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Police: Aegis Juris alumni also present during Atio’s initiation The Manila Police District (MPD) on Sunday said members of the Regina Juris Sorority, as well as alumni of the Aegis Juris fraternity, witnessed the fatal initiation rites of Horacio “Atio” Castillo 3rd. MPD Director Joel Coronel said investigators have yet…

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Military officials said members of the Maute Group have sent surrender feelers as fighting continues in the war-ravaged city of Marawi where security forces were trying to dislodged heavily-armed militants from their strongholds. Army Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr. said they expect some of the terrorists to surrender as troops advance…

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Fly-by-night customs broker Mark Taguba will present Monday documentary evidence to prove that the “tara” (payoff) system at the Bureau of Customs involved officials and personnel of the bureau, including former commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Sunday. The Senate blue ribbon committee will resume its inquiry today.…

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Malacañang has urged the Senate to adopt the House of Representative’s version of the proposed P3.7 trillion national budget for 2018 which realigned P40 billion for the implementation of the Free College Education Law. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella was referring to the measure signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte…

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Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno has been questioned for hiring an Information Technology (IT) consultant who got a whopping monthly pay of P250,000. Associate Justice Teresita Leornardo de Castro, during an en banc session, questioned Sereno’s hiring of Helen Perez-Macasaet, who got P9 million from her six contract services. De Castro…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces captured two Abu Sayyaf militants who were sent to bomb civilian targets in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said on Sunday. The duo — Omar Askali and Mukaram Sapie — were captured in separate operations on Saturday in Zamboanga City. Askali was tracked down by…

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The House of Representatives allotted P7 billion for the National Food Authority (NFA) in the 2018 national budget. The money will be use to procure unhusked rice or palay directly from local farmers, according to Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel. Pimentel said in a statement the subsidy will allow…

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A committee at the House of Representatives has assembled a technical working group (TWG) to study the creation of a new executive department that will address the country’s problems on water and sewerage. Rep. Estrellita Suansing of Nueva Ecija, chairperson of the House Committee on Ecology, said the TWG will…

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The former chief of the Philippine National Police-Central Luzon Traffic Management Group and an unidentified person died in an ambush on Sunday in Mariveles, Bataan. Senior Insp. Jean Cruz, public information chief of the Bataan Provincial Police Office, said the two victims were killed in front of the Mariveles Cockpit…

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NAVOTAS City has greatly reduced cases of acute child malnutrition through its supplemental feeding program, Mayor John Rey Tiangco said. Of the 104 children recorded in January who suffered from severe acute malnutrition, 100 had been nursed back to good health. Tiangco said the city’s Nutrition Office, with the help…

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