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THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has formally asked the House of Representatives to conduct an investigation into the killing of a South Korean shipping official by police right inside Camp Crame. In a letter to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez urged the House to…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: More than two million people flooded US cities on Saturday as women opposed to Donald Trump led a peaceful, stunning rebuke against the new US president that was echoed in sister protests around the world. As a sea of demonstrators brought downtown Washington to a standstill, streaming past…

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THE embattled Philippine National Police (PNP) has sacked an official of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) for his supposed involvement in the kidnapping and killing of South Korean business executive Jee Ick Joo using the anti-drug war as pretext. PNP Director General Ronald de la Rosa said he had placed…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte should respect critics of his anti-drug war, including Catholic clergy, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said over the weekend. Robredo was reacting to the President’s remarks last week that Catholic priests did not have moral ascendancy over him given their own scandals. “We are in extraordinary…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is supportive of US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy placing the interest of the United States above all else, a Malacañang official said on Sunday. Palace Communications Chief Martin Andanar made the statement after attending Trump’s inauguration in Washington on Friday (Saturday in Manila), with National…

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MADRID: Pope Francis on Saturday said it was too early to pass judgment on US President Donald Trump, even as he warned against populist movements that could lead to the election of “saviors” like Hitler. In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais conducted as Trump was being sworn…

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SENATOR Panfilo Lacson on Sunday dismissed rumors of a coup in the Senate, saying the leadership of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd remained secure. Lacson said: “I would know because we are the ones who organized the super majority that backed Pimentel’s bid for the Senate presidency last year.” “He…

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Business

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Still up from 5.9% in 2015 despite Q4 2016 slowdown Philippine economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 likely slowed from the third quarter and the year-earlier rates, most analysts polled by The Manila Times said, but their estimates for the whole of last year still averaged higher than…

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Infrastructure spending grew by 49 percent in November on the back of higher disbursements for road projects, school buildings, state universities and colleges (SUCs) and health facilities, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported over the weekend. The growth in infrastructure and other capital expenditures surged by 49.3 percent…

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A Philippine Cabinet team is set to meet with top-level Chinese officials to finalize the details of $15 billion worth of economic and investment deals reached between Manila and Beijing during President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China last October, the Department of Finance (DoF) said over the weekend. A…

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THE Department of Tourism (DOT) aims to boost tourist arrivals by enticing member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to visit the Philippines. DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo made her pitch over the weekend at the 20th Asean Tourism Ministers meeting of the Asean Tourism Forum in…

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Regions

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: Buguey town Mayor Lloyd Antiporda has belied reports linking the Antiporda family to the illegal drug trade, saying the accusations are “pure lies, baseless and absurd.” During Thursday’s meeting with provincial governors in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte made specific mention of Licerio Antiporda, whom he described as…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has halted a decision of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Gov. Edgardo Tallado of Camarines Norte for invalidating the appointment of 48 provincial government employees. In a 12-page decision penned by Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang and concurred in by Associate Justices Mario Lopez and…

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LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: More irrigation projects for the remaining 43 percent of non-irrigable farmlands for farmers to replant rice twice a year are necessary to attain food sufficiency in the country, according to National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Peter Lavina. In the Bicol Region alone, 42 percent of ricelands remain…

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BALANGA City, Bataan: The Asian waterbird census last Saturday spotted and counted 15,075 migratory birds in one day at wetlands in four seaside villages of this city or nearly 50 percent lower than last year’s number. Census takers were composed of representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources…

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RELIEF assistance worth P6,415,628.36 has been provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to families that were affected by recent flooding on Negros Island and in Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga. The amount is part of augmentation support of the DSWD to the affected…

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DAVAO CITY: Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Muslim autonomous region inspected various unfinished government projects in Sulu province after former Sulu governor Sakur Tan sent a letter-complaint to President Rodrigo Duterte. Tan also sent a copy of his complaints to Hataman’s office. Among the unfinished projects were schools, hospitals and…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. : Newly-installed President Donald Trump and his chief spokesman launched an unprecedented assault on the media Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for his first full day in office, accusing reporters of downplaying the turnout at his inauguration. Trump, visiting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in nearby Langley, Virginia,…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump will receive his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto on January 31, the White House said Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The two spoke by phone earlier in the day and agreed to meet for talks on trade, immigration and security, press secretary Sean Spicer said. He…

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BANJUL, Gambia: Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh flew out Saturday from the country he ruled for 22 years to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis. Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Barrow was declared the winner, triggering weeks of uncertainty…

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SEOUL: Tens of thousands of protestors braved icy weather and slippery roads for a rally in Seoul Saturday, demanding impeached President Park Geun-Hye’s removal and the Samsung heir’s arrest for corruption. Park was impeached by parliament last month over an influence-peddling scandal and the Constitutional Court now has to confirm…

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FOLLOWING the Asian, European and American developments over the past three weeks, the immediate and intermediate future for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) looks pregnant with opportunities for economic progress and relaxation of military-political tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. This is obvious at least to some of our…

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A bomb exploded at a market on Saturday in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others, officials said. The bomb detonated in a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the…

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WASHINGTON: More than two million people flooded the streets of Washington and other US cities and demonstrators around the world joined in as women opposed to Donald Trump led a peaceful, stunning rebuke against the new US president. As a sea of protesters brought downtown Washington to a standstill, streaming…

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BANJUL, Gambia: Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh flew out Saturday from the country he ruled for 22 years to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis. Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Barrow was declared the winner, triggering weeks of uncertainty…

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NEW DELHI: Rescuers battled to pull survivors Sunday from the wreckage of a train crash which killed at least 27 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters on the country’s creaking rail network. Eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express derailed at around 11:00…

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PENNE, Italy:  Rescuers pulled four people alive from an avalanche-hit Italian hotel on Saturday and clung on to hopes of saving some of the 23 people still missing three days after the disaster struck. Saturday’s rescues lifted the total number of survivors to 11. But with no new signs of…

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CHAPECÓ, Brazil: Chapecoense, the up and coming Brazilian football club decimated by a plane crash, proudly strode back on the field Saturday in a new line-up for their first match since the tragedy. The team took the field amid intense public and media attention focusing on the 20,000-place Arena Conda…

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WASHINGTON: Billionaire Republican Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life — his inauguration as 45th president of the United States. On Friday, Trump will cap an extraordinary and improbable run for…

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