Dec 022017
 

MANILA, Nov 22 (Mabuhay) –Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday filed a libel complaint against pro-Duterte blogger Rey Joseph “RJ” Nieto, who runs the blog ThinkingPinoy, over his Facebook post which, citing apparently disputable sources, “insinuated” that the senator was a “narco,” or a drug lord. Trillanes, who is himself facing sedition and coup d’etat raps over allegations he encouraged the military to kill President Rodrigo Duterte, formally filed his complaint with the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office at around 11 a.m. on November 22, two weeks after he first announced he would. Trillanes told reporters he hoped his complaint against Nieto would serve as a “lesson” for the blogger. The complaint accused Nieto of libel under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and of violations of the libel provisions of the Revised Penal Code, as the Facebook post in question allegedly met all the qualifications for the criminal act. According to the law, an act can be considered libelous if it imputes crime, vice or defect, whether real or imaginary; be public, malicious, directed at a person, alive or dead, and must tend to cause the dishonor, discredit or contempt of the person defamed. Trillanes seeks P1 million each for moral and exemplary damages and P250,000 to cover attorney fees. “Being a very vocal and staunch critic of President Duterte, of whom Respondent Nieto is a self-confessed diehard supporter and defender, Respondent Nieto’s post was clearly made solely for the purpose of besmirching my reputation and maligning my name,” read Read More …

Dec 022017
 

MANILA, Nov 22 (Mabuhay) — A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to scrap the Land Transportation Office’s P836-million project involving the procurement of driver’s license cards this year. ACTS OFW party-list Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III argued that the General Appropriations Act of 2016 did not allocate a single centavo for the procurement of driver’s license cards with five-year validity. Bertiz cited Article 6, Section 29 (1) of the 1987 Constitution which provides that “no money shall be paid out of the Treasury “except in pursuance of an appropriation made by law.” “If Congress had deliberately and purposely intended to appropriate public funds to be used as an expenditure for the LTO-Driver’s License Cards, it would have specifically and particularly approved an item of appropriation for the ‘production of driver’s licenses’ as it purposely and deliberately did in the GAA 2013,” the petition stated. “In the absence of a specific and particular item of appropriation for the ‘production of driver’s licenses’ in the GAA 2016, Congress evidently and without nary a doubt deliberately determined and intended not to appropriate any public money for the procurement of driver’s license cards. Thus, GAA 2016 did not allocate a single centavo for procurement of LTO-Driver’s License Cards,” it added. Bertiz then urged the SC to stop the implementation of the project, “which includes the sale and conveyance of driver’s license cards and the collection of money” from motor vehicle and motorcycle drivers/owners and “disbursing and using public funds for the payment Read More …

Dec 022017
 
‘Stateside’ sees first screening in Los Angeles By Abner Galino

Filipino actor Mon Confiado poses with Stateside co-star American actress Olivia Hultgren during a cocktail party at the Mia Jee Tandoori restaurant at 205 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles shortly after the movie’s screening. Photo: Abner Galino Challenging is an understatement when used to describe producing a film here in Los Angeles where, as we all know, the legendary Hollywood is situated. So, more than a year after the makers, the crew and the cast of the movie “Stateside” held a press conference to announce the then impending screening of their movie, it was only last November 18 when it finally got a screening at the Raleigh Studios on Melrose St. in Hollywood. Director Marcial Chavez said that during the long lull, many of their shots were ruined, prompting them to make adjustments with their storyline. Filipino actor Mon Confiado confided that he also partly caused the delay as he had to finish his other commitments before he was able to come back to the US to shoot the remaining scenes. “But I am happy now that we were able to do the screening. It is really an honor and achievement to be part of this movie,” Confiado said. Chavez said that in reconstructing the film, he opted to bring more drama rather than action into it. “Mon is a good actor and he was able to deliver what we wanted,” Chavez said. Stateside is a movie that attempts to tell a story of an undocumented immigrant without the politics Read More …

Dec 022017
 
Pinoy bakery renews trip to PHL prize contest By Abner Galino

Guests to the launching of the 2017-2018 Leelin’s VIP Rewards Loyalty Sweepstakes raise the thumbs up sign as they are led by “Momsy” Leelin (seated 7th from left). With her is her son and Leelin Bakery and Café founder Menard (seated 6th from left) and her grandson Michael (seated 5th from left). On her right is Philippine Air Lines (PAL) LAX area manager Michelle Narvaez. Also present are Cerritos Councilor Frank Yokoyama (seated 4th from left), host Thelma Sugay (standing 1st from left), singer Jaime Bacani (standing 3rd from left) and former wrestler Brittany Fetkin (standing 5th from left). A customer loyalty rewards contest that offers free round-trip tickets to the Philippines and as well as a culinary tour has been recently re-launched by Leelin Bakery and Café, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) in Los Angeles and the Philippine Air Lines (PAL), during a modest ceremony in Cerritos last November 15. Last year, a Filipino American who works at the Superior Court won the grand prize. Unfortunately, the winner was not around to tell his story. But Cerritos City Councilor Frank Aurelio Yokoyama, who won year long free meals in the 2016-2017 Leelin VIP Rewards Sweepstakes, was around to attest to the joy of such a reward. I was so lucky to win Leelin Bakery and Café for a year, I was so sad when the year ended,” Yokoyama jested at the end of his short speech. PDOT director Richmond Jimenez and Philippine Airlines (PAL) LAX Read More …

Dec 022017
 

MANILA, Nov 23 (Mabuhay) — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. declined to comment on the irrevocable resignation tendered by Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez Thursday morning, saying he has yet to receive official word on the matter. “Hindi ko pa naririnig yun. Antayin muna natin yan, dahil ngayon, balita pa lang na galing sa media… Dapat kasama siya dito pero ang daumating dito ay isang direktor,” Roque told reporters covering his scheduled ride from Quezon City to Manila via the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems. Chavez was supposed to join Roque during his trip, which had been announced to the media Wednesday. An hour before the schedule, however, Chavez held a press conference announcing his resignation from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) amid problems hounding the MRT system. In his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte dated November 23, Chavez said that he was quitting his post to give an “opportunity for the appointment of person better qualified to perform the duties and responsibilities of the subject office.” “I hope the President understands that in the light of recent events involving the MRT3 System, simple sense of delicadeza which I have adhered to throughout my professional life gives me no choice but to resign from m y said position,” he said. (MNS) Click for detailed story

Nov 252017
 
Palace says sorry to the people inconvenienced by ASEAN events

Metro Manila Development Authority(MMDA) personnel remove on Wednesday the plastic barriers used to create an exclusive ASEAN lane along EDSA for the 31st ASEAN Summit. The ASEAN lane was reserved for VIPs and delegates traveling from Clark International Airport to Manila and Manila to Clark for the 3-day regional meeting.(MNS photo) MANILA, Nov 16 (Mabuhay) –Hosting the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and Related Meetings, which coincided with the regional bloc’s 50th founding anniversary, was a success considering that no unfortunate incident occurred, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also apologized to the people who were inconvenienced by the ASEAN-related events and said the hosting proved that the Philippines is capable of organizing international events. “Congratulations to the rest of the Filipino people. Siyempre po may mga naabala, lalong-lalo na doon sa closure ng EDSA, pasensya na po kayo. Ang naging kapalit naman ay iyong paghanga ng buong daigdig sa kakayahan ng bansang Pilipinas,” he said at a briefing in Malacañang. There was a collective sigh of relief now that the ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners have left the country, the Palace official noted. “It was a tremendous success. Of course, now that all the guests are gone, there is a sigh of relief that there was not one untoward incident. All that could have happened was one explosion, even if no one was hurt, for us to have a major disaster in our hands,” he said. The cooperation of the Filipinos helped avert untoward incidents, Read More …

Nov 252017
 
Robi Domingo has a ‘new baby’

Robi Domingo (MNS photo) Robi Domingo was beyond thrilled when he saw what’s waiting for him at home after a long day at work. On Instagram, Domingo shared a clip showing off his “new baby” given to him by celebrity doctor Vicki Belo. “I’VE GOT A NEW BABY! OMG moment right here! I love you sooo much Dra. Vicki Belo,” he wrote in the caption, referring to the mini grand piano in his house. As a sign of his appreciation, Domingo played a song on the piano which he dedicated to Belo. The TV host’s fans immediately recognized that the song was the official soundtrack of the Korean series “Goblin.” As of writing, Domingo’s video playing the piano has already gained over 75,000 views with close to 300 comments. (MNS) Click for detailed story

Nov 252017
 
Matteo asked: Do you believe Sarah is ‘the one’?

Matteo Guidicelli and Sarah Geronimo (MNS photo) Matteo Guidicelli and Sarah Geronimo are one of the most low profile celebrity couples, but their relationship has really stood the test of time. Guidicelli was asked if he believes that Geronimo is “the one” for him. And without hesitation, the 27-year-old actor said, “I pray, and yes, yes, yes.” According to Guidicelli, his relationship with Geronimo has taught him many things. “Sarah is teaching me how to appreciate the basics, the very simple things that sometimes we forget to appreciate,” he said. While he doesn’t regret his past relationships, Guidicelli said if he could go back in time, he wanted the singer to be his first girlfriend. “When you find your love, when you find that person, you cannot go two days or three days without talking to her. You need her, alam mo ‘yon?” Although they quarrel sometimes, Guidicelli said their relationship is something worth keeping. Guidicelli is starring in a concert titled “Hey Matteo,” which is happening on November 30 at KIA Theater. (MNS) Click for detailed story

Nov 252017
 

Anne Curtis, who just got married to Erwan Heussaff in New Zealand on Sunday, teased Angel Locsin and Neil Arce that they will probably be the next couple to tie the knot. Curtis made the statement when she commented on Arce’s photo of him and Locsin taken during the “It’s Showtime” host’s pre-wedding party. Without saying much, Curtis wrote: “#NEXTna” Locsin and Arce have been friends for eight years before taking their friendship up a notch. While they have yet to go on record and say that they are officially together now, Locsin described Arce as her “source of happiness.” “Happy kami kung ano kami. We’re very happy. Hindi kami nagmamadali pero sigurado naman kami sa isa’t isa,” Locsin previously said in an interview. Before dating Arce, Locsin was in a relationship with Luis Manzano. On the other hand, Arce, who is a film producer, was previously with Bela Padilla. (MNS) Click for detailed story

Nov 252017
 
Jona to pay tribute to her father in upcoming concert

Jonalyn “Jona” Viray (MNS photo) Singer Jonalyn “Jona” Viray turned emotional as she recalled her father Fernando delos Santos Viray, who passed away last October at the age of 51. In an interview on Monday, Jona said she will be paying tribute to her father in her upcoming concert “Prima Jona on November 18 at the Theatre at Solaire. “After po noong mangyari sa father ko, iniisip ko sa sarili ko kung kakayanin ko bang kantahin ang mga kantang ito. Baka mamaya umiyak ako at mag-breakdown lang ako doon? Pero kailangan kong harapin ‘yon. I think ‘yun po ang challenge sa akin kung paano ko made-deliver ang performance ng maayos kahit tagos na tagos po ang mga kantang kakantahin ko,” she said. Jona was in tears as she talked about what she learned from the death of her father. “Dapat hindi tayo magsasayang ng oras kasi hindi natin alam kung kailan mawawala ang isang tao, kung kailan mawawala ang isang bagay. Minsan sinasabi natin na next time o bukas na lang. Pero dapat ang i-practice natin na hindi sa lahat ng bagay laging may next time. Mas i-treasure natin ang ngayon at hanggang maari ay isipin natin na this is our last chance our last day,” she said. “Na-appreciate ko rin po ‘yung buhay. Dapat sobrang inaalagaan natin ang health natin. Para saan pa ‘yung nagtatrabahaho tayo, nagpapayaman or ginagawa natin para sa wealth natin pero kung health ang magsa-suffer? So importante na bigyan natin ng halaga ang health natin. Read More …