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THE bird flu crisis that affected three towns in Central Luzon is over, the Department of Agriculture announced on Monday. This means all poultry products from those areas are safe for human consumption, officials said. Facing a budget hearing at the Senate, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the quarantine that…

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TRAVEL agencies will no longer offer passport processing services to their clients after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) decided to remove the 1,200 appointment slots allotted daily to travel agencies. The move, on the other hand, may benefit regular passport applicants because it could open up additional passport appointment…

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NORTH Korea’s testing of a hydrogen bomb has reduced available options for a meaningful dialogue to reduce tensions and address the issues hounding the Korean Peninsula, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Sunday. Cayetano said Pyongyang’s actions undermine the regional peace and stability. “We are gravely concerned over…

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MARK Ruben Taguba 2nd, the “fly-by-night” broker at the Bureau of Customs, has turned around and cleared Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio of any involvement in anomalies at the agency, including the shipment of P6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs from China. Sen. Antonio…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) still has P3.7 billion it can use for the purchase of body and car-mounted cameras for its personnel. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said on Monday that the PNP need not wait for its 2018 budget allotment because it still has P3.7 billion in…

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Senators Richard Gordon and Antonio Trillanes 4th turned the spotlight on themselves Thursday when they traded barbs and insults during the resumption of the investigation of the smuggling into the country of P6.4 billion shabu from China. The heated exchange between Gordon, chairman of the Blue ribbon committee, and Trillanes…

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TEMPERS flared at the Senate on Thursday as two senators argued over whether relatives of President Rodrigo Duterte should be invited to the ongoing Senate investigation on the illegal entry of the P6.4 billion “shabu” shipment. The heated exchange between Senators Richard Gordon and Antonio Trillanes 4th reached fever pitch…

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