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The government has contained the bird flu outbreak reported in San Luis, Pampanga, a Palace official claimed on Sunday. “We believe DA (Department of Agriculture) has acted fast on the issue and has managed to isolate and contain the virus,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. The Palace official however did…

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The peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NDF/CPP/NPA) is dying and will not be rejuvenated, government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello 3rd said Sunday. Bello, in a phone interview with The Manila Times, noted that while an official letter of termination…

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Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo called on her Liberal party-mates to rebuild the erstwhile ruling party and expand its dwindling membership, as she formally assumed the post of party chairman in rites devoid of pomp and circumstance. Robredo convened the Liberal Party (LP) National Executive Committee at the hotel…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte wants to name former justices as members of the 24-man Constitutional Commission (ConCom), which will serve as the advisory body to Congress in drafting a new Charter toward a federal government, a spokesman in Malacañang said Friday. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella made the announcement a day after…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected the resignation of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon’s two deputies over a shabu cargo worth P6.4 billion that was smuggled out of the Port of Manila months ago. Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Neil Anthony Estrella and Import Assessment Service Director Milo Maestrecampo had offered to…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte favors former justices as members of the 24-man Constitutional Commission (ConCom), which will serve as the advisory body to Congress in drafting a new Charter towards a federal government, a spokesman in Malacanang said Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the announcement a day after Reps. Eugene…

NO OPEN ADMISSION IN SUCs

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The Duterte administration is set to earmark P20 billion out of the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget for 2018 to fund the new law granting free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs). Commissioner Prospero de Vera of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) made the announcement a day after the…

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FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not serve the interest of China in connection with the disputed territories in the South China Sea where the Philippines is among the claimants, a Malacanang spokesman said Thursday. Ernesto Abella was responding to statements attributed to Cayetano at the conclusion of the…

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