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PHL seals mark as sports leader in ASEAN region with hefty 149 gold medal haul at 30th SEA Games

  (Eagle News) – The Philippines is the over-all champion of the 30th Southeast Asian Games with a hefty gold medal haul of 149, dominating the biennial regional sports meet, while second placer Vietnam has 96 golds as of evening of Dec. 10. The host country thus makes a dominating presence in the biggest SEA games in history with a total medal haul of 385. Aside from the 149 golds, it had 117 silvers, and […]

Rains expected in parts of PHL today

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains as the northeast monsoon affects Luzon. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains. Visayas and Mindanao will have partly  cloudy to […]

Gilas Pilipinas’ gold at SEA Games basketball, a show of power with 34-point lead over Thailand

PHL wins 13th consecutive SEA games’ gold for men’s basketball   (Eagle News) — Gilas Pilipinas won the gold for men’s basketball at the 30th SEA Games with a dominant 34-point lead over Thailand, final score of 115-81, Tuesday night, Dec. 10. This is the Philippines’ 13th straight gold for men’s basketball at the SEA Games, and the 18th gold for the country in the men’s hoops at the multi-sport biennial meet in the region, […]

If no satisfactory explanation is given on “onerous” water contracts, Duterte says he will “expropriate everything”

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Dec. 10, threatened to take over water services in Metro Manila if he was not satisfied with the explanation on the water concession agreements with “onerous” provisions. In a speech in Malacanang, Duterte said he wants all lawyers behind the contracts to appear before him. “Isa-isahin ko sila, ang mga abogado ng, p***ng i*a, gumawa ng kontrata. Sino ‘yung mga opisyal ng (Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System). Tanungin […]

DOJ to continue review of concession pacts despite water firms’ claims they would no longer ask gov’t to pay

(Eagle News) — The Department of Justice has said it would continue to review the concession agreements entered into by the government with Maynilad and Manila Water, even if their respective officials have said they would no longer ask the state to pay them P11 billion in supposed losses, as ordered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore. According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the issue of paying the arbitral award “is not as […]

Palace: Come Dec. 31, President Duterte will no longer extend martial law in Mindanao

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Tuesday, Dec. 10, said President Rodrigo Duterte will no longer extend martial law in Mindanao. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the announcement days before martial law in the island group was set to lapse, or on Dec. 31. According to Panelo, the President’s decision was based on the assessment defense advisers. Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he had recommended a non-extension of martial law there, citing the improved […]

Robredo to release her report on country’s drug war next week

(Eagle News) — Vice President Leni Robredo is set to release her report on the drug war on Monday. According to Robredo, the report would essentially show the problems that needed to be addressed in the country’s campaign against illegal drugs. Robredo issued the statement after she was fired as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs. The Palace had said this was after Robredo and her Liberal Partymates taunted him when they said […]

Sison believes Duterte offer of peace negotiations not sincere

(Eagle News) — Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison has said he does not believe President Rodrigo Duterte was sincere in resuming peace talks. In a statement, Sison said “it is highly probable that Duterte’s offer of peace negotiations, preconditioned by resuming them in the Philippines, is a prelude to the escalation of attacks against the people and the revolutionary forces.” “The NPA (New People’s Army) can see through the ruse and […]

Filipino boxers rule the ring in SEA Games finals

  by James EDGAR Agence France Presse CLARK, Philippines (AFP) — Filipino fighters punched their way to seven boxing golds at the Southeast Asian Games’ very own Thrilla in Manila in front of a raucous home crowd on Monday. The fifth and final day of the boxing program climaxed with 13 medal bouts at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum in the capital, and the boxing-mad host nation was not disappointed. Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, […]

Palace hits US judge grant of asylum to Filipino couple who claimed political persecution in PHL

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Tuesday, Dec. 10, hit a United States judge grant of asylum to a Filipino couple who claimed they might suffer political persecution if they are sent back to the Philippines because they were Duterte critics. The asylum to Rene Flores and his wife joy, who had been staying in the US since 2000, was granted by a San Francisco immigration judge last week. “The Palace finds it amusing that […]

Rains expected in parts of PHL today

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country today, Dec. 10. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Bicol Region, Quezon, and Samar provinces will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the tail-end of a cold front affecting Bicol. Flash floods or rain induced landslides during severe thunderstorms are possible. Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region and Aurora province will have cloudy skies with light rains due […]

PHL set to be 30th SEAGames over-all champ with wide gold medal lead; 137 golds won as of Day 9

  (Eagle News) – The Philippines is set to be the over-all champion of the 30th Southeast Asian Games as Day 9 ends with the host country grabbing 137 gold medals and a total medal haul of 345. The country also has 102 silvers and 106 bronze medals as of late evening of December 9. Thailand grabbed the second spot with 84 golds, 91 silvers and 102 bronzes, while Vietnam is third with 79 golds, […]