MANILA, Philippines — Tracking the moves of the Chinese vessel that sank Philippine fishing boat GemVer 1 would suggest that it was more than just a commercial fishing ship, according to a think tank. The report, however, noted that the Chinese vessel's AIS transponder often cannot communicate with satellite-based receivers. As the Chinese ship supposedly changed its name, it also used a different Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number assigned to individual vessels. Following the Recto Bank collision, the Chinese vessel has stopped broadcasting its AIS shortly after reentering Bohe Port in June 14. While the owner of the Chinese vessel had apologized in August, the 22 Filipino fishermen affected by the incident have yet to be compensated .
October 17, 2019 02:57 UTC
Hong Kong legislative session adjourned amid protests and heckling 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersHONG KONG – Hong Kong’s Legislative Council meeting was adjourned on Thursday as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly heckled the city’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, with several escorted from the chamber for the second day in a row. Lam, who is backed by China’s government, was due to speak a day after announcing measures to tackle the city’s chronic housing shortage in her annual policy address, which she was forced to deliver by video after pro-democracy lawmakers heckled her in the legislature.
October 17, 2019 02:48 UTC
Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban on Thursday explained that rules of the PET cover only two major issues—quo warranto and recount in the form of an election protest. ADVERTISEMENT“The rules of the PET cover only quo warranto and election protest, not failure of elections,” Panganiban said in an interview with ANC. “We must first make the rules,” Panganiban said, adding that it is the Supreme Court that has to make the rules. “The rules of court are made by the Supreme Court so the rules of the tribunal are also made by the tribunal, that will take time. If there is a failure of election, call for a new election,” the retired Chief Justice said.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 17, 2019 02:37 UTC
CHR urges gov’t to act quickly on traffic crisis to protect Filipinos’ right to work 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Chito ChavezThe Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged the government “to act quickly’’ to address the traffic crisis gripping the country, stressing that every Filipino’s right to work is inextricably tied with the internal freedom of movement. The study further stated that the “lack of efficient and affordable public transportation” is a contributing factor to congestion. The Philippines loses P3.5 billion a day due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila. De Guia said the CHR has recognized the initiatives of the government to alleviate congestion problems through infrastructure development in its Build, Build, Build program.
October 17, 2019 02:26 UTC
BIR padlocks another POGO 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Jun RamirezThe Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) padlocked Thursday another Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) for its failure to register as a value-added taxpayer (VAT). Guballa threatened to shutter more POGOs for their failure to answer notices to register and pay multi-billion peso tax debts. GEGAC, the second biggest online gaming in the country, was subsequently allowed to resume operations after paying P1.3 billion in deficiency taxes. The BIR expects to generate P24 billion yearly from 218 POGOs that employ 109,000 alien workers mostly from China.
October 17, 2019 02:26 UTC
PAGASA: 'Perla' not yet a threat to countryMANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Perla, which is expected to remain over the Philippine Sea in the next two days, does not have direct effect to any part of the country yet. “Perla” was last spotted 910 kilometers east of Tuguegarao, Cagayan, according to state weather bureau PAGASA. Residents of these areas may experience cloudy skies with light rains. Meanwhile, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Caraga will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to intertropical convergence zone. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country due to localized thunderstorms.
October 17, 2019 02:15 UTC
Duterte condoles with Barretto family 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Argyll Cyrus GeducosPresident Duterte paid his last respects to Miguel Alvir Barretto, the father of actresses Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine, Wednesday evening. In an Instagram post, Duterte was seen arriving at the wake greeted by Claudine. The youngest of the three Barretto sisters thanked Duterte for visiting her father’s wake. Duterte also witnessed Gretchen’s reunion with her family as he was seen in another Instagram video condoling with her as she arrived at her father’s wake.
October 17, 2019 02:03 UTC
Cebu Pacific gives travelers flexibility to rebook flights 4 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ariel FernandezCebu Pacific introduces CEB Flexi, a flight add-on that gives travelers the flexibility to rebook their flights up to two times for a minimal fee. Available starting October 22, 2019, CEB Flexi gives CEB passengers the freedom to rebook flights until (2) hours before departure, offering convenience and peace of mind. “CEB Flexi is a great complement to year-round low fares as it provides the power and option to rebook flights should the need arise. CEB Flexi is priced at PHP499 for domestic flights, PHP799 for international short haul flights, and PHP1,099 for international long-haul flights.
October 17, 2019 02:03 UTC
Amnesty urges Hong Kong to probe bloody attack on pro-democracy leader 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersHONG KONG – Rights group Amnesty International has urged Hong Kong authorities to urgently investigate a bloody attack on the leader of one of the biggest pro-democracy groups in the Chinese-ruled city, ahead of a march planned for the weekend. “Anything less would send a chilling signal that such attacks are tolerated by the authorities,” Rosenzweig said in a statement on Wednesday. Hong Kong has been roiled by more than four months of sometimes violent anti-government protests in its worst crisis in decades, posing the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. What began as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill has evolved into a pro-democracy movement fanned by fears that China is stifling freedoms guaranteed by a “one country, two systems” formula adopted when Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
Bersamin retires; Carpio is acting CJ 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Rey PanaliganAfter serving the judiciary for 33 years, Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin retires at midnight Thursday, October 17, as the 25th head of the country’s judiciary. Automatically, Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio assumes as acting Chief Justice until his retirement on October 26. If President Duterte has not appointed a new Chief Justice between October 18 and 26, Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta will assume as acting Chief Justice. He was appointed Chief Justice on November 28, 2018.
Virgin Galactic unveils commercial space suits 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseThe date for the world’s first commercial space flight is not even confirmed yet, but future passengers’ Star Trek-like outfits are ready and waiting. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson on Wednesday introduced the custom suits that will be worn by the first private astronauts. A transparent interior pocket was added so space-exploring customers can keep pictures of their loved ones “literally… close to the heart,” according to a statement from Virgin Galactic. The Virgin Galactic suits were unveiled in the wake of NASA’s presentation of new uniform prototypes for “real” American astronauts, who are set to return to the Moon in 2024.
4 QC barangays now ASF-free 0 SHARES Share it! Mayor Joy Belmonte said Barangays Bagong Silangan, Tatalon, Tandang Sora, and Pasong Tamo are now ASF-free following the culling of pigs in these areas. Belmonte noted that Barangay Payatas has not yet been cleared of ASF as culling still needs to be done. Officials of Barangay Payatas reported that more than 1,500 pigs still need to be culled but budgetary constraint is preventing this. More than 3,000 pigs have been culled in the city in its intensified efforts to prevent the spread of ASF.
October 17, 2019 01:41 UTC
Mindanao quake due to movement of local fault – Phivolcs 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ellalyn de Vera RuizThe 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Mindanao on Wednesday evening can be possibly attributed to the movement of a still unnamed local fault in North Cotabato. So far, Phivolcs has recorded 251 small to moderate-sized aftershocks in Southern Mindanao. Phivolcs warned the public that aftershocks, mostly with smaller magnitudes, may persist for several days to weeks. In case of another felt earthquake, Phivolcs urged the public to do the duck/drop, cover and hold and move to a safe area after the shaking.
October 17, 2019 01:41 UTC
Netflix revs up growth as streaming TV war looms 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseNetflix shares rallied Wednesday after its latest quarterly update showed robust subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits ahead of a major escalation in the streaming television war. Revenue and subscriber growth, however, came in just shy of market consensus. The rise in revenue also meant Netflix could invest to improve the service and make more original shows to battle competition in markets around the world. “We have been moving increasingly to original content both because of the anticipated pullback of second run content from some studios and because our original content is working in the form of member viewing and engagement,” Netflix said.
October 17, 2019 01:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Ateneo Blue Eagles are 11-0 in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament, but their 65-55 victory over the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday could've easily been a blemish in their record. "FEU certainly gave us the wake-up call in the first half that we obviously needed," Baldwin said after the game. When you think all you have to do is put your uniform on to be good, you need a wake-up call," he said. After halftime, the Blue Eagles were able to recover. But Baldwin would've preferred his team to adjust immediately, and to not need a halftime break to pick themselves up.
October 17, 2019 01:18 UTC