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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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    REPUBLIC SERVICE

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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 widens

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    Philippine imports in June slowed from May this year and from June 2015, but the country’s trade deficit widened further as inbound shipments continued to outpace exports during the month in review, data from the government showed on Thursday. Inbound shipments in June grew 15.4 percent from a year earlier…

    Tornadoes tumble anew in Thailand

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    Foton Pilipinas faltered in its first two games in the 2016 Thailand Women’s Volleyball Championship being held at the Wi Sommai Gymnasium in Sisaket Province, Thailand. The Tornadoes suffered a 13-25, 10-25, 18-25 decision against powerhouse Sisaket-Thailand in their first game then bowed to Bangkok Glass-Thailand in the second match…

    Los Angeles pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

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    LOS ANGELES: Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will be honored Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with a ceremony in Los Angeles, the city where he played his entire 20-year professional career. As part of the tribute ceremony, to be held at city hall, officials in the southern California city have declared…

    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 to clash with Bahrain in October

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    The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has announced that the Azkals will be in action in a FIFA friendly in October as their buildup for the AFF Suzuki Cup continues. The football body said in a statement on Wednesday that the Azkals will battle Bahrain at the Philippine Sports Stadium in…

    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…

    UN council considers condemnation of NKorea

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    UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council met for two hours on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to discuss North Korea’s test-firing of a missile from a submarine toward Japan and agreed to consider a statement condemning the launch. “There was a general sense of condemnation by most members of…

    Alden joins ‘Encantadia’ admits missing Maine

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    PLUS: Kylie speaks up about uncle BB Gandanghari’s petition to change his sex to female; and a popular actor’s fear over Duterte’s fight against drugs A very popular actor is said to be sha­king in the knees ever since the Duterte administration has shown just how serious the government is…

    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…

    Brewing a cup of tea the British way

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    As much as Filipinos have close affi­nity for the strong and aromatic coffee, the subtle tea has also found its way into local cups. In fact, British tea brand Twinings revealed to The Manila Times that the Philippines is their largest market in Southeast Asia. This in mind, Stephen Twining…

    Alden joins ‘Encantadia’ admits missing Maine

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    PLUS: Kylie speaks up about uncle BB Gandanghari’s petition to change his sex to female; and a popular actor’s fear over Duterte’s fight against drugs A very popular actor is said to be sha­king in the knees ever since the Duterte administration has shown just how serious the government is…

    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…