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    Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano on Tuesday claimed Chinese vessels barred a Philippine government ship from going to Pagasa Island and have deployed vessels one to three nautical miles north of the contested territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “I received information from my sources in the…

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    The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday rejected Uber Systems Inc.’s appeal to lift the suspension order on its operations for one month. “The Board expressly directed that there shall be no acceptance of additional application for accreditation of Transport Network Vehicles Service (TNVS). The mere acceptance,…

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    OZAMIZ Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, her brother Reynaldo Jr., and 11 others arrested in a drug raid in Ozamiz City on July 30 have tested negative for drugs, a police official said. Supt. Ramos Bergonio of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory said on Tuesday no traces of…

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    CUSTOMS Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon confronted Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th at the Senate on Tuesday, accusing him of “peddling stories” against him in connection with the smuggling of shabu worth P6.4 billion as Malacañang said the President will not sack the Customs chief. Faeldon and Trillanes faced off during the continuation…

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    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed criminal charges against nine individuals in connection with the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China that passed through the Bureau of Customs’ (BoC) “green lane.” Charged at the Department of Justice for importation of dangerous drugs were Taiwanese Chen I.…

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    Business

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    Agriculture sector growth accelerated in the second quarter as favorable weather boosted harvests, the government reported on Tuesday. The 6.18 percent expansion for April-June is an improvement from the 4.9 percent recorded in the first three months of the year. The result bodes well for second quarter economic growth, data…

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    The economy likely grew faster in the second quarter given robust exports, government spending and farm sector gains, a senior Finance department official said. “We think the numbers are better. It is possible that it has even breached 7 percent to 7.2 percent,” Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran told reporters in…

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    Money sent home monthly by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) rose to a three-month high of $2.75 billion in June, the Bangko Sentral reported on Tuesday. Personal remittances grew by 6.2 percent from the previous month and were also 6.8 percent higher compared to June last year. “Growth was boosted largely…

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    Financial institutions have again been reminded by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to observe anti-money laundering laws. In an August 7 circular, central bank Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier noted that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) had earlier in the year approved administrative sanctions under the 2001 Anti-Money Laundering Act.…

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    The stock market climbed back to 8,000 territory on Tuesday following reports that North Korea was holding off from firing missiles at Guam. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose 0.59 percent on Tuesday, adding 47.29 points to settle at 8,009.41. The wider All Shares grew 0.50 percent or…

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    MORE inclusive businesses (IBs) are contributing to economic growth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) by providing income opportunities and affordable services and, a trade official said. “Because inclusive business creates jobs with the goal of bettering our quality of life, especially for low-income communities, they help us…

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    Regions

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    AN alleged bomb maker and trainor for the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed in a raid by government forces at Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Tuesday night. Ibrahim Ali, alias Kumander Ibs, reportedly opened fire at combined operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine…

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    TARLAC: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Association of South East Asian Nations-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) are eyeing the establishment of a regional forest training center in Zambales. The P700,000-worth center is expected to be built in Candelaria town, according to a statement from…

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected communist New People’s Army (NPA), abducted a policeman in a daring mission in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on Wednesday. Lawmen said Police Officer 2 Briston Catalan just brought his children to school and was returning home on a motorcycle when intercepted by armed men, believed to be…

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    BULACAN Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr. on Wednesday virtually admitted that the killing of 32 alleged drug pushers in simultaneous 24-hour anti-drug operations since Monday night was beyond their control. “We have no control of the situation,” he said during a media briefing, adding that Bulacan police…

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    SAN JOSE, Tarlac: National Irrigation Administration chief Ricardo Visaya led the time capsule laying for the construction of Balog-Balog mega-dam project in Barangay Maamot here with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco and local officials recently. The 105.5-meter high dam with three cascading sections each at 25 meters high and a crest…

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    Twenty-one alleged drug pushers were killed in the “One Time Big Time” operation of the Bulacan Police followed by the arrest of 64 more drug suspects in simultaneous police raids conducted in 24 hours since Monday until the celebration of 429th founding anniversary of Bulacan on Tuesday. After the 24…

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    World

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    ENIWA, Japan: Some 300 Japanese and US military personnel on Wednesday carried out live-fire artillery training in northern Japan, officials said, amid high regional tensions over North Korean missile threats. The drill, part of a 19-day exercise, came after a tense war of words between the United States and North…

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    SRINAGAR, India: Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of…

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    NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was “blame on both sides.” The Republican president—who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out…

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    TOKYO: Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewelry. The Fisheries Agency investigation will use an underwater camera to check the condition of the coral off the southern island of Kyushu.…

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    After learning Monday that devastating floods and mudslides left hundreds dead in Sierra Leone, the United Nations migration agency released $150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief for the West African country. “IOM [International Organization for Migration] is ready to work with Sierra Leone’s Government in any capacity it can, to…

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    Today's Breaking News

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    President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday backed the killing by the police of 32 suspected drug personalities in Bulacan province. “Those 32 killed in the massive raid in Bulacan…maganda iyon (that’s great). We should kill another 32 everyday, [then] maybe we can reduce what ails this country,” Duterte said during the…

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    President Rodrigo Duterte played a good neighbor on Wednesday night when he visited and handed P5,000 cash aid to the fire victims in San Miguel, Manila. Duterte met hundreds of the homeless victims inside the San Miguel Church. He gave P5,000 and relief goods to each family. Hundreds of families…

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    THE Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Wednesday that it has not received any proposal from a ride-sharing company that sought to replace one suspended recently. “We have yet to receive a proposal from Arcade City. They need to be accredited if TNC sila,” Aileen Lizada, LTFRB…

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    FREETOWN: Concern shifted Wednesday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as aid groups scrambled to coordinate a response. The United Nations said Tuesday it was evaluating humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone, while the first Israeli aid…

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    SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez said on Wednesday that Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon should spare President Rodrigo Duterte from further embarrassment. He stopped short, however, of calling for the Customs chief’s resignation. “For me, I think he should spare the President from further embarrassment, especially po dahil yung kampanya…

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