The 80s heartthrob recently welcomed his third grandchild from Luigi, his son with Janice De Belen. Luigi's wife, Patty, gave birth last January 9. "Luigi is making me feel old. I have three grandchildren already!" he told Inquirer.net. Aga added, however, he doesn't mind having many grandchildren and he's happy for his son "because he’s such a great dad." Patty and Luigi, who's behind the restaurant Amacena at One Tagaytay Place Hotel, chose the name Anya for their bunso. They are already parents to Alejandro and Adriana. Congratulations!
First "three-parent" baby born to infertile couple
BBC reports that a baby girl in Ukraine has been born with the genetic identity of her parents, alongside a tiny amount of DNA from the donor. Doctors in Ukraine capital of Kiev "fertilized the mother's egg with her partner's sperm. They then transferred the combined genes into an egg taken from a donor." The "three-person IVF" technique was developed to help women who are at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease, a serious genetic disorder that causes debilitating physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities, to have a healthy child. This was the first time the technique was used to help an infertile couple, a decision that Prof. Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, describes as "highly experimental." He told BBC that the three-person IVF "has not been properly evaluated or scientifically proven. We would be extremely cautious about adopting this approach to improve IVF outcomes." (bbc.com)
House bill proposes income tax exemption
Quirino Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua, the chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, has proposed a bill on income tax reform to ease the burden of taxes of those with an annual salary of P250,000 and below, which is currently 83 percent of taxpayers. The proposed bill, House Bill No. 4774, state that employees earning P250,000 and below a year will be exempted from paying income tax. Those with annual income over P250,000 to P400,000 would pay a fixed tax of 20 percent of the income in excess of P250,000. Tax rates will gradually decrease over the first two years of implementation; employees earning over P250,000 to P400,000 will eventually have a tax of 15 percent. "The simplified tax system will increase the take-home pay of most individuals thereby put more money in people's pockets. This will make the system fairer and more equitable," said Finance undersecretary Karl Chua. Rep. Cua's tax reform will retain only exemptions for senior citizens and persons with disabilities and excises tax on diesel and gasoline, and on vehicles, too. (gmanetwork.com)
LRT-MRT common station to begin construction in December The plans of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its partners in the private sectors to construct a common LRT-MRT station is finally pushing through after a memorandum of agreement was signed yesterday, January 18. The MOA was signed by the DOTr, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), SM Prime Holdings Inc., Universal LRT Corporation (BVI) Limited of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation (NTDCC), and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). The 13,700-square meter, the P2.8-billion-worth common station will connect LRT-1, MRT-3, and the proposed MRT Line 7 and will be located between the SM North Edsa and the Trinoma Mall. Construction will start in December this year and the targeted date of project completion is on April 2019. (gmanetwork.com)
Netflix debuts trailer for comedy about adorable 'zombie mom'
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Drew Barrymore headlines one of the newest series on online streaming website Netflix. In the new comedy series, Santa Clarita Diet, Barrymore plays Sheila, a wife, mom, and real estate agent in Santa Rita California, who dies and becomes a zombie. Her husband, Joel (Timothy Olyphant), and daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson), now help Sheila in her transition into undead-ness without arousing suspicion from other people. Santa Clarita Diet will debut worldwide on February 3, 2017 on Netflix.(ew.com)