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OIL companies again raised the pump prices of petroleum products, the second rate adjustment for the month. Flying V was the first to adjust its prices, raising the cost of diesel and kerosene by 55 centavos per liter and 30 centavos per liter, respectively, at 12:01 Tuesday. The price of…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has named Elson Hermogino as the new chief of the Philippine Coast Guard. Commandant Hermogino replaced Joel Garcia, who served as Coast Guard’s officer-in-charge for a year. Garcia’s predecessor, Rear Admiral William Melad, was charged with graft and multiple counts of violation of the Government Procurement law…

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SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Monday chided House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez over his recent attacks against the Senate noting that Senators think and act more independently. Lacson, one of the few senators who reacted to Alvarez’s sudden assault, noted that the Senate works differently from the lower House and nobody could…

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Former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has yet to decide if he will again run for senator in 2019. Estrada was charged with plunder at the Sandiganbayan for the alleged irregular use of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel when he was a member of the Senate. “I…

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Nine members of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and a member of the Philippine military died on Saturday night in a gunfight at Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, the Philippine Army reported on Sunday. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, cited body count…

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THE HOUSE Committee on Agrarian Reform has approved a substitute bill prohibiting the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes. The still-unnumbered bill amends the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) or Republic Act 6657, which was enacted to promote social justice, push rural development and industrialization and encourage…

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PRESIDENTIAL Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday said continuous efforts are being made to improve the government’s main communication arm and make it on par with leading media entities in the country. In a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times editors and reporters, Andanar added that the Presidential Communications Operations…

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Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo has expressed strong opposition to a no-election or “no-el” scenario in May 2019 and term extension for incumbent elected officials. Robredo, in her weekly radio show Biserbisyong Leni, made the stand in light of a statement made by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd that Congress…

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The United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) has expressed its gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for saving the maritime industry from a “junketeer” of an administrator. “Thank you Mr. President. On behalf of the [UFS] with its 52,600 members, we recognize you for firing an inutile top government official who had been…

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Malacañang on Saturday assured the public of their safety, saying security measures are in place to secure millions of devotees who will join the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila on January 9. In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said local government units and security…

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