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Andrea Torres 'linked' to Dingdong Dantes

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(Photo from Instagram | @andreaetorres)


Showbiz is abuzzed with rumors that comely actress Andrea Torres is being linked to her co-star Dingdong Dantes.


But Andrea immediately shrugged off the rumors, stressing that she is not worried that rumors linking her to the hunk actor have been revived now that they are reunited in the GMA network series “Ang Pagbabalik ni Alyas Robin Hood.”


It was learned that Andrea is reprising her role as Venus in the primetime daily show.


“Ako kasi, I just want to be positive about things so hindi ko na lang iniisip 'yung mga ganyan,” Andrea told showbiz authority and columnist Mario Bautista.


“Kasi if you’d let yourself be affected by intrigues, magkakailangan lang kayo sa taping. Eh, sa ngayon, napakadali ng trabaho namin kasi kilala na namin ang isa’t isa after magkasama kami noong first season,” she said.


“ Si Pepe talaga ang nakikita ko sa kay Kuya Dong and it’s always fun to work with him kasi marami rin akong natutuhan sa kanya. Hindi kami nagpapaapekto sa mga issue at intriga,” she added.


Due to the rumors, Andrea is being bashed for being linked to Dong.


The actress has a ready explanation to this. “I respect him and his marriage (with Marian Rivera). You can see naman na they’re a happy family, so I don’t let myself be affected by bashing on social media,” Andrea stressed.


“Lahat naman ngayon, nagbibigay ng opinion nila, very judgmental, di ba? Ang mahalaga, kilala mo  'yung sarili mo. Ako naman, ever since, alam ko kunsaan ako lulugar. Ang importante, you are always professional,” she told the columnist.


“Nandito ka para magtrabaho, so gawin mo lang nang tama ang trabaho mo,” Andrea said.


“Kaya kahit pagbintangan nila ako, basta malinis ang konsensiya ko at kilala ng mga tao sa paligid ko 'yung tunay na ako, 'yun ang mas importante. Never akong pumatol as in nang-away. May basher na kung anu-ano ang sinabi sa’king panlalait, ang sagot ko lang, I will pray for you when I go to church. Kasi lahat kami ng buong family ko, madasalin talaga,” she pointed out.


Andrea discussed the Season 2 of the television series with Dingdong.“Mas pasabog ito sa umpisa pa lang. Kasi magpo-propose na sa’kin ng marriage si Pepe complete with an engagement ring. Kaso, bago pa matuloy ang wedding namin, magkakaroon ng complications,” she said.


“ Ang mother niyang si Jaclyn Jose as Judy, magiging biktima ng terrorist group headed by Jay Manalo. Magiging hostage sa pagsalakay nina Jay sa city hall. Mas pasabog din ang fight scenes dito. Meron akong fight scene sa bubong ng tall building, eh may fear of heights ako, pero ginawa ko pa rin,” she noted.


“Then papasok pa si Edu Manzano as a corrupt politician at magkakaroon ako ng bagong ka-love triangle kay Pepe, si Solenn Heussaff. Kaya abangan nyo ang Season 2 after ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’,” Andrea said.

Andrea told Mario Bautista that she is happier now that GMA Artist Center is managing her and no longer Triple A which also manages Marian Rivera.


 “Oo naman, pero nagpaalam naman ako nang maayos sa Triple A kaya maganda ang naging paghihiwalay namin. Noong magkita nga kami sa Tagaytay noong wedding ni Rochelle Pangilinan nina Mr. Tony Tuviera at Ateng Rams David, big bosses ng Triple A, I hugged them, nagkuwentuhan kami and we’re okay,” Andrea recounted.

At that wedding, many people were wondering why Marian was absent when the groom is Dingdong’s cousin. “Siyempre hindi pupunta roon si Marian kasi si Andrea ang maid of honor ni Rochelle at si Dong ang best man ng groom na si Arthur Solinap,” someone who attended the wedding said. “Baka ma-out of place lang siya roon kaya unawain na lang natin.”


Meanwhile, Marian Rivera dismissed rumors that she has something to do with Andrea Torres' departure from Triple A, headed by Tony Tuviera. 

As reported on PEP, the actress, whose rumoured rift with Torres has been reported for a while now, expressed her surprise by the allegations, saying, "How am I so powerful? Am I more powerful than Mr. Tuviera?"


Marian reiterated her previous statement, that she has no issue with Torres and that she's not the kind of person who would do such a thing to other people. The actress also shut down continuous rumours that she is jealous of Torres' chemistry with her husband, Dingdong Dantes in "Alyas Robin Hood", adding that she treats the actress like her own little sister.


 "As a big sister, I am very open to hearing her issues if there's any," she said. In a previous interview, Torres stated that she has great respect for Triple A and will not make further statements as to why she decided to move to GMA Artist Center.


MARAWI CITY — The war between the IS-inspired Maute terrorists and government troops in Marawi City may be over soon.


This as President Rodrigo Duterte's visited Marawi City for the third time, this time in the main battle area further boosting the morale of fighting troops in the so-called main battle area.


Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año said of the visit:. "The third visit was not just about the Commander-in-Chief in close proximity with the men, it was a seal of his commitment to walk the talk -- literally and figuratively," he added.


Although many of his advisers consider the President's second visit to Marawi's Forward Edge of the Battle Area (FEBA) last August 4 to be daring, this time, the Chief Executive went inside the Main Battle Area (MBA) around 4: 20 p.m.


"He (Duterte) braved the perils of sniper fires, Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), and Unexploded Ordnance in the yet to proclaimed 'Cleared' portions of the MBA -- just so he can be with his Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Policemen in the front-lines," the AFP chief stressed.


Duterte, in justifying his third visit to Marawi City, said that he wants to show his unity with the Filipino soldiers engaged in neutralizing the terrorist group.


"I am here once again to show -- not just say -- my unity with you. That much as you all are willing to die for your country with unquestioning resolve to follow the orders to 'Charge!' coming from your Commander-in-Chief, I am and I can be in the same muddy ground that you now stand; drenched like you under the same rain; and somehow smell like you in this battleground," Año quoted the President as saying.


Upon touchdown, Duterte boarded a convoy where he received an informal briefing from Joint Task Force Marawi head Brig. Gen. Rolando Bautista as the vehicles moved around portions of the MBA for grounds inspection up to the foot of Mapandi Bridge -- the site of one of the bloodiest encounters between government security forces and the Daesh-inspired Maute Group.


At one point, he alighted from his vehicle, walked towards the Casualty Evacuation Area without bulletproof vests on, and went further to greet and console the wounded soldiers being treated there.


He came as close to the fight area after he climbed a sniper position and twice pulled the trigger of a sniper rifle trained on an identified position of terrorists trading shots with military marksmen.


Talk-to-the-troops followed at the camp of Task Force Trident under Major Gen. Danilo Pamonag where Duterte handed combat watches, Soldier's Individual Packs, and P5,000 each intended for all the troops in Marawi.


"It was not just his physical presence, but his unspoken words that he has the back of his men covered," Año said.

Impeach raps pressed vs CJ Sereno

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(Photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


MANILA — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno broke her silence over the impeachment complaint filed against her by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) before the House of Representatives, stating that she has not done anything wrong.


“I have done nothing wrong. Nothing can be proven against me. I have served the country with all faith and diligence,” Sereno said uring the Ulat sa Hudikatura in Cebu.


Alam mo 'yan ang masarap sa malinis na konsensya, it [impeachment] does not affect me at all. The work is there. It is enormous. Just imagine. If I take an inordinate amount of time looking at it and being exasperated by those documents, work will not be done so just give it the right attention so that you understand that when the appropriate time comes, you are ready,” Sereno added.


Sereno said she does not want to be bothered by impeachment threats because she wants to focus on the various judicial reforms needed to expedite judicial processes.


“If I take an inordinate amount of time looking at it and being exasperated by those documents, work will not be done so just give it the right attention so that you understand that when the appropriate time comes, you are ready,” she noted.


The Chief Justice said she gives the allegations against her the "right attention" so she could prepare her answers when the right time comes.


"But I shouldn't be fazed because I have done nothing wrong. Nothing can be proven against me that will show that the chief justice has betrayed her oath of office. I have served the country with all faith and diligence. I will never waver from that pledge," she stressed.


Last August 2, VACC founding chair Dante Jimenez led the filing of the impeachment bid against Sereno on the grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.


Jimenez noted in the complaint that Sereno culpably violated the Constitution for the following reasons:

-- issuing an administrative order creating the new Judiciary Decentralized Office (JDO) and re-opening the Regional Administration Office (RCAO) in Western Visayas in the absence of an authority from the Court en banc;
-- violating the constitutional provision that appointive government officials shall not hold another public post unless provided for by law, in appointing Atty. Solomon Lumba as her staff head. Lumba was a faculty member of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law when he was appointed as Chief Justice staff head;
-- appointing Atty. Brenda Jay Mendoza as Philippine Mediation Center Office Chief by mere memorandum which was not referred to the court en banc for its consideration;
-- granting to members of her staff travel allowances for foreign travel charged to the Supreme Court funds without court en banc approval.


VACC also said that Sereno betrayed public trust through “inexcusable negligence”, for sitting on the applications for the vacant posts in the Supreme Court.


Lawyer Larry Gadon, on the other hand accused Sereno of living a lavish lifestyle when she purchased a Toyota Land Cruiser worth P5.1 million using public funds.


Gadon said Sereno wanted a luxury vehicle on top of her “coterie of security personnel riding in separate vehicles and traffic escorts two motorcycles,” which were also purchased “using Supreme Court funds.”


He added that Sereno also uses taxpayers’ money to stay in opulent hotels when attending conferences in the Philippines and abroad, and flying on business or first class together with her staff and security.


But Sereno maintained that she has been living a life of modesty.


“I have always lived a life of modesty. I have been prudent in use of the court's resources al the expenses for judicial reform, my travels, my security requirements are all regular and above board. Public docs the records will speak for itself and I have not objected in the public release of the same,” the Chief Justice noted.


The SC earlier granted the release of additional documents for the impeachment of Sereno as requested by Gadon, who is set to file the second impeachment complaint.


The High Court granted Gadon's plea for the release of 20 documents which shall be used against Sereno impeachment case before the House of Representatives.


Among these were Sereno's SALNs since she was appointed to the SC in 2010 and documents pertaining to the purchase of Sereno's luxury service vehicle and to her travels.


Last Aug. 10, the VACC has already received the records from the Supreme Court in support of the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno.


The SC, in an en banc session last August 8, granted the release of documents, except the copy of the memorandum dated July 10, 2017 issued by Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro.


The SC also granted the release of Sereno's memorandum for appointment of lawyer Solomon Lumba as her staff head and the subsequent letter of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio withdrawing his signature in the said appointment over an internal issue.

All systems go for Bruno Mars return concert in Manila

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(Photo from Instagram | @brunomars)


It's all systems go for the Bruno Mars return concert in Manila on May 3, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


This as concert promoter MMI Live announced the ticket prices for Bruno Mars' concert which will be on sale starting September 7.


The announcement via the SM Tickets website stated that the tickets are priced as follows: VIP 1 STANDING: P23,850; VIP 2 STANDING: P18,550; LOWER BOX A: P13, 250; LOWER BOX B: P 8,480; UPPER BOX: P4,770; and GENERAL ADMISSION: P2,650.


The multiple Grammy winner will perform on May 3 next year as part of his “24K Magic” tour. 


The Filipino American singer last performed in Manila in March 2014 for his “The Moonshine Jungle” tour. 


Some of his hits include "Versace on the Floor," "That's What I Like," and "Just the Way You Are." 


The concert is the singer’s third visit in the country. He first performed in April 2011 in Cebu, followed by a concert in Manila in 2014 as part of his “The Moonshine Jungle” world tour.


His visit in 2018 is part of his "24k Magic World Tour.


The tour, which kicked off last March in Europe, is in support of Mars’ latest album of the same tour name, with three hit singles so far: “Versace on the Floor,” “That’s What I Like,” and the title track.


The half-Filipino singer and songwriter whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, now 31, is behind latest hit "Versace on the Floor" and well-loved songs "Just the Way You Are" and "That's What I Like".


Concert promoter Music Management International (MMI Live) said  tickets will go on sale starting on Sept. 7 via SM Tickets.


The 24K Magic World Tour is the third concert tour by the Grammy Award winning popstar, to support his album 24K Magic (2016). It began March 28, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, and will conclude at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018.


Meanwhile, 24K Magic, the album, has been consistently on top of the charts, with songs like “24K Magic,” “Versace on The Floor,” and “That’s What I Like.”


The 31-year old Filipino-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter rose to fame for his early hits “Just The Way You Are,” “Marry You,” “The Lazy Song,” and “Grenade.” His other hits include “Uptown Funk” and “Versace on the Floor.”

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