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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday announced the arrest of 306 persons for violating the firearms ban. Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, 306 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended for carrying firearms despite the implementation of the Commission on Elections…

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Forty civil society, government and military representatives from across Southeast and East Asia arrived in the country on Sunday to attend a six-day seminar on international laws governing military operations. The seminar, the eighth of its kind to be held in the region, has been jointly organized by the International…

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QUEZON CITY: A lawmaker has proposed the creation of a Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF) for the retirement pay of barangay (village) officials and workers in recognition of their genuine service and hard work. House Bill 55, authored principally Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (Third District) of Negros Occidental, will cover all…

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The outspoken bishop urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to start packing his things including his “cigarettes,” before his term of office ends. Lingayen-Dagupan Arch-bishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, tongue in cheek but dripping with stinging venom, said Aquino needs to fly away to a place where there is no “extradition treaty”…

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with its attached agencies are strengthening their efforts to penalize illegal recruiters through tougher laws under the amended provisions of Republic Act 8042, aiming to curb illegal activities. Acting Labor and Em-ployment Secretary Danilo Cruz said that sanctions and penalties for illegal recruitment…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Pagadian City on Saturday warned aspirants for the forthcoming barangay elections against premature campaign. Lawyer Dinah Cagampang-Sapong, city election officer, said that they will not hesitate to disqualify any candidates who would be caught for premature or early campaign. Sapong reiterated that the…

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THE Cagayan de Oro City Police on Saturday warned banks, malls, private companies and financial institutions against a robbery hold up group that might strike anytime in the city. Police Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, City Police Chief, issued an alert order after a bank vehicle was robbed by the said…

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The government security forces on Saturday reported that they have already cleared almost 50 percent of the “critical areas” in Zamboanga City. The critical areas include the adjoining barangays of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, and Rio Hondo, since these were the sites of the heavy fighting during the standoff. Chief…

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) seriously needs to take up in urgency the reported rice supply shortage because it could lead to widespread hunger if not checked, according to Sen. Loren Legarda. Legarda, a known advocate of sustainable agricultural development, insisted that the current rice supply situation of the country…

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