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82-year-old female bodybuilder fights off house intruder

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An 82-year-old female bodybuilder stopped an intruder from causing chaos in her house in New York, United States, with her own strength.
Willie Murphy was getting ready to sleep when a man, unnamed in the report, suddenly began pounding on her door last Thursday, Nov. 21 at around 11 p.m., as per ABC-affiliate WHAM yesterday, Nov. 23.
The man claimed that he was sick and asked Murphy to call for an ambulance. She then called the police but did not let the man in her home. Murphy stated that the man was angered when she did not let him inside.
She later heard a “loud noise” and found out that the man had entered her home after breaking her door, the report stated. The elderly woman…

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Google Doodle marks 195th anniversary of Las Piñas Bamboo Organ

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Published November 24, 2019, 5:03 PM

By Richa Noriega

The Las Piñas Bamboo Organ, which is as its 195th anniversary, was featured Sunday in Google Doodle.

(GOOGLE WEBSITE / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Bamboo Organ of St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas, Manila is the oldest, largest, and only known bamboo pipe organ in existence, Google said in a statement.

The organ was constructed over eight years with 1,031 pipes, 902 of which are made of native bamboo. It was completed in 1824 under the direction of Spanish missionary Fray Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmel and has been playing daily for nearly 45 years since its reconstruction, it added.

“In the 1880s, natural disasters severely damaged the instrument, silencing it until a restoration project

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Plane crashes in eastern Congo with about 17 passengers on board

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:55 PM

By Reuters

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in several deaths, the office of the provincial governor said.

The plane, operated by the company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement. The number of fatalities was not yet clear.

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Small plane crashes in eastern Congo, killing at least 27 people

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Updated November 25, 2019, 8:31 AM

By Reuters

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – At least 27 people were killed, including some on the ground, when a small plane crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, a rescue official said.

Rescuers and civilians gather at the site wheer a Dornier 228-200 plane operated by local company Busy Bee crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Cong November 24,2019. (REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

The propeller plane, which was operated by local company Busy Bee, crashed shortly after take-off en route to the city of Beni, about 250 km (155 miles) to the north, officials said.

The company said the 19-seater Dornier 228-200 had

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Small plane crashes in eastern Congo, killing at least 24 people

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Updated November 24, 2019, 10:23 PM

By Reuters

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – At least 24 people were killed, including some on the ground, when a small plane crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, a local lawmaker and a rescue worker said.

Rescuers and civilians gather at the site where a Dornier 228-200 plane operated by local company Busy Bee crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo November 24, 2019. (REUTERS/Fiston Mahamba/MANILA BULLETIN)

The aircraft, which was operated by local company Busy Bee, crashed shortly after take-off en route to the city of Beni, about 250 km (155 miles) to the north, North Kivu Governor Carly

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At least 18 people killed in eastern DR Congo plane crash

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Updated November 24, 2019, 6:48 PM

By Reuters

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – The bodies of at least 18 people killed in a plane crash on Sunday in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been pulled from the wreckage, rescue workers said.

The passenger jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in the city of Goma while taking off from the nearby airport. The airline, local company Busy Bee, said there were 16 passengers and two crew members on board.

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Schools, LGUs in Albay suspend classes due to 2-day transport strike

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:54 PM

By Nino Luces

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Schools and local government units in the province of Albay have suspended classes on Monday and Tuesday after the Concerned Drivers and Operators (Condor-Piston) in Bicol, together with No To Jeepney Phase Out Coalition announced a 2-day regionwide transport strike the other day.

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Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City has issued an advisory on Sunday morning, suspending classes in all levels for both public and private schools to ensure safety of students.

However, office work in the city government will continue while service vehicles will be deployed to fetch stranded passengers, Rosal said.

Bicol University President Arnulfo Mascariñas also issued a memorandum, declaring the suspension of classes

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Illegal OFWs hinder visa-free policy for Filipinos in South Korea

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:44 PM

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

BUSAN, South Korea—Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man said that the South Korean government cannot allow Filipinos to enter South Korea visa-free for now because of the increasing number of undocumented Filipino workers in their country.

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man (PCOO)

Han made the statement ahead of President Duterte’s visit here for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Monday.

In an interview, Han said that he was hoping for more Filipinos to be able to come to Korea but said this is unlikely to happen soon because of the number of Filipinos illegally staying here.

“We hope that in the future we can have a free-visa policy. But so

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Groups urge ‘human rights due diligence’ on reclamation projects in Manila Bay

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Updated November 24, 2019, 4:41 PM

By Chito Chavez 

A group of fisherfolk and coastal communities, environmentalists, scientists, church workers and lawyers have supported calls for an audit of the Manila Bay Reclamation Project.

Migratory birds wander in Manila Bay (RIO LEONELLE DELUVIO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The People’s Network for the Integrity of Coastal Habitats and Ecosystems (People’s NICHE) stressed its urgency as a recent policy dialogue with government agencies and local government units (LGU) working on Manila Bay was held.

The dialogue sought to inquire into efforts of local and national executive government agencies to ensure the human rights due diligence of 25 land reclamation projects covering more than 31,000 hectares of foreshore areas.

Regulators were also urged to initiate a bay-wide audit

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Spurned man kills ex, wounds her current boyfriend in Isabela

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ROXAS, Isabela — A 37-year-old woman was shot and killed by her former boyfriend on Saturday night in Barangay (village) Marcos here, police said.

Amilyn Castaneda was killed by George Binuyat after a drunken spat over their previous relationship, according to police.

Binuyat, who was sharing drinks with the victim, suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot Castaneda before wounding her 43-year-old live-in partner, Armando Santos, said Col. Mariano Rodriguez, Isabela police director.

Binuyat fled in his motorcycle and now the subject of a manhunt, police said.

Santos was treated for a gunshot wound in his left arm, police added.

 
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She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:36 PM

By the Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — One of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote.

In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo Astrid Silva is interviewed by The Associated Press on Capitol Hill in Washington. As Democrats jockey for support in Nevada, a meeting with Silva, a 31-year-old immigrant rights activist who has become a public face of the “Dreamers,” has become a can’t-miss early stop. Silva has had dinner with Kamala Harris, policy roundtables with Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, and vegan tamales with Cory Booker. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

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New Hampshire may test durability of Sanders’ popularity

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By the Associated Press

FRANKLIN, N.H. — Bernie Sanders has consistently remained among the front-runners in the Democratic primary with polling that has stayed strong despite his campaign-trail heart attack last month and the rise of top rivals Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Franklin, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm/MANILA BULLETIN)

But perhaps no state will test the Vermont senator’s durability more than New Hampshire, where he trounced Hillary Clinton by 22 points in 2016 and now may find himself a victim of that success since repeating such a dominate performance seems unthinkable.

Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, is trying to erode Sanders’ support among ardent progressives, while former Vice President Joe Biden continues to

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CHR reiterates call for ‘full respect of human rights, rule of law’ in drug war

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By Chito Chavez

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said casualties during drug operations may vary but the fact “remains that these are more than mere numbers but human lives lost, leaving children, wives and families grieving and demanding for justice.

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CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia took note basing it on an earlier statement of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The statement earned praises from the CHR as de Guia thanked the body for “the expression of concern coming from the international community on the human rights situation in the Philippines’’.

The CHR has been at odds with President Duterte and his allies after the commission had questioned the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign where thousands of victims were killed.

With

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Warning raised over toys tainted with hazardous chemicals

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By Chito Chavez

Multi-sectoral groups on Sunday sought for a concerted effort of the public and concerned authorities to protect the citizens from toys containing hazardous chemicals ahead of the Holiday Season.

On Sunday’s press briefing, Quezon City-based environmental group EcoWaste Coalition and consumer’s organization Laban Konsyumer, Inc. urged the government to clamp down on syndicates manufacturing and distributing these items which are now enjoying brisk sales in markets.

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The environmental and consumer groups also rallied the consumers to exercise their rights to product information and product safety amid the toy shopping spree as the traditional Christmas gift-giving nears.

“We appeal to all gift givers to be extra careful when buying toys as the market is flooded with dangerous toys that are often unlabeled and

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1 dead, 2 wounded in Mandaluyong City grenade blast

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MANILA, Philippines — One man was killed while two others were wounded after a grenade planted underneath the motorcycle of a police officer went off Sunday morning in Mandaluyong City.

Police Staff Sergeant Aldin Saligo of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of Mandaluyong City was on his way to the Operations Office of Mandaluyong City Police Station using his motorcycle when he heard something drop from his vehicle, the National Capital Region Office said in a news release.

The policeman got off his motorcycle and then it soon exploded along Martinez Street, southbound of Botanical Garden in Mandaluyong City around 6:30 a.m., leaving one dead and two bystanders wounded.

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Romania’s Iohannis hopes for new presidential term to boost rule of law

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BUCHAREST – Romanians went to the polls on Sunday for a presidential election runoff expected to re-elect centrist president Klaus Iohannis, who has pledged to restart a judicial reform slowed down by successive Social Democrat (PSD) governments.

A combination picture shows Romanian incumbent candidate Klaus Iohannis (L) and former Romanian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Viorica Dancila as they speak to the media in Bucharest, November 19, 2019. Pictures taken November 19, 2019. (Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea, Inquam Photos/George Calin via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

While there have been no recent opinion polls, local bookmakers make Iohannis the short-odds favorite to beat former PSD prime minister Viorica Dancila comfortably in Sunday’s runoff.

Under a succession of PSD governments, Romania rolled back anti-corruption measures and weakened the independence of the courts. Along

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Go wants Robredo to commit murder in asking her to kill drug lords, says LP solon

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By Ellson Quismorio

What Senator Christopher “Bong” Go wants is for Vice President Leni Robredo to commit straight up murder.

Thus, claimed Quezon City sixth district Rep. Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, in reference to Go’s supposed challenge to Robredo to kill drug lords.

Quezon City sixth district Rep. Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte (FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“May tawag po sa suggestion ni Senator Go: Murder (We have a term for Senator Go’s suggestion: Murder,” Belmonte, the Liberal Party’s (LP) secretary-general, said in a statement n Sunday.

Belmonte went on to suggest that he had seen through the rhetorical plan – if not trap – of the former Special Assistant to the President as far as Robredo’s recent designation as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs or ICAD

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Bloomberg vows to refuse donations, presidential salary

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By the Associated Press

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg will not accept political donations if he runs for president and he will not take a salary if he wins, according to senior aides who offered new details on Saturday about the New York billionaire’s plans to navigate his wealth as he marches toward a formal 2020 announcement.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg fills out paperwork, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., to appear on the ballot in Arkansas’ March 3 presidential primary. Bloomberg hasn’t formally announced a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, but his trip to Arkansas is the latest indication that he is leaning toward a run. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP/MANILA BULLETIN)

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Duterte to take up 4-day work week with Cabinet

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By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte said he would still consult with his Cabinet on the proposed implementation of a four-day workweek that seeks to ease traffic congestion.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during his visit to the Taguig City Center for the Elderly on November 21, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The President said he has not yet decided on the proposed shorter workweek and would wait for the sentiments of the Cabinet, particularly Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“I have to discuss it with the Cabinet. I have to discuss it with Bello and the rest,” he said in a media interview in Davao City last Saturday.

Asked if he was open to the short workweek proposal, Duterte said: “I am open to… I have not yet decided

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NTF ELCAC programs to continue despite Joma rants: Parlade

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Major General Antonio Parlade, Jr. (File photo)

MANILA — Despite the resistance and criticisms of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria “Joma” Sison and his allies, programs of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) designed to end the security threats posed by these terrorist groups will continue.

This, according to Major General Antonio Parlade, Jr., of the NTF ELCAC, in a statement to the Philippine News Agency Sunday.

“Despite the resistance and criticisms of the Kamatayan (Makabayan) Bloc, the NTF ELCAC Programs anchored on good governance, will continue to provide services, livelihood, land, and infrastructure to the underprivileged in order to end local communist insurgency. The CPP obviously does not want the government to succeed in eradicating poverty and social injustice, lest they become irrelevant,” he added.

Parlade, who is also Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Civil-Military Operations, said the CPP and its allies are using all possible means to ensure their survival as they are very threatened by the success of the NTF ELCAC’s localized peace engagement, Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, land distribution and the unequivocal enforcement of laws which are among the primary causes in the massive surrender of New People’s Army (NPA) regulars and supporters in the past months.

Due to this success, he added that communist rebels and their supporters are now resorting to “propaganda theatrics” to conserve whatever sympathy and funding is left for them from foreign funding institutions and allies from the International League of Peoples’ Struggle.

Reds more desperate

Parlade said efforts of the Makabayan Bloc to gather signatures from other members of the House of Representatives for their petition calling for the government to stop its alleged crackdown on progressive groups are a sign of desperation.

This came after recent police and military operations in Bacolod City and Metro Manila that resulted in the arrest of suspected militant members, confiscation of assorted weapons and explosives and rescue of minors whom communists reportedly recruited to beef up their depleted ranks.

“The Kamatayan (Makabayan) bloc desperately solicited signatures from Members of the House of Representatives to gain a semblance of support to the petition to stop the crackdown on so called ‘progressive’ groups. How pathetic can this act be? Again, it was Jose Maria Sison who red-tagged these CTG (communist terror organization) organizations and their members who were captured in raids in Bacolod when he announced through his favorite mouthpiece, ‘To escape the continuous government anti-insurgency attacks and civil-military operations, Sison said the Maoist-inspired Red fighters have also ‘skillfully used the tactics of shifting from areas under concentrated enemy attack, concentrating elsewhere to attack the weak points of the enemy and dispersing to do mass work’,” Parlade said.

He said Sison’s statement clearly explains why NPA fighters are present in the underground (UG) safehouses of Bayan Muna, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Kilusang Mayo Uno, National Union of Union of Peoples Lawyer, Anakbayan, and Karapatan.

“All of them, by the way, claimed that these UG houses were their offices, notwithstanding the fact that the houses were not registered in the barangay. There were firearms and explosives inside, and worst was the presence of very young children, aged 12-17, whom they were able to recruit and train already,” he added.

Parlade also accused the Makabayan bloc of suffering from the so-called “Introspection Illusion” as they believed that 32 years of uninterrupted duplicity since 1986 that led them to their own version of “truth or accuracy”.

“They believe they can win over people through ‘enlightenment’ and deceit. They trusted their internal (communist) ideological dogmas too much and too long and they think their introspections are more reliable than others. This attitude of terrorist activists creates an ‘illusion of superiority’ (Rolf Dobelli in ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’). Hence, no matter what will confront them, they will always believe that they are right,” he added.

All of this, he said, can be blamed on Sison and the CPP-NPA ideology and this is now happening to the unfortunately children recruited by the communist rebels in their violent revolution.

“But their time is up. No more government vacillation. Another life lost in this violence is one too many. NTF ELCAC was born to put an end to the CPP’s lunacy,” Parlade added.

Rebels hurt by gov’t programs

Based on recovered CPP-NPA documents by the military earlier this month, Parlade said communist rebels are hurt by government initiatives against the local armed insurgency.

“Sa Limang-Taong Programa ng Partido (2017 hanggang 2021) Paliwanag sa 5-Taong Program (pahina 5) na nakuha sa inkwentro sa Samar ngayong buwan, malinaw na nasasaktan na ang CPP NPA sa mga programa ng gobyerno,” he added.

The same communist document also justified the recruitment of minors for various activities in their movement.

“Ayon sa TAKTIKAL NA PROGRAMA (KTKS 01/15/2019) ang mga paggamit ng bata sa Bacolod na kabilang sa Teatro Obrero ay bahagi ng paggamit ng mga ‘anyong popular at gustong-gusto ng masa gaya ng harana, singing contest, drama/soap opera’. (B. 6.6 pahina 11),” he added.

He said the harassment allegations raised by Makabayan bloc members in the House of Representatives are outright lies as the rebel documents called for the creation of more NPA cadres and full-time activists.

“Upang lalong maging malinaw sa kaisipan ng 64 na kongresista na pumirma sa Resolusyon ng Kamatayan (Makabayan) Bloc kung anong kasinungalingan ang sinasabi ng mga kumunista sa Kongreso, ipabatid natin sa kanila ang nakasaad sa programa ng CPP na ‘tiyakin ang tuloy-tuloy at programadong pagpaparami ng mga kadre at AKTIBISTANG PULTAYM mula sa organisadong masa, laluna mula sa mga manggagawa at kabataang estudyante, para italaga sa KILUSANG HAYAG at LIHIM sa kanayunan’,” Parlade said quoting A.6. page 16 of the document.

The same captured documents also called for the recruitment of cadre and communist party members in the cities while pushing for the deployment of 20 to 30 percent of these full-time activist recruits in the countryside.

“Pursigidong paramihin ang NAPAPASAMPA sa HUKBO mula sa mga kadre at kasapi ng Partido at mga AKTIBISTANG masa sa kalunsuran. Italaga sa kanayunan taun-taon ang 20%-30% ng pwersang PULTAYM,” A.7 page 16 read.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

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30th SEA Games eyed to spark interest in open water swimming

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SPORTS FORUM. Angela Monique Angelo (2nd from right) of AddedSports graces the 49th Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) Usapang Sports at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila on Thursday (Nov. 21, 2019). Also in photo (left) are open water swimming coach Betsy Medalla, swimmers Ron Jairus Villamor, TOPS president Ed Andaya, and AMA Titans player Luke Parcero. (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

MANILA — There’s only one gold medal at stake in open water swimming in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.

But for national team coach Betsy Medalla and swimmer Ron Jairus Villamor, winning the gold will surely go a long way in helping promote the sport among Filipinos.

“I really believe the Filipinos can excel in open water swimming. We have the endurance and the skills to be really good long-distance swimmers. Nandun yung puso (The heart is there),” said Medalla in a talk to sportswriters during the 49th “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila last November 21.

Medalla, an open water swimmer herself who made history as the first Asian to cross-swim in South Africa in 2014, believes the country’s two entries in the open water swimming event in the SEAG — Villamor and Joboy Gonzales of Davao — have what it takes to become really good open water swimmers.

“It will really be a big boost to our sport if either Ron or Joboy can win the SEAG gold medal. If we’re lucky enough, we can even finish 1-2 in the competition,” said Medalla, adding each country is allowed to field only two entries each.

Asked about the difference between open water swimming and regular swimming competitions, Medalla said: “Open water swimming is very different from swimming pool competitions. In terms of preparations, mas matagal, mas mahirap ang open water swimming (is long and difficult). We have to swim in the open water at least once a week para hindi mawala yun (so as not to fade) feel for the water. They have to be naturally long-distance swimmers.”

“We should really have an open water swimming community because our race courses in the country are so much better. So we created open water challenges for our swimmer to develop their talents,” Medalla said.

Medalla said she is very happy that the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), led by Cong. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI), headed by Lani Velasco, have agreed to include open water swimming in the SEAG calendar.

“Napansin ko nun una wala tayong (I noticed that we don’t have) representative to SEA Games. Ron is the most experienced open water swimmer right now, so I recommended him to the PSI. He is regularly training and a consistent podium finisher in our open water competitions,” Medalla added.

Also present during the weekly forum weekly sports program sponsored by the PSC, National Press Club, Pagcor, Community Basketball Association, and HG Guyabano Tea Leaf Drinks are the Philippine national arnis team, led by PEKAF executive vice president Gerald Cañete, PEKAF Executive Director Dominic Lacbayo, coach Steven Achita and players Jeric Arce and Jeanette Agapit. (PR)

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Bolsonaro’s son faces probe over ‘ghost employees’

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By Agence France-Presse

Brazilian prosecutors have started a new investigation into the eldest son of President Jair Bolsonaro over suspicion he embezzled public money by hiring “ghost employees,” officials said.

The eldest son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Flavio, is accused of embezzling public money (AFP Photo/Mauro Pimentel/MANILA BULLETIN)

The Rio de Janeiro Prosecutors’ Office said in a statement Saturday they were investigating Flavio Bolsonaro — a 38-year-old senator — in relation to “the employment of ghost employees” from his cabinet.

The events in question date to the period he was regional deputy of the State of Rio.

Flavio’s father, the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, took office on a promise of eradicating corruption but has been repeatedly hit by scandals involving his son.

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DOJ simplifies appeal process on BI orders, rulings, decisions

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:06 PM

By Rey Panaligan

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has simplified the process of appeals on orders, resolutions and decisions of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

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Under Department Circular No. 23 that became enforceable last November 21, a person who challenges any BI order, resolution or decision has to file only a notice of appeal with the office of the Secretary of Justice (SOJ) within 15 days from receipt of the documents sought to be challenged.

From the filing of the notice, the appellant has another 15 days to file his or her memorandum.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary and Spokesperson Markk Perete said the filing of an appeal notice does not stay the execution of

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Gov’t apologizes for athletes’ inconveniences

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:06 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The Office of the President has extended its apology for the inconvenience endured by the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games athletes, saying it was “unintentional.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government cannot guarantee the SEA Games would “run without a hitch” but promised to ensure a pleasant stay for the visitors in the country.

“Incidents of delays in transport and checking-in at hotels happen in international sports and games by reason of the number of countries and athletes involved. We can no longer undo what has been done,” Panelo said in a statement.

“The Office of the President will not offer any excuses. As host country,

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Sorry for athletes’ inconveniences, says Panelo

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Updated November 24, 2019, 6:24 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling and Dhel Nazario

The Office of the President has extended its apology for the inconvenience endured by the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games athletes, saying it was “unintentional.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government cannot guarantee the SEA Games would “run without a hitch” but promised to ensure a pleasant stay for the visitors in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Incidents of delays in transport and checking-in at hotels happen in international sports and games by reason of the number of countries and athletes involved. We can no longer undo what has been done,” Panelo said in a statement.

“The Office of the President will not offer any excuses.

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Zubiri says Duterte should clarify order banning vaping products

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:04 PM

By Hannah Torregoza

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Sunday said Malacañang should clarify whether or not President Rodrigo Duterte was banning the use of vaping products.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri
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Zubiri said this was essential so that the Senate could be guided on whether to regulate or totally prohibit it.

The senator admitted they were getting “mixed signals” from the Palace, thereby affecting the Senate’s deliberation on vaping-related measures.

Zubiri pointed out that in one interview, they heard the President telling consumers of vaping products to vape within their homes.

“Gusto namin malaman, gusto namin makipag-usap kay Presidente kung ano ba talaga ang gusto niya. Kasi kung outright

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5 states drag feet on creation of panels to promote Census

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:03 PM

By the Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau’s chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census.

In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during an interview in his office in Lincoln, Neb. With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau’s chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census. Ricketts vetoed a bill to create a complete count committee, saying that local committees are already doing the work and

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Palace lashes at American singer for ‘one-sided, judgmental’ comments

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Published November 24, 2019, 4:02 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling

American singer and actress Bette Midler should avoid giving “one-side and judgmental” comments on internal matters of another sovereign state, Malacañang said Sunday following her criticisms of President Duterte.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo called Midler an “incompetent and gullible talking head” who has no right to criticize foreign leaders she had no knowledge of.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
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Midler recently lumped Duterte together with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and other foreign dictators in a post on Twitter.  The actress, a known critic of US President Donald Trump, made the comment while warning Americans about the importance of the impeachment hearing on the US leader.

“For Americans who think the impeachment hearings have nothing to

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Top lawmakers reach agreement on spending as deadline nears

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Published November 24, 2019, 3:59 PM

By the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, the US Capitol is seen as the sun sets in Washington. Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures. Top lawmakers of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Saturday, Nov. 23, confirmed agreement on allocations for each of the 12 spending bills. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Top lawmakers of the House and Senate

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Ginsburg hospitalized for treatment of chills and fever

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Published November 24, 2019, 3:52 PM

by the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized after experiencing chills and fever, the court said Saturday.

In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gestures while speaking during the inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture at the University of California at Berkeley, in Berkeley, Calif. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has been hospitalized after experiencing chills and fever. In a statement Saturday, Nov. 23, the court’s public information office says Ginsburg was admitted Friday night to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement, the court’s public information office said Ginsburg was admitted Friday night to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She

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