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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has no authority to examine the bank accounts of individuals without securing a court order, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Wednesday, amid the ongoing investigation on the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.
Those "Fast and the Furious" stunts may be realistic after all.According to an NBC report, American Terrence Naphys and his family were driving through New Jersey when they had to pass a bridge connecting two islands.After paying the toll at the Middle Thorofare Bridge, the family went on its way and noticed that the bridge began to open. Since they were at the edge, Naphys instinctively pressed on the gas and made the jump. Thankfully, he and his passengers---his wife, daughter, and his daughter's friend---made it safely to the other side."I don't know why, I don't know what made me do it, with my brain and my foot but it was an immediate reaction," he told NBC.The bridge ...Keep on reading: Family leaps SUV over open drawbridge in New Jersey
Senator Francis Escudero is asking Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista to issue a bank secrecy waiver to allow the Luzon Development Bank to open his accounts."Nakikiusap ako kay Chairman Bautista, para magkaroon ng malayang investigation at nang makapagbigay ng angkop na kasagutan at nang parang hindi nagmumukhang may tinatago ang mga banko, na magbigay ng waiver," Escudero said during Wednesday's Senate hearing.The committee on banks and financial institutions, which Escudero chairs, launched a probe on the possible violation of LDB on the anti-money laundering act in connection with Bautista's alleged ill-gotten wealth.Bautista's wife Patricia re...Keep on reading: Escudero asks Bautista: Issue waiver to open your bank accounts
KUALA LUMPUR --- The Philippines hauled a silver and two more bronze medals Wednesday at the close of artistic gymnastics in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.Kaitlin de Guzman added a silver in floor exercise and a bronze in balance beam to earlier gold medal in uneven bars to become the most productive in the entire Team Philippines so far.Reyland Capellan, the floor exercise champion, bagged bronze in the vault, the same output he had two years ago.All in all, the country harvested two golds, one silver and two bronzes in artistics. The Philippine gymnastics team will compete in rhythmic starting Thursday....Keep on reading: More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes
The Kyrie Irving trade talks have somehow reached a stalemate, up until the Boston Celtics shocked the world and announced that they had acquired the prolific point guard in a blockbuster swap on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ:Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas --- sourceWe have acquired four-time All-Star @KyrieIrving in a trade with the @cavs.: https://t.co/BsoQtsX2FD pic.twitter.com/TqYQnXsYwy--- Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017The seemingly out-of-nowhere trade sent shock waves to the league, considering it involved the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the NBA's most skilled guards.NBA pros quickly shared their reactions on T...Keep on reading: NBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatrade
Philippines got medals from table tennis and athletics to hike its bronze medal haul to 12 in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night. Richard Gonzales won a bronze medal for the country in the table tennis men's singles, a first for the sport so far. Evalyn Palabrica also secured a bronze in women's javelin throw in athletics. On the same night, athletics top bet Eric Cray got gold and silver in 400m hurdle and 100m dash, respectively. Sent from my iPhone...Keep on reading: PH gets bronze medals in table tennis, javelin throw
Senator Leila de Lima expressed alarm on Wednesday over what she described as "inaccurate and incriminatory" house-to-house drug testing by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Payatas, Quezon City as part of its massive anti-drug operations."The poor people are the ones being harassed from all these reckless actions led by our police authorities," de Lima said in a statement.The senator also said the on-the-spot drug test, conducted using a "do-it-yourself drug testing kit," was not only inaccurate but also a violation of due process of law."This operation is obviously inaccurate and incriminatory because the drug tests were not conducted by accredited people and agen...Keep on reading: De Lima hits house-to-house drug testing in QC; cop chief says it’s voluntary
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday affirmed its support for President Rodrigo Duterte following a group claiming to represent the security forces came out and called for the President's ouster. READ: AFP backs Duterte, warns destabilizers seeking to oust President "The officer corps and rank-and-file of the Philippine National Police dissociate ourselves with any pseudo organization using the name of the police and military institutions in patently political moves to wrest power from duly constituted authorities," PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.&n...Keep on reading: PNP affirms support for President; vows loyalty to Constitution
The Luzon Development Bank (LDB) refused to reveal the bank's actions on their depositors' questionable transactions, which Senator Grace Poe noticed as a "suspicious move" by the LDB.During the Senate committee on banks hearing on LDB's possible violations of the anti-money laundering act on Wednesday, Poe chided the LDB for not raising a red flag on questionable transactions.The Senate committee is investigating the LDB after Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista was alleged to have several accounts with the thrift bank amounting to more than P300 million.Asked by Poe several times whether the LDB reported to the authorities the suspicious transacti...Keep on reading: LDB exec keeps mum when prodded on questionable bank transactions
LAS VEGAS --- Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence."It's a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors," said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. "People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need...Keep on reading: 50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico --- A Mexican journalist under government protection was shot dead Tuesday in the violent state of Veracruz, an official said, the 10th journalist murdered in Mexico this year.Candido Rios, a crime reporter for a regional newspaper, was gunned down outside a convenience store in the eastern town of Hueyapan de Ocampo along with two other people, including a former police inspector.Rios had been under the protection of a government program designed to keep journalists and rights activists safe from a wave of deadly violence, said Jorge Morales, head of the program in Veracruz state.He was well-known locally for his decade-long career at the newspaper Diar...Keep on reading: Journalist murdered in Mexico, 10th of 2017
LAS VEGAS --- Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second potential violation of the promotion's anti-doping policy.Jones is widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but his potential violation stems from a sample collected after his weigh-in July 28 for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.Jones won the fight and reclaimed his 205-pound belt after sitting out the previous year for a failed doping test. The victory appeared to be a return to glory for a long-troubled fighter who has repeatedly hindered his stellar caree...Keep on reading: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test
(Updated 12:01 p.m., Aug. 23) The Commission on Appointments (CA) panel confirmed on Wednesday the ad interim appointment of Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez as the new Philippine ambassador to the United States. Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, chair of the CA's committee on foreign affairs, moved to confirm at the CA plenary Romualdez's appointment. READ: Columnist Babe Romualdez nominated as ambassador to US Romualdez's jurisdiction includes the Commonwealth of Jamaica, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, S...Keep on reading: CA confirms Romualdez as PH ambassador to US