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THE commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the EDSA “People Power” uprising will be “meaningless” unless the masterminds of the 1983 assassination of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. are identified, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said on Wednesday. VACC founding Chairman Dante Jimenez called for a reinvestigation…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has voided a 2009 deal between the government and Stradcom Corp. for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on motor vehicles, ordering a refund of the additional P350 charge on car registrations. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote the 30-page decision dated January 31, declaring the deal…

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THE Social Security System (SSS) is set to release P7 billion worth of pension increases for more than two million retirees next month following President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the hike, which will be retroactive to January 2017. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum on February 22 containing the…

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THERE are no moves to oust President Rodrigo Duterte coinciding with the 31st anniversary of the Edsa “People Power” revolt this week, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said on Wednesday, refuting an earlier statement by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. “If ever there are, leave it to us. We’ll…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Trump administration issued tough new orders Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country’s 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs. The orders sent shivers through US immigrant communities, where millions of people who have spent years building…

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday reminded parents and school officials that while educational field trips are meant to supplement classroom learning, students should not be forced to join such outings. The DepEd issued the statement following the bus accident in Tanay, Rizal province that killed more than a…

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THE Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs will proceed with its investigation into the “public confession” of retired police officer Arturo Lascañas that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the killing of criminals and the bombing of a mosque when he was the mayor of Davao City. No senator questioned…

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Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. failed to get the nod of the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday because the panel wanted to see more documents that will prove that he is not a US citizen. Members of the CA’s committee on foreign affairs defered the consideration of Yasay’s nomination…

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HONG KONG: Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from…

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RIGA: Britain’s “Brexit” minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels. David Davis described as “implausible” recent British media reports that money would be diverted from development projects…

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