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Senator seeks more modules for students affected by typhoon

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to produce more distance learning modules to help students who were affected by typhoon “Ulysses” cope with their studies despite the difficulty. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Though the situation maybe complicated for some students, Gatchalian said it is imperative for the government to strive to provide for the needs of these students who were forced to leave their homes abruptly as their homes were inundated during the typhoon. “’Yung mga pamilyang lumikas ay naiwan at hindi napo nadala ‘yung mga modules na ito. Malaking problema po para sa pamilya dahil itong modules na ito ay naka disenyo para makapag-aral po ng sarili ang mga bata (Many families who were forced to evacuate were unable to bring these modules. It’s going to be a big problem for the families since these modules are designed to enable these students to study by themselves),” said Gatchalian in a “Laging Handa” public briefing. “Kaya nakikita ko dito, una, magbigay ulit tayo ng mas maraming modules pa at mag imprinta at siguraduhin na tuloy-tuloy ang pagdi-distribute ng mga modules na ito sa mga estudyante (That’s why I believe, first, we should print and distribute more modules, and make sure that we will consistently be distributing these materials to the students),” said the senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture. Gatchalian also reiterated the need for local government units (LGUs) to study the feasibility of allowing face-to-face learning in “purok” workshops especially in areas where there are no reports of COVID-19 transmission. He said allowing limited face-to-face learning while practicing social distancing may help students cope with their studies. “Eto, mga maliliit na workshops sa mga purok-purok at pupunta ang mga guro dun para magturo sa limitadong bilang ng mga estudyante (Teachers would be allowed to go in these small workshops in a certain locality to teach a limited number of students),” he said. “Napakahirap po sa isang bata na turuan kung walang modules at ‘yung ibang mga magulang natin, inaatupag din ‘yung kanilang kaligtasan (it’s difficult to teach a student without any modules, while some parents are concerned over their safety),” he said. “Kaya mas mahalaga po na magkaroon muna ng interaskyon sa pagitan n gating mga estudyante at sa ating mga guro (That’s why it’s more important for our students and teachers to have interaction),” the lawmaker said......»»

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Shell widens losses to P13.9-B in 9 months; P1B investment set for import facility

With additional valuation-anchored inventory losses and one-off charges booked, the net loss of listed firm Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) had widened to P13.9 billion in nine months this year. That’s a complete reversal of the P4.4 billion net income it posted last year, when oil prices were at more predictable state and there had been no pandemic-induced uncertainties disrupting oil markets. It specified that if the P5.7 billion inventory valuation losses had not turned up, the company’s net loss in the third quarter should have been at leaner P700 million versus P900 million in the second quarter. And without the one-off charges that stood at P7.5 billion, the oil firm’s net loss should have been trimmed to P6.4 billion within the January-September stretch. The one-off charges came about because of the closure of its refining operations that subsequently prompted the conversion of its Tabangao facility into a world-class import terminal. But while the company works on improving its financial performance in the coming months, Pilipinas Shell President and CEO Cesar G. Romero announced that they will be re-investing roughly P1.0 billion in the next few years “to fully transform Tabangao into a world class facility that will support its marketing growth aspirations.” Part of the company’s major step this year is to set on stream the commercial operations of its 54-million liter capacity terminal in Subic to underpin its supply chain, primarily to serve the demand of its Northern Luzon customers; while its Tabangao import facility will cater to the needs of customers in other parts of Luzon and Northern Visayas. To complete the loop, its Northern Mindanao Import Facility (NMIF) in Cagayan de Oro will be supporting the rest of Visayas and well as customers in Mindanao. Pilipinas Shell said it now “has a more resilient network of three medium-range import terminals with sufficient finished products capacity to effectively serve the demands of customers nationwide.” The firm indicated that despite the challenges, it prioritized business strategies that shall result in cash preservation for the company. As of third quarter’s end, the savings logged by the company stood at P2.5 billion; and this is seen sustained at the level of P2.0 billion until the end of this year. “Savings of P1.2 billion were generated from OPEX (operating expenses); with P1.3 billion from CAPEX (capital expenditure),” Shell emphasized. While the company still navigates the tough terrain of business induced by the coronavirus pandemic, Romero asserted their overall frame “remains optimistic,” as he noted that the “government’s efforts to gradually reopen the economy by prudently relaxing quarantine restrictions are slowly giving elbow room for the economy to recover.” He specified that for Shell, “the wins are coming in gradually as more businesses operate at increased capacity in the areas of manufacturing and transportation.” The company chief executive expounded “our balance sheet, technical capability and resources are solid; and serve as well in continuing to provide Filipinos with high quality fuel products despite the challenging environment.” Parallel to the firm’s aspirations for demand and financial rebound, Romero noted they are also making “the right sustainable decision to protect the long-term interests of our shareholders.” The company’s gearing had risen to 47-percent, and that was mainly attributed to “lower equity from net loss rather than an increase in net debt,” with it emphasizing that “excluding the impact of the refinery one-off charges, the company’s gearing stands at 41-percent.” Romero indicated “the pandemic has forced us to rethink the way we do things, while ensuring the quality of service that Filipinos expect from us.”.....»»

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Cebu City to be under lockdown again?

CEBU CITY — A lockdown may be imposed here again after a slight increase in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were recorded in the past three days, the chief of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said Thursday.           City Councilor Joel Garganera said that from Nov. 9 to 11, there were more new cases than recoveries which may lead to another lockdown before the month ends.           “If this trend will continue, then it’s not isolated and that before the end of the month, we will lock down,” Garganera said.           The city recorded 13 new cases last Tuesday and another 28 last Wednesday, increasing the active cases to 131 as of Thursday.           “This data serves as a warning. Our government, the police, the barangays, and frontliners can only do so much. We need the cooperation of the entire populace. If other first world countries, with much superior health services, experienced second wave, lockdowns, how much more us. What good will be our gains if the few continue to violate our health protocols,” Garganera said.           The councilor lamented that mass gatherings have also become common in the past few days even if the city remains under general community quarantine.            Garganera said the EOC has received reports that some people are renting houses as venues for parties.           “People tend to relax. There were mass gatherings and parties. Some people are renting houses or these Airbnb and hold parties there,” said Garganera.           “This is very alarming. If the cases continue to increase we might implement a lockdown. This is a warning because a lot are no longer complying with the health protocols,” said Garganera.           Garganera said the EOC will be meeting with the police so that stricter implementation of health protocols will be imposed.           “Though the positivity rate is way below the WHO (World Health Organization) threshold which is five percent but if people tend to be not mindful of the health protocols, we will be surprised that we will celebrate Christmas under ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)......»»

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Waist-deep flood reported in Marcos Highway

Floodwater on  Marcos Highway in Santolan, Pasig City is currently waist deep, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.  (Photo courtesy of Asec. Pialago/ MANILA BULLETIN) At 11:53 a.m. today, the agency said the floodwater reached waist deep following the heavy rains brought by typhoon “Ulysses.” MMDA Metro Base is monitoring the flooding on major thoroughfares in the metropolis. Marcos Highway is located near the Marikina River, the water level of which as of 11:38 a.m. today  was 21.9 meters. MMDA has dispatched around 700 of its men to help in road clearing and rescue operations in Metro Manila, including Marikina and Pasig......»»

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NDRRMC says typhoon response adequate

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday that it has not been negligent in issuing timely and adequate warnings and advisories related to the strength of typhoon “Ulysses” even if many residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces seemed to be caught by surprise with the sudden flooding in their areas. (MANILA BULLETIN) Requests from people asking to be rescued from the roof or second floors of their houses, specifically in Marikina City, Pasig City, and Rizal, due to the overflow of the Marikina River have flooded social media and the NDRRMC Operations Center, according to Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, Office of Civil Defense deputy director for operations. “Patuloy ang paglilikas natin but since yesterday or even the other day, inililikas na ang ating mga kababayan especially doon sa traditionally naaapektuhan ng bagyo. We were not caught flat-footed dito sa event na ito. Kung minsan lang kasi, kapag nag-ikot ang local officials ay hindi kaagad sumusunod ang mga kababayan. Mas nagrerely tayo kung ano ang ating nararamdaman, kung ano ang prevailing na situation na nararamdaman other than the advise na binibigay ng PAGASA,” he said in a virtual media forum. (We are still conducting rescue operations but since [Wednesday] or even [Tuesday], we have already conducted pre-emptive evacuation of our countrymen especially in areas that are traditionally affected by typhoons. We were not caught flat-footed by this event. Sometimes, the residents don’t listen to local officials even if they are already warned. They usually rely on what they are feeling or the prevailing situation rather than the advise given by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration)The NDRRMC has yet to provide data on the extent of damage of  Ulysses and how many people were affected. But NDRRMC chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a separate interview, said the damage has been “huge.” “[There was] huge damage. [There were] totally flooded villages and low-lying areas were flooded,” Lorenzana said when asked to describe the extent of Ulysses’ effects. Lorenzana said he has briefed President Duterte about the deployment of troops to save some residents in Marikina who were asking to be rescued due to the overflow of the Marikina River. “I just came from the Palace. I briefed him what our troops are doing in Marikina to save people from their rooftops,” he said. Social media users were quick to point out the similarity in the devastation of Ulysses to typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009 which inundated a vast portion of Metro Manila after hours of intense rains. Ondoy left 747 people dead and billions of damages in agriculture and infrasture. In Marikina, Mayor Marcelino Teordoro said Ulysses brought the water level of Marikina River to 22 meters as of 11 a.m. Thursday, which was higher than the 21.5-meter level reached during typhoon Ondoy. Monilla said local government units (LGUs) have the responsibility to conduct search and rescue operations on their affected residents but he noted that the NDRRMC is behind the LGUs to augment their capabilities. “Ondoy really served as a lesson especially sa area ng Marikina at Pasig sa NCR. Nagkaroon na sila even the early warning signals. Sa amin naman, ang pagdirect ng operations ay aming nirerely sa LGUs at kami lang ay tumutulong sa local governments in harnessing the response units para madagdagan ang units na nagre-rescue sa ating mga kababayan (Ondoy really served as a lesson especially in Marikina and Pasig in the National Capital Region. They established early warning signals. On our part, the direction of [rescue] operations rely on the local government units and we just help them in harnessing the response units which will rescue our countrymen),” he said.  “Because highly populated ang lugar it could be a challenge relocating them. Ang Provident [Village] nga which serves as a lesson in Ondoy ay affected din sa ngayon. Highly urbanized kasi ang Metro Manila that’s why it’s really a challenge paano i-relocate ang mga tao na laging affected ng ganito,” he added. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has also tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and several private companies to deploy their manpower and assets for search and rescue operations. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, AFP chief, said the Joint Task Force NCR has been leading the rescue efforts in Metro Manila. They were aigmented by two disaster response units from the 7th Civil Relations Group, 101stSearch and Rescue volunteers, and private group REACT PH. Another search and rescue unit from Bantay Bayan volunteers were deployed in areas on Tullahan River and Caloocan City to conduct search and rescue operations. The Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Northern Luzon Command (NolCom), and Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) also deployed thousands of soldiers to coordinate the search and rescue operations in Bicol region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4A), and Mimaropa (Region 4B). Monilla said they have received reports that major dams in Luzon have been releasing excess water which may inundate Central Luzon and parts of Metro Manila. “Ang Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, at Wawa dams nagpapakawala ng tubig dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng tubig dulot ng ulan na hatid ni Ulysses so baka abutin pa hanggang mamayang hapon o gabi (Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, and Wawa dams were releasing water because of the continuous rain brought about by Ulysses so the [flooding] may persist until afternoon or evening),” he said. .....»»

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Onic PH parts ways with OhMyV33NUS, Wise; FULLCLIP quits Blacklist

Photo from Ohmyv33nus Facebook page Onic Philippines has parted ways with its captain Johnmar “OhMyV33NUS” Villaluna and hyper-carry Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario while Blacklist International granted the request of carry Kairi “FULLCLIP” Rayosdelsol to be released from the team.  Onic, two-time MPL-Philippines runner-up, made the announcement through a Facebook video on Wednesday.  “Kapag mahal mo, dapat kaya mong i-let go para pareho kayong mag-grow. Kaya sa minamahal naming Vee at Wise, we wish you all the best!” the caption reads.   “Mami-miss namin lahat ng VeeWise moments ninyo. Pero patuloy pa rin naming susuportahan at susubaybayan ang inyong future endeavors.” OhMyV33NUS and Wise played an integral part in Onic’s emergence in the MPL.  Together with Gerald “Dlar” Trinchera, Jason “Jay” Torculas and Christian “Iy4knu” Manaog, the iconic duo powered Onic to back-to-back second-place finishes in Season 4 and 5.  Onic, however, fell short of living up to expectations as it settled for fourth in Season 6 even after eliminating bitter rival Aura PH in the first round of playoffs.  Onic earlier announced the acquisition of former Execration carry Jaylord “Hate” Gonzales. The team has yet to reveal the last player who will join Dlar, Jay, Iy4knu and Peter Bryce “Basic” Lozano.  Meanwhile, Blacklist bid goodbye to prodigy FULLCLIP.  “Kairi asked to be transferred to another team. While we are heartbroken, we are never here to impede our player’s growth so we made this happen,” the team posted on Facebook.  “From the day we discovered your skill and potential, we know that there’s a bright future ahead of you. Best of luck!”  FULL CLIP immediately showed his vast potential in his rookie season by powering Blacklist to a playoff finish in Season 6.  The team has yet to unveil his replacement who will join veteran Mark Jayson “ESON” Gerardo, Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap, Arvie “AQUA” Antonio, Archie “KIL LER” Valencia and Dexter “DEX STAR” Alaba. .....»»

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‘Descendants of the Sun Philippines’ is coming to Netflix Philippines this Friday

The excitement is real for netizens and Kapuso viewers alike as GMA Network’s internationally-acclaimed drama, “Descendants of the Sun Philippines,” streams on Netflix Philippines beginning this Friday, November 13. As the first GMA program to be streamed on Netflix Philippines, its esteemed director Dominic Zapata proudly shared that he is thrilled and honored to be part of this pioneering series. “The first time I found out I felt thrilled,” he said. “It’s great to have our show on Netflix.” He also added that the series was a collaborative effort from the entire team, “Honestly, I’ve never put much weight on being called a director. With my collaborative style of work, I feel I merely represent a whole team of very talented individuals. We also need to credit a good part of this recognition as well to all the people who inspire us in our work, our loved ones and our families, and of course the viewing audience that has allowed television to grow to what it is today.” Headlined by two of the Network’s biggest stars – Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as Big Boss and Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado as Beauty – the series is well-loved by both local and international fans. Last August, it became the first-ever Philippine TV program to receive the Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year award from the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards. Its lead actor, Dingdong Dantes, was also bestowed the prestigious Asian Star Prize in the same annual global festival. “Descendants of the Sun Philippines” revolves around the love story between Captain Lucas Manalo and Dr. Maxine Dela Cruz. As a soldier and a doctor, they both have demanding and dangerous jobs. Time never seems to be on their side, but when two people are meant for each other, love always has a way of bringing them together. Also part of the series are Rocco Nacino and Jasmine Curtis-Smith who portray Technical Sergeant Diego Ramos and Captain Moira Defensor, respectively. Meanwhile, the hard-working doctors and nurses are played by Renz Fernandez, Chariz Solomon, Andre Paras, Nicole Donesa, Reese Tuazon, Jenzel Angeles, and Bobby Andrews. On the other hand, the brave military team is composed of Paul Salas, Jon Lucas, Lucho Ayala, and Prince Clemente. Completing the cast are Neil Ryan Sese, Pancho Magno, Antonio Aquitania, Ricardo Cepeda, Ian Ignacio, Rich Asuncion, Carlo Gonzalez, Hailey Mendes, Marina Benipayo, and Roi Vinzon. Get ready to watch the heart-warming love story of Big Boss and Beauty in “Descendants of the Sun Philippines”. On November 13, 30 episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix Philippines, and five new episodes will launch on the service each Friday after until New Year’s Day in 2021......»»

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Typhoon renders 14 road sections in Bulacan impassable

Fourteen road sections in Bulacan became impassable due to typhoon “Ulysses” Thursday. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Initial road assessment by the Department of Public Works and Highways showed that 14 sections of nine national roads are not passable as of 10 a.m. Three sections of the Manila North Road were closed. The Banga Section is not passable to light vehicles due to .40-meter deep flood; Saluysoy Section in Meycauayan, Bulacan is also not passable to light vehicles due to .30-meter deep flood; and Ibayo Section (SM Marilao) in Marilao, Bulacan is impassable to light and medium vehicles due to .50-meter flood. The Salacot Section of the Daang Maharlika Road in San Miguel, Bulacan and the San Ildefonso Section in San Ildefonso, Bulacan became impassable to all types of vehicles due to .20-meter deep flood and fallen electrical posts, respectively. The road’s Maasim Section in San Ildefonso was also closed to light vehicles due to .30-meter deep flood. Camias Section of thebSan Miguel – Sibul Road in San Miguel is not passable to light and medium vehicles due to .80-meter deep flood. Partida Section of the Sta. Maria-Norzagaray Road at the Norzagaray-Sta.Maria boundary will remain impassable until the fallen camachile tree in the area is cleared, the department said. The Gen. Alejo Santos Highway in Angat, Bulacan also became impassable to heavy and large vehicles due to fallen tree. The Sta. Rita-Camias Old Road in San Miguel is not passable to light vehicles due to .50-meter deep flood. A .30-meter deep flood also caused the closure of the Camalig Section of the Meycauyan-Camalig Road, a section of the Sta. Maria Bypass Road in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, and the Bagbaguin Section of Bocaue-San Jose Road in Sta. Maria. All three road sections are not passable to light vehicles. According to the department, roving maintenance personnel and crew have been deployed to undertake initial response and monitoring of the affected road networks. “Rest of national roads and bridges are passable with extra caution,” it added. Four road sections in Zambales were also affected. As of 11 a.m., a section of the Olangapo-Bugallon Road was flooded due to overflowing NIA waterway. Sandbagging of the flooded portion have been done, the agency said. The Kalaklan Gate Bridge of Olongapo-Bugallon Road was also flooded. Maintenance crew were already deployed to clean its bridge drains. Another section of the road became impassable due to its obstructed canal. Clearing operations are now under way. Soil erosion was reported on Jose Abad Santos Ave. Sandbagging on the affected section have been implemented. According to the department, roving maintenance personnel and crew have been deployed to undertake initial response and monitoring of the affected road networks. Heavy equipment were also pre-positioned in flood and landslide prone areas......»»

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More than 200 staying in TTMFs evacuated to hotels

The Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday more than 200 people staying in four temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) were evacuated to different hotels due to the threat of Typhoon Ulysses.  A total of 146 patients and 99 staff members were relocated to “Oplan Kalinga Hotels,” the DOH said.  “Patients and staff of Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS), Rizal Memorial Coliseum (RMC), Philippine Arena, and Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) TTMFs, which are located in flood prone areas, were evacuated and transferred to Oplan Kalinga Hotels,” the Health department said.  It reported that 36 patients and 26 staff of NAS were transferred to Nice Hotel Mandaluyong; while 41 patients and 26 staff of RMC were transferred to Nice Hotel Arayat. Moreover, 41 patients and 15 staff from Philippine Arena were brought to Nice Hotel McArthur,; while 28 patients and 32 staff of PICC have been relocated to Nice Hotel North Edsa, the DOH said.  The DOH also prepositioned supplies worth P26,849,203.81 to areas affected by the typhoon. These include drugs, medicines, medical supplies, health kits, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-19 supplies.  It also assured that “Health Response Teams are on alert for deployment” and that hospitals were  instructed to prepare “standby functional generator sets and critical/ life saving equipment.” The DOH said that its regional offices in affected areas are “continuously monitoring the effects of the typhoon” through their respective 24/7 Operations Center.  .....»»

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DENR employee gunned down in Davao City buy-bust

DAVAO CITY — An employee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was killed  during a buy-bust operation on MacArthur Highway, Bangkal, here Wednesday. The suspect was identified Ronel T. Revilla, forest ranger of DENR assigned in Mati City, Davao Oriental and a resident of Toril District here.  Initial report of the Talomo Police Station led by its commander Police Major Sean Logronio bared their Drug Enforcement Unit launched a buy-bust operation against Revilla near Mabini Elementary School around 3 p.m.  PHOTO COURTESY OF TALOMO POLICE STATION/ MANILA BULLETIN The suspect sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth P1, 000 to police poseur-buyer. Revilla sensed that he was dealing with a police officer and immediately pulled his gun and fired upon the arresting officer, prompting the cops to retaliate. The suspect was taken to the Davao Adventist Hospital where  he was declared dead on arrival at around 4:03 p.m.  Recovered from the crime scene were 15 big and medium sized-sachets of  shabu, marijuana seeds and other drug paraphernalia, a caliber .45 pistol, and P28,300 cash. Confiscated illegal drugs weighing 90 grams have an estimated street value of P890,000. Logronio said the operation stemmed from a month-long case buildup, surveillance, and background investigation of the suspect and his involvement in illegal drug operations.   The station commander lauded the operatives for their efficiency, good intelligence work, and tremendous courage in dealing with armed drug suspect. “In our line of work, we always expect armed encounters such as during buy-bust and other related operations. Yes, it is scary. You can imagine what goes through the mind of a police officer seeing your suspect armed. Good thing these men heightened their sense of alertness, their training and they were able to retaliate fast,” he said.  Logronio said that even as the country is facing this health crisis, the PNP will remain relentless and spares no one in the battle against illegal drugs.  “We will continue to be in the frontline of ensuring public safety. Rest assured that our investigation will not stop here. We are now on the process of running after his cohorts and sources. We will show them no mercy,” he said......»»

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‘Ulysses’ delays departure of three PBA teams

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY–Typhoon “Ulysses” has stalled the scheduled departure of three eliminated teams from the PBA Philippine Cup bubble.  The league postponed the trips of NLEX, Blackwater and Terrafirma back to Manila as the typhoon continued to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to Central Luzon and nearby regions.  Some parts of NLEX are impassable due to floods while several roads in Metro Manila are also flooded.  The three teams were scheduled to exit the bubble after playing their final games on Wednesday.  NLEX closed its campaign on a high, posting a 127-101 beatdown of Terrafirma, while Blackwater bowed down to Magnolia, 95-80.  NorthPort, the other eliminated squad, already departed right after its 80-73 loss to Meralco.  Meanwhile, practices at the Angeles University Foundation Arena continue as the eight remaining teams brace for the quarterfinals.  However, activities outside the Quest Hotel building such as walking and running are put on hold as the Acacia Park and Mimosa Drive are still in unsafe condition. .....»»

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Shared history will see PH-US relations through — solon

The long and amiable history between the Philippines and the United States will have a bearing in the prospective relationship between President Duterte and US President-elect Joe Biden. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Kabayan Party-List Rep. Ron Salo on Thursdaysaid that both leaders “have the primordial interests of their respective countries and their people.” “I am confident that the Philippines and the US will have a robust and dynamic relationship under US President-elect Biden. The US and the Philippines have a shared history and long diplomatic ties,” said the former University of the Philippines (UP) law professor. Philippine-US relations as they appear today were arguably forged and tempered through the nations’ shared experiences in World War II nearly 80 years ago. The Americans were instrumental in liberating Filipinos from occupying Japanese forces in 1945. The aftermath of the war saw the signing of a Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two nations on August 30, 1951, in Washington, DC. Americans have consistently been viewed in high regard by Filipinos compared to other nationalities, as per surveys. Meanwhile, there are said to be 4.1 million Filipino Americans in the US as of 2018, according to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) figures. “There are many Filipinos in America as well as Americans of Filipino heritage who continue to contribute in shaping American life, culture, and consciousness. Filipinos also remain to be American’s brown brothers in this part of the globe,” Salo said. “Certainly, it is to the interests of both countries to maintain a strong diplomatic relation,” added the lawyer-congressman. Some observers are waiting how the dynamics between Duterte and Biden would turn out. This is mostly due to Duterte’s critical stance on the US government when Barack Obama was still the American president. Biden, a seasoned diplomat, served as Obama’s vice president from 2008 to 2016......»»

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Social media becomes emergency helpline at the height of Typhoon ‘Ulysses’

Social media sites on Thursday turned into virtual emergency hotlines as many individuals trapped inside their homes begged to be rescued after Typhoon “Ulysses” dumped heavy rains on Metro Manila and nearby provinces. “Parang awa nyo na po sana may makapansin nito. Kailangan po ng rescue ng pamilya ko sa Montalban (Rizal) (I’m begging and hoping that someone would notice this. My family in Montalban needs to be rescued),” Rowena Bragas said in a Facebook post around 6 a.m. on Thursday “This is urgent!!! Second floor na po ang baha at malakas pa din ang ulan at hangin (The flood has already reached our second floor and the strong winds and heavy rains continue).” Arnel Arevalo, another social media user, added: “Help please! If you know anyone from Montalban, Rizal LGU please let them know that there are still a lot of residents here in Celina Homes 4 who are trapped in their 2nd floor. No sign of rescuers/responder yet. Signal is bad too. Power is out.” Facebook and Twitter users woke up to a number of posts and tweets of people asking for help. These include the viral photos of residents of Rizal province who sought refuge on the roof of their houses after their community was completely submerged in flood waters. Some even had infants in tow. “Sa mga nakakabasa po, patulong. Kailangan po namin ng rescue. Marami pong baby po dito nasa taas na po kami ng bahay, kasama mga kapitbahay po namin. Malapit na po kami abutin, mga 20+ po kami, 10 bata po kasama 5 babies (To anyone who can read this, please help us. We need a rescue team. We have babies with us. We are already on top of our house, with our neighbors. We have 10 children, including five babies here),” Micca Lorreine De Jesus of Montalban town said. The term #RescuePH became trending on Twitter as people seeking assistance used the hashtag to aggregate information of those needing to be rescued. Local government units, including Valenzuela City, used social media to monitor the situation of their constituents, especially those in need of rescue teams. They also resorted to online posting to keep their constituents informed, like what the government of Navotas and Pasay cities did when two vessels ran aground and damaged structures in their areas. As Typhoon “Ulysses,” which reached Signal No. 3, barreled into the National Capital Region, the hotlines of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were overwhelmed with calls, its spokesman, Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said over DZMM. Despite several evacuation orders enforced a day earlier, many individuals ended up trapped inside their houses. They could no longer find a way out due to rushing waters. In a flood-prone area of Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, the local government had to deploy at least four rescue boats to fetch the residents who remained in their homes and were trapped, joining the nearly 10,000 individuals who were earlier evacuated. Rescuers, whose operation started as early as midnight, paddled through the waist-deep flood. Many residents, especially of Rizal province and Marikina city, also bore the brunt of the typhoon after losing their houses to the murky flood. Social distancing aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was also hardly observed among the affected individuals as they tried to fit themselves into limited elevated spaces. Some were no longer wearing face masks. The ferocious wind brought by the typhoon toppled trees and torn away scaffolding of several buildings under construction. In Barangay 187 in Caloocan City, a man sustained a leg injury after a tree fell on their house, a certain Cham Oliveros said in a Facebook post......»»

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Guian, Samar LGU to donate P100,000 worth of dried fish to typhoon ‘Rolly’ victims

TACLOBAN City – The municipality of Guiuan in Eastern Samar, where Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) made its first landfall in the early morning of November 8, 2013, is paying it forward for the generosity it received from all over the world by donating to the victims of Supertyphoon “Rolly.” PHOTO FROM MUNICIPALITY OF GUIAN, EASTERN SAMAR FACEBOOK PAGE/ MANILA BULLETIN At least P100,000 worth of dried fish will be donated by the local government of Guiuan to the Bicol region which is still reeling from “Rolly’s” destruction, and was again battered by Typhoon “Ulysses” on Wednesday. Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan said it is their way of repaying the love they have received during the aftermath of Haiyan. She recalled that the Bicol Emergency Response team was one of those that helped Guiuan after it was flattened by the strongest typhoon in history. Guiuan is known for its fish and seafood products and marine fisheries development center. After families in the path of the typhoon lost their boats, nets, and tools that are essential to earn a living, and badly affected coral reefs, the government, together with some non-governmental organizations poured in some aid to help the industry get back on its feet. Guiuan, and its neighboring islands which are protected seascape under the NIPAS Act of 1992, is under the management of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). With its abundance of fish and other produce, the municipality is supplying not only Eastern Samar but also other areas within and outside Eastern Visayas with its fishery products such as dried danggit and flying fish. .....»»

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The Atom Araullo Specials presents ‘Pangakong Lunas’ this Sunday

This Sunday (November 15), The Atom Araullo Specials presents another documentary that tackles the issue of the country’s healthcare system amid the pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Atom Araullo has been following the story of Arturo Solon, an albularyo or herbalist from Cavite. Arturo calls himself “Jesus Man,” claiming that he can make the lame walk and heal even those gravely ill. According to Arturo, he already died before but was resurrected. And from there on, he got his gift. His popularity went past his chapel where people line up with the hope of being cured; he also amassed thousands of followers on social media. Meanwhile, Atom first met Evangeline in February this year. In a day, Evangeline takes 18 capsules of a supplement for her breast cancer. But instead of getting better, her health slowly deteriorated. In the past few months, the National Bureau of Investigation has conducted raids on several groups who sell unregistered medicines that claim to cure COVID-19. During the pandemic, healthcare was one of most hardly-hit . Will the sick find the cure that they badly need? Find out in The Atom Araullo Specials’ “Pangakong Lunas” this Sunday, November 15, 3:45 p.m., on GMA-7......»»

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding, wife expecting their first child together

“Crazy Rich Asians” heartthrob Henry Golding and his wife Liv Lo are expecting their first baby together as a couple.  Henry shared the news on social media by posting a picture of him and his fitness guru partner, who was wearing a blue dress that highlighted her baby bump. “2021 is already looking brighter,” the actor wrote as a caption along with heart and baby angel emojis. Meanwhile, Henry’s yoga instructor-wife also shared some of the photos on social media as she wrote how their little one is already bringing them “such immense joy.” The couple, who met during a New Year’s Eve party nine years ago, got married in 2016......»»

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Church to observe 4th World Day of the Poor on Nov. 15

The Catholic Church will observe the 4th World Day of the Poor on November 15. (PIXABAY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) In the Archdiocese of Manila, parishes,communities and organizations have been urged to observe the occasion by giving five kilos of rice to poor families in their respective areas. “Our Commission on Social Services and Development asks every parish, community, and organization in the Archdiocese of Manila to give five kilos of rice to at least 100 poor families in our areas,” Father Reginald Malicdem, chancellor of the archdiocese,said in a circular letter dated November 10. The World Day of the Poor was established by the Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera that was issued on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. It is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Malicdem also asked priests and chaplains to observe Alay Kapwa Special Sunday on the said day. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) declared November 15 as Alay Kapwa Special Sunday. “We are aware of the financial difficulties that many of our parishioners are experiencing now because of the pandemic,” said Malicdem. “But we can still appeal to their generosity and make them aware that the funds collected for Alay Kapwa are used to respond to the needs of those affected by calamities,” he added. Malicdem said a second collection may be taken on all Sunday Masses on November 15 for the said purpose.  He added that the collections must be remitted to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado. Alay Kapwa is a fundraising program of the Roman Catholic Church for social services of the poor and the most in need, especially during times of disaster. Funds raised from Alay Kapwa will be used as emergency funds for both natural and human-caused calamities like typhoons, floods, fire, earthquakes, and other tragedies and crises, and for disaster prevention and mitigation programs......»»

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Sagip Kapamilya treks to provinces to help typhoon ‘Rolly’ survivors

ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya has gone to different provinces hit by Typhoon Rolly to bring comfort to families through food and relief packs. Through the support of donors and partners, 1,000 food packs have been brought to Brgy. Puro and Penaranda in Legazpi, Albay while 533 families received relief bags in Brgy. Gapo in Camalig, Albay. Sagip Kapamilya has also visited Brgy. Travesia in Guinobatan, Albay to distribute food packs to 265 families that evacuated at Travesia Elementary School and to turnover medicine to the Barangay Health Center. One of the survivors in Guinobatan, farmer Solomon Octavo, shared the difficulties they are facing as floodwater and lahar from the Mayon Volcano buried his entire house and farmland. “Magmula noong lumaki ako, ngayon lang ako nakaranas ng ganitong nangyari. Ang sinalba lang namin, buhay namin,” he shared in an interview with ABS-CBN News. (Growing up, I have never experienced anything like this. The only thing we could save was our own lives.) Aside from areas in the Bicol Region including Catanduanes, Sagip Kapamilya has also conducted relief operations in Southern Tagalog, which also suffered tremendous damage due to the typhoon. In Aurora, 494 families were given food packs while 1,990 individuals received hot meals to nourish them while they remained at Dingalan National High School and Mega evacuation centers. Even before the landfall of Rolly, Sagip Kapamilya was already there to provide food to evacuees. It is also bound for Batangas and Oriental Mindoro. As families are expected to stay longer in evacuation centers while they rebuild their homes, more donations are needed to support them. Jen Santos, ABS-CBN Foundation’s director for operations told ABS-CBN News that so far, many have shown interest to help and donate. “Marami talaga ang nagpapaabot (ng donasyon)… marami talaga ang nagpapaabot [at nagsabi] na ‘kami rin, gusto naming tumulong, paano kami makakatulong?” (So many have donated and many said they want to help, asking us how they could provide assistance.) Meanwhile, she said they are also missing the presence of ABS-CBN Regional, which had its last day last August 31 due to the nonrenewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise to broadcast. Santos said that it is usually the staff from the regional stations that are first to respond to affected areas to distribute relief goods......»»

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Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff to be first ‘second gentleman’

When Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and first Black US vice president, her husband Doug Emhoff will break his own new ground: as the original “second husband.” Media and entertainment lawyer Douglas Emhoff is seen here with his wife Kamala Harris after she took part in the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 27, 2020; he will make history as America’s first “second husband” (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) Harris and Emhoff, who married in 2014 — she for the first time, he for the second — will also be the first mixed-race couple to occupy their positions. He is white while she is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Both are 56. The contours of Emhoff’s new role as the nation’s “second husband” — some prefer “second gentleman” — have yet to be determined; he has been vague about his plans so far.  Traditionally, the spouses of presidents and vice presidents have been expected to forge a careful balance of supportiveness and independence. Many pick a charitable cause to promote. Emhoff, who was credited as a “secret weapon” on the campaign trail for his wife — even earning his own following on social media — is an accomplished lawyer specializing in media, sports and entertainment law. He took leave in August from the multinational DLA Piper, which has lobbying offices in Washington. That could raise prickly conflicts of interest with Harris’s work. Emhoff has been publicly vague about whether he will stay with the firm, though he ha stold interviewers he might want to pursue pro bono legal work. Emhoff marks another milestone: he would be the first Jew to be part of America’s first or second families. Friends have described him as a less-than-observant Jew but one who identifies strongly with, and is deeply shaped by, Judaism.  The Jewish publication Forward embraced him as the “Second Mensch.” When its reporter asked Emhoff’s mother Barbara about his religious upbringing, she was coy, but offered: “He was bar mitzvahed in New Jersey, I can tell you that.” Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, he is said to have happy memories of Jewish summer camp, where he won athletic awards. While in high school, his father moved the family to Los Angeles. Emhoff earned a law degree at the University of Southern California, then worked at other law firms before reaching DLA Piper. When Emhoff met Harris on a blind date arranged by friends, it was “love at first sight,” he later said.  His children by his first marriage — Cole, named after John Coltrane, and Ella, named after Ella Fitzgerald — have embraced their stepmother as “Momala.”  Emhoff’s ex-wife Kerstin Mackin remains friendly and even joins the family at Thanksgiving. The “second husband-elect,” incidentally, shares one thing with Donald Trump: both are avid golfers.  .....»»

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France virus death toll tops 40,000: official

The number of people in France who have died from coronavirus topped the 40,000 mark on Saturday after 306 new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, the health authorities said. According to Public Health France (SpF), the overall death toll in France since the start of the pandemic now stands at 40,169. The daily number of new infections was not immediately available, after it surpassed 60,000 but the day before, marking a sharp acceleration in cases.  SpF said revised figures were scheduled to be published on Monday.  The dramatic rise in infections is putting increased pressure on hospitals, where 4,410 patients were in intensive care, compared with 3,721 at the beginning of the week. The total number of beds for coronavirus patients has been increased to 6,400 from 5,000......»»

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