IN PHOTOS: Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga's baby Seve

MANILA, Philippines - The first photos of Severiano Elliott (Seve), the first baby of director Paul Soriano and actress-host Toni Gonzaga were shared online and on national television on Friday night, September 30.

Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga
Photo Credit: Toni Gonzaga/Instagram
Gonzaga has given birth to baby Seve at 5:23 a.m. on Friday, Soriano announced the good news on image sharing site Instagram.

A photo posted by Paul Soriano (@paulsoriano1017) on

The couple then shared a close-up photos of their adorable baby on 'TV Patrol.' "My little boy on TV," Soriano wrote on Instagram sharing the captured photo of the newscast about his child.

Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga's baby Seve
The wait is finally over. Welcome to the outside world, Baby Seve. Photo Credit: MJ Felipe/ABS-CBN News
Gonzaga announced her pregnancy in April or ten months after their wedding. The two have been together for eighth years before getting married.

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Guy scores date with Facebook crush with the help of netizens

MANILA, Philippines - Netizen Aaron Santos was shooting for the moon when he tried to ask his crush Bianca Yao out on a date.

Guy scores date with Facebook crush with the help of netizens

In a message sent through Facebook, Santos asked Yao if she would agree to go on a date with him if his post amasses 5,000 likes, 2,500 comments as well as 2,500 shares.

“Hello biancrush, I don’t usually do this, but I will give it a shot. 5k likes, 2,5k comments, 2.5 shares. Then we’ll go out on a date. G?’ Santos wrote.

Santos didn’t receive any response from Yao until three weeks later. Yao, who assumed Santos will never get the numbers within a day, decided to give Santos a chance.

In order to accomplish his goal, Santos took a screenshot of their conversation and posted it on his Facebook page on Tuesday, September 27. A day after its posting, Santos’ post earned nearly 100,000 likes, 13,000 comments and 3,000 shares- figures that surpassed his target numbers.

Impressed with Santos’ move, Yao finally agreed to go on a friendly date with him.

“My word is my bond and I guess I’ll have to go out on a friendly date with this guy. Eto ang literal na napalaban ang ate nyo. HAHAHA! any recommended restaurants in Manila? Sagot mo ba to o sagot ko??? Sagot agad Aaron Santos!! HAHAHAHA,” Yao wrote in her post.

On Friday, September 30, Santos revealed that their date will indeed push thru. However, he didn’t divulge details about it.

“Update: Yes tuloy ang date. matagal pa naman just wait for it :)
It'll just be a plain simple get to know date and nothing special about it (well, except for her Bianca Yao),” Santos revealed.

Their amusing story has gained a huge following on social media and netizens can’t wait to see photos of their highly anticipated date.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Raissa Robles’ Tweet about Miriam Santiago Angers Netizens

MANILA, Philippines - On Thursday, September 29, netizens lambasted Raissa Robles, following the veteran investigative journalist’s controversial tweet about former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Raissa Robles’ Tweet about Miriam Santiago Angers Netizens

“If MDS had become President and her VP had won, Bongbong Marcos would now be President. Think about it,” Robles tweeted.

Shortly after tweeting, Robles’ post received negative comments from netizens who accused her of being disrespectful and insensitive. Robles was also alleged of using the death of the late public servant to push her political agendas.

Here are some of their reactions:

Santiago, who sought presidency for the third and last time in the 2016 National Elections, selected Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator, as her running mate. While Santiago finished at the tail end of the poll, Marcos came in second, 230,000 votes behind Vice President Leni Robredo.

Several Martial Law human rights victims have opposed the candidacy of Marcos after the latter refused to apologize for alleged abuses during his father’s regime.

“I have said this before and I will say it again: I will apologize for any wrongdoing that I may have done and any mistake that will have caused anyone any pain or hardship but I can only apologize for myself,” Marcos said.

Despite negative criticisms on her vice presidential choice, Santiago revealed they mutually chose each other.

“I think we mutually chose each other—our two camps. They happen to cross each other. Telephone lines happen to cross each other. It’s coincidental. One camp was calling the other,” Santiago said.

An internationally recognized lawmaker and legal luminary, Santiago succumbed to stage 4 lung cancer in the morning of September 29 at the age of 71. Popularly known as the “Iron Lady of Asia”, Santiago was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine.


--Mini, The Summit Express

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5 Reasons why Filipinos dig Duterte vs De Lima Feud

Over the past few months, the seemingly endless row between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima has caught the interest of Filipinos like a top rating soap opera.

Awkward handshake between Duterte and De Lima before their clash.
Awkward handshake between Duterte and De Lima before their clash. PHOTO CREDIT: Rappler
Duterte, who was criticized by the former Human Rights chair and DOJ secretary for the alleged killings in Davao City, accused De Lima of coddling drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison and receiving money from illegal drugs. Meanwhile, De Lima formerly headed a Senate investigation on extra-judicial killings involving Duterte’s war on illegal drugs before being ousted by fellow Senators.

Moreover, the president shocked the whole nation with his allegation that De Lima had an illicit relationship with former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, whom he named as the senator’s bagman in New Bilibid Prison.

Their daily tirades and accusations against each other became trending topics on social media, making them the most-talked about political figures in the Philippines. As the plot thickens and the characters of the ongoing feud becoming more intriguing, Filipinos can’t seem to get enough of this fight.

We give you 5 reasons why Filipinos are digging this feud.

1. Duterte and De Lima are equally interesting characters.

Known for his temper and colorful language, Duterte made no-holds barred remarks against De Lima calling her an “immoral” senator. At one point, the country’s commander-in-chief even dared De Lima to just hang herself and resign from her post as senator. With such statements coming from the most powerful man in the country, you’d think De Lima would just back down and follow his advice. However, the fearless senator showed no signs of giving up and even dared the Duterte to just arrest her.

Now that’s a fight that could rival one of Senator Manny Pacquiao’s, right?

2. It has a telenovela effect.

Mind-blowing revelations, intriguing characters, and cliffhangers are essential elements in Pinoy telenovelas. The Duterte vs De Lima feud seem to have all of these three factors making netizens passionately follow their story. A lover, an apparent sex video, secret bank accounts, vigilante killings as well as prison riots- these are what hit telenovelas are made of.

3. Cayetano and Trillanes are good supporting casts.

As if the bad blood between Duterte and De Lima isn’t enough to give top ratings, their respective supporters Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV even made the feud more amusing with their clash during a Senate hearing. While Cayetano was busy interrogating self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) member Edgar Matobato, Trillanes decided to take matters into his own hand and turned off the former’s microphone, fuelling a word war. Trillanes later apologized for his behavior.

4. The witnesses’ statements will blow you away.

Although Matobato’s claims and serious allegations against Duterte didn’t seem to convince most Pinoys, the testimonies of high profile inmates including Herbert Colanggo, who claimed he was allowed to sell a box of beer that costs P700 for P10,000, inside the NBP certainly drove everyone crazy.

5. It is a national issue.

Extrajudicial killings and the illegal drug trade proliferation at the NBP, if proven true, will completely change the state of war on illegal drugs in the country. Beyond scandals and intrigues, Filipinos are more concerned in resolving these issues that highly affect the nation’s future.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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10 Super Badass Things We Learned from the Late Miriam-Defensor Santiago

On Thursday, September 29, the Philippines lost former Senator Miriam Defensor- Santiago, one of the country’s most treasured public servant. Santiago, who lost in the 2016 Presidential elections, succumbed to stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 71.

10 Super Badass Things We Learned from the Late Miriam-Defensor Santiago
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/ Senmiriam
A dedicated former public servant, lawyer, trial judge and law expert, Santiago was best known for fighting corruption and her no-nonsense style of leadership. Her endless list of accomplishments and contributions to the country had earned her the label “Iron Lady of Asia.”

READ: Former Senator Miriam Santiago dead at 71

But more than her achievements, Santiago would be remembered for her fiery, colourful language. Over the years, the extraordinary politician had charmed Filipinos with her witty remarks on almost any topic including life, love, politics and even handbags. She even came up with two best-selling books titled is “Stupid is Forever” and “Stupid is Forevermore,” a collection of Santiago’s jokes, commentaries and quotes that cracked up thousands of readers.

Indeed, we did learn a thing or two from Santiago’s life and words of wisdom. Here are some badass quotes from the beloved politician.

1. On Garbage Disposal

“Anong tawag pag nagtapon ka ng basura sa dagat? Sagot: Pollution. Ano naman ang tawag kapag tinapon mo sa dagat ang mga pulitikong kurakot? Sagot: Solution.”

2. On Hard Work

“You students, there is no substitute to hard work. Kaya huwag kayoing mangongopya and if you copy you will never succeed. Tingnan mo ang nangyari sa manila noon college sila, nangopya. Ngayon, senador na, nangopya pa rin.”

3. On Politics

“Entering politics is a fate worse than death.”

4. On Handbags

“Handbags, I don’t at all like them because they occupy my hands. My hands always have to be ready in case I need to slap somebody.”

5. On Resisting Temptation

“When the government employee is poor, and he works in a corrupt agency, he can resist everything except temptation.”

6. On Marriage

“Five tips for a happy man’s life: Have a girl to help you at work, have a girl to take care of you and love you, have a girl who can make you laugh, have a girl who spoils you and lastly and most importantly, siguraduhin na hindi magkakakilala ang apat na babaeng iyon.”

7. On Fighting Graft and Corruption

Why did man climb Mt. Everest? Because it is there. Why am I fighting graft and corruption? because it is here!”

8. On Death and Surviving

“Maybe they will be happy because on one hand I might die and then they could get rid of me. But on the other hand I might survive and then I will get rid of them.”

9. On Quality Education

“I have realized why corrupt politicians do nothing to improve the quality of public school education. They are terrified of educated voters.”

10. On Love

“Mahal ka niya, mahal mo siya. Pero mas mahal ang tuition fee. Kaya mag-aral ka muna.”

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Former Senator Miriam Santiago dead at 71

MANILA, Philippines - Former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, known as the "Iron Lady of Asia",  died on Thursday, September 29 in a private room of St. Luke's Global, Taguig City. She was 71 years old.

Former Senator Miriam Santiago dead at 71

Miriam's husband Atty. Jun Santiago has confirmed the sad news on Thursday morning.

He said that the remains of Sen. Miriam will be brought to a Basilica near St. Luke's Global.

"She died peacefully in her sleep this morning," Santiago said.

10 Super Badass Things We Learned from the Late Miriam-Defensor Santiago

In 2014, Miriam announced that she is diagnosed with lung cancer and continue to fight the battle while serving as senator.

In October 2015, Santiago announced her intention to run for presidency in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections after her cancer was deemed ‘’stable’’ and ‘’receded’’ by doctors from the United States. But the feisty senator was defeated in the race won by former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

She is notable for having served in all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative.

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WATCH: “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” is internet's newest craze!

MANILA, Philippines— Social media’s newest craze is breaking the internet with its infectious catchy tune, “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” or PPAP even dubbed as the newest ‘Gangnam Style’ of the year!

“Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” is internet's newest craze!

The Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen music video was initially posted last August 25 on Youtube and has now more than 6,000,000 views as of press time.

But this earworm-style music video made its viral debut in comedy Facebook page “9gag” which netizens around the world immediately grooved in with its weird yet wholly fun tune.

PPAP as seen in the video is performed by animal print clad, 40-year old DJ Piko-Taro, a fictional persona played by entertainer Kazuhiko Kosaka.

Its success can also be credited back to its easy to memorize lyrics and fun hand gestures.

The song is sang like this:
"I have a pen. I have an apple. Apple-pen!
I have a pen. I have [a] pineapple. Pineapple-pen!
Apple-pen. Pineapple-pen. Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen."

According to an article by BBC News, the internet craze has all the ingredients for its viral status:

“It has all the ingredients for a viral video formula: an addictive beat, silly lyrics and a hilariously simple dance routine to back it up.”

On answering a tweet by a fan DJ Piko-Taro answers how he come up with the song’s bizarre yet addictive fun tune, saying that he was “singing all too soon” as he was making the music for the viral song.

PPAP’s craze resulted also to hundreds of tributes and covers recreating the moves or even just ‘dubbing’ to the song. Viral now are the video of Japanese twins Riko and Rika lip-syncing to PPAP.

Also, as expected Filipino netizens picked up PPAP’s bizarre yet addictive tune and created a called “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” challenge mimicking the viral video or creatively parodying it.

Here are some viral PPAP Challenge videos:

Internet sensation Louis Pre Jr. whom went viral over dancing to local news TV shows opening intro joined the PPAP challenge:

Even the AlDub, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza grooved to viral song’s addictive beat!

Comedic trio JoWaPao certainly wouldn’t miss the fun on doing the PPAP!

Though PPAP is trending wildly on the internet, it has not particularly trended on Japanese social media.

The viral Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen is predicted to dominate over music charts very soon.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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Netizens cry foul over leaking of alleged De Lima video scandal

MANILA, Philippines – According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II once proper court cases are filed, the Deparment of Justice (DOJ) may able to utilize alleged “sex video scandal” of Senator Leila De Lima amid allegations on her supposed illegal drug trade links at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Netizens cry foul over leaking of alleged De Lima sex video scandal

Aguirre on Tuesday, explained that showing the said ‘De Lima sex tape’ could be used to disprove or prove the former Justice Secretary’s alleged connections to former bodyguard and driver Ronnie Dayan whom is also said to be the senator’s lover.

Dayan is claimed to be then conspiring with high-profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, raising funds for De Lima’s senatorial campaign and “future plans”.

Meanwhile, netizens voiced out their disapproval regarding the leaking of alleged ‘De Lima sex tape.’ Stating that said act does not make any sense, even called irrelevant by some and said violates over the senator’s status as a woman.

Below are some Facebook status and tweets of netizens expressing their protests against planned usage of alleged ‘De Lima sex video scandal.’

Even former presidential candidate, Senator Grace Poe cautions that leaking said sex video scandal will be unlawful and illegal.

“I have reservations about the legality of the playing of alleged sex video, which will violate the very law that Congress passed,” Poe said on Wednesday in a text message as reported by Inquirer.

She cited that said act will violate Section 4 of Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, which says “expressly prohibits and declares unlawful the showing of photo or video coverage or recordings of such sexual act or any similar activity through VCD/DVD, internet, cellular phones and other similar means or device.”

Contrary to Poe’s statement, House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez stated too on same day that he would allow the House of Representatives Justice Committee to make use of alleged ‘De Lima sex tape.’ Alvarez negate that said video will result to “slut-shaming” of the senator.

Do you agree on using Senator Leila De Lima’s alleged video scandal to firm up accusations on her illegal drug trade links?

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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VIRAL: Netizen slams "Pinoy Boyband Superstar” for pressing good looks over talent

MANILA, Philippines – A netizen’s post recently went viral on social media after calling on ABS-CBN’s newest reality TV show “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” criticizing the program for pressing a unconscious message that “good looking people are worthy of opportunities.”

Business Economics student “Feronie Anne Avila” posted on Facebook on Sunday, September 25, her ‘two-cents’ on the said TV show. “Pinoy Boyband Superstar is one of the most pathetic and useless TV shows to ever exist in the Philippines.” she wrote.

Netizen criticizes "Pinoy Boyband Superstar”

Avila cleared first that she has nothing against the show’s prime objective wherein to gather good looking teens who is also talented in singing and form a boy band. Sarcastically adding that boybands have always been present in the country but in the long run fails to make it. She mentioned “Chicser” and “Sugar High” as examples.

But what troubles Avila is the procedure wherein the good looking contestant enters the stage to be initially judge by the audience for his good looks before being able to meet the judges and actually sing.

“The issue for me is the method of grouping these "pretty boys." They walk into an estrogen infested room filled with petty, screaming teenagers and get voted either a yes or a no based on how they look. If they're handsome, then they go to the next round where they're given the chance to actually sing for the judges,” She wrote.

Avila pointed out out that’s “where the problem starts.” For Avila, the TV show is implying that first you have to pass the ‘standards’ of the society or “standards of a bunch of sad teenagers,” to be called for opportunities, to be discovered and to actually become famous.

“The question then stands, how about the guys who don't pass society's standards? What if they actually have so much more to give compared to the other pretty boys?” Avila questioned.

In the end of the post, Avila emphasized that successful boybands in Korea trained for over 4-10 years before debuting as group. Bluntly stating that forming a boyband in a span of 2-3 months is set out for failure and “If anything, it's a total insult to the music industry.”

“Pinoy Boyband Superstar is a pathetic excuse for a talent search contest. I'd rather just have another season of The Voice Philippines than watch that cringe-worthy show…” she added.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar Facebook post viral

Avila’s post immediately went viral over the weekend with over 7,000 shares as majority of the netizens expressed same sentiment.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar premiered on September 10 replacing the third season of The Voice Kids Philippines. It is based on Latin-American singing competition series La Banda that was created by Simon Cowell. The judges of the local show are composed of Aga Muhlach, Yeng Constantino, Sandara Park and Vice Ganda.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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VIDEO: Pinay gets standing ovation on 'X Factor UK' with last performance

MANILA, Philippines - Singing the Whitney Houston megahit, "I Have Nothing," Ivy Grace Paredes took The X Factor UK 2016 stage to thundering applause and what host Dermot O’Leary described as the “loudest standing ovation of the night.”

Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger were on their feet acknowledging how well the Filipino singer did in this round of the competition.

Pinay gets standing ovation on 'X Factor UK' with last performance

In giving her comments after Ivy Grace’s performance, Nicole said, “I know why you left the Philippines. (It is) because your voice is way too big for the Philippines alone. It is meant for the entire world to hear.”

Simon on the other hand quipped, “Is it the most original thing we’ve ever heard? No.” But quickly changed gears saying, “Is it exciting? Yes! Should you be in a chair? Yes!”

WATCH: Ivy Grace Paredes Receives Loudest Standing Ovation on The X Factor UK Six Chair Challenge (video courtesy of Youtube/X Factor UK)

Sharon Osbourne, mentor of the Overs Category to which Ivy Grace is grouped, already had all `her six chairs filled. After Ivy Grace’s performance she had no choice but to then give her a chair. Ivy Grace took over the seat Marianna Zappi occupied securing for herself a spot in Sharon’s top 6 and a position in the Judges’ Houses round.

Unfortunately, Ivy Grace will no longer be part of the competition. It was confirmed last week that she had to leave The X Factor UK after being unable to get a visa to the US where the Judges’ Houses round would take place.

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment same day as the UK on Sundays and Mondays at 10:30am with primetime encores Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00pm.

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SkyCable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD) and Destiny Cable channel 53.

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Single? You can now rent a social media boyfriend who’ll make your friends die of envy

Let’s face it. You’ve been itching to change that social media relationship status for the longest time. The only problem is, you haven’t found the perfect guy for you.

You can now rent a social media boyfriend who’ll make your friends die of envy
Are you going to stay single forever?PHOTO CREDIT: Huffington Post
It doesn’t have to stay that way as you can now rent a temporary social media boyfriend on Fastwork, a freelance work website. You can now get rid of that “single” relationship status that has been bugging your Facebook page for the longest time.

So how exactly does this Facebook-official relationship works?

According to an article by Coconuts Bangkok, you can hire a “professional” to be your social media lover for a week. Responsibilities include changing his relationship status to convince your friends that yes, you’re taken, liking as well as leaving sweet comments on your posts.

Of course, you can request whatever it is you’ll want him to write and even put limits on the “likes” you want so that your lover wouldn’t end up looking like a stalker on social media.

A certain “professional” Peerwait wrote in his job description:

“You can hire me to be your boyfriend on Facebook for a week. During that time, we’ll change our relationship status to show each other, I will ‘like’ your posts and pictures and go around leaving sugar-coated comments that will leave your friends burning with jealousy. You can request what it is you want me to write, as well as limit how many ‘likes’ you want.”

In Thailand, you can avail of a one-week service for as low as THB250 or almost P350. You can even send a picture of yourself that he will photoshop to make it appear that you were in a date. Let’s just hope that his photoshop skills are good enough to convince your doubting friends.

But if you want to go beyond likes, tweets, and romantic stickers on social media, you have the option to meet your lover for THB2,500 or almost Php3,500 for a series of clean fun “magical” dates that will each last for 4 hours. During this time, you can take photos together and later post it on social media for everyone to drool on.

Keep in mind that there is no monkey business involved as your lover will only provide friendly companionship.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Top performing schools, performance of schools Librarian board exam September 2016

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) officially announced on Monday, September 26, that 738 out of 1,140 (64.74%) passed the Librarian board exam given by the Board for Librarians in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Legazpi this September 2016.

PRC has recognized University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman as the no. 1 top performing school as per Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010. UPD got 100-percent passing rate or 50 examinees successfully hurdled the series of tests.

University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Benguet State University (BSU)- La Trinidad ranked second and third respectively for having 94.44% (51 out of 54 examinees passed) and 86.36% (57 out of 66), respectively.
Top performing schools Librarian board exam September 2016
The performance of schools in the September 2016 Librarian Licensure Examination in alphabetical order as per R.A. 8981 otherwise known as PRC Modernization Act of 2000 Section 7(m) "To monitor the performance of schools in licensure examinations and publish the results thereof in a newspaper of national circulation" is as follows:


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Top 10 Passers: UST grad tops September 2016 Librarian board exam

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has released on Monday, the complete list of passers for September 2016 Librarian board exam. Karl Emmanuel Villanueva Ruiz, graduate of University of Santo Tomas (UST) topped the licensure exam with 89.90-percent grade.

Holy Cross of Davao College alumna April Mae Badilla Delola ranked second with 89.25-percent grade.

Baliuag University grad Elaine Barbara Maglaque Cruz grabbed the third spot with 89.20-percent.

PRC announced that 738 out of 1,140 successfully hurdled the recent Librarian board exam.


The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places (top 10) in the September 2016 Librarian Licensure Examination are the following:













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UST grad tops September 2016 Librarian board exam

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Bank docs allegedly show P38M deposited to bank accounts of relatives of De Lima’s driver

MANILA, Philippines -The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly discovered bank documents apparently showing that over P38 million went to the bank accounts of two relatives of Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila De Lima’s driver and supposed lover in 2014.

The Philippine Star reported that the information was obtained by the DOJ’s fact-finding investigation on the illegal drug operations in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during De Lima’s stint as secretary of justice.

Millions of pesos were deposited to the bank accounts of Dayan’s daughter Hanna Mae Dayan as well as Dayan’s cousin Marco Palisoc in several instances in 2014.

Senator Leila de Lima

Dayan’s bank account got P24 million in four different cash deposits - P3 million on Feb. 7, 2014; P9 million on Feb. 21, 2014; P6 million on March 14, 2014 and P6 million on March 28, 2014. Palisoc’s account, on the other hand, received P14,304,000 in two separate cash deposits – P9,600,000 on Sept. 16, 2014 and P4,704,000 on Oct. 23, 2014.

The bank records have been forwarded by the DOJ to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for verification, according to PhilStar’s source.

Furthermore, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier said that aside from the bank accounts of Dayan and Palisoc, the investigators have also discovered bank deposit slips of several staff and people linked to De Lima totalling to over 88 million.

The female senator’s former staff Jonathan Caranto’s bank account received P24 million, Bogs Obuyes' got P24 million and Marrel Obuyes' received P2.2 million.

However, Aguirre pointed out that AMLC is yet to verify the deposits.

“If there is any link (between drug money and De Lima), it’s indirect – only bank accounts of her companions, friends and employees,” Aguirre said.

“But these people have no big sources of income to get millions in deposits, so what other conclusion could you get?” he added.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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VIRAL: Netizen claims algae formed inside local chocolate drink

MANILA, Philippines – A netizen shared her friend’s experience after discovering a horrifying solid material inside a crowd favorite chocolate drink in the country.

Netizen claims algae formed inside local chocolate drink

Though posted months ago, the post of Facebook user “Betina Andrea D. Yder” re-surfaced online and now circulates on social media for the post’s shocking revelation.

Yder shared last July 27 her friend’s encounter to a chocolate drink, “Chuckie,” which is one of the most favorable drinks especially not just to children but to all ages as well.

She narrated that on the first period of their afternoon class, her friend named “Nikka” caught her attention, Yder narrated that Nikka feels like she is about to vomit.

According to their conversation, Nikka complained that the usual refreshing and sweet taste of Chuckie is but bitter taste. Yder tried to persuade that it must have been the effect of the toothpaste she used. She then remembered a similar experience about the chocolate drink that had gone viral.
When she teared the upper portion of the pack, Yder was left astounded and shocked to what she found:

“I shouted and I gathered my classmates and explained what is in the box. Cephassians (Yder’s class section) were so shocked and disappointed because most of us are consumer of chuckie chocolate drink. I told everything to my adviser,” Yder wrote in the post.

As seen in the photos, inside the 250ml Chuckie chocolate drink was a greenish substance. The most surprising part was the drink itself was semi-solid. Yder theorized that the material found was an algae.

Yder at the end of her post, voiced out her disappointment in encountering the said incident, coming to a conclusion that she will never drink Chuckie again. She expected that though some may not believe what she shared as she did before to another Chuckie incident, Yder admitted that she’s more than convinced now that she saw it firsthand.

This is maybe the second time that the Chuckie chocolate drink made viral on social media for the same reason—alleged spoiled and rancid product.

Jane’s post circulated and even reached Nestle Philippines, local manufacturer and distributer of the drink. Wherein they addressed the issue.;

Yder post went instantaneously viral with more than 30,000 shares which eventually reached Nestle Philippines, a month later a representative from the local manufacturer visited Yder’s school and give light to the viral issue;

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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Samsung introduces first 2-in-1 tablet Galaxy TabPro S, price revealed

Manila, Philippines – If there’s one thing that can be said about working millennials, it’s the fact that they work hard. They grind from sun up to sun down to get ahead of the competition. Always conscious about deliverables, they end up bringing work around with them. Eyes on the prize, no minute is wasted if it can be time spent to prove themselves to their superiors.

Samsung introduces first 2-in-1 tablet – the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

However, despite being workaholics, their ambitions extend to life outside of work. Which is why for working millennials, work-life is integrated, not separated. Injecting fun in between work is now a factor that affects performance and the quality of work done.

As a brand that empowers its consumers to go beyond boundaries, Samsung introduces its first 2-in-1 tablet, the new Galaxy TabPro S - a device that allows users to attach and detach from work in a snap and sustain their productivity, even when in play.

The new Galaxy TabPro S is the perfect device for millennials who never want to miss out on work but still have some fun. Running on Windows 10 OS and Intel Processor, the Galaxy TabPro S touts a detachable full-size keyboard cover with track-pad that lets users easily work on tasks that require data inputting. Need to type a write-up while on-the-go, there is no need to worry with the new Galaxy TabPro S. Just snap on the keyboard and feel the convenience of encoding as if you’re on an actual laptop.

To make content consumption more enjoyable, the Galaxy TabPro S has a large 12-inch Super AMOLED touch-screen display that allows for pleasurable viewing with bright and vivid colors. A beneficial feature for both work and fun, users can easily switch from working on their spreadsheets to watching their loved shows. Moreover, the larger touchscreen display allows for effortless access to documents and programs without the difficulty of squinting if done on a relatively smaller smartphone screen.

Users will be more awed when they find out how a powerful device is the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 tablet with top-of-the-line features loaded in a package 6.3mm thin and 696g light. With such a convenient and mobile device, imagine what a rewarding experience it would be to be to still be on top of your work, even while you’re out enjoying your favorite drink by the pool. No more worries about the hassle of carrying the bulk and extra weight of a laptop when the Galaxy TabPro S can be easily tucked into a bag like a large notebook.

To cap off the list of impressive features, the Galaxy TabPro S runs with a battery life of up to 10.5 hours. Only 2.5 hours of charging is needed to go from zero to full all thanks to its Adaptive Fast Charging feature. This time is more than enough to power through the day with work and fun while on the go. Switch through accomplishing tasks and having some fun without the fear of power drainage.

With the Galaxy TabPro S, millennials won’t have to miss out on all the fun while racing their way to the top. A device built for work and designed for play, the new Galaxy TabPro S retails for Php 55,990 and comes in black color. Find out more about Samsung’s first 2-in-1 tablet and know which Samsung Authorized stores nationwide it’s exclusively available by visiting

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Destroying De Lima? Viral Facebook post says Senator on "Trial by Publicity"

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the buildup of allegations against Senator Leila De Lima, a netizen has pointed out six reasons wherein she claims that the former Justice Secretary is on “trial by publicity.”

Posted last September 21, Facebook user “Lyn Dimaano” shared online her reasons as to why not be swayed on the accusations against De Lima.

Viral Facebook post says Senator on "Trial by Publicity"

This is after her friend, who is anxious on recent Congressional probe on National Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade is starting to believe on witnesses claims against the senator.The NBP is the Philippines' national penitentiary in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.

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The six reasons on Dimaano’s post argue about the alleged money from the illegal drug trade found in 19 bank receipts showing deposits of P88.5 million owned by the senator’s former DOJ employees.

Here are some of the key points:

First, Dimaano questioned if the said issue is true, a court lawsuit should be initially done, as stated: “Basta may matibay na ebidensya, idemanda mo. Di naman gagastos si Aguirre, kasi gobyerno ang kinakatawan niya. Di niya kailangan ang abugadong pribado. DOJ Chief siya! Sus!” (If there’s a strong evidence, sue her! Aguirre (Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre) wouldn’t spend anything because he represents the government. He doesn’t need a private attorney. He’s the DOJ Chief!)

She also questioned with all the strong evidences, why was it presented in the Congress wherein media is covering the hearing? Dimaano claims that there’s a “propaganda value” involved, arguing that once a lawsuit is presented in the court, the public cannot discuss it.

On the fourth argument, Dimaano also stressed out if a congressman can impeach a senator, which in the Philippine government is not possible.

She further expounded: “Pwede bang idemanda si De5 sa korte? Oo, dahil wala siyang immunity from suit.” (Can De5 (De Lima) be sued in court? Yes, because she doesn’t have immunity from lawsuit.)

Dimaano ended her post that obtaining another’s banking information without court order is not possible.

She concluded her post: “It is meant to destroy the one brave soul na openly lumalaban kay PDuts - si De5. Trial by publicity. Ulitin nang ulitin ang paratang hanggang akalain ng masa na totoo. Yung masa, pero hindi ako.” (It is meant to destroy the one brave soul that openly argues to PDuts (President Duterte) – De5 (De Lima). Trial by publicity. Pressing it on repeatedly until the public believes it’s true. Do it to the public but not me.)

Dimaano post De Lima

Dimaano’s post immediately went viral amassing more than 7,000 likes and was shared by over 4,000 times as of press time.

Last week, after being ousted as the chair of the Senate Justice Committee, testimonies against De Lima surfaced with convicted crime leader Herbert Colanggo and other high profile inmates divulved in the live congressional probe. Colanggo claimed that he gave monthly “payola” of P3 million to the senator.

READ: Colanggo reveals De Lima received P3 million monthly payola

Did her viral Facebook post persuade you? What are your thoughts on the accusations against Senator Leila De Lima?

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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'Bagyong Helen' PAGASA weather update September 25, 2016

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon 'Helen,' the eight weather disturbance that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year has slightly intensified as it continues to move in the general direction of Batanes-Taiwan area, the state weather bureau has announced Sunday, September 25, 2016.

'Bagyong Helen' (international name: Megi) was located based on all available data at 1,025 km East of Calayan, Cagayan(19.6°N, 131.2°E) at of 10:00 a.m. today.

'Bagyong Helen' PAGASA weather update September 25, 2016

'Helen' has a maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 175 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 22 kph.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1 (30-60 kph expected in 36 hours) in Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within 800 km diameter of the Typhoon.

PAGASA said that sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon.

The typhoon is expected to exit PAR on Wednesday morning, September 28.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 510 km East of Basco, Batanes
  • 48 Hour(Tuesday morning):255 km North of Basco, Batanes
  • 72 Hour(Wednesday morning): 580 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)
  • 96 Hour(Thursday morning):905 km West Northwest of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)
'Bagyong Helen' PAGASA weather update September 25, 2016 track

'Helen' would be the third typhoon to affect Northern Luzon in two weeks as it earlier hit by Typhoons “Ferdie” (Meranti) and “Gener” (Malakas).

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List of Passers: LET Results September 2016 teachers board exam

(Updated November 28) Those awaiting results of September 25, 2016 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) or known as Teachers Board Exam can find here the full list of passers, top 10 (topnotchers), top performing schools and performance of schools as the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) released official results on November 28 or in 48 working days after the exam.

LET Results September 2016 teachers board exam

UPDATE: 23,378 elementary teachers out of 77,466 examinees (30.18%) and 31,334 secondary teachers out of 92,754 examinees (33.78%) successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (L.E.T.).

It is further announced that of the 23,378 elementary teacher passers, 21,896 are first timers and 1,482 are repeaters. For the secondary teachers, 28,957 passers are first timers and 2,377 are repeaters.

PRC said that the results of examination with respect to four (4) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination.

Here's the complete list of results for September 2016 LET:

The PRC administered the LET board exam in at least 25 test locations nationwide: Manila, Antique, Bacolod, Baguio, Catarman, Cebu, Davao, General Santos City, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Marinduque, Masbate, Mindoro, Pagadian, Palawan, Romblon, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

October 1, 2016 Update: A total of 16,432 examinees took the LET board exam in three (3) examination areas supervised by the Baguio Regional Office. Administered to 10,779 in Baguio, 4,172 Rosales and 1,481 in Laoag, the BLEPT is the biggest licensure examination coordinated by the Baguio Regional Office.

The BPT who gave the licensure exam is composed of Dr. Rosita L. Navarro, Chairman; Dr. Paz I. Lucido, Dr. Paraluman R. Giron and Dr. Nora M. Uy, Members.

Coverage of Exam and Passing Percentage

The second licensure examination for teachers this 2016 covered two (2) parts for Elementary - General Education (40%) and Professional Education (60%) and three (3) parts for Secondary - General Education (20%), Professional Education (40%) and Specialization (40%).

The test covered the major areas of General Education (English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences), Professional Education (teaching profession, social dimensions of education, principles of teaching, education technology, curriculum development, facilitating learning, child and adolescent development, assessment of student learning, developmental reading, field study and practice teaching). The 10 specializations for Secondary Teacher with exam coverage depends on the chosen course: English, Filipino, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies or Social Sciences, Values Education, MAPEH, Agriculture and Fishery Arts and TLE (Technology and Livelihood Education.

In order to pass September 2016 LET, an examinee must obtain an average rating of not less than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests, PRC said.

Note that passing the teacher licensure exam and having valid professional license from the Commission are necessary before the practice of teaching profession in the Philippines. Otherwise, those who will violate may face fine and imprisonment based on penal provisions.

LET Top Performing Schools

In the recent exam, PRC has recognized University of Santo Tomas (UST) as the top performing school for Elementary level while University of the Philippines (UP-Diliman) got the lead for Secondary level.
In March 2016 LET, none of the schools qualified to enter the list of top performing schools for elementary level based on Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010. Meanwhile, 6 schools dominated the secondary level tests which include University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman, Saint Louis University (SLU), University of San Carlos (USC), Philippine Normal University (PNU)-Manila, Philippine Normal University (PNU)-North Luzon and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV).

In September 2015, 11 schools made it to the list of top performing schools for Elementary level while 10 were included for the secondary level. University of Santo Tomas (UST) topped in both levels of exam.


PRC said that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be on December 5 to 23, 2016.

The requirements for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card (ID) are the following:

1) Notice of Admission
2) duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
3) two pieces passport size pictures (colored with white background and completenametag)
4) two sets of documentary stamps.

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

The dates and venues for the oathtaking ceremonies of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, PRC said.

Probable release date of LET Results

PRC Board News, our partner website for PRC exam results said that the probable release date of September 2016 LET exam is between November 21 to December 9, 2016.

According to PRC Resolution No. 2015-948, the target release date of September 2016 LET results is on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 or in 45 working days after the exam.

In March 2015, results are out after 38 working days. A total of 12,103 elementary teachers out of 44,144 examinees (27.42%) and 17,904 secondary teachers out of 56,596 examinees (31.63%) successfully passed the LET.

In the same period last year, results were out online after 48 working days. PRC named 21,461 elementary teachers out of 68,442 examinees (31.36%) and 34,010 secondary teachers out of 81,463 examinees (41.75%) who have hurdled the licensure exam.

In March 2016, results are out after 41 working days. A total of 12,128 elementary teachers out of 42,739 examinees (28.38%) and 18,810 secondary teachers out of 53,090 examinees (35.43%) successfully passed the LET.

Note that the total number of days before the 'big day' for examinees depends on some factors such as the total number takers, effect of work cancellations due to calamities and system of checking the pencil-based tests.

Updates before the release of LET results

Same with the previous LET examinations, The Summit Express will provide reliable updates before the release of results. Takers can expect the most probable or exact date of release on this page.

October 1, 2016 Update: PRC Baguio after their successful conduct of LET announced that examination results are expected to be released after 45 working days. Examinees can verify their grades/ratings at's Online Verification of Ratings (OVR), using their Application Number.

October 3, 2016 Update: Reliable source in terms of release of LET, Dr. Carl Balita, gave his first riddle when the LET results will be announced. "When the identical numbers kiss the last to bid the year goodbye...the DREAM and the DREAMER will be one."

Some believe that the identical number is referring to 11 (November) while "kiss the last" pertains to 29 ( kisses the last day of the month) or 30 ( a day before the last month of the year.)

October 25, 2016 Update: PRC has released results of teachers board examination in Middle East. Check out full list of passers and topnotchers here.

November 3, 2016 Update: September 2016 LET results are OUT very soon.

November 12, 2016 Update: LET the countdown begin."When the countdown of the days sums up to infinity the dreams and the dreamers will be one," Balita hinted on Facebook. Netizens guessed results will be out by November 19 or 26.

November 20, 2016 Update: In a series of Facebook posts, Carl Balita of a popular review center for teacher and nurse education, hinted of the probable date of LET results. On Friday, he has posted a apparent countdown to the LET results release and it can be decoded as November 28 or one day ahead from the target date, which is based on PRC Resolution No. 2015-948.

November 18: "LET the countdown begin! It is in your hands, teachers! The DREAM and the DREAMER will be one soon..." --It means that LET results will be released within 10 days or the maximum value is November 28.

November 19: "LET=LET•LET" --The value of LET is equal to 3, so, 3 x 3 equals 9 or nine days before the release of results or on November 28.

November 20: "LET us all brace to infinity...God is good, great and almighty!" - Infinity symbol is just like number 8, a countdown of 8 days before the 'big day.'

November 21, 2016 Update: 7 days more, LET takers!

November 25, 2016 Update: 3 days to go, LET takers!

November 27, 2016 Update: LET results are expected to be released TOMORROW! Monitor this page for more updates.

November 28, 2016: LET results are out!

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Heaven Peralejo voluntarily exits Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Lucky Season 7

MANILA, Philippines - Heaven Peralejo, the "Mommy's Angel ng Makati" has decided to leave the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) house in the Saturday's episode (September 24) of PBB: Lucky Season 7.

Heaven Peralejo voluntarily exits Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7

"I saw my mom and she's not really good. She wants that when she opens her eyes, I will be the first one she will see. I know I realized, the best medicine is yung person na you love the most. And I think, it would be the best to be with her through her recovery. It's just doing the right thing," sixteen-year old Heaven told the housemates.

Heaven Peralejo voluntarily exits Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7
The official website of PBB confirmed it's a 'voluntary exit.'
A day before, Big Brother has called the attention of Heaven in the confession room to relay the condition of her mother.

"More than ever, I really feel that your mom needs you. Bago ka naging housemate ko, ikaw ay anak niya. This is not a voluntary exit, it's just doing the right thing. And when you do the right thing, it's definitely no regrets," Kuya said.

Heaven said to Big Brother that she's not ready for the 'possible thing to happen.' If ever she decide to voluntary exit, there's no regret.

In a taped audio, Heaven's grandmother gave the bad news as her mother is currently in the hospital and was diagnosed for esopharyngeal mass near the brain. The doctor's recommendation is to remove the mass through operation the following days.

"Just hope and pray tayo kay God na maging successful ang operation. I love you, Ven. Keep on praying," her grandmother said.

Watch video of the Saturday's episode here.

Before leaving the house, the housemates enjoyed the remaining time of Heaven inside PBB house.

Heaven bids goodbye to Edward Barber.
Heaven bids goodbye to Edward Barber.
Heaven with housemates last day PBB

What do you feel of Heaven doing the right thing for her mother? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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VIRAL: “Brod Pete” settles real score with Angelina Jolie

MANILA, Philippines – Fans were thrown off balance after a much heartbreaking announcement of actress Angelina Jolie filing divorce to longtime partner Brad Pitt. The same goes for comedian “Brod Pete” as he confirmed “Brongelina” ends.

“Brod Pete” settles real score with Angelina Jolie

Comedian Isko Salvador, most commonly known as “Brod Pete” took into Facebook to share series of hilarious posts on his take to one of the entertainment world most shocking news, the end of “Brangelina.”

On September 21, a day after Jolie’s announcement, Pete even issued his statement regarding the divorce.

comments  “Brod Pete” settles real score with Angelina Jolie

“FYI : To all our fans - we are going through hard times and we expect that you respect our privacy at this moment in time!

Pls pray for us. thank you very much , we love you ! - Brod Pete,” the comedian wrote in his hilarious post.

This “official statement” immediately went viral with more than 106,000 likes and has shared by over 38,000 times. With sympathies, support and encouragement pouring from the netizens:

Pete then posted other hilarious “Brongelina” posts which netizens responded too positively:

First, Pete confirmed that there is really a “third farty” which he named Taylor…

The comedian then shared how heartbroken man he really as he posted a song from band Chicago, “If You Leave Me Now.”

On Thursday, Pete is in high spirits and is now “looking for a girlfriend.” He even wrote “I have to move on” on his photo caption.

Real-life celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ended their 12 long years of relationship.

Based on reports, the actress also requested for sole physical custody of their six children Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara, and twins Vivienne and Knox.

Entertainment sites claimed that the cause of the split is the argument between the former couples’ adopted son Maddox, mid-air on the family’s flight home from France. The arguments led to Jolie’s decision to file for a divorce.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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VIDEO: Passenger wins over cab driver who charged her P3600 for trip from NAIA to Cubao

MANILA, Philippines - An abusive taxi driver and his cohort had to learn the hard way after the passengers they victimized almost put them behind bars.

Passenger wins over cab driver who charged her P3600 for trip from NAIA to Cubao

In a viral Facebook post, netizen Janine Jennilyn narrated how her and her brother escaped the evil plans of a cab driver and his accomplice, a barker, who attempted to charge them P3600 for a trip from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.

Janine said that she and her brother decided to ride the taxi at the NAIA terminal 3 after a barker offered a metered cab.

She and her brother sensed something was wrong after finding that the barker also rode the taxi and sat next to the driver. Halfway through the trip, their suspicions were eventually confirmed when the barker demanded that they should pay P3600 for the trip.

taxi driver modus NAIA
taxi driver modus NAIA

Although this came as a surprise to them, Janine and her brother decided to pretend that they agree with the men as they knew they were capable of hurting them. Unknown to the men, Janine and her brother had crafted a plan to evade them.

Janine and her brother apparently told the two men that they need to withdraw cash from an ATM machine in order to pay the fare. After spotting a police station, which the two men didn’t notice, Janine and her brother asked the two men to drop them off. This gave them the chance to seek help from the police.

Upon seeing the police, the driver immediately unloaded their bags and sped off even if the taxi doors were still open.

“Actually ,ang plano po namin is bayadan sila kaharap yung mga police to discuss yung paniningil nila ng 3600 samin. Pero nung nakita palang nilang tumawag ako ng police,, nag tatakbo na po sila,” Janine said in her post.

Here are videos of Janine’s conversation with the tricksters.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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