MANILA, Philippines — Two giant Filipino brands, Smart Communications and Bench, are allegedly on a tug-of-war over “Crash Landing on You” star Hyun Bin, insider sources told Philstar.com. Related: Smart move: Telco player explains why it 'crash-landed' on Hyun Bin as endorserBut what was supposed to be a Philippine first for Hyun Bin and Smart turned awry when Bench released a teaser announcing that they are also getting the Korean superstar as an ambassador. Hence, the two brands are now on a race on who can make Hyun Bin "crash-land" to the Philippines first. This sent Smart into jitters, according to sources, prompting the company to unleash its own “Riveal” video teaser later on that same day. In today’s webinar, Smart officials were asked to react to Hyun Bin’s endorsement of Bench, to which they said: “It wasn’t much of a surprise to us because Hyun Bin is one of today's biggest Asian celebrities.”As soon as safety and travel restrictions allow, both brands promised to bring Hyun Bin to the Philippines — using a Smart phone and clad in Bench clothes, most likely.
June 01, 2020 07:21 UTC
Protests held Sunday night in downtown Phoenix appeared to be peaceful, according to local media reports. An hour before a curfew went into effect, activist Armonee Jackson told protesters in the parking lot of an art gallery downtown that they should avoid any violence, The Arizona Republic reported. “Listen to me: We are not ending in violence. I refuse to end in violence,” Jackson told the crowd. David Riutta told the newspaper that he came out to protest police brutality and wants to see a panel of civilians investigate officers’ use-of-force cases.-AP
June 01, 2020 07:18 UTC
The program allows PDLs to use Skype or Facebook for 10 to 15 minutes daily to avail of electronic visits. Nograles is the founder of Lakbay Hustisya Foundation, a legal aid trust fund organized to support legal aid activities. Iral said the Foundation has partnered with BJMP in providing free online legal services to PDLs. The BJMP chief also pointed out that the e-Dalaw and Lakbay Hustisya’s work with PDLs is a crucial effort in decongesting jails. Meanwhile, Nograles vowed to engage other legal aid groups so that a larger number of indigent inmates eligible for release under SC and DOJ guidelines can be accommodated.
June 01, 2020 07:18 UTC
The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city areas” on Monday, a sweeping mandate that covers everything from Department of Motor Vehicles offices to those that license workers and provide health care. The directive was sent Sunday evening and it was left up to officials at individual agencies to determine which buildings should be closed. A state Department of Justice memo sent to employees said the attorney general’s offices in Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego would be closed, though employees who can work from home should do so. “Staff assigned to these offices should not report to work for any reason. Staff who are able to telework should continue to do so despite the office closures,” the memo said.-AP
June 01, 2020 07:07 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Vice-Admiral George Ursabia as the new Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant, taking the place of retiring Admiral Joel Garcia. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed the appointment of Ursabia in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTDuterte signed Ursabia’s appointment paper on Monday, the day Garcia official retires. “We wish the new Commandant good luck as he begins to lead the PCG in this challenging time,” he added. Ursabia bested two other contenders to be the PCG’s 29th commandant.
June 01, 2020 07:07 UTC
About 40 Filipinos in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have died from the new coronavirus disease, the Philippine consul general said on Friday. “Last week, almost 40 of our fellow countrymen have, sadly, died due to COVID-19,” said Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, The Inquirere reports. In an earlier briefing on May 8, the diplomat said 23 Filipinos had died of the disease. Also, 2,845 Filipinos overseas have so far been infected with the coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday. Meanwhile, it also recorded 11 Filipinos who successfully recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,558.
Michael Jordan is "deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.'' With protesters taking to the streets across the United States again Sunday, Jordan released a statement on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police. "I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,'' the former NBA star and current Charlotte Hornets owner said in the statement posted on the Jordan brand's social media accounts and the team's Twitter account. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.
The heads of five universities in Hong Kong issued a joint statement today expressing their support for Beijing's move to impose national security legislation on the SAR, while also stressing that they cherish the city's freedoms, RTHK reports. The statement was issued by the presidents of Hong Kong University, Chinese University, Lingnan University, Polytechnic University and Education University. Those who didn't add their names were the heads of the University of Science and Technology, Baptist University and City University. "The prosperity and stability of the country and Hong Kong are closely related to the future of young people," it said. The five presidents also said they cherish Hong Kong's freedom of speech, press publication and assembly, and that they will always adhere to academic freedom and institutional autonomy.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement new guidelines under the so-called new normal” triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes migrating its frontline services to virtual platforms. ADVERTISEMENTHe said a study group on the “new normal” chaired by Lt. Gen. Cesar Binag, chief of the directorial staff of the PNP, has identified six key guidelines that will define the new practices for the organization. When asked if this means there will no longer be face-to-face availing of frontline services in the PNP due to the pandemic, spokesperson Brig. “As I see it, a greater challenge lies in how well we can reconcile these new normal guidelines with existing policies and procedures particularly with the police operational procedures,” he said. As of Sunday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the PNP has increased to 315, including four deaths and 163 recoveries.
MANILA, Philippines — Eleven families were rendered homeless after a fire broke out in Makati City on Monday morning, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). According to BFP, the fire destroyed 11 houses along Kalayaan Avenue in Barangay Pinagkaisahan, and left damages to property worth P500,000, including a business establishment. ADVERTISEMENTBFP reported that the fire reached first alarm at 6:50 a.m. and second alarm at 6:56 a.m. It was declared under control around 8:00 a.m. and was completely extinguished by 8:18 a.m.One person had a first degree burn on his left arm, according to BFP. EDVRead NextEDITORS' PICKMOST READ
Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital today, as the metropolis relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Public transport was still limited by the relaxed rules and many commuters waited for hours to get a ride despite the government's deployment of buses. He warned that police will still go after violators who would not wear face masks and observe physical distancing. Barber shops and beauty salons can open next week at a third of their capacity. The Philippines remains a Southeast Asian hot spot for the virus, with more than 18,000 infections and 957 deaths.-AP
June 01, 2020 06:33 UTC
“Kailangan po muna ang show cause order bago mag issue ng cease and desist order. (The NTC should have issued a show-cause order first before they issue a cease and desist order. He pointed out that the NTC has issued a provisional authority to other firms while their franchise renewals were pending in Congress. The NTC also committed to the House that it will give relevant updates on the issuance of the provisional authority to ABS-CBN, Fortun pointed out. “From March 10 to May 5, the House never heard relevant development from NTC then the NTC issued a cease and desist order, catching all of us flatfooted,” he said during the hearing.
Kylie Jenner, Forbes spar over story on billionaire statusLOS ANGELES: Forbes declared Kylie Jenner a billionaire, but withdrew that title. “[Kylie Cosmetics] is significantly smaller, and less profitable, than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe,” the story revealed. AP‘Never Have I Ever’ brings rare voice and a newcomer to TVLOS ANGELES: When Mindy Kaling was growing up, few classmates looked like her, and television was filled with white teenagers. It explains the Netflix comedy “Never Have I Ever,” which she created and executive produces. Devi is played by 18-year-old newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who got the role after a casting call with 15,000 hopefuls.
June 01, 2020 06:33 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. is now in stable condition, his grandson said Monday afternoon. Ramon Revilla Sr. Daddy is now in stable condition and we are hoping for his speedy recovery,” Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla said in a Facebook post as he expressed gratitude for those who offered prayers for his grandfather. ADVERTISEMENTHis post comes only hours after Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. said that the Revilla patriarch was in “critical condition” and will be under “strict observation” for the next two days. “Let’s continue praying for one another, for our families and loved ones, as we go through this pandemic,” the Cavite vice governor went on.
June 01, 2020 06:22 UTC
About 2.77 million tax returns are being issued today to inidividuals, the Inland Revenue Department said. Taxpayers are required to file their tax returns by July 2. For sole proprietors of unincorporated businesses, a three-month period is allowed and the filing deadline is September 1. deadline for general cases extended to August 3 whereas deadline for sole proprietors extended to October 3). In the budget for this year, the Financial Secretary has proposed a 100 percent reduction of profits tax, salaries tax and tax under personal assessment for the year of assessment 2019/20, subject to a ceiling of HK$20,000 per case.
June 01, 2020 06:22 UTC