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GRAFT charges were filed against former officials of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) in connection with the alleged questionable agreement between the former and Manila Water Company, Inc. to establish a joint venture for the operation, management, and maintenance of Boracay Waterworks and Sewerage System (BWSS) facilities. Named respondents in…

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The Manila Cathedral is exhibiting the blood relic of Saint John Paul II for public veneration as an expression of respect for his dignity, wisdom and dedication. The exhibit that started on Saturday will end on Sunday. A “Mass for Life” presided by Fr. Joel Jason of the Archdiocesan Ministry…

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Sen. Leila de Lima has sought the creation of a multi-sectoral panel to consolidate nine laws in one “cohesive” election code. She filed Senate Bill 1796 creating the Election Recodification Committee, under the Commission on Elections (Comelec), to draft the new election code. De Lima said the 1987 Constitution introduced…

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Maria Lourdes Sereno remains as the Chief Justice pending her motion for reconsideration of a Supreme Court (SC) ruling that granted a quo warranto petition removing her from her post, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said on Friday. The JBC screens applicants for the post of the chief justice.…


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A solid and stronger Senate under the leadership of Vicente Sotto 3rdcan be expected because he is not part of the ruling PDP-Laban party, according to two senators. Sen. Nancy Binay said the Senate would be less politicized with Sotto heading the chamber because he could focus more on the…

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WINDSOR, United Kingdom: Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries his son, Prince Harry, palace officials said Friday as final preparations were under way on the eve of the royal wedding. The bride had initially hoped her father Thomas Markle would take on the role,…

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is exerting efforts in securing and patroling maritime territories of the country over China’s reported militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). The AFP, according to its spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo, has been conducting…

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My ten year stint as IMO Regional Coordinator and now continuing work in the maritime field through consultancy works have opened for me a good opportunity of visiting various Asian countries and engaging with maritime officials which allow me to constantly gain extensive knowledge and information on the different circumstances…

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Shipping is a multi-billion-dollar industry and undoubtedly an effective engine that spurs the growth of the global economy. The seaborne trade has been and will always be the channel for distributing goods and cargos, with the distance varying from one port to the next. Without adequate funding support, vessels will…

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FINANCE secretaries from the past four administrations, along with several of their former deputies, are calling for “urgent” and “timely” action on proposed tax reforms focused on lowering corporate taxes and modernizing fiscal incentives. Roberto de Ocampo, Salvador Enriquez, Margarito Teves, Alberto Romulo, Cesar Purisima, Jose Pardo and Jose Isidro…

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BEIJING: Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair…

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THE government should reconsider plans to limit corporate incentives and cap airline fares as these would unduly affect the aviation industry, the president and CEO of Philippines AirAsia, Inc. said. “’Wag na lang nila ituloy yung pinaplano nilang (They shouldn’t push through with plans for) Train (Tax Reform for Acceleration…

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THE stock market is expected to trade sideways this week over the lack of catalysts that could spur buying, analysts said over the weekend. Their views, however, were aired before Sunday’s announcement that the United States and China had agreed not to engage in a trade war – a concern…

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BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Motorists and commuters passing the national road in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) have expressed concern over the lack of a weighing scale to check on overloaded trucks resulting in accidents that cause monstrous traffic. On Friday, another truck overturned at the Carranglan section of AH (Asian Highway)…

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SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela: Residents, particularly members of the Dumagat tribe, have expressed concern over mining operations in Dinapigue town that reportedly caused fish kills in rivers, thus affecting their livelihood. Marcos Diunas, pastor of a small religious group, said a small-scale gold mining operation being conducted at Barangay Dimakawal in…

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial held a  ceremony here on Friday night to remember those who died of illnesses related to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). More than 1,500 advocates from Central Luzon who gave a tribute to victims of Human Immunodeficiency Virus–AIDS  (HIV–AIDS) gathered at the Bataan People’s Center…

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RETIRED police officer Rody Lico was killed while two were wounded after an unidentified gunman who pretended to be from a courier company shot him inside his house in Antipolo City, Rizal on Saturday morning. Lico was killed on the spot. His friends  Basilio Palanca and Antonio Salandra, sustained gunshot wounds but are…

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SIX coastal municipalities in Lanao del Sur —  Balabagan, Calanogan, Kapatagan, Malabang, Marogong and Picong — now have access to electricity. The Department of Energy (DoE) said the towns with 139 barangay  composed of 6,045 households, have been without power for the last six years. They joined the consumer base…

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HAVANA: Cuba begins two days of national mourning Saturday for victims of the crash of a state airways plane that killed all but three of its 110 passengers and crew. President Miguel Diaz-Canel said an investigation was under way into Friday’s crash of the nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737, leased to…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Scandal-tainted former Malaysian leader Najib Razak has been summoned to appear before the country’s anti-corruption authorities next week as part of an anti-graft investigations, state media has reported. Najib, 64, unexpectedly lost a May 9 election to a political coalition that had focused on allegations that he oversaw…

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LONDON: Prince Harry, who married US former actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, has been transformed in recent years from an angry young man into one of the British royal family’s greatest assets. The younger son of the heir to the throne Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales,…

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SEOUL: A North Korean military officer, accompanied by a civilian, defected to the South across the Yellow Sea on Saturday, a South Korean news report said, citing a government source. “A small boat was spotted in waters off the north of Baengnyeong Island” near the inter-Korean border, the source told…

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NEW YORK: A custom-made yellow guitar owned by Prince sold for $225,000 in New York on Friday, headlining a sale of jewelry, outfits and memorabilia from the late pop icon, Julien’s Auctions said. The yellow “Cloud” guitar, so named for its unique twisting body, also has Prince’s signature love symbols…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump attacked the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia as a “political hit job” on Monday, as a part of a mounting White House effort to paint the probe as politically motivated. In the latest salvo from Trump’s administration and his Republican Party,…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) chief Cesar Montano. This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in a text message sent to reporters. “Opo and accepted na (Yes and he has already accepted it),” Go said when asked…

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Cesar Montano has resigned as chief operating officer of the Tourism Promotions Board. “In faithful adherence to my duty as a public servant, I am respectfully tendering my resignation as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board, effective immediately,” Montano said in a letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte,…

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GENEVA: Taiwan launched a global appeal on Monday to be granted access to the World Health Organization’s main annual meeting, after tensions with China led to its exclusion for a second straight year. China sees self-governing democratic Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification and has used its clout…

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