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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte officially placed three villages of the famed Boracay Island under a “state of calamity” and declared the resort destination closed to tourists for a six-month rehabilitation and cleanup starting April 26. “The temporary closure of the islands as a tourist destination for six months starting 26 April…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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AFTER Cory Aquino became president in 1986, one of the first things she did was to seek out Nur Misuari, founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front. Through the Tripoli Agreement brokered by Moammar Gadhafi in Libya in 1976, which provided for Muslim autonomy in Mindanao, the MNLF and…

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SEOUL: When the leaders of North and South Korea reached across the Military Demarcation Line to shake hands on Friday, they symbolically—if fleetingly—united a peninsula that has been divided for decades. The handshake between the two leaders marked the latest milestone in a rapid rapprochement after months of global fears…

TWO suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) were arrested in separate police operations in Laguna on Thursday morning. A report released to the media on Friday morning identified the suspects as Jimuel Dizon alias “Amir” and Eddie Boy Bermejo alias “Abdullah” whom the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested in the cities…

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LAW graduates from the provinces again topped the Bar examinations, whose 2017 edition saw only one out of every four examinees pass. After special Supreme Court deliberations on Thursday, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, the exams chairman, announced that 1,724 out of 6,748 examinees who took the 2017 Bar examinations passed,…





PH demands explanation after Kuwait expels envoy

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THE Philippines demanded an explanation Thursday after its ambassador to Kuwait was expelled, shocking Philippine authorities and deepening a diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers in the Gulf state. The two nations had been working to resolve differences sparked by the murder of Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis, whose…

Customs turns over P10M in illegal drugs to anti-narcotics group

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THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday turned over to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) P10 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and kush weeds seized at a warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). According to District III Collector Carmelita Talusan, the 2,066 grams or 2.06 kilos of shabu…

PH demands explanation after Kuwait expels envoy

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THE Philippines demanded an explanation Thursday after its ambassador to Kuwait was expelled, shocking Philippine authorities and deepening a diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers in the Gulf state. The two nations had been working to resolve differences sparked by the murder of Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis, whose…

 

THE RECENT TRUMP/MACRON MEET

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Improve long-term PH policies on overseas labor

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Considering the highly charged state of relations between the Philippines and Kuwait today, it is best for Filipino officials and bureaucrats to take a deep breath or a long pause before issuing another statement about the relationship. No cause is advanced by the DFA demanding Kuwait to explain its expulsion…

Lawyers: No fees from Sereno, SC

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Officers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) do not receive compensation or any honorarium from Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno or the Supreme Court (SC) as alleged by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon. They made the statement in response to Gadon’s accusations two days ago that IBP officials receive allowances…

Bulacan airport proposal approved by NEDA Board

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San Miguel Corp.’s unsolicited proposal to build an airport in Bulacan, along with several other major infrastructure projects, has been approved by the National Economic and Development (NEDA) Board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte. San Miguel, which was awarded original proponent status last year for the P735.63-billion project, is now…


Rockets oust Timberwolves, James, Westbrook dominate

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LOS ANGELES: James Harden scored 24 points as the Houston Rockets booked their spot in the second round of the NBA playoffs by crushing the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-104 in game five on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Clint Capela scored a team-high 26 points and had 15 rebounds for the top…

Rockets oust Timberwolves, James, Westbrook dominate

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LOS ANGELES: James Harden scored 24 points as the Houston Rockets booked their spot in the second round of the NBA playoffs by crushing the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-104 in game five on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Clint Capela scored a team-high 26 points and had 15 rebounds for the top…

P5-M smuggled cigarettes seized from 3 Indonesians

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COTABATO CITY: The Philippine National Police (PNP) in General Santos City confiscated more than P5-million worth of smuggled cigarettes and arrested three undocumented Indonesians suspected of having entered through the southern backdoor. Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales, Police Regional Office 12 (PRO-12) director, on Thursday identified the three Indonesians as Sugonop Bentelu, 54; Rafles…

Iran rejects new nuclear deal

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TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, while his French counterpart vowed to US lawmakers that everything would be done to stop Iran ever acquiring atomic weapons. In their different ways, Europe, Iran and Russia are all seeking to…

Boardroom Watch

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Millennial entrepreneur finds opportunity in random encounters Mikko Barranda, co-founder of Acceler8, is calm and low-key and prefers to work quietly and efficiently. He wakes up at 6 a.m. on the dot, and by 9 a.m., he’s shooting off emails to his team and partners in every part of Metro…

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Mikko Barranda confesses that he never knew what he wanted and “floated” through college with a vague vision of his future career. He assures others who are treading that path, not to be unduly anxious as “purpose and passion will eventually find you.” Here he shares the questions young entrepreneurs…

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Midori Clark A shower of treats awaits guests at Midori Clark Hotel and Casino which turns a year old on May 1. Starting with the “50-50” promo, rooms can be enjoyed with a 50 percent discount off published rates and come with a free upgrade to the next category. Upon…

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Lady Rustan Spring/Summer 2018 Lady Rustan stays true to its roots this season, paying homage to the sophisticated woman. Created by Pia Regala-Hebron, whose design aesthetics have always revolved around clean lines and feminine silhouettes, the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection is all about effortless style and understated elegance. A dose…

Marco Polo Hotels’ big three makes every visit to Hong Kong fun and exciting

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Situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong are three Marco Polo hotels, namely Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel, forming part of Harbour City—Hong Kong’s largest shopping complex with more than 450 shops from the world’s leading luxury brands The three hotels…

Dennis Trillo still mum on marriage plans

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Viewers of Dennis Trillo in the nightly rom-com series “The One That Got Away (TOTGA)” on GMA Network agree that he is very natural in acting out the role of Liam—a catch of man, who after a string of failed relationships, found himself in a quandary as to who among…

The Audi A8 is ‘World Luxury Car 2018’

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The Audi A8 is the “World Luxury Car 2018” in the World Car Awards recently held at the New York Auto Show. This win underscores the status of the brand’s flagship model as the embodiment of “Vorsprungdurch Technik.” In their decision, the 82 jury members from 24 countries assessed the…

Marco Polo Hotels’ big three makes every visit to Hong Kong fun and exciting

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Situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong are three Marco Polo hotels, namely Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel, forming part of Harbour City—Hong Kong’s largest shopping complex with more than 450 shops from the world’s leading luxury brands The three hotels…

On building better lives

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For many successful women, making it in their chosen careers means learning to work within male-dominated workplaces where the proverbial all boys’ club still prevails. In fact, these very women will be the first to admit that it can feel intimidating to break into industries generally monopolized by men, but…

Marco Polo Hotels’ big three makes every visit to Hong Kong fun and exciting

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Situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong are three Marco Polo hotels, namely Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel, forming part of Harbour City—Hong Kong’s largest shopping complex with more than 450 shops from the world’s leading luxury brands The three hotels…

The Lookbook

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Designer Abraham Guardian pulls out the stops for creative reuse of clothing It was Lady Gaga’s avante-garde fashion choices that made an impression on Abraham Guardian’s sense of style. “I was very inspired by her. I just like the way she puts things together. Her costumes were not things that…

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Avoid beauty products with these ingredients What goes into your beauty products? Your lipstick, makeup, nail polish, hair products such as shampoo and conditioner, body care products like lotion, and other personal care products contain chemical ingredients that may be harmful to you, as well as to the environment. Studies…

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At an estimated three trillion dollars, fashion’s market value is an economic success story. But beyond the numbers, fashion is a ‘dirty industry’, ranking second as the biggest polluter on Earth, next only to oil. There are efforts to reduce and remove unnecessary waste in the production of garments and…