Opposition to death penalty seen in Senate

By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III vowed to allow thorough debates on the proposals to revive the death penalty as he expects stiff opposition despite its being pushed by President Duterte. Pimentel office/Released
MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III vowed to allow thorough debates on the proposals to revive the death penalty as he expects stiff opposition despite its being pushed by President Duterte.

Don't work with Baron, PAMI orders members


MANILA, Philippines — A talent managers' group has released a statement condemning the "disgusting act and behavior" of ex-matinee idol Baron Geisler, who came under fire after urinating on fellow actor Ping Medina while shooting a movie scene.
The group has ordered its members to not work with Geisler.
On Saturday, the Professional Artist Managers Inc. (PAMI) led by president June Torrejon-Rufino, responded Medina's complaint. PAMI said the decision on Geisler's case was unanimous.
PAMI added that Geisler's manager, Arnold Vegafria, assured the group that he will refuse to accept projects until Geisler is "mentally fit" and "psychologically stable."

Last Monday, Medina vented his anger on Facebook after Geisler peed on him on the set of "Bubog," an indie film by Arlyn Dela Cruz.
Geisler said he warned Medina that he would go off-script. Both Medina and Dela Cruz have dismissed Geisler's claims.
Geisler has since apologized to both parties.
Meanwhile, PAMI also urged its members to inhibit themselves from working with Dela Cruz.
Lolit Solis and Leo Dominguez, managers of some of the most popular local actors, are two of the members of PAMI.
In a formal complaint he filed to PAMI, Vegafria said the director could have stopped the incident from happening.

"As always, PAMI is together with the industry in aspiring for a healthy, safe and professional working environment," PAMI said.
Below is the full statement from PAMI:
"The Professional Artist Managers, Inc. (PAMI) has called for an emergency meeting in response to the letter of complaint received from actor Ping Medina dated 30 November 2016 regarding an incident that happened during the shooting of a scene for the film 'Bubog,' involving his co-actor, Baron Geisler.
"Ping Medina wrote that 'Baron urinated on my torso and face without my permission.' PAMI strongly condemns this disgusting act and behavior of Geisler.
"After a thorough discussion and deliberation during the meeting, in the presence of Geisler's manager and PAMI member, Arnold Vegafria, PAMI unanimously arrived at the decision to inhibit all our artists from working with Geisler in any movie and television projects for an indefinite period.
"PAMI received Vegafria's assurance that he will refuse to accept any projects until such time that Geisler is mentally fit and psychologically stable to resume his work as an actor.

"In addition, Vegafria filed a formal complaint questioning the capacity of the movie's producer/director, Arlyn Dela Cruz, to exercise control and assume full responsibility on the set, that could have prevented this regrettable incident to happen.
"As managers, when we send our artists to the set, it is with our complete trust that the producer and director will protect and ensure the safety of our artists. Therefore, we have also unanimously agreed to inhibit all our artists from accepting any projects involving Arlyn Dela Cruz.
"As always, PAMI is together with the industry in aspiring for a healthy, safe and professional working environment." 

Tuyo vendor gets standing ovation from Yeng on 'Tawag'


MANILA -- Nestor Mateo received a standing ovation from judge Yeng Constantino for his rendition of the soul classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" on "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on Monday.

The 67-year-old got a total score of 94.8% to nab his second win as he defeated daily winner Elvira Alejandro, who got 90% for her performance of "Never Never Never" by Shirley Bassey.
A former singer, Mateo will return to the "It's Showtime" stage on Tuesday to get his his third win. He needs five wins to automatically qualify for the contest's semifinal round. 

Miss Universe tickets to cost P8,000 to P50,000

By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | 

In this photo, eleven Miss Universe bets poses with Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach, Paula Shugart of Miss Universe Organization and former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said the official selling of tickets for the 65th international pageant will start on December 20. She said the prices of the VIP ticket would be more or less $1,000 each or roughly P50,000 but the cheapest or the general admission section ticket might costs around $160 or P8,000.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Miss Universe Organization also said Monday that the ongoing online sales of tickets costing P12,000 for the 65th Miss Universe pageant are not legitimate.

Teo said the tickets for the VIP section are already limited but there might be sections available in between general admission and the VIP sections.

“So far, ‘yung sa baba halos naubos na ng Miss Universe [organization] so 200 tickets na lang ‘yung available,” Teo told the reporters during a press briefing.

The Tourism chief said the tickets for the pageant would be sold at the official website of Miss Universe and at SM Tickets. She stressed that no reservations would be allowed.

“Book and buy na rin once you ano you have to pay right away hindi puwedeng book and reserve,” she said.

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The Tourism department would also announce the details on the tour package with Miss Universe candidates next week. Teo said they are still readying the package which would include tours with the bets in the provinces of Davao, Cebu, Palawan, Legaspi, Vigan and Manila.

Eleven Miss Universe candidates who arrived in the country last Friday, said they enjoyed their visit to Siargao last Sunday. They are now touring Intramuros, Manila and will visit Cebu on Tuesday.

They were Miss Australia Caris Emily Tiivel, Miss China Lee Zhenying (Joyce), Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Malaysia Kiranmeet Kaur Balijeet Singh, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Tun, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Cikita Warouw, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina.

"I'm proud that the girls had a great time. It's just a preview of what will happen next. Girls, enjoy, it's a once in a lifetime experience," reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said.

Undersecretary for DOT public affairs, communications and special projects Kat De Castro earlier said the agency has been receiving massive inquiries on tickets’ availability and rates for the VIP and general admission. 


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