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The Internet slammed broadcaster Noli De Castro for being "rude" to reporter Winnie Cordero during her report on Black Nazarene preparations on Monday (January 5). After Cordero’s report, De Castro commented that Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada should act on vendors who obstruct passage during the procession. Cordero was just about to clarify his concern when De Castro interrupted her and insisted that it was not implemented last year.
Viewers took to Twitter to react on the broadcast. One user said, "...its one thing to be assertive, and another to be rude. Very [unprofessional] behavior from a seasoned news reader" while another commented, "Kabayan Noli De Castro arguing with his reporter on live television. WTF! Kawawa naman si Tita Winnie!"
According to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the Senate will now be scrutinizing irregular contracts in government mass housing projects. "There are now anomalies being uncovered in his present position as chair of HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council)," Trillanes said on Monday.
Quoting government agencies, Trillanes said Binay "awarded deals to favored contractors" with supposed existing arrangements with the Pag-Ibig Fund for the construction of government housing projects, adding that they "split the earnings."
Budget carrier Cebu Pacific may face sanctions from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) over the large number of delayed and cancelled flights during the busy Christmas season, says Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya. Data submitted by the airline showed that the company had 20 cancelled flights and 288 delayed flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 from December 24 to 26. The sanctions may range from fines to suspension or even franchise revocation, according to Abaya.
Panfilo Lacson said the possibility of running for office in 2016 has nothing to do with his decision to resign as rehabilitation czar, saying, "It is irrelevant if I’m running. Timing lang na may mandatory review ’yung Congress to revisit and review RA 10121." The aforementioned law, which allows the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to address responses to disasters, is set to be reviewed by Congress.
Lacson was included among the top senatorial bets in the latest Pulse Asia Survey.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will be submitting to President Aquino a list of aged and seriously ill inmates at the New Bilibid Prison that she is recommending for pardon. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) earlier appealed to Aquino to grant executive clemency to inmates who are visitorless, indigent, sick, old or abandoned by family and relatives. De Lima earlier announced that the President’s grant of clemency will be presented "as a gift" to Pope Francis who will be visiting next week.
In an effort to strengthen its anti-crime campaign, the Philippine National Police will install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in 38 police stations and 100 crime-prone areas in Metro Manila. For every police station, three CCTVs will be strategically placed, while four CCTVs will be installed in five Police District Headquarters. As for Metro Manila, folks can expect CCTVs in public areas like malls and terminal stations by June.
Congratulations are in order for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively who welcomed their first child just before the New Year. According to a report from Page Six, Lively gave birth near the couple’s home in Bedford, New York, but so far, there hasn’t been any word on the baby’s sex. The two were married in a secret ceremony on September 2012.
It’s the first celebrity wedding of the year. Actress Cameron Diaz and musician Benji Madden have tied the knot at the former’s Beverly Hills home on Monday, after less than a year of dating. The intimate ceremony was star-studded, with a guest list that included Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Benji’s brother Joel and his wife, Nicole Richie.
Have you been eagerly awaiting the return of your favorite TV shows on cable? We know there’s just so much to catch up on, so we’ve rounded up a list of 15 series to catch this month on your small screen.
What does the new year hold for you, Spotters? We looked to the skies and they were kind enough to tell us what lies ahead in 2015. (We’re joking, by the way. Horoscopes are fun.)