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    “Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday, as he seeks closer ties with Moscow and steer the country’s foreign policy course further away from longtime ally, the United States. Duterte, who left for a four-day official trip to the Russian…

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    DUTERTE BLASTS CHURCH ANEW

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has again trained his guns on the Catholic Church, calling on it to reform or perish, and blasting the sacrament of confession. “Why do you have to go to confession and whisper your sins to an idiot when you can always go directly to God and say…

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    The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), the country’s biggest labor federation will file on Wednesday a petition for a P184 across-the-board wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR). ALU-TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay said that their petition was higher by P27 from their original…

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    A panel at the House of Representatives has rejected the proposal of administration lawmakers led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old. The measure that seeks to detain children who committed a crime was instead amended by the House…

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    THE Department of Education (DepEd) will reactivate its Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) centers nationwide from May 29 to June 16 to ensure the smooth opening of classes on June 5. The OBE aims to address commonly encountered problems at the start of the school year such as the transfer of…

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    The government’s Community Mortgage Program may have neglected poor families, according to a study released by state-owned think-tank Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies (PIDS). The CMP fund is the mortgage financing program of the Social Housing Financing Corp. that assists legal associations of underprivileged and homeless citizens, called community associations…

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    Four of the 13 policemen reportedly involved in the kidnapping of a woman were arrested in an entrapment operation in Malabon City on Monday. The four — SPO2 Ricky Pelicano, PO2 Wilson Sanchez, PO1 Joselito Ereneo and PO1 Frances Camua – were part of a group that abducted Norma Andales,…

    Business

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    THE Social Security Commission (SSC) fully supports of the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) to make the country’s taxation simpler, fairer and more efficient. In a resolution released Tuesday, the SSC said the measure now pending in Congress would create more jobs and further “invigorate” the economy. In turn,…

    IN METRO MANILA AND CEBU CITY

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    Only one out of five high school graduates in Metro Manila and Cebu City lands a job within a year of leaving school, a study by the Asian Development Bank said. Despite the Philippines’ average annual growth of 6.3 percent between 2010 and 2016, indicating an improvement in the employment…

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    BEIJING: China’s imports from North Korea fell in April to a near three-year low, data showed Tuesday, as Beijing faces calls to put more economic pressure on its nuclear-armed ally. China — the North’s sole major diplomatic ally and key trading partner — has stopped buying coal from it, denying…

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    BRAZZAVILLE: Congo broke ground on a new Chinese-funded parliament building in the capital Brazzaville on Monday estimated at over 52 million euros ($58 million). The investment from China’s government was criticised by opposition groups which pointed out that Congo is in the midst of an economic downturn. “This project helps…

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    GLOBAL Business Power Corp. (GBPC), one of the country’s largest power producers, plans to double its capacity to 2,000 megawatts over the next five years from the current 854 MW, according to its newly appointed president Jaime T. Azurin. The company recently announced the appointment of Azurin as its new…

    Regions

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    BAGUIO CITY: The Rotary Club of Metro Baguio (RCMB) recently awarded the city’s 10 Outstanding Punong Barangay for 2017. The club headed by president Elmie Manansala has been conducting the awards program for 24 years now. The awardees are Ferdinand Bucad of Hillside; Federico Codley, Atok Trail; Oliver Van Dicang,…

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    ILOCOS Norte: Senior Provincial Board Member Matthew Manotoc welcomed the Beach Volleyball Republic Inc. (BVR) at the onset of its tour of the province. He said this is an avenue not just to “introduce beach volleyball to our children, but to let them experience the game. It will eventually instill…

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    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Saturday opened a vocational training center here built in partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain Royal Charity Organization (RCO). Senator Richard Gordon, also PRC chairman, led the ribbon-cutting during the inauguration of the center assisted by Bahrain RCO Secretary General Dr.…

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    BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental: Principals and teachers caught violating the “no-collection” policy of the Department of Education will face charges of insubordination, Gilbert Sadsad, regional director DepEd in the Negros Island Region (NIR) said. Sadsad made the warning after receiving reports that there are still schools in the region collecting…

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    SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: A joint task force pounded harder remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists, resulting in what the Armed Forces of the Philippines called as the neutralization of three more bandits as combat operations heat up in Western Mindanao, according to a Philippine Army official. Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesman…

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    BAGAC, Bataan: What could have been a fun summer activity turned tragic when two excursionists from Pampanga died and 16 others injured in a road accident here Saturday. A passenger jeepney carrying 17 people turned turtle and landed upside down on a hilly portion here. Police Senior Insp. Albert Manabat,…

    World

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Senate on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) confirmed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next ambassador to Beijing, providing President Donald Trump with an envoy whose decades-long connection to China could smooth relations between the global powers. The confirmation, by a bipartisan vote of 82 to 13,…

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    BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer warned opponents on Monday he will not go without a fight as he won more breathing space in a corruption crisis sparking calls for his resignation. “If they want to, then they have to force me out, because if I resign, that is an admission…

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    GENEVA: The World Health Organization’s 194 members on Tuesday choose among three candidates to replace Margaret Chan as global health supremo, with each pledging to reform an agency under scrutiny. Chan steps down on June 30 after a decade in which new epidemics such as bird flu and Ebola and…

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    BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump will press his NATO allies on Thursday to increase defence spending and take a more active role in the fight against Islamist terror. Here are the expected main talking points during the brief summit at NATO’s new, futuristic headquarters on the outskirts of Brussels. Washington…

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    CARACAS: Doctors rallied in Venezuela on Monday in the latest street protests against President Nicolas Maduro, as a young man lay in hospital after being set on fire by an angry crowd. Three people were killed in violent riots in late president Hugo Chavez’s home state of Barinas, bringing the…

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    TAIPEI: Taiwan could become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage on Wednesday when a court makes a landmark ruling on whether to allow same-sex unions. Activists are optimistic the decision will go in their favour, with growing momentum behind the push for equal marriage rights on the…

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    WASHINGTON: The White House delivered to Congress Tuesday a proposed 2018 budget that would deeply cut programs for the poor and rural America, as well as diplomacy and foreign aid, while boosting defense and border security. The plan claims it would help balance the budget within 10 years — in…

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    LONDON: British actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond over two decades with a suave wit, died Tuesday aged 89, drawing tributes for his portrayal of the womanising superspy as well as for his charity work. “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir…

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      The House of Representatives can restore the P5 billion annual Value Added Tax exemption (VAT) for cooperatives that was removed under the proposed Tax Reform, Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) bill. Rep. Dakila Cua of Quirino, chairman of the House Ways and Means panel and sponsor of the tax reform…

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    A panel at the House of Representatives has rejected the proposal of administration lawmakers led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old. The measure that seeks to detain children who committed a crime was instead amended by the House…

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    The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), the country’s biggest labor federation will file on Wednesday a petition for a P184 across-the-board wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR). ALU-TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay said that their petition was higher by P27 from their original demand…