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ANDANAR: GIVEN ‘IS’ THREAT TO STRIKE ANYWHERE

Expanded martial law ‘always an option’

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Expanding martial law beyond Mindanao is always an option, given the threat that Islamic State (IS)-inspired groups may attack anywhere, Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Sunday. “We, in government, are open to all options. If something happens, then we will apply what is necessary,” Palace Communications Secretary Martin…

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ABOUT 20 appointments in four days in Brussels was way beyond my normal load of activity, especially taking into consideration that these were meetings with European Union officials and Brussels-based researchers and journalists, tackling subjects as diverse as trade, competition, human rights, development, and environment. The one subject that rather…

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Campaign begins for Russia’s presidential election

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MOSCOW: Campaigning officially started on Monday for Russia’s presidential election in March, in which President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win a fourth term that would keep him in power until 2024. Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta published a resolution adopted by the upper house of parliament, the Federation…

Pagasa monitoring LPA as ‘Urduja’ exits through West PH Sea

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AS Tropical Depression “Urduja” (international name: Kai-tak) exits the country through the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is monitoring an approaching low pressure area (LPA). The state-run weather bureau said that the LPA was now 1,450 kilometers east of Mindanao and has a…

Trump to lay out ‘America First’ security strategy

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump is set to lay out Monday a new National Security Strategy built upon his trademark “America First” slogan, which is expected to have economic security at its core. The US leader, who has dismantled the legacy of Barack Obama on issues ranging from climate…

Myanmar burned Rohingya villages despite refugee deal – HRW

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YANGON: Myanmar’s army burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within days of signing a refugee repatriation deal with Bangladesh, showing the agreement was a mere “public relations stunt,” Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group, citing analysis of satellite imagery, said buildings in 40 villages were destroyed in October…

Duterte visits ‘Urduja’-hit Biliran

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte visited the province of Biliran, which was hardest hit by Tropical Depression “Urduja”, on Monday. The President, on board a chopper, surveyed the area with his aide, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go. The photos of the President were provided to reporters by Go. Because…

Oil price hike ahead of Christmas

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OIL companies will raise pump prices of petroleum products a week before Christmas. Flying V said it would increase the price of diesel by 50 centavos per liter, the price of gasoline by 30 centavos per liter, and the price of kerosene by 45 centavos per liter, effective at 12:01 a.m. on…

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Urduja kills at least 33

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DOZENS of people died in landslides and floods triggered by tropical storm Urduja (International name: Kai-tak) as it pummeled Eastern Visayas on Sunday. Police and local officials reported at least 33 people were killed in the storm. The number has yet to be confirmed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction…

Urduja kills at least 33

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DOZENS of people died in landslides and floods triggered by tropical storm Urduja (International name: Kai-tak) as it pummeled Eastern Visayas on Sunday. Police and local officials reported at least 33 people were killed in the storm. The number has yet to be confirmed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction…

DRUG LORDS: BUSINESS AS USUAL

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Dengvaxia mess highlights vital role of Formulary Executive Council

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Besides pointing to possible mistakes and wrongdoing in the adoption and purchase of the Dengvaxia immunization vaccine, the Senate inquiry into the vaccine deal also served to highlight the importance of the Fomulary Executive Council (FEC) of the Department of Health (DOH) in the public health system. There can be…

Garin behind purchase of Dengvaxia – Ona

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Former Health secretary Enrique Ona on Monday claimed that former Health Secretary Janette Garin should take the blame for the Dengvaxia mess because she advised former President Benigno Aquino 3rd to purchase the dengue vaccine. Ona, who arrived yesterday from a trip to the United States, said he is willing…

ANZ completes Shanghai bank sale

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SYDNEY: ANZ Bank completed the sale of its stake in Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank Monday and announced plans for a Aus$1.5 billion (US$1.15 billion) share buyback with the funds. The lender agreed to offload its 20 percent holding in the company earlier this year for Aus$1.84 billion, with Chinese shipping…

 

 

LeBron sparks Cavaliers to win over Wizards

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LOS ANGELES: LeBron James posted his fourth triple-double in five games with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists as the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Kevin Love scored a team-high 25 points, while Jeff Green had 15 points for the Cavaliers…

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.…

Suarez, Paulinho move Barca 11 clear of Real

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MADRID: Barcelona opened up an 11-point La Liga lead over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend’s Clasico between the Spanish giants as Luis Suarez and Paulinho each scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Lionel Messi also saw a penalty saved and…

Breaking the chain of corruption in Philippine sports

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As I said in my last column, it is the paramount duty of every Filipino to uphold the constitution and adhere to the country’s laws. In sports, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and its member National Sport Associations (NSAs) are not beyond the reach of the law. Why the corruption?…

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…

Diaz bags 2 medals in IWF world meet

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Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz copped two medals in the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championship on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, USA. Competing in the 53 kilograms class, Diaz notched 86 kgs in the snatch before registering 113 kgs in…


 

Former Iloilo mayor, 6 others face raps

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THE Office of the Ombudsman filed graft cases before the Sandiganbayan against former Mayor Isabelo Maquino of Santa Barbara, Iloilo and six others in connection with the alleged anomalous awarding of five infrastructure projects in 2006. Charged along with Maquino were former officials: Municipal administrator Lyndofer Beup, then-chairman of the Bids…

Myanmar army burned Rohingya villages – HRW

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YANGON: Myanmar’s army burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within days of signing a refugee repatriation deal with Bangladesh, showing the agreement was a mere “public relations stunt,” Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group, citing analysis of satellite imagery, said buildings in 40 villages were destroyed in October…




 

 

Year end accounting (Part 1)

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I am always nostalgic when it is December, not only because I will be turning a year older but because the feel of it is so conducive for making a year-end inventory or, as I like to call it, “[ac]counting of blessings.” The Lord wants us to give thanks for…

‘Siargao’ highlights love and environmental awareness

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The Surfing Capital of the Philippines finally takes front and center in a full-length movie as noted director-producer Paul Soriano’s first Metro Manila Film Festival entry. Simply titled “Siargao,” it stars Asia’s Drama Prince Jericho Rosales, and popular actresses Erich Gonzales and Jasmine Curtis-Smith. Considered a complete diversion from Soriano’s…

A 780-hp tribute to a racing legend

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McLaren Automotive recently unveiled its road legal track special called the Senna, in honor of legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. “Our family is extremely proud of the naming of the new Ultimate Series McLaren Senna. This is the first project that really connects with Ayrton’s racing spirit and performance.…

Year end accounting (Part 1)

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I am always nostalgic when it is December, not only because I will be turning a year older but because the feel of it is so conducive for making a year-end inventory or, as I like to call it, “[ac]counting of blessings.” The Lord wants us to give thanks for…

Presenting the most beautiful women in the ‘Universe’

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With charity at the heart of the Miss Universe pageant, it was but fitting that the highlight of its court’s visit was a glamorous runway-show-for-a-cause. Staged at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino on December 7, the most confidently beautiful women of the galaxy stunned a benevolent crowd…

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BUSINESSMAN DEVOTES LIFE TO BUILD AN ENTERPRISING NATION A delightful oil painting dominates the tasteful reception area of RFM Corporation’s head office in Pasig City. The 141 cm x 223 cm frame holds the Molong Galicano canvas of a chubby toddler in baker’s garb, studying a plump loaf, ostensibly the…

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Genting Dream For a different kind of adventure, one that marries Asian hospitality and international luxury, Genting Dream invites you aboard Dream Cruises. A pacesetter in the industry that merges high living and high seas, Dream Cruises delights affluent Filipino travelers by offering inspirational experiences of luxury. Setting off from…

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Superdry Look cool while you’re kept warm with fashionable winter picks from Superdry. Ideal for trips to the icy Alps and below-zero weather destinations, Superdry infuses trendy style into its array of coats and jackets. In its Autumn-Winter 2017 collection, Superdry focuses on staple wardrobe pieces that will see you…

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Marco Polo Ortigas Celebrate the yuletide season with your loved ones with premium accommodations on special rates starting December 15. Enjoy the hotel’s state-of-the-art facilities and amenities that are perfect venues for meaningful journeys with the family. With an overnight stay, delight in the ultimate dining experience with breakfast for…

Expanded martial law ‘always an option’

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Expanding martial law beyond Mindanao is always an option, given the threat that Islamic State (IS)-inspired groups may attack anywhere, Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Sunday. “We, in government, are open to all options. If something happens, then we will apply what is necessary,” Palace Communications Secretary Martin…