Lakers close out Heat with Game 6 rout for record-tying 17th NBA championship

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – LeBron James left Cleveland for Los Angeles, the Midwest for the West Coast, the Cavaliers for the Lakers. Enamored with NBA history, he not only wanted to play for one of the league’s iconic franchises, he wanted to win a title with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Trump repeats demand Biden take a drug test before Tuesday debate

President Donald Trump doubled down on his demand that Joe Biden take a drug test before the first presidential debate on Tuesday ‘I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night,’ Trump tweeted Sunday morning He added: ‘His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly.

U.S. Judge Halts Trump’s TikTok Ban, Hours Before It Was Set To Start

subscribe to The NPR Politics Podcast podcast A federal judge on Sunday blocked President Trump’s TikTok ban, granting a temporary reprieve to the wildly popular video-sharing app. During a telephone court hearing on Sunday, lawyers for TikTok argued that Trump’s clampdown infringed on free speech and due process rights.

Trump didn’t pay income tax for 10 of 15 years before 2016 election: NYT

paid no income taxes for 10 of the 15 years before he was elected president, and just $750 a year in 2016 and 2017, according to The New York Times, which obtained the president’s tax information for the last 20 years.

USAID gives Philippines P10 billion aid for development

USAID gives Philippines P10 billion aid for development Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) – September 29, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The United States through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is extending $213 million or roughly P10 billion in aid to the Philippines to help the country boost its economic development and growth amid the pandemic.

Palace: Duterte not interested in extending term

Palace: Duterte not interested in extending term Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – September 29, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte does not intend to stay in power beyond his term, Malacañang said yesterday, as it maintained that the 2022 elections can only be postponed if the 1987 Constitution is amended.

Police video shows Trump’s ex-campaign manager wrestled to ground during arrest

Footage of the arrest was made public by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Officers removed 10 guns from his home following a police standoff on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Amoung the weapons recovered from the former Trump staffer’s home were several pistols, a shotgun, and a rifle, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

AMLC investigator says De Lima not involved in Bilibid drug trade

MANILA, Philippines – An investigator from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has told a court under oath that detained Sen. Leila de Lima was not involved in any suspicious transactions that would link her to the illegal drug trade. AMLC financial investigator Artemio Baculi Jr.

Duterte tells Facebook: Why keep operating in PH if you can’t help us?

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is questioning the continuous operation of Facebook in the Philippines after the social media company took down several “advocacy” pages of the government, including those set up by the military and police. “What would be the point of allowing you to continue if you cannot help us?

Facebook critics, including Ressa, start rival ‘oversight board’

OAKLAND, California – A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network’s early investors and journalist Maria Ressa who is facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company’s own.

Flash poll: Majority says Trump wasn’t taking proper coronavirus precautions

A little over a quarter of voters, 28 percent, believe the president, whose visitors and staffers are frequently tested for the virus and who warmed up to wearing a mask late this summer, did take the proper precautions to protect himself, the poll found.

Trump’s celebrated economic rebound fizzles out

As Trump loves to boast, job gains over the last five months are in fact historic at over 11 million. Economic growth numbers due out just before the election will also likely bust records. But the recovery is also clearly slowing down as close to $4 trillion in federal rescue money runs out with no agreement on a fresh shot of emergency aid.

‘No one was wearing masks’ during debate prep, Chris Christie says after president contracts coronavirus

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that during debate preparation for President Donald Trump, who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, none of the people present wore masks. “No one was wearing masks in the room when we were prepping the president during that period of time,” Christie said.

Lito Lapid: Paliparan sa Clark ipangalan kay Macapagal

Inihain ni Senador Lito Lapid ang isang panukala na naglalayong ipangalan kay dating Pangulong Diosdado Macapagal ang Clark International Airport sa Pampanga. Sa Senate Bill No. 1861, sinabi ni Lapid na layunin na kanyang panukala na parangan ang ‘achievement’ at ‘legacy’ ni Macapagal, ang unang Kapampangan na naging presidente ng Pilipinas.

NKorea’s Kim wishes Trump a speedy recovery: KCNA – Manila Bulletin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a message to Donald Trump after the US president’s diagnosis with coronavirus, wishing him a quick recovery, state media said Saturday. “He offered his sympathy to the president and the first lady,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

Trump taken to Walter Reed medical center and will be hospitalized ‘for the next few days’

President Donald Trump is being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for Covid-19 and has begun receiving an anti-viral drug, his doctor announced Friday night.

Utak umano ng carnapping group na binebenta raw sa casino ang mga ninakaw na sasakyan, tiklo

Utak umano ng carnapping group na binebenta raw sa casino ang mga ninakaw na sasakyan, tiklo. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

‘Imagine having a literal COVID parade’: Critics react after Trump leaves Walter Reed to see supporters

WASHINGTON – Doctors, critics, and other Twitter users reacted after President Donald Trump ventured outside Walter Reed Hospital Sunday night to wave at supporters, calling the move “reckless” and saying he endangered the Secret Service members riding in the vehicle with him. Dr. James P.

CNN anchor confronts senior Trump campaign adviser after motorcade: Trump’s ‘downplaying the virus’

CNN anchor Ana Cabrera battled Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller on Sunday over whether President Trump and his campaign had followed the necessary protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 over the past few months.In a lengthy interview with Miller, Cabrera repeatedly challenged the Trump aide over the president’s frequent refusal to wear masks in public appearances, the lack of mask requirements at the campaign’s rallies and audio…

Biden surges to 14-point lead over Trump after caustic first debate, poll finds

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s national lead against President Donald Trump jumped to a nearly two-to-one margin after Sept. 29’s chaotic presidential debate, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. The poll was conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, two days after the disorderly and caustic debate.

Tom Cruise sits on speeding train for ‘Mission: Impossible’ stunt. Passing Norwegian motorists freak out.

Tom Cruise’s train-traveling style for “Mission: Impossible VII” is causing some serious double-takes in Norway. TikTok user Tomas Haugland Spangelo posted a wild video of Cruise sitting and balancing on top of a speeding Norwegian train, shot from a car traveling on a road adjacent to the tracks.

‘SNL’: See Jim Carrey Debut as Joe Biden in Presidential Debate Cold Open

Saturday Night Live “rebroadcasted” Tuesday’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden for the first cold open of Season 46, with Alec Baldwin reprising the role of the president and Jim Carrey making his much-anticipated debut as the former vice president.

Asian American voters leaning toward Democrats, says US research center

Asian American voters are “increasingly” leaning toward and identifying with the Democratic Party in the United States, according to US analysts. But whether Filipino Americans are also voting blue is still up in the air as the analyst of Pew Research Center said there had been no in-depth study yet on their voting behavior.

IATF studying lifting travel ban on foreigners

IATF studying lifting travel ban on foreigners Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – October 5, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The multi-agency pandemic task force has ordered a technical working group to review the travel ban on foreigners as some Filipinos are urging the administration to allow their foreign partners to enter the country.

Another joke? Duterte says Catholic bishops useless… kill them

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday intensified his verbal attacks against Catholic bishops, as if urging for their killing. “[I]tong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi iyang mga gagong iyan. All they do is criticize,” Duterte said in his speech during the awarding ceremonies for the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) Malacañang.

Duque elected chair of WHO regional committee for Western Pacific – Manila Bulletin

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III was elected as chairperson of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. Duque was elected by the 37 member-states and will serve a term of one year. He will also be presiding the entire virtual session of the […]

Asthma patients less likely to die from virus, new study says

Patients with asthma who become infected with the new coronavirus appear to have no higher risk of hospitalization or need for mechanical breathing assistance compared to COVID-19 patients without asthma – and the asthma patients are less likely to die from the disease, a new study suggests.

More than P2 billion earned: Here’s how Raffy Tulfo spends the money he gets from YouTube

MANILA – With an estimated P2 billion revenue to date from his YouTube channel, which has more than 15 million subscribers, it’s easy to wonder just how Raffy Tulfo spends his money. Push and other reporters tried to find that out this past week during a virtual press conference with Tulfo, and the broadcast journalist willingly gave a glimpse into what he uses his earnings on.

Supreme Court allows community service for minor offenses

Supreme Court allows community service for minor offenses Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) – October 8, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Starting Nov. 2, courts can impose the punishment of community service for those found guilty of minor offenses and whose punishments fall under the classification of arresto menor and arresto mayor.

Duterte: Catholic Church ‘full of shit’

The Catholic Church is “full of shit,” according to President Duterte who ramped up his attacks against priests and bishops in the Philippines, on Tuesday, by accusing them of corruption, womanizing and other excesses.

‘Time to go, Mr. Speaker’: House better off with Velasco than ‘hooligan’ Cayetano, says Atienza

MANILA, Philippines – Calling Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano a “hooligan,” Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said Wednesday the House of Representatives would be better off with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco at the helm.

Trump returns to Oval Office after doctor says he’s been free of coronavirus symptoms

President Donald Trump was briefed in the Oval Office on Wednesday after one of the doctors treating him for the coronavirus said the president has been “symptom-free” for more than 24 hours. Trump, who had returned to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just two days earlier, was briefed in the Oval Office on stimulus talks and Hurricane Delta, a press aide told reporters.

Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden

Taylor Swift is choosing to be fearless about endorsing her pick for president.

Prestigious medical journal calls for US leadership to be voted out over Covid-19 failure

In an unprecedented move, the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published an editorial written by its editors condemning the Trump administration for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic — and calling for the current leadership in the United States to be voted out of office.

Biden crosses 270 threshold in CNN’s Electoral College outlook for first time

Joe Biden is surging in the battle for the White House with less than four weeks to go until Election Day.

LeBron is unanimous NBA Finals MVP after leading Lakers to title

(UPDATED) LeBron James became the first player to win NBA Finals MVP honors with three different teams on Sunday, and for LA Lakers coach Frank Vogel the Ohio native has cemented his status as the best player “the basketball universe has ever seen”.

Lincoln Project Trolls Trump’s Balcony Stunt With Singalong ‘Evita’ Parody

President Donald Trump marked his return to the White House on Monday from hospitalization for the coronavirus with a photo-op at the Truman Balcony ― a scene his critics likened to the iconic moment from the musical ” Evita.” Now his critics on the right turned that comparison into a song parody.

With 200K Dead, Trump Spews Lies Then Golfs for the 298th Time During His Presidency

The president seemingly does not care about the more than 200,000 Americans who have lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus, but we do know one thing he cares deeply about – his golf game.

DOH reiterates waste management protocols after PPEs scattered along EDSA

MANILA – The Department of Health on Monday reminded health institutions and local government units to properly dispose personal protective equipment (PPEs) after masks and gloves were found scattered along EDSA. Mga basura, gaya ng pinaggamitang PPEs, nagkalat sa isang lane ng EDSA-White Plains ngayong umaga.

At least 2,000 tourists to be allowed entry to Boracay: mayor

The local government of Malay town has yet to decide on the maximum number of tourists to be allowed on the island as it prepares for its opening on Oct. 1, its mayor said Monday.

Urban poor families set up food gardens to cope with hunger amid pandemic

Struggling to put food on their tables through weeks into quarantine due to the new coronavirus pandemic, residents of Barangay Payatas in Quezon City have found a new reason to band together amid the scarcity of food aid and jobs.

LeBron, Lakers back in NBA Finals after holding off Nuggets

The Los Angeles Lakers, fueled by a triple-double from superstar LeBron James, beat the Denver Nuggets 117-107 on Saturday to reach the NBA Finals. With the win in the league’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, the Lakers completed a 4-1 victory over the Nuggets in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.

Pacquiao confirms boxing match with MMA star McGregor next year

Philippine boxing icon says part of the proceeds of the boxing match will go to COVID-19 victims in his country. Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will face former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor in the boxing ring next year, and part of proceeds from the fight will go to coronavirus victims in his country.

Using helicopter to deliver kickbacks? Aguirre tells Tulfo that’s stupidity

MANILA, Philippines – Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre reiterated on Tuesday that he was not receiving kickbacks from the alleged “pastillas” modus at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and even questioned his accuser, columnist Ramon Tulfo, why he would use a helicopter to receive the supposed cash.

Duterte slams Robredo for criticizing PH govt’s COVID-19 response

Malacañang dared Vice President Leni Robredo to offer solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, addig she might become president if she succeeds.

How Fil-Am talents participated in unprecedented Emmys amid pandemic

MANILA – The most poignant moment of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, television’s biggest night, came when a Filipino-American singer H.E.R performed “Nothing Compares to U” during the in-memoriam segment honoring the stars who died recently. Her performance was staged at Staples Center while following strict pandemic protocols, including pre-show COVID-19 testing and other safety precautions.

Bagong-biling P2-B jet mula sa Amerika dumating na at naiturn-over na sa PAF

Bagong-biling P2-B jet mula sa Amerika dumating na at naiturn-over na sa PAF. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was originally published in 2003, with a slight update in 2012. Over the years, it’s been the most widely read – and argued over – feature in the history of the magazine (last year, the RS 500 got over 63 million views on the site).

Trump Preached White Supremacy in Minnesota, America Barely Noticed

Last Friday, on the night that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Donald Trump made a campaign appearance in Bemidji, a small city in northern Minnesota. Trump played to the base instincts of an adoring crowd at the airport, where MAGA hats outnumbered face masks by an extraordinary margin – before he slipped into a terrifying embrace of eugenics, “the racehorse theory” of human breeding, and the superiority of Minnesota genes.

John Lennon 80th Birthday Livestream to Feature Peter Gabriel, 10cc

The second annual Dear John concert, in honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, will stream live on Friday, October 9th, at 3:00 p.m. ET from London’s Hard Rock Hotel on YouTube.

Dua Lipa Lays Out ‘New Rules’ for Pandemic Dating on ‘Corden’

Dua Lipa’s got some new “New Rules.” On Thursday night (Sept. 17), the pop star stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to deliver a riotous and educational update on her breakout hit for how to navigate dating during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Whatever it takes’: Trump says he’s willing to spend his own money as campaign’s cash advantage evaporates

The Times report raised questions about former campaign manager Brad Parscale’s financial stewardship of Trump’s war chest, which was once viewed as a historic asset ahead of the fall’s general election campaign. Among the campaign’s expenses were a car and driver for Parscale, who was replaced atop the campaign in July by Bill Stepien.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87.

Duterte places PH under state of calamity until Sept. 2021: battle vs. COVID-19 pandemic continues – Manila Bulletin

The Philippines will remain under a state of calamity until September 2021 based on a latest order of President Duterte as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. The President issued Proclamation No. 1021 extending the calamity declaration for one year and enjoining government agencies and local government units to sustain measures […]

Watch Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Reflect on Ron Wood’s Sobriety in New Documentary Clip

The new documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me traces the career of Ron Wood, from his days as the bassist in the Jeff Beck Band, through his brief and boozy tenure in the Faces with life-long friend Rod Stewart, to his long run in the Rolling Stones.

Mariah Carey, Katy Perry & More Mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thank Her for a ‘Lifetime of Service’

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday (Sept. 18) at her home in Washington, of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87. Following the death of the legal and feminist icon, amid a crucial time for the judicial system in the United States, artists flooded social media with messages of mourning and concern for the future of the country.

Trump Administration to Ban TikTok and WeChat From U.S. App Stores

It issued new rules that will cripple the operation of two popular Chinese-owned apps in the United States. WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said Friday it would bar the Chinese-owned mobile apps WeChat and TikTok from U.S.

Trump hits FBI director again over testimony on antifa, Russia

Trump rejected that characterization Friday during a press gaggle on the White House lawn before embarking on a campaign trip to Minnesota. “The fact is antifa is a bad group,” he said. “They’re bad, and when a man doesn’t say that, that bothers me. I wonder why he’s not saying that.”

Lady Gaga Drops ‘Very Personal’ ‘911’ Video About Her Mental Health: ‘It’s the Poetry of Pain’

“It’s been years since I felt so alive in my creativity to make together what we did with ‘911,’” the Chromatica queen wrote on Instagram Pop a “911,” little monsters! Lady Gaga released the short film for her song “911” on Friday – a video the singer says is “very personal” to her journey with mental health and seemingly inspired by the classic Armenian film The Color of Pomegranates.

Russia ‘very active’ in 2020 election; antifa not a terror group, FBI director testifies

Less than two months before the presidential election, FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that Russia remains “very active” in its effort to disrupt the vote, primarily by denigrating Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump ally Lindsey Graham thinks the President should release tax returns

President Donald Trump has long resisted releasing his tax returns in a break with historic precedent, but even one of his closest allies in the Senate thinks he should.

Pence’s former lead coronavirus task force aide slams Trump and endorses Biden in new video

A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence assailed President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic in a new video Thursday, adding to the growing list of former Trump administration officials who have criticized the President and, in several cases, endorsed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

The White House blocked the US Postal Service from sending face masks to every US household in April

The White House scrapped a plan by the US Postal Service to send every American household a face mask in April, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing documents obtained through public-records requests. The Post obtained thousands of internal Postal Service documents that revealed previously unreported details of the agency’s struggle to deal with the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch Taylor Swift Perform ‘Betty’ for the First Time at the 2020 ACM Awards

On Wednesday night, Taylor Swift returned to the Academy of Country Music Awards stage for the first time in seven years to give the live debut of her Folklore cut “Betty,”which the pop star has released to country radio. Swift’s performance found the singer-songwriter in khaki pants and a sequined turtleneck, seated in front of a glowing stagelight.

WATCH: Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo of APO Hiking Society reunite for new song ‘Quarantine Baby’

MANILA – Jim Paredes and Boboy Garovillo of the APO Hiking Society have reunited to record an original song about love during lockdown. Uploaded on YouTube this Tuesday, the song is titled “Quarantine Baby” and tells of what it feels like to be separated from a loved one in this pandemic.

PH billionaires a little poorer

MANILA, Philippines – With the COVID-19 pandemic exacting a heavy toll on the economy and causing unprecedented disruptions to most businesses, even the Philippines’ wealthiest people have found themselves a lot poorer this turbulent year. The collective wealth of the country’s 50 richest people has declined to $60.6 billion from $78 billion a year ago, based on the 2020 Forbes Philippines Rich List.

Opinion | Biden introduces a powerful new issue for 2020: Social Security

You might not have noticed it during his speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, but Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden slipped a big issue into the mix for 2020. While focusing primarily on President Trump’s liability for the ongoing pandemic, the rotten economy and the surge in racial violence, Biden also hit Trump’s plan to eliminate or suspend the payroll tax after the election.

Zamboanga City siege survivors still homeless after 7 years

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines – Seven years ago, then 18-year-old Nurisma Hasinon survived the ordeal of being a hostage of Moro rebels who laid siege on the city for almost three weeks. The brutal close-quarter battle in densely populated coastal communities ravaged the home of Hasinon’s family at Barangay Santa Catalina, forcing them to live in an evacuation site.

Timbs and Converse? Kamala Harris sports Timberland boots after wearing Chuck Taylor All-Stars

Is this a brand blast from the past? Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is bringing back Timbs and Converse, two iconic brands known for their Gen X following. On Tuesday, Harris wore a pair of Timberland boots as she surveyed the damage caused by the Creek Fire with California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Dwight Howard keeps his focus on the best way to help Lakers win the title

As the NBA bubble crystallized and teams began committing to going, the Lakers had two players who hesitated to join the team in Orlando, Fla. The first was Avery Bradley, who opted to stay home. The second was Dwight Howard, who eventually decided he would go into the bubble.

Watch Journey Singer Arnel Pineda Perform a Lockdown Rendition of ‘Open Arms’

Journey frontman Arnel Pineda has teamed up with Taka of the Japanese band One Ok Rock to record a lockdown version of the 1981 Journey classic “Open Arms.” “Good day folks,” Pineda wrote on YouTube, “to honor the legacy of Journey’s Escape album, specifically Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Ross Valory and Steve Smith.

‘Whatever it takes’: Trump says he’s willing to spend his own money as campaign’s cash advantage evaporates

The Times report raised questions about former campaign manager Brad Parscale’s financial stewardship of Trump’s war chest, which was once viewed as a historic asset ahead of the fall’s general election campaign. Among the campaign’s expenses were a car and driver for Parscale, who was replaced atop the campaign in July by Bill Stepien.

‘Horrified’: Ivanka and Don Trump Jr. wanted Trump to quit his ‘racist’ campaign, Michael Cohen writes

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. may have presented themselves at the Republican National Convention as their father’s biggest cheerleaders, but the two oldest Trump children had radically different perspectives when he was a candidate in 2015, according to a new book.

You wouldn’t want to meet Eric Clapton in real life. Here’s why

Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Clapton did express his regret in later interviews about his now infamous comments, apologizing for his actions. He has also often praised Black musicians such as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson for inspiring his music sensibilities. However, his apologies have come across a bit flat when paired with comments like “I sabotaged everything I got involved with.

Next Bar examination set for November 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court en banc has approved the schedule of the next Bar examination, which is November 2021. “By approval of the Court En Banc, the next Bar Examination will be held [in] November 2021,” Bar Bulletin No. 13 signed by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the 2020 Bar Examination Committee Chairman.

2 nagbebenta ng bayawak sa Pampanga, arestado; 11 na bayawak, nasagip

2 nagbebenta ng bayawak sa Pampanga, arestado; 11 na bayawak, nasagip. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Picture taking sa mga bodybuilder na taga-deliver, gimik ng sushi restaurant

Picture taking sa mga bodybuilder na taga-deliver, gimik ng sushi restaurant. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Ex-cop Cezar Mancao named head of DICT’s cybercrime center

MANILA, Philippines – Former police Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II has been appointed to lead the Department of Information and Communication Technology’s (DICT) cybercrime center, Malacañang confirmed Wednesday. “The Palace confirms the appointment of Mr. Cezar O.

‘Come to the battlefield on open terms,’ ex-Supreme Court Justices dare ex-Marcos SolGen

MANILA, Philippines – “Come to the battlefield on open terms and on equal footing as the rest of the parties.” With these words, former Supreme Court Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales presented a challenge to former solicitor-general Estelito Mendoza, who requested participation in the upcoming oral argument on petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 but only as an “amicus curiea” or friend of the court.

COA: Mga kulungan ng BJMP, lagpas na ng 438% sa kapasidad

COA: Mga kulungan ng BJMP, lagpas na ng 438% sa kapasidad. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

San Antonio, Nueva Ecija Mayor, tinambangan habang nagmamaneho ng kotse; Bodyguard niya, sugatan

San Antonio, Nueva Ecija Mayor, tinambangan habang nagmamaneho ng kotse; Bodyguard niya, sugatan. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Intelligence whistleblower says he was pressured to downplay threats from Russia, white supremacists

WASHINGTON – Trump administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security directed intelligence analysts to stop providing assessments of Russian interference in the U.S. election and to instead focus on China and Iran, according to a whistleblower complaint released Wednesday.

Trump told Bob Woodward he knew in February that COVID-19 was ‘deadly stuff’ but wanted to ‘play it down’

President Donald Trump acknowledged the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic in a February interview with journalist Bob Woodward and acknowledged downplaying the threat in an interview a month later, according to an account of Woodward’s new book. “I wanted to always play it down.

Clark proposed as PBA ‘bubble’ site

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Pampanga Gov. Dennis Pineda said the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) should choose the Clark Freeport when it decides to resume its 45th season in a bubble set-up, calling the eco-zone ideal in terms of location, facilities, and security.

Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

The Russian military intelligence unit that attacked the Democratic National Committee four years ago is back with a series of new, more stealthy hacks aimed at campaign staff members, consultants and think tanks associated with both Democrats and Republicans.

Manila traffic enforcer’s slay triggers demolition

Manila traffic enforcer’s slay triggers demolition Rey Galupo (The Philippine Star) – September 11, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Manila Police District (MPD) and city engineering office demolished yesterday illegal structures and other road obstructions in Barangay 650, Port Area in a move to flush out criminals.

93 Bilibid inmates walk free

93 Bilibid inmates walk free Neil Jayson Servallos (The Philippine Star) – September 11, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Almost a hundred prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City walked free yesterday, mostly after being granted parole.

Isko Moreno running for VP in 2022?

Politicians should focus on the coronavirus pandemic, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said Thursday, when asked to address rumors that he might run for vice president in the 2022 elections.

Philippine Marines establish foothold on Fuga Island

The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) is establishing a military foothold on Fuga Island, long governed by local authorities of Aparri, Cagayan, months after speculation made the rounds that a Chinese company was looking to create projects in the area.

Cardinal Tagle tests positive for COVID-19: Vatican

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)- Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Vatican said Friday. According to the Vatican’s German language news website, Tagle got the confirmation upon his arrival in Manila. Before that, however, he got a negative result after taking a coronavirus test in Rome last Sept.

Duterte invokes UNCLOS in Chinese defense minister’s visit

MANILA (UPDATED) – Chinese state councilor and defense minister Wei Fenghe on Friday paid a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte. During the Chinese official’s visit to Malacañang, Duterte invoked the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims in its entirety.

BuCor turns over Pemberton to immigration

BuCor turns over Pemberton to immigration MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) yesterday turned over pardoned homicide convict US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which will hold him in the same special detention facility at Camp Aguinaldo while awaiting deportation.

Duterte, Lorenzana and Chinese defense chief tackle stronger PH-China defense cooperation

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Nuggets rally with big second half to stun Clippers and force Game 6

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Desperate times bring out the best in the Denver Nuggets. So does a 35-year-old veteran willing to scuffle and stand his ground. Paul Millsap ignited Denver with a fracas before scoring 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter, Michael Porter Jr.

Rockets’ Danuel House leaving NBA bubble after investigation finds he violated health protocols

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Houston Rockets forward-guard Danuel House Jr. will leave the NBA campus and not return after a league investigation found that House “had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus,” violating restart health and safety protocols, the league said Friday in a news release.

Officials: Iran weighing plot to kill U.S. ambassador to South Africa

Still, attacking Marks is one of several options U.S. officials believe Iran’s regime is considering for retaliation since the general, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike in January. At the time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. killed Soleimani to reestablish deterrence against Iran.

Georgia deputy fired for excessive force after video shows him striking Black man

A sheriff’s deputy in Georgia was fired Sunday after videos posted to social media showed him repeatedly striking a Black man who was pinned to the ground. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy, who is white, was fired for excessive use of force in the encounter Friday with Roderick Walker, 26.

Polls: Joe Biden leads Trump in several key swing states

In a new batch of swing-state polling released this weekend by the New York Times and CBS News, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to lead President Donald Trump in several key states with just 51 days to go until the November election.

Gov’t reduces physical distancing on PUVs

MANILA, Philippines – The government will reduce physical distancing on public vehicles on Monday as commuter safety advocates and the Vice President questioned the basis for the decision, which they say could lead to a worse surge in coronavirus infections.

Metro Manila cemeteries closed during ‘Undas’

MANILA, Philippines – The new coronavirus pandemic has claimed as casualty in Metro Manila another tradition religiously followed by millions of Filipino Catholics throughout the country – visiting their departed loved ones in the cemeteries on All Saints’ Day.

WATCH: Korina Sanchez denies being ‘retrenched’ from ABS-CBN

WATCH: Korina Sanchez denies being ‘retrenched’ from ABS-CBN Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – September 14, 2020 – 12:03pm MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya TV host Korina Sanchez clarified that she was not retrenched by ABS-CBN because she retired three years ago.

Duterte urged: Appoint COVID-19 data czar after scores of ‘recoveries’ turn out to be deaths

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte should consider appointing a data analyst czar, his pandemic task force’s former adviser said Monday, after scores of coronavirus recoveries that the health department reported later turned out to be deaths.

House tour ng hotel-style home ni Derek Ramsay

House tour ng hotel-style home ni Derek Ramsay. Get the latest scoop on local and international entertainment and celebrity news from GMA News Online.

How Far Will Donald Trump Go to Win?

Last October, standing on the front porch of a small two-story house that had seen better days, I witnessed one of the more unsettling conversations of my adult life. I had embedded with a team of community organizers in Alamance County, North Carolina, an hour’s drive west of Raleigh.

Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni informs team he won’t return as head coach

Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has told general manager Daryl Morey that he will not return as head coach and will look to be a free agent, a person familiar with the details told USA TODAY Sports. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because that was not authorized to discuss internal matters publicly.

Opinion: Questions mount after Clippers blow another big lead against Nuggets

At five different times, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers huddled his players together. He did not call a timeout to call a play. Rivers called a timeout to remind his players about something basic. “Just to try to get us to keep playing the way we played to get these leads,” Rivers said.

And in the End

It’s a miserable Monday morning in January 1969, and the Beatles are trying to get back to where they once belonged. The Get Back project sounded like a perfect idea: just the four lads and their instruments, ready to hit the studio, return to their roots, conjure up some great songs out of thin air.

Osaka Wore 7 Masks for 7 Black Lives ‘Make People Start Talking’

Naomi Osaka explains why she wore masks highlighting Black people whose deaths sparked racial injustice protests after winning the U.S. Open.

DBM hit for P422 million overpriced medical supplies

DBM hit for P422 million overpriced medical supplies Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) – September 15, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service (DBM-PS) apparently has made purchases of overpriced medical supplies to be used for fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 a move that should trigger reforms in the agency.

Not just DNA: Kris Aquino reveals secrets behind sons’ ‘six-footer’ height

Not just DNA: Kris Aquino reveals secrets behind sons’ ‘six-footer’ height Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – September 14, 2020 – 12:57pm MANILA, Philippines – “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino revealed that her son Bimby is now six-foot tall. In her Instagram account, Kris posted a photo of her sons Bimby and Josh who are now almost of the same height.

First Pinay mayor in England dies

LONDON – Cynthia Barker, the Filipina mayor of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, England, has died, September 14, her brother confirmed. She was 58. “It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of The Worshipful Hertsmere Mayor Councillor Cynthia Barker following a bout of serious illness,” said Gene Alcantara, brother of Barker, in a Facebook post.

Lawmakers question Duterte office’s proposed intelligence funds

As both chambers of Congress continue scrutinizing the proposed 2021 budget, Palace officials go on the hot seat as House lawmakers question the Duterte office’s proposed intelligence funds.

Breonna Taylor’s family to receive largest settlement in Louisville history following wrongful death suit

The city of Louisville has agreed to a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Kentucky woman who was fatally shot five times by police in her apartment in March. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the official announcement on Tuesday in a joint press conference with the lawyers of Taylor’s family.

Philippines posts highest number of deaths in a single day with 259 cases

All the data that’s coming in don’t really espouse any evident gain during the various lockdowns we’ve had to go through in the last 6 months.

‘Dumbfounded’: Sotto stunned after task force cleared Duque in PhilHealth mess

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he was stunned that the multi-agency task force created to probe Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) did not recommend the filing of charges against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for the fund mess involving the state insurer. “No Duque? No Del Rosario?

Palace says Duque not yet in the clear from possible charges over PhilHealth mess

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is not yet absolved from possible charges over alleged anomalies at state insurer, PhilHealth.

Fugitive celebrity doctor nabbed

Fugitive celebrity doctor nabbed Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) – September 16, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Celebrity doctor Joel Mendez, who is wanted for rape, was arrested in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, police said yesterday. Brig. Gen.

Senate, House slam PhilHealth probe report

Lawmakers including those from the administration slammed yesterday the findings of a special task force that investigated alleged anomalies in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., particularly the non-inclusion of Health Secretary and PhilHealth chairman Francisco Duque III in the list of those recommended for criminal charges.

Inside TikTok’s Hidden Hit Machine

This spring, Curtis Waters was bored out of his mind in quarantine in North Carolina. So he did what millions of other teens and young adults in America were doing: He went on TikTok. The 20-year-old indie-pop singer and his brother made a goofy dance video to Waters’ vibey tune “Stunnin’ ” using a green screen in their basement, unsure if it would go anywhere.

BTS Premiere 10-Minute Trailer for Mobile Game ‘BTS Universe Story’

BTS and Netmarble have released a 10-minute cinematic trailer for BTS Universe Story, an “interactive social game” that stars the South Korean seven-piece group. The trailer features the BTS members in a variety of live-action and CGI settings, showcasing the game’s different worlds and gameplay options while hinting at its story.

How Climate Change May Be Contributing to Our Political Instability

Research has shown that warmer temperatures and more extreme weather like wildfires contribute to political instability

COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Oxford University and AstraZeneca on hold after ‘unexplained illness’

AstraZeneca, one of the companies racing to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, seems to have hit a stumbling block. The company put a hold on its COVID-19 clinical trials worldwide while it investigated an adverse reaction in a trial participant in the United Kingdom. It’s not clear how long the stoppage will last.

‘He was a kindred spirit’: Bob Dylan talks friendship with Jimmy Carter in ‘Rock & Roll President’ documentary

It’s hard not to feel a tad nostalgic watching “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.” The new feel-good documentary (available Wednesday in virtual cinemas and select theaters) is a loving snapshot of the 39th President of the United States, whose warm personality and eclectic music taste made him a favorite among giants such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers Band, and Johnny and June Carter Cash.

Four years on, Philippine President Duterte is still struggling to show the benefits of being pro-China

SINGAPORE – After more than four years in power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still struggling to show that his country has benefited froma closer alliance with China. In a dramatic shift in the Philippines’ foreign policy, Duterte declared in 2016 the country’s “separation” from the U.S.

Iba’t ibang uri ng basura, palutang-lutang sa Manila Bay

Iba’t ibang uri ng basura, palutang-lutang sa Manila Bay. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Pia Wurtzbach is magazine cover star in UK

Pia Wurtzbach is magazine cover star in UK Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – September 5, 2020 – 5:16pm MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is the cover girl of “British Thoughts” magazine. In the magazine’s Instagram account, “British Thoughts” showed four magazine covers of Pia wearing different outfits.

Bruce Williamson, Former Singer of The Temptations, Dies at 49

Bruce Williamson, the former lead singer of The Temptations, has died. He was 49. The singer passed away Sunday night (Sept. 6) at his home in Las Vegas after a battle with COVID-19, according to TMZ. Further details about his death were not available at press time.

Duterte pardon grant to Pemberton ‘solely his own’ – Guevarra

Duterte pardon grant to Pemberton ‘solely his own’ – Guevarra Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – September 8, 2020 – 10:39am MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s grant of absolute pardon to US Marine L/Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was solely his decision, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

Hong Kong police arrest 289 at protests over election delay

Almost 300 people were arrested in Hong Kong as police fired rounds of pepper balls and swooped on protesters who gathered to show their opposition to the decision to postpone key elections that should have been held on Sunday.

Report may change President’s mind about keeping Duque – Sotto

President Rodrigo Duterte might change his mind about keeping Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in his Cabinet once he finished reading the Senate report on the multibillion-peso fraud that nearly crippled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Sunday said.

Khris Middleton steps up without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks edge Heat to avoid sweep

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Milwaukee faced a dire situation. Not only were they down 3-0 to the Miami Heat, but Bucks MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was ruled out for essentially the final three quarters with a sprained right ankle.

Lakers show off versatility of their own to take Game 2 from Rockets and tie series

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Just when the Los Angeles Lakers needed a scorer, LeBron James bullied his way toward the rim. Just when the Lakers needed a defender, Anthony Davis arrived and put up barricades at various parts of the court.

‘Dynamite’ music video ng BTS higit 300 milyon na ang YouTube views

Pumalo na sa higit 300 million views ang latest music video na ‘Dynamite’ ng K-pop group na BTS.

No. 4 most wanted sa Matanog, Maguindanao, patay matapos umanong mang-agaw ng baril

No. 4 most wanted sa Matanog, Maguindanao, patay matapos umanong mang-agaw ng baril. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

PNP-IAS files raps vs. 9 cops involved in Jolo shooting incident

Philippine National Police chief Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan on Monday bared that the Internal Affairs Service has already filed administrative and criminal complaints against cops involved in the Jolo, Sulu shooting incident in June.

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray bounce back to beat Clippers in Game 2 and even series 1-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – So much for this being a lopsided series. The Denver Nuggets finished off a 110-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, tying the series at 1-1.

House OKs bill declaring Sept. 11 ‘President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day’ in Ilocos Norte

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on final reading the bill declaring September 11 a special nonworking holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos. With 197 affirmative votes, 9 negative, and one abstention, the lower chamber approved House Bill No.

Intelligence bulletin warns Russia amplifying false claims mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud

An intelligence bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security warns that Russia is attempting to sow doubt about the integrity of the 2020 elections by amplifying false claims related to mail-in voting resulting in widespread fraud, assertions that have been repeatedly pushed by President Donald Trump, according documents obtained by CNN.

Should Filipinos celebrate a late dictator’s birthday?

Progressive lawmakers questioned a House bill declaring the birthday of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte.

A slick new James Bond trailer is here

And the most refreshing thing about it is the choice of villain

Back together? KC Concepcion bares real score with Piolo Pascual

Back together? KC Concepcion bares real score with Piolo Pascual Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – September 3, 2020 – 12:14pm MANILA, Philippines – Actress KC Concepcion admitted that she had regrets that she and ex-boyfriend Piolo Pascual broke up.

More than 175 current, former law enforcement officials endorse Joe Biden, slam Trump as ‘lawless’ president

EXCLUSIVE: More than 175 current and former law enforcement officers and officials endorsed Joe Biden for president on Friday, while slamming President Trump as a “lawless” president, Fox News has learned. Fox News first obtained the list of the Biden-supporting law enforcement officials, which includes former U.S.

‘The last full measure of his disgrace’: Veterans scorn Trump over report that he calls fallen soldiers ‘losers’

In 2016, Army veteran David Weissman was an “unapologetic, red-hat wearing” Donald Trump supporter. The Palm Bay, Fla., resident would regularly join social media mobs attacking liberals, he later wrote, seeking to defend a candidate who he said rightfully prioritized the armed forces.

Scarborough calls on Cuomo to walk back statement he made about Trump: ‘Out of bounds’

co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” called on New York Gov.

Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic. When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there.

How close is Duque to Duterte? GMA’s resident analyst Heydarian explains

Despite the allegations of corruption against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, President Rodrigo Duterte’s faith and trust remained with the secretary.

Sotto on Duque insisting he had no hand in PhilHealth’s IRM: It’s negligence, malversation

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is “pleading guilty” to the provision on malversation of public funds under the Revised Penal Code if he insists that he did not have a hand in the implementation of the controversial interim reimbursement mechanism of PhilHealth.

Trump calls on CNN to fire Chris Cuomo over leaked audio: ‘Fredo must go!’

President Trump on Wednesday morning called on CNN to fire its most popular host, Chris Cuomo, after the anchor was heard denying apparent sexual-misconduct allegations on a secretly recorded audiotape amid a conversation with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

‘A real kick in the gut’: Dwayne Johnson, his wife and two young kids test positive for COVID-19

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram on Wednesday for a candid announcement: He, his wife and two young daughters all tested positive for COVID-19. “My wife Lauren, as well as my two baby girls and myself – we have all tested positive for COVID-19,” the actor shared in a video.

Will layoff help or hurt Lakers and Clippers in respective second-round playoff series?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The days off have given the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Clippers time to rest their bodies and clear their minds. The extra time off also disrupted the momentum both teams created during the NBA restart.

Cuomo: Trump would need an army with him if he walked New York City’s streets

ALBANY, N.Y. – Brushing off a threat by President Donald Trump to withdraw federal funds from “anarchist” municipalities like New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York launched his harshest attack yet on his fellow Queens native, saying he is “persona non grata” in the city of his birth.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse: Refs took ‘very good care’ of Celtics’ Jayson Tatum in Game 2

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The box score stayed on the floor in case Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse cared to look at it. He did not feel compelled to, however, following the Raptors’ 102-99 Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday that dropped Toronto into a 2-0 series deficit in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Facebook removes Russian accounts that targeted left-leaning Americans

Facebook has removed more than 100 misinformation campaigns around the globe since 2017 for breaking its rules against coordinated inauthentic behavior. Though the company has touted improved enforcement of its policies, due in part to better detection technology, they remain a problem with the 2020 U.S. election two months away.

Iba’t ibang kalibre ng baril, granada at shabu, nasabat; suspek, ipinaaresto ng sariling anak

Iba’t ibang kalibre ng baril, granada at shabu, nasabat; suspek, ipinaaresto ng sariling anak. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Sec. Duque, ex-PhilHealth CEO Morales at ibang PhilHealth officials, pinakakasuhan ng graft and corruption

Sec. Duque, ex-PhilHealth CEO Morales at ibang PhilHealth officials, pinakakasuhan ng graft and corruption. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Duterte open to discuss revolutionary gov’t after disowning group behind proposal

President Rodrigo Duterte now appears to be open to the proposal of a revolutionary government after rejecting the idea being pushed by a group of his supporters.

Rape-slay convict Sanchez ‘a probable COVID-19 patient’: BuCor

MANILA – Convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez is a probable coronavirus patient and was recently rushed to the hospital, the Bureau of Corrections said Wednesday, following the deaths of several other high-profile inmates due to the respiratory disease.

‘Spreader of fake news’: Jim Paredes on Ted Failon over Dengvaxia controversy

‘Spreader of fake news’: Jim Paredes on Ted Failon over Dengvaxia controversy Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – September 1, 2020 – 12:35pm MANILA, Philippines – Original Pinoy Music (OPM) singer Jim Paredes accused veteran broadcaster Ted Failon of being a “spreader” of fake news.

Kai Sotto begins NBA G League journey

Kai Sotto begins NBA G League journey Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) – September 2, 2020 – 8:54am MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto has taken the first steps of his new journey in the NBA G League as the select team arrived in California earlier this week.

PH dive spots cited as ‘most surprisingly spectacular’

MANILA, Philippines – The multimedia travel guidebook company Lonely Planet has cited several Philippine diving areas as among the “most surprisingly spectacular” in the world. An article on the Lonely Planet website published last week named the Tubbataha Reefs National Park and Puerto Princesa City diving spots in Palawan, and Moalboal in Cebu as among “gems to be found underwater around the globe.”

Chinese-backed projects will push through – Palace

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will push through with Chinese-backed projects even if the United States has blacklisted 24 Chinese state-owned firms involved in the massive reclamation of Philippine-owned islets in the South China Sea. These include the Sangley Point International Airport project, a joint venture of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp.

Ilang magkakaklase, umaakyat sa burol kung saan may signal para makapag-online class

Ilang magkakaklase, umaakyat sa burol kung saan may signal para makapag-online class. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Mga jeep sa rutang Divisoria-Libertad, bumibiyahe na

Mga jeep sa rutang Divisoria-Libertad, bumibiyahe na. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

PH adds 3,249 in COVID-19 cases tally, now at 205,581 – Manila Bulletin

The Philippines recorded 3,249 more people infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Thursday, August 27. The new infections pushed the country’s total number of cases to 205,581, of which, 68,357 are active cases, the DOH said. Most of the new patients are from Metro Manila at 1,584.

Kenosha shooting suspect faces more homicide charges

The suspect in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, fatal shooting is facing multiple homicide charges, court records show.

ABS-CBN employees in the Visayas: Goodbye

ILOILO CITY-After nearly two decades, Nony Basco has become a familiar face on television in the daily newscast of “TV Patrol Panay” of ABS-CBN network. He has hosted programs in Hiligaynon and covered major news events in Western Visayas including calamities, crimes, and politics. But after Friday, Aug.

DFA chief: Nix deals with China companies tied to WPS buildup

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday said he would recommend the termination of government contracts with Chinese companies involved in China’s artificial island building on maritime features in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Tulfo investigates John Regala’s assistant over missing donations

Tulfo investigates John Regala’s assistant over missing donations Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – August 27, 2020 – 5:56pm MANILA, Philippines – Actors John Regala and Chuckie Dreyfus confronted each other on last Tuesday’s episode of “Raffy Tulfo In Action.”

Filipino artists remember Kobe Bryant with new murals during ‘Mamba Week’

Filipino artists remember Kobe Bryant with new murals during ‘Mamba Week’ Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) – August 28, 2020 – 10:29am MANILA, Philippines – Filipino artists have paid tribute anew to the late Kobe Bryant with two murals in Metro Manila.

Signature campaign inilunsad para buhayin ang ABS-CBN franchise

Isang signature drive ang isinagawa ng grupong NUJP at PIRMA Kapamilya sa harapan ng ABS-CBN para sa pagbabalik ng prangkisa ng network.

29 PHOTOS: Missing Baguio? Here’s a look at what Burnham Park looks like today

Will Baguio fans really get to visit the park this September?

Whistleblower claims Gordon liable for Red Cross, PhilHealth ‘deal’

The PhilHealth whistleblower on Thursday dragged Philippine Red Cross chairman and Senator Richard Gordon into another supposed anomalous deal between the state health insurer and the non-profit organization.

Atty. Del Rosario: Nasa regional offices ang PhilHealth ‘Mafia’

Atty. Del Rosario: Nasa regional offices ang PhilHealth ‘Mafia’. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Controversial organization led by Trump allies has tax-exempt status revoked by IRS

A nonprofit organization started by two Trump administration allies that stirred up controversy earlier this year for holding cash giveaways in predominantly Black communities had its tax exempt status auto-revoked after failing to provide legally required forms to the Internal Revenue Service for three years in a row.

‘We’re just scared’: LeBron James, NBA players share how past experiences led to fear of police

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As he watched the video, LeBron James became increasingly disturbed. Those feelings did not just emerge when the Los Angeles Lakers star saw footage of police shooting Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back.

Barack Obama advised LeBron James, Chris Paul, other players to finish NBA postseason

Former President Barack Obama advised Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul and other players to continue with the NBA playoffs in a meeting Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the conversation was not made public.

Biden lead over Trump narrows after Republican National Convention: poll

Democratic presidential nominee ‘s national polling lead over has shrunk after this week’s Republican National Convention, according to a new Morning Consult survey released Saturday. The Morning Consult poll, conducted Friday, showed Biden leading with 50 percent support among likely voters, compared with 44 percent for Trump, with another 7 percent undecided.

‘New lockdowns to irreversibly injure economy’

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III yesterday ruled out placing the National Capital Region (NCR) again under stricter lockdown despite the continuing rise in cases of COVID-19, saying doing so would irreparably damage the economy.

Zamboanga on alert for 3 Sayyaf bombers

Zamboanga on alert for 3 Sayyaf bombers Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) – August 30, 2020 – 12:00am ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Two Indonesian members of the terror group Abu Sayyaf – including a woman – and a Filipino militant may have slipped into the Zamboanga peninsula to launch terror attacks, officials said yesterday.

PH Army chief drops martial law proposal for Sulu after twin blasts

MANILA – The chief of the Philippine Army on Sunday dropped his proposal for a martial law declaration in Sulu following twin explosions that left at least 15 dead and scores injured. Lt. Gen.

Kristina Knott breaks De Vega’s 33-year old record in 100-meters

MANILA, Philippines – It took 33 years, but Lydia De Vega’s longstanding record in the 100-meters has been broken. Kristina Knott, the Southeast Asian Games champion for 200m, clocked 11.27-seconds in the Drake Blue Oval Showcase in Iowa to set a new national record.

COVID-19 cases sa Pilipinas

COVID-19 cases sa Pilipinas. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Walmart says teaming with Microsoft in bid for TikTok

Walmart says teaming with Microsoft in bid for TikTok (Agence France-Presse) – August 28, 2020 – 7:45am SAN FRANCISCO, United States – US retail giant Walmart said Thursday it had teamed with Microsoft to buy TikTok, the Chinese-owned short-form video app that has come under fire from the administration of President Donald Trump.

Trump must turn over tax returns, does not deserve immunity, Manhattan’s top prosecutor says

Manhattan’s top prosecutor told a U.S. court on Thursday he should be able to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, saying Trump cannot immunize himself from a criminal probe of his business practices by pursuing an appeal that has “no chance of success.”

Embattled Duque says ‘let the ax fall’

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday issued a challenge to the ongoing Senate inquiry on him, saying he would willingly face the consequences should there be evidence of his involvement in irregularities hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Bette Midler apologizes for mocking Melania Trump’s accent, calling her ‘illegal alien’

Bette Midler is apologizing for mocking first lady Melania Trump’s accent. The outspoken actress, 74, first sparked backlash Tuesday night as Trump closed out the second night of the Republican National Convention with a speech from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden. “Oh, God.

Mundi Sawadjaan behind Jolo twin bombings, military says

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Lorenzana says no to Sulu-wide martial law

The proclamation commands “the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to undertake such measures as may be permitted by the Constitution and existing laws to suppress any and all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao and to prevent such lawless violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the Philippines with due regard to the fundamental civil and political rights of our citizens.”

Army says two women carried out Jolo bombings in the Philippines

Two female suicide bombers, one of them Indonesian, were behind Monday’s twin attacks in the southern Philippine town of Jolo, the country’s army commander said, as government soldiers in the area were placed on “high alert”.

Sean Connery turns 90. Yes, you read that correctly

Happy birthday, Sean Connery! The first James Bond turned 90 on Tuesday.

After franchise denial, ABS-CBN hit by another setback

After franchise denial, ABS-CBN hit by another setback (Philstar.com) – August 25, 2020 – 6:54pm MANILA, Philippines – Another sad news reached Filipinos recently after the ABS-CBN Tulong Center announced its closure this month after providing free legal and medical assistance to thousands of Filipinos for many years.

Duterte says his Barrett’s esophagus may worsen to stage 1 cancer

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that his Barrett’s esophagus condition was worsening, with his doctor warning him to watch his diet as it may progress to stage 1 cancer. Duterte made the revelation during his pre-recorded address aired on Tuesday morning, during which he discussed the budget tapped for the government’s COVID-19 response.

Military mulls martial law or state of emergency in Sulu

The military is weighing whether to recommend martial law or a state of emergency in Sulu province following the deadly twin blasts in the capital town of Jolo on Monday, but senators thumbed down the proposal, saying the newly approved antiterrorism law would be enough to respond to the bombings.

Jacob Blake was shot less than 3 minutes after Wisconsin police arrived at the scene, according to dispatch audio

MILWAUKEE – The shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday by Wisconsin police happened quickly, with less than three minutes elapsing between the time the first officer arrived and shots being fired, according to dispatch audio. Here is a timeline of the shooting pieced together from police radio transmissions, Kenosha police, video and witnesses.

Helicopter company in crash that killed Kobe Bryant sues air traffic controllers

The company that operated the helicopter in the crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others has filed a cross-complaint against two air traffic controllers, according to court records obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

Police on heightened alert in Metro Manila after Sulu bombings

The Philippine National Police said Wednesday its forces were on heightened alert in Metro Manila despite a lack of imminent terror threat there following a double bombing in the southern province of Sulu.

Coronavirus reportedly catches up to Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man

The coronavirus may have caught up with the world’s fastest man, sprint king Usain Bolt, who announced Monday that he is self-quarantining after being tested for COVID-19. Bolt, who did not confirm if he had received a result, spoke as governments around the world are tightening lockdowns once more, with well over 24 million people infected globally, 800,000 killed, and a vaccine still elusive.

Sec. Lorenzana, hindi sinusuportahan ang revolutionary government; PNP, babantayan ang grupo

Sec. Lorenzana, hindi sinusuportahan ang revolutionary government; PNP, babantayan ang grupo. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

‘Didn’t mean to offend’: DOH clarifies Duque’s controversial ‘blessing in disguise’ comment

MANILA – The Department of Health on Monday defended Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who drew flak for saying that the COVID-19 pandemic was a “blessing in disguise.” Duque had said the pandemic forced the faster implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) law in the Philippines.

‘Rev gov’ finds little support from Duterte allies

President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters who are pushing for a revolutionary government find no love and support even from allies of the chief executive, whom they want to have extra powers.

Abu Sayyaf leader hunted after 2 blasts rock Jolo

The first explosion from a bomb planted in a motorcycle rocked Jolo, Sulu province, just before noon on Monday. An hour later, a second blast came a hundred meters away, when a soldier accosted a woman wearing suspiciously swollen clothing, according to authorities.

11 soldiers, civilians slain, 24 others wounded in Jolo blasts

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – Twin explosions rocked a barangay in Jolo, Sulu, before noon Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 24 others, the military said. Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), told reporters that five soldiers were killed and 16 others were wounded from the first explosion, which he earlier said occurred 11:54 a.m.

Top Army official says ‘political will’ needed to stop Chinese incursion

The Duterte administration’s “political will” and “resolve,” not just more military hardware, are needed to thwart China’s aggression in the country’s territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea, a senior Armed Forces of the Philippines official said on Monday.

‘Walang bahong hindi lalabas’: Sarah Balabagan claims Arnold Clavio is father of first born

‘Walang bahong hindi lalabas’: Sarah Balabagan claims Arnold Clavio is father of first born MANILA, Philippines (Updated 1:05 p.m.) – Former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Sarah Balabagan claimed that Kapuso broadcaster Arnold Clavio is the father of her first born. “Ang ama po ng panganay ko ay yes, si Arnold Clavio po,” Sarah said in a recent Facebook live video.

Dapat sana’y 42nd birthday ni Kobe Bryant, ginunita ng fans

Dapat sana’y 42nd birthday ni Kobe Bryant, ginunita ng fans. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Former Trump DHS officials launch anti-Trump group

The group is working to get between 20 and 40 former Republican officials, including people who have served in the Trump administration, to sign on to become part of the group. Taylor stepped down last year. “The President has demonstrated he’s unfit for office.

Trump and the Republican Party look to change the 2020 narrative as first night of their convention gets underway

President Donald Trump and the GOP seized the spotlight Monday evening on the first night of the Republican National Convention hoping to convince voters that he will preserve America as a “land of promise” while his rival Joe Biden would be a puppet of the radical left.

Former RNC chairman Michael Steele joins Lincoln Project, anti-Trump group working to elect Joe Biden

WASHINGTON – Former Republican Party chairman Michael Steele became the latest anti-Trump Republican to join the Lincoln Project, a political action committee led by Republicans working to defeat President Donald Trump and elect Democrat Joe Biden.

Isko Moreno: They ‘could be conditioning our mind-set’

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francsico “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Friday night that the issue on the Philippines’ sovereignty should not be ignored. “They could be conditioning our mind-set. Soon we’d be surprised who’s in our backyard, we’d be surprised at our children’s answers in Social Studies,” he said in a tweet.

James, Davis power Lakers past Blazers for 2-1 lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – More of a spectator than a supporter for LeBron James in the first half, Anthony Davis had a message for his teammate. “I told LeBron at half I’ve got to take some of the pressure off of him,” Davis said.

The ANC Brief: Revolutionary government

The suggestion to establish a revolutionary government is being roundly criticized. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today: You say you want a revolution? Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon called it a “joke” and said those advocating the move are committing a crime and can be arrested.

Lorenzana lashes back at China over alleged provocations in West PH Sea

MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday lashed back at China after it called on the the Philippines to “immediately stop illegal provocative activities” in the West Philippine Sea. According to Lorenzana, it is the Chinese who are doing provocation, especially since the area they are claiming is legally within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The 8 most sensational quotes from secret recordings of Trump’s sister

Donald Trump “has no principles” and people “can’t trust him” according to his eldest sister, the first rebuke of the president from any of his siblings to be made public since he took office.

Inside Luka Doncic game-winner over Clippers on injured left ankle. Mavericks’ coach: ‘Game was from another planet.’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The large bag of ice was wrapped firmly around Luka Doncic’s sprained left ankle. That ankle did not deter Doncic from playing and dominating. He led the Mavericks to a 135-133 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday in their first-round playoff series by finishing with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists, to tie the series at 2-2.

More than 176,000 in US have died of COVID-19; 57% of Republicans polled say that is ‘acceptable’

Americans view the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and the effectiveness of the government’s response through a very partisan lens, a CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday found. More than 176,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19. According to the poll, a 57% majority of registered Republican voters consider that number “acceptable” when “evaluating the U.S.

‘He has no principles. None’: Maryanne Trump Barry tears into her brother in secretly taped audio

President Donald Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry delivered scathing comments on her brother’s character and his performance as president in secretly recorded conversations with her niece, Mary Trump, who published a tell-all book about her uncle. According to The Washington Post, which first reported the recordings, Mary Trump recorded 15 hours of her talks with Barry in 2018 and 2019.

Shutdown causes financial blowback to ABS-CBN in first half

Shutdown causes financial blowback to ABS-CBN in first half Prinz Magtulis (Philstar.com) – August 20, 2020 – 12:32pm MANILA, Philippines – Broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. fell into the red in the first six months after the pandemic and the Duterte administration’s closure of the network’s free television and radio channels left revenue streams drying up.

Philippines protests China’s seizing of Filipino fishermen’s devices on Scarborough

Philippines protests China’s seizing of Filipino fishermen’s devices on Scarborough (Philstar.com) – August 21, 2020 – 8:12am MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines followed up its diplomatic protests against China in April by filing another one on Thursday, this time against the confiscation of materials of Filipino fishermen.

As we endure another dark night, we draw inspiration from Ninoy’s story – VP Leni

“Today, as we endure yet another dark night, we draw inspiration from Ninoy’s story.” Vice President Leni Robredo had this to say on Friday, in commemoration of the Ninoy Aquino Day aimed at remembering the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983 that became instrumental in toppling the leadership of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Remastered Ninoy docu boasts rare footage, previously lost interviews and phone conversations

Three years in the making, the landmark film also features revealing excerpts from the exiled statesman’s private diaries and personal letters.

DNC Live: Joe Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, setting the stage for combative race against Trump

Follow Day 4 for the Democratic National Convention with our live blog. Be sure to refresh the page for the latest version. Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president Thursday night, culminating political career that spanned 36 years in the Senate, eight years as vice president and two previous attempts at the nation’s highest office.

Trump distances himself from Bannon after arrest, calls private wall efforts ‘inappropriate’

Speaking with reporters during a visit with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Trump said he wasn’t aware of Bannon’s dealings and that he hadn’t been in contact with him for a long time. Bannon was ousted from the White House in 2017. “It’s a very sad thing by Mr. Bannon…

Philippines faces worst COVID-19 crisis in Southeast Asia

The Philippines has the highest number of coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia. The government imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns which lasted from March until June. The lockdown in the capital, Manila, is easing, and many are hoping it will help kick-start economic recovery.

IRS to distribute tax refund interest checks to taxpayers who filed 2019 returns on time

Americans who filed their 2019 federal income tax returns on time should expect a refund this week. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department will send interest payments with an average of $18 to about 13.9 million taxpayers, according to a statement by the IRS.

Senate intelligence report warns of repeat of Russian election interference

A Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing how Russia’s 2016 election interference was encouraged by President Donald Trump and his campaign raises the stakes for the current campaign at a time when Trump is openly amplifying Russian disinformation.

‘Matrix’ links to drug syndicate one of 4 Army men killed in Sulu – police

MANILA, Philippines – One of the four Army soldiers killed in a controversial shooting in Jolo, Sulu last June had links to a drug syndicate, according to Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu, chief of the Bangsamoro Police Regional Office.

Senators urge Duterte to suspend more PhilHealth officials

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Wednesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend Philippine Health Insurance Corp. President Ricardo Morales and other top officials of the state insurance company embroiled in corruption charges to allow investigators to access official documents. The senators unanimously approved Resolution No.

Ex-DHS official: Trump appeared to side with Team Russia

In particular, Taylor said Trump appeared to take Russia’s side when the president would criticize administration officials for talking about the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment that concluded the Kremlin meddled to help Trump. “The president thought it was a political document that undermined the legitimacy of his election, and he’d be really angry when officials would talk about it,” he said.

Lottery mess: NBI pushes raps vs 15 PCSO officials

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation has recommended to the Office of the Ombudsman the prosecution for graft of 15 former and current officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) over alleged irregularities in the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL). Recommended for prosecution were former PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan, former […]

Former DHS official: Trump wanted to withhold California wildfire money for political reasons

The White House denounced Taylor’s remarks, pointing out that during his tenure in the administration, from 2017 to 2019, he never publicly voiced concerns. “This individual is another creature of the D.C. Swamp who never understood the importance of the President’s agenda or why the American people elected him and clearly just wants to cash-in,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement to POLITICO.

Duque on PhilHealth mess: ‘I am for zero tolerance of fraud and corruption’

Duque on PhilHealth mess: ‘I am for zero tolerance of fraud and corruption’ MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who also sits as the Chairman of the Board at PhilHealth, on Tuesday denied that he condoned any fraud or corruption at the state-run insurer.

Whistleblower tags Duque as ‘godfather’ of PhilHealth mafia; Duque denies allegations

A whistleblower called Philippine Health chief Francisco Duque III the supposed godfather of an alleged mafia within state insurer, PhilHealth.

Opinion: Lakers won’t win an NBA championship if they don’t fix their 3-point issues

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Not even a fixed rim could help the Los Angeles Lakers drastically improve their 3-point shooting. Nor could LeBron James and Anthony Davis exerting their dominance. The Portland Trail Blazers finished with a 100-93 win over the Lakers on Tuesday in Game 1 of their first-round series, establishing two definitive story lines that became increasingly glaring during the NBA’s season restart.

Bong Revilla rushed to hospital after developing pneumonia due to COVID-19

Bong Revilla rushed to hospital after developing pneumonia due to COVID-19 Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – August 18, 2020 – 5:11pm MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who recently revealed that he has novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has been rushed to the hospital, his wife Lani Mercado said.

Cops involved in shooting of Army soldiers in Jolo ‘not sure’ who fired first

The police officers involved in the Jolo shooting incident on June 29 cannot pinpoint who made the first shot between their group and the four members of the Philippine Army who were killed.

Drug suspect, arestado sa buy bust; pulis na nakialam sa pag-aresto, kasamang hinuli

Drug suspect, arestado sa buy bust; pulis na nakialam sa pag-aresto, kasamang hinuli. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Michelle Obama says Trump is the ‘wrong president for our country’

Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful rebuke of President Donald Trump in a 19-minute speech that declared him unfit for the job and encouraged people to vote as if their lives depended on it.

Former senior Trump administration official endorses Joe Biden

WASHINGTON – Former senior Trump administration official Miles Taylor endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president on Monday. In doing so, he became one of the highest-ranking former officials from the Trump administration to back the presumptive Democratic nominee.

‘Where are the big brothers from Cabinet?’ Recto asks as PhilHealth ‘imploding’ amid pandemic

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Monday lamented how the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), which has been rocked by fresh allegations of corruption, is “imploding” in the middle of a pandemic. “No matter what you do, unless we’re able to defeat the virus, it will be difficult to open up the economy, to have consumer confidence, to have investor confidence.

Angkas riders to be trained as contact tracers

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from providing free rides to health care workers in Pasay, motorcycle taxi firm Angkas has also signed an agreement with the city government that will allow its drivers to be deployed as contact tracers.

WATCH: Maja, Kim sizzle in ‘ASAP’ dance showdown

Maja Salvador and Kim Chiu turned up the heat as they took the ‘ASAP’ stage for a dance showdown Sunday.

Donald Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, dies of undisclosed illness

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s brother Robert has died. He was 71. “It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in a statement late Saturday. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend.

Obama: Trump is trying to ‘kneecap’ Postal Service

Obama went on to praise congressional Democratic leaders, who since last Friday have remained at an impasse with White House negotiators over the next stimulus measure. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have “been very clear, and they want to do what’s right by the American people,” he said.

‘Asking for a disaster’: White House continues crusade against mail-in voting

No crowd. No balloons. Almost no risk of spreading a highly contagious virus. Sounds … thrilling, right? We break down why this year’s Democratic convention could make it tougher than ever to energize viewers.

ABS-CBN begins new era on digital via Kapamilya Online Live

KAPAMILYA DAY – Kane Errol Choa (The Philippine Star) – August 13, 2020 – 12:00am ABS-CBN meant it when they said, “Forever Kapamilya.” ABS-CBN has brought the Kapamilya viewing experience to digital by launching Kapamilya Online Live, signaling a new chapter in Philippine media history.

Plunder raps eyed vs corrupt PhilHealth officials

MANILA, Philippines – The head of the House panel investigating corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. wants plunder charges filed against members of the so-called “mafia” in PhilHealth that includes officials involved in the alleged anomalies. Anakalusugan party-list Rep.

‘Rabbitchon’? Karne ng rabbit, patok sa Pampanga

MULTIMEDIA Nakatikim ka na ba ng rabbit na lechon? Patok ngayon sa Angeles City, Pampanga ang mga putahe na gawa sa karne ng rabbit. Mainam din daw na substitute para sa karne ng baboy ang karne ng rabbit, na sagana rin sa protina.

‘People are crying, people are lost’: Boy Abunda turns emotional on ABS-CBN broadcast shutdown

MANILA – TV host Boy Abunda broke his silence Friday on the forced broadcast shutdown of ABS-CBN, his home network of two decades, turning emotional as he spoke of his fellow employees who have lost their jobs. Abunda addressed the issue at length in the first episode of “Talk About Talk,” his online YouTube series.

Ilang bahay ng mga umano’y gun-for-hire, sinalakay sa Cavite

Ilang bahay ng mga umano’y gun-for-hire, sinalakay sa Cavite. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Ospital ng Tondo closed for 10 days after 32 doctors, nurses fall ill

MANILA – The Ospital ng Tondo in Manila will stop accepting patients for 10 days after 32 doctors and nurses fell ill after tending to COVID-19 patients, Mayor Isko Moreno said Friday. “May request ‘yung aming director sapagkat meron kaming 32 patient na doctor and nurse ng aming sariling ospital.

Misuari surrendered wanted Abu Sayyaf leader in Davao, PNP chief says

DAVAO CITY (UPDATED)- Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari surrendered wanted Abu Sayyaf Group leader Anduljihad “Idang” Susukan to authorities in Davao City, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said Thursday night. Gamboa, in a statement, said Susukan was turned over to authorities at Misuari’s residence at Yñigue Subdivision in Brgy.

Besieged on all sides, Ron Johnson says his probe ‘would certainly’ help Trump win reelection

Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, similarly said during another radio interview this week that the evidence his committee had uncovered was so “outrageous” that “it should completely disqualify Biden from president.”

Judge rebukes feds over statement slamming Supreme Court’s DACA ruling

“I’m just wondering how a decision by the Supreme Court could be deemed by a federal agency to have no basis in law. Can you explain that to me, Mr. Pezzi?” the judge said.

Lifelong Arizona Republican: I’m voting for Biden because I’m disgusted – CNN Video

Some Republicans voters in Arizona say they are dissatisfied with the way President Trump has handled the response to coronavirus pandemic and are organizing to defeat him in 2020. CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports.

Trump says he opposes funding USPS because of mail-in voting

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he opposes much-needed funding for the United States Postal Service because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in voting this November.

46 BI employees found positive for coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Wednesday that 46 of its employees had been found positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, nine of the 46 have already recovered while the rest are in government-accredited quarantine facilities, except for one who is confined in a […]

‘Big elephant:’ Senators to quiz ‘very quiet’ Duque on PhilHealth mess

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson intends to quiz Health Secretary Francisco Duque III once the Senate resumes its investigation into the “unbridled corruption” in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Ilang SAP beneficiary pabalik-balik sa remittance centers para makakuha ng ayuda

Ilang SAP beneficiary pabalik-balik sa remittance centers para makakuha ng ayuda. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

24 Oras News Alert – 11:25 AM | August 13, 2020

24 Oras News Alert – 11:25 AM | August 13, 2020. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

Sputnik V availability in Philippines seen by April 2021

Russia’s anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V could be available for commercial use in the Philippines by April 2021, a Philippine official who recently met with Russian authorities said Thursday.

PhilHealth gave Davao Region P566,793 per COVID-19 patient, former lawmaker says

MANILA – A former party-list lawmaker on Friday called on Health Sec. Francisco Duque III and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President Ricardo Morales to explain the allegedly irregular allocation of millions of pesos to some hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philippines repatriates 139,000 workers due to pandemic

MANILA – The Philippines has repatriated some 139,000 migrant workers since May due to the coronavirus disease outbreak across the globe.

Coronavirus live updates: Seattle schools go online; Viking Cruises cancels sailings; US Postal Service ‘prepared’ for election ballots

A children’s theme park in Pennsylvania, a Chili’s in Louisiana and a sheriff’s office in Florida have become the latest places to highlight simmering tensions over COVID-19 regulations – tensions that have at times boiled over into violence. At the theme park and Chili’s, teenage employees were allegedly assaulted after enforcing mask and social distancing regulations.

SWS: 60% of Pinoys say gov’t should take lead vs COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – The majority of Filipinos believe the national government must assume greater responsibility in addressing the coronavirus crisis as the country faces rising cases, despite having the longest and most stringent lockdown in the region.

Kaso ng COVID-19 sa Calapan ‘sumipa’ matapos magpositibo 42 police trainees

MAYNILA – Tumaas ang bilang ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa Calapan City sa Oriental Mindoro matapos na magpositibo ang 42 katao, karamihan ay police trainees.

Duterte says a COVID-19 vaccine may be available by September. Will it be safe and effective?

MANILA, Philippines (First published Aug. 12, 9:56 p.m.) – For President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s hope of returning to normal rests on the development and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. In his addresses, Duterte has repeatedly asked Filipinos to endure coronavirus restrictions as he pinned the nation’s hopes on a vaccine that would help end the pandemic.

Ex-Comelec chief dies after bout with COVID-19

Ex-Comelec chief dies after bout with COVID-19 Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – August 12, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. died yesterday at the Manila Medical Center in Manila. He was 80. “My boss and former Comelec chair Sixto S.

Poll shows growing disconnect over Trump’s hard-line immigration policies

Americans across the political spectrum support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and temporary restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the nation remains divided when it comes to immigration enforcement, including President Donald Trump’s push to expand the southern border wall, according to a national survey released Thursday.

President Donald Trump calls NBA players ‘very nasty’ and ‘very dumb’ for kneeling during anthem

President Donald Trump called NBA players “very nasty” and “very dumb” in a Tuesday radio interview while expressing his disapproval of the league’s players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice. For the NBA’s restarted season in Orlando, Florida, all but two players have knelt during the national anthem.

Trini Lopez, 1960s singer mentored by Frank Sinatra, dies of COVID-19 complications at 83

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday. He was 83. Filmmaker P.

‘Unconstitutional slop:’ Donald Trump spars with Ben Sasse, the GOP senator who attacked his executive order

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump publicly attacked fellow Republican Ben Sasse on Monday after the Nebraska senator slammed his new executive orders as “unconstitutional slop.” Sasse and other critics have argued that Trump’s orders, aimed at propping up a COVID-damaged economy, are legally suspect and fiscally unsound.

Trump walks out of news conference after reporter asks him about Veterans Choice lie he’s told more than 150 times

President Donald Trump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times.

Antonio Banderas tests positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Collin Morikawa breaks from large pack, steals show to win maiden major at PGA Championship

SAN FRANCISCO – Social distancing protocols were ignored Sunday at TPC Harding Park in the final round of the 102nd edition of the PGA Championship. In the end, however, Collin Morikawa stood alone with the Wanamaker Trophy.

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling off electric bicycle, will miss this week’s ‘AGT’ live shows

MALIBU, Calif. – Simon Cowell broke his back Saturday while putting his new electric bicycle to the test at his home. The 60-year-old entertainment mogul broke his back in several places while trying out his bike with family in the courtyard of his home in Malibu, Syco Entertainment confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement provided by Ann-Marie Thomson.

It’s decision time for Joe Biden: His VP pick could make history, with Harris, Rice among top contenders

WASHINGTON – The week Joe Biden will announce his running mate has finally arrived. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, have emerged as the top contenders. Either one would make history as the first Black woman to be a running mate.

Philippines ‘still in control’ of COVID-19 pandemic, claims Año

The Philippines is ‘still in control’ in managing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the vice chair of its National Task Force against the virus said Monday, even as the country topped the number of cases in Asia, overtaking mainland China where it originated.

Senator Revilla tests positive for COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus disease. He confirmed his medical condition in a statement on Sunday. Revilla assured his supporters that he is doing well and that his wife, Cavite 2nd District Rep. Lani Mercado and their children are also fine and have tested negative for the disease.

Trump signs executive orders enacting $400 unemployment benefit, payroll tax cut after coronavirus stimulus talks stall

WASHINGTON – With stimulus talks with Congress at an impasse, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders on Saturdayto provide temporary relief to Americans who are suffering from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Robin hinamon si Trillanes

Hinamon ng tapang sa tapang ni Robin Padilla si dating Senador Antonio Trillanes, nang batikusin ng huli ang aktor sa panawagan nitong imbes magreklamo ay magtrabaho na lang ang mga kritiko ng gobyerno. Pinaskil ni Robin sa Instagram ang pasaring sa kanya ni Trillanes. “Sabi ni Robin, magtrabaho na lang daw at ‘wag na magreklamo.

Ex-Manila Mayor Lim an ‘exemplary’ cop, Atienza says

MANILA – Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim was an “exemplary” policeman, his long-time friend and at times political rival Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza said Sunday. Atienza, in an interview with ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo, conveyed his condolences to Lim’s family following his death Saturday afternoon.

SWS survey: ‘Malaking dagok’ sa press freedom ang pagpatay sa ABS-CBN franchise

Maraming Pilipino ang naniniwalang nakakatakot magbalita ng kritikal sa administrasyong Duterte kahit ito pa ay totoo, ayon sa huling survey ng Social Weather Stations.

Pinas COVID no.1 sa Western Pacific

Bukod sa pinakamaraming naitalang kaso sa mga bansa sa Southeast Asia, nangunguna na rin ang Pilipinas sa bilang ng may coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection sa rehiyon ng Western Pacific. Ang nasabing rehiyon ay kinabibilangan ng mga bansa mula Asya, Pacific at Oceania, kung saan kabilang din ang China na dating epicenter ng COVID-19.

US issues PH travel advisory amid civil unrest, increasing COVID-19 cases

MANILA – The US State Department on Thursday advised American citizens to reconsider the Philippines as a travel destination due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, a measles outbreak and rampant kidnapping. The level 3 travel health notice for the Philippines was issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Batanes, nananatiling COVID-free

MULTIMEDIA Nananatiling COVID-19-free ang Batanes simula nang magkaroon ng coronavirus pandemic sa bansa. Ito ay kahit na may nasa 400 residenteng umuwi sa Batanes galing sa Cagayan Valley region at Metro Manila.

Ex-Manila mayor Lim confined to hospital after contracting coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim is currently confined to a hospital after being infected with the new coronavirus disease, his former chief of staff Ric de Guzman said Friday. In a statement, de Guzman, who is also a former Manila councilor, asked the public to pray for the fast recovery of Lim.

Pinoy, kabilang sa 9 na U.S. marine na nasawi sa training exercise

Pinoy, kabilang sa 9 na U.S. marine na nasawi sa training exercise. Get the latest breaking news and stories in the Philippines and around the world from GMA News Online.

2 broadcast firms get 25-year franchise extension

2 broadcast firms get 25-year franchise extension Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – August 6, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte has signed laws granting a 25-year extension to the franchises of two broadcasting firms weeks after a House panel denied ABS-CBN a franchise.

House OKs P162 billion Bayanihan 2

House OKs P162 billion Bayanihan 2 Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) – August 6, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives approved last night the proposed Bayanihan to Recover As One Act or Bayanihan Act 2, which extends the implementation of measures to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Philippines posts record daily rise in coronavirus cases, could become Southeast Asia’s new epicenter

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines could soon become the new epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic in Southeast Asia, as it reported another record single-day jump in infections on Tuesday (Aug 4). The grim news came on the first day of a tough new lockdown that will confine some 27 million to their homes for two weeks and sent the economy in a tailspin again.

PH to bring home remains of Filipinos killed in Beirut blast

A powerful and deadly blast in Lebanon’s capital left a horrific trail of destruction which authorities estimate may cost billions of dollars.

Philippines closes in on Indonesia for most COVID-19 in SE Asia

The Philippines has reported more than 3,200 new coronavirus infections in the past day, pushing it close to overtaking Indonesia as the worst-hit county in Southeast Asia. Tougher restrictions are already being reimposed in and around Manila, after infections jumped to more than 100,000. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan has more.

Eddie Ilarde, ex-senator and radio-TV ‘kuya’, dies at 85

MANILA, Philippines – Eddie Ilarde, a former senator and veteran radio-television host known for being the pop culture icon who successfully straddled both politics and entertainment, died of natural cause on Tuesday. He was 85. Ilarde was best known for his television show “Kahapon Lamang,” which dramatized the lives of common folk who narrated their sob stories in letters addressed to “Kuya Eddie.”

New military chief’s social media regulation proposal draws flak

Malacañang stressed the Philippines’ new anti-terrorism law does not cover social media.

‘Happy Bday to my President and my friend’: LeBron James sends birthday wishes to Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama turned 59 on Tuesday, and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James extended a birthday wish to the 44th president.

Neil Young posts lawsuit against Trump campaign over song use at political events

Neil Young posted a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign to his Archives site Tuesday, claiming it’s a copyright infringement for the president and his campaign to play “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at rallies and political events. The complaint was filed in a New York federal court, according to Rick Gershon, a representative for Young.

Coronavirus updates: US approaches 5M cases; California’s numbers flawed due by technical glitch; officials crack down on parties

As the U.S. approaches 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the governors of six states announced Tuesday that they have formed a compact to purchase 3 million rapid, point-of-care coronavirus antigen tests. The agreement between Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia is aimed to demonstrate to private manufacturers “that there is significant demand to scale up the production of these tests,” Maryland Gov.

Microsoft confirms it’s exploring purchase of TikTok after CEO’s conversation with President Trump

Microsoft said Sunday it will continue discussions to purchase the video app TikTok after a conversation between CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump. The announcement came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Trump is expected to take action “in the coming days” against TikTok and other Chinese software companies viewed as national security threats.

Poll: Biden slightly ahead in North Carolina, Georgia

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has made inroads among white voters in two Southern states, improving his chances in North Carolina and Georgia, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday. The CBS News Battleground Tracker poll showed Biden leading President Donald Trump in North Carolina, 48 percent to 44, and edging Trump in Georgia by a single percentage point, 46 to 45.

‘He did not import COVID-19,’ President says in defense of Duque

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte continues to stand by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who has been beleaguered by criticisms for his handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. “Secretary Duque, they want your neck. Then I said: ‘Okay, you want me to fire Duque?’ Let me be satisfied.

‘Itago na lang’: Health workers’ group says rapid antibody tests inaccurate

MANILA – Massive use of rapid antibody tests could be one reason for the increase in coronavirus infections in the Philippines, a group of health professionals warned Monday, adding that the tests are sometimes only 50 percent accurate.

Dahil walang biyahe, ilang jeepney driver nangangalakal na lang ng basura

Halos 5 buwan nang hindi nakakabiyahe ang ilang jeepney driver mula nang mag-lockdown dahil sa COVID-19.

WATCH: Sarah Geronimo does heartfelt rendition of ‘Rescue’

Sarah Geronimo performed a heartfelt rendition of Lauren Daigle’s “Rescue” on “ASAP Natin ‘To.” Her number was part of the “The Greatest Showdown” segment, where she and the other show mainstays paid tribute to those who continuously serve as inspiration during these trying times. “ASAP Natin To” airs every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

‘Tinatanggap ko’: McGregor teases Pacquiao, fight fans on possible fight

tinatanggap ko – Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 31, 2020 Did he just accept an offer to fight Manny Pacquiao? UFC superstar Conor McGregor intrigued Filipino fight fans by posting a Tagalog remark on social media, hinting a possible bout with Pacquiao. “Tinatanggap ko (I accept),” was McGregor’s post, indirectly addressing Pacquiao.

‘Endure some more’: Philippines extends coronavirus lockdown

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended restrictions in the Philippines’ capital Manila until mid-August because of the continued high number of coronavirus cases, and said the government would work with the military to distribute a vaccine for the virus once it became available.

LOOK: SM Pampanga opens 1st drive-in theater amid COVID-19 pandemic

MULTIMEDIA Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News For those missing the big-screen movie experience, drive-in theaters are making a comeback amid the COVID-19 pandemic. SM Cinemas introduced the first drive-in theater in the country, dubbed SM Cinemas: Movies at Sundown, which opened Friday at SM City Pampanga’s Ampitheater in San Fernando with the screening of “Train to Busan 2: Peninsula.”

Ilan pang politiko nanawagang patalsikin sa puwesto si DOH chief Duque

Nadagdagan ang mga nananawagan na sibakin sa puwesto ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Health Secretary Francisco Duque dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Vietnam reports 1st coronavirus death in renewed outbreak

HANOI – Vietnamese state media reported on Friday the country’s first-ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases. The Thanh Nien newspaper said a 70-year-old man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang where more than 90 cases have been reported over the past week.

Acting ICE chief announces retirement following clashes with Trump officials

The acting chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matthew Albence, is leaving the government. A career law enforcement officer who filled a number of positions within the Department of Homeland Security agency, Albence recently sparred with White House officials over how to handle ICE’s mission amid the coronavirus pandemic.

White House condemns Hong Kong election delay after Trump floated postponing US vote

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday condemned the decision to delay legislative elections in Hong Kong, one day after President Trump Donald John Trump Oklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE asked if the U.S.

Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents

The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight. Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter once again rallied near the federal courthouse that became a flashpoint, and the scene of nightly battles amid the swirl of teargas, after Donald Trump dispatched agents to end what he called anarchy in the city after weeks of demonstrations.

Video resurfaces of Trump struggling to vote in person in 2004 as he ramps up attacks on mail-in voting

Video of then-businessman Donald Trump struggling to vote in-person before declaring he would fill out an absentee ballot in 2004 has resurfaced this week amid a new round of unfounded attacks on mail-in voting from the President.

Duterte says coronavirus response stopped millions of infections

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has defended his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the measures introduced have prevented millions of infections. Speaking during his annual address to the nation on Monday, and as the confirmed COVID-19 cases grew to 82,040 including nearly 2,000 deaths, Duterte said the country’s lengthy and strict lockdown may have hurt the economy but had kept transmissions at bay.

‘Sweet dreams’: Jennylyn Mercado pokes fun at Roque sleeping during SONA 2020

‘Sweet dreams’: Jennylyn Mercado pokes fun at Roque sleeping during SONA 2020 Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 29, 2020 – 12:38pm MANILA, Philippines – Kapuso actress Jennylyn Mercado took a swipe at Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque when he was caught allegedly napping during the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte last Monday.

Raffy Tulfo pledges P100k to help ailing action star John Regala

Raffy Tulfo pledges P100k to help ailing action star John Regala Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 29, 2020 – 8:37pm MANILA, Philippines – Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo pledged cash donations for former action star John Regala after learning that the embattled actor is suffering from liver cirrhosis.

US hits 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 as states struggle to halt resurgence

The U.S. surged past 150,000 COVID-19 fatalities Wednesday as states battle a resurgence of the virus with differing attitudes about how to stop the spread. The bleak milestone, reported by Johns Hopkins, comes on the heels of the U.S. hitting 4 million confirmed infections July 23.

‘A lot of people said it’s a fake issue’: Trump confirms he didn’t raise Russian bounties with Putin

The president did not identify which officials from former President George W. Bush’s administration had spoken dismissively of the alleged Russian bounties, but he told reporters outside the White House on Wednesday that former Secretary of State Colin Powell “says it’s not true.”

Senators slam Duterte’s ‘defeatist’ stance vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Senators, including administration allies, on Tuesday blasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s “defeatist” position when he said he was “inutile” in defending the country’s territory against Chinese intrusion, warning that his remarks would only embolden China to further “bully” the Philippines. “We are not inutile as a country,” Sen.

Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting hydroxychloroquine misinformation amid coronavirus pandemic

Twitter on Tuesday penalized Donald Trump Jr. for posting misinformation about hydroxychloroquine, the social media giant said, underlining the tough stance it has taken in policing misleading posts from high-profile users, including President Trump, in recent months. Twitter said that it ordered the president’s son to delete the misleading tweet and that it would “limit some account functionality for 12 hours.”

Joe Biden plans to name vice presidential running mate next week

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump, said Tuesday he would choose his running mate the first week of August. But he was coy about whether he would be able to meet in person with all of the potential candidates because of the challenge of dodging reporters outside his house.

LOOK: Protesters gather for SONA rally

Protesters gathered early Monday morning to prepare for their rally for the fifth State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

ABS-CBN sa Cagayan de Oro, pinadalhan ng bulaklak ng patay

May nagpadala ng korona ng patay sa tanggapan ng ABS-CBN sa Cagayan de Oro matapos magsagawa ang mga tagasuporta ng kapamilya network ng motorcade, noise barrage, at candle lighting.

Philippines COVID-19 cases surpass 80,000

Philippines COVID-19 cases surpass 80,000 MANILA, Philippines – The number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases yesterday exceeded 80,000, with over 2,000 additional infections reported for the fourth consecutive day. As of yesterday, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded a total of 80,448 cases nationwide, with 2,110 new ones collated from 66 of 90 operational laboratories.

Bulacan cops arrest community leader, confiscate ‘subversive’ newspapers

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 9:05 a.m.; July 27) – Urban poor alliance Kadamay on Sunday condemend the arrest of a community leader in Pandi, Bulacan and the confiscation of copies of Pinoy Weekly, an independent newspaper, saying both were done despite police not presenting any warrants.

Ex-poll chair Brillantes intubated in Medical Center Manila due to COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. was intubated at the Medical Center Manila on Saturday afternoon after testing positive for COVID-19. “Given that his oxygen level is not stable despite all types of medication & convalescent plasma, his doctors found it best to intubate him this afternoon,” Zeena Brillantes, the former Comelec chair’s daughter, said via Facebook Messenger when asked about the condition of her father.

Zamboanga cop caught on video pinning motorcyclist to the ground

A police officer was recorded on video pinning down a motorcycle rider in the middle of the road in Zamboanga City, according to a Saturday report on “24 Oras Weekend.”

LOOK: Lack of physical distancing among locally stranded individuals at crowded Rizal Memorial

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) – Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila is packed with locally stranded individuals waiting for government-provided rides back to their home provinces on Saturday. While most of them wear face masks, they obviously are not keeping a safe distance from each other as shown in these pictures.

Ilang grupo nanindigang ipagpapatuloy ang SONAgkaisa protests

Kahit ipinagbawal na ng DILG at ng IATF, tuloy ang protestang ‘SONAgkaisa’ ng iba’t ibang grupo kasabay ng State of the Nation Address ni Pangulong Duterte

Jaybee Sebastian was killed, families of other inmates say

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 24) – Contrary to speculations that the late high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian had escaped the New Bilibid Prison, some inmates and their families are convinced that he’s dead. But not due to the cororonavirus disease. They believe he was killed.

Google pays tribute to late ‘King of Comedy’ Dolphy on his birthday

MANILA – Google paid tribute to the late beloved comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon on his birthday with a doodle, reminding Filipino viewers of the gift of laughter he shared for decades. Dolphy, who would’ve turned 92 on Saturday, passed away in July 10, 2012 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Incoming Ateneo women’s football rookie dies of COVID-19 complications

Incoming Ateneo women’s football rookie dies of COVID-19 complications Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) – July 24, 2020 – 9:03am MANILA, Philippines – An incoming rookie for the Ateneo women’s football team has died of complications from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Locsin orders DFA to facilitate entry of foreign fiancés

Locsin orders DFA to facilitate entry of foreign fiancés Pia Lee Brago (The Philippine Star) – July 25, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ top diplomat instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) legal office to “find all ways” for fiancés of Filipinos to travel and enter the Philippines as travel restrictions continue to delay their weddings.

NBI probe on Bilibid deaths begins on Monday

NBI probe on Bilibid deaths begins on Monday Rey Galupo, Ralph Villanueva (The Philippine Star) – July 25, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will start on Monday its formal probe on the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in connection with the deaths of high-profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) purportedly due to COVID-19.

24 million Americans fear missing next rent payment as benefits dry up

Days from the end of enhanced unemployment benefits and a federal eviction moratorium, 24 million Americans say they have little to no chance of being able to pay next month’s rent, a U.S. Census Bureau survey shows.

U.S. operations in the South China Sea show that Washington is ‘not backing down,’ expert says

The U.S. Navy exercise in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend was about “showing the flag” and sending a message to the region, an expert told CNBC this week. Two U.S. aircraft carriers conducted operations and exercises in the contested waters on the Fourth of July “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the Navy said in a statement.

Mike Tyson returning to boxing with eight-round exhibition vs. Roy Jones Jr. Sept. 12

Mike Tyson is headed back to the boxing ring. Tyson announced Thursday he will fight Roy Jones Jr. Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Southern California. The fight will be an eight-round exhibition bout, according to a news release.

Bloc pushes entire House to vote on ABS-CBN franchise

A group of opposition lawmakers on Thursday said it was pushing for a vote by the entire 305-member House of Representatives on the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise. The Makabayan party list bloc said they sent a letter to the House franchise committee on Monday urging the panel to submit its resolution rejecting the network’s franchise application to the plenary for ratification.

Isko shuns charter change moves: ‘For now, please let’s just focus on COVID-19’

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Friday urged his fellow government officials to focus on containing the coronavirus pandemic, instead of pushing for charter change.

5.2 million families hungry: PH records highest hunger incidence since 2014, says SWS

MANILA (UPDATE) – Some 5.2 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the past 3 months as the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest since 2014, an independent Social Weather Stations survey showed Wednesday. Of 1,555 adult Filipinos surveyed, 20.9 percent said they experienced “hunger due to lack of food to eat,” up from the 16.7 percent recorded in May.

Biden: Trump is the first racist elected president

Several of the country’s early presidents owned slaves while in office, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor. Woodrow Wilson was an adamant supporter of segregation in the federal government, and his racist legacy has led to calls for the removal of his name from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.

World Health Organization says PH needs better contact tracing, not hard lockdowns

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases here in the Philippines continue to rise, the World Health Organization said the Philippines does not need to reimpose hard lockdowns but instead boost contact tracing.

2 former Supreme Court justices lead 11th petition vs anti-terror law

The Philippines’ new anti-terror law is facing yet another Supreme Court challenge, this time from legal luminaries which include two former Supreme Court justices.

2 former Supreme Court justices lead 11th petition vs anti-terror law

The Philippines’ new anti-terror law is facing yet another Supreme Court challenge, this time from legal luminaries which include two former Supreme Court justices.

Filipino fishermen welcome US decision on South China Sea row

The United States says it is ready to support countries that believe China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea are illegal. It comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US does not recognise most of Beijing’s claims in the strategically important region.

‘Purely disgusting’: Angel Locsin reacts after Jane De Leon posted about not joining rally due to COVID-19

‘Purely disgusting’: Angel Locsin reacts after Jane De Leon posted about not joining rally due to COVID-19 Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 21, 2020 – 10:43am MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin posted a reaction after new “Darna” actress Jane De Leon released a statement why she couldn’t go out to join the rally supporting the ABS-CBN franchise.

1 out of 5 Pinoys have gone hungry in last 3 months, highest rate since 2014 – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – At least one out of every five Filipinos have experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months, according to recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), the results of which were released Tuesday.

ABS-CBN fate up to its owners – former SEC chair

MANILA, Philippines – As President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives seek ways to pressure the influential Lopez family to exit ABS-CBN Corp., they might want to first consider the law. Businesses such as ABS-CBN, controlled by Lopez Inc., are covered by the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines.

Solon questions alleged DOH move to block use of PH-made COVID-19 test kits

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has questioned the Department of Health’s preference for China-made test kits over locally-made ones which are “reliable” and “cheaper” Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said he is “clueless” as to why the DOH is giving UP-National Institutes of Health a “hard time” allowing the use of cheaper Filipino-made test kits.

Little noticed, Filipino Americans are dying of COVID-19 at an alarming rate

On March 10, Loretta Mendoza Dionisio became the first person in Los Angeles County known to have died of COVID-19. Dionisio was 68, had diabetes and had just returned from a trip to her native Philippines. That made her a precursor of the coming pandemic in more ways than one.

Quezon City to lose ‘quite a lot’ from reduced ABS-CBN operations – mayor

Asked in an interview over ANC just how much the closure of the company affected the city government, Belmonte said: “Quite a lot. I can’t give you the exact numbers at present, but yes, from the perspective of a chief executive.”

Lawmakers float more sanctions vs ABS-CBN: P1.97-T fine, seizure of headquarters

Lawmakers float more sanctions vs ABS-CBN: P1.97-T fine, seizure of headquarters Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) – July 20, 2020 – 3:08pm MANILA, Philippines – Although ABS-CBN’s employees and supporters have promised the fight for the embattled network is not over, its troubles also seem far from over, based on an online discussion by its accusers at the House of Representatives.

Angel Locsin clarifies alleged shares with ABS-CBN, urges stars to speak out instead of ‘pa-cute’

Angel Locsin clarifies alleged shares with ABS-CBN, urges stars to speak out instead of ‘pa-cute’ Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 20, 2020 – 12:22pm MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin clarified her alleged shares or stocks with ABS-CBN.

Defensor seeks NBI help to trace person who threatened daughter’s life

MANILA, Philippines – Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor has tapped the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to trace the person who threatened to kill his daughter on social media. Defensor said that after posting a photo on his social media account, one person left a death threat against his daughter Juliana.

Deaths of high-profile NBP inmates raise questions – Sotto

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III has “too many unanswered questions” about the death from COVID-19 and cremation of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates, a number of them convicted drug lords, and wants the Senate to investigate the matter.

‘Cat is coming out of the bag,’ Lagman says of House moves vs ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines – “Slowly the cat is coming out of the bag.” That was Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman’s response to the plan of some leaders of the House of Representatives to initiate more punitive actions against broadcasting network ABS-CBN.

John Kasich expected to speak at Democratic National Convention for Joe Biden: report

WASHINGTON – Former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is expected to speak on behalf of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at next month’s Democratic National Convention, the Associated Press reported Monday.

UK’s Oxford University coronavirus vaccine candidate is safe and effective with few side effects, early trial results show

Two candidate vaccines, including a closely watched one being developed at the University of Oxford, showed positive trial results Monday against the virus that causes COVID-19, making it more likely that a safe, effective vaccine can be developed quickly.

Put charter change proposal on lockdown, ‍opposition solons urge

Opposition lawmakers scored the latest attempt to tinker with the Constitution as just another bid to lift term limits and urged the Duterte administration to quarantine the Charter change (Cha-cha) proposal of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).

Locsin blames virus surge on ‘health bureaucrats’

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. blames the resurgence of the new coronavirus in the Philippines on “health bureaucrats,” who, he claims, have wasted the gains of the lockdown imposed in March to halt the spread in the country of the COVID-19 pathogen.

Jaybee Sebastian: COVID-19 case or murder?

Jaybee Sebastian: COVID-19 case or murder? MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating reports of a recent spate of deaths, particularly of high-profile inmates, at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), an official said yesterday. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he summoned Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag to his office at 1:30 p.m.

‘How do they sleep at night?’ Anne Curtis slams solons who junked ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA, Philippines – “How do they sleep at night knowing that because of their decision, people are now suffering from sadness, anxiety, panic?” Kapamilya Actress Anne Curtis posed this question on Saturday days after a House of Representatives panel rejected ABS-CBN’s application for a fresh 25-year franchise.

15,000 foreigners to arrive

15,000 foreigners to arrive Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) – July 19, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Around 15,000 foreigners with long-term visas are expected to arrive in the Philippines after the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allowed their entry amid the rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country.

Dennis Uy, the new oligarch – The Manila Times

GOVERNMENT officials in charge of preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have come out with bizarre ideas. The latest harebrained idea is for policemen to go house-to-house in search of coronavirus patients and compel them to be confined in government-run quarantine facilities.

PNP appeals to SONA protest groups: Just do it online

PNP appeals to SONA protest groups: Just do it online Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) – July 19, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday appealed to members of cause-oriented groups not to hold protest actions during President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Metro Manila still has more than 75% of virus cases in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila still accounts for nearly half of all the active COVID-19 cases in the country with health officials reporting a national caseload of 65,304 from the 2,357 new cases tallied on Saturday. Of the new cases, Metro Manila accounted for more than three-quarters with 1,824 cases.

Cops leading house-to-house search for COVID-19 patients? Año says fake news

MANILA, Philippines – Reports of police and military forces leading the house-to-house searches for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients to be taken to isolation facilities are fake news, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Friday. In a statement, Año said the reports are “part of the disinformation campaign by unscrupulous individuals.”

Dennis Rodman’s father passes away in Pampanga

MANILA, Philippines-Philander Rodman Jr., the father of Basketball Hall of Fame member Dennis Rodman, died in Pampanga on Tuesday. He was 79. Jasmine Rodman, the granddaughter of Philander, made the announcement on her Facebook page. Darling Marie, one of the Rodman patriarch’s daughters, meanwhile, created a Twitter account in hopes of reaching Dennis and help them with the outstanding hospital fees.

Solon tells Lopez family: Sell ABS-CBN if you love 11,000 workers

MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. on Friday urged the Lopez family to just sell ABS-CBN if they really care for its over 11,000 employees, following the denial of its bid for a new 25-year franchise by the lower chamber’s legislative franchise committee.

‘No audience for Duterte’s SONA in Batasan’

For the first time, President Duterte will deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa with a limited number of lawmakers and an empty gallery in an effort to protect him from coronavirus infection, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.

Philippines’ ‘Karen Carpenter’ Claire Dela Fuente gets 7 years in prison for tax evasion

Philippines’ ‘Karen Carpenter’ Claire Dela Fuente gets 7 years in prison for tax evasion Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 16, 2020 – 4:18pm MANILA, Philippines – Veteran singer Claire Dela Fuente was sentenced to seven years in prison for tax evasion.

‘Tokhang’ tack for COVID-19

The first country outside China to record a COVID-19 case back in January-has reported not a single case of local transmission of COVID-19 for over 50 consecutive days, thus the recent announcement that the first wave of the outbreak has ended in the country.

Lagman: ‘Military oligarchy’ should also be dismantled

MANILA, Philippines – If President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against oligarchy is sincere, then all of its forms-including military oligarchy-should be dismantled too, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said Thursday. Lagman said that while Duterte has targeted the so-called “economic oligarchs,” the President “has shielded and built up military oligarchs with inordinate patronage.”

Duque gets no rebuke from Duterte over booboo on ‘flattened’ virus curve

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III did not receive a scolding from President Rodrigo Duterte for erroneously declaring that the Philippines has “successfully flattened” the COVID-19 pandemic curve since April, Malacañang said Thursday. “Wala pong pagsabon na nangyari,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a televised Palace briefing.

Big names among first to go in ABS-CBN ‘bloodbath’

The job “bloodbath” from the rejection of ABS-CBN’s franchise last week has started, with two of the network’s veteran journalists-Korina Sanchez-Roxas and Ces Drilon-among the first to be officially notified that they were being laid off. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Roxas, the longtime host of current affairs program “Rated K,” said the ABS-CBN family was “slowly but surely being torn apart.”

Longtime Trump aide Brad Parscale removed as campaign manager as president shakes up reelection staff

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is switching campaign managers amid a reelection effort beset by a series of problems including an underwhelming turnout at a rally in Oklahoma and numerous polls showing Trump trailing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Not mere gossip but valid concern

Why should Filipinos be deemed out of line when they wonder about President Duterte’s health? The nation is imperilled, after all, and needs a leader in prime physical and mental condition to get it through the unprecedented crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The turbulent political landscape likewise requires not only a steady hand […]

Bayan repeats call for Duque’s resignation: Why is Duterte keeping him?

MANILA, Philippines – Activist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) repeated its call on Wednesday for Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to step down, questioning why he remained in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet.

No warrant, no entry – senators

MANILA, Philippines – The order for the police to round up coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients from their homes is not only impractical and dangerous, but also unconstitutional, senators warned yesterday. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen.

‘Baka gusto n’yo mauna’: Jennylyn Mercado reacts to Dela Rosa’s suggestion for ABS-CBN employees to find new jobs

‘Baka gusto n’yo mauna’: Jennylyn Mercado reacts to Dela Rosa’s suggestion for ABS-CBN employees to find new jobs Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 15, 2020 – 4:41pm MANILA, Philippines – Kapuso actress Jennylyn Mercado criticized Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s statement on the 11,000 ABS-CBN employees who lost their job due to the network’s franchise denial by Congress.

Trump slams Los Angeles for ‘terrible decision’ to keep schools closed

President Donald Trump took aim at Los Angeles school officials for what he called a “terrible decision” this week to keep classrooms closed this fall amid the surge of coronavirus cases in Southern California.

‘Vendetta?’ Angel Locsin asks those who vetoed ABS-CBN franchise renewal

‘Vendetta?’ Angel Locsin asks those who vetoed ABS-CBN franchise renewal Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo (Philstar.com) – July 14, 2020 – 7:31pm MANILA, Philippines – Days after the Congress junked ABS-CBN’s plea for a 25-year franchise renewal, Kapamilya star Angel Locsin continues to defend the beleaguered network.

‘I am not my father,’ says daughter of lawmaker who voted to deny ABS-CBN franchise

The daughter of Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, who voted in favor of a report junking ABS-CBN’s bid for a new franchise, does not share his stand, saying that she even tried to discuss the issue with him it at home.

Gov’t: Transfer of COVID patients from house to quarantine area needed

MANILA, Philippines – The government will be going house-to-house for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms so they can be transferred to monitoring facilities to avoid the further spread of the virus, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Tuesday.

Duterte exults: Oligarchy ended without martial law

MANILA, Philippines – Days after ABS-CBN’s application for a new legislative franchise was denied, President Rodrigo Duterte is “very happy” that he has “dismantled the oligarchy” in the country. “Without declaring martial law, I destroyed the people controlling the economy and the people, and who don’t pay,” he told government troops in Jolo, Sulu province, on Monday afternoon.

Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook announced on Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19.

‘Cruel, abrupt and unlawful’: States sue Trump administration over college student visa rule

WASHINGTON – Seventeen states and the District of Columbia sued President Donald Trump’s administration Monday to block a new rule that would force international college students to leave United States if they’re only enrolled in online classes this fall. Some universities are planning to offer classes entirely online because of concerns about the pandemic.

Cayetano: We were fair to ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the flak, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday called on the general public to be more circumspect in their opinion about the House of Representatives’ refusal to grant ABS-CBN another 25-year legislative franchise. “The House leadership asks that the people read the findings carefully in order to appreciate the reasons for their decision.

Penalize ABS-CBN if warranted, but give it chance for sake of 11,000 workers – Hataman

MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman believes that ABS-CBN should be given a chance to so its 11,000 employees could keep their jobs. Hataman, who was against the franchise denial of the country’s largest television network, said that ABS-CBN should be held accountable if it has any shortcomings, but it should not be totally shut down because thousands would face the possibility of being unemployed.

ABS-CBN defenders grapple with loss: ‘Why only 11?’

Church bells in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila tolled on Saturday night to signify support for freedom of the press and for workers of ABS-CBN who risk losing their jobs after the House of Representatives rejected the network’s application for a new franchise.

QC law enforcers take pictures, videos during Mass

A Catholic priest on Sunday expressed concern over the actions of three uniformed personnel from the Quezon City’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) who took photos and videos during his morning Mass at San Isidro Labrador Parish without the parish’s prior knowledge and consent.

Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ is still relevant and revealing, 50 years later

Fifty years ago this summer, vibrating with agitation and energy, Marvin Gaye headed down the wood steps into a Detroit studio and made his anthem for the ages. “What’s Going On,” a poignant musical masterpiece crafted in a season of unease, persists as a timely backdrop to another heated summer, half a century later, when the world feels upside down.

Polls show Trump is losing to Joe Biden. They said the same thing 4 years ago against Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden can look at the polls and smile. Cautiously. A double-digit advantage in numerous national surveys, solid leads in a number of battlegrounds and competitive showings in states Donald Trump carried handily in 2016 suggest the presumptive Democratic nominee is the favorite to win in November.

Rage grows over ‘painful stab at press freedom’ with ABS-CBN franchise denial

The outrage against the rejection of a new 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN grew louder on Saturday as more groups added their voices of protest against the House committee vote that finally closed all the network’s free-to-air radio and television stations.

Calida hails House for doing ‘job well’ on ABS-CBN franchise bid

Hailing the House committee that voted to kill the franchise application of ABS-CBN, Solicitor General Jose Calida on Saturday paraphrased the opening line of one of Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs, telling the network: “And now, the end has come.”

Vilma Santos wonders why suddenly only 11 voted to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Vilma Santos wonders why suddenly only 11 voted to renew ABS-CBN franchise Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – July 11, 2020 – 2:26pm MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actress and Rep. Vilma Santos (Batangas 6th District) questioned why suddenly only 11 lawmakers, including herself, on Friday chose to stand by embattled media network ABS-CBN while a landslide 70 others voted to deny it of a legislative franchise.

Most Filipinos support ABS-CBN franchise, many see rejection as blow to press freedom – survey

Most Filipinos support ABS-CBN franchise, many see rejection as blow to press freedom – survey Franco Luna (Philstar.com) – July 12, 2020 – 9:33am MANILA, Philippines (Updated 10:25 a.m.) – An overwhelming four out of five Filipinos believed that Congress should renew ABS-CBN Corp’s legislative franchise, while more than half of Filipinos saw the eventual non-renewal as a blow to press freedom in the country, survey data suggests.

‘A sword of Damocles over Philippines mass media’

MANILA, Philippines – Senators slammed the voting at the House of Representatives denying ABS-CBN’s application for the renewal of its franchise yesterday, saying the rejection was done for purely selfish political reasons. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said he was “deeply saddened by this episode in the history of our nation” and found it “reminiscent of the dark pages in the history of the Philippine press in 1972.”

House panel rejects new franchise for ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives yesterday rejected the franchise renewal application of ABS-CBN, putting an end to its flagship Channel 2 after 53 years. Seventy regular members of the committee on legislative franchises and House leaders who stood as ex-officio members voted to thumb down the bills seeking to grant the Lopez-owned network a fresh 25-year franchise.

Robert De Niro’s finances take a hit due to COVID-19 pandemic, his lawyer says

Robert De Nirohas taken a financial hit during the coronavirus pandemic. The 76-year-old actor’s lawyer, Caroline Krauss, said De Niro was experiencing financial setbacks after his estranged wife, Grace Hightower, asked the court for an emergency order to increase her spending limit.

Trump commutes prison sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone

Trump acted just after a federal appeals court panel a last-ditch bid by Stone to delay an order for him to surrender at a federal prison in Jesup, Ga. next Tuesday. Stone claimed he suffered from health conditions that put him at serious risk of dying if he went to that prison, which is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.

Trump advisers fracture over Roger Stone pardon

Stone was convicted in a case related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian election interference investigation and has lost repeated appeals to avoid his July 14 commitment date. He suffered another blow when Facebook booted him this week for allegedly posting “inauthentic” information related to his trial and clemency campaign.

Korina Sanchez lashes out on Congressmen voting ‘no’ to ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Korina Sanchez lashes out on Congressmen voting ‘no’ to ABS-CBN franchise renewal Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – July 9, 2020 – 3:13pm MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya TV host Korina Sanchez had strong words for congressmen who will vote against ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Agot Isidro pleads ‘sensitivity’ from Jinkee Pacquiao after luxury bikes post

Agot Isidro pleads ‘sensitivity’ from Jinkee Pacquiao after luxury bikes post Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – July 9, 2020 – 4:56pm MANILA, Philippines – Actress Agot Isidro is asking socialite Jinkee Pacquiao to read the room after the latter posted a photograph of matching “his and hers” Louis Vuitton and Hermès bicycles at the height of the country’s coronavirus crisis.

‘I will always speak up for you’: Server on defending Fil-Am family from racist rant

When one restaurant server witnessed a Fil-Am family in California getting caught in a racist rant, she knew she had to step in. “I felt very protective of them,” Gennica Cochran told KGO-TV in a report today, July 9. She has been part of the hospitality industry for 20 years and a yoga instructor for 10 years.

Duterte: I don’t need to be corrupt

Duterte: I don’t need to be corrupt Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) – July 9, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Amid allegations of corruption thrown his way, President Duterte said he and members of his Cabinet won’t tarnish their reputation in their final years in public service.

LOOK: 2 Filipino visual artists part of NBA’s Vince Carter tribute

MANILA, Philippines – Paying homage to Vince Carter, the NBA recently launched a website dedicated to the basketball legend, who formally retired last June 25 after a 22-year career-the longest in league history. The tribute site also features a print collection designed by 15 visual artists from all over the world, including Filipinos Jayson Atienza and AJ Dimarucot.

COVID-19 count crosses 50,000 mark with highest single-day spike in fresh cases

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has breached the 50,000 mark, after it recorded the highest single-day increase in fresh cases at 1,922 infections. ADVERTISEMENT The Department of Health’s latest COVID-19 bulletin, released Wednesday night, said that the total number of cases is at 50,359 – of which 1,314 patients […]

Ressa: Duterte could be ‘seeing too much fraud from where he sits’

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may just be “seeing too much fraud from where he sits,” Rappler CEO Maria Ressa said Wednesday as she responded to the Chief Executive’s latest tirades against her. In a tweet, Ressa clapped back at the President, who, in a taped speech aired around 1 a.m.

Grim projection: 200,000 dead by Election Day

With the nation now reporting more than 50,000 new infections every day, most experts say the concept of a second wave is outdated. The first wave is likely to continue for months, with spikes popping up in various states. That could be followed by a possible surge in the fall when the weather turns, Murray said.

SoCal Fil-Am family speaks out after man tells them ‘Trump’s gonna f*** you’ in viral video

A Filipino American family from Southern California took a trip up north to Carmel Valley over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate a birthday. What was supposed to be a happy occasion quickly turned into another example of pervasive anti-Asian hate caught on video. “We were having fun, playing games and when we were…

Fact-checking Trump’s threat to cut off education funding if schools don’t reopen

As the coronavirus crisis expands, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would “pressure” governors to open schools in time for the beginning of the coming school year.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19 (Philstar.com) – July 8, 2020 – 10:55am MANILA, Philippines (Updated 11:18 a.m.) – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a statement posted on Quezon City Government’s Facebook page, Belmonte said she is not experiencing any symptoms. “Nagpapasalamat po ako na agad itong natuklasan,” she added.

Cop dressed as courier tries to arrest rights worker who had already posted bail

Cop dressed as courier tries to arrest rights worker who had already posted bail (Philstar.com) – July 7, 2020 – 10:51pm MANILA, Philippines – A police officer dressed as a courier tried to serve a warrant of arrest on the secretary general of rights group Karapatan on Tuesday despite that her already posting bail for the charge, the rights group said.

Duterte emotional, not ill – Palace

Duterte emotional, not ill – Palace Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – July 7, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte’s seemingly weak appearance during his visit to Zamboanga City last week was not health-related but caused by an “emotional issue” following the death of four soldiers at the hands of police in Sulu, Malacañang said yesterday.

Top Manila prosecutor shot dead, becomes 50th in list of slain lawyers, judges

MANILA, Philippines – The inquest division chief of the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office was killed on his way to work in a hail of bullets that ripped through his car on Tuesday, police said. Jovencio Senados, 62, who was being driven from his home in Calamba City, Laguna province, died outright from multiple bullet wounds inside his vehicle on Quirino Avenue around 11 a.m.

SC upholds dismissal of Enrile’s damage suit vs columnist

A division of the Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of a multimillion-peso damage suit filed by former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile against former columnist Yolanda Ong – a piece of “much-needed good news for Philippine journalists,” her lawyer Chel Diokno said.

‘Symbiotic:’ Dela Rosa believes anti-terror law will also ‘impact’ PH drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Citing a “symbiotic relationship” between drug lords and terror groups, former top cop and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa believes the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will also have an “impact” in addressing the country’s drug problem.

Greta Thunberg joins PH climate activists in call to junk anti-terrorism law

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has added her voice to calls of environmentalists to reject the new Anti-Terrorism Act, which human rights advocates and lawyers have assailed as yet another weapon that the government may use to clamp down on critics.

TikTok withdraws from Hong Kong as Pompeo says U.S. may ban app

The short-form video app TikTok said Tuesday that it was withdrawing from Hong Kong, the latest tech company to review its involvement in the territory following a sweeping national security law passed by China. Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. was considering banning TikTok and other Chinese apps.

US-China tensions heat up in South China Sea

For the first time in six years, two US Navy aircraft carriers are in the South China Sea, the latest show of military might from Washington as it pushes back against China’s sweeping claim to much of the contested region.

Hundreds of health groups petition against Trump

In a statement, HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo said the CDC “has been at the forefront of this whole-of-America response to the pandemic since day one” and is represented on the White House task force by both Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield.

COVID-19 cases may breach 65,000 by end of July, 100,000 by end of August – UP researcher

COVID-19 cases may breach 65,000 by end of July, 100,000 by end of August – UP researcher Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) – July 7, 2020 – 11:20am MANILA, Philippines- A researcher from the University of the Philippines on Tuesday warned that COVID-19 cases could breach 100,000 in the country by the end of August.

Framers of Constitution oppose anti-terrorism law

“This law precisely creates a climate of fear, sends a chilling effect, on those who wish to express their legitimate grievances, state their aspirations, and wish to engage in open and democratic debate, and threatens the rights of associations who may wish to dissent and question the actuations of those in power.”

Virus-free Sagada rejects crew shooting SONA video

Being an “adopted son” of Sagada, Mountain Province, did not help actor Piolo Pascual in entering the popular tourist town where he was supposed to shoot video footage for President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27.

POLITICO’s Election Forecast: Trump, Senate GOP in trouble

In 2010, Republicans won state houses across the country and redrew electoral maps to their advantage. Now, as President Trump trails in the polls, Democrats see an opportunity to take back power. POLITICO’s Election Forecast is a long-term, qualitative examination of the political landscape, from the presidential campaign down to the congressional-district level.

NAIA-3 set to resume international operations on July 8

NAIA-3 set to resume international operations on July 8 MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will resume international operations beginning July 8, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said yesterday. In a statement, MIAA said it is preparing for the resumption of international flight operations at the terminal “as global aviation endeavors to return to normalcy.”

Critics ask SC for TRO vs anti-terrorism law, citing ‘repugnant’ provisions

MANILA, Philippines – A group of lawyers and educators asked the Supreme Court on Saturday to stop the enforcement of the newly signed Anti-Terrorism Act, saying it contained provisions that were “repugnant” to the Constitution. The 66-page petition for certiorari and prohibition was the first against the measure and filed via email a day after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law.

Last American mayor of Baguio honored on Fil-Am Day

BAGUIO CITY – The last American mayor of the summer capital was honored on Saturday (July 4) at his tomb on this year’s Filipino-American Friendship Day. The late Eusebius Julius Halsema, an engineer, served as mayor from 1920 to 1937 and is credited for “transforming Baguio from a sleepy mining town of 5,000 people to a settlement of 25,000,” said Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a speech at the Baguio Public Cemetery.

Trump returns to polarizing themes in Fourth of July address

President Donald Trump on Saturday railed against protesters, China and the media in an address marking America’s Independence Day – typically a non-partisan celebration of national unity. Trump, whose address largely mimicked the tone of his stump speeches, continued his attacks on protesters he said are “lying” about American history by calling for the removal of statues and memorials celebrating slaveholders and colonial and Confederate figures.

President Donald Trump hosts Independence Day celebration at White House

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed visitors to the White House’s South Lawn to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Duterte signs anti-terrorism bill

(Philstar.com) – July 3, 2020 – 5:48pm MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 8:02 p.m.) – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the anti-terrorism bill into law, days after the Department of Justice and the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel submitted their recommendations on the proposal, which human rights groups warn could lead to abuse by security forces.

‘Very timely, historic’: Senators laud passage of anti-terror bill despite ‘pressures’

MANILA, Philippines – Several senators on Friday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the Anti-Terrorism Act despite “the pressure coming from different directions” against the passage of the measure. “Much credit goes to ( President Duterte).

Kellyanne Conway’s teen daughter hopes to help ‘educate’ with TikToks opposing Trump, supporting Black Lives Matter

WASHINGTON – White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s 15-year-old daughter Claudia was not expecting the wave of support she got after TikTok videos opposing her mom’s boss went viral in the last day. But now Claudia says she hopes to use her platform to educate others on social justice issues.

NUJP: Latest stop order vs ABS-CBN deprives 11 million Filipinos of news, information

NUJP: Latest stop order vs ABS-CBN deprives 11 million Filipinos of news, information MANILA, Philippines – The latest stop order to shutdown ABS-CBN’s affiliates deprives millions of Filipinos of news when information is most vital and would save lives in the middle of a pandemic, said the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

Los Angeles Lakers begin process of finalizing deal with J.R. Smith

The Los Angeles Lakers have entered the preliminary stages of finalizing a deal with J.R. Smith, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people were granted anonymity since they did not have authority to speak on an internal matter.

Senate Republicans squeeze Trump over Russian bounties

Senate Republicans are vowing to get to the bottom of bombshell reports that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants for targeted killings of U.S. troops overseas — and suggesting that retaliation against Moscow may be in order.

NTC: ABS-CBN to cease Channel 43, TV Plus operations before day ends

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 7:40 p.m.) — ABS-CBN’s TV Plus services should have been ceased along with its other operations when it went off the air with the expiration of its legislative franchise and will be halted by Monday’s end by the National Telecommunications Commission, commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said Monday.

Macau firm folds up PH unit as more POGO closures seen

MANILA, Philippines — Online gaming operators in the country may take their business elsewhere if disputes with tax authorities are not resolved soon, according to the government agency in charge of regulating these companies.

US flexes naval muscle as Asean gets tough vs China

MANILA, Philippines—The United States flaunted its naval strength as countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) took an unusually tough stance against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

Trump denies knowing about intelligence report that Russia put bounty on U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump denied Sunday that he knew about an intelligence report that concluded Russia had paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill American troops serving in Afghanistan.

‘Ang Probinsyano’ star KC Montero nabbed for alleged social distancing violation

MANILA, Philippines — TV host KC Montero and his wife were among the 121 people arrested by police in a high-rise resto-bar on the 18th floor of a condominium in Salcedo Village, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City yesterday.

Senators: Gov’t ‘mishandling’ led to fast rise in PH virus cases

MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) report that the Philippines had the fastest rise in new coronavirus cases in the Western Pacific region in the past two weeks was the result of the government’s “mishandling” of the pandemic, several senators said on Sunday.

More than 500,000 people worldwide have now died from the coronavirus

More than a half-million people have now died from COVID-19 worldwide, and the death toll has doubled in just over seven weeks. That grim milestone – marked Sunday by Johns Hopkins University – is particularly unsettling given warnings by health experts that the pandemic is still in its infancy. The U.S.

‘Indefensible’: Trump slammed for sharing video where supporter yells ‘white power’ at protesters

President Donald Trump came under fire Sunday after sharing a video in which a supporter twice shouts “white power.” “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”

Trump admits it: He’s losing

What should have been an easy interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday horrified advisers when Trump offered a rambling, non-responsive answer to a simple question about his goals for a second term.

‘Philippines sinks into recession’

A deeper economic slump looms in the second quarter, with gross domestic product contracting by as much as 6.7 percent due to the full impact of the tight lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipnas said.

WHO: PH has fastest rise in virus cases in Western Pacific

MANILA, Philippines – In nearly two weeks, the Philippines had the fastest rise in coronavirus cases in the Western Pacific region, more than three times that of Singapore which is battling a second wave of infection. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that the country has logged 8,143 new cases since June 16, the highest among 22 countries in the region.

Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5 billion for border wall

The administration has already awarded much of the money, including a $1.3-billion job in Arizona that was announced last month. Trump visited Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday to mark completion of the 200th mile of border wall during his administration, much of it with the transferred military funds that the 9th Circuit panel found illegal.

Kris Aquino remembers dad on day renaming NAIA proposed

Kris Aquino remembers dad on day renaming NAIA proposed Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – June 26, 2020 – 2:54pm MANILA, Philippines – Actress Kris Aquino said she fondly recalled her parents’ memory on the day that several lawmakers in the House of Representatives – including presidential son and District Rep.

Revilla Sr., senator, film’s Agimat, 93

Revilla Sr., senator, film’s Agimat, 93 Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) – June 27, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ramon Revilla Sr. died of heart failure yesterday. He was 93. The passing of the former lawmaker was announced by his son, Sen.

Health workers tell Duque: Just resign, it’s been 5 months without a plan

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is facing yet another clamor for him to step down, this time from a group of health workers who blamed him for lack of a concrete plan resulting in high coronavirus infection rates in the country.

Court rejects bid to block Mary Trump book

A revealing book set to be published next month by Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump, moved closer to publication on Thursday after a probate court judge in New York turned down a bid to block release of the unflattering account.

Coronavirus pandemic: The latest updates from around the world

Two passengers of the MS Zaandam cruise ship filed suit against Holland America and its parent company, Carnival Corporation, Wednesday. Leonard Lindsay and Carl Zehner, who are married, accuse the company of mishandling the Covid-19 outbreak onboard. They say it led to Zehner contracting the disease and being on a ventilator for three weeks.

Duterte son seeks to remove Ninoy from airport name

Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte has filed a bill seeking to change the name of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ostensibly to get rid of the bad image attached to the country’s leading airport and give the facility a fresh start.

Olongapo court junks case vs teacher who offered bounty to kill Duterte

MANILA, Philippines-The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court has dismissed the case lodged against Ronnel Mas, a public school teacher who was arrested after posting on social media a P50-million bounty to anyone who can kill President Rodrigo Duterte.

‘Baka kalaban ka:’ Cops intimidate dzBB reporter

MANILA, Philippines – A group of policemen allegedly intimidated a reporter of GMA’s radio station dzBB after doing a live traffic report in Marikina City, suspecting that the journalist “could be an enemy.” In a viral Facebook post, Mark Makalalad, who covers the Philippine National Police and Department of National Defense, narrated how he was questioned by four policemen after his report along Marcos Highway on Thursday.

Maria Ressa, a rebel without a cause – The Manila Times

MY Times colleague Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao in his column on Monday said Rappler came out with the article maligning billionaire Wilfredo “Willy” Keng after the businessman turned down an offer for him to invest in the online news organization. Keng himself confirmed Tiglao’s allegation against Rappler in my telephone interview with him, also on Monday.

Polls show Biden climbing past Trump in Wisconsin, Ohio

Both surveys underscore that Biden’s ascendance in Midwest states will be key to either candidate’s victory in November. Both Wisconsin and Ohio were won by President Barack Obama in 2012 before flipping to Trump in 2016.

Roque: Duterte ‘very close’ with Duque’s brother

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is “very close” with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s brother and that he knows that the family will not steal from the government as they are already well-off, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday as the chief executive once again defended his embattled health chief.

LTFRB chief: UV Express, jeepneys back next week

MANILA, Philippines – UV Express vans and conventional jeepneys will be allowed back on the road next week, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chief told lawmakers on Wednesday. During an online hearing held by the House committee on Metro Manila development, Caloocan City Rep.

Villanueva: Why is nobody stopping POGO despite raids, non-payment of tax?

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva has slammed anew the apparent “VIP treatment” on Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) as he lamented how nobody in the government ever demanded a stop to the gambling trade despite numerous violations during the lockdown and continued non-payment of taxes.

Obama raises $7.6 million for Biden, warns Democrats against being ‘complacent or smug’

WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats against being “complacent or smug” about the presidential race at a grassroots fundraiser for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden Tuesday, calling on viewers to learn the lessons from 2016 and not take the election for granted.

With record-high 1,150 new cases, PH’s COVID-19 count tops 31,800

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases jumped to 31,825 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced a record-high 1,150 new cases. The 1,150 latest cases logged is the new highest single-day increase in new cases, beating May 29’s tally of 1,046.

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic among NBA players to test positive for COVID-19

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is among NBA players who have tested positive recently for COVID-19, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Jokic diagnosis.

Los Angeles council member arrested and charged with bribery

OAKLAND – FBI agents arrested Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar on Tuesday on a federal racketeering charge stemming from his alleged involvement in a sprawling pay-to-play corruption scheme. Prosecutors believe Huizar and his associates solicited bribes and other financial perks like trips to Las Vegas from people with business before City Hall and, in return, helped those benefactors advance real estate projects.

Prosecutor says he was pressured to cut Roger Stone ‘a break’ because of his ties to Trump

Zelinsky’s testimony is a stunning – and stunningly rare – public rebuke of Justice Department leadership by a sitting official. And it comes as Barr is facing intensifying scrutiny over actions that Justice Department veterans and Democrats have described as dangerous breaches of the Justice Department’s independence from politics.

This Las Vegas casino company is paying guests $20 to wear masks

LAS VEGAS – Wearing a mask inside a Caesars Entertainment casino? Someone from the company may tap you on the shoulder and slip you $20 to gamble. The operator of five reopened hotel-casinos on The Strip has launched the promotion to encourage guests to wear masks and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Duterte defends Duque as Ombudsman probes DOH for alleged COVID-19 anomalies

Duterte defends Duque as Ombudsman probes DOH for alleged COVID-19 anomalies MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte once again came to the defense of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who is facing an investigation for alleged irregularities and anomalies over the agency’s handling of the country’s coronavirus response.

PH not late in making PPE orders, but other countries just acted earlier – Duque

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines was not late in ordering personal protective equipment (PPEs) for health workers. Other countries with higher COVID-19 cases just moved earlier. ADVERTISEMENT Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made this statement on Monday night during President Rodrigo Duterte’s briefing. “On the purchase of personal protective equipment, some people think that we […]

Dedicated US-based doctor who died of COVID-19 wanted to retire in PH

(Last of two parts) MANILA, Philippines – Even with a successful career as a doctor in the United States, Jessie Ariel Ferreras never forgot his Philippine roots. ADVERTISEMENT Whenever he could, he made sure to be present in high school reunions in Laguna province and get-togethers with members of his class at the University of […]

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Trump fires Geoffrey Berman, top federal prosecutor in Manhattan after he refused to resign, Barr says

Attorney General William Barr on Saturday informed Manhattan’s chief federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman that President Donald Trump was removing him from office after the prosecutor refused to resign. “Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so,” Barr said in a terse letter to the prosecutor.

25 more cops infected with virus

25 more cops infected with virus Emmanuel Tupas, Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) – June 19, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-five more police officers have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing to 440 the number of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel who contracted COVID-19.

Edu Manzano’s son Enzo holds solo protests in New York: ‘PH gov’t is destroying democracy’

Enzo Manzano, son of veteran actor Edu Manzano, decided to hold solo protests in New York to raise awareness on how “the Philippine government keeps coming up with ways to silence us back home.” “Today, I chose to stand outside the United Nations HQ for [three] hours,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday, June 18.

De Lima in detention: ‘Don’t trust, don’t fear, don’t beg’

One can scarcely blame this fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte for preferring the company of cats to the humans who supervise her life in detention. “My mantra in detention is: ‘Don’t trust. Don’t fear.

‘Asia’s Best Actress’ Lilia Dizon, Christopher de Leon’s mom, dies at 92

‘Asia’s Best Actress’ Lilia Dizon, Christopher de Leon’s mom, dies at 92 Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – June 15, 2020 – 4:30pm MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actress Lilia Dizon passed away at 8:20 a.m. this morning in her home. She was 92. Reports said that she died due to lung cancer complications.

23,000 Pinoys displaced in Saudi

23,000 Pinoys displaced in Saudi MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) recently recorded more than 23,000 displaced Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia, including some who were caught on video scavenging for food at a supermarket. “We have actually recorded 26,000 but we have already sent home 2,700 of them through special and chartered flights.

US to provide P126 million for Philippines basic education

US to provide P126 million for Philippines basic education Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) – June 19, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The US will provide $2.5 million (about P126 million) to help the Philippines implement the basic education learning continuity plan amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the US embassy said yesterday.

Trump asked China for help getting reelected, Bolton book claims

The Trump Administration is rushing the production of a coronavirus vaccine. But it probably won’t be widely available until next spring or summer – and that’s if it even works. Also on Wednesday night, the director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, issued a statement saying that “regardless of rank or position, every individual entrusted with access to our nation’s secrets has a legal duty and responsibility to protect classified information.”

Trump has a point about the polls

But some pollsters, especially the relatively few who conduct surveys in battleground states, are still grappling with the problems that plagued those polls four years ago. In fact, most pollsters believe that, on balance, state polls are overstating the scale of Biden’s advantage.

Rayshard Brooks was kicked, denied medical care: The stunning allegations against ex-Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe

As Rayshard Brooks lay dying in a Wendy’s parking lot – shot twice in the back – Atlanta police officers kicked him and stood on his body, according to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Trump asked China for help getting reelected, Bolton book claims

“Trump then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton wrote. The president “stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.”

Anti-terror bill will allow ‘humane’ considerations in freezing of assets – Lacson

While the anti-terrorism bill is seen by its supporters to give more teeth to policies countering terrorist financing, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the measure would still provide for “humane” considerations in terms of freezing assets by allowing partial withdrawal of money for humanitarian needs.

Ombudsman orders probe on Duque, DOH execs for ‘irregularities’ in COVID-19 response

MANILA, Philippines – Ombudsman Samuel Martires has ordered an investigation on Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials and employees of the Department of Health (DOH) over alleged irregularities on the agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tycoon Danding Cojuangco Jr. passes away

Tycoon Danding Cojuangco Jr. passes away (Philstar.com) – June 17, 2020 – 9:05am MANILA, Philippines – Tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. has passed away. He was 85. Cojuangco’s death was confirmed by San Miguel Corp. President Ramon Ang in a report by Bloomberg on Wednesday morning.

‘It’s been one thing after another’: Americans are unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years, poll shows

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Spoiler alert: 2020 has been rough on the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. This bold – yet unsurprising – conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Trump Justice Department sues to block John Bolton from publishing book

WASHINGTON – Following through on a threat to take legal action to block another potentially critical tell-all book, the Trump administration Tuesday filed a lawsuit to stop former national security adviser John Bolton from publishing his long expected memoir.

PAL to offer ‘distancing seats’

PAL to offer ‘distancing seats’ MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be offering “distancing seats” starting next month in a move to encourage more people to fly again despite the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

US voices concern over Ressa, Santos guilty verdict in cyberlibel case

MANILA, Philippines – The United States has voiced its concern over the guilty verdict recently handed down by a Manila court against journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. in a cyber libel case.

Hillary Clinton says Ressa convicted for doing her job

MANILA, Philippines – Former U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced out her support for veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa following the latter’s cyber libel conviction in the Philippines. Clinton, also former first lady and senator, said Ressa was convicted “for doing her job.”

Supreme Court grants federal job protections to gay, lesbian, transgender workers

WASHINGTON – A divided Supreme Court further advanced the cause of LGBTQ rights Monday, ruling that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. The decision was written by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the court.

Palace: Duterte supports press freedom, never sued journalists

MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte supports free expression, Malacañang maintained yesterday as it disputed observations that the conviction of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyber libel was meant to silence critics of the government.

Woman apologizes after backlash from confronting Filipino homeowner

The CEO of a cosmetics company issued an apology Sunday after a video was widely shared online showing her and her husband confronting a man and threatening to call police because he stenciled “Black Lives Matter” in chalk on his San Francisco property.

Ressa’s case ‘deliberate strategy’ to intimidate journalists

MANILA, Philippines – The guilty decision handed down on Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. for cyberlibel appears to be part of a “strategy” among authoritarian governments that “want journalists to be afraid.”

Donald Trump says he wants the number of U.S. troops in Germany cut in half

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Monday he is planning to withdraw a little more than half of the U.S. troops now stationed in Germany, despite concerns that such a move would reduce American influence throughout Europe. Claiming Germany is not paying enough toward the NATO military alliance, Trump said the total deployment of American troops in Germany would drop to 25,000.

‘Two gunshot wounds of his back’: Rayshard Brooks’ death ruled as homicide; Atlanta officer fired

ATLANTA – A police officer was fired, a new chief was at the helm, and a Wendy’s restaurant burned Sunday as the city became the latest epicenter in the urgent, nationwide demand for social change. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot outside the Wendy’s late Friday.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, writer found guilty of cyber libel

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa has found Rappler’s Executive Editor and CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. guilty of violating Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act specifically for cyber libel. Ressa and Santos are the first journalists to be found guilty of cyber libel.

‘Police abuse’ denounced in arrest of 2 jewelers

The arrest of two traders in Manila in a drug sting by police officers, who neither identified themselves nor presented a warrant, illustrates the dangers of giving law enforcers more powers under the antiterrorism bill, a House leader said on Sunday.

Manila residents in standoff with cops

Manila residents in standoff with cops Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) – June 14, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – A standoff ensued between residents of San Andres Bukid, Manila and the police on Friday after two watchlisted suspects were arrested with illegal drugs that the family claimed had been planted.

Int’l org reminds Duterte on UNCHR report: World is watching

MANILA, Philippines – An international group had a simple reminder for President Rodrigo Duterte, following his spokesperson’s pronouncements on the government’s refusal to fully heed recommendations from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC): The world is watching you. ADVERTISEMENT On its message for the country’s celebration of its 122nd Independence Day on Friday, the […]

2 more groups reject anti-terrorism bill

Two more groups – an organization of outstanding women and a group of lawyers – have joined calls for the rejection of the anti-terror bill recently passed by Congress. The latest to voice their opposition to the bill were the Towns Foundation and the Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL).

White House goes quiet on coronavirus as outbreak spikes again across the U.S.

The coronavirus is still killing as many as 1,000 Americans per day – but the Trump administration isn’t saying much about it. It’s been more than a month since the White House halted its daily coronavirus task force briefings.

Black Atlanta man Rayshard Brooks ‘fleeing’ police dies after shooting at a Wendy’s drive-thru, investigators say

A 27-year-old Black man was shot by an Atlanta officer while fleeing froma struggle at a Wendy’s drive-thru late Friday night and died after surgery at a local hospital, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. One officer was treated for an injury and discharged.

‘Mockingjay’ Aling Marie leads masses against anti-terror bill at ‘Grand Mañanita’

‘Mockingjay’ Aling Marie leads masses against anti-terror bill at ‘Grand Mañanita’ Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – June 12, 2020 – 12:48pm MANILA, Philippines – Marie Dinglasan, more popularly known among Filipino netizens as “Aling Marie,” is gaining attention again for bravely speaking out Friday morning against the anti-terrorism bill during the 122nd Independence Day “Grand Mañanita” at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus.

Protests against terror bill held in the provinces

BAGUIO CITY-From Baguio City to the streets of Cebu in the Visayas, about 200 activists went out on the streets to oppose the antiterrorism bill amid police presence, as the country marked its 122nd Independence Day on Friday. In Baguio, over a hundred protesters, including students and indigenous peoples, staged a “mañanita” rally in front of the University of the Philippines (UP).

Xi assures Duterte: PH gets ‘priority’ access once China develops vaccine

China has promised to give the Philippines “priority” access to a vaccine it is developing against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Malacañang said on Friday. Chinese President Xi Jinping gave this assurance to President Rodrigo Duterte during their 38-minute telephone conversation on Thursday night.

Threat of arrest fails to stop ‘mañanita’ rallies vs terror bill

With colorful placards, parody jingles and a giant “Voltes V” figure, protesters practicing physical distancing filled the Oblation Plaza at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Friday morning for a “grand mañanita program” to mark the country’s 122nd Independence Day and condemn “state terrorism.”

China-backed presidential bet possible in 2022 – experts

China-backed presidential bet possible in 2022 – experts Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – June 11, 2020 – 11:12am MANILA, Philippines – Experts warned that China might interfere in the 2022 national elections by supporting a presidential candidate. Retired Rear. Adm.

UN expert stresses importance of journalism to court set to rule on cyber libel case vs Ressa

UN expert stresses importance of journalism to court set to rule on cyber libel case vs Ressa Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – June 12, 2020 – 10:35am MANILA, Philippines – Days before the Manila court hands down its verdict on the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, a United Nations expert sought to tell the court of the role of journalists and freedom of expression.

UP research: PH virus cases may hit 40,000 this month

The total number of new coronavirus cases in the country could reach 40,000 by the end of June, researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) said on Thursday. Professor Guido David of the UP OCTA Research told an online forum hosted by the Department of Health (DOH) that the projection was based on current trends in coronavirus data.

Trump rally attendees must agree not to sue campaign over potential coronavirus exposure

Right above a red “register” button on the page, the site includes a short disclaimer, informing attendees that “by clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”

Martin Gugino, 75-year-old protester pushed in Buffalo, has brain injury and will start physical therapy

Martin Gugino, 75, of Amherst, sustained a brain injury after an incident with Buffalo Police last week. Gugino was pushed by Buffalo Police officers after a protest, causing him to fall and whack his head on the sidewalk in front of Buffalo’s City Hall.

USA TODAY Poll: Forceful clearing of Lafayette Square protest was defining moment for president and protests

The police crackdown to clear protesters from Lafayette Square last week looms as a defining moment in the national debate over race and law enforcement that followed the death of George Floyd. An exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds Americans overwhelmingly endorse the right of peaceful protest outside the White House – a view held by nearly 9 of 10 people across racial and partisan lines.

Palace: Anti-terror bill has enough safeguards

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said yesterday there are enough safeguards in the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act against possible abuse, and that President Duterte would subject the measure to close scrutiny with “public interest” in mind. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said there are appropriate procedures to follow under the law in terms of arrest and detention of suspected terrorists.

Harsh only on the powerless

What is wrong with this picture? In August 2015, the Supreme Court allowed former senator Juan Ponce Enrile to post bail for the nonbailable plunder charges he had faced in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. In a 16-page decision, associate justice Lucas Bersamin cited Enrile’s age (91), his supposedly fragile health, and his “social and […]

Maria Ressa braces for verdict in ‘cyber libel’ case

VIENNA – An award-winning journalist who has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is bracing for a verdict in a libel case and says she sees the upcoming decision as “an existential moment” for democracy in the Philippines.

COVID-19 cases in PH exceed 23,000; death toll stands at 1,027

MANILA, Philippines – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country exceeded 23,000 on Wednesday as the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 750 new cases. The total number of cases now stands at 23,732. Of the new cases, 452 were “fresh” or those whose test results were validated and released within the last three days, while 288 cases were “late” reports.

PNP, DILG warn terror bill critics planning June 12 protests

A senior Philippine National Police official on Wednesday warned activists that they could be arrested if they joined street protests against the proposed antiterrorism law, as Interior Secretary Eduardo Año reminded the public that mass gatherings were still disallowed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Congress probe into surge of dummy Facebook accounts sought

Congress probe into surge of dummy Facebook accounts sought (Philstar.com) – June 10, 2020 – 11:23am MANILA, Philippines – Rep. Rufino Biazon (Muntinlupa) called on the House of Representatives to conduct a legislative inquiry into the proliferation of duplicate accounts on Facebook. Biazon wrote on Twitter that he filed Resolution No.

Pangilinan: Anti-terror bill prone to abuse with ‘authoritarian bent’ of Duterte admin

MANILA, Philippines – With the “authoritarian bent” of the Duterte administration, the anti-terrorism bill, once enacted into law, will be prone to possible abuse, according to Senator Francis Pangilinan. “Given the authoritarian bent of the current administration…who is to be confident that this law will not be abused or used to go after critics?”

2 lawmakers clash at ABS-CBN franchise hearing

2 lawmakers clash at ABS-CBN franchise hearing Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) – June 9, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives continued yesterday its hearing on the franchise renewal application of broadcast giant ABS-CBN even after it adjourned sine die.

PAL resumes flights to 8 domestic destinations, Manila-Los Angeles

PAL resumes flights to 8 domestic destinations, Manila-Los Angeles Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) – June 9, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) resumed yesterday regular passenger flights to eight domestic and one international destination under new normal safety procedures for travelers from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.

Faking Facebook accounts a criminal offense, says DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked Facebook to take down over a hundred of dummy accounts bearing the names of students and alumni of several universities across the country, but the data must be preserved for possible prosecution of the perpetrators.

Pressures increasing on Indonesia and Malaysia in the South China Sea

Chinese and Malaysian vessels were locked in a high-stakes standoff for more than one month earlier this year, near the island of Borneo in the South China Sea.

PH COVID-19 cases rise to 21,895; death toll breaches 1,000-mark

MANILA, Philippines – The total number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines is now at 21,895, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday. The DOH said that it logged 378 new “fresh cases,” meaning the test results were released within the last three days.

20 lawmakers step back from terror bill

Fifteen members of the House of Representatives had their names stricken out as authors of the controversial terrorism bill while at least five others retracted or corrected their vote amid a groundswell of opposition to the controversial measure feared as a potential state weapon against dissent.

PNP: Cebu arrests not due to protests

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police said eight protesters, including students of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Cebu City, were arrested on Friday because they defied the ban on mass gatherings. “[The arrests] had nothing to do with their protest against the antiterrorism bill.

2020 election: George W Bush, Mitt Romney, and other GOP establishment figures refuse to support Trump

Several longtime Republicans who have held political and military offices as high up as secretary of state and even the presidency will not vote for Donald Trump in 2020, as criticism of the 45th president’s handling of anti-police-brutality protests intensifies in the wake of the death of George Floyd

2 more underground clinics for Chinese busted; total now 6

MANILA, Philippines – Police raided a Chinese-run clinic in Parañaque around midnight of Saturday, the third such illegal facility found in the city, as authorities widened the crackdown on clandestine medical establishments allegedly catering to Chinese coronavirus patients.

NUPL: Constitutional challenge being readied vs Anti-Terrorism Bill

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said it would not wait for anyone to be victimized by the impending antiterrorism law and would immediately challenge it before the Supreme Court. “We are actually feverishly preparing the petition through a composite legal team of NUPL lawyers,” NUPL president Edre Olalia said on Friday.

DOJ starts review of anti-terrorism bill

DOJ starts review of anti-terrorism bill (Philstar.com) – June 7, 2020 – 9:58am MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice is set to begin its review of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, its chief told reporters Saturday.

‘I feel the gravity of this moment’: Thousands gather on nation’s capital on ninth day of protests over George Floyd’s death

WASHINGTON – Thousands of protesters from all walks of life – black, white, young, old,straight, gay – poured into downtown Washington Saturday to demand an end to police violence against African Americans.

Colin Powell: Trump ‘lies all the time’

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called on voters not to reelect President Donald Trump this fall – saying it’s time to make America better for all people, not just a few. “I think he has not been an effective president,” Powell told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview Sunday morning.

Trump’s former defense secretary Mattis blasts president as a threat to American democracy

WASHINGTON – Former Defense Secretary James Mattis denounced President Donald Trump Wednesday in an statement that hammered his former boss as a threat to American democracy. Trump is needlessly dividing the country and “militarizing” America’s response to the protests, Mattis wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic magazine.

‘Outraged’: Trump faces condemnation for clearing protesters, threatening military force

“At no time did we think it was appropriate that people who had not violated the curfew or anything else receive that treatment,” Bowser told CNN, saying she could not comment on “what made the federal authorities think it was appropriate to clear the way for that purpose.”

Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker amid protests

President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied reports that he retreated to the underground bunker beneath the White House last Friday night as protests outside the executive mansion escalated, insisting he only visited the secure facility for a brief time during the day for the purposes of “inspection.” “It was a false report.

Anti-terror bill approved with no changes in ‘unconstitutional provisions’

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 by a vote of 173-31, with 29 abstentions. The approved version was a virtual copy of Senate Bill No. 1083, which the upper chamber passed in February.

Clampdown of freedom of expression in Philippines alarms UN human rights chief

Clampdown of freedom of expression in Philippines alarms UN human rights chief Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – June 4, 2020 – 8:33am MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations rights chief sounded alarm over the arbitrary arrests of people who criticize their government’s response to the coronavirus crisis or even simply share views on the pandemic in different Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Clampdown of freedom of expression in Philippines alarms UN human rights chief

Clampdown of freedom of expression in Philippines alarms UN human rights chief Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – June 4, 2020 – 8:33am MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations rights chief sounded alarm over the arbitrary arrests of people who criticize their government’s response to the coronavirus crisis or even simply share views on the pandemic in different Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Taylor Swift joins call to junk ‘Anti-Terror’ Bill in Philippines

Taylor Swift joins call to junk ‘Anti-Terror’ Bill in Philippines Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – June 3, 2020 – 12:25pm MANILA, Philippines – International pop star Taylor Swift joined the call to junk the Anti-Terror Bill in the Philippines. In her Instagram story yesterday, Taylor posted ways people can help on the issues surrounding the world today, including Junk Terror Bill.

Traditional jeepney phaseout to proceed

Traditional jeepney phaseout to proceed MANILA, Philippines – With still no clear timeline as to when they can resume operations amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippines’ traditional jeepneys, dubbed “king of the road,” may no longer be plying major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

Termination of Visiting Forces Agreement with US on hold

Termination of Visiting Forces Agreement with US on hold (Philstar.com) – June 2, 2020 – 8:53pm MANILA, Philippines (Updated 7:15 a.m., June 3, 2020) – The Philippines has suspended the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US “in light of political and other developments” in the region, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Calls mount vs ‘urgent’ anti-terrorism bill

Human rights groups and opposition lawmakers on Tuesday made a desperate call to Congress not to approve the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, warning that the measure aimed at crushing terrorism could easily be abused to crack down on dissent and constrict the democratic space in the country.

Republicans chide Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op

And Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said it was “definitely not” right for peaceful protesters, who were gathered around Lafayette Park in front of the White House, to be sprayed with tear gas. And he criticized the president for walking to St. John’s Episcopal Church right before the 7 p.m.

‘Word of God as a political prop’: GOP senators criticize Trump after George Floyd protesters forced out of park

WASHINGTON – Republican senators were split on President Donald Trump’s decision Monday to push back protesters from an area surrounding the White House so he could visit a historic church across the street to take a photo with a Bible.

Duterte urges House to fast-track passage of ‘Anti-Terror Bill’

Duterte urges House to fast-track passage of ‘Anti-Terror Bill’ MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has certified the proposed Anti-Terror Bill urgent, which would fast-track its passage through the House of Representatives, where the administration enjoys an overwhelming majority.

COVID-19 cases hit 18,638 as Philippines eases virus lockdown

COVID-19 cases hit 18,638 as Philippines eases virus lockdown Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – June 1, 2020 – 5:08pm MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines said its caseload of novel coronavirus infections reached 18,638 Monday as Metro Manila and other areas at high-risk of virus transmission shifted to a more relaxed community quarantine that allowed more businesses to reopen and workers to return to their jobs.

‘If I had not been SolGen, I will make you eat your words,’ Calida tells Coco Martin

MANILA, Philippines – “If I had not been the Solicitor General, I would have called his bluff and make him eat his words.” These were the words of Office of the Solicitor General chief Jose Calida during a joint committee hearing at the House of Representatives Monday, breaking weeks of silence following the public uproar over the shutdown of media giant ABS-CBN over its franchise issues.

Chaos as thousands return to work in Metro Manila

They were raring to go back to work on Monday after three months of being cooped up at home. But the lack of public transportation forced thousands on the first day of general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila to walk to offices, hitch rides on the backs of trucks or, if they were lucky, in private vehicles.

‘Nowhere to be found’: Governors blast Trump after he tells them they are ‘weak’ on phone call

WASHINGTON – Governors including one Republican pushed back at President Donald Trump Monday after he told them on a phone call they are “weak” and need to use force to “dominate” riots that have erupted during protests over the death of George Floyd. Democratic Michigan Gov.

Military personnel, equipment seen in DC after Trump promised to ‘dominate the streets’

Military helicopters, vehicles and personnel began to descend on the streets of Washington, D.C., Monday night, hours after President Donald Trump promised to “dominate the streets” and protesters demonstrating peacefully were pushed back with tear gas to make way for the president to visit a nearby church.

Illinois governor butts heads with Trump on conference call

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday called on President Donald Trump to dial back what the governor characterized as incendiary rhetoric in the wake of the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody.

Black Protester Confronts White Women Tagging Starbucks with ‘BLM’

Play video content Two white protesters got called out by a black protester for tagging a Starbucks with graffiti repping the Black Lives Matter movement … and the bizarre encounter was caught on video. Check it out …

J.R. Smith Beats The Hell Out of Alleged Car Vandalizer During L.A. Protests

Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com NBA star J.R. Smith beat the living daylights out of a man who allegedly smashed his car window during the wild protests in L.A. … and TMZ Sports has the video. You can see … the 6’6″, 225-pounder unleashed a barrage of violent kicks on the man — landing several times in the head.

Michigan sheriff joins demonstrators in ‘parade’

A Michigan sheriff joined protesters in Flint Township on Saturday, putting down his weapons and saying, “I want to make this a parade, not a protest.”

Boston Marathon canceled for the first time in 124-year history

The Boston Marathon will not be held in 2020, the first cancellation in the event’s 124-year history. The Marathon was originally postponed from its traditional Patriots’ Day running in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers had hoped to stage it on Sept.

Trump’s social media order to have agencies review whether Twitter, Facebook can be sued for content

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday designed – in theory – to make it easier to sue social media companies such as Twitter, days after the site placed a fact check label on two of his tweets.

SC: More than 22,000 detainees released since lockdown

SC: More than 22,000 detainees released since lockdown Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – May 29, 2020 – 11:42am MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Judiciary has released more than 22,000 detainees through videoconferencing since the lockdown was enforced, Court Administrator Midas Marquez said.

SC: More than 22,000 detainees released since lockdown

SC: More than 22,000 detainees released since lockdown Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – May 29, 2020 – 11:42am MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Judiciary has released more than 22,000 detainees through videoconferencing since the lockdown was enforced, Court Administrator Midas Marquez said.

Duterte ‘sure’ China will be first to develop COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night expressed confidence that China, where the COVID-19 pandemic originated, will be among the first countries to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. According to Duterte, China is already developing a vaccine and that it may be available by September.

Willie Revillame defends ABS-CBN after Harry Roque jokes about shutdown on ‘Wowowin’

Willie Revillame defends ABS-CBN after Harry Roque jokes about shutdown on ‘Wowowin’ Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – May 27, 2020 – 7:12pm MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque threw shade at ABS-CBN shutdown in his guesting on “Wowowin” today.

The next 100 days: How the coronavirus will continue to change your life at home, at work, at school and beyond

It didn’t take much longer than 100 days for the coronavirus to claim the lives of 100,000 Americans, an unimaginable toll when the first person in the U.S. died of COVID-19, believed to have happened Feb. 6 in California.

Philippines’ task force recommends easing of lockdown in capital

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ coronavirus task force has recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte easing lockdown measures in Manila from June 1, despite the country still reporting some of its highest daily numbers of COVID-19 cases and missing testing targets.

What we know about the death of George Floyd: 4 Minneapolis police officers fired after ‘horrifying’ video hits social media

Government officials and Minnesota locals alike expressed outrage after a video surfaced showing a white police officer kneeling on the neck of a black man and ignoring his pleas for help until first responders put him, unresponsive, on a stretcher. The man, identified at 46-year-old George Floyd, died at a local hospital, according to police.

Solgen: SC has no power over ABS-CBN case

MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday told the Supreme Court it had no jurisdiction to act on ABS-CBN’s petition seeking to set aside the shutdown order by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Duterte takes responsibility for ‘expensive’ DOH purchases

President Duterte took responsibility for the “expensive” equipment purchases made by the Department of Health (DOH) to help the country stop the spread of the new coronavirus, but he ordered the investigation of the alleged overpriced laboratory equipment exclusively sold by a business couple.

Duterte defends DOH amid ‘overpriced’ PPEs, medical equipment issue

Duterte defends DOH amid ‘overpriced’ PPEs, medical equipment issue (Philstar.com) – May 26, 2020 – 10:03am MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte defended the Department of Health over the procurement of allegedly “overpriced” protective gear for healthcare workers and medical supplies needed to combat the coronavirus disease in the country.

Hospitals, senators want Duque axed

A group of private hospital administrators has asked President Duterte to sack Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, saying the country is in need of someone with a “fresh mind” to head the agency at the forefront of the country’s response efforts against the coronavirus disease.

World Health Organization drops hydroxychloroquine from global coronavirus treatment study

The World Health Organization announced Monday a “temporary pause” on the inclusion of an anti-malarial drug, which President Donald Trump said he used to help stave off coronavirus, in a global study on potential treatments for the disease.

Desperate rats are brazenly searching for food during the coronavirus pandemic, CDC warns

They are furry and they are furious – and they may be the most desperate of diners to yearn for restaurants to unlock from shutdown. Rats, it seems, haven’t been satisfied with curbside pickup or delivery during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump says he’s finished hydroxychloroquine regimen to ward off COVID-19

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said he has finished taking his regimen of hydroxychloroquine, a controversial drug he has promoted as a treatment for the coronavirus despite warnings from his own U.S. Food and Drug Administration and medical professionals about its effectiveness and potentially dangerous side effects.

SWS: 87% of Filipinos worry about a family member getting COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – Eighty-seven percent of Filipinos worry about a family member contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed. Of the 4,010 working-age Filipinos surveyed from May 4 to 10 via mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing, 13 percent said they are not worried.

Duterte scouting for new DOH chief?

President Duterte is reportedly scouting for somebody to replace Francisco Duque III as health secretary amid calls for his resignation by members of the Senate and other sectors of society due to his handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

NBA great Patrick Ewing hospitalized with COVID-19

NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, now the head basketball coach at Georgetown University, is in hospital with COVID-19. Ewing, 57, said on Twitter on Friday he had tested positive for the virus. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” the New York Knicks icon said in a statement.

Senators dismayed by Duque’s lack of effort to improve leadership – Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senators are disappointed by what they see as a lack of effort by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to improve his leadership after a recent Senate hearing uncovered more lapses in the government’s response to the coronavirus disease pandemic. “Honestly, we were more dismayed, more disappointed.

‘Government winning war vs COVID’

MANILA, Philippines – The country is winning the war against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the chief implementer of the government’s response to the pandemic. “For two months that we implemented the enhanced community quarantine, where are we now?

2 NBI informants slain in Taguig drug sting

2 NBI informants slain in Taguig drug sting Ralph Edwin Villanueva (The Philippine Star) – May 24, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Two informants of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) were shot dead by police officers during a drug bust in Taguig City on Friday night.

Sessions claps back at Trump: ‘You’re damn fortunate’ I recused from Russia probe

“3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began,” Trump tweeted. “He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!” Sessions followed up on Saturday morning, saying Trump’s thoughts won’t sway Alabama voters’ minds.

Pompeo blasts Beijing’s national security bill as ‘death knell’ for Hong Kong’s autonomy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned efforts by Beijing to enact national security legislation in Hong Kong, charging that the implementation of such a measure would represent a “death knell” for the semi-autonomy afforded to the Chinese territory. “Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of liberty,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Palace debunks DOH: PH still in first wave of pandemic

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is still in the first wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Malacañang said Thursday, refuting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s declaration that the country is now facing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. “Tayo po ngayon ay nasa (We are in the) first wave,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a televised Palace briefing.

SWS: Number of hungry Filipino families nearly doubles due to COVID-19 blow

SWS: Number of hungry Filipino families nearly doubles due to COVID-19 blow (Philstar.com) – May 22, 2020 – 8:53am MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipino families who experienced hunger nearly doubled in the first quarter, a survey from the Social Weather Stations suggests, as the novel coronavirus outbreak placed millions under lockdowns and ravaged the country’s economy.

‘Cha-cha effort dead in the water’

‘Cha-cha effort dead in the water’ Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) – May 22, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Nearly two years before President Duterte steps down, efforts to amend the 1987 Constitution and push for a federal system of government may now be dead in the water.

Ford ‘encouraged’ Trump to wear mask during factory tour, but it came off for the cameras

WASHINGTON – Ford executives encouraged President Donald Trump to don a face mask during his visit to one of its factories Thursday, but he said he chose not to wear it near photographers because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

‘Badge of honor’: Trump now says high number of U.S. coronavirus cases is a tribute to testing progress

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he viewed the number of U.S. cases of coronavirus – the highest in the world – as a “badge of honor” because the still-increasing figure is a reflection of the country’s testing capacity.

ABS-CBN near ‘very painful’ decision

MANILA, Philippines – Media giant ABS-CBN may have to start letting go some of its 11,000 employees in August if Congress fails to grant its application for franchise renewal soon, the network’s president and CEO Carlo Katigbak told the Senate on Tuesday.

NBI arrests internet personality Francis Leo Marcos

NBI arrests internet personality Francis Leo Marcos (Philstar.com) – May 19, 2020 – 3:36pm MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday arrested internet personality Francis Leo Marcos over violation of the optometry law.

PH ‘actually’ on second wave of COVID-19 infections now – Duque

MANILA, Philippines – “Actually, we’re on the second wave” of COVID-19 infection. This was revealed Wednesday by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during the resumption of the Senate hearing on the government’s COVID-19 response. Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

Illegal hospital treating COVID-19 patients shut

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines – The state-owned Clark Development Corp. (CDC) on Wednesday ordered the closure and full lockdown of an illegal hospital treating Chinese nationals infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside an upscale village at Clark Freeport, north of this provincial capital of Pampanga.

Woman tops PNPA graduating class

Woman tops PNPA graduating class Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) – May 21, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – A female cadet is this year’s topnotcher among graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA). Cadet Lei Anne Bancio Palermo topped the 277 graduates of PNPA Mandayug Class of 2020, which includes 194 male cadets.

SC defers issuance of TRO on ABS-CBN shutdown – The Manila Times

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday deferred issuing a temporary restraining order on the closure of ABS-CBN that would have allowed it to resume operations. According to unimpeachable sources, the SC en banc during its deliberations on Tuesday, the justices instead ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to file its comment within 10 days on […]

Calida declines to attend Senate hearing on ABS-CBN anew, cites ‘sub judice’

Calida declines to attend Senate hearing on ABS-CBN anew, cites ‘sub judice’ Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) – May 19, 2020 – 11:01am MANILA, Philippines – SolicitorGeneral Jose Calida has again declined to attend the Senate hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise, saying issues surrounding the matter are part of pending petitions in the Supreme Court.

Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, the drug he touted as coronavirus treatment, despite FDA warnings

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Monday he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug that he’s repeatedly touted as a treatment for coronavirus, despite warnings about its effectiveness. “I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable discussion with restaurant executives at the White House.

500,000 rapid test kits arrive in Philippines

500,000 rapid test kits arrive in Philippines Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) – May 18, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The first batch of more than 500,000 antibody rapid test kits for private sector-led Project Antibody Rapid Test Kit (ARK) has arrived in the country.

COVID-positive OFWs flee quarantine – PCG

MANILA, Philippines – An unknown number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), some of whom tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have escaped from hotels that are being used as quarantine facilities in Metro Manila. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo yesterday confirmed there were OFWs who fled from quarantine.

Lawmakers on Charter change: ‘Not right time’

Lawmakers on Sunday rejected the insistence of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on introducing amendments to the Constitution for economic and political reforms amid the national struggle to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

Lacson flags overpriced medical supplies for DOH

MANILA, Philippines – Billions of pesos in taxpayer money may have lined the pockets of corrupt public officials behind the procurement of allegedly overpriced medical supplies for the Department of Health (DOH), Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Sunday.

State Department watchdog critical of Trump moves fired

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration fired the State Department’s watchdog late Friday, ousting a career investigator who had uncovered alleged political bias at the agency. The decision – made quietly and without explanation – was the latest in a series of purges the White House has undertaken in recent months to remove government overseers who are charged with reporting on government malfeasance and corruption.

China flaunts muscle to show coronavirus left might intact – analyst

China flaunts muscle to show coronavirus left might intact – analyst Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – May 15, 2020 – 4:14pm MANILA, Philippines – China’s recent establishment of new facilities in the South China Sea might be Beijing’s way to show the rest of the world that its might was not crippled by the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, an analyst has said.

COVID-19 cases in PH climb to 12,305 as DOH records 214 new infections

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday an additional 214 cases of COVID-19, increasing the number of coronavirus infections in the country to 12,305. DOH, at the same time, said 101 patients were able to recover from the severe respiratory illness, bringing the total to 2,561 recoveries, as death toll claimed to 817 with the death of 11 more people.

Monsod: Arrest of Duterte critic sans libel complaint illegal, unconstitutional

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Christian Monsod, one of the 1987 Constitution’s framers has reminded law enforcers that arresting a cyber-libel suspect for allegedly maligning President Rodrigo Duterte, without a formal complaint, is both illegal and unconstitutional.

140,000 flee as Typhoon Ambo hits Samar like a ‘Yolanda Jr.’

Tens of thousands of people crammed into evacuation centers while trying to follow social distance protocols for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday, as a powerful typhoon hammered the Philippines.

Man who called Duterte ‘buang’ on Facebook arrested for cyberlibel

MANILA, Philippines – A 41-year-old man was arrested in Agusan del Norte for his Facebook post criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday afternoon. Caraga police director Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel arrested Reynaldo Orcullo, who is a salesman living in Barangay Triangulo, Nasipit town, for alleged libelous statements posted on Facebook, which supposedly called the President “foolish.”

Derek Ramsay selling 3 luxury cars, Internet users give funny reactions

Derek Ramsay selling 3 luxury cars, Internet users give funny reactions MANILA, Philippines – “Time to sell my toys. Message me if interested,” Kapuso star Derek Ramsay announced as he put his Aston Martin DB11, Rolls-Royce Ghost and Ferrari F12 Berlinetta up for sale on Facebook.

Vico Sotto inks deal to employ 500 tricycle drivers for food delivery

To help and support thousands of tricycle drivers and their families in Metro Manila who lost their means of livelihood during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, tech company Foodpanda recently expanded its pandaTODA project in Pasig City in partnership with the city government to provide jobs to at least 500 Pasig City tricycle drivers.

House OKs ABS-CBN provisional franchise

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill granting a provisional franchise to broadcast giant ABS-CBN until Oct. 31 while Congress deliberates on the network’s application for the renewal of its franchise.

137 Pinoys in US die of COVID

137 Pinoys in US die of COVID MANILA, Philippines – At least 137 Filipinos in the United States, including 18 medical frontliners, have died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Philippine embassy in Washington reported yesterday. During the Laging Handa televised press briefing, Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez said 253 Filipinos in the US and Caribbean countries have contracted the disease.

WHO: Coronavirus may never go away

WHO: Coronavirus may never go away Robin Millard (Agence France-Presse) – May 14, 2020 – 7:50am GENEVA, Switzerland – The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.

Fauci warns reopening country too fast could be ‘really serious’ for states

The Trump administration’s top infectious disease expert testified Tuesday that the consequence of reopening the country too early could be “really serious” if states don’t have the capability to respond to new coronavirus infections.

Matt Damon talks coronavirus and ‘Contagion,’ reveals his daughter had virus ‘early on’

Matt Damon revealed his oldest daughter had coronavirus in New York City while the rest of the Damons quarantined in Ireland. The actor, 49, had been in Dublin shooting Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” when the country began to shut down over coronavirus concerns.

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort released from prison amid coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been released from prison and is now in home confinement as the coronavirus pandemic spreads in the federal corrections system. Todd Blanche, one of Manafort’s attorneys, said the 71-year-old was released Wednesday morning.

Perjury, graft charges eyed vs Calida, NTC over ABS-CBN shutdown

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker wants the House of Representatives to look into possible graft and perjury charges against the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) over the shutdown of media giant ABS-CBN. Anakalusugan Partylist Rep.

Alan Peter blames NTC, vows to fix ABS-CBN mess

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday vowed to “fix the mess” spawned by the closure of broadcast giant ABS-CBN by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

ABS-CBN’s closure, government’s big blunder – The Manila Times

I AM not a fan of the Lopezes, especially the swaggering Gabby, but I shed copious tears in the last few minutes before the ABS-CBN network went off the air Tuesday night. And I’m sure millions of my countrymen wept with me as the broadcasters of the giant network bade goodbye to their viewers and […]

Michael Flynn case continues DOJ’s dismantling of Robert Mueller’s investigation ‘brick by brick’

It started almost immediately, with the roll-out of the Russia investigation. Before the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election were made public a year ago, Attorney General William Barr declared that there was insufficient evidence to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice.

Katie Miller, Pence spokesperson, tests positive for coronavirus

Katie Miller, a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to two people with knowledge of Miller’s diagnosis. Miller’s positive diagnosis for Covid-19 puts the potential threat of the infection squarely into the president’s inner circle. Miller serves as the vice president’s top spokesperson, traveling with him frequently and attending meetings by his side.

US ‘concerned’ over shutdown of ABS-CBN

US ‘concerned’ over shutdown of ABS-CBN (Agence France-Presse) – May 8, 2020 – 8:35am WASHINGTON, United States – The United States on Friday voiced concern over the Philippine government-ordered shutdown of the country’s top broadcaster ABS-CBN, which has been targeted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

ABS-CBN goes to SC

Citing losses of as much as P35 million daily as well as endangerment of the livelihood of thousands with its abrupt closure, ABS-CBN Corp. has asked the Supreme Court to stop the National Telecommunications Commission from enforcing its cease and desist order against the network giant.

Cayetano: Congress to fix the mess others made on ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday broke his silence on the issue of the ABS-CBN franchise renewal, sCongress will rise to the occasion and “fix the mess” others have made. “We would have wanted to do this in an orderly manner.

ABS-CBN shutdown a ‘shame’ for NTC, Congress, Locsin says

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday berated the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the House of Representatives over the shutdown of television giant ABS-CBN. In a tweet, the outspoken top diplomat said closing down a major media outlet that has provided news, entertainment, and comfort for millions of Filipinos here and abroad is a “shame” for the NTC and Congress.

CHR, schools, media, lawyers’ groups slam ‘attack on democracy’

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday decried the “chilling effect” of the ABS-CBN network shutdown on the freedom of expression and press freedom, saying that “political whims” should not decide the fate of any media entity.