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Nacionalista Party formally endorses Romualdez as next Speaker

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:55

MANILA - The Nacionalista Party on Monday formally endorsed Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez to be the Speaker of the incoming 19th Congress.

Party stalwarts led by presumptive senator Mark Villar, presidential son and incoming Ilocos Norte 1st district Rep. Sandro Marcos, and

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7 Lapu-Lapu City village chiefs arrested for cyber libel

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:54

CEBU CITY - Seven barangay captains were arrested on Monday over the slander charges filed against them by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan, the police said.

Detained at the Criminal Intelligence and Detection Group-Central Visayas (CIDG-7) facility were Eduardo Cuizon (Barangay Bankal), Eleo

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LTFRB releases fuel subsidy for 3K jeepney operators in Bicol

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:52

LEGAZPI CITY - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Bicol (LTFRB-5) on Monday said over 3,000 public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators in the region can now receive PHP6,500 worth of fuel subsidy from the government.

In an interview, lawyer Raymund Paolo Calleja, LTFRB-5

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Cebu City cops beef up security for 'late summer' travelers

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:33

CEBU CITY - The Cebu City police on Monday said it started to beef up security in tourist destinations and some areas of convergence here as the city expects an influx of local and foreign tourists following the lowered coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) alert status.

Lt. Col. Ma. Theresa Ma

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Duterte inks Timbangan ng Bayan law

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:31

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law establishing Timbangan ng Bayan centers in public and private markets to protect consumers from deceptive and unfair sales acts and practices.

RA 11706, signed by Duterte on April 13, amends Chapter II, Title III of RA 7394 otherwise known a

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‘Cult leader’ nabbed for interrupting Mass in Barili

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:31
A 46-YEAR-OLD “cult leader” was arrested after he shouted loudly while a Mass was ongoing in Barangay Mantalongon, Barili, Cebu Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2022.

Police Major Felicisimo Aranas identified the suspect as Jerome Villarin, a faith healer and resident of Sitio Tagatay Barangay Vito, Barili, Cebu.

Aranas told SunStar Cebu that around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, a concerned citizen called up to report that more or less 20 cult members were in the vicinity of the Mantalangon Parish Church.

He said when the priest, Fr. Fiel Suico started to deliver his homily, Villarin’s group entered the church and shouted: “Ayaw mo’g too ana nga pari, dili na mao iyang gipanulti, iyaha na sa demonyo (Don’t believe in that priest. Everything he said is not true. He is Satan’s follower).”

The Mass celebration was stopped for a while, as Suico tried to convince Villarin’s group not to interrupt the Mass. The group, however, did not listen.

Aranas said Suico filed a case against Villarin Monday morning, May 16, 2022, for “offending religious feelings.”

"We are still waiting for further information to finally inquest the suspect," Aranas said.

Villarin was detained at the Barili Municipal Police Station. (GDC)

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Comelec allows HK vote transmission without Shanghai COCs

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:29

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday approved the request of the Office of Overseas Voting (OFOV) in Hong Kong to allow the transmission of its Certificate of Canvass (COC) without waiting for the results of special polls in Shanghai, China.

In a two-page resolution, the C

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Restrictions remain relaxed as Ilocos Norte stays under Alert 1

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:27

LAOAG CITY - Restrictions in Ilocos Norte will remain relaxed as the province stays under Alert Level 1 from May 16 to 31, recording only three new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

None of the 26 total active cases is currently admitted to the hospital, according to data from

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Restrictions remain lax as Ilocos Norte stays under Alert 1

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:27

LAOAG CITY - Restrictions in Ilocos Norte will remain relaxed as the province stays under Alert Level 1 from May 16 to 31, recording only three new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

None of the 26 total active cases is currently admitted to the hospital, according to data from

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764K Ilocos residents get booster shots

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:21
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - Some 764,477 residents of the Ilocos Region have received their booster shots against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of May 14.In data issued by the Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1), the
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195 new police recruits take oath in Central Luzon

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:19

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga - At least 195 new police recruits took their oath as members of the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3) at the parade ground here on Monday.

PRO-3 regional director, Brig. Gen. Matthew P. Baccay, administered the oath of office to the recruits following their p

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Guimarasnon mango experts now in demand in Ilocos, Mindanao

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:04

ILOILO CITY - The province of Guimaras is known not only for its sweet mangoes but also for its labor force with special skills in fruit wrapping, mango experts and trainers.

"We have a special skill in Guimaras, mangoes are being wrapped individually. That skill was generally generated by Gu

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NoKor reports over 392K new 'fever' cases amid Covid-19 outbreak

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:03

ANKARA - North Korea reported 392,920 people with "fever" and eight related fatalities over the past 24 hours amid a growing Covid-19 outbreak, local media reported on Monday.

The total number of people with "fever" rose to 1.21 million since the first such case was reported in late April, ac

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Marawi marks Week of Peace with biz assembly, trade fair

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:03

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A business conference and trade fair will highlight this year's Marawi Week of Peace on May 17-23, as part of the city's recovery initiatives five years after the siege.

In a statement Monday, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) said it will lead the weeklong event along wi

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Marwin Tan wins PH's 1st bowling gold in 11 years in SEA Games

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:02

HANOI - Merwin Tan finally ended the country's 11-year dry spell in bowling on Monday, coming from behind to rule the men's singles event at the Royal City Hanoi Bowling Lanes and fueling the Philippine drive in the 31st Southeast Asian Games here.

Tan, 22, a left-hander, rolled a six-bagger

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Sara's inauguration slated June 19 in Davao City

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:00

DAVAO CITY - Presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte announced Monday her inauguration is set for June 19 here.

"It's just right-it's the pride of Davao City and Davao Region that they can witness an oath-taking of a vice president," Duterte said in a radio interview.

She noted that o

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P326-B in new revenues needed yearly to cover Covid debt

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 18:00

MANILA - The incoming administration will need around PHP326 billion in new revenues every year to cover both principal and interest payments due to debts incurred during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, a House leader said on Monday.

House ways means committee chair Joey Salceda

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Over 200 families return home to Davao Region via BP2

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:59

DAVAO CITY - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD-11) has so far facilitated the return of 214 families to the Davao Region under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa program (BP2).

"The total number of families that signed up for the assistance to be sent ho

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Paragliding in Oslob put off after foreigner’s death

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:55
THE paragliding activity in Sitio Canan-aw, Barangay Poblacion, Oslob town, southern Cebu has been suspended.

Maria Lester "Marty" Ybañez, head of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, said the suspension was made following an incident Sunday morning, May 15, that claimed that life of American paraglider Peter Clifford Humes, 63, an education and safety director of Paraglide Tandem International, which has branches in New Jersey, USA and Bangkok, Thailand.

According to Ybañez, pilot error caused Humes' death based on an initial investigation by the police.

"Ang ila ra gyud nga makita as of now, pilot error gyud siya kay kato gud siya ang mo accredit for you to become a guide or a teacher or trainor for paragliding," said Ybañez on Monday, May 16.

But Staff Sergeant Nelson Saquibal of Oslob Police Station said that the victim died of cerebral hemorrhage based on the medical records from Oslob District Hospital, where Humes was brought after the incident.

Humes took off the mountain 70 feet above ground level on a foggy weather condition, with other paragliding players in the area, but he encountered trouble while on air around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Upon landing, he was immediately rescued and brought to the Oslob District Hospital, where he expired.

The Oslob Police Station and the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) are now conducting an investigation on the incident.

It was learned that the paragliding operator in the town has upgraded their equipment to make it safe for use, especially that tourists are starting to arrive in the area now that the municipality has been placed under the more relaxed quarantine status, which is Alert Level 1, starting May 16, 2022.

Colonel Engelbert Soriano, head of CPPO, said there was a possibility that the victim lost control when he tested the flying gear and fell 70 feet from above the ground level due to strong winds and the fog in the upper part of the mountain.

“To see for himself na airworthy yung mga paragliding equipment tinest nya, unfortunately hindi nya siguro masyadong na notice medyo poor ang visibility sa area that time,” Soriano said.

(He tried the airworthiness of the paragliding equipment, unfortunately, he probably did not notice the poor visibility in the area at that time.)

Soriano said they will subject the American national to an autopsy after getting permission from his relatives to ascertain what exactly caused his death.

Humes arrived in the country to assist in the development and assessment of paragliding activity of Oslob Paragliding Development, which is operated by a certain Tito Rendon.

On the first day of his mission, Humes conducted an ocular inspection and lecture for the paragliders. On the second day, he again conducted a lecture and observed the paragliding activity there. On the third day, Sunday, Humes showed off his skills with other paragliding teams in the area.

“He was really here to help, he was inspecting what particular areas in paragliding that needed improvement,” tourism officer Ybañez said.

"It was just painful that instead of helping he met an accident," she added.

Rendon, owner of the paragliding area, contacted Humes’ wife and informed her regarding the incident. She also promised to help transport the victim’s body to Bangkok.

The wife cried over the phone and planned to go to Oslob to see his dead husband.

Rendon said they will temporarily close the area to pave way for an investigation. (ANV, AYB, GDC, TPT)

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Paragliding in Oslob suspended after foreigner's death

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:55
THE paragliding activity in Sitio Canan-aw, Barangay Poblacion, Oslob town, southern Cebu has been suspended.

Maria Lester "Marty" Ybañez, head of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, said the suspension was made following an incident Sunday morning, May 15, that claimed that life of American paraglider Peter Clifford Humes, 63, an education and safety director of Paraglide Tandem International, which has branches in New Jersey, USA and Bangkok, Thailand.

According to Ybañez, pilot error caused Humes' death based on an initial investigation by the police.

"Ang ila ra gyud nga makita as of now, pilot error gyud siya kay kato gud siya ang mo accredit for you to become a guide or a teacher or trainor for paragliding," said Ybañez on Monday, May 16.

But Staff Sergeant Nelson Saquibal of Oslob Police Station said that the victim died of cerebral hemorrhage based on the medical records from Oslob District Hospital, where Humes was brought after the incident.

Humes took off the mountain 70 feet above ground level on a foggy weather condition, with other paragliding players in the area, but he encountered trouble while on air around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Upon landing, he was immediately rescued and brought to the Oslob District Hospital, where he expired.

The Oslob Police Station and the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) are now conducting an investigation on the incident.

It was learned that the paragliding operator in the town has upgraded their equipment to make it safe for use, especially that tourists are starting to arrive in the area now that the municipality has been placed under the more relaxed quarantine status, which is Alert Level 1, starting May 16, 2022.

Colonel Engelbert Soriano, head of CPPO, said there was a possibility that the victim lost control when he tested the flying gear and fell 70 feet from above the ground level due to strong winds and the fog in the upper part of the mountain.

“To see for himself na airworthy yung mga paragliding equipment tinest nya, unfortunately hindi nya siguro masyadong na notice medyo poor ang visibility sa area that time,” Soriano said.

(He tried the airworthiness of the paragliding equipment, unfortunately, he probably did not notice the poor visibility in the area at that time.)

Soriano said they will subject the American national to an autopsy after getting permission from his relatives to ascertain what exactly caused his death.

Humes arrived in the country to assist in the development and assessment of paragliding activity of Oslob Paragliding Development, which is operated by a certain Tito Rendon.

On the first day of his mission, Humes conducted an ocular inspection and lecture for the paragliders. On the second day, he again conducted a lecture and observed the paragliding activity there. On the third day, Sunday, Humes showed off his skills with other paragliding teams in the area.

“He was really here to help, he was inspecting what particular areas in paragliding that needed improvement,” tourism officer Ybañez said.

"It was just painful that instead of helping he met an accident," she added.

Rendon, owner of the paragliding area, contacted Humes’ wife and informed her regarding the incident. She also promised to help transport the victim’s body to Bangkok.

The wife cried over the phone and planned to go to Oslob to see his dead husband.

Rendon said they will temporarily close the area to pave way for an investigation. (ANV, AYB, GDC, TPT)

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