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Huawei launches flagship smartphone at CES, eyes to beat Apple within 2 years

LAS VEGAS, United States – Imagine a smartphone that can work continuously for days without a recharge and even when you have to charge it at last, you can do it in just half an hour for another full day’s use. Want to own one? China’s tech giant Huawei has launched such a cute and …

Senator Legarda explains PhP1-B cut in 2016 national budget for RH services

MANILA—Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, defended on Friday the PhP1-billion cut in the Reproductive Health (RH) allocations in the PhP3.002-trillion national budget for 2016. “The cut of PhP1 billion for the Department of Health’s (DOH) family health and responsible parenting (FHRP) was a source for the increases in other agencies, …

Poe to call ‘emergency’ Senate hearing on MRT

MANILA—Senator Grace Poe said on Friday she would call for an emergency hearing in the Senate following reports that the maintenance service provider of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) has backed out of its awarded contract. Poe, who is the chairperson of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Services, expressed alarm that MRT trains would …

President Aquino cites ‘politics’ in reopening of Senate inquiry into Mamasapano incident

MANILA—President Benigno Aquino on Friday said politics played a major role in the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano incident that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers almost a year ago. “I think with all these occurrences, I can see the big role of politics,” President Aquino said in a media interview …

“Master Showman” German Moreno dies; 82

MANILA—“Master Showman” and GMA Network’s midnight television show “Walang Tulugan” host German “Kuya Germs” Moreno passed away at 3:20 a.m. Friday due to cardiac arrest. He was 82. Kuya Germs suffered a stroke in January 2015 that sidelined him for several months but he was able to stage a comeback at “Walang Tulugan” at Channel …

Gov’t to spend PhP6.5B for rehab of roads in 73 provinces – DBM

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced on Sunday that the government has appropriated PhP6.5 billion in the 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the rehabilitation and upgrading of provincial roads in 73 provinces. DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said the allocation of funds is performance-based with the recipient provinces which have been …

SET asks SC to junk David’s petition vs. Sen. Grace Poe

MANILA—The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed by Rizalito David against Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares over citizenship issue. The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed its comment before the SC in connection with the petition of David questioning the decision of the SET ruling that …

Solon says rare variety of Cordillera rice and indigenous agri products vanishing in the market

MANILA—A lawmaker has expressed concern over reports that some indigenous agricultural products like the rice from the Cordillera are slowly vanishing in the market. Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (1st District, Cagayan de Oro City) said there are over 300 varieties of rice in the Cordillera including the traditional varieties Javanica and Indica subspecies and the …

Watchdog pushes precautionary ban until hoverboards proven safe

MANILA, Jan. 3 (PNA)—The EcoWaste Coalition, a non-profit health and environmental watchdog group that is also looking at toy safety, urged the government to impose a precautionary ban on the importation, sale and use of self-balancing, two-wheel scooters known as hoverboards until all the product safety issues have been fully resolved. Last Dec. 29, Trade …

Palace on total ban on firecrackers: ‘It’s up to Congress’

MANILA, Jan. 3—Malacañang is leaving proposals on total ban on firecrackers up to Congress, as it is the one authorized to amend Republic Act No. 7183 or the law regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. This developed after the Department of Health (DOH) recorded over 400 firecracker-related injuries …