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July 26, 2017

Politics

Senate OKs bigger motorcycle plates to deter riding-in-tandems

MANILA, Philippines – Voting 21-0, the Senate approved on final reading the bill requiring bigger license plates for motorcycles and scooters for easy identification and crime prevention. Senate Bill 1397 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017 seeks to require the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to issue bigger and … Source: Rappler

Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

In 1986, then-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile was a key figure in the revolt against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. But 31 years later, Enrile is helping the daughter of the late strongman. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos brought out the big guns and got Enrile as her legal … Source: Rappler

To beat piracy, Facebook acquires content rights company Source3

MANILA, Philippines – Facebook is stepping up its piracy-fighting efforts by acquiring Source3, a startup developing technology to detect intellectual property shared by users without the original owner’s consent. Recode reported the acquisition on Monday, July 24 (Tuesday, July 25 in Manila), with Facebook acquiring the technology and … Source: Rappler

San Beda overcomes offensive slump to nip Letran

MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda Manila Red Lions’ Robert Bolick and AC Soberano made it rain threes to secure the victory from rivals Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 81-74, in NCAA Season 93 on Tuesday, July 25, at the Flying V Center. Bolick chipped in 22 points, 5 … Source: Rappler

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

MANILA, Philippines –  The bill seeking to provide free irrigation for small farmers is closer to becoming a law after the Senate approved it on third and final reading on Tuesday, July 25. The House of Representatives approved their version of the proposed measure, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign … Source: Rappler

House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

MANILA, Philippines – After 57 days, the House committee on good government and public accountability finally granted freedom to the 6 Ilocos Norte officials it detained last May. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas asked the panel to release the officials from detention during the probe into the … Source: Rappler

Young Pinoy golfers set to make a splash in SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines – For 19-year old Rupert Zaragosa, this 2017 SEA Games is all about redemption.  The Laguna native is playing in his fourth South East Asian Games. But his closest brush with gold came in 2011, when he led the field in the individual men’s competition by a stroke … Source: Rappler

Number of new HIV cases in PH breaches 1,000-mark

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 1,098 new cases of HIV infections in May. This is the highest recorded number of cases since 1984 – the year the first AIDS case in the Philippines was reported. According to the latest HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the … Source: Rappler

Rappler Talk: Sidney Jones on the effect of the Marawi siege on terrorism in Southeast Asia

Bookmark to watch the interview live at 4:30 pm MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to Sidney Jones, head of the Jakarta-based think tank group Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). In a report released on Friday, July 21, titled “Marawi, the ‘East Asia Wilayah’ and Indonesia,” IPAC says the  Marawi conflict  has … Source: Rappler

Brillante Mendoza explains Duterte's closeup shots at SONA 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Director Brillante Mendoza said on Tuesday, July 25, that, unlike the first time he directed President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2016, he was more prepared and relaxed this year.  “It’s different in a way that I’m more prepared, I’m more relaxed, unlike … Source: Rappler

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