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PALACE ON FRIGATE DEAL

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MALACAÑANG on Sunday maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go had no involvement in the approval of the P16-billion frigate contract between the Philippine Navy and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said it would have been impossible for Go to intervene in the…

HOMELAND SECURITY COURT COMPLAINT:

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FELINA Sabino Salinas, the Honolulu-based follower of Kingdom of Jesus Christ Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, lied to US authorities about the amount of cash she brought with her to the private jet that was supposed to take the charismatic preacher back to the Philippines from a weekend of preaching in Hawaii,…

IN WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

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MALACAÑANG wants no “untoward” incidents in disputed waters with presence of United States military vessels in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement after US Navy Rear Admiral John Fuller told reporters on board the USS Carl Vinson that “US presence matters”…

ADMIRAL DECLARES

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ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON: With a deafening roar, the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as its admiral vowed that the mighty ship’s presence was proof America still had regional clout. “US presence matters,” Rear Admiral…

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Malacañang has denounced China’s move to rename five undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) and has protested through the Philippine Embassy in Beijing. “We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in…

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THE government’s top lawyer on Tuesday said plunder charges against President Rodrigo Duterte have been dropped. In a statement, Solicitor General Jose Calida said his office had received a letter confirming the termination of the probe from Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. “I received a letter from Carandang stating…

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VACC also eyeing plunder charges in Dengvaxia mess ANTI-Crime advocates filed a complaint before the Justice department on Monday against former President Benigno Aquino 3rd and past Cabinet and health officials involved in the Dengvaxia mass vaccination program. In a 16-page joint complaint-affidavit, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC),…

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CONSUMER groups filed criminal charges against Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) officials and Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) executives for allegedly violating laws that led to higher electricity rates. The National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms, Inc. (Nasecore) and the Cellphone Owners and Users of the Philippines, Inc. (COUP) filed before…

THE MANILA TIMES AWARDS

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DAVAO CITY: The soldiers who defeated Islamic State-inspired terrorists in Marawi City after five months of fighting were collectively given the “Man of the Year” award during The Manila Times’ 7th Business Forum at Marco Polo Hotel. In his speech, The Manila Times President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Francis…

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DAVAO CITY: The Philippines is expected to remain one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economies this year, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said on Friday. Speaking before a crowd of business leaders during The 7th Manila Times Business Forum at Marco Polo Hotel, Pernia said the Philippines was the third fastest-growing…

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