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FRIDAY’S arrest of Sen. Leila de Lima is based on flimsy charges and a product of political harassment, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo declared Friday, as Catholic bishops called on the Duterte government to give the embattled lawmaker a fair shake. Robredo, titular head of the Liberal Party that…

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POVERTY remains a problem after more than a century of mining operations in the country, and it’s time to allow communities destroyed by mining to “breathe,” Environment Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez said on Friday. Speaking to The Manila Times editorial team, Lopez vowed to transform mining communities that would…

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NO one can lay claim to the success of the 1986 EDSA “People Power” revolt as it belongs to the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday. Duterte made the statement in his message during the 31st anniversary of the peaceful uprising that overthrew the Marcos regime at Camp…

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JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd on Friday claimed ex-senator Jamby Madrigal and Laguna Rep. Lenlen Alonte-Naguiat tried to bribe high-profile inmates P100 million to clear Sen. Leila de Lima of drug charges, an accusation immediately denied by the two. Aguirre made the revelation over radio station dzBB, saying Lalaine Madrigal…

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MORE than a fifth of adult Filipinos were jobless in 2016, slightly higher from the previous year, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). In a report, the SWS said joblessness in the four quarter of 2016 averaged 22.3 percent, up from 2015’s 21.9 percent. This…

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THE incarceration of Senator Leila De Lima will not prevent her from performing her duty as a senator of the Philippines, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd. Pimentel said that even if a senator is arrested and detained, he or she can continue performing his or her duties as…

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(Last of a series on ‘Retaking EDSA’) YOU can only fool the Filipino people for a while, but not for long, not for 31 years. There is a limit to the power to weave myths, and tell lies. Such power has an expiration date. And it appears that such has…

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Investment pledges by foreign investors in the Philippines fell 9.3 percent year-on-year in the last quarter of 2016, reversing a 45.6 percent increase in the corresponding 2015 period, official data showed on Friday. Data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that foreign investments approved by the seven government…

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Philippine shares are likely to register gains this year on the back of a strong domestic economy shielding it from global uncertainties. BPI Trade Chief Executive Officer Mike Oyson expects the benchmark PSEi to retest the 8,000 level this year, especially if the tax reform package of the Duterte administration…

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The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) retreated 1.04 percent on Friday as investors took the chance to sell and avoid “risks” before the Trump administration officially issues any policy, especially on tax reforms. The benchmark PSEi cut its four-day gain on, dropping 76.57 points or 1.04 percent to close at…

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The Bureau of Customs (BoC) is fully supporting amendments to the excise tax on automobiles, the bureau said in a statement on Friday. House Bill 4774, filed by Representative Dakila Carlo, seeks to amend certain provision of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997: For vehicles worth P600,000 or below:…

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The Department of Finance (DoF) said it gained support from various groups for a proposal under its Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) granting a one-time amnesty and lower estate tax payments. In a statement on Friday, the DoF said the legislative proposal entails a one-time amnesty on estate tax payments…

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Regions

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BACOLOD CITY: The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is investigating reports of a fishkill in rivers of Pontevedra, Negros Occidental affecting three barangay (villages). Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya, CENRO chief, said they sent a team to validate the reports received by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)…

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BACOLOD CITY: Members of the transport sector here will stage “untat byahe” (the Ilonggo version of tigil pasada) simultaneous with the planned nationwide transport strike on Monday to call for a stop to the implementation of the phaseout of old and outmoded public utility vehicles (PUVs) 15 years and above.…

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WAS the 2015 multibillion sale of 45.2 hectares of prime property in Cebu City to three of the country’s biggest land developers carried out without a valid contract? Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña raised the issue after Filinvest Land Inc. backed out from deal involving the sale of a 19.2…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and malversation charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Samar governor and now second district Rep. Milagrosa Tan and several others in connection with the allegedly anomalous procurement of P69 million in medicines and dental supplies from 2005 to 2007. Also facing indictment…

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Makati Mayor Abby Binay has ordered the Public Safety Department (PSD) to strictly enforce traffic regulations on pedestrian lanes, following reports about motorists blatantly disregarding the safety of pedestrians. She cited a report from Makati Police Department showing that last year, a total of 204 pedestrians were injured in accidents…

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will launch “Family Zones” in the cities of Caloocan, Taguig, Navotas, Muntinlupa and Pasig (Metro Manila) this Sunday, February 26, to promote car-less open spaces and streets to citizens as a means to get away from congestion and pollution. Resolution No.16-13 of the Metro Manila…

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World

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Recent satellite imagery appears to show China is completing structures intended to house surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on a series of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a Washington think-tank said Thursday. According to images published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, the structures are being installed on…

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KUALA LUMPUR: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare, Malaysian police said Friday. Releasing a preliminary toxicology report on Kim Jong-Nam’s murder at a Kuala Lumpur airport, police said the poison used by the assassins was the odorless, tasteless…

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SEOUL: North Korea denounced its chief ally and diplomatic protector China for “dancing to the tune of the US” after it banned coal imports in apparent punishment for a missile launch. Beijing and Pyongyang have a relationship forged in the blood of the Korean War, but ties have begun to…

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BEIRUT: A suicide bomber killed 29 people, most of them rebels, on Friday near the Syrian town of Al-Bab, which they had taken from the Islamic State group just hours earlier, a monitor said. The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives in Susian, eight kilometers northeast of the…

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MEXICO CITY: US officials promised Mexico no “mass deportations” or use of military force to expel immigrants, moving to calm tensions over President Donald Trump’s vow to crack down on “bad dudes” illegally residing in his country. US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met…

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Today's Breaking News

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TOKYO: Japan–a country that uses robots or electronic machines in factories, houses and offices–still considers itself lagging behind Germany, Singapore and even Estonia im digitization. According to Prof. Atsushi Sunami, special adviser to the Cabinet on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is implementing…

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THE incarceration of Senator Leila De Lima will not prevent her from performing her duty as a senator of the Philippines, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd. Pimentel said that even if a senator is arrested and detained, he or she can continue performing his or her duties as…

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Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Friday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to help the poor by focusing on the war against poverty and to lead the country in respecting human rights. Speaking in a forum hosted by the UP School of Economics where she earned her Bachelor’s degree,…

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THE incarceration of Senator Leila De Lima will not prevent her from performing her duty as a senator of the Philippines, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd. Pimentel said that even if a senator is arrested and detained, he or she can continue performing his or her duties as…

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The House Banking and Financial Intermediaries panel is racing against time to pass a bill that seeks to amend the Anti Money Laundering law to allow casino transactions to be scrutinized by the Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC), a House leader said Friday. Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Chairman…

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MANILA: Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno has ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, to ensure the safety of Senator Leila de Lima at the police headquarters. According to a statement from the department, Sueno gave dela Rosa clear instructions after certain groups expressed fear for the senator’s…

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