At Arcadia First Baptist Church, Texas Gov. She stopped to tell the governor that the attack should not be turned into a political battle over gun control. Speaker and Santa Fe graduate Aaron Chenoweth gave a short testimony about the trials and tribulations this graduating class had faced. Chenoweth called on the community’s faith in God, saying, “If you give God the glory, you will always find comfort and love.”It was not the first time faith in Santa Fe has been tested with the whole country watching. “When you’re facing someone who’s an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun.
May 21, 2018 11:03 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said Malacañang is very supportive of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat’s call to replace department officials. “Very supportive,” Roque said in a press briefing. Last Tuesday, Puyat ordered the undersecretaries and assistant secretaries of former Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo to submit their respective courtesy resignations. READ: Bengzon is officially new DOT spokespersonThe DOT's undersecretaries and assistant secretaries have until Monday to submit their resignation letters. Asked if the Palace would intervene if the DOT officials fail to file their resignations and pressure them to tender resignations, Roque said they would just wait.
May 21, 2018 10:52 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — As Vicente Sotto III assumed his new responsibility as Senate president, he vowed on Monday to be more “vocal” in defending the Senate and asserting its independent voice amid criticism that there were better options to lead the chamber. Sotto, a host of a popular noontime program in the Philippines, has been embroiled in controversies because of his statements and actions. Sotto is the most senior member of the Senate, where he has been serving for 26 years. He also vowed that the Senate under his leadership would not lose sight of the chamber’s priority measures under Pimentel. READ: 14 senators sign resolution backing Sotto as Senate president
May 21, 2018 10:30 UTC
But now she’s worried about how the European Union’s new data protection law will affect her business as she contacts customers to seek permission to store their details. ADVERTISEMENTBusinesses from pizza parlors to airlines across the EU’s 28 countries are bombarding customers with emails seeking consent to use personal data as they rush to comply with the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect May 25. She took a data protection course to learn about her obligations and avoid legal bills. That touched off a global debate over internet privacy and triggered speculation other jurisdictions will soon follow the EU in tightening data protection laws. That is just fine with Meyer, who thinks society needs a new etiquette for dealing with personal data.
May 21, 2018 10:30 UTC
Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater. The molten rock formed rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast. The lava haze, or “laze,” from the plume spread as far as 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of where the lava met the ocean on the Big Island’s southern coast. In recent days, the lava began to move more quickly and emerge from the ground in greater volume. This vent has been gushing lava high into the sky and sending a river of molten rock toward the ocean at about 300 yards (274 meters) per hour.
May 21, 2018 10:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — During the coronation night of Miss Earth Philippines 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena on May 19, the top 5 finalists were asked a common question at the question and answer portion. The event's host, Robi Domingo, asked all candidates: “The deterioration of Boracay left our President with no choice but to close the island for six months for rehabilitation. What should be done to make sure that what happens to Boracay doesn’t happen to our other tourist destinations?”Check out the finalists' answers on the video by Philstar.com's Erwin Cagadas. RELATED: Boracay rehab hot topic at Miss Earth Philippines Q&A
May 21, 2018 10:07 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in a biography posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain’s Prince Harry. The newly minted duchess’ biography highlights her focus on social issues and notes that she campaigned successfully at age 11 to have a company change the sexist language it used to sell dishwashing soap. The page quotes her as saying: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”ADVERTISEMENTThe biography does not mention of the seven years she spent playing Rachel Zane in the U.S. television drama “Suits.”Prince Harry and his bride were named the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they were married Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
May 21, 2018 10:07 UTC
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat designated Benito Bengzon Jr., Undersecretary for tourism and development planning, as the agency’s spokesperson. As a career official who worked at DOT for more than 30 years, Bengzon was exempted from the order. Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Ching, while eligible for a rank position, was not yet a career official. Last week, Puyat also revealed that she was inviting Arturo Boncato Jr., currently an assistant secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry to be a Tourism undersecretary. During the term of former President Benigno Aquino III, Boncato was the DOT regional director in Davao, and was later promoted as tourism assistant secretary, working under Jimenez.
May 21, 2018 09:33 UTC
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday took on a new role as Senate majority leader. Zubiri’s election came as Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III was elected as Senate president on Monday. ADVERTISEMENTIn his acceptance speech, Zubiri committed to improve the Senate’s working relationship with the House of Representatives. “We will uphold and defend the Senate’s image as an institution from its detractors and protect the Senate’s independence and integrity,” Zubiri said. Meanwhile, Zubiri nominated former Senate president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as chair of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship, a post he is vacating.
May 21, 2018 09:33 UTC
THREE suspects, including a Filipino-Iranian, were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City on Monday. They were identified as Filipino-Iranian Omid Hosseini, his Iranian friend Amir Gharehgozlou, and their supplier Kenn Joseph Cruz. Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Chief Joselito Esquivel said operatives from Police Station 8 seized nine sachets of “shabu” or white crystalline substance from Hosseini and Gharehgozlou at 12:55 a.m. along Delos Reyes St., Barangay Milagrosa. Gharegozlou had been living in the Philippines for almost 10 years but denied using drugs during his stay, Equivel said. “Oplan Tokhang” refers to the police method of approaching suspected individuals on their watchlist and warning them against drug use.
May 21, 2018 09:22 UTC
GENEVA: Taiwan launched a global appeal on Monday to be granted access to the World Health Organization’s main annual meeting, after tensions with China led to its exclusion for a second straight year. Last year was the first time in eight years that Taiwan was not granted access to the World Health Assembly (WHA), which opened its 71st edition in Geneva on Monday. “We are here to plead for the support of all nations and anyone who cares about improving global health to rally for Taiwan’s formal participation in the World Health Assembly,” Taiwan’s health and welfare minister, Chen Shih-Chung, told reporters. Chen declined to answer directly when asked if he wanted WHO to circumvent Beijing and give Taiwan a special invitation. President Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party have refused to acknowledge the principle, which Beijing sees as the bedrock for relations.
May 21, 2018 09:11 UTC
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has formally ended the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. “Win or lose, all candidates must file SOCE within thirty days after the day of the elections in accordance with Chapter IV, Section 16 to 18 of Resolution No. “SOCE forms are available for the download at the official Comelec website,” it added. Likewise, the Comelec said its field offices have set up help desks to ensure “easy and efficient” distribution of cash cards for complete payment of poll workers’ honoraria and travel allowances. “Our hardworking field officials went above and beyond the call of duty by personally delivering the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) cash cards to the teachers wherever they may be,” it said.
May 21, 2018 09:11 UTC
Update (5:54 p.m.)The House of Representatives will once again ask President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to expedite the passage of the legislation before Congress goes into its sine die adjournment on June 1. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said this on Monday afternoon, after the lower chamber conducted a caucus to discuss disagreements on the BBL, among other issues. ADVERTISEMENT“I would (ask the President to certify it as urgent), if that’s necessary,” Alvarez told the media in a press briefing after emerging from a three-hour all-member caucus of the House on the BBL. The House Leader said he would likely be able to relay his request to the President to certify the measure as urgent within the day. Alvarez said they have yet to approve any amendments on House Bill (HB) 6475, the Chamber’s version of BBL.
May 21, 2018 09:00 UTC
YANGON: “Golden Triangle” countries must address corruption and collaborate more closely to tackle record meth production and the gangs who traffick the drug across Southeast Asia and beyond, the UN said on Monday. Its drug labs—mainly in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Shan State—are working overtime, aiding organized crime gangs in their quest for new markets as far away as Australia and Japan. Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle, waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls. In recent months several Myanmar soldiers have been arrested with massive caches of yaba, destined for Bangladesh. The UN agency also urged regional governments to address money laundering, share more intelligence on the drug gangs and offer community-based rehabilitation for addicts and petty dealers rather than jail.
May 21, 2018 08:48 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTThus said newly elected Senate President Vicente “Tito“ Sotto III on Monday in accepting his post. Sotto was joined by his wife, veteran actress Helen Gamboa, and their children when he took his oath of office. Thanking his colleagues for their trust, Sotto vowed to continue helping in the passage of laws that would be beneficial to the country. He said he looked up to the standards set by his predecessors – Neptali Gonzales, Ernesto Maceda, Marcelo Fernan, Blas Ople, Franklin Drilon, Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and Ed Angara, who recently passed away. On Monday, Koko Pimentel vacated the post to make way for Sotto’s take over.
May 21, 2018 08:45 UTC