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President Rodrigo Duterte has denied threatening to establish a revolutionary government, saying he was misquoted by the media. “[A] revolutionary [government]? Then we should have a revolution first. Until there is a revolution, that’s unlikely. I said, [it will happen] if things go out of control and the government is…

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Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. has rejected the government’s offer to maintain anew the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), which has been encountering nearly daily mishaps. Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said in an interview with GMA News that the government was instead looking for Sumitomo’s…

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CRIMINAL charges have been filed against one of the suspects in the rape and killing of a bank teller. Randy Oavenada, a truck driver, was charged with rape with homicide at the Pasig Regional Trial Court. The Pasig City Police later presented him to the media Pasig City Police Chief…

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Some 150 elementary and secondary teachers from 21 public schools in Navotas City have been trained on how to detect, prevent and manage child abuse and bullying online. The Capability-Building Seminar on Child Safeguarding and Online Safety that the teachers attended discussed various forms of child abuse, including cyberbullying. The…

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SEN. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Monday sought the passage of the bill that seeks to expand the coverage of the 20 percent student fare discount to include air, water and rail transport. Under Senate Bill 1597, such discounts will be effective throughout the year including weekends, summer breaks and…

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The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the order of the Office of the Ombudsman to sack Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in connection with his alleged ill-gotten wealth. In a four-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando of the Special 1st Division, the court dismissed the…

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VILLAR-LED Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. said on Tuesday it successfully priced $350 million worth of bonds due 2024 through its wholly-owned subsidiary VLL International, Inc. Vista Land said it would issue the $350 million bonds on November 28. Proceeds will be used to refinance its existing debt notes that…

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WASHINGTON: The US government filed suit Monday to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, setting up the biggest antitrust court clash in decades over the $85 billion tieup. The deal announced more than a year ago would merge vast content of Time Warner units like premium cable channel HBO and…

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WASHINGTON: US central bank chief Janet Yellen announced Monday she would leave the Federal Reserve in February once her successor as chair was sworn in. The decision comes less than three weeks after President Donald Trump broke with tradition to replace Yellen rather than name her for another four-year term.…

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PARIS: Goldman Sachs is looking at Frankfurt and Paris as bases for its European activities after Britain quits the EU, its chief executive said in a French newspaper interview published on Monday. Brexit is pushing us to decentralise our activities, Lloyd Blankfein told the daily Le Figaro, after already making…

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BRUSSELS: Germany’s political crisis threatens to paralyze the EU, experts warn, robbing it of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership just as it wrestles with Brexit negotiations and ambitious French proposals for far-reaching reforms. The collapse of Merkel’s efforts to form a ruling coalition in Berlin means Europe’s biggest economy faces months…

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HONG KONG: Tokyo’s Nikkei led a rally across Asian markets on Tuesday, boosted by a weaker yen while traders took heart from a healthy run on Wall Street, though German uncertainty kept pressure on the euro. While concerns about the chances for US tax reform continue to nag, optimism about…

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CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga: Two members of suspected gun-for-hire group “Arnold Balagtas Gang” were killed in a shootout with policemen at a check point in Candaba town on Sunday. Police Regional Office 3 Director, Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, identified the slain suspects alias “Umeng” and alias “Sonny,” both tagged in the…

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A man accused of acts of lasciviousness was accidentally killed after he allegedly grabbed the gun of his police escorts while on the way for medical examination in Pasig City on Sunday evening. Police identified the suspect as Paolo Nel Pabale, 31, of Buena compound, Cainta, Rizal. Police said Annaliza…

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TARLAC: Some 51 sugar farm workers and planters here be­nefited from the P500,000 worth of livelihood assistance given under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE). DoLE Regional Director Ana Dione, in a statement, said P20,000 worth of Kabuhayan Starter Kits were awarded to…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan renewed his call on the people and urged citizens to support government efforts in anti-terrorism campaign. Tan made the appeal following a security meeting at the Capitol in Patikul town attended by senior military officials, municipal mayors and representatives of various sectors in Sulu.…

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MORE than 1,000 tobacco farmers and their dependents from northern Luzon are undergoing livelihood training courses for alternative source of income. The National Tobacco Administration (NTA), through its livelihood assistance program, pre-selected a total of 1,100 trainees expected to complete the courses which started in batches this month until June…

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SAMAL, Bataan: Mayor Generosa de la Fuente appealed for understanding to commuters and residents here over the delay in the completion of Samal bridge due to structural problems. De la Fuente said Samal Bridge was one of 10 in Region 3 that Tokwing Construction Corp. was building under the government’s…

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YANGON: The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday hailed “extremely encouraging” talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya crisis, welcoming steps towards the repatriation of Muslims driven from Myanmar into Bangladesh. But her optimistic tone appeared sharply at odds with the realities on the ground in…

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SINGAPORE: In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a license fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000. But urban planners looking for solutions to gridlock may find the draconian measures hard to replicate in…

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JAKARTA: Indonesia’s parliament speaker has been charged in a major graft scandal thought to have cost the state $170 million, after a bizarre drama that involved a failed raid on his palatial estate. Setya Novanto, who has previously faced allegations of extortion, is among several politicians accused of taking kickbacks…

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HARARE: Robert Mugabe faced the threat of impeachment by his own party on Monday, after his shock insistence he still holds power in Zimbabwe despite a military takeover and a noon deadline to end his 37-year autocratic rule. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations…

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BAGHDAD: Iraq’s supreme court on Monday declared that September’s referendum on independence in the autonomous Kurdish areas in the north of the country was unconstitutional. A statement said the court “rendered a decision declaring unconstitutional the referendum held on September 25, 2017 in Iraqi Kurdistan… and canceling all the consequences…

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TOKYO: US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident in Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level…

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Nine Cabinet officials of former president Benigno Aquino 3rd are facing plunder over the allegedly anomalous Metro Rail Transit-3 contract with maintenance service provider, Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI). GATHERED BY EIREENE GOMEZ FROM OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT/GOVT WEBSITES THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) has filed a supplemental complaint before the Office…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is ready to let go of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade if he fails to address the almost daily malfunctions and breakdowns plaguing the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), Malacañang said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Harry Roque reiterated the President’s firm stance against incompetent government…

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NEW DELHI: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation by Indian police for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, a lawyer said Tuesday. The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before…

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MALACANANG vowed to hold responsible those behind the continuing problems at the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3). Palace spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) filed on Tuesday a plunder complaint against former Cabinet members in the Aquino administration, including then Transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya…

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SOCHI, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks on Wednesday with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in the conflict-torn country. The Kremlin said Monday’s (Tuesday in Manila) meeting in the Black Sea resort of…

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