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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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Boy, 4, drowns in Negros river

Boy, 4, drowns in Negros river Gilbert Bayoran (The Philippine Star) – January 18, 2020 – 12:00am BACOLOD CITY, PHILIPPINES – A four-year-old boy has drowned in Malogo River in Barangay Nanca, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental. Members of the EB Magalona rescue team and Coast Guard personnel recovered the body of Jestoni Cabrillos on Thursday, Capt.…
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Batangas, Cavite voter registration postponed

Batangas, Cavite voter registration postponed Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – January 18, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Voter registration in Batangas and Cavite set on Jan. 20 will be suspended due to Taal Volcano’s continuing unrest. Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez said registration of voters in Makilala, North Cotabato was also suspended…
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19 women saved from 2 Makati sex dens

19 women saved from 2 Makati sex dens Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) – January 18, 2020 – 12:00am MAKATI, Philippines — Police rescued 19 Filipinas during raids on two alleged prostitution dens in Barangay Palanan, Makati City on Thursday night. The Makati police and the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Desk  first…
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Quezon City Chinatown to hold New Year festivities

Quezon City Chinatown to hold New Year festivities Janvic Mateo, Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) – January 18, 2020 – 12:00am QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government is eyeing to lure more tourists to visit its own Chinatown as it is set to hold a Chinese New Year celebration on Jan. 26. Ambassador…
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Manila, Pasig close roads for Sto. Niño parades

Manila, Pasig close roads for Sto. Niño parades MANILA, Philippines — Some roads in Manila and Pasig will be closed to traffic for parades marking the celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Niño this weekend. In yesterday’s advisory, the Manila Police District’s Traffic Enforcement Unit said the Lakbayaw Festival will be held at 8…
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Philippine's Taal volcano still 'life threatening' despite lull

An erupting Taal volcano in the Philippines remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, according to an official who advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone. Maria Antonia Bornas, an official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said on Friday that continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of…
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Ginebra regains PBA Gov’s Cup title with Game 5 rout of Meralco

MANILA — Ginebra is back as the PBA Governors’ Cup champion. The league’s perennial crowd darling got back the pennant in the season-ending conference with a 105-93 rout of Meralco in Game 5 of the finals in front of 15,146 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Friday night. The Barangay turned…
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Philippines volcanic eruption poses further threats

In the Philippines, an erupting volcano is still threatening lives despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors. Government officials have been travelling by helicopter to monitor the volcano’s crater. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Batangas province. Read More: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/philippines-volcanic-eruption-poses-threats-200117131112223.html Photo Credit: Aljazeera
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Pasig gov't works overtime to renew permits of late applicants

WORKING OVERTIME. Government employees are working overtime to accommodate the volume of people seeking business renewals before the deadline on January 20. Arvin Alejandria (in photo) said they are open until 11 p.m. since January 16. (PNA photo by Christine Cudis) MANILA — Government employees are working overtime to accommodate the huge volume of people…
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699 Zambo police personnel found 'obese'

SLIM DOWN, FIRM UP. Personnel of the Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) undergo a Body Mass Index evaluation at the regional headquarters in Zamboanga City on Thursday (Jan. 16, 2020). Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, PRO-9 director, said 699 policemen were found to be obese. (Photo courtesy of PRO-9 Public Information Office)  ZAMBOANGA CITY —…
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DENR vows ‘drastic’ change in Manila Bay

MANILA BAY REHAB. Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda assures the public that the national government will carry out all efforts to rehabilitate the heavily-polluted Manila Bay. Antiporda made the promise during the launch of the “Duterte Legacy” campaign at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Friday (Jan. 17, 2020). (PNA photo by Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos)…
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Informal settlers in Dumaguete village warned of eviction

FIRE-PRONE. A part of Looc village in Dumaguete City that was razed by fire on Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2020). Looc barangay chairman Angelita Ragay said informal settlers in the village have not been adhering to safety policies, making the area prone to fire incidents. (Photo by Judy F. Partlow) DUMAGUETE CITY – The chief of…
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Soccsksargen team refutes MPBL game fixing raps

MANILA — Officials and players of the Soccsksargen Marlins basketball team on Friday belied the charges of game-fixing at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball Association (MBPL).  A total of 17 respondents filed their respective counter-affidavits before Assistant State Prosecutor Kristhine Salumbides to refute the allegations in the complaint filed by MBPL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.  Salumbides has been…
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Pork sale in 4 Bataan towns declines due to ASF

Hogs in a backyard piggery (PNA file photo)  DINALUPIHAN, Bataan — Sale of hog meat in four municipalities in this province went down due to the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in two of the towns, meat vendors said on Friday. Laboratory tests on Wednesday showed that the virus was present in some piggeries…
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Manila Archdiocese churches accept donations for Taal victims

DONATIONS. The Archdiocese of Manila urges the Catholic faithful to give donations for residents affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano. Such donation includes water, easy-to-open canned goods, bread, toiletries, used clothes, sleeping mats or mattresses/bed bags, among others. (PNA photo by Joey Razon)  MANILA — Catholic faithful may bring their in-kind donations for the people affected…
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