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    POLICE PROBING UST FRAT INVOLVEMENT

    FACULTY members and alumni of the Aegis Juris law fraternity of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) may have been involved in hazing rites that led to the death of a 22-year-old law school freshman abandoned on Sunday at a sidewalk in Tondo, Manila. “We are looking at the involvement…

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    SOME hostages of the Islamic State-linked Maute terrorist group have been forced to join the fight against government troops in Marawi City, a military official said on Monday. During the “Mindanao Hour” news briefing in Malacañang on Monday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr.…

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    PORK barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles will ask the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division anew to let her post bail in the plunder case she is facing along with former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and several others for the misuse of priority development assistance funds (PDAF). “We will file here with the…

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has called on the United Nations (UN) to deploy human rights investigators to monitor the police’s anti-drug operations, amid public outrage over recent killings of teenagers by policemen and the House of Representatives’ decision to defund the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). “I will, personally and through…

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    FORMER Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon urged the Senate ethics committee to expel Sen. Panfilo Lacson for linking him to bribery and corruption in the bureau. In a 14-page ethics complaint filed Monday, Faeldon accused Lacson of violating his constitutional right to be presumed innocent. He added that…

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    AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman claimed to have uncovered 207,000 “ghost students” in the region from 2011 to 2016. He said the anomaly was discovered when the ARMM Department of Education (DedEd) conducted a head count and compared the result with the listed number of enrollees.…

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    House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas on Monday said lawmakers should not be issued tickets for traffic violations on their way to plenary session. “Bakit? Kasi kami ay representatives ng Filipino people. Nai-impeach si Presidente, magbobotahan kami sa committee whether he will be impeached or not (Why? Because we are representatives…

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    LISTED casual dining chain Max’s Group, Inc. announced on Monday it had partnered with an Abu Dhabi-based enterprise to construct seven Sizzlin’ Steak outlets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the next five years. “We are witnessing the emergence of Sizzlin’ Steak as a global mainstream brand. At the…

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    PROPERTY developer Sta. Lucia Land Inc. (SLI) announced on Monday that it planned to spend some P15 billion in the next three to five years to convert its acquired land into developments, with a focus on commercial and retail projects. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), the…

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    GMA Network’s regional arm GMA Regional (RTV) is targeting sales of P120 million this year with its strengthened news program in the southern Philippines. Oliver Victor Amoroso, vice president and head of GMA Network’s RTV Department, said the unit aims to hit P120 million local sales this year, 15 percent…

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    WASHINGTON: Two hurricanes slammed into the United States within two weeks, taking a bite out of economic growth, and adding to doubts about the potential for a third interest rate hike this year. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to leave interest rates untouched after the two-day policy meeting this…

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    HONG KONG: Asian markets posted healthy gains on Monday following another record finish on Wall Street, as the focus shifts to the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting later in the week. Investors will be closely watching the US central bank as its policymakers deal with the fallout from hurricanes Harvey and…

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    ZURICH: International markets have been buoyant in recent months as easy money policies won an additional reprieve, but a rise in so-called zombie firms shows a rise in interest rates could turn into a nightmare. In its latest quarterly economic report, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said Sunday that…

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    Navotas is set to open the first Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Outpatient Therapeutic Center (CMAM-OTC) in the National Capital Region with the signing of an agreement between the City Health Office, City Nutrition Office with barangay (village) chairmen and the Save the Children to establish the facility. The CMAM-OTC…

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    A BULLET reportedly fired by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) killed a 15-year-old student in Barangay Libertad, Cawayan town in Masbate on Saturday. The Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Battalion identified the victim as Vincent Pekiro, a resident of the village. No further details were mentioned in the…

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    TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija: Their love story redefines the Tagalog romantic novelty song “Isang Linggong Pag-ibig.” Sarah Concepcion, 22, and Johnel San Pedro, 23, admit they never expected their brief meeting in uncertain times to end up in romance. They used to live in fear daily since the government laid the…

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    SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: The Maguindanao Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) will hold an interfaith summit against violent religious extremism by October. The police and the military have expressed their commitment to help push forward a grand two-day interfaith summit in Maguindanao tentatively by the 2nd week of October. Among…

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    THE office of the Ombudsman has filed a graft case before the Sandiganbayan against former Surigao del Sur Rep. Peter Paul Jed Falcon and several others in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of P18.9-million worth of communication equipment in 2007. Accused along with Falcon are former mayor Roberto Luna…

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    BACOLOD CITY: Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) armed with hand grenades, high powered weapons and grenade launchers attacked and damaged 90 solar panels of the biggest solar farm in Southeast Asia located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental on Thursday night. Reports reaching Cadiz City Mayor Patrick Escalante…

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    NEW YORK: The United States may again close its embassy in Cuba, which reopened two years ago after a half-century standoff, following a series of mystery “health attacks” on its diplomats, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. At least 21 members of the US mission in Havana and a…

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    TOKYO: A powerful typhoon ripped through the Japanese archipelago on Monday, leaving two people dead and three others missing, officials and news reports said. Typhoon Talim made landfall Sunday in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, packing winds of up to 162 kilometers (105 miles) per hour, the…

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    TOKYO: Japanese premier Shinzo Abe is considering a snap election as early as next month, reports said Sunday, as he sees recovering public support with attention focused on tensions over North Korea. Abe floated the idea of holding a vote on October 22 or October 29 in meetings with senior…

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    YANGON: Myanmar’s army chief has urged the country to unite over the “issue” of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country, and which his troops are accused of systematically purging. The military says its “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine state are aimed at taking…

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    First of 2 parts WHAT are the chances the third world war will start in the northeast Asia-Pacific region in this decade? This is the question my international relations and journalism students at the Lyceum of the Philippines University very seriously asked me last weekend. The query is triggered by…

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    Today's Breaking News

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    MEXICO: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced plans Monday for an $840 million Mayan theme park on the Caribbean coast to rival the major theme parks in the United States. The park, dubbed Amikoo — or “friend” in the Mayan language — will have rides and characters based on Mayan…

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    UNITED NATIONS: A hopeful France set out at the United Nations Monday to persuade the United States to stay in the Paris climate agreement, as Donald Trump’s administration insisted it was not changing gears. Gary Cohn, the chief White House economic adviser, reiterated Trump’s opposition to the landmark accord as…

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    UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump on Monday warned that “bureaucracy” is holding the United Nations back, delivering a barbed first message to the world body he once derided as a talk shop. Kicking off a frantic week of diplomacy with a panel discussion on UN reform, Trump noted a…

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