Unregistered, celebrity-backed ‘Lyka’ told to cease operations by BSP

MANILA, Philippines—The central bank on Friday (July 23) ordered popular social media-based platform Lyka—which counts as endorsers celebrities Ivana Alawi, Pia Wurtzbach, Coco Martin and Nadine Lustre, among others—to cease its services in the Philippines for being an unregistered payment system operator. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it also “invited” Lyka to register itself with the regulator as required by Republic Act No. 11127 or…

Asia Minute: Duterte’s Long Goodbye in Manila

The president of the Philippines now has less than a year left in office. He gave a nationally televised address to the country on Monday—with a familiar tone of confrontation—and controversy. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte set a record this week for the longest annual State of the Nation Address to the Philippine Congress since Ferdinand Marcos left office in 1986. It was Duterte’s last, although he’s considering a run for…

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces

MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents in the capital, Manila, out of low-lying communities on Saturday as heavy monsoon rains, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces. The national disaster agency said about 15,000 people, most of them from a flood-prone Manila suburb, had moved into evacuation centres. “We decided to evacuate early,” said Luzviminda Tayson, 61. “We don’t want the…

US celebrity chefs pay $600,000 over sexual harassment

posted July 24, 2021 at 09:40 pmby  AFP US celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich agreed to pay $600,000 in a settlement to 20 former employees over sexual harassment allegations, the New York Attorney General said Friday.A four-year investigation launched after accusations of sexual harassment were leveled against Batali concluded that “more than 20 employees were subjected to a hostile work environment in which female and male employees were…

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits south of the Philippine capital

* Quake strong but not yet destructive – seismology agency chief * Residents in the capital wake up to quake * Philippines experiences frequent quakes MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, which had a depth of 116 kilometres (72.08…

FAMOUS: ‘Caught In the Act’ interview with Director Perry Escano

Director Perry Escaño In an exclusive virtual interview with “Caught in the Act” writer and director Perry Escaño, he revealed that he is one filmmaker who believes that the Filipino talent in film production is world-class given the right budget and equipment. “This film (Caught in the Act) shows how gifted Filipinos are when it comes to high technology development and production. The video promotes positive Filipino characteristics such as…

‘My Roommate Is a Gumiho’ actor tests positive for COVID-19

King Kang-min One of the actors in the recently concluded Korean drama “My Roommate Is a Gumiho” has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The agency Initial Entertainment made the announcement on July 22 about 25-year-old actor Kim Kang-min, who played the role of Jung Seok in “My Roommate Is a Gumiho,” which starred Jang Ki-yong and Lee Hyeri. “Actor Kim Kang-min, a member of our company, was diagnosed…

Radio blocktime commentator shot dead in Cebu City

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — A radio blocktime commentator was gunned down on Thursday morning, just after his program in Cebu City. Veteran commentator Reynante “Rey” Cortes was shot dead in front of DYRB-AM radio station along N. Bacalso Avenue in Mambaling, according to Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, who was also at the radio station hosting his own show at the time of the shooting. Cortes was…

Philippines: Asia Cannot Afford South China Sea War

Asia cannot afford to go to war over territorial rivalries in the South China Sea, the Philippines Defense Secretary said Wednesday ahead of a visit by his new U.S. counterpart to Southeast Asia next week. Delfin Lorenzana is expected to discuss South China Sea-related issues when he and American Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet in Manila on July 29 and 30 after Austin visits Singapore and Vietnam, the first trip…

Philippine Coast Guard Challenges Chinese Warship in South China Sea

The Philippine Coast Guard said Monday it had challenged a Chinese warship that entered the country’s territorial waters in the South China Sea last week but eventually sailed away. The BRP Cabra was patrolling near Marie Louise Bank – about 147 nautical miles (87 km) off the coast of El Nido town in Palawan province – when it spotted the Chinese ship on July 13, the Coast Guard said.  The…