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Bantag wants DOJ to inhibit from murder raps probe

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 19:05
  MANILA, Philippines --- Suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag on Monday appeared before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and asked the panel of investigators to inhibit from handling the murder complaints related to the death of broadcast journalist Percy Lapid. "Today, in the hearing, we received a motion for inhibition of the panel of prosecutors from the counsel of Director General Bantag, the key respondent in this case," Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Charlie Guhit, one of the panel members, told reporters. The motion to inhibit wants the DOJ panel to inhibit for lack of jurisdiction. Bantag's camp said the Office of the Ombudsma...

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LTO promises to speed up release of 92,000 driver’s license cards

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:53
MANILA, Philippines --- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday vowed to expedite the release of some 92,000 driver's license cards that accumulated due to defective laser engraving machines, among others. LTO chief Jose Arturo Tugade explained that some LTO districts and extension offices have defective laser engraving machines and urged the public to go to offices with working machines instead to save time and effort. "Nais naming iparating sa tao na 'yong mga opisina na defective ang engravers, huwag na po kayong pumunta sa mga opisinang 'yon. Pumunta kayo sa mga may gumana para hindi masayang ang oras at araw niyo," Tugade said in a statement. (We want to tell people ...

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INQToday: Sandro Marcos defends proposed Maharlika Investment Fund: It’s not a new idea

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:45
https://youtu.be/SFme4YiN6eo Here's a quick roundup of today's top stories: Bicam approves consolidated version of proposed 2023 budget Bicam restores DepEd's original P150 million confidential, intel funds NTF-Elcac budget restored to P10 billion by bicam Sandro Marcos defends proposed Maharlika Investment Fund: It's not a new idea Marcos admin considering mid-rise, high-rise condos for social housing Duque refutes Cordoba: I asked COA for audit Fuel prices to be rolled back starting Dec. 6 NCR's COVID-19 positivity rate climbs to 12.4% --- Octa...

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Matet de Leon miffed after mom Nora Aunor ‘competed’ with her gourmet tuyo business

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:43
  There is a brewing feud between actresses Nora Aunor and daughter Matet de Leon stemmingfrom the gourmet business put up by the national artist that supposedly directly competed with De Leon's own food business venture. De Leon made known her displeasure on her Instagram page on Saturday, December 3 when she showed a picture of her mom's own gourmet tuyo and gourmet tinapa products for sale, vis a vis her own Casita Estrada brand, which also sells the same products. "Would you do this to your children?" she said on Instagram. "Honor thy father and mother. How? How can I do that now? Ay, ampon pala ako." (Oh, I forgot I was actually adopted.)     ...

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Motorcycle rider killed after being hit by car in Isabela 

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:37
  CITY OF SANTIAGO, Isabela --- A 39-year-old motorcycle rider died on the spot when he was sideswiped by a car along the national road in San Isidro town, Isabela province on Sunday (December 4), police said. The victim was identified as Domingo Nueles Jr., a resident of Barangay San Antonio Minit in Echague town, also in Isabela. Investigators said Nueles was thrown from his motorcycle due to the impact, while the car sped off after the incident. Nueles's head hit the concrete pavement, resulting in his instant death. INQ   RELATED STORIES: 2 dead in Batangas, Cavite road crashes Family of 5 killed in Ilocos Norte road crash     JMS...

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65-foot Christmas tree lights up in Guindulman, Bohol

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:24
  TAGBILARAN CITY --- Tourists heading to the eastern part of Bohol will be pleasantly surprised to see the province's tallest Christmas tree. The 65-foot Christmas tree, which stands on the corner of Guindulman town hall, becomes an instant attraction. The tree with multi-colored bulbs is adorned with 1,650 toys donated by Libres Clan and members of the Guindulman Association of California Southern Area (Gacsa). The tree represents joy, simplicity, durability, and resiliency. Guindulman Mayor Ben Balo said the importance of the Christmas tree would bring joy to children and residents alike. "The celebration this year is very special because it is a symbol that...

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Stranded green sea turtle rescued in Negros Occidental town

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:10
BACOLOD CITY --- A green sea turtle stranded along the coastline of Barangy Taba-ao, Sagay City, in Negros Occidental was rescued and freed on Sunday, December 4. Two fishermen saw the turtle trapped in a boat's fishnet and informed the authorities of its presence. Representatives from the Sagay Marine Reserve (SMR), Sagay police, Philippine Coast Guard, and barangay tanods then freed the male turtle weighing 150 kilograms into the sea near Carbin Reef. The turtle was 47 inches in length and 38 inches in width. The SMR thanked the team for ensuring the safe release of the turtle. RELATED STORY Groups strengthen efforts to protect 'pawikan' nesting site, coral reefs ...

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Amber Heard files appeal on Johnny Depp defamation verdict, cites ‘chilling effect’ on abused women

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:05
The camp of American actress Amber Heard has asked the Court of Appeals of Virginia to reverse a ruling awarding $10 million to her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, citing errors on the part of the trial court. Aside from seeking the reversal of the trial court in Virginia, Heard also sought to have the case be remanded for a new trial. "It is clear from the size of the compensatory damages award that the jury intended to award damages not just for the Op-Ed, but for all of the negative publicity that Depp had received since Heard first accused him of abuse in 2016 and continuing after the UK Judgment. That is an impermissible basis for damages in this case," Heard's lawyers told the c...

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Mactan-Cebu Int’l Airport’s 2nd runway will be completed by March 2023 – exec

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:02
CEBU CITY --- The construction of the second runway of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will be finished by March 2023. MCIA general manager Julius Neri, however, said the runway would not be used immediately after completion since they still need to secure permits and conduct safety inspections. The new runway is set to be operational by the third quarter of 2023. READ: Mactan-Cebu airport to build 2nd runway "We are saying that it will be finished, including all the lights and markings, sometime in March or end of February. But the approval (of aviation inspections) usually takes a minimum of six months. However, to speed it up, we started already complying ...

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Hong Kong stocks close sharply higher

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:56
Hong Kong stocks extended their recent rally on Monday as traders cheered further moves by Chinese authorities to roll back strict Covid containment measures that have hammered the world's number two economy. The Hang Seng Index jumped 4.51 percent, or 842.94 points, to 19,518.29. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.76 percent, or 55.67 points, to 3,211.81, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange climbed 0.88 percent, or 18.03 points, to 2,062.63.     ...

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Euro zone investor morale rises to highest since June

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:48
BERLIN - Investor morale in the euro zone rose this month to its highest level since June on hopes that mild winter weather and sufficient gas in storage may lessen the chances of a recession, a survey showed Monday. Sentix's index for the euro zone rose to -21.0 points for December from -30.9 in November, surpassing expectations of analysts for a reading of -27.6. "The surprisingly high gas levels and the continued stable labour markets are not consistent with a recession," Sentix Managing Director Manfred Huebner said in a statement. An expectations index rose to -22.0 from -32.3 in November, hitting its highest level since March this year. An index on the current situation...

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Tacloban LGU to build housing units for workers

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:47
TACLOBAN CITY -- The city government here will be constructing a five-story condominium-type building for working individuals who don't have houses of their own. Tedence Jopson, community development officer of the City Housing and Community Development Office, said that the structure will be built in Barangay Cabalawan, which is located in the northern portion of the city center. He said even non-residents of Tacloban may file an application to own a unit. "We are a growing population being the regional center and we have big establishments here in the city which need people and these people need a place to stay," he said. For one to avail of the housing project of the c...

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Turkey inflation slows for first time since 2021

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:43
ISTANBUL -Turkey's inflation slowed in November for the first time since May 2021, official data showed on Monday, delivering a boost to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of next year's election. The rate slowed to 84.39 percent, according to state statistics agency TUIK, down from 85.51 percent in October. Turkey's inflation has risen steadily since reaching a low of 16.6 percent in May 2021. The emerging market's troubled economy has turned into a major stumbling block on Erdogan's path to a third decade in power in a presidential poll due by next June. Erdogan's approval rating began to suffer when he set off on an unusual economic experiment last year that tried to bri...

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China may announce 10 new COVID-19 easing steps on Wednesday–sources

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:32
  HONG KONG -- China may announce 10 new COVID-19 easing measures as early as Wednesday, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, supplementing 20 unveiled in November that set off a wave of COVID easing steps nationwide. Three years of zero-tolerance measures, from shuttered borders to frequent lockdowns, have battered China's economy, fueling last month the mainland's biggest show of public discontent since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012. Management of the disease may be downgraded as soon as January, to the less strict Category B from the current top-level Category A of infectious disease, the sources said on Monday, speaking on condition of an...

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Euro zone likely heading into mild recession-PMI

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:30
LONDON - Euro zone business activity declined for a fifth month in November, suggesting the economy was sliding into a mild recession as consumers cut spending amid surging inflation, a survey showed. S&P Global's final composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the euro zone, seen as a good guide to economic health, nudged up to 47.8 in November from October's 23-month low of 47.3, matching a preliminary estimate. Anything below 50 indicates contraction. "A fifth consecutive monthly falling output signalled by the PMI adds to the likelihood that the euro zone is sliding into recession," said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at S&P Global Market Intelligenc...

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North Korea fires over 100 artillery rounds in military drill–South Korea

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:28
  SEOUL -- North Korea fired around 130 artillery shells into the sea off its east and west coasts on Monday, South Korean officials said, in the latest apparent military drill by Pyongyang near their shared border. Some of the shells landed in a buffer zone near the sea border in what Seoul said was a violation of a 2018 inter-Korean agreement designed to reduce tensions. The South Korean military sent several warning communications to the North over the firing, the ministry of defense said in a statement. North Korea did not immediately report on the artillery fire, but it has been carrying out an increasing number of military activities, including missile launches...

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Bicam assures funding for Libreng Sakay, social aid, PhilHealth

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:25
MANILA, Philippines --- Funds for key government projects like the free bus ride and social aid have been provided in the consolidated version of the proposed P5.268-trillion 2023 national budget, the bicameral conference committee assured on Monday. According to Ako Bicol Rep. Elizaldy Co, chair of the House of Representatives' Committee on appropriations, the panel assured that funds had been allocated to subsidize public transportation routes under the Libreng Sakay program, aside from specialty hospitals that are a priority of the administration. Co said this after the bicameral conference committee approved the consolidated version of the 2023 General Appropriations Bill (...

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DOH weekly COVID-19 report: 7,731 new cases from November 28 to December 4

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:25
MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 7,731 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded nationwide last week, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The latest number of fresh infections logged from November 28 to December 4 translates to a daily average of 1,104 and was slightly lower than the new coronavirus cases posted the week prior. The DOH's weekly report also indicated that only two or 0.03 percent of the fresh COVID-19 cases were tagged as severe or critical, bringing the sum of active severe or critical coronavirus infections to 595. Overall active COVID-19 cases, however, was 18,256 as of December 4. The newest data further showed that 134 more people died due to COVID...

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Fernando Casares dreams of golden Cambodia double after Clark win

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:23
MANILA, Philippines---Filipino-SpanishFernando Jose Casares made a vivid picture in his mind on how his race at the New Clark City will end. What the Southeast Asian Games triathlon champion had envisioned didn't veer away from realityon Sundayafterprevailing in the men's elite sprint of the National Duathlon Championship 2022organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines. "I've been visualizing this race for the past week, I even dreamt about it. But I didn't expect a 100 percent that I'm going to win," said Casares after topping the five-kilometer run, 20km bike, 2.5km run in a high-velocity finish. John Leerams Chicano, the 2019 SEA Games triathlon gold medalis...

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Kin of slain youths refute police’ shootout claim; ask Marcos, Azurin to intervene

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:23
DAVAO CITY --- The brother of one of the youths slain by policemen at the dawn hours of December 2 in Lambayong town of Sultan Kudarat refuted the police's claim that his brother was killed in a shootout, saying that his brother and his friends were unarmed. Samanoden Mustapha Ali, one of the three youths killed in what the police claimed as a shootout, was only out to road test his motorcycle that night as he planned to join the roadshow in town on Monday, December 5, said his brother Sahaboden Ali, 22. Ali, told Inquirer by phone, said his brother left home at 6 p.m. of Dec. 1 and stayed with his cousins until 12 a.m., before he joined Horton Ansa Jr. and Ansa Jr.'s cousin An...

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