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FORMER Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, former Public Works and Highways head Rogelio Singson and several key officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 12 have been charged with plunder and graft over their alleged involvement in the P7.8 billion illegal transactions on the Road Right…

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BARELY two months after assuming office, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña’s mettle may be tested after the Bureau of Customs Employees Union (Bocea) warned it is poised to launch protest actions that could paralyze the agency’s operations. Bocea president Remedios Princesa told The Manila Times on Sunday that the union is…

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Some high-ranking officials of the agencies under the Department of Finance (DoF) are under investigation for alleged corrupt practices, according to Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin. Agabin said the DoF’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) which is under his watch is conducting a lifestyle check on suspected corrupt employees under the…

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MIAMI: Fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly checked in to a US rehabilitation center that treats male sex addicts, but experts say such therapy is unlikely to help. English comic actor Russell Brand, golfer Tiger Woods, rocker Ozzy Osbourne and actor Michael Douglas are among the high-powered celebrities who…

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Sen. Leila de Lima appealed to the public to defend a blogger who is being harassed and bashed on social media by supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte for criticizing seven senators who did not sign a resolution against extrajudicial killings (EJKs). “We must defend Pinoy Ako Blog, both as the…

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Stargazers are in for a heavenly treat this week as the Orionids meteor shower reaches its peak, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). The state-run weather bureau said the meteor shower will be seen from October 17 to 25. “At maximum rates, the shower may…

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The government is planning to utilize some military assets to fund the ballooning pension of uniformed personnel, according to a Cabinet official. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the government discovered that the military has pieces of real-state property all over the country that can be sold, leased for the long…

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As tropical storm Odette exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility, a new inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) forms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the state-run weather bureau said on Sunday. ICTZ refers to a belt of converging trade winds and rising air that encircles the Earth near the equator. According…

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The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has expressed confidence in ending the presence of gangs in its jails in order to stop riots there. Incoming inmates would be warned in an orientation that gangs are not allowed inside the jails, according to BJMP spokesman Xavier Solda. Gangs would…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has suspended a judge in Malabon City who is handling the controversial Ruby Rose Barrameda slay case for his irregular and over-issuance of search warrants in different cases. In a full-court ruling penned by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo and promulgated by clerk of court Felipa…

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