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PHILIPPINES NEWS
10 March 2020

GORDON REVEALS P20M BRIBE TRY TO EXCLUDE FAMILY IN POGO MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE

MANILA - Sen. Richard Gordon on Tuesday said he was offered a P20-million
bribe to avoid summoning to a Senate investigation the family tagged in a
money laundering scheme linked to Chinese-run offshore gaming.
The P20 million bribe was offered Monday evening through a mutual friend,
Gordon told Senate reporters. Another emissary offered to "donate" P5
million to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) instead, the senator said.
"Ang sabi, 'Puwede ba sabihin mo wag na kami tawagin at may magandang
mangyayari,'" he said, referring to members of a certain Rodriguez family
who brought to the Philippines some $283 million in cash from July 2019 to
March 2020.
"Hindi ako nagyayabang but I am chagrined. Ang lalakas ng loob nitong mga
ito. Akala nila lahat kaya nilang bilhin."
The Rodriguez family is expected to attend the second Blue Ribbon
investigation on the money laundering issue on Thursday, after the clan
failed to appear at the initial hearing last week.
The Senate panel will issue a subpoena should the clan still fail to attend
the March 12 hearing.
Gordon earlier alleged that huge sums of cash were being smuggled to the
Philippines to fund Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations not legally
registered with the government.


JOY BELMONTE WARNS SUPPLIER OF FAKE SHOES

MANILA — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has vowed to go after suppliers of
counterfeit products.
Belmonte issued the statement following reports that at least 1,000 pairs of
alleged counterfeit rubber shoes were distributed to local athletes who will
represent the city in national sporting events.
She said the city government would initiate legal action if the allegations
are proven true.
“If proven guilty, the supplier of the fake shoes should be held liable,”
Belmonte said in a statement.
The mayor has ordered the recall of the supposed counterfeit shoes.
The shoes will be replaced before March 14 in time for the holding of the
National Festival of Talents in Isabela province and Palarong Pambansa in
May.
Belmonte also instructed the bids and awards committee to exercise due
diligence in evaluating and selecting winning bidders of the city
government’s supplies.


WALANG PASOK: DUTERTE SUSPENDS METRO MANILA CLASSES UNTIL MARCH 14

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening announced the
suspension of classes in all levels in National Capital Region starting
Tuesday, March 10 until Saturday, March 14.
“It’s a consensus of everybody that classes will be suspended in NCR,
National Capital Region lang beginning tomorrow and it will end [on] March
14. The reason being is tignan natin ‘yung incubation period,” Duterte said
in a press conference after a meeting with Cabinet members and some mayors
of Metro Manila.
He added that the duration of class suspensions will be monitored for now
since the usual length of coronavirus incubation period lasts for 14 days.
"Children should study while they are being detained in their respective
homes..” he was also quoted as saying.
"What the secretary wants to happen is that there is no stoppage of
education," he furthered.
Duterte also announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped to
24.

COPS WITH ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH INMATES FACE DISMISSAL — PNP CHIEF

MANILA — Police officers with romantic relationships with inmates will be
dismissed from the service, according to Philippine National Police (PNP)
chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa.
“Policemen are not supposed to be in love with PDLs (persons deprived of
liberty),” Gamboa told a press briefing at Camp Crame yesterday.
Maj. Ildefonso Miranda Jr., police chief of Argao, Cebu, was arrested last
week after he was allegedly caught sleeping with a 23-year-old drug suspect
at his quarters at the municipal police station.
Miranda did not apologize for his action, saying he fell in love with the
woman.
However, operatives of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group
said the 46-year-old police official was allegedly having a sexual
relationship with the inmate “in exchange for her privilege to sleep in his
air-conditioned office.”
Another female inmate caught sleeping in Miranda’s office reportedly acts as
Miranda’s “helper.”
Gamboa also slammed Capt. Wilfredo Dizon, Norzagaray deputy police chief,
for tapping an inmate as his personal driver.
He said Miranda and Dizon would be dismissed from the service for committing
a “grave offense.”
Gamboa said an average of six police officers are dismissed from the service
everyday for various offenses.
“Itong dalawa matitigas ang ulo. Gusto nila sumama dun sa six PNP personnel
dismissed per day,” he said.


CEBU PACIFIC EXECS TAKE PAYCUT TO SAVE WORKERS

MANILA — Cebu Pacific senior managers have decided to take the hit for the
company instead of laying off workers as travel restrictions brought about
by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to take a toll
on the budget carrier.
Charo Logarta-Lagamon, spokesperson for Cebu Pacific, confirmed yesterday
the news that first appeared on esquire.ph, which said the airline’s senior
management officials have agreed to take pay cuts to avoid reducing its
workforce.
Lagamon said the pay cut would cover all of Cebu Pacific’s senior
management.
“It’s the least that can be done given the challenging situation and it’s
the right thing to do,” Lagamon said.
The 10-percent pay cut that has been reportedly agreed upon by the Cebu
Pacific senior management officials, however, was not confirmed by Lagamon.
Cebu Pacific, the country’s largest budget carrier owned by the Gokongwei
family, currently has over 4,000 personnel.


WHAT LANI MISALUCHA WANTS TO TELL SARAH G, MORISSETTE AMON

MANILA — Music veteran Lani Misalucha had a simple answer when asked for
advice to Kapamilya singers Sarah Geronimo and Morissette, who face
controversies involving their families.
“The best tool would be prayers, honestly,” Misalucha said on “Tonight with
Boy Abunda”.
“It’s the only thing that you can do: to pray for the situation that’s going
on in your family, pray for yourself for extra guidance and strength, to
widen your understanding,” she said.
Geronimo’s relationship with her parents has been the subject of headlines
since her secret wedding with now-husband Matteo Guidicelli. The pop star’s
parents are supposedly against the marriage.
Morissette, meanwhile, was similarly reported to have a rift with her
parents over her romance with fellow singer, Dave Lamar.
Misalucha, who is a mother of two, went on: “Look, kahit ano’ng mangyari,
magulang mo ‘yan, magkalayo kayo ng path, o hindi kayo magkaintindihan, they
will always be your parents.”
“So you just really have to pray for your family, na magkaroon ng pagsasama
nang mahusay, [at] magkaintindihan kayo ulit,” she added.


COCO MARTIN, ANGELICA PANGANIBAN SHOOT MOVIE IN DUBAI

Kapamilya stars Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban are now in Dubai to
shoot key scenes for the upcoming romantic-comedy film "Love or Money."
On Monday, Star Cinema released behind-the-scene photos of the movie, which
is the first team-up of Panganiban and Martin on the big screen, on its
various social media accounts
Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar, "Love or Money" is one of the eight official
entries to the first-ever Metro Manila Summer Film Festival, which runs from
April 11-21 in cinemas nationwide.



NBA SCORES MARCH 8


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Bulls 21-43    23    27    20    37    107
team logo Nets 29-34    22    36    19    33    110
SCORING LEADERS
    O. Porter Jr. CHI
23 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
    S. Dinwiddie BKN
24 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Pelicans 28-36    36    35    27    22    120
team logo Timberwolves 19-44    29    34    21    23    107
SCORING LEADERSJ. Holiday NO
37 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST
M. Beasley MIN
21 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Lakers 49-13    27    22    36    27    112
team logo Clippers 43-20    25    28    28    22    103
SCORING LEADERSA. Davis LAL
30 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
P. George LAC
31 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Bucks 53-11    28    31    32    40    131
team logo Suns 26-38    47    30    25    38    140
SCORING LEADERS
    K. Middleton MIL
39 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
    D. Booker PHO
36 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Thunder 40-24    29    23    31    22    105
team logo Celtics 42-21    26    37    21    20    104
SCORING LEADERSC. Paul OKC
28 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
G. Hayward BOS
24 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Heat 41-23    29    28    15    28    100
team logo Wizards 23-40    23    31    18    17    89
SCORING LEADERSB. Adebayo MIA
27 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST
S. Napier WAS
27 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Pacers 39-25    31    24    31    26    112
team logo Mavericks 39-26    26    26    32    25    109
SCORING LEADERSD. Sabonis IND
20 PTS, 17 REB, 6 AST
L. Doncic DAL
36 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Magic 29-35    34    37    34    21    126
team logo Rockets 39-24    24    22    30    30    106
SCORING LEADERSD. Augustin ORL
24 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
R. Westbrook HOU
24 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Pistons 20-45    22    25    24    13    84
team logo Knicks 20-44    27    22    23    24    96
SCORING LEADERS
    C. Wood DET
22 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
    J. Randle NY
22 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST


FINAL/OT
    1    2    3    4    OT    T
team logo Spurs 26-36    18    32    41    27    11    129
team logo Cavaliers 19-45    35    25    27    31    14    132
SCORING LEADERS
    D. DeRozan SA
25 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
    A. Drummond CLE
28 PTS, 17 REB, 1 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Raptors 45-18    22    29    27    40    118
team logo Kings 28-36    22    28    24    39    113
SCORING LEADERSN. Powell TOR
31 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
D. Fox SAC
28 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST

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