Hong Kong govt to ‘pause’ divisive extradition bill – reportsBy The Manila TimesHONG KONG: Hong Kong’s embattled government looks set to press pause on a deeply unpopular extradition bill that has provoked unprecedented clashes between police and protesters, multiple local media outlets reported on Saturday. The city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has faced mounting calls to abandon the controversial legislation, including from her own political allies and advisers. At this moment, the government should self-examine,” Ann Chiang, a hardcore pro-Beijing lawmaker, told i-Cable News. “If the government caves in to violence and external influences, in the long run that would also make Hong Kong ungovernable,” pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip told reporters. Opposition to the extradition bill has united an unusually wide cross section of Hong Kong.
June 15, 2019 04:30 UTC
Even so, political observers were quick to point out that this was most likely a retaliation on Morales by China. Was it intended to silence the Philippines whose government has already been eerily quiet about China’s shenanigans? When President Rodrigo Duterte was campaigning for the presidency, he vowed to jet-ski to Scarborough Shoal and plant the Philippine flag in the South China Sea. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio urged Filipino communicators to launch a South China Sea Truth Movement to help correct China’s “fake historical claim” that they own almost the entire South China Sea because the Duterte administration is not keen on doing so. According to Poling, “the South China Sea’s fisheries and marine environment are under dire threat.
June 15, 2019 04:25 UTC
Pump prices on slight increase this week 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Myrna VelascoIt will be a reverse course for pump prices this coming week with slight increases anticipated to range between P0.15 to P0.40 per liter for diesel and gasoline products. Being their routine, the oil companies are expected to adjust pump prices until Tuesday (June 18); which is also aligned with the recently issued Circular of the Department of Energy. As tracked by industry watchers, world oil prices had been on a rally last week due to fresh round of tension in the Middle East, primarily the assault on tankers in the gulf of Oman. Market speculations abound that Russia may no longer concur to ‘production cuts’ as strategy to lift sagging oil prices, hence, that will also impact significantly on oil supply-demand dynamics moving forward.
June 15, 2019 04:18 UTC
Fear and stigma mark life for gays in conservative Malawi 0 SHARES Share it! Leaving behind his well-off Muslim family and four-year-old son, he headed for South Africa, where he became a sex worker to survive. Mitha’s case highlights the problems in Malawi, a holdout in southern Africa, where legal liberalization for gays is otherwise gaining speed. Human Rights Watch (HRW) last October said Malawi’s laws fuelled a climate of fear, arbitrary arrest, violence, and discrimination against gays. Mitha returned to Malawi after contracting HIV in South Africa.
June 15, 2019 03:45 UTC
Hong Kong leader says divisive extradition law will be ‘suspended’ 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseHong Kong’s embattled leader on Saturday said a divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China would be “suspended” in a major climbdown from her government after a week of unprecedented protests. In this file photo taken on June 12, 2019 police clash with protesters during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. At a press conference on Saturday, she announced work on the extradition bill would be paused, adding that no date would be set for its reintroduction. “We have no intention to set a deadline for this work.”She said the extradition law was needed to plug loopholes and stop the international finance hub being a haven for criminals but admitted her administration had underestimated the public backlash.
June 15, 2019 03:45 UTC
DAR adjudicator convicted of graft, breach of conduct 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Czarina Nicole Ong-KiDepartment of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) Region XII adjudicator Henry Magaway Gelacio has been convicted by the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division of graft and breach of conduct charge due to the extortion of money and a whole tuna fish. In its ruling, the anti-graft court said it has established beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of Gelacio in both the graft and breach of conduct charges. “Public officials and employees should perform his or her duties without expecting or demanding anything in return,” it added. “We cannot overemphasize the need for honesty and integrity on the part of all those who are in the government service,” the decision stated.
Hontiveros hits China’s response on ‘sea collision’ 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Mario CasayuranSenator Risa Hontiveros Saturday branded as ‘’preposterous’’ the Chinese government’s response to the West Philippine Sea (WPS) hit-and-run incident, through its Manila embassy. Hontiveros pointed out that Chinese vessels regularly trespass our territories which have a long record of harassing Filipino fishermen in the region. ‘’Lastly, I call on President Duterte to break his silence on this serious issue. READ MORE: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino fishing boat in collision, fishermen abandoned on the scene
Guevarra: No need to act on demand to release of WellMed owner 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Jeffrey DamicogJustice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said there’s no longer a need to act on the appeal of WellMed Dialysis Center asking for the release of its owner, Dr. Bryan Christopher Sy, from the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Also to be charged with Sy are the whistleblowers, namely, former WellMed employees Edwin Roberto and Liezel Aileen De Leon. The resolution was released after the three were brought by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for inquest before Devanadera last Tuesday. Following Sy’s arrest, his lawyers wrote to Guevarra and NBI Director Dante Gierran demanding his release.
Eduardo Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist based in Albay, said the series of quakes were recorded by Phivolcs instruments mostly in the town of Pio V. Corpuz. This was followed by another 3.0 magnitude quake at 1:19 a.m. and a series of quakes with magnitudes 2.3 at 1:37 a.m., 2.8 at 1:42 a.m., and 1.8 at 5:39 a.m., all on Friday. The earthquake bulletin said quakes with tectonic origins were also recorded in Batuan town with 2.3 magnitude at 11:43 p.m. Thursday. In Catanduanes, a 2.7-magnitude quake struck at 10:44 p.m. Friday with epicenter in Pandan town. Laguerta said in a phone interview that the quakes were caused by movements in the fault lines in Masbate and Catanduanes provinces.
June 15, 2019 03:22 UTC
HONG KONG — Pressure on Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam was mounting Saturday, with signs emerging that she may delay an unpopular extradition bill that has drawn hundreds of thousands of people into the streets in protest. Opponents want her to withdraw the bill, which would allow Hong Kong suspects to be tried in mainland China. Many in Hong Kong fear the measures would undermine the former British colony’s legal autonomy. Le urged the U.S. to treat Hong Kong “objectively and fairly,” the ministry said in a statement. Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said that the Hong Kong leader very well might end up as a scapegoat, as a face-saving tactic: President Xi Jinping, China’s strongest leader in decades, has demanded that Hong Kong follow Beijing’s dictates, and many in Hong Kong fear their freedoms have been fading since he came to power in 2012.
June 15, 2019 02:48 UTC
The unrest in Hong Kong this week has only fanned those suspicions. With China keen to ensure Tsai is defeated in January, the renewed political crisis in Hong Kong is bad timing. It was the murder of a Hong Kong woman at the hands of her boyfriend while they were on holiday in Taiwan last year that promoted Hong Kong authorities to call for an extradition law. Taiwanese rights and student groups are planning to stage rallies over the weekend to support the Hong Kong protests. "Today's Hong Kong is also today's Taiwan," he told a crowd protesting outside Hong Kong's trade office in Taipei this week.
June 15, 2019 02:48 UTC
Paris’ Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseThe Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on Saturday, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world. For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. There will be just some 30 people — half of them clergy — although the mass will be broadcast live on Catholic TV channel KTO. If the authorities approve the plan, the idea is to celebrate evening prayers there, the diocese said.
June 15, 2019 02:48 UTC
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s immigration chief resigned Friday and the country’s prisons director was swiftly nominated to replace him, as the country embarks on a crackdown on irregular migration through its territory in response to U.S. pressure. He helped in the beginning of this government,” said López Obrador, who had asked that the immigration chief step down. On Tuesday he was named to a five-person team responsible for implementing Mexico’s immigration plan reached in negotiations with Washington. Earlier Friday, López Obrador acknowledged that controls are lax at dozens of crossings at the country’s southern border and vowed to correct the situation. “We are cleaning house, but this work takes time,” López Obrador said.
June 15, 2019 02:37 UTC
Womankind’s giant leap: who will be the first female moonwalker? Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseWho will take the giant leap for womankind? No one knows for sure, but it’s a likely bet the candidate will be selected from among NASA’s current roster of 12 female astronauts. That objective will be easier than ever before because there have never been so many women astronauts. There’s nothing therefore excluding the highly experienced Sunita Williams, who is preparing for her third space mission and will be 58 in 2024.
June 15, 2019 02:37 UTC
Palace declares June 17 holidays in select areas 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Argyll Cyrus GeducosMalacañang has declared June 17 a special non-working holiday in three different cities and municipalities in Visayas and Mindanao. 739 declares a special non-working holiday in the municipality of Maco, Compostela Valley on June 17 to give way to the commemoration of its 52nd founding anniversary. Recently, Malacañang also declared June 15 special non-working holidays in Angeles City, Pampanga, and in General Santos City. 735, the special non-working holiday in Angeles, Pampanga is to remember the eruption of Mt.
June 15, 2019 02:26 UTC