Andanar imagines destabilization, drowns in own false claims

We have not monitored any destabilization attempt that will be done on this government of President Duterte” (GMANews, February 21). Asked by the media, both National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dismissed talk of the alleged destabilization plot (, February 21). And when told that the heads of our security and defense departments and the military itself have said that there is no such plot, Andanar says that he has intelligence reports to prove his claims. False claim #3: Senate press corps was given $1,000 to cover LascañasAccording to Secretary Andanar, this was not what he said at all. He did not say anyone accepted the $1,000, just that it was offered so that the Lascañas press conference would get coverage.

February 22, 2017 16:24 UTC

US Dim Mak point 6: Diplomatic weakness

But in the critical years after 1991, America had to make a choice between two divergent approaches to the use of its almost unlimited power: soft power or hard power. Soft power was first conceptualized by Harvard University professor Joseph Nye, Jr. in his 1990 book Bound to Lead. If there was any effort by the US to exercise soft power at all, it was minimal, or with strings attached weighed heavily in its favor. It is ironic that the “soft power” concept originated in America but it is the Chinese that has used it to its geopolitical advantage. Using soft power, China has created a de facto global united front under its silent, low-key leadership.

February 22, 2017 16:24 UTC

US targets millions in deportation plan

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Trump administration issued tough new orders Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country’s 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs. “With extremely limited exceptions, DHS will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement,” the memos said. In the memos, Kelly ordered immediate action to begin planning the wall. While Spicer said the policy could evolve beyond the DHS memos, there was no indication of what form those changes could take. “Secretary Kelly has unleashed an unprecedented witch hunt on millions of immigrant families,” said Angelica Salas, executive director for the Los Angeles-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.

February 22, 2017 16:18 UTC

UK envoy wrong on Phl’s negative change – Palace

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang disputed yesterday British Ambassador Asif Ahmad’s claim that change has come to the Philippines but not in a good way under the Duterte administration. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Ahmad’s statement does not reflect the sentiment of Filipinos. Ahmad had expressed concern over the alleged extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the country, something that he said raised questions among investors. “One wishes diplomats were more familiar with life beyond the rarefied atmosphere of gated villages,” he added, apparently referring to Ahmad’s residence in Forbes Park, Makati. In an interview Monday night at his Forbes Park residence, Ahmad said the issues he dealt with when he first arrived in the country were public private partnerships or PPP, the Bangsamoro peace process and Charter change.

February 22, 2017 16:07 UTC

Johnson keeps things simple

PACIFIC PALISADES, United States: Dustin Johnson made the complicated world golf ranking calculations simple on Sunday, vaulting to No.1 with a convincing victory in the Genesis Open. After a heartbreaking history of near-misses in major championships, Johnson broke through at the US Open at Oakmont last year. The Australian also noted that the No.1 ranking brings some added pressure, although he thought Johnson had the wherewithal to cope with that. “I think he’s going to do just fine,” Day said. “I think he’s won every single year that he’s been out here.

February 22, 2017 15:29 UTC

La Salle, Ateneo advance in UAAP women’s volley

Defending champion De La Salle University and last year’s runner-up Ateneo de Manila University blasted their respective foes to stay at the No. “We need to improve our game and train hard in preparation for our games against UP and La Salle,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses. La Salle and Ateneo improved to 4-1 leaving idle National University in fourth with a 3-1 card. The Blue Eagles gun for a sweep when it faces UP and La Salle in their last two games in the first round. Adamson and La Salle are now tied at sixth with identical 1-4 marks while UE stayed at the bottom of the standings with 0-5.

February 22, 2017 15:29 UTC

‘Magic’ takes charge in major Lakers shakeup

“Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. “Our search for a new general manager to work with Earvin and coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new general manager in short order. “It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as president of basketball operations,” Johnson said. “We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again.”Kupchak, 62, had been controling general manager of the Lakers since 2000. He won NBA crowns with the Lakers playing alongside Johnson in 1982 and 1985 as well as with Washington in 1978.

February 22, 2017 14:57 UTC

Mighty Sports crashes out of Dubai tourney

Mighty Sports bombed out of playoff contention in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament after falling to Homenetmen, 93-100, at the Al Ahli Club in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. David was fouled by Lebanese forward Fadi Al Khatib from three-point range to push Mighty Sports within five, 91-96. Mighty Sports got another chance to move closer but David was called for a travelling violation in their final possession. The Homenetmen skipper Al Khatib had 15 points five rebounds and four assists while American court general Mike Taylor registered a game-high 29 points. Mighty Sports has two games left in the tournament.

February 22, 2017 14:57 UTC

Luisita opens two-point lead

DAVAO CITY: Fifteen-time champion Luisita Golf Club got a big lift from two new recruits to take a slim two-point lead over Del Monte Golf Club at the start of the 31stPhilippine Airlines Senior Interclub golf team championships. Chito Laureta, another fresh addition, added 48 and Jingy Tuason chipped in 47 as Luisita pooled 145 points. “We kind of expected to lead, but we didn’t expect the high scores,” said Luisita non-playing captain Jeric Hechanova, noting that players were allowed to lift and clean their balls. A huge disappointment was defending champion Canlubang which skidded to fourth place with 124, 21 points behind Luisita. “It was a humbling experience,” said many-time Spanish champion Mike Preysler who did not count for Canlubang with 35 points.

February 22, 2017 14:57 UTC

Australia failing on multiple human rights fronts—report

SYDNEY: Aboriginal children are 24 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous Australian children, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report accusing Canberra of complacency amid a raft of rights abuses. From indigenous justice to offshore refugee processing and Canberra’s silence on the Trump administration’s promotion of waterboarding, the international rights group called on Australia to step up its efforts to defend human rights at home and abroad. “Our government can’t be saying one thing on the one hand and commit to some human rights agendas such as global abolition of the death penalty, while carrying out policies of deliberate abuse and staying shamefully silent in the face of atrocities on the other,” said Claire Mallinson, national director at Amnesty International Australia. The report condemns the justice system’s treatment of Aborigines, who make up about three percent of the total population of 24 million, and are among the most disadvantaged Australians. Indigenous adults are incarcerated at a rate of 15 times that of non-Aboriginal adults, Amnesty said, while at least five Aboriginal people died while in custody in the past year.

February 22, 2017 14:43 UTC

Britain will not bribe its way to Brexit—minister

Davis told Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis it was in Britain’s “interest” to see the “European Union succeed when we leave”. He also assured Baltic leaders that Britain wants to preserve equal rights for EU citizens living there following Brexit. “We want a generous outcome” for both EU citizens living in Britain and Brits in the EU, Davis told Lithuania’s Skvernelis. Hundreds of thousands of EU citizens living and working in Britain, a majority from eastern EU states like Poland, are demanding that their rights be protected despite Brexit. It is estimated that at least 1.2 million British citizens currently live and work in the 27 other EU member states.

February 22, 2017 14:42 UTC

Convicted ex-HK leader jailed 20 months for misconduct

HONG KONG: Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang’s four decades of service to Hong Kong was “indisputable,” but his breach of trust was “significant,” Chan told the court packed with reporters and Tsang’s relatives. Tsang’s family, including his two sons and wife, looked visibly upset as they exited the court house. My family and I feel very disappointed and sad regarding today’s decision by the court,” his wife, Selina, arm-in-arm with her two sons, told reporters. His former deputy Rafael Hui was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in 2014 after being found guilty of taking bribes from Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok.

February 22, 2017 14:37 UTC

Simple solution for sensitive skin

These are good barriers that protect the skin from outside elements,” the skin expert added. Threading this information together, Gabriel concluded that Asian skin is indeed more sensitive and dry easily. “Micellar water as a way of removing your make up because it’s kind to the skin,” she explained. The dermatologist detailed that micellar water is made up of many micelles, defined as “an aggregate of molecules in a colloidal solution.” Micellar water has two components—the tail which attaches to grease because it is lipophilic, while the head is hydrophobic or afraid of the water. Over the last several months, the Philippines beauty market has begun to embrace the micellar water movement with Simple Micellar Water as the latest brand to arrive from the United Kingdom.

February 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Makati traffic aide shot dead while manning post

A member of the Makati Public Safety Assistance (Mapsa) office was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen while manning his post on Tuesday afternoon. The traffic aide, identified as Rommel Oliveros, was shot several times at the corner of Osmeña Highway and Valderama Street in Barangay San Isidro at 4:05 p.m., police said. Florentino Rendon, an investigator at Mapsa, said Oliveros had never had an extortion complaint filed against him during his seven-year stint as traffic constable. He mentioned two other Mapsa members who were set to be transferred from the Osmeña-Valderama post after getting into trouble in the area. These two Mapsa members had briefly left Oliveros alone to buy food when shooting took place, Rendon said.

February 22, 2017 13:32 UTC

House probes shabu laboratory in Catanduanes

Ace Barbers will conduct a legislative inquiry today to look into the involvement of local officials in the drug trade four months after the discovery of a huge shabu laboratory on the island province of Catanduanes. The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Bicol uncovered on November 26, 2016 the existence of the shabu laboratory in Parangay Palta Small at the property of Angelica Balmadrid, common-law wife of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Eric Isidoro. The shabu laboratory was found with six hydrogenators, 329 kilos of ephedrine hydrochloride and other materials for making shabu. Cua added that he also asked the NBI to conduct an independent probe of the presence of a shabu laboratory on the island to ferret out the truth. He said his political rivals even claimed that his ferryboat navigating the Catanduanes-Tabaco-Catanduanes route was being used in the drug trade.

February 22, 2017 12:59 UTC

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