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STILL stung by claims the effort to revise the 1987 Constitution will prolong his stay in power and lead to strongman rule, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told soldiers to shoot him if he became a dictator. The President made the remark in his speech during the launching of livelihood…

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Malacañang backed Solicitor General Jose Calida’s move to seek the arrest of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, the principal suspect in the killing of environment advocate and broadcaster Gerry Ortega. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Calida’s filing of a motion for reconsideration was “right” because it showed the administration’s resolve…

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FEDERALISM will not end the country’s age-old socioeconomic problems, framers of the 1987 Constitution said on Monday In a statement, 11 members of the commission that drafted the 30-year-old charter said that while the 1987 Constitution “is an imperfect document and can be improved,” there is a need to address…

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LEGAZPI CITY: A giant mushroom-shaped cloud shot up from the country’s most active volcano on Monday, turning day into night as it rained ash on communities where tens of thousands have fled after warnings of an impending eruption. “Hazardous eruption imminent,” the state volcanology agency concluded in its latest bulletin,…


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A joint assembly of the two chambers of Congress to discuss amendments to the Constitution is not needed as it is “not stated in the Constitution,” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez claimed on Monday. In a news conference at the House of Representatives, Alvarez insisted Charter change could get rolling as…

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FORMER health secretary Enrique Ona on Monday blamed his successor, Janette Garin, for the “health nightmare” the country was facing because of the risks posed by the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. At the resumption of the Senate Blue Ribbon inquiry into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia vaccine deal, Ona said the Department of…

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HAVE public stockholders become desperate that some of them email newspaper columnists to air their grievances? This is the question I ask myself when I receive complaints via email from readers of The Manila Times. “Could you help me where I could file a complaint against SMDC?” wrote one reader.…

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The Department of Energy (DoE) issued on Tuesday a circular on the new policy on awarding petroleum exploration contracts in the Philippines. Department Circular DC2017-12-0017, or the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program of Awarding Petroleum Service Contracts (PSCs), aims to process applications and award service contracts to interested applicants in…

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recently met with various consumer groups to hear their concerns and discuss major issues affecting the Philippine power sector. In a statement, the agency said ERC Chairman and CEO Agnes Devanadera discussed with representatives from the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the United Filipino…

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We are happy when we have choices. Choices give us the feeling that we are in control. It also gives us a sense of freedom and flexibility, whether it is deciding on the route to take using the options provided by Waze, or the food to pick at a buffet…

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GOKONGWEI-LED property developer Robinsons Land Corp. will be spending more than P16 billion for capital expenditures (capex) this year as it pursues expansion and development plans. In an interview on Monday at the sidelines of a memorandum of agreement signing, Robinsons Land President Frederick Go said the company would be…

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RAZON-led Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC) is selling two million of its shares to unit Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc. (BRHI) to reward loyal Solaire Resort and Casino patrons. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Tuesday, the parent firm said BRHI had so far subscribed to 382,900…

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TARLAC: The Department of Health (DoH) launched the Dengue Immunization Record Card to be distributed in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Metro Manila and Cebu areas as part of the intensified monitoring of recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine. Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd led the launch of the identification cards (ID) during…

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The Office of the Ombudsman filed a case before the Sandiganbayan against Mayor Ramonito Durano 3rd of Danao City, Cebu for allegedly failure to implement a Civil Service Commission (CSC) order to reinstate and to pay the back wages and other benefits former city employees in 2015. The Ombudsman accused…

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AN engineer on his way to a project construction site was shot dead by unidentified assailants riding two motorcycles in Mandaue City, Cebu at about 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Roel Perales, 57, a mechanical engineer of Compostela town, Cebu was found riddled with bullets inside his silver Nissan Navarra pick-up…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Police bomb experts are checking on the blast site in Barangay Semba where unidentified armed men set off explosives near the headquarters of the 6th Infantry Division (ID) in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the 6thID, said the first explosion took place at…

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LEGAZPI CITY: The provincial government of Albay lifted the class suspension in three cities and five towns affected by weeklong Mayon volcano’s quiet eruption here. Cedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office said the class suspension is lifted to allow students from public and private schools here…

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BRASÍLIA: A Brazilian appeals court will rule on Wednesday whether to overturn a corruption conviction against ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, effectively deciding if he can run in this year’s election. Lula was sentenced in July to 9.5 years behind bars after being convicted of corruption in Brazil’s huge…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Hundreds of thousands of US federal employees will stay home without pay on Monday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on ending a government shutdown before the start of the working week. Although leaders of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party and the opposition Democrats said progress had…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday (Monday in Manila) began a one-week trip to Asia, hoping to strengthen defense cooperation with Indonesia and Vietnam as regional Chinese military power looms ever larger. “We share the Pacific—it’s an ocean named for peace—we would like to see it remain…

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KABUL: At least 22 people are now known to have died when Taliban militants slaughtered guests at a luxury Kabul hotel, Afghan officials said on Monday, as fears grew that the attackers may have had inside help. Authorities warned they were still investigating how militants breached security, which was taken…

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SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors raided the house and office of ex-president Lee Myung-Bak’s brother on Monday, reports said, probing allegations the former head of state took bribes from the national spy agency during his term. Lee Sang-Deuk, 82, is suspected of receiving hundreds of millions of won from the National…

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SEOUL: South Korea is to make organizing a suicide pact a criminal offence, officials said Tuesday, as the government seeks to reduce one of the world’s highest rates of self-killing. The suicide rate in Asia’s fourth-largest economy has increased sharply since 2000 to 25.6 a year per 100,000 people, twice…

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BRUSSELS: The European Union on Tuesday removed eight countries including Panama and South Korea from its new tax haven blacklist after they pledged to address their concerns, the bloc said. The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Mongolia, Macau, Grenada and Barbados were also lifted from the list by finance ministers, in…

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YANGON: Myanmar blamed Bangladesh on Tuesday for delays to a huge repatriation program for Rohingya refugees, as the deadline passed for starting the return of the Muslim minority to strife-torn Rakhine state. Nearly 690,000 Rohingya escaped to Bangladesh after a brutal Myanmar army crackdown began last August, while a further…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Facebook acknowledged on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that the explosion of social media poses a potential threat to democracy, pledging to tackle the problem head-on and turn its powerful platform into a force for “good.” The comments from the world’s biggest social network were its latest response to…

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THE Supreme Court has lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the release of over 700,000 license plates after it ruled that the appropriation by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for their production was constitutional. “The Court ruled that the 2014 GAA included an appropriation for the program and for…

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THE controversy over the frigate acquisition project linking President Rodrigo Duterte’s top aide is part of destabilization efforts against the administration, Malacanang said on Tuesday. In an interview over state-run Radyo Pilipinas, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said he got information from his former “consultant” in Congress and a “public relations…