FRANCIS EARL CUETO, TMT

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THE CITY government of Makati distributed a P5,000-educational assistance for each of the 557 qualified Special Education (SPED) learners enrolled for school year 2017-2018 in 10 public elementary and high schools in the city. Makati Mayor Abby Binay said, “The city government keeps on finding ways to help nurture the…

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Antitrust regulator also clears Rockwell Land-Mitsui Fudosan joint venture Japan Tobacco’s acquisition of Mighty Corp. — the Philippines’ second-biggest cigarette company — has been cleared by antitrust regulators. “There appears to be no ability nor incentive for the parties to engage in anti-competitive coordinated behavior,” the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)…

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THE Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday said it will investigate a viral post on social media that showed a screen grab of a Facebook chat on their official account. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said the reply to a question posed by a Facebook user appeared to…

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A MAGNITUDE 6.3 earthquake rocked Luzon Friday afternoon, with the epicenter tracked by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Lian, Batangas. The quake hit at 1:28 p.m., at a depth of 160 kilometers. Intensity 4 was felt in Manila; Calapan, Mindoro; Subic, Zambales; Rosario, Cavite; and Sablayan,…

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A PARISH priest was arrested in Marikina City Friday evening, after he allegedly abused a 13-year-old girl while on their way to a motel. Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Eastern Police District director, identified the priest as Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, 55. He was arrested at around 6:30 p.m. while inside his…

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Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Visayas will continue to have rains Thursday as Tropical Depression Gorio intensified into a storm on Wednesday, according to the weather bureau. Strong intermittent rains brought by “Gorio” prompted officials to cancel classes in several cities in Metro Manila on Wednesday. Classes in…

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TWO days before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran recommended the prosecution of several officials of the National Printing Office (NPO) led by its Deputy Director Sherwin Prose Castañeda over the controversial issuance of work orders to…

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TWO non-government organizations operating two schools in the Philippines decried the accusations made by Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur that they are involved in terrorist activities. In a statement sent to media, senior officials of the Integrative Center for Alternative Development Foundation, Inc. (ICAD) and Pacific Dialogue Foundation, Inc. (PDF) said…

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THE Department of Health clarified on Friday that the nationwide smoking ban will take effect on July 22 and not this Saturday, July 15. Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order banning smoking in public places nationwide, one of his campaign promises. Under Executive Order 26, smoking is totally…

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ORMOC City Mayor Richard Gomez appealed for food donations for the victims of the strong quake that hit his province last week, saying that the available stock in the city was only good for two days. In a television interview, Gomez also asked for bottled water because the quake also…

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