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SOUTHEAST Asian leaders are likely to avoid any official mention at their Manila summit this week of an arbitration ruling that had nullified China’s massive claims on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to a draft of their final declaration. But the draft also expresses “serious concerns” over…

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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei arrived in Manila on Wednesday for a state visit ahead of the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) Summit on April 29. Bolkiah will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Park on Thursday morning before he is accorded formal welcome rites in Malacañang.…

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MALACAÑANG has declared April 28 a special non-working day in Metro Manila to give way to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit and related meetings, which is being hosted by the Philippines this year. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made the declaration by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte in…

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More Filipinos fell victim to common crimes in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The poll conducted from March 25 to 28 showed that 6.8 percent of the respondents were victims of common crimes, up from the 4.9 percent in the fourth…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has extended cash assistance to families of the victims of the bus crash in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija that left at least 32 people dead. Duterte handed the assistance through Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra, LTFRB spokesman Aileen Lizada said in a statement sent…

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MALACAÑANG reiterated the Philippines’ commitment to participate in global efforts to fight climate change on the international observance of Earth Day on Saturday. In a statement, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the government was working for a “climate-change resilient living” for all. “This occasion is a good reminder of the…

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MALACAÑANG on Friday welcomed the inclusion of President Rodrigo Duterte on Time magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People” but questioned why Sen. Leila de Lima got into the roster. The list released on Thursday placed Duterte under the “Leaders” category, while de Lima was listed among “Icons.” “The…

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MALACAÑANG on Friday announced the suspension of work and classes in parts of Metro Manila next week to minimize disruption to be caused by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit and related meetings. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed on April 21 Memorandum Circular 18 suspending work in the…

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THE PALACE on Thursday assured tourists that the Philippines is “definitely safe” despite travel advisories by foreign governments warning of terrorist activity in the country. The assurance came as the military announced the release of at least 16 Abu Sayyaf fighters, despite their involvement in heinous crimes, because of the…

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