One Direction, Iggy Azalea win big at 2014 American Music Awards + more things you might have missed today

The FOI bill moves to plenary hearings, Katy Perry is set to perform at the Super Bowl, and more.

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( Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.


1. One Direction and Iggy Azalea win big at 2014 American Music Awards

One Direction took home the biggest award of the night at the American Music Awards, winning Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, and Artist of the Year. Rapper Iggy Azalea, on the other hand, bagged awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop Album.


Taylor Swift was given the Dick Clark Award for Excellence, while Beyoncé won for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B album. Other winners include Sam Smith, Katy Perry, and John Legend.


2. Adobe Photoshop may soon come to Google Chrome

Avid or aspiring Photoshop users can soon get the popular image processing software running on their browsers. According to the website The Verge, Adobe has worked with the folks in Google to finally get a working version on the browser. "The application is downloaded via the Chrome Web Store, and when you open it up you’re actually connecting to a server which is running the desktop version of Photoshop CC 2014," it said.


3. Mercado admits owning resort in Palawan

Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado admitted that his family owns the Coron Underwater Garden Resort in Palawan. He, however, denied that the property is several hundred hectares as Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp claimed. He added that his ownership of the "islet" was fully documented by the Coron municipal government.



4. Katy Perry confirmed as Super Bowl halftime singer

Katy Perry will perform in the Super Bowl 49 halftime show next February, the singer and the National Football League confirmed Sunday. The gig is one of the most-watched performances of the year. The most recent Super Bowl halftime extravaganza featured Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and drew a record 111.5 million US TV viewers last February.


5. Santiago hits pork barrel presence in 2015 budget

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday criticized the proposed 2015 national budget, referring to it as having "two dangerous minefields leading to corruption" namely pork barrel funds and an "over-broad" and "vague" definition for "savings." She goes on to say in the privilege speech that "While legislative lump sums are huge, the presidential lump sum is even bigger, amounting to over P500 billion for 2015 alone."

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She also criticized the allocation of P37.3 billion for five government agencies, namely the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Commission on Higher Education.


6. Sotto questions P1-billion DOH budget for family planning

The Department of Health's (DOH) P1-billion proposed budget for family planning supplies hangs in the balance after Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III questioned the lack of certification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during Monday's budget deliberations.


The DOH is proposing a total of P1.025 billion for "family planning commodities" such as subdermal implant, medical supplies for implant insertions, combined oral contraceptive pills, injectibles, IUDs, bilateral tubal ligation, non-scalpel vasectomy, among others.



7. FOI bill moves on to plenary stage

The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill on Monday has finally hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives. This comes after the technical working group (TWG) finished consolidating the 24 versions of the FOI bill, which seeks to promote transparency and accountability in government transactions.


The bill then moves on to the plenary for second reading when it will be open for debates and amendments.


8. Roque to file complaint vs P-Noy before international court

University of the Philippines (UP) law professor Harry Roque on Monday said he is keen on filing a case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Benigno Aquino III over the slow resolution of the Maguindanao massacre case. Roque said Aquino can be held responsible over the slow pace of the trial related to the massacre, dubbed as the "worst’s largest-ever single attack against journalists."


9. 10 Geeky Items You’ll Want from Santa

Don’t finalize your Christmas wish list just yet! From Breaking Bad to Doctor Who, here are 10 fun and geeky items any fan would be ecstatic to unwrap come Christmas Day.


10. 10 Outstanding Filipino Chefs and Where They Love to Eat

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