BANGKOK, Thailand — A Filipina travel vlogger is being compared to Vietnam’s representative for Miss Universe 2018 H'Hen Nie for their uncanny resemblance. Online users have been tagging vlogger Patrice “Ave” Averilla, known for her YouTube channel “Avelovinit”, as the lookalike of Nie. Kung magkakapera lang ako sa bawat message/mention niyo sakin na kamukha ko si Ms. Vietnam eh siguro dami ko na pera ???? Nie is among the crowd favorites in the 2018 edition of Miss Universe. RELATED: How Miss Vietnam’s national costume ‘Banh Mi’ was chosen | Netizens slam Miss Universe queens over ‘racist’ comments vs Vietnam, CambodiaNie is set to compete against Philippine bet Catriona Gray and 92 others at the Miss Universe 2018 to be staged in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.
December 16, 2018 07:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (Updated 3:32 p.m.) — Hundreds of Angkas riders took to EDSA on Sunday afternoon to protest an impending crackdown by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on the motorcycle-hailing service. The Angkas riders were part of a larger "unity ride" by motorcycle rights organizations protesting the government's alleged discrimination against motorcycle riders. The ride was meant to protest the proposed Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017, which will require supposed crime prevention measures for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders' groups like the Motorcycle Rights Organization oppose the proposal, saying it treats motorcycle riders as criminals. picture muna bago magpatraffic pic.twitter.com/FwTlBMhfpE — Angkas (@angkas) December 16, 2018“Let me reiterate that the TRO from the Supreme Court is about the injunction granted by the RTC.
December 16, 2018 07:02 UTC
Angkas riders hold ‘unity ride’ 72 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Jhon Aldrin CasinasMembers of the motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas held a “unity ride” on Sunday to decry the temporary restraining order (TRO) of the Supreme Court that stops them from taking passengers. Clad in black and blue uniforms, thousands of Angkas riders honked their horns as they rode along EDSA. George Royeca, Angkas head of public affairs, said in a press conference on Sunday they will abide by the restraining order. David Medrana, head of Angkas operations, debunked the claims that its riders were untrained and have no license.
December 16, 2018 06:45 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Naval Forces Central rescued two teens in the coastal waters of Balangiga, Eastern Samar on Saturday, the Philippine Navy unit in the Visayas said. According to a press release, duty personnel of the BRP Abraham Campo (PC 396) noticed a man drowning 1,600 yards—around 1.4 kilometers—from the coast of Balangiga town on Saturday afternoon. Aldrin Gacusan PN, immediately dispatched its personnel, including the team of Navy Seals aboard the vessel," Naval Forces Central said. They were brought aboard the Abraham Campo and would be brought back to shore through coordination with Naval Task Force 50, the Navy said. "Naval Task Force 50 is the operational component of Naval Forces Central designated for the Philippine Navy vessels assigned in NFC's area of responsibility, Regions 6, 7 and 8," it also said.
December 16, 2018 06:36 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A man was shot dead while playing a computer video game in Tondo, Manila, Saturday night. ADVERTISEMENTReports from the Manila Police District said Radem Edem, 39, from Purok 3 of Isla Puting Bato in Barangay 20, Tondo, was in a “piso net” shop in Purok 1 when slain. A witness said a man wearing a jacket and short pants approached and shot Edem from behind. Edem was hit in the head and died instantly. The assailant managed to escape on foot.
December 16, 2018 05:59 UTC
A century and 17 years after they were taken by American soldiers as war booty, the Balangiga bells are finally back home. With Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Felter, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Ambassador Sung Kim and INDOPACOM Commander Admiral Philip Davidson. The US C-130 plane named Spirit of MacArthur transported the bells from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. “The bells’ return reflects the strong bond and mutual respect between our nations and our peoples…It heralds our bright future as friends, partners and allies,” he said. One of the bells is carefully lifted from the crate in preparation for a handover ceremony at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
December 16, 2018 05:54 UTC
PHNOM PENH — Cambodia seized more than 3.2 tons of elephant tusks hidden in a storage container sent from Mozambique, a customs official said Sunday, marking the country's largest ivory bust. He said the ivory was sent from the southern African nation of Mozambique and arrived at the port last year. Pictures of the massive haul showed long rows of confiscated tusks spread out on the ground at the port. The largest before this week occured in 2014, when Cambodian customs seized about three tons of ivory hidden in a container of beans at the southwestern port of Sihanoukville. Last year, Cambodia also seized nearly a ton of ivory hidden in hollowed-out logs discovered inside an abandoned container, owned by a company based in Mozambique.
December 16, 2018 05:37 UTC
International supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks praised a Filipina’s runway skills anew after she praised Philippines’ bet to Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray. Earle tagged Tyra saying she’d be proud of Catriona’s performance at the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary competition. During her stint at the Miss Universe semi-finals catwalk, Catriona wowed the crowd with a slow-motion turn that flaunted figure, beauty and confidence. WATCH: Philippines' Catriona Gray at Miss Universe 2018 Preliminary CompetitionCatriona gushed over Tyra’s reaction. Catriona will represent the Philippines at the final competition of Miss Universe 2018 to be held in Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.
December 16, 2018 05:15 UTC
JAKARTA — Mount Soputan in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, erupted on Sunday morning, spewing a 7,500-meter-high ash column and thick smoke into the sky, according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG). Ash was monitored drifting to the south and southwest following the eruption at 8:57 a.m. local time. ADVERTISEMENTResidents are advised to remain outside a 4-kilometer radius from the peak and avoid any activities within 6.5 km to the west and southwest of the crater because of concerns of lava and hot ash. Riverbank settlements near the mountain, such as those located along Ranowangko, Lawian, Popang and Kelewahu rivers, were also warned of the potential for lava flows following rain. In October, Soputan erupted at least twice, prompting authorities to raise the volcano’s status to Level III (alert) in the national four-level volcano alert system.
December 16, 2018 05:15 UTC
DAGUPAN CITY – A town councilor, who filed his candidacy for vice mayor in the Pangasinan town of Sto. Tomas, was shot dead outside a church at about 10:40 a.m. on Sunday. One suspect identified as Junjun Vidal was arrested. Oculto was rushed to the Dr. Chan Hospital in Rosales town where he was declared dead on arrival. Earlier on October 4, Councilor Ely Arciaga Ramos survived an attack in front of his house in Barangay (village) Poblacion.
December 16, 2018 05:15 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — There’s no need for the creation of an “expensive bureaucracy such as a Department of Culture.”House Senior Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza had this to say as he rejected the proposed creation of a Department of Culture. He was referring to a measure that was seeking to reorganize the NCCA into an independent Department of Culture (DOC) to promote and develop the country’s cultural traditions. 1528, or the proposed “Department of Culture Act,” funds will be appropriated for the DOC “in recognition of the vital role of Filipino culture in nation-building.”With this, Atienza proposed that culture and sports be merged again with public education. ADVERTISEMENTThe proposed DOC Act, he noted, seeks an initial appropriation of P2 billion for the new department on its first full year of operation alone. The said measure was authored and sponsored by Senator Francis Escudero who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture.
December 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
New set of naval officers welcomed 37 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Francis WakefieldThe Philippine Navy (PN) welcomed to its rank new set of officers in a graduation ceremony held at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in San Antonio, Zambales on Friday, December 14. Among the 33 graduates, nine will join the rank of the Philippine Marine Corps. NOCC is the other source of commissioned officers of the PN aside from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Commander Jonathan V. Zata, director of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said the new set of officers bolsters the service command’s human resource.
December 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
LUCENA CITY – Police and drug agents arrested two suspected drug pushers in a buy-bust operation here Saturday night, police said. Local police operatives and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents collared Jerwin Floro and Domingo Broquesa after the two sold “shabu” (crystal meth) to an undercover police officer in Barangay (village) Ibabang Dupay around 10 p.m., Lucena police chief Supt. ADVERTISEMENTSeized from the suspects were total of 5.46 grams of shabu with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P10,100. Police also confiscated a motorcycle without a plate number believed being used by the suspects in their illegal drugs distribution. Police tagged both suspects as notorious drug pushers who sold shabu in the village.
December 16, 2018 04:52 UTC
LUCENA CITY – Two motorcycle riders died and another was hurt in a road accident in this city Saturday night, police said. Reydante Ariza, Lucena police chief, said a Mitsubishi Montero collided with a motorcycle with three men riding together along the road in Barangay (village) Ibabang Talim at about 8:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENTThe Montero driven by Felino Vendiola was overtaking another vehicle when it crashed into the the motorcycle driven by Merlito Cabral, 39, police said. The police said the sports utility vehicle dragged the motor bike for several meters before stopping. Cabral and back-rider Ernesto Vinta Jr., 34, died while being taken to separate hospitals. The other motorcycle rider, Milbert Obien, sustained injuries and was taken to Lucena United Doctors Hospital for treatment.
December 16, 2018 04:30 UTC
PARIS — Groups of defiant "yellow vest" demonstrators faced off with tens of thousands of police around France on Saturday, but the protest movement appeared to have lost momentum on a fifth and decisive weekend. French President Emmanuel Macron, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, announced a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the explosive "yellow vest" crisis, which swelled up from rural and small-town France last month. Some senior figures in the "yellow vest" movement -- which has no official leaders and dozens of separate demands -- had urged protesters to continue to press home their advantage. "Last time, we were here for taxes," a 28-year-old "yellow vest" called Jeremy told AFP as he arrived on the Champs-Elysees in the freezing cold on Saturday morning. More than 1,400 people have been injured since the protests began on November 17.
December 16, 2018 04:18 UTC