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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…

Opening Ceremonies of the 31st ASEAN summit

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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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PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said “Oplan Tokhang” may start next week. In a television interview, de la Rosa said the oversight committee was polishing the guidelines for the operation involving policemen knocking on an alleged drug user’s door and pleading with him to surrender…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s close aide Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday said he would attend a Senate probe into the controversial acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates, if invited. “Kung sakaling ipatawag man ako ng Senado hinggil sa [If ever I’m called to the Senate on the] frigate issue, anywhere, anytime,…

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Social networking site Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said on 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…

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Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed — along…

Mattis warns of ‘growing threats’ from Russia, China

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing “growing threats” from China and Russia, and warned that the US military’s advantages have eroded in recent years. Mattis’s assessment came as he unveiled the Pentagon’s vision for the future detailed in a document called the national defense…

NKorea cancels arts delegation visit to South before Olympics

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SEOUL: North Korea has cancelled plans to send a delegation headed by the leader of an all-female Western-style band to the South this weekend to prepare cultural performances during the Olympics, Seoul’s Yonhap news agency said late Friday. Hyon Song-Wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-Un, would have been…

UK could join reconfigured EU in future – minister

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LONDON: Britain could take part in a new model of European cooperation after Brexit but is unlikely to rejoin the EU in its current form, a senior minister said Friday. Cabinet Office minister David Lidington, who chairs several Brexit ministerial committees, said the suggestion by some EU leaders that Britain…

Twitter says Russia-linked accounts more widespread

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SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Friday said the number of Russia-linked accounts firing off tweets evidently aimed at the US election in 2016 was more widespread than initially determined. The social media company found, and shuttered, an additional 1,062 accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, considered a “troll farm” connected…

Pence heads to Mideast amid Israel embassy storm

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Vice President Mike Pence set off for the Middle East on Friday for a trip overshadowed by controversy over plans to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Pence had been due to travel in December last year, but Arab anger over President Donald Trump’s decision…

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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.…