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'No FPJ without Susan Roces'

ON the last night of her mother Susan Roces' wake, Sen. Grace Poe said her father Fernandoe Poe Jr., known by his moniker "FPJ" and the "King of Philippine Movies," reached his stature in the industry because of his wife."Si FPJ ay FPJ dahil sa likod niya mayroong isang matapang at maalagang asawa na mahal siya. Halos lahat ng mga pelikula ni FPJ bago ilabas, bago yan ishoot silang dalawa ang nagpupuyat nagsasagutan ng mga dialogue (FPJ is FPJ because behind him was a strong and caring wife who loved him. Before most of his films were shot, the two… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

19 children, 2 teachers dead in US shooting

(UPDATE) UVALDE, Texas: A teenage gunman killed at least 19 young children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, prompting a furious President Joe Biden to denounce the US gun lobby and vow to end the nation's cycle of mass shootings.The attack in Uvalde — a small community about an hour from the Mexican border — was the deadliest US school shooting in years, and the latest in a spree of bloody gun violence across America."It's time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen of this country," Biden said, his voice… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Be mindful of libel, campus journalists told

AS campus journalists and teachers engage more in the practice of journalism with online and social media, education experts and lawyers reminded them to be mindful of libel, cyberlibel, copyright and fair use in producing their works to ensure that press freedom prevails.Speaking during The Manila Times and Manila Times College online forum "Libel, cyberlibel, copyright and fair use: Media practices and individual rights in the age of social media," San Beda University College of Law Professor and former Asian Development Foundation College of Law dean, lawyer Saul Hofileña Jr., said that a fair and true report is made in… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Coronavirus survivors have twice the risk of developing dangerous blood clots that travel to their lungs compared to people who weren't infected, as well double the chance of respiratory symptoms, a large new study said Tuesday.The research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as many as one in five adults ages 18 to 64 years and one in four of those over 65 went on to experience health conditions that could be related to their bout of Covid — a finding consistent with other research.Among all conditions, the risk of developing acute pulmonary embolism — a… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

MAYOR Evelio "Bing" Leonardia cried foul over the conduct of the elections in Bacolod City, but incoming local chief executive Alfredo "Albee" Benitez shrugged off the allegations.In a press conference on Tuesday, Leonardia's spokesman, Chris Sorongon, said the incumbent mayor filed a complaint before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Manila on May 20. It has been docketed as Election Protest Case 008-2022."The move of Mayor Leonardia to file a complaint was in response to the people's clamor. The people of Bacolod want to know the truth," Sorongon said in a press conference where he was joined by… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Comelec to revise rules on electoral protest

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will revise its rules and procedures on electoral protest for local positions to speed up the process that normally takes years to resolve.Commissioner George Erwin Garcia, a former election lawyer, said on Wednesday that under the existing rules and regulations, there were a lot of election cases that were not resolved at all because the local official has already finished serving his or her three-year term in office.He explained that the guidelines is an overdue process that needs to be revised so that the cases will continue to move forward despite the exchanges of motions… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

TARLAC State University (TSU) will hold limited face-to-face (F2F) graduation rites from June 28 to July 2.This was recently announced by TSU president Dr. Arnold Velasco, who also said that members of the Board of Regents will serve as guest speakers for the ceremonies."We came up with a schedule that will run for five days with morning and afternoon batches of graduates to ensure our adherence to the minimum public health protocols," Velasco said.Significantly, the TSU campus in Capas, Tarlac, will also be holding its first graduation ceremony since its opening in 2018.The first batch of graduates will come from… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Senate approves OGCC Charter

WITH 21 affirmative votes, no negative vote and no abstention, the Senate approved on third and final reading the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) Charter. The Charter aims to help adapt and strengthen the agency to the changing times by standardizing and rationalizing the compensation of its personnel.During its hybrid plenary session on Monday, May 23, the Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 2490, or "An Act Strengthening the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) by Rationalizing and Further Professionalizing its Organization, Upgrading Positions, and Appropriating Funds."SB 2490 mandates the OGCC to be the statutory counsel and principal… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

NKorea fires likely ICBM after Biden's departure

SEOUL: North Korea fired on Wednesday a volley of missiles, including a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), just hours after United States President Joe Biden left Asia after a trip overshadowed by Pyongyang's saber-rattling.Three missiles, including the suspected ICBM, were fired from Pyongyang's Sunan area, South Korea said, where an airfield has become a key site used in multiple recent weapons tests by the nuclear-armed country.The launch, one of nearly 20 weapons tests by Pyongyang so far this year, prompted joint US-South Korea live-fire missile drills in response as both sides slammed what they called continued "provocations" by the North.The… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

AN envoy from the United States visited Tawi-Tawi to promote shared US-Philippine values such as press freedom and to strengthen the already robust collaboration with local partners for inclusive peace in the region.US Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d'Affaires ad interim Heather Variava emphasized the media's significant role in democratic societies to the audience of more than 100 students and faculty in her keynote address."It is important for our democracies and our future that we find ways to make media freedom a reality. We need to protect these freedoms on the digital frontiers and in traditional media," Variava said.Variava was… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Senators back call for early passage of 2023 budget

A MAJORITY of the senators of the incoming 19th Congress have this early expressed their support for the call of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for an early passage of the 2023 national budget.Reelected Sen. Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, who is eyeing the Senate presidency in the incoming 19th Congress, said that he will support the aim of the next administration for an early passage of the 2023 budget."My campaign promise is to pass a Bayanihan 3 package to provide funding assistance to distressed industries such as tourism and MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) that were affected by the… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Ex-Comelec chairman not yet off the hook

FORMER Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista is not yet off the hook as the Court of Appeals (CA) stood pat on its ruling upholding the findings of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) that he violated Republic Act 10173 or the "Data Privacy Act of 2012" in connection with the April 2016 data breach that placed the personal information of millions of voters at risk.The NPC recommended prosecuting Bautista for the crime of accessing sensitive personal information as it also urged the Department of Justice (DoJ) to investigate him for possible violation of the Anti-cybercrime Law "on the finding… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Xi speaks with UN rights chief as Xinjiang row rages

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video call with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday as she visits Xinjiang during a mission overshadowed by fresh allegations of Uyghur abuses and fears she is being used as a public relations tool.China's ruling Communist Party is accused of detaining over 1 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the far-western region as part of a years-long crackdown that the United States and lawmakers in other Western countries have labeled a "genocide."Bachelet is expected to visit the cities of Urumqi and Kashgar on a six-day tour that… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac: Former rebels in Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordilleras received P23 million worth of immediate and livelihood assistance under the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip).Lt. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) chief, disclosed that 1,156 rebels have surrendered in Northern Luzon since January 2018, including regular members of New People's Army and Milisyang Bayan.He said the AFP completed 10 halfway houses in Bantay, Ilocos Sur; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Burgos, Pangasinan; Ilagan City, Isabela; Lallo, Cagayan; Cabaruguis, Quirino; Lagangilang, Abra; Kiangan, Ifugao; Bontoc, Mountain Province; and… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Bong Go brings aid to Navotas fire victims

SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has reaffirmed his commitment to help more communities in distress as he personally checked on and provided relief to fire victims in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), Navotas City on Tuesday.Addressing the 106 families affected by the recent fire, the senator gave assurances that he will continue to exert great efforts to ensure that no Filipino is left behind as the country progresses."Do not lose hope. Let us help each other so we can recover from this crisis. Do not worry because we will not forsake you," he said in Filipino.Go expressed confidence that… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

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