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    THE government is validating reports that 89 “suspected foreign terrorist fighters” are already in Mindanao, Malacañang said on Saturday. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella issued the statement after the Philippine National Police received an intelligence report that dozens of foreign terror suspects were in different areas in Mindanao, including Marawi City…

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    BRISBANE, Australia: Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao arrived in Australia ahead of his title fight with Jeff Horn and declared: “I will be going home as world champion.” The “Pacman” touched down in Brisbane late Saturday from Manila with a large entourage for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout…

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    Criminal complaints were filed against two arrested Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who were accused of treating injured members of the Maute Group currently fighting government troops in Marawi City. Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said inquest proceedings were conducted after Jadzrie Harad Saabdula and Jamal Kalib Jamil, both accused of…

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    The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has urged the House of Representatives to withdraw its show cause order against three Court of Appeals (CA) magistrates who ordered the release on bail of six officials of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte. In a two-page statement, the IBP explained that…

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    DETAINED Sen. Leila de Lima on Sunday said she will contest the latest warrant of arrest issued against her by a Muntinlupa City court handling one of the three drug-related cases filed against her by the Department of Justice (DoJ.) “The prosecution’s case is extremely weak, the weakest among the…

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    Flood control projects of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) worth P178.8 million have been left unfinished owing to inadequate planning and lack of coordination, state auditors reported. They cited these observations in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) 2016 audit report on the MMDA. “Various projects totaling P178,882,627.24 were either…

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    Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno received his Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, during the106th General Commencement Exercises of the University of the Philippines – Diliman on Sunday. The honorary degree is the university’s highest academic rank and honor. Diokno is a professor emeritus from the UP School of Economics and…

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    CAPITAL ECONOMICS WARNS IN ITS LATEST PH REPORT

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    The Philippine economy is set to continue holding up well in the short term as economic reform progresses, but greater risk lies over the medium term if investor caution over the threat of a nationwide martial law and other policy concerns prevail, Capital Economics said in its latest report on…

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    THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will be working on a possible bilateral agreement with the Singapore central bank that would allow qualified banks to operate subsidiaries in each other’s markets. “We have not started yet with Singapore but it might happen soon… Maybe over the next few months… We…

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    Philippine export leaders urged the country to step up efforts to boost ties with its Asean neighbors and partners to achieve the $100-billion revenue target over the next six years. Commodities exported by the Philippines to Asean member countries comprised 16 percent of the total export in April 2017, Philippine…

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    PHILIPPINE shares are seen likely to be on the soft side this week as market consolidation continues, although investors appear eager to jump on catalysts for window-dressing as the end of the month approaches. Summit Securities President Harry Liu said the market seems to have absorbed the events of recent…

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    State-run Social Security System (SSS) said its revenue collection from members’ contribution in April rose by 5.9 percent from a year earlier, bringing the four-month tally up by almost 10 percent. In a statement over the weekend, SSS said April collections rose to P12.63 billion, a positive growth performance of…

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    BACOLOD CITY: “Huwag kayong matakot. Ayaw ko sa pulis na duwag. Dapat ang pulis, ready to fight anytime.” This was the reminder of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, to 821 trainees of the Regional Training Center of Region 6 and Negros Island…

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    BACOLOD CITY: There is no reason yet to be alarmed over the rising mortality rate of dengue in the Negros Island Region (NIR), according to the Department of Health (DoH) in the region. Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, DoH director for NIR, said their records showed that the number of dengue cases…

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    Although acquitted of murder charges, Jennifer Dalquez, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) employed as a domestic helper in the United Arab Emerates (UAE), would still be in jail for two and a half years, the remainder of her five-year sentence. Jennifer was saved from death row after the UAE Court…

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    BAGUIO CITY: The local government through the City Health Services Office (CHSO) recently launched an anti-dengue program dubbed “Juan Tireless Day” to help in destroying breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in the households in the Summer Capital’s barangay (villages). Dr. Donabel Tubera, CHSO Medical Officer IV, said that under the…

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    CAMALIG, Albay: A century-old church in Camalig, Albay, has been declared by the National Museum as a national treasure. The declaration was made on Saturday during the town fiesta of St. John the Baptist parish in Camalig over the weekend here. Camalig Mayor Maria Ahrdail Baldo said the almost 500-year…

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    A Bureau of Customs (BoC) employee assigned to the Port of Davao has been removed from his post for alleged bribery. The employee, whose name was withheld pending results of investigation, was accused of involvement in an anomalous transaction after he was caught on close-circuit television (CCTV) camera video that…

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    World

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    AHMEDPUR EAST, Pakistan: At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in a fire that erupted after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan early Sunday and crowds rushed to collect fuel, an official said. The tragedy came less than a day before Pakistan was due to begin Eid…

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    BEIJING: President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate 20 years since the former British colony’s return to China, state media confirmed Sunday, a trip that will stoke resentment among pro-democracy activists. It will be Xi’s first visit to Hong Kong since the head of the Communist…

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    ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday welcomed Qatar’s dismissal of a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating crisis and said the ultimatum was “against international law.” “We welcome (Qatar’s position) because we consider the 13-point list against international law,” Erdogan was…

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka must give testimony later this year in a lawsuit against her apparel company, which is accused of lifting designs from a celebrated Italian shoemaker, a US judge ruled. In a court order issued on Friday, New York District Judge Katherine Forrest rejected Trump’s…

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    FROM the obvious and undeniable fact that our Asean allies, primarily Indonesia and Malaysia, plus Australia, the US, Japan, South Korea, India, Russia and China have cooperated with the Philippines in different ways—from sending spy planes to sharing military intelligence information, actual maritime security operations and exercises and “commitments to…

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    The Light Rail Transit-1 will increase the number of its trips, including weekends and holidays, starting July 8, its operator has announced. There will now be 554 trips from 512 daily; from 423 to 472 on Saturdays; and from 323 to 353 on Sundays, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC)…

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    SEOUL: Thousands of protesters marched near the US embassy in Seoul on Saturday, accusing President Donald Trump of “forcing” South Korea to deploy a controversial American missile defense system opposed by China. The protest came as South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-In heads to Washington next week for his first…

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