Volleybelle Michele Gumabao wins Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018

MANILA, Philippines – From volleybelle to bona fide beauty queen. Michele Gumabao proved she is not just prolific in the volleyball court after taking home the Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 crown Monday, March 19.  The 25-year-old, who admitted she was inexperienced when it comes to pageantry before, was quick … Source: Politics

Medialdea advised Napoles lawyer on jail transfer

MANILA, Philippines – The move to transfer Janet Lim Napoles from a regular jail to a safehouse reached Malacañang, with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea giving legal strategy advice. Napoles’ lawyer Stephen David admitted to anti-graft court Sandiganbayan during a hearing on Monday, March 19, … Source: Politics

Catriona Gray tops Rappler poll on Bb Pilipinas 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Catriona Gray’s victory was predicted by fans as she topped Rappler’s unofficial poll for the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Miss Universe Philippines winner. Catriona won Rappler’s independent and unofficial poll by a landslide, getting 57.04% of the votes. Here are the top 5 candidates on the poll: Bb 20 Catriona Gray 57.04% Bb 1 … Source: Politics

Alibaba doubles investment in southeast Asia e-commerce firm Lazada

SHANGHAI, China – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said on Monday, March 19, it will appoint one of its founders as head of Lazada and inject another $2 billion into Southeast Asia’s leading online shopping firm, boosting its regional expansion. Alibaba, which already owns 83% of Lazada with two investments totalling $2 … Source: Politics

Fire out at Manila Pavilion after 25 hours

MANILA, Philippines – After 25 hours of facing flames and smoke at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino , firefighters have declared “fire out,” signaling the end of an inferno that killed at least 5 and injured 24. Flames broke out in the hotel at around 9:30 am on Sunday, March 18, generating … Source: Politics

Duterte against divorce – Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is against divorce, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about the chief executive’s latest stance on a proposed measure to allow divorce in the Philippines. “He doesn’t want to comment but since there was voting already in Congress, the President is … Source: Politics

Duterte impersonator fools Malacañang transcribers

A radio correspondent from Bicol convinced even Palace transcribers that he was President Rodrigo Duterte. On Monday, March 19, media were sent a Malacañang transcript of a radio interview, supposedly of Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, with DZRH anchors Deo Macalma and Rica Herra. It turns out, … Source: Politics

North Korea 'in talks to free U.S. detainees' as diplomacy escalates

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea is in talks with the US and Sweden to release 3 Americans held in the North, reports said, as diplomatic activities gathered pace ahead of Pyongyang’s planned summits with Washington and Seoul. The release of the 3 Korean-Americans – all held in the North after … Source: Politics

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Levito Baligod revealed on Monday, March 19, that he has pending pork scam complaints against 25 legislators, 17 of whom belong to opposition Liberal Party. “I know that the Ombudsman is already acting on the other legislators. That is why there is … Source: Politics

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Railway systems in Metro Manila will suspend operations for part of Holy Week this year. Train operators said they would use the temporary shutdown to conduct maintenance activities. Below are the schedules released by the train operators. Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3), North Avenue-Taft Avenue Holy Monday, March 26 … Source: Politics