Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Sunday condemned the abuse of power, saying no one should use it to intimidate others. “In truth, a bully, someone who uses his power to belittle others, is a fearful and insecure person,” he added. Valles onlyRaagas said the order came from the Presidential Management Staff (PMS). Tybaco did not identify the female PMS staff member. In his homily, Tagle said his reminder, while written in the first century, should be taken as if it was written just yesterday.
The Senate will remove any “parked pork” from the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019 when it resumes session in January, according to Sen. Loren Legarda. ADVERTISEMENT“I would want to know more about it and will make sure it does not happen,” Legarda said in a text message. Realignments to be deletedLacson on Saturday said he would look for similar realignments in the proposed 2019 budget “and try to delete them again.”“The parked pork is for this current year. Lacson alleged on Friday that some lawmakers had offered other legislators pork allotted to their districts on the condition that they got to choose the contractors. Sotto said it was obvious there was something suspicious if Lacson’s allegations proved to be true.
BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar — St. Lawrence the Martyr Church here had not seen an overflow of devotees during a “Misa de Gallo” for a long time. But the first day of the traditional novena of Masses at dawn on Sunday was special for the residents of Balangiga. ‘They are now with us’“This is a very special Mass because the bells are now with us. With the return of the bells, Tybaco said he hoped the already religious townsfolk would “further deepen their faith.”Severa Duran, 80, said she was glad to see that the church was filled with the faithful. After the Mass, churchgoers flocked to the bells to touch and be photographed with them.
ADVERTISEMENTOn Nov. 8, 2013, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) pummeled Eastern Visayas with maximum sustained winds of 315 kilometers per hour. ADVERTISEMENTIn the “Climate Pilgrimage,” they carried stories of hope, prayers for a better world and a strong demand for climate justice for those who have bore the brunt of climate change. For Yeb Saño, who led the movement, the pilgrimage was a spiritual journey to connect with the Earth and the people. “Climate crisis is no longer an economic problem or environmental issue, but a human rights crisis,” Sustento said. For the pilgrims, the Katowice journey was just the beginning of yet another bigger fight ahead of them.
TEHRAN, Iran — The website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. ADVERTISEMENTGen. Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol, according to the Sunday report. The report added that Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to Iranians who fight against the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Since 2014, Mansouri was a regional commander of the Guard’s ground forces in the northeastern city of Mashhad, some 900 kilometers east of the capital Tehran. Hundreds of Iranian forces have been killed fighting IS in Syria and Iraq.
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MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang vowed to look into the claim that Catholic priests were asked to leave the venue during the turnover of the Balangiga bells on Saturday, saying President Duterte would not tolerate such “unethical” conduct. The diocese claimed Duterte only wanted Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles to be in the area. He claimed that Caccia, Valles and other priests were seated in the front row and Duterte approached them to exchange pleasantries. Duterte has been at odds with the Catholic Church, which has been critical of his bloody war on illegal drugs. Earlier yesterday, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) denied that the incident against priests in Balangiga took place.
December 16, 2018 22:06 UTC
Carmel Shrine in Quezon City and St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Ilocos Norte – have been declared as minor basilicas by the Vatican. Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said the Vatican has approved his diocese’s application to elevate the status of the popular parish church. Carmel Shrine to be a Minor Basilica was approved. A minor basilica is a church granted with special ecclesiastical privileges by the pope. The most noteworthy churches in the country earlier granted such status by the Vatican are Quiapo Church or Minor Basilican of the Black Nazarene and Manila Cathedral or Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception.
December 16, 2018 21:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), the property giant of conglomerate Ayala Corp., is pouring in P3.8 billion as its initial investment for Habini Bay, a new masterplanned development in Mindanao. The municipal government of Laguindingan will also relocate and build a new Municipal Government Center within the estate. ALI Visayas-Mindanao group vice president and COO Jun Visnar said ALI has been committed to enhancing land values nationwide. The latest project expands ALI’s presence in Mindanao, which started with Abreeza estate in Davao and Alegria Hills in Cagayan de Oro. Strong growth momentum in the Visayas and Mindanao regions have led to the continued expansion of ALI in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.
December 16, 2018 21:56 UTC
YANGON — Ear cleaners, roadside plumbers and typewriters for hire: Just a sample of the antiquated jobs found on the pavements of Yangon’s Pansodan Street, where old-world businesses still find customers. For years, tourists have been fascinated by odd trades in Yangon, from cycle trishaws swerving through traffic to roadside clerks going clickety-clack on typewriters. Close by is Khin Ohn Myint, 47, who provides quick manicures, fixes ingrown toenails and syringes ears to remove wax buildup. ADVERTISEMENTShe says she enjoys helping relieve people’s suffering and has even had to remove the occasional cockroach from a customer’s ear. “Pansodan is a historic street for us,” she says as she digs out a piece of dirt from under a customer’s toenail.
UNGKAYA PUKAN, Basilan — A few months ago, 63-year-old farmer Ben Asani decided to give up two decades of banditry and voluntarily surrender to the 18th Infantry Battalion (IB). “I am old, my knees are too weak to run in the forest,” said Asani, who had been a member of the Abu Sayyaf group since the time of its slain founder, Abdurajak Janjalani. Asani’s daughter, Ling, was one of the witnesses when he swore an oath to help the government fight the Abu Sayyaf. I know those houses are for surrendered Abu Sayyaf, because I am one of the carpenters who built those houses,” Asani said. “I gave them food and materials, but the people in barangay tagged me as Abu Sayyaf,” Anjilul said.
Corrupt public officials may have found a new cash cow in the government’s flood control projects, which soared to an unprecedented P133 billion in the current national spending program, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENTHuge spike“The parking scheme … may eventually explain the huge spike allocated to flood mitigation projects from 2017 to 2018,” he said. “From P79 billion in 2017, the budget for flood mitigation projects [this year] ballooned to a whopping P133 billion. According to Andaya, many of the flood control projects were not listed in the original budget request of the DPWH, which only amounted to P488 billion. “It seems that these flood control projects were not approved by the DPWH central office.
Despite the controversies faced by one of his trusted secretaries, President Rodrigo Duterte is proud of the members of his Cabinet “dominated by nonpoliticians.”A Malacañang official made this statement amid the allegations being hurled against Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, who continues to enjoy the President’s trust and confidence. ADVERTISEMENTPresidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said the President made his sentiments known during a Christmas party for his Cabinet last week. The President told members of his Cabinet that he was satisfied with their work, and reminded them not to get involved in corruption. “He explained to us and reminded us that he is proud of this present Cabinet, which is dominated by nonpoliticians,” Andanar said. He added: “He reminded us about steering clear of corruption, and that he was happy with us overall.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — At least 285 rookie policemen were deployed across the Soccsksargen region early this week to help keep peace and order during the Yuletide season, officials said. ADVERTISEMENTRasco said the new officers had just completed the Philippine National Police’s Basic Internal Security Operations Course. Soccsksargen is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani, and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. ReinforcementThe rookie policemen will reinforce more than 4,000 policemen stationed across the region, which has been hit by deadly explosions this year that killed five people and wounded over 50 others. The blast in General Santos City in September was carried out by another IS-aligned group, Ansar al-Khilafah Philippines.
December 16, 2018 21:22 UTC
ILIGAN CITY — It was past midnight and pitch black on Dec. 17, 2011, when Veronico Echavez was headed home from a Christmas party at the city’s Barangay Hinaplanon. On Dec. 1, more than 20 Christmas trees, lanterns and other holiday symbols were lit up in Hinaplanon. Echavez, who is still the village chair, said it took the people two years after the storm to feel again the Christmas spirit. In 2014, the barangay council decided to assign each purok to put up one Christmas tree and decorate it with any material and colorful lights. He credits the purok presidents, barangay workers and residents for extending their support to one another.
December 16, 2018 21:11 UTC
ILOILO CITY — Several residents and business operators on Boracay Island are protesting stopovers of cruise ships on the island, which reopened less than two months ago after a six-month rehabilitation. They said the cruise ships contributed to the congestion on the island but without bringing significant livelihood to residents and business operators. The cruise ships bring from 2,000 to 4,000 tourists to the island who stay for only a few hours before returning to their ships. “We were closed down for six months, many lost their livelihood and jobs and business operators bled a lot,” an expatriate said. If we allow these cruise ships, we will be throwing out all those sacrifices,” the expatriate added.
December 16, 2018 21:11 UTC