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CHIEF Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno unilaterally decided not to raffle off the request by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to remove the cases filed against the Maute group out of Marawi City, violating the Supreme Court’s collegiality, magistrates said on Monday. Associate Justice Teresita de Castro confirmed this before the…

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HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Monday accused French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur of “mental dishonesty” on the efficacy of its anti-dengue vaccine, thereby placing the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk. “I think they have not been forthright from the beginning,” Duque told a Senate inquiry…

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PARENTS of the 11-year-old girl who died of dengue after being inoculated with the Dengvaxia vaccine last year vowed to help in the investigation into the P3.5-billion dengue vaccine program being conducted by the Justice department and other bodies, to bring justice to their child and other children who have…

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Debt watcher Fitch has upgraded the Philippines’ credit rating, noting continued investor confidence despite President Rodrigo Duterte bloody war against illegal drugs. The one-notch adjustment, to “BBB” from “BBB-“ with a stable outlook, placed the country further into investment-grade territory. Fitch Ratings was the first to rate the country as…


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A think tank has called on government to intensify intervention on the plight of internally displaced Filipino Muslims in Marawi as the emergence of new mujaheddin looms large, increasing the possibility of another Marawi-like war in Mindanao. In a two-day forum held at the University of the Philippines, the Philippine…

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The Court of Appeals has cleared business tycoon Roberto Ongpin of insider trading raps involving Philex Mining shares in 2009, setting aside a P174-million fine imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In a 29-page decision issued on December 1, 2017, the court’s Former Special 13th Division dismissed the…

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Tax evasion charges on top of forfeiture cases are being eyed by the Department of Finance (DoF) against its officials and employees suspected of amassing ill-gotten wealth. Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin said personnel covered by the anti-corruption investigations of the agency’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) include those assigned at…

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Business

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DICT says goal represents ‘best effort’; rules still being drawn up PLDT, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc.’s market dominance could be challenged sometime next year, a senior government official said, following the Palace’s announcement that China Telecommunications Corp. had been chosen to compete against the duopoly. Department of Information and…

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Net foreign direct investments (FDI) surged in September from a year earlier, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday, but were lower than the previous month’s 16-month high. At $754 million, September’s net inflow was 61.8 percent higher year on year, central bank data showed. August’s tally, however,…

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INVESTORS went buying on Monday following an international debt watcher’s upgrade of the country’s credit rating. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 0.65 percent or 53.87 points to close at 8,358.57. The broader All Shares similarly rose by 0.55 percent or 26.59 points to finish at 4,885.45. “Locally,…

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ONLINE brokerage BDO Nomura Securities, Inc. expects the Philippine Stock Exchange index to hit the 9,100 level next year with a pick-up in earnings growth outpacing inflation. “The reason why we’re bullish on the stock market moving forward even if inflation and interest rates are going up is because if…

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British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1989, he won the Booker Prize for the novel The Remains of the Day. His novels, When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant, among others, which were described as driven with “great emotional…

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The government of New South Wales has expressed confidence in the Philippine economy and seeks to strengthen trade and investment cooperation ties between Manila and the eastern Australian state, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Monday. In a statement, DTI said New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian…

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TWO soldiers died and eight others were injured after a military truck turned turtle while traversing the Bulwang Spring/So Lukeke crossing in Antipas, Cotabato on Monday. Lieutenant Silver Belvis, civil-military operations officer of the 39th Infantry Battalion (IB), said at about 9:30 a.m. in Barangay Malatab a KM450 military truck…

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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) is on alert after intelligence report disclosed that the demand for party drugs may be on the rise this Christmas season and as people gear up for the Sinulog Festival in January. PDEA-7 Regional Director Emerson Margate said they believe the…

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ILOILO CITY: The local government of Sara, Iloilo on Monday gave P100,000 cash reward to the informant whose tips led to the successful arrest of Western Visayas’ High Value Target Level 3 Arturo Balume Sr., alias Master Pedik, and his four underlings last October. Mary Joy Abellar, municipal treasurer of…

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COTABATO CITY: The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) passed a resolution mandating local government units in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to provide regular allocation for traditional madaris (Islamic school). Amir Mawallil, ARMM spokesman, said the resolution complements the Bureau of Madaris’ recent draft of the Unified…

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LUCENA CITY: Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Quezon province were feted in a day-long Migrants’ Day celebration as they received recognition from the grateful province as the country’s new living heroes. Quezon Provincial Gender and Development Office head Ofelia Palayan on Monday said the “salute to the OFWs” on “Migrants…

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World

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STOCKHOLM: Faced with constant missile and nuclear threats from its belligerent northern neighbor, South Korea is boosting its arms sales and aims to become a major exporter, a study said on Monday. South Korea’s arms industry accounted for 2.2 percent of global top 100 producers’ sales in 2016, the Stockholm…

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SEOUL: The US, South Korea and Japan started joint exercises on Monday to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military said, following the nuclear-armed Pyongyang’s longest-range test launch to date. The trilateral drill comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and declared it…

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JAKARTA: Millions of Indonesian children are being vaccinated this week as the country responds to a widespread diphtheria outbreak that has killed dozens, officials said Monday. Some eight million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is…

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HAIPHONG, Vietnam: During four years of compulsory rehab in Vietnam, Trung spent his drug-free days gluing together false eyelashes as part of what authorities billed as valuable ‘work therapy’ for his heroin addiction. But critics say the work of Trung and tens of thousands of others is tantamount to forced…

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LONDON: The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem Sunday (Monday in Manila), while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany’s busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais. Hundreds of air passengers were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, as…

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza on Monday accused Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno of committing treason when she used a confidential document to block his appointment to the high court. Jardeleza, in his testimony before the House justice panel hearing the impeachment complaint against Sereno, said the chief justice…

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March,…

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JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said on Monday, as they beef up security in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Police said they detained 13 suspected militants in separate, pre-emptive raids over the weekend…

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LONDON: Britain was recovering Monday after heavy snow brought freezing temperatures, shutting hundreds of schools and disrupting flights for a second day. Power was restored to more than 100,000 homes, while airports tried to recover their schedules following the winter’s first major snowfall—the biggest in four years. The last time…

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OIL companies will cut prices of gasoline and kerosene this week, but will retain the price of diesel. Flying V and Seaoil said they would reduce the prices of gasoline and kerosene by 25 centavos per liter and 15 centavos per liter, respectively, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. Eastern Petroleum, Phoenix…

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