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The Senate will start investigating next week allegations that Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista amassed ill-gotten wealth that he reportedly stashed in a thrift bank. The Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies headed by Sen. Francis Escudero will conduct the probe. Bautista’s estranged wife Patricia had claimed…

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The Palace is confident that the country will sustain its 6.5 percent economic growth until the end of the year as government ramps up spending for infrastructure projects and social needs. “We welcome this morning’s announcement by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia. Indeed, our growth rate is on track,” Presidential…

THE MANILA TIMES ROUNDTABLE

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Areas of interest: natural disaster management, tourism Chile’s Ambassador to the Philippines Jose Miguel Capdevila is confident that it will just be a matter of time before Manila and Santiago sign a free trade deal (FTA) that will usher in vibrant exchanges of products, investments and people. “We see the…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed criminal charges against actor Richard Gutierrez for allegedly submitting falsified tax documents and perjured affidavits to debunk the P38.57-million tax evasion case lodged against him in April 2017. In the complaint filed at the Department of Justice, the BIR accused Gutierrez…

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President Rodrigo Duterte is open to a joint exploration in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) not only with China but also with other “foreign entities,” Malacañang said on Thursday. In a statement, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President is “open to broader options for partnerships” with…

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Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon asked President Rodrigo Duterte to fire him three times, but his request was not granted. The President made the disclosure when he visited the Ozamiz City Police station on Thursday, where he reiterated his offer to reward P2 million to anyone who can pinpoint police officers…

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The Ulama League of the Philippines on Thursday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop bombings in Marawi City and find other ways to purge the remaining terrorists there. In a statement received by the military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), the group expressed its support to the government’s campaign against…

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A medical building that will offer more health services to residents will soon rise in Navotas. Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco, along with Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo other city officials on Thursday unveiled the building plans for the Navotas Medical and Wellness Center (NMWC). The four-story building will replace the…

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For the third time in a row, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) named The Manila Times, the oldest English-language daily in the country, as its “Outstanding Newspaper of the Year.” The anti-crime group gave the award during its 19th anniversary rites led by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang…

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