Today’s Breaking News

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FACEBOOK has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC said Facebook had not done enough to shut down the trade, which saw more than 5,000…

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LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello has suspended the deployment of workers to Kuwait in the light of the death of seven Filipinos there. He directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to stop processing the employment certificates of Kuwait-bound workers. The order, issued late afternoon, takes effect immediately, Bello said.

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TAIPEI: A Taiwanese businessman who has been investigated and sanctioned by authorities on suspicion of selling oil to North Korea attempted suicide on Friday, prosecutors said. Chen Shih-hsien was rushed to hospital in southern Kaohsiung city where he lives and was later discharged. “We are aware of Chen’s attempted suicide.…

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THE Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division has found former Siquijor Governor Orlando Fua Jr. “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of obstruction of justice. Fua was charged in 2014 with violation of Section 1(e) of Presidential Decree No. 1829. The case stemmed from his alleged obstruction in 2010 of the service of a search…

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A GROUP of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Saudi Arabia have learned their lessons the hard way on how to properly invest their hard-earned money after being duped into investing some P100 million in what appears to be a high-yield investment but turned out to be a fraudulent scheme. Bernard Olalia,…

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MALACANANG welcomed on Friday the Senate’s move to look into the controversial acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates amid reports that President Rodrigo Duterte’s close aide Christopher “Bong” Go supposedly “intervened” in the project. “[The] Senate investigation is a welcome move to determine if Aquino government committed any anomalies in the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the termination of the contract of aviation service provider MIASCOR following a luggage theft incident at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. Duterte issued the directive during his meeting with Clark International Airport Corp. Acting President Alexander Cauguiran, airport and transport officials and victim Jovinal…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the cancellation of a government contract with the aviation service provider at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), according to a radio report. Duterte issued the order to Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade on Friday. MIASCOR is a full aviation services provider in the Philippines. Founded…

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THE Senate minority bloc is seeking an investigation on the alleged questionable purchase of two Navy frigates worth P15.7 billion from a South Korean firm under the Armed Forces’ modernization program. The six-member opposition group filed Resolution 584 on January 16 directing the Committee on National Defense and Security and…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: A car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro’s tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade on Thursday (Friday in Manila), killing a baby and injuring 17 people, authorities said, with the driver telling investigators he suffered a seizure. The black car, its windshield shattered and the front caved…

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