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4 DEAD, 11 MISSING

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AT LEAST four people were confirmed dead while 240 others were rescued after a passenger ferry capsized off Real port in Infanta, Quezon amid stormy weather on Thursday. Eleven passengers were missing, with the Calabarzon disaster council reporting that the ferry carried a total of 251 passengers on a total…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte ordered on Wednesday the suspension of military operations against communist rebels from December 24 to January 2, 2018, going against the recommendation of his security officials. “Christmas holds a special place in the hearts of our countrymen. This unilateral ceasefire would lessen the apprehension of the public…

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THE death toll from Tropical Depression “Urduja” that pummeled central Philippines over the weekend rose to 46, the Philippine National Police said on Tuesday, as hopes faded for at least 45 other people reported missing after massive landslides. Of the fatalities, 33 were in the island province of Biliran, six…

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At least 42 have died while 33 others were reported missing on Monday after Tropical Depression “Urduja” (international name: Kai-Tak) dumped heavy rains on Eastern Visayas over the weekend. The police regional office in Eastern Visayas said 28 were recorded dead in the province of Biliran, the area most affected…

ANDANAR: GIVEN ‘IS’ THREAT TO STRIKE ANYWHERE

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Expanding martial law beyond Mindanao is always an option, given the threat that Islamic State (IS)-inspired groups may attack anywhere, Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Sunday. “We, in government, are open to all options. If something happens, then we will apply what is necessary,” Palace Communications Secretary Martin…

SEN. JV EJERCITO ON DENGVAXIA MESS

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FORMER budget secretary Florencio Abad may be charged with technical malversation for realigning P3.5 billion from government savings to buy dengue vaccines without Congress’ approval. Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito made the pronouncement on Saturday when asked about the liability of government officials during the Aquino administration in the controversies surrounding…

MAUTE REMNANTS NOW ANSWER TO ‘ABU TURAIFE’

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THE battle in Marawi City may have ended, but the war is not over. This became evident on Friday after the Armed Forces of the Philippines said that Islamic State (IS)-inspired groups in Mindanao were ramping up their recruitment drive to beef up their fighters for terror attacks. During the…

TOO MANY OVERSEAS JUNKETS – DUTERTE

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday fired Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chairman James Mark Terry Ridon and four other commissioners, saying they rarely conducted hearings and yet found the time for junkets abroad. In remarks at Malacañang, Duterte blasted the commission’s top officials, particularly Ridon, a former student activist,…

AQUINO CLAIMS

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FORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said his decision to approve the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of anti-dengue vaccines in December 2015 was based on experts’ initial advise – now proven wrong – that the drug was “safe.” Appearing before a Senate inquiry, Aquino dismissed allegations that the…

UNTIL END OF 2018

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AN OVERWHELMING majority of the Senate and House of Representatives in joint session on Wednesday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018. The two houses of Congress voted separately on Resolution of Both Houses 13, which called for the further extension of martial law and the…

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