Duterte declares Marawi City liberated from terrorists

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, October 17, declared the liberation of Marawi City from "terrorist influence."

Duterte declares Marawi City liberated from terrorists
President Rodrigo Duterte with the troops during his sixth visit in the war-torn Marawi City on October 2, 2017. Joining the President are National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, and actor Robin Padilla. PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/PCOO
"Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation," Duterte said in a speech before troops 148th day into the crisis.

The historic announcement was made after the death of terrorist leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon on Monday in the main battle zone of Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur.

AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, told the press that the war in Marawi continues. "It will continue until armed elements are dealt with. But terrorists no longer have complete control."

Marawi City has been dragged by the ISIS-inspired terror group Maute since May 23.

With over five months of battle against the Maute group, more than 800 of the enemies were killed, a total of 162 government troops and 47 civilians died to defend the land.

Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it will cost more than ₱50 billion to rehabilitate the war-torn city.

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WATCH: Vice, Jugs and Teddy remind us about the power of love in Magpasikat 2017

MANILA, Philippines - The week-long presentation for It’s Showtime eighth (8th) anniversary continues with Magpasikat 2017 performance of Team Vice Ganda with Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz on Tuesday, October 17.

Vice, Jugs and Teddy remind us about the power of love in Magpasikat 2017
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN Entertainment
Teddy-Jugs-Vice’s performance began with a short skit about “Tunay na Pag-ibig,” where an old Teddy was telling his grandchildren a love story. Jugs on the piano, he sang Depeche Mode’s Somebody to set the mood.

Vice Ganda also sang an OPM “Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa” in a “suit-gown.” This time his rants about love were very heartwarming and encouraged everyone to be inspired by love. Much to everyone’s entertainment, he also quoted Karen Davila by saying, “hindi ka maubusan ng jowa hangga’t may puhunan.” He also a presented a powerful reverse poetry about love and his hugots.

But everyone was surprised when the Rocksteddy frontman sang “Magpakailanman” and bent down on one knee to propose to his partner for 11 years, Jasmine. They even had a pastor to officiate the real wedding rites in front of the entire madlang people. With tears, they shared their wedding vows.

WATCH: Team Jugs, Teddy and Vice Magpasikat 2017 full performance (courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment, head over to 2:43)

WATCH: Teddy Corpuz marries again in Showtime Magpasikat 2017

The hurados were so impressed on their performance. Direk Rory described it as “brilliant, the narratives were so clear and excellent.” Marc Logan and Janno Gibbs were left teary-eyed. Ina Raymundo agreed that it made everyone fall in love. Ms Maricel Soriano admitted that she didn’t like weddings but their performance made her cry.

Days ago, Vice had often joked that they are the team to watch out for. Jugs and Teddy were part of the second placer last year, winning P100,000 for their charity.

On Monday, Billy Crawford, James Reid and Amy Perez opened the week with their magical performance. The trio was joined by Ronnie Alonte, Ryle Santiago, Luke Conde, CK Kieron, Mica Javier, Krissha Viajeo. They presented a series of magical tricks including Billy transporting the team from the stage to halfway across the studio room and right in the audience. It was described as “a fun experience” and the madlang people rated them 10.

Do you think Vice’s team is a great contender as the grand champion?


This year’s winner will be revealed on Saturday, October 21.

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VIDEO: Teddy Corpuz marries again in Showtime Magpasikat 2017

MANILA, Philippines - It's Showtime mainstay Teddy Corpuz just won the heart of his bride on the live wedding as part of their "Magpasikat 2017" performance with comedian Vice Ganda and Jugs Jugueta on Tuesday, October 17.

Teddy Corpuz marries again in Showtime Magpasikat 2017

"Babe, will you marry me again?," the Rocksteddy frontman asked Jasmine.

Teddy went emotional and even joked: "Buti nalang nag-yes ka kundi wala kami ipapalit kung nag-no ka."

WATCH: Vice, Jugs and Teddy remind us about the power of love in Magpasikat 2017

“Eleven years ago ‘nung magkakilala tayo. Noong una pa lang kitang makita alam kong ikaw na ‘yung babaeng para sa akin."

The two exchanged vows in front of pastor Joseph Etienne Morales on the stage of It’s Showtime.

Teddy Corpuz marries again in Showtime Magpasikat 2017

WATCH: Teddy Corpuz proposal and live wedding in It's Showtime (courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment, head over to 2:18)

"The proposal and wedding on the same day was the best and sweetest so far," most of the netizens shared as #MagpasikatJugsTeddyVice dominated the trending list nationwide and worldwide.

"You're my amazing wife, I ever had. Gusto kong malaman mo at ng buong mundo na Christ is loving na binigay ka niya sa akin. I promise that my heart will be always be fixed on you and Christ," Teddy added.

In his interview in the morning show "Magandang Buhay," Teddy admitted that they eloped and had a civil wedding -- much to the dismay of Jasmine's mother.

"Nagpakasal kami sa huwes. Bumalik kami sa bahay ni Jas, mineet ko ang nanay niya. 'Eto po kasal na kami kami.' Nagalit ang mommy niya, as in. Pero ako na ngayon ang favorite son-in-law," Corpuz said.

Teddy and Jasmine now have two children, Angelica Phoebe and Theodore John who even appeared on the ABS-CBN game show "Bet On Your Baby" back in 2013.


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'Bagyong Paolo' PAGASA weather update October 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Paolo' (international name: Lan) has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it continues to move over the Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 11:00 a.m. update on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

'Bagyong Paolo' PAGASA weather update October 17, 2017
HIMAWARI-8 Satellite Image of Severe Tropical Storm 'Paolo.' Photo Credit: PAGASA
At 10:00 a.m. today, the center of Severe Tropical Storm 'Paolo', 16th cyclone to enter the country this year and second this month, was estimated based on all available data at 765 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (11.0 °N, 132.7 °E).

'Bagyong Paolo' has maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It is forecast to move North Northwest at 7 kph.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 760 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar(12.7°N, 132.3°E)
  • 48 Hour(Thursday morning):1,075 km East of Baler, Aurora(15.7°N, 131.6°E)
  • 72 Hour(Friday morning): 980 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan(18.8°N, 130.9°E)
  • 96 Hour(Saturday morning):1,035 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes(22.0°N, 131.8°E)
  • 120 Hour(Sunday morning):1,375 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(26.5°N, 133.7°E)

Bagyong Paolo track October 17 2017

Meanwhile, no tropical cyclone warning signal has been raised as of press time but 'Paolo' may intensify into a Typhoon in the next 24 to 36 hours.

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 450 km diameter of the Severe Tropical Storm.

The outer rainbands of #PaoloPH may bring scattered light to moderate with possible occasional heavy rains over Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA added.

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#WalangPasok: Palace suspends classes, gov't work on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang Palace took back its earlier announcement and announced the suspension of classes at all levels and government work for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 or the second day of the nationwide transport strike.

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum circular No. 29 late Monday citing the continuing transport strike and the possible inclement weather.

"The suspension of work in the other branches of the government, as well as in constitutional commissions and other independent bodies, is left to the discretion of their respenctive heads," the memorandum added.

In addition, the suspension of work in private companies and offices is left to the discretion of their responsible executive officers.
Palace suspends classes, gov't work on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the decision was made by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"May transport strike, ulan, bagyo at walang masakyan. Baka magkasakit mga kawani ng gobyerno at mga estudyante kung maulanan at walang masakyan," Andanar said.

In the past months, jeepney operators had protested against the modernization program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in which public utility vehicles (PUVs) that are more than 15 years old will be banned from the road, and will be replaced by vehicles with "low-carbon and low-emission technology."

Stop and Go Transport Coalition President Jun Magno said that drivers and operators could not shoulder the P1.6-million loan for new jeepney units and daily amortization of P800.

The group proposed for the rehabilitation of old jeepneys instead of acquiring new units.

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Magpasikat 2017: Billy, Amy and James wow the crowd with magical performance

MANILA, Philippines - It’s Showtime Magpasikat 2017 is again ready to impress the madlang people. As a celebration of the hit noontime show’s eight (8) anniversary, the Magpasikat has been a tradition that has everyone waiting in anticipation. It’s also the perfect venue for the show's hosts to showcase their impressive skills and creative talents to wow the crowd.

To start the ball rolling, Billy Crawford and his team composed of Amy Perez, James Reid and Hashtag Zeus Collins kicked off the week.

Magpasikat 2017: Billy and team wow the crowd with magical performance
Team Billy gives a breathtaking performance in #Magpasikat2017! Photo Credit: Vice Ganda Official PH on Facebook
Billy’s team showed the madlang people why they are rightfully called performers. In the theme of the classic Phantom of the Opera, they opened their act in Victorian outfits and background. The three decided to go outdoors to perform a thrilling magic act. They placed James inside a glass cubicle and water sprayed him.

In an amazing feat, James appeared right on the stage. Amy Perez also became a showgirl as she changed her outfit with the wave of a cloth. She also sizzled in her sexy rendition of “All that Jazz.” For the finale, Billy performed a breathtaking magic trick where he transported the rest of the team across the studio.

James Reid Showtime
James Reid. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN Entertainment
Amy Perez and Billy Crawford
Amy Perez and Billy Crawford. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN Entertainment

This year’s special set of hurados are composed of the most respected and big names in the show business which include Direk Rory Quintos, Janno Gibbs, Ina Raymundo, Marc Logan and no less than the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano (right-left below).

The Magpasikat 2017 hurados.
The Magpasikat 2017 hurados. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN Entertainment
The madlang people scored a majority of 10. Direk Rory shared her experience, “It was so fun to watch.” Gibbs agreed that it was a very good performance and commended Amy. Raymundo was impressed with Amy calling her “the best link of the team.”

Meanwhile, Marc Logan also recounted her childhood fondness for magic and called it, “napakaganda.”

The Diamond Star admitted she got a bit confused in the beginning but agreed that it was good.

WATCH: Team Billy, Amy and James' magical performance in Magpasikat 2017 here (video courtesy of ABS-CBN)

The team’s hashtag #MagpasikatBiLLyJamesAmy also trended Monday afternoon.

Last year, Billy was paired off with Ryan Bang in a comedic skit. Their presentation ended up the madlang people in fits of laughter and even had Piolo Pascual as a guest. The madlang people were surprised when an unexpected kiss happened between the two and Billy decided to walk out in the middle of their show. But, it was all part of the show and for good time’s sake. Billy ended their presentation with an impressive dance number with Hashtags McCoy and Jimboy, and GirlTrends Barbie, Erin, Kamille, and Joana. The pair ended up with the Consolation prize with P50,000.

Anne Curtis with Amy Perez and Joey Marquez scored a perfect 10 from the hurados and earned them the title of the 2016 Magpasikat Grand Champion. They won P300,000 for their chosen charity.

Who do you think will earn the boasting rights as 8th It’s Showtime Magpasikat Grand Champion?

-- Sally, The Summit Express

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TOP 10 PASSERS: October 2017 Chemist board exam results

MANILA, Philippines - The full list of topnotchers or top 10 passers for October 2017 Chemist board exam is available on this page as officially released (expected) on October 16-17, 2017 or in 2 working days after the exam.

 TOP 10 PASSERS: October 2017 Chemist board exam results

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the licensure exam in the cities of Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu on October 10 and 11, 2017.


The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the October 2017 Chemist Licensure Examination are the following:

Updating for the list of topnotchers...


In the October 2016 Chemist board exam, Mikel Jason de Guzman Allas from the De La Salle University (DLSU) - Manila topped the board with 93.50%. It was followed by Jerrica Dominique Navarro Gazmen from University of the Philippines - Manila (UPM), 92.00%.

Meanwhile, UPM graduate Abdul-Rashid Batara Sampaco III aced the September 2015 licensure exam with 92.25%. Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) graduate Patrick James Borromeo Cruz and UPM alum Gabriel Luis Limpo Neri tied on second spot with 91.25%.

Here's quick summary of topnotchers for Chemist licensure exam in the past four (4) years:

Exam Date Topnotcher School Rating (%)
October 2017 TBA TBA TBA


Monitor this page for the real-time updates on Chemist board exam results. Check out also the official website of PRC for more information.

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FULL RESULTS: October 2017 Chemist board exam passers list, top 10

MANILA, Philippines - The October 2017 Chemist board exam results including the official list of passers, topnotchers (top 10), top performing schools and performance of schools are expected to be released online on Monday, October 16 (target) until the 17th or in 2 working days after the exam.

FULL RESULTS: October 2017 Chemist board exam passers list, top 10

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the licensure exam in the cities of Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu on October 10 and 11, 2017.

The members of the Board of Chemistry who gave the licensure examination are Ms. Adoracion P. Resurreccion, Chairman; Ms. Soledad S. Castañeda and Ms. Ma. Theresa C. Cayton, Members.


Roll of Successful Examinees in the
Held on OCTOBER 10 & 11, 2017
Released on OCTOBER 16-17, 2017

Now updating for the list of passers..refresh page for the results.

Note: Those who failed to pass the board examination for Chemist but had obtained a rating of at least 70% in any two (2) subjects can register as Chemical Technician.


According to PRC, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to www.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.

Those who will register are required to bring the following:
  • duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
  • 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 2 sets of documentary stamps

Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, PRC said.


Chemist board exam's verification of ratings (passers, non-passers and removal) can be done online.

Visit PRC's "Verification of Rating" service and enter the required information to verify your identity. Note that this will be available in few working days after the release of results.


The two-day examination covered the following major subjects: inorganic chemistry (25%), organic chemistry (25%), anytical chemistry (25%) and physical chemistry (25%).


According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019, the target release date of the recent Chemist board exam results is on Monday, October 16 or in 2 working days after the test.

UPDATE: The Malacañang Palace on Sunday announced the suspension of government work for Monday, October 16. With this, results may be released on later date, possible on the following day.

In the same period last year (October 2016), results were released in 2 working days. A total of 559 out of 1,019 passed the exams.

In September 2015 exam, results were announced online in just 1 working day. PRC named a total of 414 out of 771 who have passed the licensure exams.

Here's the quick summary of previous examinations:

Exam Date Total Examinees Total Passers Passing Rate Days before results release
October 2017 TBA TBA TBA TBA
October 2016 1,019 559 54.86% 2
September 2015 771 414 53.70% 1
September 2014 705 421 59.72% 9
September 2013 571 320 56.04% 2


Monitor this page for the real-time updates on Chemist board exam results. Check out also the official website of PRC for more information.

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