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Pacquiao: With messy justice system, PH not yet ready to have death penalty

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 11:19
  MANILA, Philippines --- Presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao believes it is not yet time to "activate" death penalty as the justice system is not yet fixed and remains "messy." Pacquiao on Wednesday said a faulty judicial system could result in many innocent individuals sentenced to death. "Pwede naman i-activate yung death penalty sa bansa natin pero sa aking nakikita sa sitwasyon ng gobyerno, hindi siguro tama pa o nararapat pa na I-activate ngayon dahil masyado pang sabog-sabog at di maayos ang judicial system natin," Pacquiao said in an interview with Teleradyo. (We can activate death penalty but from what I am seeing as the situation in the government, I belie...

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LOOK: Marian Rivera arrives in Israel to judge in Miss Universe pageant

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 11:18
Marian Rivera has finally made it to Israel to serve as a judge in the upcoming 70th Miss Universe pageant. The actress was accompanied to Israel by her glam team and her husband, actor Dingdong Dantes, as seen on her Instagram Stories yesterday, Dec. 7. "I have arrived," Rivera said while showing herself in what appears to be an airport. She also gave fans a glimpse of a moment where she, Dantes and her team were all together in a vehicle in Israel. Makeup artist Steven Doloso, meanwhile, showed Rivera's arrival look on his Instagram Story, also yesterday. Rivera wore a black cropped top and a white coat paired with black high-waisted pants when she landed in Israel...

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Drake withdraws his two Grammy nominations

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 11:08
Canadian rap superstar Drake asked for his two Grammy nominations to be withdrawn this year and the Recording Academy has honored his request, multiple sources told AFP Monday. Drake had been up for two rap awards at January's ceremony, but his mega-hit album "Certified Lover Boy" was conspicuously left out of the general field categories last month, and the artist has clashed with the Academy multiple times. The singer is also currently facing multiple lawsuits over a rap concert in Texas last month during which ten fans were killed by a lethal crowd surge. No explanation was provided by Drake's representatives for his request. A source close to the artist said the decis...

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Broken drainage causes flooding along Macapagal Boulevard — P’que mayor

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 11:06
  MANILA, Philippines --- Due to a broken drainage, constructions dump their water on the road which led to flooding along Macapagal Boulevard, Paraaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Wednesday. The area affected is the road adjacent to the Paraaque Integrated Terminal Exchange. "Sinabihan na rin po namin para po 'yung kanilang drainage po ay umano 'yung tubig du'n sa ibang lugar, pero talaga 'yun lang po ang tatakbuhan kaya kailangan matapos 'yung drainage na 'yun," Olivarez said on Teleradyo's Kabayan. (We told them to direct their drainage to another way but that is the only path where the waters could go so the drainage should be repaired already.) When ask...

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Nicole Kidman brings Lucille Ball to life in ‘Being the Ricardos’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:59
LOS ANGELES --- Actors Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem on Monday launched their latest film "Being the Ricardos" in Los Angeles about Hollywood icon Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who starred in the classic American sitcom "I Love Lucy" but were also a couple off-screen. Tony Hale, who plays the sitcom's executive producer Jess Oppenheimer, said audiences don't need to know "I Love Lucy" prior to watching the film, which was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. "Sorkin always wanted us to focus on the humanity of what these characters are going through," Hale said. "They're human beings dealing with high stakes." During one week of the sitcom's production, Ball is not only ac...

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House passes new debt ceiling plan after McConnell cuts deal with Democrats

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:54
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached an agreement to create a one-time process that would let Democrats raise the debt ceiling on their votes alone, a deal that underscores the lengths the GOP leader will go to avoid a damaging default without Republican support to increase the national borrowing limit.
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Duterte orders price cap of more medicines, drugs

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:54
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the price cap of more drugs for the leading causes of the morbidity in the country, Malacaang said Wednesday. Duterte signed on Tuesday Executive Order No. 155, which sets the maximum retail price for 34 drug molecules and 71 drug formulas used in agents of the following: -bone metabolism -analgesics -anesthetics -anti-angina -antiarrhythmics -anti-asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medicines, -antibiotics -anticoagulants -anticonvulsants -antidiabetic drugs -antidiuretics -antiemetics Also covered are drug molecules and formulas used in: -anti-glaucoma medicines -anti...

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Pacquiao: Wait for ICC, PH probe results to say if there’s EJK in drug war

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:50
MANILA, Philippines --- It would be best to await the result of ongoing investigations to say there is extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the Duterte government's bloody war against drugs, presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday. "Ongoing ang investigation, respetuhin natin ang investigation," Pacquiao said in an interview with Teleradyo when asked if he believes there were EJKs in the war on drugs. (There are ongoing investigations on that, let's respect that.) "May investigation tayo dito sa atin, may investigation din sa ICC (International Criminal Court). Hintayin natin ang investigation nila. Doon natin masasabi na may EJK, kung meron man," he added. (We...

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BTS to take extended break ahead of March concert

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:45
LOS ANGELES --- South Korean superstar pop band BTS will take an "extended period of rest" following United States appearances this month before returning to the stage in Seoul in March, the group's management company said. Bighit Music, the group's management company, said in a statement on Sunday that the musicians would take a break over the holidays and prepare for a concert and new album that will start a "new chapter." "They are preparing for a concert this coming March to connect and communicate with fans in-person in Seoul," management said. The seven-member boy band is a global sensation, with catchy upbeat tunes including this past summer's hit "Butter." BTS hel...

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Peter Dinklage leads new remake of French classic in ‘Cyrano’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:36
LONDON --- "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage takes the lead role in the musical drama "Cyrano," a new movie adaptation of the classic French story, which had its United Kingdom premiere on Tuesday. Adapted from a theatre production written by his wife Erica Schmidt, Dinklage reprises his 2018 stage role of the swordsman with a gift for words, who struggles to declare his feelings to the woman he loves because of his perceived unattractive appearance. The film is the latest remake of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play "Cyrano de Bergerac," in which the titular character helps newcomer Christian pen love letters to Roxanne, the object of both men's affection. One big change Schmi...

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55 Central Luzon cops waive right to get vaccinated vs COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:30
MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga----At least 55 of the 15,639 police officers in Central Luzon have waived their right to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Health Service disclosed on Tuesday, Dec. 7. While the health service did not say why the 55 police officers refused vaccination, the PRO3 Public Information Office said pregnancy and religious beliefs were the common reasons for not getting vaccinated against the viral disease. Lt. Col. Soledad Elefanio, PRO3 public information officer, earlier told the Inquirer that pregnant policewomen feared that the vaccination might cause adverse effects to their physical condition and others said their relig...

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UAE shrinks work week, shifts to Western-style weekend

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:26
DUBAI --- The United Arab Emirates is slashing its official working week to four-and-a-half days and moving its weekend to Saturday and Sunday in a major shift aimed at improving competitiveness, officials said on Tuesday. The "national working week" is mandatory for government bodies from January 1 and bucks the regional norm of a full day off on Friday for Muslim prayers. Scott Livermore, chief economist at Oxford Economics Middle East, an advisory firm, said businesses could choose their working week but were likely to align with the public sector. While becoming the only Gulf country not to have a Friday-Saturday weekend, the resource-rich and ambitious UAE now comes int...

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Parañaque vaccinates 10,000 persons daily during nat’l vax program

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:22
MANILA, Philippines ---Paraaque City was able to administer 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines daily during the national inoculation drive dubbed Bayanihan, Bakunahan. The Bayanihan, Bakunahan was held from November 29 to December 1, but was extended in some areas until December 3. "'Yung last time po natin very successful 'yung ating 29, 30, saka 'yung 1 at saka 'yung extension. Sa Paraaque po, in fact, naka-10,000 po kami everyday nung ating vaccination day na 'yun," Paraaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez told Teleradyo's Kabayan on Wednesday. (The last vaccination drive was very successful, the 29, 30, 1 and the extension. In Paraaque, in fact, we administered 10,000 everyday during th...

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Home dubbed 'house from hell' gets a new look

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:19
A Colorado Springs, Colorado, house was so badly trashed by a former tenant that its real estate agent described it as "the house from hell." The home sold for $580,000 and is back on the market with a new transformation. CNN affiliate KKTV takes us inside.
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Pacquiao: Cusi, not Duterte, is reason for PDP-Laban infighting

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:10
MANILA, Philippines ---The reason for the "infighting" in the ruling party PDP-Laban is no other than Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday. Pacquiao said that Cusi, who leads one of the factions in the PDP-Laban, has a lot of "vested interest" in the party. The infighting within the party has resulted in the formation of two factions---one led by Cusi and President Rodrigo Duterte, and the other led by Pacquiao and Senator Koko Pimentel. "Ang dahilan dyan ay si Cusi. Siya ang may nakikita natin maraming vested interest dyan. Kalaunan, iniwanan din nila ang partido, wala tuloy tumakbo ng presidente sa partido PDP," Pacquiao said i...

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Chile's Congress votes to legalize same-sex marriage

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:07
Chile's Congress voted on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, clearing the way for it to become law.
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‘Highly unlikely’ existing vaccines will fail against Omicron—WHO

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 10:06
GENEVA --- Omicron does not appear to cause more severe disease than previous Covid variants, and is "highly unlikely" to fully dodge vaccine protections, a top WHO official told AFP Tuesday. Speaking to AFP, the World Health Organization's second-in-command, said that while a lot remained to be learned about the new, heavily mutated variant of Covid-19, preliminary data indicated it did not make people sicker than Delta and other strains. "The preliminary data doesn't indicate that this is more severe. In fact, if anything, the direction is towards less severity," WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said in an interview, insisting though that more research was needed. "It...

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South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases top 7,000 for first time

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 09:59
SEOUL -- South Korea's new daily COVID-19 cases rose above 7,000 for the first time, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Wednesday, putting hospital capacity under strain as deaths and severe cases rise. Infections in South Korea have skyrocketed this month after the government began to ease restrictions under a so-called "living with COVID-19" scheme in November. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 7,175 new coronavirus cases and 63 deaths for Tuesday, and hospitals are treating a record 840 critical and serious cases. The government will mobilise additional personnel to oversee coronavirus patients treating themselves at home and improve the eme...

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Cop, murder suspect killed in shootout in Basilan town

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 09:42
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur --- A police officer and a murder suspect were killed in a shootout that ensued when law enforcers served an arrest warrant in Lamitan City, Basilan on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 7). Brigadier General Domingo Gobway, commander of the Army's Joint Task Force Basilan, said the police operation was meant to arrest Jerry Omar Harayin, also known as Borhan Harayin, on force of a warrant for murder issued by Judge Grace Tillah, acting presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 2 in Isabela City. Based on a police report, Harayin was inside his residence in Barangay Baas, Lamitan City, when members of the Special Action Force (SAF) arrived to serve the a...

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U.S. Senate back sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 09:34
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate rejected a resolution on Tuesday that would have prohibited the proposed sale of advanced medium range air-to-air missiles, missile launchers and other weapons and support to Saudi Arabia. The vote was 67 to 30 against the resolution, which was introduced by Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee, as well as Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats. While many U.S. lawmakers consider Saudi Arabia an important partner in the Middle East, members of Congress also have criticized the country for its involvement in the war in Yemen, a conflict considered one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. "Exporting more missiles to Saudi Arabia does no...

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