THE top human rights official of the United Nations (UN) has accused President Rodrigo Duterte of breaking long-held taboos by speaking openly about extra-judicial killings that could threaten international law. The UN human rights official also blasted British Prime Minister Theresa May’s openness to overturn human rights laws if these “get in the way” in the fight against terrorism. ‘HRW’On Wednesday, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd on Wednesday dismissed claims made by an international human rights watchdog that President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a human rights calamity in the Philippines in his first year of office. “That is why President Duterte is getting some support from the public. I have never heard them cry out for the human rights of victims of drug addicts,” he said.
June 28, 2017 15:56 UTC
Jeff Horn may be younger and more durable, but the Australian challenger does not have that “something special” to edge World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in their July 2 fight in Brisbane, Australia. And if he let Pacquiao (59-6-2 record with 38 knockouts) go with movement and combination punching, he’ll be in big trouble. I like Horn but on that level, you have to have something special and I haven’t seen that special factor yet with Horn,” American boxer Randall Bailey told The Manila Times in a phone interview. The 29-year old Horn subsequently defeated German Rico Mueller in October and South African Ali Funeka in December, both via TKO. What we want to know is do Horn have the goods to close the door on Pacquiao’s era?” said Bailey, adding he wouldn’t be surprised if the 38-year old Pacquiao scores a TKO win against Horn on Sunday.
June 28, 2017 15:45 UTC
Federer, who captured a fifth Australian Open in January, will go into Wimbledon buoyed by a ninth title on the grass of Halle. Bittersweet NadalBut for Nadal, Wimbledon has always been bittersweet. The world No.1, who was also Wimbledon champion in 2013, has failed to get past the second round in three of his last four tournaments. Equally desperate for game time is Djokovic, the three-time Wimbledon champion who traveled to Eastbourne hoping the sea air might breathe life into a career, which is in freefall. However, a third round loss to Sam Querrey set him on a slide, which has been more or less constant ever since.
June 28, 2017 15:33 UTC
The country’s leading golfing elders and mid-ams take center stage next week as they clash in the 2017 Philippine Seniors and Mid-Amateur Open Championships at the Mt. The Seniors age-groupers, meanwhile, are Division I (55-59), Division II (60-65), and Super Seniors (66-and-above) to be played over 36 holes on July 6-7. Also up for grabs are Division I (25-54 with a handicap index of not less than 8.0 but not more than 15.0) and Division II (not less than 15.01 but not more than 24.0) titles. Also to be disputed are titles in the Seniors class, including the premier Open, and Divisions I and II and the Super Seniors, while the Mid-Amateur side will stake the Open, and Divisions I and II crowns. Fee is pegged at P3,000 (local) and P4,000 (foreign) for the Seniors, and P2,000 (local) and P3,000 (foreign) for the Mid-Am.
I am not an expert on idioms but I have come across two popular ones that are opposites: Hold the tiger by the tail; and grab the bull by the horns. Grab the bull by the horns is the opposite; go head-on against your opponent especially if you can match him in power and strength, or if you are bigger or have more power. So when Manny Pacquiao battles Jeff Horn this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, he can simply grab the bull by the horns; simply put it, the Filipino has a big edge over Horn in the power and speed that he can literally go head-on against the Australian fighter. For his part, Horn will surely lose if he will fight Pacquiao like he was grabbing the bull by the horns. So Marquez never resorted to grabbing the bull by the horns when he is in the ring, especially against Pacquiao.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is set to launch and demonstrate its “My PFF” online registration program today at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila. With its contract signing held in October last year, PFF created “My PFF” as part of its protocol to maintain a registry of players, coaches, referees and other football stakeholders. The online registration system is expected to provide a database of individualized players’ profiles along with lifetime membership cards and access to statistics in tournaments. PFF partnered with RSportz and MMC Sportz Asia to develop the project. RSportz is a cloud-based platform that offers services such as membership registration and management, live streaming and statistics sharing while MMC Sportz is an advertising agency focused on sports.
CARACAS: Venezuela’s army has been put on alert after four grenades were hurled at the Supreme Court from a helicopter, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday, in a potentially dramatic escalation of the violence gripping the oil-rich South American country. Anti-US tiradeEarlier Tuesday, Maduro repeated claims of a US-backed coup attempt and angrily warned President Donald Trump that Venezuela would fight back against such a move. “If Venezuela were dragged into chaos and violence… we would fight,” Maduro bellowed in a speech to supporters. Addressing Trump, he said: “You are responsible for restraining the madness of the Venezuelan right-wing.”The opposition regularly accuses Maduro of repressing and jailing opponents. “I am not exaggerating when I say it would have involved the arrival of American ships and troops in Venezuelan waters, on Venezuelan soil,” Maduro said.
June 28, 2017 15:11 UTC
Maureen Wroblewitz, the least experienced contestant and one of the shortest girls to join the Asian version of the popular modeling reality competition, has wons the country’s first Asia’s Next Top Model title. On Wednesday night, the 19-year-old beat Vietnam’s Minh Tu Nguyen and Malaysia’s Shikin Gomez to win the fifth cycle of Tyra Bank’s original reality show. In past seasons, Philippine representatives have either finished as semi-finalists or runners-up.
June 28, 2017 14:37 UTC
Marinas said they will dispatch 50 personnel to Kalibo, 50 to Cebu-Mactan, 50 to Clark International Airport and 50 to Davao. There are some 867 BI personnel holding positions at different airports nationwide including the 628 officers at NAIA. At least 123 BI personnel are needed for NAIA. Since January this year, operations at the NAIA were affected by a “mass leave” of hundreds of BI personnel assigned to the premier airport over unpaid overtime pay and reduced take-home pay. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of overtime pay, saying the overtime pay of BI employees at the airports is bigger than their basic salary.
June 28, 2017 14:03 UTC
Bulacan family massacre: Hunt for killer intensified 13 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Freddie C. VelezCamp General Alejo Santos, Bulacan — Police have stepped up their hunt for suspects in the massacre of a family of five in San Jose del Monte City Tuesday morning. Earlier, San Jose Del Monte police chief Supt. Macariola was waiting for the result of the examination carried by a scene-of-the-crime team from the Bulacan PNP Crime Laboratory. Tags: Bulacan family massacre: Hunt for killer intensified, hunt for suspects in the massacre of a family of five, San Jose del Monte City, Special Investigation Task Group
June 28, 2017 13:52 UTC
Earlier this year, the Office of the Ombudsman filed charges of graft, malversation, and malversation through falsification against the former lawmaker and several other government employees and private persons. Hence, the finding of the prosecutor on the issue of forgery should be ventilated in a full-blown trial. As well as Joel Soriano, George Roque, Emilio Estaloza, Cresencio Palway, Lilibeth Aloot-Macazo and Carmelita Barredo. In filing the cases, the Ombudsman alleged that Dumpit “indorsed” the supposedly unqualified Kkamfi to the NLDC “as project partner in implementing livelihood projects” in 18 barangay (villages) in Tubao, La Union. The respondents, former Kkamfi officers and staff, allegedly submitted falsified documents showing project completion and full liquidation of the funds.
June 28, 2017 13:30 UTC
AMID conflict and chaos in Marawi City, the adjacent town of Nunungan in Lanao del Norte, celebrates its 51st founding anniversary on Friday with several regional officials in attendance. The most notable of this is the construction of roads connecting Nunungan to Sapad and Sultan Naga Dimaporo or Karomatan. “As a local myself, I attended previous Araw ng Nunungan celebrations, but people tell me they have never experienced anything like this before. While the roads are still being constructed, travel time has already been reduced from five hours to two hours along the 15-kilometer stretch. Lanao del Norte’s urban center, Iligan City, is only 38 kilometers away from Marawi and security has been tightened further amid threats that it will be the next target of the terrorists.
CAMP O’DONELL, Capas, Tarlac: The Army’s Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) based here assured the public that security plans against terror threats in Northern and Central Luzon regions are in full gear. The 7ID covers Northern and Central Luzon, including seven towns in Nueva Vizcaya. Recently, the 7ID and Central Luzon Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office 3 signed a re-affirmation of commitment to communications and cooperation in the sustained efforts to secure peace and order in the region. De Leon said that as peace-keeping forces, the Army and the PNP are united in its mandate to keep spoilers of peace at bay, especially in illegal drugs operations, crimes and terror threats. PNP regional director Senior Supt.
THE Quezon City government, through its Housing Community Development and Resettlement Department (HCDRD) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is devising a plan for homeless families. These residents were recently invited to an orientation on the Community Mortgage Program under the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, which assists underprivileged and homeless people to purchase and develop land under the concept of community ownership. Ed Madamba, HCDRD assistant head, said their office will craft proposals and submit these to DSWD for review and will be implemented with the city government and other shelter organizations. The HCDRD estimated about 600 families live in the streets of Quezon City. The DSWD is subsidizing the rent of 555 street dwellers in the city every month under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
YANGON: Myanmar’s civilian government on Wednesday defended the detention of three journalists who were reporting on an armed ethnic group, an incident that has fuelled alarm at the erosion of press freedom. The journalists were among seven people detained by the military on Monday as they left a drugs-burning ceremony organized by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), one of several rebel groups fighting the state. “It’s true that they broke the law by going to meet ethnic groups,” Suu Kyi’s senior aide Win Htein, himself a former political prisoner, told the Central News Bureau broadcaster. He said it was wrong for the army to initiate proceedings but insisted that “the government should take action” against the journalists. Several soldiers and four insurgents have been killed since fresh fighting erupted last week after troops discovered a training camp for the ethnic armed group, state media reported Wednesday.
June 28, 2017 12:33 UTC