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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) is on alert after intelligence report disclosed that the demand for party drugs may be on the rise this Christmas season and as people gear up for the Sinulog Festival in January. PDEA-7 Regional Director Emerson Margate said they believe the…

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ILOILO CITY: The local government of Sara, Iloilo on Monday gave P100,000 cash reward to the informant whose tips led to the successful arrest of Western Visayas’ High Value Target Level 3 Arturo Balume Sr., alias Master Pedik, and his four underlings last October. Mary Joy Abellar, municipal treasurer of…

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COTABATO CITY: The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) passed a resolution mandating local government units in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to provide regular allocation for traditional madaris (Islamic school). Amir Mawallil, ARMM spokesman, said the resolution complements the Bureau of Madaris’ recent draft of the Unified…

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LUCENA CITY: Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Quezon province were feted in a day-long Migrants’ Day celebration as they received recognition from the grateful province as the country’s new living heroes. Quezon Provincial Gender and Development Office head Ofelia Palayan on Monday said the “salute to the OFWs” on “Migrants…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division granted former Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada permission to travel to Hong Kong from December 26 to 31 during an open court ruling on Monday. Estrada has sought the court’s permission “to be allowed to travel to Hong Kong with his family…for purpose of a long desired…

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A civilian bodyguard of a barangay (village) chairman in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City was killed in by gunmen riding a motorcycle in an ambush on Sunday. Police said Carlito Ramirez, personal security of Chairman Joel Bacolod of Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang died on the spot from bullet wounds in…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Police are conducting deeper probe into the twin bombings in North Upi, Maguindanao on Saturday that wounded a policeman and seven Philippine Marines soldiers even as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has claimed responsibility over the explosions. However, local officials said they are not convinced that…

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BACOLOD CITY: La Carlota City government in Negros Occidental has lifted the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) it issued against Roxol Bioenergy Corp., a subsidiary of listed integrated sugar and ethanol producer Roxas Holdings, Inc. after measures were taken to prevent obnoxious odor coming from its plant last week. In…

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BAGUIO CITY: A total ban on sale and distribution of firecrackers is fully implemented this year in the Summer Capital for safer and pollution-free Christmas and New Year’s eve merrymaking. Mayor Mauricio Domogan gave assured that no permit will be issued for the sale and distribution of firecrackers in the…

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ILOILO CITY: Preparations are underway for the peaceful and orderly staging of Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City this January. Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, regional director of Police Regional Office in Western Visayas, on Monday said “full-blown” meetings were conducted for the two big events…