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‘TO SAVE THE PRESIDENT FROM EMBARRASSMENT’

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Friday called on Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa to resign over the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo at the hands of the police right inside the PNP’s Camp Crame headquarters. Alvarez joined the growing call…

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FIRST READ Reacting to one of my recent columns (“Do we even know what questions to ask?,” The Manila Times, January 17, 2017 ) a reader (whom I shall call here reader Hector because of his previous comments) shared with me an interesting piece of information. He said the Philippines’…

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NOW I must face it: Duterte is not the problem. Forget the bad mouth, that’s his privilege. As it should be the privilege of every Filipino. As somebody from the thinking sector of Philippine society puts it quite amazingly, “putang ina” is the national language of the Filipino people –…

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DAVOS, Switzerland: Billionaire George Soros on Thursday (Friday in Manila) delivered a scathing assessment of Donald Trump, calling the US President-elect a “would-be-dictator” who is “going to fail.” On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, Soros said Trump was “gearing up for a trade war” that would have “a very far…

Ex-DOH chief backs Sotto vs condom-giving

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THEY were at odds during the bitter debate over the Reproductive Health (RH) law, but Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd and former Health secretary Janette Garin now see eye to eye in opposing plans to give away condoms to public high school students. Sotto told reporters Garin agreed with…

B is for bunkum…

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There is a suggestion from Gloria Diaz for Maxine Medina to get the services of an interpreter. It apparently was made over talk that Medina, the Philippines’ candidate to this year’s Miss Universe beauty pageant, which Miss Diaz won in 1969, is not conversant in the English language. So are…

CHED, state schools doubt sustainability of free tuition

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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (Pasuc) are worried about the sustainability of free education, once the proposed measure granting free tuition to students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs) is approved. Patricia Licuanan, CHED chairman, said her agency will…

Banks tighten lending to companies, households

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BSP notes reduced risk tolerance, less favorable outlook COMMERCIAL BANKS tightened their lending standards for companies and households during the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly due to their less favorable economic outlook and reduced risk tolerance, the central bank said on Friday. The lenders are also set to keep the…

Arum says Pacquiao might fight in Russia in July

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Top Rank Promotion head Bob Arum said that World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao might face a Russian foe in July in Russia. Arum, who is currently working on the fight details and contract package of Pacquiao’s fight against Jeff Horn in April, said the eight-division world champion…

Sta. Elena Golf and Country Club muscles up with The Turf Company gears

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The Sta. Elena Golf & Country Club has received another fleet of equipment that includes irrigation systems, precision mowing equipment, golf cars and other utility vehicles from The Turf Company. President and COO Mario Lopez and Sales Manager Ernie Mozo represented The Turf Company while Sta. Elena was represented by…

Ghana targets last-eight berth, Egypt chases first win

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PORT-GENTIL, Gabon: Ghana can secure a place in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Avram Grant’s side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 finals,…

Why Horn?

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The title of the column basically echoes the question of boxing fans after Australian Jeff Horn was picked as the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao. After tossing names like Terence Crawford, Pacquiao’s team ended up picking a fighter who is not even a household name in his own household. Make…

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 booter Fernando welcomes new role as Sparks’ GM

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Football player Isabella Fernando said that she is honored to take her new position as general manager of the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC. “I felt honored. I knew that a big task lays ahead of me and that I needed to prepare for it,” Fernando told The Manila Times in…

Floods hit 50 villages near Liguasan Marsh

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: At least 50 barangay (villages) near the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Marsh are flooded since late Wednesday following three days of heavy rains in hinterlands in the nearby provinces. The Liguasan marsh in Central Mindanao is a catch basin for more than a dozen large rivers that spring from…

Thousands of Australians kick off anti-Trump Women’s March day

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SYDNEY: Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday took to the streets in reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration, kicking off the Women’s March day of global protest against the new US president. Several thousand women and men joined the movement in central Sydney and a similar number turned out…

Tradition, luxury at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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The first month of 2017 is wrapping up but the Year of the Fire Rooster is just about to begin. And what a better way to usher in the Chinese New Year than attracting prosperity and continuing tradition in the midst of luxury? Marco Polo Ortigas is pulling all stops…

Men of the moment

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Even for the press, catch-ups with showbiz’ most handsome male celebrities are always a treat. And this past week, updates from no less than ultimate leading man Piolo Pascual and prime time heartthrob Enrique Gil on their latest milestones and projects make them showbiz’ men of the moment—and your reading…

Continental Supersports: the world’s fastest four-seater

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Welcome the new Bentley Continental Supersports, the most powerful production Bentley in the world to date. And the world’s fastest four-seater. Unlike the previous Supersports, which got rid of the rear seats to reduce unsprung weight, Bentley retained the rear seats for the new model and added more power. The…

Tradition, luxury at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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The first month of 2017 is wrapping up but the Year of the Fire Rooster is just about to begin. And what a better way to usher in the Chinese New Year than attracting prosperity and continuing tradition in the midst of luxury? Marco Polo Ortigas is pulling all stops…

Nicole Tantoco

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The retail scion on her personal and professional growth This interview was set right in the middle of the holiday frenzy at the heart of  Makati’s shopping district. As expected, crowds were streaming in and out of the shopping mall, hoping to find or have bought the perfect gifts for…