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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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Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead

PLARIDEL, Bulacan, Philippines — A former vice mayor and an incumbent barangay chief of Pandi town were gunned down while inside a restaurant here on Sunday, police said. Maj. Joy Villanueva Placido, chief of the Pandi Municipal Police Station, said former Pandi Vice Mayor Oca Marquez and Barangay Chairman Mauro Capistrano of Bagbaguin were shot…
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8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — Eight persons, four of them minors, were rushed to a hospital on Sunday after they fell from a 20-meter hanging foot bridge while watching a fluvial parade in Sitio Camugao, Barangay 6, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Some cables of the 20-meter hanging foot bridge snapped at about 6:30 a.m.,…
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Government looks for safer homes for volcano residents

      TAGAYTAY — Officials said Sunday, January 19, the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting volcano lies, warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you.” Taal volcano has simmered with smaller ash ejections in recent days after erupting on…
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Fire destroys residential area in Quezon City

MANILA, Philippines — Fire hit a residential area on Don Pepe Street in Barangay Santo Domingo, Quezon City, according to a report from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). The fire, which started at around 5:30 p. m. and immediately reached the fifth alarm, spread rapidly as the houses were made of light materials. More…
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Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc called on devotees of the Santo Nio to take care of impoverished and downtrodden as tens of thousands of Aklanons still reeling from the devastation of Typhoon Ursula (internationally known as Phanfone) took to the streets of the capital town of Kalibo in Aklan in this…
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Ex-vice mayor, village chief shot dead in Bulacan

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — A former vice mayor and incumbent village chief of Pandi town in this province were gunned down by still unidentified armed men while in a restaurant in Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel on Sunday afternoon. Col. Emma Libunao, acting provincial director of Bulacan PNP identified the victims as Oscar “Oca” Marquez, 54,…
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PRO 11 welcomes Gamboa’s appointment

Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa DAVAO CITY — The Police Regional Office in Region 11 (PRO 11) hailed the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte appointing Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). “The appointment of Lt. Gen. Gamboa brings closure to any doubt about the current leadership…
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2 suspected drug pushers nabbed in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY — Anti-narcotics operatives nabbed on Saturday two alleged drug pushers in separate police drug stings in Sorsogon and Camarines Sur. The drug operations also netted 16 sachets of suspected shabu and two sachets containing suspected dried marijuana, Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson said. Yolanda Petero, 50, of Barangay Labao in Libmanan…
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Tax exemption for election honoraria of teachers pushed

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (File photo) MANILA — As the registration for the May 2022 polls opens on January 20, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is urgently calling for the passage of a bill that aims to grant tax exemption to the honoraria, transportation allowance, and other benefits of poll workers, especially public school teachers. Gatchalian’s proposed measure,…
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House vows passage of vital bills to support Duterte legacy

MANILA — The House of Representatives has reaffirmed its commitment to pass President Rodrigo Duterte’s priority measures to help sustain the administration’s legacy in providing the Filipinos a safe and comfortable life. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano made the statement on Sunday as Congress resumes its session this week. Cayetano said top-billing the priority list are…
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Baltazar goes for 20-20 in NBL debut to lift Pampanga over NE

MANILA — Justine Baltazar debuted in the National Basketball League with a huge statement, dropping a 20-20 in Pampanga’s 86-76 win over Nueva Ecija at the Muntinlupa Sports Center on Saturday night. The La Salle center put up 26 points and 23 rebounds to power the Delta to the huge win against the Bespren to…
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PEZA eyes 5-10% growth in investment pledges in 2020

Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Charito Plaza (PNA file photo by Pamela Mariz Geminiano) MANILA — Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza targets a 5 to 10-percent growth in investment pledges this year after the agency recorded a decline in approvals in 2019. Plaza said there are big-ticket projects that are applying…
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2 notorious drug pushers arrested in Aurora

ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUG DRIVE. The two alleged notorious drug pushers who were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Baler, Aurora on Sunday (Jan. 19, 2020).  The success of the operation was achieved through the intelligence buildup conducted by the operatives in the community. (Photo by Jason de Asis) BALER, Aurora — Two notorious drug pushers were…
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PRRD won’t attack Catholic Church sans basis

President Rodrigo R. Duterte MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte will not launch a series of tirades against the Catholic Church without any basis, Malacañang said on Sunday. In an interview with dzIQ, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it is no secret that Duterte has “personal” grievances against Catholic Church leaders. “‘Yun namang kaniyang pag-banat, palagi…
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Pangasinan town celebrates 15th Talong Festival

PINAKBET SA KAWA. Local folks of Villasis, Pangasinan, just like their fellow Pangasinenses and even Ilocanos, never get tired of pinakbet dish. As one of the highlights of the annual Talong Festival, the 21 barangays cooked their respective version of the dish in the Pinakbet sa Kawa event on Jan. 17, 2020. The cooking was…
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