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Middle ground with MILF sought

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:45
MANILA, Philippines--President Aquino is seeking the "middle ground" with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) amid disagreements over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that was supposed to be submitted to Congress more than two months ago.   Aquino on Monday met with the government peace panel for two hours after both sides agreed to get "a little breathing space" and return to their respective principals at this stage of the talks.   Over dinner with reporters Monday, chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer admitted the draft could not be submitted to Congress in time for the President's State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 28.  ...

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Editorial: Better foresight needed

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:40

PUBLIC Works Secretary Rogelio Singson announced yesterday that his department will pursue urgently needed flood control projects, despite the Supreme Court's ruling that found parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) illegal.

Singson, in an interview over ANC, said he was convinced that since these are not cross-border projects but funded entirely by "savings" within the department or the Executive Branch, these would not run afoul of the court's decision.

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Roperos: Kids and mentors

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:39

THE other day, parents of children in our central elementary school, which is just a stone's throw away from our residence in the town of Balamban, complained that the school no longer allows them to enter the school grounds to fetch their kids from the classrooms at dismissal time as a security measure. Instead, the teachers bring their pupils to the main gate themselves.

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Wenceslao: From PDAF, DAP to JDF

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:38

Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers-Shot down. Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the executive department-Shot down. Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) of the SC? I will leave that question hanging in the meantime.

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Nalzaro: Stiffer penalties against hazing

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:37

In view of the numerous deaths during fraternity initiation rites, the latest of which was that of Guillo Servando, a student of De La

Salle University-College of St. Benilde who died in the hands of his Tau Gamma Phi initiators, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian filed House Bill 4714, which imposes stiffer penalties for those involved in hazing.

The bill also seeks to repeal Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, which was passed several decades ago.

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Barrita: "Love each other"

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:36

President Noynoy Aquino, in a message on Monday's launching of Iglesia ni Cristo's (INC) Philippine Arena, said to be the biggest indoor arena in the world, reminded his critics who hit him for anything he does to "love each other."

"Let me remind them, if we are fellow Christians it is our duty to love each other in the name of God instead of sowing doubt and discord," PNoy said.

After warning the Supreme Court of a judicial-executive clash for declaring his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, could PNoy still reap love?

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Carvajal: Fire below

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:35

Spirited groups of empowered citizens are vigorously battling corruption at the national level. But an uneasy quiet continues to reign on the local front. Maybe it is just the absence of media at this level but what I am afraid is happening is that obscure small town citizens are being thoroughly cowed and patronized into fear, apathy and silence by corrupt local officials.

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Asian shares rise as Ukraine fears ease

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:32
HONG KONG--Asian markets picked up Tuesday with traders welcoming news that pro-Russian rebels had handed over the black boxes from downed flight MH17, helping to ease geopolitical concerns.   Hong Kong rallied 1.69 percent, or 394.97 points, to close at 23,782.11-- its highest level since December--and Shanghai rose 1.02 percent, or 21.00 points, to 2,075.48.   Tokyo closed up 0.84 percent, or 127.57 points, at 15,343.28, Seoul ended 0.52 percent higher, adding 10.43 points to 2,028.93, and Sydney ended up 0.06 percent, or 3.4 points, at 5,543.3.   The downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet last Thursday in Ukraine fanned fears that a regional crisis c...

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Gastronomic greetings

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:23

IT'S lunch break and there's only an hour to spare. A downpour is starting, heavy and depressing. Traffic is not making things any better. You're stuck, of course.

A favorite fast food chain is a block away but the craving for something else beyond the "instant" category calls out.

"How come a good meal is too much to ask for on a rainy day?" you ask.

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Cebu Parklane International Hotel celebrates 8th anniversary

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:22

With a theme reminiscent of the 1930s and the film, The Great Gatsby, Cebu Parklane International Hotel celebrated its 8th anniversary in style last July 11.

With eight years of excellence and great customer service, general manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan proudly stated in her opening remark that Parklane is confident that is has achieved a high customer repeat and customer care, the statement being met with a loud and enthusiastic applaud from the attendees.

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Ginebra Kings invades Cebu

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:21

Team Ginebra Kings made the crowd go wild during their mall tours last July 12. The team visited Gaisano Grand Mall in Lapu-Lapu City and Gaisano Country Mall in Banilad mainly to promote Ginebra products and interact with their enthusiastic followers.

Greg Slaughter, also spent time with his fans and supporters during his visit to his alma mater, the University of Visayas.

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Literatus: Grilled fancy

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:20

I LOVE the smoky accent of grilled pork chop as well as grilled fish. Francis Mallman wrote in Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way: "I believe that the ability to cook meat over a wood fire is inborn in all of us--A great grill master combines skill with acute intuition."

However, when I stumbled upon it in studies I reviewed lately, the study results surprised me. One such noted grilled meat is "easy" on our arteries; meaning, they do cause buildup of unwanted bad cholesterol plaques and perhaps also free radicals. But these findings are qualified ones.

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Fans asking for refund after organizers of Last Home Stand cancel game

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:47
MANILA, Philippines -- Fans paid to see an exhibition game between NBA All-Stars and Gilas Pilipinas but they were left asking for a refund. Disgusted fans who paid for expensive tickets expecting to see basketball stars Blake Griffin, Paul George and Co. flooded the exits early and flocked the Araneta Coliseum lobby asking for their money back after organizers of the PLDT Last Home Stand, a two-day charity event, had to cancel the game Tuesday night. "The way I described what happened was bullshit," said a livid fan, who requested for anonymity. "We're trying to get our money back. It's not acceptable to sell this as a game and get everybody here and say we're not having a gam...

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MILF chief negotiator hurt by revisions of draft Bangsamoro charter

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:43
MANILA, Philippines---Professor Mohagher Iqbal, the stoic and often inscrutable chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, admitted on Tuesday he felt hurt and offended after seeing what he described as the "diluted" version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.   "As a human being, I have feelings but I manage that emotion. But deep inside, I felt it," Iqbal told the Inquirer when asked if he was hurt by how the Office of the President practically re-wrote the work done by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, which he chairs.   Without mentioning details, Iqbal said that the Palace review of the draft BBL was a "conservative interpretation of the Cons...

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Blake Griffin, Paul George back out from Last Home Stand

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:00
MANILA, Philippines --- Two of the biggest draws in the Gilas Last Home Stand charity event Blake Griffin and Paul George had to beg off due to "urgent personal matters." Griffin and George backed out Tuesday, the same day the first of two series will be played. "I will come over and spend one-on-one time with you and do all the great things I'll miss today with the charity, the kids and of course all of you who are looking forward to spending a great time with all of us from Team Fibr," Los Angeles Clippers big man Griffin said in a video posted on YouTube. "Keep all your tickets, because we will definitely see each other soon," Griffin, one of the most feared dunkers in th...

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PSEi dips ahead of ‘ghost month’

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:52
MANILA, Philippines -- The local stock barometer slightly dipped on Tuesday as investors lacked fresh leads while the "ghost month" loomed near.   The Philippine Stock Exchange index slipped by 4.94 points or 0.07 percent to close at 6,869.94, however, paring losses in intra-day trade. Elsewhere in the region, markets were mostly higher as investors speculated on a fresh economic stimulus in China.   The decline was led by the mining/oil counter (-1.32 percent), which succumbed to profit-taking.   Value turnover for the day amounted to P8.11 billion. There were 69 advancers, which were outnumbered by 88 decliners while 65 stocks were unchanged.   ...

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Rights group accuses ‘state agents’ of killing father of girl slain in military operations

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:48
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The human rights group Karapatan in Southern Mindanao has claimed that "state agents" were most likely behind the July 19 murder of Gregorio Gelacio, the father of the 9-year-old girl killed during a military operation in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, about seven years ago.   Hanimay Suazo, Karapatan spokesperson for Southern Mindanao, said aside from being the father of Grecil Buya, Galacio had openly accused soldiers of murdering his daughter and had been active in human rights works as well.   Suazo said that since accusing soldiers of killing his daughter on March 31, 2012, Galacio, 38, had been receiving death threats.   "...

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DAP’s beneficiaries ready to testify as gov’t defends program in SC

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:42
TUBA, Benguet---Beneficiaries of projects financed through the Disbursement Acceleration Program are ready to testify on behalf of Malacaang, to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that declared portions of the DAP unconstitutional, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said here on Tuesday.   Soliman said the Department of Social Welfare and Development built 900 day care centers, as well as core shelters, classrooms and livelihood projects for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao using P1.9 billion facilitated through DAP.   The DSWD also has a university scholarship project coursed through the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and a skills program with ...

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Bangsamoro gov’t expected in place by 2016 – MILF negotiator

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:36
MANILA, Philippines---While no draft Bangsamoro Basic Law would be sent to Congress as it opens next week, a Bangsamoro government should still be in place before President Benigno Aquino III steps down in June 2016, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said Tuesday.   "Our timeline is still the Bangsamoro government shall be delivered within the term of (President) Aquino. That is the commitment of the President and we see it as the best situation that would happen," Iqbal told the Inquirer in an interview.   Both the government and MILF panels have been working on an "agreed version" of the Bangsamoro Basic Law after the Office of the ...

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Britain’s Prince Harry voices hatred of Twitter

Breaking News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:33
LONDON --- Britain's Prince Harry has spoken of his hatred for the micro-blogging website Twitter due to its role in the invasion of his privacy, newspapers reported Tuesday.   Harry was speaking to students at an event promoting the upcoming inaugural Invictus Games, a Paralympics-style multi-sports event for wounded service personnel.   The prince, fourth in line to the throne, is behind the creation of the Games, which will take place from September 10 to 14 in London, and was on hand to present certificates to the schoolchildren marking the completion of their social media training.   The 29-year-old encouraged the youngsters to get involved with the ...

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