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“YOU messed with the wrong girl,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after the lawmaker called her the “opposition” for forming her own local political party. President Rodrigo Duterte’s outspoken daughter vented her ire on Alvarez in a series of Instagram posts on Thursday noon. “Ano sabi…

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SPEAKER PROPOSES ‘UNITED NATIONS OF ASIA’

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SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday to file a diplomatic protest with the United States following a US intelligence community assessment listing President Rodrigo Duterte among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a “threat” to democracy and human rights. The…

DENGVAXIA MESS

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HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Thursday said the Department of Health (DoH) would soon file a civil case for damages against Sanofi Pasteur, following the French pharmaceutical giant’s second refusal to refund used anti-dengue vaccine vials worth P1.6 billion and shell out money for an indemnification fund for vaccine…

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THE Senate minority bloc on Thursday pressed for the “immediate release” of detained Sen. Leila de Lima, who will mark her first year in detention on Saturday, February 24. De Lima’s colleagues in the six-man opposition bloc filed late Wednesday Senate Resolution 645 seeking her freedom. She is detained on what she claims are made-up…


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THE Senate is not likely to back a bill allowing divorce, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd said on Thursday, a day after a House committee cleared the measure for floor debates. The chances of its passage are slim, Sotto said, noting that no one had even bothered to file…

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THE KUWAITI Ambassador to Manila has said his Gulf nation’s decision to extend an amnesty program for overstaying Filipino workers reflected good relations between Kuwait and the Philippines, amid a row over alleged abuses of Filipino house help. Kuwaiti envoy Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh said issues involving overseas Filipino workers…

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JANET Lim-Napoles is asking the Supreme Court to let her post bail in the P224-million plunder case she is facing before the Sandiganbayan’s First Division along with former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and other individuals in connection with the priority development assistance fund or pork barrel scam. In a…

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Business

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The stock market lost nearly a hundred points on Thursday, falling back to the 8,500 level, as investors digested US Federal Reserve minutes that suggested further interest rate hikes. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended the day down at 8,515.57, losing 1.14 percent or 98.08 points, while the broader…

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WASHINGTON: US central bankers said the recent tax cuts could juice the economy more than expected in the near term, meaning further interest rate hikes likely will be needed, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday. But the minutes also revealed a split on the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee, with some…

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Foreign investment approvals posted a steep fall in the fourth quarter of 2017, the government reported on Thursday, resulting in a full-year tally less than half that recorded the previous year. Seven monitored investment promotion agencies (IPAs) approved just P21.57 billion in foreign pledges in the last three months of…

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Boracay tourism has not suffered despite warnings of polluted waters and the closure of 51 establishments due to environmental violations, a Tourism department official claimed. “It is business as usual in Boracay island as tourist traffic remains relatively similar or heavier as compared to the past days and weeks,” Western…

DUE DILIGENCER

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Gerard Anton S. Ramos, a member of the 11-person board of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. (ACMDC), used to indirectly own 5.22 million ACMDC common shares that were lodged with PCD Nominee Corp. He reduced the number of Atlas common shares he held to 5.149 million, after selling 71,000…

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has reduced system loss charges that distribution utilities (DUs) can pass on to their consumers. In a statement on Wednesday, ERC said that under its Resolution 20, Series of 2017, DUs would have a 6.5-percent distribution loss this year. This would be gradually reduced annually…

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Regions

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military freed at least two dozen Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels who were intercepted trying to smuggle a cache of firearms in restive Maguindanao province on Wednesday while 157 unlicensed guns were surrendered by at least four village officials. The weapons were illegal and had no…

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Batangas: Activists from Greenpeace Southeast Asia–Philippines climbed the jetty at Shell’s refinery in Tabangao, Batangas on Wednesday and unfurled a banner reading “People and Planet not Profit,” as sharp reminder to the oil company to attend hearings on the responsibility of big fossil fuel firms for climate-related human rights harms. In…

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CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan De Oro City: Four alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered with their firearms – an M16 rifle, a carbine rifle and a .22 caliber rifle equipped with a scope and suppressor – to law enforcers in Valencia City, Bukidnon. Police regional director in Northern…

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BACOLOD CITY: Four farmers were killed while another was wounded in a shooting incident allegedly over land conflict in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental. Killed were Jessebel Amantillo Abayle, 34; Carmelina Garingo Amantillo, 57 and Consolacion Esparcia Cadevida, 66, all residents of Sitio Bondo, Barangay Napacao in Siaton; and Felimon Torres Molero,…

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LEGAZPI CITY: After the Mayon volcano eruptions, the water in Albay is no longer safe for drinking and bathing, Oscar Dominguez, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional director in Bicol, said during the meeting at the Office of Civil Defense at Camp General Simeon Ola here. “We have…

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The social media post of a female Korean passenger that went viral claiming her husband’s watch and electronic cigarette went missing at the final security screening checkpoint of the Clark International Airport is false and inaccurate, according to the Office for Transportation Security (OTS). The passenger also claimed to have…

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World

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SEOUL: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged on Thursday. The Pyeongchang Games have become a venue for geopolitics as much as sports as the nuclear-armed North mounts a…

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to “shame” Australia and block the release of a joint statement at a regional summit in Sydney next month if he faces pressure over a political crackdown at home. The strongman has been chastised by Western countries for taking a hammer…

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Every two weeks, one of the world’s languages disappears, along with the human history and cultural heritage that accompanies it, the chief of the United Nations cultural agency warned on Wednesday, calling for greater efforts to preserve and promote mother languages and indigenous languages, to bolster inclusion, diversity and ultimately,…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan police have arrested four men over a bitcoin robbery worth Twd$5 million ($170,000) in what they said was the first case of its kind on the island. Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions and its value has soared since it came…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Trump also promised “very…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump led the chorus of tributes on Wednesday to the influential evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen American leaders who has died at age 99. “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” Trump tweeted. “There was nobody like him!…

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Today's Breaking News

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BUENOS AIRES: Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina’s security minister announced Thursday. Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street…

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DOUMA: Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400. Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria’s seven-year conflict failed to stop 46 more people being…

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