• Richard Yap on Latest Hazing Death: 'Sobrang Sakit for a Parent'

    Plus, Danica Sotto-Pingris is grateful for Dina Bonnevie's sacrifices, Isabelle Daza bashed on her pregnancy announcement, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Richard Yap on hazing death: "Sobrang sakit for a parent"
    "Sir Chief"got emotional when he was asked for his opinion on the death of a law student from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) allegedly due to hazing. 

    "Hindi ko ma-describe yung sakit...," Richard said as his voice trailed and his eyes welled up with tears, "...for a parent. Grabe yung sakit. Nararamdaman mo sa tatay niya kung gaano kasakit na yung anak mo na inalagaan mo, papatayin lang just like that." Richard said he personally knew the victim through his daughter. 

    Richard had a message for the fraternity men involved to come forward. "Hurting people in the name of brotherhood is not brotherhood. It's just violence, so own up to what you did, and be men. 'Cause if not, you’re not men. You are not meant to be lawyers," he told ABS-CBN News. Richard also had stern words for the UST officials, saying they were also responsible for the tragedy. "If this is a legitimate fraternity that is endorsed by UST, they should also come forward. Kayo dapat ang nagbabantay kung ano ang nangyari diyan," Richard added. (pep.ph)

    Danica Sotto-Pingris is grateful for mom Dina Bonnevie's sacrifices
    On the morning talk show Magandang Buhay, Danica had nothing but awe and admiration for her mother who raised them as a solo parent after separating from ex-husband Vic Sotto. "Kinaya mo mag-isa. At 19 years old, kinaya mo kaming i-raise kami ni Oyo. I'm just grateful. Before nagka-clash kami na parang tingin ko she's too strict, pero ngayon it all makes sense na para pala sa akin ang lahat nang ginagawa niya and she never complained," the mother of two told her mom during their guest appearance.

    Danica remembered instances when her mom declined marriage proposals or any idea of living abroad because she always prioritized her kids. "She had to sacrifice a lot for Oyo and I, kahit 'yung personal happiness niya. Kaya happy ako ngayon na she's with my stepdad na. Now, 'yung love na ibinigay niya sa akin, my kids can experience the same kind of love, higit pa," Danica added. Dina, on her part, said she's very proud of her daughter. "Lahat ng winish ko na para sakin na sana magkaron ako ng ganitong family na buo na...Danica and Marc, they're very lucky to have each other," the veteran actress said. (abs-cbn.com)

    Isabelle Daza bashed on her pregnancy announcement
    The actress is getting bashed in the comments section of her social media accounts after announcing that she and husband Adrien Semblat are expecting their first baby. Some of them have since been deleted, but some of the comments on Twitter are still up.

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    In the past, Isabelle has received flak for her insensitive comments about the children of Africa and Japan’s meishi culture. She has also been accused of being a "Marcos apologist" (her godfather is Bongbong Marcos). But those incidents cannot justify mom-shaming comments, says Jacqueline Arias of Preen. "It doesn’t matter if you’re simply making a joke or injecting your beliefs onto Isabelle’s pregnancy. You may think you’re taking a moral stance, but it just sounds like pure mom-shaming. Particularly one that wishes ill on the mom and her child." (inquirer.net)

    WATCH: Peter Rabbit movie's first trailer

    Peter Rabbit, from the classic children's books by Beatrice Potter, continues his mischievous ways if we're solely basing it on the trailer above. In the animated movie, Peter, voiced by The Late Late Night Show host James Corden, is a fun-loving rabbit who organized an animal house party Farmer MacGregor’s (Domhnall Gleeson) place. "This is only the beginning," the pants-less rabbit said. Their feud only escalates as they compete for an animal lover (Rose Byrne) who moved in next door. We've yet to see more but certainly, other Beatrix Potter characters such as fellow rabbits Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, voiced by Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley respectively. (Read our "8 Books Being Made Into Movies We Can't Wait to See" here). Peter Rabbit premieres in theaters in February 2018. (ew.com)

    House budget panel finds P40B-fund for free tuition in SUCs next school year
    House Appropriations Committee chair Karlo Nograles told reporters at the House of Representatives (HOR) it has the budget for free tuition for state universities and colleges next year. The P40 billion will come from several departments: Department of Education's school building program (P30 billion), Department of Tourism's EDSA and Quezon Ave BRP project (P3 billion), various scholarships programs (P6 billion), and from the Department of Information and Communications Technology. Nograles said the amount could cover free tuition and miscellaneous expenses for all SUCs including the University of the Philippines System for 2018, as mandated by the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law last month. (gmanetwork.com)

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