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THE chief of the country’s main Muslim rebel group warned Tuesday that jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group, flush with looted guns and cash, could seize another Filipino city after the five-month siege of Marawi City last year. Murad Ebrahim has billed his Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which…

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THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday announced the passing away of Monetary Board member Valentin Araneta. He was 69. In a statement, the central bank said Araneta died on Wednesday. It did not disclose the cause of death. Araneta reportedly suffered a stroke in December last year. The…

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THE PHILIPPINES is among the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking 111th out of 180 surveyed in 2017, according to Transparency International, an anti-graft organization. The most corrupt is Somalia while the most transparent is New Zealand, Transparency International said on Wednesday as it presented its annual corruption perceptions…

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THE cost of traffic congestion in Metro Manila has ballooned, preliminary data from Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) showed. In his presentation during the 36th Joint Meeting of the Philippines and Japan Economic Cooperation Committees on Thursday, JICA Chief Representative Susumo Ito said the traffic cost of P2.4 million a…


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MORE than 5,000 overseas and local jobs are up for grabs in a job fair to be opened by the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday to mark the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA “People Power” revolt. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Thursday said an initial of 5,000…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he was just “invoking executive action” when he ordered a ban on Rappler’s reporters entering the entire Malacañang complex. Speaking to reporters in Sara, Iloilo, Duterte said his order was in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruling to revoke Rappler’s certificate…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Noel Felongco as the new chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP). Duterte signed Felongco’s appointment paper on February 1. Felongco, previously named Environment undersecretary, replaced Terry Ridon, who was fired by Duterte for supposedly going on junkets. Felongco served as president…

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Business

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AIRCRAFT manufacturer Airbus said on Thursday that its activities in the Philippines were expected to generate an asset value of $300 million annually by end-2018 from the current $60 million. The growth is attributed to the increasing orders from airlines in the country, particularly Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia Philippines. PAL…

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN: German auto giant BMW said Friday it plans to build an electric version of its compact Mini in China, in a possible joint venture with local partner Great Wall. The Munich-based group is in “advanced discussions” aimed at “a new joint venture in China”, it said in…

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Germany’s federal statistics authority on Friday revised down its reckoning of the country’s government budget surplus in 2017, but the overshoot remained at record levels. Inflows into federal, state and municipal coffers outweighed spending by 36.6 billion euros ($45.1 billion) in 2017, Destatis said in a statement.…

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LONDON: IAG, which owns British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, said Friday that full-year net profit gained only slightly, as restructuring costs offset benefits from the demise of smaller rivals. Profit after tax grew 3.6 percent to 2.0 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in 2017 from a year earlier, the owner…

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HONG KONG: Russian aluminium giant Rusal said on Friday the firm’s founder Oleg Deripaska would step down from his business empire as it prepares for a multi-billion-dollar “shoot-out” for ownership of the country’s biggest miner. Deripaska, who was among the first oligarchs to amass huge wealth in the years following…

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PARIS: Chinese conglomerate Fosun snapped up the ailing French fashion label Lanvin Thursday and promised to revive its fortunes. Lanvin, the oldest French luxury house still in existence, has been in turmoil since the shock sacking of popular designer Alber Elbaz two years ago. It sank into the red to…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: A total of 493 rookie policemen were warned by the director of the Police Regional Office of Region 12 (PRO-12) or Soccsksargen of prosecution to the full extent of the law once they violate the Code of Conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Chief Insp. Aldrin Gonzales, PRO-12…

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A crane that fell off along C-5 road that caused heavy traffic on Tuesday afternoon is an “isolated” case and the road is now back to normal operations, according to Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC), a concessionaire of the C5-Southlink Expressway. According to CIC, a bored piling machine of contractor FF…

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As part of the Civil Registration Month observance this February, Makati City is offering free certified copies of civil documents to its citizens from February 26 to 28. Under the “Rehistradong Pamilya, May Libreng Isang Kopya” program, Mayor Abigail Binay said the City Civil Registration Office will be issuing for…

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THE Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police arrested on Wednesday another communist New People’s Army (NPA) member in Lubuagan, Kalinga. Sabas Balcanao, alias “Solo” was arrested during the raid in Sitio (sub-village) Dugong in Barangay Lower Uma by the Army’s 50th Infantry Battalion (50IB) of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division (5ID)…

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LAOAG CITY: Effective next month, the “green fees” collected by the provincial government from tourists visiting the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Cape Bojeador lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte will be shared to the host municipality. Vice Gov. Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba confirmed on Tuesday following the approval of an ordinance…

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BACOLOD CITY: A junkshop owner filed a case against officials of Silay City government in Negros Occidental claiming that they won the bidding for the junk vehicles, waste materials and other items from by the city but the contract was awarded to another bidder. Court records show that Franklyn Junkshop…

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World

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The annual cost of cybercrime has hit $600 billion worldwide, fueled by growing sophistication of hackers and proliferation of criminal marketplaces and cryptocurrencies, researchers said Wednesday. A report by the security firm McAfee with the Center for Strategic and International Studies found theft of intellectual property represents about…

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JAKARTA: Eleven people are missing and 14 have been injured following a landslide Thursday that cascaded down the terraced slopes of a rice field on the Indonesian island of Java, officials said. The missing people, farmers tending their crops in Brebes distarict, Central Java, were buried under an avalanche of…

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MOSCOW: Moscow on Wednesday said it would be “very difficult” to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of trying to meddle in Russia’s internal affairs ahead of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Mike Pence and North Korean officials had planned to meet secretly during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but Pyongyang scrapped the talks after the US vice president denounced abuses from the “murderous regime,” US officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Pence did not interact with the North…

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DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte called on senators to expose Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s “sinister” motives. The feisty daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte made the call a day after she slammed Alvarez over remarks that he allegedly made against her newly formed regional party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). The HNP…

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SEOUL: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on Friday to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. “We’re very very excited to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, to cheer for Team USA and to reaffirm our…

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REP. Antonio Floirendo of Davao del Norte, who is facing graft charges over a land deal, posted bail, after a warrant of arrest was issued against him. A statement to reporters by a certain Gory Aquino said that Floirendo posted P30,000 bail on the same day of his arrest on…

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A CHANGE in Philippines sports has finally come after 14 years. Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) head Ricky Vargas is now the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president after besting long time president Jose Cojuangco Jr. in a POC court-ordered election on Friday at the Wack Wack Golf and Country…

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THE revocation of online news site Rappler’s license has yet to take effect pending a ruling on its appeal to the courts, thus it can still exist and even reincorporate, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairperson Teresita Herbosa said on Friday. Herbosa made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte barred Rappler on…

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