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Over 120 countries will gather in Manila on October 23 to 28 for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12), the first time the conference will be held in Asia. The meeting will address a range of critical issues facing…

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A recruiter of the Maute group in Mindanao was charged with rebellion on Wednesday for allegedly using social media to enlist jihadists, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said. Karen Aizha Hamidon, 36, was arrested on October 11 by the National Bureau of Investigation’s Counter-Terrorism Division in her condominium at the Bonifacio…

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CEBU CITY: “I have chosen the way of truth.” This was the motto of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Vidal, who passed away at the age of 86 at 7:26 a.m. on Wednesday. After showing improvement Sunday morning from a two-day coma, Vidal died peacefully at the intensive care unit at…

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BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said China won’t pursue an expansionist strategy nor establish a hegemony, at the opening of the national congress of the Communist Party of China. In a report at the opening of the 19th party congress, which is held every five years, Xi said…

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First of a series NOW that Marawi City has been liberated, the government must launch a “very pro-active, relevant program to counter and prevent violent extremism,” according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “The battle for the liberation of Marawi is just the beginning of a continuing battle…

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The Supreme Court’s net satisfaction rating dropped to 31 percent in September, seven points down from June, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Wednesday. The third quarter poll, conducted on September 23 to 27, 2017, found that 50 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the High Court’s performance…

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Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, a vocal supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte on social media, has been appointed undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO). In a text message to The Manila Times, Acting Social Welfare Secretary Emmanuel Leyco confirmed Badoy’s appointment, saying the latter “is now…

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TWO days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the terrorist Maute group, the Education department has begun its rehabilitation assessment efforts to determine the extent of damage to school buildings. “We’re now conducting post-conflict needs assessment in Marawi City and in areas outside ground zero. We will…

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and several other agencies have signed the Inter-Agency Agreement on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Philippines. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales signed the agreement on Oct. 12 on behalf of the DFA. Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras…

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Mayor Herbert Bautista on Wednesday called on the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to be vigilant and not to ignore the possibility that extremists may also sow terror in Metro Manila. “Terrorism does not have a face. Hindi porke’t nawala si Maute, wala na ‘yan. We want our (police) to…

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