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Lorna Tolentino reveals secret illness

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(Photo from ABS-CBN)


Actress Lorna Tolentino, a widow at 55, is still beautiful and continues to attract men.


But while the actress, who looks much younger than her age, has admitted that some men are courting her, she is not ready for a relationship.


Meanwhile, the widow of actor Rudy Fernandez revealed her secret serious ailment during a dinner with the media Lorna Tolentino and son Ralph Fernandez, hosted by Mother Lily, at Gloria Maris.


“The doctor discovered sobrang bilis ng heart rate ko,” she was quoted as saying by columnist Mario Bautista during the dinner meeting.


. “I have atrial tachycardia and if not treated, puwedeng bigla na lang akong magka-heart attack,” the comely actress said.


“ So now, I’m taking maintenance medicines for the first time to stabilize my heartbeat,” she explained. “Marami na ring bawal kaya sobrang ingat ako ngayon,” she added.


The actress revealed she could still work.


“ But puwede pa rin naman akong magtrabaho, basta may cut off ako sa puyatan. Hanggang 2 a.m. na lang ako at di na puwede ‘yung magdamagan. At the most, 16 hours lang,” she explained.


Work for Lorna means appearing the in two top networks.


For GMA7, she has just finished taping a special Lenten presentation for “Eat Bulaga”, entitled “Pagpapatawad”, directed by her good friend Gina Alajar. She co-stars with Patricia Tumulak, Jennica Garcia, Taki and Kenneth Medrano of “Trops”, Baste, JC Tiuseco and Marc Abaya.


For ABS-CBN, she stars in a new teleserye, “Victims of Love”, directed by Onat Diaz and co-starring Angelica Panganiban, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino (who’s really so busy as he’s in another teleserye, “The Promise of Forever”, which has yet to be aired), Cherry Pie Picache and JC Santos. This is under Deo Endrinal’s business unit called Dreamscape. Lorna’s last teleserye as a Kapamilya was in 2011 yet, “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”. On GMA7, she was last seen in “My Destiny”. Taping for “Victims of Love” will start in April after Holy Week.

Lorna or LT as she is fondly called by friends, is a doting grandma to her only grandchild, Tori, daughter of her eldest son Ralph. Tori is a splitting image of her grandma when LT was starting as a child actress in films like “Divina Gracia” and “Lumuha Pati mga Anghel”. Will Tori also be a child actress? 
“Naku, ayaw niyang mag-artista. Mas gusto niyang maging singer. Napakagaling kumanta. Nagko-concert na nga on her own. But she’s busy with school now, at sa June, lilipat na siya sa Poveda. Bawal daw mag-showbiz ang mga estudyante roon.”


Lorna also keeps busy with her son Mark Anthony Fernandez who is still jailed at the Pampanga provincial jail after he was arrested with marijuana after a police chase from Angeles City to San Fernando, Pampanga.


She said she wishes that her son’s case could be resolved soon.

KC Concepcion not leaving showbiz

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As her parents Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion are still dreaming a movie reunion, KC Concepcion has made known she is not leaving show business.

KC, now 31, made the statement as fans are surprised why she has not been visible on television for over a year, except for movie reruns on cable television and hosting a few events.


With fewer commitments for the Paris-educated and well-to-do “mega daughter,” fans were wondering if KC may be thinking of quitting the industry where she was born.


KCn was previously linked with actor Paulo Avelino, with her last boyfriend and serious relationship with ABS-CBN star Piolo Pascual. She was also rumored to have stopped dating Borromeo, but later quelled speculations by sharing photos of her and Borromeo bonding with her mother on social media.


“He’s busy with football. Me, I’m busy with endorsements so it’s a very positive relationship because, of course, you want to be with someone who is really happy with your success,” she said.

During a Women’s Month event organized by fabric conditioner Downy Parfum, the comely actress revealed why she has not taken on a much-coveted teleserye project or a movie.


“Actually I have many offers,” she confided. “And I’m very thankful to ABS-CBN because they are still my family when it comes to the entertainment world. These days, I’ve just been really busy with my business, but more than that, I’m waiting for the right project so that people won’t say I just take on anything that comes my way,” she said.


 “It’s not true that there are no projects [for me]. Like I said, the offers continue to come, and I am glad that producers don’t get tired to look for me, so I’m really thinking of the best that I can offer them—the fans—when the time comes,” she stressed.


KC said she is now prioritizing her humanitarian work as the country’s National Ambassador against Hunger for the United Nations’ (UN) World Food Programme (WFP)

While in the process of deciding which showbiz projects to pursue, KC opened an online shop in 2016 to support her advocacy as the country’s National Ambassador against Hunger for the United Nations’ (UN) World Food Programme (WFP). She sells her pre-loved luxury clothing, shoes, shoes, bags and accessories via, the proceeds of which goes to feeding programs for children all over the Philippines.


Last March 13, she visited the organization’s projects in the town of Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao where they launched a supplemental feeding program for over 300 elementary students and helped address the region’s malnutrition problem.


“I’m not leaving showbiz,” she pronounced, “but now I’m just prioritizing my work with the UN because they only choose one person per country to be an ambassador. Right now, I’m happy that we were able to raise P1 million for school feeding in Mindanao. It just means that our hard work pay off.”

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TAGAYTAY CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the government peace panel to produce a signed bilateral ceasefire agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as both panels resume talks in Utrecht, The Netherlands even as he set four conditions before the government agrees to sign a bilateral ceasefire.


Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte has instructed the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to reiterate the terms for a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).


Abella, quoting OPAPP Undersecretary Nabil Tan, listed the terms set for the bilateral ceasefire:

1 There should be clear parameters or Terms of Reference for the ceasefire;

2.The government shall not recognize any territorial claims of the CPP-NPA-NDF;

3. The CPP-NPA-NDF should cease the collection of revolutionary taxes and the conduct of extortion and extraction activities and arson;

4. The CPP-NPA-NDF shall release all prisoners.


Duterte had previously mentioned these terms, saying these are some of the reasons he lifted the unilateral ceasefire and cancelled the peace talks last February.


However, Duterte explained last week that he is willing to let go of his ego and talk to the rebels in another attempt to have peace in the country.


“At least I have complied with my promise. We are talking to everybody. The traditional enemies of the state, they are talking with us,” he said in a speech in Malacañang last Thursday.

Meanwhile, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has urged businesses not to give in to the extortion rackets of the New People's Army (NPA), following a series of NPA attacks against companies that refuse to give in to their demands.


"I, therefore, call upon all peace-loving Filipinos to resist these thugs, these terrorists who have brought nothing but misery to the Filipino people in the past 48 years. Let us resist their extortions because giving in will make them strong and perpetuate their criminal acts," he said in a statement.


"Fellow Filipinos, in the past weeks, the Communist Terrorists who call themselves the New People's Army went on a rampage, burning equipment and properties of companies that refuse to succumb to their extortions. They do these to companies that build roads, export produce, transport people -- activities that help generate employment and wealth for Filipinos," Lorenzana stressed.


By committing these atrocities, the NPAs have shown themselves to be anti-progress and anti-poor, the defense chief added.


"We at the Department of National Defense share in the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte of building a nation worthy of Filipinos and Filipinos worthy of a nation. The path to real, lasting peace is indeed not without its struggles, thus it is important that we stay committed to this goal, and to let our actions reflect our intentions," he said.


The series of unprovoked attacks against military and civilian targets last February prompted the government to suspend its peace talks and ceasefire with the rebels.


Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) chief negotiator Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the panel received instructions from the President during their meeting in Davao City. Also present in the meeting was Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza.


Bello said there will be no unilateral declaration of ceasefire on the part of the government prior to the holding of the 4th round of talks. Bello stressed that the bilateral ceasefire issue is first on the agenda of the negotiations.


Bello said the government panel composed of lawyers Angela Librado, Antonio Arellano and Rene Sarmiento and Hernani Braganza are prepared to hold the next talks with the NDFP.


Amid the increasing offensive attacks by the New People's Army (NPA) rebels especially in Bukidnon, Agusan and Davao areas, Bello said the government panel will continue to be steadfast in their efforts and resolute in putting a closure to the armed conflict.


“We owe this to our people. Our millennials deserve it,” Bello said in a press briefing in Malacanang aired live on television.


Bello is hoping they would arrive at a consensus on the bilateral ceasefire to end the hostilities on the ground.


“We expect the discussion in this round of talks to be very, very, very difficult and exacting but we shall be persistent in advancing the cause of peace as inspired by our President’s determination to unite our people,” Bello said.


It can be recalled that during the third round of talks in Rome, Italy, the GRP panel already gave the NDFP the draft bilateral ceasefire agreement, which the NDFP panel agreed to review.


Bello said part of the discussion are sensitive issues including the definition of buffer zones, the definition of the collection of revolutionary tax, the choice of referee.


“We were for a while under the impression that our third party facilitator, the Royal Norwegian Government, would be willing to be the referee,” Bello said.


Both panels would have discussed the draft bilateral ceasefire last February but this was stalled after Duterte decided to pull out the government panel.


The President’s decision came on the heels of the announcement of the NPA in Mindanao to terminate its unilateral ceasefire declared in August. The termination of the unilateral ceasefires by both sides resulted to a number of clashes between the NPA and government troops.


Given the setbacks, Bello underscored President Duterte’s efforts and initiatives to achieve an inclusive and lasting peace in the country.


Following the announcement of the Communist Party of the Philippines on their intention to declare a unilateral ceasefire before the 4th round of talks, Bello said the President wants the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed.


“I think we should concentrate more on this (bilateral ceasefire) more important agreement because this is where we will be assured of the lowering or ending of hostilities,” he pointed out.

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QUEZON CITY (PhilAmPress/PhlTodayUSA) — President Rodrigo Duterte is facing a supplemental impeachment complaint over allegations he secretly allowed China to explore Benham Rise, a Philippine territory, and disputed areas like the Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.


The complaint was filed by Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, who filed earlier an impeachment complaint against Duterte over killings linked to his war on drugs and allegations he kept secret bank accounts.


Alejano is a former military officer who joined then Navy officer now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in failed coup attempts to topple then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo immediately dismissed the supplemental impeachment complaint filed against President  Duterte as a mere propaganda ploy meant to garner publicity for Magdalo Partylist and its representatvie Alejano.


Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, meanwhile, said the impeachment complaints would not prosper as the House of Representatives is dominated by the President's allies.


Malacanang, on the other hand, dismissed the impeachment as part of an alleged plot to destabilized the Duterte administration.l


Alejano filed the additional complaint over allegations that the President secretly allowed China to explore territorial waters.


In the complaint, the mutineer-turned-lawmaker alleged that Duterte “failed and/or refused to assert the country's exclusive sovereign rights and maritime rights and territorial rights over Benham Rise and Panatag Shoal and the rest of the West Philippine Sea.”


Alejano claimed that President Duterte's actions amounted to betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of Constitution and dereliction of duty.


But Panelo said this was all nonsense.


“It is nonsense geared for propaganda and publicity for himself,” the Presidential lawyer said in a statement.


In fact, the additional complaint may even be invalid under the law, he added.


“It may even be deemed to be a second impeachment complaint which is a prohibited complaint under the one year prohibition limiting the filing to only one complaint in a year,” Panelo said.


Alejano filed the 13-page supplementary complaint before the Secretary General of the House of Representatives. The lower chamber, meanwhile, could not act on the complaint as Congress is in recess.


 Alejano said Duterte failed to assert the country’s sovereign and maritime rights over the disputed islands, accusing the latter of betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, and other high crimes.


“Respondent Rodrigo Roa Duterte betrayed the public trust reposed upon him, culpably violated the Constitution and committed the high crime of dereliction of his sworn duty as President when he utterly failed and/or refused to assert the country’s exclusive sovereign rights and maritime rights and territorial claims over Benham Rise and Panatag Shoal and the rest of the West Philippine Sea,” Alejano said.


Alejano argued that Duterte took a “defeatist” stance with China as the Asian superpower has been actively building military outposts on disputed islands in the South China Sea.


“While no one is expecting Duterte to declare war with China over these territorial disputes, as President and Commander-In-Chief and Chief Diplomat of the country, he should condemn China’s aggressive actions and expansionism, and insist it to respect the exclusive sovereign rights, and maritime and territorial claims of the country through diplomatic and peaceful means,” Alejano said.


On March 16, Alejano filed the first impeachment complaint against the President on the grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and other high crimes.


Alejano sought the ouster of Duterte for his state policy on drugs which resulted in a spate of summary executions and extrajudicial killings; his alleged links in the vigilante killings by the Davao Death Squad; and his alleged P2.2 billion hidden wealth.


Last year, an international tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines over its claims in the West Philippine Sea, particularly Panatag Shoal, which China has claimed to be its own.


President Duterte has repeatedly said that he would not discuss the ruling with China at present as he sought to build warmer ties with the superpower.


He however stressed that he is not ceding the territory to Beijing and assured that he will bring it to the table at the proper time.


Meanwhile, Chinese ships have reportedly sailed in Benham Rise for three months from December last year.


Benham Rise, a 24-million-hectare undersea plateau off the coast of Aurora province touted to have vast natural gas deposits and mineral resources, has been awarded to the Philippines by the United Nations in 2012.


Duterte has said that Chinese ships can sail through the area based on freedom of navigation “but cannot build any structures” there.


Earlier this month, Alejano filed the first impeachment complaint against Duterte.


The impeachment complaint is based on alleged killings and corruption supposedly committed by Duterte both as President and as then mayor of Davao City.


Malacañang dismissed the complaint as part of a larger and well-orchestrated destabilization plot against President Duterte.


Meanwhile, Duterte called out his critics for seemingly making a big fuss about the “oxygen converter” found in his bedroom stressing that it is nothing new since he had already disclosed his health woes when he ran for the Presidency.


In his speech during the oath-taking ceremonies for newly-appointed government officials, the President scored critics for taking potshots over his supposed use of the contraption.


Earlier, photos of the "oxygen converter" beside Duterte's bed on Wednesday has fanned speculations about his health on social media.


“Kagaya nung picture sa ‘yung birthday ko -- kasi ‘yung na-picturan ‘yung kuwarto ko may converter sa oxygen, karami na namang ano,” he said.


But he said the contraption should not be an issue anymore since everybody knew beforehand about his afflictions.


“Di ba sinabi ko sa inyo, I never lied. Tinatanong ako doon sa debates: anong sakit mo? Sabi ko Barrett dito sa inom pati ano, Buerger’s because of smoking,” the President said.


During the campaign, Duterte admitted that he had Barrett’s esophagus and Buerger's disease.


Because of these, the President said he has long been using the ‘oxygen converter’ whenever he sleeps to promote circulation.


“So ang circulation ko hindi maganda, lack of oxygenation. Ako gagamitin ko ‘yun kasi ang brain ko daw suffers lack of oxygenation. Matagal ko nang ginamit ‘yan. When I said that I -- wala akong tinago eh. May nakita nila ‘yung parang oxygen. It’s not really an oxygen, it’s a converter. Wala naman akong tinago,” Duterte said.


He said that the oxygen converter is even used as a beauty product and proceeded to tease the women in the audience to use it.


“If you want to remain beautiful, use it, it’s good. Totoo. That’s sinabi ng mga doctor. Sabi ng mga doctor, use it kasi kung babae ka para gumanda ka lalo,” Duterte said.

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