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Congress extends martial law

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AN OVERWHELMING majority of the Senate and House of Representatives in joint session on Wednesday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018. The two houses of Congress voted separately on Resolution of Both Houses 13, which called for the further extension of martial law and the…

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“All options are on the table” to deal security threats, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, as he raised the prospect of placing the entire Philippines under martial law. The President thanked Congress for extending martial rule and said his “only consideration” was the welfare of the Philippines. “At this…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that his push for a federal form of government does not have enough public support. The Chief Executive, however, maintained that a shift to the federal system should begin by granting wider autonomy to Muslim Mindanao through the Bangsamoro Basic Law, or else the Moro…

PNP CHIEF TO GET 2-MONTH EXTENSION

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OUTGOING Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa will be appointed, upon his retirement, as head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) by President Rodrigo Duterte. Christopher “Bong” Go, special assistant to the President, confirmed de la Rosa’s impending appointment as prisons head to Malacañang reporters Wednesday…

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Hayek details harrowing ordeal by ‘monster’ Weinstein

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NEW YORK: A-lister Salma Hayek on Wednesday joined the scores of actresses to accuse Harvey Weinstein, alleging that the fallen Hollywood mogul sexually harassed her, subjected her to escalating rage and once threatened to kill her. “For years, he was my monster,” the Mexican-born star wrote in an essay published…

Aquino: No one objected before, after govt approved purchase of Dengvaxia

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FORMER president Benigno Aquino 3rd said on Thursday that before and after he approved the purchase of the P3.5 billion worth Dengavaxia, “no one” informed him of any objection to the dengue vaccine. Aquino stressed this point during Thursday’s resumption of the joint Senate Blue Ribbon and Health Committees investigation on…

British PM’s Brexit defeat looms over EU summit

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BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to a Brussels summit Thursday reeling from a parliamentary defeat over Brexit that threatens to undermine her just as EU leaders back the opening of trade talks. The other 27 leaders are expected during the two-day meeting in Brussels to endorse an interim…

Signal no. 1 up in 16 areas in PH as ‘Urduja’ intensifies — Pagasa

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SIGNAL No. 1 is up in 16 areas in the Philippines as Tropical Depression “Urduja” (international name: Kaitak) intensifies slightly as it hovers over Eastern Samar, the state-run weather bureau said on Thursday. Urduja is 120 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of up to…

Israel strikes Hamas sites after Gaza rockets – army

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GAZA CITY: Israel carried out a series of air strikes against Islamist group Hamas in Gaza early Thursday, the army said, hours after rockets were fired at the Jewish state from the Palestinian enclave. In a statement the Israeli army said they had targeted three Hamas military facilities in different…

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks. While the Army’s mission is generally to “attack and destroy,” the cyber troops have a slightly different goal, said…

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PNP CHIEF TO GET 2-MONTH EXTENSION

‘Bato’ to head prisons bureau

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OUTGOING Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa will be appointed, upon his retirement, as head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) by President Rodrigo Duterte. Christopher “Bong” Go, special assistant to the President, confirmed de la Rosa’s impending appointment as prisons head to Malacañang reporters Wednesday…

Duterte on martial law: ‘All options on the table’

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“All options are on the table” to deal security threats, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, as he raised the prospect of placing the entire Philippines under martial law. The President thanked Congress for extending martial rule and said his “only consideration” was the welfare of the Philippines. “At this…

2018 GRADUATES

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Lifestyle check crucial to anti-corruption drive

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The Department of Finance has taken a further step in the right direction by pursuing lifestyle checks on 70 of its executives this year, and saying it will keep on adding 10 more names to the list every month to rid this government agency of corrupt officials. This should pace…

Alliance officials: DoJ files charges vs trader

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Criminal charges were filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) against trader George Sycip, son of the late tycoon Washington Sycip, and officers and members of Alliance International Inc. (Alliance), a tuna canning firm, for violation of Sections 74 and 75, in relation to Section 144 of the Corporation Code…

ADB raises PH growth forecasts

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has upgraded its Philippine growth forecasts for this year and the next on account of infrastructure investments as well as strong household consumption. “GDP (gross domestic product) growth forecasts are raised from 6.5 percent to 6.7 percent for 2017 and from 6.7 percent to 6.8…

 

 

PBA impasse solution in sight

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Members of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Board are upbeat on ending the impasse regarding the status of Chito Narvasa. The league held its annual news conference on Wednesday at the Golden Ballroom of Okada Manila to kick off the 43rd season of the PBA, which starts on Sunday at…

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.…

Stoeger off to winning start with Dortmund

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BERLIN: New coach Peter Stoeger led Borussia Dortmund to their first victory in 10 games on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), as his side picked up a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Mainz. It was victory at the first attempt for Stoeger, who replaced Peter Bosz as head coach of the…

A legacy down the drain

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Because I was too busy over the weekend, I failed to follow through live streaming over social media the supposed marquee fight between Vasil Lomachenko of Ukraine and Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba. Well, good thing I never devoted a single minute following the fight, because that would have been a…

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…


 

Ilocos Sur columnist arrested for ‘rebellion’

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A community newspaper columnist and human rights advocate was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday while on board a bus in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Sherwin de Vera, a columnist for Northern Dispatch, an Ilocos Sur weekly newspaper, was arrested in Barangay Bulag on his way home from…

US urges talks as NKorea brags of nuclear arsenal

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States is ready to talk to North Korea “without preconditions” but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). But even as Washington stressed the importance of a negotiated end to the standoff,…




 

 

Christmas ‘trimmings’ for you

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PLUS: Kris Aquino’s must-have holiday accessory is her ‘X’ I don’t know about you ladies, but every year when Christmas comes along, I happily take all the leeway that comes with it. When it comes to dieting, it means extra lechon balat and then some; when shopping, it means testing…

‘Ang Larawan’ — a labor of love, passion and patriotism

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After years of planning and development, “Ang Larawan” has finally made its way to a commercial showing nationwide as an official entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival come Christmas Day. The now-finished film, initially rejected during the first round of the festival’s script selection last July, is a…

Now with a Mercedes-AMG heart

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British luxury sports car maker Aston Martin took the covers off its new Vantage, along with its racing version, the Vantage GTE, last November, replacing the previous generation Ian Callum designed Vantage that was around in the market since 2005. With the old Vantage being the bestselling model in Aston…

Christmas ‘trimmings’ for you

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PLUS: Kris Aquino’s must-have holiday accessory is her ‘X’ I don’t know about you ladies, but every year when Christmas comes along, I happily take all the leeway that comes with it. When it comes to dieting, it means extra lechon balat and then some; when shopping, it means testing…

COCO MARTIN: Out to prove good guys are cool

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“Bakit kapag matino ka, tingin sa iyo ng mil–lennials hindi ka cool?” Television and mo­­vie actor Coco Mar­tin’s rhetorical question above—roughly translated to why millen­nials think good guys are the opposite of cool—has defined, guided and effectively changed the course of his career in the last few years. In 2015, Martin—dubbed…

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Street-smart savvy helps businessman succeed in two disparate fields When other teenagers were planning their summer vacation or prepping for college entrance exams, Charles Paw was worrying about ways to make a living. “My father (Carlos) had told me early on that he would only support me until high school,”…

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Elle Fragrances It’s never too early to impart the habit for good grooming. Knowing this, Elle has introduced a trio of scents for the young until their teenhood. “So Cute!,” is an alcohol-free and hypoallergenic perfume for babies, while “So Pretty!” is perfect for little misses with its mix of…

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Coach X Selena Gomez Collection Reinventing an age-old American brand to catch the eye of a fickle and demanding generation of shoppers can be quite a challenge, but one that British designer Stuart Vevers passionately accepted when he joined Coach in 2013. And now, with the country’s pop sweetheart Selena…

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SM Greenbag One never runs out of the need for a reusable shopping bag – especially since there’s just so many people to buy presents for during this festive season. Now on its 10th year, the SM Greenbag of SM Markets is being released on a limited capacity. Sporting stylish…