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The WhatsApp voice note that led to a death sentence

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:56
An intense argument recorded and posted in a WhatsApp group has led to a death penalty sentence and a family torn apart over allegations of insulting Prophet Mohammed, according to lawyers for the defendant.
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Brexit is back and the stakes are higher than ever

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:55
Britain left the European Union eight months ago. Nothing much changed for most people back then, but Brexit is now back with a vengeance as talks on a deal to keep trade flowing next year enter the final stretch.
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NCRPO wants SOCO team in each city of Metro Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:44
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday said they required one Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team at every city in Metro Manila to ensure a timely and effective response to investigating crime scenes. NCRPO said in a statement that it organized one SOCO Team in each of the cities in the nation's capital region under the operational control of the chief of police and station commanders. These SOCO teams will respond to calls for assistance within their respective areas of responsibility, NCRPO also noted. NCRPO said the SOCO personnel and teams were given proper training as well as new equipment, kits, uniform, offices, and ...

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Paulo Avelino likens doing action scenes to dancing

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:44
Paulo Avelino's role in ABS-CBN's "Walang Hanggang Paalam" is replete with action as he plays an ex-agent named Emmanuel Salvador. Executing the action scenes, Avelino stated in a Zoom conference on Saturday, Sept. 26, gives him a high as it allowed him to more or less display more body movements. Avelino said he enjoyed his action routines not because it gives him a "macho image". "Hindi naman ako marunong sumayaw," he admitted. (I don't know how to dance). "Parang feeling ko (I just feel) that it's my way of showing a dance move or a dance step kasi (because) we follow routines, numbers." In the series, Angelica Panganiban and Avelino play former lovers Celine and Em...

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PH military asks Facebook to be tool to project AFP image as ‘true protectors’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:40
MANILA, Philippines---Facebook, which has at least 1 billion users worldwide, could be a tool to build public support for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and project its image as "true protectors and defenders of the state against its enemies," according to the military on Tuesday (Sept. 29). The AFP threw its support behind President Rodrigo Duterte, its commander-in-chief, who ranted against the social media giant for taking down sites created by supposedly advocacy groups in support of the government's counterinsurgency campaign. "We are thankful to the commander-in-chief's expression of support to the AFP's campaign that, after all, may well be every Filipinos' war agains...

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MVP firm hiring displaced OFWs for ongoing infra projects

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:37
MANILA, Philippines---The operator of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) is hiring returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic for its ongoing infrastructure projects. NLEx Corp. said in a statement it is starting with the hiring of 1,500 technical and skilled workers for its 8-kilometer NLEx Connector project, an overhead expressway that will link the NLEx and South Luzon Expressway. NLEx President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista said priority is being given to OFWs who became unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Being a government partner in infrastructure building, NLEX Corporation and the entire Metro Pacific Tollways group are keen in...

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Abueva still not done with requirements for return—PBA chief

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:29
MANILA, Philippines --- PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said suspended Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva is still in the process of completing his requirements for possible reinstatement into the league. Abueva has been suspended indefinitely since June of last year and there has been a lot of clamor from fans to let the embattled star play. "I just talked to Calvin and he's still finishing his requirements. He's not yet done with his requirements," Marcial said in Filipino Tuesday during a press conference. "Like I said, it's for the good of Calvin, the good of the PBA and the good of everyone. I apologize if you're mad at me for it but it's for the good of everyone," he added....

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Glenn Close to star in online adaptation of ‘Angels in America’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:27
Glenn Close, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Paul Dano, Brian Tyree Henry and Jeremy O. Harris will headline the "Scenes from Angels in America" broadcast on Oct. 8 on Broadway.com's YouTube channel to raise funds for the Foundation for AIDS Research or amfAR. While Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" is a two-act play, only seven scenes were selected by amfAR because of their "relevance to and resonance with our present emergency," meaning the COVID-19 pandemic. The scenes were recorded on iPhones at home by the 15 actors headlining the broadcast and helmed by director Ellie Heyman and creative director Paul Tate dePoo III. American composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone also took part in the...

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House minority bloc wants Badoy out for ‘malicious red-tagging’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines --- The minority bloc lawmakers of the House of Representatives have called on the resignation of Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy over her "malicious red-tagging" of Makabayan bloc lawmakers. In a manifesto, which was read by Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante during the plenary on Tuesday, minority lawmakers said PCOO, through Badoy, has "made use its resources to peddle fake news disinformation, and attacks on critics and the opposition, in an attempt to curtail dissent." "At the forefront of these attacks is PCOO Usec. Lorraine Badoy. Her actions as an appointed government official do not uphold the basic Filipin...

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Sell Japan assets? Trade health execs in ‘slave markets’ instead – Locsin

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:15
MANILA, Philippines --- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stood pat on his opposition against the sale of Philippine properties in Japan, saying the government should instead sell "corrupt and incompetent" health officials in slave markets to raise funds to fight COVID-19. In separate tweets on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) chief also suggested selling the properties of several departments, including the Department of Health (DOH). "To raise funds to fight [COVID-19] don't sell Japan properties. Sell corrupt and incompetent health officials in the slave markets of North Africa. Although nearly worthless if we sell them all we'll raise [is] a bit," Locs...

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New start date for coronavirus-delayed Olympic torch relay

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:09
The Tokyo 2020 torch relay, which was put on hold when the Olympics were delayed over the coronavirus, will start next March from Japan's Fukushima region, organizers said Monday. The Olympic flame had already arrived in Japan from Greece and the relay was days from beginning earlier this year when organizers and Olympic officials took the historic decision to postpone the Games by 12 months. The flame is currently on display in Tokyo. The relay will now start on March 25, 2021, beginning in the Fukushima region hit by nuclear disaster after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The relay, which will see the flame travel to all 47 prefectures of Japan, is being organized under...

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500th anniversary of Philippine Christianization moved to 2022

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:08
CEBU CITY ---- Due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Church leaders in the country have decided to move the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines from April 2021 to April 2022. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, in a press conference on Tuesday, explained that the grand event is expected to draw throngs of people and since mass gathering remained prohibited, it is prudent to postpone the activity. "The (event is moved to 2022) simply because we could not control COVID-19 and we could not gather people hence there is not much significance. We are also following the mindset of Rome. Rome has pushed many activities. If not for COVID-19, we should...

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16 Filipino seafarers stranded in China for months return to PH

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:59
MANILA, Philippines --- Sixteen Filipino seafarers stranded in China for months finally returned to the Philippines on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Three land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) also joined the repatriation, the DFA said in a statement. "Despite existing restrictions on the disembarkation of seafarers in China and the difficult conditions under which this special flight was mounted, the Department of Foreign Affairs remains committed to its promise of bringing our kabayan seafarers home," DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said. The plane carrying the 16 Filipinos landed at the Ninoy Aquino Internationa...

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Late-night hosts mock Trump over NYT tax report

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:58
Late-night hosts ridiculed President Donald Trump over revelations in The New York Times about his federal taxes returns.
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Suspected burglar hits policeman with Bible, arrested

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:49
A burglary suspect was arrested after striking a policeman in the face with a Bible near his home in Florida, United States. Authorities arrived at Robert Otis Hoskins' residence on Sept. 22 after receiving a 911 call from his neighbor about a burglary, as per The Smoking Gun yesterday, Sept. 28. As one officer began questioning Hoskins, the suspect started shouting and approached the policeman while holding a Bible. Hoskins then threw the religious book which hit the policeman's face and jaw. Another officer also noted that Hoskins "stated something like 'I condemn you'" when he hurled the book. The policemen eventually managed to handcuff Hoskins after tasing him, according to th...

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Stricter security, imposition of health protocols in bus stations ordered

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:47
MANILA, Philippines --- The chief of Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield has ordered intensified security and stricter implementation of health protocols in transport terminals nationwide as 12 provincial bus routes are set to open on Wednesday, September 30. Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also directed police commanders to enforce the smoking ban policy inside bus terminals. "We need to ensure that both the bus company employees and the passengers will observe the minimum health safety standard protocol especially on the aspects of wearing face masks and face shields and the observation of physical distancing inside the passenger buses," Eleazar said in a statement. "Our...

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Carla Abellana bats for responsible pet care: ‘A pet is a commitment’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:41
Having pets entails a lot of work and effort, not to mention money. But more than this, it is a commitment which actress Carla Abellana adheres to. Abellana rattled off some "guidelines" for responsible pet care as per her Instagram post today, Sept. 29. For Abellana, a pet is a commitment which is why one should "carefully plan and assess your situation first, before getting a pet." https://www.instagram.com/p/CFtGN9RlX_0/ "Do you have the time, money and commitment to be with this pet --- in good times and in bad?" she asked. "Abandoned and neglected pets are results of poor planning and poor judgment," she stated. "They are not gadgets and toys that you can simply outgr...

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Man who advocates against child abuse accused of killing baby, arrested

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:39
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for murdering the 10-month old baby of his girlfriend in Oklahoma, USA. Officers last Friday, Sept. 25, responded to the report of a child in medical distress at the Mercy Minor Clinic in Yukon, the Oklahoma City Police Department disclosed on Facebook yesterday, Sept. 28. They found the victim, baby girl Paisely Cearley, with critical injuries. Her mother took her to the said hospital, where she died the following morning. https://www.facebook.com/okcpd/photos/a.219150134168/10158782941529169/ Joshua Jennings was first arrested on a complaint of child abuse, which has since been amended to first-degree murder following the baby's death...

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BTS’ upcoming online concert to feature up-to-date technologies

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:33
SEOUL --- K-pop sensation BTS will catch the eyes of its long-waiting fans with fresh up-to-date viewing experiences at its upcoming live online concert next month, its management agency said Tuesday. The online concert titled "BTS Map of the Soul ON:E" will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, according to Big Hit Entertainment. During the two-hour event, the septet will perform on a scale equivalent to an offline concert, featuring augmented reality and extended reality software technology with high-definition content. A multi-view live streaming service will also help audiences select and enjoy various scenes taken from six different angles on a ...

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Palace stands by policy to restrict senior citizens’ movement amid pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:30
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Tuesday stood by the government's quarantine restrictions on senior citizens, saying the policy was borne out of science and medicine. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement in response to a petition reportedly filed by a retired government official asking the Supreme Court to stop the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) from imposing restrictions on senior citizens during the pandemic. "The IATF cannot be bothered by this suit. Karapatan niya yan. Pero naninindigan po ang IATF na yung prohibition sa galaw ng senior is borne by science and medicine," Roque said in an online briefi...

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