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Pope Francis appoints new Capiz archbishop

MANILA: Pope Francis has named Bishop Victor Bendico as the new Archbishop of Capiz.   Bendico’s appointment as the new head of the Archdiocese of Capiz was made public in Rome on Friday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.   Before this new appointment, the 63-year-old Bendico has been serving as bishop of the Diocese of Baguio since 2017.   He will be the fourth archbishop of Capiz.   The Capiz archdiocese has been “sede vacante,” a term for the state of a diocese without a bishop, for two years after it was vacated in 2021 by

Ginebra bludgeons Phoenix to stay in Top 4 race

MANILA: Ginebra’s chances of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals got a major boost after drubbing Phoenix, 109-89, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Friday night.   The Gin Kings smothered the Fuel Masters in the second quarter, outscoring them, 31-9, to build a 59-30 half-time lead.   Phoenix somehow got its offense going in the third quarter with a 39-point blast, but it was not enough to pull off a comeback.   Christian Standhardinger came close to a triple-double with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists, alongside one steal for Ginebra,

Trough of LPA, ‘amihan’ to bring rains over PH

MANILA: The trough of low pressure area (LPA) and northeast monsoon or “amihan” will continue to affect the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.   In its 4 a.m. bulletin, the weather bureau said Visayas, Mindanao and the southern portion of Palawan including Kalayaan Islands will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to trough of LPA.   PAGASA said the LPA is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and though it may reenter PAR in the following days, the LPA has a slim chance of developing into a

Chinese biz deals to generate jobs; allow transfer of technology

MANILA: The USD22.8-billion investment pledges President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. secured in his three-day state visit to China from Jan. 3 to 5 are expected to generate thousands of jobs and allow the transfer of technology to the country.   “It’s certainly going to produce many, many jobs, when the investments come into play, when they start their operations,” the President said in a media interview in Beijing.   “Mag-uumpisa pa ‘yan sa (That will start in) training… capacity building— doon sa magiging empleyado nila (of their future employees) … that will be starting very soon,” Marcos added.   Chinese

Centino gets full support from AFP major services

MANILA: As he returned to the helm of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Gen. Andres Centino received assurances of full support from the heads of the institution’s major services.   Centino formally assumed his post as the AFP’s 59th Chief-of-Staff at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City last Saturday. He replaced Lt. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro.   In a statement, the Philippine Army (PN) said its various units provided ceremonial honors during the AFP change of command.   Centino had served as the Army’s commanding general from May 14 to Dec. 10, 2021.   “The Saluting Battery of the Army Artillery

Red Cross provides medical aid to Black Nazarene devotees

MANILA: The Philippine Red Cros (PRC) has been providing medical assistance to devotees joining the initial activities, including the “Walk of Faith”, that lead to the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday.   The PRC has set up first aid stations and deployed medical personnel and volunteers who, as of 9 a.m. Sunday, checked and monitored the blood pressure of 101 devotees.   In a news release, the PRC said 21 devotees with minor injuries (e.g., abrasion, chest pain, abdominal pain, and concussion) received first aid treatment from PRC medical staff while one unconscious patient was

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