Piolo Pascual mum on Sharon’s tweets

October 13, 2012

Sinamahan si Piolo Pascual ng kapuwa Star magic talents sa launching ng second year ng SunPiology Run 2012, ang benefit run na muling maglilikom ng pera para makatulong sa different charities.

Sanib-puwersa rito ang Sunlife Insurance at ang Star Magic na nagsi-celebrate ng 20th anniversary.

Gaganapin sa November 24 sa Venice Piazza McKinley Hill ang SunPiology at ang target runners this year ay 2,000 although puwedeng mag-accommodate ng up to 5,000.

Maraming taga-Star Magic ang nangakong tatakbo para makatulong. Sa gabi, gaganapin ang Star Magic Gives Back Concert na sasalihan ng Star Magic talents.

Pagkatapos ng Q&A, nag-stay pa si Piolo para sagutin ang isyu sa kanya. Welcome raw sa benefit run ang ex-girlfriend na si KC Concepcion, walang problema sa kanya at nag-wish pa ito ng happiness sa ex at sa sinasabing new love nito.

Pinag-react din si Piolo sa past tweets ni Sharon Cuneta at ang sagot nito: “Hindi ako nagbabasa ng tweets at wala akong Twitter account para ’di ako masaktan. I want to be spared from feeling bad and feeling mad. Whatever people say and write, ’di ko na lang pinapansin (sinundan ng kibit-balikat). I just shrug my shoulders and move on.”

Wala pang GF si Piolo dahil nangako sa anak na si Iñigo, who is 15 years old, na ’pag  18 years old na ito siya mag-aasawa.

He’s 38 now, enjoy muna raw siya sa buhay.

Naikuwento rin ni Piolo na may nag-text sa kanya at hinamon siya.

“I texted him back at sabi ko, halika, magpakilala ka at magsuntukan tayo ng lalaki sa lalaki, hindi siya sumagot,” sabi ni Piolo.

PNoy dismisses Senator Enrile coup plot as ‘tsismis’

October 13, 2012

President Benigno Aquino III dismissed as pure gossip the reported attempt of administration allies to unseat Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

“Siguro kulang ng balita kaya maraming tsismis. Pero hindi tayo naniniwala doon,” Aquino told reporters after attending the launching of the Hardin ng Lunas Project on Friday.

Aquino said his dinner with some senators at the Palace the other night was purely a social event, meant to thank the senators for their support for the administration’s legislative agenda and initiatives.

“Maganda relasyon namin with the Senate and House. At ito ‘yung mga sumuporta sa amin sa napakaraming mga panukala tsaka maraming mga layunin na aming hinabol. Siguro karapat-dapat lamang na magpasalamat kami. At ‘yun ang dahilan ng dinner, na magkaroon kami ng konting salu-salo para masabing ‘Thank you’ at may konti na ring pagnanasa na magpatuloy ang magandang relasyon namin ng Senado at pati na rin ng House,” Aquino said.

Aquino said it was the first time that he hosted a thanksgiving dinner for senators “in two years and four months” of his governing.

Senator Ralph Recto bombarded with calls to resign

October 13, 2012

Senator Ralph Recto has been bombarded with calls to resign as the chairman of the committee on ways and means over his committee report on the sin tax reform bill.

They say the sin tax should not be just about revenues but also about the health of every Filipino.

“Profit or Pinoy? Sino ba ang ipo-protekta nila? These people think only in numbers, but do not think of social implications. Kulang sa holistic approach. Yes, hard numbers but also concern for society,” said Human Rights Commissioner Cecilia “Coco” Quisumbing.

Quisumbing argued that the Philippines can no longer give the excuse that it is a developing country and it cannot give Filipinos the health care they deserve.

Quisumbing’s statements came following the release of Recto’s sin tax bill committee report, which envisions only P15 billion in new taxes, way below the P60 billion target.

Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, meanwhile, reiterated that the sin tax bill is primarily a health bill.

“He sees these mainly on revenues at incidental lang ‘yung health. This is not the first time he looks at these issues very narrowly. Sino ba ang author ng e-VAT? ‘Di ba siya ang tumulak ng e-VAT that has had a very negative impact on our economy over the last few years? Lahat po ng mga mangangalakal, small businesses, people, consumers, continue to suffer from the e-VAT pushed by Senator Recto,” said Bello.

But Bello also said he still believes Recto has not fallen into the hands of big tobacco companies.

“He’s a person of integrity. Ang problema he looks at it very narrowly. ‘Di namin sinasabi na si Senator Recto is in the hands of these multinationals. Problema lang talaga, makitid ang paningin nya,” he said.

Meanwhile, cancer survivor and New Vois Association Philippine president Emer Rojas also expressed dismay over Recto’s report.

“Ang panukala ni Senator Recto ay napakababa, siguradong marami na naman po ang mamatay at magiging biktima,” he said.

Health advocates like Rojas have been arguing that studies have shown that increasing the price of cigarettes will discourage young people from taking the habit of cigarette smoking and, in effect, the government doesn’t have to spend billions in treating cigarette-related illnesses, including lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, COPD and diabetes.

exPres. Gloria Arroyo transferred to ICU

October 13, 2012

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center on Friday after several tests showed she is at risk of a heart attack.

VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi said various tests done on Mrs. Arroyo indicated that the former president is currently suffering from “ischemia.”

“Considering the forgoing, the patient is not dischargable at this time,” Legaspi told reporters in a press briefing Friday afternoon.

Legaspi explained that ischemia is a condition where not enough blood is circulating in the coronary arteries due to blockage.

“Medyo ominous iyan. It is not something that you can just forego with. You have to monitor the patient. That’s why we transferred her to the ICU. May medicines, the cardiologist will take care of that,” she said.

“Ischemia should not be taken lightly. That can progress to full blown myocardial infarction, or in layman’s term, a heart attack.,” she added, noting that the former president needs to undergo further medical examinations.

Legaspi said Arroyo is not allowed to engage in any activity while inside the ICU.

“Ngayon dapat binabantayan siya and everybody knows, I think there is no need to overemphasize that the heart is important,” Legaspi said.

Arroyo was admitted to the ICU on Friday even as her arraignment for a plunder case was scheduled on Monday, October 15.

Earlier, her lawyers filed a formal written motion before the Sandiganbayan to defer the arraignment.

The motion accused the Office of the Ombudsman of committing “grave abuse of discretion” in finding probable cause in the plunder case against Mrs. Arroyo.

It said the former President plans to file a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court to nullify and set aside the resolutions of the Ombudsman finding probable cause in the case.

The lawyers argued they need more time to prepare the petition for certiorari before the SC, hence the need to defer the arraignment on Monday, October 15.

Legaspi said it remains indefinite when Arroyo could be discharged.

“In the practice of medicine you think of the worst condition until proven otherwise. In a situation where the patient is diagnosed to have ischemia, you will think of that blockage in the coronary artieres until proven otherwise,” she said.

“Sometimes pwede bumalik lahat yan. It is better to put her in the ICU for monitoring and then tell ‘okay, that was nothing,’ rather than take it for granted and all of a sudden you are caught unaware, and it turns around.”

Sarah Geronimo says My conscience is clear

October 13, 2012

Klinaro na ni Sarah Geronimo ang tungkol sa isyung sinibak at pina-ban nila ng Mommy Divine niya ang make-up artist na si Jing Monis at hair stylist na si Eric Pe Benito na matagal nang nagseserbisyo sa Pop Star.

Ayon kasi sa lumabas na tsismis kamakailan, pinatalsik daw ang dalawa dahil kampi ang mga ito kay Gerald Anderson.

Matatandaang kaagad na naglabas ng statement si Viva big boss Vic del Rosario tungkol dito at mariing itinanggi ang issue.

Nang makausap ng entertainment press si Sarah sa Cherry Mobile presscon ay pinabulaanan din niya ang tsismis.

“Isang malaking miscommunication po talaga,” pagkaklaro ni Sarah. “Alam n’yo, mahal ko po ’yung mga taong ’yun, talagang habambuhay ’yung utang na loob ko po sa kanila hindi mawawala po ’yun at never ko pong… never po naming gagawin sa pamilya namin, lalung-lalo na kami ng nanay ko, na magpapa-ban kami ng mga tao na…

“Naku sino ba naman kaming mga powerful na tao para magpa-ban ng mga stylist? At saka mahal po namin sila, hindi, hindi totoo.”

Ano ang naging feelings niya sa pagkakadiin ng mommy niya sa issue?

“Siyempre, masakit, nu’ng nabasa ko ’yung magazine, masakit. Napaluha ako kasi never kong in-expect na magkakaganoon. Parang out of nowhere, naging ganu’n.

“Pero as long as hindi naman po totoo at malinis naman po, clear po ang conscience po namin ng buong pamilya, walang dapat ikabahala.

“Ang kailangan lang po, personal na makapag-usap-usap para maayos ’yung friendship na meron po kami,” pahayag ni Sarah.

Ano naman ang naging reaksyon ng kanyang ina sa issue?

“Hindi na lang din po niya pinapakita sa akin. Ayoko na pong magbigay ng detalye, basta sana po, maayos as soon as possible,” ani Sarah.

Natanong din ang Pop Star sa estado nila ni Gerald ngayon at dito na tumangging magbigay ng pahayag si Sarah.

“Puwede po bang ’wag muna nating pag-usapan? Basta okay naman po ang lahat at wala naman hong, basta okay po ang lahat. Ayoko na ho sanang pag-usapan pa,” she said.

* * * Ano naman ang naging reaksyon ng kanyang ina sa issue?

“Hindi na lang din po niya pinapakita sa akin. Ayoko na pong magbigay ng detalye, basta sana po, maayos as soon as possible,” ani Sarah.

Natanong din ang Pop Star sa estado nila ni Gerald ngayon at dito na tumangging magbigay ng pahayag si Sarah.

“Puwede po bang ’wag muna nating pag-usapan? Basta okay naman po ang lahat at wala naman hong, basta okay po ang lahat. Ayoko na ho sanang pag-usapan pa,” she said.

Ruffa Gutierrez likes Sarah Lahbati for Richard Gutierrez

October 13, 2012

RUFFA Gutierrez is  looking forward to  working with Nora Aunor in “Enchanted Garden.” She’s the current queen of the fantasy world Eden,  but Ate Guy is the original queen being convinced by Alex Gonzaga as Aya to claim back her throne. Ate Guy starts taping for the show this week. How does Ruffa feel about it? “I’m looking forward to it,” she says. “Excited nga ako as I’ve never worked with her. Karangalan sa’king makasama siya kasi institution na siya sa showbiz. I’m sure I’ll learn something from her considering her long experience in the industry.”

What can she say about her mom Annabelle Rama’s candidacy as representative in Cebu. “At first, I was against it as I know I’ll miss her pag doon na siya nag-stay sa Cebu. Also, kung maintriga ang showbiz, di lalo na ang politics. But then, she doesn’t listen naman to us ng mga kapatid ko and she’s so decided about running so I’ll just support her all the way. She has good intentions and she’s now studying governance to prepare for it.”

What’s the real score between her brother Richard and Sarah Lahbati?

“I know they’re dating. I like Sarah. Mabait. Marespeto. At ang ganda kahit walang makeup. Also, tall like me. I told her to join a beauty pageant but ayaw niya.”

She’s glad to be part of GMA Films’ Metro filmfest entry, “Sosy Problems.” “I play the role of a TV executive and will shoot only for a few days. But I look forward to working with its younger stars, Heart Evangelista, Bianca King, Solenn Heussaff and Rhian Ramos.”

Isn’t she at odds with Heart who dropped her mom as manager after she got it at GMA? “Okay na kami. Pati si Mommy. Malambot naman ang puso ni Mommy, e.”

Piolo Pascual wants his next girlfriend non-showbiz and close to God

October 13, 2012

PIOLO Pascual wishes his ex-girlfriend, KC Concepcion, well. This is, thus by far, what he said when finally, he’s confronted by the press at a recent encounter.

So, when does he plan to have a lovelife again?

“I promised my son, Iñigo that I will focus on him until he’s 18,” he says. “So, mga three years pa.”

While some deem it as something that somebody says when he has nothing else to say, Piolo is such a good person that most entertainment writers don’t want to put pressure to. After all, his silence on the issue, especially what KC’s mom, Sharon Cuneta has seemingly implied on her twits, was enough for everyone to conclude what the real score is. So it is everyone’s own interpretation.

The most important thing is, Piolo has remained to be a big favorite among viewers, even with endorsees.

Fans are still quite excited to know that he plans to have a lovelife after three years, “preferably with a non-showbiz girl who is close to God.”

Meanwhile, he leads the SunPiology Run and Star Magic Gives Back Concert next month which keeps him busy at the moment.

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