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MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said former chief justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) “should file appropriate charges if they believe that the increases in the income of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s family are ill-gotten wealth.”

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2,603 firearms confiscated under gun ban period THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) reported on Thursday that 2,603 firearms were confiscated from Jan. 13 to March...

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Pompeo to visit Manila Malacañang on Tuesday said US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is set to meet with President Rodrigo R. Duterte in...

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THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched on Wednesday its four-year technical-vocational program as its new director general, Isidro S. Lapeña, made his first official appearance as the agency’s head.

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New AFP chief to push for ‘community dialogues’ to address security threats NEWLY-APPOINTED Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant Benjamin R. Madrigal said...

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PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo yesterday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s statement last Wednesday that bishops in the country should be killed was “only for dramatic effect.”

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ACTING CHIEF Justice Antonio T. Carpio, despite his resolute position on the country’s rights over the West Philippine Sea, still has a chance of being appointed as next chief justice, according to the President’s spokesperson.

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SUPREME COURT (SC) Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza, a former longtime corporate lawyer, remains the richest magistrate for 2017 with a net worth of P261.08 million based on his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN), which was released yesterday by the SC.

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Oil companies are rolling back the prices of gasoline by P2.30 and diesel by P2.00 per liter in a price cut that has not been enjoyed by consumers in years. Kerosene prices will also be down by P1.85 per liter.

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OVERSEAS FILIPINO Workers (OFWs) are now expected to get easier access to benefits provided by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) through the newly-launched OFW e-CARD.

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Duterte still ‘open to reconciliation’ with Reds, says Panelo PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, despite the suspended peace talks with the country’s communist groups, is still...

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2 vessels from France commissioned for anti-smuggling THE GOVERNMENT has commissioned two fast patrol vessels from France on Monday, intended for anti-smuggling operations. Finance Secretary Carlos...

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Budget Secretary Ben E. Diokno led a Philippine delegation that met with representatives of the European Union in Manila on Tuesday for “better” understanding on various issues and expand trade relations.

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Chinese envoy ‘concerned’ over US naval exercises with Xi’s Manila visit MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said the People’s Republic of China “has expressed concern” about the...

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Senators propose tweaks to transport modernization program LAWMAKERS HAVE put forward proposed adjustments in the government’s public utility vehicles (PUV) modernization program, mainly in consideration...

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OFW group files misconduct, human trafficking complaints vs Bertiz MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL, an alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), filed complaints on Thursday before the House...

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THE FAMILY of nine alleged Dengvaxia victims have questioned the admission of the affidavit of Dr. Raymundo W. Lo, submitted for former Health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin, saying he is part of the team that purchased the controversial dengue vaccine.

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Smartmatic among bidders for voter verification project By Gillian M. Cortez THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced yesterday that SMMT-TIM 2016, Inc./Smartmatic International Holding BV (Smartmatic)...

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COA flags Supreme Court’s P48.7M unliquidated fund transfers By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporter THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has flagged the Supreme Court (SC) over P48.7...

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Palace confident Duterte can’t be ousted through ‘people power’ MALACAÑANG ON Monday told critics of President Rodrigo R. Duterte that they cannot overthrow him through...

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Anti-red tape ‘czar’ urgently needed, says Zubiri SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to promptly appoint an Anti-Red...

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Comelec mulls extension of voter registration THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) is reviewing a possible extension of the voter registration period the postponement of the...

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Candidacy filing for 2019 polls moved to Oct. 11-17 THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced on Wednesday that dates for the filing of certificate of...

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Onion prices should be at P55-P65/k this week AGRICULTURE SECRETARY Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Monday that prices of red and white onions are scheduled...

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THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) is preparing to launch a new global advertising campaign, in time for the Oct. 26 reopening of Boracay Island, which will be showcased as a more “environment-friendly” destination.

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Villar reiterates call for more farm schools, cites agri-tourism spots SENATOR CYNTHIA A. Villar has again stressed the need to establish more farm schools, including...

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Gov’t hauls in P8.8B worth of pirated, fake goods in H1 AUTHORITIES SEIZED P8.8 billion worth of pirated and counterfeit goods in the first half...

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A TRANSPORT group has filed a P5-million damage suit against Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Rep. Jericho Jonas B. Nograles for his actions that supposedly led to the suspension of Grab Philippines’ (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) P2 per minute charge.

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LTO targets to distribute license plates from 2013 backlog THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is working to finally distribute...

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Palace ‘happy’ Maza can now go back to NAPC work   NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commissioner Liza L. Maza can now come back to work after being cleared...

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Transport group pushes for ‘motorcycle taxi’ MULTI-SECTORAL advocacy group Transport Watch has called on regulators to classify “motorcycles taxis” as a Transport Network Vehicle Service...

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A REGIONAL court in Manila has declared former leftist Bayan Muna representative Saturnino “Satur” C. Ocampo, United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and two others as “non-parties” in a petition filed by the Justice department tagging the communist groups in the country as terrorists.

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Cabinet approves draft guidelines for localized peace talks THE DRAFT executive order (EO) on the localized peace talks with communist rebels was approved during the...

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MALACAÑANG on Monday said it is open to the suggestion of the People’s Republic of China to conduct joint military exercises and energy exploration with member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

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SENATOR ANTONIO F. Trillanes IV has joined the fray between former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano over the issue of transparency in the South China Sea issue.

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LP commemorates Cory’s role in restoring democracy ON THE 9th death anniversary of former President Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino, the Liberal Party (LP) commemorated her...

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NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza L. Maza, who faces an arrest warrant for a double murder charge, should surrender to authorities, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

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THE NEWLY-appointed Ombudsman has vowed to prioritize the “parking fees” flagged by one of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former counsels.

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DepEd chief worried as higher pay in gov’t schools pulling in teachers from private institutions DEPARTMENT OF Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones on Wednesday...

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Retiring Morales rallies media to OMBUDSMAN CONCHITA Carpio-Morales, in her farewell press conference Tuesday, advised her office and the media to collaborate in keeping watch...

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Robredo counters: OSG comment on voting threshold “has no basis” VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Lourdes “Leni” G. Robredo, through her chief legal counsel Romulo B. Macalintal, has...

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CoA says ex-Tourism chief Teo could face graft charges over TV deal THE COMMISSION on Audit flagged a possible “conflict of interest” among the Tulfo...

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Guevarra cites “personal confidence” in appointing new usecs, asec JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Wednesday explained it was a matter of trust and confidence...

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VP Robredo ready to head united opposition groups in 2019 polls VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Tuesday said she is ready to...

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Comelec pushes Congress to pass law to fix loophole in premature campaigning THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday, July 8, called on Congress to...