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Amateur radio groups eyed in anti-crime drive

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:46
MANILA, Philippines---Soon, Metro Manila residents and commuters will see men in red berets and vestscarrying handheld radios on lookout for crimes in malls and terminals.   To lessen robbery and theft incidents in the metropolis, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) tapped volunteers from communication groups to bring their radios and report crimes in areas frequented by people.   Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and National Capital Region Police Office chief met on Wednesday with radio communication groups in Camp Crame as part of the PNP's anti-criminality campaign.   Representatives from Philippine Amateur Radio Association, R...

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Aquino: PH economy can lose up to P23.3B in daily, 5-hour brownouts for 3 months

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:29
MANILA, Philippines---President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday warned that the economy could lose up to P23.3 billion in case of daily five-hour brownouts for three months next summer.   "The most expensive power is no power," he told a forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap), citing concerns expressed by private companies wary of the government's projected power shortage early in 2015.   Mr. Aquino said the estimated loss "does not include foregone investment and tourist arrivals arising from the negative impact of the power outage on the country's image as an investment and tourist destination."   The President sa...

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BIR fights for lifting of TRO on alpha list

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:26
MANILA, Philippines---Government lawyers on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to lift the restraining order it issued on the Bureau of Internal Revenue's regulationsrequiring business, banking and financial sectors to submit an alphabetical list (alpha list) of portfolio investors receiving income payments and dividends. Last Sept. 9, the high court issued the RTO against the implementation of Revenue Regulation 01-14 and Revenue Memorandum Circular 05-14 which prohibits the naming of an entity called the Philippine Central Depository (PCD) Nominee, or any securities intermediaries representing the beneficial owner, as the payee for dividend payments made by listed companies. The r...

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Aquino calls for re-bidding of Calax project; Ayala-Aboitiz won’t join process

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:57
  MANILA, Philippines---President Benigno Aquino III said on Wednesday he was "inclined" to solve the issue hobbling the P35.4-billion Cavite Laguna Expressway (Calax) public private partnership deal through a potentially controversial re-bidding exercise in an effort to find a middle ground between two powerful business groups.   The decision came after disqualified bidder San Miguel Corp. sought Malacaang's intervention last June, halting the then-expected awarding to the "highest complying bidder," which was a consortium between Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Land Inc.   SMC was disqualified by the bids and awards committee of the Department of Public Works and ...

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4 months after bite, Suarez to face Real Madrid

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:22
BARCELONA --- Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament.   The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension.   Discipline problems have defined the career of one of the most talented and feared strikers in the world. Loved by teammates and loathed by opponents, Suarez has a knack for scoring and controversy.   He returns to the field on Saturday, when he makes his Barcelona debut against riva...

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Halep gives Serena Williams a ‘bagel’ at WTA Finals

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:20
SINGAPORE --- Simona Halep beat two-time defending championSerenaWilliams6-0, 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Wednesday, with the American's two games won equaling her career worst.   The last timeWilliamsmanaged to win just two games in a WTA Tour or grand slam match was in 1998 when she was just 16.   Halep had never before beaten a top-three ranked opponent and in her previous two matches againstWilliams, both last year, she had won an aggregate of just seven games.   The Romanian, who also won convincingly against Eugenie Bouchard in her opening round-robin match, moves to a 2-0 record in the Red Group whileWilliamsslips to 1-1.     RE...

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Stunning Armenia, a gem to be discovered (Conclusion)

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:11

BESIDES monasteries, there is still plenty to see in Armenia.

In Yerevan, we visited the Erebuni Fortress (Erebuni is the old name of Yerevan), the Matenadaran Library, which has one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world.

Another main attraction was the Yerevan Cascade. It is a giant staircase that houses the biggest collection of modern art in Armenia. There are escalators that take you to the top, and at every level, there are fountains and pieces of modern art.

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Of reunions and Jewelle’s abstractions

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:09

One of the most well-attended abstract art exhibits hereabouts was that of Hong Kong-based and UK-educated and trained Jewelle Yeung, youngest daughter of diamond czar Carlos and Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung.

Jewelle, born with an enviable artistic streak in her genes, studied at the city and guilds of London Art School with a master’s degree in fine arts-oil painting. Her huge and imposing canvases depict a passion for summits, smog, the weather, with a sprinkling of animals, featuring the powerful horse gallops and graceful flight of out feathered friends.

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Renee Zellwegger’s ‘new look’ puzzles fans, netizens

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:09
      MANILA, Philippines -- Hollywood star Renee Zellwegger became a hot topic in social media after she showed up with a new look at her red carpet appearance of the 21st Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in California.   Her look has fueled earlier rumors that she had plastic surgery.   Zellwegger, who starred in movies "Jerry Maguire," "Chicago" and "Bridget Jones' Diary," was reportedly upbeat as she posed for photographers at the event. She was dressed in a dress designed by Carolina Herrera.   "The Academy Award-nominated actress is virtually unrecognizable," MoviePilot.com wrote.   "I'm glad folks think I...

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Rehashed issues, rehashed answers

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:08

Since the 1960s, student activists have been exercising their freedom of speech to demonstrate against the Philippine government regarding graft and corruption, and poverty.

The students were then joined by farmers, drivers and then by educators in carrying placards expressing their legitimate grievances.

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Protecting women and children: Which defenses are not valid in bigamy?

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:06

Pardon and a void marriage are not valid defenses in bigamy.

A wife sued her husband for bigamy after he contracted a second marriage with another woman while their marriage was still subsisting. The husband argued that he should not be held liable for bigamy because his wife allegedly consented to the second marriage and that there was already a pending case for the judicial declaration of nullity of the first marriage.

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Balik-Manggagawa Online System helps ease long queue to POEA

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:44
I will only have 4-day vacation in March next year and it will be from Thursday to Monday. I do not know where to squeeze the day to get my OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate). My Owwa (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) fee is good for two years as well as Philhealth and Pag-ibig. That was my problem a few days ago. I tweeted Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Hans Leo Cacdac on October 14. After a few minutes he tweeted: Just on a vacation? I suggest you get an oec via http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph.   I registered to the bmonline after my documents were sent from POEA Laguna to POEA Main Office. Since I have my OEC, and my Owwa is still in effect unt...

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Filipino math aces win 2 gold, 13 silver, 3 bronze medals at India math contest

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:38
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines won a total of 18 medals, including two golds, in the just-ended 2014 Wizards at Mathematics International Competition (Wizmic), held from Oct. 18 to 21 in Lucknow, northern India.   Represented by 16 senior primary students, mostly from Metro Manila, the country also bagged 13 silver and three bronze medals in the 12-nation contest where the young Filipino numbers aces placed third overall.   The teams from Thailand and Indonesia topped this year's Wizmic with 16 and 13 gold medals, respectively, according to Dr. Simon Chua, president of the non-government Mathematics Trainers' Guild-Phils. (MTG) and head of the Philippine math...

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South Korea dismantles border ‘propaganda’ Christmas tree

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:55
SEOUL, South Korea---South Korea's Defense Ministry says it has pulled down a 43-year-old frontline Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as propaganda warfare. A ministry official says the massive steel tower was demolished last week because it was seen as dangerous in recent safety checks. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing office rules. Local city officials say they will build a park on the site where the tower stood. It sat on a peak high enough for North Koreans living in border towns to see it. South Korea stopped the lightening of the tower in 2004 as relations with North Korea warmed during an era of reconciliation. But South Korea allowed Christian groups t...

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Gov’t facilities ready for Ebola—DOH

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:42
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday assured the public that government facilities are ready in case the deadly Ebola virus reaches the Philippines. Health Secretary Enrique Ona told a Senate hearing that the DOH has retrofitted 18 government hospitals nationwide to handle Ebola-stricken patients. Ona said the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) would be the primary hospital to handle Ebola cases. He said the RITM, the leading institution for health in dealing with infectious diseases, would be designated specifically as a treatment center together with the Lung Center of the Philippines and the San Lazaro Hospital. The health secretar...

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Antonio Tiu can’t prove ownership of Batangas property

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:12
  MANILA, Philippines -- Businessman Antonio Tiufailed topresentdocumentsduring a Senatehearingon Wednesday to provethat he owned thecontroversial 350-hectareproperty in Batangas, saying what he only boughtso far was the 'usufruct" or theright touse theland. Testifyingfor the first time beforetheSenateblue ribbonsubcommittee,Tiuexplained his businesses and how hisGreenergyHoldingsInc. boughtthe majority sharesoftheSunchamp Real Estate DevelopmentCorp., operatingtheBatangas property. Tiuwas tagged as thealleged dummy of VicePresidentJejomarBinay,who was allegedlythe real ownerof the property. After Tiu's presentation, subcommittee chairman, SenatorAquilino "Koko" Pime...

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P10-M payment by Binay camp to witness bared in exchange for silence

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:32
MANILA , Philippines -- The camp of VicePresidentJejomar Binay allegedly paid awitness P10 millionto prevent him from appearing before the Senateblue ribbonsubcommitteeinvestigating the controversialMakati City Hall 2 parking building, SenatorAntonioTrillanes IVdisclosed on Wednesday. Trillanes made the expose afterformerMakatiVice Mayor ErnestoMercado told thesubcommittee that he wasofferedmoney to stophimfrom testifyingin the Senate. Mercado said thatafterhefirstappeared and testifiedbeforethe committee, he was approachedby their common friends, requestinghim to stop talking against the VicePresident. "Merong mga pahapyaw kung ano ang kailangan, ibibigay huwag lang ako mag...

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Santiago: VFA a ‘failure’ as PH still attached to ‘former colonizer’

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:21
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago called the 15-year-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) a "failure" because it merely served to keep the Philippines attached to its "former colonizer" the United States (US). "The VFA is a historic document of inequity between a former colonizer and its former colony, which some global political analysts describe as a 'failing state.' The Philippines is failing because it has never grown up," Santiago said during her opening remarks at a Senate hearing on the case of a US Marine who allegedly killed a transgender woman in Olongapo City. "Never in the annals of modern political history has a country been so manipulated to s...

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Binay wife, daughter signed billing statements for Tagaytay property—witness

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:09
MANILA, Philippines -- No lessthanthewife and daughter ofVicePresident Jejomar Binay allegedlysignedbilling statements for a three-bedroom log cabin in Tagaytay Highlands, a witness told a Senate hearing on Wednesday.Former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado presented documents that included receipts to the blue ribbon subcommittee as proof that the Binays owned the Tagaytay property.At the resumption of the hearing, Mercado saidthere were billings for membership in theInternational Golf Club in Tagaytay Highlands addressed directly to Binay's residenceat 8514 Kaong Street in San Antonio Village, Makati City.The billingreceipts, Mercado said,were signedbyno less thanBinay's wife, Dr. Elenita...

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PH allocates P500M to fight Ebola

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:51
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) is allocating P500 million in the country's fight against the deadly Ebola virus, Health Secretary Enrique Ona told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Ona said the budget would be taken from its departmental quick respond fund. Ona appeared before the committee on health and demography for the hearing of the DOH budget, which was later approved by the Senate. Ona said the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) would be the primary hospital to handle Ebola cases. Around 20 government hospitals will also be retrofitted to handle Ebola-stricken patients, with three to be designated specifically as treatment centers. M...

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