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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will launch today, Monday, a coalition that will fight destabilization efforts against her father, President Rodrigo Duterte. The coalition, named Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines, will be launched at the Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City at 10 a.m. On…

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LAST HOURS OF MARAWI WAR

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The war in Marawi City is at its tailend as soldiers only have to clear just one building where remaining members of the Maute Group are hiding. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, said the fighting is confined to a single building where an estimated…

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The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) has tightened security for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in Clark, Pampanga, which opens today, Monday. Nolcom spokesman Lt. Col. Isagani Nato said on Sunday 200 troopers from the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division based in Magsaysay, Nueva…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the government and the public should brace for possible terrorist attacks from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The President said the government should not let its guard down as he cited what happened in Marawi City where the Maute Group, with…

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THE Department of Education reported 22 schools have been totally damaged in the war between government troops and the Maute militants in the battle area in Marawi City. Education Undersecretary Alain del Pascua said on Sunday the schools were either bombed or burned down. “Kung hindi nabomba, nasunog ang 22…

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BANTAY Bigas, an alliance for safe, sufficient and affordable rice expressed its opposition to the government’s plan to impose tariff on rice imports, saying that it would endanger the local rice production and food security. “The proposed tariffication is very alarming as it is leading to the full liberalization of…

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Business

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The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the legality of Globe Telecom and PLDT’s purchase of San Miguel’s telecommunication assets, dealing blow to an anti-trust body’s bid to review the multi-billion peso deal. A 54-page decision penned by Associate Justice Ramon Bato and concurred with by fellow associate justices Manuel…

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A multimillion-dollar grant has been pledged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help rebuild Marawi City, a senior Finance department official said. “[T]hey (the ADB) pledged a $5.225-million grant for needs assessment of Marawi’s rehabilitation,” Finance Assistant Secretary Maria Edita Tan told reporters. The National Economic and Development Authority…

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ECONOMISTS expect inflation to settle at 3.1 percent this year, slightly lower than the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) full-year estimate of 3.2 percent. “Analysts noted possible upside risks to inflation such as volatile global oil prices, weaker peso, initial implementation of the comprehensive tax reform program, government spending on…

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The National Privacy Commission (NPC) expects online stock broker COL Financial Group, Inc. to submit a detailed report on a data breach that may have compromised client accounts. “The commission shall be expecting to receive from COL Financial a full report on the incident within five days. This will aid…

SHARES OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK:

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PROFIT-taking is likely to persist this week as investors await developments that could stoke buying sentiment in the stock market, analysts said. “I think the market will still continue to profit-take and consolidate … It’s better for the market to take a rest before any major run up,” First Grade…

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Banks that habitually fail to submit their reportorial requirements on time will face stricter monetary and non-monetary sanctions next year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said. The banks’ responsibility for the generation and timely submission of required reports to the BSP will be subject to provisions of Section X184…

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Regions

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A GROUP of environmentalists in Cebu has revealed that several local government units (LGUs) are engaged in reclamation projects to increase internal revenue allotment (IRA) apparently ignoring its ill effects on the balanced ecology of marine life. Oceana Philippines, the largest international non-government organization focused on ocean conservation, said the…

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COTABATO CITY: At least 10 houses made of light materials were destroyed during the storm surge that hit coastal communities in the town of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday. Mayor Ronan Garcia of Kalamansig said the affected families were relocated at the municipal gymnasium in Barangay Poblacion and covered courts…

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CABANATUAN City, Nueva Ecija: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) appeared helpless over the presence of suspected smuggled goods in Nueva Ecija because of the limited scope of its regulatory power. The local DTI officials admitted they find it hard to determine which of the 10,131 registered business names…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The local government here said nine people have died and three others injured, while over 21,000 were affected by Typhoon “Paolo” (“Lan”) which devastated much of the city’s agricultural lands and fishery areas. Weather experts said “Paolo” was heading to Japan, but a new low pressure area has…

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BACOLOD CITY: Two alleged top-ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Philippine Army in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Col. Eliezer Losañes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, identified the two suspects as Louie…

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World

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TOKYO: Millions of Japanese braved typhoon conditions Sunday for a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world’s third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea. If pre-vote surveys prove correct, Abe’s conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority…

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TOKYO: The winner of Sunday’s election in Japan faces a daunting in-tray, ranging from North Korean missiles to a rapidly ageing society. Here are some of the key challenges for Japan and its next leader: North Korea North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea…

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YANGON: Myanmar police have seized more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine pills in the north of violence-racked Rakhine state this month, an officer said Sunday. Millions of the caffeine-laced meth tablets were intercepted in Maungdaw district, the center of an army-led crackdown that has driven more than half a…

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RIYADH: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough. Apart from the months-long crisis, Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East is also expected to figure…

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MILAN: Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia’s push for independence from Spain. The consultative votes are only the beginning of a process which could, over time, lead to powers being devolved from Rome.…

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COLLEGE STATION, United States: All five of America’s living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared…

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Today's Breaking News

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BUTUAN Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos passed away on Saturday. He was 74. Though saddened by Pueblos’ death, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, (CBCP), said it should also be looked at with hope and faith in God. “Every death diminishes us.…

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A 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit Samar on Sunday, according to the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The quake recorded at 5:22 p.m. was located at 12 kilometers (km) northeast of Hinahangan with a depth of 24 km. The quake was tectonic in origin, Phivolcs said. Phivolcs added that no damage or aftershocks were recorded. GLEE…

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THE Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday to book a Major League Baseball World Series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After fending off elimination in game six on Friday, the Astros won the best-of-seven American League Championship Series four-games-to-three to reach the World Series for the second time in…

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SENATOR Juan Miguel Zubiri wants fellow senators to visit the “ground zero” in Marawi City so they can see for themselves the extent of the damage caused by the war between the government and local terrorists. “We will ask the committee to visit the place and ask for a briefing…

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THERE is no need to lift martial law in Mindanao yet since the main battle area in Marawi City has to be cleared first of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) left behind by the Maute extremists, some senators said. Senators Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan 2nd and Juan Miguel Zubiri stressed this amid…

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