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TUGUEGARAO CITY: Amid a missing reproductive health (RH) law to implement, the Population Commission (PopCom) expressed alarm over survey results showing Cagayan Valley with the highest percentage in teenage pregnancy in the country. Popcom officials said the survey posed alarm as Region 2 recorded 11.2 percent pregnant teenage girls ages…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A wife of a village chieftain was killed and another injured in a grenade explosion Wednesday in the restive province of Basilan, officials said. Officials said the explosion occurred in the house of Reynaldo de los Santos in the village of Matibay in Lamitan City. The blast killed…

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KIDAPAWAN City on Wednesday was placed under a state of calamity because of the increasing number of dengue cases that have already claimed eight lives since January. The move was in response to the request of Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City to the city’s Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP). Vice Mayor…

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) gave facilities to each of six businesses in Davao del Sur province to increase productivity. The move was under the agency’s project Shared Service Facilities (SSF) where local businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), clusters and cooperatives are given facility support to enhance…

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AUTHORITIES detained an Australian on Tuesday who stabbed and tried to rape his neighbor in Batangas City, police reports said on Wednesday. Australian Paul Javens Harison, 56, of Sydney, residing at Perlas Compound in Barangay Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City was arrested by police operatives after his female neighbor lodged a…

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ILOILO CITY: A boundary dispute between the municipalities of Laua-an and Bugasong in northern Antique and the concerns of indigenous people added to the problems that further delay the completion of the first hydroelectric power plant in Western Visayas. The regional project monitoring committee (RPMC) in the region chaired by…

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THE chief of the Southern Tagalog Regional Police Office was ordered relieved from his post on Wednesday as investigation on the alleged “rescue attempt” of slain gang leaders of Ozamis Group goes into full swing. Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd in a hastily called press conference in Camp Crame…

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THE bidding for the second phase of the Public-Private Partnership for the School Infrastructure Project (PSIP II), with a total cost of about P8.81 billion, is now open, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Tuesday. Jesus Mateo, DepEd assistant secretary for planning, said the education department is now opening…

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SUSPECTED communist rebels tossed a hand grenade at an Army base on Tuesday night in an effort to get back at the government forces, the Army said. First Lt. Nashrullah Sema of the 57th Infantry Battalion said that the attack could be part of the retaliation of the New People’s…

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IT’S definite, pro-administration Sen. Franklin Drilon will be the next Senate President. Thus declared Sen. Loren Legarda as she expressed belief that Drilon has the numbers to snatch the top post in the Upper Chamber that is temporarily occupied by Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. The post was vacated by Sen.…