“If Kim Jong-un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything. But also according to the report, Thae believes North Korea has missiles capable of reaching the United States. This has infuriated Kim Jong-un, seeing it as a not-so-veiled maneuver for aggression against his nation. Here is the narrative:“With or without Donald Trump’s help, Kim Jong-un could easily plunge the planet into its third world war inside a century. The Second Korean War will have begun, with the Third World War not far behind; the long-delayed playing out of the last legacies of the Second World War and the Cold War.”But then nothing in the narrative cited is there a killing of Kim Jong-un.
August 19, 2017 16:07 UTC
Muntinlupa City has intensified inter-agency inspections of public markets in a bid to prevent the possible spread of bird flu in the city. The Office of the City Veterinarian (OCV) headed a surprise inspection at the Alabang Public Market to ensure that meat sold in the city are safe for human consumption and free from bird flu. City Veterinarian Pamela Hernandez said the inspection will be the first of a series of inspections of meat stalls, shops, and establishments in the city. “Even though majority of Muntinlupa’s poultry and meat supply come from the South and NCR (National Capital Region), we will continue to conduct surveillance to guarantee that retailed meat in the city is free from contamination,” Hernandez said. Joining the inspection were representatives of the City Health Office, Business Permits and Licensing Office, City Public Market Office, and Public Information Office.
August 19, 2017 16:07 UTC
BULUAN, Maguindanao—Moro children and youth should be exposed more to public activities and given the right education to get them off the perils of extremism, Gov. Ramina Pandian, a young teacher, said she almost grew hopeless in life after surviving a motorcycle mishap which crippled her for quite a time. She said the MagPeace lit her path with fresh motivation to finish college education, and become the young school teacher that she is now. Mangudadatu said dozens more of Maguindanao children orphaned in armed conflict needed institutional guidance to get into the right track towards brighter future. Their only way through freedom from the perils of violence is education,” Mangudadatu said, as he and Maguindanao employees watched orphans enjoy the presence of the popular mascot of a fastfood chain.
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NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde on Saturday relieved, effective immediately, Caloocan City police chief Sr. Supt. Chito Bersaluna “to pave the way for an impartial investigation” into the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos during an anti-illegal drugs operations earlier this week. Police implicated in the killing alleged that Delos Santos, who was wearing loose clothing at the time, had shot at officers which prompted them to fire back. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella’s latest pronouncement was in stark contrast to what observers were his insensitive remarks Friday, calling the Delos Santos killing a “happily isolated” case. In an allusion- and alliteration-filled statement, NUPL president Edre Olalia demanded accountability for the slay of Delos Santos during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Caloocan City last Wednesday.
To his disappointment, he was refused three times and at least two Grab drivers canceled on him before one finally decided to take him. “This to me is a clear case of passenger refusal which is considered a violation by the LTFRB. They have been talking tough about imposing severe punishments against taxi drivers who refuse passengers but what about those who do the same through our ride-hailing applications? Meanwhile, airport authorities caught and impounded 11 public utility vehicles since they began implementing a new policy against colorum and out-of-line PUVs operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports. Monreal said most of those vehicles were caught loading arriving passengers at the taxi queuing lane from Aug. 10 to 18.
Responding to the appeal of the Philippine government, Malaysian authorities postponed the scheduled execution of a Filipino convicted of murder in Sabah, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. The DFA said the execution of Ejah Bin Jaafar was ordered postponed by the Sabah Governor following a last-minute appeal from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. According to the Philippine Embassy there, the Sabah governor decided to refer Jaafar’s case back to the Sabah Pardons Board for review. His family was also able to visit him through the assistance of the DFA,” the agency said. The DFA assured that it is ready to provide any further assistance to Jaafar and his family.
Seeing that the future of food and agriculture is hinged on attracting the youth to become a new generation and breed of farmers, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture or Searca is poised to build an AgriMuseum. The Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center will showcase the evolution and changing face of agriculture, its interconnectedness across landscapes from the mountains to the sea, its shared characteristics and diversity among Southeast Asian countries. Recently Dr. Saguiguit has personally presented the museum's concept in the biennial meeting of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization held in Jakarta, Indonesia July 24-27. The $1.8-million AgriMuseum will rise adjacent to Searca’s headquarters on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The museum is envisaged to benefit not only the youth, but also development practitioners, policy and decision-makers, researchers, and media professionals.
MORE than a year after President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, only 34 of the hundreds of barangays in Metro Manila have been cleared of illegal drugs. National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde told radio dzBB in an interview that only 34 of the 1,706 barangays in the capital region have been cleared from drugs. HB 6058 is the counterpart bill to Senate Bill 1123 filed by Senator Grace Poe for the same purpose. Under the bill, the PNP Educational Benefits Trust Fund shall be administered by the Napolcom. “Additionally, it recognizes education’s incomparable rate of return to the individual and the nation as a whole.”
THE Manila International Airport Authority has decided to remove the disposal booths or cubicles which served as passengers’ luggage checking station before entering security screening checkpoints at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. “The booths were removed because the passengers keep ignoring it (sic), while more and more passengers are being caught for bringing in banned items,” said a MIAA public information officer. On Friday, two more Chinese travelers bound for Macau and Shanghai were apprehended after they were found carrying 12 empty bullets. Li Haonan, on the other hand, was found carrying pieces of empty 5.56 mm bullets, .45 caliber and .22 caliber at Naia Terminal 3. Just recently, Qin Wei, also a Chinese national, was caught with two empty shells of .22 caliber, one empty shell of .9 mm pistol and one of .45 caliber.
Bautista is also asking for prayers for one of his children who refuses to go to school following his conflict with wife Patricia Bautista. Patricia also accused the Comelec chairman of employing ghost employees during his stint as chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. The television report also said Comelec employees in Region III expressed their support to Bautista. Meanwhile, a poll watchdog has urged Bautista to take a leave of absence while he faces allegations of amassing unexplained wealth. The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections supported calls for Comelec chairman Andres Bautista to go on leave while the accusations against him are being investigated.
HEAVY traffic is expected to build up along Commonwealth Avenue and other areas in Quezon City as the construction of the P70-billion Metro Railway Transit System-Line 7 (MRT-7) project goes full throttle on Monday. More than 300 traffic enforcers will be deployed as part of the road management measure prepared by the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Quezon City government to help ease up traffic congestion in areas affected by the construction. Quezon City officials also advised motorists and commuters to prepare for the expected traffic jam to avoid inconvenience and take alternative routes, whenever necessary. In 2016, an annual average daily traffic of 272,255 vehicles was recorded along Commonwealth Avenue. It was formed to promote cooperation in the fields of traffic congestion, commuters’ safety, anti-colorum operations, and enforcement of traffic rules.
When I was little, my Mom put my sister and me into ballroom dancing lessons. So to see these people, who are the best in the world... I’m kind of envious of anyone who can do this. I wish I could do it, but I can’t, so I’ll do the next best thing—I’ll take pictures of it. But I guess she has my genes in that respect because that was as big a flop as me with ballroom dancing. But I can’t do it, so this is the next best thing.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday appointed Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco as officer-in-charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development following the powerful Commission on Appointment’s rejection of Judy Taguiwalo’s confirmation as the agency’s chief. “The Palace wishes to announce the designation of Mr. Emmanuel A. Leyco as the officer-in-charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, effective immediately,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. A professor of public finance and economics, Leyco is currently a professor (on leave) at the Asian Institute of Management’s W. SyCip Graduate School of Business. He teaches analytical finance topics that include asset backed securities analysis, credit rating, and project financing. The company is one of only two accredited credit rating agencies in the Philippines by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Cayetano also ordered Embassy Chargè d’Affaires Emmanuel Fernandez to proceed immediately to Barcelona to assist the Filipina who remains in serious condition at a hospital there. “I have directed our Embassy in Madrid to proceed to Barcelona and extend all possible assistance to our injured kababayan and to exert all efforts to help find her son,” Cayetano added. She and her son were in Barcelona to attend the wedding of a cousin from the Philippines when the incident happened. Arriola said Honorary Consul Jordi Puig Roches visited the victim in the hospital after he was notified by local authorities. Arriola, Cayetano’s political appointee, said the woman’s husband is also on his way to Barcelona to help locate his son who got separated from his mother during the attack.
KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling has apologized to Malaysians after he raised hackles by promising to “teach them a thing or two” at the Southeast Asian Games. The 22-year-old said he was “really sorry” for his unguarded comments, which made him a target for Malaysian fans. “I’m really sorry for my comments and I definitely didn’t mean it that way.”Schooling won Singapore’s first and only Olympic gold medal in 2016 in Rio, while neighbouring Malaysia is yet to produce an Olympic champion. We have two days to prepare so hopefully we’ll put on a good performance in the Games,” he said. Every race my dad likes to say race fast and that actually holds a lot of ground.
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