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Does US Senate Resolution 142 carry weight?
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EDITORIAL: Does US Senate Resolution 142 carry weight?

Does Resolution 142 passed by the US Senate (or S.Res. 142) carry weight? In Washington, maybe; but in Manila, especially under a maverick Chief Executive like Rodrigo R. Duterte, nada. The world knows that the Philippines gained its complete independence from America in 1946 through the “Tydings–McDuffie Act”, or the Philippine Independence Act, signed by…
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As 30th SEA Games nears, let us put aside politics and ‘We Win As One’
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As 30th SEA Games nears, let us put aside politics and ‘We Win As One’

The Philippines, it seems, has already lost in the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) even before Filipino athletes could compete. With politics again rearing its ugly head just days before the opening ceremonies on November 30, the Philippines already earned a “zero” scorecard as far as the 2019 SEAG theme is concerned—We Win As One! Clearly,…
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Just as local hog raisers weep, importers slip into our homes ASF-positive pork products
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Just as local hog raisers weep, importers slip into our homes ASF-positive pork products

With the confirmation that a meat processor has shipped pork products contaminated with the African Swine Fever (ASF), we can now understand why local government units (LGUs) in the Visayas and Mindanao have banned pork coming from Luzon. But what has become more glaring after this development is the need not just to thoroughly check…
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Socioeconomic cost more compelling reason to raise liquor taxes than revenue generation
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EDITORIAL: Socioeconomic cost more compelling reason to raise liquor taxes than revenue generation

When you buy beer, gin, whiskey or wine in the coming months and find them more expensive, it’s because you’re probably a wife-beater when you are drunk, you drink and drive, you turn violent after a drinking bout, or you have diseases caused by alcoholic drinks like liver cirrhosis that burden public health care. These…
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Death toll from Brazilian rainstorms rises to 53

RIO DE JANEIRO – The death toll caused by record rainfall in southeastern Brazil jumped to 53 Sunday and officials expressed alarm about continuing storms.     At least 44 people had died in the state of state of Minas Gerais and nine more in neighboring Espirito Santo, according to local disaster officials, who said…
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Arizona, California cases push US tally of new virus to 5

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday.     Two new cases were reported Sunday — one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Maricopa County,…
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France to repatriate citizens from Wuhan as virus spreads

PARIS – France’s government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus.   Those French citizens who want to leave Wuhan will be taken on a direct flight to France in the middle of the week, and then held…
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China ramps up defenses vs new virus

WUHAN, CHINA — China on Sunday expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain a viral contagion that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000, as the United States and France prepared to evacuate their citizens from a quarantined city at the outbreak’s epicenter. China has locked down the hard-hit province of Hubei in the country’s…
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China’s wildlife trade, consumption to bring more outbreaks, say experts

SHANGHAI — The animal-borne SARS virus 17 years ago was supposed to be a wake-up call about consuming wildlife as food, but scientists say China’s latest epidemic indicates that the practice remains widespread and a growing risk to human health. Like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which was traced to bats and civets, the virus…
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Koko Pimentel warns vs VFA termination

MANILA, Philippines — Take it easy. Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States due to the revocation of Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s visa might prompt Washington to cut its other military treaties with the Philippines. “My appeal…
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World-class Edgardo in CCP ‘Lucia’

Out of the blue, tenor Arthur Espiritu has become the most sought-after Filipino singer in the international opera circuit singing lead roles right and left. The first Filipino tenor to sing at the highly revered La Scala di Milan in Italy, Espiritu will sing his second Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on Jan. 31,…
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In Spanish-era Makati, Chinese of Manila celebrate, pay homage to San Nicolas Tolentino

In one of the first galleries of the Chinatown Museum at Megaworld’s Lucky Chinatown Mall in Manila is a computerized image of an elaborate Chinese pagoda used by the Chinese Catholic faithful in Binondo in honoring the Augustinian saint San Nicolas Tolentino. That kind of pagoda which was sourced from Jose Honorato Lozano’s famous 1847…
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‘Rak of Aegis’ rocks Binondo

Casts of the monumental and award-winning theater musical “Rak of Aegis” rocked the Metro Manila opening of this year’s National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) National Arts Month celebration at the Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila. The group composed of Shaira Opsimar, Joshua Bulot, Shiela Valderama, Loy Matinez, Vince Lim, Joan Co,…
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Dutch premier issues historic apology at Holocaust memorial

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized Sunday for the failure of officials in the Nazi-occupied country during World War II to do more to prevent the deportation and murder of just over 100,000 Jews. Rutte made the historic apology at the country’s annual Holocaust commemoration in Amsterdam that came on the eve of…
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Canadian patient with China virus showed symptoms on plane

TORONTO — Canadian officials said Sunday that they are tracking down airline passengers and others who were in close contact with the first person in the country detected with an emerging virus that originated in China. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said the man, who is in his 50’s, had mild symptoms…
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The adventure that’s the Philippines

Published January 27, 2020, 12:24 AM #ASKGOYO By ATTY. GREGORIO LARRAZABAL Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal By the time you’ll read this, I will have already driven to Iloilo from Manila, passing the provinces of Batangas, Mindoro, Aklan, and Capiz, and flown back to Manila to work today (Monday).  It will have been taken me about 18…
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A weekend of almost everything that flies

Published January 27, 2020, 12:20 AM BELOW THE LINE By AMBASSADOR JOSE ABETO ZAIDE It’s not just hot air. Ambassador José Abeto Zaide On its 23rd year, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) is coming later, but closer to the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite! Hold your horses! Isn’t that the…
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The Governor’s Report

Published January 27, 2020, 12:16 AM SPEAKING OUT By IGNACIO R. BUNYE Ignacio R. Bunye For the last 27 years, it has been the tradition of all  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governors (since Governor Gabriel Singson) to speak before the 1st General Assembly of the Rotary Club of Manila. This usually happens on the…
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Del Monte Pacific raises $130M from sale of shares in PH unit

Campos family-led food conglomerate Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) is raising US $130 million from the sale of a 13 percent stake in its Philippine business to Singapore-based consumer-focused fund manager SEA Diner Holdings Pte Ltd. After shelving the initial public offering (IPO) of Del Monte Philippines Inc. (DMPI) due to adverse market conditions in…
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Pope Francis’ new aide is priest who worked with street kids

Pope Francis has chosen a Uruguayan priest who has worked with street children to be one of his two personal secretaries. The Vatican said Sunday that Pope Francis has known Rev. Gonzalo Aemilius since 2006 when the pontiff was then-archbishop of Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina. A few days after Pope Francis was elected pontiff…
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Pope asks Catholics to say ‘Never Again’ to the Holocaust

Published January 26, 2020, 9:45 PM By Reuters Pope Francis on Sunday asked the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and say “Never Again”. The pope mentioned Monday’s anniversary during his weekly noon address…
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Intramuros admin calls on public to observe ‘responsible tourism’

Published January 26, 2020, 9:40 PM By Gabriela Baron The Intramuros Administration (IA) on Sunday urged the public to practice responsible tourism, especially in heritage sites, after a man was caught in a photo allegedly defecating on a larger flower pot at the Intramuros Wall. Intramuros Administration (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) IA added that it…
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Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

  BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Heiko Maas said in an article Sunday for the weekly Der Spiegel that German politicians must do more “but there is one thing they can’t do: replace solidarity in…
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16 ‘tired’ BIFF members surrender to Army in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Sixteen members of the Islamic State-linked Bangasamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered to military authorities in Maguindanao in the last two days, military officials said over the weekend. Twelve of the BIFF fighters surrendered Thursday in Sultan sa Barongis town, handing their firearms to Lt. Colonel Elmer Boongaling, 33rd Infantry Battalion…
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Pope Francis praises China’s efforts to contain coronavirus

Published January 26, 2020, 9:15 PM By Reuters Pope Francis praised China’s “great commitment” to contain the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday and said he was praying for the dead, the sick, and families of victims. Pope Francis greets the faithful during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, January 15, 2020. (Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS/FILE/MANILA…
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Lassa fever kills 29 in Nigeria

Published January 26, 2020, 9:11 PM By Agence France-Presse Nigerian health authorities have announced stepped-up emergency measures to tackle a rise in Lassa fever cases after 29 people died this month. “As at 24th of January 2020, 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths had been reported in 11 states,” the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control…
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Public anger grows over coronavirus in Thailand, with eight cases of the illness

The health minister in Thailand, the country with the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus, called an emergency meeting on Sunday with the transport and tourism ministries amid rising public discontent over the government’s handling of the illness. A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of a tourist…
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In one Wuhan hospital, long lines, fear and frustration

Published January 26, 2020, 9:05 PM By Agence France-Presse Overwhelmed staff, patients waiting for hours to see a doctor, people fending for themselves: Wuhan residents describe scenes of chaos from one swamped hospital struggling to cope with crowds who may be infected by the new coronavirus. Medical staff outside the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital, where…
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Anxious foreigners await rescue from China virus epicenter

Published January 26, 2020, 8:12 PM By Agence France-Presse Anxious foreigners in the locked-down city that spawned China’s deadly viral epidemic say they are stranded at home, running out of food and desperate to leave, as governments scrambled to draw up evacuation plans. A hotel employee takes the temperature of a man who just arrived…
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New China virus ‘not as powerful as SARS’: health official

Published January 26, 2020, 8:07 PM By Agence France-Presse A top Chinese health official said Sunday that a new deadly virus that has infected nearly 2,000 people and killed dozens in China is “not as powerful as SARS”. The new virus has sparked alarm amid a rising death toll and the discovery that it comes…
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Around 150 Filipinos still in Wuhan

      The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the consulate in Shanghai, China is already in touch with around 150 Filipinos in Wuhan City, ground zero of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. In a statement issued Sunday, January 26, the DFA said the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai has requested Filipino community…
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French carmaker to evacuate expats from virus-hit Chinese city

Published January 26, 2020, 7:48 PM By Agence France-Presse French carmaker PSA on Saturday said it would repatriate expat staff from Wuhan as fears grew that more cases of coronavirus would be found in France. Two of the three cases confirmed in France are being treated at Paris’s Bichat hospital (AFP / Alain JOCARD /…
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