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    Bautista: I’m not resigning
    PATRICIA Paz Bautista, estranged wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, claimed on Tuesday her husband received some P500,000 in referral fees from controversial automated election technology provider Smartmatic Corp. Patricia, who is fighting for her legal share of her husband’s wealth, has…

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    THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is open to the proposal to reduce its mandatory contributions to other government agencies. At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Games and Amusement on the proposed amendment of the PCSO charter, Jorge Jose Corpuz, chairman of the state-run charitable institution, however expressed…

    COOK CHICKEN AT 70 DEGREES, PUBLIC TOLD

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    AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Monday said he had ordered the culling of fighting roosters and hens in six game farms affected by the H5 avian flu outbreak in Pampanga. “All fowls will be culled,” Piñol told The Manila Times in a text message. The agriculture chief, however, did not…

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    THE Consulate General of the Philippines in Agana has placed Guam and the Northern Mariana islands on Alert level 1, meaning Filipinos there should be vigilant because the situation is out of the ordinary. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) approved the recommendation of the Consul General in Agana to…

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    Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista reiterated on Monday he was willing to stepping down following accusations of ill-gotten wealth by his estranged wife as Malacañang practically gave the green light on moves to impeach him. An emotional Bautista appeared at the Comelec flag-raising ceremony and said it…

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    Voting 19-2, members of the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms at the House of Representatives approved the postponement of the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or youth council) elections scheduled in October this year. The lawmakers proposed the electoral exercise be held in May 2018 with incumbent officials…

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    THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended for a month the operations of ride-sharing company Uber. The LTFRB also suspended Uber’s online booking applications, which allow users to book rides through their smartphones. Uber admitted receiving the order. “We are studying the order at the moment. We…

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    The peso weakened further on Tuesday, falling to a new near 11-year low of P51.34 to the dollar. The currency opened lower at P51.20, hitting as much as P51.35 during the day. Tuesday’s close was the weakest since the P51.38:$1 recorded on August 25, 2006. The decline came as the…

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    TO improve the supervision of electric cooperatives (ECs), the National Electrification Administration (NEA) launched on Monday its web portal and business intelligence technology (BIT) system. NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the system, dubbed as the NEA Business Intelligence Technology (NEA BIT), seeks to address the current situation and progress towards…

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    THE Board of Investments (BoI) has approved an air transport project under the public infrastructure and logistics activity of the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP). In a staement, the agency identified the project as Cebu Air, Inc.’s P6.1 billion acquisition of one Airbus A330 to add to its current fleet…

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    PILIPINAS Shell Petroleum Corp. recorded a net profit of P4.19 billion in the first half of the year, down 17.4 percent from P5.07 billion in 2016. The lower profit was attributed to the planned refinery preventive maintenance shutdown in the last two months of the second quarter and lower inventory…

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    LISTED Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. announced it has completed and the acquisition of Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc. (PEPI), a step closer to expanding its liquefied natural gas (LNG) portfolio. The independent oil distributor told the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Tuesday that it and PDB (Netherlands) B.V. have completed and…

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    LOPEZ Holdings Corp. said net income attributable to equity holders of the parent dropped 34 percent to P1.76 billion in the first half of the year from last year’s P2.67 billion due to one-off losses and the absence of one-off gains at its associate. Unaudited consolidated revenues increased by 17…

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    CAMP VICEENTE LIM, Laguna: Four Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) chiefs of police were removed from their posts effective Friday, August 11, for failure to stop illegal numbers games in their respective jurisdictions. In Batangas, Supt. Carlos Barde was sacked as Lipa City chief of police and Supt.…

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    THE Balagtas Tollgate of STAR Expressway has been reopened to Class 1 or light vehicles after the Sabang Bridge along Ibaan was repaired, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Tuesday. Earlier, the tollgate was closed as the Sabang Bridge was damaged by Typhoon Niña last December. Vehicles were diverted…

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    LAS NAVAS, Northern Samar: The 803rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army (PA), based in Camp Sumoroy, Catarman, Northern Samar broke its silence on reports that 10 soldiers have been killed in a series of attacks perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) under the Silvio Pajares Command here. In a media…

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    The ongoing conflict in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province has displaced thousands of people, with more than 77,000 fleeing to almost inaccessible areas along the eastern shore of Lake Lanao. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, completed August 9-10…

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Another Filipino hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) escaped before dawn on Monday and was recovered by Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu on Tapiantana Island off Sumisip town in Basilan. In a report, JTF Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said that Edmund Ramos, alias Moymoy, was…

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    The provincial government of Misamis Oriental on Monday ordered a total ban on the entry of all shipments of poultry products from Luzon in response to reports of an outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu in Pampanga. Similarly, in Bataan and La Union an inter-agency task force was formed…

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    BOGOTA: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos declared the country’s 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas “truly over” Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down. Santos himself shut a padlock on the last lot of decommissioned rifles before it was taken out…

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    ROME: Two severed legs belonging to a woman were found inside a rubbish bag in a residential neighborhood in northern Rome, Italian media reported on Wednesday citing police sources. The grim discovery was made on Tuesday night by a young woman who was rummaging through bins near a park. The…

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    LISBON: Thirteen people were crushed to death and 49 injured Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, doctors said. A dozen people, four of them children, were seriously injured, Miguel Reis, chief surgeon at the…

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    SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by Washington. Some analysts suggested Kim’s comments opened a possible path to de-escalating a growing…

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    CARACAS: Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered his armed forces to carry out a national exercise next week in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat of possible military action. “I have given the order to the armed forces’ joint chiefs of staff to start preparations for a national…

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    FREETOWN: At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city’s morgues. An Agence France-Presse journalist saw several homes submerged in Regent village, a hilltop community,…

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    MALACANANG is saddened by the Commission on Appointments’ (CA) rejection of the interim appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary. READ: UPDATE: Taguiwalo fails to get appointment as social welfare chief “We are saddened by the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said…

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    THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has called on the more than 10 million Filipinos overseas to heighten their vigilance in the wake of terrorist attacks abroad. The DFA issued the statement after a foiled terrorist attack in Russia and a deadly shooting incident in Burkina Faso. “We want our…

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    PHILIPPINE low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific said on Wednesday that it would begin its thrice-a-week Kalibo-Clark flight on October 30, while its subsidiary Cebgo would start the Cagayan de Oro to Boracay and to Dumaguete route on October 20. Cebgo will also operate its first international route out of Zamboanga to…

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    THE two farmers in Pampanga who exhibited symptoms of bird flu infection tested negative, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday. READ: Two suspected cases of avian flu monitored, says health official Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said the farmers have been informed of the results that were released…