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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) reiterated its call to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons as it expressed “grave concern” over North Korea’s missile tests, saying these “seriously threaten peace and stability” in the region. In the chairman’s final statement on the recently concluded 31st Asean Summit…

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Sen. Leila de Lima is suspicious of the move of the Department of Justice to exclude former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos from the illegal drug trading case filed against her. The senator’s suspicion stemmed from the move of the prosecution to file an amended information dropping Ragos…

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FEARING a whitewash, a labor rights group and clean air advocates have sought the intercession of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on their complaints against five steel mills for alleged violation of labor and environmental laws. The Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions (PAFLU) and the Clean Air Philippines Movement,…

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PARIS: Scientists monitoring the Earth’s climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. Here is a summary of recent findings: 1.1 degrees Earth’s average surface…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Special Fifth Division has stood pat on its ruling that allowed former Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to post bail for the plunder complaint he is facing connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. In a resolution promulgated on November 10 but released only…

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The city of Manila has provided close to P400,000 in additional capital assistance to 38 Manileños who have been successful in their small businesses. “These micro and small businesses are the foundations of our nation’s economy. We at the city government are committed to assist and empower them to beat…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would issue a proclamation labeling communist rebels as terrorists as he reiterated that he no longer wanted to talk with the National Democratic Front and the Communist Party of the Philippines following a string of attacks by the New People’s Army on state…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) here on Monday reported eight cases of the dreaded Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease in four municipalities in the province. Medical doctor Florejean Albano of the PIHO said one JE case was traced from Barangay (village) Ibung in Villaverde town; one case…

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Risks, however, ‘are increasingly weighted to the downside’ – BMI Philippine economic growth is likely to stay strong over the next few years but downside risks appear to be rising, a Fitch Group unit said. “Although we remain positive on the Philippine economy over the medium term, underpinned by strong…

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Surprisingly strong third quarter growth results are expected to figure in stock market trading this week after initially being ignored by investors. “We had very positive GDP (gross domestic product) numbers come in and I think we are going to see a positive effect on the index in the following…

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THE general information sheets (GIS) are among the filings under the full disclosure rule that governs listed companies. They are submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). They contain data that public investors may find significant to guide…

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The Department of Energy (DoE) is moving toward adopting smart grid technology in the Philippines, which a top official of the agency said would be more beneficial and safer to use. “Giving attention to safety and the energy sector’s move toward the adoption of smart grid technologies will benefit both…

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LEGAZPI CITY: Police killed a fleeing gunman and wounded his companion after a failed ambush on the chairman of the controversial Albay Small Town Lottery operation and his female companion in front of a mall here. City police chief, Supt. Nilo Berdin, identified the fatality as Marlon Magsino, 39, of…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed criminal complaints before the Department of Justice against seven alleged delinquent taxpayers and businesses for violation of the Tax Code and use of fake tax certificates in violation of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) . Charged for violating Section 255 of the…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Second Division dismissed the two graft and malversation cases against former Surigao del Norte Gov. Robert Lyndon Barbers for “inordinate delay” by the Office of the Ombudsman in filing the cases in court. “Based on the foregoing, it is evident that the constitutional rights of the accused to…

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TARLAC CITY: About 900 Tarlaqueños, received the “gifts of hearing” from the US-based Starkey Hearing Foundation (SHF) during its two-day mission concluded on Wednesday. Held at the Central Luzon Doctors Hospital Educational Institution (CLDHEI) here, Starkey founders Bill and Tani Austin led their 32-member delegation from Minnesota, USA, in fitting…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) continued in many areas in Mindanao as the communist group launched more attacks after the collapse of peace talks with the Duterte administration. While the military offensives went on, NPA rebels abducted two policemen–Police Officer (PO)2 John Paul Doberte and…

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HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac: Authorities are preparing to file charges against a militant group leader in the light of the commemoration of the Hacienda Luisita massacre 13 years ago. Charges of malicious mischief, direct assault, serious disobedience and resistance to an agent of persons in authority are being readied by the…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States on Thursday (Friday in Manila) demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country’s main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy. Washington hit out after Cambodia’s Supreme Court—effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen—outlawed the Cambodia National…

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Pushing small children to the ground, force-feeding them spicy wasabi as a way of punishment… the physical abuses at a daycare center run by Shanghai-based online-travel company Ctrip for its employees enraged Chinese netizens after secret surveillance video footage of the abuse went viral last week. The teachers were detained…

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HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony Friday, making a defiant first public appearance since the military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign. Mugabe, 93, had been confined to house arrest after the military took over the country. But on Friday, he…

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden: European Union leaders warned British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday that the “clock is ticking” to make Brexit concessions and it is increasingly likely talks will fail to move on to the next phase in December. Britain’s impending split threatened to overshadow an EU summit in the…

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BERLIN: Tough talks to form Germany’s next government went into overtime Friday, putting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political future in the balance as failure to produce a deal could force snap elections. Merkel’s disputed liberal refugee policy that let in more than a million asylum seekers since 2015 came back to…

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BONN: UN negotiations on implementing the Paris climate change agreement wrap up Friday after two weeks of talks that were slowed down by the United States defending the use of fossil fuels. Envoys from nearly 200 countries, including delegates from Washington, gathered for the conference in Bonn to negotiate a…

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BEIJING: China said on Monday that Myanmar and Bangladesh have backed its plan to resolve a crisis that has caused more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi presented a “three-phase solution” during visits to Bangladesh last week and Myanmar this weekend.…

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AFTER four weeks of successive price hikes, oil companies will cut the prices of diesel, gasoline, and kerosene effective on Tuesday, November 21. Flying V and Seaoil said they would lower prices of diesel by 15 centavos per liter, gasoline by 50 centavos per liter, and kerosene by 35 centavos per…

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TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Monday that only President Rodrigo Duterte can ask him to resign, in response to the call of two lawmakers to step down amid the problems faced by the Metro Rail Transit-3. “Only the President can ask me to resign. Hindi lahat ng problema inaaddress ng resignation…

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The Spike ER missile system, which the Philippine Navy has acquired from Israel. PHOTO FROM OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS LTD.  THE Philippine Navy announced on Monday that it would mount its first missile system on three of its brand new multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) by Christmas time.…

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