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- Rainy weather brings floods, deaths across PH
Bad weather across the Philippines, brought mainly by two storms, have caused the deaths of at least 41 people as of Saturday, December 19. Storm Onyok brought heavy rains in Mindanao and central Visayas. Meanwhile, cold monsoon winds blowing from the northeast brought rains to Luzon, where large farming communities have been submerged in mostly waist-deep floods from Typhoon Nona (international name Melor), which hit at the start of the week.
Read more on Rappler.
- Third face-off for Democratic Party presidential hopefuls
US presidential race frontrunner Hillary Clinton will take on rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley at the third Democratic debate late Saturday, December 19 (Sunday, December 20 in Manila) amid accusations that a data breach was carried out by Sanders’ camp.
Hosted by television network ABC, the occasion marks the first debate since the deadly attacks on San Bernardino, California, which killed 14 people. National security and foreign affairs are expected to dominate the evening.
Agence France-Presse reports.
- Broken ties: Aquinos, Binays, and politics
The ties between the Aquino and Binay families go a long way back since the time of martial law. But what was seen as a formidable friendship born by standing side by side during political struggles ended – thanks to politics and ambitions.
At what point did their relationship start to show cracks? See the timeline on Rappler.
- 13th month pay law approved at expense of lower income tax proposal?
People are happy about the new 13th month pay law – but was it approved earlier this year at the expense of the proposal to lower income taxes?
A member of the House of Representatives believes that passing the 13th month pay law is a “tactical mistake” on Congress’ part. If the congressman is to be believed, there was a race between the 13th month pay measure and the proposal for lower income taxes to reach the President’s desk. Had the 13th month pay bill not reached the Office of the President for signature, then lowering income tax rates would have had a chance by year’s end.
Get the details on Inside Track.
- Duterte not keen on debating with ‘liar’ Roxas
“I don’t debate with a liar and tail-ender,” Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterted declared Saturday, December 19. This was his response to administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II who said that he (Roxas) was willing to get into a debate “anytime.”
Duterte also toned down his attacks against Roxas after former president Fidel Ramos asked presidential candidates to act like world-class leaders.
Read more on Rappler.
- World football: Asia making its presence felt
In 2015, the world’s most populous continent took a bigger role in the world’s most popular game. Although Asia is yet to make its mark on the pitch, the region’s political and economic clout made itself felt at European clubs and the Zurich-based world body in 2015.
Read Agence France-Presse’s report.
- Thanks to Facebook, strangers help man reunite with family
An old man wandering around the streets of Manila was reunited with his family – and just in time for Christmas, too.
Arturo “Turo” Javier was found wandering along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Manila, a long way from his home in Biñan, Laguna. Facebook user Ferdie Beltran posted a picture on his page on December 15, saying he saw Javier at the Philippine Cultural College in Tondo, Manila.
Read the rest of the heartwarming story on Move.PH.
- ‘Blockchain’ tech shows promise for more secure banking
The technology that drives the shadowy cryptocurrency bitcoin is drawing interest from the established banking industry, which sees a potential to revolutionize the sector.
Although bitcoin and related virtual currencies are limited to a small set of transactions and are often associated with the underground economy, the so-called blockchain technology is gaining currency in the financial world.
- Bourdain in PH: ‘Parts Unknown’ heads to Manila
Anthony Bourdain was in Manila this past week to shoot for an episode of the show, Parts Unknown. And while he kept a low profile, many fans couldn’t help but snap photos of him eating at some restaurants in the city.
On Tuesday, December 15, he made his way to The Oarhouse Pub in Malate, where, according to owner Ben Razon, he ate and spoke with its customers.
Read more about Anthony’s visit on Rappler.
- Spanish beauty is new Miss World
Miss Spain Mireia Lalaguna Royo won Miss World 2015 on Satruday, December 19. The pharmacy student from Barcelona claimed the illustrious crown after winning over the contest’s judges during the 65th edition of the world famous pageant in China’s Sanya.
Russia’s Sofia Nikitchuck was 1st runner-up, while Maria Harfanti of Indonesia was 2nd runner-up. Miss Philippines, Hillarie Parungao made it to the top 10.
Read more on Rappler.