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What would a Duterte-anointed Speaker mean?

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte’s move to recommend his preferred Speaker of the House of Representatives may put the independence of the 18th Congress further at risk, analysts said in separate interviews late last week.

Angat Dam level could further drop this week

ANGAT DAM’S water level could breach its lowest level recorded at 157.57 meters this week.

Baguio to get help from Metro Manila, Davao City for traffic management center

BAGUIO CITY Mayor-elect Benjamin B. Magalong said over the weekend that “a team of experts” from Metro Manila and Davao City will help set up a command center for managing traffic congestion in the popular mountain destination.

Sicogon Island village under state of calamity due to dengue cases

THE VILLAGE of San Fernando in Sicogon Island, which is under the town of Carles in Iloilo, has been placed under a state of calamity due to a sudden spike in the number of dengue cases.

P160M fake cigarettes, machines found in Bulacan warehouses

THE BUREAU of Customs-Enforcement and Security Service (BoC-ESS) found more than P160 million worth of fake cigarettes, cigarette-making machines, and other smuggled goods stored inside two warehouses in Bulacan last June 13.

Japanese group to plant cherry blossoms in Davao City, Marawi

JAPANESE CHAMBER of Commerce-Mindanao Vice-President Takeyoshi Sumikawa has announced that they are working with Japanese agriculturist Masayuki Takahashi to plant 10,000 cherry blossom seedlings in Barangay Mintal, Davao City and in Marawi City.

CoA flags Yolanda funds for PCOO employees; National Museum’s poor management of artworks

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) flagged the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for non-liquidation of assistance funds for its 20 employees who were victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which both hit the Visayas in 2013.

ROS edges Dyip in OT

THE Rain or Shine Elasto Painters swung back into the win column in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup after holding off the Columbian Dyip, 88-86, in overtime in an out-of-town match in Batangas City on Sunday.

Back nine 28 helps Reavie to 6-shot lead at Travelers

CONNECTICUT -- A blistering seven-under-par 28 for the back nine saw Chez Reavie romp to a six-stroke lead in the third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Saturday.

Game-winning deuce gives VetHealth-Delhi Chooks-to-Go Patriot’s Cup 3×3 second-leg title

FIELDING a complete lineup, VetHealth-Delhi 3BL took down the second leg of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Patriot’s Cup presented by Coca-Cola.

Smart supports Gilas Pilipinas Youth bid at FIBA Under-19 World Cup

MEMBERS of the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team won’t have any problems keeping in touch with family and friends while representing the country in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece starting June 29. The team has been equipped with several Smart Travel WiFi units that will provide them with reliable data connectivity.

Phisgoc still recognized but only as a committee — says new POC president

THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) will continue to recognize Taguig Congressman-elect Alan Peter Cayetano as chairman of the ad hoc committee for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

NBA trade: Hawks move up to No. 4, take Hunter

LOS ANGELES -- -- The Atlanta Hawks acquired the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft from the New Orleans Pelicans for four picks, according to multiple reports an hour before Thursday’s draft was scheduled to begin.

Roger Federer downs Herbert to take a step closer to 10th Halle title

LONDON -- Roger Federer’s Wimbledon preparations gained momentum as the Swiss blasted past Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Halle Open where he is seeking a 10th title.

Citi Philippines comes on board the local Paralympic movement

THE LOCAL Paralympic movement got a new supporter in Citi Philippines, which has vowed to rally behind the country’s differently abled athletes as they compete in international events, including the 10th ASEAN Para Games here in January 2020.

Tough times ahead

Free agency in the National Basketball Association doesn’t officially start until the evening of June 30, and yet quite a few movements have already been marked as done -- or, at least, as good as done. Among them are the departures of Celtics linchpins Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, the willingness (desire, even) of top management to keep them notwithstanding. Due to an unfortunate confluence of events, a campaign that was looked upon with loads of promise this time last year instead wound up dealing tons of disappointment. Dysfunction reared its ugly head, thus making divorce all but a foregone conclusion.