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    COMMUNISTS HAIL END TO WAR GAMES

    SAN DIEGO, United States: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday (Friday in Manila) said Washington’s alliance with the Philippines remains “ironclad” even though President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to end joint military exercises to appease China. The Pentagon chief’s remarks came as he headed for a security summit in…

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    The Vietnamese government has agreed to share intelligence information with the Philippines on the illegal drug trade in the region, President Rodrigo Duterte said as he returned to the country after a two-day trip to Hanoi. In a news conference early on Friday in Davao City, the President said the…

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    TWO female lawmakers on Friday joined the growing clamor against a plan to show a “sex video” of Sen. Leila de Lima during a congressional inquiry, saying it would be misogynist, not to mention illegal. Diwa party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, head of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality,…

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    DES MOINES, United States: Hillary Clinton campaigned Thursday in Iowa just as the state begins early voting, with the Democrat seeking to pry the pivotal swing state away from Republican Donald Trump and spur turnout that could ultimately decide the presidency. The businessman-turned-populist stumped in Iowa a day earlier, appealing…

    PH, Vietnam boost ties

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    The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed on a six-year strategic partnership to enhance cooperation in various areas such as trade and defense. A joint statement released to media enumerated the agreements reached during President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang and other top officials in Hanoi. The…

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    Business

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    AS MUCH as P1.8 trillion trade data discrepancies under the tax and customs system may be addressed once the bank secrecy law is relaxed, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. In 2014 alone, there was a gap of P1.8 trillion in the value of imports as reported locally and the…

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    THE outstanding debt of the national government rose to P5.98 trillion in August, up 1.4 percent or P82.49 billion from a year earlier on higher domestic and foreign obligations, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) data reported Friday. Month-on-month, the government’s outstanding debt fell by 0.04 percent from P5.982 trillion…

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    MONEY supply and bank lending grew at a slower pace in July from the previous month, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed Friday. Domestic liquidity or M3 expanded by 11.8 percent to P8.7 trillion in August from a year earlier, but slower compared with 13.1 percent in July. Month-on-month,…

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    The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is emphasizing on the need for rural transformation to address the multidimensional aspects of poverty in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and protecting the rights of migrants. This is what Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia shared during the 71st United Nations General…

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    CASES of fraud in online rental property transactions are increasing globally, and customers and property owners alike should exercise caution, online listing service Lamudi Group said in a statement on Friday. Lamudi cited the example of England, where police have reported a 44 percent increase in rental-related scams affecting 3,200…

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    Regions

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    TACLOBAN CITY: The province of Leyte approved its P7.1 billion annual investment plan (AIP) for 2017 during the recent Provincial Development Council meeting. The AIP constitutes the yearly expenditure requirements of the local government unit for programs, projects and activities, consisting of the annual capital expenditure and the regular operating…

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    ILOILO CITY: As the whole nation grieves the passing of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, members of the Iloilo media will miss the senator’s generous use of Ilonggo words of endearment aside from her pick-up lines during speaking sorties in this city. Loving Ilonggo words like “Toto, Nonoy, Inday, Nene and Palangga”…

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    BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar: More than a century after local warriors here defeated the Americans, their descendants have preserved their independence from foreigners in building its local economy. Fe Campanero, head of the local water district, noted that there has been no single foreign investor in their town. Only businessmen from…

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    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Former Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Martin Diño will take over as new chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) on Monday, October 3. His appointment letter dated September 23, 2016 dated appointment and signed by President Rodrigo Duterte states, “ Pursuant to the…

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    DUMAGUETE CITY: Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office director, Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo, has been removed from his post as acting provincial director. Tiempo received his relief order on Thursday night which he said was unlikely to happen if his accomplishments are to be gauged being the acting provincial director for…

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    LEGAZPI CITY: More cities and towns around the restive Mount Mayon are suffering from severe water shortage and water resources are drying up, Willian Sabater, chief sanitary engineer of the Albay provincial health office, told The Manila Times. Sabater said water resources were reported to be drying up in the…

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    World

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    SEOUL: South Korea on Friday formally announced a new location for deploying a North Korea-focused US anti-missile defense system, after vocal protests from local residents over potential health and environmental hazards. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after North…

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    SYDNEY- A former Australian politician’s decision to travel to Iraq was “very stupid”, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday as it emerged that Wyatt Roy had been caught up in fighting. Roy became the nation’s youngest MP when he was elected in 2010 as a baby-faced 20-year-old, but he lost…

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    YANGON: Scars lace across 16-year-old Than Than Ei’s face, each line bearing testimony to the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her adoptive family, the latest case of child abuse piling pressure on Myanmar’s government. She was just nine when her father sent her to be adopted…

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    SYDNEY: A man accused of stabbing a woman to death in Sydney 26 years ago has been extradited to Australia and charged with murder, after spending almost two decades living quietly on a Pacific island. Alani Afu, 49, has been charged over the killing of Rita Caleo — a 39-year-old…

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    SEOUL: South Korea’s Coast Guard said Friday it was investigating the death of three Chinese fishermen in a fire on their vessel after it was boarded by a coastguard patrol for fishing in Korean waters. Disputes over illegal fishing have dogged relations between South Korea and China for years, and…

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    About 250 passengers on board at the time of the crash HOBOKEN, United States: A packed commuter train ploughed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday (Friday, Manila Time), with three people reported killed and more than 100 injured, many of them in critical condition.…

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    Today's Breaking News

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    MANILA: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday he owed his fans and countrymen no apology after admitting to having used illegal drugs. Pacquiao, a national hero and elected senator, is a high-profile endorser of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,000 people dead.…

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    JERUSALEM: US President Barack Obama said Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s presence at Shimon Peres’s funeral on Friday was a reminder of the “unfinished business of peace.” At the start of his eulogy for Nobel Peace Prize winner Peres in Jerusalem, Obama mentioned Abbas, who was seated in the front row,…

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    YANGON: A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar’s president “crazy” in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday, in the latest use of a junta-era defamation law under the new civilian government. Aung Win Hlaing was convicted under Myanmar’s telecommunications law for calling President Htin Kyaw…

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    MIAMI: An unexpected sugary snack can give bees a little buzz and appears to lift their mood, even making them optimistic, according to research Thursday that suggests pollinators have feelings, too. Since emotions are subjective and difficult to measure—particularly in animals— researchers looked at how bees’ behavior changed after they…

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    SINGAPORE: Asia’s top mixed martial arts promoter said he has introduced world-leading safety procedures to prevent another death in the competition, as it prepares for an intended billion-dollar stock market listing. The death of a dehydrated Chinese fighter before a ONE Championship bout last year underlined safety fears about the…

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