Palace: Duterte can still stop Kaliwa Dam — if there’s fraud

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte could stop the construction of the China-funded Kaliwa Dam project in Tanay, Rizal — but only if it would be found that fraud was involved in entering the deal.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo Velasco said the project was already a “done deal.”

The Kaliwa Dam, which is seen to address water shortage in Metro Manila, is funded by China’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Philippines.

Environmental groups, the Catholic Church, and local officials have objected to the project, saying that it would displace the …

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Roxas as traffic aide? He’ll do anything to serve – manager

MANILA, Philippines — The campaign manager of former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who running for senator in the May 2019 elections, brushed off on Saturday President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that Roxas should just be a traffic aide.

“Mar Roxas will do anything to serve our country and people. Just like when he persevered in bringing to the country the call center industry which employs over a million Filipinos today,” Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice said in a text message to INQUIRER.net.

In a speech Friday, the President said Roxas should have been a traffic aide, citing a video of Roxas directing traffic.

“During the intermission, there were advertisements. …

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WATCH: Bus causes 5-car pileup in Las Piñas

MANILA, Philippines — A Reinalyn Bus caused five-car pileup on the Alabang-Zapote Road in Las Pias on Tuesday night.

A video posted on Facebook by Mikhail Argel Tan shows the bus bumping the rear end of a car, after grazing Tan’s car, causing a pile-up.

“Last night, according to the bus driver,nawalan daw siya ng preno and kahit anung control niya wala talaga,” Tan told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.

[Last night, according to the bus driver, he lost his brakes and no matter how he tried to control the bus he could really do nothing.]

Nawalan daw ng preno yung busCars involved 2 Montero, 2 Mirage G4 and 1 Altis

Publiée par Mikhail Argel Tan sur Mardi 26 février 2019

Tan said two Mitsubishi Mirages, two Mitsubishi Monteros, and a Toyot…

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Robredo: Rice tariffication law should have safety nets for farmers

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo urged the Duterte administration to ensure that there would be measures to safeguard rice farmers from the negative effects of the recently signed rice tariffication law.

“Maaapektuhan talaga iyong mga magsasaka. Kaya iyong pinakatanong sa batas: Ano ba iyong safety nets? Kung gagawin natin ito, ano ba iyong safety nets natin para siguruhin na hindi negatibo iyong epekto sa mga magsasaka? Kasi sigurado mayroon,” Robredo said on Sunday in “BISErbisyong Leni,” her weekly radio show aired over AM station DZXL.

[The farmers will really be affected. So the question about the law is: What are the safety nets? If we’re going to imple…

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Comelec dismisses petition vs Legarda’s Antique congresisonal bid

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division has rejected the petitions filed against the congressional bid of Senator Loren Legarda in the province of Antique.

In a resolution, the Comelec Second Division dismissed the petitions which requested the poll body to cancel Legarda’s certificate of candidacy (COC), citing issues in her residency.

READ: Legarda to run for House seat in 2019 polls

The disqualification cases were filed by Robin Rubinos and former Antique Governor Exequiel Javier.

The Comelec Second Division said that “no proof was introduced to effectively refute those offered by Legarda to establish her eligibility for the office to wh…

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Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead

BRUMADINHO, Brazil — Firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste.

The confirmed death toll rose to 58, with up to 300 people still missing, authorities said. In an ominous sign, nobody was recovered alive Sunday, a stark difference from the first two days of the disaster, when helicopters were whisking people from the mud.

The slow speed of search efforts was due to the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine dam breached Friday afternoon. It is up 24 fee…

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First Fil-Am elected to public post in Oakland believes in People Power

 

OAKLAND, California — The first Filipino American elected to a public post in this city invoked a concept most emblematic of her ancestral homeland at her installation.

When Nikki Fortunato Bas swore in Jan. 7 as representative of District 2 on the Oakland City Council, she heralded People Power thrice in her vow to govern by making decisions not for, but with, her constituents.

She knows about the bloodless revolution that ousted the 20-year Marcos dictatorship, and her recurring phrase embodies the spirit behind her intention to runfor public office.

“My reference to people-powered government stems more from my work over the past 12 years contesting for power in…

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They found love during Operation Brotherhood

 

Their faces were gaunt like old people. Their bellies protruded from their frail bodies. Food was scarce not only in this mountainous region. The kids were walking barefoot, in tattered clothes, while some were naked. Seeing him, the kids gathered around him, begging for food, asking to be saved. His heart sank. He could not do anything but cry.It was Laos in 1968.

The scene has stayed in Enrique Labao’s mind, reminding him of the grim realities of war.

“I didn’t bring anything for the kids, this was a military support mission. Days after, I heard the tribe had been moved to another area. Their place had been overrun by the insurgents,” he recalls.

Enrique Labao, w…

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New girl group out to develop the next Nadine, Yassi

In a country that is not lacking in talented young folks who would do anything to be part of show business, is there room for a new singing-and-dancing girl group in the Philippines?

Of course there is, according to Vic Entertainment Inc. big boss Vic del Rosario.

On Dec. 3, Del Rosario introduced Ppop Generation: Boom Ganda, the entertainment group’s latest attempt in creating a local performing group that could rival those from South Korea and Japan.

Ppop Generation: Boom Ganda is a sing-and-dance group of 45 girls, aged 13 to 18. The group is a venture between Del Rosario’s Viva Live! And RTM of Japan, led by talent manager Masatoshi Mano and creative producer Ryota Naito…

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Reveling in his first PBA championship, Chito Victolero shares credit for Magnolia feat

ANTIPOLO CITY—Chito Victolero wasn’t looked at as a successor to Tim Cone’s glorious run as head coach of the Purefoods franchise, but it’s what he turned out to be that cemented his legacy in the storied club.

Hired from Kia, Victolero was tapped to help the struggling Hotshots move on from their drastic drop to 11-22 less than two years removed from completing the Grand Slam.

Victolero’s only PBA achievement before arriving in Magnolia’s camp was lead Kia to its lone playoff appearance in the 2016 Governors’ Cup, but he is nowpart of an elite league of champion coaches in the PBA.

READ:Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6

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