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Bangsamoro bill unconstitutional

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The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) does not square with the 1987 Constitution because of its expansive nature, a veteran lawmaker said. Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza of Buhay party-list said he would support the bill granting wider autonomy to Muslim Mindanao but “without its unconstitutional provisions.” “As it is, the…

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First word WILL the Philippine Republic survive the torment of watching the two houses of Congress individually convening as a “constituent assembly” in amending the 1987 Constitution? As important, should the Republic suffer the warnings of President Duterte that the nation will face war if Congress does not approve the…

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Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders

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FACEBOOK has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC said Facebook had not done enough to shut down the trade, which saw more than 5,000…


Bello suspends deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait

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LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello has suspended the deployment of workers to Kuwait in the light of the death of seven Filipinos there. He directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to stop processing the employment certificates of Kuwait-bound workers. The order, issued late afternoon, takes effect immediately, Bello said.

Taiwan businessman in NKorea oil probe attempts suicide

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TAIPEI: A Taiwanese businessman who has been investigated and sanctioned by authorities on suspicion of selling oil to North Korea attempted suicide on Friday, prosecutors said. Chen Shih-hsien was rushed to hospital in southern Kaohsiung city where he lives and was later discharged. “We are aware of Chen’s attempted suicide.…

Court convicts ex-Siquijor gov of obstruction of justice

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THE Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division has found former Siquijor Governor Orlando Fua Jr. “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of obstruction of justice. Fua was charged in 2014 with violation of Section 1(e) of Presidential Decree No. 1829. The case stemmed from his alleged obstruction in 2010 of the service of a search…

OFW group in Saudi Arabia loses P100M in investment scam

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A GROUP of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Saudi Arabia have learned their lessons the hard way on how to properly invest their hard-earned money after being duped into investing some P100 million in what appears to be a high-yield investment but turned out to be a fraudulent scheme. Bernard Olalia,…

Palace welcomes Senate probe on frigate project

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MALACANANG welcomed on Friday the Senate’s move to look into the controversial acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates amid reports that President Rodrigo Duterte’s close aide Christopher “Bong” Go supposedly “intervened” in the project. “[The] Senate investigation is a welcome move to determine if Aquino government committed any anomalies in the…

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‘FACES OF LEADERSHIP’

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Senators slam Alvarez for Cha-cha threats

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SENATORS slammed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for calling on the electorate to vote in the 2019 midterm polls against candidates who did not support federalism. “The issue at this point is the brazen move of the House to impose and railroad Charter change [Cha-cha] without public debate and participation. But having…

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Press freedom aside, Rappler must comply with the law

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IT is wearisome to watch the continuing battle of statements, of claims and counter-claims, between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Rappler, Inc. concerning the revocation of the company’s registration and license to operate by the corporate regulator. The decision of the SEC to annul Rappler’s registration is the…

‘Bato’ prefers local over senatorial position

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Does “Barangay Captain Bato” ring better than “Senator Bato”? In an interview over CNN Philippines, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa on Friday admitted that he prefers to run for a local position rather than a national one. De la Rosa was speculated to be planning…

Global bond sale successful – DoF

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The government made a successful return to the international capital markets via 10-year global bond issue, the Finance department claimed on Friday, incurring lower interest costs compared to a similar exercise last year. “The strong support … received in the international capital markets is a testament to the deepening investor…

 

 

GlobalPort routs Blackwater for back-to-back wins

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GlobalPort relied on a strong the opening half to rout Blackwater, 101-76, on Friday for back-to-back wins in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Season 43 Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. “We hit our target again by limiting our opponent below 80 points. They just scored 76…

Local ace Fernando rules ICTSI kiteboarding

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Local ace Bong Fernando (center) poses with runner-up Swede Atte Kappel (second from right) and third placer Jay Ortiz (second from left) after topping the Master’s Twin Tip Racing in the fifth ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour’s kickoff leg in Lakawon island off the coast of Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental recently.…

Late Asensio strike gives Real Cup win

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MADRID: A last gasp goal from Marco Asensio gave a virtually second string Real Madrid a 1-0 first leg Spanish Cup quarterfinals victory at Leganes on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The 21-year-old midfielder converted a cross from French full-back Theo Hernandez from the center of the box. That ended a…

Rival no more

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The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have met three consecutive years in the NBA Finals. The former have won two while the latter one. This has ushered in an intense rivalry between the teams but the way the Cavaliers are playing, this rivalry, for all intents and purposes,…

Lookout bulletin issued vs De Lima

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THE tables have been turned against Sen. Leila de Lima, who used Lookout Bulletin Orders (LBO) to bar political figures, including former president Gloria Arroyo, from leaving the country when she was Justice secretary. The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a lookout bulletin against De Lima to ensure that she…

SBC cruises past Mapua in NCAA volley

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San Beda College battered (SBC) Mapua University, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, to gain a share of the lead in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City. Premier Volleyball League veteran Cesca Racracquin registered 17 attacks, one block and…

 

 

10 Tausug children hurt in Sulu blast

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Some 10 children in Parang, Sulu were seriously wounded after one of them hit with a stone a 40-millimeter grenade projectile they found, causing an accidental explosion on Thursday. Reports reaching the headquarters of the Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO–ARMM) in Camp General Salipada…

Beijing fortifies security along border with NKorea

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DANDONG, China: China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea, installing new surveillance cameras, deploying extra security forces and operating radiation detectors as it braces for a potential crisis. Bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang has raised fears in China of a conflict that could send millions…

 

 

A starry and glamorous night

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Welcoming the New Year were the brightest stars in business and entertainment industries who joined Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the leading dental center in celebrating its success in 2017 and the auspicious start of 2018. Steve Mark Gan, GAOC’s president and CEO, personally welcomed distinguished guests to their annual…

Feng shui figures in John Lloyd Cruz-Ellen Adarna romance

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“They could not resist each other. Theirs can be called a fatal attraction. He was born in the Year of the Boar and she on the Day of the Boar.” Thus said Marites Allen, the Philippines’ first and only certified feng shui master, in front of more than a hundred…

All-electric FiskerEMotion has 400-mile range

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Fisker, known by its Karma electric sports car, has unveiled its most striking creation yet, the EMotion all-electric vehicle, in CES 2018 in Las Vegas last week. Teaser photos of the car have been released by Fisker in October last year, and the manufacturer claimed that it will have 400…

French environmental film ‘Terra’ premiered in Manila

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Film lovers had a glimpse of the commitment of France not only to culture but also to diversity and protection of the environment during the special screening of the documentary “Terra” at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema. A joint project of the Embassy of France in Manila, the Department…

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A banker redefines the true meaning of success Philip G. Soliven could have stayed in the heady world of banking and finance if not for a quiet epiphany that happened over time and spurred by frequent forays into the countryside. The former trader, who has chalked up stints in Boston,…

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Burberry Burberry proudly launches its newest collaboration with British model and activist Adwoa Aboah and photographer Juergen Teller, who together brilliantly present the next portfolio of the brand which will come out this February. The new collaboration showcases an injection of neon across ready-to-wear collections and accessories lines, featuring laminated…

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Volvo Underlining a commitment to minimizing its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner, Volvo Car proudly announces that starting 2019, every new Volvo model will have a hybrid or electrified variant. This marks a historic start for cars with electrification at the core of its future…

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Winter Wonderland Talented CCP members and photography enthusiasts came together for the Winter Wonderland Exhibit, to showcase their breathtaking captures of Bhutan, Japan, China, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Russia and other parts unknown. The vivid landscapes were printed on aluminum plates using Chromaluxe, which offers incomparable clarity and vividness in color.…