'Bagyong Josie' PAGASA weather update July 23, 2018



MANILA, Philippines – 'Bagyong Josie' is now moving northwestward heading towards northeastern Taiwan, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 am update on Monday, July 23, 2018.

'Bagyong Josie' PAGASA weather update July 23, 2018
Satellite image of Tropical Depression 'Josie' and the new weather system East of Southern Luzon.

At 4:00 am today, the center of Tropical Depression "Josie" was estimated based on all available data at 475 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes.

'Bagyong Josie' has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph. It is moving Northwest at 20kph.

No tropical cyclone warning signal was raised as 'Josie' is about to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, July 23.

Meanwhile, at 4:00 am today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 1,230 km East of Southern Luzon. This system may develop into a Tropical Depression in the next 24 to 48 hours. If it intensifies, it would be given the local name Karding, the 11th cyclone to enter PAR this year.

The Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) will continue to bring scattered to widespread monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoo, Palawan, and Western Visayas. While, occasional rains over Metro Manila, and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas.

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Residents of these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, are still advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslide, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices and continue monitoring for updates.

— The Summit Express



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Trillanes says he sympathizes with professionals on CPD law



MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV admitted that he sympathizes with the local professionals affected by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law.

On online forum Reddit, the senator who authored the controversial CPD law answered several concerns from the netizens. Trillanes said he understood the “pains” of the CPD law to our professionals. He wrote, “I totally sympathize with our professionals as they go through the growing pains of this new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law.”

Trillanes says he sympathizes with professionals on CPD law
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he sympathizes the “growing pains” professionals have with the CPD law | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

The senator went on to share that they have been finding ways to improve and help the local professionals with their concerns. Trillanes stated, “My office has already conducted 3 public hearings to address some concerns and has been closely working with the PRC to make the CPD programs affordable and accessible to them.”

Trillanes added, “We have gained headway in providing free CPD programs for public school teachers and nurses as both the DepEd and DOH are mandated to be CPD providers. We were also able to reduce the required CPD units for certain professions.”

The senator also shared they are considering other options to make the courses more accessible and affordable such as providing online seminars.

The CPD law has been the center of ire from local professionals. Several lawmakers have already filed House Bill No. 7171 to help abolish the controversial CPD Law. They called it an “unnecessary law” that has been a burden to the professionals.

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Senator Trillanes stayed firm with the importance of pushing for CPD units to the local professionals. He explained that it is a requisite for the ASEAN integration. Trillanes said, “If we didn’t pass that, our professionals would be placed [at] disadvantage because the professionals in other member-states can work here while ours cannot work in their countries.”

Trillanes continued that the CPD aims to helps professionals meet “global standards and be updated with the latest trends and best practices.”

Lastly, the senator pointed out other countries also have their own CPD laws or programs.

PRC statement

Early this year, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released a statement that they are exercising “maximum flexibility” in the implementation of the CPD law.

READ: PRC breaks silence on CPD Law issues, spread of fake news

— Sally, The Summit Express



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Netizens sign online petition urging Duterte, SC to review Chiong sisters case



MANILA, Philippines – An online petition has been made to seek the assistance of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court to reopen or review the controversial case of the “Chiong sisters.”
Netizens sign online petition urging Duterte, SC to review Chiong sisters case

The username Case Review started a petition on Change.org to ask for online signatures from the public to support their appeal to reopen the case of the 21-year old Jacqueline and 23-year old Marijoy Chiong who were allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered back in July 1997. The case resulted to the conviction of Francisco Juan “Paco” Larañaga, Jozman Aznar, Rowen Wesley Adlawan, Alberto Allan "Pahak" Cano, Ariel Balansag, James Andrew "MM" Uy and James Anthony Uy, dubbed as the “Chiong 7.”

Chiong Sisters case
Netizens are signing up for a review of the Chiong Sisters case | Screengrab: Facebook/Need to be Asleep by 3 AM

Due to the release of a Viva film “Jacqueline Comes Home,” and the resurfacing of a documentary “Give Up Tomorrow” produced in 2011, the case has stirred the public again.

SEE ALSO: Donnalyn Bartolome seeks help from Viva against bashers of ‘Jacqueline Comes Home’

Netizens claimed that the case was a “mistrial” and that witnesses should be heard for the truth to come out.

The online petition points out that there are 3 sides to the story: “The Chiong Sisters, The Chiong Seven and the TRUTH.” It hopes that the case be reviewed and witnesses be heard.

The petition already achieved 80,453 from the 150,000 target signatures.

Jacqueline Comes Home

The film Jacqueline Comes Home presents the Chiong’s side of the story. On the night of July 16, 1997, Jacqueline and Marijoy Chiong were last seen at the Ayala Center Cebu. The Chiong’s presented Davidson Valiente Rusia who claimed that he was part of Francisco Juan “Paco” Larañaga’s gang. He alleged that he met the rest of the group to attend a party. Riding a white car, Rusia testified that they forced the Chiong sisters inside their car while they were waiting in a waiting shed.

The controversial Chiong sisters.
The controversial Chiong sisters.

Rusia continued that Larañaga’s gang proceeded to a safehouse where they allegedly got drunk, had a pot session and took turn raping the victims. They allegedly pushed Marijoy into the 150-meter deep ravine.

Two days later, the body was found identified to be Marijoy while Jacqueline is still nowhere to be found.

You can watch the trailer of the movie here:


The trial of the century or the mistrial of the century?

The award-winning documentary Give Up Tomorrow was produced by Marty Syjuco back in 2011. The docu lasted for 1 hour and a half shares how the case was smeared with irregularities, corrupt and incompetent government officials, controversies and even politics.

Francisco “Paco” Larrañaga
Francisco “Paco” Larrañaga, the alleged mastermind continues to claim his innocence | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Paco Larrañaga

The docu showed how Larrañaga, allegedly the mastermind of the crime was convicted based on one “star witness,” Rusia, whose credibility was also questioned. The defense’s biggest job was to prove that Larrañaga was nowhere in Cebu but was in Quezon City on the night the Chiong sisters went missing.

Larrañaga’s class attendance, condominium logbook, and over forty writnesses showed that the Center for Culinary Arts student was in Quezon City from July 16 to July 17. The court didn’t give weight to any of them citing irregularities and claiming evidences might have only been manipulated. The witnesses were also dismissed because they were Larrañaga’s friends.

The “Chiong Seven” were convicted and Cebu Regional Trial Court Judge Martin Ocampo sentenced them two life terms. Months after, Ocampo was found dead in an apparent suicide. Up to this day, Larrañaga and the others are still detained and refuses to admit to the crime.

— Sally, The Summit Express



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Donnalyn Bartolome seeks help from Viva against bashers of ‘Jacqueline Comes Home’



MANILA, Philippines – Actress Donnalyn Bartolome sought the help of Viva Artists Agency to defend her from bashers of their film “Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story).”

Donnalyn Bartolome plays the role of Jacqueline Chiong in Viva’s film Jacqueline Comes Home
Donnalyn Bartolome plays the role of Jacqueline Chiong in Viva’s film 'Jacqueline Comes Home' | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Donnalyn Bartolome

Bartolome, who plays one of the lead roles as Jacqueline Chiong could no longer handle the heat from all the netizens bashing their movie. On her Facebook, the actress wrote, “Hindi ako reklamador na artista, kasi sino ba naman ako pero Viva Artists Agency pakiklaro po sa mga taong ito kung ano ang totoo.”


SEE ALSO: Netizens sign online petition urging Duterte, SC to review Chiong sisters case

Bartolome explained that Viva made her believe that there was an “unexpected twist” to the ending but she was disappointed. Bartolome wrote, “Naririnig ko pa sa team ‘you’ll know what happened to Jacqueline’ kahit di ako sure sa kung ano man yun, kesyo buhay or patay yung tao dahil si Mrs. Chiong ang source n’yo. I trusted the team.”

“Akala ko sasabihin na dito ni Mrs. Chiong ano totoong nangyari kay Jacqueline. Nakakaiyak sa galit,” Bartolome added.

The 24-year-old actress lamented the lack of support from Viva in protecting them against bashers of the film. Bartolome said that she is tired of taking all the flak and defending herself. She stood by her earlier statement that she did do her research prior to accepting the role.

Bartolome finally accepted to put an end on her tirade. She posted a screenshot of an alleged email from a relative of one of the suspects praising her for being “brave enough to take on such a controversial role.” The actress said the email meant everything to her. The netizens, however, are still unconvinced with the authenticity of the email.


Viva's Jacqueline Comes Home film has been met with heavy criticisms and boycott from netizens stating that it is a biased version of the events based on the Chiong matriarch.

Meg Imperial, the actress who played the role of Marijoy Chiong had earlier called out netizens for attacking her saying that they are just actors playing a role. Imperial said, “They said, 'Hindi ka na nga sikat, hindi ka pa nag-iisip' That's too harsh for me. Too personal kasi I'm just doing my job.”

— Sally, The Summit Express



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LIVESTREAM: President Duterte SONA 2018 video



MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018 (Monday) at the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

President Duterte set to break the tradition in his third SONA.
President Duterte set to break the tradition in his third SONA.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said Duterte will stick to the ‘change is coming’ theme, as it was instrumental to his successful campaign during the 2016 elections.

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"As the Father of the Nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will once again articulate the people’s desire for genuine and meaningful change," Roque said.

As announced, SONA 2018 will be available through livestream video on Presidential Communications Facebook page and Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) YouTube channel.

WATCH: The official livestream video of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address (SONA) set to deliver on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Batasan Pambansa, Quezon City.


Other media outlets and top news organizations ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines are expected also to provide their live streaming of SONA 2018.

What to expect on Duterte's SONA 2018?

President Duterte is expected to break the tradition of delivering SONA. The iron-fist leader will not tout the accomplishments per Cabinet. Duterte would instead speak as the father of the Filipino people. Roque explained that the president's speech was different because of the pre-SONA forum during which the administration's achievements were discussed.

Round the clock preparations were made to assure safety of the highest official and the estimated 3,000 guests at the Plenary Hall. As reported, the National Capital Region Police Office is said to send a 7,000-strong police force.

For the third time, former president Benigno Aquino III will be skipping the event.

Romcom director Joyce Bernal was tapped to direct the production of President Duterte's SONA.

The president is set to arrive at 3:00 p.m. and to be accorded by arrival honors to be led by the AFP Chief-of-Staff, together with the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The speech is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. and will only last for 35 minutes if read straight from the prepared remarks.

The full text of President Rodrigo's speech in English and Filipino translation called the "President's Report to the People" will be available online shortly after the President has spoken or around 5:00 p.m.

— The Summit Express



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SMB eliminates Alaska, advances to PBA Commissioner’s Finals



MANILA, Philippines – Full-powered San Miguel Beermen has ended the depleted Alaska Aces’ journey with a 105-99 win to face the Ginebra - Rain Or Shine semis winner in the finals on July 22, 2018 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Monster numbers for “The Kraken.” June Mar Fajardo
Monster numbers for “The Kraken.” June Mar Fajardo’s 26 points and 12 boards helped SMB sealed the semis series vs. Alaska | Photo Credit: Philstar.com

Having the 2-1 lead in their best-of-five duel, the San Miguel Beermen had nothing in mind but to end the semis series against the Alaska Aces. The Aces however wanted to extend their conference and live another day.

If there’s one single Alaska player who wants to get even with San Miguel after getting a shameful beating during the 2016 All Filipino Cup finals dubbed as the “Beeracle”, it would be JVee Casio.

SEE ALSO: PBA Commissioner's Cup 2018 Semi-Finals live stream, schedule, results

Without his backup point guard Chris Banchero and wingman Calvin Abueva, JVee Casio needed to elevate his game to survive the mighty Beermen. The former Green Archer posted an astonishing 8 points in the opening salvo.

23-20 was the score at the end of the 1st quarter in favor of Alaska.

Truly, JVee Casio was instrumental in the first but in the 2nd quarter, it was Vic manuel who was doing damage on San Miguel. Kelly Nabong on the other hand, gave SMB the energy with his hustle plays.

San Miguel might have its twin towers in June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger but Alaska just needed 1 big man to overpower the titanic duo. His name is: Diamon Simpson, Aces’ workhorse import who can do-it-all.

Simpson might have only scored 8 points in the first 2 quarters of this game. But his 10 rebounds were just simply amazing and one of the reasons why the Aces was slightly ahead of the Beermen, 44-43 at the half.

Fastbreak points got the Beermen going as they started the 3rd period and took the lead from Aces.

“The Kraken” finally owned the shaded lane even with Diamon Simpson in front of him. June Mar Fajardo had 19 and 9 with 4 more minutes remaining in the quarter.

As SMB was gaining its momentum, Coach Alex Compton tapped JVee Casio to man his team on the court. Casio’s efforts helped the Aces brought the lead down to 2 with the help of Vic Manuel and Diamon Simpson.

Fajardo’s dominance underneath the basket helped his team ended the 3rd quarter with a 7-point, 76-69 lead.

San Miguel’s lead grew to a double-digit as the final canto was unfolded. Marcio Lassiter was too quiet in the previous quarters at least, but it didn’t matter as SMB gained full control of the game and with just 8 minutes left.

Aside from Fajardo and Balkman, Chris Ross had chipped in some significant numbers especially when San Miguel was trailing Alaska in the 3rd period. Ross’ timely triples kept their lead intact and made it harder for Alaska to narrow the distance.

Although SMB was leading Alaska, the margin however was still manageable and the Aces had enough time either to level the score or take the helm. Simon Enciso wasted no time and sank couple of three pointers in the dying minutes of the fourth. Enciso’s 16 points brought the lead down to just 6.

Alex Cabagnot’s trey with 30 ticks left put the last nail in the coffin as the Beermen formally closed the doors for the Aces and won the series 105-99.

With the win, San Miguel took the 1st finals seat and now awaits the winner of Ginebra - Rain Or Shine semis showdown where the Gins can finish off the Elasto Painters tomorrow, July 23, 2018 at 7PM.


— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express



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SONA 2018: time, highlights, live stream and coverage



MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte conveys the administration’s proactive vision for the Philippines as he delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) this Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

President Duterte SONA 2018
President Duterte reports to his 'boss'. Photo Credit: Facebook/Presidential Communications Facebook page.

TIME OF THE ANNUAL CEREMONY

The traditional ceremony will start at 3:30 p.m. as the president will arrive by air or land. He will receive arrival honors to be led by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Carlito Galvez Jr, together with the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate and House of Representatives, who will escort the President towards the rear entrance as they walk past the honor guards.

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After which, the joint session of 17th Congress will be called to order and the national anthem will be sung by award-winning Tagum City Chamber Chorale, chosen upon the recommendation of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also hails from Tagum.

The President’s SONA is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. The speech is drafted in English which the President is comfortable with, but His Excellency, like last year, might deliver some off-the-cuff remarks.

Malacañang recently said that Duterte's 3rd SONA will only last for 35 minutes since the president promised to rely on prepared speech.

However, Presidential Communications Secretary Ana Marie Banaag told ABS-CBN News Channel that speech may be longer as Duterte is expected to talk more about the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, target to be signed on Monday before he delivers speech.

The Palace is not also worried if Duterte deviates from the prepared remarks or if it's longer "because people would want to listen to him."

"Even if the President talks for two hours, people are so fixated on what he wants to say so it's not really something we are worried about," Banaag told ANC.

Meanwhile, blockbuster movie director Joyce Bernal will direct Duterte's 3rd SONA pro bono. She intends to capture ‘how much Duterte loves the Philippines’. Previous SONAs of the iron-fist leader were directed by internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza.

SONA 2018 MESSAGE, HIGHLIGHTS

Palace said that the 2018 SONA would be different from the previous years as the president will not tout the accomplishments per Cabinet. Duterte would instead speak as the father of the Filipino people.

Practically, Duterte is the writer of his speech as he removed those parts he feels "is not him."

Duterte instructed to have pre-SONA briefings to have an avenue to discuss policies, programs and projects that the government implemented in the past year. This also includes updates on the economic growth, poverty reduction and various social programs, peace and order campaign, and key developments in the foreign relations of the country, with the end goal of making Filipinos’ lives more comfortable.

LIVE STREAM AND COVERAGE

The SONA 2018 will be aired via live stream on the government's channel PTV, Presidential Communications Facebook page, and RTVM YouTube channel. The hashtag #DuterteSONA2018 will be used for social media postings of the government.

Mainstream media like ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines are expected to provide their own live streaming of SONA 2018 speech and updates.

Watch President Duterte's SONA 2018 speech via live streaming here:


— The Summit Express



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Ateneo-Philippines bows to Iran, settles for 4th place in Jones Cup 2018



MANILA, Philippines - The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles failed to secure the bronze medal in the 2018 Jones Cup after a sorry loss versus Iran, 70-63 on July 22, 2018 at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City.

The ADMU Blue Eagles - Philippines fails to secure a podium finish in the Jones Cup
The ADMU Blue Eagles - Philippines fails to secure a podium finish in the Jones Cup with a 5-3 record and a 4th-place finish.

Philippines’ only chance to end the Jones Cup tournament with a podium finish is to beat team Iran in its last game.

Coming from a wonderful win over Chinese Taipei national team last night, the Ateneo Blue Eagles were all set and ready to face the taller Iranians with full of confidence and were very eager to bring at least the bronze medal to their motherland.

It contrast to their lackluster defense against the Taiwanese, the Blue Eagles made their living by forcing the Iranians to commit turnovers and converted them into significant digits.

Team Iran was in complete shock and its players almost didn’t know what hit them as the shorter Filipinos posted an 11-0 run and shifted the lead to their side.

Aside from the fast-paced basketball plays of the Blue Eagles, they earned most of their numbers from the three point territory headed by Thirdy Ravena and the Nieto twins.

Regardless of the outcome of this tournament, the ADMU Blue Eagles will surely be a tough contender in this coming UAAP season and will be highly favored to win and defend their title.

The Jones Cup, Filoil Cup and the Greece pocket tournament during the UAAP offseason will certainly be morale boosters for the Katipunan-based cagers. Angelo Kouame’s addition will also be another advantage for Coach Tab Baldwin and his wards that will even make them a more formidable squad.

The Iranians played a better basketball in the 3rd quarter to take their lead back from team Philippines. Ateneo had 1 full quarter to work on to win the game.

It was really tough for the Blue Eagles to own the shaded lane as it was heavily guarded and clogged by the gigantic Iranians that even Angelo Kouame can’t make shots under the basket which he normally drains.

Under a minute left in the game, Iran led Philippines by 4. During their last possession, the Iranians melted the clock away and hit a dagger trey to end Ateneo-Philippines’ 2018 Jones Cup campaign 70-63.


The Philippines settled for 4th place behind Iran in the overall standings after the loss. Nevertheless, the experience and exposure that the Blue Eagles gained will be a huge boost for their UAAP Men’s Basketball title defense.

Jones Cup 2018 Standings as of 5:30pm, July 22.
Jones Cup 2018 Standings as of 5:30pm, July 22.

Congrats, Blue Eagles! One Big Fight!

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express



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