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Duterte: Extension of military rule in Mindanao will depend on AFP, PNP SEN. Joseph Victor Ejercito on Saturday backed the extension of martial law in Mindanao, saying the military should rid the region of loose firearms as well as private armies. Ejercito was in Marawi City to assess the extent…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that the New People’s Army (NPA) is a terrorist group is being supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), its spokesman said. “We totally agree with the Commander in Chief in calling the NPA [as] terrorists] because it is clearly reflected in the numerous…

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CHILEANS residing abroad were able to cast their votes for the presidential election Sunday, a first in Chile’s more than 200-year-old history as a republic. Fernanda Vila, consul of Chile in Manila, said more than 100 Chilean nationals were staying in the Philippines and a number of them were qualified…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte needs to seek once again the approval of Congress if he wants to extend martial law in Mindanao, which will end on December 31, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Sunday. Drilon said the Constitution requires that a request for extension of martial law must be formally…

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‘WE HAVE ONLY ONE REPUBLIC’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will not allow the creation of a regional armed and police forces under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) calling for greater autonomy in Muslim Mindanao. Duterte said his commitment was only for the establishment of a federal system of government. “What I can really assure you…

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The House of Representatives’ good government and public accountability committee is eyeing an investigation into the alleged profiteering by senior executives in a stock trading scandal at the Social Security System (SSS). “If the resolution filed by Congressman Carlos Zarate is referred to the committee, then we are duty-bound to…

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THE Supreme Court has released the guidelines for oral arguments on the consolidated petitions against the government’s war on drugs and police “Tokhang” or “knock-and-plead” operations. Based on a five-page advisory obtained by The Manila Times, the court en banc will give petitioners and the government the opportunity to defend…

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PARIS: Apple has reached its first agreement with a major French bank on Apple Pay, as Societe Generale said Monday it would offer its clients the chance to use the smartphone payment system. In a brief statement, Societe Generale said it would in future offer Apple Pay to its clients,…

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Vertical gardens can brighten up a bare space, cleanse the air, generate chi or life force energy in a certain area of your home and make great conversation pieces. They are living canvasses that allow you to mix and match your plants with minimal amount of space. Vertical Gardens started…

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Metro Manila is one of the largest cities in the world. As our city continues to grow, we will be encountering new challenges that none of us has faced before. While it is true that we continue to tackle problems, such as housing and transportation that we have been facing…

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The secondary market continues to rise up and is expected to reach up to 7,500 units before the year ends. In addition, experts expect the number of residential dwellings to grow by at least three percent in 2018, considering the consistency of household formation. More than 1,900 units have already…

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Norwegian paint company Jotun formally opened its newest manufacturing plant in the Philippines last November 6. The P1.5 billion facility is built on a seven-hectare property in the Light Industry and Science Park III in Santo Tomas, Batangas. The new facility strengthens Jotun’s 30-year presence in the Philippines. The company…

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Axor, the pioneer in developing stylish and state-of-the-art main pieces and accessories for luxury bathrooms and kitchens, continues to flourish with designs that seem to never run dry. Axor has created various collections of classy showers, tubs, taps, plus other bath and kitchen necessities. The brand’s stylish approach to innovation…

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LAOAC, Pangasinan: The son of a former mayor here who allegedly masterminded the killing of a policeman and wounding of his companion in San Carlos City and listed as the top drug dealer in Pangasinan’s 5th District was arrested on Sunday. Police Provincial Director, Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver-Lee, identified the…

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THE provincial government of Batangas approved a P200-million budget to turn into a livelihood and commercial hub the Batangas Port Livelihood Center (BPLC) which has been considered a white elephant project for over 10 years. According to Senior Board Member Rowena Africa, the provincial board passed a resolution authorizing Batangas…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military presented on Monday the five kidnapped Filipino fishing crew recovered by soldiers at a remote village in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu. Officials said the fishermen – Vergel Arquino, from Davao City; Jushua Ybanez; Emo Fausto; Junald Minalang and Spriano Sordid, all from Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur…

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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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ATHENS: Greece’s government on Monday announced relief measures for areas hit by flooding as the death toll rose to 20 with two more people missing. “All households [confirmed to] have sustained damage will receive an emergency benefit of 5,000 euros [$6,000],” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a statement. The…

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BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a last push Sunday (Monday in Manila) to forge a government, in a twin battle to save her political future and avert fresh elections that could destabilise Germany and Europe. Elections in September had left the veteran leader without a majority and weakened as…

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RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday. The surprise American move and Palestinian backlash came as US President Donald Trump seeks bargaining chips…

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BRUSSELS: An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday (Sunday in Manila) that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara’s commitment to democracy and human rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had led calls for a cut to the funds, which are linked to Turkey’s stalled bid to join…

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THE 31st Asean Summit meetings ended last week and so did the respective bilateral meetings that the 10 heads of state and government had with Asean’s dialogue partners—the European Union, India, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Russia and China. All the official statements from the meetings…

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SHANGHAI: A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said Saturday, stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities. Song Tao is visiting on behalf of President Xi Jinping, ostensibly to brief the North’s officials on…

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AN owner of a spa and massage facility and six employees were arrested for alleged prostitution, the Makati City police said in a statement on Wednesday. John Martin Sansalian Ibe, 30, a resident of Pagsanjan, Laguna, a businessman and alleged owner of the spa; and his massage attendants Lester dela Cruz,…

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A FORMER labor official asked Secretary Silvestre H. Bello 3rd to name officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) who allegedly profited from corrupt activities involving the issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs). Nicon F. Fameronag, then labor undersecretary and now president of the Lilac Center for Public…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has had enough of the communists’ “double-talk” and the criminal acts being perpetrated by its armed wing, the New People’s Army, against civilians, the Department of National Defense (DND) said on Wednesday. “The President has had enough of the communist movement’s penchant for double-talk and continued acts of…

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Robert Mugabe shocked Zimbabwe and the world when he resigned as president on Tuesday, ending his 37-year grip on power. It also plunged the nation into uncertainty, raising institutional questions over succession although the military will likely retain power for now. Speaking to Agence France-Presse, Derek Matyszak, an analyst at…

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