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38 dead victims of Tunesian Islamist gunman including 8 Britons, one Belgian, one German identified!

Source: Manila Bulletin

Eight Britons, one Belgian and one German have been identified among the 38 people killed by an Islamist gunman at a Tunisian beach resort, the health ministry said Saturday.

“Ten bodies have been identified out of 38 — eight Britons, a Belgian and a German,” said senior ministry official Naoufel Somrani.

Another 39 people were wounded including British, German and Belgian nationals.

The ministry said more time was needed to identify the other victims because most of them were in beachwear at the time of the attack and were not carrying identification.

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday by an assailant who pulled a gun from inside a beach umbrella and opened fire on crowds of tourists on the beach and by a hotel pool in the popular Mediterranean resort of Port el Kantaoui.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said early Saturday that most of the dead were British but that they also included Germans, Belgians and French.

 

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Stanislas Wawrinka wins over Novak Djokovic n French Open Finals!

Source: PhilStar.com

PARIS – Moments before his third French Open final in four years, Novak Djokovic jogged in a stadium hallway near a poster of the Coupe des Mousquetaires, the silver trophy awarded to the men’s champion at the only major tournament he has never won.

This time, it would be Stan Wawrinka standing between the No. 1-seeded Djokovic and the title at Roland Garros that the Serb needs for a career Grand Slam.

And once again, Djokovic came up one victory shy, stopped by the eighth-seeded Wawrinka and his magical, one-handed backhand. Wawrinka won his first French Open championship and second major title by stunning Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in a superbly played match Sunday.

“I know he’s looking for that title,” Wawrinka said. “I hope he will get one, one day, because he deserves one.”

Wawrinka exited in the first round in Paris a year ago. And he had lost 17 of his past 20 matches against Djokovic. But Wawrinka would not relent on this sunlit afternoon, compiling twice as many winners, 60 to 30.

“Certainly one of the best matches of my career,” Wawrinka said, “if not the best.”

That beautiful backhand of his was a big reason; one even made its way around the net post before landing on the red clay.

Another backhand earned the match’s last break, to 5-4 in the fourth set. And, fittingly, yet another finished off Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak.

Djokovic called the stroke “one of the best one-handed backhands that I have seen.”

The 30-year-old Wawrinka, so long in the shadow of his Swiss Davis Cup teammate and pal Roger Federer, added to the championship he won at last year’s Australian Open. That’s when Wawrinka became the first man in 21 years to beat the top two seeds en route to a Grand Slam title. He duplicated that in Paris, eliminating No. 2 Federer in the quarterfinals before toppling Djokovic.

When Djokovic received the silver plate given to the losing finalist, the spectators gave him an unusually long ovation. Djokovic shook his head and his eyes welled with tears.

“Not easy to stand there as a runner-up again,” Djokovic said, “but I lost to a better player who played some courageous tennis.”

The 28-year-old Djokovic has won eight Grand Slam championships: five at the Australian Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the US Open. He must wait a year for another chance to become the eighth man with at least one title from each major.





Djokovic came up short against Rafael Nadal in the 2012 and 2014 finals. He cleared that hurdle this year, defeating the nine-time champion in the quarterfinals. Djokovic then defeated Andy Murray in a two-day, five-set semifinal that concluded about 25 hours before Sunday’s start.

“Maybe in some important moments, I didn’t feel I had that explosivity in the legs, but, look, at the end of the day, (Wawrinka) was just a better player,” Djokovic said.

Normally, it’s Djokovic’s sliding, stretching, body-contorting defense that wears down opponents, but he looked spent after lengthy baseline exchanges that went 20, 30, even 40 strokes.

When he clinched the first set, Djokovic swiveled to look toward his coaches, Boris Becker and Marian Vajda, and bellowed. The trophy, propped on the wooden edge of the president’s box, stood but a few feet away, glistening.

At that moment, it was but two sets away.

So close, yet so far.

Wawrinka broke to take the second set when Djokovic slapped a backhand long on a 23-stroke point. Djokovic spiked his racket, caught it, and slammed it a second time, mangling the thing. That drew derisive whistles from spectators and a warning from the chair umpire.

“You go through emotions,” Djokovic said. “Of course I was more nervous than any other match.”

By now, Wawrinka was the aggressor, and his shots kept finding their appointed marks. Djokovic made one last stand, taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. Wawrinka, though, reeled off six of the last seven games.

When it was over, Wawrinka tossed his racket overhead. At the net, Djokovic patted the 2015 French Open champion, a frequent practice partner of his, on the cheek.

Djokovic said later it sometimes seems as if all the attention others pay to his pursuit of a title in Paris ignores that others, such as Wawrinka, are just as intent to win.

“It feels like I’m the only player who wants to win this trophy, and nobody wants to win it as much as I do,” Djokovic said. “This is completely untrue.”

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Kentex Fire Victims and Workers underpaid!

Source: ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Kentex Manufacturing Corp., the owner of the Valenzuela slippers factory which caught fire, and its subcontractor, owe 99 of their workers P7.8 million in underpaid wages.

In a statement, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Regional Director Ana P. Dione could next week order the two firms to pay the P7.8 million in underpaid wages.

Baldoz issued the statement after the department issued a cease-and-desist order against Kentex’s subcontractor, CJC Manpower Services, for supposedly violating labor laws, one of which is its operation as a fly-by-night company.

“A compliance order will be issued against Kentex and CJC Manpower Services directing them to pay the amount due the workers under the Labor Code, as amended, and other labor laws. Kentex will shoulder the liabilities as the direct employer, CJC Manpower Services, being a ‘labor-only’ contractor,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said the initial P7.8 million in underpaid wages could go up, as this does not include overtime pay, night shift differential, 13th month pay, holiday pay, vacation and leave pay, refund of cash bond, and other emoluments, including social security benefits.

“It also does not include the amount due the workers of Kentex itself, which will be the subject of another compliance order to be issued by DOLE National Capital Region Director Alex Avila,” Baldoz said.

“And since the establishment is unionized and has a valid collective bargaining agreement (CBA) until 2017, union members are entitled death benefits equivalent to 15 days of salary times the number of years in the service, as well as other benefits stipulated in the CBA,” she added.

Baldoz said the officers and owners of Kentex and CJC may be held criminally liable for failing to pay any of the prescribed increases or adjustments in the wage rates.

She said if found guilty, the officers and owners could be fined with P25,000 to P100,000, be imprisoned for two to four years, or both, at the discretion of the court.

The officers and owners could be also be charged for withholding wages. The penalty for this is a fine ranging from P1,000 to P10,000, or imprisonment of not less than three months nor more than three years, or both.

Baldoz said Kentex officers could also be held liable for violating occupational safety and health standards.

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Katrina Halili on reconciliation with Hayden Kho and Dra. Vicki Belo: “Basta masaya na ako na okay na ang lahat.”!

Katrina Halili has finally opened up about the reconciliation with Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo!

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After several years after the biggest scandal that broke into showbiz Katrina Hayden and Doc Vicki has finally found peace with each other.

Katrina on the reconciliation:

“Para sa akin, basta masaya na ako na okay na ang lahat. Nagka-usap kami and ayos na. Alam mo ‘yun, may peace of mind na kami and in the future, kung sakaling magkita kami somewhere, hindi ako maiilang kasi naayos na namin ang lahat.”

On how she felt on the reconciliation:

“Naka move-on na kaming lahat … masaya na kami sa buhay namin.”

On the details that led to the reconciliation:

“Ayoko na sana mag detalye ng nangyari kasi para sa akin personal na pangyayari ‘yun sa buhay ko na ayoko na sana i-share. Kung tatanungin ako, okay lang, sasagutin ko. Pero para i-detalye ko pa, parang ‘di naman ‘ata kailangan.”

 

 

 

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Pauleen Luna on Vic Sotto’s children: “Hindi ko pinipilit ang sarili ko na magustuhan nila.”!

Pauleen Luna has finally spoken over her relationship with boyfriend Vic Sotto’s children!

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Vic has four children—Oyo Boy, Danica, Paulina and Vico.

Pauleen on Paulina and Vico:

“I can say that we have a good relationship naman. Though we don’t get to hang out that often or like we don’t have that time talaga na makapagbonding but whenever we see each other we’re okay, we have some short talks small talks and okay naman.”

On Danica:

“Well, ang hiling lang niya sa amin lahat is magrespetuhan most importantly so if mag-bloom man into something really beautiful ‘yung relationship that would just be a very nice bonus.

We’re very good, good naman ang relationship namin. Tsaka magkakilala na kami bago pa so wala namang problema. We have a good relationship, I can say.”

On Her boyfriend’s children in general:

“I just take things as they are. Hindi ko pinipilit ang sairli ko na magustuhan nila.” 

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Mary Jane spared Indonesian Executions of 8 drug convicts pushed through!

Source: Interaksyon.com

CILACAP, INDONESIA – (UPDATED 2:20 A.M.) Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad early on Wednesday but Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina who was on death row with the Australians, Nigerians, a Brazilian and an Indonesian, was unexpectedly not among them, local media reports said.

The convicts were put to death on the prison island of Nusakambangan, MetroTV and the Jakarta Post newspaper reported.

In Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said the Aquino government was relieved of the tension when Indonesian authorities announced the deferment of the execution of Veloso.

In a brief press conference at the DFA, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said, “We are relieved that the execution of Mary Jane Veloso has been suspended.”

After announcing the statement, Jose immediately cut off the press conference.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office in Jakarta said the execution of Veloso, a mother of two who was arrested in 2010 after she arrived in Indonesia with 2.6 kg of heroin hidden in her suitcase, had been delayed.

He said the delay came in response to a request from Manila after Veloso’s recruiter, who is allegedly connected to a drug syndicate, gave herself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday.

People holding a vigil outside the Indonesian embassy in Manila cheered and clapped on hearing the news.

Rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals, Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo had told journalists late on Monday that the nine had been given notice and been placed in isolation cells.

On Tuesday, the nine, including Mary Jane, were transferred to the isolation cells at an Indonesian maximum security prison awaiting execution by firing squad, after Indonesian authorities notified them they had no hope of reprieve.

Security at the prison was heightened and religious counselors, doctors and the firing squad were alerted to start final preparations for the execution of the four Nigerians, two Australians, an Indonesian, a Brazilian and Mary Jane.

A few hours before the expected execution, President Benigno Aquino III had spoken with the Indonesian Foreign Minister on the telephone regarding a proposal to use Veloso’s testimony to uncover the drug syndicate that victimized her.

And on Tuesday afternoon, hopes of the Velosos were buoyed by reports that Indonesian President Joko Widodo had called to a meeting at 2:30 p.m. his Attorney General and other officials, only to have these hopes dashed later when Veloso was included in preparations seen to ultimately end with execution.

In their meeting in the morning, President Aquino had suggested to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi it was essential that Veloso be spared in order for her to testify in court against the syndicate, especially now that her supposed recruiter Kristina Sergio has surrendered to Philippine authorities and law enforcers were hunting down suspects in the Philippines.

There was an opportunity, Aquino said, for both the Indonesian and Philippine governments to crack an international drug syndicate. The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation later said it was coordinating with Malaysian police to hunt an “African-looking” cohort of the recruiter, who allegedly gave Veloso a brand-new traveling bag where the heroin was concealed in the lining.

Aquino had earlier explained to reporters that despite the statement of President Widodo yesterday that they hold no sway over their courts, the Philippine government has not stopped working to save Mary Jane.

Child of poverty

Veloso, who did not finish first year high school, was married to a man from Esguerra District, Talavera, Nueva Ecija but that marriage turned to be void from the very beginning because she was a minor, only 16 years old, at the time.

Having two sons – now aged 12 and 7, to support, Mary Jane was reportedly recruited by a certain Tintin, who is known for frequenting Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Tintin offered Veloso a housekeeping job for P25,000 a month in Malaysia, according to Laurente.

Tintin is Veloso’s neighbor in her former residence in Esguerra District, Talavera town.

The two left for Malaysia on April 22, 2010 with Veloso bringing only two pants and two shirts inside her son’s small backpack on the advice of Tintin, Laurente said.

Upon landing in Malaysia, Tintin allegedly told Veloso that her supposed employer had already accepted a helper thus, they had to check in at a hotel instead.

For the next three days when they stayed at Lagoon Hotel, Tintin bought clothes and a mobile phone for Veloso until she informed the latter that she has found a new employer for her, in Indonesia, on April 26.

When Veloso told Tintin her bag was not enough for her new things, Tintin reportedly advised her that a certain Prince will deliver a traveling bag. A car-riding Prince, indeed, came to deliver the traveling bag.

Veloso, Laurente said, noticed that the bag appeared to be unusually heavy. Laurente said her sister prudently checked the bag and found nothing. “The bag was new and still had a tag,” she said.

The apparent contraband concealed inside the bag eluded Malaysian inspection.

It was when she was passing through the Indonesian airport’s X-ray machines that authorities subsequently found the drugs in her traveling bag.

Mary Jane was promptly arrested and, there, her travails began.

Expressions of empathy and sympathy were strong across the globe for the plight of Mary Jane, who was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia, but says she was set up by a recruiter.

A church group involved in the campaign to save Veloso appealed directly to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to consider the “logic and truth” that the Filipina death convict was a victim of drug and human trafficking.

“Is it not logical and reasonable that she may be telling the truth, that she was a victim of fraud, deception, and did not knowingly participate in trying to bring heroin into your beloved country?” the Church Task Force to Save Mary Jane asked.

It added that executing Veloso would not advance Widodo’s campaign against illegal drugs, noting that she “is not a hardened criminal, only a humble mother who fell into the pit of drug and human traffickers.”

It said: “Snuffing out the life of Mary Jane Veloso makes her your victim.”

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, training in the United States for a title fight, made a televised appeal to Widodo on behalf of his countrywoman, Mary Jane Veloso: “I am begging and knocking on your kind heart that your Excellency will grant executive clemency to her.”

Indonesia has harsh punishments for drug crimes and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Six have been executed so far this year.

Strained ties between Australia and Indonesia

The proposed death penalties were condemned by the United Nations, and have strained ties between Australia and Indonesia in particular.

Hours before the expected executions, crowds gathered in cities across Australia to hold vigils for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, holding placards and calling for Australia to respond strongly to its neighbor if the executions proceed.

Security was tight at the prison on an island off the Central Java coast where the executions were to take place, and a dozen ambulances, some carrying white satin-covered coffins, were seen arriving.

Indonesian authorities had declined to specify a time for the executions, which were due to take place at a nearby clearing in a forest. But when a group of drug traffickers was executed earlier this year, it was carried out at midnight.

Officials said the prisoners were to be given the choice to stand, kneel or sit before the firing squad, and to be blindfolded. Their hands and feet were to be tied.

Twelve marksmen were assigned to fire at the heart of each prisoner, but only three would have live ammunition. Authorities say this is so that the executioner remains unidentified.

Authorities on Monday granted Australian Chan’s final wish, which was to marry his Indonesian girlfriend at the prison.

But they rebuffed last-minute appeals from Australia to save the lives of Sukumaran and Chan, who were arrested in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told ABC television earlier: “Should these executions proceed in the manner that I anticipate, of course, there will have to be consequences.”

Australia-Indonesia relations have been tested in recent years by disputes over people smuggling and spying. In late 2013 Indonesia recalled its envoy and froze military and intelligence cooperation over reports that Canberra had spied on top Indonesian officials, including the former president’s wife.

President Widodo’s steadfastness on the executions, which has strong public support at home, stands in contrast to a series of policy flip-flops since he took office six months ago.

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Coco Martin and Vice Ganda movie in the works!

After the box-office success of the latest movie of Coco Martin, comes another movie project with Vice Ganda!

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Dont’ get me wrong, they will not be playing as lovers in the movie but they will be playing opposite their personality.

Movie plot:

Bading si Vice, lalaki si Coco, tapos ay namatay sila pareho. Pinabalik sila sa lupa at nagkapalit sila ng katauhan. Naging lalaki si Vice at naging bading si Coco.

The movie is conceptualized by Coco, as they were already getting serious with the movie Coco thinked twice since he is required to cross dress and act the gay role. he said: “Ay, hindi ko kaya ‘yan!”

He almost backed out to the project, but then as an actor he gave it a go.

This is what Vice said of his role:

“Sabi ko sa kanya (Coco), ‘Alam mo, ‘pag nagpa-girl ka naman, hindi ka pandidirihan ng mga tao, kasi maganda ang mukha mo.”

The yet to be titled movie will be helmed by Wenn Deramas. Shooting will star next month and will be probaby shown in October.

Are you excited to see Coo and Vice in one hell of a comedy movie?

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Rey Pamaran responds to Robin Padilla’s advice to forgive Melissa Mendez!

Robin Padilla posted on his Instagram advising Rey Pamaran to accept the apology of Melissa Mendez!

The post’s caption is as follows:

 Sir, it will be very good for everybody, especially to the young men of sports/bodybuilding and law school, if the both of you will set an example of practicing the code of chivalry. Matanda na rin po si melissa, 50 yrs old na siya, maliit na babae at hindi naman mayaman, may naipon ngunit hindi naman sobra, sapat lang para sa pamilya. Hindi po ako nakikialam bagkus ay nakikiusap, naniniwala po ako na kayong dalawa ay marangal na tao at hindi umaatras sa laban, ngunit nagpakumbaba na po si Melissa at humingi na ng paumanhin at patawad.Malinaw na ayaw na po niyang lumaban pa.Dasal po ng Katipunan ay magkaroon na po ng katapusan ang hindi pagkakaintindihan na ito at magsilbing aral sa lahat ng sumasakay ng eroplano, babae man o lalaki. Ang pagpapatawad po ninyo kay melissa mendez ay tatanawing utang na loob ng lupon ng mga Rebolusyonaryong Pangkapayapaan.

Rey Pamaran on the other hand responded with the following:

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Junjun Binay sues Mar Roxas and Makati vice mayor for contempt!

Source: Interaksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines  – Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay on Thursday asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to cite Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas and Makati City Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña in contempt for their continued refusal to honor the temporary restraining order (TRO) temporarily holding his suspension in abeyance.

In his petition, Binay also named as respondents, aside from Roxas and Pena, DILG-NCR Director Renato Brion, Metro Manila Police Chief Carmelo Valmoria, Southern Police District Director Henry Rañola and Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias.

Atty. Claro Certeza, the mayor’s legal counsel, said the TRO issued Monday clearly indicated that the Ombudsman’s suspension order should not be implemented, but DILG went ahead and installed the vice mayor as acting mayor, deployed thousands of policemen and hampered the delivery of services to the public.

Binay noted that, despite the issuance of the restraining order on Monday, a police contingent, upon apparent orders of DILG and instructions from Valmoria and Jamias, the latter as the ground commander of the contingent, continued to barricade access to the Makati City Hall Building I along J.P. Rizal Avenue.

The police action was ostensibly for the purpose of implementing the enjoined order of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales suspending Binay for six months in connection with alleged anomaly in the construction of the P2.2 billion Makati Parking Building II.

“Despite due notice and receipt of the Honorable Court’s resolution granting petitioner’s application for the TRO on the joint order preventively suspending petitioner, respondents nevertheless willfully and maliciously ignored and refused to comply with the Honorable Court’s directive,” Binay said.

This continued defiance, Binay said, should be punished by the CA.

Binay petitioned that the respondents “… be cited in contempt of court and be meted out the maximum penalty under the law.”

Binay also slammed Roxas for his pronouncement that he would seek the opinion and guidance of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima on the issue, pointing out that the DILG chief should not involve the Executive Branch in a matter that is already decided by a co-equal branch of government, the Judiciary.

Binay earlier belittled the suspension order saying that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales violated the law that created the Ombudsman, Republic Act 6770, which mandates that evidence of guilt must be strong before a preventive suspension order can be issued.

For its part, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it has the same opinion as that of the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the validity of the 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) Monday enjoining the suspension of Binay.

DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima said the TRO has no legal force and effect, since it is already moot and academic because “the acts it sought to stop or restrained have already been accomplished … simply because before they were restrained, the Ombudsman had already issued the Joint Order and the DILG had already implemented the suspension of Mayor Binay.”

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had administered the oath of office to Makati City Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Pena as acting city mayor on Monday morning, hours before the CA issued the TRO.

With this, De Lima said, Peña can continue performing his duties as acting Makati mayor.

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Kim Chiu almost a victim of ‘Dugo-Dugo Gang’ prying on celebrities!

Dugo-Dugo Gang has been prying on celebrities with victims like, Agot Isidro reportedly lost around P3 million in cash and jewelry to alleged members of the “Dugo-dugo gang” in Quezon City after her house help received a call from an unidentified woman.

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Kim Chiu narrates her experience as, she herself almost became a victim.

 

Kim Chiu was almost victimized by suspected “Dugo-dugo gang” members who called the actress’ house help and asked for her safety box.

Chiu made the revelation on the morning show “Kris TV” on Tuesday. She did not say when the incident happened.

The caller said Chiu had an accident while taping and needed money. However, the helper immediately gave the phone to Chiu’s older sister.

“Sabi ng tumawag nasa ospital daw ako at ayaw ko ipasabi sa mga kapatid ko na nasa ospital ako. Yaya lang ang nakakaalam,” Chiu recalled. “Ibinaba ng ate ko (ang phone) tapos nag-text siya sa akin.”

According to Chiu, the caller was asking for the safe.

“Iwan lang daw sa may security guard at kukunin niya daw kasi PA daw siya ng show,” Chiu continued. “Buti na lang nandoon ang ate ko.”

Source: ABS-CBNNews.com

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