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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea) will wiretap suspected drug traffickers to find out more about the presence of the Sinaloa cartel in the country. Pdea chief Director General Arturo Cacdac said wiretapping is illegal in the Philippines, but it has become a necessity to counter the entry of drug…

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THE United States (US) government has placed the Philippines at the center of its anti-narcotics operation in Asia following reports that notorious drug rings that used to sell drugs only in the West have found their way to the East through their Chinese counterparts. In fact, a high-ranking United States…

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AMID threats of more attacks in 2014 by the New People’s Army (NPA), Malacañang on Thursday said the government will continue to extend its hand of friendship to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and pursue peaceful talks. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that while the Armed…

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GIVEN its unique geographical location, the Philippines is not only a lucrative market for illegal drugs but a vital trade route for international drug rings planning to expand their business through joint ventures, anti-narcotics officials said. In separate interviews, the spokesmen of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd pledged to dedicate his administration’s “last two minutes” to winning the fight against corruption and further improving the economy in the face of anticipated challenges and opponents who are determined to see his defeat. In lining up government’s feats in 2013, Aquino’s New Year’s message also…

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Malacañang over the weekend announced that it is monitoring movements in the prices of utilities and basic commodities to prevent unwarranted hikes in the cost of basic goods. According to Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the Cabinet’s economic cluster has been tasked by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to do…

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AGAINST the advice of his physicians, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has refused to have a weeklong rest and instead would take a three-day break beginning Friday, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said. Valte, in a press briefing also on Friday, said a long rest “is a luxury that the President…

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AMID a heated territorial dispute over some islands in the Spratlys, the Philippines remains a good neighbor to China and the two countries will continue to maintain contact on a “friendly level,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Monday. The Palace official made the remark after outgoing Chinese Ambassador to…

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The US government will provide comprehensive technical assistance for Philippine disaster victims, including insurance coverage for people and establishments in disaster-prone areas. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the announcement at a briefing Sunday, a day after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon assured typhoon victims of sustained international aid.…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd arrived on Sunday from his “fruitful” trip to Japan, bringing home billions worth of assistance and economic packages, including grants that will be enough to shoulder expenses for the rehabilitation program for Yolanda-hit provinces. “While we arrived from Japan at early dawn, our delegation is very…

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