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Malacañang has denounced China’s move to rename five undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) and has protested through the Philippine Embassy in Beijing. “We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in…

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The Makati city government wants more youth engagement in its ongoing campaign against illegal drugs. Mayor Abigail Binay urged the youth from the city’s schools and barangay (villages) to get involved in the “Pag-asa sa Makati” campaign, which is aimed at developing active youth advocates who will serve as the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte fired Social Security System (SSS) commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña because of his repeated requests for millions of pesos to fund media programs and for waging a “vilification” campaign against the agency’s executives, Malacañang disclosed on Saturday. In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. cited…

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Thousands gathered at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC) on Saturday to express support for the proposed shift to a federal system of government. Led by Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Administrator Raul Lambino, a coalition of multi-sectoral groups supporting federalism as well as delegates from local government units filled the…


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As part of his heightened crackdown on communist insurgency in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on offering monetary rewards to soldiers for killing New People’s Army (NPA) members, a Palace official said. In a television interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte was “serious” about the bounty…

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BAGUIO CITY: The leadership of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) expressed dismay over the cancellation of the procurement of 412 helicopters from Canada, saying the scrapped deal would hamper the military’s modernization efforts. Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr., commanding general of the PAF, however, clarified that the procurement will push…

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Manuel V. Pangilinan and former United States Ambassador to Manila John Negroponte announced an initiative to explore opportunities for Philippine and American companies to team up in the telecommunications construction, energy, agricultural and airplane-part sectors. “They reflect what the economy needs—principally, capital equipments, which, as of the moment, the country…

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The Social Security System (SSS) hopes to collect more than P5.3 billion in contributions from delinquent employers on the first year of its newest collection policy. In a statement on Monday, the state pension fund said it would issuing warrants of distraint, levy and garnishment (WDLG) against about 60,000 erring…

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One of my favorite stories on gratitude is about a king and a servant who went on a hunting trip one day. A wild animal attacked them and the servant killed it, but was unable to prevent the king from losing one finger. Furious about what happened, the king sent…

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STATE-RUN housing agency Pag-IBIG Fund announced a record P30.27 billion net income in 2017 on the back of all-time high home loan disbursements during the year. Pag-IBIG said gross income last year reached P43.33 billion driven by the strong demand for loans. It said home loans released amounted P65.1 billion,…

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GRAB Philippines on Tuesday said a report by American news company CNBC that Uber was preparing to sell its Southeast Asian division to Singapore’s Grab was just “rumor and speculation” as of now. “We currently do not have any comment on rumors and speculations regarding this issue,” Grab Philippines Government…

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THE stock market recovered from intra-day losses on Tuesday with the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) adding 0.14 percent or 12.48 points to end at 8,772.70. The broader All Shares, meanwhile, rose 0.13 percent or 6.59 points to end at 5,129.79. “The PSEi spent most of the day in…

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Soldiers conducting security patrol unearthed packed foods, medical supplies and rice in 67 big plastic containers buried in a remote village in Bukidnon, the military reported Thursday. Lt. Sancho Tomaquin, spokesman for the Army’s 88th Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Maramag town, said the buried items were found on…

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CAMP GEN MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal: A high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Quezon province, Miguela Piñero, was sentenced to a maximum of 42 years imprisonment for illegal possession of firearms and explosives by a regional trial court (RTC) judge. Piñero, alias “Ka Migs,” who was arrested in…

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ILIGAN CITY: After the fire that razed seven stores along Aguinaldo Street on February 7, a second fire destroyed a number of office complexes, including a private school on February 13 prompting an investigation by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Senior Fire…

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FORT LAUDERDALE, United States: A survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Sunday) over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, as several thousand rallied in Florida to demand urgent action on gun control. Three days after a troubled teen armed with…

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NEW YORK: A high-profile victim of a disgraced pedophile priest said Saturday he was glad to finally be able to tell his story as the Vatican’s top abuse investigator began a probe into an alleged cover-up in Chile. Pope Francis has come under fire for defending a bishop accused of…

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LA PAZ: In the end, Romeo the lonesome Bolivian frog found more love than he could have imagined. A campaign to raise $15,000 by Valentine’s Day to fund a search for Romeo’s Juliet before he croaks generated $25,000, an environmental group said. Romeo is the last known frog of his…

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REPORTS last week of China’s latest move on the Philippine Rise (aka Benham Rise), which was officially recognized by the UN as part of our continental shelf in 2012, revealed Beijing’s true intentions–and direction of its foreign policy—in relation to us—and Asean. The Philippine Rise is a plateau under the…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) vowed to investigate an attack involving Russian citizens on American-allied forces in Syria but stopped short of accusing Moscow of orchestrating the assault. Russia has acknowledged that five of its citizens were killed in a US-led coalition bombing…

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TEHRAN: All 66 passengers and crew were killed when an Iranian plane crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains on Sunday, an airline spokesman told state television. “After searches in the area, unfortunately we were informed that the plane crashed. Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident,”…

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PARIS: Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health. Researchers examining more than 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia in France found that well over half were either alcohol-related,…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he would again extend the tour of duty of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa. In his speech during the induction of the new board of directors of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Inc., Duterte said that he…

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