PIC announces its nomination of 3rd Ocean as its exclusive global EPCM

HOUSTON, May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe (“PIC”) and its operating division in Mexico Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe Inc., Sucursal Mexico (“PICMEX”) and Third Ocean Vessel And Rig, Inc. (TOVAR) jointly announced today that following PIC’s Final Investment Decision (FID) for its US natural gas and natural gas liquids export projects […]

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Constellation Brands Announces Pricing of Tender Offers for Outstanding Series of Its 3.20% and 4.25% Senior Notes Due 2023

VICTOR, N.Y., May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it has priced the previously announced series of cash tender offers (the “Offers”) for any and all of its outstanding 3.20% Senior Notes due 2023 and 4.25% Senior Notes due 2023 (collectively, […]

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Sultan Kudarat guv bet secures TRO vs. Comelec ruling

The candidacy of Sultan Kudarat gubernatorial aspirant Datu Pax Ali Mangudadatu remains valid. On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which earlier canceled Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for allegedly failing to meet the one-year residency requirement. Copies of the TRO were shared with members of the local media Friday night. “Datu Pax Ali Mangudadatu’s candidacy remains valid, legal, and legitimate,” Mangudadatu’s lawyer, Cyrus Torreña, said in an interview Saturday. Datu Pax Ali is running to succeed his father, Governor…

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Candidate wants unified database for VAWC cases

Senatorial aspirant and former executive director of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Astravel “Astra” Pimentel, on Saturday sought a unified database for cases of violence against women and children (VAWC) in the country. Pimentel, the lone woman senatorial bet of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban), said she would push for the unification of database for VAWC cases on a national level if she gets elected to the Senate. “Kababaihan at kabataan ang aking ipaglalaban sa Senado kaya marami tayong naiisip para proteksyonan sila lalo na mula sa pang-aabuso…

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PH swimmer fails Covid-19 test in Hanoi SEA Games

Filipino-Australian swimmer Luke Michael Gebbie failed his reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Hanoi, Vietnam, according to a news release on Saturday. The Tokyo Olympian owns the national records in 50-meter freestyle (22.57 seconds), where he snared bronze, and 50-meter butterfly (24.34 seconds), both set in the 2019 SEAG in Tarlac. He was also part of the silver-medal finish of the men’s 4×100 meters freestyle relay team in the 2019 edition. Three other Filipino athletes in kickboxing initially tested positive for the Covid-19…

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People told not to overvote

Voters are advised to be careful when casting votes and avoid overvoting. Nebeth Modesto, a poll clerk who will serve in Barangay Pasong in the Municipality of Sibalom, said that voters have to carefully observe the number of candidates they should choose for a certain position. “I tried to overvote in the position of provincial board and the VCM did not read my vote or it was invalidated,” she said in an interview following the vote-counting machine (VCM) final testing and sealing (FTS) at the Sibalom Central School on Saturday.…

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Armed men rob Zambo Sur councilor at home

Gunmen divested a town councilor seeking re-election and one of his supporters of cash and valuables right at the official’s residential compound in Zamboanga del Sur, the police disclosed Saturday. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, identified the victim as Councilor Alex Aldie Amores, 51, of Tabina town and his supporter, Jeffrey Elisino, 35. The incident happened in Purok Arbor, Barangay Malim at about 10:20 a.m. Friday. Simborio said at the time of the incident, political leaders and supporters of Team Dayondon-Poloyapoy were gathering for…

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Don’t sell your votes: PACC

With just two days before the May 9 national and local elections, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) reminded the Filipino electorate not to cast their vote in exchange for money. In a Facebook post on Friday, the PACC told voters to choose candidates with a good track record and platform. “(The) PACC urges everyone to refrain from selling your votes and vote in accordance with one’s conscience and preference, based on the candidate’s platform and dedication to lead this country to a better future,” it said. The commission noted that…

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DOH to set up vaccination stations in poll precincts

The Department of Health (DOH) will set up coronavirus vaccination booths in polling precincts nationwide on election day . DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a “Laging Handa” briefing on Saturday that primary series and booster doses will be made available. “May sinet-up po tayong vaccination sites sa lahat ng polling precinct. Pagkatapos pong bumoto, maaari kayong dumiretso doon kung wala pa kayong booster o ‘di kaya’y kailangan pang kumpletuhin ang primary series (We have vaccination sites in all polling precincts. Once you are done voting, if you have…

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NTF-ELCAC calls for unity, respect on election day

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has called for unity and respect on election day. NTF-ELCAC acting spokesperson, Prosecutor Flosemer Chris Gonzales, hopes the Filipino people will respect whatever result comes out after the May 9 polls. “The future of our country is at stake. Filipinos from all walks of life will exercise their right to suffrage. After all, has been said and done. After all the hype, the drama, the adrenalin rush, the tampuhan, asaran, bardagulan, the iyakan, the sigawan (the grouch, crying, shouting),…

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Cebu power utility firm, workers’ union sign 5-year CBA

The management of Cebu’s biggest power distributor, Visayan Electric Co. (Veco), and its employees’ union have signed a 5-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA), marking a milestone for the labor sector here. Engr. Mark Anthony Kindica, head of the management panel, said negotiations for the 2022-2026 CBA were by far the most peaceful and harmonious the firm has experienced. “This was a milestone for Visayan Electric but we still have so much to do in terms of strengthening the relationship with VECEU (Visayan Electric Co. Employees Union). This is just the…

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Isko Moreno miting de avance celebration of life, hope

Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will go back to his roots on Saturday when he holds his miting de avance at Moriones Linear Park in Tondo, Manila. Domagoso said the Aksyon Demokratiko event that will start at 4 p.m. will be a show of gratitude and a celebration of life, hope, and courage. In a statement, he said he wants to bring a message of hope to his former neighbors that development and prosperity are attainable through good governance. “Utang ng loob ko sa mga taga-Tondo kung nasaan…

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C. Luzon gun ban nets over 2.7K firearms, 321 arrested

Some 2,791 assorted firearms, deadly weapons, and explosives were seized in Central Luzon since the start of the implementation of the gun ban on January 9, this year. Brig. Gen. Matthew P. Baccay, regional director of the PRO-3, said on Saturday a total of 1,302 various firearms, 1,401 deadly weapons, and 88 grenades were confiscated during the Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoint operations. Authorities also nabbed 321 individuals, he said. “The entire Central Luzon police force has been going hammer and tongs in the enforcement of the gun ban. May…

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Pacquiao says ‘poor’ voters will propel him to presidency

Senator Manny Pacquiao expects to be elected as president on Monday through the support of the poor sector which he said is made up of about 30 million. In his grand rally outside a mall at the North Reclamation Area in this capital city on Friday, he told the crowd that more than 30 million people are secretly supporting his bid and will be entitled to his “pabahay” (housing) program. “Tahimik lang tayo. Ang akong mga botante katong mga pobre. Ang kanang saba diha sa social media kanang mga datu…

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Liquor ban takes effect May 8-9

As part of measures to secure Monday’s national and local elections, a liquor ban will be implemented across the country on May 8 and 9 as the Philippine National Police (PNP) reminds the public of election rules and other prohibited acts. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released Resolution No. 10746 imposing the prohibition on selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, or taking intoxicating liquor during the identified period. “Anyone found violating any of the provisions may face the penalty of imprisonment of not less than one year but not more…

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PCG dubs newest, largest vessel ‘BRP Teresa Magbanua’

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has formally commissioned its newest and largest vessel “BRP Teresa Magbanua”, a 97-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV) made by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Japan. During the commissioning ceremony on Friday, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade highlighted how the newest addition to the PCG fleet would boost its capability to perform “humanitarian” missions and address its “safety concerns and commitments” in Philippine waters. The new vessel, with the designation MRRV-9701, has a maximum speed of 24 knots and an endurance of 4,000 nautical miles. It is…

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21-year-old wins Miss Ilocos Norte 2022

A 21-year-old beauty here has bested 22 other contestants in the annual search for Miss Ilocos Norte held at the Laoag Centennial Arena on Friday evening. Keith Alawag is a micro-influencer and budding actress who has been recently included in an upcoming movie entitled “Seasons”, which is top-billed by Carlo Aquino and Lovie Poe. Alawag is oozing with beauty and confidence as she claimed the major Sirib award as well as best in terno and swimwear. As this year’s queen of the north, she will be representing the province in…

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Belgica vows continuation of localized peace talks

Senatorial aspirant and former Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairperson Greco Belgica on Saturday vowed to pursue localized peace initiatives to end communist insurgency in the country. If he wins in the May 9 senatorial race, Belgica said he would continue the local peace engagement initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. “Kapag po niloob ng Diyos na tayo ay mahalal sa pagkasenador, atin pong isusulong ang peace talks sa ating mga komunidad. Ito po ay mabisang paraan upang mas maintindihan ng ating gobyerno kung ano ang kanilang mga pangangailangan na hindi natutugunan…

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Voters must be safe, free in choosing candidates: DavOcc guv

The death of a village chief in Davao del Sur, gunned down because of suspected election-related issues, is an incident that should not happen again. Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista thus appealed on Saturday for peaceful, free, and honest elections on May 9. In a video message to the media, Bautista said voters should be free to choose their leaders, whose focus should be on the welfare of the people. “I am asking for you to unite for peaceful and clean elections,” Bautista added. “I am asking leaders not to…

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Comelec discards more than 930K ballots

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday began destroying defective official and roadshow ballots and other accountable forms at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City. Commissioner George Garcia headed the destruction of 933,311 ballots, including 586,988 official ones. The roadshow ballots were used in testing the vote-counting machines. The official ballots destroyed have smudges, wrong color, wrong size, and improperly cut, among other defects. The ballots were fed to the industrial cutting machines and will be disposed of after the May 9 national and local elections (NLE). The…

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Choose a worthy leader, Ping tells Caviteños

Presidential candidate, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, on Friday night reminded voters of Cavite’s role as the birthplace of the republic, urging them to be patriotic reformers like the revolutionaries of the past by choosing a worthy leader. Speaking before a crowd of about 50,000 who attended his and vice presidential running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s grand rally at the Verdant Square in Carmona, Cavite, Lacson called for a “silent revolution”. “Nananawagan ako sa inyo. Inaanyayahan ko kayo na maglunsad tayo ng isang rebolusyon. Hindi po rebolusyon na…

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Army steps up info drive to counter CPP-NPA recruitment

The Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB) is stepping up its information and education campaign to counter the recruitment efforts of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), particularly among students. Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto Jr., acting commanding officer of 91IB, said on Saturday they will not sit down in the conduct of the information drive until all students, parents, and teachers are aware of the deceptive propaganda of the CPP-NPA. Recto said the 91IB troops held lectures to some 104 students of the Aurora State…

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Nayong Pilipino, DOH promote mental health through green space

The Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) has partnered with the Department of Health (DOH) in a tree planting activity on Friday to bring mental health benefits to all. The noise, pollution, overcrowding, and the series of lockdowns appear to be taking a toll on our mental health. Thus, continuing tree planting activities will help our communities to stay afloat during and after the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis. Through the NPF’s project “Sambayanihan”, a series of activation activities for the physical development of the 9.5-hectare property in the Entertainment City in…

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Be ready to fight illegal drugs, PRRD advises Baste

President Rodrigo Duterte advised his youngest son, this city’s Acting Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, that he must be ready to fight illegal drug activities if he wins in the May 9 elections. The President showed up here Friday night for the Hugpong ng Pagbabago miting de avance that includes his son, who is seeking to succeed his sister and vice presidential candidate, Sara. He said deaths may happen along the way and reiterated his stand that illegal drugs should never be tolerated. “I have seen it. Illegal drugs cause families…

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EU colors to light up Rizal Park for Europe Day

The Rizal Monument and the Musical Dancing Fountain in Rizal Park will be illuminated in the European Union flag blue and yellow colors on Sunday in celebration of Europe Day. Europe Day is a celebration of peace and unity held every May 9, which also marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman Declaration’ that set out the idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. The declaration led to the establishment of the European Communities, now the European Union of 27 European countries founded on the values of…

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Senate post-election proceedings to air live

The Senate will take advantage of digital technology by broadcasting live for the first time the arrival and deposit of all election documents. Senate Secretary Myra Marie Villarica said the whole process of receiving the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) and Election Returns (ERs) for the presidential and vice presidential race will be live-streamed on Monday via the Senate YouTube channel starting at 6 p.m. “We are taking this opportunity to advance our digital initiatives and ensure transparency of the entire activity,” Villarica said in a statement. She said there will…

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Taguig residents hail new ‘super’ health center

Residents of Barangay Lower Bicutan and nearby villages in Taguig City Friday expressed their gratitude to the local government unit for giving them a super or fully equipped health center that could assist them in medical emergencies. The new Taguig Health Center will give Barangay Lower Bicutan and residents of nearby barangays easier access to Taguig’s health-centric initiatives and programs more conveniently. Resident Vince Michael Baluyot, 39, a father of two and a BPO employee, said the activation of the super health center is a blessing to his family. “Hindi…

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