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PBA to hold 2016 Rookie Draft on October 30

MANILA -- Aspiring PBA rookies take one step closer in achieving their dreams as all 55 applicants participate in the 2016 PBA Draft Combine this week. The two-day camp will be held at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. The aspirants will be pitted against each other as they try to make an impression in front of PBA coaches and scouts. The field will be divided into eight teams of six to seven players for the combine. Wednesday’s program will showcase their athleticism, agility, speed and other skills before displaying their skills on the court Thursday as PBA assistant coaches take over and pit them in a single-elimination tournament. The 2016 PBA Rookie Draft is on Oct. 30 at Robinsons' Midtown in Ermita, Manila.

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PH climbs 4 notches in Doing Business Report 2017

MANILA -- The Philippines has increased its ranking in the Doing Business Report 2017 by four notches to rank 99 from rank 103 last year. The Doing Business Report measures ease of doing business in an economy in areas such as starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency. The report was released by the World Bank-International Finance Corporation in Washington Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday midnight in Manila). The improvements in ranking of the country is attributed to four gains out of the ten indicators. These gains include: protecting minority investors, up by 18 notches to rank 137 from rank 155; dealing with construction permits, up by 14 notches to 85th place from 99th place; paying taxes, …

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Filipinos take top prizes in Japan soy sauce cook fest

Two Japan-based Filipinos bagged top prizes in a soy sauce cooking competition. The Japan Times reported that Clair Ocampo, a Filipina based in Saitama Prefecture, won first prize for her "pork back ribs adobo and banana with burned brown sugar" at the eighth Soy Sauce Recipe & Story Contest. The competition was held at the Royal Park Hotel In Tokyo. “I have loved adobo since my childhood. I used soy sauce and brown sugar to better bring out the pork’s flavor. Also, to give it an interesting taste, I used hakkaku spice and laurel leaves. My dish is unique and original,” Ocampo told The Japan Times. Another Saitama-based Filipino, Justin De Jesus, tied for the second prize with his “Philippine beef steak, with a yuzu citrus and soy sauce flavor.” De Jesus said …

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Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

The Vatican on Tuesday, October 25, published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. The new instructions were released just in time for Halloween and “All Souls Day” on November 2, when the faithful are supposed to pray for and remember the dead. For most of its 2,000-year history, the Catholic Church only permitted burial, arguing that it best expressed the Christian hope in resurrection. But in 1963, the Vatican explicitly allowed cremation as long as it didn’t suggest a denial of faith about resurrection. The new document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith repeats that burial remains preferred, with officials calling cremation a “brutal destruction” of the …

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2 more Malvar fugitives recaptured

By Lyka Manalo The hunt for the five remaining fugitives who bolted the Malvar Police detention cell on Monday reached Metro Manila. Two more inmates were arrested in Muntinlupa City Tuesday afternoon, October 25. Noel Malpas and Carissa May Salagan were nabbed at around 4:00 p.m. in Alabang by joint operatives of Batangas and Region 4A Police, Batangas Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag Jr. reported. This brings to nine the total number of recaptured inmates. Authorities continue its manhunt on the three other missing detainees.

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CPP cautions Duterte on rekindling PH-China ties

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on China to respect the Philippines’ sovereignty and territorial integrity and warned President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise caution in rebuilding ties in a China that has an “imperialist self-interest.” This comes amid the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippines and the CPP to end the conflict, which is one of the world’s longest communist insurgencies.   “It is in the geopolitical interest of China to turn the Philippines into a bastion of anti-U.S. imperialism. This is consistent with the aspirations of the Filipino people. To forge cooperation, China must recognize and respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines,” the group said. The Maoist group asked China “as a friendly overture” to halt its exclusive claims of the fishing area around Scarborough Shoal or …

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Duterte slams Russel, Goldberg

President Rodrigo Duterte shot back at U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel after the latter called on the chief executive to tone down his rhetoric against the United States. In a press briefing before leaving for a three-day state visit to Japan, Duterte said that on Monday, foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. briefed him on the phone about his meeting with the American diplomat. “Here’s a guy, his name is Russel. If you can just tone down our rhetoric (against America),” the president said quoting Yasay. “Sabi ko, ‘Huwag ninyo akong ganunin.’ Every time sabihin they threaten us, pati itong E.U. (European Union), akala mo mas bright kaysa sa atin. Tapos sabihin na, ‘be careful, we will put you in prison’ (I said, ‘Do not treat me …

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Duterte ‘finds more comfort in Japan’

Japan is a generous ally of the Philippines but the United States has been a bully that insults the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night, October 25. As he started his three-day official visit to Tokyo, the president profusely thanked Japan for its generosity to the Philippines, citing its $6 billion worth of development projects in the country. “Mas komportable ako sa Japan (I feel more comfortable in Japan)... Japan is so kind to us,” the president said in his remarks at the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel. “Japan talaga ang pinakamalaking tulong sa atin (Japan was really our biggest helping hand),” he said, citing he multi-billion-dollar roads and other Philippine projects funded by Japan. The president, however, unleashed another profanity-laced attack against the United States for their …

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Facebook expands Safety Center, Bullying Prevention Hub

Social media giant Facebook has relaunched its Safety Center and Bullying Prevention Hub with the aim of encouraging safe and secure sharing among its users. The Safety Center and Bullying Prevention Hub have been redesigned with the help of more than 60 nonprofit organizations, including International Bullying Prevention Association and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, providing comprehensive tools in more than 50 languages, including Filipino and Bisaya. “People come to Facebook to share some of their most important moments in life, and we’ve built the Safety Center to help people control their experience on our platform and feel safe being themselves,” Facebook’s head of global safety Antigone Davis said in a post. Launched in 2010, the Safety Center, has been expanded to presents users with Facebook’s safety policies, tools and resources. It especially equips users …

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Voter registration for brgy, SK polls to resume Nov. 7

The registration of voters for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will resume on November 7, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. The Comelec en banc promulgated on Tuesday, October 25 Resolution No. 10166 on the resumption of the continuing voter registration. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista posted a picture of the resolution in his Twitter account. Resumption of registration for voters to start on November 7, 2016 pic.twitter.com/SoqqlHzXOZ — Andy Bautista (@ChairAndyBau) October 25, 2016 Based on the resolution, the registration period for the 2017 barangay and SK polls will take place from November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017, including Saturdays and holidays, except on December 24 and 25, 2016 and April 13 and 14, 2017. The poll body was supposed to resume the voter registration last October 3 but had to wait for President Rodrigo Duterte to …

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