Bagyong 'Basyang' intensifies; Signal No. 2 up in Visayas, Mindanao

Manila, Philippines - In the severe weather bulletin issued as of 11a.m. today, January 31, 2014, weather bureau PAGASA announced that Bagyong 'Basyang' with International name of 'Kajiki' has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to move towards Leyte - Caraga area. Public storm warning signal no. 2 is now up in some areas of Visayas and Mindanao.

Update: Storm warning signal now lowered as Bagyong 'Basyang' weakens | February 1, 2014

Track of Typhoon Basyang January 31, 2014

At 10:00 a.m. today, the center of Typhoon “BASYANG” was estimated based on all available data at 500 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (10.4°N, 130.4°E).

Typhoon 'Basyang' has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move westward at 30 kph.

Bagyong “BASYANG” is expected to be in the vicinity of Naga City, Cebu by tomorrow morning and at 133 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Sunday morning. By Monday morning, it is expected to be at 729 km West Northwest of Puerto Princesa City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Public Storm warning signal no. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in atleast 24 hours) in the following areas:

VISAYAS: Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Samar and Camotes Island

MINDANAO: Camiguin, Dinagat Province, Surigao del Norte incl. Siargao Is., Northern Part of Surigao del Sur and Northern Part of Agusan del Norte

Public Storm warning signal no. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected within the next 36 hours) in the following areas:

LUZON: Masbate and Cuyo Island
VISAYAS: Northern Samar, Biliran Is., Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor

MINDANAO: Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, rest of Agusan del Norte, rest of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Northern part of Bukidnon and Zamboanga del Norte

PAGASA expects 'Typhoon Basyang' to make landfall over Surigao Provinces late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 -15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to Tropical Storm “Basyang” and the Northeast Monsoon.

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Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo still free to leave PH?

Manila, Philippines - Despite the issued look-out bulletin order (LBO) versus Deniece Millinette Cornejo, Cedric Lee and three (3) others involved in the assault to Ferdinand 'Vhong Navarro', Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison said on Thursday that authorities cannot prevent Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo from leaving the country until a court issues warrant of arrest or hold departure orders against the two.

Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo still free to leave PH

It was reported that businessman Lee and model Cornejo had booked a flight to Singapore amidst the ongoing investigation of the mauling incident at The Fort, Taguig last January 22.

Records from the Philippine Airlines (PAL) reveals that flight reservation was made online, a trip to Singapore via PAL flight PR 503 which is scheduled to leave on February 6 at 7:55 a.m.

However, the transaction is not yet confirmed as payment is not yet made and it's not guaranteed that the person who booked flight are the same persons involved in the incident.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Leila De Lima instructed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to be on the lookout or alert for Cornejo and Lee.

In the list of LBO includes suspects such as Cedric's sister Bernice Lee aka Marie, Cedric's business partner Ferdinand Guerrero and body builder Zimmer Rance and immediately inform her, Pros. Gen. Claro Arellano and the NBI of any attempt to leave the country.

Lee and Cornejo's lawyer Howard Calleja said the two have no plans to leave the country. Calleja said he will make sure Lee and Cornejo will be present for the resolution of case against Navarro.

Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo

Calleja also advised the public not to prejudge his clients based on the CCTV footage reviewed by the NBI.

Meanwhile, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano designated Assistant State Prosecutors Olivia Torrevillas, Hazel Decena-Valdez & Marie Elvira Herrera to handle the preliminary investigation of the case filed by actor Vhong Navarro vs Deniece Cornejo and other involved in the case for serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion, illegal arrest and blackmail.

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Cayetano: Charge those involved in pork barrel (PDAF) scam

Manila - "Kapag may kasalanan, ikulong. Walang sasantuhin dito, administrasyon man o oposisyon, lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno."

Cayetano: Charge those involved in pork barrel (PDAF) scam

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano urged the government to file charges against all those implicated in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam during the Thursday's resumption of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the alleged misuse of the now scrapped Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

"Ang tingin ng tao, simple lang, may mangyayari ba diyan o wala? Kapag may nakasuhan at nakulong, we are successful graft busters. Pero kung hindi naman, at walang nasauli na pera o walang narecover, nag-fail ang gobyerno," he said.

Pointing out that the committee needs to dig deeper into the controversial issue, Cayetano cited news reports linking businesswoman and pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles to appointed officials in government.

"I was looking into the news. They said that NABCOR [National Agribusiness Corporation] former President Allan Javellana was introduced to Napoles and whistleblower Benhur Luy by a Department of Agriculture (DA) employee named Manuel Jarmin... We found out that he is now the acting director of the Livestock Development council of DA. He has been the acting director since 2010," Cayetano disclosed.

"We dug a little bit deeper and found out that there is such a corporation as Jimmy's Bar and Grill that seems to be incorporated by Jimmy Napoles, the husband of Ms. Napoles. Apparently, even in Comelec [Commission on Elections], Manuel Recto Jarmin is listed as a nominee of an admitted Napoles party-list in 2007," he added, referring to the Samahan ng mga Mangangalakal sa Ikauunlad ng Ekonomiya (SMILE) party-list founded by the Napoleses and was allegedly part of the controversial Hello Garci Operations.

Cayetano expressed his concern over Jarmin's relations with the Napoleses and why he remains to hold a position in government.

"I believe in the sincerity of the President for the complete cleansing [of government] and going after all those who committed graft and corruption. Its time for action. Tama na ang salita at investigations. Kasuhan na at ipakulong ang mga may sala ," he said.

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'Biggest Loser Doubles' reveals stories of contestants on Saturday Primer

"The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Doubles” will reveal the inspiring stories of some of its 14 pairs of contestants who will undergo a life-changing journey to a healthier life in its primer episode this Saturday (Feb 1, 2014) on ABS-CBN.

Biggest Loser Doubles hosts and coaches

They will be introduced by the “Biggest Loser” team composed of host Iza Calzado, challenge masters Matteo Guidicelli and Robi Domingo, and fitness coaches and real-life married couple Jim and Toni Saret, who will also share how they got to be a part of the reality show and the weight loss struggles they faced when they were younger.

The primer will show the pre-camp, the first part of the competition where the 14 pairs of contestants will be asked to lose weight on their own, using only the things that are readily available in their homes and environment, for 30 days.

The 14 Pairs of overweight Filipinos Embark on Life-changing Journey

After scouring the country for pairs with heartwarming stories, “Biggest Loser Doubles” will introduce in its premiere the 14 pairs of contestants Filipinos can draw inspiration from.

Both in their early 20s, brothers Ralph and Christian are successful businessmen who joined “Biggest Loser” because they believe that the people they work with will respect them and take them more seriously if they are physically fit.

Sisters Tin and Dianne, on the other hand, are both very pretty and charming, but claim they have never had a boyfriend because of their obesity.

Married couple Carl and Kayen made a promise to each other to not only lose weight but also to become a better husband and wife for each other and become better parents to their three-year-old son.

Eating has always been siblings Bryan and Ikya’s way of bonding with each other, both believe that they started gaining weight when a doctor prescribed them “pampagana” medicines when they were kids.

Both from Cebu, the “happy and gay” Bien and his girl best friend Mai have been officemates in a call center for three years and instantly became friends because of their huge appetite for fun, food, and drinking alcohol.

Tristan and Jepoy have been friends for more than 20 years since high school. In Tanza, Cavite where they are from, they are the biggest and heaviest in their barkada.

Cousins Lovely and Carol have been witnesses to each other’s tragedies in life. Now they are on both on a quest to regain their health back for themselves and for their families.

Meanwhile, it has always been twins Chrisfer and Chesfer’s goal to get fit, a promise they made to their father before he passed away at an early age due to obesity.

Both from well-known showbiz families, Pat and Cathy are well acquainted with the limelight. Pat is the daughter of Yayo Aguila and William Martinez, while Cathy comes from the showbiz clan of the Revillas. Though their parents work in the same industry, they have never met each other and are one of the “stranger pairs” of this edition.

Cherry and Randall have been best friends since their college days in UST where they met as members of the Salinggawi Dance Troupe. After they graduated from college, both have lived their respective lives and gained weight.

The next “Biggest Loser Doubles” pair met and became friends while competing against each other at a local beauty pageant called Bilbiling Mandaluyong, a pageant for obese women, where Benzi was named the Bilbiling Mandaluyong 2012 and Ysai was named the first runner-up.

Francis and Andrew, the show’s second stranger pair, both have their families as their inspiration. Andrew wants to get fit for his girlfriend and his future kids.

Mommy Osie used to express her love for her kids through food, but this has only led to their weight gain over the years. Now, Mommy Osie wants to correct this by joining “Biggest Loser” with her daughter Nina.

Biggie turned to drugs as a means to lost weight, until it was found out one day by his girlfriend Valerie. As they continue to build their relationship, they are ready for their second chance at life.

Watch them change not only their bodies, but also their lives as they compete with each other in a bid to win P1 million, appliance showcase, P100,000 worth of sports merchandise from Toby’s, lifetime gym membership at Gold’s Gym, a kitchen showcase, among others.

“Ang Bigating Pagbabago: The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Doubles Primer” will air after the “MMK” episode featuring Iza’s inspiring journey to health and how she bravely faced and overcame obesity.

Don’t miss the primer on Saturday (Feb 1) and the official premiere of “The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Doubles” this Monday (Feb 3), after “The Legal Wife” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. It will regular air from Mondays to Fridays, and on Saturdays after “MMK.”

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Bagyong 'Basyang' PAGASA weather update | January 30, 2014

Manila, Philippines - The weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday, January 30, 2014 issued first bulletin update for tropical depression or Bagyong 'Basyang'. Typhoon 'Basyang' spotted at east of Mindanao is about to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

January 31, 2013 Update: Bagyong 'Basyang' intensifies; Signal No. 2 up in Visayas, Mindanao

Typhoon Basyang 2014

Bagyong 'Basyang' is expected to make landfall over Surigao Provinces late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

At 4:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “BASYANG” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 1,108 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (8.6°N, 136.4°E).

It has a maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and forecast to move West at 30 kph.

'Basyang' is expected to be at 320 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by tomorrow afternoon and at 232 km West Northwest of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur or at 90 km North of Cagayan de Oro City by Saturday afternoon. By Sunday afternoon, it is expected to be at 391 km West of Dipolog City.

PAGASA raised storm warning signal 1 (winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours) in Surigao del Norte including Siargao Is., Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental and Southern Leyte.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.

Meanwhile, fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas due to Tropical Depression “Basyang” and the Northeast Monsoon.

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Globe extends Free Facebook service until February 14, 2014

Manila, Philippines - Globe Telecom on Tuesday announced the extension of its Free Facebook offer available to its over 36 million Globe and TM subscribers until February 14, 2014, allowing users to post, like, comment, chat, add friends, upload photos, and share posts without the need for Wi-Fi.

Globe Telecom logo

Globe collaborated with Facebook last year to offer its postpaid, prepaid, and TM subscribers access to the leading social networking site on mobile at zero data charges, alongside first-of-its-kind mobile innovations that address fear of mobile browsing, making the telco's Free Facebook offer a world-first.

Among these customer experience innovations include accessibility on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or Facebook's mobile site

Globe advised that customers are also guaranteed of no billshock as they will be notified if they will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked.

For a seamless experience, subscribers can also enjoy a one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing sites or links outside Facebook without having to leave the site. In the spirit of customization, recommended data plans consider a subscriber's available prepaid balance and/or megabytes (MB) balance of existing data plan.

Finally, customers with not enough prepaid load can "loan" a 10MB data plan for only P10 which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook.

"Due to the overwhelming response and take-up from our subscribers, we are happy to extend Globe Free Facebook until February 14 to allow more users to enjoy an innovative, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience, anytime, anywhere. As the country's leading digital brand and preferred partner of technology leaders around the world, we hope to get more Filipinos online on their mobile devices and be part of a wonderful, connected world," said Peter Bithos, Chief Operating Advisor of Globe.

Free Facebook Globe and TM

Subscribers can dial *143# and select FREE FB or text FREEFB to 8888 to download more information or access Free Facebook. Subscribers may also go to on the phone's web browser or open the Facebook mobile app while on the Globe network to access Free Facebook.

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NBI releases CCTV footage of Vhong Navarro's mauling case

Manila, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 released the actual close-circuit television (CCTV) footage of Forbeswood Heights condo at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City where Vhong Navarro was mauled by a group of men led by Cedric Lee.


The actual CCTV video was presented by NBI during the press conference on Wednesday. According to NBI, the sworn statement of Navarro is supported by the details of CCTV footage.

Read: CCTV video matches Vhong Navarro's statement (TV Patrol )

NBI also clarified that the alleged attempted rape filed by Deniece Cornejo is impossible as shown in the content of CCTV at the condominium's main gate, lobby and elevator.

At the time Vhong Navarro entered the unit of Cornejo (10:38p.m.) which is in the second floor of the condominium, Cornejo just leaved the unit immediately as seen on the elevator and lobby CCTV footage.

It was only after several minutes that Cornejo was seen going back inside the condominium.

During that time when Cornejo was outside, Lee and at least five (5) other men were seen entering the building then riding the elevator up to the second floor.

suspects mauling to Vhong Navarro CCTV

At 11:12 p.m., Navarro, who was already beaten up and whose hands were tied behind his back, was seen riding the elevator from the second floor of the building along with Lee and the other men as well as Cornejo and Lee's sister, Bernice Lee.

Here's the video from ABS-CBN as CCTV footage finally released by NBI:

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A wickedly memorable week with Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim

Manila - Nokia Philippines recently painted the town green as it tapped some of the country’s most recognizable theater actors celebrating the arrival of another blockbuster Broadway musical in Manila’s shores.
Nokia Asha 503 Green

Thespians are always excited to witness award-winning shows that are known worldwide. When these actors were invited to watch the musical about the witches of Oz, friends from Nokia provided them with bright green Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim phones to document their weeklong journey for the gala performance-viewing in their Emerald City costumes.

With the new Asha 503 in hand, Robbie Zialcita, Cara Barredo, Hans Eckstein, Micah Muñoz, Alessa Zialcita, Naths Everett, Ayam Barredo-Eckstein, Tristan Cheng, Eric Mercado, and Antonio Lane showed just how excited they were about this opportunity to snap and share their one of a kind experience.

For one whole week, as the local actors chose their costumes and found green items as inspiration for the special event, the Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim allowed them to take and upload photos of those moments in a flash. They just had to swipe up the lock screen to activate the camera, and they were ready to start snapping. Sharing the photos was easy, too – they uploaded their pictures to their respective social media accounts with just one touch.

Alessa & Robbie Zialcita with Lea Salonga and daughter, Nicole
Alessa & Robbie Zialcita with Lea Salonga and daughter, Nicole

On the night of the gala, the actors who have performed with top theater groups including Repertory Philippines, Atlantis Productions, 4th Wall Theater Company, and Trumpets, arrived sporting their costumes with matching green Asha 503s. With its bold-colored core encased in a crystal-clear shell, the Asha 503 stood out with its unique design. It was the perfect accessory that tied together the local actors’ enchanting looks.

Tristan Cheng, who was last seen in “The Producers” and “Rivalry” said, “What I liked about the whole Nokia Asha experience, besides having a phone to use, was being able to meet new friends and fellow thespians; capturing great moments with them. (The) phone was awesome. It was compact and smooth, perfect for people looking for a classy yet affordable phone.”

Tristan Cheng (center) with Steve Danielsen, Sophie Sumner and Tim Yap
Tristan Cheng (center) with Steve Danielsen, Sophie Sumner and Tim Yap

“We were excited to let the local actors enjoy the Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim throughout their magical Broadway experience,” said Mike Smith, Markets Products Management Manager of Nokia Philippines. “The new, colorful, and powerful pocket-sized Asha 503 allowed them to capture more with its 5 MP camera, as well as share and surf faster with its 3.5G capability.”

The Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim is packed with useful features, such as Fastlane, which logs what the user has been upto and helps him or her to seamlessly switch between apps. It keeps track of his/her recent apps, games, music, social media notifications and more in a single interface; and the Nokia Xpress Browser, which allows users to browse the web faster while saving on data. These features came in very handy as the actors took selfies in front of photowalls set up at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and snapshots with the touring show’s cast members and other famous personalities at the after party.

Line, LinkedIn, WeChat, and other great apps that matter to users are also available on the Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim, so staying in touch with friends is super easy. And with a gift of ten free games, users can give boredom the brush-off.

“The Asha experience fired up my love for Nokia. It reminded me how Nokia was always easy to use while supplying me with the hip and happening applications of today,” said Repertory Philippines baby, Cara Barredo.

Micah Muñoz, also known for his role on ABS-CBN’s “Be Careful with my Heart” shared, “had a wicked awesome time with my Asha, it’s handy and trendy; fit for any cool cat out there.”

The Nokia Asha 503 Dual Sim is now available in Nokia Stores and authorized retailers in bright green as well as yellow, bright red, cyan, white and black at an affordable price of Php 5,200.

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CCTV video matches Vhong Navarro's statement (TV Patrol )

Manila, Philippines - ABS-CBN's TV Patrol on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 got the first look of condo CCTV where Deniece Cornejo resides detailing portion of the incident of mauling to comedian Vhong Navarro last January 22 at The Fort Taguig.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) now holds the whole CCTV footage according to reports.

CCTV Video matches Vhong Navarro statement

Update: NBI releases CCTV footage of Vhong Navarro's mauling case

The three videos were now in NBI's custody- one from the entrance and exit, the other from elevator and last one from the lobby. NBI however did not disclosed the whole CCTV footage to media

Based on CCTV footage, NBI said that Vhong's statement is matched on the time and alleged persons involved in the assault like Cedric Lee.

Read: Mauled Vhong Navarro speaks up on Buzz ng Bayan: I'm not a rapist

NBI said that they already have the list of those involved in the incident including five (5) men, Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee and another woman.

Cedric Lee Vhong Navarro case

Read: Cedric Lee releases statement on Vhong Navarro mauling case (TV Patrol Full Video)

NBI said that they will reveal the whole footage of the CCTV to media soon.

Aside from CCTV footage, NBI also have 3 evidences that will be used to file a case against Cedric Lee's camp. These are the condo's logbook, the police blotter and the statement of the security guards. The NBI believed that the evidences are almost complete.

Here's the full report of TV Patrol for the real CCTV footage of the condo (January 28, 2014):

Read: Denise Millet Cornejo earns ire of netizens, trends on Twitter

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Smart, Sun launch Unli Tri-Net Call and Text Plan 899

Smart and Sun Cellular, the wireless services brands under PLDT Group have jointly launched today the first 'tri-net' unlimited postpaid plan - the Unli Tri-Net Call and Text Plan 899.

Smart Tri-NET 899
The postpaid plan offer is designed to make unlimited calls and texts to the country’s biggest subscriber network with 72 million active users under PLDT group’s ‘tri-net’ brands - Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text.

“When it comes to unlimited calls and texts, Smart and Sun Cellular’s Unli Tri-Net Call & Text Plan 899 is the ultimate postpaid plan,” said Charles Lim, EVP and head of wireless consumer business of Smart and Sun Cellular.

“With the combined power of Smart and Sun Cellular’s mobile network, our subscribers are also assured of the most extensive and reliable coverage available under one postpaid plan,” Lim added.

To subscribe to this postpaid plan, subscriber may apply at any Smart Store or Sun Shop.

For only P899 a month, subscribers of the plan can enjoy instant unlimited calls and text to Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text, without having to register or to dial access codes.

Subscribers of the Unli Tri-Net Call & Text Plan 899 will also get to choose the free smartphone of their choice from the lined-up handset offers of Smart and Sun Cellular.

“We have been offering a wide range of smartphones – from the high-end to entry-level models – bundled with our equally wide array of postpaid plans that suit our consumers’ budget and lifestyle,” said Lim.

The Unli Tri-Net Call and Text Plan 899 can be upgraded with Smart’s Flexibundles or Sun Cellular’s Mobile Internet Power Up Add-ons.

Flexibundles are call, text and data packages that Smart Postpaid subscribers can mix and match to power up their postpaid plans. Subscribers only need to text the keywords to avail of Flexibundles such as daily, 7-day or 30-day UnliSurf, Always On, All-Net Talk, All Net Text and more.

Power Up Add-Ons for Sun Postpaid subscribers offer more affordable mobile internet rates with the discounted bundles like iPlan149 for 20 hours of mobile service per month, iPlan399 for 60 hours and iPan799 for 30 days of unlimited mobile Internet surfing.

The cost of the added Flexibundle or Power-Up Add-On will be billed above the monthly service fee.

“With these special postpaid plan features, our subscribers can personalize their plan and make the most of their smartphone through our data services. They can continuously enjoy social networking, mobile browsing or using apps, even without Wi-Fi,” Lim added.

As the market for smartphones continues to expand, the PLDT wireless group posted accelerated growth for two consecutive quarters in its postpaid business, maintaining leadership in this segment with 2.3 million postpaid subscribers (combined Smart and Sun Cellular) at the end of September 2013.

Smartphone penetration in the Philippines is growing at 300 percent each year, with 15% penetration rate as of 2013. Smart Postpaid aims to contribute to the growth by launching innovative postpaid plans offering a wide range of devices to expand smartphone ownership and data usage to cover all market segments.

For more information on the Unli Tri-Net Call & Text Plan 899 and other postpaid plans, visit or

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UST releases USTET results AY 2014-2015 |List of Passers

University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 released USTET results for Academic Year AY 2014-2015. Official list of passers for the entrance test is now available thru online inquiry on UST website by supplying applicant number and surname.

Update: UST releases list of successful waitlisters USTET results 2014

UST Main Building

USTET 2014 was administered by OFAD on September 1 and 29 and December 1, 2013 at UST España, Manila.

Official USTET results is now posted online, January 28, 2014. UST Admission results page portal can be accessed here.

USTET results 2014

Aside from online availability of results, complete list of passers will be posted also in UST campus on January 29, 2014.

Meanwhile, the Office for Admissions (OFAD) in advance posted general instructions for USTET 2014 Qualifiers.


1. Qualified applicants must reserve a slot online and pay the non-refundable reservation fee of P5,000 through any of the following ways:

  • Online: Please visit UST website (OFAD.UST.EDU.PH) for the instructions.
  • On Site: Please visit the Office for Admissions(OFAD) from Mondays to Saturdays (except holidays) from 8:30AM-11:30AM and 1:30PM-4:30PM.

2. Reservation is by batch. Please take note of your batch and reservation schedule.

FIRST BATCH : FEBRUARY 03 - 15, 2014
(Only for qualified applicants who do not belong to the second and third batch)

(Only for qualified applicants with travel management, HRM or Nursing as their first choice. Please reserve your slot at the office for admissions (OFAD) only).

THIRD BATCH : MARCH 10 - 22, 2014
(Only for successful waitlisters)

3. The reservation fee (P5,000) shall be deducted from your tuition fee upon enrollment.

4. If you reserve a slot in one program, you forfeit the slot in the other program.

5. Failure to reserve a slot within the specifies schedule will automatically mean forfeiture of your slot.

6. You are also qualified for admission to Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila and Angelicum College - Quezon City.

For the qualified applicants who paid through Metrobank: Download the PERSONAL DATA SHEET and claim your official receipt at the OFFICE FOR ADMISSIONS (OFAD) before submitting your credentials.

Meanwhile, for the applicants on waitlisting status: On March 08, 2014, OFAD will post the names of Successful Waitlisters at the Tan Yan Kee Student Center Building.

The official online student publication of UST, TomasinoWeb reports that more than 14,000 applicants took the exam on September 1, 2013 only.

In determining the list of qualifiers, 40 percent of the applicant’s total score will be based on his/her high school academic performance and the remaining 60 percent will come from USTET results.

UST is one of the best education institutions in the Philippines and the largest Catholic University in the World in terms of student population in a single campus. Also, it has the most number of accredited programs according to PACUCOA.

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UPCAT results AY 2014-2015 out December 23, 2013
Ateneo Entrance Exam ACET results AY 2014-2015 release in January 2014 - ADMU
DLSUCET results AY 2014-2015 release on 3rd Week of January 2014

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Deniece Cornejo claims she's the victim (TV Patrol interview video)

Manila, Philippines - Deniece Cornejo on Monday, January 27 broke her silence about the mauling and alleged rape incident happened last January 22 at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.

Deniece Cornejo breaks silence on TV Patrol

The exclusive interview of ABS-CBN correspondent Jay Ruiz with Cornejo was aired on TV Patrol.

The 22-year old model claimed that she is the victim in the incident and not the comedian Vhong Navarro. She said that they are ready to file charges against Navarro for the attempted rape.

Read: Mauled Vhong Navarro speaks up on Buzz ng Bayan: I'm not a rapist

According to her, she broke her silence to defend her reputation against the statement of Vhong.

Deniece Cornejo breaks silence on TV Patrol exclusive

Since the news came out involving her name in the case, her name became a hot topic on various social media sites. For two days, her name is still in the trending list of Twitter Philippines and draws negative comments from netizens.

Read: Cedric Lee releases statement on Vhong Navarro mauling case (TV Patrol Full Video)

Here's the statement of Deniece Cornejo:

“Isa lang po masasabi ko. If you want justice, I’ll give you the real justice. Mataas, napakataas ng paghanga ko sa mga lalaki na marunong rumespeto at ipagtanggol ang mga kababaihan. Kung meron mang inosente at biktima rito, wala nang iba kung hindi ako."

“Vhong, hindi ko kailangang umiyak, ipakita na awang awa ako [sa sarili ko]. Sa lahat ng mga naniniwala at sumusuporta sa tao, lalo na sa ’yo – at wala akong kalaban-laban dahil alam kong marami kang napasayang tao – magaling kang artista, idolo kita. Pero sa mata ng prinsipyo, ang mali ay mananatiling mali at hinding hindi mananalo ang kasamaan sa kabutihan.”

"Uulitin ko. As much as possible, gusto kong maging pribado buhay ko at ayokong lumaki nang ganito. Hindi ko ito pinili, pinili niya ito. Pero kung ang pangalan ko ang nakasalalay dito at reputasyon ko, ibang usapan na ‘yun."

“I’ve consulted my lawyer. Pero for now, medyo nato-trauma ako sa mga ganyang ugali at saka pangyayari."

Before the end of interview, Deniece clarified that Vhong is not courting her and admitted that she is related to a top executive in another network.

“Lolo ko po ‘yung isa sa mga matataas na posisyon sa kabilang network,” Deniece said.

Deniece Cornejo grand daughter of GMA Executive

In our research of her bio, we've found out a certain Mr. Rod Cornejo, the alleged president of GMA network for 20 years according to her Facebook page.

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Cedric Lee releases statement on Vhong Navarro mauling case (TV Patrol Full Video)

Manila, Philippines- Cedric Lee, the controversial Chinese-Filipino businessman for the first time released his full statement on Vhong Navarro's mauling case to be aired on ABS-CBN news program TV Patrol on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Cedric Lee TV Patrol

In a report of ABS-CBN correspondent Jay Ruiz, Cedric Lee claims he just saved Deniece Cornejo from Vhong Navarro, who wanted to force himself on their friend.

Read: Deniece Cornejo claims she's the victim (TV Patrol interview video)

Cedric Lee said he and his sister and another male friend went to Deniece’s condo at the Fort, at around 10:00 in the evening of January 22, 2014 to pick her up when they heard her screaming from outside her door. They went inside her condo and fortunately the door is unlocked and into her room where they saw Vhong on top of a struggling Deniece.

“Ang instinct ko I grabbed him from the back and hinila ko pababa ng kama. Si Deniece ay tumakbo sa sister ko at inilabas na siya sa condo unit. Naiwan dun sa condo, ay ako at yung lalaki na di ko pa kilala at that time ay si Vhong..”

Cedric further said that they wanted to take Vhong to the police station but Vhong was fighting back, even taking a punch at them until they had no choice but to punch back, “hanggang sa naupakan at nagkabasag-basag na ang mukha niya.” Lee also said that afterwards they had to restrain him with duct tape around his wrists and feet.

He also said it was Vhong who requested for them not to make things public because of what it might do to his career and he also doesn’t know how he is going to explain the incident to his kids.

Watch the full video of interview of TV Patrol with Cedric Lee (January 27, 2014):

Lee became a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook since Sunday afternoon when Vhong Navarro broke his silence and accused Cornejo and Lee behind the assault.

Read: Mauled Vhong Navarro speaks up on Buzz ng Bayan: I'm not a rapist

Denise Cornejo and Cedric Lee

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with PEP, it said that Deniece Cornejo is not Cedric Lee's girlfriend. This is contrary to the buzz on social media on Sunday night.

Read: Denise Millet Cornejo earns ire of netizens, trends on Twitter

Netizens also got attention of Karen Davila's tweet: "Cedric Lee and his thugs should not get away with this. I heard it's not the first time he's done this?".

The controversial post of ABS-CBN news anchor earns more than 2,000 retweets as of posting.

This triggers for the old story of assault to surface on social media involving Cedric Lee. In a report of PEP, it narrates that the businessman allegedly beat up triathlete David Bunevacz while they were partners in a cosmetic clinic business. Jessica Rodriguez, Bunevacz's wife in a report says that her husband is "badly beaten" after meeting with Lee.

Meanwhile, photos of alleged posts of Cedric Lee went viral on social media since yesterday. Here's the screenshot of the Facebook posts:

Cedric Lee Statement on Facebook

Some say that the photos with alleged statement of Cedric Lee on Facebook is fake and the account was made few hours ago from posting.

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Top Rank announces Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 fight, rematch set on April 12, 2014

Manila, Philippines - It's now official, Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 2 fight has been announced by Top Rank on Saturday, January 25 (Sunday in Philippine Time). An agreement was reached for the rematch set on April 12, 2014.

Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 2014

The confirmed rematch will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade and Congressman of Sarangani (Province of Philippines) Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) lost via a split decision to Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) on June 9, 2012. This became controversial on social media and in may websites emphasizing how bad the decision was. Though both fighters claimed victory neither was satisfied. Destiny may have played a hand in their first battle but it will be survival of the fittest that determines the winner of this exciting rematch.

Top Rank said that ticket information and other details on the promotion and the media tour will be released shortly.

Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

In the Philippines, it is expected that GMA-7, the local channel will have a delayed telecast and exclusive coverage of the Pacquiao vs Bradley Part 2 on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Moving forward, will provide on this site the details of livestream channels for those who will watch the rematch online.

Who do you think will win the Bradley-Pacquiao rematch on April 2014?

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GMA Network releases statement on the Vhong Navarro story

Manila, Philippines - GMA Network on Sunday night released statement to clarify that the complainant involved in the Vhong Navarro incident, Denise Millet Cornejo is not related to GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon.

GMA Network Kapuso

This after the allegations on social media that Deniece is the grand daughter of one of the GMA-7 big bosses. Netizens emphasized that GMA Network reports that the It's Showtime host is a 'rapist' and in favor to the fashion model on the case.

Update: Deniece Cornejo in an interview of TV Patrol admitted that she is related to a top executive of another network.

“Lolo ko po ‘yung isa sa mga matataas na posisyon sa kabilang network,” Deniece said.

It calls the attention of the network since some trending topics on Twitter Philippines such as #GMAPhilippinesWorstNetwork and Dear GMA give negative impact to the company.

Trending Topics Twitter Vhong Navarro story

GMA-7 on Saturday released on '24 Oras Weekend' another version of the story claiming that the comedian-TV host was involved in an attempted rape incident as seen in a complaint filed before the Taguig police on Wednesday (January 22).

"From the moment GMA News learned of the story, it sought the side of Vhong Navarro.", the network stated.

"Chito Roño, his manager, gave GMA News a written statement, which was aired yesterday."

" Today, GMA News aired an interview with Navarro's lawyer Atty. Alma Mallonga."

"The report about the alleged attempted rape was based on the blotter filed at the Investigative Section of the Southern Police District where Vhong Navarro was taken after the incident. Other news organizations also reported it.", GMA network added.

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Full Transcript: Buzz ng Bayan interview with Vhong Navarro (January 26, 2014)

It's Showtime host Vhong Navarro on Sunday, January 26, 2014 released his statement on ABS-CBN's 'Buzz ng Bayan' about the alleged rape issue behind the assault happened on January 22 at Fort Boni, Taguig.

Vhong Navarro Buzz ng Bayan interview

A tearful Vhong Navarro thanked his friends and supporters for their support as he denied accusations that he raped a woman which was why a group of men attacked him.

King of Talk Boy Abunda expressed that the interview is the hardest so far due to emotions and sympathy to the comedian while doing the conversation.

Read: Mauled Vhong Navarro speaks up on Buzz ng Bayan: I'm not a rapist

Here's the full transcript of Buzz ng Bayan Tell-All Interview with Vhong Navarro (courtesy of ABS-CBN News) :

Boy Abunda (BA): Maraming salamat sa pagkakataong ito. Mula sa aking puso hindi ko inaasahan na tayo ay makakapag-usap dahil sa iyong kalagayan. Ang daming umiikot na mga usap-uspan. Maraming mga balita sa mga diyaryo at mga Internet. Ang pinaka-latest nga ay patay ka na raw. Bakit binabasag mo ang katahimikan mo?

Vhong Navarro (VN): Tito Boy, una po sa lahat, kinakabahan ako. Kinakabahan ako hindi lang sa sarili ko, kinakabahan ako para sa mga anak ko. Kinakabahan ako para sa pamilya ko kasi Tito boy 'yung ginawa nila sa akin, grabe. Binaboy nila ako, tinakot nila ako, pinaratangan na papatayin yung mga anak ko, yung mga magulang ko, pati ako.

Ang tagal ko na sa industriya, wala pa akong inagrabyado. Ginagawa ko ‘to kasi alam ko na pwedeng maulit ito. Kung sa akin nagawa ito, I’m sure sa mga maliliit na tao puwede nilang gawin. Pwedeng maulit ito. Pwedeng maulit.

BA: Hanggang saan ang laban na ito Vhong?

VN: Gusto ko lang sana ng justice. Gusto ko may mangyaring hustisya. Gusto kong may pagbayaran ang gumawa nito sa akin.

BA: Pupuntahan ko muna ang takot. Natatakot ka para sa mga anak mo, sa pamilya mo dahil pinagbantaan ka?

VN: Opo, kung magsusumbong ako sa mga pulis. Kaya pumasok po 'yung blotter. Ano po 'yun eh ...may pangba-blackmail po na nangyari.

BA: 'Yung blotter na pinirmahan mo 11:49, January 22. Iyan ay sinasabi mo isang uri ng…

VN: Nakalagay po doon is hindi nila itutuloy, hindi sila magrereklamo kasi nga may usapan. Ginawa lang 'yung blotter na 'yun just in case magsumbong ako, meron silang panghahawakn para sa akin.

BA: Ang ibig sabihin itong blotter na ito, may usapan. Pagkatapos ng blotter na ito, hindi ka magrereklamo, hindi ka rin magkwe-kwento, hindi ka rin magpapa-interview basta…

VN: Basta ibigay ko ang gusto nila na magbabayad ako ng P1 million. From P200,000, to P500,000 umabot pa ng P1 million at sinagad pa nila ng P2 million. Sabi ko hindi ko na po kaya. Damage ko daw dun sa babae.

BA: Nagbayad ka na?

VN: Hindi po.

BA: Ano ang inyong usapan? Kailan ka magbabayad?

VN: Kaya nila ako pinakawalan, sinoli 'yung cellphone ko para meron kaming transaction na magaganap na kailangan kong ibigay, kung nangyari siya ng January 23 ng madaling araw, kailangan ko daw ibigay ng hapon. Tatawag daw sila at magte-text kung saang bank account and saang bangko.

BA: Ano ba talaga ang nagyari? Paano kayo nagkita? Ang daming lumalabas na mga kwento. Diumano’y ikaw ay na-set up. Na-set up ka ng isang babae, dinala ka sa isang condo unit sa The Fort kung saan pagpasok mo mayroon ng mga tao, mga lalaking naghihintay, tinutukan ka. May isang bersyon naman na nagsasabing sumama ka sa isang girl sa isang unit sa The Fort at habang kayo ay nagtatalik, pumasok ang boyfriend, sumigaw ng rape at sigurado akong marami pang ibang bersyon. Ano ang totoo?

VN: Dalawang beses po ako pumunta doon. Pumunta po ako doon nung Friday, January 17 po, siguro mga 10:30 to 10:45 ng gabi ako pumunta doon. Sinundo niya ako sa lobby kasi daw mahigpit daw po doon ang guards.

BA: Sino ang babaeng ito?

VN: Si Deniece Milet Cornejo. Sinundo niya ako sa lobby dahil sabi niya mahigpit. Niyaya niya ako umakyat, may dala akong white wine dahil sabi niya kasi 'yun lang ang pwede niyang inumin.

BA: Magkaibigan ba kayo ni Deniece?

VN: Opo, kakilala ko na po siya two years ago pa.

BA: So ano ang intensyon mo ng pagdalaw mo nung January 17? Was it upon her invitation?

VN: Invitation niya po.

BA: First time ba ito or nangyari na ba ito dati?

VN: First time ulit naming magkikita after namin mag-meet two years ago. Siya 'yung nag-text sa akin kung kelan ulit kami magkikita. Kasi sabi ko noon kung magkikita kami, sana parang ASAP na. Busy siya. ‘I’ll text you na lang kung kailan pwede.’

BA: Was it a friendly meeting?

VN: Yes.

BA: Hindi mo girlfriend?

VN: No.

BA: So pagdating mo doon, sinalubong ka sa lobby, umakyat kayo.

VN: Opo. Sinamahan niya ako hanggang pagpasok. Nag-inuman kami. Kasi ako Tito Boy hindi ako gagawa ng move kung hindi siya nagpakita ng motibo na may gustong mangyari.

BA: Anong naganap?

VN: May nangyari po pero walang sexual intercourse.

BA: After that, nag-usap? Paano kayo naghiwalay? Paano natapos ang gabi?

VN: Maayos po ang paghihiwalay namin. Kasi kung ayaw niya, sana sumigaw siya ng rape, sana may kalmot ako pag-uwi, may galos ako, meron siyang galos or sakal pero wala po. Maliwanag po na gusto niya yung nangyari. Umalis ako, sinabi ko pa sa kanya na, ‘O isarado mo ang pinto kasi baka mamaya may pumasok pa sayo diyan.’ So sinara niya, ni-lock niya. Pumasok ako sa kotse.

Pauwi ako nag-text siya. Sabi niya, ‘Bad boy ka.’ Sa akin, ano ang ibig sabihin ng bad boy ka? Dahil ba hindi ko tinuloy na may mangyari? Hindi ko alam. Kaya ang sagot ko po, ‘I’m sorry bawi ako.’ Ibig sabihin, hindi pa rin natapos ang pagkikita namin doon dahil pwede pa akong bumalik at magpakita sa kanya. Tinatawagan ko siya, hindi niya sinasagot. Hanggang sa nakauwi na ako sa bahay, siya na 'yung tumatawag, hindi ko na nasagot.

Nag-text siya kinabukasan. Sabi niya pwede daw ba pag-usapan 'yung nangyari. Sabi ko, ‘Oo naman.’ Sabi niya ‘Puwede ka ba tonight?’ January 18 na ito, Saturday. Gusto daw niya mag-dinner kami sa bahay niya, magluluto daw siya. Sabi ko huwag na kasi hindi rin ako puwede. Set na lang next time. Nagbigay siya ng Monday, nagbigay siya ng ibang araw, ang binigay ko Wednesday.

Ang weird lang kasi nung time na 'yun, sweet na siya. Tinatawag niya akong sweetie, sinasabihan akong kumain ka na. From bad boy, biglang sweet na.

BA: These are text messages? Nasa iyo ito?

VN: Binura nila. So nung Wednesday na, tinanong ko ulit siya. Kasi malinis ang kunsensya ko eh. Sabi ko, ‘Tuloy ba?’ Sabi niya, ‘Oo tuloy.’ Sabi niya nga sa akin hindi na siya magluluto, ‘Magdala ka ng food ko.’ After nung ginawa kong iyon, pumunta ako sa The Fort, kumain kami ng friends ko sa isang restaurant, nag-take out ako ng food. Pinuntahan ko na siya mga ganoon din, mga 10:45 din. Kasi ang usapan namin 10:30, mga ganun.

Ito na. Nung nag-take out ako ng food, papunta na ako sa kanya, tumawag ako sa kanya. Sabi ko nandito na ako sa lobby. Sabi niya, ‘Okay na, diretso ka na. Kita na lang tayo sa elevator. Magkita tayo sa baba.’ Sabi ko, ‘Okay, akala ko kasi mahigpit eh.’ Yun kasi nung una ang sabi niya eh. Pagdating ko doon, 'yung guard, deadma. May dalawang yaya pang nakakita sa akin, kumaway pa.

Pagdating ko doon, ang tagal nung elevator bumaba. May bumukas na paakyat so sumabay na ako paakyat. Nagkita kami sa taas. Nagulat siya. Sabi niya, ‘Akala ko sa baba tayo magkikita?’ ‘Eh ang tagal ng elevator.’ Ito na papasok na kami, weird yung sinabi niyang line, doon na ako medyo kinabahan.

Pagbukas ng pinto, sabi niya, ‘Ikaw naman binigla mo ako, binigla mo ako, hindi pa ako nakapaglinis.’ Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Alam mo naman na pupunta ako.’ Paglagay ko ng food, papunta ako sa sofa, bigla siyang lumabas. Pagharap ko palabas na siya, may lumabas na lalaking nakatutok na sa akin na baril.

Tapos lumabas na si Cedric Lee. Una minumukhaan ko siya pero nagpakilala na rin siya sa akin. Ang ginawa niya tinali niya 'yung kamay ko, tinali niya 'yung paa ko. Yung ulo ko nilagay nila sa sahig tapos pinagsasapak ako ni Cedric.

BA: Ilan sila?

VN: Dalawa pa lang muna sila. Pinagsasapak ako. Tapos po nilalagyan ako ng busal sa bibig. Sabi nila, ‘Huwag ka sisigaw, kapag sumigaw ka papatayin ko pamilya mo, papatayin ko mga anak mo, papatayin kita.’ So hindi ako sumigaw, kalmado lang ako.

Nung na-blindfold ako, narinig ko may bumukas na pinto, may nagpasukan, may mga sumapak na po sa akin ulit, may gumulpi sa akin ulit. After noon, nilagyan pa rin ako ng busal sa bibig. Tinanggal 'yung blindfold, binaba po 'yung pants ko, vini-video po nila ako.

Mula sa sofa, nilagay nila ako sa kung saan ko nilagay 'yung food at pinapasabi nila sa akin: ‘Ako si Vhong Navarro, at ni-rape ko ang kaibigan ko.’ Nung mali ang sinabi ko, sinapak ako ulit ni Cedric. Sinapak po ulit ako. ‘Ayusin mo. Ulitin mo.’ Binaboy po nila 'yung itsura nung…

Ulitin ko daw 'yung sinabi ko na ako si Vhong Navarro and nang-rape ako ng kaibigan. After nun, pinaakyat 'yung shorts ko tapos nagbibiruan sila na sipain mo nga 'yan. Sa mga kasamahan po nila ito.

BA: Ilan sila?

VN: I think mga six or seven sila, 'yun ang bilang ko. Sinipa po ulit ako. Sinapak po ulit ako. Sabi nung naka-gray na lalaki na naka-body fit, ‘Bigyan mo ng P200,000 si Deniece, damage mo sa kanya.’ Sabi ko sige po. Gumaganon na lang po ako dahil natatakot ako. Baka later on ano na ang sunod nilang gawin, baka barilin na nila ako. Sabi ni Cedric, ‘Hindi, gawin mong P500,000.’ Tapos lumapit sa akin 'yung isang Mike, sabi niya, ‘O, dadalahin kita sa presinto. Ipapa-blotter kita. Proteksyon namin ito sa 'yo kasi baka magsumbong ka. Pero 'yung pagdadalahan ko sa 'yo, 'yung pagba-blotter-an natin, wala masyadong tao so safe ka pa rin.’ Ganun po sila. Sabi ko sige po. Binaba nila ako sa condo, nakita ako ng guard pero walang paninita na nangyari.

BA: Kailan ka tinanggalan ng mga tali?

VN: Tinanggal lang 'yung sa paa para makapaglakad po ako pero 'yung kamay naka-tape. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang ginawa nilang blocking pero pinagsumbrero lang po ako na bumababa pero nakatali 'yung kamay ko. Sinakay nila ako sa van. Naka-shorts ako. Ziniplock pa lahat ng duguan.

During bumabiyahe po kami, humirit 'yung Cedric na ‘O imbes na P500,000 gawin mo ng P1 million.’

Hanggang sa nakarating na kami, medyo liblib po so pagpasok namin, medyo hindi ko masyado nakita kung prisinto po or kung ano. Pagdating doon, may logbook, nagsasalaysay na si Deniece. Kinakausap ako nung Mike, sabi niya, ‘Sinasabi ko sa 'yo, sundin mo lang gusto naming, ibigay mo lang 'yung gusto namin, wala kang video na lalabas. Walang media na lalabas basta ibigay mo lang yung usapan natin.’

During that, narinig ko sinasabi ni Deniece na nahuli daw kami sa akto na nire-rape ko siya kaya daw dumating at ginulpi ako. Parang ganun. Naririnig ko ng konti kasi habang kinakausap ako, naririnig ko lang si Deniece diyan banda.

BA: Sino daw ang nakahuli kung naaalala mo?

VN: Hindi ko na po [maalala]. After noon, pinapirma na ako sa blotter tapos tinawag ako ulit ni Cedric sa labas. Lumabas ako, tinawag ako ni Cedric, ‘Iimbes na P1 million, P2 million na.’ Sabi ko wala na akong perang ganun. Hindi ko na kayang ibigay 'yun, sabi ko hanggang P1 million lang. Bumalik ako doon, sabi ko sa pulis, kung pwede ako maghilamos kasi may mga dugo pa ako. Sabi nila kung pwede daw hingin side ko, sabi ko huwag na po.

BA: Sabi ng? Nakilala ka nila?

VN: Ng pulis. Opo, nung una po parang hindi kasi sobrang maga 'yung mukha ko. Sabi nila kung gusto ko ilabas statement ko. Sabi ko ayaw ko na po, natatakot ako. Kung ilalabas ko tapos nandoon sila, baka kung ano na namang gawin sa akin. After nun, sabi ni Mike ihahatid daw nila ako sa condo kung nasaan 'yung kotse ko. Lumabas 'yung Mike saglit, kinausap ko 'yung pulis sabi ko ‘Kung puwede po ba kayo ang maghatid sa akin?’ Nung hinatid po nila ako…

BA: Sinong naghatid sa 'yo?

VN: 'Yung pulis, kaya lang kasama 'yung Mike, may isa pang lalaki and mayroon pang isa. Kasama po nila itong mga sumama. Binaba nila ako sa kotse ko. Kumatok pa yung Mike tapos sabi, ‘O mag-ingat kayo.’

After noon, kinuha ni Mike 'yung number ko. Nakuha din ni Cedric 'yung number ko kasi para din sa transaction.

BA: Transaction dahil ang ibig sabihin 'yung P1 million kailan mo ibibigay?

VN: January 23.

BA: Ang inyong agreement ay ibibigay ang?

VN: Ang pera ng January 23.

BA: May oras?

VN: Wala po, wala ding lugar kailangan ko lang i-deposit. May binigay silang bangko. After nun, kumatok yung Mike tapos sabi nung Mike, ‘O ingat kayo.’ Sabi ko sa driver ko, ‘Isarado mo na yung bintana. Alis na tayo. Huwag mo na tignan iyan.’ Tapos tumawag. Tumawag at sinabi nung Mike sa akin na, ‘Walang lalabas na video, walang lalabas na blotter, walang lalabas sa media basta ibigay mo lang ang hinihingi namin ni Cedric. Tatawag siya sa 'yo bukas, ibibigay sa 'yo ang bank account. I-deposit mo lang doon, tpaos ang usapan.’ Sabi ko, ‘Opo.’ Natatakot po talaga ako Tito Boy. Ang pwede ko lang sagot ay opo, hindi ako pwedeng humindi.

BA: Anong naglalaro sa iyong isipan habang lahat ng ito ay nangyayari?

VN: Unang papasok siyempre din 'yung pananakot, pamilya ko, mga anak ko. Tapos 'yung career ko. Siyempre po after ng nangyari dito, siyempre 'yung kahihiyan ang pambababoy sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung anong kalalabasan nito sa lahat, sa lahat ng mga magulang, sa mga bata, sa mga kaibigan ko. Hindi ko po alam. Basta ang iniisip ko ngayon dito, gusto ko maging safe 'yung mga anak ko, gusto ko makitang safe 'yung pamilya ko dahil ayaw kong may mangyari sa kanila.

Hindi ako rapist. Hindi ako nagda-drugs. Matino akong tao, may takot ako sa Diyos. Mahal ko ang mga magulang ko. May respeto ako sa mga magulang ko kaya gusto ko kung ano ang gagawin ko, hindi gagayahin ng mga anak ko.

BA: Nagkaroon ka na ng pagkakataon makaharap ang iyong mga pamilya?

VN: 'Yun nga ang masakit eh. Sa gitna ng nangyari sa akin, ayaw ko sila sa tabi ko muna. Ayaw ko sila sa tabi ko kasi ayaw ko makita nila 'yung itsura ko. Ayaw ko na mawalan sila ng lakas ng loob kasi nung nakausap ko sila, gusto nilang gumanti kasi siyempre anak iyan eh. May ginawa sa tatay. Sabi ko hindi ganun. Ayaw ko po maawa sila, ayaw kong makita nilang ganito ako. Gustong gusto nila pumunta pero sabi ko huwag muna. Di bale kapag nakalabas ako dito, magkikita-kita naman tayo. Kasi gusto ko sila yakapin kaso puro kami telepono. 'Yung daddy ko ayaw ko papuntahin kasi may sakit 'yun eh. Pero sabi niya ‘Tatay mo ako, bakit wala ako diyan?’

BA: Vhong, pagkatapos ng pag-uusap na ito, ang daming pwedeng mangyari. Una, base sa iyong pagkwe-kwento, sumuway ka sa isang usapan dahil hindi dapat ito lumabas sa media, dapat walang nakaalam nito, may pinagkasunduan kayo. Anything can happen. Handa ka ba?

VN: Kung hindi ko lalakasan ang loob ko, tulad nga ng sinasabi ko, kung nangyari sa akin ito, I’m sure pwedeng ulitin. Pwedeng mangyari ulit. Kundi man sa akin, sa iba pang mga kasamahan natin sa industriya or 'yung mga ordinaryong tao na walang mga kapit or 'yung mga walang kakilala, koneksyon. Kasi itong mga taong ito, malalakas ang koneksyon.

BA: Pwedeng may magsabi, ang baba naman ng P1 million. Ang baba naman ng P2 million.

VN: Kasi Tito Boy, paano kung nagbigay ako ng P1 million? Wala akong assurance kung ilalabas ba nila 'yung video or what.

BA: Vhong pagkatapos ng pag-uusap na ito, pwedeng may kumalat na video.

VN: Siguro 'yung video okay na po 'yun. Kanila na po 'yun.

BA: Patawad. Tanong lang ito. Itong video ba na ito ay naglalaman na nakikipagtalik ka?

VN: Hindi po. Ang video po na ito na nakita na binaboy ako from sa ari ko, sa private part ko, pinakita nila na medyo baboy na, at the same time 'yung video ko na sinasabi na ako si Vhong Navarro at ni-rape ko ang kaibigan ko. Pang-blackmail nila sa akin. Walang akong video na nakikipagtalik dahil hindi nangyari na nakipagtalik ako sa kanya.

BA: Nung nasa prisinto ka, nandoon si Deniece. Wala kayong pag-uusap? Hindi ka nagalit? Base sa kwento mo, parang naiba lahat ang kwento.

VN: Imbis na magalit ako that time, takot na takot na ako. Hindi siya makatingin sa akin ng diretso. Sabi niya lang, ‘I’m sorry, Vhong.’ Ganun lang ang naaalala kong sinabi niya.

BA: Verbalized ito na humihingi siya ng paumanhin?

VN: Yes.

BA: Vhong, anong natutunan mo dito?

VN: Siguro huwag tayo magtitiwala kahit kanino kasi hindi natin alam kung sino ang mabuti at hindi.

BA: Huli na lamang. Ano ang dasal mo?

VN: Sana magkaroon ng hustisya ito dahil ayaw ko na pong maulit ito sa akin or kahit kanino lalo na sa mga ordinaryong tao. Kung nagawa sa akin, pwedeng mangyari sa kanila.

BA: Sa iyong mga tagahanga, ano ang nais mong sabihin?

VN: Sa mga sumusuporta po sa akin, salamat po muna sa lahat ng mga dasal niyo na hanggang ngayon po ay nagiging okay po ang aking kalagayan. Salamat po. At alam ko sa inyong hindi naniniwala, gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na hindi po ako rapist. Hindi ko po magagawa 'yun. May takot ako sa Diyos. Kung mayroon man akong kasalanan, isa lang po yun. Sa girlfriend ko.

BA: Nasa tabi mo siya, ano ang sinabi mo sa kanya? Hindi ka niya iniwan.

VN: Sobrang pagpapasalamat ko dahil ito 'yung sinasabi kong pinaka-down ako sa buhay na talagang hindi niya ako pinabayaan. Hindi niya muna inisip 'yung sarili niya kung ano mararamdaman niya, kung ano ang reaction niya kasi siyempre pumunta ako. Ang iniisip niya ako pa rin

BA: Humingi ka ng tawad?

VN: Sobra po akong humingi ng tawad na sana bigyan pa niya ako ng chance. Gusto ko lang sabihin sa kanya na hindi ako rapist. Hindi ko magagawa 'yun Tito Boy. Kaya ako humaharap dito dahil gusto ko pong sabihin ang totoo. Hindi ko mahilig magpa-interview kahit po sa mga anak ko, sa mga nangyayari sa buhay ko. Napaka-private ko. Never ko inamin na may girlfriend ako before pero sinasabi ko meron. Hindi ako mahilig magpa-interview pero this time, alam ko po ang totoo. Gusto ko itong sabihin at ayaw kop o maulit uli ito. Ayaw ko mangyari ito sa iba.

Here's the full video of Buzz ng Bayan interview with Vhong Navarro:


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Denise Millet Cornejo earns ire of netizens, trends on Twitter

Manila, Philippines - Denise Millet Cornejo earns ire of netizens after Vhong Navarro's exclusive interview in Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday naming her as the girl behind the brutal attack happened on January 22 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Denise Millet Cornejo

The 22-year old Denise Millet Cornejo is now trending on Twitter and a hot topic on various social media sites as majority of netizens believe on Vhong Navarro's version of story.

Read: Mauled Vhong Navarro speaks up on Buzz ng Bayan: I'm not a rapist

As we've researched for Denise identity, one Facebook page reveals that her full name is Deniece Milinette Cornejo and she's an advertising model,fashion stylist, speaker and a La Sallian.

The Facebook page also said that Deniece appeared on Kapamilya teleserye 'Lovers in Paris' with KC Concepcion and MMK with Erich Gonzales.

Denise Millet Cornejo model

Another information that cause fury of netizens to her is that allegedly she is the grand niece of second President of GMA-7, Mr. Rod Cornejo. The latter is president of the network for 20 years according to the Facebook page.

Deniece Milinette Cornejo with GMA-7 Atty. Felipe Gozon and Mr. Rod Cornejo
Deniece Milinette Cornejo with GMA-7 Atty. Felipe Gozon and Mr. Rod Cornejo

However, it is not yet clear if the said Facebook page is owned and officially managed by Deniece.

Meanwhile, GMA-7 on Saturday released another side of the story claiming that the comedian-TV host was involved in an attempted rape incident as seen in a complaint filed before the Taguig police on Wednesday (January 22).
Denise Millet Cornejo model

As the sympathy of netizens draws for Vhong, Twitter Philippines has been flooded by tweets against GMA Network, Cedric Lee and Denise Millet Cornejo.

Denise Millet Cornejo trends on Twitter

This page is now updated for GMA-7, Cedric Lee and Deniece Millet Cornejo statement regarding the incident.

GMA Network releases statement on the Vhong Navarro story
Cedric Lee releases statement on Vhong Navarro mauling case (TV Patrol Full Video)
Deniece Cornejo claims she's the victim (TV Patrol interview video)


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Mauled Vhong Navarro speaks up on Buzz ng Bayan: I'm not a rapist

Manila, Philippines - Vhong Navarro on Sunday, January 26, 2014 speaks up for the first time on national television his version of story behind The Fort brutal attack happened on January 22. Boy Abunda of  "Buzz ng Bayan", ABS-CBN weekly news and talk show interviewed the mauled It's Showtime actor to inquire for the truth.

Vhong Navarro speaks real story on brutal attack

The comedian denies allegations that he raped a 22-year old student. He claimed that he was a victim of an elaborate extortion plot.

"They violated me. They threatened me, saying they will kill my children, my parents.", Vhong said.

Vhong named Deniece Millet Cornejo, the girl who invited him in the condominium at the Bonifacio Global City. He detailed his encounters with Cornejo, whom he met two years ago.

Read: Denise Millet Cornejo earns ire of netizens, trends on Twitter
          GMA Network releases statement on the Vhong Navarro story

Vhong recalled a certain “Cedric Lee” and his group composed of at least six men allegedly blindfolded and mauled him. “Cedric” allegedly blackmailed Vhong and forced him to write that he “raped a friend,” and threatened to kill the actor and members of his family if he will refuse to give in to their demands.

Watch Vhong Navarro's all-tell interview on 'Buzz ng Bayan' for his version of story behind the incident (full video):

Read: Full Transcript: Buzz ng Bayan interview with Vhong Navarro (January 26, 2014)

Here's the excerpt of interview of King of Talk Boy Abunda with Vhong Navarro:

"Merong pangba-blackmail na nangyari. Ginawa lang ang pagpapa-blotter na yun para may panghawakan sila laban sa akin."

 "Kailangan kong magbayad daw ng P1M. Sinagad pa nila ng P2M, sabi ko hindi ko kaya. Hindi pa ako nagbabayad. Pinakawalan ako dahil kailangan ko daw ibigay ng Jan. 23 ng hapon."

"2 beses akong nagpunta doon. Nagpunta ako Friday, Jan. 17 (10:45PM). Sinundo ako sa lobby. Tapos nag-inom kami."

"Friendly meeting ito, hindi ko girlfriend [yung babae]. Hindi ako gagawa ng move kung wala syang motibo."

"May nangyari pero walang sexual intercourse. Wala akong kalmot o sugat. Malinaw na gusto nya ang nangyari."

"Noong pauwi na ako, tinext nya ako na "Bad boy ka". Tapos sabi ko na lang, "Sorry, bawi na lang ako".

"Kinabukasan, nagtext sya na gustong pag-usapan ang nangyari. Ang binigay kong araw ay Wednesday. Sweet sya nong araw na yun."

"Pagdating ko doon, noong papasok na kami sa unit, sabi nya "Binigla mo ako". Di pa daw sya nakapaglinis,e alam nyang pupunta."

"Tapos, lumabas muna sya [babae], tapos may pumasok na lalake, tinutukan ako ng baril."

"Tinali yung kamay at paa ko, yung ulo nilagay nila sa sahig habang may nakatutok sa akin na baril. Pinagsasapak ako."

"Hindi ako sumigaw, kalmado lang ako, tapos nilagyan ng blindfold tapos may mga bago nanamang nangsasapak."

"Tapos vinideotape nila na sinasabi ko: Ako po si Vhong Navarro, nang-rape ako ng kaibigan ko."

"May 6-7 people na sumisipa at sumasapak sa akin. Tapos nagsasabi na ng presyo. Natatakot ako, baka barilin na nila ako eh."

"Tapos pinablotter ako, proteksyon daw nila yun kasi daw baka magsumbong ako."

"I want justice for this incident", Vhong emphasized.

Vhong Navarro victim of brutal attack

Another story: 22-year-old student accuses Vhong Navarro of attempted rape

On Saturday, another speculation behind the attack surfaced as GMA-7’s “24 Oras Weekend' reported that comedian-TV host was involved in an attempted rape incident as seen in a complaint filed before the Taguig police on Wednesday (January 22).

Signature of Ferdinand Navarro's (Vhong's real name) is allegedly on the police blotter filed by an unidentified 22-year-old student.

According to the complainant, Vhong came to her condominium unit in Bonifacio Global City at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. While inside the unit, the woman got surprised when the comedian allegedly touched her hand and pulled her hair.

The complainant claimed to have fought back and ran to seek help. Vhong supposedly chased after her, forcibly pushed her to bed as the TV host attempted to pull down her shorts.

In additional, two men allegedly came in and made a “citizen arrest” to rescue their friend from Vhong’s advances. The report said that the woman agreed not to pursue case against the TV host.

Chito Roño's statement for the incident

Vhong Navarro's manager Chito Roño also released his statement regarding the issue of attempted rape. Roño dismissed the blotter's authencity and said it was not found in any precinct in Taguig on Friday.

"The police chief was reported to have denied it existed. We are as keen as you are how GMA got it."

On Friday, Roño informed ABS-CBN News that his talent was invited by a female friend to the condominium unit, where the actor was allegedly tied up, blindfolded, threatened, and attacked by the group of men.

Read: ABS-CBN reveals shocking photos of Vhong Navarro after The Fort attack

Roño has refused to provide further details of the incident.

Meanwhile, Taguig City Police has launched an investigation into the incident and checking whether there are any CCTV footage showing the incident.

Vhong is recovering from the brutal attack

The It's Showtime co-host is currently recovering from the brutal assault. Vhong may undergo an operation due to his injuries.

In a statement released by ABS-CBN News on Saturday, Navarro's doctor said that Vhong had contusion hematoma around his eyes, forehead, chin and some parts of his extremities.

"He has broken bones in his nose which will require surgery," the doctor added. "We will continue his medications as of the moment and monitor for recovery."

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Top 21 nursing schools, best schools for teachers in the Philippines 2013

Manila, Philippines - The House committee on higher and technical education of the House of Representatives released the list of top 21 nursing schools and 24 universities and colleges for education (teachers) due to the exceptional performances of their graduates in the 2013 board exams given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Top schools Philippines nursing, teachers 2014

Pasig City Representative and committee Chairman Roman Romulo highlights the performance of schools to inform prospective nursing and education course students and their parents to make a sound choice as to where they will most likely get the best value for their hard earned tuition money.

The Top 21 nursing schools in the Philippines (released on the last quarter of 2013)

Romulo identified the top 5 schools with their passing rates in the exams as follows:

1. West Visayas State University-La Paz (100%)
2. Cebu Normal College (100%)
3. University of the Philippines-Manila (100%)
4. Chinese General Hospital Colleges (99.30%)
5. Saint Paul University-Tuguegarao (99.28%)

The following complete the list of top 21 schools:

6. Benguet State University-La Trinidad (99.15%)
7. University of Santo Tomas (99.04%)
8. Trinity University of Asia (98.95%)
9. Saint Paul University-Dumaguete (98.36%)
10. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (98.15%)
11. Velez College-Cebu (98.01%)
12. Cebu City Medical Center (97.06%)
13. Saint Paul University-Manila (96.23%)
14. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (95.45%)
15. Saint Paul University-Iloilo (94.74 %)
16. University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao (94.52%)
17. Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation (94.51%)
18. Saint Louis University-Baguio (93.33%)
19. San Pedro College-Davao (89.41%)
20. Southern Luzon State University-Lucban (88.61%)
21. Saint Mary’s University-Bayombong (88.15%).

Romulo said the 21 schools were the only ones “with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing” the nurse licensure exam (NLE).

“We must point out that there may be other smaller nursing schools with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing the last two nurse eligibility tests, but these institutions were excluded from the list simply because they had fewer than 50 examinees,” he said.

According to the PRC, some 38.09 percent, or 33,127 out of 86,953 examinees, passed the nurse licensure tests in June 2013 and December 2012.

Best Schools for Education in the Philippines 2013 (released in January 2014)

Romulo said the 24 schools for Education were the only ones “with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing” the last two licensure tests (March and September 2013) for elementary and high school teachers.

Top 13 for high school teachers:

1. University of the Philippines–Diliman (91.66%);
2. Saint Louis University-Baguio (90.88%);
3. University of San Carlos–Cebu (90.16%);
4. University of Santo Tomas (89.59%);
5. Philippine Normal University–Manila (89.43%);
6. Philippine Normal University–Agusan (88.83%);
7. University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum (88.00%);
8. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (84.06%);
9. Bohol Island State University–Tagbilaran (82.89%);
10. Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig (82.26%);
11. Davao Oriental State College of Science & Technology (82.18%);
12. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (81.71%); and
13. Technological University of the Philippines–Cavite (80.65%).

Top 11 for elementary school teachers:

1. University of Santo Tomas (100.00%);
2. Bohol Island State University–Tagbilaran (95.95%);
3. West Visayas State University–La Paz (94.76%);
4. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (93.16%);
5. Philippine Normal University–Manila (91.34%);
6. Talisay City College-Cebu (90.24%);
7. Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College (86.27%);
8. Saint Louis University-Baguio (84.91%);
9. Western Visayas College of Science & Technology-La Paz (82.31%);
10. Bohol Island State University–Bilar (81.13%); and
11. Cebu Technological University–Argao (80.72%).

Citing data from the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education, Romulo said there are 1,663 institutions certified to produce high school teachers, and 1,280 institutions for elementary teachers.

While there are other schools with at least 80% of their graduates passing the exams, Romulo explained that they were excluded since they only had fewer than 50 examinees.

The Department of Education is the country’s single largest employer of teachers, with a total of 669,997 permanent positions, of which 591,163 have been filled. In 2013, it spent P148.37 billion to pay for permanent teaching positions.

DepEd said they will spend P9.5 billion to hire 33,194 teachers and 1,500 school principals this 2014.

Nursing and teaching are among the top five most heavily subscribed programs in college, along with criminology, accounting and civil engineering, wherein graduates must first pass a national licensure examination before they can properly practice their profession.

For nursing, the government has been trying to padlock schools with poor performance in the board examinations.

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