Ginebra’s blazing second half burns Hotshots to force rubber match

The Gin Kings are coming off an 80-89 loss in Game 5 last Friday. Down by 6-17 going into the second period, Tenorio and Aguilar merged for 18 points in the last five minutes of first quarter to help the Gin Kings seize the advantage at the start of second period, 25-22. But Jean Marc Pingris and the Hotshots fought back in the second frame to regain a slim lead heading into halftime 39-38 before collapsing in the second half. From thereon, Mercado delivered the needed points to widen up the gap and the Hotshots could not recover. Jean Marc Pingris scored 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Hotshots.

February 19, 2017 15:56 UTC

3 killed in CDO shootout; bystander wounded

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Three persons were killed in a shootout in this city’s commercial district Sunday afternoon, police said. Police said three motorcycle-riding men passed by Jabar Ukay-Ukay and started shooting Sulayman who died instantly from gunshot wounds on different parts of his body. Recovered from the crime scene were a .45-pistol, a loaded magazine of a .45-pistol, a cellphone, and a motorcycle. A bystander, Erlinda Ocno, 56, of Barangay Carmen, suffered a gunshot wound from a stray bullet. Mardy Hortillosa, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office spokesperson, said they were still investigating if the shooting was due to “rido” or clan war.

February 19, 2017 14:03 UTC

Swedes scratch heads at Trump’s suggestion of major incident

HELSINKI — Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump’s remark that suggested a major incident had happened in Sweden. During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said “look what’s happening last night in Sweden” as he alluded to past terror attacks in Europe. The comment has prompted a barrage of social media reaction on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENTFormer Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted : “Sweden? One Twitter user posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a “Border Wall,” saying the pieces had sold out.

February 19, 2017 13:30 UTC


The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Sunday said fastcraft Supercat 2Go MV Braquel accidentally collided with a San Miguel barge in the vicinity of Mactan Channel in Cebu at 10:21 p.m. on Saturday. The PCG assisted in the transfer of 90 passengers and 11 crew onboard the fast craft to its sister ship, MV Saint Jhudiel. The PCG Cebu Station is investigating the cause of the collision. MV Braquel with 292.95 gross tonnage departed Ormoc City (Leyte) at 7:55 p.m. of February 18 and was bound for Cebu City. The Coast Guard advised the boat captain to file a protest regarding the incident.

February 19, 2017 13:06 UTC

Palm plantations threaten biodiversity in Palawan

Today, palm trees are massively grown in Asia, Africa and the Americas but the biggest palm plantations are in Indonesia and Malaysia. Salunday said the rapidly expanding palm oil industry dominated by huge palm oil companies has transformed Palawan–regarded as the Philippines’ last frontier–into vast palm oil plantations that originally overran many countries in Southeast Asia before they came to Palawan. He added that the expansion of palm plantations in Palawan province was boosted by President Rodrigo Duterte opening the door to palm oil producers and encouraging the development of 80,000 hectares in the country for palm plantations with Malaysia as target market for locally produced palm oil. The palm oil plantations also threaten the important craft of weaving with the leaves of the buri plant that grows wild in their area. Salunday said the tribes are suffering from the environmental degradation brought about by the presence of the palm oil plantations.

February 19, 2017 13:06 UTC


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has set guidelines for implementing the barangay (village) drug-clearing program to curb the proliferation of illegal drugs in communities and promote involvement of local villages in stopping drug trafficking and abuse. “The barangay, as the first line of defense, should be tapped as force multipliers of the national anti-drug campaign at the grassroots level. An integrated approach to emerge victorious in the war on drugs is to rid illegal drugs barangay by barangay,” PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said. Among the guidelines are the creation of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils nationwide; the conduct of village drug-clearing operations, which are divided into three phases: pre-operation, operation and post-operation; the classification of barangay to determine priority areas for the clearing operations; identification of duties of local chief executives in the drug-clearing program; and the imposition of penalty for non-compliance. “It is imperative that every barangay must have an anti-drug abuse council.

February 19, 2017 13:06 UTC

Panelo: Drug raps vs De Lima based on documents and testimonies

MANILA — Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Sunday night the criminal cases brought against Sen. Leila de Lima for her alleged involvement in illegal drug trafficking at the New Bilibid Prison were based on documentary evidence and testimonies of witnesses. This government will prosecute any person regardless of their influence or relationship with the officials running the government,” Panelo told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone. “This government will apply the law on whoever is involved (in criminal activities),” he stressed. “It’s up to the court to decide whether (De Lima) should be convicted or acquitted.”ADVERTISEMENTDe Lima is accused of collecting protection money or drug pay-offs from high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City. Several of the inmates testified against her at a congressional inquiry held by the House of Representatives.

February 19, 2017 12:56 UTC


The Office of the Ombudsman has filed a graft case at the Sandiganbayan against former Jose Abad Santos (Davao del Sur) Municipal Mayor Alex Wangkay over the alleged award of a deal for the construction of a small water impounding project without calling for a public bidding in 2009. Also named respondent was Roberto Semilla, who was identified in the the charge sheet as the then-owner and proprietor of R. Semilla Construction and Marketing. Assistant Special Prosecutor I Minerva Quintela accused the respondents of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The Ombudsman said that without the conduct of a public bidding, Wangkay, conspiring with Semilla, gave unwarranted benefits to the private individual and his assignee, subsequently allowing the release of public funds amounting to P4,500,000 to the prejudice of the government. It recommended P30,000 bail for the respondents’ provisional liberty.

February 19, 2017 12:56 UTC


CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) staff in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City had foiled a escape attempt of three patients in two separate incidents. She admitted security lapses but promised to remedy them by requesting additional security staff from Governor Czarina Umali of Nueva Ecija. The DOH runs the DATRC, which is capable of taking in 10,000 drug patients. Earlier, the Nueva Ecija provincial government launched an anti-drug campaign called the United Stand Against Dangerous Drugs (USADD) with initial 100 suspected drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation at the DATRC. As part of the added security measures, passenger jeepneys are ni longer allowed inside the military compound housing the DATRC.

February 19, 2017 12:56 UTC

‘Death penalty draws line between rich, poor’

Passing the death penalty bill is like drawing a line between the rich and the poor, a lawmaker said on Sunday. In a statement, Rep. Lito Atienza of Buhay party-list noted that the House majority members have “clearly drawn” the line between rich and poor offenders. In the statement, Atienza said House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte has called for a caucus on Monday to discuss possible early voting on the death penalty bill or House Bill 4727. “The House is set to advance the voting on the controversial bill reviving the death penalty,” he added. Alvarez threatened other leaders in the Congress that their House committee leadership is at stake if they will not support the passage of the death penalty bill.

February 19, 2017 12:22 UTC

Omar Abdel Rahman dies in US prison facility

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Blind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died Saturday of natural causes in a US prison facility, the Justice Department said. Abdel Rahman was serving a life sentence on several terrorism-related charges at a Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. Abdel Rahman, who sported a long, gray beard and signature sunglasses, led the militant Gamaa Islamiya group in Egypt before emigrating to the United States. He preached a radical brand of Islam and was seen as having inspired the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center, which left six people dead and wounded around 1,000. Abdel Rahman had been imprisoned in North Carolina since 2007.

February 19, 2017 11:52 UTC

Asian group eyes green productivity

TOKYO: The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is pursuing a strategic direction to address sustainability issues and broaden the concept of green productivity (GP) that had already taken root in member countries. “These SDGs are equally relevant to APO member countries as they are to the rest of the world. “Like the rest of the world, APO member countries are also committed to the Paris Agreement and meeting the [United Nations] SDGs by 2030,” he said. Bada said he expects the trend to continue with more member countries focusing on increasing their share of global exports. Bada said an important task before the GPAC was to help APO member countries better use renewable energy and contribute to solving global climate issues.

February 19, 2017 11:52 UTC

UN condemns Baghdad attack

The United Nations condemned the terrorist attack in the south of Baghdad on Thursday for which ISIL, also known as Da’esh, has claimed responsibility. “This week has seen a series of such atrocious crimes in the Iraqi capital. A car bomb ripped through a used car market, killing dozens of people. It was the deadliest attack this year. “We convey our solidarity to the people of Iraq in resisting attempts to spread fear, intimidation and hatred.

February 19, 2017 11:52 UTC

Malaysia seeks 4 more NKoreans in Kim killing

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said Sunday they were seeking four more North Korean suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother, but the four had left the country on the day of the killing. The suspects were all male and aged between 33 and 57, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim told a press conference. Police on Saturday arrested a 46-year-old North Korean man named Ri Jong Chol, who was later identified as an IT worker living here. Officers had already detained a woman carrying a Vietnamese passport as well as an Indonesian woman and a Malaysian man over the killing. Kim Jong-Nam died Monday after an unidentified liquid was sprayed in his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, an attack which Seoul says was carried out by female agents on Pyongyang’s orders.

February 19, 2017 11:52 UTC

US envoy lauds PH, corporate efforts on Down’s Syndrome

Gamely participating in the activity booths set up by children with Down’s Syndrome, the US ambassador promised to take part in next year’s Happy Walk event. Lapena’s son Jeremy, who has Down’s Syndrome, is employed as a sales assistant at a bag store. Lapena expressed gratitude that more and more people have been participating in their Happy Walk event, which takes them around the Mall of Asia. Happy Walk for Down’s Syndrome is the kick-off event in the celebration and observance of the National Down’s Syndrome Consciousness Month and is spearheaded by DSAPI and SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime. The Happy Walk for Down’s Syndrome was started by Lapena and several other parents who had children with the condition.

February 19, 2017 11:48 UTC

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