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YEN MAKABENTA

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First read As an erstwhile newspaper editor and communications consultant, I do not understand why our public officials do not prepare full public statements when they have to deal with an issue of personal or official interest to them. I also do not understand why editors nowadays tolerate stories from…

ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS

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“THE nutribun is a lie,” said one placard. And with this the credibility of the anti-Marcos rallies may just have taken a hit. After all, how can one deny the existence of the nutribun? Nutribun is a type of bread whose formula was developed by nutritionists at the University of…

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Robredo vows to oppose Duterte’s ‘detrimental’ policies

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NOW that she is out of the Cabinet, Vice President Leni Robredo vowed to strongly oppose all policies of the Duterte government that she believes is detrimental to the country. Robredo held a news briefing on Monday shortly after the President accepted her resignation as head of the Housing and…

Our modern rail system should not include a Congress railroad

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When it was announced that under President Rodrigo Duterte, the government, with the assistance of China and Japan, will build a fully modern railway system or systems to serve the entire country, we were one of the first to applaud. This totally salutary development needs to be qualified, however. It…

Tycoon can only be arrested sans warrant if he returns to PH

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Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said they want to arrest Jack Lam without a warrant and they can do so only if Lam returns to the country. Without an arrest warrant, the PNP cannot work with its counterpart abroad to bring…

Nov inflation gains pace to 2.5%, highest in 2 yrs

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Beating central bank and analyst forecasts, Philippine headline inflation accelerated to 2.5 percent in November, marking the highest rate in almost two years, official data showed on Tuesday. The increase, however, kept the 11-month inflation average still below the official target range for the year. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)…

Westbrook in rare territory with fifth straight triple-double

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LOS ANGELES: Russell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to notch five straight triple-doubles in the NBA, his latest on Sunday (Monday in Manila) powering Oklahoma City to a 101-92 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Westbrook scored 28 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and…

Francona, Roberts named managers of the year

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LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and the Cleveland Indians’s Terry Francona were named the American League and National League managers of the year, respectively, Major League Baseball said Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Francona won easily, getting 22 of the 30 first-place votes and 128 total voting points…

Greenies crush EAC in NCAA football

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Juniors champions La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) trounced Emilio Aguinaldo College, 6-1, in their first round match in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Monday. Theodore Travis led the Greenies with four goals while Vin Dela Cruz registered a brace performance. The…

PSL concludes 2016 regional competition program with Langoy Capiz

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The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has ended its regional competition program for 2016 with its 105th leg series in the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, Capiz. It was the third time that the PSL has conducted a tilt in the area—the first during the aftermath of Yolanda in 2013. The…

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…

Cebuana athlete finds healing in sports

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Sports brought healing to young Cebuana Nyka Archival. The 14-year-old athlete competed in the triathlon and duathlon events of the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, mainly to bear the pain brought by the death of her beloved father. Though she just finished sixth and…

Sandigan upholds Espino’s suspension

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The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division maintained its ruling that ordered the 90-day preventive suspension of Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr., pending litigation of the graft cases filed against him and several others for allegedly authorizing two unqualified firms to extract black sand in the Lingayen Gulf area in 2011. In a…

Popular NZealand PM John Key quits

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WELLINGTON: Popular New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his shock resignation on Monday, saying he was never a career politician and it was the right time to go after eight years in the job. The former Merrill Lynch currency trader called it “the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” with…

Believing in Santa … or not?

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I think it would be safe to assume that almost everyone loves the music, the presents, the family gatherings, and everything else that comes with Christmas. The holiday certainly holds a special place in our hearts, and Santa Claus plays a huge part during the Christmas season. But one of…

Dennis Trillo, Andi Eigenmann, ‘Felix Manalo’ top 64th Famas Awards

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Robin Padilla talks about rejected US visa application in FPJ Memorial Award speech The Iglesia Ni Cristo-backed biopic of its founder, Felix Manalo, was the big winner at the 64th Famas Awards at the Century Park Hotel in Manila on Sunday. The film was proclaimed Best Picture, while its lead…

Better-looking Lexus IS350 now available in PH market

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Arguably the most stylish car in Lexus’s product line, the IS sedan is a popular model in the luxury segment. The current, third-generation model is particularly stunning, and remains so even three years after it was introduced to the global market in 2013. But as with any other automobile that…

Believing in Santa … or not?

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I think it would be safe to assume that almost everyone loves the music, the presents, the family gatherings, and everything else that comes with Christmas. The holiday certainly holds a special place in our hearts, and Santa Claus plays a huge part during the Christmas season. But one of…

Empowering the Filipino female to take charge of her health

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A survey titled “EVA: Evaluation of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Filipino Women” reveals that Filipino women always put their family’s health concerns before their own. As such, if the women of the family—be they grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters or daughters—are the ones who are ill, a majority of…