Despite CHR's efforts, some senators still seem unsure of commission's jobMANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights has been explaining its mandate through both traditional and social media, its spokesperson said Friday, days after administration allies in the Senate seemed to still be confused about what the agency does. On Tuesday, administration senators grilled the CHR during deliberations on the human rights body's proposed budget for 2020. Releasing an undeserving offender will only perpetuate injustice,” Jacqueline De Guia, CHR spokesperson, said at the time. In an interview with Philstar.com in 2018, De Guia acknowledged there is a “serious” decline in the appreciation of human rights and that the narrative has been slanted. She stressed it is CHR’s role as the “conscience of the government” to call them out and provide advice using a human rights lens.
November 21, 2019 09:45 UTC
After 57 days of intense training, transgender women Mikee Vitug and Jess Labares have become flight attendants of a budget airline in the Philippines. ADVERTISEMENTVitug told INQUIRER.net that to her knowledge, no other trans women besides them have become cabin crew members in the Philippines. She described the program to become part of the cabin crew as “the most difficult training” she has been through. “Now that I’m officially an airline cabin crew member, I can finally say that ‘I have arrived,'” she said. Dealing with discriminationAs a trans woman, Vitug told INQUIRER.net that she has not felt outright discrimination towards her.
November 21, 2019 09:13 UTC
PNRI makes use of nuclear technology to modify abaca for pollution control 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Dhel NazarioThe Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) is now using local products like abaca as a cheaper alternative for dealing with pollution by filtering toxic materials. Radiation can be used to modify materials and graft various polymers that can have advanced properties such as filtering various contaminants from water. PNRI was granted a utility model for the technology in 2019 and continues to develop radiation grafting for other applications. PNRI researchers are looking forward to the development of other applications of radiation grafting such as producing biodiesel and recovering precious metals.
November 21, 2019 08:26 UTC
House leaders defend Build, Build, Build 0 SHARES Share it! The Metro Manila Subway and Mindanao Railway are among the major projects currently in the pipeline under Build, Build, Build program, which has been billed to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure” in the Philippines. “You have to qualify what is Build, Build, Build… [Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon] only said the 75 flagship projects, and he said, I think that out of 75, only nine are being implemented. Those are the big ticket items like subway, the railway that need a lot of time for feasibility, road right-of-way, but he did not mention [the] Build, Build, Build being felt in the communities now, bypasses, bridges. Earlier this week, House Minority Bloc member and Marikina City 1st District Rep. Bayani Fernando said that while he didn’t agree with Drilon that Build, Build, Build is a failure, he admitted that the program’s implementation was “slow” in his opinion.
November 21, 2019 08:15 UTC
PAL leads other carriers in on-time performance 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetPhilippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday registered the highest on-time performance (OTP) among Filipino air carriers for flight departures out of Manila in the second half of 2019. PAL added its mainline services achieved an all-time high of 92% on-time flights in October 2019, for international and domestic flights combined. For July, August and September 2019, the flag carrier’s flights posted a steadily increasing OTP of 80%, 82% and 89%, respectively. Together with other Philippine carriers, PAL signed a pledge of commitment in late July vowing to work towards improved on-time performance through effective management of flight operations and usage of airport slots.
November 21, 2019 08:03 UTC
VOSBURG, South Africa — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.”The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. While the school food program began before the drought, teachers say it has become increasingly vital for the town’s struggling families. Until then, they rely on commercial farmers sharing feed to keep their livestock alive. With the stress of the drought, residents realize they need each other more than ever to survive. “It is clear that southern African farmers, water managers, and government entities need to prepare,” Engelbrecht said.
November 21, 2019 07:25 UTC
BEIJING, China — The US-born giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwestern China after a 16-hour flight, with plenty of bamboo for him to munch on as he settled into his new home. Bei Bei travelled aboard a specially outfitted Boeing 777F cargo plane called the "Panda Express" -- paid for by FedEx -- accompanied by his keeper from the National Zoo in Washington and more than 70 pounds of bamboo and other treats. Bei Bei was welcomed "home" on Thursday with a ceremony at the Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan, local media reported. Fans had lined up at the National Zoo -- the only home Bei Bei had ever known before his return to China -- to bid the cub farewell ahead of his departure. Bei Bei was born in August 2015, and his name was announced with great fanfare at an event with then-first lady Michelle Obama and her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan.
November 21, 2019 06:56 UTC
BANGKOK, Thailand — Pope Francis met with Thailand's supreme Buddhist patriarch on Thursday in a gilded Bangkok temple on the first full day of his Asia tour aimed at promoting religious harmony. In a highly symbolic meeting Thursday, he sat down with Thailand's supreme Buddhist patriarch Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong at Bangkok's Ratchabophit temple in the city's historic old quarter. The pair sat before a brilliant gold Buddha statue inside the ornate temple, built 150 years ago by the former Thai King—the supreme patriarch barefoot and draped in orange robes as they spoke. In an earlier speech, the Pope said the meeting was "a sign of the importance and urgency of promoting friendship and inter-religious dialogue". Later Thursday the Pope will lead a huge mass for tens of thousands of people, including ethnic Karen Christians from northern Thailand and Vietnamese Catholic refugees living in Bangkok.
November 21, 2019 06:33 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Transportation and law enforcement agencies will conduct its “one-time big-time” nationwide crackdown against traffic violators, especially overloading and over-speeding vehicles, on Friday, November 22. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said this activity is meant to “prevent more road crash incidents in the future” as well as comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to strictly enforce the country’s traffic laws. ADVERTISEMENTAccording to an LTO letter to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the President’s “instruction” during a November 4 Cabinet meeting “as relayed by (LTO) Usec. Mark Richmund De Leon” was for the agency and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to “not to go into corruption” and “strictly enforce the law.”LTO particularly asked NCRPO for assistance during the conduct of the “one-time big-time” operation even as it would likewise be carried in other parts of the country. The “one-time big-time” operation came about as recent incidents of road crashes claimed the lives of more than 30 people.
LEGAZPI CITY –– Police arrested three persons and confiscated some P400,000 worth of fake cigarettes in Libon town in Albay province, a police report said. Arrested were Grace Joy Elmido, 35, from Quezon City; Mohammad Nor Pangcoga, 21; and Wahid Barodi, 33, both residents of Quiapo, Manila, said Captain Dexter Panganiban, Albay police spokesperson. ADVERTISEMENTThe suspects were arrested while selling 39 boxes of counterfeit Marlboro brand cigarettes to a buyer in barangay Pantao at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. The suspects are facing charges for violation of intellectual property and customs and tariff act. Edited by LZBRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Sarangani town in Davao Occidental on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The quake struck at 1:14 p.m. at 260 kilometers southeast of Sarangani. ADVERTISEMENTPhivolcs said that the tremor was of tectonic origin, and had a 47-kilometer depth of focus. No aftershocks or damage were expected, Phivolcs added. Edited by JERead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
NEW DELHI — As part of bilateral defense cooperation, India and China will hold a joint military exercise on counter-terrorism, called ‘Hand-in-Hand’, in Meghalaya in December, informed sources said on Tuesday. Nearly 130 troops of the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) each will participate in it. Sources said the exercise would enhance the capacity of both Indian and Chinese troops to respond to any emergency situation to counter terror. The two countries did not hold the exercise in 2017 because of heightened tension in the wake of the 72-day-long standoff between their troops in Doklam. While the strength of either side in Doklam has reduced, the Indian Army is continuously monitoring Chinese activities in the area.
November 21, 2019 06:00 UTC
Veloso moves to scrap 40-year maximum imprisonment 0 SHARES Share it! The House leader, who principally authored HB 4553, said many of his colleagues expressed their full support to his measure. In fact, more than 20 lawmakers have signified intention to be made co-author of the bill,” Veloso said. During its fourth regular meeting on Tuesday, the Veloso panel unanimously approved HB 4553 in less than five minutes. Expecting that some quarters will question his measure before the Supreme Court, Veloso expressed readiness to defend HB 4553.
November 21, 2019 05:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will not stop the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law, but tighter measures will be imposed amid outcry from farmers hurt by falling palay (paddy rice) farm-gate prices. “The Rice Tariffication Law will be pursued to provide affordable and quality rice for all Filipinos,” President Rodrigo Duterte was quoted as saying by Agriculture Secretary William Dar during a press conference Thursday. The unconditional cash transfer to rice farmers affected by low palay prices will be extended from one to two years with the budget of P3 billion a year. Last February, Duterte signed the Rice Tarrification Law which lifted the more than two-decade-old cap on rice imports in a bid to bring down prices of the staple grain. The proceeds will be used to fund mass irrigation, warehousing and rice research to help local farmers compete.
November 21, 2019 04:52 UTC
LOS ANGELES – Luka Doncic posted his league-leading seventh triple double of the season en route to a 35-point performance as the Dallas Mavericks trounced the Golden State Warriors, 142-94, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time). Doncic scored 33 of his points in the opening half en route to his second consecutive triple-double. He was coming off a career-best, 42-point performance in a triple-double Monday against San Antonio. It was the second win for the Raptors against the Magic this season. Norman Powell added 15 points and Chris Boucher delivered 14 points and 11 rebounds.
November 21, 2019 04:41 UTC