Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE; De Lima doubts if ex-aide can be state witness
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:31

By Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jinggoy EstradaTake it from Sen. Jinggoy Estrada: Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes isn’t out to save her own skin at the expense of her former boss, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

Estrada said he believed Reyes came home “to face the charges against her,” but this did not mean she would testify against him or Enrile.

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Cagayan town mayor shot dead at flag ceremony by suspected NPA rebels
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:08

By Joel Locsin/RSJ/HS, GMA News

Carlito Pentecostes JrThe gunmen waited for the national anthem to finish, then shot dead a town mayor of Cagayan province during the flag ceremony early Monday morning, police said. The province's police chief said he suspects NPA guerrillas did the deed.

Cagayan provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Gregorio Lim said Gonzaga town mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr. was about to deliver a speech when two men approached him and opened fire.

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Miriam: Gigi Reyes may want to turn state witness
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:31

By ABS-CBNnews.com

Gigi ReyesSenator Miriam Defensor Santiago believes Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, returned to the Philippines to become a state witness.

Santiago said Reyes, a lawyer, knows fully well that she will be detained once the Office of the Ombudsman files the graft and plunder raps against those allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.

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DOH to release names of Etihad passengers yet to be tested for MERS-CoV
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:30

By JDS/BM, GMA News

naia scannerThe government will release the names of around 300 passengers who were on the same flight home as the overseas Filipino worker initially diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United Arab Emirates.

According to a report on "24 Oras" aired Sunday evening, although the male nurse has since tested negative for MERS-CoV, the Department of Health said he could have passed the virus on to other passengers.

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Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:29

By Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Inquirer

mgm grandManny Pacquiao’s next fight won’t be at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And chances are, it will be held outside the glitzy desert city.

This developed following a falling out between Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, and MGM Grand that was triggered by what Arum described as the gaming giant’s shoddy promotional treatment of the recent Pacquiao-Bradley 2.

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Rain or Shine hangs on in OT, sends Ginebra to eighth place
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:28

By AMD, GMA News

almazanThe Rain or Shine Elasto Painters got a break when Greg Slaughter missed two go-ahead free throws at the tailend of the fourth quarter. They took full advantage of it by defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings 105-101 in overtime, Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The win by the Elasto Painters gave them a 5-4 record, and a best-of-three series against the Meralco Bolts. Ginebra on the other hand was doomed to eighth place, up against the undefeated Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, who are armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

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Alaska routs injury-stricken San Mig Coffee, claims third place
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:27

By AMD, GMA News

cyrus baguioThe Alaska Aces defeated the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers 85-66, Sunday afternoon at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in the final elimination round game of the Aces’ championship-defending bid.

Already assured of their slots in the best of three quarterfinals, the game between the Aces and the Mixers turned out to be a lackluster affair as the latter opted to rest their players who are suffering injured, rather than go hard against the rampaging Aces.

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Roach eyes Marquez or Mayweather next
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:25

By Michael Lim Ubac, Philippine Daily Inquirer

mayweather marquezExpect heads to roll in the coming days as the President’s patience is wearing thin over the seemingly disjointed efforts, particularly at the local level, to help victims of disasters since December 2012.

President Benigno Aquino III appealed Tuesday for more patience from disaster victims amid the overwhelming challenges confronting his administration in the aftermath of back-to-back calamities that overshadowed the sterling economic growth under his watch.

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31 people dead, 123 hurt during Holy Week observance -NDRRMC
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:23

By PNA

holy weekThe death toll during the Holy Week rose to 31 due to various incidents, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday.

In its update, NDRRMC said of the 31 fatalities, 16 were due to drowning, 13 from vehicular accident, one from gunshot wounds due to shooting incident and one by fire incident.

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Gov’t allocates P2.5B for 8 new navy assault vehicles
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:22

by Elena L. Aben, Manila Bulletin

navy assault vehiclesThe government will spend P2.5 billion to buy eight brand-new amphibious assault vehicles for the Navy, said the Department of National Defense (DND). The money will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.

In line with this, the DND has issued an invitation to bid for the amphibious assault vehicle acquisition project with integrated logistic support.

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Tagle: Christ’s resurrection will vindicate victims of injustice
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:21

By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star)

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle“Those who lie, those who sell and betray friends, you think you have succeeded but God will reverse what you have done.”

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made this warning in his homily during the Easter Vigil celebration at the Manila Cathedral Saturday night.

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House probe on NAIA 'mismanagement' sought
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:20

By philstar.com

Ninoy Aquino International AirportA lawmaker wants to investigate the supposed mismanagement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country's main gateway that has been tagged again as the "worst airport in the world."

Valenzuela City First District Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian has filed House Resolution 909, which seeks a congressional inquiry into the mismanagement in the administration and operations of NAIA. He also wants concerned government agencies to institute measures to erase the airport's "disturbing label."

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Asia seeks Obama assurance in sea row
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:20

By The Philippine Star

US President Barack ObamaAs US President Barack Obama travels through Asia this week, he will confront a region that’s warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Each of the four countries on Obama’s itinerary – Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines – has a dispute with Beijing over islands and waters in the South and East China Seas. Their leaders will be weighing Obama’s willingness to support them if those conflicts boil over.

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Singapore leader defends Pinoys, labels 'spammers' a disgrace
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:19

By Camille Diola (philstar.com)

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien LoongSingaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong condemned the harassment of Filipinos by some of his fellow Singaporeans, whom he called "a disgrace to Singapore."

Lee said he was "appalled" by protests against Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Singapore. He cited reports that the online protesters spammed the organizers' Facebook page last week.

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Chief peace negotiator to MILF: Stop kidnappings
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:18

By Edith Regalado and Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star)

negotiatorThat’s the message of chief government peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday.

In a statement, Ferrer said the MILF and all stakeholders must join hands in freeing the captives of the Abu Sayyaf. “Let us give kidnap victims their best Easter gift ever - freedom from captivity,” she said.

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PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:17

By Matikas Santos, INQUIRER.net

internetDespite being regarded as the social media capital of the world, the Philippines has the slowest internet speed in the entire Southeast Asian region and is ranked 158th out of 190 countries worldwide.

According to the Net Index rankings by internet broadband testing company Ookla, Philippines has an average speed of 3.54 Megabits per second (Mbps).

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Accused suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling reportedly wants to surrender and turn state witness, says Tony Calvento
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:09

by Jojo Gabinete, PEP

tony calventoMay malaking rebelasyon si Tony Calvento, ang award-winning print at broadcast journalist, na sumusubaybay at sumusuporta sa mga kaso na isinampa ni Vhong Navarro laban sa grupo nina Cedric Lee at Deniece Cornejo, ang mga akusado sa pambubugbog sa TV host/comedian sa Forbeswoods Heights Condominium Building, The Fort noong January 22.

Ipinagtapat ni Calvento ang pakikipagtagpo niya sa tao na may koneksyon sa isa sa mga akusado sa Vhong Navarro case na nagnanais daw na sumuko at maging state witness.

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