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Galedo wins Le Tour

12 min 27 sec ago
Baguio City — Mark Galedo’s road to redemption was completed yesterday in front of a huge crowd at this summer capital. Galedo came in only second in the so-called killer lap but it was enough to overhaul the three-minute deficit as he crowned himself champion of the 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas. Winner of the second leg, Galedo had a chance to grab a second stage victory in the four-leg race, but a painful knee allowed fellow Myanmar Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Ariya Phousavanth of CNN’s Laos to seize the lead in the final 12 kilometers and take the final lap with a time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 42 seconds.

Security cameras in business establishments urged

12 min 28 sec ago
Cebu City, Cebu — As a move to beef up security measures and help mitigate the number of theft and robbery cases in Cebu, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is strongly urging retailers to install quality closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their business establishments. “Surveillance cameras help prevent crimes like robberies and thefts. The CCTV recordings also help policemen track suspects and solve crimes,” said PNP Regional Intelligence Division Chief Supt. Paul Gacayan Labra II during a recent Philippine Retailers Association - Cebu Chapter General Membership Meeting.

PH gains 8 notches in Global ICT ranking

12 min 32 sec ago
After holding on to the 86th spot over the past three years, the Philippines rose 8 places, now ranking 78th out of 148 countries, in terms of the networked readiness index in the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014. The networked readiness index assesses the preparedness of an economy to fully leverage ICT in terms of ICT infrastructure cost of access and the presence of the necessary skills to ensure an optimal use; “Improving its position both within the ASEAN group and overall, the Philippines climbs eight places to reach the 78th position.

Marikina, Gawad Kalinga advance in Little League

12 min 37 sec ago
Marikina City and Gawad Kalinga Smokey Mountain pulled off contrasting wins to advance to the round-of-16 of the Little League Philippine Series at the Sumulong grounds in Marikina City yesterday. Playing before their home folks, the Marikina batters didn’t disappoint as they overpowered Pasig, 15-1, to nail their third straight victory and the first berth to the knockout phase in this division for 11-12 boys. The winner of this event will earn a trip to the Little League World Series on Aug. 14-24 in South Williamsport Pennsylvania. ...

Ex-pastor, other drug targets in grassroots levels busted

12 min 40 sec ago
A former pastor, painter, fisherman, and neighborhood toughie were among those arrested by authorities in separate drug busts in Northern and Southern Luzon, reflecting the diverse illegal drug activities in the grassroots level. In La Trinidad, Benguet, Delfin Alangdeo Andiso, 54, a drug pusher and ex-minister of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church, was nabbed by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA-CAR) in a buy-bust operation after allegedly selling 0.39 gram of shabu worth P9,000 to a poseur-buyer on Tuesday.

PCCI encourages foreign JVs with promising local companies

12 min 41 sec ago
Foreign businesses are urged to tie up or enter into joint ventures (JVs) with small but promising domestic industries and make the Philippines their production hubs in ASEAN, with the coming integration of the ASEAN markets. Alfredo Yao, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated his advice to the various foreign companies looking for business opportunities in the country during the farewell dinner the PCCI hosted for the outgoing Economic and Commercial Counselor of the  embassy of the People’s Republic of China Wu Zhengping. This was during a press briefing after a dinner at the PCCI to honor outgoing China Commercial Counsellor Wu Zhengping (middle) and incoming Counsellor Jin Yuan.[/caption] “Foreign investors are actually looking at using the Philippines as hub for ASEAN and that is how PCCI is marketing the Philippines also,” Yao said noting of the various foreign business missions flocking into the country such as the Netherlands, Egyptians and Russia.

Blatche problem eyed

12 min 45 sec ago
Unless the government can expedite the naturalization of Andray Blatche, Gilas-Pilipinas might end up playing without the Brooklyn Nets power forward in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, a development that may hurt the country’s gold medal chances. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia said the Incheon organizing committee is mandating all countries taking part to send a copy of the passport and photo IDs of their athletes by April 30. The Incheon Games will be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 and Incheon wants to see the roster of athletes so it could begin the accreditation process way before the final submission of entry-by-names in mid-August. The Congress and Senate have been working on the naturalization process of Blatche, 27, the past few months so he could acquire a Philippine passport.

Luzon Newsbits for April 25, 2014

12 min 52 sec ago
From Dump Site To Leisure Park Angono, Rizal — A former dump site with garbage floating along the lakeshore is now a favorite hangout of health buffs and those who would just want to relax and witness the sunrise or sunset this summer season. This area has been developed by the municipal government as the Angono Lakeside Park, a major tourist destination. Mayor Gerardo Calderon said the park, which used to be a garbage dumpsite, now has a zipline as its latest addition to the amusement rides that attract not only locals but families from nearby municipalities. Ecija Brownouts Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija — Parts of this province will experience hour-long power interruptions tomorrow, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported yesterday.

Pacific navies approve conduct code for unplanned sea encounters

12 min 53 sec ago
Navy chiefs attending the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in China approved an agreement on rules for unplanned encounters at sea, according to the official PLA Daily newspaper. First floated at a meeting of the symposium in 2000, the non-binding code could potentially help avoid uneasy encounters such as that between the USS Cowpens and a Chinese military vessel in the South China Sea in December, which required maneuvering to avoid a collision. The PLA Daily did not say where the code applies, and if it covers territory that is in dispute, such as areas of the South China Sea or East China Sea. The symposium, which is meeting this week in the coastal city of Qingdao, has 21 member states, including Australia, Japan, the Philippines and the US.

Eastern Visayas cops in hot water

13 min 10 sec ago
Capoocan, Leyte - Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned at the Police Regional Office (PRO-8) in Campetic, Palo, Leyte are in hot water with fishermen here  vowing to file criminal and administrative charges against the policemen for allegedly extorting fish and cash from them last week. Mayor Federico H. Carolino Sr. said he is backing up the filing of criminal and administrative charges against policemen and some police agents by fishermen in his town who were allegedly victimized by extortion activities perpetrated by the police elements in his town. Carolino said the aggrieved fishermen have executed affidavits and are being assisted by the Capoocan Police Station in their filing of criminal and administrative charges against the involved policemen and some police agents.

Mindanao Newsbits for April 25, 2014

13 min 20 sec ago
Livelihood AidPilar, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte – More than P8.8-million worth of livelihood funds were handed out to 55 Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Associations in the five municipalities here by the Region-13 office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-13). The municipalities include Dapa with P1.9-million for its 12 SKA’s, Del Carmen with P1.55-million for eight, General Luna with P900,000 for five, Pilar with P1.05-million for six, and Socorro with P3.45-million for 24 SKA’s. ...

Visayas Newsbits for April 25, 2014

13 min 28 sec ago
PDNA Awaits Aquino’s Signature Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) – Post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) relative to typhoon Yolanda is now complete and awaits President Benigno S. Aquino’s signature. Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator Roneo F. Fajardo said the PDNA serves as reference for the Office of the Presidential Assistant Recovery and Rehabilitation (OPARR) in formulating its own rehabilitation plan for Yolanda-hit regions. In turn, whatever plan will be made by the OPARR will serve as the overall rehabilitation plan. Fajardo said Aquino is expected to sign the PDNA by end May, ...


13 min 55 sec ago
John XXIII opened the windows of the Church and renewed her mission by opening the Ecumenical Council Vatican II. Paired with him is Pope John Paul II given the title by many journalists as Man of the Century who in his persistent ways caused the collapse of atheistic Communism. John XXIII was born Angelo Roncalli in Sotto il Monte in Bergamo, Italy, in a poor peasant family and had a calling from childhood to become a priest in contrast to John Paul II who decided for a priestly vocation when he was a mature man. Roncalli came to Rome, a "from the – proviciano" for seminary studies and spent the rest of his life as a diplomat of the Vatican in Bulgaria, Turkey, France after the World War II and in other places.  He was elected Pope at the age of 77 as a stop-gap Pope. In it he promoted peace, hope, and openness to all, including Catholics, non Catholics, non Christians, Jews, atheists, Buddhists, et al. Friendly and welcoming, he was loved by all as a benevolent grandfather.

Obama's pitstop

13 min 59 sec ago
“The Obama administration’s pivot policy has not contributed to stability in Asia…. Quite the opposite… The United States risks getting involved in hostilities over strategically irrelevant and economically marginal islands.” — Robert Ross, Harvard University US President Barack Obama is coming to Asia primarily to quieten down assuage, and reassure US allies of the Obama administration’s firm commitment and long-term presence – to its “pivot” or “rebalancing” policy towards Asia in view of regional tensions and growing distrust of American intentions. On Monday, 28, April, 2014, President Barack Obama will drop by in Manila for a lightning 24-hour State Visit to attend a State Banguet hosted by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III with  the traditional toasts to good health and continued friendship. However, it is doubted whether President Obama will entertain discussions on the West Philippine Sea territorial dispute with China, other than the commitment to keep the sea lanes open to navigation.

Peace panels in KL to discuss normalization

14 min 1 sec ago
The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and Muslim rebels are back in Malaysia for a meeting to constitute four bodies of the Annex on Normalization. The meeting started yesterday at the Bellamy House, an old colonial house in Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was officially transmitted to the Office of the President (OP) last Tuesday, the 15-member body that drafted it announced yesterday. Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH panel chairperson, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) counterpart Mohagher Iqbal head respective delegations at the meeting in Kuala Lumpur, sources said.

More jobs for OFWs in South Korea

14 min 6 sec ago
Expect more job vacancies in South Korea, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said around 8,000 jobs may be made available for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in South Korea this year following the sharp reduction in the number of undocumented OFWs there. “There was a huge reduction in the number of Filipinos who have illegally stayed in Korea after their EPS stint, from 30.6 percent in 2012 to only 22.7 percent in 2013,” Baldoz said. The host country has opened up its labor market for Filipino workers under its Employment Permit System (EPS).

'Mano Po, John Paul II'

14 min 9 sec ago
The following is a personal account of meeting one of them, twice: The late John Paul II, “Subito Santo,” had a soft spot for Filipinos, whom he called today’s evangelizers.  Our care-givers fill churches in Europe, teach children catechism at home, and shepherd families back to the faith.  Déjà vu of the early Christian slaves proselytizing the pagan Romans? I covered Slovenia and Croatia from Vienna; We stayed overnight at Lubljiana, Slovenia, to be at the early morning function. At the diplomatic reception line, Catholic envoys genuflected to kiss the ring.   I was torn between professing Roman Catholic faith and being the Philippine Ambassador.  After greeting Slovenian President Milan Kucan, I screwed courage not to bend knees and resisted kissing the august ring.  Instead, I remained upright, and bending slightly from the waist, I raised the hand of His Holiness to my forehead, “Mano po.  Greetings from President Ramos and a grateful Filipino nation…”  The mano is our Filipino gesture of reverence for our elders.

The appearance to the seven disciples

14 min 9 sec ago
John 21:1-14 Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of His disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to Him, “We also will come with You.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. ...

PAL stops flying shark fin cargoes

14 min 10 sec ago
Philippine Airlines (PAL) said yesterday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong and China. Conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure on the world’s shark populations, prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. “PAL values the issue on protection and conservation of endangered marine life seriously, recognizing that the company’s long-term interest is and should be consistent with sustainable and responsible business practices,” a PAL statement said.

Serve your country

14 min 14 sec ago
Serve your country first, fresh graduates are told. That’s before thinking of leaving for abroad. Or stealing from government coffers. *** Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) urges fresh college graduates  to serve their country first by working in the Philippines instead of immediately going abroad. Serve first your motherland before foreign lands. *** “Overseas work usually demands a two- to three-year job experience. ...