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    Complaint lodged over extrajudicial killings SELF-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato filed a complaint on Friday at the Office of the Ombudsman against President Rodrigo Duterte and his son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa and several others in connection with alleged killings…

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    NO road closures, no hiding street dwellers. This was the promise of government agencies involved in the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe in January, aside from the usual assurances of tight security, as pageant candidates began arriving in Manila on Friday. Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro said President Rodrigo…

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    HOUSE DEPUTY SPEAKERS PADDED COMMITTEE VOTE? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte sees an uphill climb for the death penalty in the Senate. Alvarez made the observation after nine senators from the Liberal Party (LP) vowed to oppose the restoration of death penalty for heinous and drug-related crimes.…

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    BUSINESS has never been busier for undertaker Alejandro Ormeneta but, after five months on the frontlines of the Philippines’ brutal drug war, he just wants the killings to stop. Ormeneta and his colleagues at one funeral parlor in Manila say they are retrieving an average of five corpses a night,…

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    THE number of Filipinos who did not have a job in the third quarter of 2016 declined to the lowest point in close to nine years, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll. The results of the survey, which was first published in BusinessWorld, showed that the jobless…

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    OFFICIALS from various government agencies on Friday gathered at the historic Club Filipino in what was seen as a show of force to defend President Rodrigo Duterte from a supposed ouster plot. In a news conference, leaders and supporters of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC),…

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    Business

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    Source: BSP Consumer Expectations Survey for Q4 Filipino households continued to show strong optimism in the lastest central bank survey, pushing the index for the fourth quarter of 2016 up to an all-time high on a generally positive perception of the overall condition of the economy, household finances and household…

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    INDUSTRIAL output surged in October from a year earlier, boosted by petroleum products, the latest Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI) released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday showed. Compared with September, the manufacturing sector grew at a slightly slower pace. IHS Markit chief economist Rajiv Biswas…

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    An economics professor said the existing two-tier excise tax system for cigarettes must be maintained to preserve the government’s revenue collection. University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila economics professor Dr. Ernesto Gonzales said there is a need to modify the unitary tax system into a two-tier approach to preserve revenues derived…

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    THE Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), which is composed of 34 industry associations and 120 corporation manufacturing members, said on Friday it supports the Department of Energy’s (DOE) bid for a flexible power generation mix in the country. “Secretary Cusi’s pronouncements are consistent with FPI’s stand on certain issues, especially…

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    THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) sees huge potential in more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) listing on the local bourse to raise funds to grow their businesses. During the Pilipinas Conference on Thursday, PSE President Hans Sicat said the PSE is currently conducting a “mentoring system” in partnership with the…

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    Regions

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    For a region that has long been beset with conflict and poverty, local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are finally gearing up toward better local governance with its planned P4.196-billion budget for 2018-2019. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno…

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    SENATOR Panfilo Lacson wants another P3.6 billion of the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for 2017 removed for violation of Republic Act 9054 or the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lacson is pushing for the removal of the amount from…

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysian police forces clashed with suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels killing three of them off Semporna City in Sabah after they attacked at least two sea trawlers. The Malaysian media said police captured two more gunmen and rescued a fishing boat captain, believed to be a Filipino holding a…

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: Anti-drug authorities dismantled three drug dens on Thursday and arrested five suspects including a woman during simultaneous operations here. Central Luzon (Region 3) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Juvenal Azurin identified the suspects as Glenn Sison, 25; May Flor Lam-An, 35; Senen Reyes, 30; Jonathan…

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    Two alleged armed drug dealers were killed in separate buy-busts conducted by the Malolos City Police on Thursday night. Bulacan acting police director and Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr. identified the slain suspects as an alias “Jonel” and an alias “Rolly.” Supt. Heryl Bruno, Malolos City Police Station officer-in-charge, said…

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    COTABATO CITY: The seven suspects in the killing of Vice Mayor Anwar Sindatok of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao are now detained at the jail of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Ghazali Jaafar, MILF’s first vice chairman for political affairs, said the suspects were…

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    World

    SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY this combination of pictures created on thursday shows (top) a satellite image taken on July 19, 2016 and released on december 9, 2016 by us-based Planet Labs that shows the small reef under Vietnamese control in the south China sea before Vietnam starting dredging work on the reef and (bottom) a satellite image taken on November 30, 2016 and released on thursday also by Planet Labs that shows dredging work on a small reef under Vietnamese control in the south China sea. AFP PHOTO

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    HANOI: Vietnam has started dredging work on a reef in the South China Sea, fresh satellite images appear to show, a move that could provoke Beijing that claims most of the disputed waterway. An image of the small Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands, where Vietnam has a lighthouse, shows…

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    YANGON: The United Nations has urged Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit northern Rakhine state, where the army is accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority. The Nobel peace prize winner has faced growing international criticism for not stopping the military’s…

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    SEOUL: South Korean lawmakers on Friday passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that paralyzed her administration and triggered massive street protests. The National Assembly ballot transfers Park’s authority to the prime minister, pending a decision by the Constitutional…

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    DAYAH TIMU, Indonesia: On her wedding day Yusra Fitriani wept as she laid a ceremonial rose-printed cloth over her bridal bed, the happiest day of her life turned to tragedy in a flash. Instead of saying her wedding vows the young bride was grieving, her groom-to-be and seven members of…

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    DES MOINES, United States: Donald Trump on Thursday (Friday in Manila) vigorously defended his incoming cabinet against uproar from Democrats, green activists and workers unions who said his nominees for the environment and labor signaled a sharp shift to the right. The 70-year-old president-elect, who has never previously held elective…

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    Today's Breaking News

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    WASHINGTON: A secret CIA assessment has found that Russia sought to tip last month’s US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, The Washington Post reported Friday, a conclusion that drew an extraordinary rebuke from the president-elect’s camp. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass…

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    JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of people have been displaced after a devastating earthquake in Indonesia killed more than 100 people, an official said Saturday, leaving communities in ruins as aid trickled into the disaster-stricken province. “We have 45,300 people evacuating in several places as of Saturday morning,” national disaster agency…

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    PARIS: IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France on Monday over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career. Lagarde denies the charges of negligence, arguing she was acting “in the state’s interest” in…

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    GRAND RAPIDS: Donald Trump plunged his quest for America’s next top diplomat back into the spotlight by confirming that one frontrunner, outspoken former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, will not join his cabinet. Giuliani had made no secret of his desire for the job, but came under media scrutiny over…

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    SEOUL: A day after South Korean lawmakers successfully impeached scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye, hundreds of thousands of people were expected to take to the streets of Seoul on Saturday for a scheduled protest turned celebration. For the seventh straight week, the capital braced for one of the huge candle-lit rallies…

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    SEOUL: After the South Korean parliament’s impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, the spotlight now shifts to the nine judges of the Constitutional Court who could yet slam the door on those seeking to remove her from office. The lawmakers’ vote on Friday suspended Park’s sweeping executive powers, but it requires…

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