MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO, TMT

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no reclamation activities have been seen the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), refuting the claim of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “Clarification: Lorenzana said he thinks China will reclaim land at BDM; pero wala naman actual na reclamation na nagaganap [but no actual reclamation…

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THE Hong Kong government has finally agreed to add a safety clause in the job contracts of foreign domestic helpers. After a month-long consultation with consulates of labor-sending countries, including the Philippines, the Hong Kong Labor and Welfare Bureau was convinced that there is a need to amend the Standard…

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The Taiwanese government has assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) of fair treatment and protection amid rising cases of distressed migrant employees abroad. In Kuwait alone, one Filipina domestic helper was executed while another was beaten to death late last month. “In contrast to the unfair and discriminatory treatments meted out…

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AN American has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for inducing and enticing a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines to engage in and produce images of sexually explicit conduct via Facebook. Calvin Bernhardt, 54, of Tuttle, North Dakota, was found guilty after a nearly four-day trial in October 2016.…

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UNITED States Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim highlighted the importance of land tenure security and promised to continuously support the Philippines in unlocking the potential of land to stimulate investment. “Land tenure is a key issue in managing urban growth and reducing poverty in both rural and urban areas,” he…

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GERMANY plans to explore areas of investment partnerships with the Philippines, including providing technology for infrastructure and transportation projects, the European economic giant’s envoy to Manila has said. In a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times editorial team last week, German Ambassador Gordon Kricke also said German businessmen were interested…

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FILIPINOS who want to travel to United States are still welcome to do so as the Philippines is not among the “countries of concern” listed in President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring “extreme vetting” of immigrants, the US State Department has said. US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner made…

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THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) attributed to a machine failure the massive fire that gutted the Japanese-run House Technology Industries (HTI) factory at the Cavite Economic Zone compound in General Trias City. Employees told authorities they heard a loud explosion from the first floor of the factory building before…

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MORE than a hundred workers were injured in an 18-hour fire that gutted a Japanese-run factory in General Trias, Cavite, authorities said Thursday. ECOZONE INFERNO Fire engulfs the Japanese-owned House Technology Industries factory at the Cavite Export Processing Zone in General Trias, Cavite. Cavite Gov. Jesus Crispin Remulla said on…

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GERMANY is willing to assist the Duterte administration in its move from a unitary to a federal form of government for the Philippines, German officials in Manila said on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has been consistently pushing for the shift, saying it will facilitate better delivery of public funds and…

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