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Yearend Special: Celebrity weddings, engagement that headlined 2023

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 09:00
Meeting the love of your life is fate. But choosing to stay with them for the rest of your life is a decision. And these celebrities decided to be with their chosen one in 2023, as you will find in this yearend special. Apart from the messy scandals and cheating allegations that plagued the year, these celebrity couples are proof that true love still exists. Their respective paths to "I do" were not easy --- especially for some who were previously involved in painful breakups --- but it doesn't mean hope is lost. It even led them to meeting the person who will stay for life. Take a look at the couples who decided to take their relationship further by getting engaged, and those ...

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PNR reopens Naga-Legazpi rail line after six years

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 08:49
  MANILA, Philippines ---The train operations from Naga Cityin Camarines Sur to Legazpi City in Albayreopened to the public on Wednesday after a six-year suspension, thePhilippine National Railways (PNR)said. According to PNR, its trains once again resumed services on the routes after a temporary suspension in April 2017 due to a lack of enough train coaches and locomotives. "Ngayong umaga, December 27, matapos ang higit na anim na taon, muling tinahak ng mga PNR trains ang 101-kilometrong rutang Naga-Legazpi-Naga sa Bicol Region," PNR said in a press release. (This morning, December 27, after more than six years, PNR trains once again traveled the 101-kilometer Naga...

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Palace renames police camps, PNP lots to honor distinguished officers

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 08:09
MANILA, Philippines --- President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered the renaming of five Philippine National Police (PNP) camps and lots while giving three other police properties after notable officers, said the Palace on Wednesday. In Proclamation No. 429, Marcos ordered the renaming of five PNP camps and real properties. READ: THE FACES OF THE #SAF44 "It is fitting to give honor to former servicemen who have shown patriotism, courage, and dedication in serving the provinces and municipalities to which they are assigned, and distinguished themselves in their service to the nation, by way of naming PNP facilities in their honor," Marcos said in the order. READ: SAF 44's 'last...

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China continues to blame PH for provoking WPS dispute

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 08:07
MANILA, Philippines --- China continues to blame the Philippines for the dispute in the West Philippine Sea, saying the latter's change of policy, position, and its refusal to "honor its commitment" violate international law. In a regular press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Mao Ning said the "recent developments" in the South China Sea are caused by the Philippines' deliberate infringement of China's sovereignty and provocations. "The responsibility lies with the Philippines. China will resolutely protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests," Mao said on Tuesday evening. Mao's statement came after Col. Medel Aguilar, Armed Forces of the Philipp...

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Israel strikes Gaza as UN voices grave concern

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 07:43
A flare falls over Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as seen from southern Israel, December 24, 2023. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura Palestinian territories -- Israel on Tuesday kept up its strikes against Gaza targets despite grave concern expressed by the United Nations, which named a coordinator for desperately needed humanitarian aid. The Israeli army said it struck military sites and tunnel shafts in Jabalia, northern Gaza, and Khan Yunis in the south, as heavy ground combat continued. Incidents linked to Iran-backed groups in the Red Sea, on the Lebanese border and in Iraq added to regional tensions surrounding the war....

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Expect isolated rains over parts of Luzon, Mindanao Wednesday — Pagasa

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 07:34
  MANILA, Philippines ---Cloud clusters may bring isolated rain showers and thunderstorms over parts of Luzon and Mindanao on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. According to the state weather bureau, the rain brought by cloud clusters are not expected to last for the entire day. "As early as this morning, mayroon po tayong namamataan na mga cloud clusters o mga pulu-pulong kaulapan na maaaring magdala ng mga isolated rain showers and thunderstorms sa may bahagi ng Zamboanga Peninsula, gayon din sa ilang bahagi ng Davao region, Soccsksargen, at sa may Bicol region," said Pagasa weather specialist Pat...

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Free Palestinian prisoners in Israel, local Muslims ask

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 05:50
The local Muslim group One Bangsamoro Movement (1Bangsa) on Monday made an appeal to Israel to free all Palestinian it holds as prisoners of war in Tel Aviv as it also calls for a total ceasefire in the Gaza Strip to stop the continuing increase of casualties. "Free the hostages, whether Israeli or whatever their nationalities may be. That's our call for Israel to release the [Palestinian] civilians whose majority are seniors, women and especially children that they imprisoned in this war," 1Bangsa president Alan Balangi told the Inquirer on Monday. The group has been a vocal supporter of the safety of Palestinian civilians in the Israel-Hamas war. One of which was the recent e...

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PH to China: Respect, sincerity are key to sea row dialogue

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 05:48
China should first stop its hostile actions at sea before it enters into a dialogue with the Philippines, an official of the National Security Council (NSC) said on Tuesday, amid worsening tensions in the West Philippine Sea. The territorial disputes between the two countries have grown more tense this year as Beijing seeks to assert its maritime dominance in the South China Sea. "Dialogues can only succeed in an atmosphere of mutual respect and sincerity between two sovereign nations. The Philippines is ready to reciprocate provided that the bullying, harassment, and aggressive actions are ended immediately," NSC spokesperson and Assistant Director General Jonathan Malaya said...

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Cone admits Ginebra fate not completely in its hands

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 05:20
  Barangay Ginebra doesn't see itself having a firm hold of its fortunes for the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup despite pulling off two wins that included a hard-fought result on Christmas Day. "We need things to happen for us and we know that," said coach Tim Cone after their 86-78 defeat of shorthanded TNT at Smart Araneta Coliseum pushed the Kings to 6-3 (win-loss) with two games left in their elimination round assignment. Defeating TNT and, previously, Meralco, kept Ginebra within sniffing distance of the three other teams seeking to secure the important playoff bonus. Magnolia was th...

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Special gifts bring holiday cheers for pros

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 05:15
The wrappers have been torn off and the ribbons ripped. Among the gifts they received this Christmas, what thrilled Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players the most? Ginebra's Jared Dillinger said it was cryptocurrency video games. "I've been getting lots of Web3 video games. I've been playing them a lot lately so I'd say that's one of the coolest ones I've been getting ... It's like cryptocurrency video games. Think of Call of Duty, Fortnite, except Web3 gives you digital ownership," explained a jolly Dillinger before the Gin Kings' 86-78 win over TNT on Monday. "I got like 50, so I'm playing them all. It's going to be the next revolution." After the game, TNT st...

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Inoue puts super bantam division under one rule, stops Tapales in 10th

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 05:10
Naoya Inoue is an undisputed champion for the second time in his career. The Japanese star wore Marlon Tapales down with his power and then connected on a classic 1-2 for a 10th-round stoppage on Tuesday at Ariake Arena in Tokyo. "The Monster" thus unified the super bantamweight belts, adding Tapales' International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association crowns to his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles. And Inoue is ready to take on all comers in the division, hinting on plans to stay there before moving to try and clean up another weight class. "I think super bantamweight is my weight division for now so in 2024, I would like [to...

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Celebs’ wish list, goals for 2024

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/27/2023 - 00:15
IZA CALZADO This is going to sound clich, but right now, seeing what the world needs, I'm just praying for peace. Peace, peace, peace. We're not blind. We're seeing what's happening all around the world, especially in conflict-affected areas. That's what I pray for. The holidays are extra special because of Deia (her daughter). Everyday is extra special now. As for plans, let's just say we won't be in Manila. RAYVER CRUZ As we get older, there's nothing more important than good health. That's my wish for my family and loved ones, for them to stay healthy. For the industry, I wish for more work. I hope producers will make more quality movies because we all miss going back ...

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1 injured in firearm incident days before New Year–PNP

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 21:13
MANILA, Philippines --- A person was injured in an illegal firearms discharge incident a few days before New Year's, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday. As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the PNP reported seven cases of illegal firearms discharge, with five firearms confiscated. However, authorities have not recorded any casualties due to stray bullets. READ: Man nabbed for firing gun inside PNP HQ to protest 'corruption' in BSKE Illegal Firecrackers Seized Meanwhile, the PNP confiscated 190,390 pesos worth of illegal firecrackers nationwide. Confiscated firecrackers include piccolo, poppop, five-star, pla-pla, judas belt, "sawa," and others. The Department of Health has...

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LTO issues show-cause order, suspends licenses in Mandaluyong SUV crash

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 21:10
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region (LTO-NCR) has issued a show-cause order against both the driver and the owner of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) involved in a road crash incident in Mandaluyong City. According to the LTO-NCR in a statement on Tuesday, the driver's licenses of both individuals have also been suspended for 90 days. The road crash incident, which went viral online, occurred at around 1:45 a.m. on December 23, 2023, along Edsa corner United Street, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. In the show-cause order issued by Regional Director Roque Verzosa III, both the owner and the driver of the Mitsubishi ...

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Inoue knocks out Tapales, becomes undisputed champion anew

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 20:50
Japan's Naoya Inoue became an undisputed world champion at a second weight on Tuesday after knocking out the Philippines' Marlon Tapales in the 10th round to claim all four super bantamweight belts. The unbeaten Inoue, nicknamed "Monster", sent Tapales to the canvas with a huge right hand in Tokyo to add the WBA and IBF titles to his own WBC and WBO belts. Inoue, who took his record to 26-0 with 23 KOs, becomes only the second man to unify all four world titles in two different weight classes. https://twitter.com/trboxing/status/1739615317163118681 American Terence Crawford became the first after beating compatriot Errol Spence for all the welterweight belts in July. "...

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A whiff of tears reduces male aggression, says study

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 20:46
Watching someone cry often evokes an emotional response -- but according to a new study published Thursday, human tears themselves contain a chemical signal that reduces brain activity linked to aggression. The research was carried out by the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and appeared in PLOS Biology, a US science journal. Though it involved female tears, because women made themselves available as donors, it probably isn't a sex-dependent effect, the authors say. Numerous studies have shown rodent tears contain chemicals serving as social signals they emit on demand -- female mice tears for example reduce fighting among males; and subordinate male mole rats smear thems...

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HORI7ON elated to showcase Filipino talent at Asia Artist Awards 2023

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 20:19
For HORI7ON, being chosen as one of the local acts to make history at the Asia Artist Awards (AAA) 2023 was a "dream come true," since they consider the experience as a "blessing" for them to display what Filipino talent is made of. The septet --- consisting of Vinci Malizon, Kim Ng, Kyler Chua, Reyster Yton, Winston Pineda, Jeromy Batac, and Marcus Cabais --- made history at AAA 2023 last Dec. 14 at the Philippine Arena when they performed a rock version of their debut single "Sixteen," and became one of the recipients of the Focus Award under the music category. As seen from the audience, the global pop group displayed their potential to be performance monsters as they took a...

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CPP refutes military report of dwindling NPA forces

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 19:39
LUCENA CITY --- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) scoffed at the latest report by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on the allegedly dwindling strength and numbers of the New People's Army (NPA) rebels. "The AFP keeps on saying that the NPA is diminishing, but they can't wipe them out," Marco Valbuena, CPP spokesman, said in an online interview Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 26). He added, "They have a gunpowder mindset. The AFP thinks they can eliminate the NPA solely through their bombs and cannons, and by killing and intimidating the masses." Valbuena said the AFP has been making the same claims for years "they sound like a broken record." He was responding...

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MMFF committee denies art card showing first-day box office tally

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 19:37
Check out our live updates to get the latest on the MMFF 2023! The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) committee is denying an art card circulating on social media about the initial box office tally of participating films in the festival's first day. An art card posted by the Facebook page Pinoy History claimed that the MMFF entries "Rewind" (P110 million), "Mallari" (P31 million), and "Penduko" (P25 million) are the three films that generated the most ticket sales last Dec. 25, the first day of the film showing. Meanwhile, the films that supposedly followed were "A Family of Two" (P12.5 million), "Firefly" (P11.1 million), "When I Met You in Tokyo" (P10.1 million), "K(ampon...

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INQToday: PH not provoking conflict in South China Sea — AFP

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/26/2023 - 19:12
https://youtube.com/live/zow5iiFLtoQ Here's a quick roundup of today's top stories: PH not provoking conflict in South China Sea --- AFP The Philippines is not provoking conflict in the South China Sea, the country's military spokesperson said on Tuesday, in response to China's accusation that Manila is encroaching on Beijing's territory. "Philippines is not provoking conflict. We follow international law and we are only implementing our domestic law, meaning the limits of our territorial waters and exclusive economic zone where we have sovereign rights," Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Col.Medel Aguilar told state-run broadcaster PTV. NSC welcomes China's offer of ...

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