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America first, Trump vows: America first Worldwide protests greet Trump

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump told Americans he would “make America great again” and vowed to bring back jobs and wealth to the homeland, sending jitters through

Trump takes charge: Sworn in as 45th US president

WASHINGTON — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking com

LIVE: Inauguration of Donald Trump

American businessman Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.

Ahead of inauguration, China warns state media: Be nice to Donald Trump, or else - Washington Post


Washington Post

Ahead of inauguration, China warns state media: Be nice to Donald Trump, or else
Washington Post
Donald Trump is no fan of China. In a December speech, he accused the country of “massive theft of intellectual property, putting unfair taxes on our companies, not helping with the menace of North Korea like they should, and the at-will and massive ...
While the West Fiddles, China Races to Define the FutureForeign Policy (blog)
Chinese senior executives pay S$21400 to be present at Trump's inauguration ceremonyThe Straits Times
Do Trump books' brash words about 'enemy' China presage a tougher approach to Beijing? We're about to find outSouth China Morning Post
The Japan Times -TheStreet.com -OregonLive.com -CNBC
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Obama departs Oval Office after leaving note for Trump - Daily Mail


Daily Mail

Obama departs Oval Office after leaving note for Trump
Daily Mail
With a gesture to the reporters who covered his historic presidency, Barack Obama gave a final wave to the nation as he walked out of the Oval Office to greet his successor, President-elect Donald Trump. Obama walked outside the Oval Office he occupied ...
The honeymoon is already over for President TrumpThe Guardian
Six Reasons Why Today Isn't a Typical InaugurationNBCNews.com
Donald Trump inauguration: President enters the White House facing myriad crisesFirstpost
The Independent -Heavy.com -Vox -CNN
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Returning OFWs urged to teach

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has urged returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are licensed teachers to become

DILG probes village chief tagged by Rody in drugs

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will look into the alleged involvement in illegal drugs of a former town may

Facebook moves to address fake news

MANILA, Philippines - Social media giant Facebook has assured Filipinos that it is taking measures to address the proliferation of fake news and misinformati

Red alert in Mindanao areas due to heavy rains

MANILA, Philippines - Regional disaster and management councils have declared a red alert in the wake of continuous heavy rains over Northern Mindanao, Carag

Dureza, ex-DOT chief told to return allowances

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and former tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

Local exec stays suspended over MRT-3 deal

MANILA, Philippines - The Third Division of the Sandiganbayan has upheld the 90-day preventive suspension of Pangasinan provincial accountant Arturo Soriano,

‘Help locate 4 Indonesian Navy officers’

MANILA, Philippines - A former Indonesian governor has asked President Duterte for help in locating and rescuing four Indonesian Navy officers who went missi

Four dead, 31 injured, suspect in custody after CBD car chase - The Age


The Age

Four dead, 31 injured, suspect in custody after CBD car chase
The Age
As it happened; Driver of the car is accused of stabbing his brother on Friday morning, taking a female hostage who later escaped on Bolte Bridge; 4 killed, including a man in his 30s, a woman in her 30s and a young child; 31 people have been injured ...
Three pedestrians killed by car in MelbourneNEWS.com.au
'Our hearts are breaking': Melbourne sombre after driver's deadly rampage through CBDNew Zealand Herald
Driver Rams Crowd At A Melbourne Mall, Killing At Least 4 PeopleNPR
National Post -The Australian -Daily Mail -Irish Times
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Extradited 'El Chapo' Guzman to face 17 counts in US - CNN


CNN

Extradited 'El Chapo' Guzman to face 17 counts in US
CNN
New York (CNN) They got "Shorty" -- finally. Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a legend in Mexico due to his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, will appear Friday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, where he will ...
The Latest: US government seeks $14 billion in El Chapo caseDaily Mail
Timing of El Chapo's extradition seen as politicalKXAN.com
Mexico drug lord 'El Chapo' faces life in US prison after extraditionYahoo News
kfor.com -Daily Beast -KTLA -New York Times
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Trump's big day underway: Tea with Obamas, then the oath - Philippine Star


Philippine Star

Trump's big day underway: Tea with Obamas, then the oath
Philippine Star
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci. WASHINGTON — Following the path of inaugurations past, ...
Protesters make their mark on Trump's inaugurationInquirer.net
Trump takes overManila Bulletin
Washington Prepares to Be Upended by President TrumpNew York Times
Washington Post -RollingStone.com -USA TODAY -The Independent
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Barack Obama leaves Oval Office for last time

Outgoing US President Barack Obama on Friday left the Oval Office for the last time, before welcoming his successor Donald Trump to the White House.

Gambia crisis: Jammeh pleads for more time as troops close in - BBC News


BBC News

Gambia crisis: Jammeh pleads for more time as troops close in
BBC News
The Gambia's defeated President Yahya Jammeh has asked for a deadline for him to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed forces to be extended until 16:00 GMT on Friday. The earlier deadline of noon passed as the Guinean and Mauritanian ...
Gambia's Jammeh faces last chance deadline to quietly quitYahoo News
Gambia's Jammeh offered last chance for peaceful exit before troops advanceChannel NewsAsia
Gambia's president refuses to step down, defying regional military interventionWashington Post
NPR -CNN -Toronto Star -Fox News
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After Jee slay: Korean gov't moves vs. fake warrants in PHL

The South Korean government plans to implement a system that will protect their nationals in the Philippines against extortion using fake arrest warrants.

Trump inauguration to air live on GMA-7

The Philippines' most trusted broadcast news organization, GMA News, will bring to its viewers live coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration as the new president of the United States early Saturday (Manila time).

OFWs urged to work as public school teachers in PHL

Licensed Filipino teachers who are working overseas have been urged to return to the country to help address the shortage of teachers in public elementary and high schools.

Massive Rescue Forges On After Avalanche Buries Italian Hotel - NBCNews.com


NBCNews.com

Massive Rescue Forges On After Avalanche Buries Italian Hotel
NBCNews.com
More than 7,000 people worked through the night, digging through debris and towering mounds of snow in search of survivors Friday after a series of earthquakes triggered a deadly avalanche that buried an Italian hotel. The avalanche released so much ...
Italy hotel avalanche: Two children among eight found alive under snowIrish Times
The Latest: Reports: Italy avalanche survivor total now 8WHIO
'Five found alive' in Italian hotel buried by avalancheBT.com
Reuters -Yahoo News
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Miss Universe 2016 changes competition rules - Rappler


Rappler

Miss Universe 2016 changes competition rules
Rappler
CHANGE IS COMING TO MISS U. The Miss Universe Organization changes its competition rules ahead of the 2016 coronation night. File photo shows Olivia Jordan, Ariadna Gutierrez, and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as Top 3 Finalists during the 2015 Miss ...
Hectic Miss U sked takes toll on PiaInquirer.net
Gloria Diaz explains why Maxine Medina has a 'one in a million' chance of winning Miss UniverseCoconuts Manila
Miss Universe 2016 candidates visit Philippine Navy HQUpdate Philippines
Breaking Belize News (blog)
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US-based Pinoys join protest rally ahead of Trump inauguration

US-based Filipinos have joined the ongoing rally ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, according to a report by GMA News stringer Boyet Loverita on "Balitanghali."

Senators tell PNP: Clean your ranks - Philippine Star


Philippine Star

Senators tell PNP: Clean your ranks
Philippine Star
Sen. Panfilo Lacson said PNP DIrector General Ronald Dela Rosa should not waste time in addressing the issue by going after all rogue cops. PCOO/Robert Viñas, File. MANILA, Philippines — Senators on Friday condemned the killing of a Korean ...
House Speaker calls for PNP chief Dela Rosa's resignationRappler
Poe: Korean businessman's case 'litmus test' for BatoManila Bulletin
Killing of Korean businessman a 'wake-up call' for BatoUpdate Philippines

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Washington braces for massive protests as Trump becomes US president

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and miles of barriers were in place in Washington on Friday, as officials braced for hundreds of thousands of people planning to celebrate or protest Donald Trump's inauguration as president of the United States.

Palace: Duterte's tirade not 'anti-Catholic' - Inquirer.net


Inquirer.net

Palace: Duterte's tirade not 'anti-Catholic'
Inquirer.net
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte elaborates on the enormity of the illegal drug problem plaguing the country in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-promoted Philippine National Police officials at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on ...

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Hopes fade of finding survivors buried under avalanche in Italy

Hopes of finding survivors dwindled on Thursday more than 24 hours after an avalanche struck a luxury mountain hotel in Italy burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris.

Reopened Libyan oil ports hope foreign staff will return to boost output

Guards and officials at major ports in Libya's eastern Oil Crescent say they are hoping foreign workers will soon return as they struggle to build on output gains with meagre resources.

Trump pledges to unify US on inauguration eve

Billionaire Republican Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life -- his inauguration as 45th president of the United States.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes off Solomon Islands in South Pacific —USGS

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands at a depth of 33 kms (20 miles), the US Geological Survey said on Friday.

Facts about the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th US president

With his left hand on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th U.S. president around noon (1700 GMT) on Friday and give an address at the west front of the U.S. Capitol before leading a parade to the White House.

Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office

Donald Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama's policies.

Wikileaks' founder Assange says stands by US extradition offer

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, said on Thursday he stood by his offer to be extradited to the United States providing his rights were protected.

North Korea may be readying missile test, timing unclear — US officials

The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

Japan hotelier's Nanjing Massacre denial sparks tourism boycott calls

A Japanese hotelier's denial of a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops in the Chinese city of Nanjing has prompted Chinese social media calls for a boycott of travel to Japan, threatening tourist arrivals days before the Lunar New Year holidays.

OFWs can avail of online services — OWWA

Filipinos working abroad can soon pay their contributions to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through the Land Bank of the Philippines' (LBP) new ePayment Portal (ePP).

Trump to keep 50 staff in key posts at Pentagon, State, others

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has asked 50 government employees with important senior jobs to stay on for the moment in his administration, including Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for countering Islamic State, a spokesman said on Thursday.

At least 20 firefighters killed in Tehran building collapse

At least 20 firefighters were killed when a 17-storey Tehran commercial building collapsed on top of them as they tried to put out a blaze, Iranian state television quoted the city's mayor as saying on Thursday.

OFW benefits distributed in 2016 reach more than P132M — OWWA

Almost all legal cases and Requests for Assistance (RFAs) reported to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in 2016 were resolved within 6 days from filing or within the 30- day mandatory period.

Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says

Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday.

Expat Duets calls on Pinoy singing duets to audition in Dubai

Filipino singing duets looking to become the hottest acts in the emirate may have a chance at stardom through Expat Duets, a "first-of-its-kind singing showdown" that will have its grand finale on March 10.

Five Pinoys arrested for using fake Malaysian IDs – reports

Five Filipinos were arrested in a two-day operation by Malaysian police for possessing fake Malaysian identity cards or MyKads as part of their Identity Card Checking Operation (Ops ID), various online reports said.

Pinoy crew of arrested ship in Canada in good condition –DFA

The 13 Filipino crew of a detained container ship near Vancouver, Canada, are in good condition although most of them have already expressed their desire to go home, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Tuesday.

Pinoy band in UAE dedicates song about hope to Duterte

Inspired by the two women in his life, and later on by President Rodrigo Duterte, UAE-based OFW Bernardo Granado has decided to form a band in order to lift the morale of Filipinos, especially the poor, via music.

Yakuza member arrested for stabbing 2 Pinoys in Yokohama

An upper-level member of an affiliate gang of the Inagawa-Kai, Japan's third-largest yakuza group, was arrested for allegedly stabbing Filipinos in Naka Ward in Yokohama in October last year, reports said.

Fil-Am killed in Friday the 13th shooting in Texas

Friday the 13th turned really bad for a Filipino-American in Vidor, Texas, after he was shot dead by his landlord following an argument, reports said.

Japan approves residency for foreign caregiver students

A law allowing foreign students at nursing care schools to apply for residency in Japan after being certified as caregivers will come into full force this year to plug the Asian country's need for caregivers, a report on Kyodo News said.

Young Pinoy filmmaker gets praise from Michelle Obama

A Filipino teen earned praises from US First Lady Michelle Obama after he received an award for filmmaking late last year.

Pinoy resto hailed as one of Ottawa's best

A Filipino-owned café and restaurant has been selected as one of the best restaurants in Ottawa by a noted food critic in Canada.

Fil-Am dies of injuries after train station accident

A Filipino-American mechanic died in a hospital last week after he was pinned between the platform and the train at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on 4th Street Mission in San Francisco, reports said.

NOTICE TO Filipino Overseas Voters in New South Wales

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney encourages registered Filipino Overseas Voters in New South Wales who have received their ballots packets from COMELEC-Manila for the 2016 Philippine National Elections to send their accomplished ballots to the Consulate as soon as possible.

 

The accomplished ballots may be submitted to the Consulate daily, including on weekends and holidays, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on 9 April-8 May 2016, and from 9:00AM to 7:00PM on 9 May 2016.

 

For Filipino Overseas Voters who have not yet received their ballots, please check whether your name is in the following lists on the Consulate website, <http://sydneypcg.dfa.gov.ph/list-of-press-releases/406-notice-to-filipino-overseas-voters>:

 

•      Returned-To-Sender (RTS) ballots; and

•      List of voters with incomplete or no mailing address.

 

If your name is on either of the above lists, please contact the Consulate and look for Mr. Jessie Llaneta at Tel. No. 926207377, or send your complete details, e.g., mobile number and mailing address, to sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph, or contact the Duty Officer at mobile number 0415-426400.

 

Thank you.

 

Philippine Consulate General, Sydney

20 April 2016

Miss Universe 2015 Winner Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo (Steve Harvey Epic FAIL)

Miss Universe 2015 Winner Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo (Steve Harvey Epic FAIL)

 

Pia Alonzo wins Miss Universe

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Pia Alonzo wins Miss Universe 2015

Pia Alonzo was crowned Miss Universe 2015 on Sunday
She becomes only the third Filipina to win the crown after Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran

She was crowned amid much confusion after host Steve Harvey initially announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner.

Harvey apologized and said he read the wrong results.