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you’ Duterte on ICC probe: “It cannot be corrected anymore. So stop your nonsense.”


resident Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to arrest investigators of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should they visit the Philippines to conduct an inquiry on the alleged state sanctioned killings being linked to his war on drugs.

A girl jumps into the polluted waters of Manila Bay while others swim to cool off from the intense heat in the slum area of Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila on Wednesday. Swimming in the bay remains rampant despite an ordinance issued by the city government of Manila prohibiting it.-Romeo Ranoco, Reuters JaDine on a new level entertainment -6

Duterte maintained that the ICC had no jurisdiction on the communication filed by lawyer Jude Sabio in April last year, arguing that the Rome Statute—the treaty that established the court—is not enforceable in the Philippines because it was not published in the government’s publication or commercial newspaper. i will, 10

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Senate mulls probe into alleged P900-M Bitcoin investment scam

Mayweather says if he fights again, it will be in MMA

MANILA - A senator on Friday said he is mulling an inquiry into the alleged P900-million Bitcoin investment scam, following the arrest of a couple supposedly behind the illegal scheme. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said he wants to know how large the alleged senate, 15

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Phivolcs: We cannot predict earthquakes MANILA - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Friday warned the public against social media posts about earthquake occurrence predictions. In a Twitter post, Phivolcs reiterated that there is no reliable technology today that can predict when and where a tremor will happen. “We cannot predict when or where an earthquake will happen. There is no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time and location of large earthquakes,” it said. Phivolcs asked the public to avoid sharing false information that will only cause fear and panic among the citizens. The Philippines straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt that runs around the Pacific Ocean that is home to most of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes and is where the vast majority of earthquakes occur.-ABS-CBN News n April 16-30, 2018

PNP tells SC: War on drugs constitutional MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday insisted that its war against illegal drugs is constitutional and dispelled insinuations that all drug-related deaths may have been carried out by the government itself. “We maintain that the PNP campaign against illegal drugs is constitutional, legal and implemented in the interest of public safety,” PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said in a statement to reporters. Bulalacao made the comment after the Supreme Court released on Tuesday a resolution that said: “The government’s inclusion of these deaths among its other accomplishments may lead to the inference that these are state-sponsored killings,” referring to the Duterte administration’s 2017 yearend report. The strongly worded resolution came after the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) refused to yield records on the deaths linked to the government’s anti-drug war. The voluminous

records were required by the high court which is hearing the consolidated petitions assailing the constitutionality of the PNP’s Oplan Double Barrel and the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Masa Masid program. “If this Court cannot obtain the regularly prepared information from the OSG as well as from the rest of the respondents, by what other means can ordinary citizens get information about their relatives who were killed during anti-drug operations of the police?” the SC said. But Bulalacao insisted that police officers involved in antidrug operations enjoy the “presumption of regularity… unless proven otherwise in the court of law.” PNP records showed at least 6,225 suspected drug pushers and users were killed in alleged legitimate armed encounters with lawmen during the period July 2016 to September 2017. But the SC resolution noted that the Duterte administra-

tion’s 2017 yearend report tallied “a total of 20,322 deaths from July 1, 2016 to Nov. 27, 2017 or an average of 39.46 deaths every day.” It added: “This Court wants to know why so many deaths happened as expressly reported under the section ‘Fighting Illegal Drugs’ of the Duterte Administration’s 2017 Yearend Report.” Director General Ronald dela Rosa, the outgoing PNP chief, said casualties could have been avoided had some of the drug suspects opted to surrender peacefully instead of putting up a fight during police operations. To dispel speculations that the government has sanctioned the extrajudicial killing of drug offenders, Bulalacao said the number of deaths should not be the only focus of the issue but should include the 1.3 million persons who surrendered to the government and more than 120,000 arrested during police operations.Philstar

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Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Friday described President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Hong Kong as a wasteful personal junket that achieved nothing. “Aside from giving a speech to about 2,000 mostly Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong and supposedly dining in a fastfood chain, all for PR purposes, what has his so-called ‘working visit’ achieved for the benefit of our country and people? Nothing!” Alejano said in a press statement. Duterte returned to the country early Friday morning after attending the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan Province, People’s Republic of China and his working visit to the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. Alejano pointed out that Duterte and his entourage — among them Foreign Affairs Secretary Peter Cayetano and outgoing Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa — did not meet any Hong Kong official, rendering the “working visit” a mere waste of taxpayers’ money. The PNP public information office has clarified that Dela Rosa was not part of the entourage as he was in Bicol. Alejano called it “hyprocrisy in the highest order” when Duterte sacked some of his officials for going on overseas junkets or trips and then doing the same himself in Hong Kong. “With his family members and a large entourage, dining and sightseeing in that city, presumably with taxpayers’ paying for the considerable costs of their stay in Hong Kong. Isn’t this hypocrisy in the highest order?” he said.

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April 11 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman who won $221,202 from a lottery drawing said the jackpot was a literal dream come true. The 56-year-old Macomb County woman told Michigan Lottery officials she woke up Sunday morning with an urge to turn her dream from the previous night into prophecy. “I woke up Sunday morning after having a dream about winning a Fantasy 5 jackpot,” the woman said. “I got dressed, got in my car, and drove to my favorite store to buy a couple tickets.” One of the tickets the woman purchased from the Moravian Liquor Shoppe in Clinton Township turned out to match the numbers drawn Sunday night, 04-13-14-29-35. The ticket earned her $221,202. “I looked at my phone Sunday night and saw the jackpot had reset, I remember thinking: ‘I hope it was me,’” said the player. “When I woke up the next morning I checked my ticket and screamed: ‘Thank you Jesus!’” The winner said she plans to pay off some bills, share some of the money with her daughters and invest the rest in her fragrance business. “I always pay attention to my dreams. I’ve been dreaming about winning the Powerball jackpot too, so you all will be seeing me again real soon,” the player said.-By Ben Hooper

wasteful junket Duterte’s activities in Hong Kong included dining with friends. Based on photos released by Malacañang, among those present during the dinner at the Harbourview Hong Kong were Duterte’s common-law partner Honeylet Avanceña, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and Cayetano. Alejano said millions of pesos must have been spent by Duterte and his entourage during their Hong Kong junket. “Why weren’t these millions of pesos used instead to help poor rice farmers by buying

their palay at even P22 per kilo so the NFA (National Food Authority) will immediately have stocks of cheap rice that they can sell at just P28 to P30 per kilo to poor Filipinos? How can poor Filipinos find cheap rice from the NFA if Duterte and his officials are spending taxpayers’ money enjoying the good life in Hong Kong and other overseas junkets,” he said. He added that the country’s rice farmers should be accorded better treatment and services from the government and should not be left often at the mercy of traders many of whom exploit them.—KBK, GMA News

112-year-old Japanese man named world’s oldest man April 10 (UPI) -- A 112-year-old Japanese man was confirmed as one of the world’s oldest people, according to Guinness World Records officials Tuesday. Masazo Nonaka claimed the title of the world’s oldest living man at the age of 112 years and 259 days. “We are very pleased to announce that we have a new record holder for the oldest living man. Mr Nonaka’s achievement is remarkable -- he can teach us all an important lesson about the value of life and how to stretch the limits of human longevity,” said Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday. Nonaka was born July 25, 1905, and has six brothers and one sister. He married his wife Hatsuno in 1931 and the couple had five children together. He credits his longevity to eating sweets and taking frequent trips to the hot springs, while his daughter claims he lived so long due to leading a carefree life. Nonaka replaced the former world’s oldest man Francisco Nunez Olivera of Spain, who died in January at the age of 113. He was presented with a certificate commemorating his record as well as a cake, which prompted him to say “yum.”-By Daniel Uria

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What social media platforms and search engines know about you

NEW YORK — The Facebook scandal involving the harvesting of data from tens of millions of users has raised a lot of questions about social media and search engines. As Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Congress this week on protecting user data, here is a primer on what they know about you: Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users, has access to everything you do on the site: the photos and videos you post, your comments, your “likes,” anything you share or consult, the identity of your friends and any other users you interact with, your location and other information. Ditto for Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by Facebook, and for Snapchat and Twitter. A user can control some sharing of their Facebook data with privacy settings and the ad preferences page. What it sells: Facebook insists it does not sell advertisers personally identifiable information or even aggregate data. What it provides an advertiser with is the ability to reach a specific demographic, which enhances the effectiveness of an ad campaign. Twitter, for its part, provides access to an internal search engine that sweeps up all messages on the site. What it shares: Most social media platforms are open to outside developers who create apps fed in varying degrees by using data from users of these networks. In the case of Facebook, the public profile—the whole page for some people, or just the first and last name and photo for others—does not require authorization from the user, but accessing the rest may require a separate OK from the user.


Once data is mined by outside apps, it is no longer in the grasp of Facebook and trying to get hold of it again is difficult. “Once people had access to that data, Facebook has no way of knowing for sure what they did with that data,” said Ryan Matzner, co-founder of mobile app designer Fueled. “It’s like sending an email to somebody and then saying: ‘What did they do with that email?’ You don’t know.” Only bank and payment details held by Facebook are off-limits.

Search engines What they collect: Google, Yahoo and Bing gather all information involving searches including the websites that are accessed and the location of the user. This can be integrated with information from other services owned by the internet giants. “You don’t have to tell Google your age and your gender and all those things. They can determine all of that based on so many other factors,” said Chirag Shah, a computer science professor at Rutgers University. What they sell: Like social networks, their revenue comes largely from advertising. They do not sell data, but rather access to a consumer with very specific characteristics. This comes from compiling search engine data but also, in the case of Google, from searches and content viewed on its YouTube platform. Google used to also mine the content of Gmail before ending this practice in June. What they share: Like social media networks, search engines share data with developers and


$141-M finance deal The Philippines has secured at least $141 million in financing from China to fund several infrastructure projects in the country. In an emailed statement Thursday, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III signed two financing agreements in Hainan, China on Tuesday, April 10. The agreements covered a $62-million Preferential Buyer’s Credit Loan Agreement, and a $79-million Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation. Signed with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua, the buyer’s credit will finance the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project. The DOF noted the loan agreement will cover 85 percent of the total contract amount, and that the project will be implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

The loan carries an interest rate of 2 percent per annum and will mature in 20 years, including a seven-year grace period. On the other hand, the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation involves at least four projects: the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella Panatelon bridges in Metro Manila and the Feasibility study on the Davao City Expressway Project, both under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). It will also fund the radio and broadcasting equipment for the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural TechnologyTechnical Cooperation Program Phase III of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The grant was signed with China Commerce Minister Zhong Shan on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in China. —VDS, GMA News

third-party app makers.

Are there limits? In the United States there are practically no laws against the use of data from social media or search engines. But the Federal Trade Commission did sanction Facebook in 2011 for its handling of personal data. In Canada and Europe,

there are some limits on the use of data, mainly involving health. Facebook was fined €110 million ($135.7 million) by the European Commission last year for sharing personal data with WhatsApp. In an attempt to harmonize data privacy laws, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is to go into force on May 25. — THOMAS URBAIN/AFP

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US carrier in Manila after show of force in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier on Thursday arrived in Manila for after sailing through the disputed South China Sea. USS Theodore Roosevelt and its 65 supersonic F18 jets, spy planes and helicopters, along with Carrier Air Wing 17 and guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, are in the country for a scheduled port visit. This would be the second US carrier that arrived in the country this year after patrolling the disputed South China Sea and challenging China’s dominance in the region. While in the country’s capital, sailors and marines of Theodore Roosevelt will participate in cultural exchanges and community relations events to further enhance cultural understanding of the Philippines, according to the US Embassy in Manila. “The Philippines has long been a part of US Navy history, and we look forward to continuing that valued relationship and partnership,” Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9, said. US Navy Capt. Carlos Sardiello, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, said that many sailors and marines of the strike group are from the Philippines or have family in the country. “We are excited for them to be able to share their culture with fellow shipmates and spend time with loved ones there,” Sardiello said. After its port visit in Manila,

the Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group will carry on with its deployment in the Western Pacific. The strike group’s activities include a variety of operations such as addressing maritime security concerns, building relationships with partner navies and enhancing interoperability and communication with partners and allies in the region. Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista said that the US strike group’s presence in the region is a “showcase of the capability of the US armed forces not only by sea but also by air.” “The Americans are our friends. In one way or another, they can help us to deter any

threat,” Bautista said aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The Theodore Roosevelt strike group recently completed a four-month mission in the Arabian Gulf in support of the US 5th Fleet’s area of operations. It has now returned to its area of operations under the 7th Fleet. Last February, USS Carl Vinson strike group arrived in Manila for a five-day port visit. A Philippine delegation also toured the hangar bay and observed flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier. China had protested Washington’s presence in the region, accusing the US of meddling in an Asian conflict. — Philstar/with reports from AP

Xian Gaza asks friends to help with bail for Bouncing Checks charge MANILA, Philippines — Xian Gaza, who was in the news in mid2017 for a viral “billboard proposal” post, surrendered to the authorities on Thursday after two warrants for his arrest were issued over an alleged investment scam. Gaza is asking his friends to pitch in for his bail of P160,000. Speaking to The STAR while behind bars, he admitted that he has done wrong and said he wants to change once released. “I became a scammer. I became a fraud,” Gaza added. He ended his appeal to his “friends

and supporters” with his trademark “nyeam” expression. A report from ABS-CBN said that Gaza, who earlier claimed to have several businesses, said he had borrowed P3 million from at least two people, whom he asked to invest in a coffee shop. Gaza’s Facebook posts before his surrender suggest he had been visiting different countries. Gaza’s claim to fame was his billboard proposal to actress Erich Gonzales. The actress declined his invitation.-Kristine Joy Patag/Philstar


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JaDine on a new level I

f I were 18 again and were given the chance to choose who I would look like, I have just two choices. If I were male, I would want to be James Reid. I would know that I am very attractive but would not really care about it. That I think is what makes James irresistible. If I were a girl, I would want to be Nadine Lustre. Not only because I would have James for my boyfriend but because I would be sexy and beautiful and desired by other men who are all jealous of James. That is a fun intriguing thought but also inevitable because those two together just gets one thinking. One is, there are no doubts about it anymore. The film Never Not Love You is, as the cliché goes, proof positive that James and Nadine, collectively known as JaDine, make up the best looking couple in Philippine show business. Whether bathe in a swathe of orange tinged darkness or brightly sunkissed in an open field, these two look incredibly gorgeous. Add to this the fact that they are electric together. James and Nadine have chemistry to overflowing. The attraction is so palpable

that when magnified thousands of times on a movie screen, audiences are held captive by their images. Viewers are hard put taking their eyes off the screen. This is a rare occurrence. Remember, JaDine was just a good for the box-office love team a few years ago. Today, they are making history as a great love team for the ages. Oh, and they are very good actors, too. Never Not Love You tells the story of Gio and Joanne. Gio is this happy-go-lucky artist, a man of the wind who is comfortable in his feckless situation. Joanne is his opposite. She is a career girl on the way up who dutifully sends a big portion of her pay check to her family in the province. They meet and they fall in love and are now faced with unexpected choices. How Gio and Joanne deal with the turmoil generated by these choices is what the movie is about. Never Not Love You is directed by Antoinette Jadaone, who also did That Thing Called Tadhana and Walang Forever, plus JaDine’s blockbuster teleseryes, On The Wings of Love and Till I Met You. It is an honest look at the conflicts brought about by falling in love. Like wouldn’t it be nice to fall deeply in love at the right time and with the right person. Not in this case though. Gio and Joanne seem so right together but then, life is not merely about being in love. Antoinette made a bold take on the love team movie in Never Not Love You. It is without a love triangle, meddling friends and families or the rich against poor element. But then the picture has stars who more

than make up for the lack. James and Nadine are compelling performers who are at their acting best in this film where they inhabit their roles with uncompromising commitment. The result is most unexpected, JaDine can be like this? and it is very exciting. It is now a fact. Never Not Love You has opened the door to acting greatness for James and Nadine. Just think, that very idea seemed almost unimaginable a short while ago. But it happened. James and Nadine have attained a new, high level of artistry in their careers while also being as much in love as they are and looking like the way they do. Life can be so unfair. But fan that I am, this early I am already wondering which coming project will be able to fully exploit their bursting sensitivity to excellent use. Oh and before I forget, may I remind you that James and Nadine sing, too and they do in the movie. The Never Not Love You soundtrack is now available on all digital platforms. It features John Roa with Oks Lang; Janine Tenoso with a cover of Kitchie Nadal’s Bulong; Marion Aunor with Sana; Ebe Dancel with Prom and James and Nadine with their own duet version of Prom. -SOUNDS FAMILIAR/Baby A. Gil/Philstar

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Toni Gonzaga reacts to criticism on son’s photo Toni Gonzaga, Mariel Rodriguez, and Bianca Gonzales recently got together with their kids Seve, Isabella, and Lucia for a playdate at Toni and Paul Soriano’s home. The mommies posted several cute photos of the kids, including one

where they were busy on their gadgets together. However, some netizens were quick to comment on the photo, saying kids should be playing outside, and that the photo sends a wrong

message. Toni wrote back in the comment section, telling moms to relax. “It’s just a photo. You don’t see what they do 24/7.”-BY ROSELLE BASBAS

Anne Curtis on renewing her contract with ABS-CBN: ‘This is a lifelong commitment’ Anne Curtis talks about her commitment to her career and her family this year. Anne Curtis admitted she is happy to be renewing her contract with ABS-CBN this month. “Thank you so much. So I’m very, very happy of course to be with ABS-CBN for another long time. I really feel like this is a lifelong commitment. It truly is a very happy time of the year. I feel very happy and blessed,” she shared during her launch as the first Philippine celebrity ambassador of Shopee Philippines held last April 11 in Taguig City. Anne said that she is excited to do more projects with the Kapamilya network this year, especially after realizing she has been with the network for more than a decade already. “Oh my gosh hindi ko na nabilang I think more than ten years na, mga 12 siguro? Tagal na. Grabe. I’m not sure about seryes because nawawala ako sa Showtime kapag may teleserye ako so medyo bawal bawal kami umabsent sa Showtime. Pero movies for sure. Kakatapos ko lang ng Sid and Aya: Not a Love Story with Dingdong (Dantes). And then I have an upcoming film with Yam Laranas. Yung Buy Bust hindi ko pa alam kasi nasa kamay na ng mga distributors na nag-pick up. So waiting na lang kami,” she said. Even with her busy schedule with TV shows and various endorsements, the Shopee Philippines celebrity ambassador said she is constantly striving to improve herself. “Siguro career-wise there’s always room for improvement for myself in that aspect I guess. Maybe do another drama film na hindi pa nagagawa ulit. So mga ganun,” she added.-BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Ang Peryodiko

Knowing what it takes to be a Canadian citizen

First of all, you must start off as a permanent resident. You do not need a valid PR card but you must be a Permanent Resident in order to apply for citizenship. It is important to note that your PR status must not be in doubt. For example, applying for citizenship during a criminal court proceeding will not be allowed. No matter what your age is, you must be able to clearly demonstrate that in the past five years prior to signing your application, you have been physically present in Canada for at least 1095 days (three


years). It is recommended that you apply after you are a little over the minimum number of days required. The physical presence requirement for some permanent residents can actually be reduced in certain situations, specifically for those that have been in Canada with legal status while they were NOT permanent residents. The best example for this are live-in care givers who often qualify after being permanent residents for only two years. In addition to live-in care givers, those that have been physically present in Canada as

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (The Gospel of St. Luke 5 v.4) Simon had been washing and mending his nets, while keeping one ear listening to what Jesus was teaching. After all he had other responsibilities and duties to perform. He had to fish to make a living for his family. Jesus’ call for Simon to launch out into deeper water is an analogy of what He wants to

We are tempted to be guided by our experiences instead of what God says. The Lord asks Peter to do something contrary to his own expertise in fishing. do in Simon’s life. Jesus is going to take Simon Peter to deeper, more personal commitment to Himself. That is God’s call to you and me. But when we hear the call to launch out deeper we are tempted to compromise our obedience in several ways: We are tempted to be guided by our friends instead of what God says. Undoubtedly the advice of his friends, the other veteran fishermen who overheard what Jesus said might be, “Peter don’t do it. You have your nets all cleaned and stored. If you go back out you will have to do it all over again, for nothing.” If you listen to some of your friends they would say, “Sure go to church if you want to- but don’t get fanatical about it!” April 16-30, 2018

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Straight up ( authorized temporary residents before becoming permanent residents can count half a day credit for each day (up to a maximum of 365 days). The Government has a physical presence calculator that is part of your application and it will determine if you qualify. To complete the calculator, you need to list all your time away from Canada, including travel for work or vacation, in the last lamoureux, 15

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he preaching and teaching of Jesus has already attracted great crowds of people, and on this particular day the crowd had become so large that they were pressing Him against the shoreline. So Jesus decides to address them from a boat and use the shoreline as a natural amphitheater. He got into one of the boats and asked the owner to go out in the water a bit so that the people could see and hear him. After he finishes teaching the crowd he issues instructions to put out his nets for a catch of fish.

The Government has a physical presence calculator that is part of your application and it will determine if you qualify.

ANADA has well over half million people who are permanent residents and, at some point, most of them will become Canadian citizens. In the last few years, there have been a few changes that were made relating to how a person becomes a citizen of Canada. I thought it would be timely to expound on the requirements to become a Canadian citizen.



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guaranteed return on investment that is so much higher than any interest that banks can offer, and obtained within a short period, sometimes just a few weeks, with no work required: it’s easy money, and it can be irresistible.

Living Hope We are tempted to be guided by our experiences instead of what God says. The Lord asks Peter to do something contrary to his own expertise in fishing. According to everything that he knows about fishing, and he is a professional, he can’t see in any way at all that what Jesus asks is going to work. The best fishing on the Sea of Galilee was at night close to shore. But Jesus had asked him to launch out into the deep in the middle of the day. This was asking a great deal of Peter. He was asking him to trust His Word. He was in effect asking

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Such schemes have lured many to pyramid schemes, despite numerous reports for many years now of people losing their life savings to the con artists. Authorities have repeatedly warned the public that if the promised returns seem too good to be true, your instincts are most likely correct and it’s a scam. Yet the initial actual payments in a pyramid scheme continue to attract the gullible, especially when friends or relatives are the ones providing testimony about the generous profits. And because of the large amounts of money to be made, crooks continue to hatch pyramid schemes, despite the arrest and imprisonment of most of those responsible for previous high-profile cases. So it was just a matter of time before someone would design such a scheme using cryptocurrency. Bitcoins are still largely alien to the majority of Filipinos. Pyramid schemes, however, thrive on the lack of knowledge of prospective investors. So when Arnel Ordonio and his wife Leonady reportedly promised a 30 percent return in just 16 days, they didn’t have a hard time looking for victims. On Wednesday last week, the two were apprehended by police in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and brought to Manila. Police estimated the amounts collected under the scheme to have reached a staggering P900 million. Such amounts should spur authorities to draw up measures to tighten regulation of bitcoins, prevent the proliferation of pyramid scams and discourage people from falling for such con games.Philstar

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Meaning of survey results


s expected, Duterte’s satisfaction rating remains “very good,” according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS). This survey which shows a net satisfaction rating of + 56 percent, is supposedly the result of the face to face interview of only 1,200 adults, 18 years and above, representing all sectors of our society, from richest to the poorest (classes “A” to “E”) in all regions of our country, from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The doubt still lingering in the public mind however is how could the interview of only 1,200 adults really reflect the sentiments of the country’s entire population now numbering almost 100 million or even just the more than 50 million registered voters in our country. Indeed based on the results of the last election, Duterte’s votes comprise only less than 30 percent of the voters. Furthermore, the survey has not specified the particular questions asked those those that were interviewed. And so even granting that this survey is reliable as it is supposedly conducted in a scientific manner, does it mean that plus 56 percent of our population, or of the registered voters, really believe that Duterte and his administration are performing their jobs well and for the sake of the country? Are Filipinos really satisfied in our present economic, political

Mere opinions or unfounded conclusions of facts are already being aired and published as truth especially if they are in favor of this administration and exaggerate on Duterte’s feats and achievements. and social situation? Are we really succeeding in our fight against poverty, graft and corruption in government that hinder and prevent us from achieving peace, progress and prosperity? By just going around in our respective neighborhood and places of work, and “keeping our ears on the ground” we can easily see that nothing much has really change in our land because the rich are still getting richer especially our politicians who are now in power; graft and corruption still exist and proliferate despite Duterte’s much vaunted and oft repeated boast to fight and eradicate them; and more significantly, respect for life and observance of due process of law have been flagrantly disregarded and violated especially in the supposed fight against drugs where mere suspected but not yet convicted “criminals and/or drug addicts” are brutally shot and killed allegedly because they resisted and endangered the lives of the well armed law enforcers. More noticeable and detestable in this connection is the release and exoneration of well known and notorious drug lords who

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brought the drug menace in our country. Thus, many people think that this high satisfaction rating of Duterte is more due to the aggressive and unwarranted publicity especially in social media where lots of wrong information or mis-information, or fake news continue to circulate and proliferate. Mere opinions or unfounded conclusions of facts are already being aired and published as truth especially if they are in favor of this administration and exaggerate on Duterte’s feats and achievements. Credit should be given in this regard not only to the administration’s Communications Team specifically the PCOO, but also and more especially to Duterte’s diehard supporters (DDS). Their well known modus operandi is to attack, assail and throw all kinds of brickbats against those who fight and resist Duterte or those whom Duterte considers as his “enemy.” Most prominent and well identified here is of course Supreme Court Chief Justice on leave, Maria Lourdes Sereno.



Even as the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida representing the “Government of the Republic of the Philippines” is still being litigated in the Supreme Court, the DDS have openly and contemptuously concluded or given the impression that she already lost the case. They sneer at her and attack her person particularly her actuations in the ongoing hearings of the quo warranto petition at the Supreme Court. They are trying to create animosities and antagonisms among the Justices of the Supreme Court apparently aimed at instilling bias and prejudice on the part of the SC Justices against Sereno so that she will lose the case. It is really quite sad and unfortunate that the prestige and reputation of the SC as an independent branch of the government have been debased. This is really very

unfortunate because the SC is the “court of last resort” where people expect to ultimately get and obtain truth and justice. Apparently being overlooked and disregarded in this petition being heard by the SC, is that this petition should have been commenced within one year after the cause of Sereno’s ouster arose (Rule 87, Section 11, Rules of Court). In this case, it is undisputed that the cause of Sereno’s ouster occurred way back in 2012 when she was appointed and assumed office as Chief Justice despite the alleged lack of integrity for failure to file her Statements of Assets and Liabilities (SALN). So it is quite clear and obvious that this petition filed by the Solicitor General only at this time has long expired. On this ground alone, and even assuming that this petition is the proper remedy to remove a Chief Justice despite the express provision in our Constitution that she may be removed only by impeachment (Section 2, Article 11, Constitution), this petition for quo warranto is filed way out of time and should therefore be dismissed outright. And as I end this piece, may I point out once more that my intention here is not to fight this administration but to promote the rule of law so that we will never go back once more and experience the ordeals of martial law during the Marcos regime. Philstar

The peace talks


RESIDENT R o d r i g o Duterte is mellowing once more after scuttling the talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). In a recent speech, he opened himself up to the possibility of resuming the talks. This followed an earlier mellowing by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison, who said the NDFP is willing to return to the negotiating table. The Duterte administration has actually moved far after the talks got halted. The most telling act was starting the process of declaring the CPP a terrorist organization. The President already signed an official declaration to this effect, but the rule says the courts need to have a say on that. A list of around 600 names has already been drawn, but having them declared terrorists is a tedious and long-drawn process.

Bong Wenceslao

Candid Thoughts That the President has been flip-flopping on the talks shows the push-and-pull he is experiencing within his circle, which obviously has doves as well as hawks. Peace talks adviser Jesus Dureza and, to a certain extent, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III seems to be leading the doves while Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana seems to be representing the hawks, notably the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Duterte administration has actually moved far after the talks got halted. The most telling act was starting the process of declaring the CPP a terrorist organization.

The flip-flopping can also be because the president saw through boasts by some AFP officials about fully eradicating the rebel threat before his term ends. Months after the talks were scuttled, the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have nothing much to show, especially in arresting top CPP leaders or even re-arresting the jailed NDFP consultants who were released because of the talks. Again, the revolution is not about the CPP or its cadres but about the iniquitous and oppressive societal setup that is currently prevailing. It is not

about dealing with the CPP or its cadres but about dealing with the roots of society’s problems, thus the talks. But resuming the peace negotiations is a two-way street. The talks were about to proceed to the substantive phase, which is about economic and socio-political and cultural issues, but meandered because of the failure by both sides to forge a bilateral ceasefire pact. I think the main reason for that is that both are suspicious of each other. The NDFP is wary of a longterm cessation of hostilities because of its negative effect

on its armed force, the New People’s Army (NPA). Fighting strengthens both the ideological and organizational capability of the NPA. It can focus on other tasks of the revolution or focus on training and preparation, but fighting is the fire that forges it. Also, ceasefire can blunt the ability of the NDFP to defend its forces from attacks. This only means that a bilateral ceasefire agreement is something that both sides should talk about at length. There is, for example, the tricky issue on whether whatever both panels agree would be followed all the way down to the smallest armed units of the two sides. Will the military stop patrolling NDFP “territories” and will the NPA stay within the confines of NDFP “territories” while the talks are ongoing? My hope is that creases are straightened out and the talks reopen. (Published in the SunStar Cebu, April 9, 2018).

‘I will arrest you’ “Kaya ikaw Ms. Fatou [ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda], ‘wag kang pumunta dito because I will bar you. Not because I am afraid of you, I said,

“But what is your authority now? If we are not members of the treaty, why are you f____ in this country? You cannot exercise any proceedings here

The Philippines had already withdrawn its membership in the ICC on Duterte’s orders last month.

because you will never have jurisdiction over my person, not in a million years,” the President said at a press briefing in Davao City upon his arrival from a working visit to China.

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without basis. That is illegal and I will arrest you,” he said. The President said he was not afraid of an investigation but “you can never call me to the International Criminal Court simply because your position is flawed.” “It cannot be corrected anymore. So stop your nonsense,” he added.

In withdrawing the Philippines’ membership in the tribunal, Duterte cited “baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks” against him and his administration and the alleged attempt of Bensouda to place him under the tribunal’s jurisdiction. Duterte declared the exit from the tribunal roughly a month after the ICC’s Office of

the Prosecutor announced that it would begin its preliminary examination on the alleged extrajudicial killings associated with the government’s intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign, which kicked off on July 1, 2016. The President has since urged other nations to get out of the ICC. —VIRGIL LOPEZ, KG, GMA News

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Summer-ready! Bela Padilla flaunts curves in a bikini Jinkee Pacquiao gives Ed Sheeran boxing gloves

MANILA, Philippines — Jinkee Pacquiao met British singer Ed Sheeran on Sunday evening. Backstage at the Divide Tour, Jinkee, wife of boxing champ turned senator Manny Pacquiao, gave Sheeran boxing gloves bearing the Philippine flag. Jinkee was among the celebrities who watched Sheeran’s comeback concert in Manila. However, she was among

the few who had a chance to pose with the international singer-songwriter. “It’s an honor to meet you Ed Sheeran,” Jinkee wrote in her social media posts. In the music video of Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, the Grammy Awardwinner showcased his love for the sport as he featured a video of himself boxing.-Rosette Adel/Philstar

She has had her share of body-shaming trolls, but no one’s criticizing Bela Padilla’s figure nowadays. No stranger to bikini photos, Padilla, posing with back to the camera, was seen this time wearing a brown two-piece. She also shared a couple of photos of her sitting in a blue dress and a black wet suit, presumably from the same vacation. It was about 2 months ago when Padilla had to clap back against bodyshamers, saying tha t she doesn’t have the perfect body. “Shocked by the number of comments on my IG post, pointing out that I have a belly. Yes I do,” she wrote. “It holds in my organs that I need to live. It has a layer of muscles that I worked hard for in the gym and a layer of fat from the food I enjoy to eat. Deal with it.”-ABS-CBN News

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Gabby Concepcion comments on shelved project with Sharon Cuneta Gabby Concepcion breaks his silence after Sharon Cuneta says they may never have a reunion film. Weeks after Sharon Cuneta commented that “there may never be another Sharon-Gabby movie again,” her ex-husband and former onscreen partner Gabby Concepcion broke his silence and explained his side of story. In showbiz journalist Ambet Nabus’s column in Abante, the actor was reported to have said, “To clarify lang ha,

Arci Muñoz, Alessandra de Rossi, JC De Vera Empoy, and Piolo Pascual get entangled in love story “Since I Found You” QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, April 13, 2018--- A new love story featuring completely diverse people who are all looking for love is set to give all the feels in ABS-CBN’s newest primetime series “Since I Found You”, top billed by Arci Muñoz, Alessandra de Rossi, JC De Vera, Empoy, and Piolo Pascual, which will be seen outside the Philippines via The Filipino Channel (TFC), with its pilot episode streaming via TFC online ( worldwide (except for a few countries), simulcast its local airing on April 16 (Manila time). The Ultimate Heartthrob Pascual marks his return in the TV series department with this show where he portrays the role of Nathan, an accomplished businessman and the boss of the country’s leading construction company. Despite his good looks and charisma, his employees are terrified of his tough facade and leadership style. He then meets Dani (Muñoz), a reliable daughter to her parents, who works as an intern at Nathan’s company. Despite the fact that he is having a tough time with her job, Ginno (De Vera), Nathan’s career-driven assistant, will guide Dani and make sure she gets her work done. Also joining the series is the box office hit of a tandem of Alempoy (coined term for de Rossi and Empoy), fresh from the success of their hit movie “Kita Kita”. Giving life to the character Janice is de Rossi, the boss’s secretary,

who works hard for her family and her son. Empoy, meantime, portrays James, the company driver who always makes sure everybody gets a good laugh with his antics. They all come from different walks of life, but love will intertwine their completely distinct lives. As Dani falls for her boss Nathan, Ginno will find himself having feelings for the intern. But aside from Dani, Janice is also secretly in love with Nathan, and disregards James’ feelings for her. Also part of “Since I Found You” are Carmi Martin, John Lapus, Vivoree Esclito, Isabel Oli, Cholo Barretto, and Michael de Mesa. The series is produced by Dreamscape Entertainment and directed by box office director Antoinette Jadaone. Don’t miss the fun love story of “Since I Found You”, airing outside the Philippines via TFC, with its pilot episode streaming on TFC online (www. worldwide (except for a few countries) simulcast its local airing on April 16 at 9:00 p.m. (Manila time). Catch-up episodes will be available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV, worldwide (except for a few countries). For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

wala talaga sa akin ang problema. Ever since, I am very open and cooperative sa sinasabing reunion movie project na iyan.” “It’s just that our producer has laid out some items na nu’ng sinang-ayunan ko ay hindi pala raw gusto ni Sharon,” he added. Sharon and Gabby recently proved that their tandem still had a strong following after they were reunited in a fast food commercial, which reached millions of views online in less than a week.-BY JOAN LEARY

‘K-Ganda’: K-pop star Nancy on

‘look-alike’ Liza Soberano

MANILA, Philippines — Korean pop (K-pop) singer Nancy of girl band Momoland recently reacted on netizens’ comparison of her to Filipino actress Liza Soberano, who is currently playing as Ganda in ABS-CBN fantasy series “Bagani.” “Liza Soberano?” Nancy asked at the beginning of the video, pronouncing Liza as “Lee-zah” instead of “Lie-zah.” Nancy’s co-members in the group, Daisy and Ahin, described the Filipino actress as “so beautiful” and “so pretty.” After seeing Liza’s picture for the first time, Nancy did not only agree that she looks like Liza; she said Liza also looks like Ariana Grande. “Nah, not really. Looks more of you,” Nancy’s fellow Momoland member

said. In another video, Nancy asked for the name of a fish she saw in an island she visited in the Philippines. “She said it’s a small thin white fish with pink circle in cheeks,” the group described the fish. “She (finds) it cute that’s why she (wants) to know what (is its) name.” According to the group, some Filipino netizens suggested that the fish could be called “Lapu Lapu” or “Dalagang Bukid,” but Nancy said these are not what she is looking for. The video did not say if Nancy found the name for the fish she crushed on, but she did find out if she really looks like the famous Filipino actress named by TC Candler as the “Most Beautiful Face” of 2017.-Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo/Philstar

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“It’s Showtime”

family, KZ and Bamboo voices behind ABS-CBN Summer Station ID theme done by hit Filipino composers Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana with additional melody from Jimmy Antiporda. ABS-CBN’s Summer and Christmas Station IDs have become a tradition not only for

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QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, April 6, 2018 --- Love continues to shine and inspire in ABS-CBN’s new summer anthem “Just Love Araw-Araw,” which will feature the voices of 30 Kapamilya artists led by “It’s Showtime” hosts Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Karylle, and Vhong Navarro, “Singer 2018” contender KZ Tandingan, and “The Voice PH” mentor Bamboo. Abog earned his BS in Applied Economics and MBA from the prestigious De La Salle University in the Philippines. The Kapamilya (family) network will be launching the official lyric video for its muchawaited 2018 Summer Station ID on April 7 (Manila time) on the ABS-CBN Entertainment Youtube channel. The actual Station ID, meanwhile, will have its debut on April 14 (Manila time) during the airing of “It’s Showtime.” Taking inspiration from the hit “Just Love Ngayong Christmas” Station ID last December, “Just Love Araw-Araw” encourages Filipinos to express how they feel through acts of love, care, and service directed to their family, friends, community, and the entire nation. With the rallying lyrics and vibe, the song inspires people to have fun with a purpose this summer and in every day of their lives. Also performing in the song are other members of the well-loved noontime show “It’s Showtime” including Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, Amy Perez, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” (TNT) judges Rey Valera, Nyoy Volante, Mitoy Yonting, Yeng Constantino, K Brosas, Erik Santos, Jaya, Jed Madela, Louie Ocampo, Ogie Alcasid, and Rico J. Puno; TNT grand finalists Remy Luntayao, Anton Antenorcruz, Tuko Delos Reyes, Sofronio Vasquez, Alfred Relatado and Jovany Satera; and even “Ms. Q and A’s” finalists Juliana Parizcova Segovia, Matrica Matmat Centino, and Rhian Rianne Azares. “Just Love Araw-Araw” was written by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management (CCM) head Robert Labayen with Lloyd Oliver “Tiny” Corpuz and Paolo Ramos, also of CCM. The music, meanwhile, was

the Kapamilya Network but also for Filipinos all over the world who take inspiration from the messages of hope and love that the songs and videos bring. Be the first to listen to the country’s newest summer anthem in full, featuring an allstar lineup of Kapamilya artists with the launch of the official

lyric video for the 2018 ABSCBN “Just Love Araw-Araw” Summer Station ID on April 7 (Manila time) on the ABS-CBN Entertainment Youtube channel. It can also be seen outside the Philippines on facebook. com/KapamilyaTFC and on TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area.

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investment scam is and if additional laws or amendments to existing ones are needed to stop this. In the 2015 Mastercard Financial Literacy Index, the Philippines ranked second to the last in Southeast Asia. An Asian Development Bank study also says the country has no national strategy on financial education. Last week, couple Arnel and Leonady Ordonio, owners of the company NewG, were arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group following complaints by their “investors.” Chief Supt. Roel Obusan, head of the CIDG, said the couple would ask people to invest in

their Bitcoins, promising them 30% interest in 16 days. He said the suspects would pay the interest at first before stonewalling their clients in what he calls a classic case of estafa and pyramiding. Police said the couple amassed around P900 million, based on “raw capital” or the amount of money that the victims claimed to have invested in the company in question. Authorities are still looking for the couples’ “uplines” or key investors who also got investments from other people, promising them larger returns.-ABS-CBN News

five years. For many, you may be able to use some of your time spent in Canada as a temporary resident towards your physical presence calculation (visitor, student or worker). In all situations, you must meet the physical presence requirement of a minimum of two years as a permanent resident in Canada to be eligible for citizenship. You are required to provide a police certificate for each country, other than Canada, where you were present for a total of 183 days or more during the four (4) years immediately before the date of your application. For those between 18 and 54 years old on the date of your application, you must meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks Level 4 (CLB 4) or higher in speaking and listening. If you are 17 and younger or older than 54, your having an adequate knowledge of English or French and proof that you can speak and listen in English or French at CLB/NCLC 4 level or higher is important. I am reprinting the following from the Government of Canada website: “The ways we measure how well you can speak and listen in English or French include: reviewing the documents you send in with your application to prove you can speak and listen in English or French at Level 4, noting how well you communicate when you talk to staff or a citizenship officer during your interview. Using the CLB/NCLC, a citizenship officer will make the final decision if you have adequate knowledge

of English or French.” A citizenship test is also required if you are between 18 and 54. People taking the test must have a pretty good knowledge of society, physical and political geography, social and cultural history, symbols, political system, branches of government and other relevant information. The test is usually written, but some Immigration and Citizenship officers may ask you to come for an interview. There is a financial cost to applying for citizenship. Generally speaking, if you are over 18 you pay both a processing fee of $530 and a right of citizenship fee of $100, while minors under 18 only pay a right of citizenship fee of $100. For this calculation only, it does not matter if the absence was before or after you became a permanent resident of Canada. Each day spent outside Canada counts as a full day in the other country. It is really important for me to emphasize that being a Canadian does NOT mean forgetting about your home country like the Philippines. In fact, it is the opposite. Be always proud of your heritage and more importantly, share it with the broader community. After all, your Filipino-Canadian heritage increasingly contributes to who we are as a nation. If you have any questions about citizenship, you can stop by my office (all services are free) or stop by McDonalds on Keewatin street (I am there every Saturday from 10a.m. to 2p.m.).

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‘BeaRald’ still on: Gerald Anderson defends Bea Alonzo anew MANILA, Philippines — Netizens were abuzz after fans discovered that Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo unfollowed and deleted photos of rumored boyfriend Gerald Anderson and her good friend Pia Wurtzbach on Instagram last month. In an interview with the media during the Skechers x Camila Hi Lites event last Sunday in Trinoma, Gerald set the record straight that it was just a misunderstanding and the issue is now resolved. “Sana maintindihan niyo. Ayoko nang humaba pa. Parang let’s just share positivity. Huwag na ‘yung puro nega na tao,” the Kapamilya actor said. Bea has been receiving bashing comments and statements on different social media platforms since the unfollowing

incident, and Gerald has a message to Bea’s bashers. “Ang gusto kong sabihin sa mga bashers, ‘yung mga nag- judge kay Bea na, ‘Wow, talaga?’ Parang siguraduhin niyo na perfect kayo bago kayo magsabi nang masama tungkol sa ibang tao, celebrity man or normal na tao. Parang wala tayong karapatan at wala kayo sa sitwasyon. So ‘yun lang,” the actor said. Gerald added that he and Bea are now doing well. Reports said that they were together in London last week. “Basta ang importante okay ang lahat at okay kami. Basta okay naman. Basta moving forward tayong lahat. Parang sa dami ng negativity sa mundo, let’s focus on being positive. ‘Yun yung message ko para sa

mga tao,” he said. Gerald was the main attraction at the Skechers fashion show that showcased a full summer-spring 2018 collection inspired by ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. -Jan Milo Severo/Philstar

ABS-CBN names Jun Del Rosario as new North & Latin America Head, Raymund Abog as Canada Country Manager

(LEFT) New ABS-CBN North & Latin America Managing Director Jun Del Rosario; (RIGHT) New ABS-CBN Country Manager for Canada Raymund Abog

DALY CITY, CA, April 5, 2018 – ABS-CBN Global, the organization that oversees all international subsidiaries of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest media and entertainment company, has named this month Jun Del Rosario as the new Managing Director for North and Latin America region and Raymund Abog as Country Manager for Canada. Del Rosario succeeds Olivia De Jesus who took over the reins of ABS-CBN Global as the new Chief Operating Officer this year. As the new managing director of ABS-CBN’s North and Latin America operations, Del Rosario will be directly responsible for leading strategy execution, business operations, and profitability for the region. He will also lead the development of growth, expansion, and market penetration strategies as well as exploring business development opportunities in untapped or underserved markets across the entire region. Del Rosario is bringing into his new post 25 years of experience in the media industry. Starting as an entrepreneur who built his own cable company in the Philippines, Del Rosario moved to holding senior management positions in the ABS-CBN Group of Companies in the Philippines, including a stint in SKYcable, and served on the board of the local cable TV trade association. When he migrated to the U.S., Del Rosario became part of a start-up Video On Demand venture in Silicon Valley. Del Rosario rejoined ABS-CBN as Product Manager for Cable in North America in 2004 and successively held positions of increasing responsibility. He became North America Regional Head of Marketing, then concurrent Global Head of Carriage and Canada Country Manager. As head of the Global Carriage Business, he significantly expanded the cable and satellite footprint of ABS-CBN Global’s core channels, with The Filipino Channel (TFC) as the flagship offering, turning these platforms into primary revenue drivers for the company. He also spearheaded the development and launch of additional services such as the SVOD service Filipino On Demand and Cable TVOD, as well as the distribution of Myx TV and Lifestyle Network channels. Del Rosario earned his BS in Business Management from the distinguished Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines and his executive education from the Asian Institute of Management. Abog, on the other hand, succeeds Del Rosario as Country Manager for Canada. As Country Manager of Canada, Abog reports directly to Del Rosario. Abog joined ABS-CBN Global in 2007 as General Manager of E-Money Plus, Inc. Prior to joining ABS-CBN Global, Abog held senior executive positions in the remittance businesses of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Asiatrust Development Bank, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co., and Solidbank Corp. Prior to his banking career, Abog was into research and communication as Managing Editor of IBON Databank Phils. and Information Section Chief of the Philippine National Nutrition Council.

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Crying Joshua says sorry to Julia over viral private message to mystery girl “The Good Son” actor Joshua Garcia couldn’t hold back his tears as he addressed a viral screenshot of his private exchange with a mystery girl on social media, acknowledging it caused a fight between him and his girlfriend and onscreen partner, Julia Barretto. Garcia, 20, was asked about his recent tumultuous weeks with Barretto, 21, following the circulation of the screenshot, in the episode of “Tonight With Boy Abunda” that aired Tuesday. “Gusto ko lang po ma-i-clear sa lahat, at ma-admit ‘yung nangyari,” Garcia said, referring to his private message to a woman only known as Dane. In the screenshot that made the rounds online, Garcia remarked, “Art shot,” in reference to a swimsuit photo posted by Dane on Instagram. When asked by host Abunda

directly about Dane’s identity, Garcia answered: “Wala lang po siya. Wala siya sa buhay ko. Hindi siya naging parte, o kahit ano. Nag-comment ako sa kanya, nag-compliment lang naman ako sa picture, e. Wala namang nangyaring conversation.” Failing to hold back his tears, Garcia continued: “Siguro kasi, nakahanap ‘yung mga basher ko ng . . . Hindi kasi madali ‘yung nangyaring iyon, e. Ang daming nag-judge.” The most challenging part, Garcia said, was what happened between him and Barretto as a result. He acknowledged the episode caused them to fight, but clarified they have since patched things up. “Dahil doon, yes, [nag-away kami]. Naayos. Hindi lang naging madali pero kaya naman. Sobrang okay naman ngayon,” he said.

Their reconciliation was apparent in their exchange of tweets on March 31, when the couple alluded to the spread of rumors about their relationship, referring to numerous reports that they had broken up. First paired together in the box-office hit “Vince and Kath and James” in 2016, Garcia and Barretto have grown to become

Michele Gumabao talks about her controversial sexy photo

Did Michele Gumabao’s 2013 sexy photo for a sports magazine almost cost her the Bb. Pilipinas Globe crown? Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao put an end to speculations about a sexy photo of her circulating online that might disqualify her from the pageant. The athlete-turned-beauty queen explained on Tonight with Boy Abunda that she has been “upfront” about the photo ever since she first joined Binibining Pilipinas. Michele shared that after graduating college in 2013, “It was the first time ever to happen here in the Philippines. This was the same time ESPN launched their women empowerment campaign where all of the athletes, athletic women na naka-nude sila but covered at different parts by their [sport’s] balls.” “No [it was not a problem in Bb. Pilipinas] because even before screening they ask you about these things and I was very upfront about it. So sabi ko, ‘I have these pictures, these are the original pictures you see that I have a nude underwear on and then edited na lang yung splash of water’ so they knew about it ever since,” she said. When asked if she has no issues about going nude, she told host Boy Abunda that she has “restrictions” and she’s okay with it “As long as it’s in the context of sports, as long as I’m not selling my body.”-BY JOAN LEARY

openly affectionate towards each other, short of confirming they are officially a couple. The viral screenshot of Garcia’s private message is the first controversy to beset their relationship. In his interview with Abunda, Garcia was in tears as he recalled what he told Barretto after she learned about the exchange. “Sinabi ko sa kanya na, siyempre, ‘I apologize for what happened,’ and sinabi ko na, ‘Challenge lang ‘to na kailangan

natin malampasan,’” he said. The neophyte actor, who until now had yet to hurdle a major intrigue, added he has nonetheless learned from what happened, but regrets having hurt Barretto in the process. “Siyempre nagsisi din ako na ginawa ko ‘yun, kasi nagalit ‘yung mahal ko sa buhay,” Garcia said. “Masaya ako na nangyari ‘yun, kasi may mga natutunan ako, na ingatan ko ‘yung ginagalawan kong mundo. Siguro may gusto sa ‘kin iparating si Lord, may gusto siya na matutunan ko, and narinig ko siya,” he said.-ABS-CBN News

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Muscle strain: Lower back

Strength Stretch Program & I

Part 2

N our last article, we have listed some of the important steps to avoid muscle strain injury.

We have also highlighted the importance of injury prevention by prescribing strength and stretch program by an Athletic Therapist. In this article,we will demonstrate four strength exercises and four stretches. Stretches can be performed daily. You can start by holding each stretch for 30 seconds, and completing3sets. If stretching one leg or one side make sure to complete 3 sets on the other leg or side. Strengthening exercises can be performed every other day. Complete exercises of 3 sets of 30 seconds/10 repetitions. Give yourself time to complete the strength and stretch program 3-4 weeks until you are comfortable to increase the intensity and frequency of the exercises. You can also slowly add the exercises to your regular fitness program.

If you injured your lower back or if you have been suffering with chronic lower back pain, do not hesitate to book your Athletic Therapy appointment today. Email Melanie at (subject: Athletic Therapy appointment) or call/text at 204-999-0933. Thank you for taking time to read our articles. To read part one, visit our website at Look out for more rehab and exercise tips here at AngPeryodiko newspaper. Do not forget to grab a copy every 2 weeks. Follow us on instagram for weekly simple workout videos and on our facebook group page for motivational posts. Disclaimer: Please be aware that information in this article is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment, exercise or with any questions you may have regarding an injury or medical condition.

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Westbrook makes history as Thunder top Grizzlies

Former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to make his cage return when he takes on undefeated Russian fighter Kharun Atlangeriev in Singapore on May 18. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao said Folayang is ready to make his comeback following a devastating defeat to now 2-division champion Martin Nguyen last November. “Nakapag-recover na siya mula nu’ng huling laban niya,” said Sangiao. “Actually a month after noon nag-start na siyang mag-training ulit.” Folayang will be fighting in the undercard of ONE: Unstoppable Dreams, which will feature ONE women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee against Mei Yamaguchi. The card will take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Sangiao said the defeat to Nguyen inspired Folayang to improve his craft and make sure he won’t make the same mistake again. This time, Folayang will square off against Atlangeriev, who will be making his ONE Championship debut with a perfect 11-0 record. Sangiao said he and Folayang spent time improving Folayang’s standup, particularly the accuracy of his strikes. “Ngayon mas-focused siya sa standing, mas accurate siya ngayon ‘pag bumibitaw,” Sangiao said. “Kinailangang i-develop nya ‘yun.” Sangiao said the more crucial part of Folayang’s return is his motivation to climb the ladder again. “Gutom na ulit siya,” Sangiao said.-Dennis Gasgo-

Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons and Paul George scored 40 points as the Thunder posted a 137123 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook collected 20 rebounds to raise his season average to 10.05 per game. He also had six points and 19 assists against the Grizzlies to finish the season with averages of 25.4 and 10.3, respectively, in those categories. Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in his 2016-17 MVP season when he was the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double. “I’m very, very blessed to go out and play every single night,” Westbrook said in a postgame interview with Fox Sports Oklahoma. “I have unbelievable teammates that allow me to do what I do each and every single night. The coaching staff as well and an organization that is behind me.” George connected on 13 of 20 fieldgoal attempts, and set a season high by making eight 3-pointers. Steven Adams added 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Corey Brewer scored 17 points. Oklahoma City won four of its final five games and finished with a 48-34 record. The club’s seeding placement for the Western Conference playoffs will be officially known later Wednesday night, but the victory assures that the Thunder will at least be the No. 6 seed and will play the Utah Jazz in the first round no matter what happens later in the night. If the Jazz lose to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Thunder will have home-court advantage. Westbrook officially reached the triple-double average when he grabbed his 16th rebound with 9:20 left in the third quarter.—Field Level Media/Reuters

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Mayweather says if he fights

again, it will be in MMA

LOS ANGELES — Floyd Mayweather says if he fights again it will be in a mixed martial arts bout but added he’s not focused on getting in the ring again with Conor McGregor. “McGregor has other things to deal with,” Mayweather said Saturday. Mayweather told Showtime sports that if he comes out of retirement it would be against the wishes of his trusted adviser Al Haymon. He added it would have to be for the right amount of money and at the 145-pound division in UFC. “It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon,” said Mayweather,

who has never fought in the UFC before. “I spoke with my team, I spoke with [adviser] Al Haymon. Al Haymon says no. “If I do come back, Showtime and CBS have to be involved.” Mayweather, who has often used a retirement ruse as a way to sell tickets to his title fights, said people should know he is not serious when he says this will be his last time in the ring. “Retirement has been great, but as you know and everyone knows, I go into retirement and I come back,” he said. Mayweather did not give any

details about who he might seek to fight. “I can do whatever I want, when I want to, and how I want to,” he said. McGregor crossed over to boxing in August and Mayweather knocked him out in the 10th round of the second-highest grossing fight in history. Mixed martial arts star McGregor was arraigned Friday on charges including felony criminal mischief and assault, following a melee outside at a UFC sponsored media event in New York City that left fighters injured and a bus window smashed. -Agence France-Presse

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‘I lost it at 19 to an older girl’ A Sexy Talk with Derrick Monasterio, star of Almost a Love Story.

A case of art imitating life? You might say that when you watch Almost a Love Story starring Derrick Monasterio and Barbie Forteza, directed by Louie Ignacio for BG Productions International and GMA Films (in cooperation with Salento Films of Italy). You see, Derrick and Barbie almost figured in a real-life love story when they were younger. While Barbie has a boyfriend (Jak Roberto), Derrick is mum about his love life. But he’s “open” about his beautiful body which he maintains by working out regularly. He’s mighty proud of it as he shows in this Sexy Talk.”

“When I am swimming.”

What is sexy to you? “Sexy for me is confidence.”

Sexiest song? “Earned It by The Weeknd.”

What makes you feel sexy? “When people make eye contact with me.”

Sexiest book? “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Sexiest clothes? “For a woman, lingerie. For men, boxers.”

Sexiest food? “Salad.”

Sexiest perfume? “Blackwater.”

When do you feel sexy?

When did you lose your innocence? “When I was 19.” To a younger girl, older girl or a girl your age? “An older girl.”

Sexiest part of your body? “My forearms.” Sexiest part of a girl’s body? “Her legs.” Sexiest part of the house? “Bedroom.”

Lights on or lights off? “Lights off.”

Sexiest time of day? “Midnight.”

Sexiest sound (musical instrument)? “Saxophone.”

Sexiest billboard? “Bench billboard.” Sexiest face of a woman? “Alexandra Daddario.”

Sexiest TV show? “American Idol because that’s all I watch.” Sexiest fantasy? “Doing a blindfold scene.” Sexiest scene that you’ve seen in a movie? “Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet)’s love scene in Titanic.” Sexiest thing you have done to yourself? “Got an oiled massage.” Sexiest thing you have done to or with somebody? “Give her an oiled massage.” Three women that you find sexy. “Angelina Jolie, Alexandra Daddario and Barbie Forteza.”-FUNFARE - Ricky Lo/Philstar

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Filipino, not Tagalog is the National

Language of the Philippines By Gemma Derpo Dalayoan

THE Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers Inc. (MAFTI) has launched its Filipino Class for Adults on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Technical Vocational High School on Wall St. from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Victoria Cabrera, who is also a Nursery teacher at Tyndall Park School, is the teacher for this class. Present were 17 students with 3 registered missing their first day of class. To lend support to Mrs. Cabrera were Genalyn Aseron Tan, MAFTI President, and Gemma Dalayoan, MAFTI Internal Consultant and Adviser. CBC and its personnel were also present to capture this momentous event. MAFTI thanks Mrs. Leila Aseron Castro in contacting CBC; thus, this program received wide coverage not only in the Filipino community but also throughout Manitoba. MAFTI also gives its appreciation to the 3 local newspapers namely: Ang Peryodiko, Filipino Journal, and Pilipino Express for publishing free ads for the Filipino class. Furthermore, MAFTI also thanks the Winnipeg School Division for granting the permit for the use of a centrally located school, Tech Voc. The class started at 6:10 p.m. after the registrants paid their tuition fees of $120 for 12 sessions to Mrs. Genalyn Tan. One important note Mrs. Cabrera told

her students was that the national language of the Philippines is not Tagalog but Filipino. Tagalog is just one of the major dialects in the Philippines from which many words were taken from and embedded in the national language, Filipino. The class ended with a game that gave the chance for students to say some Filipino words they had learned. A culminating activity is being planned a day after the last session which will be on June 26.

Filipino-Canadian lawyer Josephine Victoria Yam Nominated for RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards JOSEPHINE Yam had to overcome the “lack of Canadian experience” just like us. She faced lots of barriers as a female, visible minority and immigrant. But she did not give up. She worked very hard to start a new life in Canada. Because of her exceptional qualifications, Josephine got exempted from the bar exams. She worked as a lawyer with a Toronto law firm and the Alberta government. Today, Josephine is the CEO and Co-Founder of Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada. B3 Canada’s matchmaking program puts corporate employees to serve on non-profit boards. B3’s program provides people with leadership skills while they serve the community. A clear triple win for corporations, employees and the non-profits they serve. Josephine is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive Canada for all of us! Help support Josephine by voting for her at

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Simon to try again even though he had failed in the past. This of course would be an important lesson for Peter in the future, not to allow past failure to keep him from serving the Lord. God may ask you to try again even if you have failed in the past. Will you allow past failure to keep you from following the Lord? n April 16-30, 2018 We are tempted to be guided by our by our circumstances instead of what God says. Verse five reveals that in Simon’s answer “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” By his reply he communicates that he and his partners are tired. The word translated “toiled” indicates very hard work, they had not slept all

night and they had worked hard all night. The circumstances of the past evening have indicated that further fishing will be fruitless. But Jesus was asking them to take the freshly cleaned nets and row out to the deep water and go through strenuous process of letting out and taking in the nets all over again. But they needed to learn that obedience to Jesus should not hinge upon

favorable circumstances. Will you allow circumstances to dictate your obedience? We are tempted to be guided by our fears instead of what God says. The greatest obstacle that we face in life is our own fear: The fear of being inadequate and the fear of failure. What is fear keeping you from doing something for God? How does Jesus take us

from where we are to where he wants us to be? By pushing us, that’s how. Perhaps doing thing your own way has left you empty, and it’s time to give God’s way a try. Maybe your own knowledge and skills have failed you and you need God’s power, God’s knowledge and God’s skill. You need to do things God’s way. Maybe it’s time for you today to obey God and try things His way, even if you don’t understand where, why or how it’s all going to work out. I realize that launching out into the deeper water is scary and it is less familiar but it was where God’s blessings are to be found. The results of obedience are recorded in the following verses, “And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (7) So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” As they harvested their catch, the two boats, each seven and half feet wide and over twentyseven feet long, were filled to overflowing and began sinking. Several tons of fish were hauled ashore that day in the midst of roar of a delighted crowd. God never gives foolish commands—though they may look foolish at the time. God intends to bless those who obey him without hesitation. God’s greatest miracles usually require our cooperation. I love the way Peter puts it, “Because you say so.” This is the watchword of the saints. Across the centuries believers have found them to be their divine marching orders. Conditions may be dark and the world may fight against us, circumstances may overwhelm us, and our fears nearly submerge us. But God speaks and his children say, “Because You Say so.” And off we go in obedience to Almighty God. Then Peter added, “I will let down the nets.” We still have a part to do. The fish aren’t going to jump in the boat by themselves. We still have to do what we have to do. We’ve got to go to work, we’ve got to stay on the diet, we’ve got to go to the meetings, we’ve got to go to the counselor, we’ve got to share the gospel, we’ve got to do our homework, we’ve got to write the term paper, we’ve got to look for work! There is still work for us to do. I believe there are many answers to prayers that await only one thing: “Let down your nets.” Put your net down into the deep water, do your part, and then God will do His! (Pastor Fred Sebastian serves the Church of the Living Hope, a church that meets the needs of Filipinos and other nationalities, located at 235 Enniskillen Avenue, Winnipeg MB. Worship Service and Promiseland Children’s ministry every Sunday starts at 10:30 AM. For more information, please call 204-633-2230.)

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Meet the Miller Family Julie and Doug have a five-year-old daughter, Sarah. They’re planning for Sarah’s future and want to protect it.


Here’s how lifetime coverage works:


 At age 5. Sarah’s parents purchase a Sun CII policy which covers her for 26 full payout conditions, and 6 partial payout illnesses. She’s also covered for 5 additional full payout childhood illnesses until age 24; cerebral palsy, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and type 1 diabetes mellitus.  At age 18. Sarah’s parents apply to add the Long-term care conversion option. It gives her the opportunity to convert her critical illness coverage to long term care insurance when she is older. If she had a loss of independent existence before age 18, this is when she would be able to submit a claim.  At age 25. 75% of the eligible premiums paid by Sarah’s parents are automatically retuned to them in the amount of $12,660 (2). They use the money to help Sarah with the down payment on her first home.At this time they also decide to transfer ownership of the policy to Sarah. She continues to have $100,000 of critical illness protection and the premium remains the same.  At age 40. Sarah can choose to continue her protection or she can cancel her coverage and receive the accumulated Return of premium on cancellation benefit of $15,511. If she keeps her coverage until she is 60, the Return of premium benefit amount will accumulate to $30,566.  Between ages 60 and 65. Sarah can choose to: -keep her critical illness coverage until it expires at age 75, or -convert all or a portion of her critical illness coverage to a lifetime long term care insurance solution. She can use some or all of her Return of premium benefit to help pay for this new coverage.

Julie and Doug purchase a Sun Critical Illness T75 plan with $100,000 of coverage for Sarah. They add the Return of premium option which will return some of their money if Sarah never claims for a full payout benefit. At Sarah’s young age, the premium for the coverage is affordable at $71 monthly, and guaranteed to stay the same for the life of the policy. The Owner waiver option, which can be added for one policy owner, is included for Doug (age 41). This helps ensure Sarah’s coverage continues if he dies or becomes disabled.

(*) Best Doctors services is not a contractually guaranteed benefit. (1) This assumes that Sarah provides a non-smoker declaration at age 18. (2) Your advisor can explain when Return of premium benefits are payable based on your child’s age when you buy the policy. All representations about the services of Best Doctors are those of Best Doctors, Inc and not Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. Best Doctors and other trademarks shown are trademarks of Best Doctors, Inc. Used under license.

The Challenge CREATE A FINANCIAL STRATEGY TO PROTECT THE FAMILY’S FINANCIAL FUTURE AND GIVE SARAH THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE IF SHE EVER SUFFERS A SERIOUS ILLNESS. Julie and Doug want to ensure that if Sarah becomes seriously ill they can give her their complete attention during her recovery and the best medical care available. With a critical illness insurance plan, if Sarah is diagnosed with a covered illness, Doug and Julie can use the benefit to help them through Sarah’s recovery. It will allow them to:  take time off work to care for Sarah access expert medical information through Best Doctors* services (1)  make the best decisions about treatment options without having to consider the level of government or personal health plan coverage, and  cover costs such as transportation or accommodation if they need to travel for treatment

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