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bank” Duterte says, so OFWs in Kuwait can come home


RESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he would “rob a central bank” if needed so that all distressed Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait could go home.

A fire dancer performs in front of tourists in Boracay Island on Wednesday evening. President Duterte has ordered the once-idyllic white-sand resort closed to tourists for up to 6 months from April 26, after describing the country’s top tourist attraction as a “cesspool” tainted by raw sewage.-Noel Celis, AFP

In a press conference at the Davao International Airport upon his arrival from Singapore, Duterte said he intends to use the money that Chinese president Xi Jinping has pledged the Philippines to refurbish hospitals for the benefit of arriving OFWs from Kuwait. “Gamitin ko ‘yung pera. Sabi ko, diyan na muna ‘yan. Place it in trust. And once we start to withdraw all Filipinos there in Kuwait, maybe I’ll tell you the result of our intervention in behalf of our countrymen,” Duterte said.

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday warned the public against heat stroke and other heat-related diseases as hotter days are expected in May. “It will be warmer this May, the worst has yet to come,” said pagasa, 21

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Grab driver accused of taking inappropriate photos of sleeping passenger

Kuwait rejects sovereignty breach amid diplomatic row with Philippines MANILA, Philippines — Kuwait stressed its opposition against any breach of sovereignty in connection to a diplomatic conflict with the Philippines. “Kuwait rejects any breach against its sovereignty or laws and would act decisively against any relevant attempt,” Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said, according to a report from state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared that the ban on overseas Filipino worker

deployment to the Gulf state would be permanent. “The ban stays permanently. There will be no more recruitment, especially for domestic helpers,” Duterte said on Sunday upon arriving from Singapore. The president’s announcement came days after the Kuwaiti government declared Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa persona non grata and recalled Kuwait Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh. Philippine Embassy officials were accused of violating do-

mestic laws and the Vienna Convention for Diplomatic Relations upon conducting rescue operations for distressed Filipino workers. In reaction to Duterte’s remarks, Al-Jarallah said that Kuwait was ready to work with the Philippines to address labor issues. “Kuwait is keen on maintaining safety and rights of all expatriates including the Filipino community, within the labor laws of the country, which have been praised by international human rights agencies,” KUNA reported. The Kuwaiti official also said that the country shares Duterte’s desire to maintain the relations between the two countries, which goes back to the Gulf War in the early 1990s. Citing Manila’s support for Kuwait during the Gulf War, AlJarallah said that the “historic friendship” between the two countries would help resolve the diplomatic issue. Following Duterte’s declaration, it remains unclear whether the Philippines would still pursue a bilateral agreement with Kuwait which seeks to improve the working conditions of Filipino workers. . -Patricia Lourdes Viray/Philstar

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) plans to file charges against a driver of ridehailing service Grab who took supposedly compromising photos of his sleeping passenger and sent them to his vehicle’s operator using his victim’s own messaging account. Moises Tamayo, who leads the bureau’s Special Task Force, said the NBI intends to file charges for violation of the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act and the Cybercrime Prevention Act against driver Ezequiel Sadorra after he was positively identified by his victim, a young woman who prefers to be identified as Celine*, in an NBI proceeding on Monday. “Tuloy ang kaso,” he said. He also said Grab Philippines may have civil liability, but expressed hope that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will conduct a parallel investigation into the incident. Celine alleged she boarded Sadorra’s vehicle at about 5 a.m. of April 13, after being booked a ride by her friend after she went to a drinking spree. She said she fell asleep during the ride. Upon waking up, she said she immediately asked Sadorra where they were. The driver allegedly said he did not know, so Celine just asked him to drive her back to her pick-up point in Malabon. Once there, she said Sadorra asked for P500, instead of P344 -which was double the price of her original booking because she had to turn around. That was when she realized her money was gone, so she had to knock at her friend’s house to borrow money to pay

for her fare. But her friend could not be awakened and her phone battery was empty, so she asked if she could borrow Sadorra’s phone to contact her friend. She forgot to log out of her Facebook messenger account on Sadorra’s phone, she said, and only after she got home did she check her account and saw that someone had used her account to chat with a Rodolfo del Rosario, to whom photos of her sleeping, underwear visible, were sent. The accompanying messages allegedly said: “Pre dyan munsa sayu to lasing ee,” and “Hahaha sarap tulog pasahero ko pre.” On Monday, Celine said she did not expect she would be so scared to see Sadorra again, explaining that she did not find his earlier apology sincere. “Parang bumalik lahat ng una kong naramdaman when I saw the pictures... ‘Di ko na-expect na sobrang matatakot [ako] na makita lang siya. Nag-sorry nga po siya dahil napagkatuwaan niya lang daw po, so ibig sabihin hindi daw yun kabastos-bastos kasi napagkatuwaan niya lang daw ako. I don’t think it was a sincere apology,” she said. She said it was her decision to pursue the case against the driver, who has since been “deactivated” from the ride-hailing service. “It was my decision na itutuloy ko ‘yung case against him... I think he think it’s just a joke. It’s not. It’s a really big issue for me. Binastos niya kasi ‘yung pagkababae ko. I really had to think it over talaga and I think it’s the right thing na sampahan siya ng kaso.” By NICOLE-ANNE C. LAGRIMAS, GMA News

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PDEA releases validated barangay narco list Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino on Monday released to the public the list of barangay chairpersons and councilmen allegedly involved in illegal drugs. In a press conference, Aquino said at the names of the 207 barangay officials on the list were validated by four agencies, including the Philippine National Police (PNP). He said the PDEA is already in the process of preparing criminal charges against the 207 barangay officials. Included in the list are 90 barangay chairpersons and 117 members of barangay councils in Bicol, the Cordillera Administrative Region and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He said one barangay official on the list is a suspected drug lord while the others are eighter users or street-level pushers. Aquino also said that there wre a total of 293 names on the initial list. It went down to 207 because 86 have either died of have been arrested. Aquino said they also have a list of 93 mayors and governors allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. In the same press conference, the PDEA chief assured

Texas couple charged with enslaving African girl for 16 years April 27 (UPI) -- Federal authorities say a Texas couple has been charged with keeping a young African girl captive as a domestic servant -- without pay -- for 16 years. Mohamed Toure and wife Denise appeared in a federal court in Fort Worth where they were charged with forced labor. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday the couple arranged for the then-5-year-old girl, who did not speak English, to travel alone from her village in Guinea to Texas in 2000. Prosecutors said the young girl was forced to cook, clean, do the laundry, perform yard work, paint and care for the Toures’ five children. Although she was around the same age as the other children, officials said she was denied access to schooling. Prosecutors said the Toures took the girls’s legal documents and forced her to stay in the United States after her visa expired. “They further isolated her from her family and others and emotionally and physically abused her,” the department said in a statement. The girl, now about 21, eventually escaped in August 2016 with neighbors’ help. If convicted, the Toures could face 20 years in federal prison.-By Sara Shayanian

Judge puts Bill Cosby under house arrest, GPS monitoring

the public that authorities will not use the list to hunt down and execute the barangay officials. “There’s no truth that this

will serve as a hit list,” Aquino said. “We want to be legitimate in our operations, we want our operations to be transparent.” —ALG, GMA News


PH, Singapore sign business deals worth $187-M

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday witnessed the signing of 10 business agreements worth $187 million between Philippine and Singaporean firms on the sidelines of the opening of the ASEAN Summit. In his speech, Duterte urged business owners to invest in the Philippines, assuring them that his administration is determined to end corruption. He added that the government will implement policies that will make business processes easier. —ANC Headlines, April 28, 2018-ABS-CBN News

April 27 (UPI) -- A judge in Pennsylvania ordered Bill Cosby to remain at his residence in suburban Philadelphia and be outfitted with a GPS monitor Friday, one day after his sexual assault conviction. Judge Steven O’Neill said that until Cosby’s sentencing, he must can only leave his Cheltenham home for medical treatment or to consult with his legal counsel -- and those visits are limited to Montgomery County and four surrounding counties. He also ordered the county probation office to fit the actor with a GPS monitor. On Thursday, a jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of sexual assault charges for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, the former women’s basketball team manager at Temple. Constand said Cosby gave her pills to relax while they were alone once at her Elkins Park, Pa., home. She said she became drowsy and unable to move, at which point Cosby touched her and forced her to touch him. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each count, which could be served concurrently. arlier Friday, Philadelphia’s Temple University revoked an honorary degree given to the comedian. “Today the Temple University board of trustees has accepted the recommendation of the university to rescind the honorary degree,” the school said in a brief announcement. Cosby, 80, received his bachelor’s degree from Temple and served on its board of trustees for decades before resigning in 2014. He received the honorary degree in 1991. Patrick O’Connor, chairman of Temple’s board of trustees, said he would recuse himself from discussions about rescinding Cosby’s honorary degree. O’Connor represented Cosby in 2005 when he first faced allegations from Constand. More than 15 universities have already rescinded degrees given to the former TV star. Carnegie Mellon University said Thursday it has a no-tolerance policy on sexual violence. “In order to fulfill that commitment and in light of Bill Cosby’s criminal conviction for aggravated indecent assault, Carnegie Mellon University has decided to revoke an honorary degree it awarded to Mr. Cosby in 2007,” the college said. Johns Hopkins University also rescinded a degree after the verdict, saying it had been “unaware of the allegations that Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted dozens of women over decades.” The University of Notre Dame also followed suit, saying it waited for due process before rescinding its honor.-By Sara Shayanian and Danielle Haynes

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For a more secure world, cities must share information on cyber-attacks — experts BONN, Germany - With a few clicks of his mouse, and helped a little by the fact that the person he was targeting had no password, Thomas Stasch quickly hacked into the home system of a stranger in Germany. But then, seconds before plunging the person’s household into darkness by switching off their lights, he stopped. Stasch was showing an audience in Bonn how simple it is to hack interconnected digital systems - often termed the “internet of things” - such as elevators, baby monitors and home heating. “It’s becoming easier and easier,” he said during a conference on building resilient cities. Stasch advises cities on vulnerabilities and digital strategy, and he warns of a dark side to the trendy technology. Digital security is particularly acute for cities, which hold reams of valuable personal data - from tax information to welfare benefits and parking fines. That makes citizens and local governments valuable victims, he said. To date, he told the gathering, the focus has been on the functionality of digital systems rather than their security. But that will change. “It’s only a matter of time before you have problems, and so we should deal with (cyber attacks) like a national catastrophe - you know it will come and you have to be prepared,” he warned.



One solution to improve cybersecurity resilience is for city officials to talk more openly about attacks they have endured, said Paul Argyle, who advises the mayor of Greater Manchester in Britain. “We need to accept it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done anything wrong if you’ve been attacked. We need to start sharing all that information,” he said. Manchester is striving to be recognized as a global digital ‘smart city’, and recently hosted a series of digital summits to push its reputation as Britain’s leading interconnected region. Encouraging tech start-ups, investing in digital research and introducing smart ticketing on public transport so that passengers can use one ticket to ride a bus, tram or bike are some of the measures being taken, Argyle told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Hospitals in the city were last year affected by the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack that infected computers and crippled hospitals, banks and companies across the globe. Britain and the U.S. held North Korea responsible. “We know we will be attacked in different ways, in different parts of our city,” Argyle said. Local municipalities needed to accept that they would be vulnerable and likely unable to defend themselves against organised crime or state-led cyber attacks, he said, but they can improve their resilience by talking to other cities.-By ADELA SULIMAN, Reuters

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China, India, Canada top US list of intellectual property offenders

WASHINGTON, United States - The United States on Friday rebuked NAFTA-partner Canada, saying the country was not doing enough to clamp down on counterfeit goods, giving it the same ranking as China and India on a list of intellectual property offenders. In an annual report on intellectual property rights violations by trading partners, the US Trade Representative’s office downgraded Canada to the “priority watch list,” which subjects it to a more intense level of scrutiny. China has been on the priority watch list for 14 years and India makes a repeat appearance, as the USTR said neither country had done enough to protect patented and trademarked products. “The ideas and creativity of American entrepreneurs fuel economic growth and employ millions of hardworking Americans,” USTR Robert Lighthizer said in a statement. “This report sends a clear

signal to our trading partners that the protection of Americans’ intellectual property rights is a top priority of the Trump administration.” The report does not trigger any immediate sanctions and comes after Washington hit China with steep import tariffs on $50 billion in goods for its alleged serial theft of American technology. The US also filed a com-

plaint against that country at the World Trade Organization. There are 12 countries on the priority watch list and another 24 on the less-intense “watch list.” Colombia also was downgraded this year, joining Argentina and Chile, while Mexico, also a partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement, is on the list of lesser offenders.-AFP

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Duterte nixes Sara’s call to rethink peace talks with NPA

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday rejected the suggestion of his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to reconsider peace negotiations with communist rebels. The mayor earlier this month said there was no indication that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was willing to talk peacefully so the government should instead “crush their influence.” The President said he will talk to the mayor before reopening negotiations with the CPP, led by its founding chairman Jose Maria Sison. “Kami muna [ni Sara] ang mag-peace talks, ta’s si Sison,” the elder Duterte said in a speech in Davao City. “I cannot fight forever with my own countrymen,” he added. Duterte, who was Sison’s student at a Manila university in the 1960s, earlier promised to end the decades-old communist rebellion. The President, however, abandoned peace efforts in November, complaining of repeated rebel attacks. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, lodged a petition to cite the CPP and its armed wing, New People’s Army, as terrorist organizations. But earlier this month, Duterte ordered his Cabinet to work on a truce to enable reviving

peace talks. The communist rebels, however, rejected any preconditions. Duterte on Saturday urged Sison anew to come home to the negotiating table. He also said the communist armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), can join the talks, but must be unarmed. “Iyung mga NPAs, come down, stay there in a camp of your choice, maski na iyung plaza [kung] gusto nila. Huwag lang kayong magdala ng armas sa labas,” he said. (The NPAs can come down, stay in a camp of your chace, even in the plaza. Just don’t bring arms.) “Until such time that we are able to perfect an agreement, keep your firearms in the camp and do not go out of the camp bringing guns... Then we talk.” The President, however, said he will “not yet” drop the government’s bid to tag the CPP and NPA as terrorists. Sison had said the rebels will “gladly” enter a ceasefire agreement so peace talks could resume if “what was promised since a long time ago by President Duterte -- the amnesty and release of the political prisoners -- is fulfilled.” -ABS-CBN News/ With a report from Reuters

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“Though the calamitous events did not occur here but para sa akin kung naghihirap lang ‘yung mga kababayan ko, gagamitin ko. Magnanakaw pa ako kung gusto mo. Ako na ang magnakaw sa central bank mismo. But they have to come home,” he added. He, however, did not name the central bank he was referring to. Duterte said he recognizes the plight of Filipino migrant workers, and despite the recent cases of abuses against OFWs in Kuwait, he said he does not hate the Kuwaiti government and its people. “Lahat ‘yung nandiyan ngayon 700 facing charges. Wala akong --I do not nurture hate against the Kuwaiti people and government for after all the so many years that we were in the best of relations, nakinabang naman ang mga Pilipino. “Maraming nagtatrabaho doon. There are a lot of guys working there for so many years to enable their children to study and finish. And for that matter alone, the sheer help that we had. I’m grateful,” he said. The challenge for him, he said, is to get all Filipinos who are working in Kuwait to come home. “There are about 700 guys who are in temporary shelters seeking sanctuary. We will spend that money. All of it. To the last --- kahit na last na piso natin to get them back,” he said. “Ang problema, kung sila ang may kaso hindi sila makalabas. But if I can use the money to pay for whatever utang nila, ubusin ko ‘yang pera na ‘yan para sa tao.” The President said he would order Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to start a mobilization that would allow the repatriation of OFWs in Kuwait. “Maybe I told Bello and Secretary Cayetano to start the mobilization immediately. Nandiyan ‘yung pera. O kung wala pa ‘yun napasok sa National Treasury, I can always use emergency fund. To me it’s a calamity. It is a calamity,” Duterte said. For the sake of “patriotism,” Duterte said he would plead those who opted to stay in Kuwait to come home. “Come home. Maski gaano tayo kahirap, mabubuhay tayo.” “Economy is doing good and we are short of our workers. Walang master carpenter, wala na tayong master plumber, wala na tayong master electricians. ‘Yung plumber sa atin, ‘pag flush mo, imbes na papunta ng taas, ah baba, mag-sulpot doon sa itaas. They are all there in the Middle East,” he added. According to him, the total deployment ban he earlier ordered on Filipino migrant workers, particularly domestic workers, going to Kuwait would “stay permanently.” —Erwin Colcol/LBG, GMA News


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Kris Aquino rants


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MANILA, Philippines — After unleashing revelations against basketball star James Yap over the weekend, returning Kapamilya star Kris Aquino posted on social media her dismay over Korina Sanchez’s show “Rated K” that featured Kris’s former husband. In posts on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, Kris said she had enough. “Sampal sa mukha ko ang inilabas na feature ngayong gabi nung misis ni Mar Roxas. Yes pinepersonal ko dahil binuwis ko ang kinabukasan namin ng mga anak ko ng walang inasahang kapalit. At ang ganti sa kin at sa mga anak ko ngayon ay binida pa ang deadbeat na tatay,” Kris wrote on her post. In an I n s t a g r a m p o s t

backed by Whitney Houston’s song “Try It on My Own,” Kris explained what compelled her to come up with a series of posts against Korina and James. “My anger comes from the heart of a mother who has been unnecessarily stepped on by someone who has been blessed w/ a loving & devoted husband & does not know the hardship of having to go it alone,” Kris said, pertaining to Korina. “I know I’ve unleashed a double edged sword. I know i’ve made enemies, and i’ve also found kindred spirits in MOTHERS who like me have felt that they have had ENOUGH & they had to take a stand & say I AM NOW FIGHTING BACK. I also know i have personal demons i need to exorcise because no matter what i still want to be someone my sons can be proud of... so i will collect my thoughts & try my best to forgive regardless of the fact no remorse has ever been shown.” Kris and Korina were once cohosts of ABS-CBN’s morning show “Morning Girls with Kris and Korina.” When personal became political

To seemingly appeal to Korina’s conscience, Kris recalled in her post her endorsement for Korina’s husband, Mar Roxas, last presidential elections. The awardwinning host said she accepted it because of her love for brother and former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. “I have really had ENOUGH. Simple lang- minsan lang akong pinakiusapan ng kapatid ko- never para sa sarili nya pero para sa kandidatong inendorso nya. Dahil mahal ko sya ginawa ko. Lahat ng batikos ng dahil sa pagtulong na yon tinaggap ko,” Kris wrote. Kris, however, also apologized for dragging Mar into the issue. “Mar, to you i am sorry. In the same way i would always wonder why i would be dragged into issues not of my doing- i was guilty of that tonight.” Nonetheless, Kris seemingly regretted having supported Mar instead of the current president, Rodrigo Duterte. According to her, Duterte’s camp was kind to her even if she supported the opposing Liberal Party. “Tatlong beses akong nagpunta sa Davao- sa kampanya nung 2010, kampanya 2013 para kay Sen Chiz & Sen Grace at nung nag Kris Tv. Si PRRD lahat nung pagkakataon na nagkaharap kami, mabuti ang pinakita sa kin,” she noted. She then apologized to her brother and her godmother, the mother of Mar, and ended it with a fist bump, President Duterte’s trademark sign. “I apologize sa Kuya ko, humihingi rin ako ng paumanhin sa ninang ko na nanay ni Marpero klarong klaro sa kin kung bakit ang nanalong Pangulo ay si DUTERTE.” Though sorry for

touching on politics, she said she will not delete her posts. “I apologize for including politics, but that is the unfortunate baggage & responsibility of my last name. But i will not delete any posts because (rewritten after some prayers)... I’ll be back after i have found my peace. Until then, to all those who still found it in their hearts to understand & embrace me & my sons- you have my eternal gratitude. #laban.” War on James Last April 19, during her son Bimby’s birthday, Kris began her open letter and tirades against her former husband and Bimby’s dad. “Ngayon patas na tayo, hindi na ko pwedeng ma-accuse ng power tripping. NANAHIMIK ako for so LONG- even when you crossed the line when promoting that bar you are part owner of- nagsalita ka & nasa PEP yung video na napanuod ni Bimb mismo,” Kris said in a Twitter post accompanied by a video. “Even the nicest people have their limits,” the video began. Kris posted James’s birthday message for Bimby, but followed it up with her own quotes like “I didn’t set out to be a single parent. I set out to be the best parent I can be… and that hasn’t changed” and “I will fight for my family until my last breath.” The video had Taylor Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do” playing on the background. Kris is a self-declared “Swiftie” or Taylor fan. “You are what you do, not what you say you do… Nobody is so busy, it’s just a matter of priorities,” Kris told James in the video. “Don’t touch him (Bimby),” she warned her former husband. “Oh please, don’t pretend you actually care… I’m sorry if you don’t like my honesty but to be fair, I don’t like your lies.” The video ended with the line “You want a fight, I’ll bring a war.”-Jan Milo Severo (

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Coleen Garcia reveals how many children she wants with Billy Crawford

Coleen Garcia shares what kind of family planning she and her husband already have. Now that she is finally married, Coleen Garcia admitted she and husband Billy Crawford have never really talked about when they plan to have babies. “When it comes to babies kasi, yung marriage napa-plano niyo eh pero yung baby it’s really from God. So I’ll accept whatever God gives me, whatever time that may be. Kasi siya lang naman nakakaalam kung kailan yung perfect time and I’ve learned also from all the parents that I know na biglang naging parents,” she said. The 25-year-old actress said she is leaving it up to a higher being to decide when to grow their family. “They say, ‘You know, you’re never going to be ready. Talagang pag dumating na dun ka lang magiging ready because you have to be ready.’ So ako lang parang I’m just taking my time kung kelan siya ibibigay ni God tatanggapin ko,” she added. After Coleen’s mom Maripaz was quoted in a previous interview that she wanted 10 grandkids from Coleen, the sexy actress didn’t act surprised to hear about her mom’s wish. But she also revealed how many kids she and Billy were planning to have to start their family. “Actually oo kasi konti lang kaming magkapatid eh. So parang sa akin manggagaling talaga pero hindi naman siguro 10. Hindi ko mapa-promise yung 10 pero ako masaya ako basta may girl and may boy in the future. Pero kung umabot ng 10 baka masyadong marami (laughs). Sana may girl and may boy in the future,” she said.-BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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Liza Soberano

on the best decisions she’s ever made MANILA, Philippines — Liza Soberano believes that while we cannot always anticipate what life throws our way, we can, however, be prepared to handle any hurdle. “Never expect anything, but plan for everything,” the 20-year-old beauty shares with much wisdom. Liza prides herself in carefully planning her life — from her career to her personal life — and it seems that she’s been making all the right decisions as both are taking off! Her vision for herself in the next five to 10 years is clear, and she’s already taking the necessary steps to ensure that all her dreams become attainable. But even beyond the next decade, Liza is already future-proofing her life. “All I want is to live a happy, healthy and contented life. Hopefully I will still be working, but not as much as now, especially at that age I hope to start a family of my own,” she says, hinting at her plans for the future. While she seeks the advice of friends and family when it comes to issues about love and relationships, she relies on experts such as Pru Life UK for her other concerns like health, wealth management, and life insurance. “Some of the fears that bog my mind now is how fast life is; you never know when your time is up,” she says. “I’m afraid to miss out on the important events in my families’ lives or that something might happen to them or myself, and I won’t be there for them.” And it is precisely this concern— which Liza shares with millions of others — that has pushed her to take more control over her life with Pru Life UK’s myDNA Pro Bundle. The myDNAPro Bundle helps to

manage your future, protect yourself and your loved ones, as well as arm you with more relevant information that’ll help you live out your happiest and healthiest life. Unique to Pru Life UK, this product combines life insurance with a DNA test to provide key information about your genetic makeup, allowing you to make better decisions for yourself health-wise. It shares your unique susceptibilities to diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, which are common among Filipinos. The results are personal and confidential as tests are conducted by Hong Kong-based medical lab Prenetics, assuring you utmost security. In addition to gaining greater control of your life and your health through important and relevant information, Pru Life UK ensures that you’re given proper guidance through its convenient mobile app, free consultation with a nutritionist, and exercise and calorie recommendations, among other exciting wellness features. “One of the common conditions on both sides of my families is diabetes. Pru Life UK’s myDNAPro Bundle helps me make better decisions for myself to reduce my risks of having diabetes and improve my health and lifestyle in general,” says Liza. With the myDNA Pro Bundle, Liza is able to future-proof her life and enjoy greater control and confidence, allowing her to live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life. While others may shy away from the fears of the future, Liza bravely and boldly confronts the reality: “The only way you can conquer fear is with hope.” And with Pru Life UK’s myDNA Pro Bundle, she’s able to do just that. Philstar

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Rallying for free Pharmacare across Canada

ET me start off by asking – do you know that there are hundreds of prescription drug plans across Canada? Well, I want to change that. I personally believe Canada should only have one plan for all Canadians and it should be free. Better is always possible and I am hoping that some time in the next 18 months, we will hear a major announcement related to prescription drugs. One of the more common reasons, I am told, as to what people love about Canada is the fact that we have free health care. I remember a few years ago while I was in the Philippines at the home of a local mayor, he was called to help a family that he knew well. The person was in need of money in order to pay for some medical bills. What I recall so vividly was the fact that the mayor gave him a pile of cash, I don’t know how much it was (I did not ask out of respect) but it was a lot.

For months now, I have been speaking on this issue and gathering signatures for petitions that address this urgent need. On another occasion, I met with then Mayor Alfredo Lim of Manila and after our meeting, he had arranged for me to visit a public hospital which I really appreciated. Both occasions made me reflect on our health care services here in Canada and the type of facilities that are available. In some ways, health care services are better in the Philippines. But generally speaking, what I have found is that many people from around the world who immigrate to Canada truly appreciate our health care system, particularly because it is free.

Straight up ( There are many issues today related to healthcare that need to be worked on as there is no shortage of ideas on how we can improve our system. Depending on which province you live in, the fact is the issues may vary but the underlying principle of a national and universal publicly funded health care system is actually provided by law. It is called “The Canada Health ACT”. lamoureux, 16

May kwento nang isang babaeng nagngangalang Cheryl ang nakaranas ng pagiingat at tulong ng anghel. Si Cheryl ay nagmamaneho ng makakita siya ng malakas na bagyong paparating, Naisip niyang magmamaneho ng mabilis para hindi siya abutan nito. Kakasundo lamang niya sa kaniyang dalawang anak na babae na galing sa selebrasyon ng high school

graduation sa Joplin Misouri. Akala niya ay papalayo siya ng bagyo, yun pala ay papalapit siya, dahil baligtad ang kaniyang compass. Ang chaplain ng Billy Graham response team na si Pam Rhodes ay timing naman na nabalitaan ang malagim na kalagayan ni Cheryl at ng kaniyang pamilya, kaya agad siyang nanalangin. Kalahating milya sa kanilang bahay, bumuhos ang matinding ulan sa 20th street, ang dinaanan ng tornado ng gabi ng Mayo 22. Nakita ni Pam Rhodes ang isang parang puting daliri sa kalangitan. Bumubuhos ng malakas sa kotse ni Cheryl ang ulan na parang

That should rapidly reduce the backlog in license plates, estimated at millions of pairs. The problem has bedeviled motorists since the previous administration. Lawsuits prevented the distribution of the plates even after their delivery from abroad and the turnover of the plates to the LTO by the Bureau of Customs. Last January, the Supreme Court mercifully lifted its restraining order on the release by the LTO of 300,000 license plates manufactured by a Dutch-Filipino consortium.


Agent 777 nasa car wash sila. Naramdaman niyang pinatatabi sila ng Panginoon. Sobrang lakas ng ulan at hangin at nadiskubre ni Cheryl na nasa loob sila ng tornado o buhawi. Nabasag ang mga bintana ng kotse, tinulak niya para dumapa ang mga anak at nagpasimulang manalangin sa Diyos. Dito na niya naramdaman ang presensya at pagkilos ng Diyos. Nakaramdam sila na may hindi mapaliwanag na pwersa na pinanatiling nakasubsob ang kanilang mga ulo habang may sari saring bagay ang huma-

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License plates, at last With pride, the Land Transportation Office inaugurated on April 24 its own plant where motor vehicle and motorcycle license plates will be produced. The plant at the LTO office in Quezon City has seven manual embossing machines that transportation officials say can churn out up to 22,000 plates per day.

“Sapagkat si Yahweh ang iyong ginawang tagapagsanggalang, at ang pinili mong magiingat sa iyo’y Kataas-taasan. Di mo aabuting ika’y mapahamak; di mararanasan kahit anong uring mga paghihirap sa iyong tahanan. Sa kanyang mga anghel, ika’y itatagubilin, saan mang dako maparoon, tiyak kang iingatan. Sa kanilang mga kamay, ika’y aalalayan, nang sa mga bato, paa mo’y hindi masasaktan.”

Pinapadala daw ng Diyos ang kaniyang mga anghel sa mga tagapagmana niya ng kaligtasang galing sa Panginoong Jesus para maglingkod at tumulong sa atin ang sabi ni San Pablo sa aklat ng Hebreo sa Bibliya. May 1-15, 2018


May Anghel na nagiingat ang Diyos para sa atin Isa sa paraan ng pagiingat ng Diyos sa mga nagtitiwala sa kaniya ay ang tulong ng mga anghel. Mababasa natin ang pangakong ito ng Diyos sa Awit 91: 9-12:


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This time, the government must make sure lawsuits by those who have lost their stranglehold on vehicle license plate production will no longer stop the distribution of LTO-produced plates. Motorists pay for the license plates upon the registration of vehicles, yet fail to get the items paid for. The Duterte administration, for which the anti-crime campaign is a top priority, should have a special interest in seeing to it that the license plates are distributed ASAP. The lack of licence plates has abetted crime, with criminals using fake license plates on getaway vehicles especially motorcycles. Transport officials must make sure that the LTO plates will bear the necessary security features to prevent faking. The current license plates look easy to fake using pentel pen on white cardboard. LTO officials can make the security features more discernible. With a solution apparently found for the license plate problem, the LTO should deal with the other serious backlog – in driver’s license cards. While some progress has been made in this area, many motorists continue to wait for their license cards, with some waiting for nearly two years now. Temporary driver’s license forms are not recognized even by certain government offices. This atrocious wait for driver’s license cards must end.-Philstar

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Undiplomatic hat were they thinking?

The Philippine ambassador to Kuwait led what were basically raids on private homes to extract Filipina domestic workers who reported they were abused. They forgot that foreign missions in any country do not have police powers. Their extraterritoriality extends only to the physical boundaries of their respective embassies. The raids, conducted independently of the Kuwaiti police, constituted trespassing and kidnapping. No self-respecting sovereign nation will take that sitting down. Four Filipinos who participated in the raids are now jailed in Kuwait. These were really bright boys, those involved in these raids. They diligently took videos of their activities. Then they downloaded those videos on social media. They really made sure the evidence against them was bulletproof. Now they reap the whirlwind. Diffident We might be sympathetic with our diplomats in Kuwait. True, they probably thought they were performing a humanitarian act. But even the best-intentioned acts must be performed within the scaffolding of law and protocol. Diplomats should know this more than the uninitiated. To be sure, the Philippine embassy in Kuwait was aching to redeem itself. For months, our migrant workers in this

By a unanimous vote, the Kuwaiti parliament declared Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa persona non grata. He was ordered expelled from the country. country have complained about the diffidence of the embassy staff. Several workers were cruelly abused and found little help from the embassy. One worker was recently found stuffed in a freezer. Her body was found only after two years. The Labor secretary had to travel to Kuwait to hector our diplomats assigned there. Kuwait is one of those countries were the work of the diplomatic staff is almost entirely about looking after the welfare of our workers deployed there. Kuwait is one of those places where foreign workers receive the least protection. Something should have been done about this long ago. But only lately is a memorandum of agreement being discussed between our two countries. This happened only after President Duterte imposed a deployment ban on workers seeking employment in Kuwait. Now that agreement is in jeopardy because our diplomats in Kuwait were apparently overcompensating for past negligence. Expelled By a unanimous vote, the Kuwaiti parliament declared Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa persona non grata. He was ordered expelled from the country.

This is a serious gesture. Veteran diplomat Apolinario Lozada, in an interview, says he does not recall anyone holding ambassadorial rank expelled from a country on short notice. The last incident he could recall was when the Japanese ambassador to Washington was expelled after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. This is, I suppose, unprecedented. I recall of no Filipino ambassador having been expelled from the country he was assigned to. Only after our ambassador was expelled did we realize Kuwait had already recalled its ambassador to Manila. Someone at the DFA was not paying enough attention to this rapidly unfolding crisis. Without a Philippine ambassador in Kuwait and without a Kuwaiti ambassador in Manila, any effective diplomatic response to this deteriorating situation is seriously impaired. Let us hope the DFA has assembled a more competent crisis management team to deal with this before things spiral out of control. Regional Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano did not sound too perturbed when he held a press briefing last Thursday. On the contrary, he tried to sound hopeful about Philippine-Kuwaiti relations going

Alex Magno

FIRST PERSON forward. We hope he realizes the severity of the problem at hand. The raids constitute more than a slight on the Kuwaitis. It is a slap on the face. The problem extends beyond our bilateral relations. The Arab states are closely knit. Their rulers have close kinship relationship with each other. The relationship between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are closest. Should our relationship with Kuwait deteriorate because of this stupid incident, our relationships with the other neighboring countries will be imperiled. This will have grave consequences for our economy. Needless to say, with our weak capacity to export anything, we need the repatriated incomes of our heroic army of migrant workers to offset our imports. Failing to do that, our peso will simply fall through the floor. Stymied Our foreign policy is stymied in the Middle East. Our main problem is beggars cannot be choosers.

The rapidly growing economies of the oil-rich region are, no doubt, dependent on hosting a large migrant labor force. In turn, we are dependent on the remittances of our exported workers. But this is a region where labor protection is relatively underdeveloped. Everyday our government receives thousands of complaints about abusive employers, unpaid wages and unsafe working conditions. Our domestic workers are the most vulnerable. They have no fixed hours. The live with their employers and eat only what they are fed. In the more isolated towns, our workers do not have any support system. In the desert, the distances between towns are long. The governments in this region have not been too enthusiastic about improving the working conditions of guest workers or legislating labor protection. Whatever gains we have achieved in reducing the vulnerability of our workers have been due to diplomatic work. We were on the brink of signing a comprehensive memorandum of understanding with Kuwait that would dramatically improve conditions for our workers. There were reports that President Duterte no less was preparing to go to Kuwait to sign this agreement. The agreement would have set a benchmark for the treatment of migrant workers. We could have used that to negotiate with the other Arab host countries, particularly conservative Saudi Arabia. Now, that agreement appears to be in serious jeopardy.Philstar

Mocha asks about ‘fake news’ LAST Sunday, Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) called out SunStar Cebu on Facebook over a recent column by our Public and Standards Editor Pachico A. Seares. A question Uson asked caught my attention. She wrote: “Ang galing ninyo mag tag ng ‘peddle fake news’ do you even know what is FAKE NEWS???” (You’re so good at tagging people who ‘peddle fake news.’ Do you even know what fake news is?) The column in question examines Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s comments on Senate Bill 1680, which proposes penalties for public officials and employees who “publish or disseminate false news or information in their personal and official capacities.” That column includes this paragraph: “True to his reputation as defender of human rights and free speech before he took the Malacañang

The problem with “fake news” is that it remains so inadequately defined, despite being overused.

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COMMENTARY job, Roque is defending the freedom of the likes of blogger Mocha Uson to peddle fake news while on government pay.” (I urge you to read the rest of Atty. Seares’ column here: No one in SunStar Cebu has ever claimed to be an expert on “fake news,” but it is something that many of us have read and studied and thought about, because it debases the quality of information Filipinos get. If people’s decisions do not rest on verified information, any journalist who cares about community and country should worry. As should any public official whose functions include “informing, educating, and enlightening the citizenry about matters of national im-

portance.” The problem with “fake news” is that it remains so inadequately defined, despite being overused. The most helpful material I’ve found on the matter, so far, is a framework by Executive Director Claire Wardle of First Draft, a nonprofit organization that fights “mis- and disinformation online.” Just to recap, for those who missed it: when one shares false information inadvertently (accidentally, wala tuyo-a, hindi sinadya), that’s misinformation. But when one creates and deliberately shares information that he or she knows is false, that’s disinformation. Wardle breaks up mis- and disinformation further into seven types. These are: (1) false connection: when the headlines, visuals or captions don’t match the story; (2) false

context: when genuine content is shared with false contextual information; (3) manipulated content: when images are manipulated to deceive; (4) parody or satire; (5) misleading content; (6) impostor content: when genuine news sources are impersonated; and (7) fabricated content: “designed to deceive and do harm.” Passing off a photo of Honduran police in a post about Filipino troops in Marawi is one example of false context; so is passing off a six-year-old photo of Boracay in a post about its current problems. Whether these are acts of mis- or disinformation, only Uson can really know. I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. When confronted with those acts of “false context” (or her preferred term, “symbolism”) in the past, the assistant secretary has tried to dodge accountability by

pointing out that she just shared someone else’s material. That won’t do. For someone with such formidable influence and resources, that’s a cop-out, and the public deserves better. Now, Uson may argue that her Facebook page is personal space and hers to do with as she pleases. But when some of its posts are done by the PCOO and some of its videos are posted by Radio TV Malacañang, is it still just personal space? Uson also wrote: “Hindi porke’t against sa inyo aking opinion, fake news na.” (Just because my opinion differs from yours doesn’t make it fake news.) Finally, a point we can agree on. I just wish this public official hadn’t repeatedly painted the opposition as “mga salot” (a pestilence or a plague) and described those whose political opinions differ from hers as “mga kalaban” (our enemies.) As if peddling fake news wasn’t atrocious enough.(On Twitter: @isoldeamante)/Sun. Star Cebu

May 1-15, 2018



Jed Madela on going through depression:

‘I felt unwanted and insignificant’ As one of the new mentors in the newest season of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids this year, Jed Madela admitted he is excited about the new crop of young talents to be showcased on the show. “I am very blessed and grateful lalong lalo na sa ABS-CBN, lalo na sa big bosses na for a while I felt insignificant and not part of the circle anymore. Pero I’m happy na nabigyan nila ako ng ganitong mga trabaho ngayon. It’s a big thing for us artists to feel that we are part of a family and I really feel that we are part of a family dito because of the love and the care that they are giving me now. And also of course I understand na pana-panahon lang yun. So I guess during those times talaga I was down and I was depressed. One thing naman na-po-prove ko na hindi ka naman nila tatalikuran. So I’m happy now,” he said during the YFSF Kids presscon held last April 25 inside ABS-CBN. Before being part of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, Jed admitted he went through a very challenging time in his life. “Siguro it was a moment in my life na naging toxic lahat. I guess I was surrounded by the wrong people, I reading a lot of negative things online. Siguro nagpatong patong na. Hindi ako yung tipong nagkukuwento kasi. I’m not the type who

can release the sama ng loob sa pagsasalita. Siguro naipon lahat. Yun lang talaga ang na-discover ko, na you really have to stop and assess your life if you are with the right people and you are doing the things that you love doing. Kasi kung ginagawa mo ang isang bagay just for the heck of money or just because of work at hindi ka na happy, nakakadagdag siya sa depression and anxiety,” he explained. The powerful performer said it was his fans who gave him strength to keep positive despite everything. “Na-limit yung performances ko sa ASAP. Kung kelan lang nila ako trip tawagan. So I felt unwanted and insignificant kasi hindi na ako sikat or hindi na nila ako kailangan. It was the fans who really made me feel better, they would message me saying, ‘Kuya Jed, andito pa rin kami.’ Personally I don’t want to call them fans kasi nahihiya ako. They’re family to me, they are friends. Kaya sobrang importante sa akin ang mga fans ko. But I’m better now. I just needed time to rest I guess. I needed time to rest things. And I needed to be surrounded by the right people, by the right projects. I’m doing a bit better, not fully recovered but better than before.” he revealed. To avoid feeling down,

Jed said he tries not to let bashers online affect him anymore. “I’ve mellowed down in a sense na hindi na ako nagbabasa ng mga comments. Lalong lalo na sa mga articles tapos sa baba may mga comments, it is open to the public and everyone has their own opinion tapos may mga sarili silang issues sa buhay na pati ako nadadamay. Or some of them they just don’t like me for whatever reason they have. Dati kasi it mattered to me so I kept reading. Pero ngayon, since yun nga ang nangyari sa akin na it kinda affected me, I avoided reading comments. I read comments sa mga posts ng mga alam kong hindi masyadong maraming mga bashers ang nandun,” he said.BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

ABBA make new music after 35 years

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - “Mamma Mia! Here we go again”: Sweden’s legendary disco group ABBA announced on Friday that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did,” the group said in a statement after repeated comments that they would never reunite. They said they had recorded two new songs, one titled “I Still Have Faith In You”, and another unnamed track. The quartet split up in 1982 after dominating the disco scene for more than a decade with hits like “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and “Super Trouper”. “It was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short

holiday. An extremely joyful experience!” members Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson added. The group, who sold more than 400 million albums, have not sung together on stage since 1986.

‘Come of age’ But now, computerized avatars are to perform “I Still Have Faith In You” in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC to be broadcast in December, the group said. “We have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.” They said the “exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence”. Bjorn, 73, was married to Agnetha, 68, and Benny, 71, was married to AnniFrid, 72.

The group dominated the 1970s disco scene with their glitzy costumes, kitsch dance routines and catchy melodies. They first found global fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with “Waterloo”. While they have appeared in public together on rare occasions, they have never reunited to perform as a group, and have vowed that won’t ever happen. “There is simply no motivation to regroup. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were,” Ulvaeus said in a 2008 interview. Contacted by AFP, he was not immediately available for comment on the latest announcement. ‘The same wonderful chemistry’

The group’s manager Gorel Hanser told TT news agency that hearing them record the two new songs was “just like in the ABBA days”. “It was the same wonderful chemistry. It was as if time had stood still,” Hanser said. “Everyone got into their role and sang, and sang and sang,” she said adding the band was not planning to tour together in real life. Their popularity has continued to grow over the years, with the 1999 hit musical “Mamma Mia” and the 2008 film of the same name starring Meryl Streep bringing their music to a whole new generation of fans. And ABBA’s music featured prominently in two cult Australian films, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and “Muriel’s Wedding”, both released in 1994.-By ILGIN KARLIDAG, AFP

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CHICAGO, United States - A massage therapist is suing Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame for sexual assault and battery, accusing him of inappropriate touching and misconduct during two sessions last year in Chicago. Maria Carballo filed a fivecount lawsuit Monday, claiming Lee assaulted her by fondling himself and touching her with his genitalia. The lawsuit claims the incidents took place in April 2017, when the 95-year-old co-creator of many superhero characters, including Black Panther and SpiderMan, was in the Midwestern city for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Lee’s attorney Jonathan Freund denied the allegations to the Chicago Tribune newspaper. “He is a high-profile public figure and I think it’s a shakedown,” Freund was quoted by the Tribune as saying. “The guy is 95, I don’t think he would do that.” Carballo’s lawsuit claims she was sent on two occasions to Lee’s hotel suite at the McCormick Place Hyatt Regency. During the first massage, Lee allegedly fondled himself, causing Carballo to stop and leave early. Carballo claims that Lee apologized through her employer and she returned for a second massage appoint-

ment the following day, during which she employed a massage technique using the feet instead of hands. She accuses Lee of moving her foot against his genitals, prompting her to leave once again. The alleged incidents predate the global spread of the #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns. Carballo was initially fearful that complaining about Lee’s actions would negatively affect her career, according to the law firm representing her. “After seeing other women fight to be treated with dignity and respect, I decided, me too,” Carballo said in a statement released by the Chicago-based firm Cunningham Lopez LLP. The lawsuit is seeking at least $50,000, as well as punitive damages and attorney’s fees for each of the five counts. Lee has faced a similar claim before. In January, the Daily Mail reported on allegations of sexual assault and harassment by nurses who cared for Lee at his Los Angeles home. Lee’s representatives denied those allegations. The comic book legend has also been the subject of rumors of elder abuse in the hands of associates and his daughter, and has denied those claims as well. — Agence France-Presse

Dating? Khalil Ramos,

Gabbi Garcia

spotted together in BGC She was left feeling “kilig” after she got to hug “Riverdale” star Cole Sprouse. But if rumors are true, actress Gabbi Garcia is probably getting her daily dose of it courtesy of actor Khalil Ramos. A Pep report claimed to have spotted the pair out together around Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Saturday. The two were seen trying to keep it low key with their outfits, with Ramos opting for a white shirt teamed with khaki pants. He attempted to go under the radar in a blue baseball cap

and shades. Garcia, meanwhile, looked typically chic in a long floral skirt and an off-shoulder top. She was holding a jean jacket. Both Ramos and Garcia have denied dating, according to Pep. In separate interviews last year, they said they’re just good friends, adding that they met through Julia Barretto. Rumors about them being a couple spread after they were spotted in Hong Kong together last November. As it turned out, Ramos was the director of Garcia’s music video, shot in the city.ABS-CBN News

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Paolo Ballesteros responds, transforms into

Solenn Heussaff

Paolo Ballesteros proved once again that he is the unofficial champion of makeup transformation turning himself into Solenn Heussaff! “GASOLENN HEUSSAFF??????” Paolo captioned on Instagram before tagging Solenn. Earlier in the week, Solenn revealed that Paolo challenged her to do a makeup transformation, a dare she could not refuse to take. Solenn said it was no easy task and made her appreciate Paolo’s work even more. “I appreciate Paolo’s work even more now. Respect!!!! I cant wait to see my face on him.” Solenn and Paolo will star in “My 2 Mommies” on May 9. —Jamil Santos/ALG, GMA News

Roderick Paulate, charged with graft and falsification Actor and Quezon City councilor Roderick Paulate has been charged with graft and falsification by the Ombudsman on Wednesday, April 25, for allegedly hiring ghost employees in 2010. He is facing one count of graft, one count of falsification by a public officer, and eight counts of falsification of public documents. Roderick and his driver Vicente Bajamunde allegedly falsified the July payroll to make it appear several employees received their pay. According to a report by ABSCBN News, the Ombudsman said that the two have dues to the Quezon City government amounting to P1,109,000 from August to November of 2010. The Ombudsman recommended a total bail bond of P246,000 for Roderick and a total of P30,000 for Vicente.BY ROSELLE BASBAS

Are you courting

Angelica? JM sets the

record straight

They’ve teased fans with a photo showing them in a near-kiss pose. Sorry shippers, but there’s very little chance that JM de Guzman and Angelica Panganiban will be taking their friendship up another level. De Guzman made that clear in his interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” Friday, saying that he does not have plans to court his “That Thing Called Tadhana” co-star. “Mag-tropa po kami ni Angelica. Kulitan lang po namin iyong mga ganyan,” he explained. He added that their group of friends is tight, sharing how they have been helping him get back on his feet after he checked himself into a rehab facility for his past drug use. “Iyong mga mali ko talaga dati, sinasampal nila sa mukha ko. I’m really thankful for that,” he said. De Guzman was on the latenight talk show to promote the upcoming premiere of “Precious Hearts Romances: Araw Gabi” on Monday. ABS-CBN News

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Three basic tire rotation patterns you should remember

If you’ve owned a car for a while, then you’ll know (or damn well should) that rotating your tires is an important part of car maintenance. Every turn, bump, and movement from your tires causes wear over time. Rotating your tires periodically helps extend their lifespan and keeps you safe by preventing early wear. Not all four of your tires will wear evenly, though. Depending on where they’re placed on your car, some will wear faster than the rest, hence the need to move them around. Here we’ve outlined the three basic patterns you should familiarize yourself with: Forward cross This pattern is suited for front-wheel drive cars. The front tires move directly to the rear, while the rear tires move diagonally to the opposite sides. X-pattern

An alternative pattern you can use for front-wheel drive vehicles. Like the name implies, the front and rear tires move diagonally, so each one will change side and axle. Rearward cross This one is for rear-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles and is the opposite of the forward cross. This time, the rear tires move directly forward to the same side, and the front tires cross diagonally to the rear. Take note that these aren’t the only possible options for rotating your tires. There are patterns that incorporate the spare, plus ones that take into account different types of tires. For most uses, however, the ones shown here will suffice. -by Jason Tulio


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LOOK: Jackie Forster reunites with sons Kobe, Andre

MANILA -- Mother’s Day came early for former actress Jackie Forster when she reunited with her sons Andre and Kobe Paras after not seeing them for almost 12 years. But prior to their meeting on Saturday, Forster narrated to PEP how they mended ties following their estrangement for several years. According to Forster, it was Kobe who first reached out to her back in January when she was in London, while he was in California. “We had an overwhelming 40-minute conversation. Of course, I was overwhelmed with happiness, just the fact that he was calling me,” she recalled. Their conversation led to Kobe inviting Forster to come over to Los Angeles where he was studying at the time. “I asked him if he wants to come to Europe, I can send him a ticket. But he said he can’t leave because of school and basketball. And then he asked me, ‘Can you come here?’ I said, ‘Of course I can,’ and he said, ‘When?’” she recalled. At that time, Forster was certain she wanted to see Kobe the soonest possible but she just couldn’t fly to him right away because of her responsibilities in London. “I spoke to my husband and he made arrangements, but no one could come yet, but he saw the first 24 hours. I wasn’t sleeping. I was just always so anxious, so he got me a ticket. Three days later, January 25th, I was on the plane to Los Angeles,” she said. Meeting Kobe in LA was just overwhelming, Forster said. “First of all, it didn’t feel real... like I thought I was floating. Parang manhid ka na hindi mo alam. I didn’t wanna wake up. I feel like I’m just gonna wake up and this was a dream because for years, that’s all I’ve been doing, dreaming for that day,” she said. They, however, decided to keep everything a secret first at the beginning, even to Forster’s family in LA. “I stayed in LA for a month. So first three weeks, solely, one-on-one kami and my first ten days was near him. After that, I had to move to my mom’s house. My family in LA didn’t know until I decided to stay in my mom’s house.

“The first few days, I didn’t tell my mom. I couldn’t tell her because I promised Kobe I wouldn’t tell anyone, and that was something important to him that it was private first ‘coz he didn’t want other people to know. Ayaw niyang may makialam, ayaw niyang may manggulo,” she explained. When Kobe returned to the Philippines in mid-April, he also asked his mother to go to Manila. “I think he’s excited to play and he’s excited for me to watch him play. Of course, I told my husband, so I got a ticket,” she said. But aside from ironing things out with Kobe, it was also important for Forster to mend ties with Andre. “We’ve been in communication since end of January. Nag-Facetime na kami noong February, during my Easter trip sa LA and we would talk almost every day sa chat. But my first time to see him was last night,” she said. Their meeting, Forster said, was obviously nice but there was a lot of nervous energy because they didn’t see each other for years. “He’s bigger than me, he has a beard and he has a moustache, he has big manly hand. It’s like that’s weird,” she said. “You really feel the distance and the time. I tried my best not to cry. Ang bigat kaya ng pakiramdam na pinipigilan mo but anyway, everything’s positive. I think Andre and Kobe also didn’t want to see me sad so they tried to make everything light lang,” she added. Now that they are no longer estranged, Forster said she just wants to move on in peace. “Being with Andre and Kobe feels like I just gave birth again. It’s like that feeling again, seeing your kids for the first time,” she said. “We don’t wanna talk about the past, especially the kids. Everything needs to be positive from this point on because if you keep on going backward, it will just open more things,” she said. Kobe and Andre’s father, Benjie Paras, and Forster were married in 1994, but separated in 2001. Their marriage was annulled in 2003, with full custody of Andre and Kobe being granted to the former PBA star.ABS-CBN News

Still dancing to the VST beat Brothers Spanky and Roger Rigor, the voices behind the famed VST and Company, mounted the stage anew for their recent concert, Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko, held at the Ernst Community Cultural Center of the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia. Filipinos in the US East Coast — Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, DC, New York, Massachusetts — and as far as Manila trooped to the venue to listen and witness the brothers regale the crowd with VST and Company’s best-loved hits. It was indeed a roaring trip down memory lane, as Spanky and Roger generously relived the hits of VST and Company. They rendered popular dance ditties and crowd favorites like Rock Baby Rock, Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko and Disco Fever to soaring ballads like Ipagpatawad Mo and Ikaw ang Aking Mahal. “Ipagpatawad Mo got everyone swooning,” Roger shared. “When we sang Ikaw ang Aking Mahal, the crowd simply sang with us. It was humbling and truly powerful. We are really thankful for all the years we have been taken in as part of everyone’s journey. We continue to dedicate that song as our sincere response for the love from all.” Roger is a college professor based in Seattle, Washington since 1985, when he moved to the US with Spanky. However, Spanky later moved to San Francisco and has since settled there. “Spanky and I have been performing recently together for the past two years,” Roger proudly beamed. “It seems that there is this generational resurging of sorts for our songs. It started in LA in August 2016, then continued to Abu Dhabi in October that same year. “Last year, we were at the Fiesta America in New Jersey. We performed at Stanford University early this April then in Virginia recently. Because of our schedules, we had to limit our guestings, but we go if our schedules permit. People are clamoring for a real concert of the VST and Company and that’s what we’re

promising them.” New Jersey-based singer, Suzanne Lansangan-Sabangan, helped mount the Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko concert. Suzanne’s singing group, Sounds of Manila, performed in the show. One of the producers of the concert was Romel Simon, Suzanne’s relative. “For years, Romel has been asking me to have a show in their area in Northern Virginia,” Suzanne said. “Last year, he saw a picture of me with my singing partner, Hermie Angeles, along with Spanky and Roger on Facebook. Romel messaged me and told me that he and his friend, Francis Faina, were interested in producing a VST and Sounds of Manila backto-back concert in Northern Virginia. “Romel said there aren’t many Filipino concerts in their area. So, he thought it would be a very good idea to produce a show that would feature Manila Sound and Original Pilipino Music (OPM). That was when we started to connect again with Roger and Spanky through musical director Lorrie Ilustre.” In Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko, Lorrie got to work with the brothers again after 40 years. Lorrie also arranged and co-produced Sounds of Manila’s debut album, where the group recorded hits of Cecile Azarcon. The group’s bassist and band leader, Ronnie Sabangan, thought the concert would be a wonderful reunion for the Rigor brothers and Lorrie, who was actually VST and Company’s first arranger. Lorrie was thankful he was able to work again with Spanky and Roger not just onstage, but also in recording. “I was tasked to create a new sound and recording a la Bee Gees style of singing,” Lorrie shared. “But we had to be different because we had a competitor, another recording company, that was also coming out with the same style.” After wrapping up the Virginia concert, Lorrie returned to the West Coast where he is based. He is slated to perform anew with his Big Mouth Band, featuring Concert King Martin Nievera, at the M Casino in Las Vegas.Leah C. Salterio/Philstar

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hapas sa kanilang sasakyan at may mga nakakapasok pa rito. Naligtas sila sa maaring pinsala dahil sa nakadapa sila. Si Cheryl at ang dalawa niyang anak na babae ay nasa gitna na ng buhawi ngunit narinig niya ang tinig ng Panginoon na sinasabing ligtas ang kaniyang mga anak. Biglang lalong lumakas ang ulan at hangin at umangat ang sasakyan nila at napunta sila sa bubungan ng bahay na natanggal sa gusali. Habang nangyayari ito, sa pananaw ni Cheryl ay nakakita sila ng anghel. May lumapit na lalaki sa kanila na walang kadumi dumi o basurang nakapulupot sa kaniya. Napuno sila ng pambihirang kapayapaan habang nasa presensya sila ng lalaki. Sinabihan silang huwag magalala dahil ililigtas niya sila. Tinulungan sila nitong lumabas ng sasakyan at kung papaanong biglang lumitaw ang lalaki ay bigla din itong nawala. Nakaligtas sila ng may kaunting galos lamang. Patunay ito ng pagiingat sa kanila ng Diyos. Marami ding nabalitang mahimalang naligtas sa bagyo ang nakarating sa Billy Graham response team. Ngunit ito daw ang pinaka pambihrang kwento,

ang sabi ni Pam Rhodes, dahil ang nalligtas ay tatlong tao na nasa loob at gitna mismo ng tornado o buhawi. Patunay ito na tapat ang Diyos sa kaniyang mga pangako, na kung sino ang tumawag sa kaniya ay matutulungan o maliligtas sa sakuna. Pinapadala daw ng Diyos ang kaniyang mga anghel sa mga tagapagmana niya ng kaligtasang galing sa Panginoong Jesus para maglingkod at tumulong sa atin ang sabi ni San Pablo sa aklat ng Hebreo sa Bibliya. Napakaraming benepisyo ang manalig kay Jesus at magsuko ng buhay sa kaniya. Pinapatawad na tayo sa ating mga kasalanan, nagiging anak pa tayo ng Diyos at tagapagmana ng hindi mabilang na pagpapala ng Diyos. Kasama sa mga tinatanggap nating pagpapala ay ang pagiingat niya sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang mga anghel. Kaya kung ako sa iyo kaibigan, magsuko ka ng buhay mo sa panginoon at magtiwala sa kaniya sa lahat ng bagay at panahon ng maranasan mo ang pambihirang pagiingat ng Diyos. (Junie Josue, Lead Pastor, International Worship Centre, 1077 St James Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 204-774-4478)

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If provinces would like to receive funding from Ottawa, they need to follow the provisions and requirements as stipulated in the Act. For a long time, I have wanted to see changes to the Act and I am feeling optimistic that the changes I would like to see are getting closer to becoming a reality. Imagine this scenario – you are going through some health challenges, maybe it is cancer or perhaps an ulcer, and after spending time in the hospital where medications are free, you are released. For many people, getting released means coming up with the money to buy the medications you need. For thousands of people, they end up not getting the medications and you can imagine what the ill consequences are. To other people, this may mean returning to the hospital. Earlier this year at an event, I recall talking to a senior who explained to me that she does not have the money to buy her medicine and that, on more

than one occasion, she has had to go to a food bank in order to buy some of her medications. For months now, I have been speaking on this issue and gathering signatures for petitions that address this urgent need. We have seen unions and many stakeholders becoming more vocal on the issue. More importantly, in the past couple of weeks, two significant developments have emerged. First, Canada’s standing committee on health released a report titled “Pharmacare Now: Prescription medicine coverage for all Canadians”. Second, 3,000 plus Liberals in Halifax passed many resolutions but the number one resolution that was passed calls for a National Pharmacare Program. I would like to add that earlier this year, the Prime Min-

ister put together a committee to look into how prescription medicine could be part of the free healthcare program for all Canadians. I am convinced that if there was ever going to be a chance, the time is now. Today the reality is that there are hundreds of prescription drug plans in Canada which are costly and only cover about 80% of the population. For many people, they cannot simply afford the medications they require. A free National Pharmacare plan will ensure that all people will have access to the prescribed medications that they need at no cost to them. You can participate in pushing for a National Pharmacare program by contacting my office and signing our petition. Or you may visit my website mpkevin. ca for more information.

Julie Anne San Jose on being the last cover girl for Cosmo PHL print: ‘I’m very honored’ Sadly, May marks the last print issue for Cosmopolitan Philippines. The good news is Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose is gracing its final cover. At the Vivo V9 Mall Tour in SM North EDSA Annex on Sunday, where the special red edition of the V9 phone was launched, GMA News Online had a quick backstage chat with the Kapuso singeractor who also happens to be an endorser of the phone brand. She told us how honored she felt to be chosen as Cosmo’s closing cover girl for print. “I’m just really happy that Cosmo chose me to be their cover girl for the May issue, ‘yon ‘yong last print issue nila. I’m very flattered and honored.” She said appearing on the cover of Cosmo was a dream come true. “Of course, every girl naman dream of being a cover girl. I’m happy it was really another blessing.” Julie shared what’s it like shooting with the Cosmo team and renowned fashion photographer Shaira Luna. “It was really fun, nakita ko yung mga photos, during the shoot din, so ayun actually humihingi ako ng copies, they were the photographs by Shaira Luna, sobrang chill lang, sobrang fun, very homey yung vibe.” Her makeup was done by Kaye Misajon, her hair was styled by Rhoy Cervantes and her OOTDs were prepared by stylist Ash Aquino. Although it was Julie Anne’s debut cover for Cosmo Philippines, it was not her first time to work with the team. She was previously featured as their first celebrity on their digital series #CosmoPHSpotlight. . — By JANNIELYN ANN BIGTAS, GMA News

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Moira Dela Torre is engaged to boyfriend Jason Marvin

The singer had a “surprise” at the end of her music video. Just when everyone who was watching last night’s episode of Gandang Gabi Vice thought that Moira Dela Torre would simply premiere her “Tagpuan” music video on national television, the 24-year-old artist gave viewers an unexpected surprise. During her guesting with boyfriend Jason Marvin on Vice Ganda’s top-rating comedy talk show, Moira Dela Torre had everyone #shookt when a clip from her engagement with her longtime boyfriend suddenly appeared towards the end of the video, which she described as her “life story” put together into beautifully-pieced visuals. Congratulations, Moira and Jason! -BY LANCE PAOLO

Where is she in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? Kris Aquino explains


The Members Statement in The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

Family Care Providers

Mr. Mohinder Saran (The Maples): No matter our age, we all strive for and enjoy independence. I am often contacted by senior citizens needing help to keep their independence with some support for basic daily living and household chores, such as grocery shopping, light cleaning, cooking and other activities. But they don’t want isolation. Isolation has been association with cognitive decline, decline in health, depression, increased rates of infection and even mortality. So they ask for the physical presence of loved ones in their lives and to help care for them; the people they trust with their daily functions and whom they feel most comfortable with, get emotional support from and can reminisce with. This is often someone living in another country, but the caregivers’ work permit currently depends on the Labour Market Impact Assessment, and there is a requirement of income for family members to

qualify for LMIA. This makes it difficult to bring a caregiver into Canada. There are exemptions to LMIA. So I ask this Manitoba government to lobby for the—lobby the federal government to include family care-providers in the LMIA exemptions list. The LMIA requirement should be eliminated for seniors who invite their trustworthy relatives on work permits as live-in care providers. Because it makes sense to have family as care providers for an aging population, family-stream caregivers will contribute to reduction of health-care spending by the government. In compassion for our senior citizens, to give them better physical and emotional support while maintaining their independent living, as well as to reduce unwanted spending in the health-care system, I urge this government to lobby the federal government to eliminate the LMIA for seniors wanting family-stream care.

Hon. Mr. Ahmed Hussen The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6 Re: Family stream care workers. Dear Mr. Hussen, Sometimes senior citizens need constant help to manage their everyday household chores. They prefer hiring those who they can trust. Seniors in need of such help often contact my office. Due to privacy, trust and appropriate emotional support, they usually prefer bringing relatives on work permit from their countries of origin. Since the caregivers’ work permit depends on LMIA process, they suffer considerable difficulty to have caregivers who they can trust, feel comfortable with, and share emotional issues, and receive appropriate mental healing support. In compassion with senior citizens’ proper healthcare needs, I propose for your consideration the following: 1. The LMIA requirement should be eliminated for seniors who want to invite their trustworthy relatives on work permit as live-in family caregivers 2. Only seniors’ caregivers’ residency duration as family care 3. Workers to apply for permanent status be longer than usual, or up to death of the senior under care, they are providing caregiving services to (whichever comes first). 4. In case senior or senior couple does not qualify under income requirement, his/ her sons, daughters and grandchildren should be allowed to qualify individually or if needed jointly to pay the salary of the worker. 5. If the senior does not have son, daughter or grandchildren, then other relatives should be allowed to take that responsibility. Family stream caregivers will also contribute to reduction of healthcare spending of the government. Thus, I solemnly urge you to consider the above propositions for the sake of better healthcare, appropriate emotional health support, and reduction of unwanted spending of the Healthcare System. Thank you for your consideration.

MANILA, Philippines — In response to netizens’ queries on why Filipino “multimedia queen” Kris Aquino is not in the first trailer of the Warner Bros. film “Crazy Rich Asians,” the actress and TV host has explained her side on social media. On April 26, two days after Warner Bros. Pictures released the first trailer with no Kris in sight, Kris posted on her Instagram account what she called as her own “#teaser” to show that she is still in the movie. “Lulubusin ko na po ang posts. Feeling ko madaling araw na ng Friday ang gising ko- in time for my next shooting. #CrazyRichAsians #teaser #imeverywoman,” she said in the caption. With Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” playing on the background, the video showed Kris’s picture alongside others in the cast like lead stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, alongside Filipino-born comedian Nico Santos, who is

in the movie’s first trailer. A certain @jczenemij16 commented on Kris’s post, saying: “Napanood ko trailer, pero di kita nakita? Extra ka lang ba dun?I thought you’re one of the main characters. :)” Kris then replied to @jczenemij16, saying: “As recently as Friday i said i’m there for 5 minutes BUT i do portray a (royalty)... Dude, i’m part of a Warner Brothers history making movie because it’s the 1st non period, all Asian, big Hollywood multi million $ production. #proudtorepresentphilippines.” A netizen then backed Kris’s claim, saying that Kris’s exposure in the movie might be short, but her role would be very important. “She portrays the queen that is very remarkable in the book of kevin kwan. You will never forget her. she is not just an extra, she plays an imp. role, without her, the story will not be complete. :),” netizen @jv0902 enthused.

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HILE few are able to pronounce its name, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is one of the most common injuries to the wrist and hand. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis refers to the inflammation of the tendons that control movement of the thumb. These tendons, called abductor pollicislongus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) are encased in a tendon sheath, which acts like a membranous covering. Repeated movement can cause the tendon sheath to become inflamed and thickened. This leads to pain and often swelling located at the base of the thumb. What causes De Quervain’s tenosynovitis? Overuse or repetitive movements of the thumb and wrist are usually the root cause of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. One of the most common cases of De Quervain’s is in new mothers, due to the repetitive movements associated with lifting, carrying and nursing their baby. So much so, that this injury has also been nicknamed “mommy thumb”. The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy also put women at increased risk. Jobs or hobbies that involve repetitive hand and wrist motions (golf, typing, playing a musical instrument, carpentry etc.) may also lead to De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. What are the symptoms? This injury can present differently depending on the individual, but it often includes the following complaints: • Pain at the base of the thumb and or wrist. • Swelling and inflammation. • Creaking or “sticking” sensation when moving the thumb. • Poor grip strength or difficulty gripping and grasping. What are the treatment options for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis? • Treatment of De Quervain’s often involves resting or immobilizing the affected hand. This could include wearing a brace and stopping or modifying the way you perform the tasks that lead to the injury.

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• Ice can help with the initial pain of this injury. Use crushed ice if possible; and leave it on for 20 minutes every hour. • If you’re experiencing more stiffness than pain, try applying moist heat to the hand for 20-minute intervals. • NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help to manage pain and inflammation. • Exercises and stretches to maintain mobility and regain strength (see part two of this article!). • Cortisone injections can also be used to treat the inflammation, and in very rare cases, surgical intervention may be required. What is the prognosis with De Quervain’s tenosynovitis? The prognosis of this injury is usually very good. It is essential to give your wrist and thumb an opportunity to heal with rest, and the use of a thumb brace or spica. You may also need to make modifications to the way you do certain activities to avoid re-aggravating your injury. Once the pain and inflammation is under control, stretching and strength exercises can help you regain normal function. With non-surgical intervention, you should see an improvement in 4 to six weeks. To book an appointment with Taylor please email her at subject: athletic therapy appointment.

Disclaimer: 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 or with any questions you may have regarding an injury or medical condition.

Love the GAME May 1-15, 2018


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NBA begins to address mental health and athletes LOS ANGELES -- The NBA is joining forces with the players’ union to launch a mental wellness program with the hope that athletes will see it as a way to open up about their struggles with mental health. Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan and Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love are helping to jump start the program, which begins in part this week with a website and public service ads encouraging mental wellness for its athletes.

“We always preach eating healthy, exercising, being an elite athlete,” DeRozan told the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper. But with all that pressure “we don’t really look at the mental-health aspect first and foremost, somebody’s everyday life,” DeRozan said. “You never know where we’ve grown up and where we’ve come from before we made it -- that could be dwelling on us.” The ads begin Tuesday the

same day the Raptors and Cavaliers start their second round Eastern Conference playoff series in Toronto. It is rare for NBA athletes to speak about their struggles with mental health, but DeRozan and Love are trying to change that. DeRozan’s own battle with depression and loneliness came to light during the recent NBA all-star game when he wrote a seven-word tweet, “This depression get the best of me.” The 28-year-old all-star

guard DeRozan grew up in Los Angeles suburb of Compton, the same crime-plagued area that the tennis Williams’ sisters come from. His openness led to Love speaking and writing about his struggle with dark thoughts. When the Raptors played in New York in March, NBA commissioner Adam Silver met with DeRozan to discuss the matter. Besides the TV ads, the league is coming out this week with a website that will include links to

mental health resources for not only young and older athletes but the public. DeRozan and Love, who comes from the Los Angeles area, could also contribute by speaking at the league’s rookie transition program events. “The best thing I did was come out and say, ‘Hey look, I need some help,’” Love says in one of his ad spots. Said DeRozan, “Never be ashamed of wanting to be a better you, period.”-AFP

Alab seek ABL crown versus Thais

BANGKOK – Alab Pilipinas braces for a big Mono Vampire fightback but vows to deliver the blow again on the Thais and wrap up the ASEAN Basketball League crown on the road at Studio 29 here today. Powered by reigning back-to-back local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and Justin Brownlee, the Philippine side turned back Mono Vampire, 99-93, in Game Three Saturday to seize a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five title series. “We got 36 hours before Game Four and the biggest thing now is for these guys to recover,” said Alab coach Jimmy Alapag, “For sure, we’ll put out our heart and soul on Monday (today).” Parks hopes to re-display the form that netted him a superb 30-point effort Saturday,

including clutch shots after clutch shots that anchored their Game Four triumph. Gutsy Brownlee likewise dished out a gem of a game, bucking a hamstring injury he suffered in their 100-103 defeat in Game Two in Laguna Wednesday to fire 27 points in just 25 minutes. Alapag and Alab, however, knew they will have their hands full against the hosts, who are expected to go all out for a series-tying win. The decider, if necessary, will be held back in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Wednesday. “That is a very, very good team on the other side, very, very well coached, and we knew we’re going into hostile environment and I just wanted to make sure we just stick to the game plan,” said Alapag.Philstar

Bong Go, Pacquiao join PBA All-Star 3-point tiff MANILA, Philippines – A special three-point shootout featuring Senator Manny Pacquiao and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go serves as special feature in the kickoff leg of this year’s PBA All-Star Week. Pacquiao, the former playing-coach of Columbian Dyip (formerly KIA) and Go, will be joined by Presidential son-inlaw and lawyer Mans Carpio in the contest to be held during the first phase of the mid-season

spectacle with Phoenix Fuel with Phoenix Pulse Technology as major sponsor and hosted by Digos, Davao del Sur on May 23. The three public officials will team up with PBA greats Allan Caidic and Kenneth Duremdes, together with Magnolia Pambansang Manok veteran Peter June Simon, a native of Makilala, Cotabato, who became a big collegiate star in Davao prior to taking his act in the Big City.Philstar

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Netizens react to Banaue Rice Terraces’ scene in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ MANILA, Philippines — After knowing that a piece of the Philippines, the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Cordillera Region, has been included in Marvel Studios’ biggest “Avengers” movie “Avengers: Infinity War,” netizens cannot help but express mixed reactions on the scene. “Tik ng yan! All Thanos ever wanted was just to sit down and see the sunset sa Pilipinas?! Kahit mag-ambag ambag pa tayong lahat for an all expense paid trip and tour around Pinas gagawin namin eh. Bakit inubos mo pa ung mga tao? #ThanosNaman,” said netizen Shin Casas Jara. “Wag kayong mag alala dahil hindi kakayanin ni Thanos na gulohin ang Pilipinas. nakalimutan niyo naba hangang ngayon buhay pa si cardo at ang kanyang grupo para ipagtangol tayo. Kung hindi man andiyan ang mga member ng Bagani. Tapos to the rescue sila Enteng Kabisote, Captain Barbel, Darna, Volta, Gagamboy, Agimat, Super B, Lastikman, Super Inday and the wonder bibe, Super Twins, Saido at kong sino sino pa,” added netizen Jem Rosales. “Nasatin si Thanos! Wag nilng makanti Pilipinas,” said another netizen. On April 25, right after “Avengers: Infinity War” opened in Philippine cinemas, Indo-

china Productions confirmed on its Facebook account that the final scene showing the villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, was shot at the Banaue Rice Terraces. “Super Proud of our team who helped on the aerial unit for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR in The Philippines :),” Indochina Productions said on a Facebook post that showed the rice terraces and the Philippines in the credits. “Sorry that they did not put everyone’s name on the end credits, but we know who you are!!!” In a press statement released to, Marvel Studios claims that “Avengers: Infinity War” marks the “biggest single day gross box office for any film in the Philippines” with a first day sales of P141.6 million (USD 2.7M) when it opened in 829 screens nationwide. This, said the studios, is “the biggest-ever opening day in

the Philippines and the biggest single day gross box office for any film.” Besides the Banaue Rice Terraces, there is another “Filipino connection” in the film. One of the stars is halfFilipino and six-time wrestling world champion Dave Bautista, who plays Drax from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”-Deni Rose M. AfinidadBernardo/Philstar

Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres

mark 20th wedding anniversary MANILA -- Celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last Saturday, April 28. The couple shared their anniversary messages for each other on Instagram. Torres waxed sentimental as she shared a photo from 1998 while they were on their honeymoon in Switzerland. “I love you more today than yesterday,

sweetheart,” Torres. For his part, Gomez described his marriage with Torres as “blissful.” “I still kiss you like the first time I kissed you,” Gomez wrote. Gomez and Torres were married on April 28, 1998 in a grand wedding celebration that aired on ABS-CBN. They have one child, Juliana.-ABS-CBN News

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ABS-CBN elects Gabby Lopez as chairman emeritus, Mark Lopez as new chairman

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, April 19, 2018 - ABS-CBN Corporation’s Board of Directors elected Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III as chairman emeritus at the company’s organizational meeting which was held today (April 19). In the same meeting, Martin “Mark” Lopez was elected chairman of the Board. Mark succeeds Gabby as chairman of the ABS-CBN Board of Directors as part of the company’s succession planning process. Gabby, who turned 65 last August and is the second chairman emeritus in the company’s history, will remain as a director of the Board. His father Eugenio Lopez Jr. – fondly known as Kapitan Geny – was given the same title after Gabby was elected chairman in 1997. “As every athlete knows, there comes a time when inevitably it’s time to let go of the reins and allow others to take over. My father has always said ‘broadcasting’ is for the young. After all, today’s digital world is vastly different from the world

I managed,” Gabby said in his speech after the ABS-CBN annual stockholders’ meeting. He also said that he “will not disappear into the woodwork.” Gabby, who also served as CEO of ABS-CBN from 1997 to 2012, is credited with steadily transforming ABS-CBN from being the country’s biggest broadcasting network into being the country’s leading media and entertainment company. Under his helm, ABS-CBN diversified into various successful ventures that include interactive and online media, international and domestic cable and satellite channels, broadband services, sports programming, consumer products and licensing, digital TV, and immersive experiences. It was also under his leadership that ABS-CBN launched cable TV service SkyCable, global subscription channel The Filipino Channel, and video-ondemand streaming sites and iWant TV. He also pursued the launch of ABS-CBN TVplus,

the country’s first-ever digital terrestrial television product. “I accept this huge responsibility of carrying on the company’s vision of being in the service of the Filipino – using the blueprint of excellence and innovation set by Gabby. ABS-CBN has played an instrumental role in nationbuilding in the past 65 years. We understand what the company means to the Filipino and this country, and we will take this to heart as we guide the company through its digital transformation,” said Mark, who was identified as a successor as early as five years ago. In his previous role as chief technology officer, Mark was responsible for setting the company’s strategic directions and ensuring operational excellence in information and communications, as well as technology broadcast engineering. He spearheaded ABS-CBN’s system modernization, highlighted by the migration to the cloud and the automation of con-

tent creation and delivery to various media platforms. He was also responsible for ABSCBN’s migration to HD and the completion of the digital terrestrial television (DTT) infrastructure. Prior to joining ABS-CBN, Mark spent 13 years at MERALCO, the largest power distribution company in the country, where he eventually assumed the role of vice president and chief information officer and

concurrent to his role as CIO, he also served as the president of e-Meralco Ventures, Inc. until 2010. Mark completed INSEAD’s general management program in 2017, received his Executive Masters in Business Administration degree from the Asian Institute of Management in 2003, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Menlo College, California in 1994. (ABS-CBN Corporation)

ABS-CBN stars lead in spreading love in “Just Love Araw-Araw” Summer SID

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, April 18, 2018--- Over 200 ABS-CBN (widely known as Kapamilyas) stars show the many ways to spread love, care, and service through meaningful activities that will benefit loved ones, the community, and the country in ABS-CBN’s “Just Love Araw-Araw” 2018 summer station ID that was launched weekend of April 14 (Manila time) during the live airing of “It’s Showtime”. The new station ID features

the well-loved “It’s Showtime” hosts Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Vhong Navarro, Amy Perez, and Jugs and Teddy bonding and dancing with the residents of Scout Bayoran in Quezon City in Metro Manila. Sharon Cuneta, Angelica Panganiban, Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, and the cast members of “Banana Sundae”, “ASAP”, “Since I Found You”, and upcoming TV series “Araw Gabi” spent a day with the

scholars of AM radio station DZMM and their parents at the Enchanted Kingdom, enjoying different attractions and sharing meals. To show the love for community and the importance of teamwork, Piolo Pascual joined the farmers of the Philippine Rice Research Institute in Munoz, Nueva Ecija, while “The Blood Sisters” stars Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, and Ejay Falcon participated in the repainting activity at the Sto-

PAGASA warns of heat stroke during summer

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Ana Liza Solis, officer-in-charge of PAGASA’s climate monitoring and prediction section. She said in Northern Luzon the forecast maximum temperature this May is 39.6 degrees Celsius. In Metro Manila, the hottest recorded so far this year was 35.4 degrees Celsius. Solis advised the public to drink lots of water and wear light-colored clothes this summer. Solis also said La Niña is weakening in the tropical Pacific, with likely transition to neutral condition this April or May. A neutral condition means there is no El Niño

or La Niña that could disrupt the country’s normal climate and weather patterns, including rainfall and temperature in the coming months. “Most of the forecasts by climate prediction centers predict La Niña will decay and return to ENSO-neutral,” Solis said, referring to El Niño Southern Oscillation. PAGASA also expects a normal start of the rainy season this year. Solis said one or two tropical cyclones may enter the country in May. “The entry of a tropical cyclone may trigger the onset of the rainy season.”Philstar

BoSa Hillside Homes Artwork, where residents work together to maintain the beauty of the popular tourist destination in Baguio. ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer and “MMK” host Charo Santos-Concio spread wisdom and gave life advice to members of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, while the cast of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” led by Coco Martin, taught the kids from Kamuning Bible Christian Fellowship how to ride a bike. The newest Kapamilya summer station ID also encourages Filipinos to spread love in any way they can every day to give light and inspiration to each other’s lives. ABS-CBN News journalists Kabayan (compatriot) Noli de


Castro, Korina Sanchez, Ted Failon, Bernadette Sembrano, and Cathy Yang also take part in spreading the “Just Love Araw-Araw” vibe. Also featured are Jing Castañeda assisting patients in “Salamat Dok’s” “Hospital on Wheels,” and Julius Babao, Jeff Canoy, and Karen Davila helping out in the gardening and recycling activities of a school. Showing their love for the environment are Jericho Rosales and Sam Milby, who participated in a beach clean-up in San Juan, La Union. Angel Locsin hiked up Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal to showcase the Philippines’ natural wonders, while Luis Manzano visited the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. n May 1-15, 2018 22 Mystery surrounds main casts JM De Guzman and Barbie Imperial as “Precious Hearts Romances” reopens with the series “Araw Gabi” QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, April 27, 2018 --- Award-winning Filipino actor JM de Guzman is making a comeback opposite the newest ABS-CBN leading lady, Barbie Imperial, as the widely followed Philippine series “Precious Hearts Romances” reopens via “Araw Gabi”, airing outside the Philippines via The Filipino Channel (TFC), with a pilot episode streaming via TFC online ( simulcast its local airing on April 30 in most countries worldwide. After nine years, the well-loved Filipino romance novel series unveils yet another compelling story full of love, mystery, and suspense. Get to meet Michelle (Imperial), a girl with a bright and sunny disposition. Despite the hardships in life, she manages to get by because her Mamay (Candy Pangilinan) and Papay (Dennis Padilla) taught her to always see the good in every situation. She has her eyes set on bagging one Tranquila Resort account because it will be a big boost for her career. Get to meet Michelle (Imperial), a girl with a bright and sunny disposition. Despite the hardships in life, she manages to get by because her Mamay (Candy Pangilinan) and Papay (Dennis Padilla) taught her to always see the good in every situation. She has her eyes set on bagging one Tranquila Resort account because it will be a big boost for her career. Michelle and Adrian start on the wrong foot, and as the two cross paths again, Mich learns that Adrian is the owner of Tranquila Resort. Adrian rejects Mich’s proposal that crushes her hopes for promotion at work. Taking what happened as a challenge, Mich decides to go to El Paraiso to research and create a better pitch. As she sets foot on the island, she finds out about Adrian’s life and the mystery behind the lighthouse that keeps appearing in her dreams. How is El Paraiso and Michelle’s dream related? As Mich enters Adrian’s life, will she be the light that will make his life bright again? Also joining the series are Rita Avila, Vina Morales, Ara Mina, Raymond Bagatsing, RK Bagatsing, Jane Oineza, Phoebe Walker, Paolo Angeles, Ysabel Ortega, Victor Silayan, Arlene Muhlach, Eric Nicolas, and Joshua Colet. The show is directed by Theodore Boborol, Don Cuaresma, and Mylah Ajero Gaite under the business unit of Ruel Bayani. Don’t miss the premiere of “Precious Hearts Romances presents Araw Gabi” airing outside the Philippines via TFC, with its pilot episode streaming via TFC online ( simulcast its local airing on April 30 at 4:10 p.m. (Manila time) in most countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes will be available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV also in most countries worldwide. For more updates about the show, visit or TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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Ellen Adarna names puppies

after John Lloyd Cruz Ellen Adarna shared a photo of two adorable dogs and introduced them to her online followers as Felicia Marie Cruz and John Ruffus Cruz. Her followers loved the thought that she named them using her rumored boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz’s surname. Ellen and John Lloyd have been romantically linked to each other since September 2017.-BY PUSH TEAM

EXCLUSIVE: Thou Reyes defends “Bagani” from critics The talented actor shares a message for those who can only find fault in the epic fantaserye. Currently playing the role of pirate Tong-tong in the hit primetime series Bagani, Thou Reyes said he feels blessed to be part of the popular fantasy series. The character actor shared his reaction to those who have been questioning the show’s depiction of some of its characters. “They should realize how hard it is to put up a show like that. The people behind it, all the production crew, the directors, the assistant directors, the utilities, everything. They should really realize na hindi ganun kadali gawin yung isang

ganung kagandang show. And pag may mga konting pagkakamali man, our industry is not yet perfect but we are really pushing it. “Kung kami as actors pagod, ano pa kaya yung mga tao behind the camera? Kasi kami pagka-pack-up uuwi na kami eh. But these people have post-prod meetings pa and they fix everything, editing, effects. ‘Yun yung dapat ma-realize ng tao. Madali tayo maghusga, mag-critique. Pero pag nagka-idea ka kung paano gumalaw ang isang production, dun mo ma-ri-realize na hindi pala ganun kadali,” he explained. Thou said that even though his role has no basis in Philippine history or folklore, the effort and

detail that went into their group is impressive on its own. “The pirates naman, pinag-isipang mabuti yan. We had three look tests for the costumes. Kasi from the auditions to the look test then another look test hanggang sa pagdating sa set hindi pa rin siya perfect so they changed it pa rin. And up until now it’s really a work in progress,” he revealed. Although Thou admitted that having critics can be good for the production, not everything is constructive criticism online. “And what they’re saying right now, having critics is good pero meron namang good criticism eh, yung nakakatulong sa show. Hindi ko sinasabi na

huwag nang mag-bad comment, ang sinasabi ko lang, just appreciate that we’re pushing it, the audience is thinking right now which is good and binibigyan pa ng mas magandang reason for the production na i-push pa natin,” he said. The actor shared that every episode of the show speaks for itself in terms of trying to entertain and give a good quality product. “Kita mo naman sa production. Punong puno sa mata ng audience yung storya ng Bagani. Punong puno per episode yung show and that’s how they do it in Hollywood. hindi sila usually nag-si-stick sa isang storya lang. So imagine mo, para gumawa ka ng ganung karaming storya at mapuno mo yung mata ng audience, that’s hard work. “More than the actors, it’s really the production crew, the creatives, the directors, na dapat bigyan natin ng appreciation because they’re really giving everything and still pushing it para mabigyan tayo ng magandang show. That’s not just in Bagani. We’re also doing it in The Blood Sisters and all the shows in ABS-CBN. Sa lahat ng napuntahan kong shows, they’re always going beyond naman,” he remarked.-BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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