MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has been declared persona non-grata and ordered to leave the country within one week by the Kuwait Foreign Ministry, the Kuwait State News Agency reported Wednesday. The foreign ministry cited the Philippines' "flagrant and grave breach of rules and regulations that govern diplomatic action, where staff helped Filipina house helpers run away." Philippine officials had sent "reinforcements to the embassy in Kuwait; comprised of seven teams affiliated with the foreign undersecretary for labor in immigration at pretext of rescuing female housemaids in Kuwait. The report cited violations of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, namely Provision 41 that bars infringement on individuals' prerogatives and immunities, respecting states' laws and non-intervening in their local affairs. Kuwait and the Philippines established diplomatic relations in 1979.
April 25, 2018 15:43 UTC
The Revellers are coming off a 107-103 victory in Game 1 as they plunge into action in the 4 p.m. tiff. Coach Stevenson Tiu emphasized the importance for Che’Lu-San Sebastian to finish off their rivals today. But Che’Lu-San Sebastian will be against a dangerous Zark’s-Lyceum team that has nothing left to lose. Robinson pointed on his wards’ lackluster defense in the fourth quarter as Zark’s-Lyceum allowed Che’Lu-San Sebastian to notch 31 points. Game Thursday (Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig) Game 2 of Best-of-3 Finals 4 p.m. – Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian vs Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Revellers lead series, 1-0.
April 25, 2018 15:33 UTC
Four-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo run over the Tamaraws’ defense with 34 attacks for 37 points to lead the Blue Eagles to victory. Crossing paths in the finals for the fifth straight year, the Eagles and the Bulldogs went 1-1 in their head-to-head this season. Practice, practice, practice. Work hard, work hard, work hard. Pray hard, pray hard, pray hard,” he added.
April 25, 2018 15:11 UTC
For OPM, if April has been topbilled by Sarah Geronimo, Sandwich, K Brosas, Kakai Bautista and Neocolours’ anniversary concerts, more artists celebrate their milestones like ZsaZsa Padilla and Richard Poon via their respective concerts this month. There’s also the anticipated concerts of Darren Espanto, Jake Zyrus and Ian Veneracion. Harry Styles Live On TourAfter coming to Manila as member of One Direction in 2015, Harry Styles returns as a solo artist on May 1, 8 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena. Presented by Pulp Live World. Revolution: The JaDine Concert Live In CebuJames Reid and Nadine Lustre continue their leg of Revolution concerts on May 19, 8 p.m. at Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
April 25, 2018 15:11 UTC
“Let us listen to the sentiments of Filipinos who feel the weight of high prices of goods and services and insufficient income,” Aquino said in Filipino. TRAIN is meant to infrastructure projects that the government says will create jobs and will benefit Filipinos in the long run. The poll showed that 50 percent of the respondents mentioned an increase in the salary of workers as their major concern. This represented a seven-point increase in the number of Filipinos who saw this as a priority issue compared to last year’s data. Aquino also reiterated his call to review the TRAIN law as it has contributed to the increase in the prices of goods and services that had burdened Filipinos, especially the poor.
April 25, 2018 14:37 UTC
Import James White and marksman Matthew Wright combined for 50 points to fend off a late blistering run by the Elite. "Hard-earned win guys, pero I'll take it," Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas offered. For three quarters, the Fuel Masters dictated the tempo. They erected a 22-point lead in second period to keep the Elite surveying for options in the scoring end. "Noong nilabas ko si White, siguradong bababa 'yung lead namin.
April 25, 2018 14:26 UTC
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait said Wednesday it is expelling the Philippine ambassador and recalling its envoy from Manila as tensions rise over the treatment of domestic workers. Official news agency KUNA said the Philippine ambassador had been given a week to leave oil-rich Kuwait, amid a diplomatic row between the two nations sparked by the murder of a Filipina maid. An official at Kuwait’s foreign ministry told AFP that Philippine ambassador Renato Pedro Ovila had been summoned to be informed of his expulsion. The move comes despite an apology on Tuesday by Philippine foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, after videos emerged of embassy staff helping Filipinos flee from allegedly abusive employers in Kuwait. Some 10 million Filipinos work abroad and the money they remit back is a lifeline for the Philippine economy.
April 25, 2018 14:15 UTC
Did you know how a veteran actress (VA) successfully kicked her smoking habit recently? She’d only light a stick after a usual meal. But one time, VA dined with some friends at a restaurant, one of whom brought her little girl along. When dinner was over, and it was time for the tummy-filled VA to light a cigarette, the little girl suddenly hollered, “Oh my! The Virgin Mary is smoking!”Apparently embarrassed—if not guilty—VA snuffed out the stick and since then said goodbye to smoking forever.
April 25, 2018 14:03 UTC
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Wednesday said the number of politicians jumping ship to Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has reached 300,000. Pimentel, who is the party president, said there was a continuous vetting of party members to filter out narcopoliticians. Pimentel hoped that the party could keep its numbers even after the President had stepped down. Failure to do so, he said, would mean the party’s failure to educate its members about personality politics. “We will have to accept our responsibility that we failed to educate them,” he said.
April 25, 2018 13:30 UTC
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Wednesday said that the Senate would prevail over the Supreme Court if the legislative body could convene as an impeachment court before any decision could be made on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. ADVERTISEMENTOn the other hand, should the Senate impeachment proceedings come first, Pimentel said, the senators, as judges, would have to vote whether or not to uphold Supreme Court decision. This means if the decision on the quo warranto case, which Solicitor General Jose Calida filed against Sereno, would be released before the House of Representatives could transmit the articles of impeachment, the Senate does not need to convene as a court anymore. “Once we become a court, the question would be: Would the Senate recognize the removal of the Chief Justice through a quo warranto? If the majority says it is a valid removal, then there is no need to remove [through impeachment],” he said.
April 25, 2018 13:18 UTC
SAN DIEGO — A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must resume a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation but gave it 90 days to restate its arguments before his order takes effect. It said it was forced to act because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to the program. US District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in New York issued a similar ruling in February. ADVERTISEMENTA federal judge in Maryland has ruled in the administration’s favor. Nearly 690,000 people were enrolled when the Trump administration said in September that it was ending the program, eight out of 10 from Mexico.
April 25, 2018 13:07 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Former Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla has asked the Sandiganbayan to order the dismissal of his graft case in connection with the 2004 fertilizer fund scam, citing the Office of the Ombudsman's inordinate delay in its investigation. "The ombudsman gave absolutely no reason as to the cause of the decade-long delay of the conduct of the preliminary investigation against Accused Petilla. Filed by the ombudsman on April 6, the graft case against Petilla stemmed from his alleged involvement in the multimillion-peso fertilizer fund scam, during his term as governor of Leyte. Also charged with Petilla was his mother — incumbent Palo, Leyte mayor Remedios Petilla — and three other former provincial officials. Petilla lamented that the “inordinate delay” in the ombudsman's investigation, has placed him at a tactical disadvantage in defending himself in court.
April 25, 2018 12:59 UTC
Meralco banked on a late second half surge to defeat Columbian Dyip, 116-103, for its first win in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. I was happy with his performance and he gives us what we lacked,” said Meralco coach Norman Black, who also drew 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Chris Newsome. CJ Aiken finished with 21 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks for Columbian Dyip. The scores:MERALCO 116 – Onuaku 30, Newsome 18, Salva 13, Canaleta 12, Dillinger 11, Hodge 8, Amer 7, Hugnatan 7, Caram 4, Sedurifa 4, Tolomia 2, Ballesteros 0. COLUMBIAN DYIP 103 – Aiken 21, Lastimosa 16, McCarthy 16, Camson 15, Celda 14, King 12, Tubid 4, Khobuntin 2, Cahilig 2, Corpuz 1, Ababou 0, Escoto 0, Sara 0.
April 25, 2018 12:33 UTC
COPENHAGEN: A Copenhagen court on Wednesday found Danish inventor Peter Madsen guilty of the premeditated murder and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his homemade submarine last year, handing him a life sentence. A life sentence in Denmark averages around 16 years. Madsen, wearing a black T-shirt and blazer, stood in the courtroom to hear the verdict. As it was read out by the judge, he sat down next to his lawyer, visibly affected and dejected. Madsen is the 15th person in 10 years to receive a life sentence in the Nordic nation, which has a reputation as tranquil and safe.
April 25, 2018 12:33 UTC
Nor do these give them a right to apply for a title to the land they are presently occupying.”READ: Boracay wholly state-owned—2008 Supreme Court rulingA The STAR report citing an unnamed source said that since the 2008 decision was not repealed or reconsidered, the ruling that Boracay is state-owned stands. “Giving property ownership to casino resorts in areas covered by forest land under the law may be questioned based on this decision,” explained the source, who requested anonymity. They also sought to challenge the constitutionality of the Boracay shutdown. The petitioners said that said that Duterte’s order infringes upon their right to travel and due process. “All told, the impending closure on April 26, 2018 is a glaringly disproportionate response in relation to the objectives sought to be attained,” the petitioners added.
April 25, 2018 12:33 UTC