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Guard constitutional order, law grads told

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:22
  MANILA, Philippines --- Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza on Tuesday exhorted the graduating class of the University of the Philippines College of Law to be the "special guardians" of the constitutional order whose collapse, he warned, could give rise to an "authoritarian regime."   "Without order, there can be no peace. Of course peace can be brought about by a violent order, [but] that's not the peace we want. That's the peace of the graveyard," said Mendoza, who earned a reputation as a fierce constitutionalist during his tenure as an associate justice, and has emerged as a critic of the Duterte administration's proposed shift to federali...

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COA: PNP gets pay hike despite missed targets

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:22
MANILA, Philippines --- Despite the Philippine National Police falling short of its 2018 targets, the salaries of its personnel nearly doubled in the past year, the Commission on Audit (COA) bared in its annual audit report.   The PNP managed to arrest only 19.37 percent of the most wanted persons on its list, despite an earlier target of at least 51.57 percent. And yet, the salaries and wages of its personnel spiked from P41.9 billion in 2017, to P74.7 billion in 2018, the COA reported.   The same report showed that the PNP fell short of its 60-percent target to arrest persons with outstanding warrants within 30 days of receipt of their warrants, and managed to rea...

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Global Ferronickel braces for infra boom with steel manufacturing debut

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:20
Listed Global Ferronickel Holdings Inc. (FNI) is investing at least $50 million to go into the steel manufacturing business by 2021 as the current infrastructure buildup under the Duterte administration is expected to keep chugging.   In a media briefing on Wednesday, FNI president and chief executive Dante Bravo unveiled the company's plan to put up a $20-million steel plant in Luzon alongside partner, Hong Kong-based Huarong Asia Limited. It is expected to shell out $25-30 million more to jump-start operations by 2021.   Bravo said the decision to expand into steel manufacturing was due to the growing domestic demand for the commodity, especially with the governme...

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Pagasa: Harvest rain for household use

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:20
With dry taps across Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has advised residents to take advantage of the rainfall caused by the southwest monsoon, and harvest rainwater for household use.   "We actually have a lot of water but it goes to waste down our canals," said Landrico Dalida Jr., Pagasa deputy administrator for operations and services, at a press briefing on Wednesday. "But if we harvest the water, it can somehow help us during the water shortage."   Despite afternoon and evening rain showers in recent days, the water level in Angat Dam has continued to dip, and was record...

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Prelate urges parents to be open to teach kids about sex

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:18
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has urged parents to be open in educating their children about sex and sexuality amid the impact of media on the young's perception about it.   "Parents have the main responsibility of teaching our children the right behavior and values. If not, we may also ask other relatives, like grandparents, uncles, aunts to help guide our children," the prelate said during a recent dialogue with young people in line with the archdiocese's celebration of the Year of the Youth.   "Now, sexuality is out in the open. It is in TV shows, movies, songs. It is all out there ... And children do not fully understand t...

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Napocor’s SPUG cited in World Bank report

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:16
National Power Corp., through its Small Power Utilities Group (Napocor-SPUG), is the top entity globally in terms of developing and operating minigrids that help bring electricity to hard-to-serve areas, according to the World Bank.   The multilateral lender said in its report titled "Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers" Napocor-SPUG led with 950 minigrids---both installed and being developed---trailed by Russia's RAO with 500 minigrids.   Also, Napocor-SPUG's portfolio is almost 10 times that of the leading private-sector developer of minigrids---PowerGen, which has 100 such facilities across seven countries across ...

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PH market nearly falls off 8,000 mark

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:14
The local stock barometer slipped for the second straight session but stayed above 8,000 on Wednesday as trade war and US interest rate jitters spooked regional markets.   The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) lost 20.52 points, or 0.26 percent, to close at 8,013.57, tracking sluggish sentiment across the region.   Foreign selling intensified, resulting in P573.62 million in net outflow from the local bourse.   Meanwhile, the US dollar slightly gained against major currencies after the chief of St. Louis Federal Reserve said a US Fed rate cut might be timely but downplayed prospects for a 50-basis point cut.   "The comments c...

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PH retains Tier 1 rank in US index on trafficking

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:14
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines has retained its Tier 1 ranking in the US government's human trafficking index for 2019, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced, as he asked BI officers assigned at the airport and other ports to be vigilant in monitoring syndicates engaged in the crime.   A Tier 1 rating means the Philippine government fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and has continually demonstrated serious and sustained efforts to combat the crime.   The Philippines leads the ranking in East Asia and the Pacific, sharing the Tier 1 status with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Also in Tier 1 are Aust...

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PSBank’s new mobile cash remittance app launched

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:12
Philippine Savings Bank, the thrift banking arm of the Metrobank Group, has rolled out a new service that allows its depositors to remit cash using its mobile app even to people without bank accounts.   The new service, PaSend, allows PSBank depositors to send instant cash 24/7 to relatives and friends via the PSBank Mobile App. The funds can be withdrawn by the intended recipient from any PSBank or Metrobank ATM using the cardless withdrawal option.   "Some 77 percent of Filipinos do not have a bank account and while we are one with the industry in efforts to enhance financial inclusion in the country, the PaSend service hopes to address the growing need for a low-...

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Survey: Rudeness, respect may affect your health

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:12
MANILA, Philippies --- Rudeness may affect your health, warned a recent study meant to determine "the state of being healthy, happy and successful among Filipinos."   The study by local health maintenance organization (HMO) PhilhealthCare Inc. (PhilCare) indicated that though Filipinos believe themselves to be in overall good health, they also put a premium on their psychological well-being, "the most important predictor of health and wellness," said University of the Philippines professor Fernando Paragas, the study's lead researcher.   "If that gets eroded, then our overall sense of well-being will negatively be affected," he said, adding that many factors affect ...

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Women accuse ex-Gambia president of rape

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:11
Three women have accused Gambia's ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of carrying out a series of rapes and sexual assaults while in power, according to Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International, a group that advocates for crime victims.
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Rules on insurers’ investments in REITs finally out

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:08
The Insurance Commission (IC) has released the rules that will finally allow insurance companies to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs), the rollout of which had been put on hold for a decade due to then unresolved tax issues.   "While the Insurance Code specifically allows insurance companies to invest in REITs, it is not a self-executory provision. In other words, there is a need for the issuance of implementing rules and regulations," Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said in a statement.   Under Circular Letter No. 2019-27 issued on June 21, the IC said REITs could be admitted assets of insurance firms and mutual benefit associations (MBAs); for pre...

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Nearly 100 drivers followed a Google Maps detour and wound up stuck in an empty field

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:08
Technology isn't always foolproof, as about 100 Colorado drivers learned when Google Maps offered them a supposedly quick way out of a traffic jam.
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Prince William would 'fully support' his kids if they were gay

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 04:06
Prince William said today that he wouldn't care if his children were gay, but he'd be worried about the pressures they would face from society.
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Astronauts snap breathtaking photos of volcano eruption

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 03:49
A volcano that had been dormant since 1924 erupted on June 22 and created a plume of smoke so big it could be seen from space.
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This 'ninja' mom made TV history

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 03:39
Sandy Zimmerman, 42, is both the first mom and oldest woman ever to complete a course on "American Ninja Warrior."
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2 women die after coconut tree falls on them

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 03:16
LINAMON, Lanao del Norte, Philippines --- Two women died on the spot as a coconut tree fell and threw them off the motorcycle they were riding at Purok 3 here around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. According to police, Lorna Paradero, 24, and Julie Flor Tanggaro, a student, were on their way to Sitio Tinago, Robocon here when a strong wind caused a coconut tree to fall on the road, throwing them off the motorcycle. Witnesses said the motorcycle driver, Emanuel Pelarion, did not immediately notice that his two passengers had already thrown off. But once he realized they were no longer behind him, he parked his motorcycle and walked back to find them lifeless near the fallen tre...

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Joseph Estrada to wife: ‘I’ll never be your ex-husband’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 03:05
MANILA, Philippines --- Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Wednesday night vowed to his wife, Dr. Luisa "Loi" Ejercito, that she would never have to call him her "ex-husband." During his thanksgiving party at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay, Estrada introduced the doctor, a former senator, as his "one and only wife." "I just want to thank my one and only wife, Doctora Ejercito," Estrada said during the first part of his valedictory speech. "You know, as I have said, I am the king of exes --- ex-movie actor, ex-mayor, ex-senator, ex-vice president, ex-president, and ex-convict. But darling, I'll never be your ex-husband," he added. The words of Estrada ...

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Chinese smartphone company finds creative place to put selfie camera

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 02:58
One day, our phones may just be smooth panes of glass.
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