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MALACAÑANG on Sunday maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant, Christopher “Bong” Go had no involvement in the approval of the P16-billion frigate contract between the Philippine Navy and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said it would have been impossible for Go to intervene in the…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has called on employers to observe the proper pay rules during special non-working holidays, which include the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Monday the “no work, no pay” rule applies on…

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More than 3,000 modern jeepneys will be rolled out in three months by different transport groups, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said on Monday. Undersecretary for Roads Thomas Orbos said in a statement that the jeepneys will be delivered within three to six months. The jeepneys will be released under…

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Consumer group CitizenWatch Philippines has warned against oil and power rate hikes because of the enactment of the new tax law. CitizenWatch said in a statement on Monday the 4 percent inflation recorded last week marks “the beginning of the ripple effect caused by Republic Act 10963, or Tax Reform…


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It was a manic Monday for commuters as the first trip of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) was delayed by more than an hour because of a power supply failure in its northern stations. MRT-3 operations normally start at 5:30 a.m. but trains were only deployed at 6:50 a.m.…

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GOVERNMENT officials who are funding the New People’s Army (NPA) will be arrested once the court officially declares the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as a terrorist organization, The Manila Times learned recently. Aside from those who serve as “fronts” of the CPP-NPA, national and local politicians such as…

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THE stock market recovered from intra-day losses on Tuesday with the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) adding 0.14 percent or 12.48 points to end at 8,772.70. The broader All Shares, meanwhile, rose 0.13 percent or 6.59 points to end at 5,129.79. “The PSEi spent most of the day in…

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HONG KONG: Asian markets dipped Tuesday after holiday closures saw muted activity in Europe, with investors in both continents searching for fresh leads. Tokyo fell just over one percent, snapping a three-day winning streak as investors locked in profits after the recent gains. Hong Kong dipped 0.8 percent as traders…

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AYALA Land Inc. unit Prime Orion Philippines, Inc. (POPI) announced on Tuesday that the company had elected Rowena Tomeldan, who is concurrently the head of Ayala Land’s malls group, as new president and chief executive officer. POPI, owner and developer of retail complex Tutuban Center in Manila, said in a…

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SYDNEY: Higher commodity prices helped global mining giant BHP report a first-half net profit of US$2.02 billion on Tuesday, but the result was weighed down by a hefty charge from US tax reforms. The result for the six months to December 31 was 37 percent lower than the US$3.20 billion…

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JERUSALEM: Israel has struck an “historic” contract to supply natural gas to Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday, in a deal one firm said was worth $15 billion over 10 years. “This will bring billions of dollars to state coffers,” Netanyahu said in a statement announcing the deal with…

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TOKYO: Electronics giant Sony announced a plan Tuesday to provide an AI-based ride-hailing system to Japanese cab companies, while another taxi firm said they were in talks with Uber on a tie-up. Sony said it was planning a joint venture to offer artificial intelligence technology to six taxi operators, which…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: A suspected training specialist of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) demolition and explosive team, and four others were arrested by police and military personnel in Ilagan City, Isabela on Sunday. Senior Supt. Cornelius Jambora, Isabela provincial police director, said Mauricio Sagun, alias “Raul/Johny,” 65, of Barangay…

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THE TWO multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) and a Naval vessel were deployed to patrol the waters off Palawan, particularly the Malampaya gas field area, will also be utilized in rescue operations, the Philippine Navy said on Monday. Lt. Junior Grade Maivi Neri, spokesman for the Naval Forces West (NavForWest), confirmed…

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MARAWI CITY: The local government of Marawi, with Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)–Region 10, will be setting up temporary shelters in selected sites in the city for the more than 38,000 families or 190,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Mayor Majul Gandamra said…

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Monday it will file the second criminal case against Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) head, George San Mateo, within the week for the violation of Commonwealth Act or the Public Service Law. LTFRB Board Member Aileen…

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A four-vehicle crash killed two motorists after a driver of one of the cars, running in full speed, lost the breaks along the South Road Properties (SRP) in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City, south Cebu at about 8:45 a.m, on Monday. Police identified the fatalities as Baldimito dela Cruz, 58, and…

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A suspected motorcycle-riding suspect (MRS)/carnapper died in a shootout with policemen in Barangay Minuyan Proper, City of San Jose Del Monte (CSJDM), Bulacan on Saturday night. Supt. Fitz Macariola, CSJDM Police chief, said victim Roger Banaybanay, a native of Zamboanga and residing in Barangay Minuyan Proper reported that his motorcycle…

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MUNICH, Germany: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its “proxies” in Syria, saying he would not allow them to “put a noose of terror around our neck.” Calling it “a message to the tyrants of Tehran,” he warned in a speech at…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of tourists were stranded for hours after a cable car broke down on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, authorities said on Monday, with some left dangling in cabins over a jungle-clad mountain as night fell. Over 1,000 tourists, including some Western and Chinese visitors, and scores of…

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KARO, Indonesia: An Indonesian volcano erupted on Monday, sending a massive column of ash and smoke some 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the air, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out face masks to residents. Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, which has been rumbling since…

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TEHRAN: Iranian rescue teams resumed their search on Monday for a passenger plane that disappeared high in the Zagros mountains the previous day with 66 people onboard, local media reported. State television said the weather had improved after blizzard conditions hampered search efforts on Sunday, and that helicopters were now…

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YANGON: Myanmar troops seized $7 million worth of narcotics, precursors and equipment in a raid on drug labs in the restive north, the army said on Monday, as it continues a war against ethnic rebels accused of profiting from the drug trade. Soldiers and local officials found 259 kilograms (571…

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WEST PALM BEACH, United States: President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that Russia was succeeding beyond its “wildest dreams” in sowing US discord but refrained once more from directly challenging Moscow on its election meddling. In a flurry of tweets, Trump blamed former president Barack Obama for…

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CHON BURI, Thailand: US and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival program on Monday as part of the two nations’ annual Cobra Gold war games. Now in its 37th year, Cobra Gold is one of the largest military exercises in Asia, bringing thousands of…

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SINGAPORE: Singapore said on Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tons…

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KARO, Indonesia: An Indonesian volcano erupted on Monday, sending a massive column of ash and smoke some 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the air, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out face masks to residents. Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, which has been rumbling since…

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MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Monday insisted there was no indication of Russian government involvement in meddling in US elections after Washington indicted 13 Russians for alleged covert efforts to sway voters. “There are no indications that the Russian government could be involved in this,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov…

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BERLIN: The popular female premier of tiny Saarland state is set to take over as secretary general of Angela Merkel’s conservative party, sources said on Monday, fueling speculation the chancellor is lining up her potential successor. Merkel is expected to tap Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to take the reins from close ally…

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