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    “Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday, as he seeks closer ties with Moscow and steer the country’s foreign policy course further away from longtime ally, the United States. Duterte, who left for a four-day official trip to the Russian…

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations during his official visit to Russia this week. This is the first honorary doctorate Duterte will receive as Philippine President. He earlier declined an honorary degree from the University of the Philippines,…

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    BEIJING: China on Monday sidestepped claims by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that it had threatened to go to war over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Duterte, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing last week, said Friday the leaders had raised…

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    SOME senators on Monday called on the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to temporarily suspend the enforcement of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act until its officials address the confusion among motorists. Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said transport officials seemed to lack a clear…

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    SEOUL: North Korea on Monday declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test, the latest step in its quest to defy UN sanctions and develop a weapon capable of striking US targets. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw Sunday’s…

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    Officials of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Committee on Human Rights are in the country to check on the situation of Sen. Leila de Lima. The IPU delegation, led by its president Fawzia Koofi of Afghanistan, met with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd on Monday and thanked him for inviting them…

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    Business

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    The Department of Finance (DoF) has has concluded a study identifying three major contributors to poverty reduction that could also help speed up the government’s quest for inclusive growth for Filipinos. Already setting the policy direction for the government’s medium-term economic program—greater investment in infrastructure, conditional cash transfer (CCT) and…

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed an order extending the quota on imported rice for three more years, heeding the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority and the Agriculture department despite longstanding calls to remove quantitative restrictions (QR) on the staple. Executive Order 23, signed by Duterte on April…

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    BMI Research maintains a constructive view of medium-term economic outlook for the Philippines even if the gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a slower pace of 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from 6.6 percent a year earlier. “Despite the growth moderation, we maintain a constructive view of…

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    PHILIPPINE shares rebounded to the 7,800 level as bargain hunters scouted for oversold issues in the aftermath of the ups and downs in recent weeks, analysts said on Monday. The bellwether PSEi gained 0.50 percent or 38.95 points at 7,806.57. The wider All Shares rose 0.45 percent or 20.68 points…

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    MALACAÑANG has released an executive order (EO) extending investors’ duty-free incentive for imported machinery and equipment, but only for a year or until Congress passes a law making it permanent. Executive Order 22, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last April 28, replaces EO 70 that expired last May 9. EO…

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    THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) should fast-track its assessment of the system loss program to facilitate the early implementation of new system loss caps that would reduce the charges that private distribution utilities and electric cooperatives may pass on to their consumers, a lawmaker said on Monday. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian,…

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    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Saturday opened a vocational training center here built in partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain Royal Charity Organization (RCO). Senator Richard Gordon, also PRC chairman, led the ribbon-cutting during the inauguration of the center assisted by Bahrain RCO Secretary General Dr.…

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    BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental: Principals and teachers caught violating the “no-collection” policy of the Department of Education will face charges of insubordination, Gilbert Sadsad, regional director DepEd in the Negros Island Region (NIR) said. Sadsad made the warning after receiving reports that there are still schools in the region collecting…

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    SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: A joint task force pounded harder remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists, resulting in what the Armed Forces of the Philippines called as the neutralization of three more bandits as combat operations heat up in Western Mindanao, according to a Philippine Army official. Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesman…

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    BAGAC, Bataan: What could have been a fun summer activity turned tragic when two excursionists from Pampanga died and 16 others injured in a road accident here Saturday. A passenger jeepney carrying 17 people turned turtle and landed upside down on a hilly portion here. Police Senior Insp. Albert Manabat,…

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    A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted the province of Bohol at 9:06 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In its earthquake bulletin, Phivolcs said the tremor was felt at 19 kilometers southeast of Lila, Bohol with tectonic of origin and its epicenter was at 567…

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    World

    BARRED FROM WHO MEET

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    GENEVA: Taiwan voiced deep disappointment Sunday (Monday in Manila) at its exclusion from a major World Health Organization meeting, and urged international pressure on rival China to ensure it has access in future. The WHO’s main annual meeting, the World Health Assembly (WHA), kicks off in Geneva on Monday, but…

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    BANGKOK: A small bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday wounding more than 20 people, police said, three years to the day since the army seized power of the politically unstable kingdom. Thailand remains starkly divided since the May 22, 2014-coup, but dissent has broadly been silenced by a…

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    BEIJING: China on Monday defended its right to investigate actions threatening national security but declined to comment on a report that authorities killed or jailed up to 20 CIA sources. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Beijing had systematically dismantled CIA spying operations in China beginning in late…

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    TAIPEI: A court ruling in Taiwan this week could make the island the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, in a decision that would give activists around the region new hope in their quest for equality. A panel of grand justices will announce its verdict on Wednesday in…

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    TOKYO: Six Japanese citizens have been detained in China for alleged illegal activities, officials in both nations said on Monday, more than doubling the number previously held in the country. Relations between the two nations have been marred by several irritants, including a maritime territorial dispute and lingering tensions over…

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    JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel on Monday to seek ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, a goal that has eluded his predecessors but which he says could be easier than “people have thought.” Trump’s visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial…

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    MANCHESTER: Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday. There were scenes of panic as Grande’s audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses described as…

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    WASHINGTON: Washington has announced a bumper arms deal with Saudi Arabia, heralding the package as a major boost to long-standing security ties and a way to further isolate Iran. Administration officials claim the agreement — worth $110 billion over the next decade — is the biggest single arms deal in…

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    JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump visited Jerusalem and the Western Wall on Monday as he sought ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, but also used the opportunity to again lash out at Iran. Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in the disputed city, placing his…

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    SEOUL: South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye went on trial Tuesday over the massive corruption scandal that led to her downfall. A grim-faced Park, wearing a blue trouser suit, a badge with her prisoner number, and no make-up, walked into the courtroom at Seoul Central District Court, avoiding meeting the…

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    Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants to do away with the online application of passports and revert to the walk-in system wherein applicants need not set appointments before submitting their applications. Cayetano directed his subordinates to come up with a detailed plan on how to shift from the appointment system.…

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    Pilipinas Shell, Eastern Petroleum, Phoenix Petroleum, Seaoil, PTT Philippines and Flying V will increase the pump prices of diesel and gasoline by 60 centavos and 65 centavos per liter, respectively, on Tuesday, May 23. The price of kerosene will go up by 70 centavos per liter. All oil companies will…

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