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Manila solon files perjury case vs Napoles

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MANILA -- The alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles will face other criminal charges.
This after Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing filed perjury charges against Napoles for involving him in the pork barrel scam.
Bagatsing filed the case before 4th Assistant City Prosecutor Benjamin Vermug Jr. after Napoles included his name in her 32-page sworn statement along with those involved in the pork scam, which was submitted to the Senate.
In his two-page complaint, Bagatsing said he could not have implemented a project involving the use of PDAF in 2007 as he assumed his position as congressman on June 30, 2007 and the first PDAF allocated to his district was released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the Land Bank of the Philippines only on January 2, 2008.
Bagatsing said he filed the complaint in Makati since Napoles signed and executed a sworn statement at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak).
Napoles was confined at the OsMak for almost two months for the treatment of a cyst in her uterus and was brought back to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last May 29, after Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 ordered her return.
Napoles is facing illegal detention charges filed by pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, her cousin and former employee.
Bagatsing said all documents linking him to the project of the Technology Resource Center (TRC) as the implementing agency of Napoles’ Masaganang Ani Foundation, are all fictitious with his forged signatures and falsified letterheads. Napoles mentioned a certain “Mina Nieva,” said to be daughter of late Manila Rep. Ernesto Nieva, as the one who received the 40 percent rebate for Bagatsing, under a project of TRC funded from his PDAF worth P1 million in 2007.
Bagatsing denied having known Nieva and said that she (Nieva) has already executed a sworn statement denying any involvement with him or Napoles with regards to the misuse of PDAF.
”I can prove beyond any shadow of doubt that I am innocent. I have concrete evidence to show that I did not misuse any allocation of the priority,” Bagatsing said, who is an incumbent congressman in the 16th Congress serving his sixth term as a representative of the 5th District of Manila from 2013 up to 2016.
Bagatsing added that he will file a civil case against Napoles in the coming days after implicating him in the pork scam.
MANILA -- Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio has debunked the territorial claim of China over almost the entire South China Sea by citing historical facts.
The statement was made by Carpio during his lecture in the De La Salle University last Monday.
According to Carpio, if the ancient maps of China will be the basis, particularly the first map of China, the Hainan Island is its southern tip territory which had the ancient name of Zhuya, Qiongya and Qiongzhou.
The Hainan Island, Carpio said, in the last many centuries is part of Guangdong Province before it became a separate province in 1988.
Carpio added that the sea expedition of Chinese Imperial Admiral Zheng He from 1405 to 1433 cannot be made as basis for the territorial claim over the South China Sea.
He stressed that Spain and Portugal also cannot revive their 15th century claim over all the seas of the world despite the 1481 Papal Bull confirming the partition of the still undiscovered territories between Spain and Portugal.
Carpio pointed out that even the historical name cannot also be made as a basis for the territorial claim because in fact, the name of South China Sea did not originate from the Chinese sea voyagers, but rather, it emanated from the European sea voyagers.
He cited that the Indian Ocean cannot be claimed by India, the Gulf of Mexico also cannot be claimed by Mexico and the Philippine Sea cannot be claimed by the Philippines as well.


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An actor simply can’t stay away for too long. 


Although the last time she did a teleserye (TV5’s “Glamorosa” in 2011), she ended up battling pneumonia, singer-actress Celeste Legaspi has enthusiastically taken on the challenge of another primetime series, GMA 7’s “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real.”


For Celeste, there’s no better way to practice the techniques she’s currently learning as an acting student than on the set of a soap or movie, or onstage in a straight play or musical.


Celeste, who debuted in the movies in 1970 (Lino Brocka’s “Santiago”), still considers herself a student of the craft.

She took classes in Actors’ Studio East in Cubao, Quezon City, which is run by her son-in-law Blake Allan, an acting teacher from Los Angeles.


“I am seriously studying acting … specifically, [these techniques/methods] Meisner, Stanislavski and Chekov,” she said. She’s enrolling in advance courses soon.


Though she went on semi-retirement over two decades ago, Celeste kept herself busy. She traveled the world as part of her work with the Museum Volunteers of the Philippines.


“I visited Greece, Turkey, Laos,” she related. “We went to Uzbekistan. We followed the Silk Road.”


The open road served as a classroom as well. But her incessant quest for knowledge somehow led back to acting.


Prior to accepting the GMA-TV show, she returned to theater, in Nick Joaquin’s “Mga Ama, Mga Anak,” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


“I wanted to apply what I had learned from Blake,” she said.


Now that she is equipped with the necessary tools, acting has become a different experience for her. “Being onstage again was wonderful. Everything was vibrant. It really helps to know what you’re doing. I used to get very nervous. Now, everything is a breeze … for as long as you rehearse properly and your director is supportive … things will turn out fine.”


That life is a constant learning process is not a cliché, as far as she’s concerned.


Even though she has been acting for over 40 years, Celeste remains open to new lessons and realizations—a quality that neophytes in the biz should emulate.


But did her teacher give her good reviews after watching her onstage?

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