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BANTAY Bigas, an alliance for safe, sufficient and affordable rice expressed its opposition to the government’s plan to impose tariff on rice imports, saying that it would endanger the local rice production and food security. “The proposed tariffication is very alarming as it is leading to the full liberalization of…

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ENVIRONMENTAL, health and labor groups have lauded the government’s decision to phase out leaded paints, saying such move will benefit millions of Filipino children, mothers and workers today and the future generations. The groups made the statement on Saturday in connection with this year’s commemoration of International Lead Poisoning Prevention…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the reinstatement of a graft case filed against Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairwoman Patricia Licuanan in so far as the administrative aspect is concerned, reversing its initial decision declaring itself without jurisdiction to review the finding of the Office of the Ombudsman…

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ABOUT 17 students from Calumpang Elementary School in Marikina City were hospitalized after eating spaghetti at the school canteen on Friday morning. The students—nine male and eight female—were rushed to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City after they showed symptoms of food poisoning. Eastern Police District (EPD) Director…

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THE wife of celebrity Chef Bruce Lim was charged with estafa for issuing bouncing checks worth P20 million. Michelle Katherine Lim issued the checks in January this year as payment of a debt to the complainant, a businesswoman who refused to be named. The complainant’s lawyers, Willard Yung and Joseph…

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TWO days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the terrorist Maute group, the Education department has begun its rehabilitation assessment efforts to determine the extent of damage to school buildings. “We’re now conducting post-conflict needs assessment in Marawi City and in areas outside ground zero. We will…

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THE Agriculture department will be using a prioritization scheme for infrastructure development proposals under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in a bid to maximize the use of an anticipated $170-million World Bank loan. The loan, targeted to be utilized in 2018, will be part of the $450 million in…

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AN executive of a Lopez group company fell to his death from a high-rise building in Pasig City on Friday morning, police said. The executive, Ferdinand Edwin CoSeteng, 54, of Urdaneta Village, Makati City, fell from the 10th floor of Tower 3, Rockwell Business Center in Barangay Ugong, Pasig City,…

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THE militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday urged Rep. Tobias Tiangco of Navotas City to suspend the registration of fishing boats in the city. Fernando Hicap, the group’s national chairpman, stressed that fisherfolk don’t need to pay just to get their boats registered…

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THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with Catholic Church-owned Radio Veritas in providing the public with better understanding of climate change and other environmental issues through a weekly radio program. The radio program, entitled “Ang Tinig ng Klima” and aired every Saturday from 8 a.m. to…

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