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    THE commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the EDSA “People Power” uprising will be “meaningless” unless the masterminds of the 1983 assassination of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. are identified, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said on Wednesday. VACC founding Chairman Dante Jimenez called for a reinvestigation…

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) has voided a 2009 deal between the government and Stradcom Corp. for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on motor vehicles, ordering a refund of the additional P350 charge on car registrations. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote the 30-page decision dated January 31, declaring the deal…

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    THE Social Security System (SSS) is set to release P7 billion worth of pension increases for more than two million retirees next month following President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the hike, which will be retroactive to January 2017. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum on February 22 containing the…

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    THERE are no moves to oust President Rodrigo Duterte coinciding with the 31st anniversary of the Edsa “People Power” revolt this week, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said on Wednesday, refuting an earlier statement by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. “If ever there are, leave it to us. We’ll…

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Trump administration issued tough new orders Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country’s 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs. The orders sent shivers through US immigrant communities, where millions of people who have spent years building…

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    THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday reminded parents and school officials that while educational field trips are meant to supplement classroom learning, students should not be forced to join such outings. The DepEd issued the statement following the bus accident in Tanay, Rizal province that killed more than a…

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    THE Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs will proceed with its investigation into the “public confession” of retired police officer Arturo Lascañas that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the killing of criminals and the bombing of a mosque when he was the mayor of Davao City. No senator questioned…

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    Forecasts inflation at 2.9%, GDP growth at 6.4% The Philippine central bank may begin raising its key interest rates this year, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings said, seeing pressure for such move coming mainly from the country’s robust gross domestic product (GDP) growth and rising commodity prices. The credit…

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide “candid analysis” of exchange-rate policies in member countries. Mnuchin spoke by phone with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in what was among the first contacts between the fund and…

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    EUROPEAN companies are re-diverting and holding off plans to expand investments in the Philippines, an official said on Wednesday, citing political concerns, but did not name the companies. One of the two companies received a directive from its headquarters in Europe to shelve the plan to double its investments in…

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    A THREE-MONTH window for reviewing the closure and suspension orders on mining operations seems reasonable, given how complicated the task is for the technical working group (TWG) created under the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said. “We will do what Agabin said. You look at…

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    THE North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project will begin construction by the first or second quarter of 2019, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said on Wednesday. The Malolos to Tutuban railway project, costing about $2.88 billion, will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through official development assistance (ODA)…

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    THE Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA) is optimistic about surpassing their 2016 sales performance and is looking at a conservative target of a 12-percent to 15-percent uptick in sales this year. The association—composed of motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kymco—breached the one-million unit mark for the first…

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    CITY, Albay: The House Committee on Dangerous Drugs headed by Rep. Ace Barbers will conduct a legislative inquiry today to look into the involvement of local officials in the drug trade four months after the discovery of a huge shabu laboratory on the island province of Catanduanes. The House probe…

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    Camp Miguel Malvar, Batangas City: A top officer of the New People’s Army (NPA) – Ernesto Samarita – was arrested in a combat patrol operation in Nasugu, Batangas on Tuesday morning. Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, police provincial director, said Samarita, 3rd highest in the NPA’s Komiteng Rehiyon Timog Katagalugan (Southern…

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    SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: An Army sergeant and a militiaman belonging to the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) were killed in separate attacks in Central Mindanao on Tuesday. Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, director of the Maguindanao provincial police office, identified the victim as Sgt. Zaldy Caliman of the Army’s 57th…

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    KIDAPAWAN CITY: Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered the restoration of electricity supply next week in seven coastal towns in Lanao del Sur pending investigation of debts of a power cooperative that reached P11 billion. The municipalities of Picong, Malabang, Marogong, Balabagan, Calanogas, Kapatagan and Pagayawan have been without electricity…

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    Three students died after the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a 10-wheeler truck in the town of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro on Wednesday morning. Senior Supt. Christopher Birong, police provincial director, said students Mico Rivas, 17, was driving the motorcycle with two back riders – Niel Peradilla, 23, and Rommel…

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Unidentified gunmen strafed the house of Mayor Flora Villarosa of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte at dawn on Wednesday. Supt. Rogelio Alabata, regional police spokesman, said the attackers fled on a van and a motorcycle. It was unclear whether the strafing was carried out by communist rebels or other…

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    HONG KONG: Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from…

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    RIGA: Britain’s “Brexit” minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels. David Davis described as “implausible” recent British media reports that money would be diverted from development projects…

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    JOHANNESBURG: A South African court on Wednesday ruled the government’s plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was “unconstitutional and invalid,” providing a boost to the embattled Hague-based institution. The ICC has been rocked by threats of withdrawal in recent months, with complaints focusing on its alleged bias…

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    HARCHA, Libya: The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services…

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    KUALA LUMPUR: Detectives probing the assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother want to question a North Korean diplomat, Malaysia’s top policeman said Wednesday. Investigators have put five North Koreans in the frame for last week’s brazen killing of Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and have said they are seeking…

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    SYDNEY: Aboriginal children are 24 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous Australian children, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report accusing Canberra of complacency amid a raft of rights abuses. From indigenous justice to offshore refugee processing and Canberra’s silence on the Trump administration’s promotion of waterboarding, the…

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    MOSCOW: Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress cargo ship lifted off on schedule at 05:58 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome in…

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    AL-BUSEIF, Iraq: Iraqi forces readied on Wednesday for an assault on Mosul airport after blitzing jihadist positions in a renewed offensive to retake the Islamic State group’s emblematic stronghold. Elite forces reinforced positions that were taken since a fresh push south of Mosul was launched on Sunday while hundreds of…

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    A group of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte will stage a two-day prayer vigil at the Luneta Park from February 25 to 26 to show their undying support to the president. Top government officials, who are members of the one-million strong Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC),…

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    THE Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs will proceed with its investigation into the “public confession” of retired police officer Arturo Lascañas that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the killing of criminals and the bombing of a mosque when he was the mayor of Davao City. No senator questioned…

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    THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) refuted the claim of Press Secretary Martin Andanar that the commission had cleared President Rodrigo Duterte from allegations that he ordered the summary executions committed by the Davao Death Squad when he was mayor of Davao City. “The commission did not clear the former…

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    STOCKHOLM: A Danish court extended Wednesday for another month the detention of the daughter of Choi Soon-Sil, the woman at the center of a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea’s president. Chung Yoo-Ra, the 20-year-old daughter of the woman dubbed South Korea’s “Rasputin”, is one of…

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