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COTABATO Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo on Friday challenged the leadership of the terrorist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to punish its members who desecrated the Catholic chapel of Malagakit in Pigkawayan, North Cotabato on Thursday. “If the BIFF wants to have an image as a respecter of all religions, it…

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The Philippines and China have officially signed a pact for their first ever infrastructure partnership project under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar and Jin Yuan, Philippine Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, signed the Minutes of Discussion (MOD) for the…

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BUREAU of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and members of the Anti-Smuggling Bureau of the General Administration of China Customs on Tuesday started their initial discussions on the two countries’ initiatives and counter measures against illicit trade. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Director Neil Estrella said the two bureaus…

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THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has given its go- signal to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to beef up the latter’s existing pool of labors laws compliance officers (LLCOs) as it steps up its campaign against illegal work contracting. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Tuesday…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP) are calling on Filipino seafarers to become entrepreneurs so they can have another source of income to fall back on amid an alarming 25 percent drop in the deployment of mariners. ISP president Capt. Gaudencio…

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Counterfeit products worth billions were seized over the weekend by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in Guiguinto, Bulacan province, north of Manila. Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, with agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), uncovered the illegal goods in an early morning Saturday raid on the Richard Isagani…

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THE 131-member Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lost two of its members on the same day to cancer. Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP) and San Fernando City (La Union) Bishop Rodolfo Beltran both passed away on Saturday. Tumulak,72, died of pancreatic…

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LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd has stripped the administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) of the power to approve and renew overseas recruitment licenses. Bello on Thursday issued Administrative Order (AO) 241, recalling a 1998 Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) directive that gave the task to the…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has lifted the moratorium on the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar, saying the situation there has normalized. Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Thursday said the decision was arrived at following consultations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Overseas Labor…

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THE influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has thrown its support behind the move of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to seek the closure of social media accounts being used for propaganda by the terrorists who attacked Marawi City. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the…

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