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THE Philippines dropped nine notches in a worldwide poll of business competitiveness released by Swiss business school IMD on Wednesday. In the 2018 IMD World Competitiveness Rankings, which covers 63 countries, the Philippines went down to the 50th spot from 41st in the 2017 survey. “The reasons for such a…

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THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines (PHAPI) on Friday agreed to settle their dispute over billions in allegedly unpaid hospital claims. This was after Rustico Jimenez, president of PHAPI, warned that some hospitals might shut down because of the failure of PhilHealth to pay…

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Martial law in Mindanao will not be lifted yet by President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said on Thursday, as it challenged critics accusing government troops of alleged abuses to show proof or shut up. Speaking to reporters in Marawi City, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said it was unfair to accuse…

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More Filipinos are hopeful that their quality of life will improve within the next 12 months, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed. The poll conducted from March 23 to 27 with 1,200 respondents found 46 percent of Filipinos expecting their personal quality of life to improve in the next…


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TAMPA, Florida: As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The change could be particularly dire in Southeast Asia where rice is…

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SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go will be included in the list of senatorial candidates whom the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) would be supporting in case he decided to run for senator in 2019. This was announced on Thursday by Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd, who said…

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Benito Marohombsar, or “Abu Dar,” is the only remaining “significant figure” in the Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute group that attacked Marawi City last year, Armed Forces chief Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday. Galvez however said military intelligence had yet to validate if Marohombsar indeed succeeded Isnilon Hapilon as…

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Starting this week, this space will be filled with my musings on social media trends, threats, opportunities, and most importantly, my golden rants on people whose mundane selfies are captioned with the most pretentious quotes that have nothing to do with the imagery. Yes, this is my Facebook post wall…

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Live life the way it’s meant to be lived in the newest offering of New San Jose Builders, Inc., the Victoria Arts and Theater Tower. Developed as a prime residential condominium along Timog Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, the upcoming property pays homage to arts and culture and is the piece…

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The government is looking to raise money from small investors anew via a retail treasury bond (RTB) offering starting next week. “Please be advised that the Republic of the Philippines through the Bureau of the Treasury will issue peso-denominated three-year fixed rate retail treasury bonds in a minimum aggregate nominal…

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THE peso closed the week at another near 12-year low against the dollar, weighed down by geopolitical tensions and worries over a new US interest rate hike next month. The currency closed 15 centavos down at P52.70 to the dollar, its lowest since a P52.74:$1 finish on July 19, 2006.…

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Chinese companies remain upbeat about investing in the Philippines with a 30-man delegation recently in the country to scout for opportunities, the Board of Investments said on Friday. The Chinese delegation, led by Director Wang Kewen of the China Overseas Development Association (CODA), was said to be interested in the…

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When public transport, walking and cycling are able to satisfy people’s daily travel needs, there will be less reliance on private cars and motorcycles in urban areas. Cities will be more livable, the air will be cleaner, there will be much less traffic, roads will be safer and lifestyles will…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has dismissed the two falsification cases filed against dismissed Southern Leyte Gov. Damian Mercado for falsification of entries in a personal data sheet (PDS) and the Elective Local Official’s Profile Directory (ELOPD) in Data Capture Form (DCF). In a 10-page resolution promulgated on May 21, the…

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COTABATO CITY: The provincial government of Maguindanao has offered P250,000 per head as a reward to anyone who can give information leading to the arrest of the six inmates who bolted the Maguindanao Provincial Jail (MPJ) at Pedro Colina Hill before dawn on Thursday. Governor Esmael Toto Mangudadatu offered the bounty after learning…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Ammungan Festival, the grand annual founding anniversary celebration of this province, will wrap up today its week-long celebration focusing on the rich history and culture of its native sons. The festivities that started on May 21 commemorates the 179th founding anniversary of the province on May 24, which since 1985 has…

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The US Embassy in the Philippines and affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day, a US federal holiday. The embassy and affiliated offices will resume services on Tuesday, May 29.

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The Bureau of Customs (BoC) has foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country more than P36 million worth of fake cigarettes, agricultural products and used clothing from China. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena disclosed on Thursday that the hot goods that arrived at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on…

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TWENTY Vietnamese fishermen were apprehended off Mangsee Islands in Palawan and found with at least 54 sharks and stingrays in their vessels, according to the Western Command (WesCom). Captain Cheryl Tindog, WesCom spokesman, said on Wednesday that the Philippine Navy vessel PC-375 was conducting maritime patrol within the waters off…

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World

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing’s “continued militarization” of the South China Sea, an official said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), in the latest sign of US-China strains. China hit back at the decision, calling it…

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SEOUL: North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid” for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week. Trump is due to meet his North Korean…

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SAINT PETERSBURG: French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Saint Petersburg on Thursday to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, with the Iran nuclear deal as well as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine on the agenda. The trip is Macron’s first to Russia as president and follows a visit by German…

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BEIJING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang defended the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, with Li hinting that terminating the pact would complicate negotiations with North Korea. Merkel and Li showed a united front on Iran and free trade—two issues that have seen high-profile interventions by US…

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged Cambodians to practice safe sex amid a rise in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission. In an address in Kampong Speu province on Wednesday, Hun Sen said “AIDS [Acquired immune deficiency syndrome] seems to be rising a little bit.” He urged citizens to have…

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China’s missile-borne anti-interference antenna for its state-owned BeiDou Navigation Satellite System will be delivered to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) within the year, according to a defense technology firm spokesperson. Jin Zhongshu, deputy general manager of the Beijing Li Gong Navigation Technology Co, made the announcement in an interview with…

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THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has assured a group of private hospitals that it would settle its P7 billion to P9 billion in unpaid hospital claims. The state-run health insurance agency and the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines (PHAPI) signed a joint statement acknowledging the concern of PHAPI whose…

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A TAXI driver was shot dead in front of his house in Quezon City as he was drinking the night away with friends on Thursday, police said. In a report, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said the incident at the home of Mario Ferrer, 40, at Kalayaan Extension in…

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POPE Francis has appointed Most Reverend Jose Elmer Mangalinao as the new Bishop of Bayombong, Nueva Ecija. Mangalinao will be replacing Bishop Ramon Villena who retired in 2016. Mangalinao is the present Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen, Dagupan and has only served in the diocese for almost two years. He will…

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