Palace tells House: Don’t tell Duterte to fire officials 353 SHARES Share it! Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after the House of Representatives adopted House Resolution No. 2365, urging Duterte to fire Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno for various allegations linked to him in the proposed 2019 budget worth P3.575 trillion. “While we respect House Resolution No. The Palace believes in the competence and integrity of Secretary Diokno.
December 13, 2018 02:03 UTC
Fentanyl surpasses heroin as deadliest drug in US 6 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseThe synthetic drug, fentanyl, has surpassed heroin as the deadliest drug in the United States, taking more than 18,000 lives in 2016, federal health officials said Wednesday. The rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States has tripled from 1999 through 2016, as the nation grapples with a persistent opioid epidemic. Fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths have doubled each year from 2013 through 2016, “from 0.6 per 100,000 in 2013 to 1.3 in 2014, 2.6 in 2015, and 5.9 in 2016,” said the report. Heroin was the top cause of drug overdose death from 2012 to 2015, said the report.
December 13, 2018 01:41 UTC
Pompeo urges UN to get tough on Iran missiles 0 SHARES Share it! Pompeo headed to New York for a Security Council meeting on Iran, which recently confirmed a medium-range ballistic missile test, arguing it is legal and necessary for its defense. “We risk the security of our people if Iran continues stocking up on ballistic missiles,” Pompeo told the Security Council. And we convey to all other malign actors that they too can defy the Security Council with impunity if we do nothing,” he said. Confirming US concerns, a UN report submitted to the Security Council said that recent missiles fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels were manufactured in Iran.
December 13, 2018 01:30 UTC
IS ‘annihilation’ of Iraqi farms leaves haunting legacy 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseThe Islamic State group’s “deliberate, wanton annihilation” of agricultural lands in Iraq’s northern Sinjar amounts to war crimes, haunting farmers a year after the jihadists’ defeat, Amnesty International said Thursday. For three years, Iraqi forces, paramilitary units, and the US-led coalition fought IS until they declared victory in December 2017. Only a fifth of Iraq’s farmers have access to irrigation, down from two-thirds before IS. “Unless there is urgent government assistance, the long-term damage inflicted on Iraq’s rural environment will reverberate for years to come,” Pearshouse said.
December 13, 2018 01:30 UTC
9 social media influencers pick the best Christmas gifts for everyoneMANILA, Philippines — With Christmas looming just ahead, there is no better time than now to make considerations about what to gift family and friends. A smartphone that serves this purpose makes for a the best gift this Christmas. Attention to detail, made kingFinally, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a smart tech giant of its own. Now you know who to give the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. This Christmas, go beyond possibilities and help Make It Snow with the Huawei Christmas Grand Promotion.
December 13, 2018 01:00 UTC
Duterte to push through with Balangiga bells turnover 52 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Argyll Cyrus GeducosPresident Duterte decided to push through with his visit to Balangiga, Eastern Samar, two hours after it was reported that the Chief Executive decided to skip the turnover of the historic Balangiga bells to its origin on Saturday. On Wednesday evening, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Duterte had to attend to pressing matters that coincided with the scheduled turnover of the historic artifacts to local officials in Eastern Samar. “Due to the persistent requests from the people of Eastern Samar who look forward to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s personally bringing the Balangiga bells to the town of Balangiga, the President has decided to attend the turnover ceremony of the Balangiga bells to the local officials on Saturday, December 15,” he said. All three Balangiga bells made their way back to the Philippines on Tuesday, almost 17 months after Duterte publicly appealed to the US to return the bells during his second State of the Nation Address last year.
December 13, 2018 00:56 UTC
Macron to plead deficit slippage essential for reforms plan 0 SHARES Share it! “The president’s European message will be very clear,” a source close to Macron said ahead of an EU summit set for Thursday and Friday. He also said he would push ahead with planned reforms of the pension system and unemployment benefits next year. “The reform agenda is not jeopardized, it would have been stalled had French society been durably blocked,” the source close to Macron said. “The German political system will look into this more thoroughly than a few columns done in the heat of the moment.”
December 13, 2018 00:22 UTC
SAN LORENZO, California, United States — A man who authorities say was possibly trying to steal from an abandoned Chinese restaurant was rescued from a grease vent, where officials said he had been trapped for two days. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and firefighters were called to the vacant building in San Lorenzo at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday after someone heard cries for help. ADVERTISEMENT“When first responders arrived on scene, they could hear the voice and quickly determined it was coming from a roof vent atop the restaurant,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, the sheriff’s office public information officer. The sheriff’s office said it was investigating the man for trespassing and vandalism.
December 13, 2018 00:00 UTC
UK’s May vows to deliver Brexit after surviving challenge 0 SHARES Share it! “Following this ballot, we now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country. “That must start here in Westminster, with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest. “Building a stronger economy, delivering first-class public services, building the homes that families need. “So here is our renewed mission: delivering the Brexit that people voted for, bringing the country back together, and building country that truly works for everyone.”
December 13, 2018 00:00 UTC
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel would be prepared to attack inside Iran if the Jewish state’s survival was at stake. Israel has diplomatic relations with only two Arab countries — Egypt and Jordan — but has recently been pushing to broaden regional ties. A rapprochement with Saudi Arabia in particular, a regional heavyweight and rival of Iran, would be a considerable breakthrough for Israel. While he described the crime as “horrific, nothing short of that,” he said that every country, especially those with formal relations with Saudi Arabia, must decide how to react. ADVERTISEMENT“It’s balanced by the importance of Saudi Arabia and the role it plays in the Middle East, because if Saudi Arabia were to be destabilized the world would be destabilized… and I think that has to be taken into account, there’s a balance,” he said.
December 12, 2018 22:52 UTC
“To waste this opportunity would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change,” he said. ‘Redline issue’But a handful of countries at the talks, led by the United States and Saudi Arabia, have blocked efforts to endorse the so-called IPCC report, which many developing countries see as essential. “Ice melts at zero degrees Celsius — that’s 32 degrees Fahrenheit,” quipped van Ypersele, converting into the temperature scale used in the United States. The talks will now focus on hammering out a final text, composed of “decisions,” including one adopting the rule book. “From what we have seen so far, they have not made any bold moves,” said Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.
December 12, 2018 22:41 UTC
A reenacted national budget for at least January is all but certain, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Senate leaders on Wednesday ruled out any chance of passing the proposed P3.8-trillion national budget for 2019 this month, even if President Rodrigo Duterte were to call a special session of Congress. Quorum“At this point, it’s really January with or without a special session,” Sotto said. Besides, he added, “It will be tough to have a quorum” should a special session be called. “The consensus in the Senate, both majority and minority, is not to rush the budget,” he said.
Human rights groups on Wednesday slammed the decision of Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year, saying this would only bring havoc and terror to residents of the island. In a statement, the rights group Karapatan dismissed the claim of government policymakers that continued enforcement of martial law was meant to maintain peace in the South. ‘Unconscionable’Former Human Rights Commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales said the extension was “unconscionable.”“The executive shows the least respect for democratic processes to establish peace and harmony in Mindanao,” Rosales said. Konsensya Dabaw, a group in Davao City opposed to martial rule, said the extension would only institutionalize martial law as the “new normal” instead of the extraordinary measure that it was intended to be by the Constitution. —With reports from Mart Salambud, Bong Sarmiento and Jigger JerusalemRead Next
Lacson said these indicated that more people were watching the budget process now. “More issues might come out and we should continue to scrutinize the abuses concerning the national budget,” he said. Alvarez and Fariñas said they were not involved in the preparation of the national budget. “I could not say absolutely that this is a diversion because the issue has gotten bigger so that we could expand our examination of the national budget,” he said. The bottom line is that we should fix the national budget,” Lacson added.
Several bishops joined Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in celebrating Mass at Manila Cathedral on Monday, in an apparent show of force after President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to kill “useless” prelates who criticize his brutal war on drugs. Reginald Malicdem, Manila Cathedral rector, urged the congregation of about 2,000 to show their support for the prelates. “Let us show our love and support for our bishops with a loud and sustained round of applause,” Malicdem added, and the congregation applauded. Bishops from the dioceses of Baguio, Pampanga, Lucena, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato and Zamboanga also attended the Mass. “Their presence tonight only shows that the Manila Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Philippines,” Malicdem said.
December 12, 2018 21:22 UTC