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“Where to live?” Noynoy Aquino

He’s only got two weeks left before he assumes the presidency, but President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is still undecided on where he’ll live once he’s the chief executive.

Aquino said he is still choosing among at least three options, although he noted that Bahay Pangarap inside the Presidential Security Group (PSG) compound near Malacañang seems to be the best choice.

“Pangarap seems to be the best, minimal ang idadagdag o ire-replace,” Aquino said in an interview with reporters in his Times Street home in Quezon City Tuesday night.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo usually receives important guests at Bahay Pangarap. Because it only has one room, another room has to be constructed for Aquino’s aides if he decides to live there.

Three of Aquino’s sisters have said Bahay Pangarap seems to be the most plausible option for the 50-year-old Aquino, a bachelor.

Aquino said another being considered is the Goldenberg Mansion, also near Malacañang, which used to be the office of the Marcos Foundation. It was also used to hold former First Lady Imelda Marcos’s collection of excavated porcelain and pottery.

But Aquino noted that the Goldenberg Mansion was about the size of the Arlegui mansion, which he said was “too big.”

Aquino said he is envisioning the Premier Guest House — where former President Joseph Estrada stayed — to be his and his executive secretary’s office.

“One would not want to have the living and office sections in the same building, baka makalimutan ng tao may time-off,” Aquino said.

Times Street home

Aquino now appears to be averse to the idea of residing at his Times Street home, saying he wants to spare his neighbors from rallies. Even though he has yet to take his oath as president, militant groups have already held brief protest rallies in front of his house.

Aquino said that while he may use his Times Street home to meet with some congressmen and officials of departments in Quezon City, he still wants to “preserve” his house, which was bequeathed to him by his mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino.

“Baka naman mamaya ang painting ng nanay ko magkaroon ng bagong autograph or signature (My mother’s paintings might end up with an additional autograph or signature,” he added in jest. Many of Mrs. Aquino’s paintings are displayed inside the house.

Despite this, Aquino said he would still stay in his Times Street home “from time to time” to take a break from work.

“If this house becomes unused it will deteriorate and I wouldn’t want that to happen. At kung gusto ko makahinga nang kaunti there’s nothing like home to do it in,” said the president-elect.

Aquino said one or two of his household staff would stay in his house once he has moved to his new official residence. He will take his oath as the country’s 15th president on June 30 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. — RSJ, GMANews.TV

JOVIT – Pilipinas Got Talent Grand Winner

MANILA, Philippines – “Pilipinas Got Talent” (PGT) grand winner Jovit Baldivino said he will use his P2-million cash prize to help his family.

The 16-year-old singer told ABS-CBN News that he is planning to buy a vacant lot for his family, send his siblings to school and help his parents financially.

“Bibili po ako ng lupa kasi nangungupahan lang kami. Papaaralin ko ang mga kapatid ko, [at] matutulungan ko na ang magulang ko,” he said.

The first PGT grand winner, who hails from Batangas, also advised other aspiring and struggling singers not to stop dreaming. “Huwag kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa… Magtiwala kayo sa sarili at siyempre sa Diyos.”

His parents, Cristeta and Larry, have one wish for their son.

“Sana huwag kang magbago. Nandito lang kami para sumuporta lagi sa’yo,” Larry said.

Baldivino was declared the first PGT grand winner during the talent-reality show’s finale Sunday night at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum. The teenager, who sells siomai in Batangas, has topped (48.81%) the overnight text and online votes.

Dance groups Baguio Metamorphosis and Velasco Brothers were hailed runners up. They received P100,000 cash prize each.

PGT judge Kris Aquino described Baldivino as ABS-CBN’s next singing superstar after his heartfelt rendition of Queen’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You.”

His fans, who called themselves Jovinatics, went in full force at the Big Dome to show their support.

He already created a mark during his audition after singing The Journey’s “Faithfully.” His video was uploaded on YouTube and was viewed more than 3 million times.

He was then dubbed as the next Arnel Pineda, with the striking resemblance of his voice to that of the Filipino international artist.

PGT’s finale was hosted by Luis Manzano and Iya Villania. Watch the replay of both the final performance and results night on Studio 23 this Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.

“Quit Smoking” Obama advice to Noynoy

Barack Obama has offered to help Philippine president-elect Benigno Aquino quit smoking, as the US leader phoned to extend his congratulations, the incoming Filipino leader said Thursday.

Obama, who has fought a public battle to kick the habit himself, called hours after parliament proclaimed Aquino the official winner of the May 10 election on Wednesday, the new president-elect told reporters.

“At some point I attempted some humour,” Aquino said.

“I said, ‘Mr President I understand we have the same issue with smoking.’ He told me, ‘Well, I quit that already. I quit, it’s your sole problem but I’m ready to offer advice.’”

Aquino said the US leader promised to send the advice “at the time that you decide to quit.”

The 50-year-old Aquino, said by former colleagues to smoke up to two packets a day, conceded during the election campaign that stopping smoking would be good for his health and that he intended to kick the habit eventually.

However he changed his mind after learning he had won, saying quitting now would add stress to his life, and he has pointed out that as long as he follows smoking regulations and does not bother anyone, he should be free to smoke.

Obama, 48, promised his wife he would quit smoking when he ran for president — but has admitted succumbing to the occasional cigarette several times since moving into the White House.

Aquino described his conversation with Obama as “very pleasant” and said he found the US leader “very sincere” in strengthening ties with the Philippines, a former colony and a military ally in Asia.

The two men touched on a possible visit by Aquino to Washington, Aquino told reporters, but the Filipino stressed he would have to attend to other concerns of the state first

Aquino and Binay was congratulated by the U.S. President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama called President-elect Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III Wednesday night to congratulate him on his proclamation by Congress as the winner in the May 10 presidential elections.
Obama likewise congratulated Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay thorough Aquino in a phone call past 9 p.m to the Aquino house on Times St., Quezon City.
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US Embassy spokesperson Rebecca Thomas confirmed the call on GMA News’ late-night Saksi newscast.
“President Obama called President-elect Aquino to congratulate him and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay on their victories in the May 10 elections,” said Thomas.
“And also he wanted to congratulate the people of the Philippines for carrying out a successful first-ever automated elections,” she added. US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. earlier congratulated Aquino and Binay in a statement. Amb. Thomas affirmed the US’ “deep and long relationship with the Philippines, a treaty ally whose soldiers have fought alongside ours in World War II and subsequent conflicts. “We look forward to working with the new Philippine government to deepen the unwavering friendship and partnership between our two nations, and to advance our common goals for the benefit of the Southeast Asia region and the world,” Thomas stated. The US maintains close economic, political and diplomatic ties with the Philippines, a former US colony. British Prime Minister David Cameron likewise sent his greetings to Aquino in a letter, referring to the strong relations between the Philippines and the United Kingdom. “As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia,” said Cameron, who was appointed Prime Minister on May 11.
Other countries, such as China, have also sent their congratulatory messages to Aquino and Binay.
“Today represents an historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations,” China’s ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao said.
According to GMA News’ Saksi newscast, Liu also noted that the proclamation fell on the exact date when China and the Philippines established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. —Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV

Mayweather Jr. another excuse?

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s comments hinting at his retirement from boxing has gone largely undetected by Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is enjoying a vacation with his family in the United States.

“Wala pang reaksyon si Manny. Nagbabakasyon pa siya [Manny is yet to comment on the issue. He's still on vacation.],” said Pacquiao’s chief of staff Jake Joson to Yahoo! Southeast Asia, adding, “Let’s just leave everything to [Bob] Arum.”

Mayweather said in his video interview for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he’ll be taking couple of years off the ring.

“I want to devote my time in my boxing gym and just give back to the homeless,” said Mayweather in his interview.

In an ABS-CBN report, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is not buying what Mayweather had said and believes that he “was just babbling.”

“You never know with Floyd. Sometimes he just talks for the sake of talking. If Floyd plans to take a year or two off, we should be seeing a formal press release soon,” Arum said as quoted by boxingscene.com.

“Nagpapataas presyo lang si Mayweather [Mayweather just wants to get a higher percentage in his purse],” added Joson in his phone interview with Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

But if ever the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout will not push through, Joson has this to say, “Kilala naman natin si Manny na as a boxer kahit sino lalabanan nya [As a boxer, Manny will fight anyone].”

A possible rematch between Pacquiao and new WBA super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who finished off Yuri Foreman at the Yankee Stadium, is Arum’s Plan B according to a Philstar.com report.

Pacquiao will be back in the Philippines on June 14 to prepare for his legislative duties as representative of the lone-district of Sarangani, said Joson.

Taal Volcano is on Alert No. 2

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised its alert level from level 1 to 2 for Taal Volcano, following observations of “anomalous change.”
In a statement posted in its website , Philvolcs said “alert Level 2″ means the volcano is “undergoing magmatic intrusion which could eventually lead to an eruption.”
Philvolcs reminded the public that the main crater remains off-limits because hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur, along with the possible build-up of toxic gases.
Continued rise in number of recorded volcanic earthquakes, among other unusual volcano behavior, prompted Phivolcs to raise the alert level.
“For the past 24 hours, 32 high frequency volcanic earthquakes were detected. The size of recorded earthquakes has also been increasing. In addition, a low frequency type volcanic earthquake was detected on 02 June 2010,” Philvolcs added.
Philvolcs said temperature of the main crater lake also increased to 34 degrees Centrigade on May 24, relatively higher by 2 to 3 degress C from its temperature last May 11.
“The composition of Main Crater Lake water has shown above normal values of Mg/Cl, SO4/Cl and Total Dissolved Solids,” Philvolcs also said.
It also noted that steaming activities at the northern and northeast sides of the crater “occasionally intensified.” Philvolcs also noted there were “audible hissing sounds.”
“The recorded high frequency volcanic earthquakes could be the result of active rock fracturing associated with magma intrusion beneath the volcano. The fractures served as passageways through which hot gases from the intruding magma could escape into the Main Crater Lake,” Phivolcs said.

Roxas has been denied

A Commission on Elections (Comelec) official rejected calls from the camp of vice presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Roxas II to conduct manual audits in certain precincts nationwide said to have “nullified votes.”
“Hindi eh.. ang napag-usapan natin ay five clustered precincts in one legislative district [lang]. Hindi na siguro pwede [ang additional],” Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle told reporters on Friday. Tagle is also the co-chairman of the Technical Working Group in charge of the Random Manual Audit.
(What we’re talking about are five clustered precincts in one legislative district. Undertaking additional random audits may not be allowed.)
“Ang problema lang ‘yong null votes.. baka diyan tayo magkaproblema. Pero sa nakikita naman namin, hindi binabasa ng machine, pero we still have to determine [the cause],” Tagle said, adding that the canvassing board would have to decide whether to count null votes or not.
(Null votes are the issue and that’s where we might encounter a problem. We think that the machines were unable to read [the votes] but we still have to determine the cause.)
“Pero as of now, hindi dapat. Maybe sa protest na ‘yan, hindi sa canvassing,” he added.
(But right now, the matter could be handled through a protest, not through canvassing.)
Earlier, the Roxas camp sought a manual count of what it said are over 2.6 million nullified votes in the senator’s known bailiwicks. [See: Roxas camp: Manual vote audit first before electoral protest]
The Roxas camp also rejected calls from the Comelec to file an election protest instead. Manual audit finished by early next week
While Tagle assured the random manual audit (RMA) would be finished by Monday or Tuesday next week, he also said that only “one or two” instances of triple-digit discrepancies in RMA results have been processed so far.
“Ang inuuna naming dinedetermine na [root cause] ng discrepancy ay ‘yong mga malalaki. ‘Yong mga maliliit [ay] negligible naman. Mayroon ding mga nakita kaming triple-digit, [pero] one or two lang,” Tagle said, although he did not specify the precincts.
(We determine the root cause of those with big discrepancies. The small ones only have negligible discrepancies. We saw triple digit discrepancies but only once or twice.)
Over 80 percent of audit results — 1,005 out of 1,145 precincts — have already been processed by the National Statistics Office, the commissioner said.
“Ang hinahanap [na lang] nila ‘yong root cause [ng discrepancies]. Medyo may mga double digit, pero hindi pa malaman kung ano nga ang root cause,” Tagle said.
(They’re looking for the root cause of the discrepancies. Some have double-digit discrepancies but the root cause of these have yet to be determined.)
He noted, however, that results on hand so far revealed improper shading and overvotes as some of the sources of discrepancies from the two counts.
Tagle cited a case in a Valenzuela precinct, where members of the Board of Election Inspectors doing the manual audit counted overvotes, resulting in a 100-point discrepancy between the electronic and manual counts. “‘Yung mga iba naman [ay dahil sa] human error. Sa Valenzuela, 253 ata ‘yong [bilang ng] machine, [pero] ang lumabas sa RMA ay 352. ‘Nong chineck namin, human error nga. Nagdagdag ng 100 ‘yong mga boto. Nagkamali sa computation. ‘Yong overvotes binilang.”
(Some discrepancies are due to human error. In Valenzuela, the machine counted 253 votes but the random manual audit reported 352. And when we checked, it was human error. One hundred votes were added because of an error in computation. The overvotes were counted.)

Pacquiao loses over Mayweather on Yahoo!

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao may have won a seat in Congress but Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s performance against Shane Mosley made him lose his pound-for-pound top ranking in Yahoo! Sports.
According to the Yahoo! Sports list issued by its boxing reporter Kevin Iole, Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao by 6 points in voting conducted by an elite panel of boxing writers from around the world.
Mayweather, who is Ring Magazine’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, received 20 off the 33 first place votes for a total of 317 points while Pacquiao received 13 of 33 first places votes for 310.
In his analysis, Iole said Mayweather “showed complete game in [his] convincing win over Mosley.”
Pacquiao, however, still enjoys Ring Magazine’s No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking.
Iole, meanwhile, said in his report that he hopes the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather will thresh out their differences to finally arrange the biggest fight to date.
“Hopefully, [Top Rank chief Bob] Arum, [Golden Boy chief Richard] Schaefer, Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, Mayweather advisor Al Haymon and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe can work out a deal to make it happen,” he said.
Rounding off Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound list are:
Paul Williams (No. 3)
Juan Manuel Marquez (No. 4)
Chad Dawson (No. 5)
Sergio Martinez (No. 6)
Wladimir Klitschko (No. 7)
Timothy Bradley (No. 8 )
Shane Mosley (No. 9)
Juan Manuel Lopez (No. 10).

Suitors of Lebron James

One month from the start of the NBA’s free agency frenzy, LeBron James said he’s not close to making any decision. However, he has handicapped his field of suitors. The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the pack. In his first interview since the Cavs’ season ended with a shocking, second-round loss to Boston, James told CNN’s Larry King that Cleveland has “an edge” to re-sign him when the greatest collection of free agents in league history hits the open market on July 1.
King, who interviewed James at the two-time MVP’s home near Akron on Tuesday, asked the superstar if Cleveland has “an edge going in?”
“Absolutely,” James said in a portion of the interview released by the network. “Because, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it’s comfortable. So I’ve got a lot of memories here. And so it does have an edge.
“It’s going to be a very interesting summer and I’m looking forward to it.”
Also during the interview, which will air Friday on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” James said he can’t wait for July 1 to arrive and that he has not yet decided where he’ll sign.
“I’m far from close,” he was quoted as saying in a transcript posted on WEWS-TV’s website in Cleveland. “July is still a month away, less than a month away. I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t began to strategize exactly.”
James also made his first comments about former Cavs coach Mike Brown, who was fired in the aftermath of Cleveland’s startling loss to the Celtics. James said he was sorry to see Brown let go after five seasons.
“He was a great coach, five great years we had together and we turned a franchise that hadn’t seen a lot of things in a lot of years,” James said.
“But ultimately, we both, myself and Mike Brown, didn’t accomplish what we wanted to, and that was (win) the NBA championship. And I think we wanted it more than anybody else.
“So it’s unfortunate. I wish him the best and I think he’s going to have a great coaching career.”
Before sitting down with King, James had not talked any media members since the Cavs were eliminated by the Celtics, who then knocked off Orlando and will meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals starting Thursday. James believes the Celtics can beat the Lakers and win their 18th NBA title.

James has spent all seven seasons as a pro with the Cavs, who offered him a contract extension last year and can give him $30 million more than any other team in a maximum-length deal.

Erap and Binay lead the election poll on the 4th day of canvassing

MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of President Joseph Estrada and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay were ahead in the 4th day of canvassing of votes for president and vice-president.
Based on 140 Certificates of Canvass (COCs) counted by Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), Estrada received 234,474 votes.
Binay received 307,537 votes.
The votes from La Union province and Ilocos, the first electronically transmitted results to be canvassed, allowed Estrada and Binay to take the lead from Liberal Party candidates Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Roxas II.
The Liberal Party tandem was ahead in the first three days of canvassing based on local and overseas absentee voting.
Aquino got 205,967 votes while Roxas got 232,986 votes.
The NBoC canvassed on Monday the results from La Union, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Ilocos Norte.
The results from Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, and Siquijor were deferred to due alleged discrepancies.