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July 26, 2010 Major News Stories

City Council to hasten budget for Rama's first 100 days

The Cebu City Council is set to hear tomorrow the two proposed appropriations amounting to P221-million that will fund the projects of Mayor Michael Rama during his first 100 days.

Number of beneficiaries up: City runs out of funds for medical assistance

The P30 million budget proposed in the Supplemental Budget 4 (SB 4) to fund the medical and hospitalization assistance program of the Cebu City government will not be enough until December this year due to the increasing number of residents availing the program each day.

CA orders Mercury Drug to pay family for selling wrong drug

MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) ordered the country's biggest drug store, Mercury Drug Corp., to pay damages to a family nearly 11 years after a sales clerk sold them the wrong medicine.

The CA's 17th division dismissed Mercury Drug's appeal to nullify the ruling of the Regional Trial Court of Paranque on September 26, 2002.

The lower court, in the said ruling, found Mercury Drug liable for damages and directed it to pay spouses Manuel and Alma Garcia, and their daughter Amanda Hazel Garcia, P300,000 in moral damages; P100,000 as exemplary damages; P20,000 as actual damages; and 30% of the total amount to be recovered as attorney's fees.

However, the CA lowered the amount of moral damages to from P300,000 to P100,000.

"Obviously, the award of moral damages in the amount of P300,000 is not proportionate to the suffering sustained by private respondents...We believe that the amount of P100,000 would more than assuage whatever emotional inconvenience that private respondents might have endured as a result of the negligence of appellant and that of its employee," the CA said.

A sales clerk of the drug store mistakenly gave the Garcias' an anti-convulsion drug for persons with epilepsy, instead of an allergy medicine intended for their daughter.

The CA said that under Article 2180 of the New Civil Procedure, employers are liable for damages caused by their employees acting within the scope of their assigned tasks.

The appellate court added that MDC failed to refute the evidence of the Garcias that instead of Benadryl she ordered, they were given the wrong drug -- Dilantin -- by the attending pharmacist at its Sucat-Canaynay branch on November 18, 1999.

Alma said she purchased 6 Benadryl capsules from the said branch, and then the attending sales clerlk handed over a small box with spefications "Benadry."

Then Garcia had her daughter took one of the capsules that evening in the belief that it was Benadryl. Her daughter later complained of abdominal discomfort, irregular bowel movement and inability to sleep.

Her daughter's condition worsened after taking another capsule the following morning as she experienced difficulty walking, was confused and restless.

It was only after she took another capsule that Alma realized that the drug she purchased from the drug store was not Benadryl but Dilantin.

Amanda was later diagnosed as suffering from toxicity due to Dilantin intake, and was forced to quit school.

In their lawsuit the Garcias said that Mercury Drug failed to exercise diligence required in the selection and supervision of its employees, considering that its business is imbued with public interest.

Cebu solons divided on move to defer barangay, SK polls

Cebu City North district Rep. Marguerite "Cutie" Del Mar has filed a Bill before the House of Representatives pushing for the postponement of the October 25 barangay elections to the last Monday of October 2011.

Banawa residents hope for August plebiscite

AN ASSOCIATION that wants Banawa and Englis to become a new barangay removed from Guadalupe, Cebu City is confident the plebiscite for the proposed split will be held next month, five months after its postponement.

Jeffrey Cartilla, vice president of the United Banawa-Englis Association Inc. (UBEAI), said they expect the court to decide on the motion for reconsideration of Labangon Barangay Councilor Victor Buendia this week.

Badian councilor, treasurer sued for graft

A town councilor and municipal treasurer were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas for alleged graft and corruption and violation of the Government Procurement Act.

Badian Councilor Carmencita Lumain and municipal treasurer Susan Pique were accused by Romeo Ejercito of violating the Republic Act 3019 and R.A. 9184 when they procured supplies used by the dancers of the Banig Festival during the 2008 Pasigarbo sa Sugbo without a public bidding.

Guardo seeks dismissal of his libel case, says remarks fall under "privilege communication"

Businessman Jonathan Guardo has asked the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office to dismiss the libel case filed against him by Cebu City South District Rep. Tomas Osmeña claiming it was a privilege communication.

San Fernando Election Row: Comelec: Smartmatic-TIM has last say on PCOS

The Commission on Elections believes that requests pertaining to actions affecting the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used in the May 10 polls should be directed to Smartmatic - TIM, the provider and custodian of the machines.

Stormy weather seen on Aquino's first SONA

The rainy weather that lashed Metro Manila on Sunday, causing flash floods in the metropolis, would likely be felt on Monday when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his first State of the Nation Address, bulletins from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration showed.

Aquino's speech to focus solutions to corruption, poverty – Palace

Former President Gloria Arroyo may have her reasons for skipping the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of her successor, but Malacañang made it clear on Sunday that the speech would not be devoted solely to bashing the past administration.

President Benigno Aquino III's spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda, said only "less than a third" of the SONA would tackle problems inherited from the nine years of Arroyo's regime, with the rest of the speech to focus on solutions to corruption and poverty.

"For those concerned whether the ills of the past administration will be a major factor, let me state that only less than a third of the speech (will be devoted to them)," Lacierda said in his weekly Palace media briefing aired over Radyo ng Bayan.

"He will spell out the realities that he inherited from the Arroyo administration and then move on to his solutions, move on to the budget, move on to other things which he believes will wipe out corruption and alleviate poverty."

Lacierda said the speech would also discuss how Mr. Aquino intended to solve the spate of extrajudicial killings, which have continued to his administration.

Over all, the SONA would last for "30 to 35 minutes" and would be "a call to arms to all of us to rally behind the government," according to the official.

The President was mildly criticized over his announcement that his first-ever SONA would come with "shocking" revelations about alleged anomalies his officials had unearthed about the past administration.

He was reminded by detractors that his SONA should veer away from vindictive politics and concentrate on how he intended to solve the country's problems within the next six years.

Arroyo has opted to accompany her husband Jose Miguel for a checkup in Hong Kong instead of joining her fellow legislators in attending Aquino's SONA that will coincide with opening of the 15th Congress.

Lacierda said the Palace would not mind not having the former president among the audience at the Batasan Complex this afternoon.

"Remember, the audience here is not (only) Congresswoman Arroyo or the rich," he said. "This is for all the people, especially the poor. Even if she's not around, our audience is our people."

Lacierda said Arroyo's decision to skip the SONA was "her own." "She is entitled to that and we have no say. We have no preference, one way or another, whether she attends or not," he said.

Mr. Aquino practiced his speech at his residence on Times Street in West Triangle, Quezon City, amid a heavy downpour that flooded many parts of Metro Manila in the afternoon.

The President is set to leave for Batasan at 2:45 p.m. on Monday or more than an hour before he delivers his SONA at 4 p.m.

Even son clueless why Arroyo rushed to Hong Kong

Even her son and spokesperson are clueless on why Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left for Hong Kong a day earlier than what was announced.

Ang Galing Pinoy Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo said: "I don't know if she is leaving tonight or tomorrow. I won't be going to Hong Kong.''

In a phone interview, Arroyo's spokesman said he had no idea why the President suddenly decided to take the Sunday evening flight to Hong Kong instead of leaving on Monday after the morning session of the 15th Congress.

Raul Lambino said that the last time she talked to Arroyo was lunchtime Saturday after he made announcements to media during the meeting of the Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats at the Clark special economic zone.

``Maybe the doctors of the first Gentleman (Jose Miguel Arroyo) changed their schedule and moved it to the early Monday morning. But I really don't know. I am surprised as everyone else. I haven't talked to her yet,'' said Lambino.

Arroyo was expected to accompany her husband in a medical checkup on his aortic aneurysm and Lambino was quick to say that this was not meant as an excuse for the former President to skip Monday's State of the Nation Address of President Benigno ``Noynoy'' Aquino III who has already declared he would come out with a litany of the excesses of his predecessor.

Militants to Noynoy: SONA exposé not enough, prosecute Arroyo

MANILA, Philippines - Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said Saturday it is looking forward to President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's first state of the nation address (SONA), in particular his "shocking" expose on the previous administration.

Sectoral groups: Aquino's SONA should be all-inclusive

MANILA, Philippines - Not one sector should be left out by President Benigno  Aquino III's first state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday.

OFWs in HK draw up 'wish list' for Aquino

Leaders of over a hundred overseas Filipino workers' (OFW) organizations in Hong Kong gathered on Sunday to draw up a list of their common demands for the government. The gathering, attended by 140 leaders of 121 Filipino organizations in Hong Kong, was held on the eve of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's first State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Topping the list, drafted during their first ever All Presidents' Meeting (APM), were their calls to lower the recently hiked passport fees, and the scrapping of government charges and agency fees for overseas-bound workers. 
Other demands that the participants agreed to advance included scrapping fee requirements for getting an overseas employment certificate; enhancement of government services for OFWs such as providing onsite medical and legal assistance, and free hospitalization for OFWs; scrapping of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Guidelines on Hiring of Filipino Household Service Workers and the training scheme for OFWs, which they said results in overcharging of migrant workers; and providing for an OFW Card with benefits similar to those being enjoyed by senior citizens.

P.Noy stamps to be launched in SONA

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) will launch a set of limited edition Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III stamps on Monday, July 26, to mark  the President's first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Liberal Party vows support for Enrile

MANILA, Philippines - Now that its own bet has dropped his bid for the top post in the Senate, the Liberal Party is giving its support for incumbent Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

Villar bloc goes for Enrile as Senate chief?

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile on Saturday claimed that Sen. Manuel Villar and his allies are supporting some senators' clamor to retain him as Senate President.

Enrile is Senate President again

A survivor of many political wars is keeping his grip on the Senate presidency, after all.  Earlier thought to be on his way out, reelected Senator Juan Ponce Enrile clinched the Senate leadership Sunday night by obtaining the support of 21 senators -- a powerful majority in the 23-member upper chamber of Congress.

Trillanes will miss 15th Congress opening

MANILA, Philippines - The chances of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of attending the 15th Congress opening sessions are dim, his camp has finally admitted.

Belmonte brings together much bigger House coalition

A runaway winner in the battle for speakership, Quezon City Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has forged an alliance in the House of Representatives much bigger than the "rainbow coalition" of then Speaker Jose de Venecia.
About 220 to 230 representatives from the Liberal Party, Lakas-Kampi-Christian-Muslim Democrats, Nationalist People's Coalition, Nacionalista Party, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and other parties and party-list groups were expected to vote for Belmonte. His colleagues said this was a reflection of Mr. Aquino's current popularity.

Although the Liberal Party has only 70 members in the House—second to Lakas-Kampi's 80—the party of Mr. Aquino expects to corner much of the spoils given to the ruling party.

Named deputies of incoming Speaker Belmonte, whose number has increased from four to six, are Quezon Rep. Lorenzo "Erin" Tañada, Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza and Zamboanga City Rep. Maria Isabelle Climaco from the Liberal Party; Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla from the Nacionalista Party; Camarines Sur Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella from the Nationalist People's Coalition; and Cebu Rep. Pablo Garcia from Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Piston to Reyes on 1-UTAK decision: Deal with it

MANILA, Philippines - Militant transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) said it will continue its fight to stop former Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes from claiming an elective post even if his own party-list group 1-Unired Transport Koalisyon has already dropped him as its nominee.

Singson arrest a reminder to all drug smugglers - PDEA

MANILA, Philippines - The arrest of the son of Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson should be a reminder to those who are trying to smuggle drugs outside or into the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said.

PDEA ready to help HK in Singson case

Handa na ang Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency na makipag-uganayan sa Hong Kong kung sakaling hingan sila ng inpormasyon ukol kay Ilocos Sur Congressman Ronald Singson na nagtankang mag-smuggle ng droga mula sa Pilipinas.

Singson son hires legal team for Hong Kong drug case

Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson said on Sunday that his son, Rep. Ronald Singson, has hired a legal team to represent him in a drug possession case he is facing in Hong Kong.

Military expert is new MILF ceasefire chief

Secessionist Moro rebels have designated a veteran with a political-military background as the new head of its ceasefire committee.  The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday said Said Sheik a.k.a. Abu Salman will now head its Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH).

1 dead as Ampatuan town attacked anew

MANILA, Philippines - One person was killed and another one was hurt, after armed men attacked Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on Sunday.

Clinics confirm rising cases of OFWs with HIV, AIDS

A group of medical clinics giving medical exams to hundreds of thousands of prospective Filipino workers for the Middle East on Sunday confirmed a report of the Department of Health that the number of cases of AIDS and HIV among Filipino migrant workers is on the rise.

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BSP, PDIC gets greenlight to save ailing rural banks

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. can now save rural banks from financial ruin by capital infusion. The policy-setting Monetary Board approved the program after it was informed that 15 percent of countryside lenders were weak or experiencing some form of financial trouble.

Energy Dept plans to import biofuel to meet demand

The Energy Department plans to "adopt" temporary importation of bioethanol next year to meet the full implementation of the Biofuels Law that entails the 10-percent mix of biofuels in gasoline.

Floods and landslide in Indonesia kill 21

JAKARTA – At least 21 people have been killed in floods and a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Indonesia, an official said Sunday. The landslide on Buru island in eastern Maluku province took place on Friday after heavy rains in a hilly area, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono told AFP.

Floods and landslides kill 10 in Vietnam—govt

HANOI, Vietnam—Flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain have killed at least 10 people in Vietnam's northern mountainous provinces near China, the government said Sunday.

One dead, 10 wounded in Bangkok bomb blast

A bomb exploded at a bus stop in central Bangkok on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 10 in an attack that reignited tensions two months after the end of deadly opposition protests.

US, S.Korea begin major naval exercise: report

by Agence France-Presse
SEOUL – The US and South Korea on Sunday began a major naval exercise in the Sea of Japan, a report said, a move which has sparked warnings of nuclear retaliation from North Korea.

Stampede at Love Parade in Germany kills 18

by Agence France-Presse
DUISBURG - At least 18 techno music fans were crushed to death and 80 injured Saturday when mass panic triggered a stampede at the Love Parade festival in the German city of Duisburg, officials said.

Roach sees Pacquiao's knockout win over Margarito

As in the case in the past, Freddie Roach sees Manny Pacquiao sending Antonio Margarito into dreamland once their paths cross in the ring four months from now.

Pacquiao to fight Margarito – Arum


Tall and rangy Mexican puncher Antonio Margarito has been named by promoter Bob Arum as Manny Pacquiao's opponent on November 13.

Only the city that will host the battle for the vacant World Boxing Council super-welterweight title fight is being discussed by Arum and the major players in the promotion.

Arum has pruned down the list to Las Vegas and Monterrey in Mexico although Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Dallas have also expressed interest in getting the fight done in their backyard.

Margarito is practically banned to fight in the US after California slapped him with a suspension for a handwraps controversy in a fight with Shane Mosley in 2009.

Margarito's license was revoked after the discovery by Mosley's trainer of a hardened substance in his knuckle as he was being wrapped by trainer Javier Capetillo in the dressing room.

Some weeks back, Margarito reapplied for a license in Nevada but was turned down and was told by the Nevada commission that he should first settle the matter with California.

Arum said he will ask Nevada for a one-fight license so a fight with Pacquiao can be staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

If efforts to re-license Margarito fail, Arum will bring the show to Monterrey.

The 5-11 Margarito (38-6-0 with 27 KOs), Arum noted, is an attractive foe for Pacquiao (51-3-2 with 38 KOs) owing to the Mexican's ultra-aggressive style.

Pacquiao stands 5-6 and has a reach of 67 inches, which is six inches shorter than Margarito's.

Filipino boxer Casimero loses WBO interim title to Mexican foe

Johnriel Casimero suffered his first career loss Sunday, failing to sustain a fast start and fading in the end of a split decision fight against Ramon Garcia Hirales.

Beermen outlast Llamados to take a 2-1 lead in PBA fiesta semis

San Miguel Beer came back from 17 points down in the first half then played a steady game to nip Derby Ace, 74-70, for a 2-1 lead in their rugged best-of-seven Final Four series in the PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

Tenorio plays hero's role in Aces' 90-86 triumph vs Texters

LA Tenorio exploded at the right place at the right time and Reynel Hugnatan pulled off a big defensive stop down the stretch as Alaska dramatically pulled off a 90-86 come-from-behind win over Talk `N Text in Game 3 of their PBA Fiesta Cup semifinals series Sunday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

Analysis: Multiple Nicknames, but Dwindling Opportunities for O'Neal

from NYT > Pro Basketball by By HOWARD BECK

Except the greatest, giddiest free-agent party in N.B.A. history is proceeding without him. Shaq is the Big No-Show, which prompts the question: Is it time for the Big Farewell?

Twenty-three days have passed since the free-agent market opened. Sixty-five players have signed new contracts, including 13 centers. Darko Milicic got $20 million. Johan Petro got $10 million.

Yet O'Neal — the Most Dominant Ever, according to the syntactically awkward title he gave himself — is unemployed. Is this the end? Possibly.

This limbo is largely self-created. O'Neal, according to team executives, is seeking an $8 million salary. He wants a two-year deal. He is 38. He has trouble staying healthy. He can be helpful in spurts, but he is no longer the menacing figure who once ruled the paint.

"I don't know who takes him," said an Eastern Conference scout, citing O'Neal's diminished production.

Potential suitors keep drifting away.

The Dallas Mavericks had interest, but balked at O'Neal's salary demands. Instead, they re-signed Brendan Haywood for $55 million over six years, traded for Tyson Chandler and signed Ian Mahinmi.

The Atlanta Hawks were similarly intrigued, and similarly spooked by O'Neal's price tag. They are working to re-sign Jason Collins as their third center. The O'Neal talks are "dead," according to a team official.

The Boston Celtics needed a veteran to fill the void while Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery. They found a younger, cheaper O'Neal — Jermaine, 31, who signed for two years and $12 million.

The Houston Rockets needed insurance for Yao Ming. They signed Brad Miller.

Miami needed an enforcer behind LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the so-called SuperFriends. Instead of calling Superman, the Heat called Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jamaal Magloire.

In Cleveland, where he spent last season, O'Neal is superfluous. Without James, there are no title hopes and no need for an aging All-Star center.

"I think he can definitely help a contender," the Mavericks' owner, Mark Cuban, said in an e-mail message. "It just didn't work for us once we signed Brendan."

There should be a soft landing spot for O'Neal, a future Hall of Famer: a contender who can offer one last shot at a title. The problem is that O'Neal torched the most fertile ground.

He would surely welcome a return to Los Angeles, where he won three championships withKobe Bryant. But O'Neal alienated everyone from Bryant to staff members to the owner, Jerry Buss, before demanding a trade in 2004.

In theory, O'Neal could be a backup and mentor to Dwight Howard, the Magic's All-Star center. But he has repeatedly insulted Howard and mocked Orlando's coach, Stan Van Gundy. Nor would he be easily forgiven for calling Orlando "a dried-up pond" when he bolted for Hollywoodin 1996.

The Heat provided O'Neal his last breath of postseason glory, a furious sprint to the title as Wade's co-star in 2006. That bridge was burned, too, after O'Neal's trade to Phoenix in 2008. He derided the Heat's medical staff, ripped the roster and — as he has done in nearly every city — complained about his role in the offense.

Even O'Neal's generally amicable departure from Phoenix last year was tinged with controversy — an allegation that he stole a television-show concept from Steve Nash, the Suns' star point guard. No one in Phoenix is pushing for a reunion.

If O'Neal is determined to retire with a contender, he might be out of options. The San Antonio Spurs are not interested. The Denver Nuggets are inundated with outsize personalities. He is too big for Utah, too demanding for Portland and too risky for Oklahoma City.

This has always been the Shaq package: muscle, mirth and bouts of mayhem. In his prime, he was worth the gamble. In his twilight, teams must hesitate — especially at a cost of $8 million.

To make that sum, O'Neal needs a sign-and-trade deal with the Cavaliers. That, too, is a complicating factor. And the longer O'Neal holds out for his price, the fewer jobs that remain.

Allen Iverson, another fading superstar, miscalculated the market last summer and had to wait until September to find a job. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, a middling franchise in a small market, for $3 million. It is hard to envision O'Neal doing the same.

Yet it still seems unlikely that O'Neal will remain unemployed. Although he averaged just 12 points and 6.7 rebounds last season — both career lows — he shot .566 from the field and can be an effective deterrent in the lane.

After losing the last 29 games of the season to a thumb injury, O'Neal returned for the playoffs, looking rusty but fit. He accepted a small, defined role and seemed fine with it.

A rival executive said O'Neal looked "better than I'd seen in a long time." But he no longer commands double teams or scrambles game plans.

If he retires now, after 18 seasons, O'Neal will leave with four championships, three finals most valuable player trophies and 15 All-Star appearances. He is fifth on the career scoring list, with 28,255 points, and second in field-goal percentage, at .581. His ticket to Springfield is ensured.

In his prime, O'Neal boasted of sending All-Star centers into retirement — Hakeem Olajuwonand Patrick Ewing, Rik Smits and David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning and Vlade Divac. Now he marks the time by watching inferior big men snap up roster spots: Aaron Gray and Timofey Mozgov, Tony Battie and Ben Wallace.

On his Twitter page, O'Neal still lists his location as "Cleveland/Everywhere." In the background is a promotional graphic for his TV show, "Shaq Vs." His last N.B.A.-related tweet came on July 1, the day free agency began: "Yup, I got 720 days left."

The Big Optimist is still waiting for that final payday. But the Big Farewell might have already begun.

Wesley So settles for draw with Russian in Swiss chess

MANILA, Philippines – Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So settled for a draw in the 6th round of the 43rd Biel International Chess Festival Young Grandmasters tournament.

Pinoys bag top prizes at 2010 WCOPA

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine team has secured another major prize at the annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2010 held in Los Angeles, California.
Marielle Corpuz, who hails from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, won the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World award.

Filipino Lianah Sta. Ana from New Jersey was named Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World.

During the competition, Sta. Ana wore a dress made by famous Filipino-American fashion designers Oliver Tolentino and Robin Tomas.

Sta. Ana said her dream is to meet her idol, international singing sensation Charice.

Meanwhile, former Filipino WCOPA winners Jed Madela and Rhap Salazar graced the event.

Redford White is top trending topic on Twitter

MANILA, Philippines - Actor-comedian Redford White became the most talked-about personality on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, following his death a few hours ago.

Comedian Redford White passes away

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Actor-comedian Redford White passed away Sunday morning at his home in Caloocan City after losing his battle with cancer.

'Glee' creator forced to rewrite Charice's episode: report

MANILA, Philippines – After the global backlash that resulted from Charice's much-publicized cosmetic procedures, Ryan Murphy, the creator of hit American musical television series "Glee," was forced to rewrite her episode, a report said.  The New York Magazine reported on July 19 that the rewritten episode contains a message that "it's important to love and embrace one's naturally round face as it is."

Carjackers victimize Derek Ramsay's mom

MANILA, Philippines – The mother of actor Derek Ramsay was victimized by car thieves Sunday afternoon in Tagaytay, "The Buzz" reported.

Piolo Pascual says sorry to KC, her family

MANILA, Philippines – Hunk actor Piolo Pascual has apologized to KC Concepcion in connection with a controversy involving Pascual's 13-year-old son, Iñigo.

Britain's royals post family pictures online

by Agence France-Presse
LONDON - The British royal family has opened an account on photo-sharing website Flickr, Buckingham Palace announced Sunday, in their latest attempt to move with the times.

'Inception' trumps 'Salt' with $43.5M weekend

LOS ANGELES - Leonardo DiCaprio's "Inception" has won a battle of superstar action thrillers over Angelina Jolie's "Salt" at the weekend box office.

PAG-ASA monitoring low pressure area

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has monitored a low-pressure area that may further bring rains in the metropolis.  The low-pressure area was seen at around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at about 170 kilometers northeast of Aurora.

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