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‘USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS’

OUTGOING Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivered a second indictment against former president Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday, accusing him of usurping legislative powers in approving a controversial economic stimulus program that diverted taxpayers’ money to projects that were not approved by Congress. Morales, who had faced clamor from critics to…

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Many Filipinos are probably not aware of this: the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which has meddled blithely in the sovereign affairs of the Philippines, was created only in 2006 by the UN General Assembly, in circumstances that were far from acclamatory or universal.

On Tuesday, June 18, the UNHRC opened…

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WITH the voiding of Maria Lourdes Sereno’s faulty appointment as chief justice, the worst act of institutional destruction perpetrated by the presidency of Benigno Aquino 3rd was finally corrected. Sereno’s wrongful appointment and the preceding pork barrel-greased ouster of her predecessor Renato Corona were among the appalling excesses of the…

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NEW DELHI: Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors sprouted all over Asia on Thursday, including high in the Himalayas, up in the air and under the sea, for International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won UN approval in 2014, led the way, performing…

SEOUL: A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists said Thursday could pave the way to outlawing eating canines. The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about one million dogs believed…

AUCKLAND: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital Thursday, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office. It was the first child for the 37-year-old and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, with the new arrival weighing in…

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram said on Wednesday it now has more than one billion active users, as it unveiled a new long-form video feature in a bid to attract “creators” like those on YouTube. It becomes the fourth Facebook platform to hit the billion-user mark, including the namesake social network with…

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246 priests, religious leaders seek gun permits

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A total of 246 religious leaders have filed their applications for a permit to carry firearms outside their residence, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday. His announcement came a week after Fr. Richmond Nilo was gunned down in a chapel in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija. Of the…

Duterte slams Ombudsman for only ‘going after her enemies’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has slammed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for her alleged “selective indictment” against the previous administration over the controversial  implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), saying she only went after her enemies. Duterte made the statement after the Ombudsman indicted former president Benigno Aquino 3rd and former Budget…

246 priests, religious leaders seek gun permits

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A total of 246 religious leaders have filed their applications for a permit to carry firearms outside their residence, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday. His announcement came a week after Fr. Richmond Nilo was gunned down in a chapel in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija. Of the…





 

‘Weak’ peso still not cause for panic

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THE diminishing value of the Philippine peso versus the US dollar and other currencies has again bubbled to the top of the stew of public conversation in the past week. Driven partly by misunderstanding of the topic and partly by irresponsible politicizing of the issue by some parties, the focus…

Hazard pay for public prosecutors eyed

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Valenzuela City Rep. Wes Gatchalian has proposed that public prosecutors be granted hazard pay equivalent to 25 percent of their basic salary. Gatchalian, in House Bill 7870’s explanatory note, highlighted the realities of constant threat and actual killing of public prosecutors. “Prosecutors discharge a vital and indispensable role in the…

BSP hikes rates anew

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Inflation still a concern but forecasts for 2018, 2019 lowered
MONETARY authorities on Wednesday raised key interest rates for the second time this year, noting the need for “follow-through” action to address inflation. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) policy-setting Monetary Board ordered a 25-basis point (bps) adjustment, which brought the central…



LeBron prefers staying with Cleveland – reports

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Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers, who’re all targeting LeBron James in the hope of strengthening their respective lineups comes the free agency season this summer, might end up frustrated seeing their plans disappear into thin air. James, reports, said, prefers to stay in Cleveland…

LeBron prefers staying with Cleveland – reports

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Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers, who’re all targeting LeBron James in the hope of strengthening their respective lineups comes the free agency season this summer, might end up frustrated seeing their plans disappear into thin air. James, reports, said, prefers to stay in Cleveland…

Abus seize former Sulu mayor’s daughter, ex-wife

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: ABU SAYYAF rebels seized early Wednesday the daughter of a former Sulu mayor and his ex-wife in a daring operation right in their own turf in Talipao town, officials said. The rebels barged into the house of Eddilyn Tulawie, 27, and seized her 57-year-old mother, Addang. Eddilyn´s father Tambrin Tulawie was the…

US withdraws from ‘biased ’ UN rights body

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald…

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Jimmy Choo Jimmy Choo reveals a new exclusive fashion reel with renowned actress Chloe Grace Moretz. Making her on-screen debut at just seven with 2005’s Amityville Horror, Moretz’ filmography spans blockbuster hits like Kick Ass and Carrie, as well as acclaimed indie titles. “Jimmy Choo to me feels like a…

WORLD FAME CROWNS A MATTRESS MAKER

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Natividad Yap Cheng, a college dropout with limited capital, found international success producing quality mattresses. She is chairman and CEO of Multiplex TGC Phil. Inc., or Uratex as her company is better known. Inspiring enterprise The recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 (EOY) for the…

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Gourdo’s You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a relaxing day with family. A backyard BBQ and picnic will do as it’s the perfect opportunity to bond. And with your Gourdo’s Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill, you’ll be able to enjoy an amazing array of steaks, hotdogs, hamburgers and…

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F1 Hotel Celebrating national pride and the Pinoy palate, F1 Hotel Manila hosted Luzviminda: Timeless Flavors just in time for Independence Day. The Filipino food festival was led by F1 Hotel’s executive chef, Angelo “Chubby” Timban, who, together with guest chefs AJ Reyes and Zhe Jacinto, created a memorable feast…

Mayor Erap recalls Miss Manila’s rich history

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Former president reveals mom Doña Mary was once a title-holder of the pageant’s predecessor In following tradition, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada announced anew that the annual Miss Manila pageant will serve as a highlight of 2018’s Araw ng Maynila celebrations on June 24. Together with daughter Jackie Ejercito, who serves…

PH meets ‘Colourful’ singer from Trinidad and Tobago

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Music is universal—there’s no doubt about it. And with the changing music landscape where songs can be streamed via Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer, or with unbound access on YouTube, the number of talents discovered around the world has truly grown from these platforms. Take for example this singer from…

Porsche wins in International Engine of the Year awards

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Porsche continues its winning streak at the International Engine of the Year Awards this 2018. The globally renowned award-giving body is comprised of 65 international motor sports journalists who select the best engines in a number of categories. Porsche took the 1.8- to 2.0-liter title with its 2.0-liter turbo from…

Mayor Erap recalls Miss Manila’s rich history

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Former president reveals mom Doña Mary was once a title-holder of the pageant’s predecessor In following tradition, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada announced anew that the annual Miss Manila pageant will serve as a highlight of 2018’s Araw ng Maynila celebrations on June 24. Together with daughter Jackie Ejercito, who serves…

Bringing South Korea’s ‘can do’ attitude to the Philippines

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There is no other way to describe the Korean Wave—more popularly known as “Hallyu”—than with the word phenomenal. Since the 1990s, diffusion of South Korean culture to various parts of the world, including the Philippines, has only grown stronger and wider thanks to the enigmatic appeal of K-Pop—that is Korean…

Mayor Erap recalls Miss Manila’s rich history

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Former president reveals mom Doña Mary was once a title-holder of the pageant’s predecessor In following tradition, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada announced anew that the annual Miss Manila pageant will serve as a highlight of 2018’s Araw ng Maynila celebrations on June 24. Together with daughter Jackie Ejercito, who serves…

The Lookbook

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Before the proliferation of malls in Manila, most Filipinos would shop in downtown areas where shops faced the streets. Back then, Escolta was the place for shopping. They could buy almost anything and everything here. Then, there was Avenida (Rizal Avenue), which grew in prominence after the former had lost…

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Most Filipinos often get confused about what to call the Philippine national dress. Is it a Filipiniana dress or a Maria Clara dress? Should we call it a baro’t saya, a balintawak or a traje de mestiza? Or perhaps, simply a terno? In a way, all these terms are correct.…

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The designer who infused fresh feminine ideas into her creations is gone too soon The fashion world was shocked when news broke out last June 5 that designer Kate Spade took her life. The suicide was the tragic result of her battle with depression and anxiety. A suicide note was…

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Inspired by Bangkok’s highly popular flea market, Artbox has returned to Singapore once again. The largest creative pop-up market was held between two weekends at Bayfront Event Space, beside Marina Bay Sands. Artbox Singapore’s theme this year was “Oasis” – a break from the city space into a sanctuary that…