FRANCIS EARL CUETO, TMT

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A think tank has called on government to intensify intervention on the plight of internally displaced Filipino Muslims in Marawi as the emergence of new mujaheddin looms large, increasing the possibility of another Marawi-like war in Mindanao. In a two-day forum held at the University of the Philippines, the Philippine…

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Starting this month, the minimum monthly salary of domestic workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be P3,500, according to the Department of Labor. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said the present P2,500 minimum pay will be increased to P3,500 beginning December 15. “If the salary is already P3,500…

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Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. has rejected the government’s offer to maintain anew the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), which has been encountering nearly daily mishaps. Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said in an interview with GMA News that the government was instead looking for Sumitomo’s…

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AN official from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the EDSA-based mass transit system was still safe to operate despite glaring glitches and questions over safety. Transportation Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina told dzMM radio on Sunday that the DOTr was studying the problems with the MRT and would submit…

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SOME 140 passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 were forced to walk on the rail tracks when the coach they were in detached from the train between Buendia and Ayala Avenue Stations on Thursday morning. Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez said the passengers were evacuated from the detached train.…

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THE Department of Education reported 22 schools have been totally damaged in the war between government troops and the Maute militants in the battle area in Marawi City. Education Undersecretary Alain del Pascua said on Sunday the schools were either bombed or burned down. “Kung hindi nabomba, nasunog ang 22…

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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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