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CHINA has expressed alarm over the visit of Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and military generals to Pag-asa Island last Friday, saying the move ran against a “consensus” between Beijing and Manila to peacefully settle their maritime row. “Gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this, China has lodged representations with…

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OF WW II ‘BIG FIVE’ POWERS, ONLY TWO ARE STILL STANDING

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The distribution of power in the world is changing in an epochal way. It is tilting away from the Atlantic—where it has been for the last 150 years—and moving toward the Pacific. The United States still wields the strongest single influence on global affairs—whether military, economic, or cultural. But even…

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“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces…

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Army, jihadists clash anew in Lanao Sur

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COTABATO CITY: Government forces and jihadists aligned with the notorious Islamic State (IS) clashed anew in Lanao del Sur before dawn on Saturday in Piagapo town near the camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Zamboanga-based Western Mindanao Command (WestMincom), confirmed the…

Let’s hope Pag-asa isn’t just another pipe dream

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The Philippines must fend for itself in asserting sovereignty in disputed waters that fall within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea, as events of recent memory have shown that it cannot rely either on Beijing or Washington to get its fair share of justice even if…

9 individuals face graft case over fertilizer procurement

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The Office of the Ombudsman has filed a graft case at the Sandiganbayan against nine individuals in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of liquid fertilizers in 2004. Named respondents were Rodolfo Guieb, who was identified in the charge sheet as then-provincial agricultural officer of the Department of Agriculture (DA)…

Inflation picks up to 3.2% in Q1

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Seen nearing high end of target range in H2 Headline inflation gained further speed in the first quarter of 2017 to 3.2 percent from 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter last year, central bank data shows, indicating sustained acceleration in price growth for the sixth quarter in a row. Releasing…

 

Thunder, Celtics earn crucial wins, Clippers stun Jazz

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LOS ANGELES: Russell Westbrook produced yet ano­-ther triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a crucial 115-113 victory over the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs on Friday (Saturday in Manila). With the win on their home court, the Thunder avoided falling into an 0-3 hole in their…

Canoy faces South African for WBF belt

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Filipino Jason Canoy battles South African Mzuvikile Magwaca today for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight belt in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Canoy, who is holding a 26-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 19 knockouts, is coming off two straight wins over fellow Jetly Purisima via referee technical decision…

Araneta excited about new football league

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After four years of planning, the Philippine Football League (PFL) was officially launched on Friday in Taguig City with eight teams competing in the inaugural season. Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta expressed optimism about the new national football league saying that with the support of different stakeholders,…

Rizal Memorial Sports Complex: A mere memory?

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“And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.” — Ada Louise Huxtable, 1963 It was just last December when my Facebook feed was flooded with posts about the plan to convert the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) into a commercial…

Lookout bulletin issued vs De Lima

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THE tables have been turned against Sen. Leila de Lima, who used Lookout Bulletin Orders (LBO) to bar political figures, including former president Gloria Arroyo, from leaving the country when she was Justice secretary. The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a lookout bulletin against De Lima to ensure that she…

Lady Spikers take on Tigresses in Final 4 battle

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Defending champion De La Salle University will shoot for the first finals slot when it battles University of Santo Tomas (UST) today in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Final Four at the Araneta Coliseum. The Lady Spikers will face the Tigresses at 4…

6 die, 7 hurt in Cotabato highway accident

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Six persons died and seven others were critically injured when the driver of a cargo truck loaded with soda products lost control of the vehicle and rammed motorists in Makilala, North Cotabato before dawn on Saturday. Chief Insp. Elias Colonia, Makilala town police chief, said the fatal…

France on edge as presidential vote looms

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PARIS: France was on edge on Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman. The Islamic State-claimed slaying of the officer on Paris’ Champs Elysees avenue thrust questions of security to the…

Speaking the language of peace

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The conflict in Mindanao has not always been between rebel groups and government forces. Religious, political and cultural differences among the populace may have played a part, too, but deeper than these factors are clan feuds that started decades or even centuries ago. As such, rido—the Maranao term for clan…

Brillante Mendoza goes off track in ‘Ang Pagtatapos’

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And why he chooses to call his movies ‘alternative’ rather than ‘indie’ For admirers of Brillante Mendoza’s trademark gritty movies, the award-winning director’s latest offering titled, “Ang Pagtatapos,” will definitely come as a surprise. Premiering tonight as part of a 12-part movie-made-for-TV series, “Ang Pagtatapos” will air on TV5 via…

Audi Q2 – new SUV for a new segment

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Audi extends its Q family with a compact SUV. The Audi Q2 is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, bundling a progressive design with a high level of functionality. Connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are on level of full-size class. “In the Audi Q2 we have developed a…

Reconciliation–the theme of Erap’s 80th birthday bash

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Doting daughter Jackie Ejercito jokingly rolled her eyes and smiled as she listened in on The T-Zone’s quick conversation with former president and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on the latter’s 80th birthday celebration Wednesday night. Asked if he had any idea how grand the occasion would be,…

Speaking the language of peace

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The conflict in Mindanao has not always been between rebel groups and government forces. Religious, political and cultural differences among the populace may have played a part, too, but deeper than these factors are clan feuds that started decades or even centuries ago. As such, rido—the Maranao term for clan…