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DUTERTE CALLS FOR ‘OPEN FORUM’ WITH FOREIGN CRITICS

A United Nations human rights rapporteur said Monday she intended to visit the Philippines to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on illegal drugs, but was seeking security guarantees for people she planned to speak with. Duterte last week said he would allow UN and EU experts to look into…

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First Word “My mouth is not the problem,” President Duterte declared in a speech before policemen at Camp Vicente Alagar in Cagayan de Oro last Thursday night (September 22). But his mouth is a source of much confusion about the war on drugs. The following day, on Friday, September 23,…

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DOJ readies admin cases vs de Lima

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) wants Sen. Leila de Lima ousted from the Senate through administrative charges that it plans to file ahead of criminal cases in connection with her supposed involvement in the illegal drug trade. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said in a news conference administrative cases could…

Let’s keep our eye on the ball

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It’s a sign of economic stability when the country’s economic managers and monetary authorities join together in a virtual pool statement of confidence in the current state of the economy. Their figures may not always jibe with one another, but this time around they appear to be singing in unison.…

PH foreign policy risks ties with trading partners

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A THINK tank on Monday said the foreign policy of the Duterte administration risks alienating its major economic partners and creating an “unwelcoming” environment to foreign investors. President Rodrigo Duterte had said that he would pursue an “independent” foreign policy, one that is sovereign from the United States, but observers…

IMF, ADB raise PH 2016 growth outlooks

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have separately revised upward their 2016 growth forecasts for the Philippine economy to 6.4 percent from a previous projection of 6 percent, with both institutions seeing continued robust domestic demand for the rest of the year. They stressed the need,…

Gin Kings subdue Beermen in Game One of semifinals

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Barangay Ginebra banked on a strong second half to score a 115-108 come-from-behind win over reigning champion San Miguel Beer in Game 1 of the best-of-five semifinals of Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday. Import Justin Brownlee finished with a conference-high 39 points,…

Marlins pitcher Fernandez dies in boating accident

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MIAMI: Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was once jailed in his native Cuba for trying to defect, died early Sunday in a boating accident in Miami Beach, the Major League Baseball team announced. The Marlins’ game against the Atlanta Braves scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Miami was cancelled.…

PSL’s success in democratizing Philippine swimming

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The democratization of Philippine swimming is one of the ultimate visions of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL). PSL’s partnership with Sen. Nikki Coseteng started in December 2010 with the tournament titled “Pinoy Peace and Unity Swim.” The goal of the tilt is to unify Philippine swimming. The PSL has met…

Global FC inches closer to claiming 2016 UFL crown

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Global FC inched closer to winning the 2016 United Football League title after defeating Stallion FC, 3-0, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. With just two games left, Global FC needs only to secure a point to claim the crown. Global is currently on top of…

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…

Perlas shines in SEABA Women’s Championship

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Perlas Pilipinas moved up to 3-0 in the SEABA Women’s Championship after yet another blowout win, this time against Vietnam, 134-56, at the Bukit Sendirit Stadium in Malacca on Thursday night. Perlas limited Vietnam to only eight points in the first quarter before dropping 41 in the second quarter en…

Ex-Mindoro mayor convicted of graft

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division sentenced former Mayor Apollo Feraren of San Teodoro town, Oriental Mindoro to maximum of 10 years in prison for negligence after allowing a private individual use government-owned heavy equipment free of charge in 2004. The court also meted Feraren with accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from…

US accuses Russia of ‘barbarism’ over Aleppo bombardment

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: The US accused Moscow of “barbarism” over the worsening carnage in Aleppo, as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the city in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its…

Nurturing parent, nurturing teacher

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There is a saying that school is a child’s second home and the teachers, a child’s second mother or father. For just as important it is that a child grows within a supportive and nurturing home environment, so must the school create a welcoming and caring environment for each student.…

‘Patintero’ conveys themes of friendship and anti-bullying among children

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Fresh from participating at the 3rd Silk Road International Film Festival in China, indie director Mihk Vergara’s Patintero: Ang Alamat Ni Meng Patalo returns to the country with a commercial run in cinemas this October. The film is considered as one of the best features in the 2015 QCinema Film…

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…

Nurturing parent, nurturing teacher

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There is a saying that school is a child’s second home and the teachers, a child’s second mother or father. For just as important it is that a child grows within a supportive and nurturing home environment, so must the school create a welcoming and caring environment for each student.…

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…