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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his order to government troops to “destroy” the Abu Sayyaf following reports that an 18-year-old Filipino hostage was beheaded by the terror and kidnapping group. Duterte, in a news conference in Davao City early on Thursday, said he will be “harsh” in going after the terrorist group. “My orders to the police and to the Armed Forces against all enemies of the state, seek them out in their lairs, whatever, and destroy them,” the President said. Maj. Felimon Tan, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command, said Patrick Almodovar, 18,…

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    ‘Matrix’ tags de Lima, ex-gov in drug trade

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday declared the political career of Sen. Leila de Lima “finished” after he released the “matrix”—a diagram indicating that the lawmaker was involved in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during the previous administration. The “Muntinlupa Connection” matrix, shown to reporters early…

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    HENRY Sy was named the country’s richest man for the ninth consecutive year, with Forbes magazine pegging his net worth at $13.7 billion. Forbes Philippines’ Richest List for 2016, placed Sy, who built the SM mall empire, at the top spot, followed by John Gokongwei Jr. of the rival Robinsons…

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    BOSTON: Clinton staffers are brushing off what opponents are calling a “pay-for-play” scandal — the stunning revelation that more than half of the people who met with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state were pouring money into the controversial Clinton Foundation. “I think there’s a…

    Singapore lauds Duterte agenda

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    CAN the Philippines be the next Singapore under the Duterte administration? More than 16 million Filipinos catapulted Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency on hopes that he would rule like Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed a sleepy city-state into a first-world, crime-free economy. Singaporean Ambassador to Manila Li Peng Kok sees…

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    FORMER Tarlac Representative Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro has turned down the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Department of National Defense (DND). “He doesn’t want it. That means we need to look for others,” Duterte told reporters during a midnight news conference in Davao City. The President offered the…

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    But HSBC expects the currency to grow stronger Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd prefers a “slightly weak” local currency, which could help boost ex-ports and enhance the purchasing power of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a forum on Thursday, Dominguez recalled that the previous administration had always wanted a strong peso,…

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    Philippine imports in June slowed from May this year and from June 2015, but the country’s trade deficit widened further as inbound shipments continued to outpace exports during the month in review, data from the government showed on Thursday. Inbound shipments in June grew 15.4 percent from a year earlier…

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    Speculation ahead of US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s speech on Friday kept mostly sidelined waiting for on clues to a possible rate hike in the world’s biggest economy. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) eased down 0.15 percent or 11.59 points to 7,854.54 on Thursday, while the All Shares…

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    THE British trade envoy, Richard Graham, is hopeful that the United Kingdom and the Philippines could forge closer economic links. The two countries, he said, “can work together on critical areas including infrastructure, energy, the digital economy and the tourism sector where UK has much expertise to share.” Graham is…

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    LOWER sales of life insurers pulled down the premium income of the insurance industry in the first half of 2016, regulators reported Thursday. In a statement, the Insurance Commission (IC) said the industry’s total premium income in the first six months of the year fell by 9.12 percent to P105.52…

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    THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), operator of the country’s power transmission network, has completed its newest facility, the Calong-calong–Toledo–Colon 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission project, which will directly benefit the provinces of Cebu and Bohol and all power users on the two islands. Energized on August 22, the…

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    LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: More women are now getting involved in the illegal drug trade because heads of the family have been arrested or have surrendered in Bicol Region since July 1. “With the massive anti-drug campaign, we’ve noticed that more women, including children, opted to engage in illegal drug peddling…

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    AMAS, Kidapawan City: Authorities are tracking down three high-risk detainees, including a bombing suspect, who escaped from North Cotabato provincial reformatory facility at dawn on Wednesday. The bombing suspect was identified as Esmael Nasser, alias Derbi, who is facing illegal possession of explosives case, after his arrest in November last…

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    TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: The parents of the high school student who was killed with lawyer Rogelio Bato Jr. in an ambush this week have asked the government to give justice to their daughter’s death. Angelika Bonita, 17, was with Bato in his pick-up truck when unidentified gunmen fired at them…

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    The Quezon City local government will regulate operations of provincial buses in the city through an ordinance that is awaiting approval by the city council. The ordinance is designed to decongest traffic along EDSA, a major road that is being shared by six cities in Metro Manila including Quezon City.…

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bomb expert died when a bomb he was carrying accidentally exploded while he was evading government forces in the hinterlands of Basilan, Col. Cirilo Tomas Donato said. Donato, the Philippine Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander, added that the incident happened at about 10…

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    Camp Vicente Lim, Laguna: Police Regional Office 4-A’s (PRO4A) massive campaign against various criminal activities in the region resulted in the confiscation and surrender of 536 loose firearms from June to August 22, 2016. Also recovered were 487 bullets and two hand grenades. Regional Director Valfrie Tabian said along with…

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    UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council met for two hours on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to discuss North Korea’s test-firing of a missile from a submarine toward Japan and agreed to consider a statement condemning the launch. “There was a general sense of condemnation by most members of…

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    KABUL: At least nine people were killed after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, officials said on Thursday, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students. Explosions and gunfire rocked the campus after the attack began on Wednesday evening, just weeks…

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    SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the “greatest success”, state media said on Thursday, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang’s nuclear strike capability. The US mainland and the Pacific are now “within the striking range” of the…

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    PINGTUNG, Taiwan: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s army to improve its performance after a string of accidents, promising to help upgrade equipment as she presided over military drills on Thursday. The war games in the southern county of Pingtung, the first of Tsai’s presidency, are part of an…

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    ACCUMOLI, Italy: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday, officials said, as rescuers desperately searched for survivors in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Hundreds of others were injured, some critically, and an unknown number were trapped under the ruins of…

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    BAGAN, Myanmar: Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan on Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination. Two young girls and a man died in Magway region where the 6.8 magnitude quake struck…

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    Typhoon Dindo (international name: Lionrock) has been located 1,200 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the typhoon is expected to bring moderate to heavy amount of rainfall within the 500-kilometer diameter of the weather disturbance. The typhoon packs maximum…

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    The Office of the Ombudsman said it has found probable cause to file perjury and breach of conduct charges at the Sandiganbayan against former National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region X Manager Julius Maquiling over an allegedly false statement in his 2009 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Based…

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    THE wave of “terrifying” drug killings is an indication of lawlessness and not crime control, human rights group Amnesty International (AI) said on Wednesday. The group issued the statement after Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa informed the Senate that unidentified persons or groups have killed at least…

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    HIDILYN Diaz went home richer by P1.5 million on Wednesday after the House of Representatives feted her for winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. The weightlifter also received a gold plated Congressional Medal of Distinction for breaking the country’s 10-year medal drought in the Olympic Games. Diaz, who…

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    TANAY, Rizal: President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a “bloody” confrontation if China insists on invading Philippine territory. In a speech at Camp Capinpin here on Wednesday, Duterte said he will have no choice but to ensure that the country will defend its sovereign rights. “I’m afraid that if we do…

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    TOKYO: Russia has released a Japanese citizen detained on a disputed island claimed by both countries, Tokyo’s foreign ministry said Thursday, ahead of diplomatic talks on the long-running territorial dispute. Tokyo and Moscow are working to resolve decades of tensions over four islands occupied by the Soviet Union in the…

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