Discipline, this is what the country needs

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12:03 AM June 20th, 2015 Davao City

Mayor Rodrigo DuterteOne of the biggest supporters of a bid to push Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for President next year got a taste of what a Duterte administration would be like on a larger scale after he was apprehended for smoking and made to pay a fine. Jimmy Cabrera, of Grand Regal Hotel, was apprehended for smoking on a vacant lot near the Reggae Grill of the Pryce Plaza in the city on Saturday, according to Leo Villareal, head of the city government’s information office. Villareal said Cabrera was at a concert organized by Musicians and Artists for Duterte at the Reggae Grill, a fundraising event for Duterte, and mistook the vacant lot near the venue as a smoking area. ADVERTISEMENT Cabrera was accosted by policemen and did not protest when told he violated the city’s smoking ban. Cabrera, Villareal added, admitted his mistake. He was made to pay P500 in fine as a first time violator and required to attend smoking cessation counseling sessions.

Philippines Elections 2016

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ElectionsDavao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ranked third anew in the June survey with 15 percent from 12 percent in March.

Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada were tied in fourth place with 10 percent each.

The survey, conducted from May 30 to June 5, covered 1,200 respondents, 18 years old and above. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The respondents were asked, “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were held today and they were candidates?”

Also on the list were Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago (6 percent from 9 percent) and Alan Peter Cayetano (2 percent from 3 percent) and former Sen. Panfilo Lacson (2 percent from 1 percent). 

12 Filipinos in Forbes’ 2015 billionaires’ list

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Richest People PHP 2MANILA, Philippines – Nine of them were in the 2014 list, a retail power couple returns, plus a former senator join the ranks of Filipinos in the Forbes billionaires’ list for 2015. From 97th in 2014’s ranking, mall magnate Henry Sy, 90, climbed to 73rd spot in the list of the world's 1826 billionaires. Sy still remains the richest man in the Philippines. His net worth of $14.2 billion is due to the continuous growth of his SM Investments Corporation, the largest retailer in the Philippines with over 200 individual outlets around the country.

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Filipino Chess Prodigy Alekhine Nouri

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Alekhine NouriLAS VEGAS, Nevada

Nine-year-old Filipino chess prodigy Alekhine Nouri beat the March 31 deadline and will compete in the 2015 Millionaire Chess Open scheduled in October at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The child prodigy from Escalante, Negros, created a sensation last year when he jumped two sections to finish strongly in the Under 1900 Section. He has moved up to the U2000 this year. First place offers $30,000 in this section, but focus will be in the Open Section, in which grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So are anticipated to battle for the $100,000 top prize.

OFWs not to sacrifice their safety in exchange for a better pay

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Bishop Ruperto SantosThe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has asked the faithful to pray for the safety and immediate release of the four Filipinos workers who were recently abducted in Libya. “I ask all to join us in praying for the safety of the abdicated Filipinos and for their immediate release,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP-ECMI, said in an interview.