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Gabby Eigenmann recalls meeting Carla Abellana
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Carla Abellana (MNS Photo)

Carla Abellana (MNS Photo)

Gabby Eigenmann shared there was no awkward moment between him and Carla Abellana, the ex-girlfriend of his cousin Geoff Eigenmann, when he met her on the set of television series “Pari ‘Koy.”

The 28-year-old actress is the newest addition to the GMA program, which is topbilled by Dingdong Dantes. Abellana plays the character of Michelle, the new love interest of Jude portrayed by Eigenmann.

Maganda yung tatahakin ng relationship namin kasi siya, she’s longing for a child and ako naman naghahanap ng mother figure sa anak ko,” he said.

According to the actor, he made the first move to welcome Abellana. He also found out that their friendship remains the same despite the actress’ bitter split with Geoff.

Yung trabaho okay naman. Excited naman ako and ako talaga mismo yung pumasok sa tent at nag ‘hi,’ tapos yinakap ko, tapos kinamusta, and na we’re finally working together, and kamustahan about work. Okay naman kami. We’re friends,” Eigenmann said.

“We’re both reaching out for whatever it is. Sa amin naman kasi wala na eh, kung ano man ang naging past nila (ni Geoff). I tell her stories about the kids. Kung tutuusin updated siya kasi sa Instagram nakikita naman niya.”

He’s also happy that even though Geoff and Abellana did not end up together, the actress remained warm towards the Eigenmanns.

Kung ano man ang naging cause and effect ng relationship nila, labas naman talaga kami doon e. Kahit tanungin mo pa ang opinyon ko kung sad ako? Oo, kahit papaano dahil naging close kami ni Carla e, magkaibigan kami and we accepted her with open arms. But it didn’t work and we have to move on,” Eigenmann said.  (MNS)

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Coming soon: Kris-Herbert movie
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Herbert Bautista and Kris Aquino (MNS Photo)

Herbert Bautista and Kris Aquino (MNS Photo)

Actress-host Kris Aquino confirmed that she will be doing a movie with her former boyfriend, Quezon City Mayor and actor Herbert Bautista.

Aquino made the confirmation on her Instagram account on Friday, saying that the upcoming movie will be directed by Antoinette Jadaone of “That Thing Called Tadhana.”

In a previous blog entry titled “The State of My Heart,” Aquino shared some details of her past relationship with Bautista, with whom she has renewed ties as friends.

On April 7, 2014, Aquino spoke about her ties with Bautista on “Aquino & Abunda Tonight.” She confirmed that they were indeed “partners,” ending weeks of speculation.

“The next day, over the phone he broke up with me, right before Bimb’s (her son) 7th birthday party,” Aquino said.

It was reported that the city mayor’s children with former partner Tates Gana were negatively affected by news on the relationship. (MNS)

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Lobregat: No to Bangsamoro chief police control
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BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, listens to Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee chair, during Monday’s (May 18, 2015) hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Alonto said they stand together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.(MNS photo)

BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, listens to Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee chair, during Monday’s (May 18, 2015) hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Alonto said they stand together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The provision in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) granting the Bangsamoro chief minister operational control and supervision over the region’s police must be removed, a lawmaker said.

Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat said putting the control of the police at the hands of the Bangsamoro chief minister is dangerous as this would give him too much power.

Dapat tanggalin ito. Iyung puder na iyon ng operational control, it is given to the municipal and city mayors. It is not even given to the provincial governor,” Lobregat said.

Lahat ng munisipyo sa Bangsamoro siya ang mag-eemploy at magde-deploy ng kapulisan? Eh talagang maging super powerful nitong chief minister na ito.”

The draft BBL being voted upon in the House ad hoc committee retains the provision giving the Bangsamoro chief minister operational control and supervision over the region’s police.

Lawmakers said the police power was already devolved in the law creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which the BBL seeks to replace with a new Bangsamoro region.

Power over the police control in the proposed region became one of the most contentious provisions in the BBL in the wake of the Mamasapano clash last January 25, where 44 elite police commandos died in a clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters.

The clash has triggered doubts towards the MILF and its intentions.

BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, listens to Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee chair, during Monday’s (May 18, 2015) hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Alonto said they stand together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.(MNS photo)

BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, listens to Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee chair, during Monday’s (May 18, 2015) hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Alonto said they stand together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.(MNS photo)

A proposal by Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon to remove the provision creating a regional command for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was thumbed down by his colleagues.

However, after initially being rejected, Biazon’s move to strike down a provision giving the Bangsamoro chief to request to the President to call upon the AFP was approved on second voting.

The controversial provision regarding the establishment of coordination protocols for the movement of the AFP in the Bangsamoro region, meanwhile, was no longer in the draft BBL that was being voted upon. (MNS)

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De Lima: 3rd batch PDAF scam cases may be filed next week
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Defense Secretary Volatire Gazmin, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas attend the 5th public hearing on the Mamasapano incident.  (MNS photo)

Defense Secretary Volatire Gazmin, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas attend the 5th public hearing on the Mamasapano incident. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday said that the filing of the third batch of cases involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam may be done next week.

According to De Lima, the final recommendation of the special investigation team created to determine who should be charged in connection with the PDAF scam will be completed next week.

The DOJ Chief gave assurances that the result of the investigation will be immediately known just like what happened in the filing of the first batch of PDAF cases, including those filed against Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile and several others.

De Lima also cited the filing of the plunder charges against the alleged PDAF scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

Napoles is the alleged “brains” behind the Php10-billion pork barrel and the Php900-million Malampaya Fund scams. (MNS)

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Kentex wants vindication, insists it was an ‘accident’
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Members of labor groups light candles on Friday as they hold a sympathy protest in Valenzuela City, in front of the gates of Kentex footwear factory. They urged the government to take legal action against the company's owners and local officials for the death of 72 workers in the fire that razed the factory. (MNS photo)

Members of labor groups light candles on Friday as they hold a sympathy protest in Valenzuela City, in front of the gates of Kentex footwear factory. They urged the government to take legal action against the company’s owners and local officials for the death of 72 workers in the fire that razed the factory. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The lawyer of Kentex Manufacturing Inc. said the company “suffered a total business loss.”

Despite this, he said the owners’ families and friends have pooled their resources together for the initial compensation of survivors and kin of the victims in the massive fire last week, said Kentex lawyer Renato Paraiso.

In a press conference, Paraiso said the company “suffered a total business loss. They have no funds to compensate the employees, but the family and their friends pooled money for the immediate relief of employees.”

Each kin and employee, whether regular or agency-employed, was given P8,000 back pay and P5,000 assistance over the weekend.

He said he has yet to look into other company assets. As it is now, he said it’s hard to communicate with family members of the owners because they were also victims of the fire.

One owner is in the hospital for third-degree burns, while another is also confined after experiencing stress and trauma.

He said the company is insured, but he has yet to see the document to be sure.

“We’re just balancing our resources and our expected obligations. If we have excess, we would give it out,” he said.

A welding activity near combustible materials has been blamed for the massive fire that killed 72 employees at the footwear factory in Valenzuela City last week.

Investigators led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are now probing whether or not the company followed work safety and labor standards.

Paraiso denied that regular employees were underpaid. He also added the company had a “certificate of compliance,” which meant that the factory followed safety standards.

“We are one with the employees in resolving this right away. We want some sort of closure and vindication that this is an accident. The only way to prove that is through the investigation,” he said.

The employees of CJC Manpower Services are a different story, however. Most have complained of receiving below-minimum wages and non-remittance of their contributions to the Social Security System.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has described Kentex as “immoral.” Agence France-Presse quoted her as saying, “they are not only illegal, they are immoral. This employer, they don’t have a sense of social responsibility.”

DOLE-NCR chief Alex Avila said their probe will look into how much Kentex and CJC owe the employees. But, “there is no amount that would be equivalent to the loss of a life.”

Avila and the other members of the DOLE panel met with Kentex on Wednesday to get necessary documents, such as the number of workers employed and proof of wage payments.

They were told that some of the documents were also burned.

Kentex was given until Friday to produce other documents.

“The basis of the probe is to also give them the chance to prove their side… In the end, DOLE wants social justice delivered in this case,” Avila said.(MNS)

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Senate urged to assess Metro Manila’s earthquake readiness
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Bartolome Bautista, deputy director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), points to the epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake which hit central Philippines on Monday Feb. 6, 2012 during a news conference at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Officials said the quake in central Philippines killed at least five people as it destroyed buildings, triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses, trapping residents and listed 29 more as missing. (MNS photo)

Bartolome Bautista, deputy director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), points to the epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake which hit central Philippines on Monday Feb. 6, 2012 during a news conference at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Officials said the quake in central Philippines killed at least five people as it destroyed buildings, triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses, trapping residents and listed 29 more as missing. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that devastated Nepal last month, Senator Bam Aquino is urging the Senate to evaluate the capacity and preparedness of government and various stakeholders in case a massive quake hits the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA).

“There is a need to assess and strengthen the capacities and preparedness of the concerned national government agencies, local government units, and partner stakeholders to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impact of a massive earthquake,” Aquino said in Senate Resolution 1354.

The government, private sector and non-government organizations must be able to fortify the safety and disaster resilience of local communities, especially in the most vulnerable areas, the senator said.

He cited Nepal’s deadly earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people and the magnitude 7.2 tremor that shook Bohol and Cebu and killed more than 200 people in 2013.

Kailangang matuto tayo sa nangyari sa Nepal, sa Cebu at Bohol. Huwag na nating hintayin pang maraming buhay ang mawala at mga ari-arian ang masira,” Aquino said.

GMMA is vulnerable to earthquakes because of the presence of a Valley Fault System composed of a 10-kilometer East Valley Fault in Rizal and a 100-kilometer West Valley Fault that runs through the cities and municipalities of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Metro Manila.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has released the Valley Fault System Atlas, a collection of large-scale maps that detail the areas near an earthquake fault.

The 2004 Metropolitan Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study showed a potential rupture of the 90-kilometer West Valley Fault would lead to heavy or partial damage to 40 percent of all residential buildings, 34,000 deaths, and 114,000 injuries, Aquino noted.

“A significant factor in ensuring earthquake safety is ensuring the ability of houses, buildings and all public infrastructure to withstand earthquakes even with magnitudes of 8 to 10,” the senator said.

There is an urgent need to audit the safety of existing and future construction projects to ensure they strictly adhere to relevant and appropriate regulations, standards and guidelines that include those under the National Building Code, the Senator noted.

Dapat nating tiyakin na tayo’y handa sa pagtama ng malakas na lindol at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng lahat,” the senator said.

Safety in terms of locations of houses and buildings must be checked against the Valley Fault System Atlas, he added.  (MNS)

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Google self-driving prototype cars to hit public roads
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This summer, a few of the prototype vehicles we’ve created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, California, with our safety drivers aboard,” said project chief Chris Urmson in a blog post. Google said its self-driving prototype cars were ready to leave the test track and hit public roads in California, in a step forward for its autonomous automobile program.

This summer, a few of the prototype vehicles we’ve created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, California, with our safety drivers aboard,” said project chief Chris Urmson in a blog post. Google said its self-driving prototype cars were ready to leave the test track and hit public roads in California, in a step forward for its autonomous automobile program.

San Francisco, United States (AFP) – Google announced Friday its self-driving prototype cars were ready to leave the test track and hit public roads in California, in a step forward for its autonomous automobile program.

The move comes after Google’s internal testing of the bubble-shaped vehicle over the past year and more extensive experience with technology adapted for existing cars.

“Now we’re announcing the next step for our project: this summer, a few of the prototype vehicles we’ve created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, California, with our safety drivers aboard,” said project chief Chris Urmson in a blog post.

“We’ve been running the vehicles through rigorous testing at our test facilities, and ensuring our software and sensors work as they’re supposed to on this new vehicle.”

The Google car uses the same technology as its fleet of Lexus SUVs which has logged some 1.6 million kilometers (one million miles).

“So the new prototypes already have lots of experience to draw on – in fact, it’s the equivalent of about 75 years of typical American adult driving experience,” Urmson said.

In Google’s home town of Mountain View, speeds will be limited to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour “and during this next phase of our project we’ll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed,” Urmson said.

“We’re looking forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with the vehicles, and to uncovering challenges that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle.”

Google said earlier this week its adapted vehicles on the road had been involved in 11 minor accidents, but that none were the fault of the technology. That included being hit from behind by other cars or side-swiped.

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