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THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) released from its custody on Tuesday Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, a day after she was apprehended for allegedly engaging in partisan politics. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente approved a recommendation of the BI legal division headed by lawyer Arvin Cesar Santos that Fox be…

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TODAY’S meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and labor leaders for the signing of an executive order (EO) on illegal work contracting was postponed amid strong objections from the Department of Trade and Industry. It was the third time that such meeting was cancelled. The proposed EO was drafted by the…

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ALL permits to carry firearms are suspended starting today with the start of the 37-day election period for the synchronized Barangay (Village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections on May 14. Also, the seven-day filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) for barangay and SK candidates commences also today…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will put up more shelter houses for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait waiting for their repatriation to the Philippines. “We need to have at least two or more [shelter houses] to make our OFWs comfortable as they await repatriation,” Labor Undersecretary Jacinto…

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday hinted of an impending revamp to rid the Department of Justice of corrupt officials and employees. Guevarra said the removal of unfit employees is one of the two orders of President Rodrigo Duterte. The other is to prioritize the prosecution of cases involving drugs…

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Wednesday ordered the release of guidelines on the profiling of child laborers aimed at providing more protection to children and effectively keep them away from being used as laborers. “Given the insufficient data on child laborers, it is necessary to first conduct nationwide profiling…

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Saying he has done nothing wrong, former Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd maintained his stand on two crucial issues that may have convinced President Rodrigo Duterte to accept his resignation after serving the Cabinet for almost two years. In a farewell speech before officials and employees of…

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Roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) vessel operator Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp. (APFC) has signed a P1.726-billion loan from Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank) to finance its ship modernization and expansion program. “We are fortunate that Landbank is aligned with our vision to modernize the shipping industry, to connect the Philippines through ‘moving bridges,’…

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WITH little over a month before the scheduled synchronized Barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on May 14, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates to strictly observe the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs). Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Monday that COCs may only be filed from April 14…

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