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Groups hopeful Marcos SONA will include plans vs. insurgency

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 17:57

MANILA - Parents' groups and anti-communist advocates are looking forward to "concrete plans" that will address insurgency problems during President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Remy Rosadio, League of Parents of the Philippines preside

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Antique PWDs thank gov't for PhilHealth coverage

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 17:53

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - Persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Antique are thankful for their membership coverage in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), saying it spares them from worrying about hospital bills.

"We are now encouraging our PWD members to really tak

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Ex-Lamitan City mayor, 2 others killed in Ateneo shooting

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 17:25

MANILA - Three died in a shooting incident at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City on Sunday afternoon while the suspect, a doctor, is under police custody.

According to the report of the Anonas Police Station, the fatalities were Rosita Furigay, former mayor of Lamitan City in Basilan

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3 dead in Ateneo shooting incident; suspect under custody

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 17:25

MANILA - Three died in a shooting incident that transpired outside Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City on Sunday afternoon while the suspect is under police custody.

According to the report of Anonas Police Station, the fatalities were Rosita Furigay, former mayor of Lamitan town in Ba

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14 Mandaue inmates complete drug rehabilitation program

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 17:22
FOURTEEN inmates at the Mandaue City Jail (MCJ) Male Dormitory have graduated from its drug recovery program.

The primary goal of the community-based drug rehabilitation program, dubbed Katatagan, Kalusugan at Damayan ng Komunidad (KKDK), was to reintegrate the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) into the community and to help them understand the negative effects of drugs on themselves and their families, Jail Supt. Jonathan Baltar, head of the MCJ-Male Dormitory, told reporters on Friday, July 22, 2022.

The ceremony for the program’s graduates was held last Wednesday, July 20.

Baltar said the PDL voluntarily joined the program, and they underwent 18 modules for at least six months that focused on psychological and emotional coping.

Activities also included drug counseling intervention and teaching the PDL positive coping, problem-solving and decision-making skills with trained coaches.

The KKDK was started by the private sector in 2019, and this was later endorsed by the Dangerous Drugs Board as a model for local government units.

Baltar said the MCJ adopted the program just this year, with the 14 PDL as its first graduates.

He added that the graduates were supposed to undergo six more modules with their respective family members concerning drug awareness and model effective communication skills, but it was canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

After graduation, these PDLs will be given a completion certificate. They will also be recommended for a job once they get out of prison.
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Driver found dead inside taxi parked in Mandaue gas station

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 17:22
A TAXICAB driver was found dead inside his taxi unit parked in a gasoline station in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022.

The man was identified as Warlito Morejon Labajo, 49 and a resident of Barangay San Vicente, Liloan in northern Cebu.

Based on the investigation led by Police Senior Master Sergeant Joelister Ligaray, Labajo was noticed by one of the attendants of the gasoline station where his taxi was parked.

Ligaray said the attendant called for an immediate rescue of the driver after finding the latter unconscious.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) led by Vince Perez attended to Labajo but the latter had no vital signs when they checked on him.

Labajo’s remains were brought to a funeral parlor. His belongings were handed over to his wife, and the taxi unit was taken care of by his company.

His wife told the police that he had a heart attack before but survived.

On Sunday dawn, the wife said her husband complained of dizziness via text messaging and she told him to come home.

Ligaray said they already requested the police crime laboratory to conduct an autopsy on Labajo’s body to know the cause of the driver’s death.
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Infant abandoned on vacant lot rescued by tricycle driver in Lapu

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 16:59
A TRICYCLE driver urinating on a vacant lot in Sitio Sangi, Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City has become the angel of the five-day-old female infant.

The driver, also a Pajo barangay tanod (watchman), was the one who discovered the abandoned infant near the airbase on Saturday afternoon, July 23, 2022.

The abandoned infant was naked when she was discovered by the tricycle driver.

The infant was brought to the Carjay Lapu-Lapu City Hospital where she was given medical care. Medical personnel said the baby had insect bites and sepsis.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has suggested to put the infant up for adoption should the City Social Welfare and Development fail to find the mother of the child.

“Kung pakyas sila sa pagsuta niini, akong suhestiyon nga pangitaan na lang siya og mga tawong mo-amuma ug tinuod nga mopangga kaniya aron modako siya nga usa ka bililhong indibidwal,” Chan said on his Facebook page Saturday.

(If they fail to find her, my suggestion is to find people who can truly take care of her so she will grow up to be a valuable individual.)

The mayor said he was angry and hurt at the same time thinking that the mother managed to leave her child easily while other couples have been longing to produce their own offspring.

Chan, however, said half of him sympathized with the mother as he could not discount the possibility that the mother could have abandoned her child due to difficulty in life or she could have been suffering from some form of mental illness.
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Tickets sold in Marikina, Antipolo win P23-M lotto jackpot

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 16:42

MANILA - Two bettors became instant millionaires after winning the PHP23-million jackpot in the Lotto 6/42, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said Sunday.

In an advisory, the PCSO said the bettors guessed the winning combination 17-11-23-21-05-25 from Saturday night's draw, wit

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U2, George Clooney, Amy Grant among Kennedy Center honorees

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 16:10
IT’S going to be a “Beautiful Day” for the band U2 and four other artists when they receive this year’s Kennedy Center Honors in December.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced on July 22 (PH time) that the Irish rock band along with actor George Clooney, singers Gladys Knight and Amy Grant and composer Tania León are being honored this year.

The center generally honors five people annually for influencing American culture through the arts. But bands and other groups sometimes get honors, too. Disco-funk band Earth, Wind & Fire was the most recent, in 2019, the year the long-running children’s TV show “Sesame Street” was honored. The Eagles were honored in 2016 and Led Zeppelin in 2012.

Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in an interview that her group has “worked really hard to think about ‘Are we including all of the performing arts?’” as it hands out its awards. She singled out Grant’s music in particular as a different genre being represented in the honors this year.

“We’ve had gospel before. We’ve had plenty of R&B and soul. ... We’ve had country music, but we haven’t necessarily had Amy Grant and Christian pop in the same way,” she said, comparing Grant’s inclusion to the center’s honoring of LL Cool J in 2017, the first time the honorees included a hip-hop artist.

This is the 45th year of the honors, which will include a gala performance Dec. 4 in Washington featuring top entertainers. The show will be broadcast on CBS at a later date.

Rutter said the honor is “not about one work that happens to be popular this year. Or one movie. Or one piece of choreography.” It’s “about lifetime achievement.”

A look at this year’s honorees:

U2

Rutter said she was told U2 frontman Bono was eating and dropped his fork when he was told the band had been selected for the honor. But it took a while for the band to accept because Bono had to get his fellow band members—The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.—to buy in and they weren’t all in the same place, Rutter said.

U2 has sold 170 million albums and been honored with 22 Grammys. The band’s epic singles include “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

In a statement thanking the Kennedy Center, the band noted it played its first show in America in New York in 1980. Its second show was in Washington.

“We had big dreams then, fueled in part by the commonly held belief at home that America smiles on Ireland. And it turned out to be true, yet again. But even in the wilder thoughts, we never imagined that 40 years on, we would be invited back to receive one of the nation’s greatest honours,” the band said in a statement, calling the United States “a home away from home.”

George Clooney

Clooney, who played wily thief Danny Ocean in “Ocean’s Eleven” and its sequels, won’t need to mastermind any sort of scheme to take home the Kennedy Center award.

The 61-year-old actor-director has won two Academy Awards—for best supporting actor in “Syriana” and as a producer of best picture winner “Argo”—and starred in such films as “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Up In the Air,” “Michael Collins” and “The Descendants.”

“Growing up in a small town in Kentucky I could never have imagined that someday I’d be the one sitting in the balcony at the Kennedy Center Honors,” Clooney said in a statement, adding that the honor was a “genuinely exciting surprise” for his whole family.

Clooney and his wife, British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, have 5-year-old twins. Clooney first became well known to audiences on the television series “ER,” on which he played Dr. Doug Ross. His directing credits include “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “The Tender Bar.”
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What’s next for ‘Peaky Blinders?’

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 16:10
Warning: Slight spoilers ahead!

We expect the unexpected when it comes to the eventual end of the great series that started on Netflix, “Peaky Blinders.”

It’s easy to overlook details in the show. One starts to think the show goes one way and Tommy Shelby just does the polar opposite. Perhaps, that’s the beauty of the show. We never quite know what we are going to get next.

Most of the time we find Mr. Tommy Shelby finessing his way through the toughest situations, and as an example we may use Tommy Shelby’s house.

This was where his wife was shot dead but toward the end of Season Four, we see it being used as a celebratory place when they have beaten and killed Luca Changretta, a Mafia Boss who is natively Italian.

Where there is a place of great trauma and pain, the Peaky Blinders show us the power of perspective, and how that place of pain can be used as an opportunity to generate a place of happiness.

Tommy Shelby tried to take some time off the job after annihilating Mr. Changretta, but for him it seemed like he was just slowly dying inside. At the beginning of Season Five, he looked like a fish out of water or a deer in the headlights. He was like a war veteran who recently retired; the trauma, shock still going through his head. The adrenaline hits were very much there. What did he do? He thought of running it back with his Peaky Blinders yet again.

For anyone who hasn’t watched the golden fairytale that hails from Birmingham, you have some catching up to do. With the recent release of Season Six, a first-time watcher will have plenty of time to stay up-to-date with what has happened.

Show creator Steven Knight said that Tommy Shelby will return, rather in the form of a feature film. So you fans duly strap your boots, and be ready for that moment, it’s all for Birmingham after all.

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Support PBBM recovery, rebuilding plans: UST dean, lawyers' group

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 15:02

MANILA - On the eve of the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law and the Quezon City Trial Lawyers League, Inc. (QCTLLI) asked support for the administration and its entire Cabinet,

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'Build, Build, Build' continues: Building more for better lives

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 15:00
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MANILA - Early on the presidential campaign, then aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. vowed to expand the "Build, Build, Build" program, the government's ambitious infrastructure program

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Solon seeks to address education 'crisis' under 19th Congress

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 14:56

MANILA - Addressing the education "crisis" will be the focus of Senator Win Gatchalian's priority measures under the 19th Congress.

Gatchalian, who will retain his chairmanship of the Basic Education, Arts and Culture Committee, has filed a Senate resolution which calls for an inquiry on the

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Telcos urged to build more cell towers in rural areas

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 14:16

MANILA - A member of Congress has appealed for the rollout of additional cell towers and signal relay stations in the countryside, saying that rural communities are getting left behind in terms of access to high-speed internet connectivity badly needed to achieve greater economic productivity.

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This Week in Media (July 18 to 22, 2022)

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 14:13

PRESIDENT MARCOS is scheduled to deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25. Media have reported the preparations for the event, including security measures in the House of Representatives where the event is held each year, police management of the usual protest actions, and safety protocols for thos

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Unattended candle seen as cause in Guadalupe fire

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 13:55
A NEGLECTED candle has been eyed as the cause behind the blaze that hit a neighborhood in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City past 4 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022.

The fire destroyed at least 15 houses made mostly of wood in Sitio Kalubihan, leaving around 30 families homeless.

Initial investigation showed the fire started in the house owned by Ricardo Eran and resided by Mira Ravidas, according to Senior Fire Officer 2 Wendell Villanueva, spokesperson of the Cebu City Fire Office.

The fire office received the fire alarm at 4:39 a.m. Fire officers contained the fire from further spreading in the neighborhood at 5:16 a.m. and they declared a fire out six minutes later.

Villanueva said their investigator pegged the damage at P450,000, adding that no one was hurt in the blaze.

The fire officers onboard their fire trucks had a hard time going inside Kalubihan as the sitio is in the interior and uphill portion of the barangay; however, they still made it and put out the flames. (BBT, KAL, IRT)
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Neglected candle seen as culprit in Guadalupe fire

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-07-24 13:55
A NEGLECTED candle has been eyed as the cause behind the blaze that hit a neighborhood in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City past 4 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022.

The fire destroyed at least 15 houses made mostly of wood in Sitio Kalubihan, leaving around 30 families homeless.

Initial investigation showed the fire started in the house owned by Ricardo Eran and resided by Mira Ravidas, according to Senior Fire Officer 2 Wendell Villanueva, spokesperson of the Cebu City Fire Office.

The fire office received the fire alarm at 4:39 a.m. Fire officers contained the fire from further spreading in the neighborhood at 5:16 a.m. and they declared a fire out six minutes later.

Villanueva said their investigator pegged the damage at P450,000, adding that no one was hurt in the blaze.

The fire officers onboard their fire trucks had a hard time going inside Kalubihan as the sitio is in the interior and uphill portion of the barangay; however, they still made it and put out the flames. (BBT, KAL)
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Mother, daughter get a kick out of feeding stray cats, dogs

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 13:47

MANILA - An elderly citizen and her daughter proved that unwavering love and compassion for animals are possible amid uncertainties and one's status in life.

Erlinda Dela Cruz, 69, and daughter, Rhoda, feed about 40 stray cats and dogs daily.

Residents and daily passersby are familiar w

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DAR seeks to hit 2022 targets

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 13:30

MANILA - Preparations are underway for the 2022 1st Semester National Formative Assessment and Planning Conference to gauge how far the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has fared over the past semester to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of its mandated tasks.

Lawyer Luis Meinra

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Curfew for minors mulled in crime-hit Cagayan de Oro

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-07-24 12:22

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - After a series of untoward incidents here this month, the local government and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) are planning to reimpose curfew hours for minors.

In an interview on Saturday night, Col. Aaron Mandia, COCPO chief, said Mayor Rolando Uy has discuss

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