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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday declared a nationwide war against the armed wing of the communist movement, the New People’s Army (NPA), after President Rodrigo Duterte’s issuance of an official proclamation terminating peace talks. Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., the military spokesman, said troops would begin conducting…

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8 rescued, 3 missing TOKYO: Eight people have been rescued after a US military aircraft with 11 people aboard crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to an aircraft carrier, Japan said Wednesday. Japanese and American rescuers scrambled to reach the downed aircraft in seas off the remote Japanese reef…

AMID MRT-3 WOES

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t fire Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade despite the almost daily malfunctions and breakdowns plaguing the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3). Speaking to reporters in Taguig City on Tuesday, Duterte said Tugade, his law school classmate, had his “full trust” despite growing calls for the Cabinet…

HARBOUR CENTER DISPUTE

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EXCLUSIVE AFTER several months on the run, 1-Pacman Partylist Rep. Michael Romero can now come out from hiding. Court of Appeals’ 5th Division issued a ruling granting his petition to drop a qualified theft case against him and Felicia Aquino. In a 20-page decision dated November 16 and penned by…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has denied threatening to establish a revolutionary government, saying he was misquoted by the media. “[A] revolutionary [government]? Then we should have a revolution first. Until there is a revolution, that’s unlikely. I said, [it will happen] if things go out of control and the government is…

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Duterte: Extension of military rule in Mindanao will depend on AFP, PNP SEN. Joseph Victor Ejercito on Saturday backed the extension of martial law in Mindanao, saying the military should rid the region of loose firearms as well as private armies. Ejercito was in Marawi City to assess the extent…

WITHOUT TOKHANG

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The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday admittted there had been a spike in rape cases, and the drug trade came back with a vengeance, after the police were taken off the war on drugs. Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said there was likely a…

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) reiterated its call to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons as it expressed “grave concern” over North Korea’s missile tests, saying these “seriously threaten peace and stability” in the region. In the chairman’s final statement on the recently concluded 31st Asean Summit…

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CHINA has pledged 150 million renminbi (RMB) or about P1.15 billion in grants to the Philippines for the relief and rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City. The pledge was made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on Wednesday. In his remarks during a joint…

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