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PHILIPPINES NEWS
8 March 2020

PHILIPPINE EPASSPORT SECURE - DFA

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday assured the
public that the country's ePassport system is secured amid reports that some
Chinese tourists are using Philippine passports.
"The Department wishes to reiterate that the Philippine ePassport system
remains secure and its frontline consular personnel are vigilant when it
comes to detecting attempts by non-Filipinos to obtain a Phl passport," it
said Friday night.
The DFA issued the statement after Sen. Risa Hontiveros revealed at a recent
Senate committee hearing that travel agencies offer Philippine passports and
birth certificates to Chinese nationals entering the country.
But the agency said it promptly looked into, in cooperation with the
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), all the cases of foreign nationals
who attempt or obtained Philippine passports using breeder documents.
"As of the moment, the DFA has yet to receive any official report from the
BI (Bureau of Immigration) regarding claims that the latter has encountered
Chinese nationals using authentic Philippine passports," it added.

MODEL CROP, TILAPIA FARMS TO BE SET UP IN LANAO DEL SUR

COTABATO CITY - Model crop and fish farms will be set up in Lanao del Sur
with funding from abroad to help residents of the province, and its capital
of Marawi City, recover from conflicts.
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of the military's Western Mindanao Command said
Saturday the projects by three benefactors and by the office of Gov.
Mamintal Adiong, Jr. can improve the condition in areas affected by the 2017
Marawi siege.
The United States Agency for International Development, the Plan
International, East-West Seed Philippines and the provincial government of
Lanao del Sur earlier this week signed an agreement to set up agricultural
and inland fishery demonstration farms in the province.
"It's a very good development. The WestMinCom will support that program and
secure the project sites to the best it can," Sobejana said Saturday through
a text message.


14 BIFF MEN, 4 SOLDIERS SLAIN IN MAGUINDANAO CLASHES

MANILA - At least 14 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
(BIFF) and four soldiers have been killed in clashes in Maguindanao since
Monday.
The military said 11 soldiers were also wounded.
The slain soldiers were identified as Pfcs. Willy Tingzon and Dexter Jay
Hierro, Cpl. Albert Serquina and Sgt. Irvin Alberastine.
"We salute the bravery of our fallen soldiers who fought up to the last drop
of their blood to spare communities from the treachery of heartless
enemies," Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command chief, said.
Sobejana said the bodies of five of the slain BIFF bandits have been
recovered.
The gunfights were ongoing in Ampatuan, Datu Hoffer and Shariff Aguak
yesterday.
"Our forces pursue our campaign to pound down the remaining terrorists,
penetrate enemy lairs and ensure the safety of the people," Sobejana said.
He said soldiers overran a BIFF stronghold in Barangay Salman in Ampatuan.
Government troopers recovered assorted firearms, ammunition, improvised
explosive devices and other war materiel at the BIFF camp.

LPA MONITORED OFF ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR

MANILA - The state weather bureau is monitoring a low-pressure area off
Zamboanga del Sur.
As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the weather system was located at around 100
kilometers northwest of Zamboanga City.
"The combined effects of the low-pressure area and tail end of a cold front
will bring scattered moderate to occasional heavy rains over Palawan,
Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay and Sorsogon," the
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
(PAGASA) said.
The Visayas, Caraga and Zamboanga peninsula will have cloudy skies with
scattered rains and thunderstorms.
Bicol, Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon will experience cloudy skies with
scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the tail end of a cold front.
"Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands will have cloudy skies with light
rains because of the northeast monsoon," PAGASA said in its bulletin.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy
skies with isolated light rains spawned by the northeast monsoon.


PASILIP: MGA DETALYE SA GRAND WEDDING NINA RICHARD GUTIERREZ AT SARAH
LAHBATI

MAYNILA - Next weekend na ang inaabangang wedding nina Sarah Lahbati at
Richard Gutierrez, kung saan bigatin ang mga bisita sa kasal.
Pero bago ang kanilang big day, nag-throwback ang celebrity couple sa
kanilang makulay na love story sa Metro.Style digital magazine.
Guessing game din ng lahat kung ano ang susuoting bridal gown ni Lahbati.
Inilabas na rin ang kanilang prenup photos na underwater ang tema. Kuha ito
ng photographer na si Pat Dy sa El Nido, Palawan.
Pinag-uusapan naman ang 25 pares na principal sponsors o ninong at ninang sa
kasal gaya nina President Rodrigo Duterte, former presidents Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo at Joseph Estrada, mag-asawang Sen. Manny at Jinkee
Pacquiao, ABS-CBN bosses Carlo Katigbak, Charo Santos, Cory Vidanes, at iba
pa.
Sa Marso 14, Sabado ng hapon magaganap ang kasalan.



NBA SCORES MARCH 6


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Hawks 19-45    34    23    18    37    112
team logo Wizards 23-39    33    31    29    25    118
SCORING LEADERS
    C. Reddish ATL
28 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
    B. Beal WAS
35 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Thunder 39-24    27    34    34    31    126
team logo Knicks 19-44    20    28    30    25    103
SCORING LEADERS
    D. Gallinari OKC
22 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
    E. Payton NY
18 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Spurs 26-35    22    32    41    25    120
team logo Nets 28-34    41    34    45    19    139
SCORING LEADERSD. DeRozan SA
24 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST
C. LeVert BKN
27 PTS, 11 REB, 10 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Magic 28-35    29    36    37    30    132
team logo Timberwolves 19-43    24    31    28    35    118
SCORING LEADERS
    N. Vucevic ORL
28 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
    M. Beasley MIN
29 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Pacers 38-25    29    33    27    19    108
team logo Bulls 21-42    25    21    26    30    102
SCORING LEADERS
    D. Sabonis IND
24 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
    C. White CHI
26 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Heat 40-23    26    25    23    30    104
team logo Pelicans 27-36    32    33    24    21    110
SCORING LEADERSJ. Butler MIA
28 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
J. Holiday NO
20 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Jazz 40-22    30    32    17    20    99
team logo Celtics 42-20    29    20    17    28    94
SCORING LEADERSM. Conley UTA
25 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
M. Smart BOS
29 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Grizzlies 31-32    28    21    16    31    96
team logo Mavericks 39-25    33    28    34    26    121
SCORING LEADERSJ. Jackson MEM
16 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
K. Porzingis DAL
26 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Trail Blazers 28-36    22    36    24    35    117
team logo Suns 25-38    34    33    28    32    127
SCORING LEADERSC. McCollum POR
25 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
A. Baynes PHO
37 PTS, 16 REB, 1 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Bucks 53-10    22    26    28    27    103
team logo Lakers 48-13    19    29    39    26    113
SCORING LEADERSG. Antetokounmpo MIL
32 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
L. James LAL
37 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST

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