70-year-old woman with history of mental illness hacks husband, daughter


MANTICAO, Misamis Oriental, Philippines — Police are bent on filing charges against a 70-year-old woman with a history of mental illness who hacked her husband and daughter to death last Friday. Lt. Chance Ramirez, Manticao police chief, said his office had already prepared a parricide case against Vivina Bagares Loresca, even as a probe showed she had signs of mental disorder. “It is up to the court to decide on the mental status of the suspect,” Ramirez said. Vivina’s three granddaughters, aged 13, 10, and 8, pointed to her as responsible for the death of their grandfather Luciano, 70, and mother Elvie, 40, Ramirez disclosed. They were asleep in their home in Barangay Cab…

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‘Almost Paradise’: More PH actors in Cebu-set action-comedy series


  If there’s one TV show that we hope would get another lease on life by way of a sophomore season, it’s none other than Dean Devlin’s production of “Almost Paradise,” starring the delightful Christian Kane—and it’s not just because it is set in gorgeous Cebu. The 10-episode series, which ends its premiere season on WGN America on June 1 (yes, that’s tomorrow), is made even more significant by the long list of Filipino actors it shows in a positive light—and we can only hope that more homegrown viewers get a chance to see a feel-good show that is as entertaining as it is “proudly Pinoy.” We were told that there’s an Electric Now app also streaming the series in the …

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EU urges Trump to rethink cutting funding to WHO


  WASHINGTON — The European Union on Saturday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from contained.   Trump on Friday charged that the WHO didn’t respond adequately to the pandemic, accusing the U.N. agency of being under China’s “total control.”   European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday urged Trump to reconsider, saying that “actions that weaken international results must be avoided” and that “now is the time for enhanced…

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UPCAT 2020 results released


MANILA, Philippines — The University of the Philippines (UP) released on Saturday the list of passers of the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for the Academic Year of 2020-2021, the university’s Office of the Student Regent said. “UPCAT 2020 results are now out! Iskolar ng Bayan, hinihintay ka na ng UP at bayan! (UP and the country is waiting for you.),” read the post from UP’s Office of the Student Regent. https://twitter.com/uposr/status/1266716317425385474?s=21 The full list of passers is available for viewing at http://upcatresults.up.edu.ph. The UPCATresults were supposed to be published on March 30 but weredelayed due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon….

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56-year-old health worker is 74th COVID-19 case in Bicol


LEGAZPI CITY—A 56-year-old village health worker coordinator in San Jose town in Camarines Sur became the 74th case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Bicol on Saturday (May 30). According to the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol, the woman tagged as Bicol#74 was a close contact of a nurse in Naga City. The nurse tested positive on May 16. The patient is asymptomatic and is currently at a quarantine facility, according to the DOH report. The report, however, does not specify where she is currently quarantined. This new case is the twelfth case of COVID-19 in Camarines Sur province, which will ease down restrictions on Monday (June 1) as the entire Bicol region tran…

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Video game look? Spanish league considering virtual crowds


MADRID— Spanish football matches could have the look of a video game when the competition resumes next month. The league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of matches that will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Friday the league is working with the possibility of giving fans an option to watch the original feed from the empty stadiums or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands, similar to those in video games. “We are testing to see if we can allow the spectator to choose between two images — the real one or another with virtual fans and sounds,” Te…

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Quezon City ends special lockdowns in 3 areas


MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government said Saturday that it has lifted special concern lockdown (SCL) in three areas after its local health department finished swab testing and isolation period in 14 days. The said areas are Barangay Batasan Hills and Victory Avenue and BMA Avenue in Barangay Tatalon. “These areas have completed the 14-day lockdown period, which also entailed rapid testing and confirmatory swab testing,” QC Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo said in a statement. Dr. Rolly Cruz, chief of QC-Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) of the Quezon City Health Department, said 137 residents in Victory Avenue underwent rapid testing…

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60-year-old drug pusher falls in Quezon bust


LUCENA CITY —- Police arrested a 60-year-old woman in a buy-bust operation and seized about P142,000 worth of “shabu” (crystal meth) in Tayabas City before midnight Friday. Colonel Audie Madrideo, Quezon police chief, identified the suspect as Lourdes Patalinghog. A police report said the suspect was collared by anti-illegal drug operatives after she sold shabu to a police agent in a transaction inside Leveriza Subdivision in Barangay Isabang around 11 p.m. The suspect yielded seven plastic sachets of shabu weighing 21 grams with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P142,800. The suspect is facing charges for violation of Section 5 and 11, Article II of the Comprehen…

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Quezon village under ‘lockdown’ with 3 new COVID-19 cases


LUCENA CITY —- A barangay in Real town in Quezon province has been placed under “lockdown” due to rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Mayor Diana Abigail Diestro-Aquino, in Executive Order No. 16 issued on Friday, placed Barangay Ungos under “localized enhanced community quarantine” (LECQ) until June 10, after the village recorded a spike in new COVID-19 cases. “Quarantine passes issued to all villagers have been suspended. Unauthorized persons, who will be caught outside of their houses, will be penalized or face the corresponding charges,” Diestro-Aquino stressed. On May 28, three more validated virus carriers were found in Ungos. The patients are relatives of tw…

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Jail guard stricken with COVID-19 isolated in Benguet mine town


BAGUIO CITY — A jail guard, who returned to the Benguet mining town of Itogon from Metro Manila, has been confined at a hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The 49-year-old patient serves at the New Bilibid Prison and had passed an initial rapid test. But a confirmatory test result that came in on Friday (May 29) indicated he was a carrier of the virus, according to an alert from the Philippine Information Agency. Mayor Victorio Palangdan has launched contact tracing procedures at Ucab village, which has been locked down. Benguet had just discharged the last two of its 10 recorded patients this week. A 79-year-old man …

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