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    First Read If President Duterte can tag Iloilo City as the most “shabulized” city in the Philippines (suggesting widespread drug usage), I believe I breach no canon of journalism if I write here that the administration’s handling of the news on the ongoing war on drugs is a ‘shambolic’ mess.…

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    First of Three Parts The problem with the first-50, first-100 and even first-year assessments of any presidency is the oft-repeated warning, given routinely to stock investors, that past performance is no guarantee of future gains. So it must be cautioned about the rash of articles now appearing on the first…

    Today's Headlines

    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte stepped up his personal attacks against Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday, alleging that the latter’s “sex escapades” led her to commit “serious violations of law.” Speaking to reporters, Duterte slammed the former Justice secretary for “pretending” to be a crusader for justice. “What is really sad for this country, here is a woman posturing [as a] crusader for good government but [she cannot stop her immorality],” Duterte said in a news conference after attending the wake of a police officer in Taytay, Rizal. “Her sex escapade led her to commit several serious violations of law,” the…

    Baraan denies involvement in illegal drugs

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    FORMER Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd on Wednesday denied links to drug syndicates that operated in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, saying he did not supervise the national penitentiary. “All I can say now is that this is something I totally cannot imagine myself being involved in; it contradicts…

    Decision time looms for the mining industry

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    IN spite of our misgivings, and obviously, the fears of nearly every stakeholder in the Philippines’ mining sector, the method to the apparent madness of the aggressive campaign to ‘clean up’ the nation’s mining industry by Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez is becoming clear, and may just lead to a…

    Ex-irrigation official in trouble over SALN

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    The Office of the Ombudsman said it has found probable cause to file perjury and breach of conduct charges at the Sandiganbayan against former National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region X Manager Julius Maquiling over an allegedly false statement in his 2009 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Based…

    June imports slow but deficit widen

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    Philippine imports in June 2016 slowed from previous June and the previous month, but trade deficit continued to widen, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed on Thursday. Inbound shipments in June grew 15.4 percent to $6.85 billion from $5.94 billion a year ago. This rate of growth was notably…

    Nabong shines as Bolts batter Road Warriors

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    Power forward Kelly Nabong scored the crucial points in the final quarter to power Meralco’s 101-95 win over Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The 6’4 Nabong, posted 12 points and four rebounds before fouling out in…

    Lakers sign Chinese Olympian Yi

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    LOS ANGELES: Yi Jianlian, who is fresh off an appearance with the Chinese national team at the Rio Olympics, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA team announced on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Yi, of Guangdong Province, averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games…

    Preparing for the next Olympics

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    (Part one) The story that Hidylin Diaz carried buckets of water to her home when she was still young clearly demonstrates what the country should be doing to win medals in the Olympics: start them young in the sports where they will truly excel also based on their built. Although…

    Azkals popularity crucial to grassroots programs

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    The popularity of the Philippine Azkals gives big boost to football grassroots development program in different parts of the country, according to Cagayan-Misamis Oriental Football Association President Percy Guarin. “The popularity of the Azkals, which started in 2006 when Phil and James Younghusband and a few other players with Filipino…

    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…

    Ombudsman suspends Zambo DAR adjudicator

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    The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of an Agrarian Reform adjudicator in Zamboanga del Norte who was found administratively liable for allegedly immoral conduct and absenteeism. Suspended for one year without pay was Romeo Covarrubias, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) adjudicator in Zamboanga del Norte. The suspension…

    North Korea test-fires missile close to Japan

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    SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometers (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts described as a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions. The flight distance, which was tracked by South Korea’s military Joint Chiefs of Staff, far exceeded any previous SLBM…

    More on Aga Muhlach’s TV comeback

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    After The Manila Times Entertainment columnist Eric John Salut first broke the news in “Ripples” that the Philippines’ original heartthrob and ultimate leading man Aga Muhlach is making his big return to television after six years, showbiz has been buzzing about the actor’s long overdue decision. Two weeks ago, Muhlach…

    10th Generation Civic hatchback sails for the US

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    The first mass-production 10th-generation Honda Civics have now set sail for the United States. Due to arrive in dealers across North America by September, the US version Civic is made by Honda’s United Kingdom manufacturing base in Swindon. The story comes after last year’s announcement that Honda of the UK…

    Cleopatra’s beauty secrets uncovered

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    There is no other female figure in the ancient world who is passionately discussed to this day when it comes to beauty than Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. The daughter of King Ptolemy 12th, Cleopatra 7th Thea Philopator rose to great power at age 18 when she began her rule along…

    More on Aga Muhlach’s TV comeback

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    After The Manila Times Entertainment columnist Eric John Salut first broke the news in “Ripples” that the Philippines’ original heartthrob and ultimate leading man Aga Muhlach is making his big return to television after six years, showbiz has been buzzing about the actor’s long overdue decision. Two weeks ago, Muhlach…

    Eduardo Castrillo’s movement in metal

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    The celebrated sculptor elicits sentiments through his monumental works Definitely the most visible piece of art by renowned sculptor Eduardo Castrillo is the People Power Monument erected at the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City, where millions of motorists and commuters see it every day. It…