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Leila Benitez: I’m so blessed

The name Leila Benitez still rings a bell…as it should......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

De Lima says Duterte has become a ‘Chinese governor’

"What we have in Malacaang is not a Philippine President, but a Chinese Governor,"Senator Leila de Lima saidon Wednesdayas she chided President Rodrigo Dutertefor reportedly allowing China to do research in Benham Rise. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano earlier confirmedthat the Duterte administration has allowed China to conduct marine research inBenham Rise. But De Lima slammed the move as she mocked not only the President but alsoCayetano and Presidential spokesman Harry Roque for "lawyering" for China. "Beijing has just successfully engaged the services of a new law firm in thePhilippines, the Duterte, Cayetano, and Roque Law Offices," she...Keep on reading: De Lima says Duterte has become a ‘Chinese governor’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

With no World Cup for US this year, Altidore shifts focus

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press For Jozy Altidore, this was supposed to be the time when the United States was preparing for this summer's World Cup. That changed early in October when the Americans got bounced from the tournament. The stunning failure shifted Altidore's focus. He spent the beginning of 2018 in Grand Cayman, where his foundation is bringing soccer to kids in a region hit by hurricanes last fall. Soon, he'll start the new season with defending MLS Cup champion Toronto FC. As for this summer? Altidore will watch a few of the matches in Russia on television. The 28-year-old forward isn't stewing in the loss, he's looking with hope to the future. "Of course I'll obviously be disappointed not to be there, but at the end of the day, man, we're blessed to do what we do," he said. Apart from the national team loss, Altidore is coming off one of the better years of his career. He scored 18 goals with the Reds and another four with the U.S. national team. Toronto FC won the Supporters' Shield for the best regular-season record before sweeping through the playoffs and defeating Seattle 2-0 for the league title. Altidore scored in the final and earned MLS Cup MVP honors. The victory was a bit of revenge for a loss to the Sounders for the MLS Cup the previous season, but Altidore said Toronto's motivation was part of a season-long journey he took with his teammates and coach Greg Vanney. "I think more than anything we understood how close we were and how it hurt that we had come up short that season," he said. "The focus for us was to do what we did that last year and if we got to the last game, obviously make sure we got the W and make the most of our chances." Toronto teammate and fellow national team player, Michael Bradley, echoed the sentiment after the title match. "When push comes to shove, you want to step into the biggest moments with people that you would do anything for, that you love, that you believe in, that you trust, that you know have your back," Bradley said. But it wasn't all smooth. Altidore got into a confrontation with New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan in a tunnel at BMO Field during the conference semifinals. Altidore and Kljestan were handed red cards in the aftermath. Altidore sat out Toronto's next game, while Kljestan was suspended an additional game and won't be able to play the first two games of the upcoming season. Kljestan, who was also fined, was traded in the offseason from the Red Bulls to Orlando. Altidore and Bradley were also jeered — sometimes with profane and personal attacks — by opposing fans over the U.S. team's qualifying performance. "Look, all that stuff I think would have been magnified had we not achieved our objective," Altidore said. "But we did, and we did it in such a convincing manner." Following the 2-1 U.S. loss in Couva, Trinidad, that cost the national team a spot in the World Cup, coach Bruce Arena stepped down and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said he would not run for another term. Interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan called 30 players into January training camp in advance of an exhibition game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 in Carson, California. Altidore and many of the team's veterans were not invited. The camp roster includes 15 players who have never played in a match for the senior national team. The most experienced was LA Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes, who is 26. Twenty-one of the players are 24 and younger. Altidore, who has 41 goals in 110 appearances with the national team, understands that developing young talent is important heading into the next World Cup quadrennial. "We have to do a better job of identifying new talent, for sure," he said, suggesting that missing out on the past two Olympics — where under-23 teams compete — has hurt development efforts. For now, Altidore is pouring his energy into charitable endeavors. Altidore, whose parents are from Haiti, launched his foundation in 2011 following the devastating earthquake that hit the country the year before. The foundation built a well to provide water to a town of more than 400 in Haiti, along with other rebuilding efforts. In 2016, he paid to bring the Copa America matches to television in the country. The latest effort in the Cayman Islands focuses on getting youth involved in soccer. "I think the whole region, the Caribbean has a lot of talent and has a lot of kids who want to become players. And I think it helps to see and identify with players who have played in different leagues from around the world," he said. "If I'm able to be one of those guys that can start that whole thing, it's a great opportunity and honor for me."      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

De Lima rallies for support behind Rappler

January 16, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has urged her fellow Filipinos to rally behind news online outfit Rappler to show their support of a free press in the country even as she called for the restoration of democratic values in our government institutions. De Lima made the call in her Dispatch from…… link: De Lima rallies for support behind Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Muntinlupa judge inhibits from Leila drug cases

MANILA, Philippines — The judge handling the drug charges filed against detained Sen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Judge inhibits from De Lima case

MUNTINLUPA REGIONAL Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 Executive Judge Juanita T. Guerrero has voluntarily inhibited from hearing the illegal drugs case against Senator Leila M. de Lima, according to a court order signed by the judge on Jan. 4. Ms. De Lima previously sought Ms. Guerrero’s inhibition, citing “evident partiality and bad faith in ensuring […] The post Judge inhibits from De Lima case appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Jodi ‘ginaya si Regine

NEXT to the admirable relationship of couple Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez and their son Nate to Ogie’s ex-wife Michelle van Eimeren and her current Australian husband Mark Murrow and Ogie’s children with Michelle na sina Leila and Sarah, ganito rin ang nangyayari ngayon sa aktres na si Jodi Sta.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Muntinlupa RTC judge inhibits from De Lima drug case

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 54 Judge Juanita Guerrero has inhibited herself from handling the illegal drugs case against Senator Leila De Lima.   The senator last year sought the inhibition of Guerrero citing obvious partiality and questionable independence.   In her motion, De Lima's camp said Guerrero has "displayed an unseemly and undue haste" in ensuring her detention and depriving her of liberty despite pending petition filed before the Supreme Court.   READ:De Lima wants Munti RTC judge to inhibit   De Lima cited the judge's inaction on her pending Motion to Quash (MTQ), and the scheduling of the senator's arraignment...Keep on reading: Muntinlupa RTC judge inhibits from De Lima drug case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Showdown set: Battle-tested Patriots vs. fresh-faced Jaguars

By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville. Tom Brady and the big game-tested Patriots square off against the sack-happy Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday in the AFC championship game in Foxborough, Massachusetts — with the winner headed to the Super Bowl. That's nothing new for New England, of course, which has been there three of the past six seasons. For fresh-faced Jacksonville, however, this is all rare territory. The Jaguars are playing in the conference title game for just the third time in franchise history, and first since losing to Tennessee during the 1999 season. Jacksonville is also one of four franchises to never play in the Super Bowl. "I'm sure there will still be tons of people that are going to disapprove or talk negative or hate or do whatever they want," quarterback Blake Bortles said. "But we get to keep playing. We get an opportunity to go play in Foxborough for another week, so I'm just honored to be able to do this and especially with this group of guys." And, it has all come full circle for Tom Coughlin, who was Jacksonville's coach the previous time the franchise got this far in the postseason. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants — both against Bill Belichick's Patriots — but is now the Jaguars' executive vice president of football operations. He helped assemble a squad with coach Doug Marrone that has been powered by a tenacious defense that ranked second in the NFL during the regular season in sacks. After a few ho-hum games, Bortles, running back Leonard Fournette and the Jaguars offense showed it isn't too shabby, either, outslugging Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in a stunning 45-42 victory Sunday . "Obviously, with what they have on their side of the ball, it's a good team and we know they've got a good offense," Bortles said. "We knew we had to keep scoring." There's also this neat nugget: Jacksonville's first AFC championship game appearance came during the 1996 season — against New England, which went on to play in the Super Bowl under then-coach Bill Parcells and lost to the Brett Favre-led Green Bay Packers. "It's been an awesome year," Bortles said, "and we want to keep it going." The Patriots have made it to the AFC championship game for seven straight seasons, clinching this trip with a 35-14 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night . New England has advanced to the Super Bowl in three of the past six seasons. "The reality of the NFL is what we did this week will have nothing to do with what happens next week," Brady said. "We're going to have to go repeat it, so you've got to get right back to work, right back to the process of trying to figure out how to break down our opponent. "Everyone's got to feel good physically and mentally and go out there and try to cut it loose one more time in a huge game." The Patriots know how to do that, and they're masters of tuning out distractions. Despite a published report during the week that raised questions about the relationships between Brady, Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft, New England was all business on the field against the Titans. "It's pretty incredible to be a part of that," Brady said. "I think the thing is that we don't really take it for granted around here. I know how hard it is to get to this game. We're very blessed to do it." Meanwhile, Philadelphia awaits the winner of the New Orleans-Minnesota game later Sunday to find out who it will face in the NFC title game. The Eagles used steady play by Nick Foles and a late goal-line stand to beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 on Saturday. "We'll be ready for next week," defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Calida turnaround on drug death records a ‘coverup’ – De Lima

Solicitor General Jose Calida’s refusal to submit to the Supreme Court official documents on drug war deaths reneged on a promise he made in December and is meant to “cover up” the supposed fact that most of the slain suspects did not fight back as authorities claim, Senator Leila de Lima said......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

De Lima hits Calida for cover-up of drug war documents

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima slammed Solicitor General Jose Calida for refusing to provide the Supreme Court (SC) with full documentation of the government's war on drugs. "Just like his master Duterte, Solicitor General Jose Calida has no word of honor," said De Lima in a letter from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

WATCH: Taylor Swift parties with Future, Ed Sheeran in ‘End Game’ music video

MANILA, Philippines – The internet has been blessed with a belated Christmas present in the form of a new Taylor Swift music video, released on the pop star’s VEVO on January 11 (January 12, Philippine time). The video was directed by Tay-tay’s go-to guy, Joseph Khan, the man behind many of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

De Lima lauds Carpio for skipping House hearing on Sereno impeach rap

Senator Leila De Lima on Friday lauded Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s decision to skip the House Committee on Justice’s hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Source link link: De Lima lauds Carpio for skipping House hearing on Sereno impeach rap.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

De Lima decries ‘judicial miracles of impunity’ under Duterte gov’t, cites cases of Reyes, GMA, JPE, Jinggoy, Napoles

Detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima again assailed the Duterte administration over what she called the "impunity virus" allegedly plaguing the government, particularly the judiciary......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

De Lima decries impunity virus on high-profile cases

January 10, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has deplored the ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA) absolving former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes in the 2011 murder of environmentalist and journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega. In her Dispatch from Crame No. 219, De Lima cried foul over what she called the “judicial… Source link link: De Lima decries 'impunity virus' on high-profile cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Judiciary inflicted with ‘impunity virus’ under Duterte, says De Lima

The Duterte administration has inflicted the judiciary with "impunity virus" following the acquittal of the "powerful" and"influential" of criminal charges, according to Senator Leila de Lima.   De Lima on Tuesday said the judiciary has been performing "miracles" in absolving influential persons fromcriminal charges under President Rodrigo Duterte's regime.   "Duterte's assumption to power appears to have inflicted the entire government and its justice system with the impunityvirus," De Lima said in a statement on Tuesday.   "We can all expect these judicial 'miracles' of impunity to become the new normal, in line with the unprecedented impunitypromot...Keep on reading: Judiciary inflicted with ‘impunity virus’ under Duterte, says De Lima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Mary of the Immaculate Conception

We once again celebrate this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8, a holy day of obligation in our country......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

De Lima to ask permission to attend impeach hearings in Senate

MANILA, Philippines – As early as now, detained Senator Leila de Lima is preparing her pleadings to be able to attend the Senate hearings on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. De Lima, who is detained inside Camp Crame on 3 counts of illegal drug trading , needs to ask ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Detained De Lima wants to learn how to paint

Detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima said she wants to learn how to paint, a hobby she is encouraged to learn to be able to cope with her struggles inside detention. (READ:  De Lima preparing for a more difficult 2018 ) "With encouragements from loyal supporters who regularly visit her, De Lima has also been convinced to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

De Lima sees tougher times ahead

DETAINED Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday said she has already prepared herself for a more difficult 2018 in terms of her personal and public life. De Lima said she expects political persecution to worsen this year like what she suffered for the past 313 days in detention. “It will be….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

De Lima: I’m preparing for a more difficult 2018

MANILA, Philippines – As early as now, detained Senator Leila de Lima is already preparing for a more difficult year ahead. The senator has appealed the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that denied her plea to nullify the Muntinlupa court’s issuance of an arrest warrant against her, but ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018