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EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones should condemn President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to attack Lumad schools (schools run by indigenous people), lawmakers said Thursday. Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro of Alliance of Concerned Teachers made the call in light of the President’s statements during his State of the Nation Address that…

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MEDIA executive Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez was nominated as new Philippine ambassador to the United States, Malacañang announced on Thursday. “The Palace announces the nomination of Mr. Jose Manuel Del Gallego Romualdez as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, with concurrent jurisdiction over the Commonwealth of…

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THE Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Thursday that it was considering setting minimum working hours for transport network companies (TNCs). “If ever we will grant franchises, there should be minimum hours you have to be online. If we will give you a franchise but you will only…

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FORMER sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. said that he was also a victim in the controversy involving allegations that he misused his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel after prosecution witnesses in his trial on Thursday testified that they did not receive any agricultural package supposedly funded by…

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JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II will now personally head the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) after the resignation of its director. In Department Order 505 which he issued on July 26, Aguirre said he would directly supervise the management and operations of BuCor amid a revival of the illegal drug trade…

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SYDNEY: Britain plans to play a bigger role in Asia after Brexit, including deploying its military to the area if necessary, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday. Johnson backed the campaign to quit the EU and said the decision had given his country the opportunity to “think afresh” about its…

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SENATOR Ralph Recto is seeking to cut “red tape” in sending disaster text alerts to the public. Republic Act 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act mandates telecommunication companies (telcos) to send free mobile alerts to subscribers before disasters like typhoons happen. Recto said as provided, only the NDRRMC…

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PARTS of Metro Manila were submerged in floodwaters on Thursday amid heavy rain from the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm “Gorio”. An alert by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as of 12:30 p.m. identified the flooded areas in: * Quirino Roxas Boulevard along Taft Avenue, Quezon City A…

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TWO domestic flights were cancelled on Thursday due to bad weather, airport authorities said. Cancelled were Skyjet flights M8-421 (Manila-Siargao) and M8-422 (Siargao-Manila), according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) media affairs division. The rest – Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and other airlines – remained as scheduled, as…

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