KATHMANDU, Nepal — A Nepal mountaineering official says two foreign climbers have been reported dead on Mount Everest. Mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said expedition team members reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday. The Japanese climber was identified as 35-year-old Nobukazu Kuriki and the Macedonian climber was 63-year-old Gjeorgi PetkovADVERTISEMENTShrestha is stationed at Everest’s base camp during the climbing season and received the reports of the deaths. Further details were not available and the bodies remained high up on the mountain. Some 340 foreign climbers and their Sherpa guides are attempting to scale the world’s highest mountain this month and many succeeded in the past week during a period of good weather.
May 21, 2018 05:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte fired Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino for allegedly having dealings with his sister, whom the Palace did not name. “The president has terminated the services of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino for having dealings with the presidential relative—a sister,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a press briefing Monday. Roque said that Tolentino has many issues with the Department of Transportation but it was his dealings with the president's unnamed sister that earned him Duterte's ire. In the same press briefing, Tolentino said that he obtained the “blessing” of the members of Duterte's family. Lawyer Manases Carpio, the presidential son-in-law, said that Tolentino was “spreading lies” when he said that he had the blessing of the first family.
May 21, 2018 05:48 UTC
President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tolentino was fired for approaching the President’s sister about a government project. “The President has terminated the services of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino for having dealings with a Presidential relative, a sister,” Roque said in a Palace briefing. Mark Tolentino, magsilbing halimbawa po. Kapag sinabi ng Presidente na huwag niyong kausapin ang kamag-anak at kaibigan, huwag na huwag niyo pong kakausapin na,” he said.
May 21, 2018 05:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Monday announced that he is stepping down as the Senate leader. The Senate leader made the announcement days after 14 members of the 17-member majority bloc signed a resolution seeking reorganization in the chamber and the election of Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto. He said Sotto is aware that he would become a Senate president someday. “There is no timetable,” the outgoing Senate leader said. The outgoing Senate leader said he would go around the country to explain to the people how the country would benefit from federalism.
May 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
Three Hong Kong nationals are set to be deported from the country after they were arrested by state security forces in Basilan for illegally entering the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Monday. In a report to BI commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI Anti-Terrorist Group (ATG) identified the nabbed foreigners as Tsui Tsz Kin, Ho Chun Wai, and Wong Po. BI ATG chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., in a press statement on Monday, confirmed that they were all from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The BI ATG chief said the Hong Kong nationals were held at the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending their deportation proceedings. Charges for violation of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 were being prepared against the three Hong Kong nationals, he said.
May 21, 2018 04:30 UTC
Hoping to end their misery in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Barangay Ginebra and Blackwater are recalling their beloved imports halfway through the conference. In a Twitter post Monday morning, player agent Sheryl Reyes revealed that Justin Brownlee is returning to Barangay Ginebra, while Henry Walker will be reuniting with Blackwater Elite. This marks his fourth tour of duty in the PBA, the first two being with the Alaska Aces, followed by a stint with the NLEX Road Warriors. Brownlee is expected to make his conference debut against the team he beat twice for a title, the Meralco Bolts, on June 1. Walker, for his part, will have his on May 30 when the Elite take on the slumping NLEX Road Warriors.
May 21, 2018 04:07 UTC
Unlike the political process followed under the present Charter, President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee (Con-com) wants to make impeachment both a judicial and political process. Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, chairman of the Con-com, said the impeachment process under a federal constitution would involve a Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) as well as Congress. ADVERTISEMENT“The sense of the committee is that the process of impeachment should be both political and judicial in nature,” Puno told reporters in a press briefing on Monday. The former chief magistrate explained that the duty of both chambers of Congress in an impeachment process would be to serve as the initiator and a prosecutor. Puno touted that their proposed impeachment process was “a system that you cannot find in other countries.”What about quo warranto?
May 21, 2018 04:07 UTC
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday assured Filipinos that appropriate diplomatic actions were being undertaken in relation to reports about the landing and takeoff drills of nuclear-capable bombers by China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). At the same time, the department said that it was closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and has coordinated with the other relevant departments and agencies for additional information. It said that it would remain committed to protecting every single inch of the Philippine territory and areas, where the country has sovereign rights over. “In professionally and prudently advancing our interests in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, we will always be guided by our patriotic duty to protect the Filipino people and defend our sovereignty,” DFA added. Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros even noted that China has virtually threatened the Philippines with nuclear war with its landing of bombers in the Paracel Islands, which are also being claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.
May 21, 2018 04:07 UTC
CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro was unsurprisingly declared winner of Venezuela’s election Sunday in a poll rejected as invalid by his rivals, who immediately called for fresh elections to be held later this year. “Never before has a presidential candidate taken 68 percent of the popular vote,” he said, to applause. The official result gave Maduro 67.7 percent of the vote, with Falcon a distant second at 21.2 percent. Aware of the popular mood, Maduro had vowed an “economic revolution” if reelected. Despite holding the world’s largest oil reserves, the country faces ruin, with the IMF citing a 45 percent drop in GDP under Maduro.
May 21, 2018 03:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that he does not want a woman to be the next ombudsman dismisses the role of women in society, young women leaders all over the country said. “We, united in the fight against tyranny and dictatorship, vehemently denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s misogynistic remarks that downplay and demean the role of women in society,” the youth leaders said in a statement released Sunday. “We remind all public officials that, having the power and influence to set policy agenda, they should denounce and refrain from any kind of remark that perpetrates a macho-fascist culture—a culture that should have been shelved centuries ago,” the young women leaders said. The president is often criticized for his anti-women remarks, saying such comments encourage objectification and violence against women. Duterte’s officials and supporters usually dismiss such remarks as instances of “sarcasm” or part of the president’s supposed humor.
May 21, 2018 03:45 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Silvia Celeste Cortesi, a 20-year-old model from Rome, Italy, bested 41 other beauties from across the country and Filipino communities abroad to become Miss Earth Philippines 2018. After the evening-gown, swimsuit (nylon Spandex designed by Ricky Abad) and interview rounds, they were trimmed down to Top 10. And I think that Boracay needs a drainage system because the 'juice' of trash goes directly on the ocean. Miss San Rafael, Bulacan:“My environmental advocacy is to bring awareness regarding recycling and reducing waste. It allows us to practice our capabilities of being an entrepreneur and it will empower us to create solutions for our Mother Earth.”
May 21, 2018 03:45 UTC
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna – Four drug suspects were arrested in a buy-bust operation here, Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, regional director of the provincial regional office (PRO) of Calabarzon. Domingo Glodo, Romnick Liberato, Marcelino Archeta and an unidentified surrenderee were arrested by the Drug Enforcement Team of the Calamba City Police under Senior Supt Kirby Kraft, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 4A, Eleazar said. The operation also resulted in the confiscation of eight sachets of suspected “shabu,” drug paraphernalia and marked money used in the buy-bust operation. The suspects are now under the custody of Calamba City Police and will be brought here in Barangay Mayapa, Calamba City, together with the recovered pieces of evidence for drug and laboratory tests. ROSELLE R. AQUINO
May 21, 2018 03:33 UTC
NOT one but three Supreme Courts. This is part of the proposed changes in the judiciary in the draft new Charter being crafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom). The ConCom has proposed the creation of a Federal Supreme Court, Federal Constitutional Court, which will also serve as the impeachment court, and Federal Administrative Court. The proposed changes in the judiciary were in preparation for the planned shift to a federal form of government. He said the changes were aimed to make for a more efficient judicial system: specialized courts versus one generalized court, speed up the delivery of justice, and unclog the dockets of the Supreme Court.
May 21, 2018 03:33 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – The 4-0 Ateneo Blue Eagles and 3-0 Mapua Cardinals open Tuesday’s Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup action with a 12:30 p.m. clash at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Not only are they second scoring highest team (after La Salle), they are also the fifth-ranked squad on defense as of the moment. The young nationals were ousted from advancing to the second round after its debilitating loss to National University the past week. “We haven’t had a full team at all, and practices have been difficult because our players have been also competing with their mother clubs. That is why we started preparing this early and we know what work we need to do.”Tickets to the matches can be purchased at the gate of the Filoil Flying V Centre.
May 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — It was another “Red Monday” at the Supreme Court, as some of the high court’s employees wore red to call for support to the eight magistrates who ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a statement, judges of lower courts and employees of the judiciary called for “calm, sobriety and peace” among the Filipino public amid the SC’s quo warranto ruling. READ: Supreme Court employees call for another 'Red Monday'The statement was signed by Judge Felix Reyes, president of Philippine Judges Association; Maria Fe Maloloy-On, president of Philippine Association of Court Employees; Rene Enciso, president of Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer Employees; and Erwin Ocson, president of SC Employees Association. But the group stressed: “The interpretation and application of the Constitution, laws and rules exclusively belong to the Supreme Court. READ: More senators urged to sign quo warranto appeal | Monsod: Senate should assert its power on removal of chief justice
May 21, 2018 03:00 UTC