(Via ABS-CBN News)
MANILA – The tire of a Cebu Pacific plane bound for Tacloban caught fire while taxiing after aborting take off, the budget carrier said Monday night.
Cebu Pacific flight DG6577 bound for Tacloban from Cebu aborted takeoff Monday evening due to fluctuating oil in one of its engines, according to lawyer JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs.
The Cebu Pacific plane aborted takeoff. While taxiing, the aircraft’s wheel caught fire.
The passengers were immediately evacuated. Of the 67 passengers and crew, only one reported minor injury.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said its inspectors are investigating the cause of the incident.
Source: ABS-CBN News
(Via Pacific Business News)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor, is expanding his production company to Hawaii, Pacific Business News has learned.
Late last month, Johnson registered 7 Bucks Entertainment Inc. with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
The new company’s address traces back to the Beverly Hills, California, business-management firm Grant, Tani, Barash & Altman Inc.
Howard Altman, a partner with the firm and one of Hollywood’s most powerful business managers, lists Johnson as one of his clients.
Johnson said he came up with the meaning behind his production company from a motivating experience in 1995 when he had exactly $7 in his pocket, according to a Twitter post from his official account.
That next year, Johnson would gain worldwide fame by joining the World Wrestling Federation and then World Wrestling Entertainment.
He would eventually transition from the ring to the big screen, where today he is the top-paid actor in the world, bringing home $64.5 million in 2015.
The 44-year-old Johnson, who has lived in Hawaii, has starred in such movies as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “Furious 7,” “ San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence,” “Moana,” “Fast 8” and “Baywatch.”
Johnson, who formed 7 Bucks with his ex-wife in 2012, sees big opportunities in producing films and television shows.
He is set to star in a remake of the blockbuster movie “Jumanji” along with Kevin Hart and Jack Black. It is scheduled to start filming this fall and be released in July 2017, more than two decades after the original movie that starred Robin Williams, who died in 2014.
Johnson is also the voice behind the demigod Maui in Disney’s “Moana,” which is being released Nov. 23 and stars Kamehameha Schools student Aulii Cravalho as “Moana.”
Duane Shimogawa covers energy, commercial real estate and development for Pacific Business News.
Source: Pacific Business News
A group of teachers recruited to Vietnam sought the help of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in nabbing the illegal recruiter who sent them to Vietnam.
Suzette Maricar Orden told the CHR in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental that a certain Nico James Aligasa Bantayanon allegedly tricked her and 29 others into paying thousands of pesos for placement at an English tutorial center in Vietnam.
According to a GMA News report, Orden reportedly paid up to P58,000 in miscellaneous fees to Bantayanon after the latter promised work at Ocean International Language Center, where he served as a training director.
Even though she and the others were deployed to Vietnam less than a month after their contact, it was quickly revealed that the offer was not what it seemed.
Every teacher was made to pay board and lodging and their airfare, all of which were supposed to be free, based on what was promised to them.
Their contract also had no clear stipulations and most were not given work loads.
“In my case, regular ang work load ko pero sa aking mga close friends na kasama ko doon wala na. two to one month nang hindi nagteach. So, I ask Mr. Nico: Sir anong status sa kanila? It is no work pay? Ang sabi niya: Yes. Pinandigan nilang No work no pay,” Orden recalled.
She added that instead of receiving a monthly pay of $900, teachers only took home $800 and were not paid for their overtime.
They were also made to exit to another country instead of staying for their two-year contract at Vietnam after their second month of employment passed.
“Sa second month naming doon nagsent siya mail sa amin na kailangan daw kaming mag-exit sa ibang bansa kasi raw hindi naworkout ang aming working permit,” Orden explained.
“I told him, pinuntahan ko siya sa main office why will we go for an exit na dumaan naman kami sa agency. Ano ang kaibahan sa tourist at sa dumaan sa agency. Wala siyang magandang naisagot,” she added.
Orden and others managed to return home to the Philippines but some teachers were forced to stay with Bantayanon as they could not pay for their airfare and the debts they incurred to have their applications processed.
Ann Beverly Corona-Verbosidad, who filed a complaint with the CHR, said Bantayanon gave his blessing for the teachers to seek help with the commission after he refused to show their payslip and how their pay was being deducted.
“Iniwan ko (ang trabaho sa Pinas) because I really believed the offer and it was really good. Then temporary ko sa NORSU (Negros Oriental State University) but again hindi ko sinisi ang recruiter kasi those were my choice,” she said.
“However, may nakapagsabi sa akin sa mga kasama that he is still party responsible kung paano kami nakasama doon (Vietnam). Napaniwala lang talaga niya kami sa lahat niyang pangako sa amin,” Verbosidad continued.
Their employment agency, the Sky Resources Exchange Corporation, was verified as a licensed manpower agency registered with the Department of Labor and Employment by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.
However, Kindrick Villaluz of DOLE Negros Oriental said being a licensed agency does not mean automatically mean that a company’s method of recruitment is legal, nor that Bantayanon was a licensed recruiter.
“So, ang procedure nito is kung pupunta sila to recruit outside Metro Manila or any provinces for the recruitment, they should have special recruitment authority issued by the POEA. Even if licensed ang recruitment agency, the person himself should also be authorized to recruit,” he explained.
Dr. Jesus A. Cañete, CHR Negros Oriental OIC, promised to conduct an in-depth investigation on the case.
Cañete also vowed to take Bantayanon’s side for impartiality although though he warned the recruiter from charging the teachers left in his care with further fees.
“Pakiusap kang huwag naman agad magagalit sa akin kasi I want to get your side but I would warned you that any action later on to be taken by you at the expense by these people lalo na sa mga teachers na nasa labas pa ng bansa, it will be detrimental to the interest to these teachers I will be on your heels,” he said.
GMA News Online has sought Bantayanon for comment but has yet to receive a reply. — Rie Takumi/VVP, GMA News
CEBU CITY – Lawyer Ingemar Macarine, Cebu’s own “Aquaman,” swam nearly six kilometers at sunrise on Saturday to campaign for cleaner seas.
It took Macarine two hours to cross the Hilotongan Channel from Mactan Island to Olanggo Island to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day.
Rough waters due to the full moon, however, prevented Macarine from swimming back to Mactan.
Macarine said he noticed how the waters contained more trash compared to his 2004 attempt to cross the channel.
His next swim is a 17-kilometer stretch from Ubay, Bohol to Bato, Leyte on October 19.
Macarine was dubbed as the “Aquaman” after swimming several channels in the country including the Tañon Strait, between the islands of Negros and Cebu.
His attempt to become the first Filipino to swim the English Channel early this year was cancelled due to bad weather, but he will try again next year after a series of trainings and acclimatization.
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President Barack Obama bade farewell to G20 leaders in Hangzhou, China, on Monday by reminding them they’re living in “turbulent” times — and he wasn’t kidding.