DOT ads controversy not Teo’s fault; mistake likely from staff – lawyer

The legal counsel of Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said on Monday that the P60-million ad placements in her brothers’ television program aired on PTV-4 was not a mistake of his client but of the staff of the tourism agency. Atty. Ferdinand Topacio said that Teo would not have approved the DOT advertisements placed on Bitag Media Unlimited, Inc.’s Kilos Pronto program, if she knew firsthand that it was placed in her bothers’ program. “Alam niyo po, si Secretary Teo, kung nalaman niya na ‘yong Kilos Pronto pala…

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Cayetano hits Robredo ‘double standard’ amid Kuwait row

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano slammed Vice President Robredo and the opposition late Saturday for their ‘double standard’ amid the diplomatic row between the Philippines and Kuwait. Responding to Robredo’s call for “decisive steps” in resolving the diplomatic crisis, Cayetano blasted the vice president for spreading “fake news” when she sent a video message to the United Nations about purported extrajudicial killings in the country’s war on drugs. “Hindi puwedeng may double-standard,” he said, noting that the opposition has said it is okay for foreigners to join rallies here,…

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DFA’s OFW ‘rescuers’ need rescuing in Kuwait

The rescuers now need rescuing. The Philippines and Kuwait are holding “sensitive” negotiations to extricate three Filipino diplomats who face arrest for kidnapping after the Philippine Embassy rescued allegedly abused Filipino maids from their employers’ homes, according to Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. The rescue mission, a video of which was uploaded on the internet, angered Kuwait, calling it a violation of its sovereignty. The negotiations seek to repair bilateral ties after Kuwait formally protested against violations of diplomatic protocols and expelled Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa, Cayetano said. ‘Restricted’ For…

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Rappler’s Ressa demands due process in BIR tax evasion rap

Veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa said on Monday that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) violated their rights to due process when it filed a more than P100-million tax complaint against the online news website allegedly without conducting any investigation. “They asked for our books three days before they filed the charges. This is another instance where you have a case of political harassment because we’re journalists trying to do our jobs. I appeal again to the BIR, their job is to investigate before filing charges,” Ressa told…

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Bacolod fest showcases ‘original, best’ grilled chicken

Three hundred meters of smoking barbecue grills lined up Araneta Street here on Saturday afternoon as the city staged the first Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival to cement its status as the home of the country’s best grilled chicken. “It’s very delicious,” said the event’s guest of honor, Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev, after tasting the famed inasal. The envoy was toured by city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia during the grilling ceremony which started around 5 p.m., and he joined them in a boodle fight with a group of streetchildren…

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Palace welcomes SWS survey on Filipino families escaping poverty

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed a survey report showing that one out of three Filipino families have escaped poverty and vowed to continue its anti-poverty programs until all Filipinos live comfortably. The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, conducted from March 23 to 27, showed that 30 percent of Filipinos escaped poverty (18 percent usually non-poor, 12 percent newly non-poor). It also showed that the 30 percent who transitioned out of poverty consists of 18 percent, who used to be poor five or more years ago (“usually non-poor”), and 12 percent,…

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Comedian apologizes for ‘edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Draymond Green

A New Orleans-area comedian is apologizing for a social media post in which he said he hopes Golden State forward Draymond Green “gets shot in the face” leaving the arena after Game 4 of a playoff series against the Pelicans. Andrew Polk says the post, which also alludes to high gun violence rates in New Orleans, was meant as an “edgy joke.” Polk says he wishes “no harm to anyone over a simple game.” Green, who has a reputation for feistiness and psychological gamesmanship, had eight points, nine rebounds and…

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Rockets lead by as many as 19 in Game 4 win at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Everyone knows about the Houston Rockets’ commitment to math: prioritizing layups, free throws and 3-pointers over any other shot, specifically those in the midrange. And after Game 3 on Friday, as James Harden and Chris Paul sat by each other, they were asked about the fact the Rockets uncharacteristically took 28 from midrange. “Probably about 20 of them were from me,” Paul joked. All season, Paul’s been self-aware and often self-deprecating about one of the strengths of his game not exactly fitting with his new team’s…

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The Warriors starting the Death Lineup in Game 4 means they’re ready to get serious

You know when the Golden State Warriors really care. It’s not that they usually screw around — though that has been known to happen, too — but you can always tell when the Warriors flip the switch to their highest level of play. In Game 4’s 118-92 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, it clearly happened. The easiest way to tell is how much Golden State uses the Death Lineup. For the first time in the team’s history, the Warriors started those five players — Andre Iguodala joining…

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