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    ELECTIONS for barangay (village) officials will likely be moved to May 2019 and synchronized with the midterm polls as well as the planned plebiscite on constitutional changes, a ranking House member bared on Sunday. Rep. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption party-list, chairman of the House electoral reforms committee,…

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    BENEFICIARIES of the government’s conditional cash transfer program have started receiving their P600 monthly rice subsidy, a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said. More than four million families in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) got the rice subsidy on top…

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    DESPITE international criticism, President Rodrigo Duterte is leading early in the online poll for Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. Duterte ranked first with four percent of the online votes, beating Pope Francis whom he cursed in the campaign trail for creating…

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    THE Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman finding Camilo Sabio, former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), guilty of dishonesty, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. In a decision penned by Associate Justice Zenaida…

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    Leaders of the House of Representatives want to give more powers to Solicitor General Jose Calida by abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) tasked to go after the ill-gotten wealth of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos and his family, as well as the Office of the Government…

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    The Duterte administration has refused to disclose the names of the 92 people fired this month as a result of the government’s anti-corruption drive. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella instead said that firing people is not done in batches and thus, will not affect government operations. “At present, no breakdown is…

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    DEFENSE and Foreign affairs officials were among those invited by the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs that will on Wednesday investigate alleged Chinese activities in Benham Rise. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the committee, said the panel will be objective in its inquiry to prevent the undue “politization” of the…

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    The Duterte administration may achieve its 7.4 percent target ratio of infrastructure spending-to-gross domestic product (GDP) by the last year of its term if it could complete most and at least launch some of its 55 flagship projects, the socio-economic planning body said. The government of President Rodrigo Duterte targets…

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    Debt service by the national government rose marginally for full-year 2016 from a year earlier due to higher interest payments, which an analyst traced to weaker peso, data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed. Debt payments totaled P536.65 billion last year, up 0.47 percent from P534.14 billion in…

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    PHILIPPINE shares may experience some buying pressure this week as fund managers rebalance and window-dress their portfolios as the quarter draws to a close. It remains to be seen if the pressure is enough to boost prices in the absence of lack of real market-lifting catalysts, analysts said. “As to…

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    The Philippine government has called for Canberra to open its market to Philippine bananas, which Australia has barred for the last 20 years, the Department of Finance (DoF) said over the weekend. In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd raised the longstanding concern in his meeting with Australia Foreign…

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    BOAO, Hainan: With the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) continuing to expand membership, AIIB President Jin Liqun said no countries will be left behind under the globalization efforts, including China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Jin made this assurance during the plenary session of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference…

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: A grenade attack killed four people and injured over a dozen more in the southern Mindanao town of Jolo, police said on Sunday. According to the police, a man was arrested shortly after the blast at a bakery store late Friday and initial investigation suggests the attack was…

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    BACOLOD CITY: Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon over the weekend said he supports a plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to postpone the October barangay (village) elections since that exercise will only entail a lot of expenses for local government officials. Earlier, Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said President Duterte plans…

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    Eighty families were evacuated when about 50 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked a para-military detachment of CAFGU (Citizen’s Armed Forces Geographical Unit) in Tampakan, South Cotabato on Friday morning. A source of The Manila Times from the military estimated that about six to 10 rebels were killed…

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    Police and residents foiled the attempt of some 750 members of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) to occupy another National Housing Authority (NHA) resettlement project in Barangay Bonga Mayor in Bustos, Bulacan on Friday night. The Kadamay members arrived at Bulacan Heights Housing Project on board 30 passenger jeeps and…

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    HONG KONG: Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms. It is the first leadership vote since mass “Umbrella Movement” rallies…

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump sought Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to put a good face on his most stinging political setback yet, declaring that Obamacare would collapse and vowing to develop a “great” replacement. “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan…

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    NEWS reports in the Asia-Pacific region last week must have sent serious students of geopolitics and foreign policy makers to deeper analyses and interpretations of the current security situation in the Asean 10 area. These developments—and their impacts in a timeframe of a decade or two—are especially relevant because of…

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    WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump faced the biggest blow yet to his young presidency as his bid to repeal Obamacare went down in flames at the hands of rebel Republican lawmakers. Barely two months into his term, Trump was forced to withdraw an embattled Republican health care bill Friday, moments before…

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    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with NATO members next week in Brussels, officials said on Friday (Saturday in Manila), as alliance diplomats worked to nail down the date. “We are currently planning to hold the meeting of NATO foreign ministers on 31 March. Consultations on scheduling…

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    ROME: European Union leaders will renew their vows on the 60th anniversary of the troubled bloc’s founding treaties Saturday at a special summit in Rome designed to show unity despite Britain’s looming divorce. Meeting in the same Renaissance-era palace where six founding countries signed the Treaty of Rome on March…

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    LONDON: Britain’s intelligence expertise may be “too precious” to use as a bargaining tool in the upcoming Brexit talks, experts said, after a terror attack in London highlighted the need for continued European security cooperation. The suggestion that Britain could use security to negotiate with Brussels came following US President…

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    Prosecutors in South Korea will seek an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-Hye, they said Monday, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. Park, 65, had her removal from office confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending…

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    CAIRNS: Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated Monday as northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state over recent days, the Bureau of Meteorology said, and…

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    United Airlines found itself at the center of a social media storm after it barred two girls from boarding a flight in Denver because they were wearing leggings. Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed,…

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    MANCHESTER: Worries are whirring in Britain’s smaller financial centres — which together employ far more people than the glamorous City of London — that the looming EU departure will lead to heavy job losses. In Manchester’s buzzing finance district of Spinningfields, a worker at an insurance company said he thought…

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    MOSCOW: Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property…

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