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THE Philippine government has formally cancelled the peace talks with communist rebels due to recent attacks perpetrated by its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). Secretary Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the peace process, in a statement Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte “has taken unprecedented steps and has walked…

AMID MRT-3 WOES

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t fire Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade despite the almost daily malfunctions and breakdowns plaguing the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3). Speaking to reporters in Taguig City on Tuesday, Duterte said Tugade, his law school classmate, had his “full trust” despite growing calls for the Cabinet…

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More Filipinos are ready to help those affected by the months-long armed conflict in Marawi City, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The poll, conducted from September 23 to 27, showed that 60 percent of respondents said they are either “very ready” or “somewhat ready” to help…

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MORE Filipinos are “ready” to help those affected by the five-month armed conflict in Marawi City, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday. The poll from September 23 to 27 showed that 60 percent of respondents said they were ready — either “very ready” or “somewhat…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte offered to China the “privilege” to operate a third telecommunications company to break the existing duopoly in the country, Malacañang said on Monday. The offer was made during the bilateral meeting between Duterte and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Malacañang on Wednesday, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said.…

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The ban on open-pit mining in the Philippines stays, Malacañang said on Monday, despite the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council’s (MICC) recommendation to reverse the policy. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said there was no change on President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy to ban open-pit mining in the…

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Malacañang on Saturday defended the Philippines’ decision not to support a United Nations resolution calling on Myanmar to end a military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in the nation’s Rakhine state. In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines recognized Myanmar’s efforts toward resolving the problem. “The issue in…

PALACE ON MRT WOES

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Malacañang on Saturday assured the public that the government is addressing the problems hounding the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) through immediate and long-term solutions. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the government is aware of the difficulties faced by commuters who continue to endure long queues in MRT…

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