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ENVIRONMENTAL, health and labor groups have lauded the government’s decision to phase out leaded paints, saying such move will benefit millions of Filipino children, mothers and workers today and the future generations. The groups made the statement on Saturday in connection with this year’s commemoration of International Lead Poisoning Prevention…

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Visitors will get a chance to win a Hyundai car as the grand prize at the 2017 International Bazaar raffle draw next month. Others will have a shot at airline tickets, hotel accommodations, livelihood bundles and interesting prizes at this year’s bazaar–a one-day event scheduled for Novermber 26– which will…

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USING the Bureau of Customs (BoC) as conduit, so-called online “love scammers” are again back in business to extort money from unsuspecting Filipino men and women who are searching for foreign partners. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena issued the warning over the weekend after he received a complaint from a scammed…

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Seven trial court judges who are aspiring for the position to be vacated by Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Leoncia Dimagiba will be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council on October 25. Dimagiba will compulsorily retire on December 1. A law graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University,…

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Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said the government will not pursue plans to rehabilitate the Pasig River unless agencies and concerned cities will stop activities that continue to pollute the river. “The first step is you have to stop throwing garbage into the river because if you rehabilitate it and…

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Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific cancelled Manila to Japan flights on Sunday because of bad weather brought by Typhoon Pablo (international code name: Lan). Cancelled were flights 5J 828 Manila-Osaka; 5J 827 Osaka-Manila; 5J 5038 Manila-Nagoya; and 5J 5039 Nagoya-Manila. These flights’ passengers and cargos, Cebu Pacific said, will be able…

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ARE drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV) and their operators paying taxes religiously? If they are, then forget about this piece. If they’re not, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) should go after them. If the PUV drivers are already included in the tax coverage, the BIR must be doing…

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Revisions to the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program are expected to fund a sizeable portion of the Duterte government’s ambitious “Build Build Build” infrastructure program. In a statement, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda of Albay said approval of House Bill (HB) 788 would enable the government to fund up to P6.3 trillion…

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Organizational psychologist Adam Grant said at a joint event organized by the TED Institute and IBM late last year that there are three kinds of people you are likely to find in your workplace: the takers, the givers and the matchers. Takers are always looking out for what others can…

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The Energy department will consider the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)’s proposal to operate the domestic spot electricity market, a Cabinet official said. “You to keep an open mind to all the possible options,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a Friday evening briefing. PSE President Ramon Monzon was reported last…

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The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) wants the Office of the President to accelerate the approval and proclamation of new economic zones. Only six out of 58 applications for economic zones were released as of early this month, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza said. The six new economic zones cover…

Regions

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BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte: A hub for all renewable energy centers in the country will soon rise in a state university in this city, with biofuel as its banner program. Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) president Shirley Agrupis said the multi-million-peso proposed National Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Center (NRERIC)…

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The leadership of Bangsamoro People’s Congress (BPC), the political arm of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), is optimistic that lasting peace in Mindanao is soon achieved after President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). BPC chairman Muslimin Sema believed that President Duterte is sincere…

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada distributed P2.1-million worth of construction materials to the fire victims in Barangay 770, Zone 84 in San Andres Bukid area to rebuild their destroyed houses. The fire destroyed about 50 houses, affecting 71 families or 235 persons, according to Barangay Chaiman Lourdes Delgado. It was the…

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COTABATO CITY: Local government officials and residents have expressed optimism over the inclusion of Lamitan City among the 20 finalists for the 2017 Galing Pook Award meant to hasten more the growth of its fledgling economy. About 200 local government units participated in this year’s Galing Pook Award search with…

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A man who threatened his former girlfriend to upload her naked photos on the internet if she will not reconcile with him was arrested in an entrapment over the weekend in Malabon City. Jaymar Gozon, 28, of Barangay Bagumbayan South, Navotas City was arrested by policemen inside a fast food…

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A girl died while two other minors were injured after an uprooted coconut tree fell on them during the height of heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm (TS) “Paolo” at 2 p.m. in Pangu­taran, Sulu Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Friday. The Sulu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and…

World

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GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was “rethinking” his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old authoritarian leader…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. The November 22, 1963 assassination—an epochal event in modern US history—has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version…

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PARIS: France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced Saturday in Paris. The men—aged between 17 and 29—are accused of being party to a “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said Saturday a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria now that the end of the Islamic State “caliphate is in sight” with the fall of Raqa. The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations “that end…

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KABUL: The smell of death permeated the Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on Saturday hours after dozens of Shiite worshippers were slaughtered by a suicide bomber during evening prayers. Broken glass and dust covered the red carpet, soaked in the blood of the men, women and children who had been…

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TOKYO: Candidates in Japan made a last-ditch plea to voters on Saturday on the last day of campaigning before an election expected to return Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to power with a comfortable majority. Polls show Abe and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are clear favorites to win Sunday’s…

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THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) conducted the second entrance and promotional examinations for the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday nationwide. Four venues were designated as testing centers for the examinations in Metro Manila. These are in Fort Bonifacio High School, Benigno Aquino High School, Makati High School and Pitogo…

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THE Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) tightened its security for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) to be held at Clark, Pampanga on Monday and Tuesday, a military spokesman said on Sunday. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato said  about 200 troopers would be deployed to monitor the overall security of…

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LOW-cost carrier Cebu Pacific cancelled its Manila to Japan flights on Sunday due to Super typhoon Paolo (international name: Lan), according to a statement on Sunday. Affected flights are: 5J 828 Manila – Osaka 5J 827 Osaka – Manila 5J 5038 Manila – Nagoya 5J 5039 Nagoya – Manila According to Cebu…

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TYPHOON “Paolo” (international name: Lan) is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will bring rains to Southern Luzon and Visayas, the state-run weather bureau said Sunday morning. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Paolo was last located at…

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Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has called on the Duterte administration to make the price of new environment-friendly jeepneys affordable for drivers. Robredo made the appeal in the wake of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirade against jeepney drivers protesting the government’s efforts to modernize jeepneys. In a recent speech, the…