who gave no details of the location, but added that contact tracing was underway....

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Google reveals the top search queries in the Philippines for 2021

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, December 9, 2021 --- Google announced today the several local lists--trends, news, personalities, shows, and more---that topped Filipinos' search queries in 2021. The local results, especially the Overall Top Trending Searches of the annual Year in Search provide an insight on what mattered most to Filipinos this year. "COVID-19 prevention" topped this year's list which signifies that Filipinos continue to rely on Google Search to look for helpful information to keep themselves safe and prevent the spread of the virus. Marked as the year of healing, 2021 in the Philippines saw searches on "VaxCertPH" (top 4) and "COVID-19 vaccine" (top 6) which are a good indic...

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Korean skincare secret weapon

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From hit singles like BTS's Dynamite to exploding Netflix dramas like Squid Game, Korea's popular culture exports are continuing their impressive surge globally. Korea's great cultural wave --- also known as "Hallyu" --- is categorized by its beautiful actors, singers and dancers. Given its core as a visual language, Korean pop culture has raised some obvious questions from the rest of us ordinary folks: what's the secret behind Korean beauty? What products are Koreans using and what habits are Koreans following to maintain that youthful glow? Inner Beauty is all the rage in Korea We did a bit of research on the topic --- and think we might be onto something. We found that arou...

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Palace task force probing slay of journalist Malabanan

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MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang's task force on media security isinvestigating the killing of veteran Filipino journalist Jesus Malabanan, condemning the murder "in the strongest possible terms." Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles on Thursday said the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFMS) is "exploring all angles," including the possibility that the killing is connected to Malabanan's work as a journalist. "[The PFMS] urges everyone with information to come forward to authorities and cooperate with law enforcers in order to immediately bring Mr. Malabanan's killers to justice," he said in a statement. "We condole with the fami...

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Kyle Kuzma’s last-second 3 lifts Wizards over Pistons in OT

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Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in overtime to give the visiting Washington Wizards a 119-116 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Kuzma had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Bradley Beal supplied 25 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 13 points and Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 12 points and seven assists. Jerami Grant's 28 points led Detroit, which lost its 10th straight. Cade Cunningham had 21 points and Frank Jackson contributed 19. https://twitter.com/WashWizards/status/1468777891064393733 The Pistons rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final six minutes of regulation to force overtime. Dinwiddie made a 3-pointer with 2:16...

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Lacson: Anti-terror law still a win for peace even if parts of it declared unconstitutional

1 hour 6 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines ---Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said that the Republic Act No. 11479 or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) remains a victory for all peace-loving Filipinos even if some parts of the controversial law were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC). Lacson, one of the principal authors and sponsors of the ATA in the Senate, explained that it was still a win because the high court did not proclaim the entire Sections 4 and 25 of the law unconstitutional as petitioners had hoped for. The SC ruled that certain portions of the ATA's Sections 4 and 5 be removed, which Lacson believed does not necessarily affect the spirit of the law. "Nag...

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Robredo hopes other concerns with Anti-Terror Law are addressed too

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MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo hopes that other concerns within the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) would be addressed also, as the Supreme Court's Public Information Office revealed that two parts of the law were deemed unconstitutional. In a statement on Thursday, Robredo said that any anti-terrorism law should target terroristic acts, and not be a weapon against free speech and legitimate dissent. Robredo's statements came after the Supreme Court (SC) voted 12-3 to strike down a portion of Section 4 of Republic Act No. 11479. "Today's Supreme Court advisory mentioned two provisions among many that were raised by the petitioners against the Anti-Terror Law. W...

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Heat match franchise record for treys in win over Bucks

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Caleb Martin -- playing on a two-way contract -- boosted a short-handed roster by scoring a career-high 28 points to lead the host Miami Heat to a 113-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Miami tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers, on 47 attempts (46.8 percent). Kyle Lowry added 22 points and a game-high 13 assists for the Heat. Miami reserve Max Strus contributed 16 points -- all of them in the fourth quarter -- connecting on 4 of 7 on 3-point attempts. Miami broke a season-worst, three-game home losing streak despite the absence of Jimmy Butler (tailbone) and Bam Adebayo (thumb), who are two of the team's top three scorers. https://twitter.com/NBA/...

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Drilon seeks measure vs anonymity of ‘trolls’ on social media

1 hour 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon is seeking a measure that would require social media platforms to reveal the identity of "trolls" using their platform. During the Senate hearing on the rise of social media in the country, Drilon raised that trolls have "impunity" to say what they want on social media due to anonymity. "In my view, the abuses done [on social media] is because of the anonymity of the trolls. In other words, they just keep on hitting everybody... they have the impunity because of the anonymity," Drilon said. Drilon said that while there are laws in place such for libel and cyberlibel, the anonymous nature of social media makes it ...

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Most COVID-19 cases showed symptoms, almost half were hospitalized — study

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  MANILA, Philippines --- A study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) showed that most COVID-19 cases showed symptoms of the disease while almost half required hospital stay, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Pea said Thursday. These were among the initial results of the DOST study titled "Clinical Characteristics and Transmission Patterns of COVID-19 in Confirmed Cases and their Contacts in the Philippines," as of October, Dela Pea said in an online forum. According to Dela Pea, the project aims to understand the key clinical epidemiological and virological characteristics of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and their close contacts. ...

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Nikola Jokic notches triple-double as Nuggets beat Pelicans in OT

1 hour 36 min ago
Nikola Jokic had a triple-double and scored 11 of his game-high 39 points in overtime as the visiting Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 120-114 on Wednesday night. Jokic added 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Will Barton scored 20 points, Monte Morris added 11 and JaMychal Green and Aaron Gordon had 10 each as the Nuggets won for just the third time in 11 games. Jonas Valanciunas led the Pelicans with 27 points and 11 rebounds, Herbert Jones Jr. scored a season-high 19, Brandon Ingram had 16, Nickeil Alexander-Walker 15 and Devonte' Graham and Josh Hart 12 each. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1468818943863255040 Pelicans backup guard Kira Lewis Jr. suffered a sp...

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Philippine Daily Inquirer celebrates 36th anniversary

1 hour 37 min ago
The Philippine Daily Inquirer celebrates today (Dec. 9) its 36th anniversary in simple rites. We congratulate PDI, the flagbearer so to speak of the Inquirer Group of Companies, on this milestone. Check the attached material to see and read the PDI's anniversary supplement. https://issuu.com/inquirerdotnet/docs/inquirer_anniversary...

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New Zealand to ban cigarette sales for future generations

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  New Zealand plans to ban young people from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime in one of the world's toughest crackdowns on the tobacco industry, arguing that other efforts to extinguish smoking were taking too long. People aged 14 and under in 2027 will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes in the Pacific country of five million -- part of proposals unveiled on Thursday that will also curb the number of retailers authorized to sell tobacco and cut nicotine levels in all products. "We want to make sure young people never start smoking so we will make it an offense to sell or supply smoked tobacco products to new cohorts of youth," New Zealand Associate Minister...

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