Pangasinan town councilor shot deadBy DEMPSEY REYEShome/News/Regions/Pangasinan town councilor shot deadA COUNCILOR of Santo Tomas, Pangasinan who is running for vice mayor in the 2019 midterm elections, was shot dead on Sunday, according to the Philippine National Police. Vidal was found carrying an armalite but the type of firearm or bullet used in shooting the councilor was not mentioned. Investigation showed that Oculto was on his way to his vehicle after attending mass at the Jesus Christ Church in Barangay Poblacion West, Santo Tomas when Vidal shot him. In September, Oculto’s running mate, Councilor Ely Ramos, survived a gun attack from motorcycle-riding suspects. Oculto was the second town official killed this year.
Pacquiao at 40 fights Broner to cement legacyhome/Sports/Top Sports/Pacquiao at 40 fights Broner to cement legacyThe Philippines’ pride Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 40th birthday today. On January 19, 2019, at age 40 and 33 days, Pacquiao fights American Adrien Broner for his WBA welterweight belt matching the feats accomplished by great fighters before him, including, among others, Sugar Ray Robinson, George Foreman, Bernard Hopkins, Archie Moore and Larry Holmes. Less than 30 years ago, most fighters were out of boxing long before age 40. Moore’s record after age 40 — 26-2-2 (16). Holmes’ record after age 40 – 21-3 (10).
NU stuns UST to advance to BVR finalsBy The Manila Timeshome/Sports/Top Sports/NU stuns UST to advance to BVR finalsNATIONAL University-Boysen’s Roma Doromal and Kly Orillaneda, continuing its incredible climb from the brink of elimination, advanced to the gold medal match opposite the fancied BanKo-Perlas duo of Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour December Open 2018: A Christmas Rally Sunday at the Sands SM By The Bay. In the other semifinal, Gervacio and Tan became the only unbeaten pair as they turned back Creamline’s Fille Cayetano and Kyla Atienza, 21-16, 20-22, 15-11. The NU pair hope to complete the improbable run against the 4-0 Gervacio and Tan in the championship match which is played as of press time/posting time. In the men’s semifinals, Air Force’s Jessie Lopez and Ranran Abdilla and Cignal’s Fauzi Ismail and Edmar Bonono posted straight set wins to advance into the title match. Lopez and Abdilla ended Tiger Winx’s KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto’s bid for a second straight BVR leg gold with a 21-17, 21-18 win while Ismail and Bonono swept UST-Maynilad’s Rancel Varga and Efraim Dimaculangan, 21-14, 21-12, to seize the other Finals berth.
Columbian Dyip gets Perez as top overall pickhome/Sports/Top Sports/Columbian Dyip gets Perez as top overall pickColumbian Dyip made versatile CJ Perez as the Philippine Basketball Association 2018 Rookie Draft top overall pick on Sunday at the Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita, Manila. The management of the Columbian Dyip expressed their interest to get the 25-year-old Perez as its No. “Thank God my dream has finally come true,” said the 6’4 NCAA Most Valuable Player, who promised to give his best to Columbian Dyip. Rain or Shine, which owns the sixth and eight pick, got versatile guard Jayvee Mocon of San Beda as its sixth overall pick. The seventh overall pick belongs to NLEX, and the Road Warriors tapped big man Abu Tratter while the Elasto Painters picked National University guard Jay-Jay Alejandro as their eighth pick.
Net ‘hot money’ hits 8-month high in Novhome/Business/Top Business/Net ‘hot money’ hits 8-month high in NovNet foreign portfolio investments turned positive in November, rising to their highest in eight months based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data released on Friday. The $832.07-million net “hot money” inflow — a rebound from October’s $67.83-million net outflow — came as investments in peso debt instruments and Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)-listed securities more than offset outflows. The November “hot money” result was the largest net inflow since the $1.132 billion posted in March. “Transactions in peso GS and PSE-listed securities yielded net inflows of $510 million and $322 million, respectively,” the Bangko Sentral said. Hot money flows for the first 11 months of the year were positive with a net inflow of $925.95 million.
Public offered P7.25 for Melco shares bought at P14home/Business/Business Columns/Public offered P7.25 for Melco shares bought at P14A tender is an offer to buy out the public’s holdings, whether common shares or non-voting preferred shares, sold to them by listed companies. When recomputed, based on 5,687,270,800 outstanding Melco common shares, MCO Philippines and MCO Investments combine for ownership of 4,124,280,800 Melco common shares or 72.518 percent. Public ownershipIn a public ownership report, meanwhile, Melco credited the public with 1,532,833,513 Melco common shares or 27.04506 percent of 5,667,701,711 outstanding Melco common shares. In an unaudited financial filing, Melco said it had, as of the date of filing, 5,667,701,711 outstanding Melco common shares. Won’t Melco’s public stockholders, who are being offered P7.25 per Melco common share, feel short-changed given that back in 2013, the company sold each Melco common share at P14 each?
SEC junks move to stop Tiger Resort tender offerhome/Business/Corporate News/SEC junks move to stop Tiger Resort tender offerTHE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has dismissed a petition to block the tender offer and backdoor listing of Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI)In an eight-page decision by SEC Markets and Securities Regulation Department Director Vicente Graciano Felizmenio Jr. and dated December 11, but released on Friday, the SEC denied Asiabest Group International, Inc. shareholder Carnell Valdez’s complaint against the Okada Manila operator’s parent company Tiger Resort Asia Ltd. (TRAL); First Resources Management and Securities Corp.; Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE); and Asiabest for the latter’s non-disclosure of TRAL’s involvement in civil and criminal suits in Hong Kong over the ownership and control of Okada Holdings Ltd. (OHL), Universal Entertainment Corp. (UEC) and TRAL. Charged were Kazuo’s son Tomohiro and incumbent UEC President and Chief Executive Officer Jun Fujimoto. In its decision, the SEC said the complainant did not present any proof of this approval, adding that the Hong Kong proceedings weonly material and must be disclosed if the persons charged were convicted. This means the closing of the offer did not push through as planned on December 14. Shares of Asiabest ended down by P1.05 to P26.25 apiece, bucking the PSE index’s 0.02-percent rise on Friday.
Sotto leads UAAP juniors MVP racehome/Sports/Top Sports/Sotto leads UAAP juniors MVP raceAteneo de Manila High School’s 7-foot-1 stalwart Kai Sotto grabbed a huge lead in the race to the Most Valuable Player award at the conclusion of the first round of Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) juniors basketball tournament. Sotto, who was named to the Gilas Pilipinas 20-man training pool for the recently-concluded fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers, collared a league-best 93.3 statistical points (SPs) in seven games. He helped the Blue Eaglets land on a share of the second spot with Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman and Adamson High School on identical 5-2 records. Nonoy, on the other hand, posted an all-around performance of 18.3 points (second in the league), 9.1 rebounds (tenth), 5.7 assists (second) and 1.7 steals (third), lifting the Tiger Cubs to No. FEU-Diliman star guard RJ Abarrientos took the fourth spot with 62.6 SPs while Adamson’s Adrian Manlapaz wound up fifth with 60.2 SPs.
Changes for RNs Down Under and up northhome/Opinion/Op-Ed Columns/Changes for RNs Down Under and up northIN June 2018, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said 702,741 practitioners across all 15 professions were registered in 2017/2018, an increase of 3.5 percent from 2016/2017. Qualification (nursing education) makes applicants eligible to take the local nursing exam, and upon passing, practice as a Filipino RN. The program of study includes a minimum of 800 hours of workplace experience providing exposure to a variety of healthcare settings. Until the changes are in place by 2019, the current registration procedures remain in place. Changes are coming next year Down Under and up north.
Sulu gets first investment on food, beverage factoryhome/News/Regions/Sulu gets first investment on food, beverage factoryCOTABATO CITY: The Regional Board of Investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) said that the Province of Sulu, considered a “no go zone” for investors, registered its first outside investment worth P8 million. RBOI-ARMM managing head, Ishak Mastura, said the application of Food and Beverage Corp. (SFBC) to set up a factory in Indanan, Sulu to process durian, mangosteen and coconut jams is an investment milestone since no company wanted to put up a business in the province, one of the most conflict-affected areas in the country. The investment is backed by Destileria Limtuaco, one of the oldest food and beverage companies in the country, established 166 years ago. This year, RBOI registered total of P2.254 billion worth of investment projects that is expected to create total of 1,510 jobs. The firm will put up a factory, a buying station and warehouse in Indanan that will process the province’s best tropical organic fruits such as mangosteen, coconut and durian into jams and other finished goods under the brand of Sulu Tropical Original Fruit Jams.
Ex-Marawi judge barred from public office over detainee’s releaseBy GLEE JALEAhome/News/Regions/At a Glance/Ex-Marawi judge barred from public office over detainee’s releaseA former presiding judge of the Marawi City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) was barred from public office for releasing a detainee from the city jail without any lawful authority. The Sandiganbayan Second Division found former MTCC judge Baguinda-Ali Ahmad Pacalna guilty of violation of Presidential Decree 1829 or the “Penalizing Obstruction of Apprehension and Prosecution of Criminal Offenders.” In a 15-page decision, Pacalna was sentenced to pay P6,000 as penalty with subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency and perpetual disqualification from holding public office. On Sept. 19, 2007, Menor Saud, who had a gun tucked in his waist, was accosted by policemen while on a routine patrol and also found out that Saud had a pending carnapping case. On the same day, then Judge Pacalna allegedly exerted undue influence over jail warden to turn over the custody of Saud to him to bring him to the hospital as he sustained injuries during the arrest. Saud was never returned to the city jail afterwards.
TOKYO, Japan – An explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday, police said, with the blast reportedly causing surrounding buildings to collapse. ADVERTISEMENTA police official for the Hokkaido region told AFP “there are 42 injuries” but no one was killed. The building that housed the restaurant was heavily damaged, as were other nearby businesses, including a real estate company, Jiji news agency said. Children were injured in the blast, Jiji added, citing police. Police warned earlier of possible secondary explosions, according to Kyodo, which described buildings collapsing following the incident around 8.30 p.m. /cbbRead Next
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December 16, 2018 19:30 UTC
Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump 1 SHARES Share it! Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews Sunday to deliver a series of broadsides against special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York. Trump, Giuliani said, would not submit to an interview by Mueller’s team. Prosecutors and Cohen say he acted at the president’s direction, which Trump and Giuliani deny. It’s unclear what federal prosecutors in New York will decide to do if they conclude that there is evidence that Trump himself committed a crime.
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James Incio and Ice Blanco – son of former PBA hotshot Dondon Hontiveros – led the Baby Webmasters with 20 and nine points, respectively. Batang Gilas member Rafael Go came off the bench to lead the Blue Dragons with 14 points and 12 boards. League chairman Terry Que and vice chair Eduard Tio expressed delight over the turnout as collegiate coaches were also part of a big crowd obviously looking for talents. Also off to a rousing start was Jose Rizal University which bombed University of Luzon with 11 triples in coasting to a 101-68 victory in Group A. Hope Christian HS, which won the crown over CKSC in the Fil-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation, also bowed to NCAA runner-up La Salle Greenhills 75-87 in the event also backed by Molten and Masumax Food.
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PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. Though focused on remembrances of his father, the anniversary also marks Kim’s own rise to power. The death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011, thrust his son into power when he was still in his late 20s and a virtual unknown figure outside of the North. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency instead ran stories about memorials to Kim Jong Il in Libya, Russia and Serbia. North Korean adults wear pins over their hearts bearing the likenesses of Kim Il Sung of Kim Jong Il, or both.
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December 16, 2018 16:18 UTC