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THE Philippines on Tuesday apologized to Kuwait for missions conducted by Filipino embassy staff to rescue two Filipina workers, viewed by the Gulf state as a violation of its sovereignty. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano made the apology amid the escalating diplomatic row, but said the Filipino ambassador to…

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Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate was charged with graft at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the hiring of 30 “fictitious job contractors” in 2010. Also charged was Vicente Bajamunde, who was identified in the charge sheet as the driver and liaison officer of Paulate. The Office of the Ombudsman filed…

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The new head of the Quezon City Police District, Senior Supt. Joselito Esquivel, vowed stricter monitoring of street crimes when he assumed his post on Wednesday. “During my time as the QCPD director, we vow to improve the technological capacity of our offices by monitoring street crimes real time through…

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Malacañang on Tuesday assured the public the government would go after barangay (village) officials taking advantage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-month closure order on Boracay Island and extorting money from local businesses. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the assurance after Sen. Panfilo Lacson over the weekend accused village officials…


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EXECUTIVES of Rappler Holdings Corp., owner of online news outfit Rappler, failed to appear before the Department of Justice on Tuesday for the preliminary investigation of the P133-million tax evasion case filed against them by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Rappler Holdings president Maria Ressa and treasurer James Bitanga,…

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The issue of impartiality has been raised with regard to an ongoing review of steel product standards, with the chairman of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) alleging that proposed changes were being “sidelined.” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, however, denied the charge as he also downplayed concerns…

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Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon on Tuesday claimed that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gave cash to officials of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), sourcing the money from the judiciary’s funds. Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Sereno who is on leave, said the chief justice gave allowances to the IBP…

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The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO PHL) has urged commercial court judges to ensure a secure environment for popular trademarks, as this entices foreign companies to do business in the country. They play an important role in promoting the country as having intellectual property safeguards in place to…

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Business entities engaged in the manufacture of finished products for eventual export typically source the majority of their raw material (RM) inputs to foreign suppliers. These purchases will, upon their importation, be subject to the payment of customs duties and import taxes (generally, value added tax or VAT). Said payments,…

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“Our go-to method for problem solving is majorly flawed,” reads a headline of a Fast Company article. After decades of leading and participating in brainstorming sessions, I know this for a fact: the process is inefficient, time-consuming and, more significantly, usually unproductive. Brainstorming is several people fed with facts, plied…

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Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd may not actually be engineering a scheme for the government to take a controlling stake in the country’s two capital markets, but he is certainly doing a fine job of appearing as though that’s exactly what’s he up to. At issue is the five-year frustrated…

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When I was in high school, I knew a woman in our neighborhood fondly called by many as “Ate Lisa.” She was in her late 30s then, living a very simple life, taking care of her five children and her husband. She and her husband had a small carinderia that…

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SY-LED conglomerate SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) is allocating up to P90 billion for its capital expenditures this year to fund the operations of its property, retail and banking businesses. In a news conference in Pasay City on Wednesday, SMIC Senior Vice President for Finance Franklin Gomez said the lion’s share will…

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CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna : Five alleged drug pushers and a car thief were killed in three separate encounters with police in Laguna on Wednesday. Senior Supt. Kirby Kraft, Laguna police provincial director, identified two of the three suspects as Reynaldo Dante and Wilbert Sardido. Kraft said drug agents were…

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Anti-narcotics agents arrested three drug suspects, including one minor, in a buy-bust in Quezon City on Wednesday afternoon. The suspects were identifief as Harijatul Arajil, 63; Rowilyn Tillo, 33; and Ridzkan Jaffar, 17. In a news conference, the three denied the allegations against them. The Philippine Drug Enforcement’s Agency’s Special…

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THREE suspected drug pushers were killed while seven others were arrested in different anti-illegal drugs operations that the Bulacan Police conducted on Monday. Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., Bulacan police provincial director, identified those slain during the operation in Malolos City  as Valentine Pillego and Mervin Gacad, from Sitio Dupax, Barangay…

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CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna : Five alleged drug pushers and a car thief were killed in three separate encounters with police in Laguna on Wednesday. Senior Supt. Kirby Kraft, Laguna police provincial director, identified two of the three suspects as Reynaldo Dante and Wilbert Sardido. Kraft said drug agents were…

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Anti-narcotics agents arrested three drug suspects, including one minor, in a buy-bust in Quezon City on Wednesday afternoon. The suspects were identifief as Harijatul Arajil, 63; Rowilyn Tillo, 33; and Ridzkan Jaffar, 17. In a news conference, the three denied the allegations against them. The Philippine Drug Enforcement’s Agency’s Special…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Soldiers arrested a senior communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebel leader who was wounded in a clash on Monday in Sarangani province. Major Ezra Balagtey, of the Philippine Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command, said the troops cornered Pablito Torno in Barangay Amsipit, Maasim town near the encounter site. Members of the…

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TORONTO, CANADA: A Canadian man who apparently had a grudge against women was charged with murder on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) after allegedly plowing a rented van onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people—an incident that shocked the nation. Police said the suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was not known…

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PARIS: Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China’s bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said on Wednesday. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that a “climate of hatred and animosity” towards journalists combined with growing attempts to…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries heads to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, which will decide if his argument asserting national security interests was tainted by religious bias. The case, known as Trump v. Hawaii, will address the president’s broad powers to set…

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BEIJING: China’s sole aircraft carrier has led a flotilla of naval vessels in a “live combat drill” in the East China Sea (also known as Sea of Japan), state media reported on Tuesday, the latest show of force by Beijing’s burgeoning navy. The official Xinhua news agency said the vessels…

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BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday volunteered to host the hotly anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as speculation swirls about the venue. “Thailand is ready to facilitate and host the talks,” Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters, though he stressed that the kingdom…

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A LAWYER behind the impeachment charges against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is ready to face the disbarment complaints that have been filed against him. At a media forum at the Ciudad Fernandina in Greenhills, San Juan on Wednesday, Gadon said that those behind the complaints did not know anything and…