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  • 6 months De Lima should be allowed to attend Senate’s GCTA hearings to defend herself MB
    By Rizal Obanil Senator Francis Pangilinan believes that since detained Senator Leila de lima has been implicated in the controversy surrounding the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law by some Senators, she should be allowed to attend the Senate hearing. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) “Well ako, yun ang isa sa mga naging panawagan natin that she should be allowed to defend herself (That was one of my earlier requests..),” Pangilinan in an interview over ANC’s Headstart said. The show’s host Karen Davila then asked how this could be made possible. Pangilinan explained that ... more
  • 6 months Pinay composer nominated in LA-based music in media awards MB |Ent
    A Filipino composer has been nominated in the Contemporary Classical/Instrumental category of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. (HMMA). Jaimie Pangan, 26, received the nomination for her song “Farewell,” which she dedicates to a tragic scene from J.K. Rowling’s novel, “Harry Potter.” “I am pretty excited about it and cannot wait to attend the awards night in November! I would sometimes worry if people would like my music since I did not have the same training other composers had and did not have it formally for years. However, I realized it is okay since I have a different perspective on ... more
  • 6 months Catriona Gray’s voice now on Waze MB |Ent
    The 25-year-old Filipina beauty queen Catriona Gray is not yet finished conquering the universe, as she can now be everyone’s partner on the road. Through Instagram story, the Miss Universe 2018 announced that her voice is available on Waze, a GPS navigation software app owned by Google which provides turn-by-turn navigation information and user-submitted travel times and route details. CATRIONA GRAY’S voice is now on waze “Oh my gosh, guys! I’m on Waze! This is so exciting,” she said, adding that she’s the “first Filipino celebrity” to have a voice on the application. Users can use her ... more
  • 6 months Palace to PDLs freed under GCTA: Surrender now MB
    By Argyll Geducos  With two more days to go before the lapse of the 15-day grace period given by President Duterte for them to surrender, Malacañang has appealed to inmates released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) to surrender to authorities because they would be treated as criminals if they would not turn themselves in by Thursday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) “As the President said when the 15-day deadline lapses, then they will be deemed to be fugitives from justice and they can be arrested,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing on Monday. ... more
  • 6 months Palace reminds GCTA-released convicts to surrender before September 19 deadline MB
    By Argyll Geducos  Malacañang appealed to inmates released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) to surrender to the authorities because President Duterte will make true his promise that they will be treated as criminals if they would not turn themselves in until Thursday (September 19). Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that a total of 435 GCTA-freed inmates have already surrendered to the police. In his Monday press briefing, Panelo said that the President’s decision will not change about the deadline ... more
  • 6 months Three weather systems bearing down on PH – PAGASA MB
    By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is tracking three weather systems near the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), one of which is a low pressure area (LPA) that was formerly tropical cyclone “Marilyn,” as it may re-enter the vicinity within 48 hours. (PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said a shallow LPA at 410 kilometers (km) west of Zambales or inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) had a slim chance of developing into a cyclone. Meanwhile, a tropical storm with the international name “Peipah” was estimated 2,565 km east ... more
  • 6 months Alleged tax evader goes scot free after BIR fails to inform her of tax liabilities MB
    By Jun Ramirez A Metro Manila bus operator, who had been charged with tax evasion, was able to escape imprisonment because of the failure of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to formally inform her about her tax liabilities. (PIXABAY / MANILA BULLETIN) The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) also exempted Rosalinda Valisno Cando, owner of Gasat Express of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan from paying the BIR more than P2.2 million in tax debts. In an 18-page decision, the court’s First Division dismissed the BIR stand that it sent via registered mail assessment notices to the accused, including the ... more
  • 6 months Private schools’ group rejects SOGIE, tells supporters to ‘put up your own school’ MB
    By Merlina Hernando-Malipot  A federation of private schools strongly opposed the sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill and urged those who support it to “put up a school of their own.” The Federation of Associations of Private Schools & Administrators (FAPSA) said that those pushing for the passage of the SOGIE bill “have gone overboard with their “demands.” FAPSA President Eleazardo Kasilag(FAPSA Facebook group / MANILA BULLETIN) Should this continue, the group said that a separate school should be put up for them so as to avoid confusion among other learners and other members of the learning ... more
  • 6 months 612 GCTA-released convicts now back in gov’t custody – DOJ MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog As the September 19 deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte draws near, more convicts of heinous crimes have surrendered to authorities following their release due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete (Photo courtesy of / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman and Undersecretary Markk Perete on Monday (Sept. 16) said there were now more than 600 who have surrendered out of the 1,914 heinous crimes convicts released since 2013 on account of shortened sentences because of GCTA. “As of 9:30 this morning, 612 ... more
  • 6 months Zubiri calls on DA, other agencies to ‘act faster’ in arresting spread of ASF virus MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola  Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) and other concerned agencies to act faster in containing the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in the country. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri (Senator Miguel Zubiri’s Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Zubiri made the appeal as he raised concern over the declaration of ASF outbreak in some barangays in Rizal and Bulacan provinces. “Ako po ay lubos na nababahala sa pagpasok ng African Swine Fever sa ating bansa bagamat hindi pa natutukoy kung anong strain ... more
  • 6 months CBCP spokesman raises ‘remote possibility’ that Pope Francis could visit PH in 2021 MB
    By Leslie Ann G. Aquino After the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will be visiting Thailand and Japan in November, a Filipino priest raised the “remote” possibility that the Pontiff could again visit the Philippines in 2021. Pope Francis(AP Photo/Ben Curtis/MANILA BULLETIN) Father Jerome Secillano, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs Committee executive secretary, said this was because the pontiff already visited the country in 2015. “I think the possibility is remote,” he said in an interview. “I heard that since he came here already in 2015, there’s a great chance that he’ll just be sending a ... more
  • 6 months No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute MB |Biz
    By the Associated Press  DETROIT — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. Sean Crawford, of United Auto Workers 598, rallies outside the Marriott Renaissance Hotel while the UAW GM Council holds a meeting inside the hotel in Detroit, Sunday Sept. 15, 2019. The United Auto Workers union announced that tens of thousands of its members at General Motors plants in the U.S. will go on strike Sunday night because contract negotiations with the automaker ... more
  • 6 months Olongapo judge inhibits herself in Korean slay case MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog An Olongapo City judge has granted the demands of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to inhibit herself from handling the slay case of Korean Jee Ick Joo due to the alleged bias she has shown in favor of the alleged mastermind. “In order that the proceedings in these cases will not be stalled, the Presiding Judge considers it prudent to recuse from these cases,” read the order of Judge Irin Zenaida Buan of Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 56 dated September 2. The order granted the second motion for inhibition of state prosecutors. “To insists ... more
  • 6 months PPP 2019 Gabi ng ParangaL: ‘Lola Igna’ named best picture, ‘LSS’ bagged 5 plums MB |Ent
    The third edition of the ongoing Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) was a tough fight for plums among the 10 film entries, especially on Gabi ng Parangal held over the weekend. The Best Picture went Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Lola Igna,” about a foul-mouthed and stubborn woman who is eager to die but her neighbors are hung up on her winning the title “the oldest living grandmother in the world.” Her long lost great-great-grandson, Tim, is an aspiring vlogger who wants to latch on to her now-famous grandma but ends up giving her a new reason to live. Angie Ferro ... more
  • 6 months Sandiganbayan affirms Ampatuan conviction MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki  The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has affirmed its conviction of Shariff Saydona Mustapha Mayor Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan after his motion for reconsideration was junked for lack of merit. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN) The anti-graft court convicted Ampatuan for 65 out of the 75 criminal charges leveled against him in connection with the anomalous P38-million purchase of various construction materials in 2009. He was convicted of one count of graft and was sentenced to eight to 12 years imprisonment. He was also found guilty of one count of malversation and sentenced to reclusion perpetua or 40 years ... more
  • 6 months Robredo asks GCTA probers to focus on corruption, not on de Lima, Roxas MB
    By Raymund Antonio The investigation should focus on the corrupt Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials responsible for the release of heinous crime convicts on good conduct instead of the officials of the Aquino administration, Vice President Leni Robredo said. Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo stressed this after the Ombudsman wrote detained Senator Leila De Lima and former Interior secretary Mar Roxas to clarify the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) they signed for the early release of prisoners under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. It was during the time of De Lima, who ... more
  • 6 months Survivors! MB |Ent
    Kim de Leon and Shayne Sava were declared Ultimate Male and Female survivors on “StarStruck” over the weekend. THE ULTIMATE female and male survivor of ‘StarStruck’ season 7 In an interview right after the announcement, the two expressed gratitude to their supporters. “Sobrang saya po talaga. Iniisip ko kasi na finally masusuklian ko na lahat ng paghihirap ng pamilya ko sa’kin. Sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa’kin, masasabi ko po na hindi ko kaya nabigo,” Shayne said. Kim is excited over what’s in store for him in show business. “Ito na po ang simula ng journey namin. Actually, sabi ko naman ... more
  • 6 months Megaworld, GERI to develop P18-B township MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola Megaworld Corporation and its subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI) are spending P18 billion to jointly develop a 251-hectare township at the boundary of Trece Martires City and the municipality of Tanza in Cavite. Megaworld Chief Strategy Officer Kevin L. Tan To be called Arden Botanical Estate, the project’s main six-lane avenue will lead to the Welcome Pavilion and the Town Center, which will be surrounded by arcade and alfresco commercial areas. More than half of Arden Botanical Estate will be residential and leisure villages. Other components, include a mixed-use commercial district, sports and adventure parks, a ... more
  • 6 months ‘Very difficult’ for China’s economy to grow 6% or faster: Premier Li MB |Biz
    By Reuters  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it is “very difficult” for China’s economy to grow at a rate of 6% or more because of the high base from which it was starting and the complicated international backdrop. FILE PHOTO – A man works at a production base of China Construction Steel Structure Corp Ltd (CSCEC Steel) in Meishan, Sichuan province, China September 3, 2019. (REUTERS / Stringer / MANIA BULLETIN) The world’s No.2 economy faced “certain downward pressure” due to slowing global growth as well as the rise of protectionism and unilateralism, Li said in an interview with Russian ... more
  • 6 months Saudi attacks threaten US gasoline price hikes, particularly in California MB |Biz
    By Reuters  US motorists most likely to feel the hit from rising gas prices following the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities are on the West Coast, which accounts for nearly half of all of US crude imports from the kingdom. FILE PHOTO: The price of gasoline is shown on a gas pump at an Arco gas station in San Diego, California, US July 11, 2018. (REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities on Saturday knocked out more than 5% of global oil supply and sent oil prices surging as ... more
  • 6 months Closeup empowers with 3 films for #FreeToLove campaign MB |Ent
    While everyone is called to love, some people criticize those that fail to go by the norm. This is the reason those “judged” keep their love in hidden corners. Closeup’s Freedom of Attraction study revealed that nine in 10 youths continue to wish for a world where they are free to love anyone they are attracted to. Moreover, 53 percent are afraid of discrimination. The brand prides itself in its advocacy of giving people the confidence to get close and act on mutual attraction, thanks to long-lasting fresh breath and confidence. And with the second year of its #FreeToLove campaign, ... more
  • 6 months Heavy rains due to habagat as ‘Marilyn’ threatens to re-enter PAR MB
    By Andrea Aro  The southwest monsoon or “habagat” will bring more rains in some parts of the country on Monday as a low-pressure area (LPA) previously known as tropical depression “Marilyn” threatens to re-enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. (PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said Marilyn weakened into a low-pressure area on Sunday, was spotted 1,935 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes at 4 a.m., and may re-enter PAR in 48 hours. Mendoza said another LPA and a tropical depression monitored east of Luzon will enter ... more
  • 6 months Oil prices soar 10% after attack on Saudi facilities hits global supply MB |Biz
    By Reuters  Oil prices retreated on Monday after hitting their highest since May at the open, on fears over supply disruptions following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities on Saturday that cut more than 5% of global oil supply. FILE PHOTO: Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake’s original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania US, October 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) International benchmark Brent crude futures rose $7.06 a barrel or 11.7% from their New York close on Friday to stand ... more
  • 6 months Saudi oil site attacks to affect PH deeply – Locsin MB
    By Allysa Nievera Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Sunday that recent attacks on oil sites in Saudi Arabia will affect the Philippines “deeply.” Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit / MANILA BULLETIN) In a tweet, Locsin said oil shortage or steep rise in oil price will “rock” the country. “This is serious. It will—not could—affect us deeply; to put it bluntly, an oil shortage or steep rise in oil price will rock the Philippine boat and tip it over,” Locsin posted on Twitter. “So everybody shut the f*ck up and focus. No more clowns. Declaring ... more
  • 6 months ‘Ghostbuster’ sequel to focus on a family of original film MB |Ent
    LOS ANGELES — The upcoming “Ghostbuster” sequel will focus on the descendants of the original ghost-catchers who rushed around New York City in proton packs and jumpsuits. Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd revealed details of the new film, saying it is expected out next year and will star Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and McKenna Grace. Reitman directed the original 1984 film and Aykroyd co-wrote and co-starred in it. Reitman’s son, Jason, is directing the new movie. “I think it’s a wonderful story because people seem to continue to be interested in 35 years after we came out with ... more
  • 6 months New iOS 13 Features I Love MB |Tech
    Apple’s iOS 13 (and soon iOS 13.1) drops in on the 19th (30th for 13.1), and whilst the new iPhone 11 models are not yet available in the Philippines, iPhone users can still enjoy the new features that iOS 13 brings. Here’re a couple of new features that I am looking forward to: Shortcuts. Yes, this is one of the under-rated features of iOS. Shortcuts is baked in the operating system, i.e., you don’t need to download a separate application anymore. Shortcuts come with added new features to make your automation easier and better. New Photos Features. If ... more
  • 6 months ‘Crazy Ex’ star Rachel Bloom wins Emmy, announces pregnancy MB |Ent
    LOS ANGELES — Rachel Bloom has won an Emmy for writing music and lyrics, and soon she’ll be singing lullabies. The “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star announced backstage at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night that she and husband Dan Gregor are expecting a baby. Bloom won the Emmy, her sixth, along with Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal,” from her CW series that ended in April after four seasons. Rachel Bloom poses in the press room with the award for outstanding original music and lyrics for “Crazy Ex ... more
  • 6 months ‘Leaving Neverland’ wins Emmy, Beyonce snubbed for ‘Homecoming’ MB |Ent
    LOS ANGELES – A documentary about alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson won an Emmy on Saturday while RuPaul was named best reality show host and Beyonce went home empty-handed. “Leaving Neverland,” which features two adult men who say they were befriended by Jackson and sexually abused by him starting from when they were 7 and 10 years old, was named best documentary at a ceremony in Los Angeles ahead of television’s main Emmy awards show next week. The program, which aired earlier this year, 10 years after Jackson’s death, was met with outrage by his family and brought fresh ... more
  • 6 months Top prizes and large crowds in the recently concluded 2019 Thunder Esports Tour   MB |Tech
    Crowds and fans gathered in full force at the SM City North Edsa The Annex Cyberzone during the action-packed Grand Finals weekend of the Thunder Esports Tour last August 31 to September 1. Presented by Coca-Cola Philippines’ Thunder Super Soda, a one-of-a-kind drink with the taste of soda and a kick of caffeine, and organized by MET Events, the Thunder Esports Tour is a nationwide esports tournament for all aspiring Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) players in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. With a prize pool of 1 million pesos, the Thunder ... more
  • 6 months A Clean Sweep MB |Tech
    Most of us know what a robotic vacuum – robovac, for short – is and how it works. In fact, the famous Roomba has become a hallmark of pop culture – it having been the center of tech and home lifestyle news and media alike, as well as the occassional meme or two. (Please take this time to search of a hilarious video of cats, dogs, and even babies riding on top of a moving Roomba.) But does it really live up to its futuristic hype? Does it actually compete with traditional – but equally high-tech – vacuum cleaners?  Surprisingly, ... more
  • 6 months Glaiza de Castro finishes music production course in London MB |Ent
    Glaiza de Castro couldn’t contain her happiness over completing three-month music production course in London. “My 16 year old self would be so happy to see that I’ve made her dream come true,” she wrote on Instagram. One of the biggest challenges when she decided to study abroad was leaving showbiz for a while “…not just to step out of my comfort zone but to not focus too much on ‘earning money.’” “Sure, we do need it, but joy (not just happiness) doesn’t always come from that,” she wrote. Glaiza shared what people she met there said about Filipinos. GLAIZA ... more
  • 6 months Kylie Versoza addresses ‘spitting’ issue vs. Maxine Medina MB |Ent
    Kylie Versoza has confirmed rumors she spat on Maxine Medina while taping for a TV series, claiming she got carried away. Speaking to ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Mario Dumaual, the beauty explained that since “Los Bastardos” is now down to its last week, “emotions are so high, scenes are so intense.” Nonetheless, Kylie made clear she apologized to Maxine right after the incident. KYLIE VERSOZA and Maxine Medina “There was an apology that happened on set,” the Miss International 2016 titleholder said. “Right after, we talked with Max and everything is okay already. Pareho kaming okay. Nag-taping na kami, gumawa ... more
  • 6 months Monsta X, Weki Meki spice up Cosmic Celebration MB |Ent
    K-pop groups Monsta X and Weki Meki added kick to the second anniversary of a travel deals and activities website. The event, hosted by Kring Kim, drew fans and celebrities including Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Maja Salvador and Winwyn Marquez. Monsta X, composed of Shownu, Kihyun, Minhyuk, Wonho, Jooheon, I.M and Hyungwon, performed their hits including “Fallin,” “Mohae,” “White Sugar,” and “Shoot Out.” This is Monsta X’s second visit to the country after holding their first fan meeting in Manila in November 2016. During the question-and-answer portion, Monsta X answered questions by fans. When Jooheon was asked ... more
  • 6 months Good Vibes MB |Ent
    Piolo Pascual Heartthrob Piolo Pascual spent time with his fans recently when he visited three stores of Dunkin Donuts which he endorses. He gave out free cups of coffee too at Dunkin’ Donuts Strata, Fisher Mall Quezon Ave. and BGC 25/7 branches. The activity was in line with the products annual Free Coffee Day celebration in all outlets nationwide. ... more
  • 6 months AUDIO JUNKIE: Yet another Swift classic MB |Ent
    Taylor Swift rides high with the release of her latest album “Lover.” Here, the singer-songwriter combines all the pop tricks and tools she’s picked up over the course of seven albums. Indeed, there’s a bit of something of everything that listeners have heard and associated with the singer. Swift’s songwriting instincts remain stellar. This, coupled with good looks (hell yeah that’s important) and good singing voice had people proclaiming back in 2008 that she is the future of country and pop music, especially with the release of her successful debut album “Fearless.” ‘LOVER’ official album art TAYLOR SWIFT Although the ... more
  • 6 months GMAAC new finds get spotlight on prime series MB |Ent
    New Kapuso talents Jon Lucas, Ysabel Ortega, Angela Alarcon, Erin Ocampo, Faye Lorenzo, and Anjo Damiles all GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) have exciting projects. Jon is cast in the remake of hit Korean drama series “Descendants of the Sun.” He plays Benjo Tamayo, one of the members of Alpha Team led by the Captain Lucas Manalo aka Big Boss played by Dingdong Dantes. “Nakaka-relate po ako sa character ko kasi bukod sa medyo makulit po siya pag kasama ‘yung mga kaibigan niya, hindi rin po niya hahayaang maiwan mag-isa ‘yung kasamahan niya,” Jon shared about his character. “Ako rin ... more
  • 6 months Keep the hackers away, use multifactor authentication MB |Tech
    As diverse as technology gets, hackers are becoming more creative and resourceful. Take, for instance, accessing free public wifi that captures your Facebook login information. While you’re relishing the free internet connection, you’ve actually given hackers a free pass by giving your own credentials. (We’ve tested this to be highly possible using a configured Raspberry Pi at one of our lab experiments at Manila Bulletin.) Or imagine getting your mobile phone stolen, hackers can easily extract your saved passwords from your stored cookies. Just like what happened to me a few weeks ago when two armed men broke ... more
  • 6 months nova 5T sales soar: Huawei nova 5T preorder bundle sold-out, now officially available in PH stores MB |Tech
    Hot on the heels of the launch of the new Huawei nova 5T in the Philippines, Huawei just reached another milestone with the sold-out announcement of the preorder bundle of the new smartphone. The preorder bundle comes with a couple of great freebies like a pair of Huawei Surround Speakers worth P1,990 and a free year of streaming on iFlix worth P1,308. Equipped with a quad-camera system that includes a 48-megapixel HD lens and a 16-megapixel ultrawide angle lens, the shooting performance on a nova phone with the 5T has never been better. The 32-megapixel hole-punch front camera delivers ... more
  • 6 months Michelle Dee crowned Miss World Philippines 2019 MB |Ent
    Michelle Dee was named Miss World Philippines 2019 Sunday night. INSTAGRAM/ MANILA BULLETIN Dee, the daughter of beauty queen Melanie Marquez, was crowned at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The 23-year-old beauty, edged out 39 other candidates for the prestigious title. During the much-awaited question-and-answer portion of the contest, Dee was asked what invention from the last century does she think should make a comeback. She answered: “It would probably be polaroid films. I’m an avid lover of art, I love photography and I love the kind of energy and feel that polaroids give me, just being able to ... more
  • 6 months Melanie Marquez’s daughter to vie for Miss World title MB |Ent
    Like mother, like daughter. Actress-model Michelle Dee, daughter of former beauty queen-turned-actress Melanie Marquez, will be the country’s representative to the 69th Miss World pageant which will be held in London on December 14. LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER – Michelle Dee, daughter of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, waves to the audience after she was crowned Miss World Philippines 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Sunday night. At left is Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. (Manny Llanes / MANILA BULLETIN) Dee and five others were crowned at the Miss World Philippines 2019 pageant held at the Smart ... more
  • 6 months PaMu Slide(s) Past the Others MB |Tech
    Born from an Indiegogo campaign, the Pamu Slide raised over four million USD, to create this one piece of high tech TWS earphones. Their Indiegogo page has a bold war cry, claiming not to be typical AirPods alternative, but, in their very own words, “better than that. Way better.” The PaMu Slide promises a TWS earphones with great audio quality, a full package of specs sheets, and being snugged in your ear without the fear of it coming off. Let’s run through the Pamu Slide’s features: It’s Bluetooth 5, auto paring to smartphones, touch control, IPX6, 60 hours ... more
  • 6 months US firms want stable PH macroeconomic policies MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Senior executives of US firms operating in the ASEAN region holding bilateral meetings with top Philippine government officials are expected to push for a status quo on the country’s macroeconomic policies, including fiscal, monetary and trade, as well as further liberalization of the domestic industries to foreign participation. Stability of the country’s macroeconomic policies highlights the objectives of the visiting members of the US-ASEAN Business Council, the pre-eminent representative of American business in Southeast Asia, which is holding their annual three-day Philippine Business Mission starting today. The mission would seek for greater US company participation in policy ... more
  • 6 months PSALM receivables still at P135 B MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco The receivables of state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. from distribution utilities, generation companies as well as universal charges, are still whopping at P135.59 billion based on the 2018 financial statement dispensed by the Commission on Audit. As stipulated in the COA report, the bulk or P78.194 billion set for collection by the state-owned company would be receivables from power utilities reckoned as of end-December 2017. These comprise of P57.156 billion dues of distribution utilities; P15.294 billion from electric cooperatives; and P5.458 billion from industry-clients. On its logged power receivables, PSALM set out a ... more
  • 6 months Digitalization to optimize use of nuclear power – WEC MB |Biz
    By Myrna M.Velasco ABU DHABI, UAE – From the standpoint of safety as well as operations, the wave of digitalization swamping the global energy sector is seen as key to reinforcing the overall performance of nuclear power as a major component in achieving decarbonization of the global energy sector. In a study unveiled by the World Energy Council (WEC) on nuclear energy growth scenarios, it was stipulated that “looking into the future, digitalization has the potential to improve the nuclear industry’s performance and supporting it to allow better informed decisions on new build and lifetime extension.” The WEC, is an ... more
  • 6 months Dominguez keeps 6% GDP growth this year MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco The Duterte administration was maintaining its “fighting target” for economic growth this year to keep on track the government’s ultimate goals of lowering poverty incidence and creating more opportunities for Filipinos, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. MB file In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Domiguez III said that at least 6.0 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth is still attainable for full-year 2019 despite the slower than expected expansion pace in the first six-months. According to Dominguez, the country needs to sustain an above 6.0 percent GDP annually to hit the 14 percent poverty ... more
  • 6 months PEZA investments up despite IT drop MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Inflow of information technology (IT) projects continued to drop, but the sector failed to drag overall committed investments approved by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) which grew 7.9 percent in the January-August period compared to the same period last year. Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) logo Data showed that PEZA approved investments reached P83.524 billion from P77.406 billion in the same period last year. These investments represent the cost of the approved 374 projects or 6.55 percent higher than the 351 approved in the same 8-month period last year. PEZA data also showed a 16.06 percent ... more
  • 6 months Gov’t sets crackdown vs erring POGOs MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco The Duterte administration is all set to begin soon its crackdown on service providers of the booming offshore gaming operations that continuously evade the government despite calls by the Department of Finance (DOF) to register and pay their tax dues. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III (DOF photo / Howard Felipe) Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said that Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) with unregistered foreign employees will be closed down by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in cooperation with other government agencies. “Yes, [we will] close down organizations that don’t withhold and remit ... more
  • 6 months PH skids low in global energy sustainability ranking MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco ABU DHABI, UAE –The Philippines skidded to a low 94th ranking in the global energy index and was also toppled from number one rank in environment sustainability amid the nation’s decrepit infrastructure, penury of energy access in terms of service and affordability as well as over-reliance on fossil fuel resources. The Philippines ranking had gone more than 20 points lower – from the 70th place in 2017, and is also nowhere in the top 10 ranking on environmental sustainability from previously number one – which was the index that Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi had persistently ... more
  • 6 months Kia PH cuts by half very ‘lofty’ sales target MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Kia Philippines has cut by half its sales growth target this year after realizing they had set a very lofty 10,000-unit goal amid slower industry recovery and very active market competition. Manny Aligada, Kia Philippines president Kia Philippines President Manny Aligada said the new recalibrated sales goal would not be that bad after all as it would mean 200 percent higher than the 2,200 units sold last year. As of July this year, the company has grown by over 82 percent already over the same period last year. In the first half, Kia did a little over ... more
  • 6 months PH external debt up $81.3 B end-June MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian Public and private sector external debt as of end-June this year increased by 12 percent year-on-year to $81.259 billion, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno. (Bloomberg) The country’s external debt on a quarter-on-quarter basis was up by $827 million or one percent. “The rise in the debt stock during the second quarter was brought about by the increase in non-residents’ investments in Philippine debt papers issued offshore amounting to $1.2 billion and positive foreign exchange (FX) revaluation adjustments amounting to $405 million,” ... more
  • 6 months BSP still vies for passport printing MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said he will renegotiate the transfer of passport printing back to the BSP with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. soon. MB file Diokno, who six months ago was still the Duterte administration’s budget chief, said the BSP should not have given up its job of printing the citizen’s official travel document. Passport production is a critical operation that requires high-level security. Before 2017, the BSP was the official printer of passports or the “e-passports”. It was during the time of BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco ... more
  • 6 months SEC: No KAPA revival MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is again warning the public against dealing with individual and groups representing Kapa-Community Ministry International (KAPA) “amid claims about the supposed revival of the investment scam.” The Commission noted that “various posts on social media claim that KAPA would soon relaunch its operations under the name, KAPA Worldwide Ministry Association.” It pointed out that, KAPA Worldwide Ministry Association is not registered either as a corporation or as a partnership. Furthermore, no secondary license to solicit investments from the public was issued under such name. The Commission pointed out that KAPA ... more
  • 6 months Experts needed to aid gov’t decision on Malampaya MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco An independent third party with deep expertise on the upstream petroleum industry has been recommended to be tapped by the Department of Energy (DOE) to aid it in any decision it will render on the application for license extension of the multi-billion peso deep water gas-to-power Malampaya project. “It (the DOE) needs a third party,” Rufino B. Bomasang, chairman of the Petroleum Association of the Philippines (PAP) said when asked as to the crucial step that the government must take in assessing prospects of extending Malampaya’s Service Contract (SC) 38 which will expire in 2024. He ... more
  • 6 months Easing trade tension to boost PH stocks MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola The local stock market is seen to start the week on solid footing, following three straight weeks of gains by US markets as the US and China swap good will gestures to ease tensions in their ongoing trade war. US stocks were buoyed by news that China will exempt US pork and soybeans from its next round of tariffs after planned tariff increase on Chinese goods were delayed by the American President. However, BDO Chief Market Strategist Jonathan Ravelas noted that local market participants had stayed on the sidelines last week ahead of the US Fed ... more
  • 6 months IPOPHL applications up 11 percent in H1 MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Application for registration of Intellectual Property (IP) assets filed at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) totaled 22,952 in January to June this year. This translates to an 11 percent climb from the 20,628 applications of trademarks, inventions, utility models, and industrial designs filed in the comparable period last year. IPOPHL Logo IPOPHL Director-General Josephine R. Santiago attributed the increased filings to the concrete programs and efforts IPOPHL continues to effectively and aggressively implement: IP education and awareness campaigns; capacity-building of Innovation and Technology Support Offices which had actively been filing inventions and utility models; ... more
  • 6 months Fed trades ‘remarkably positive’ for ‘no precedents’ after volatile year MB |Biz
    By Reuters WASHINGTON – A year ago, US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell held a “remarkably positive outlook” for an economy enjoying a “historically rare” combination of good news including low unemployment, steady inflation and strong growth that were all expected to continue. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the “Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress” on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, US, July 11, 2019. (REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) When the Fed meets this week, the discussion will be about just ... more
  • 6 months Ukraine government sees 2020 budget deficit at 2.09 percent MB |Biz
    By Reuters KIEV – Ukraine government proposes parliament to adopt the 2020 state budget with 2.09% deficit, finance minister Oksana Markarova said on Sunday. A woman looks at a sausage inside a supermarket in Kiev, Ukraine, November 23, 2016.(REUTERS / Gleb Garanich / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) This year’s budget deficit is set at around 2.3 percent. ... more
  • 6 months Lady solons seek full medical support for persons with bleeding disorders MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza  Negros Occidental Rep. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” T. Arroyo has exhorted her colleagues to extend all-out support to persons with hemophilia by ensuring that they have better access to medical care. The vice chairperson of the House Committee on Health recently met with patients suffering from rare blood disorder, and vowed her support to the programs and initiatives of the 26-year old HAPLOS or Hemophilia Philippines Foundation Inc. “Personally hearing the stories of those suffering from Hemophilia completely breaks my heart. With the best of my abilities as a legislator, I will help them in making sure that ... more
  • 6 months Filipina teenager to present new version of child rights at UN convention MB
    By Carmela Martinez A Filipina teenage youth leader will be featured as a speaker in the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) that will be held in Palais des Nations (Palace of the Nations) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 16. Zcyrel Barola (United Nations Office of the High Commissioner Website / MANILA BULLETIN) Zcyrel Barola is a 17-year-old child leader from Sorsogon, who started advocating children’s rights when she was 13 years old. She is also a member of Educo Philippines, a nongovernment organization that defends the rights of children in the ... more
  • 6 months Creation of PH legislative police sought MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza  Sibling lawmakers are seeking the creation of a Philippine Legislative Police (PLP), not only to keep an eye on the safety of all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, but also to ensure the enforcement of contempt and arrest orders issued by Congress. Ilocos Norte Rep. Ria Christina Fariñas and her younger brother, Probinsyano Ako partylist Rep. Rudys Ceasar Fariñas filed House Bill 3527, seeking to revive the measure authored by their father former House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas in the 17th Congress. “The establishment of PLP creates a safe and ... more
  • 6 months #WalangPasok: List of class suspensions for September 16, 2019 MB
    By MB Online Classes in the following areas were ordered suspended on Monday, September 16, due to heavy rains. Luzon Bocaue, Bulacan (all levels, public and private) (NOTE: Please refresh for updates) ... more
  • 6 months Francis Magundayao honors Filipino farmers at ABS-CBN ball 2019 MB |Ent
    Actor Francis Magundayao wore a palay-inspired barong Tagalog to give recognition to local Filipino farmers at ABS-CBN’s annual charity ball last Saturday night. Francis Magundayao(INSTAGRAM / MANILA BULLETN) “When I was told of this year’s theme, the first thing I thought about was our farmers,” Magundayao wrote in an Instagram photo. The 20-year-old actor shared his realization as an artist, and the advocacy that inspired him. “For most of my life, I have been part of a large collective, and with it, I have realized that part of being an artist is to tell the truth. This is the truth. ... more
  • 6 months ‘Wowowin’ girl shines in Miss Polo International 2019 in Dubai MB |Ent
    The beauty of the Filipina continues to shine abroad after a dancer from a popular Philippine game show won first runner-up at the Miss Polo International 2019 pageant held in Dubai Saturday night (Sunday morning Manila time). (Photo courtesy of Ayrra Averilla Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Ayrra Averilla, a member of the “Wowowin” dance group, finished first runner-up to Miss Indonesia Dewanti Kumala who was crowned Miss Polo International 2019. Averilla, 25, also won the Miss Amity special award. Second runner-up was Miss Turkey Sandra Zemaityte. Rounding off the top five were delegates from Nigeria and Thailand. Victor Torre, national ... more
  • 6 months ‘Kita Kita’ gets Indonesian remake “Cinta Itu Buta” MB |Ent
    The hit Filipino romantic-comedy film “Kita Kita” will have an Indonesian remake, the film’s director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo shared Sunday on her Instagram account. Cinta Itu Buta (Timeless Pictures / YOUTUBE / MANILA BULLETIN) According to IMDb, Cinta Itu Buta (Love is Blind) follows the story of Diah, an Indonesian woman who works as a tour guide in Busan, South Korea. She has a Korean fiancé who keeps postponing their marriage. One day, she fainted and became blind. In the midst of being depressed, a fellow Indonesian named Nik came and cheered her up. This was the same storyline of ... more
  • 6 months Free legal services for every sack of garbage collected in DENR’s Navotas clean up activity MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz The legal team of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has provided free legal assistance to residents of Barangay Sipac Almacen in Navotas City during a clean up activity. Coastal clean up at Barangay Sipac Almacen, Navotas City. (Photo courtesy of DENR NCR / MANILA BULLETIN) DENR’s Legal Affairs Service (LAS) gave free legal counseling to the estero cleanup volunteers in exchange for their participation in the cleanup activity held in the barangay’s esteros and coastline that contribute to the pollution in Manila Bay. Known as the seat of power of the City Government ... more
  • 6 months Israel to share breakthroughs in water technology in Makati forum MB
    By Roy Mabasa Israel, a world leader when it comes to a breakthrough in water technology, is joining hands with the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines to share the latest trends and developments on Israeli water technology and environmental management that can be applied here in the Philippines. Around 100 participants from the local business sector, government and from leading Israeli companies are expected to attend the event “Israel Innovation in Water – Business Forum on September 23, 2019, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. The Israeli Embassy in Manila has invited Israel Water Authority Spokesperson ... more
  • 6 months Czech ambassador sees bright prospects for PH-Czech Republic IT cooperation MB
    By Roy Mabasa Czech Ambassador to Manila Jana Šediva is optimistic that the Philippines and the Czech Republic will be able to enhance their economic relations through the new wave of industrial revolution sweeping the world. (L-R) Czech Republic flag and Philippine flag (MANILA BULLETIN) Šediva made this pitch during the successful conduct of the first Information Technology Conference dubbed “Czech Connect 2019: Bridging the Czech and Philippine IT Sector” in Makati City over the weekend. “With the combined efforts of the Czech Republic and the Philippines, I believe, together, we can overcome the barriers, adapt with the new wave ... more
  • 6 months Villanueva underscores need to strictly regulate POGOs MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Joel Villanueva said on Sunday that the recent arrest of the 277 Chinese nationals by Immigration officials in Pasig City reinforces the need for the government to strictly regulate Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO). Sen. Joel Villanueva(Senate of the Philippines Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Villanueva was referring to the raid undertaken by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) where 277 Chinese workers in an illegal online gaming operations were arrested. The BI was initially looking for four Chinese fugitives, who were wanted in China for large-scale fraud amounting to RMB100 million, or over P700-million. But it ... more
  • 6 months PDEA proposes subjecting inmates in all of PH’s jail facilities to drug tests MB
    By Chito Chavez Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Aaron Aquino said that mandatory drug tests should be conducted on all inmates to help curb the illegal drug trade in all of the country’s jail facilities. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(MANILA BULLETIN) He said said all persons deprived of liberty (PDL) detained in all the jails maintained by provincial governments, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) should be subjected to these drugs tests. Aquino noted that this proposal was previously scuttled by former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon, who had a conflicting mindset on the matter. ... more
  • 6 months Utilize technology to fight corruption in BuCor, NBP – Lacson MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday expressed belief that technology can be used as a weapon to fight corruption in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Senator Panfilo Lacson (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN) Lacson said he believed that government can resolve the problems hounding BuCor and the NBP if it makes effective use of technology. “In this day and age of technology, napakaraming available na oportunidad para sa administration, sa management, sa administration ng gobyerno, kung saang mawawala ang corruption,” Lacson said in an interview over GMA News TV. Lacson noted that ... more
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