BALITANG MARINO DAILY NEWS for October 7, 2019

BALITANG MARINO DAILY NEWS for October 7, 2019

HEADLINES

North Korea says no talks unless US stops hostile policies

Aide: Perry pushed Trump for Ukraine call, for energy issues

Igoumenitsa Port to Reduce GHG Emissions, Congestion with New Quay

Princess Cruises Vessel Opens Panama Canal’s Cruise Season

Pirates Escape from Bulker off Pulau Cula

‘Russia trip affirms Philippines’ independent foreign policy’

High rice supply slows down inflation to 0.9%

Robredo still VP as upcoming PET ruling will only tackle whether to continue poll protest

Meningococcemia cases climb to 169 – DOH

Duterte: No generals in drug recycling

DILG opens ‘ninja cops’ probe

Maja Salvador wins Best Actress in Busan film fest

Kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Eco Teen International, papalitan?

Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati to tie the knot in March 2020

Baron, Macandili bag ASEAN volleyball awards

Lionel Messi finally scores as Barcelona beats Sevilla

Naomi Osaka beats world number one Ashleigh Barty to win China Open

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

North Korea says no talks unless US stops hostile policies

October 7 —— North Korea said Sunday it has “no intention” to continue nuclear talks unless the United States takes steps to end hostilities, a day after negotiations in Sweden broke down. The discussions in Sweden followed months of stalemate following a February meeting between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump and came after Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday. The North walked away from Sweden talks saying it was disappointed at the lack of “new and creative” solutions offered by Washington, although the US insisted it was willing to meet again in two weeks.

But a spokesman at the North’s foreign ministry said Washington’s claims about another meeting was “ungrounded”. “We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as what happened this time before the US takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK,” he said using the acronyms of the North’s official name. In a statement carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency, the spokesman warned that their “dealings” may immediately end if the US sticks to its old playbook. “The fate of the future DPRK-US dialogue depends on the US attitude, and the end of this year is its deadline,” he added.

In Stockholm, the nuclear-armed North’s leading negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, blamed the US for not giving up their “old attitude” which led to talks ending “without any outcome”. But Washington called the talks “good discussions”, saying the comments by North Korea did not reflect the content or the spirit their eight-and-a-half-hour discussion. The United States accepted host Sweden’s invitation to resume talks in two weeks’ time, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. Ortagus added in a statement that the US “previewed a number of new initiatives” that would allow progress on the statement reached in Singapore at the first Trump-Kim summit last year.

The two leaders adopted a vaguely worded document on the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” at their first summit in June last year, but little progress has since been made. On Wednesday, North Korea claimed to have entered a new phase in its defense capability with Wednesday’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile — the most provocative since Pyongyang began dialogue with Washington in 2018. Trump has said he sees no problem with a string of short-range missile tests conducted previously by North Korea while insisting his personal ties with the North’s leader remain good.

North Korea is banned from ballistic missile launches by the United Nations Security Council resolutions. The Security Council is expected to hold closed-door talks early next week on the latest test at the request of Britain, France, and Germany, diplomats said.

Source: mb.com.ph

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Aide: Perry pushed Trump for Ukraine call, for energy issues

WASHINGTON, October 7 —— Energy Secretary Rick Perry encouraged President Donald Trump to speak to Ukraine’s president — but on energy and economic issues, Perry’s spokeswoman said Sunday, addressing Perry’s role in a telephone call that’s at the center of a congressional impeachment probe for Trump. “Secretary Perry absolutely supported and encouraged the president to speak to the new president of Ukraine to discuss matters related to their energy security and economic development,” Perry’s Energy Department spokeswoman, Shaylyn Hynes, said in an email.

Hynes’ remark comes as Perry becomes the latest administration official drawn into inquiries in a House impeachment probe of Trump. Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the July 25 call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter — sparking a whistleblower complaint and now the impeachment inquiry. Trump on Friday evening told House Republicans that it was Perry who had teed up the July call with Ukraine, according to a person familiar with Trump’s new comments who was granted anonymity to discuss the private conference call. But Trump did not suggest that Perry had anything to do with the pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, or a U.S. holdup in military aid to the country, the person said. Trump’s remarks on the late Friday call was first reported by Axios.

Perry, the former governor of Texas and up to now a lower-profile but active member of Trump’s Cabinet, has made repeated trips to Ukraine and met often with Ukranian officials, including Zelenskiy. Perry and his agency say his involvement with Ukraine was part of U.S. policy, predating the Trump administration, to increase U.S. natural gas, coal and other supplies to Eastern Europe to lessen Russia’s control of the region’s energy market. “He continues to believe that there is significant need for improved regional energy security,” Hynes said. Perry was heading to Lithuania again Sunday night, and would meet with nearly two dozen European energy officials, including those from Ukraine, she said.

Hynes did not immediately answer questions Sunday about whether Perry had discussed the Trump administration’s push for help investigating Trump’s Democratic rivals in his meetings with Ukraine. But Perry told an evangelical Christian news outlet, CBN News, in an interview aired Friday that he had never heard anyone in the administration bring up Biden or Biden’s son, who served on a board of a Ukraine natural gas business, in dealings with Ukrainian officials. “Not once, as God as my witness, not once was a Biden name — not the former vice president, not his son — ever mentioned,” Perry told the outlet. “Corruption was talked about in the country but it was always a relatively vague term of, you know, the oligarchs and this and that and what have you.” House lawmakers in the impeachment probe are seeking information from Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the administration’s approach to Ukraine.

Source: inquirer.net

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MARITIME NEWS

Igoumenitsa Port to Reduce GHG Emissions, Congestion with New Quay

October 7 ——The European Commission has approved Greece’s plans to grant EUR 47.3 million (USD 52 million) of public support for the construction of a new quay in the ferry port of Igoumenitsa on the north-west coast of Greece.  As informed, the aim of the project is to decrease congestion, harmful emissions and the risk of accidents, by relocating the port’s international activities to a new quay situated out of the city of Igoumenitsa.  After assessing the measure under EU State aid rules, the commission found that the public support was proportionate and necessary for the implementation of the investment.

Furthermore, the commission considered that Igoumenitsa, while being a relatively small port with limited transport volumes at the EU level, is part of the core trans-European transport network (TEN-T).  “The commission concluded that the public support is in line with EU State aid rules, as it will further the construction of EU priority transport infrastructure and reduce safety risks for passengers without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market,” the EC said in a statement.  The port of Igoumenitsa is geographically the closest Greek port to Italy and the Balkan countries. Annually, 2,5 million passengers and about 250,000 trucks are moving from the port.

Source: worldmaritimenews.com

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Princess Cruises Vessel Opens Panama Canal’s Cruise Season

October 7 ——The transit of Princess Cruises’ Island Princess through the Panama waterway has marked the beginning of what is expected to be a busy cruise season at the Panama Canal.  The 92,822 ton Island Princess, which transited northbound on October 3, originated in Vancouver, Canada, and will continue on its 21-day journey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to Senior International Trade Specialist, Albano G. Aguilar, the canal will facilitate around 258 transits over the next few months, including a record-breaking number by Neopanamax vessels.  “We will see about a ten percent increase in cruise ship transits at the Panama Canal this season in comparison to last year, a boost largely driven by Neopanamax vessels,” said Aguilar.

The Canal expects 29 transits by Neopanamax cruise ships this season, including at least one by the Norwegian Bliss, which remains the largest cruise ship to pass through the waterway. It will be preceded by its sister ship, the 3,883-passenger Norwegian Joy, which will pass through for the first time later this month.  Ten other vessels will also make their inaugural transits this season, including the smaller, 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn, as well as Ponant’s Le Dumont D’uwille, P&O Ventura Cruise, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Glory, Regent Seven Seas Cruise’s Seven Seas Splendor, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Scenic Eclipse, Star Clipper’s Flying Clipper, Hapag Lloyd’s Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Nature, and Greg Mortimer’s Aurora Expedition.

Source: worldmaritimenews.com

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Pirates Escape from Bulker off Pulau Cula

October 7 ——A group of armed pirates has boarded a bulk carrier off the Indonesian coast, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said.  The incident occurred on September 30, 2019, when the ship was about 3.7 nautical miles west of Pulau Cula.

In a separate report, piracy watchdog ReCAAP identified the ship as the Malta-flagged Transpacific. The Panamax is operated by Greece-based Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement, according to data provided by VesselsValue.  As informed, deck crew on routine rounds onboard the 81,200 dwt bulk carrier underway spotted five robbers armed with knives on the aft deck.  The seafarers raised the alarm, activated the ship security alert system (SSAS) and made the PA announcement. As a result, the robbers escaped without stealing anything.  The ship’s crew reported the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS).

Following the incident, a coast guard boat arrived to escort the ship to Singapore. The vessel was subsequently boarded by the officers and searched for perpetrators.  During the first half of the year, a total of 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, comprising 25 actual and three attempted incidents, were reported in Asia, ReCAAP earlier said.  Compared to the same period of 2018, there was a 32% decrease in the total number and a 14% decrease in the number of actual incidents in the first six months of this year.

Source: worldmaritimenews.com

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PHILIPPINE NEWS

‘Russia trip affirms Philippines’ independent foreign policy’

MANILA, Philippines, October 7 —— President Duterte yesterday arrived from his five-day official visit to Russia, a trip that he said affirmed the Philippines’ independent foreign policy.  Duterte said his second visit to Russia, a non-traditional partner of the Philippines, reaffirmed Manila’s “strong commitment to a robust and comprehensive partnership” with Moscow “on the basis of mutual respect, trust and pragmatism.” “This visit generated greater momentum for the Philippines-Russia relations. (This) is a key element of our thrust to rebalance Philippine foreign policy toward independence, balance and diplomatic agility,” the President said in a speech delivered at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City. “The gains we have made in this visit bring us a step closer to our objective of a stable, comfortable and secure life for all Filipinos. That is my vision for and bounden duty to the nation and I will do everything to achieve that,” he added.

Duterte said the two countries have agreed to broaden and deepen ties in all areas of cooperation, including security and defense, trade and investment, agriculture, energy, science and technology and socio-cultural exchanges. The Philippines and Russia also signed bilateral cooperation agreements on the peaceful uses of energy, scientific research, health, culture and foreign policy consultations – areas that Duterte said are important in securing the Philippines’ strategic interests.

One of the agreements signed is a deal on the exploration of possible cooperation in the construction of nuclear power plants. Duterte could not give a definite policy statement on the matter yesterday, saying it requires consultation with the Cabinet. He merely said his administration would adopt a proposal favorable to the government’s interests. “Public interest must be the rule,” Duterte said.  More than P620 million in business deals were also signed during the trip. “The reinvigorated friendship with Russia is starting to bear fruit,” Duterte said.  “This is only the beginning. The horizon is wide. There is room for significant growth,” he added.

Duterte said Russia recently accredited two additional Philippine fishery establishments, a move that would allow Filipino fishing companies to export products to Moscow and the larger market of the Eurasian bloc. The highlights of the Philippine leader’s visit include bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, attendance at the forum of the Valdai Discussion Club together with Putin and the leaders of Jordan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan; his visit to the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, which gave him a doctorate degree and his attendance at the Philippines-Russia Business Forum.

“I shared our views on the evolving world order and the need to build partnerships on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect in order to maintain global peace and stability,” Duterte said.  “I emphasized that solving global challenges requires genuine cooperation without political preconditions,” he added.  Duterte capped his visit with a meeting with the Filipino community in Russia, where he vowed to work with Russian authorities to come up with an agreement that would legitimize the stay of migrant workers with visa issues.

Source: philstar.com

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High rice supply slows down inflation to 0.9%

October 7 —— The rate of increase in consumer prices settled at its slowest pace in more than three-years last month as sustained inflows of imported rice continued to pull down the retail cost of the Filipino staple food. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Friday that headline inflation clocked in at 0.9 percent in September, slower compared with 1.7 percent in August and way below the 6.7 percent registered in the same month last year.

The latest inflation figure brought the first nine-month average to 2.8 percent, well within the government’s full year target of 2.0 percent to 4.0 percent. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said the further easing of inflation was due to higher supply of rice in the country following the implementation of the rice tariffication law. Based on the PSA report, rice remained at a deflation rate of 8.9 percent in September, its fifth consecutive month of decline. It also slowed further from the previous month’s -5.2 percent. Rice stock inventory, likewise, increased by 40.3 percent due to higher importation of rice.

“We see the rice tariffication law continuing to help pull down overall inflation in the near term as it continues to help improve rice stock inventory of the country. This access to cheaper rice is good for Filipino consumers,” Pernia said in a statement. Pernia also noted that prices of retail and wholesale rice already fell by 6.0 to 8.0 percent or about P3 per kilo since the law’s enactment in March this year. While the rice tariffication measure benefited the bulk of Filipino consumers, Pernia admitted it also resulted in falling palay prices that adversely affect local farmers. “The government must fast-track and prioritize programs and projects under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund to boost production and improve profitability of the Filipino farmers,” said Pernia, the government’s chief economist.

A joint resolution, which directs several government agencies and local government units to buy rice from local producers, is now pending in Congress that once implemented, should help protect the farmers from falling palay prices. Aside from rice, prices of corn and vegetables also decreased year-on-year in September by 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. Sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and confectionery also saw a 4.1 percent drop in prices.

Meat prices, however jumped 2.4 percent last month despite concerns over the African swine fever (ASF) along with fish that rose by 1.4 percent. The drop in prices of major food items like rice contributed to the annual rate of decrease in the index of the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages, which also settled at 0.9 percent. Transport cost index likewise declined further by 0.9 percent. Slower price increases were also posted in clothing and footwear (2.7 percent), housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels (0.8 percent), communication (0.2 percent), recreation and culture (1.4 recent), as well as restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services (3.0 percent). On the other hand, inflation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco index moved up further by 14.3 percent in September.

Source: mb.com.ph

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Robredo still VP as upcoming PET ruling will only tackle whether to continue poll protest

MANILA, Philippines, October 7 —— Vice President Leni Robredo would remain in her post whatever the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s decision would be as the tribunal would only rule on whether the poll protest of defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos’ would continue, her camp said.  The vice president’s camp was referring to the next round of deliberations scheduled for Tuesday, October 8.  In a statement, Romulo Macalintal, who serves as the lead counsel of the vice president, said that the pending outcome “will only resolve whether or not the election protest of Marcos will continue after the PET has recounted the ballots from the three pilot provinces.”

Amid reports that the Supreme Court voted 8-6 in favor of proceeding with the electoral protest, Chief Justice Bersamin told reporters on October 3 that “[t]here is no definite voting yet or anything that happened in that particular case.” The former senator suffered a narrow loss to the current vice president with a deficit of only 263,473 votes, a 0.64% difference. He immediately claimed that he was cheated in the elections and filed an electoral protest to contest the miniscule gap.

Rule 65 of the Rules of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal states that the tribunal may decide to dismiss the protest or proceed to further recount the electoral results after examining the pilot provinces.  Robredo said that the case was “a test of the entire electoral process [and] of the justice system.” Bongbong is the son of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and graft convict Imelda Marcos, whose dictatorial reign was marked by wanton killings, human rights violations and corruption. According to Amnesty International estimates, about 7,000 were imprisoned and 34,000 killed during the Martial Law era.

The country was left with a $26 billion debt in the years after Marcos’ ouster from office, the effects of which still continue to be felt today. A report by the UP School of Economics published in May of 1986 said, “The foreign debt incurred by the old regime is one of the biggest obstacles to Philippine economic recovery.”  “If PET rules that Marcos was unable to gain any substantial recovery from the recount of ballots from his three pilot provinces, then his protest will be dismissed and VP Leni’s victory will be affirmed,” Macalintal said.

Source: philstar.com

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Meningococcemia cases climb to 169 – DOH

October 7 —— The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 169 cases of meningococcemia so far this year, a four-percent increase from the 162 cases recorded in the same period in 2018, the agency’s epidemiology bureau head told Balitanghali on Sunday. In an interview with Mark Salazar, DOH Epidemiology Bureau OIC Dr. Ferchito Avelino said authorities immediately sought out all the people meningococcemia victims had close contact with and administered preventive or antibiotic prophylaxis to arrest the virus’ spread.

According to Avelino, studies found that five out of 10 meningococcemia cases end in death if not treated immediately. The number of deaths can fall to around eight to 13 percent if patients are treated. “But then again the fact remains na talagang may mamamatay pa rin. So importante talaga ‘yung maagap na pagpapatingin sa ating mga health center at ‘yung preventive measures,” he emphasized. While there was a vaccine for meningococcemia, it was not currently being offered by the government in its routine vaccinations. Meanwhile, a 3-year-old boy died within 24 hours of confinement at the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City because of meningococcemia.

According to the hospital, the patient was brought in on September 28 because of violet rashes all over his body. A number of other patients have tested positive for meningococcemia in the same hospital as well. In Paete, Laguna, a 7-year-old is currently confined at the San Lazaro Hospital after testing positive for the same illness. Authorities are reaching out to the patient’s relatives in order to take the necessary preventive measures.

Avelino appealed to the public to get themselves checked immediately if they were feeling unwell. “Kapag po hindi maganda ang ating pakiramdam ay mas maigi po na mas maaga magpatingin sa ating mga doktor at bigyan natin po ng kumpletong history… bago tayo nagkasakit para ang doktor po ay guided din kung ano maaaring ibigay sating gamot at examination,” he said.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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Duterte: No generals in drug recycling

MANILA, Philippines, October 7 —— President Duterte clarified yesterday that no police general was mentioned in the report on illegal drugs submitted to him by security officials. Speaking during a forum organized by a Russian think tank in Sochi last Friday, Duterte said two generals are “still playing” with illegal drugs as he justified his brutal crackdown on narcotics. The President, however, corrected himself yesterday, blaming the confusion on his “ignorance” of police ranks.

“There are no generals. I’m sure of that. Based on the report sent to me, there is none. It’s colonel, I think,” the President told reporters in Davao City upon his arrival from Russia. “I must admit my ignorance actually.” Duterte said he was confused by the rank of police superintendent, a term that he associates with school supervisors. “That’s why during my time, I said you should go back to police colonel, police major, police lieutenant, because everyone is confused. That sup-sup, it stands for superintendent. In Bisaya, sup-sup is sucking – ice drops,” he said.

“So that’s quite confusing… I hope that the PNP (Philippine National Police) should realize that… Stop it. Stop it. We’re comfortable with the ways of the old. Do not introduce unnecessary changes. It’s confusing.” Last February, Duterte signed a law modifying the rank classification of the PNP and making it similar to that of the military. Under the law, the ranks of police officers would be preceded by the word “police.” Duterte insisted that his office could not just adopt the findings of the congressional investigation on the so-called “ninja cops.”

“I have to review it and if it’s correct, I would adopt it. But then, there must be a process. It has to undergo the procedural due process,” he said. Duterte earlier warned the police officials that the only reason he would not go after them was if the plane he and his Cabinet members rode back to the country after the state visit in Russia crashed. “Meron akong ninja ngayon, pag-uwi ko, talagang upakan ko itong p*tang in*ng pulis na ito,” Duterte said. This threat from the President came as the PNP went under fire due to allegations of drug recycling within the force. Duterte said it would be up to the interior department to handle the investigation. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, in turn, said he will meet with members of the National Police Commission to determine the next actions to be taken against the ninja cops

Source: philstar.com

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DILG opens ‘ninja cops’ probe

MANILA, Philippines, October 7 —— The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has started investigating the pilfering of confiscated illegal drugs by rogue policemen and the alleged coddling of involved officers by Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde when he was the Pampanga police director in 2013. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with the Filipino community in Moscow on Saturday night, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the DILG, which oversees the PNP, began the investigation without waiting for the Senate to complete its inquiry into the “ninja cop” racket.

He said the President was waiting for the results of the investigations before deciding what to do with Albayalde. “When we return to the Philippines, I will sit down with [National Police Commission] lawyers and the DILG legal service and check the status of the review of the case,” Año said. During his meeting with Filipinos in Moscow, the President vowed to deal harshly with policemen involved in the illegal drug trade. “I have ninja [cops] now. When I get home I will take down these sons of bitches,” he said. “They are called ninja. These stupid people are really into drugs.”

The President said he had directed Año to investigate, and promised to “wipe out the sons of bitches” by the end of his term. At a forum with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Jordanian King Abdullah II and the presidents of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in the resort city of Sochi on Thursday, President Duterte mentioned that two generals were “playing with drugs.” In his talk with reporters on Saturday, Año said he had yet to talk with the President about the two generals.

The PNP said on Sunday that it was open to an investigation concerning the two generals. Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, the PNP spokesperson, said in a statement that the PNP had no information about high-ranking officials involved in the narcotics trade. The PNP, however, is “ready to face any hearing or investigation that will be conducted to shed light on reports that there are two police generals involved in illegal drugs,” Banac said.

In his talk with reporters on Sunday, the President clarified that the two officers were actually colonels, not generals. “No generals, two colonels,” he said, explaining that ranks in the police were confusing. “I am confused about that superintendent rank, because the only superintendent I know is school superintendent,” he said.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reviewing the ninja cop case that has clouded Albayalde’s record just weeks before he retires from the service. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Sunday that the DOJ, “in the interest of justice,” would reopen the case of Police Maj. Rodney Baloyo and 12 other policemen involved in the Pampanga operation. Guevarra said a new panel of state prosecutors would be formed to conduct the review. “Both sides will be given ample opportunity to present additional evidence,” Guevarra said. The DOJ will try to resolve the case in a month’s time, he said, adding that the review has been pending since 2017.

Source: inquirer.net

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Maja Salvador wins Best Actress in Busan film fest

October 7 —— Maja Salvador was named Best Actress for her performance in the drama series “Wildflower” at the first Asia Contents Awards held on Saturday in Busan, South Korea. A lone Philippine nominee, the actress bested other actors from nine ASEAN countries to the special award. In her speech, Maja said that playing Ivy Aguas and Lily Cruz was both a great challenge and pleasure for her as an actress.

The first Asia Contents Awards aims to recognize outstanding TV series in the television industry from across Asia. It is organized by the renowned Busan International Film Festival and Asian Film Market, an annual film market in South Korea. Even after the series ended, ‘Wildflower’ continues to be a hit worldwide as it airs in New Caledonia, Polynesia, and Reunion with the partnership of ABS-CBN with Ampersand fiction, a French content distributor. Currently, ‘Wildflower’ is being shown in several French-speaking African countries and will soon air in Madagascar this month.

Source: push.abs-cbn.com

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Kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Eco Teen International, papalitan?

October 7 —— Pormal nang naglabas ng kanilang official statement ang Miss World Philippines Organization na may hawak sa franchise ng Miss Eco Teen International beauty pageant. Kasunod ito ng kontroberysal na Instagram post ng kinoronahang kandidata na si Vanessa Walters.

Ayon sa official statement ng Miss World Philippines, nilibag ng kandidata ang naging responsibilidad ng organisasyon sa paglabas ng tila hubad na larawan ng kandidata. “The Miss Eco Teen International Organization has called our attention to nude photos of Ms. Walters circulating online and posted on her own social media account,” bahagi ng pirmadong statement ng pageant director ma si Arnold Vegafria.

Bukod sa pagkalat umano ng hubad na larawan ng kandidata, naging basehan din ng pagkakaalis ng titulo sa kandidata ang “Public Display of Alcohol and Tobacco Use” 

Sa ngayon, hindi pa tiyak kung sino ang papalit sa bakanteng titulo na inalis sa kandidata na inaabangan ngayon ng pageant fans.

Source: push.abs-cbn.com

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Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati to tie the knot in March 2020

MANILA, Philippines, October 7 —— Showbiz celebrities Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati are finally tying the knot in March 2020. The couple announced their wedding date Sunday during their guesting on the noontime variety show “Asap Natin ‘To.” “We’re happy to announce that we are finally getting married on March 2020 here in Manila and we’re looking forward to that day,” Richard said. Sarah, meanwhile, took to Instagram to share her excitement about the much-awaited wedding.

“Thank you, ASAP family and ABSCBN for celebrating @richardgutz and I today as well as my early birthday celebration. October feels like love month. Excited for March 2020. #roadtomarch2020,” Lahbati wrote as caption in a photo of herself with Gutierrez. It was in 2017 when Gutierrez and Lahbati got engaged. The couple, who marked their seventh anniversary last June, has two sons, Zion and Kai.

Source: entertainment.inquirer.net

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SPORTS NEWS

Baron, Macandili bag ASEAN volleyball awards

SANTA ROSA, Philippines, October 7 —— Aside from helping the Philippines clinch a bronze medal, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili bagged individual honors in the ASEAN Grand Prix on Sunday, October 6. Baron emerged anew as the tournament’s Best Blocker, the same award the former La Salle standout won in the first leg in Thailand after leading the blocking catergory. Macandili, who had many defensive highlights as she manned the floor defense for the Philippine squad, copped the Best Libero award. “For me, parang déjà vu,” Baron said. “Nangyari ulit kung ano yung nangyari sa Thailand. Sîyempre, super happy pa rin na narecognize yung effort.”

Baron, though, admitted that the lack of preparation and the tight schedule doomed the Philippines’ campaign. “Parang hindi kami masyado nakafocus as a team… [pero] siyempre we want sa SEA Games, mas committed ang bawat isa, mas kumpleto kami.” Macandili also believes the team still needs to improve for the regional tournament the country will host late this year. “Alam ko kasing kaya pa ng team eh, so we’re gonna work on that especially na magttraining camp kami so in the coming SEA Games, gusto namin mas mataas pa yung makamit naming medalya,” said Macandili. “Madami pa akong lapses, madami pa akong gustong itulong sa team. Patuloy kong iimprove yung sarili ko and magtatrabaho pa ko sa training para makatulong pa sa team.”

Still, Macandili did not forget to look back as she gave credit to coach Ramil De Jesus, who mentored both Baron and Macandili in La Salle. “Siyempre, yung foundation nandoon and lahat ng tinuro nila coach Ramil sa amin, inaalala lang namin. And siyempre sa bagong coach namin, inaabsorb din namin yung [lessons], open kami sa criticisms and sa mga bagong tinuturo ni coach Shaq (delos Santos) sa amin,” said Macandili. Delos Santos also feels proud of his wards achievements. “Siyempre, sobrang happy kami kasi nagkaroon ng bunga yung paghihirap namin and mas magiging inspired kami… nakikita namin naggogrow yung players namin,” he said.

ASEAN Grand Prix second leg awardees:

Pleumjit Thinkaow (THA) – Most Valuable Player

Pimpichaya Kokram (THA) – Best Spiker

Majoy Baron (PHI) – Best Blocker

Tri Retno Mutiara Lutfi (INA) – Best Setter

Ratri Wulandari (INA) – Best Server

Dawn Macandili (PHI) – Best Libero

Source: rappler.com/sports

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Lionel Messi finally scores as Barcelona beats Sevilla

BARCELONA, Spain, October 7 —— Lionel Messi has ended his mini-scoring drought as Barcelona finds its winning stride. Messi curled a left-footed free kick over the wall and into the net for his first goal of the season to wrap up Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Sevilla in the Spanish league on Sunday. The soccer great thrust his finger in the air before pumping his fist in celebration after scoring in the 78th minute. Messi had gone scoreless in his previous four appearances after being sidelined for five games with injuries. Messi’s 37th goal in 38 career meetings with Sevilla was also his first since he won his record sixth FIFA player of the year award last month.

“We know how important Leo is for this team and what he means to us,” Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal said. “If he is playing well it helps us a lot.” Luis Suárez put Barcelona on the winning path for a second time this week after netting with a bicycle kick in the 27th despite Sevilla having dominated the game before then. On Wednesday, the Uruguay striker had sparked a 2-1 comeback over Inter Milan in the Champions League with a superb volley before he added a fine second goal. Vidal and Ousmane Dembele added two more goals against Sevilla in the next 10 minutes to turn what had been a tightly contested start into a demolition. After a stuttering start to the season while Messi was out injured, Barcelona’s fourth straight victory in all competitions lifted it into second place and two points behind leader Real Madrid. Barcelona will host Madrid on Oct. 26.

Atlético Madrid slipped to third — one point behind Barcelona — after being held 0-0 at Valladolid, its third scoreless draw in four rounds. “It was a complicated match and the score by halftime was a bit exaggerated,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We had more firepower than they did. After scoring the first goal we created danger practically every time we reached their area.” Barcelona finished with nine men after referee Mateu Lahoz sent off Ronald Araujo on his debut after making contact with Sevilla’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernández with only the Barcelona goalkeeper to beat. Replays showed minor contact between the two players. Demebele was then shown a direct red, for criticizing Lahoz’s decision by saying he was “very bad.”

Source: spin.ph

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Naomi Osaka beats world number one Ashleigh Barty to win China Open

October 7 —— Naomi Osaka won a second tournament on the spin as she fought back from a set down to defeat world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final on Sunday. The Japanese two-time Grand Slam champion emerged victorious after 110 minutes in chilly Beijing, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. On Saturday, after defeating holder Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals, the 21-year-old called her own serve “confusing”. And so it was in the sixth game when Osaka conjured up a double fault, then an ace, then another double fault against Australia’s Barty.

The world number four, victorious in her home Pan Pacific Open last month, was broken when she planted a forehand into the net. The former number one appeared mildly uncomfortable with her shoulder, touching it and rotating it between points. Barty, 23, who had strapping down her left calf, wrapped up the first set in 34 minutes and frustration was creeping in for the Australian Open champion Osaka. But much of the crowd in Beijing was pro-Osaka and they were cheering when she broke Barty to move 4-2 up on the way to winning the second set.

“Basically I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash. This is a final, I’m really privileged to be here in the first place, so keep fighting.” Osaka was in control now and broke Barty — who five years ago took a rest from tennis and played cricket — in the first game of the deciding set on the way to victory. This was a third title of 2019 for Osaka and fifth in her short career.

Source: sports.mb.com.ph