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COMMUNISTS HAIL END TO WAR GAMES

SAN DIEGO, United States: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday (Friday in Manila) said Washington’s alliance with the Philippines remains “ironclad” even though President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to end joint military exercises to appease China. The Pentagon chief’s remarks came as he headed for a security summit in…

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First read First, a disclosure and digression from my intended subject: a tribute to Sen. Miriam Defensor–Santiago, who died in her sleep on Thursday morning. 1. Disclosure – I was the sneaky journalist-columnist, who, back in 1988 dubbed Miriam Defensor Santiago, “the mouth that roared” on the pages of the…

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Like Hitler, Duterte ‘happy to slaughter’ drug addicts

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Lashing out at critics portraying him as a “cousin of Hitler,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would be “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts, like what the Nazi leader did when he sent the Jews to the gas chambers. “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there’s three…

Watch and learn

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Filipinos in Vietnam were reported to have waited for four hours to see President Rodrigo Duterte, who was visiting Hanoi on Thursday. When he finally made his appearance, requests for selfies swarmed him and babies were practically shoved at him for a presidential kiss. Stunts, the skeptic would say of…

AFP awards medals to 5 wounded soldiers

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday honored five soldiers who were wounded in a series of encounters with the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Brig. Gen. Arnel de la Vega, commander of the AFP Joint Task Force Sulu, personally pinned the Wounded Personnel Medal to 2nd Lt.…

‘Relaxing bank secrecy may fix trade data gap’

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AS MUCH as P1.8 trillion trade data discrepancies under the tax and customs system may be addressed once the bank secrecy law is relaxed, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. In 2014 alone, there was a gap of P1.8 trillion in the value of imports as reported locally and the…

Chiefs cut down Cards, Altas force do-or-die match

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Arellano University wasted no time elimi-nating Mapua Institute of Technology, 92-80, to claim the first seat in the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidate Jio Jalalon fired 22…

Green shines as Bengals drop Dolphins

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LOS ANGELES: Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green torched Miami for 173 yards and a touchdown Friday as the Bengals handed the visiting Dolphins a 22-7 NFL defeat. The Bengals bounced back from a 29-17 home loss to Denver on Sunday, taking full advantage of a Dolphins team depleted by injury. Miami…

Top storylines in Season 71

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The 71st season of the National Basketball Association is just around the corner and will begin on October 25 beginning with a game between the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the new-look New York Knicks. This season promises to be more exciting with the formation of a nearly unbeatable super…

Ibrahimovic gets Man Utd moving in Europa League

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Zlatan Ibrahi­mo­vic headed in a 69th-minute winner as Manchester United got their Europa League campaign off the ground with a labored 1-0 home win over Zorya Luhansk on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Beaten 1-0 at Feyenoord in their Group A opener, Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to break…

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…

Red Lionesses, CSB dispute NCAA table tennis top spot

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The San Beda College (SBC) Red Lionesses and the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) Lady Blazers will battle for the top spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s table tennis tournament today at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Gym in Intramuros, Manila. The…

Leyte approves P7 billion investment plan for 2017

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TACLOBAN CITY: The province of Leyte approved its P7.1 billion annual investment plan (AIP) for 2017 during the recent Provincial Development Council meeting. The AIP constitutes the yearly expenditure requirements of the local government unit for programs, projects and activities, consisting of the annual capital expenditure and the regular operating…

SKorea relocates US missile system against NKorea

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SEOUL: South Korea on Friday formally announced a new location for deploying a North Korea-focused US anti-missile defense system, after vocal protests from local residents over potential health and environmental hazards. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after North…

It is still the season of Alden Richards

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Alden Richards is one of the top—if not the most important—homegrown talents of GMA Network at the moment. Beyond his mother studio, he is regarded as a major star after riding the waves of Eat Bulaga’s AlDub phenomenon with Maine Mendoza, and as such, is currently a greatly admired personality…

It is still the season of Alden Richards

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Alden Richards is one of the top—if not the most important—homegrown talents of GMA Network at the moment. Beyond his mother studio, he is regarded as a major star after riding the waves of Eat Bulaga’s AlDub phenomenon with Maine Mendoza, and as such, is currently a greatly admired personality…

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…

PICC’s toast to 40

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Asia’s first international convention center looks back at four decades of grand event hosting For 40 years, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) bore witness to the greatness of past generations. It served as host to some of the most important events in the Philippines, making this convention center not…

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…