He also said that the four other magnetic lifters found in Cavite “went through proper Customs clearance.”ADVERTISEMENTHe added that all X-ray images were submitted to the House and the Senate committees investigating the shabu smuggling. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino told the Inquirer that BOC intelligence officer Jimmy Guban was involved in the case buildup from the start. This has led the agency to believe these were the shabu that slipped out of Customs and hauled out of the four magnetic lifters found in Cavite. “And the truth is [the magnetic lifters] contained shabu and there is physical evidence, documentary and testimonial evidence which will prove that,” she said. “But he can’t do that with Lapeña, because Lapeña and his people are either incompetent or they are in collusion,” she said.
October 20, 2018 23:15 UTC
The government is not banning all parties on Boracay Island when it reopens on Oct. 26, contrary to an infographic being circulated that specify activities prohibited on the resort island. In a press statement, Sherwin Rigor, undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), said tourists may still hold parties if these were done indoors and not on the beach. New regulationsThe DENR has been laying down new regulations ahead of the reopening of the island following its six-month closure and rehabilitation. Rigor said tourists may still enjoy parties, grilling and other activities on the island, if these were done indoors or in areas away from the beach. The [Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force] does not prohibit such,” he said.
October 20, 2018 23:03 UTC
President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson on Saturday said he did not use the word “whining” in reaction to reports about an increase in transportation fare, insisting that Malacañang was not insensitive to the plight of commuters. ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Panelo took exception to an Inquirer headline that read, “Panelo: Stop whining about fare hikes,” saying the word whining did not appear in transcripts of his press briefing on Thursday. In his statement on Saturday, Panelo said his words were twisted by the Inquirer headline. “We find it unfortunate that the newspaper publication resorted to a clickbait headline,” said Panelo. Panelo appealed for the public’s understanding about the necessity of raising fare of public utility vehicles, which came amid soaring fuel prices.
October 20, 2018 23:03 UTC
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte’s “close friend” vowed to champion women’s rights if she was elected a member of the city council. ADVERTISEMENTBalaba joined the group of Mayor Oscar Moreno in a march to the Commission on Elections office to file COCs. Balaba is running as a candidate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan. Balaba, a Cagayan de Oro City native, was said to have been very close to then Mayor Duterte when she worked as a TV reporter in Davao City for six years. —JB DevezaClick here for more elections stories.
October 20, 2018 22:52 UTC
Life is simple and slow in San Andres, a small, poor community on Verde Island along the Verde Island Passage (VIP), a marine and terrestrial zone of rich biological diversity spanning almost 2 hectares and more than 100 kilometers south of Manila. “I think people here are quite aware that we are at the center [of marine biodiversity],” said Arnold Briton, barangay chair of San Andres. Verde Island has two fish sanctuaries — the diving site of Pulong Bato (18 ha) at Barangay San Agapito and the “Washing Machine” (15 ha) at Barangay San Agustin. To keep their heads above water, fish collectors train as diving guides on Verde Island for extra income. Montebon said his group, Conservation International-Philippines, welcomed the initiatives so long as these stayed within the natural limits of the VIP.
October 20, 2018 21:44 UTC
Oct. 21 to 28: Lanzones FestivalADVERTISEMENTThe province of Camiguin celebrates one of its agricultural products—lanzones. Camiguin is known to produce the sweetest lanzones in the country, with “paete” as its most famous variety. Oct. 25 to 28: Sambuokan FestivalThe city of Mati in Davao Oriental province looks back on its rich history in a four-day festival. Activities include a floriculture exhibit, LGBT night, sports events and street dancing competition. Oct. 26 to 27: Tigtigan Terakan Keng DalanA street dancing festival in Angeles City, Pampanga province, created in 1992 to show the resilience of the residents in the wake of the Mt.
October 20, 2018 21:11 UTC
Oct. 21, 2013The local government of Cebu launched a fundraising campaign, dubbed “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko,” for the construction of a new building of Cebu City Medical Center. ADVERTISEMENTThe three-story structure of the city-run hospital was declared unfit for occupancy following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the provinces of Cebu and Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. Huge and deep cracks were found on the columns of the 45-year-old hospital, which affected its structural integrity. Oct. 26, 1945The subprovince of Catanduanes was separated from Albay province and became a separate province by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. According to legend, Catanduanes derived its name from the local word “tandu,” a click beetle that was purportedly abundant in the province.
October 20, 2018 21:11 UTC
HEALING BORACAY 220 SHARES Share it! Like Fugoso, many of Boracay’s workers were unperturbed that they may have to go jobless as Boracay was being rehabilitated. “If Boracay would stay beautiful, of course, we would continue to have many tourists. 475 ordering the closure of Boracay to tourists for six months to pave the way for its rehabilitation from environmental damage caused by overdevelopment. After which, they will proceed with the succeeding phases to improve the whole circumferential road in Boracay.
October 20, 2018 16:18 UTC
‘Manalo’ is the mantra Ahtisa Manalo, the country’s representative to this year’s Miss International pageant, just won’t settle for second best. Share Tweet By: Regina Mae ParungaoAhtisa Manalo is going to battle with a metal sword in hand. I have to be the best, always.”For many years now, the Miss International doesn’t have a Question and Answer portion. “I really believe you will do us amazingly proud.”The Miss International coronation night is on Nov. 9 in Japan. In fact, she has 21 cats, all “very malambing.”* Her favorite beauty queen is Precious Lara QuigamanTags: Ahtisa Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas, Bulletin Entertainment, Manila Bulletin, Manila Bulletin Entertainment, mb.com.ph, Precious Lara Quigaman, ‘Manalo’ is the mantra
October 20, 2018 15:56 UTC
Get in shape now! To prepare, OM underwent a physical routine to get in shape. Much has been said about the expectations for a Key Project (KP) of a network. Or perhaps Popular Celebrity (PC) should be in the cast? Tags: Get in shape now!, Gone soon?, Key Project, Manila Bulletin, Manila Bulletin Entertainment, mb.com.ph, Overweight Member, Popular Celebrity, Vindicated Celebrity
October 20, 2018 15:56 UTC
Protesters march in London to demand new vote on Brexit 11 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy the Associated PressTens of thousands of protesters marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union. “What’s clear is that the only options on the table now from the prime minister are a bad Brexit deal, or no deal whatsoever,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who joined the “People’s Vote March,” told the BBC. May, the leader of Britain’s Conservatives, has ruled out another public vote on the subject. “Voters will neither forgive nor forget if (lawmakers) allow this miserable Brexit to proceed without people being given the final say.”
October 20, 2018 14:03 UTC
MOSCOW — While Crimean authorities searched for clues that might help explain why a teenager gunned down 20 people at his vocational school before killing himself, the stunned city of Kerch prepared to say farewell to the victims. A computer taken from the home where Roslyakov lived with his parents revealed little, a Crimean official said Thursday. The Kerch attack was by far the deadliest carried out by a student in Russia, raising questions about school security. Wednesday’s violence also was the deadliest school attack in Russia since the 2004 Beslan attack by Chechen separatists, which left 333 people dead, many of them children, during a three-day siege. Since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, Russian authorities repeatedly warned of a terrorism threat from unnamed Ukrainian nationalists and ethnic Tatars, an indigenous Crimean people.
October 20, 2018 13:18 UTC
ISTANBUL — Turkey will “never allow a cover-up” of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, a senior official in Turkey’s ruling party said Saturday after Saudi Arabia announced hours earlier that the writer died during a “fistfight” in its consulate. Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of the disappearance of Khashoggi, who vanished after entering its consulate on Oct. 2. While it fired officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia stopped short of implicating the heir-apparent of the world’s largest oil exporter. No major decisions in Saudi Arabia are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom’s ruling Al Saud family. Beyond its statements attributed to anonymous officials, Saudi Arabia offered no evidence to support its claims.
October 20, 2018 12:56 UTC
Tuesday night’s Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. Mega Millions made similar moves in October 2017, resulting in the odds worsening from one in 259 million to one in 302.5 millionDid it work? Consider the current $430 million Powerball jackpot. That’s an incredible amount of money, but compared to the Mega Millions prize hovering around $1.6 billion, it barely seems worth the bother of buying a ticket. In California, for example, the lottery Thursday sold $5.7 million in Mega Millions tickets during the first half of the day.
October 20, 2018 12:33 UTC
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Perhaps no issue was more identified with his last campaign than immigration, particularly his much-vaunted — and still-unfulfilled — promise to quickly build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. It’s a good contrast,” said former Trump campaign aide Barry Bennett, who said the caravan was “perfectly timed” for Trump’s midterm pitch. However, Republican and Democratic voters have distinctly different views of immigration as a problem facing the country. By contrast, three-quarters of Republican voters call illegal immigration a very big problem, ranking the highest for Republicans among the long list on Pew’s survey, while just 19 percent of Democratic voters say the same.
October 20, 2018 12:22 UTC