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‘Don’t pay for these idiots’: Duterte wants Filipinos to ditch Catholic mass, pray home instead

‘Don’t pay for these idiots’: Duterte wants Filipinos to ditch Catholic mass, pray home instead

By RT TURNING up his war of words with the Catholic Church, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte now wants citizens to ditch mass, calling the church’s teachings out of touch and its bishops corrupt. “You build a chapel on your own house and pray there. You don’t have to go to church to pay for these idiots,” Duterte said in a […]

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Bohol Panglao International Airport. Image by Inquirer.net

First PH eco-airport to be inaugurated today

By Benjamin Lim Vergara THE new Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be inaugurated today to soon provide direct access to the island paradise of Panglao in Bohol. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the PhP8.914 billion Panglao airport, which was built in a 220-hectare site in Panglao island, is 10 times bigger than Tagbilaran Airport’s 22-hectare land area. […]

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Longevity pay para sa mga guro sa QC, aprubado na ng konseho

Longevity pay para sa mga guro sa QC, aprubado na ng konseho

Ni Santiago Celario INAPRUBAHAN na sa ikalawang pagbasa ng Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Lungsod Quezon ang pagdaragdag nang PhP300 sa kasalukuyang Php100 na “longevity pay” na tinatanggap ng mga guro sa mga pampublikong paaralan ng lungsod tuwing limang taon ng kanilang tuloy-tuloy na serbisyo. Ayon sa may-akda ng ordinansa na si Kunsehal Victor “Jun” V. Ferrer Jr., ang ordinansa ay nag-amyenda […]

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Saipan launched Project M fitness class vs non-communicable diseases

Saipan launched Project M fitness class vs non-communicable diseases

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Physical Activity Council, established under the Non Communicable Disease of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp and Division of Public Health, has launched Project M – a community-based project committed to eliminate the risk of non-communicable diseases through exercise. The council’s chairwoman Samantha Birmingham-Babauta said Project M activities has started on three places – at the parking […]

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Establishment of cultural center in Saipan pushed

Establishment of cultural center in Saipan pushed

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAYING it is long overdue, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter expressed support to the establishment of a cultural center. Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. has taken initiative on ‘resurrecting’ the plan to put up a cultural center by asking CNMI House Speaker Rafael Demapan […]

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Unionism takes center stage in LA’s Larry Itliong Day

By Abner Galino THE history of the first Filipino farm workers in the United States and their contributions to unionism, took the center stage last week during the celebration of the Larry Itliong Day in Los Angeles. The day-long celebration last Sautrday at the Unidad Park on Beverly Boulevard drew hundreds of visitors, most of them young Filipino Americans. A […]

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Pacquiao, Broner trade potshots in LA press con

Pacquiao, Broner trade potshots in LA press con

By Abner Galino FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and his would-be opponent Adrien Broner sportingly traded banters and potshots during a press conference Tuesday to promote their upcoming fight in Las Vegas next moth. Although there was never a moment of tension between the two fighters, the exchanges were salacious and lengthy which led Hall of Fame host Jim Gray […]

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QC urges congress to pass bill exempting tax on socialized housing programs

QC urges congress to pass bill exempting tax on socialized housing programs

THE Quezon City Council passed a resolution urging congress to pass a law exempting the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and socialized housing projects from paying of estate taxes. City Resolution SP 7622-2018 recently introduced by Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar states the grant of estate tax exemptions to the properties will give relief especially to heirs that belong to middle class Filipino […]

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South Korea vowed to take back its toxic waste — EcoWaste Coalition

South Korea vowed to take back its toxic waste — EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, commended the South Korean government for giving assurances that it will take back the tons of garbage that was shipped from Pyeongtaek City. In a press release dated Nov. 21, the South Korean government said “…it would take measures to have the wastes in question be brought back to Korea as […]

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PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista and Hokkaido Vice Governor Hitoshi Kubota hold a miniature Airbus A321neo PAL plane

PAL set to operate in Hokkaido next month

By Benjamin Lim Vergara HOKKAIDO government officials led by Vice Governor Hitoshi Kubota on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Philippine Airlines President and COO Jaime J. Bautista at the PAL Corporate headquarters in Pasay City. The Hokkaido government is in the midst of organizing tourism promotional campaigns to drive travelers to this Japanese region. “Tourist spots and destinations in […]

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There were 219 million malaria cases in 2017. 70% were in 11 countries. WHO/R. Memba Paquete

WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

REDUCTIONS in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease. […]

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Giant Xmas tree at NAIA 2 greets Pinoys returning for holidays. Image by GMA Network

X-MAS at NAIA

By Benjamin Lim Vergara AIR travelers can’t help but stare at the unique, avant-garde Christmas tree at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with a bright, fun and funky colors. The Christmas tree was lit up on Monday evening by Philippine Airlines (PAL) President and COO Jaime J. Bautista and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal at […]

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Last year’s (November 2017) photo of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) rally in Hollywood. The yearly march has returned to the Filipinotown in the City of Los Angeles as the City of West Hollywood doesn’t want the Filipino American rally there anymore. Photo by Abner Galino

March for Pinoy veterans comes back to Filipinotown

By Abner Galino THE annual march that seeks justice for Filipino World War II veterans, which has been known as “Hollywood march for justice,” has returned to the historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. The City of West Hollywood has refused to issue rally permit to the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), the prime mover of the yearly demonstration. One […]

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QC urges SC to designate a special court to handle local law offenses

QC urges SC to designate a special court to handle local law offenses

TO deliver speedy disposition of local cases and help declog municipal and regional trial courts, the Quezon City Council passed a resolution urging the Supreme Court to designate a special court in all cities and municipalities to handle cases of violation of local ordinances. City Resolution 7601-2018, introduced by Councilors Gian Carlo G. Sotto and Godofredo Liban II, states that […]

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Fil-Ams mobilize opposition to  “looming Philippine dictatorship”

Fil-Ams mobilize opposition to “looming Philippine dictatorship”

By Abner Galino MALAYA, a U.S.-based alliance against the killings in the Philippines, on Friday night held a forum in downtown Los Angeles to galvanize Filipinos and non-Filipinos to oppose President Rodrigo Duterte. The forum, “Voices From The Frontlines: Stories from the Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines and the Struggle for Justice,” was hosted by actress and activist Giselle […]

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Presidential Communications Office head Secretary Martin Andanar. Image © http://www.gmanetwork.com

Andanar awarded outstanding public servant

By Rodolfo Andal PRESIDENTIAL Communications Secretary Martin Andanar was awarded the ‘Most Outstanding Public Servant’ during the 2nd Diamond Golden Awards last Saturday at Marco Polo Hotel in Pasig City. Aside from Sec. Andanar, other public servants including Senator Cynthia Villar, Quezon City second district congressman Alfred Vargas and Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Marjorie Jalosjos and other individuals […]

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‘Seven Days’ to give more international exposure for the CNMI

By Lori Lyn Lirio MARIANAS Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion expressed hope that the CNMI will once again be the center of attention in international film arena as China’s top film production is on Saipan to shoot for a popular TV series ‘Seven Days’. “This film will provide millions of dollars worth of exposure for the CNMI which we […]

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Ecowaste members during Thursday's protest action in front of the South Korean embassy

South Korea, take your garbage back- EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, asked the South Korean government to act with dispatch and take back its garbage which was brought to the country using bogus importation papers. The demand was aired Thursday by the coalition while holding a peaceful protest action outside the Embassy of the Republic of South Korea. The group submitted a […]

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Former MHS student gets training opportunity at NASA

Former MHS student gets training opportunity at NASA

By Lori Lyn Lirio LEAN Dizon Teodoro, a 22-year old Filipino-American may have come from a small island of Saipan but her dream is as big as the universe. Teodoro, a graduating student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, landed internship stints at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA. For three semesters, she was part of the […]

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PH President Rodrigo Duterte © AP Photo / Aaron Favila

‘That’s Reality’: Duterte Tells US South China Sea is Now in ‘Beijing’s Hands’

By Sputnik News BEIJING currently controls the vast majority of islands, reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by a number of other nations in the region, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Washington against bickering with Beijing over the South China Sea, which he conceded is already […]

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Enhancing the Peoples’ Voice at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference 2018

Enhancing the Peoples’ Voice at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference 2018

THE ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2018 took place in Singapore early this month . Held a week before the 33rd ASEAN Summit chaired by Singapore (Nov. 2 to 4), the event was an intensive 3-day meeting with plenaries, workshops and diverse cultural and film screenings focused on ACSC/APF thematic spaces. The conference, organised in Singapore for […]

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Casey Banes Paculan (2nd from the left) flanked by the other winners of the Queen of QC Pageant. Photo by QC PAISO

New Queen of Quezon City vows to push for LGBT rights

CASEY Paculan of Barangay Pinyahan was crowned the Queen of Quezon City last Saturday during the coronation night of the Queen of QC Pageant at the University of the Philippines Theater. Paculan topped 23 other candidate-representatives from Quezon City’s 142 barangays. The Queen of Quezon City Pageant is a venue for members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) […]

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Alejano inducts officers of Samahang Magdalo-US chapter

Alejano inducts officers of Samahang Magdalo-US chapter

By Abner Galino “As long as the purpose of God in your life is not yet done, you are immortal. Hindi ka mamamatay. Pero ‘pag ang purpose ng Diyos sa buhay mo ay tapos na, you could die anytime, even in your sleep.” Thus said Philippine legislator and opposition leader Rep. Gary Alejano before a crowd of Filipino Americans who […]

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House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Image © https://en.wikipedia.org

OTS asked Arroyo to remove shoes

By Benjamin Lim Vergara   AN Office for Transportation Security (OTS) personnel broke protocol when he asked former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to take off her shoes as she passes a security checkpoint at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport recently. This despite the alleged coordination between airport security officials and the Presidential Security Group team responsible for Ms. Arroyo’s security. […]

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The World Mourns as Legendary Marvel Comics’ Creator Stan Lee Dies at 95

The World Mourns as Legendary Marvel Comics’ Creator Stan Lee Dies at 95

By Sputnik News THE world-famous writer and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and The Fantastic Four. TMZ reported, citing Stan Lee’s daughter, that the legendary co-creator of Marvel Comics has died at the age of 95. The cause of his death has not yet been reported, while TMZ said that “an ambulance rushed to Lee’s […]

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