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(Second of a series on the NFA) The Thai Embassy has allegedly rebuffed a high-ranking National Food Authority official and two senior officials of Seabridge, a shipping firm, for their offer to handle the logistics requirements for the importation of rice from Thailand, The Manila Times learned on Monday. The…

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RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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Profits from crony deal: P4B SHOCKING? It certainly is, especially for a paper that had been the loudest megaphone of the anti-Marcos uprising in 1986, and which to this day has reeked with vitriol against the dictator and anybody identified with him. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) in fact continues…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s visit to Pagasa Island in the municipality of Kalayaan in the Spratlys last week posed no threat to China of any kind. No troops were landed, neither was any offensive military structure introduced into the island, which lies 450 nautical miles from Manila and 235 miles…

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2 foreign firms eyeing PLDT stake in Meralco

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THE head of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said Tuesday two foreign companies were interested in buying its remaining stake in power distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). “There are two serious foreign companies,” PLDT Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters. The stake is…

Sleeping with the enemy

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AN urgent order of business for the Philippine National Police (PNP) is to flush out possible sleepers in its ranks. This agenda takes on greater import in light of recent discovery that a PNP official has apparently been “sleeping with the enemy,” as the police organization’s chief and Director General…

Workers seek P157 wage hike

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ORGANIZED labor will push for a P157 across-the-board wage increase in the daily take-home pay for workers in the private sector and another P500 monthly cash subsidy from the government to enable workers to cope with widening poverty as inflation continues to reduce purchasing power. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union…

‘Q1 GDP may have grown 6.5% – 7%’

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Investment bank First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) widened their estimated range for Philippine economic growth in the first quarter by half a percentage point on improving global recovery and already robust domestic demand. They now estimate growth in gross domestic product…

 

Warriors sweep past Blazers, Raptors take control

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LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with a crushing 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry scored 37 points with eight assists and seven rebounds as the Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the…

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…

Azkals to face powerhouse China in friendly

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The Philippine men’s football team will be facing Asian powerhouse China in a friendly match on June 7, according to Azkals team manager Dan Palami. The exhibition match is part of the team’s preparation for the Asian Cup third round qualification match against Tajikistan on June 13 at the Pamir…

Maria is back

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We would know by Friday (local time) this week if Maria Sharapova’s return to tennis after a 15-month doping ban was a success or a failure. It would be both. If the Russian wins her first round match on Thursday (local time) against Italian Roberta Vinci at the Stuttgart Open…

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…

2 Arabs suspected of ISIS links monitored in Lanao

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines is investigating if two Arabs monitored in Lanao del Sur province, the stronghold of the terrorist Maute Group, are members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS, Gen. Eduardo Año, AFP chief of staff, disclosed on Tuesday. “We have monitored one…

NKorea marks military anniversary with firing drill

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SEOUL: Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a US aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region. Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to…

PCSO AAC Propitious Corporation holds first STL draw in Rizal

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And the first STL winning combination in the Province of Rizal is 35 and 1! The very first draw of the Expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) in Rizal was successfully conducted on April 7, Friday, at exactly 10 a.m. at the 2nd floor of Star Valley Plaza Mall, Ortigas Avenue…

Bela Padilla’s ‘gambles’ pay off

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While Bela Padilla is very much unlike the fictional character and family-oriented Diane dela Cruz, who reluctantly resorts to gambling to make ends meet in her upcoming film Luck At First Sight, the 25-year-old admitted that she too has “gambled” to reach the showbiz tatus she currently enjoys. The movie,…

Porsche offers new colors, power boost for 911 S variants

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Porsche is launching the new model year with a significantly expanded range of extras: An array of new color variants for the interior and exterior of all model lines, and a kit to increase power by 30 horsepower available to order as special equipment ex-works for 911 S model variants.…

PCSO AAC Propitious Corporation holds first STL draw in Rizal

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And the first STL winning combination in the Province of Rizal is 35 and 1! The very first draw of the Expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) in Rizal was successfully conducted on April 7, Friday, at exactly 10 a.m. at the 2nd floor of Star Valley Plaza Mall, Ortigas Avenue…

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…