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Trump swipes at Flake on Twitter, calling his career 'toast'

Flake caught on hot mic talking about Trump 01:12

(CNN)President Donald Trump slammed Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter on Sunday evening, calling his political career "toast" after he was caught on mic criticizing the President and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at an event on Friday.

Flake was hosting a town hall event at aerospace company GECO in Mesa, Arizona, and was fielding questions about the Republican tax reform plan and a possible 2020 run against Trump when the incident occurred.
After an hour of discussion, Flake stepped off the stage without removing the microphone on his lapel, which was still feeding to the TV cameras in the back of the room. 
a Mayor John Giles, Flake said if the GOP becomes "the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast."
Trump hit back Sunday using the senator's own words, tweeting, "Sen. Jeff Flake(y)" will "be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is 'toast.'"
Flake's office responded late Sunday to Trump's assertion that he would vote against the GOP tax bill. 
"Senator Flake is still reviewing the tax reform bill on its merits," his spokesman, Jason Samuels, told CNN. "How he votes on it will have nothing to do with the President."
The latest dust-up between the two comes as Republicans try to hold onto every vote as they push to pass the GOP's tax plan. The House passed their version of the legislation along party lines last week. But the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim two-seat majority. 
Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson has said he opposes the current Senate version, but has said he wants to negotiate changes in order to support the bill, and a handful of other Republican senators -- including Flake and Susan Collins, of Maine -- have raised concerns. 
Flake told CNN last month that he wasn't going to vote for just any tax bill if he thought it was fiscally irresponsible. 
Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate that senators have included in the bill should be removed. She added that she thought more could be done in the legislation to help those earning lower and middle incomes.
"It benefits people of all tax brackets, but what I want to do is to skew more of that relief to middle- and low-income families," Collins told anchor Jake Tapper.
Republican leaders have vowed to get a tax bill to the President's desk by the end of the year.
Flake was critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign and has clashed with the President regularly over the past year, criticisms he wrote about in his book, "Conscience of a Conservative."
The senator announced last month that he would not run for reelection next year, delivering a blistering speech on the Senate floor that bemoaned the "coarsening" tenor of politics in the United States.
In the speech, Flake denounced the "complicity" of his own party in what he called an "alarming and dangerous state of affairs" under Trump, blaming the President for setting the tone. In his speech, Flake assailed a "flagrant disregard for truth or decency" and attacked a "regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms."
Flake's political fortunes suffered as a result of his long-running feud with Trump. Private polls conducted by Republican and Democratic groups in Arizona, sources with those groups said, showed him on track to lose badly in next August's Republican primary to challenger Kelli Ward.

Jeffrey Tambor May Be Leaving 'Transparent' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

"I don't see how I can return," said Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor. As Amazon Studios investigates two allegations against the actor, no official decision has been made about Tambor's future with the show.

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Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has announced he may be leaving the hit Amazon series after two women accused him of sexual harassment.

Tambor continues to deny the allegations leveled this month by one of his co-stars on the show and by his former assistant. But the actor intimated his departure from the show, in a statement provided to NPR, due to a recent "politicized atmosphere" on the set.

"Playing Maura Pfefferman on 'Transparent' has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," Tambor said. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to 'Transparent.' "

According to Deadline, which first broke the news on Sunday, the first allegation against Tambor was made by his former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes. In a private Facebook post earlier this month, Barnes claimed her former boss, without naming Tambor, had sexually harassed and groped her, prompting Amazon Studios officials to open an investigation into the matter.

Just more than a week later, his transgender co-star Trace Lysette released a statement that Tambor "made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical." She proceeds to describe an instance in which he pressed up against the actress and "began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth" against her, in between filming.

In response to the allegations, Tambor admitted he "can be volatile and ill-tempered ... But I have never been a predator – ever." 

When news dropped of the network's investigation, Deadline reports that Transparent writers considered writing Tambor's central character Maura out of the upcoming fifth season.

Still, Tambor has yet to officially quit the show. His manager clarifies in the statement, "At this point, no final decision about next season has been made by either Jeffrey or Amazon."

Charles Manson, cult leader and serial killer who terrified nation, dies at 83

 

Charles Manson, the fiery-eyed cult master whose lemming-like followers staged a bloody two-night murder rampage in Los Angeles in 1969 that gripped the city with fear and shocked the nation, died on Nov. 19 at a hospital in Kern County, Calif. He was 83. 

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed the death by email, saying he died of natural causes. Mr. Manson, who was serving a life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran, Calif., had had health problems in recent years and was hospitalized in January for gastrointestinal bleeding, according to news reports.

The sheer incomprehensibility of the acts — mutilation and ritual stabbings of seven victims, among them rising Hollywood starlet Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant by her movie director husband, Roman Polanski — left the public aghast and police investigators stumped for months.

For many, Mr. Manson and his ragtag entourage of runaways, two-bit criminals and blindly loyal worshipers also symbolized the dark, even contradictory, excesses of the drug-driven, free-love ’60s, especially in California.

There, Mr. Manson and his so-called “family” members wandered the countryside, scavenging, stealing and preparing for an apocalyptic race war prophesied by their leader and dubbed “Helter Skelter” after the Beatles song.

Charles Manson in 2014. (AP)

A prelude to the conflagration was the slaughter of the seven victims in two affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods. Orchestrated by Mr. Manson on two successive nights in August 1969, the seemingly random killings were calculated to hasten the race war by making them appear committed by black militants. That in turn, he told his followers, would stir white sentiment against blacks, triggering widespread violence by blacks.

The scheme bore surface plausibility with the rash of urban explosions throughout the 1960s, culminating in the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and nationwide rioting.

Investigators, however, said the attacks also appeared motivated, at least in part, by Mr. Manson’s uncontrolled rage in the weeks leading up to the murders, when Hollywood agents rejected his self-proclaimed musical talents.

The slayings — known collectively as the Tate-LaBianca murders — led to the arrest and conviction of Mr. Manson and four of his followers in 1971. All were sentenced to death in the California gas chamber, but the sentences were reduced to life in 1972 when the state Supreme Court abolished the death penalty.

Over the years, the Helter Skelter massacres, as they were often described, attained macabre folklore dimensions, generating books, songs, movies and even an opera.

Mr. Manson transfixed the nation with his roving, luminous eyes and courtroom theatrics during the months-long trial in which he and three female followers — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — were convicted. A fourth family member, Charles “Tex” Watson, was convicted in a separate trial.

Mr. Manson and the women, as well as family supporters outside the courtroom, repeatedly disrupted the proceedings with antics, shouting often unintelligible slogans and chanting protests in unison. Once, Mr. Manson was restrained by bailiffs when he lunged at the judge.

“Look at yourselves,” he shouted another time, glaring at the spectators. “You’re going to destruction.”

Vincent Bugliosi, the hard-charging deputy district attorney who prosecuted Mr. Manson, described the Manson name as “a metaphor for evil.”

Mr. Manson was a study in stark contrasts. Small and scrawny, he was also charismatic and held an almost hypnotic power over his followers, especially women. Some believed he was divine.

Investigators, academic researchers and journalists found him alternately erratic and focused, a proficient guitarist, a lover of animals, a racist and anti-Semite with a left-leaning hatred of the “establishment” and corporate America and bitterness over his rejection by the music celebrity world of Hollywood.

He was not crazy, but he could fake it and had an insatiable need to control others, prompting him to recruit naive and malleable acolytes to his family, according to behavioralists who studied his life.

“Basically, Manson was a coward,” Eric Hickey, dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University, told Maclean’s magazine in 2012. “He was the kind of guy who had other people do his bidding, and I think he really enjoyed taking advantage of people who were gullible.”

Charles Milles Manson was born on Nov. 12, 1934, in Cincinnati, the son of an unmarried 16-year-old girl who supported herself on petty crime.

He never knew his father, and with his mother periodically jailed, he was shunted among various relatives in small-town West Virginia and Kentucky. He began engaging in petty theft himself and ended up in a series of foster homes and reformatories.

His education stopped at the seventh grade. While only sketchily literate, he scored a high-normal IQ of 121 while in prison.

He married twice, first to a teenage waitress, Rosalie Willis, in 1955, divorcing in 1958. Then in 1959 he married a woman with a prostitution record named Leona “Candy” Stevens, according to prison records. That union also ended in divorce. A son from his first marriage, Charles Manson Jr., who renamed himself Jay White, committed suicide in 1993. He had a son from his second marriage, Charles Luther Manson. He may have other children.

Mr. Manson drifted to California in the mid-1960s, was drawn to the beads-and-hippie scene in San Francisco and later Los Angeles. He began gathering a loose following of devotees, many of them disillusioned and confused youngsters from across the socioeconomic spectrum.

He attempted to ingratiate himself with the Hollywood glitterati, using his guitar and songwriting as a wedge, and was briefly befriended by Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson, record producer Terry Melcher, son of actress Doris Day, and others. He managed to get one song on the Beach Boys’ album “20/20” in 1968. It was titled “Cease to Exist” but revised and retitled “Never Learn Not to Love” by Wilson. Little else came of his efforts, leaving him angry and bitter.

Meanwhile, his followers, ranging loosely from a handful to a few dozen, encamped at various sites, abiding by his strict rules of communal living, including mandatory group sex and drug use.

“We took hundreds of [LSD] trips together,” Krenwinkel said in a 1994 prison interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News. Of group sex, she said, “It was always very planned because it was a means of control.”

Women were entirely subordinate to men. They turned over their money to Mr. Manson. “The women did the cooking . . . The men ate first and the women got what was left,” wrote Jeff Guinn, journalist and author of “Manson — The Life and Times of Charles Manson.”

Four children were born into the family, at least one fathered by Mr. Manson.

It was during this time in the late 1960s that his vision of racial Armageddon jelled as well, guided, he asserted, by biblical prophecy and coded language in the Beatles’ White Album in such songs as “Helter Skelter,” “Blackbird” and “Piggies.”

During the war, in which blacks would overcome whites, he preached, his followers would go underground with him in Death Valley, then rise again to take over leadership from the victorious blacks.

On the night of Aug. 9, 1969, the first of two family teams entered an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood, targeting a home formerly rented by Melcher. Mr. Manson knew Melcher had moved but picked the house assuming it would be tenanted by people similarly wealthy, influential and deserving of death.

The team forced its way in, repeatedly beating, stabbing and shooting Tate and three friends — coffee heiress Abigail Folger, her boyfriend Voytek Frykowski, and celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring. A fourth victim, Steve Parent, an acquaintance of the property’s caretaker, was shot in his car outside the house. Polanski was abroad at the time.

Late the next night, Aug. 10, another family team drove to a second upscale neighborhood where Mr. Manson picked a house adjacent to one where he and friends had partied earlier that year. The group broke in and with ritual savagery killed Leno LaBianca, a grocery store chain operator, and his wife, Rosemary.

At both houses, the intruders smeared bloody slogans on walls and furnishings — “Death to Pigs,” “Rise” — as well as a telltale Black Panther paw print to mislead police.

Investigators were stymied for months. They got their break when Atkins, jailed in connection with an unrelated murder, confided to cellmates about the Tate-LaBianca slayings, and word reached officials. Fingerprint and ballistics evidence at the scene confirmed Atkins’s assertions. Mr. Manson, also in custody on unrelated charges, was quickly indicted.

Prosecutors depicted Mr. Manson as the meticulous mastermind of the murders, and while family members acknowledged his planning role, they said he did not participate in the killings. The jury nevertheless found him equally culpable under California’s joint-responsibility rule.

Mr. Manson spent his years behind bars answering mountains of mail, weaving scorpions and spiders from string and granting occasional TV interviews. As he aged, his eyes dulled, his scraggly hair and beard whitened and the swastika carved on his forehead began to fade.

Atkins died in prison in 2009 at 61.

Charlie Rose, in an Emmy Award-winning interview on the CBS “Nightwatch” news show in 1987, asked Mr. Manson for his reaction to the public perception of him as a “monster.”

His answer: “What you see is what you get.”

 

 

Elon Musk teases TED crowd with Tesla electric truck

Image: Twitter/@JMBooyah
In a recently held TED talk at the 2017 TED Conference in Vancover, Elon Musk revealed some of the things that he’s been working on apart from getting people to Mars. One of which is an electric semi-truck.
TechCrunch reports that Musk did not actually make a great reveal, though he shared a shadowy image of Tesla’s forthcoming electric semi-truck.
Even with just a silhouette, it’s rather easy to spot the unmistakable image of a truck, except that this one appears to have more curves, and is more streamlined. This will likely help keep drag down and help the electric engine push the large vehicle more efficiently.

Musk mentioned on stage that the truck will be a “spry” vehicle that can be driven like a sports car. The CEO even attests that he himself has driven the prototype.
The electric truck is set to be fully unveiled sometime in September. Musk claims that it will be able to stand alongside, and possibly even outperform, its diesel-powered counterparts.
Additionally, Musk mentioned that four new Gigafactory sites will be announced before 2017 ends. Alfred Bayle/JB

Revolutionary gov't remark not an outright statement, Duterte insists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, expresses the country's continuing commitment to building a strong and resilient ASEAN Community. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte clarified that he would only declare a revolutionary government if “things go out of control” and the government is in danger of being overthrown violently.
 
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Duterte accused the media of “chopping” his statements and leaving out the condition that would warrant such declaration.
 
 
"Revolutionary? Then we should have a revolution first then… Until there is a revolution ‘yung ma-ano, malabo (it is unlikely),” the president told reporters in Davao City Saturday.
 
“You are always shortchanged of quotations. I said before and I repeat now, and I know it would not be taken into account again. I said if things go out of control at tumagilid ‘yung gobyerno, ‘yun ang predicate ko (and the government is placed at risk, that is my predicate). It was not an outright statement,” he added.
 
 
Earlier, Duterte said he would set up a revolutionary government and declare all state posts vacant if the Philippines plunges into chaos because of the alleged destabilization plots against him.
 
“If I declare a revolutionary government, arestado kayong lahat. Hindi ako nananakot (All of you will be arrested. I am not scaring you),” Duterte told state-run television network PTV 4 last October 13.
 
 
“If I think you are about to take over the government, you destabilize the government, bantay kayo (watch out),” he added.
 
“If my see that my nation tilts into chaos and is really destabilized, I will declare a revolutionary government.”
 
The remark drew flak from the opposition, who accused the president of being paranoid and of trying to “annihilate democracy.”
 
 
Duterte claimed that only the parts of his statement that were “good for a public criticism” came out in news reports.
 
“Because they would always omit the predicate—Kung tumagilid ang bayan ko (if my country is in danger) and I see revolutionaries bringing firearms on the streets, well, maybe, huwag ka nang magdalawang-isip (do not think twice), I will declare a revolutionary government,” he said. 
 
“Ayaw ko ng (I do not like) martial law. Maraming (Too many) restrictions. Todohin ko na lang (I might as well go full force)… Do not do something that will cause or even attempt to topple government, hindi ako papayag ng ganun (I won’t allow that to happen).”
 
The 72-year-old Duterte has repeatedly denied seeking to perpetuate himself to power, saying he is not happy being a president because of the demands of the job.
 
Last month, Solicitor General Jose Calida claimed that the opposition, communist rebels and some members of the clergy are planning to oust Duterte but did not disclose their identities.

 

 
 
 
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NBI to lead probe into MRT decoupling incident

The National Bureau of Investigation would handle the probe into the decoupling incident of the coaches of the Metro Rail Transit last Thursday. File
MANILA, Philippines — Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez on Sunday said the National Bureau of Investigation would handle the probe into the decoupling incident of the coaches of the MRT-3 last Thursday.

In a statement, Chavez said he had a two-hour meeting with the NBI's Special Action Unit, which would lead the MRT investigation. He said he already conveyed the message of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade that the Department of Transportation and the MRT-3 would fully cooperate in the investigation.

“We thank the NBI for immediately forming a team of investigators,” Chavez said.
“DOTr and MRT will no longer make any statement regarding the investigation. Hawak na po ito ng NBI. Kung may statement man, sila na po ang magbibigay sa mga susunod na araw, (It is already being handled by the NBI. If there will be any statement in the coming days, it will be coming from them),” he added.

According to Chavez, the investigation would cover the decoupling incident and the missing messma card, commonly referred to as the black box of the light rail vehicle.

Chavez also met with MRT-3 Director for Operations Engr. Mike Capati, MRT Safety and Security Unit chief retired Major Willy Serano, his assistant Jess Duque and lawyer Dona Samson from the DOTr Office of the Undersecretary for Legal.
BURI denies sabotage plot

Meanwhile, the former maintenance provider of the MRT-3, Busan Universal Rail Inc., denied sabotaging the train and being involved in the decoupling of coaches last Thursday.

BURI spokesperson Charles Mendoza said they do not think they are among the persons of interest mentioned by Chavez.

“Wala kaming responsibilidad o involvement sa mga nangyari. Alam niyo naman, sila na ang nagpapatakbo ngayon, (We have no responsibility or involvement in the incident. You know that the government already manages the MRT,” Mercado said in a radio interview with dzMM.

The MRT-3 decoupling incident occurred a week after the government terminated the contract of BURI as its maintenance provider.

On Saturday, Chavez said there were several persons of interest in the MRT-3 incident but he refused to identify these persons pending the NBI probe.

The MRT-3 decoupling incident at the Ayala Station last Thursday disrupted train operations and forced hundreds of commuters to walk to the next station.

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Duterte asks for MILF's patience on BBL passage

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacañan on Nov. 7, 2016. Also in the photo are Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, and Government of the Philippines Peace Implementing Panel Chair Irene Santiago. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appealed for patience from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as Congress deliberates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
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Duterte noted that the BBL, which aims to implement the 2014 peace agreement between the government and the MILF, has to undergo a process before it is realized.
 
“I hope that the BBL guys, MILF would understand that in a democracy there is always a process, and sometimes it gets very hard to just move,” the president said in a press conference in Davao City last Saturday. 
 
“Especially, with the sentiments involved, this will not entail an automatic vote for no or yes, but I am asking for their patience,” he added.
 
 
Duterte stressed that the passage of BBL, which aims to form a Bangsamoro political entity in Mindanao with enhanced autonomy, remains a “personal commitment.” 
 
“The most that I can really assure you is it would be a federal system where we do not lose control.
 
“We are waiting for the BBL. Actually, it’s a commitment. That’s the centerpiece of my campaign, actually was Mindanao. Because if you are not going to fix it, I said, there is trouble,” he added. 
 
The executive branch transmitted the BBL draft to the House of Representatives and the Senate last August. 
 
 
Duterte said failure to pass the BBL and adopt federalism could lead to a “fractured” Mindanao. 
 
“I have been very frank with you. Ever since during the campaign, I thought there’s a looming of dark clouds also that would involve the Moro of Mindanao,” he said.
 
Last month, Duterte warned that Mindanao would be plagued with more rebellion if the type of government is not changed from unitary to federal.
 
“With regard to federalism, I’ll be frank. If it does not push through or any change that would modify the present structure, which is really an unfair set-up, it will lead into a trouble again in Mindanao,” the President said in a federalism forum in Camarines Sur last Oct 17.
 
“It would be harder for us to survive as a nation, a republic intact. I am not scaring you,” he added. 
 
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Ex-DepEd exec gets18 years for graft

Former regional director Jesus Nieves was meted a maximum prison term of 10 years for graft and another eight years for falsification of public documents. File

MANILA, Philippines — A former official of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Zamboanga peninsula has been sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison for the anomalous purchase of information technology (IT) materials.

Former regional director Jesus Nieves was meted a maximum prison term of 10 years for graft and another eight years for falsification of public documents.

The Sandiganbayan’s First Division issued the ruling on Friday.

Nieves was slapped with the accessory penalties of  perpetual disqualification from holding public office, payment of P4,776,786 in damage to DepEd and a fine of P2,000.

Court records showed Nieves purchased IT materials amounting to P4,776,786 in April 2006 from Felta Multi-Media Inc. through direct contracting instead of public bidding as required under the Government Procurement Reform Act.

The court said a resolution of the bids and awards committee was falsified to make it appear that the BAC recommended the purchase of the materials through direct contracting.

While there was no direct evidence showing that Nieves was the one who falsified the BAC resolution, the Sandiganbayan said “case law teaches that he who stands to benefit from such falsified document is legally presumed to be the author thereof.”

The court said a Commission on Audit (COA) report in 2007 showed the DepEd regional office received P4,776,786 from the Department of Budget and Management, but the amount was not recorded in its book of accounts.

The COA said there were no disbursement vouchers and other supporting documents to prove that the purchase was above board.

The Sandiganbayan said the purchase was initiated despite a moratorium in the procurement of supplementary and reference materials to ensure that available funds are used to address the backlog in textbooks and teachers’ manuals.

“What made the matter worse is...that the accused was not able to come up with any reliable proof to show that the procured items had...been delivered...Neither did the defense present any of the supposed beneficiaries of the said items to debunk...the audit report,” the court ruling read.

 

 
 
 
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WATCH | Two more Filipino acts crack ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ semi-finals

Fitri Cerado.

Eight more talented acts made it to the semi-finals of AXN’s “Asia’s Got Talent” this week, and two of them are from the Philippines.

Fitri Cerado is a 14-year-old singer who auditioned in the first season of the talent search series but did not make it to the semi-finals. She even sang a duet with judge David Foster in this clip back when she was only 11. 

But it was David who also told Fitri to work harder as there was a “certain disconnect” between her piano playing and her singing.

https://youtu.be/8Q67n_PJUus

 

And worked hard she did. Two years later, Fitri is back in the thick of the competition. 

 

“The reason I came back to ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ is because I want to prove David [Foster] wrong. I want to prove that I could work harder on my piano. I don’t want to give up on anything, I just need to work harder,” Fitri said with determination. 

“Did I crush your dream?” David Foster asked.

“No, because I’m here now,” Fitri confidently replied before performing a mesmerizing rendition of The Animals’ “The House of the Rising Sun.” 

“You just set a new standard. You just raised the bar for all the singers from now on. That was amazing, thank you,” said Jay Park, who along with Anggun and, yes, David voted yes to Fitri. 

In this behind-the-scenes clip after she also earned a nomination for the Traveloka Award for most inspiring “Asia’s Got Talent” story, Fitri talked about her musical aspirations.

 https://youtu.be/0j1ROv-dkMk

Another Pinoy act that advanced to the next round is DM-X Convaleñoz, the hair-flipping dance group from Compostela Valley. Composed of nine boys who all sport long hair, the group was formed eight years ago at a vacant lot where they practiced their routine. The group was a finalist during the fifth season of “Pilipinas Got Talent” last year.

DM-X Convaleñoz.

Also, a Traveloka Award nominee, DM-X’s back story is made all the more inspiring by the fact that the respective parents of these boys did not initially approve of their dancing and instead wanted them to start working to be of help to their families. 

They auditioned for “Asia’s Got Nothing” despite having some difficulties raising the money needed for their air fare to Johor, Malaysia where the show is taped.

https://youtu.be/69638ZvaIVk

Fortunately, the boys have more than what it takes to impress the judges and both studio and television audiences alike. 

Fitri Cerado and DM-X Convaleñoz now join early qualifiers Deniel Sarmiento and Neil Ray Garcia Llanes for the next round. The Philippines is now the country with the most number of semi-finalists in the contest, which was first won by Filipino shadow dancers El Gamma Penumbra.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs this Thursday at 8:30pm on AXN with replays shown throughout the week. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

 

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