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THE government mobilized on Sunday a 40,000-strong contingent as it started implementing an elaborate security plan for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Leaders’ Summit that will be held this week in Pasay City. The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) completed their…

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed money laundering charges against officials of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) and remittance firm Philrem Service Corp. (Philrem) in connection with the entry of $81 million stolen from a Bangladesh bank. The DOJ filed eight counts of criminal charges for violation of…

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Four gunmen were killed in Bohol as government forces pursued remnants of an Islamic militant group behind a foiled mass kidnapping attempt there, authorities said on Sunday. The government said the dead suspects were stragglers from a boatload of southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf gunmen who sailed to the central island…

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The Manila Times’ President, CEO, and concurrent Executive Editor Dante Ang 2nd was honored on Sunday by his alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce, as one of six Distinguished Alumnus awardees. The Texas A&M University System is the state’s first public institution of higher learning and research. In its impressive 127-year…

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s visit to Pag-asa Island in Palawan is legal, the Palace said Sunday. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella issued the statement after China challenged two Philippine fighter planes carrying Lorenzana and other Palawan officials who went to the island, one of the biggest in the Spratlys, on Thursday.…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a soldier they captured in the southern Philippine province of Sulu where security forces are battling the notorious group linked to the Islamic State, intelligence reports said. Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji, of the 32nd Infantry Battalion, was seized near the village of Igasan in…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed retired Gen. Roy Cimatu as special envoy for overseas Filipino workers refugees, according to Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella. President Rodrigo Duterte said in his speech at the opening ceremonies for the Palarong Pambansa that he appointed Cimatu to his Cabinet. “The other member of the…

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THE forced occupation of more than 5,000 government housing units in Pandi in Bulacan province by members of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) does not only set a bad precedent but could also have national security implications, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th said on Sunday. Trillanes viewed Kadamay…

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Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos supposedly will be affected if the government makes good its threat to close down homegrown tobacco company Mighty Corp. Retired Regional Trial Court judge Oscar Barrientos, executive vice president of the embattled firm, over the weekend said about 7,000 employees and 55,000 tobacco farmers, and…

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