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Press Release Philippines / Lacson magso-sorry kay Faeldon kapag…
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:47:50 AM »
Hinamon ni Sen. Panfilo Lacson si dating Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon na lumagda sa isang waiver kung totoo ang paninindigan nitong hindi siya kumita ng limpak-limpak na salapi sa mahigit isang taon niyang paninilbihan sa BOC.

“When he was interviewed yesterday sabi niya I’m willing to open my bank accounts, including those of the members of my family.

But that’s just words. To formalize it, kung talagang serious, mas maganda magpirma­ siya ng waiver under (RA) 1405, Bank Secrecy Act,” giit ni Lacson.

Kung lalabas umanong walang daan-daang mil­yones sa bangko si Faeldon, handa si Lacson na humingi ng paumanhin sa dating BOC commissioner.

“Kung pipirma siya ng waiver I’d be glad if kung ako ma-assign niya to inquire into the bank depo­sits, his own bank depo­sits, members of his fami­ly, including his fiancée.

And kung talagang wala, I’ll be gentleman enough to apologize. Or maybe I committed a mistake,” pangako pa ng senador.

Matatandaang idina­wit ni Lacson si Faeldon sa katiwalian sa BOC, kung saan noong pag-upo pa lamang niya noong nakaraang taon ay binigyan ito ng P100M.

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Press Release Philippines / Trillanes dismayado sa pamilya ni Kian
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:46:42 AM »
Nagpahayag ng pagkadismaya ang isang senador sa ginawang pakiki­pag-usap ng mga magulang ni Kian Loyd Delos Santos kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte nitong Lunes.

Ayon kay Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, tila­ hindi alam nina Saldy at Lorenzana Delos Santos na kaya napatay ng Caloocan City police ang 17-anyos nilang anak na si Kian ay dahil sa pagsunod sa war on drugs ni Pangulong Duterte.

“I hope alam ng mga magulang na namatay si Kian Delos Santos dahil kay Duterte, dahil sa polisiya ng pagpatay,” diin ni Trillanes.

Umabot umano ng dala­wang oras ang pakikipag-usap ng mag-asawang Delos Santos kay Pangulong Duterte kung saan dakong huli ay nagkamayan pa ang mga ito at nagpalitrato habang naka-fist bump.

Kinuwestiyon naman ni Trillanes kung sino ang nag-udyok sa mag-asawa na magpakuha ng litrato habang naka-fist bump.

“Ano ba nagluluksa ‘yung pamilya eh gagamitin mo,” himutok ng senador.

Naniniwala naman si Trillanes na kaya kinausap ni Pangulong Duterte ang mag-asawang Delos Santos ay upang maapula ang kritisismo sa kanyang administrasyon dulot ng pagpatay ng tatlong pulis Caloocan kay Kian.

“It’s a damage control pero too bad for them nahuli sila,” ani Trillanes.

Sa nasabing pagpupulong, nagbigay umano ng monetary assistance ang Pangulo lalo pa’t ayaw­ nang magtrabaho sa abroad ng ginang.

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Press Release Philippines / MABILOG WINARNINGAN NI PDU30
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:45:35 AM »
Nagbitaw ng babala si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kay Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog. At ang warning ng pangulo ay tapusin na nito ang umano’y koneksyon sa kinasasangkutang kalokohan.

Kahapon ay inihayag ni Duterte na pinagbigyan na nito ang kahilingan ni Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido na ipuwesto sa Iloilo City.

Si Espenido ay isa sa mga pambatong opisyal­ ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na sumasabak sa pinaigting na ‘war on drugs’ ng kasaluku­yang administrasyon.

“Well, I’ll tell you again, Mayor. Dinadawit ka. For the longest time, updated (narco) list, nandiyan ka. Eh sa totoo lang, ngayon pang wala na nangyari, baka gusto mo nang tapusin ang connection mo. Do not protect, do not call the police, ganito na ganito. Do not just mess up with the… kasi ‘pagka nandiyan, drug lord ka rin eh. mapipilitan ako. Bakit ka nagprotekta? Why the ma­yors, ka­yong mga judges, kayong mga prosecutors. Alam ko man hindi lahat. Karamihan, wala. ‘Yung mag-corrupt. Kaya hindi kayo kontento sa sweldo ninyo, ­umalis kayo. Mag-drug lord na lang kayo. Bilyon ‘yan. Pero ang kapalit niyan, kamatayan mo. Nagbobo­lahan pa tayo dito,” pagdidiin ni Duterte sa pana­yam ng media sa Pampanga kahapon.

Nakakabahala

Bagama’t tanggap ng mga Ilonggo ang reassignment ni Espenido sa Iloilo City, inamin ni Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon na nakakabahala naman ang maaa­ring gawin nito sa ama ng siyudad.

Dalawang alkalde na ang namatay sa lugar kung saan nakadestino si Espenido.

Noong ilipat ng pa­ngulo si Espenido sa Albuera, Leyte, napatay ng mga tauhan ni Supt. Marvin Marcos noong Nobyembre 2016 si Ma­yor Rolando Espinosa sa loob ng kulungan ng Baybay sub provincial jail.

Nang malipat naman ito sa Ozamiz City, na­nguna naman ito sa ope­rasyon na siyang ikinamatay ni Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, asawa, kapatid, pamangkin at 12 pang iba habang isinisilbi ang search warrant sa bahay ng alkalde dahil sa pagtatago umano ng armas.

‘Di hawak ni Espenido

Sinabi naman ni Espenido na nakasalalay na umano sa Diyos ang buhay ni Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog nga­yong siya na ang uupong chief of police ng lungsod.

“Wala naman akong gagawin kundi ipatupad ang batas at ang utos ni Pangulong Duterte na linisin ang ilegal na droga sa aking assignment,” ani Espenido.

“Kung mamatay si Mabilog habang ako ang chief of police ng Iloilo City Police, ito ay kaloob o kagustuhan ng Diyos,” wika pa ni Espenido.

Iginiit ni Espenido na kahit naman siya ay patay na kung ‘God’s will’ na mamatay si Mabilog ay talagang mangyayari ito.

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President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Thursday he was wrong with his self-imposed three to six months deadline on ending the drug problem in the country.
“I feel so bad [about] all of these things. Kasi nalaman ko, paano ko makontrol in three to six months, ang mga generals na pulis nandiyan. Tapos ‘yung mga Bureau of Customs na inaasahan ko, p*******ina nasa droga. How will I succeed, e nasa droga,” Duterta said in a speech in Ozamis City.
“Alam ko na nagkamali ako. Nagkamali talaga ako,” he added.

The President also said the Philippines has now become a “narcotics country.”
“Now, magtanong kayo, ang Pilipinas, are we or are we not a narcotics country? Yes, we are,” he said.

“Sabi ko, tama iyang silang mga kritiko ko. ‘Eh sabi mo, noong nag-Presidente ka, three to six months.’ Hindi ko alam pagpasok ko, eh Davao lang kasi ako, so ang template ko Davao… May droga, pero sabi ko, maglaro ka doon, patay ka talaga,” he added.
During the campaign period, Duterte promised to end the drug problem in the Philippines within the first three to six months of his term. When the deadline lapsed, he asked for another six month extension.
READ: Duterte wants war on crime, drugs extended for 6 more months
“Give me another six months. That self-imposed time of three to six months, well, I did not realize how severe and how serious the problem of drug menace in this Republic until I became President,” he then said.
But Duterte again asked for an extension, and his deadly drug war would extend up to the last day of his term in 2022


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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday renewed his pledge to policemen to back them all the way in the campaign against criminality – even promising them pardon if they get convicted in connection with the performance of their job.
But he also warned police officers engaging in illegal drug trade that they will have a big price to pay.
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Speaking to policemen in Ozamiz City, a day after slain Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and three other family members were buried, Duterte said policemen have his backing and full protection and that they should not think twice about tackling threats to the welfare of the society.
“If you in the police or military get into trouble in the performance of your duty, I will never allow you to be jailed,” he said.
But the President said those facing charges because they did their job should have to undergo the process.
“There would be investigation, trial and conviction. But I will grant you absolute pardon, restored to full political rights. I would even say you should be promoted to the next higher rank,” Duterte said.
But he warned policemen not to lie to him.
“Just tell me the truth,” he said.
Scalawag cops
For those who were into criminality or irregularity, Duterte said he could not do anything about them.
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He said in fact, he was offering P2 million as reward for anybody who could help neutralize policemen involved in the narcotics trade.
“If you want money, go after them. No questions asked. I would not be asking who killed them,” he said.
Duterte said aside from the P2-million reward, he might also give free tickets to Hong Kong for those who could kill scalawag policemen.
Duterte also repeated his warning that he did not care if unscrupulous individuals get killed in the anti-drug campaign.
“Whether they are mayors or congressmen, I don’t care,” he said.
Duterte said the drug problem was destroying the future of the country as many youths had been hooked into it.
“So who will buy the medicine of old people? Who will pay for their hospital bills?” he asked.
Freed from narcopolitics
Duterte said the police should “destroy the organization of drug syndicates” and should not spare anyone who was into it.
He said he already warned governors and mayors against involvement in drugs but some of them did not listen.
Commenting on the death of Parojinog, Duterte said Ozamiz was now free of narcopolitics.
“You are now freed from narcopolitics,” he said.
Duterte also brushed aside threats from the Parojinog family to sue policemen involved in the deadly July 30 raid.
“And you still think about suing? You’re making a fool out of the people of Ozamiz,” he said.
Duterte said he did all he could by warning people against involvement in the drug trade but they would not listen.
“I have told you, do not go into drugs because there would be no compromise,” he said.
Duterte meanwhile pinned medals to seven policemen involved in the July 30 raid that killed Parojinog and 15 others.
They included Senior Supt. Jaysen de Guzman, the Misamis Occidental police director, and Ozamiz City police chief, Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido.


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Boxing and Boxers / Magsayo vs. Diaz sa PP41
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:07:32 AM »
Nakatakdang depensahan ni Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo ang kanyang WBO International Featherweight belt SA pagharap niya kay Daniel “El General” Diaz NG Nicaragua sa “Pinoy Pride 41: New Generation Warriors” ngayong Sabado sa IEC Convention Center sa Cebu.
Bukod kay Magsayo, (16-0; 12 KOs), mapapanood din ang nagbabalik na knockout artist na si Albert “Prince” Pagara, (27-1; 18 KOs) laban kay Aekkawee Kaewmanee ng Thailand (16-9; 6 KOs).
Nais ni Pagara na duplikahin ang panalo nito noong Nobyembre 2016.
Muling masisilayan ang tikas nina Magsayo at Pagara habang makikilatis naman ang husay ng baguhang si Jeo Santisima (13-2; 11 KOs).
Haharapin ni Santisima ang pinakamabigat na laban ng kanyang batang karera kontra hindi pa nakakatikim ng talo na si Tanzanian boxer Goodluck Mrena (16-0; 8 KOs).
May barahang 23-7-2; 15 KOs si Diaz.
Sa linggo mapapanood sa ABS-CBN ch. 2 ang laban (3:30 p.m.) at sa primetime sa S+A (8 p.m.).

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Philippine Provinces / Nasuko kay gihilam ang 'junior,' gikulata
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:06:14 AM »
GITABANGAN og kulata sa wala mailang suspetsado ang usa ka ulitawo human nga nasuko sa dihang gihilam ang pribadong parte sa lawas niini samtang anaa sa Corrales-Chavez Street, dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro. Ang biktima naila nga si Frances (bansagon gitago), 27, ulitawo nga residente sa Soldiers Hill, Bulua ning dakbayan. Sa nahipos nga impormasiyon gikan sa Police Station 1 sa Divisoria, gikabutyag nga samtang anaa sa maong dapit, gikabutyag sa biktima nga kalit lang nga gihilam sa duha ka mga suspek ang iyang junior nga gikasuko niini. Giingong sa dihang nipalag ang biktima kalit lang kining gitabangan sa pagkulata sa mga suspetsado. Nakaangkon ang biktima og samad ug bun-og sa iyang mga bukton, suwang ug isig bahin sa iyang ulo hinungdan nga nagpaalim kini. Gidugang pa nga atol sa panghitabo, nawala pa ang cellular phone niini. Sa pagkakaron, ang mga suspetsado ang gawasnon pa karong panahona samtang ang insidente ang nakatala na sa buhatan.

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“Just don’t reply to these texts.”
This was the foremost measure proposed by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in Bohol amid the tide of text message scams spread by tricksters preying on mobile users.
“If you reply to these texts, they will find a way to get money from you,” said NTC Bohol officer-in-charge Engr. Dennis Rocamora.
In an interview with dyRD Action Line’s Fred Araneta, Rocamora bared that text scams are mostly sent through regular cellular phone numbers.
“If only a phone number appears, that’s definitely a scam,” Rocamora said. “If you receive messages from providers and it would appear that it was sent from Globe or Smart, that’s not a scam.”
Swindling messages include raffle prizes while other mobile con artists guise themselves as relatives asking for money or cellphone load credits.
Several Cebu residents have fallen prey to these scams, said Rocamora.
“One victim sent money, but after that we couldn’t trace it anymore,” he added.
In most cases, after having swindled money out of victims, suspects immediately dispose of their SIM card and replace it with a new one.
“SIM cards nowadays are very cheap. You can buy at BQ for P10 to P15,” Rocamora said.
According to the NTC official, Sen. Panfilo Lacson previously moved to have pre-paid SIM cards registered but this was opposed by telecommunication companies.

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MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the indictment of two Bureau of Internal Revenue personnel for bribery after they were busted in an entrapment operation last week.
In a June 30 resolution, the Ombudsman said there was probable cause to file charges before the Regional Trial Court against group supervisor Nora Halamani and revenue officer III Abolais Ampa, both assigned at the Revenue District Office 29 in Manila.
The Ombudsman media bureau announced on Tuesday that Halamani and Ampa would be facing charges of direct bribery and violation of Section 7(d) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, which has prohibited solicitation and acceptance of gifts and favors.
This was after the Ombudsman conducted inquest proceedings against the two officials who were apprehended by the National Bureau of Investigation agents in a June 29 sting.
The complaint stated the two demanded P400,000 in cash “for the boys” in exchange for approved and signed BIR forms which Dealco Farms, Inc., needed to submit to the bank.
The two were arrested after allegedly receiving the bribe on the third floor of the BIR office in Intramuros. Halamani was said to have received a brown envelope full of marked money consisting of four bundles totaling P350,000 and 50 pieces of P1,000 bills

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Boxing and Boxers / Amonsot: Horn's right hand can hurt Pacquiao
« on: June 07, 2017, 08:33:52 AM »
Filipino Czar Amonsot, who on Monday sparred with Jeff Horn, singled out the Australian’s right hand as his best punch.

Horn, according to Amonsot, throws his signature punch with enough speed and power that it would be his main weapon against Manny Pacquiao when they collide in Brisbane on July 2.

“Jeff is explosive,” the 31-year-old Amonsot said in a report by Grantlee Kieza of The Courier-Mail after a 10-round sparring session with Horn.

Horn’s camp has enlisted the former ALA fighter as one of his sparmates because of the latter’s toughness—the now Australia-based Amonsot (34-3-3, with 22 KOs) is on a 12-fight winning streak—and familiarity with Pacquiao.

 A video posted by Kieza yesterday on Twitter showed Horn using his range and footwork to work on the southpaw Amonsot, who kept on charging at the Australian trying to land a looping left hand. But in the process, Amonsot had been on the receiving end of some blows from Horn.

Amonsot got a taste of Horn’s right straight, which is also the punch Pacquiao is most susceptible to.

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“His [Horn’s] right-hand lead is fast and powerful. That’s a punch that could give Pacquiao a lot of trouble,” said the Tagbiliran City, Bohol-born fighter.

Horn will most likely rely heavily on that punch when he tries to take Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship at the Suncorp Stadium next month.

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Family & Parenting / May kabit kuno
« on: May 24, 2017, 11:33:52 AM »
TAWGA lang ko og Joemet, taga northern Cebu ug minyo na. Duna mi duha ka anak sa akong asawa. Naa ko sa Cebu City nagpuyo tungod sa akong trabaho samtang sila toa sa probinsya. Sagad magpadala lang ko og kwarta aron makadaginot sa pletihan, yawat na lang. Ang nakapait kay dunay ni-text nako nga wa magpaila, ipa-check kuno ang akong asawa kay dunay laing bathala. Nagmata ra kuno ko og buntag kay busy ko sa panginabuhi diri sa city samtang ang akong misis hayahay ang kinabuhi. Naglisod ko og tuo, Noy, kay maayo ang akong asawa, buotan ug mapinanggaon. Wa nako tubayi ang ga text pero nahasol ko sa information. Ga text ko sa akong ubang sakop sa pamilya kon kumusta na sila ug okay ra kuno ang tanan. Wa koy angay nga kabalak-an. Hangtod karon wa koy bisan usa nga gisultihan kay mauwaw ko ug naluoy ko sa akong asawa kay kon di ni tinuod, maguba ang iyang image. Unsa kahay maayo nakong buhaton ani? Akong i-confront ang akong asawa? Maayo kaha? Tambagi ko sa akong hustong buhaton. JOEMET


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New Tagbilaran City Police Station chief Supt. Rene Kyamko paid a courtesy call on Mayor Baba Yap on Wednesday.

Kyamko was the chief of the Bohol police Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) before taking over the helm of the TCPS.

He was also previously assigned at the Criminal Investigation Group 7 regional office in Cebu.

Kyamko will be replacing Supt. Patricio Degay who was named chief of the TCPS after former station commander Supt. Nicomedes Olaivar was reassigned to Sultan Kudarat late March.

READ: PPSC-SWAT collars drug ‘pusher’ in Tagbilaran

Degay is reportedly staying out of the country with his family indefinitely.

He remained TCPS commander for less than two months.

Previously, he was the officer-in-charge of the Special Weapons and Tactics unit and Provincial Public Safety Company of the Bohol Police.

READ: Cop dismissed; 2 chiefs transferred

Meanwhile, the TCPS under Kyamko has been put on alert status as the opening of classes draws near. (W.M.)

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Bohol Latest News / Panglao unveils water treatment plant
« on: May 23, 2017, 11:27:30 AM »

PANGLAO. Officials here led by Mayor Nila Montero and Vice-Mayor Pedro Fuertes and an investor inaugurated on Friday water treatment and supply facility tapping brackish water and turned it to potable one.

 Mayor Montero said in her speech that the ‘thirst’ for lack of clean water that has become a perennial problem of the townsfolk that caused untold kidney-related ailments may now a thing of the past following the opening of the facility.

 She said that when she put up her beach resort sometime in 1986 until she assumed as local chief executive here they struggled to make this dream a reality.

 All questions and criticism lobbed against her administration were hard to address since they’re not experts, she admitted until she invited the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to shed light on tapping water resources. Since then, the agency, she said, assists the town and other entities in securing permits and monitoring and establishing standards of water supply.

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 President and chief operating officer (CEO) Gabino Abejo, Jr. of Panglao water Services, Inc. (PSI), a subsidiary of Abejo Water Corporation, said that the company to deliver water to whoever is interested. He promised the company will always adhere to high standard of clean water.

 Project engineer Joemar Gigtinta said that the plant situated at barangay Looc consists of two giant tanks — one for ‘raw’ water and the second for ‘produce’ (clean water ready for delivery). Each cistern is capable of storing 1,500 cubic meter of water.

 It has also a treatment facility considered the first of its kind in the province complete with systems and processes that turned brackish (or salty water) to drinkable water, Gigtinta said.

 He said that they sourced out (brackish) water from drilling water after testing of ten sites in barangays  Lourdes, Looc, Bolod, Bil-isan, Danao and Tawala, where resorts are mostly located.

 Gigtinta said that the company estimated to have invested some Php200 million has complied with all the necessary requirements, including the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) and license issued by the NWRB to drill wells in the area.

 Invited guests include Atty. Michael P. Cloribel, Commissioner, Governance Commission for Government-Owned-and-Controlled Corporation (GOCCS);  Atty. Lloyd Christopher Lao, Usec for presidential management staff; Director Marcelo Zape of the Department of Budget and management and consultant Bureau of corrections and barangay officials. (rvo)

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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Indons eager to upset Gilas
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:21:37 AM »
Games Thursday (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

3 p.m. – Malaysia vs Myanmar

5 p.m. – Vietnam vs Singapore

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7 p.m. – Philippines vs Indonesia

MANILA, Philippines – Beating Gilas Pilipinas is highly improbable but not impossible.

With that in mind, the Indonesians are eager to come out to give their best shot in a do-or-die game that they feel presents them an opportunity to score an upset.

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“The Philippines has a high reputation in the game of basketball. But we’re playing just a 40-minute game, that could be a game-changer,” said Indon naturalized player Jamarr Johnson on the eve of the gold-medal game between Team Phl and Indonesia in the SEABA Championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Thursday night.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

“It’s basketball. We’ll put in our best from the beginning to the end, and see what happens,” said Indon-American Arki Wisnu.

Johnson and Wisnu finally saw action in the tourney yesterday and helped power the Indons to a 123-50 demolition of Myanmar that kept them in contention for the title and the regional slot to the coming Asian World Cup qualifying series.

The Indon naturalized player scored 17 points on 8-of-11 clip and also came up with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block against two errors in 22 minutes of action. Wisnu contributed seven points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting.

“The Philippines is hard to beat. But we’ll try and not give up,” said Indonesian coach Wahyu Widayat Jati, not ruling out their win especially if they’re able to dish out their best and they catch the Filipinos in their off night.

Jati is thankful Johnson and Wisnu gained their FIBA clearance in time for their game against the home team.

“It’s really good for us. We’re playing with our full strength and I hope they (Johnson and Wisnu) can give us energy,” said Jati.

Johnson said he would play the best he can to help prop up the Indons.

We’re gonna play with our hearts out. We’ll do what we can for us to win. I’ll do whatever it is that I need to do be it rebounding, defending or scoring,” said Johnson.

The Indons kept pace with Gilas through the first six days of competition, rolling past Singapore, 71-50; Malaysia, 63-42; Thailand, 60-59; Vietnam, 95-52; and Myanmar to assure themselves of at least the silver medal.

Indonesia is a one-time SEABA champ in 1996 at home in Surabaya, and has had four runner-up finishes behind the Philippines in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

The Indons, however, missed a podium finish in the last two editions of this Asian sub-zonal event

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Philippine Laws / IN THE KNOW: Anti-Distracted Driving Law
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:18:46 AM »
Republic Act No. 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Law, which takes effect on May 18, defines distracted driving as the driver’s use of mobile communication, electronic entertainment and computing devices or gadgets while the vehicle is in motion or stopped momentarily for a red light or at an intersection.


Coverage:
Public and private vehicles
Wheeled agricultural machinery
Construction equipment
Other forms of transportation, human-powered or pulled by an animal, operated or driven in public thoroughfares, highways or streets, such as bicycles, pedicabs, trolleys, habal-habal, kuliglig, wagons, carriages and carts
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Prohibited acts

Make or receive calls
Write, send, read text-based communications
Play games
Watch movies
Perform calculations
Read e-books
Composing message
Surfing or browsing the internet

Exemptions
Motorist using devices to make or take emergency calls to authorities in case of crime, accidents, bomb or terrorist threat, fire or explosion, instances needing immediate medical attention or if personal safety and security is compromised.
Allowed acts
Use of hands-free function and applications as long as gadgets do not interfere with the driver’s line of sight.
Use of navigational apps that should be set to the preferred destination before the driver’s departure. Such gadgets should be installed in parts of a vehicle that will not obstruct the driver’s view.

Penalties
P5,000 fine on first offense
P10,000 fine on second offense
P15,000 fine with three month suspension of driver’s license on third offense
P20,000 and revocation of driver’s license for violations beyond third offense
Source: DOTC


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Tennis / Federer to skip French Open, focus on grass, hard courts
« on: May 16, 2017, 06:03:51 PM »
After spending a few days practicing on clay courts in Switzerland, a healthy and well-rested Roger Federer settled on his upcoming schedule: He will bypass the French Open and turn his focus to Wimbledon, then the US Open.

"It was a tough decision to take, because he likes to play the French Open, likes to play the big tournaments," Severin Luthi, who coaches Federer, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday. "But I think it was the best decision for him. It's an investment in his career — for this season and for the coming seasons."

Federer posted a message entitled "Roger to skip Roland Garros" on his website on Monday, announcing that he will stay away from competing on clay entirely in 2017 and instead will prepare for the grass- and hard-court events that follow.

"I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month," Federer wrote, "but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay court season this year."

It's the second year in a row that Federer pulled out of the French Open, where main-draw play begins in Paris on May 28. He won the title at the clay-court major in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam.

His absence a year ago, because of back and knee problems that plagued him in 2016, ended his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments — every one since the start of 2000.

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Now, though, the owner of a record 18 major championships feels great.

And he wants to keep it that way.

"We are in a good situation. He is (healthier than he's) been in the last five years. We could take the decision out of a position of strength," Luthi said about pulling out of the French Open.

"We talked a few times about it but wanted to give ourselves time to think about it," he added. "We spoke again yesterday and made the final decision today."

Luthi said Federer plans to play at two grass-court tournaments in Germany — at Stuttgard starting June 12, and at Halle the week after that — before heading to Wimbledon, where play begins on July 3.

The 35-year-old Federer has not played in a tournament since April 2, when he won his third title of 2017 at the Miami Open and improved his record this year to 19-1, all on hard courts, his best start in more than a decade. At the time, he said he would be taking a break from the tour and did not commit to returning in time for the French Open.

"The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward," Federer wrote. "Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season."

Clay tends to be the most physically demanding of tennis' surfaces, requiring plenty of tricky movement and sliding, along with lengthy, grind-it-out points.

Federer's great rival and the man known as the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, has been back to his dominant self on the red stuff lately, compiling a 15-match winning streak and three consecutive titles, including at the Madrid Open on Sunday. That has made Nadal the favorite to collect a record 10th trophy at Roland Garros, which would be his 15th overall at majors, three away from Federer.

Luthi said Federer didn't take Nadal's recent play — or anyone else's — into account as he weighed his options.

"It's really more a decision about him than the others," Luthi said. "It would be a mistake to look at them too much."

Federer missed the last half of 2016, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the US Open, because of his surgically repaired left knee. He started this season the best way possible, winning the Australian Open in January.

As for Paris, if there were those worrying about whether they might have seen the last of the Swiss superstar there, Federer offered a message about the future.

"I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive," Federer said, "and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year."

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MANILA, Philippines — In light of the recent international cyber attacks, such the “ransomware” that reportedly crippled about 200,000 computers in over 150 countries over the weekend, a global cyber security expert gave pointers that if you follow, “you will be leagues ahead of other people in terms of Internet security,” she said.

Parisa Tabriz, security expert at Google’s California headquarters, recently revealed to the Philippine press her “Top 4 security tips for people on the Web.”

1. Don’t reuse or share the same password.

Using the same password is dangerous “because hackers know best,” said Tabriz, who has been working for over 10 years with Google's 500-strong cybersecurity team.

“They know that people use the same password. So, what they will do is that they will target a especially weak website to extract passwords from all users of that site. They will get a full database of passwords and based on that, they will try those passwords across multiple accounts, things that are probably more sensitive. It’s possible to buy databases of passwords from other attackers. So, when you’re using the same passwords in multiple places, it’s sort of a secret. The more people you tell, the more likely it is to be known more broadly,” she explained.

She knows how difficult is to remember a different password for every single site, so what she encouraged people to use is a password manager, which remembers those different passwords for you. Chrome, Google’s browser, has a built-in password manager.


A sample of what a password manager looks like. Infographic by Parisa Tabriz of Google

2. Don’t login on shared computers and verify your account security settings.

“Think of shared computers as something with a lot of germs,” Tabriz said.

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Attackers know that a lot of people log-in to shared computers, so these computers are more likely to have malware in the form of a key logger, she noted.

She defined a “keylogger” as something that “actually sniffs off all the keystrokes that you type in and sends off those keystrokes to an attacker.”

“So, obviously, if you’re logging in and there’s an attacker, your password is actually being sent off to some other attacker,” she warned. “Strengthen your account because if you’ve already typed in your password in a shared computer, you have already risked your password into being leaked.”

What she recommends to people is to check out their account security settings. If you have a Google account, you can go to Myaccount.Google.com or look for the My Account button, where you can view the different places that you logged in into your accounts and which devices you used to log in into your account. For example, if you do not have an iPhone but someone with an iPhone has logged in into your account, then that is suspicious, Tabriz said.

She recommended adding a second layer of authentication to your account by first, using a short message system (SMS) code, installing an application on iOS or Android, or using a hardware key.

3. Be mindful of all software or applications you install on your computer or phone.

Tabriz admitted that even if you are a security expert, it is really hard to tell a legitimate software from an attacker trying to fool someone on that software.

Hence, Google developed Safe Browsing technology, which regularly scans virtually all websites on the Web and randomly opens them using a special machine. If a website makes your computer try to download an .exe or an executable file, that is definitely a malware, so Google sends that website on the blacklist depending on the site’s behavior.

The Safe Browsing tech, said Tabriz, comes for free and is available in Firefox and Chrome. It also sends warnings against phishing sites, though she confided that it is also still possible for people to ignore these warnings and put themselves and others at risk.

4. Keep your software up to date.

Manually updating a computer is something people usually see as annoying, so they typically keep it off for a while, said Tabriz.

But generally, what updates do is to perform security scans on critical bugs, so not installing these updates will leave yourself vulnerable to attackers that could exploit your data, Tabriz cautioned.

Chrome, according to her, has auto update that starts as soon as you restart your browser.

Tabriz prescribed visiting and using websites starting with “https://”  as the “s” stands for encrypted security.

“By default, the content that goes over the Web, over http, is all clear text and there’s no real protection for it,” she revealed, adding that Http cookies can be sent on open-WiFi networks.

“The solution is https://, which is encrypted but not widely deployed. Over half of the Web is still not using it, so we’re promoting it. Without Https, you don’t have a guarantee of safety as a user or as someone building a website application.”

According to her, last year, Google published a transparency report on Https and the report revealed that even Google has not 100 percent adopted Https, so slowly, the company has been increasing the number of Https users.


Infographic by Parisa Tabriz of Google

Besides hackers that destroy passwords, she revealed that other security threats people face daily while on the Web are telephone companies selling people’s private information that enable private companies to insert ads into connections, as well as intelligence gathering by big nation states such as Iran.

“The Web really feels secure to most people. It feels like you’re talking to them directly because it’s so fast and immediate. And people think that by default, there is some security when you’re accessing the Web. But in reality, you don’t get security by default. And the Internet doesn’t look like a direct connection to a website, but it’s really an interconnected mess of machines and very typically, you’re connected to multiple, different intermediate points when you’re accessing a website,” Tabriz elucidated.

“Now, any of those intermediate points can actually be a potential place where a person can snoop in under your connection either by logging the traffic and looking at it later, or looking at it as it’s happening, or actually tamper with the connection, and this is actually adding in content to the connection that you or the website is not expecting to happen. This is called the ‘man in the middle attack,’ which has been a threat for a very long time but as we’ve seen, there is an increase in incidence.”

Hence, whether you are an ordinary Joe or an Internet security pundit like Tabriz, who has worked at the White House with the Obama administration to make government files more secure, Tabriz urged everyone to make it a mission to protect the Internet and its users.

“The web is really incredible in terms of being able to share information around the world, enabling people to access information around the world,” she enthused. “Even with just a simple knowledge of coding, you can share information around the world with just a link. That’s a really powerful tool.”

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Bohol Latest News / New Bohol Airport opens 2018
« on: May 15, 2017, 11:50:49 AM »

 The modern Bohol Airport of international standard targets to be operational by the middle of next year.

“It can open to commercial flights starting June in 2018,” Project Director Edgar Mangalili of the Department of Transportation (DOT) said with much optimism as the project is 06% advanced.

This latest development dispelled earlier rumors that the new airport construction will be delayed by more than a year.

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The opening of the new airport will formally open Bohol to the world with chattered as well as regular international flights can now be accommodated to bring  thousands of tourists who will welcome the convenience in a direct flight to this island paradise.

In fact, even before the opening of the new airport in Panglao, daily flights from Incheon, South Korea to the existing Tagbilaran City Airport will commence by next month. The maiden flight of Philippine Airlines will be on June 22 this year.

The rate the construction of the new airport has progressed, Gov. Edgar Chatto  expressed elation on the double time work supervised by Japanese consultants and the consortium of contractors.He presided a project coordination meeting at the Governor’s Mansion last Friday.

“I’m very inspired by this information” and “very happy we’re up,” Gov. Chatto said,

The attending officials of the Japanese Airport Consultants (JAC) and consortium of contractors, Chiyoda-Mitsubishi Joint Venture (CMJV), assured to do their best and complete the project on time.

They are JAC Project Manager Tadashi Aoi and, all of the CMJV, Mitsubishi Corp. Deputy General Manager Takeo Kato, Project Manager Aisuke Ando, Deputy Project Manager Takayuki Nagahara and Chief Contracts Engineer Guy Stephen Richmond.

Chatto used the time to also brief them of the security condition of the province, telling them not to worry because Bohol is safe.

Aoi said “the Japanese do not feel afraid in Bohol” and he would even tell his Western friends to come here and “not be afraid,” too.

CAAP EVEN WANTS MARCH OPENING

At a meeting in Manila early last week, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) would like the new Bohol airport to be already opened in March next year even yet for general aviation.

But, Mangalili said, the DOTr “objected” for “security issues” considering that there will still be workers in the area during that period.

The opening flights in June 2018 will be already commercial following a first flight check in as early as March, the DOTr project manager said

Mangalili explained that the visual flight rules (VFR) will yet apply to the initial, opening flights in the first six months of the airport operation.

Visual flight rules (VFR) are a set of regulations under which a pilot operates an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going.

Simplified, the aircraft may not be able to land during bad weather resulting in visibility difficulty, the DOTr official said, further citing the experiences at the existing Tagbilaran City airport as a “perfect example.”

But Mangalili quickly added that the new airport operation will then also apply the instrument flight rules (IFR) for already “all-weather” navigation six months after or beginning in January 2019.

The IFR is a set of regulations under which a pilot operates under conditions in which flights by outside visual reference is not safe, or flights by reference to instruments in the flight deck and navigation is accomplished by reference to electronic signals.

A pilot may choose to fly in accordance to the IFR in visual meteorological conditions or may be required to do so by the appropriate air traffic service authority.

Aircraft shall be equipped with suitable instruments and with navigation equipment appropriate to the route to be flown.

KOREA-BOHOL FLIGHT

Although entirely incomparable to the Panglao airport by design, size and capacity, the Tagbilaran City airport will accommodate daily Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights from South Korea starting June 22 this year.

Chatto announced that the national flag carrier will hold the media/publicity launching of its newest international route linking Korea and Bohol for the first time on May 30.

He informed the Korean friends during the “Bohol-Korea Friendship Night” here early last week about the much-anticipated daily flights between the two distant places that share tourism interests.

Not just in tourism, Korea is one of the foreign major supporters of Bohol in educational and agricultural enhancements. 

The Korea-Bohol flight will have its stopover in Clark, Pampanga for refueling, also giving convenience to the passengers from central and northern Luzon who travel to Bohol with no more hassle of going to the Manila airport.

In the immediate future, this can open other international routes that will connect to Bohol via Clark, especially when Panglao airport will finally be in use.

Chatto would also like to see soon another regular Mindanao air flight connecting Bohol and Davao in addition to the Bohol-Cagayan de Oro route.

“We have to prove the possibility of passengers to and from Davao by air which has never been tested by sea,” he said.

SIMULTANEOUS WORKS FOR FAST COMPLETION

By visual presentation, the DOTr updated the governor on the different airport construction activities, including the contractor’s fast prefabrication of materials being done outside Bohol like the huge trashes assembled in Batangas.

They are now completing the heavy construction items for shipment here, assured Mangalili.

Chatto was pleased by the updates, especially in knowing that some important works have been done outside Bohol simultaneously with the construction activities right on Panglao project site.

He instructed the local Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to hasten the preparation for the conversion into a national road of the barangay road which is the immediate access to the resorts from the airport.

Chatto and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar already inspected the particular road which is going barangay Tawala in Panglao.

While then a congressman, Chatto nationalized by his laws certain important provincial roads, but he said national conversion of local road can also be done by administrative issuance and he already talked with Villar about it.

Also, the governor instructed the local DPWH to accelerate the installation of necessary and appropriate streetlighting system along the existing national road leading to the airport once the project fund will be ready.

He would have it checked if there was already instruction since the governor and the highways secretary likewise already discussed the project.

THIRD TAGBILARAN-PANGLAO BRIDGE

Days to the airport project coordination meeting, Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II discussed with DPWH Planning Service Dir. Constante Llanes, Jr. the progress of the feasibility study and advanced engineering design of the third bridge linking Tagbilaran City and Panglao island via Dauis.

The offshore bridge connector is in anticipation of the sure, unprecedented inbound and outbound Tagbilaran-Panglao heavy traffic once the new airport will have operationalized.

Damalerio and Llanes, meanwhile, happen to be fellows and batchmates of the integrated wastewater management training sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Japan 15 years ago.

The JICA is the foreign main funder of the Panglao airport project, which Local Project Management Team (LPMT) project manager is also Damalerio. (Ven rebo Arigo)

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday appointed Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año as the next Interior Secretary.
Duterte made the announcement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 2 at a press conference before his departure to Cambodia.
“Dito sa (At the) [Department of Foreign Affairs], I remember I signed an appointment just before I left my room and I saw the name of Senator Cayetano. Itong hapon lang na ito (Just this afternoon),” he said.
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The President’s announcement came a day after the appointment ban of defeated candidates in the May 2016 elections ended on May 9.
Undersecretary Enrique Manalo is the acting DFA chief after the ad interim appointment of Perfecto Yasay was unanimously rejected the Commission on Appointments.
DILG chief
Duterte ended speculations that defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos would be the next chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The President introduced Año as the DILG chief during the press conference.
“You are now facing the next DILG Secretary,” he said.
He said he picked Año because he needed “somebody who knows the police by the fingertips of his hand.”
He said Año, who will retire on October 26, 2016, would have to finish his term before he assumes his new post.
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Undersecretary Catalino Cuy is currently the acting DILG chief after former secretary Ismael Sueno was sacked over corruption allegations.


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New Bohol Airport is a new international airport being constructed on Panglao Island, Bohol Province in central Philippines.

The PHP7.4bn ($156m) facility will replace the existing Tagbilaran airport, the country's 11th busiest airport.

The new airport is designed to be compliant with international standards and to handle the increasing passenger influx in the coming years. Construction is expected to be completed within 30 months, with operations expected to commence by early-2018.

To be built on an area of 216ha, the airport will be a greenfield construction and is estimated to be ten times bigger than the existing airport. Tagbilaran airport is built on an area of 850m² and handles approximately 800,000 passengers a year, whereas the new airport will be able to manage 1.7 million passengers a year.

Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications, and Regional Development Council Central Visayas are jointly developing the new airport.

New Bohol airport design details
Panglao's new airport is designed to be constructed as a tropical airport in accordance with the location of the island and will be planned as a tropical resort. It is designed to include a 2,000m runway, apron size of 55,585m², passenger terminal building, which can accommodate one million passengers a year, and special equipment.

The passenger terminal building is conceptualised as a single-level structure spread over 8,281m² housing both domestic and international operations. The roof of the building is designed as a muti-curved structure that appears to be floating over the building and takes inspiration from Bohol's Chocolate Hills, a set of unusually shaped hills.

The flight complex will have extensive landscaping that will be prominent in the external yard of the terminal building.

An external covered area of 1,958m² in front of the terminal building will be dedicated for sending off and welcoming passengers' relatives.

Facilities at the New Bohol airport
The terminal building will house domestic and international check-in hall, pre-departure lounges, offices for direct passenger-related services and building management, international and domestic baggage claim areas and concession spaces including duty free shops.

The public concourse area at the entrance of the terminal building will have access to public toilets, car rental, bank and an airline ticketing office. The area will be connected to the car park area and the passenger terminal curb.

The airport complex will also include a control tower, air traffic control (ATC) operation and administration building, fire station and airport maintenance building, ancillary buildings and navigational aids building. Utilities such as power house, water supply system and sewage treatment system will also be a part of the complex.

Sustainable features of the new international airport in Bohol
To be built as an 'eco airport', the new airport in Bohol will implement advanced Japanese technology. It will feature a photovoltaic power generation system and a filtering system that will prevent pollution of the surrounding area through drainage during construction. Geotextile sheets will be used in the soaking yard to avoid the drainage water from seeping into the surroundings.

The airport will feature robust sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system.

Other energy-saving features that will be integrated in the airport's design will include installation of LED lights, natural lights and ventilation for most public areas. Air-conditioning will be powered by solar energy and will be available only in the pre-departure area.

Modifications at the Tagbilaran airport
A second apron and a terminal building will be constructed at the existing airport as an exigency measure to deal with the increase in air traffic until the new airport is completed. The apron will be located near the existing runway and will aid in smooth arrival and departure of flights.

"The new airport is designed to be compliant with international standards and to handle the increasing passenger influx in the coming years."
Financing for the New Bohol airport
A sum of PHP5.862bn ($123.5m approximately) will be provided by a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency-Overseas Development Assistance (JICA-ODA). The remaining amount will be funded by the national government.

Construction of the passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, drivers' lounge, car parks, guard house, toll booths, utility and navigational aids buildings, access roads and airport infrastructure including runway strip and taxiways will be funded through JICA's loan.

Contractors involved
A Japanese consortium of Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation is the prime contractor for the project, while EEI Corporation, as the sub-contracting partner, will handle the civil works.

A contract was awarded to Japan Airport Consultants (JAC) in association with Phil JAC for the design and consultancy work on the project.

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