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THE Facebook chat messages intercepted by the Manila police indicated that some members of the Aegis Juris had planned not to cooperate with any investigation on the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo 3rd. This information surfaced on Wednesday during the resumption of the Senate investigation on Castillo’s death.…

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First of a series NOW that Marawi City has been liberated, the government must launch a “very pro-active, relevant program to counter and prevent violent extremism,” according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “The battle for the liberation of Marawi is just the beginning of a continuing battle…

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The Supreme Court’s net satisfaction rating dropped to 31 percent in September, seven points down from June, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Wednesday. The third quarter poll, conducted on September 23 to 27, 2017, found that 50 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the High Court’s performance…

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Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, a vocal supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte on social media, has been appointed undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO). In a text message to The Manila Times, Acting Social Welfare Secretary Emmanuel Leyco confirmed Badoy’s appointment, saying the latter “is now…

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TWO days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the terrorist Maute group, the Education department has begun its rehabilitation assessment efforts to determine the extent of damage to school buildings. “We’re now conducting post-conflict needs assessment in Marawi City and in areas outside ground zero. We will…

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and several other agencies have signed the Inter-Agency Agreement on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Philippines. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales signed the agreement on Oct. 12 on behalf of the DFA. Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras…

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Mayor Herbert Bautista on Wednesday called on the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to be vigilant and not to ignore the possibility that extremists may also sow terror in Metro Manila. “Terrorism does not have a face. Hindi porke’t nawala si Maute, wala na ‘yan. We want our (police) to…

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Business

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WASHIN GTON: Claims for US jobless benefits fell to a 44-year low in early October as labor markets recovered from the damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, government data showed Thursday. The new figures pointed to strong October job creation as the data were collected during the survey week for…

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SYDNEY: The last car rolled off the production line of Australian automaker Holden on Friday, marking the demise of a national industry unable to stand up to global competition. The closure of the Elizabeth plant in South Australia is the end of an era for Holden, which first started in…

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN: German industrial conglomerate Siemens plans to slash thousands of jobs in its power and gas division hit by a drop in orders, a German magazine report said Thursday. The group intends to “close or sell” up to 11 of the unit’s 23 sites around the world, according…

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TOKYO: Like every day for the past 40 years, Kunihiko Kato dusts down the shelves at his electrical goods shop and meticulously lays out his selection of batteries. But the customers have long since gone as Japan’s economy languishes. “We used to sell a lot of TVs, but now…” tails…

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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said on Thursday that it guarantees the public congestion-free Manila ports as Christmas cargoes start to come in. Manila ports include the Terminal (MICT), the Manila South Harbor (MSH) and the Manila North Port (MNP). “As of the moment, the combined yard utilization at the…

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BRUNSWICK, Georgia: The Georgia Ports Authority increased its auto import capacity on Colonels Island by 50 percent in the past year, enabling companies to move 800,000 cars per year, authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Lynch delivered the news in his annual state of ports…

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Regions

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: The deaths of Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute mark the end of the Marawi siege and the beginning of the long process of healing and recovery among the people, according to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman. Hataman made the statement after Defense Secretary…

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The Department of Finance (DoF) said its anti-corruption unit Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) has been able to obtain orders imposing administrative sanctions on 20 erring employees and officials under its attached agencies. In a statement on Tuesday, the Finance department said these decisions were promulgated by the Office of…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: A delivery van of KCC Mall was burned in Malapatan, Sarangani, on Monday morning by suspected members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA). Chief Insp. Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for Police Region 12 based in General Santos City, said about five armed men flagged down the Mitsubishi…

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Forums on the legal and practical aspects of a move of President Rodrigo Duterte for a federal form of government will kick off in Lipa City, Batangas, today. The move for changing the form of government from the current presidential form of government to a federal form needs a Charter…

AMID CLAIM OF SUCCESS

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REGIONS CORRESPONDENTS THE two-day nationwide transport strike that started Monday hardly affected the areas that the transport coalition planned to paralyze, except in some parts of Central Luzon and Cagayan de Oro City where drivers claimed 90 percent success. The Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization (Stop…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday the surrender to Cotabato City police of a suspect in the Davao night market bombing in 2016. Senior Supt. Rolly Octavio, Cotabato City police director, said Mohammad Lalaog Chenikandiyil, one of the suspects in the incident, showed up at…

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ISCHIA, Italy: The threat of fresh attacks on the West by foreign fighters fleeing the fallen Islamic State stronghold of Raqa is set to dominate a G7 meeting of interior ministers in Italy. The two-day gathering, which kicks off Thursday on the Italian island of Ischia, comes just days after…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump was snarled in fresh controversy Wednesday after he was accused of being disrespectful to a US soldier slain in an ambush in Niger, as well as showing insensitivity to the grieving family. Trump moved quickly to dispute descriptions of his conversation with the pregnant…

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SEOUL: Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye’s corruption trial was put on hold on Thursday after her lawyers resigned to protest what they called biased proceedings. The defense team quit en masse on Monday, when Park condemned the trial as “political revenge,” after her detention warrant was extended for another…

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BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has “the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat…

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RAQQA, Syria: US-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered “caliphate.” The victory caps a battle of more than four months, hammering another nail in the coffin of the jihadist…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A US federal judge on Tuesday barred the White House from implementing yet another version of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was due to go into full effect. The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii—which the White House signaled…

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Today's Breaking News

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AFTER the deaths of the three top terrorist leaders and the rescue of 20 hostages from the Islamic State-linked Maute group this week in Marawi City, the military is now faced with the challenge of trying to determine the legitimacy of the “captives” under their custody. “We have to validate…

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SENATOR Antonio Trillanes 4th dismissed reports that he tried to convince US officials to dissuade President Donald Trump from visiting the Philippines in November. The opposition senator, in a statement on Friday, confirmed that he met with senior US government officials, including Sen. Marco Rubio. Trump will visit the Philippines in November…

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RESIDENTS of Marawi City cannot go back to their homes until these have been cleared of explosives and ammunitions left behind during the five-month war between government forces and the Maute terrorist group, a military spokesman said on Friday. “I would like to reiterate that we are not allowing any…

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THE policeman from Pasay City who beat a 12-year-old boy was relieved from service after he surrendered to authorities, Southern Police District (SPD) officials said on Friday. Senior Supt. Richard Saavedra, SPD Public Safety Battalion Commander, said P03 Ferdinand Dator voluntarily presented himself on Thursday and surrendered his firearms, Philippine…

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THE Philippines will not accept foreign aid with conditions because it will undermine its sovereignty, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Friday. Abella, in a news conference, affirmed Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s assertion that the country would not receive new grants from the 28-member European Union. “We are always open…

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