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CLARK, PAMPANGA: President Rodrigo Duterte dared self-exiled Communist Part of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison to leave his “sanctuary” in The Netherlands and bring the fight to the Philippines. In his speech during the Kapampangan Food Festival here, Duterte criticized Sison for living a good life in Utrecht,…

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BRUSSELS: The European Commission said Thursday that there was still “no white smoke” on a Brexit deal and set a limit of Sunday for British Prime Minister Theresa May to return to Brussels with an acceptable deal. “So far no white smoke. We stand ready to receive prime minister May…

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LOS ANGELES: An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region Wednesday, forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, including mansions in the luxurious Bel-Air neighborhood. Authorities issued a “purple” alert—never used before—because of the extreme danger including winds that could reach 80 miles an hour (128…

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HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said on Thursday that the government would sue Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company that manufactured Dengvaxia, the dengue vaccine that turned out to be more harmful than beneficial in treating patients infected for the first time by the mosquito-borne disease. In an interview on “Headstart,” the…

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BEIJING: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao hopes to unearth the next Chinese world champion and help grow the sport with an academy in the largely untapped country. The 38-year-old, who controversially lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in July, was in Beijing this week. He…

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YANGON: Prolonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladeshi camps poses a “grave security risk”, conflict analysts ICG warned Thursday, raising the specter of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar. Raids by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25 sparked the vicious Myanmar…

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FORMER Quezon City vice mayor Rosario “Charito” L. Planas passed away Wednesday morning. She was 87. “It is with a heavy heart that in behalf of the people of Quezon City, I announce the passing of our dear former vice mayor, Charito Planas,” Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said in a…

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THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo after it found him administratively liable for grave misconduct over the release of P10 million which was allegedly “not supported by the necessary appropriation.” Based on a statement issued on Thursday, the Ombudsman also found basis…

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SENATOR Franklin Drilon revealed on Thursday a “very strong lobby” from sectors that may be affected by a proposal to tax cosmetic surgery under the government’s tax reform program. “Certainly, yes. There’ lobbying. There’s a very strong lobby,” Drilon said when asked about the status of the cosmetic tax in…

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THE Sandiganbayan’s First Division denied the pleas of former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., his former aide Richard Cambe, and Janet Lim-Napoles to file demurrers to evidence in the P224-million plunder case, which they are facing in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. “After…

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