Porzingis, Beasley help Knicks edge Lakers in OT
NEW YORK --- Lonzo Ball was having a dazzling stretch, every basket bringing his father farther and farther off his courtside seat for an emphatic celebration. By the end, the New York Knicks were the ones celebrating. Kristaps Porzingis had 37 points and 11 rebounds, Michael Beasley made the biggest plays in overtime, and the Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 on Tuesday night. Beasley finished with 13 points, including the tiebreaking follow shot, and had an assist in the extra period as the Knicks went back over .500 at 14-13. Thirteen of their victories have come at Madison Square Garden. Rookie Frank Ntilikina went the whole fourth quarter and overtime in ...

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12-12-2017
Fury receives backdated 2-year doping ban, free to box again
LONDON --- Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban on Tuesday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing license. Fury and his cousin, Hughie, had elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples provided after fights in February 2015, UK Anti-Doping said. The bans were backdated to Dec. 13, 2015, and expired at midnight on Tuesday. Both boxers said they "never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation." They said they were willing to come to a compromise agreement with UKAD. "Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one," Tyson Fury said in a statement released by his promoter, "and we...

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12-12-2017
Palace welcomes Congress approval of Mindanao martial law extension
Malacaang has welcomed the approval of Congress to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus for another year in the entire region of Mindanao.   "We welcome the approval of both houses of Congress to extend the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao beginning January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Wednesday.   "Public safety is our primordial concern; thus, we ask the public to stand behind the Administration and rally behind our defenders to quell the continuing rebellion in Mindanao; eradica...

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12-12-2017
PH thumbs down Trump move declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
  The Philippines does not support the move of US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that has inflamed Muslims across the world and escalated tension between Palestine and Israel.   "The Philippines has always supported the policy of two states for two peoples as a long-term solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, consistent with our vote in favor of the Partition Plan for Palestine in the United Nations in 1947," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement issued December 13, Wednesday.   The statement belied news reports that came out in Israel on December 6 claiming Presi...

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12-12-2017
New in theaters: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Ferdinand’, ‘Permanent’, ‘Beyond Skyline’
The eighth film in the core "Star Wars" saga, "The Last Jedi" commences global release from Dec. 13, with international openings for animated adventure "Ferdinand", as well as United States bows for family comedy "Permanent" and sci-fi action movie "Beyond Skyline" taking place the same week. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac (all "Star Wars: the Force Awakens"), Laura Dern ("Jurassic Park"), Kelly Marie Tran ("CollegeHumor Originals"), Benicio Del Toro ("Sicario") Studio synopsis: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Lu...

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12-12-2017
LTFRB holds job fair for Angkas and ‘habal-habal’ drivers
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday held a whole-day job fair for drivers of "habal-habal"(motor taxi) and suspended motorcycle-ride hailing app Angkas.   In a text message to reporters, LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said that more than 3,000 jobs were open from 47 employers.   Employers included overseas companies, transport network companies (TNC), restaurants, couriers and manpower agencies, according to Lizada.   Angkas voluntarily suspended its operations last Nov. 18 after the LTFRB slammed the company for operating without permits.   Citing the Land Transportation and Traffic Code (RA 4136...

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12-12-2017
Amid infra buildup, ADB raises PH growth forecasts for 2017, 2018
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised its growth forecasts for the Philippines for this year and next year on expectations that the Duterte administration's massive infrastructure program will sustain robust economic expansion. In the supplement to its Asian Development Outlook Update 2017 report released Wednesday, the Manila-based multilateral lender jacked up its gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection to 6.7 percent for 2017 and 6.8 percent for 2018 from 6.5 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively, previously. "This outlook assumes that growth in the government's infrastructure program will accelerate, supported by improvements in budget execution, with more large in...

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12-12-2017
Hugh Jackman denies return as Wolverine amid ‘Avengers 4’ rumors
With multiple reports suggesting that the Disney and 20th Century Fox merger is almost set in stone, the once distinct fantasy of seeing the likes of "Deadpool," the "Fantastic Four" and the mutants of "X-Men" team up with the "Avengers" has become a possibility. READ:20th Century Fox, Disney working out deal to include 'Deadpool' in 'Avengers' But despite the positive development, don't expect Hugh Jackman to come out of retirement and resume his role as the "Wolverine" anytime soon. After suggesting in February that he might resume the mantle if given the opportunity to join the "Avengers" franchise, the 49-year-old Australian actor appears to have had a change of heart. READ:H...

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12-12-2017
Senate, House allow 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao
[ventuno id='MCsxMDUxNjEyfHwyMzY4fHwxMDg2fHwxLDIsMQ=='][/ventuno] After more than four hours of debate, Congress overwhelmingly granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the whole of Mindanao for a period of one year -- from January 1, 2018 up to December 31, 2018.   Voting 240-27 with no abstention during the special joint session on Wednesday, Congress authorized the extension of martial rule in the southern region for the second time.   The Senate voted 14-4 while the House of Representatives voted 226-23 in favor of the martial law extension.   Last May 23, Mr. Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao through Proclamation ...

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12-12-2017
‘She-Ra’, updated for new generation, comes to Netflix in 2018
Popular 1980s cartoon "She-Ra" will be having a reboot through Netflix in 2018. The streaming service has partnered with DreamWorks Animation Television to bring the iconic show to a new generation of young viewers. Netflix currently streams the original "She-Ra" animated television show. Under the watchful eye of Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson, the new "She-Ra" will be catered for the sensibilities of 21st century viewers. "She-Ra" earned popularity since its debut in 1985 due to the strong demand for female heroes in fantasy series. The show stars Princess Adora, the twin sister of Prince Adam of Eternia, who also happens to be the "...

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12-12-2017
Drunk cop, couple killed in Nueva Vizcaya gunplay
TUGUEGARAO CITY --- A drunk policeman gunned down two people and was killed by responding policemen in Dupax del Sur town in Nueva Vizcaya province on Tuesday.   Chief Insp. Giovanni Cejes, provincial police spokesperson, identified the fatalities as PO3 Jerwin Goze, 38; Joseph Agravante, 29, and Edeliza Mae Manuel, 26. Agravante was reportedly the boyfriend of Manuel.   Probers said Goze, a member of the Dupax del Sur police, was drunk when he went to the house of Simplicio Agravante Tuesday. Agravante and Manuel were at the house when Goze arrived.   The policeman was reportedly looking for his estranged girlfriend, the sister of Joseph.   ...

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12-12-2017
Voting 14-4, Senate grants martial law extension in Mindanao
Majority of senators have voted in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year.   "On the part of the Senate,14 senators voted in the affirmative, 4 in the negative. No one abstained," Senate President Aquilino"Koko" Pimentel II said at the joint session of Congress held at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.   Senate Minority Leader Frankin Drilon, who was against the extension, wanted to explain his side further.   But Pimentel said they would have to let the House of Representatives conduct their voting first.   Congress has convened in a joint session on Wednesday to tackle Presiden...

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12-12-2017
Solon wants nationwide martial law but Lorenzana bucks proposal
[ventuno id='MCsxMDUxNTczfHwyMzY4fHwxMDg2fHwxLDIsMQ=='][/ventuno]   A party-list lawmaker proposed on Wednesday for the nationwide declaration of martial law because of the threat posed by communist rebels.   But Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana immediately assured that threats posed by the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Luzon and Visayas are "manageable" that it may not be sensible to also place the two regions under martial rule.   During the special joint session of Congress to tackle President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao, Kusug Tausug party-list Rep. Shernee ...

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12-12-2017
Tropical depression maintains strength
Tropical Depression "Urduja" maintained its strength as it continued to move in a north northwest direction midday Wednesday. Urduja packed maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 65 kph. It moved north northwest at 7 kph. Scattered to widespread rains are expected over Visayas and the Bicol region in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The state weather bureau also warned small seacraft not to venture over the eastern seaboard of Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Caraga due to moderate to rough seas caused by Urduja. Urduja was last located 405 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eas...

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12-12-2017
Robin Padilla answers if BB Gandanghari has undergone sex change
Action star Robin Padilla sets it clear that his older sibling BB Gandanghari still has not gone sex change. "Hindi yata, maaring 'yung pangalan pero 'yung connivance [male sex organ] niya nandun pa. Bakit naman niya tatanggalin 'yung connivance niya, my goodness. Siguro hindi, kasi sasabihin niya sa'kin 'yun eh. Pero si ano, nandun pa si Junior," he said at the recently held thanksgiving digicon for his reunion movie with Sharon Cuneta, "Unexpectedly Yours." Just last year BB was officially recognized as a female. A Los Angeles court approved the name and gender change papers which she earlier filed. Formerly known as the '90s hunk actor Rustom Padilla, rumors questioning his s...

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12-12-2017
If NPA a ‘spent force’, why extend martial law? – Hontiveros
[ventuno id='MCsxMDUxNTU0fHwyMzY4fHwxMDg2fHwxLDIsMQ=='][/ventuno]   If the New People's Army (NPA) is considered by the government as a spent force, then why would the government want to extend martial law in Mindanao by citing it as one of the key reasons?   This was the question of Senator Risa Hontiveros to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, as she quizzed the administration officials on their basis to seek extension of martial law in Mindanao.   "If the NPA has been characterized by the Armed Forces and the Palace as spent force until as recently as early this month, why extend martial law by using it as one of the key reasons?" Hontiveros said durin...

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12-12-2017
Any martial law to be based on facts — Palace exec
  A nationwide declaration of martial law will depend on the "factual circumstances" as defined by the Constitution, a Palace official told Congress on Wednesday.   In a joint session of Congress,Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarraresponded toSenate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon's question on whether the extension of martial law in Mindanao was "a prelude to a nationwide declaration of martial law."   "As to the question of the senator that this is a prelude to a nationwide declaration of martial law, Isuppose that that is more of a rhetorical question," Guevarra said.   "I believe all of these would depend on the factua...

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12-12-2017
Duterte set to appoint Bato as Bureau of Corrections chief
  President Rodrigo Duterte will appoint Philippine National Police (PNP) Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa as the next chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).   Duterte made the announcement during a Christmas Party with members of the of the Malacaang Press Corps on Tuesday night.   "Yes," Duterte responded when asked if Dela Rosa would be the next head of the BuCor.   Dela Rosa is set to retire on January 21, 2018.   On Tuesday, the nation's top cop said Duterte has offered him to lead an agency where "everyone else failed."   "Sinabihan ako ni Presidente kung ano pupuntahan ko pero napakahirap na trabaho nyan....

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12-12-2017
Eugene Domingo, Alden Richards, and Sharon Cuneta Attend Ai-Ai Delas Alas’ Wedding
Is it just me or did we witness the most celebrity weddings the past two years? Just the other day, Max Collins married Pancho Magano, and yesterday Ai-Ai Delas Alas wed Gerald Sibayan. A post shared by Gideon Hermosa (@gideonhermosa) on Dec 12, 2017 at 3:39pm PST Our feeds are filled with posts of celebration, wedding OOTDs, and all things floral. Ai-Ai's wedding showed all of this plus more. The floral arrangements in her wedding was by Gideon Hermosa so there's no doubt it'll come up online because of its Instagrammable look. A post shared by hazelnaval (@hazelnaval) on Dec 12, 2017 at 5:49am PST A post shared by Jerald Napoles (@iamjnapoles) on...

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12-12-2017
Gov’t deporting British child sex offender
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is preparing to deport a British man who fled the United Kingdom (UK) after he was convicted there for attempting to have sex with a minor two years ago. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Mark Christopher Wyatt, 42, was arrested last Dec. 8 by members of the bureau's fugitive search unit (FSU) at his house on Quezon Avenue in Camiling, Tarlac. Morente said Wyatt fled the UK in violation of his parole or for "breaching a supervision order and notification requirements." Morente said "being a convicted child sex offender, his continued presence here poses a real threat to Filipino children, anyone of whom could be his next victim." According ...

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12-12-2017