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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will become as relevant as the European Union (EU) and other regional blocs in the coming years, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Ahead of his hosting of the Asean summit this month, Duterte admitted that the 10-nation bloc, founded 50 years ago at the…

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NEW YORK: A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, before striking a school bus in the city’s first deadly attack blamed on terror since September 11, 2001. Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks…

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as member of his family. Abe made the remarks during the dinner he hosted for the Philippine President and the rest of the Philippine delegation in the prime minister’s residence that concluded Duterte’s first day in Japan on Monday night.…

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JAPANESE companies have pledged at least $6 billion worth of new investments in the Philippines, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has announced. In a statement, Lopez said President Rodrigo Duterte was present when representatives from these firms inked a memorandum of understanding and letter of intent in connection with investing in…

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CONGRESS should expedite the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or the country will be headed for trouble, President Rodrigo Duterte has warned. The President made the appeal in his departure speech at the Davao International Airport before leaving for Japan for a working visit. “We continue to…

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A new opposition coalition on Sunday vowed to resist and oppose all efforts of the Duterte administration to enforce authoritarian rule. During its first general assembly held at the University of the Philippines’ Bahay ng Alumni, the Laban ng Masa coalition pledged to combat the “fascist” moves of President Rodrigo…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has named Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque as his new spokesman, signaling a more aggressive defense of the Chief Executive from the Palace briefing room. Duterte himself made the announcement during Roque’s birthday celebration in Davao City on Friday night, October 27. “Hindi na congressman, secretary na…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of plunder charges against two former deputy immigration commissioners and an intermediary for allegedly extorting money from Macau gambling tycoon Jack Lam in exchange for the release of illegal Chinese workers. It also found basis to charge Al Argosino and Michael…

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AN alleged supporter of the IS-inspired Maute group was arrested in Quezon City on Friday morning, National Capital Police Regional Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde said. In a press briefing, Albayalde said Rasdi Malawani, also known as Rasdi Macabangkit/Makabangket, was arrested at his residence in Novaliches. Albayalde said Malawani, owner of…

MILE LONG PROPERTY DISPUTE

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AFTER regaining control of the Mile Long Property, the government notched another legal victory after a Makati court ordered the Prieto-Rufino family to pay P2 billion in back rentals for the disputed prime property. In a 22-page decision dated October 11, Judge Mary Ann Corpus-Mañalac of the Makati Regional Trial…

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