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Palace: Martial Law prevented wilayat

A month after the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, the government is trumpeting its success in preventing the establishment of an Islamic State province in Marawi City.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to locate and capture self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) member, retired policeman Arturo Lascañas.

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Maute brods’ father arrested

The 67-year-old father of Maute Group leaders Abdullah and Omar was arrested at a checkpoint in Sirawan, Toril yesterday along with his second wife, daughter and two companions.

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What’s in a name?

ITH OR WITHOUT – An H that is.
For example with an H is Sarah Geronimo, Pop Princess. Without an H is Sara Duterte, First Daughter and feisty mayor of Davao city.
Also with an H is Sarah Lahbati, actress and sweetheart of Richard Gutierrez, mother to Zion, and Fil-French-Morocan beauty. With an H is activist Leah Navarro, also singer once upon a time. Without an H is Lea Salonga, our very own Broadway star.

PAOLO, PAULO – Paolo as in Paolo Contis (actor), Paolo Duterte (vice mayor of Davao City, elder brother of Sara), Paolo Ballesteros (actor and make-up artist), Paolo Bediones (TV host, by the way, whatever happened to him?).
Paulo as in Paulo Avelino (award winning actor, cast in two upcoming important films, “Larawan” and “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”). Also Paulo Serrano (sexy actor).

MAMENG ALL – The following Carmens are all nick-named Mameng. As in Rosales (movie queen) and Soriano, Patena, Camacho, Perina (singers all).
But lately, Carmen Soriano (mother of Lloyd Samartino) has been appearing in GMA teledramas.
Now, really, what’s in a name. A rose by any other name will smell just as sweet.

MAKE IT SHORT – Here are short names.
How about Bea Alonzo and Bea Binene? Or Pia Arroyo Magalona and Pia Pilapil?
More short names: Jo San Diego (legendary announcer) and Jo Estrada (Miss Philippines turned-actress, now based in Virginia, USA). Luz Valdez, Kat de Castro, Liz Alindogan, Lui Manansala (sister of the late Ama Quiambao).
Aga Muhlach, Epy Quizon, Mon Confiado, Gil Cuerva (or the late Gil Portes), Boy Abunda (and the other Boys in media Villasanta, De Guia, Romero), Ian Veneracion, Ina Feleo, Ana Capri (or Roces, Abierra), Dan Alvaro, Ace Espinosa, Jon Avila (back in London where he’s a nurse), Ara Mina (and Bb. Pilipinas Ara Arrida), Wil Revillame, Ate Vi, Ate Guy, Kuya Pip, Kuya Bot, Pie Picache, Ogie Diaz, Jack Roberto.

NAMESAKES – Among actors, namesakes are:
Joey de Leon and Joey Marquez, John Regala and John Estrada, Richard Gomez and Richard Quan, Christopher de Leon and Christopher Roxas, Ricky Davao and Ricky Belmonte, Eric Quizon and Erik Santos (with a K though). Gerald Anderson and Gerald Santos, Jake Vargas and Jake Cuenca, Joseph Marco and Joseph Estrada, Gabby Concepcion and Gabby Eigenmann, Ronnie Ricketts and Ronnie Alonte, Patrick Garcia and Patrick Guzman.

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Gov’t to appoint Marawi situation spokesperson

The government is beefing up its communications network to ensure the release of accurate information amid the Martial Law declaration in Mindanao.

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Davao in ‘hold and secure’ status

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has placed the entire city under ‘hold and secured’ status moments after the dreaded Maute group attacked and wreaked havoc in Marawi City.

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