JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, TMT

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A lone bettor from Negros Occidental bagged the P41.8 million jackpot in the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Wednesday night. PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said the winner correctly guessed the six-number combination 17-08-45-24-01-40. The winning ticket was bought from a lotto outlet in…

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called on Filipinos abroad to be vigilant in the wake of the foiled terrorist attack in Russia and a deadly shooting incident in Burkina Faso. “We want our kababayans wherever they are abroad to always remain vigilant and to always be prepared because these…

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is open to the proposal to reduce its mandatory contributions to other government agencies. At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Games and Amusement on the proposed amendment of the PCSO charter, Jorge Jose Corpuz, chairman of the state-run charitable institution, however expressed…

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THE Consulate General of the Philippines in Agana has placed Guam and the Northern Mariana islands on Alert level 1, meaning Filipinos there should be vigilant because the situation is out of the ordinary. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) approved the recommendation of the Consul General in Agana to…

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SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto sought the allocation of a “contingency fund” that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) can use to rescue Filipinos in countries with brewing crisis situations. “There should be provisions for safe havens and secure escape routes. Our foreign posts must be given the capacity…

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Student organizations particularly in state universities and colleges (SUCs) should help the government in ensuring that poor college students would be given priority under the free college education program. The call was made over the weekend by Francis Escudero, chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, who…

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The Senate will wait for the House of Representatives to identify sources of funding for the implementation of the free college program next year, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said on Saturday. Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, said House members are looking at several options…

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THE Finance Department is willing to forego a proposal to impose a P10.00 excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages if Congress will agree to pass the petroleum products tax bill in full, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said Friday. Angara, chairman of the committee on ways and means, said it was…

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