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BUREAU of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has ordered the conversion of the controversial Command Center (ComCen) of the agency into the Operations Center (OpCen) that would track in real time all customs ports around the country but without the authority to issue alert orders on flagged shipments. Lapeña issued…

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A lawmaker has filed a bill that will give barangay (village) officials an increase in salary and regular benefits. The proposal came amid the recent approval by the House of Representatives and the Senate to postpone this year’s scheduled barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections. It was…

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has warned overseas Filipino workers against a Germany-based illegal recruiter that recruits nurses and other healthcare workers for supposed jobs in that country. A report submitted to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) identified the recruiter as…

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As tropical depression Nando exited the Philippine territory, a new low pressure area (LPA) was spotted in the eastern section of Mindanao, the state-run Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Sunday. The LPA’s trough was forecast to bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over…

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has called on the Philippine government to reconsider the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to act on extrajudicial killings after the council conducted a universal review on human rights conditions in the country. “Very strong recommendations were made by the…

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Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) adoption of the Philippines’ human rights report card. In a statement, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the final adoption of the Third Philippine Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report by the 47-member body affirms Manila’s commitment to its human rights…

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Illegal gambling operations in various part of the country have taken a toll on the earnings of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office that would have been used to help provided medical assistance to Filipinos, according to PCSO Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz. He said the PCSO is losing 30 percent of…

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Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Friday visited the wake of slain barangay captain Ruben Arzaga in El Nido, Palawan, honoring him as a “Bayani ng Kalikasan.” “I salute Ruben, because he sacrificed his life to protect the environment. Because of his courageous act, we should honor him as ‘Bayani ng…

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A consumer and commuter’s group on Saturday appealed President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara to not to remove the tax relief for socialized housing. In the weekly forum at the Kapihan sa Annabels, United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) president Rodolfo Javellana said that if Angara’s proposal…

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Revenue gain from the Senate version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) measure will fund implementation of the free-tuition law that needs P51 billion, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Finance tackling…

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