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Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he would launch a cryptocurrency to connect with fans, but also backed the regulation of virtual currencies. Pacquiao, one of the world’s most successful boxers, is the latest athlete to launch a virtual currency, following Floyd Mayweather and former England striker Michael Owen. The Singapore-based…

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Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu had an immediate order for Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) chief Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez when he welcomed her to her post — bring back puka shells in Boracay. Cimatu directed Rodriguez to take an active role in bringing back the island to its pristine state. Rodriguez replaced There…

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EUROPEAN Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen on Thursday said there is no plan to file a diplomatic protest against Manila in connection with the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) refusal to allow an official of the Party of European Socialists (PES) to enter the country. Jessen said they…

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Philippine troops will train with US soldiers in the 34th iteration of Balikatan to be held from May 7 to 18 in multiple locations in Luzon. Filipino and American forces held community outreach projects in Luzon on Thursday. They renovated five schools and held a medical mission to mark the…

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Police Director Camilo Cascolan, the Philippine National Police’s director for operations, was named the new chief of the National Capital Region Police Office. He replaced Oscar Albayalde, who assumed his new post as PNP chief on Thursday. “He’s qualified for the position and his performance is good. He was also…

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THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has again asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to require candidates in the May 2018 barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) polls to attach their resumés and campaign platforms to their certificates of candidacy (CoC). The Comelec earlier…

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A new bus terminal to be constructed outside Metro Manila will improve vehicular traffic flow in Metro Manila by reducing about 6,000 northbound provincial buses. The North Luzon Express Terminal (NLET) will cater to provincial buses, said lawyer GP Santos, chief operating officer of Maligaya Development Cooperation which oversees the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has made his first appointment to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), choosing a justice of the Court of Appeals to replace retired commissioner Arthur Lim. A well-placed source of The Manila Times said Duterte had appointed Associate Justice Socorro Balinghasay-Inting for a seven-year term as Comelec commissioner,…

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THE Supreme Court has set a date for its decision on Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition seeking to oust Chief Justice on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno. In an en banc or full-court session in Baguio City on Tuesday, the magistrates agreed to hold a vote on May 17 in…

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WASHINGTON: Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics. Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years, and the widower “of…

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