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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

08-25-15| Banner stories of Philippine TV Network plus PAG-ASA Weather Updates & PNA

Media culture

Much media ownership is concentrated in the hands of prominent families and businesses. Consequently, some reports tend to be one-sided presentations favoring special interests. The privately owned press also tends toward sensationalism at times. (The Free Encyclopedia)

Freedom of the press

Further information: Human rights in the Philippines
The Office of the President is responsible for managing the government’s policy toward the press. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are enshrined in the 1987 constitution. Although independent observers credit the government with respecting freedom of the press in general, the government has been criticized for failing to investigate thoroughly summary killings of journalists and for subjecting journalists to harassment and surveillance. (The Free Encyclopedia)

Violence against journalist

The fifth annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index released by the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has ranked the Philippines among the worst-ranked countries for 2006 at 142nd place. It indicates the continuing murders of journalists and increased legal harassment in the form of libel suits as part of the problem in the Philippines. Between 1986 to 2005, 52 journalists have been murdered. (The Free Encyclopedia)

ABS-CBN, GMA NETWORK, NEWS 5 EVERYWHERE Headline Updates

  1. ABS-CBN|
    • Mel Gibson accused of attacking female photographer
    • Ariana Grande performs in Manila
    • North, South Korea reach agreement to halt tensions
    • PBB housemates agitated by one's sexist excuse
    • Gun sales rise, PNP says
    • Income tax reform proposals stuck in Congress
    • Why dams release water during typhoons
    • Floods hit Marilao, Bulacan
    • 17 killed due to 'Ineng'
    • How Pemberton admitted choking Jennifer
    • Palace launches 2nd peace caravan
    • Lina loses again as court stops Customs from cancelling contract
    • Kiko to decide on 2016 plans after 'ghost month'
    • How John Arcilla prepared for 'Heneral Luna'
    • Palace allays fears on plunging Asian stocks
    • Witness says Laude died of asphyxia, not drowning
    • Lack of PDAF to blame for 'vanishing' House quorum?
    • NPAs kill retired cop linked to human rights abuses
    • Julia Montes buys house in same village as Coco
    • OFW group calls for 'No Remittance Day' on Aug. 28
    • Customs stops random inspection on balikbayan boxes
    • BOC justifies tax on balikbayan boxes
    • House probe sought in balikbayan box issue
    • 4 Pinoy nurses contract MERS-CoV in Saudi
    • Binay, Poe, Roxas visit vote-rich Cebu
    • 'Habagat' rains continue as Ineng exits PAR
    • Albay dad jailed after knocking 3-year old unconscious
    • PH gun ownership on the rise
    • Mel Gibson accused of attacking female photographer
    • Ariana Grande performs in Manila
  1. GMA NETWORK
    • NDRRMC:17 dead, 14 missing in Typhoon Ineng's wake
    • Apple's Cook reassures investors on China, stock recovers              
    • Microsoft's Cortana assistant launched on Android              
    • Megan Young ‘grateful’ for being compared to Marian Rivera as ‘Marimar’              
    • Ai-Ai delas Alas confirms AlDub will be part of MMFF movie with Vic Sotto              
    • North, South Korea reach agreement to halt tensions              
    • Swiss law aims to return foreign funds stashed by erstwhile leaders              
    • ‘Major step’ toward universal flu vaccine – studies            
    • Boston police thwart possible shooting at Pokemon game competition
    • Researchers sample enormous oceanic trash vortex ahead of clean-up proposal
    • Sprint Queen Fraser-Pryce wins third world 100m title  
    • Despite Ineng's record rain, water reserves against El NiƱo still low  
  1. TV5|
    • US Marine Pemberton fought but did not murder Laude, says lawyer
    • Lawmaker questions DA P21-B 'lump sum' in proposed 2016 budget, including P7-B road fund
    • Sen. Bam warns Abaya: If not fully addressed, heavy traffic could mean P6-billion daily losses
    • Ancient Philippine gold treasures make it to New York for September 11 exhibition
    • Two Filipino nurses in Saudi hospital ICU for MERS virus, says DFA
    • Lumads accuse military of massacre of 5 civilians in Bukidnon
    • Initial crop damage reaches P40.8 million due to typhoon 'Ineng'


PAG-ASA News and Weather

Northern Luzon PRSD
Issued at: 7:00 PM today, 24 August 2015
Valid Beginning: 7:00 PM today until 7:00 PM tomorrow
Synopsis: SOUTHWEST MONSOON AFFECTING LUZON
Forecast:
MONSOON RAINS WHICH MAY TRIGGER FLASHFLOODS AND LANDSLIDES WILL BE EXPERIENCED OVER THE PROVINCES OF PANGASINAN AND LA UNION. CLOUDY SKIES WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL PREVAIL OVER CAGAYAN VALLEY, CORDILLERA, PROVINCE OF AURORA AND THE REST OF ILOCOS REGION.

Southern Luzon PRSD
Issued at: 5:00 PM today, 24 August 2015
Valid Beginning: 5:00 PM today until 5:00 PM tomorrow
Synopsis: Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon.
Forecast:

Occasional rains is expected over Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Marinduque. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorm will be experienced over Bicol Region. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Northern Samar. Moderate to strong

Visayas PRSD
Issued at: 5:00 AM today, 21 August 2015
Valid Beginning: 5:00 AM today until 5:00 AM tomorrow
Synopsis: At 4:00 AM today, the eye of typhoon INENG was located based on all available data at 170 km east of Calayan, Cagayan (19.1N, 123.1E) with maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph. It is forecast to move west at 7 kph.
Forecast:
Occasional rains will be experienced over Western Visayas while cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over the rest Visayas. Moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest to west will prevail Visayas. The coastal waters over will be moderate to rough.

Mindanao PRSDIssued at: 5:00 PM today, 24 August 2015 Valid Beginning: 5:00 PM today until 5:00 PM tomorrowSynopsis: Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon.Forecast: Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds

PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY TODAY'S HEADLINES

Permberton admits strangling, killing Laude
By Mahatma Datu
OLONGAPO CITY, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, on trial here for the death of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October last year, admitted on Monday to the crime, saying he choked him but it was “in self-defense.” 
PHL pushes for increased women participation in economy
By Kris M. Crismundo
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- The Philippines is set to host the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Women and Economy 2015 Fora as it eyes more participation of women in the economy.

Cayetano seeks for clear guidelines on proposed Php 34-B yearly block grant for Bangsamoro gov't
By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) – Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday calls for a clear-cut guidelines on how the Bangsamoro government would appropriate the Php34-billion block grant from the national government.

Saudi confirms 49 MERS infections in one week
RIYADH, Aug. 24 (PNA/Xinhua) -- The Saudi Health Ministry on Monday confirmed the infection of 49 people with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, in a week, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Enrile’s bail will not stop campaign against corrupt officials, says President Aquino
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday maintained that the Supreme Court decision to grant Senator Juan Ponce Enrile bail would not undermine the government’s campaign to pursue corrupt officials.

President Aquino inspects major infrastructure projects in Cebu City
CEBU CITY, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III led the inspection of major infrastructure projects here on Monday.

President Aquino still optimistic priority measures will be approved on time
By Joann Santiago
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- President Benigno Aquino III remains confident that lawmakers would be able to pass necessary measures for the year despite the current lack of quorum in the House of Representatives.

President Aquino inspects infra projects in Cebu
CEBU CITY, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday inspected two newly-completed infrastructure projects in Cebu -- the Mactan Circumferential Road in Lapu-Lapu City and the Sergio Osmena Jr. Boulevard in this city.

DSWD releases 7,968 family food packs in Ilocos provinces
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) field office in Region 1 has extended food assistance to the provinces which were hit by typhoon "Ineng".

Philippines, Mexico sign Memorandum of Understanding to enhance intellectual property cooperation
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- Representatives of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Mexican Institute of the Industrial Property (IMPI) on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance cooperation in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights through joint activities.

WB conducts review on DA-Philippine Rural Development Projects
By Lilybeth G. Ison
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) -- A team from the World Bank (WB) will be visiting several sub-projects implemented under the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) to assess its progress and address issues and concerns in the implementation.

Oil firms to reduce prices for 9th week
By Juzel L. Danganan
MANILA, Aug. 24 (PNA) – Oil firms will reduce prices on Tuesday, for the ninth consecutive week.

PHL eyes APEC adoption of open data practices under Cebu Action Plan
By Kris M. Crismundo
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Philippines urges other Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies for the adoption of open data practices under the Cebu Action Plan (CAP).

PHL imports recover, hit highest growth for 2015
By Leslie D. Venzon
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Philippine imports recorded the highest growth for the year at 22.6 percent in June 2015 after three consecutive months of contractions, an indication of robust domestic demand and improving external environment.

Maybank Group chief sees hike in PHL potential growth to 7-8% due to AEC
By Joann Santiago
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- An executive of Malaysia's Maybank Group is confident on the continued increase of Philippines' potential growth within a decade to about seven to eight percent in line with the looming ASEAN economic community (AEC) and the country's demographic dividends.

Gov't launches peace caravan in Andap Valley Complex–Palaceby Leslie D. Venzon
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Malacanang said on Tuesday the government has launched its second peace caravan in the Andap Valley Complex, Surigao del Sur that will ensure communities that are prone to exploitation by lawless elements to gain access to basic social services and inclusive growth.

Japanese investors optimistic AEC will begin to bear fruit in 1-2 years
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 25 (PNA/Bernama) -- Japanese investors are optimistic the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will start to bear fruit in the next one to two years, creating more business opportunities across the region.

Crop damage in Cagayan due to 'Ineng' reaches PHP65M
By Sergio D. de Guzman
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The damage in agriculture incurred by typhoon Ineng's wrath in the province has reached an estimated amount of more than PHP65 million.

DSWD sends more relief to Ilocos Norte LGUs
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Tuesday that it sent Tuesday 13,600 additional family food packs to Ilocos Norte, which was heavily battered by typhoon "Ineng."

31 villages in Pangasinan flooded due to continuous monsoon rains
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Non-stop monsoon rains for days have already sank 31 villages in four towns of the province in floods.

Update: 15 dead due to Ineng - OCD-CAR
BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The death toll due to the wrath of tyhpoon "Ineng" and enhanced southwest monsoon or "habagat" in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has risen to 15.

Japan's Abe seeks military expansion to deter rising China
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (PNA/Sputnik) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants his country to deploy forces overseas for the first time since WWII to check China’s growing military power, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb told Sputnik.

NASA funds plasma rocket technology for superfast space travel
MOSCOW, Aug. 25 (PNA/Sputnik) -- Superfast journeys to Mars may be one big step closer for humanity, as NASA has sponsored a private company to develop a high-tech, plasma engine.
New killer synthetic drug 'Flakka' sweeps across U.S.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (PNA/Sputnik) -- A new synthetic killer drug known as “flakka” is spreading rapidly across the United States and already causing an epidemic of overdose fatalities and acts of violence, U.S. media reported.

Saudi Arabia registers 5 MERS fatalities, 7 new cases in Riyadh
RIYADH, Aug. 25 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia registered on Monday five Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus fatalities and seven fresh cases all in Riyadh, the health ministry said in a statement.

Cuban agriculture threatened by worst drought in 115 years
HAVANA, Aug. 25 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Cuba's agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in over a century, which is jeopardizing plans for the island to achieve its long-desired food independence.

Roundup: S. Korea, DPRK agree to defuse tension after talks
SEOUL, Aug. 25 (PNA/Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Tuesday to defuse the tension on the peninsula following a 43-hour dialogue.

Scientists make breakthrough in developing universal flu vaccine
LONDON, Aug. 25 (PNA/Xinhua) -- A team of researchers took a substantial step toward developing a universal vaccine against different subtypes of influenza as animal trials showed promising results, according to the paper published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.

Southwest monsoon continues to bring rains over Luzon Tuesday
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Flashfloods and landslides threaten the western part of Central of Luzon due to monsoon rains brought by southwest monsoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday.

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
HEADLINE STORIES: 

BOC abandons random check on balikbayan boxes
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Following the directive from President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will no longer conduct random physical inspection on balikbayan boxes from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Marcos confident MILF won't go to war despite clash of ideas on how to achieve peace in Mindanao
By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) – Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed optimism that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will not wage war with the government again despite clash of ideas on how to achieve peace in Mindanao.
UPDATED | 2015-08-25 | 1646hrs
(FULL STORY)

Philippines to advocate SME Growth through Inclusive Business in the APEC Investments Experts’ Forum
CEBU CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Philippines will spearhead a Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) entitled “Fostering SME Growth through Inclusive Business” on Thursday (Aug. 27) at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.

APEC Automotive Dialogue to discuss integration of SMEs into Global Value Chains
CEBU CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Rafaelita M. Aldaba will be the keynote speaker for the 23nd APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD) to be held at the Marriot Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines from August 27 to 29, 2015.

Palace counters Senator Binay on balikbayan box issue
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Malacanang brushed off on Tuesday a senator’s allegation that it was behind the policy on the random inspection of balikbayan boxes that has recently angered overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), saying the accusation has no concrete basis.

Palace defends appearance of Cabinet officials in television ads
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Malacanang defended on Tuesday the appearance of Cabinet secretaries and government officials in television advertisements, saying this is part of their job as pubic officials.

Devolve regulation of inland waters to Bangsamoro, gov't negotiator asks
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Who will have jurisdiction over inland waters in the Bangsamoro autonomous region?

INC rapped at DOJ
By Perfecto T. Raymundo
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- A dismissed minister of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on Tuesday filed a complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the Sanggunian of INC on Tuesday.

BFAR eyes blue mussels propagation in Dagupan City
By Johanne Margarette R. Macob
DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA)-- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is looking into the possibility of propagating blue mussels commercially, following its discovery along the inland river of Sitio Tocok in Barangay Lucao.

Tianjin blast death toll rises to 135
TIANJIN, Aug. 25 (PNA/Xinhua) -- The death toll from the deadly blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin has reached 135.

Enrile made his presence felt in Senate; questions lack of quorum
By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) – Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the oldest serving lawmaker of the country, on Tuesday made his presence felt at the Senate, reminding his colleagues of their sworn-in duty to be always present whenever major bills are being tackled on the floor.

Upgrade TESDA to the level of CHED, DepEd -- Sec. Coloma
By Lily O. Ramos
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr on Tuesday said he will propose to members of Congress to craft a bill upgrading Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to the level of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission of Higher Education (CHED).

Senator Grace Poe remains on top of Roxas’ list of choice for running mates -- Palace
By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -– Malacanang on Tuesday said that Senator Grace Poe remains the administration’s top choice for vice presidential candidate based on her capability to continue the reforms started by President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.

Damage to farm sector due to typhoon 'Ineng' hits PhP143-M
By Lilybeth G. Ison
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Damage to agriculture due to typhoon "Ineng" junked up to PhP143,689,358 as of Tuesday.

Global Finance cites Tetangco as among World's top central bankers
By Joann Santiago
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- Global Finance cited Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. anew as among the top central bankers in the world, his fifth consecutive grade "A" award from the New York-based magazine since 2011.

Gov’t to boost spending to back GDP growth, DBM exec says
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Philippine government has started to boost its spending since June this year in order to support the economic growth, said Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Richard Moya.

Palace: PHL can withstand external shocks with strong macroeconomic fundamentals
By Leslie D. Venzon
MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The country’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals will allow the Philippines to withstand external shocks, Malacanang said Tuesday.

Manila RTC stops cancellation of BOC's Php 650-M computerization project
By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has stopped the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) from cancelling BOC's Php 650-million computerization project.

Sources
ABS-CBN News
GMA Network
NEW5
Philippine News Agency
PAG-ASA
The Free Encyclopedia

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