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    POTENTIAL WITNESS VS DE LIMA HURT IN STABBING AT BILIBID

    CONVICTED Chinese drug lord Tony Co was killed while former Justice department asset Jaybee Sebastian was hurt in a stabbing incident inside the most secured Building 14 of the New Bilibid Prison Wednesday morning, authorities said. Two other convicts, Peter Co and Vicente Sy were also wounded. Justice Secretary Vitaliano…

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    First read With his flamboyant flair for drama, President Rodrigo Duterte caused hearts to flutter on Monday when he declared that he is about to cross a “point of no return” in the Philippines’ long relationship with the United States. It was his way of explaining a cryptic remark he…

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    He was very relaxed when I visited him. In fact, he was just wearing slippers in Malacañang. I tell you, he’s very, very simple; a humble man. He’s easy to talk with, and you won’t be afraid to approach him. — Cardinal Ricardo Vidal on his August visit to President…

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    “Enough! Arrest me!” This was Senator Leila de Lima’s challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte in another emotionally charged news conference where she addressed a plan by lawmakers to show her alleged sex video, and insinuations that she had something to do with Wednesday’s stabbing incident at the New Bilibid Prison.…

    Envoy Zhao: Sun rises ‘beautifully’ on China-Philippines ties

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    RELATIONS between China and the Philippines are improving “beautifully” under President Rodrigo Duterte, Beijing’s envoy said as Duterte warms to China and Russia following US criticism of his bloody war on illegal drugs. Ambassador Zhao Jianhua offered effusive praise for Duterte in a speech at the embassy reception for the…

    Peso weakness a homegrown issue

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    EARLIER this week, the value of the peso relative to the US dollar declined to its lowest level in seven years at P48.25 to $1 in trading on the Philippine Dealing System (PDS). Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. was quick to reassure jittery investors and economic…

    Govt lifts ban on OFW deployment to Libya

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    THE government has lifted a ban on deployment to Libya of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with valid and existing contracts for jobs there in light of improved security in the North African country. On recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) Governing Board…

    10-pt economic agenda at risk from foreign policy

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    Private think tank Stratbase-ADR Institute (ADRi) for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday warned that the Duterte administration’s “independent” foreign policy could derail its own 10-point economic agenda. ADRi President Victor Andres Manhit said President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy is alienating major economic partners and creating an “unwelcoming” environment to…

    Green Archers shoot down UE, stretch winning streak to six

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    De La Salle University stretched its unbeaten run to six after beating University of the East (UE), 84-78, on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Ben Mbala posted 19 points, 17 rebounds and…

    National MILO Marathon Davao Leg moved to November 6

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    The National MILO Marathon Davao qualifying race will be rescheduled to November 6, 2016, because of runners’ requests for an extension of the registration. The race was originally scheduled on October 9, 2016. The decision to extend the registration period was made in the best interest of the runners, and…

    Into the danger zone

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    We should all congratulate Donnie “Ahas” Nietes in his debut at flyweight (112 pounds) over the weekend with a resounding decision win over Mexican Edgar Sosa. But the 34-year old Sosa, whose record is now 52-10 with 30 knockouts, can hardly be considered a marquee opponent even if he was…

    Global FC inches closer to claiming 2016 UFL crown

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    Global FC inched closer to winning the 2016 United Football League title after defeating Stallion FC, 3-0, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. With just two games left, Global FC needs only to secure a point to claim the crown. Global is currently on top of…

    UFC 20 years ago and beyond

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    About 20 years ago, a friend of mine who was into the martial arts training lent me a videotape of the Universal Fighting Championship (UFC) 4 that was staged in December 16, 1994. At the time, the Internet was virtually non-existent (at least in the Philippines) and very few households…

    Perlas shines in SEABA Women’s Championship

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    Perlas Pilipinas moved up to 3-0 in the SEABA Women’s Championship after yet another blowout win, this time against Vietnam, 134-56, at the Bukit Sendirit Stadium in Malacca on Thursday night. Perlas limited Vietnam to only eight points in the first quarter before dropping 41 in the second quarter en…

    2 more Sayyaf men slain, 4 wounded in Sulu clashes

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    Two more members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed and three others were wounded in renewed clashes with government troops in Sulu on Wednesday. A soldier was also wounded in the encounter. The slain Abu Sayyaf fighters were reportedly followers of Alhabsy Misaya, one of the group’s…

    Typhoon Megi kills one in China, 4 in Taiwan

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    BEIJING: Typhoon Megi smashed into the Chinese mainland with winds of around 120 kilometers (75 miles) an hour on Wednesday morning, killing one person, after leaving a trail of destruction and four people dead in Taiwan. The typhoon brought heavy rain with it and local media reports from China’s coastal…

    The star-studded Singapore F1 concerts

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    A wish for another Filipino artist on its stage after Charice SINGAPORE: The sound of fast cars at night at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Conversations filled with the names Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo or Sebastian Vettel, or teams Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. All these could mean…

    The star-studded Singapore F1 concerts

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    A wish for another Filipino artist on its stage after Charice SINGAPORE: The sound of fast cars at night at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Conversations filled with the names Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo or Sebastian Vettel, or teams Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. All these could mean…

    Audi PH unveils all-new A4

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    The latest premium executive sedan from Ingolstadt is now here The all-new Audi A4 has finally arrived in the country with PGA Cars, the official distributor of Audi cars in the Philippines, officially unveiling the new-generation premium executive sedan last week. The all-new A4, now with the B9 platform, is…

    Jeslyn Santos home from Miss United Continents win

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    Twenty-three-year-old Jeslyn Santos of the Philippines was crowned Miss United Continents 2016 in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) making the lass from Bulacan the first Asian to win the title. She arrived in Manila on Tuesday. Ecstatically, she posted on Facebook, “Yey!!! Im finally home… Salamat Pilipinas!…

    Daphne Oseña-Paez on making tough and loving choices in life

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    Since she made her mark on Philippine television in the 1990s as a news reporter for ABS-CBN, eventually finding her niche as television host-cum-producer for a string of successful lifestyle programs, Daphne Oseña-Paez has established herself as a woman of substance, grace and style in the public eye. Away from…