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Flood control projects of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) worth P178.8 million have been left unfinished owing to inadequate planning and lack of coordination, state auditors reported. They cited these observations in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) 2016 audit report on the MMDA. “Various projects totaling P178,882,627.24 were either…

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Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno received his Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, during the106th General Commencement Exercises of the University of the Philippines – Diliman on Sunday. The honorary degree is the university’s highest academic rank and honor. Diokno is a professor emeritus from the UP School of Economics and…

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is seriously studying three schemes to “finally” end the traffic problem in Metro Manila. MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said over the weekend that the MMDA leadership will ascertain first if the three-digit number coding scheme, metro-wide odd-even number traffic scheme, and increasing the fine…

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MALACAÑANG on Saturday said the government would look into the reported human rights abuses in Mindanao, a month after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island under martial law in response to the siege of Marawi City by Islamic State-linked armed groups. In a statement, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said…

OMAR MAUTE STILL ALIVE – SOURCE

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ONE of the United States’ most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist terrorists in a southern Philippine city, which began with a raid to capture him, the military said Saturday. Isnilon Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant said to be the leader of the Islamic State (IS)…

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‘We’re willing to go back to Marawi’ At least 69 soldiers and policemen have so far died while hundreds have been injured in the month-long siege of Marawi City by the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute group. Wounded troops said the terror group seemed to be familiar with the terrain and…

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BEIJING: Chinese rescuers scoured through rocks on Saturday in a frantic search for more than 140 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province. A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after 46 homes in the village of Xinmo…

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Malacañang on Saturday said it was “disturbed” by recent attacks of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Mindanao, despite the communists’ earlier vow to refrain from launching offensives against state forces. In a statement, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the several “serious offensives” committed by the communist rebels sow doubts…

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th has shrugged off online criticism of his supposed meltdown in an interview over the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), in which the host said the lawmaker’s views on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration were “out of tune” with public sentiment. Trillanes said BBC “Hardtalk” host Stephen…

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Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon of Muntinlupa City is asking the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division to allow him to travel abroad from July 7 to 20. Biazon – who is out on bail — is facing graft, malversation, and direct bribery charges before the anti-graft court in connection with the Priority…

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