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Seares: Fibbing over PNoy second term

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:57

IN A sort of "open-close-open" hand exercise, President Noynoy Aquino had been titillating the nation on the question of whether he should seek a second term.

He said he'd run again in 2016; then he said he wouldn't. Amending the Constitution was an option; breaths later, it wasn't. He must have a successor who'd continue his reforms, at the same time saying he hoped it wouldn't be himself.

Last Tuesday, Oct. 28, in a meeting with members of the electronics industry, he made "the most categorical" answer yet.

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Binay’s pampering of Makati’s elderly charms Quezon elderly

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:25
LUCENA CITY, Philippines --- Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday courted the elderly in Quezon province by regaling them with stories of how Makati City has been pampering its senior citizens with freebies and other benefits. Binay, a presidential aspirant, narrated how the senior citizens in Makati, where he served as mayor for several terms, had long been receiving such freebies as movie passes and birthday cakes aside from getting free hospitalization and cash gifts that made it a model for other local government units in the country. "Kayo ang pundasyon ng bansa na naglaaan at nag-alay ng lakas at talino upang magabayan ang bagong henerasyon (You are the foundation of t...

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‘Pantawid’ program working; hunger situation worse without it – Soliman

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:23
MANILA, Philippines---Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman refused to acknowledge Wednesday that the government's conditional cash transfer program for the poor may not be working in the face of the worsening hunger incidence in the country.   The latest quarterly Social Welfare Station (SWS) survey estimated that 4.8 million Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger during the third quarter of the year, an increase from the estimated 3.6 million during the second quarter, the worst results since June last year.   But Soliman insisted the survey results did not indicate that the conditional cash transfer program, called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino, was not wo...

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NLEX pulls away late, deals Ginebra its first loss

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:22
        MANILA, Philippines --- NLEX ran away in the fourth quarter to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-81, in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.   Mac Cardona shot 25 points to lead five Road Warriors in double-digit scoring with Jonas Villanueva and Nio Canaleta adding 14 and 13 points, respectively.   "This win is not really on me. It's on my players. We had a bad game against Talk 'N Text but I just challenged my players at the defensive end," said NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad forced 19 turnovers. "It just proved tonight that our players can really play defense." &...

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Binay to meet with bishops, explain his side on corruption raps

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:19
MANILA, Philippines---While he has not decided whether to accept the invitation for him to appear before the Senate blue ribbon committee, Vice President Jejomar Binay readily agreed to the invitation of Catholic bishops to meet with them and air his side on the corruption allegations against him.   Binay said his meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) would give him the chance to clear his name and that of his family.   "It would be an honor to meet with you and other members of the CBCP and the Church," he said in a letter to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chair of the CBCP committee on public affairs. &nb...

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SM Seaside unveils ‘The Cube’

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:15

THE SM Seaside City still has a year to go before it is opened to the public, but the developers hope to give Cebuanos a slice of what’s in store for them by opening up a landmark for the public to enjoy.

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Coca-Cola to partner with women sari-sari store owners

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:13

TO promote economic empowerment among women, beverage giant Coca-Cola is aiming to partner with 200,000 women sari-sari store owners and operators in the Philippines by 2020.

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Daanbantayan seeks more investments

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:11

A YEAR after Typhoon Yolanda caused widespread damage in Daanbantayan, the town is looking forward to more investment, livelihood and employment opportunities.

Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto D. Corro said in an interview on Monday that two power companies, a commercial and retail player and a hotel operator are in talks with the local government to operate in the area.

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Paul Lee makes up for lost time in return from injury

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:57
MANILA, Philippines --- After missing a game due to a knee injury, Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee came back like he never leftWednesday. Lee scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 from the field in only 15 minutes and yet according to him, he is still not in tip-top form in his comeback game from a hyperextended right knee. "I'm still not feeling a hundred percent. I still favor it when I walk but I don't feel bothered by it. I just see to it that I don't re-injure it," said Lee in Filipino after leading the Elasto Painters' 117-88 win over the Kia Sorento. Lee sat out during Rain or Shine's win over Blackwater last Friday and just participated in team practiceon Monday. "...

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UNA readies Binay’s political ad for TV

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:56
MANILA, Philippines---Three political advertisements are underway to bolster the chances of Vice President Jejomar Binay to win the presidency despite corruption charges. This was confirmed by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco. "Definitely, we have prepared the ads. I was one of those who viewed and approved its final version," Tiangco told reporters. Tiangco said that the ads will be paid by private sponsors and will not come from public coffers. "When we get the funding for it, it's ready for airing. The task now is to look for funding. As soon as we have the funds, we will air the ads," Tiangco said. Caloocan Representati...

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Aquino approves ‘Yolanda’ rehab plan

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:47
MANILA, Philippines---President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday approved the "Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan."   Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa signed a memorandum, dated October 29, on the approval of the document, a source told   "Upon the representations of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), and with the favorable endorsement of the National Economic and Development Authority dated 11 September 2014, the YolandaComprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan, is approved pursuant to applicable laws, rules and regulations," the memo said.   On Twitter, OPARR Commu...

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Bam Aquino ‘not surprised’ by President’s turning down of 2nd term

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:39
MANILA, Philippines---Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV said Wednesday that he was not surprised by the decision of his cousin President Benigno Aquino III to turn down calls for a second term. In an interview, Senator Aquino said that the President's announcement made Tuesday is essential in order to clarify his stance on the issue "once and for all." "I'm not really surprised by that statement (Aquino's decision to not seek a second term). Maybe because time na talaga to clarify it once and for all. As far as I'm concerned, if you look at the Senate, we've never had any moves to amend the Constitution in terms of any political provision," Senator Aquino said. Aquino sa...

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AFP sacks military hospital officer for second time

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:37
MANILA, Philippines---The chief of the Philippine military ordered the relief of one of the officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center who was previously sacked for alleged involvement in anomalous procurement of medicines. General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief, directed Colonel Benedicto Jovellanos, the acting commander of the AFPMC, to remove Lieutenant Colonel Ritchie Capulong from his additional duties inside the military hospital. Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, AFP Public Affairs Chief, said Capulong was put in a technical working group that was in need of his expertise in medical administration. Capulong would be a...

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Dios Mamajes, Batanes!

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:32

A BLOG said: “For those brave enough to experience the monsoon storms that Batanes is famous for, then come July through October.”

There is no way I can be considered brave, especially when it comes to going against the weather. But as soon as I booked this trip, I knew I’d go against all odds to make it happen. So I went to Batanes last July, bringing a dose of sunshine in my pocket.

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Sultanate protests exclusion from BBL’s heritage clause

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:25
COTABATO CITY, Philippines --- An heir to the old sultanate of Kabuntalan has complained about the apparent exclusion of their historic inland sultanate from the cultural heritage provision of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).   Sultan Dikaya Tungko Saikol said in his Facebook account that he and his kin were saddened upon seeing that the sultanate (now part of the modern day Maguindanao province) was not mentioned in the BBL's Article IX.   Section 19 of Article IX provides the "Preservation of Bangsamoro Cultural Heritage."   "To preserve the history, culture, arts, tradition and the rich cultural heritage of the sultanates, such as the sultanates of ...

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PH peacekeepers from Liberia to be quarantined in Tarlac

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:24
MANILA, Philippines---Filipino Peacekeepers stationed in Ebola-stricken Liberia would be quarantined at their headquarters in Tarlac upon their arrival in the country. Colonel Roberto Ancan, Philippine Peacekeeping Operations Center Commander, said that the 112 Peacekeepers would be quarantined for three weeks in Capas, Tarlac. They are set to arrive between November 10 and 14. General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief, said the other soldiers stationed at PKOC would be transferred to other offices, temporarily, while the Peacekeepers complete their quarantine. "We will prepare the place and we will move the soldiers assigned there so that the p...

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Megaworld’s GERI to build P10-B township in Alabang

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:18
MANILA, Philippines --- Megaworld, the country's leading real estate developer, through its subsidiary Global Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI), is developing a 62-hectare prime property in Alabang into another township.   To be named Alabang West, this vast property beside the booming business and commercial district that Alabang has been known for, will integrate a Beverly Hills-themed lifestyle concept into its commercial and residential developments.   "Soon to rise will be a themed township that highlights the best of Hollywood, specifically Beverly Hills. We envision this development to be the next big thing in Alabang," says Jericho P. Go, senior vice president, Me...

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De Lima takes over supervision of Maguindanao massacre case

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:13
MANILA, Philippines---Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Wednesday said she has taken supervision of the prosecution panel handling the Maguindanao massacre case.   "I am now the one supervising the case personally overall since last week," De Lima told reporters in an interview Wednesday.   But she said that Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan who was once the one supervising the panel will still assist her in the case along with Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.   "Magpapatulong na lang ako kay PG (Arellano) and then other Undersecretaries so we will consider this as institutional matter na hindi lang confine sa isang supervising official kaya ...

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Utzurrum: Zonta Club of Cebu 2 induction

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:09

INCOMING Zonta Club of Cebu 2 president Marietta “Mayet” Malinao chose the sweeping, twinkling nightscape of Cebu at The Pavilions of Monterrazas located on the undulating Guadalupe Hills, for her induction rites.

The multi-awarded Zonta Club of Cebu 2 was installing a new president and officers for the Biennium 2014 to 2016, after the unprecedented term of immediate past president (IPP) Myrna Cruz Tan.

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Singapore’s top court upholds anti-gay law

Breaking News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:06
SINGAPORE --- Singapore's highest court on Wednesday dismissed a constitutional challenge against an archaic law criminalizing sex between men, striking a fresh blow to the city-state's growing gay-rights movement.   The Court of Appeal upheld rulings by lower courts that it was up to Parliament to repeal the provision in the penal code, known as Section 377A.   "Whilst we understand the deeply held personal feelings of the appellants, there is nothing that this court can do to assist them," judges Andrew Phang, Belinda Ang and Woo Bih Li said in a written verdict.   "Their remedy lies, if at all, in the legislative sphere," the judges said.   ...

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