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Abigail Valte

Abigail Valte is the Deputy Presidential Spokesman of President Benigno Aquino III in the Philippines.

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Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte has filed a leave of absence from Malacañang to campaign for...
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said provincial buses will no longer be allowed at EDSA’s...
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Korina at a dinner with Malacanang Spokesman Abigail Valte, Mrs. Johnny Santos, Jessa Avancado and Malacanang...
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PH not militarily responding to China’s provocations We’ve taken a position of not responding to provocative action,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press conference. Valte iterated that the country is committed to pursue peaceful means to resolve disputes. Philippines has an arbitration case filed in the United Nations tribunal in The Hague against China’s nine-dash line policy claiming almost the entire South China Sea including the West Philippine Sea. Philippines won’t respond using military force in the wake of China’s reclamation activities in Spratly Islands, said Malacanang. The government will just document developments in disputed areas and use all diplomatic resorts which are internationally accepted. China, on the other hand, again said any reclamation activity in West Philippine Sea “falls within China’s sovereignty and has nothing to do with the Philippines.” exercises indisputable sovereignty on the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters,” Hong ...
MANILA, Philippines – The government on Saturday, June 7, said that it was investigating signs that China was reclaiming land on disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) reefs but stressed it would not be provoked into a rash response. President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte...
Philippines warns no let-up against 'sextortion' syndicates May 3 2014 MANILA - The Philippine government has warned criminal groups involved in online "sextortion" activities that authorities will go after them. Fifty-eight people - all Filipinos and mostly men - were arrested in simultaneous operations in northern Philippines on April 30 for their alleged involvement in industrial-style businesses that blackmailed hundreds of people around the world, luring them on social media before extracting sexually explicit information or images from them. "The apprehension of the 58 suspects allegedly involved in sextortion activities is a product of our continued coordination with other law enforcement agencies like the Interpol (International Police). We hope that this sends a strong message that we do not tolerate exploitation in our shores," Xinhua news agency quoted Deputy Presidential spokesman Abigail Valte as saying on Saturday. She reminded Filipinos to be aware of the modus operandi to avoid falling vic ...
PH won’t rush US defense deal signing – Palace by Jc Bello Ruiz April 12, 2014 Share this: Manila, Philippines — The Philippine government will not rush the signing of the agreement boosting the presence of American troops in the country in time for the scheduled visit of United States President Barack Obama later this month, Malacañang said yesterday. Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte stressed that there is no deadline for the signing of the enhanced defense cooperation agreement with the US as President Benigno S. Aquino III had made it clear to the panel representing the Philippine side in the negotiations to ensure that the pact is within the bounds of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. “There is no deadline because the instruction of the President is just to make sure that everything is laid out well and wala *** tayong mga makakalimutan (nothing will be missed out). So the panel that represents the country has this in mind,” Valte said in an interview with government radio dzR ...
Malacañang is hoping for the victory of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley Jr. in their rematch this Sunday (Manila time). Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Satu...
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte: You can see this in our actions, in the past where we have...
Palace welcomes US Federal Aviation Authority upgrade Phl air safety measures to category 1 status MANILA, April 11 -- Malacanang welcomed on Thursday the U.S Federal Aviation Authority’s upgrade of the country’s air safety measures to Category 1 from Category 2. In a press briefing, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the upgrade “demonstrates the capability of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to implement institutional reforms to ensure that the county’s aviation industry is globally competitive and conforms with international safety standards." “We join the Department of Transportation and Communications in welcoming the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) decision to upgrade the Philippines’ safety status to Category 1 after meeting the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),” Coloma said. “The upgrading comes on the heels of the favorable action by the European Union on safety compliance of Philippine carriers. Th ...
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Tiangco corroborates govt plan to 'spy' on critics By: InterAksyon.com April 9, 2014 2:52 PM UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco: government has plan to use newly acquired communications equipment even for critics. InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 MANILA – An opposition lawmaker Wednesday said he received information bolstering reports that the administration had planned to include leading critics among those covered by a wider intelligence net using German equipment worth more than P140 million acquired in late 2012. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Toby Tiangco said he is not surprised by reports that Malacanang intended to secretly watch the moves of the Opposition, as it has also received credible information similar to what was printed by The Tribune newspaper on April 7. “We also received similar information sometime in November last year that high-tech communications equipment worth $3.4 million from Rohde & Schwarz of Germany have been silently acquired in 2012 w ...
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Palace backs ISAFP, denies using spy gadgets vs. opposition April 8, 2014 2:18pm Malacañang on Tuesday backed the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) in denying that the Aquino administration had purchased gadgets to spy on the opposition. “[ISAFP chief Brigadier] General [Eduardo] Año has already said that there is no truth to that particular report,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said during a press conference. A recent report on the Daily Tribune said the government had purchased P135 million worth of high-end surveillance equipment to spy on critics of President Benigno Aquino III. Valte, however, said Aquino has always made sure that government assets are “used properly and... utilized for the correct purposes.” “And I am not quite sure if you can point out any specific instance under this administration that those assets have been misused,” she said. Valte added that there is no need to speculate that the government assets would be used ...
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Palace: Phl won’t accept China sea law (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 12, 2014 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines will not recognize China’s new fisheries regulation which encroaches on the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on international waters, Malacañang said yesterday. The Palace also assured local fishermen of protection if they venture into high seas covered by international laws. “I think that goes without saying and we have done it in the past,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over radio dzRB. Vietnam, through Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi, also condemned Beijing’s new fisheries rule, calling it “illegal and invalid.” “Vietnam demands that China abolish the above said erroneous acts, and practically contribute to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region,” he said. Valte said Filipino fishermen have the right to operate in the high seas because “no one, under customary international law, not a sin ...
MANILA -- Malacañang on Saturday assured protection of local fishermen who will go fishing in the West Philippine Sea amid China's new regulations. In an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Filipino fishermen can continue fishing in the...
spot on comment by Gary Olivar, Manila Standard Today , 09.24.2013: " the fetching Abigail Valte, speaking for the Palace, claimed that PD 910 restricts the use of the Malampaya funds only for energy development purposes. In light of the language above, we can only lament that Abigail is either a bad lawyer or a better liar." .i'm gonna be generous and credit Lady GAGA with both qualities ;-)
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PHL-US War Games. Drills would be 108 kilometers east of Scarborough Shoal in "sea lanes of communication within Philippine territory" A US destroyer will join the Philippine Navy's flagship for war games starting Thursday close to a flashpoint area of the South China Sea. CARAT, the exercises are a boost for the Philippines' poorly equipped military as it struggles with perceived rising Chinese aggression, and follows repeated pleas to longtime ally the United States for protection. "The goal of these exercises is to further boost cooperation... between the two Armed Forces and further streamline responses to counter-terrorism and maritime security," deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte told AFP. The six-day exercises are an annual event but this year they will be held off the west coast of the Philippines' main island of Luzon, close to Scarborough Shoal which China insists it owns. The shoal is a tiny set of rocks and islets in the South China Sea 230 kilometers (140 miles) east of Luzon and . ...
"if someone wants to seek greener pastures...hindi naman po natin pwedeng pigilan 'yon" - Abigail Valte. Yes you can! Offer more money!
Gov't working to break impasse with MILF - Palace ABS-CBNnews.com MANILA -- Malacanang assured on Sunday that all is well in the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and any impasse will be settled. In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government understands the misgivings of the MILF but “rest assured that the two panels are working with each other on these issues.” The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Sunday that peace talks between the secessionist group and the government is at a stalemate. Quoting MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, the newspaper reported that the group is already “frustrated” with the slow pace of the negotiations. But Valte said this is understandable since the two groups are working on the annexes of the agreement, which is the “heaviest” portion of the talks. The economic debate is usually included here. “We don’t want a repeat of the [Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain or MOA-AD]. ...
PNoy vetoes bill protecting rights of internally displaced persons May 29, 2013 12:48pm 413 97 2 577 Tags: Benigno Aquino III (Updated 3:42 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has vetoed yet another bill, this time one that protects the rights of internally displaced persons in the country. At a press briefing Wednesday, deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said the president vetoed the measure because it might open the government to "a slew of claims" from internally displaced persons. Valte said the measure "goes against the non-suability character of the state." In his veto message, Aquino said the proposed legislation gives the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) additional powers that "exceed those with the Constitution intended to give." He specifically objected to the bill's proposal to give the CHR the power to determine damages incurred against internally displaced persons, saying it was the task of the judiciary. Aquino also said that the proposed legislation "unlawfully differentiates between displ .. ...
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Brillantes culpably violated the Constitution – thrice GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 31, 2013 - 12:00am Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. violated the Constitution in giving himself and the six commissioners intelligence funds last Feb. He also broke the fundamental law in buying land in behalf of the poll body in 2012. His legal brilliancy self-proclaimed, Brillantes presumably knew what he was doing was wrong. He could be impeached for such culpability. Malacañang disclosed Brillantes’s P30-million intelligence fund last week in the course of defending the commissioners’ pocketing of a prior P10 million. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the P30 million was “realigned” from the Comelec’s budget savings in 2012. Brillantes had sought and got presidential clearance for the fund juggling. The realignment went against the express provisions of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2012. That budget law specifically forbade the Comelec from t ...
Malacañang on Sunday expressed sorrow for the death of a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman in a shooting incident in disputed waters last Thursday that has caused outrage in Taiwan. Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said a government envoy, Antonio Basilio, already visited the family of the vict...
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Concerned Philippines For AFP Modernization Palace: Ramming of Taiwan boat an ‘aggressive act’ MANILA (Updated) -- Malacañang defended Friday the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) against "aggressive act" of a Taiwanese fishing boat where a fisherman was killed off West Philippine Sea last Thursday. Quoting an initial report reaching the Palace, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the PCG personnel on board the vessel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) merely reacted on the attempt of one of the four Taiwanese fishing boats to ram on the Philippine’s ship. The Filipino Maritime Control Surveillance 3001 vessel spotted four Taiwanese fishing vessels about 43 nautical miles east of Balintang Island, which is well within the Philippines’ 200-mile economic zone, around 10:30 a.m. Thursday while on law enforcement patrol. "When they (PCG personnel) tried to board one of the fishing boats, one of the (Taiwanese) vessels rammed the BFAR vessel that was being manned by the ...
MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday defended presidential sister Kris Aquino from allegations that she had committed the election offense of vote-buying in Cebu. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she does not believe that Aquino was buying votes when she did not get her change for a P...
12 dead in Philippines political ambush ahead of vote: President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the authorities are ...
Noynoy junks bishops’ call for DAR revamp Written by Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00 President Aquino is standing by Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes amid mounting calls from various sectors, including the Catholic church, to revamp the DAR leadership over the department’s supposed dismal performance in carrying out land reform. “Secretary Gil de los Reyes enjoys the full trust and confidence of the President,” deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte yesterday told a radio interview. At present, the Palace official said the government has distributed some 300,000 hectares of agricultural land to 169,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries. She, however, admitted that there are more challenges in the process of acquiring and distributing target lands as the remaining balance up for distribution were mostly private agricultural lands. “Before, what government was distributing (was) government-owned lands. Now, we are in the process of acquiring and distributing privately-owned land, ...
While Philippine authorities have started investigating an incident where a US warship ran aground on Tubbataha Reef, Malacañang’s main concern is ensuring the ship is pulled from the site and ensuring the damage to the reef is minimal. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also assured the...
DSWD ANTI-EPAL CAMPAIGN SUSPICIOUS, CONSCIENCE-LESS Two things can be immediately said about the ‘anti-epal’ campaign of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): SUSPICIOUS and CONSCIENCE-LESS! Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte claimed to media people that according to reports, some local politicians are threatening to de-list CCT beneficiaries who will not support them in the elections. Lalaban ako ng pustahan, kahit kanino, na MAS MAKAKAMURA NG PAGKALAKII-LAKI ang DSWD, at mas epektibo pa, kung gagawa na lamang sila ng posters o leaflets ng mga dapat malaman ng mga kwalipikado sa CCT. At DIREKTANG IPAMIMIGAY ito sa Sambayanan sa pamamagitan ng mga CCT coordinators sa buong bansa. They can just e-mail the posters or leaflets to their CCT coordinators or field offices and have them distribute these to beneficiaries in their areas. Even if I don’t have exact figures, I’ll bet a year’s salary that this method WON’T COST MILIONS AND MILLIONS. Kaya bakit kailangan pang ...
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MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Saturday confirmed President Benigno Aquino III has signed the controversial Reproductive Health bill into law, after keeping mum on the matter Friday night.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte: "This is the mark of a true democracy: one in which debate that...
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Usec. Abigail Valte: Today, Republic Act No. 10354, or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of...
Deputy pres. spokesperson Abigail Valte on reports of RH Bill being signed into law: "No confirmation yet on that."
'OUR Miss Universe' Hindi man nasungkit ang titulo bilang Miss Universe, ipinagmamalaki naman ng mga mamamayang Filipino sa pangunguna ng palasyo ng Malacañang ang pagkakapanalo ni Ms. Janine Tugonon bilang first runner-up sa naturang beauty pageant dahil pinatunayan lamang niya ang 'di mapantayang kata­ngian ng mga Filipina at ang pagiging 'world-class' ng mga Filipino. "Ms. Janine Tugonon, by winning 1st runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant, held up the country's banner and showed the world, once again, the grace, sophistication and beauty that Filipinas possess," ani deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. "From her winning as Binibining Pilipinas to representing our proud nation on the stage of Miss Universe, the Filipino people have supported Ms. Tugonon throughout her journey and in the hearts of our countrymen; she is our winner, our Miss Philippines. With the victory of Ms. Tugonon, we find even more proof of the exceptional characteristics of Filipinas and Filipinos to be truly world- ...
PHILSTAR: The government vowed today to step up its information campaign to raise the public awareness about HIV/AIDS amid the rising number of infections in the country. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement as the country joined the world in the observance of the World AIDS Day Latest DOH report showed that the total number of HIV cases in the Philippines has increased to 11,125 since 1984; in the year of 2012 alone, there have been 2,716 new cases as of October.
More bonus pay for gov’t workers By Michael Lim Ubac Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:48 am | Saturday, November 17th, 2012 295 133 What could be a bigger treat on top of the customary Christmas bonus and 13th-month pay than what awaits government employees this yearend? Malacañang on Friday announced the granting of a “performance-based bonus” (PBB), which would be given to employees and officials on a merit-based scheme. Employees would be rewarded with amounts ranging from P5,000 to P35,000, depending on their productivity. At a Palace briefing, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the PBB is expected to be released during the Christmas season. State officials and employees receive their 13th-month pay in two tranches—on May 15 and Nov. 15. The 13th-month pay is equal to one month’s salary. Employees in the private sector also receive the mandated 13th-month bonus (which is not taxable as long as it does not exceed P30,000), while other companies also give out the traditional Chris ...
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2 Comelec commissioners to observe US presidential polls By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) Updated November 03, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (6) MANILA, Philippines - Two commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will go to United States to observe the coming presidential election and also study American campaign spending to be able to implement rules on campaign finances in the 2013 polls in the Philippines. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said commissioners Armando Velasco and Grace Padaca would observe the Nov. 6 US presidential polls and also attend seminars on campaign funding on the invitation of the International Foundation for Electoral System, a non-government organization that promotes free and fair elections. “They will be attending many sessions so we can learn the process, especially on campaign finance which is very complicated. We really would like to know more about that,” Brillantes said. The observation tour and seminar will be held in Washington DC from Nov. 4 to 8 ...
Filipino consumers choices of service providers are again under assault by the Aquino government. EO 98 recently expanded the economic restrictions contained in the Foreign Investments Negative List. Aquino’s economic puppeteers continue to dictate to Filipino consumers what they can or cannot buy. And like the Soviet state of old, the Pasig’s tenants are using the coercive power of the state to force Filipino consumers to buy from state approved cronies only. FILIPINOS – ECONOMIC PUPPETS OF AYALA, COJUANGCO, AQUINO, LOPEZ, PANGILINAN, SY AND TAN The restrictions on foreign ownership and practice limits include the various prohibitions stipulated in the following laws: Real Estate Service Act of the Philippines the Philippine Respiratory Act the Philippine Psychology Act the Lending Company Regulation Act of 2007 The real estate, respiratory and psychology acts limits the provision of services to Filipino consumers by foreigners unless there is a reciprocity arrangement provided by law. Considering ...
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte explained that "Once the Palace conveys its position on a...
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Focus on the tax evasion charges and leave the Hacienda Luisita land distribution problem to the government, the Palace told former Chief Justice Renato Corona in reply to Corona’s insistence that he is being persecuted by Malacañang through the tax fraud cases filed against him and members of his family now pending before the Department of Justice (DoJ). Before prosecutors during his appearance at the DoJ last Thursday to answer the tax evasion charges, Corona said the cases raised against him and his family are “baseless” and “politically motivated.” “This is an offshoot of the impeachment trial that ended just a few months ago in a highly political decision of the Senate,” he said in connection with the P120-million tax evasion charge filed against him by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte dismissed Corona’s allegations that the distribution of Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of President Aquino, is being delayed despite a Supreme C ...
Philippines appeals to hackers to cease attacks Hackers incensed by the Philippines' controversial cybercrime law have attacked government sites that deliver emergency information during natural disasters, an official said Saturday. President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte appealed for a stop to the attacks, on the websites and social media accounts of the weather service, the earthquake and tsunami monitoring service and the social welfare agency. Valte did not disclose the extent of the damage, if any. All the sites she mentioned appeared to be up and working on Saturday afternoon. "Many people are being affected by this," she said. "We are aware of the opposition to the National Cybercrime Prevention Act. There are other ways to express opposition to it," she said in an appeal broadcast on government radio. The Philippines sits on the "ring of fire" of tectonic activity that generates earthquakes around the Pacific, and is also regularly hit by typhoons, with the agencies' online arms provi ...
Things are getting curiouser and curiouser in láffaire Trillanes. Here’s what deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said of the so-called “backd...
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Saturday would not categorically say whether the government is abandoning backchannel efforts in order to settle West Philippine Sea disputes with China. Read more:
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Malacañang reminded city and municipal mayors on Tuesday to announce class suspensions as early as 4:30am, while appealing for the public’s understanding. Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte explained that many local governments are still getting used to its new duty to decide on the suspension of cla...
Palace looking into proposal to build Disneyland in Clark MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said yesterday it is open to the proposal of Pampanga Rep. Carmelo Lazatin to invite Walt Disney Company to build a Disneyland theme park in Clark, Pampanga. Lazatin wrote Robert Iger, chairman and chief executive of Walt Disney, asking him to consider Clark as the location for their next Walt Disney Park. He said Clark’s 4,400-hectare main zone and 27,600-hectare subzone would be perfect for a new park. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said there is no reason to block such proposal. “That has to be studied... Of course, we get the general idea because it will bring in business and promote tourism. That’s what the President (Aquino) always says,” Valte said. “It has many multiplier effects, but we will have to study it first...You remember what President Aquino said during the energy summit (in Davao City last week)? If it’s a reasonable proposal, there’s no reason why we should not look ...
The Philippines said Saturday it had avoided an international blacklist on money laundering and terrorist financing after passing two new laws this month. The Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body, has upgraded the Philippines to its "grey list" of countries making sufficient progress in their action plans, President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said. "These reforms (prevented) the Philippines from being classified and downgraded to the 'black list', which would have resulted in stricter inspections of financial transactions in the country," she said in a statement. The Philippines was previously in the FATF's "dark grey list" of jurisdictions deemed not to be making sufficient progress. The FATF levied a blacklist threat earlier this year, calling for greater state powers to make it easier to scrutinise bank accounts, as well as casinos, foreign exchange traders and other non-bank entities. Two bills were passed on June 6 expanding powers to investigate bank accounts, but ...
Malacanang welcomes the decision of the Judicial and Bar Council to allow the live coverage of the public interviews of the candidates to become chief justice, but asks nominees to avoid turning proceedings into a “circus.” Says deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte:“We leave it up to the nominees to comport themselves in the best manner possible. This is not a circus. This is not a telenovela, but rather an opportunity for the people to see what transpires during the interviews." The Palace also urging broadcast networks to give all nominees equal time during coverage the public interviews with the JBC. (Uh, that's a great ideal... but what if someone is just asked two questions and another, 200?)
Showbiz: ‘Bourne’ thrills Palace Today at 06:47:59 PM » MALACAÑANG was thrilled by the new “Bourne Legacy” trailer which features car chases shot in the busy streets of Metro Manila. The new trailer shows breathless action scenes of Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz which were shot on Jones Bridge, in Leveriza Street and the Navotas Fish Port. The Hollywood stars were filmed on a motorcycle breezing through Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard during rush hour, scenes that showcased colorful Philippine jeepneys. Deputy presidential sposkesperson Abigail Valte said the two-minute clip highlighting Manila scenes “speaks volumes” for our country. Valte said it will definitely boost Philippine tourism and make the country a film location destination. “It speaks volumes para maging film location ‘center’ ang Philippines. It’s an ad in itself. It will complement our tourism efforts. Kung maalala n’yo rin po, the cast and crew spoke highly of our people,” Valte said. The Palace official said that s ...
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Philippines grief at Sanchez's 'American Idol' loss (AFP) – 7 hours ago MANILA — President Benigno Aquino led the heartbroken Philippines in heaping praise Thursday on a teenager of Filipino-Latino heritage following her loss in the final of US talent show "American Idol". Millions of Filipinos watched Jessica Sanchez, 16, compete against eventual winner Phillip Phillips in the live broadcast on cable television, virtually bringing the karaoke-crazy country to a stand-still. Residents of Bataan province near Manila, where the teenager's mother traces her roots, went on an unauthorised "Jessica Sanchez" holiday, skipping school and work, according to media reports. "As she competed in American Idol, Jessica Sanchez obtained the loyal and enthusiastic support of Filipinos the world over," Aquino spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a statement. "This is only the beginning for Ms. Sanchez whose incredible talent has been recognised and appreciated worldwide." Filipinos at home and in the United States have ...
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