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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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Garage as a prerequisite to car ownership: Individual rights vs public order
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EDITORIAL: Garage as a prerequisite to car ownership: Individual rights vs public order

Two bills seeking to regulate the sale of motor vehicles—by requiring buyers to show unassailable proofs of ready garage or parking space—are now undergoing committee deliberations at the Senate. Senate Bill (SB) 368 authored by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and SB 679 authored by Sen. Bong Revilla are timely, with the road-clearing operations of the local government…
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More interventions for farmers affected by rice tariffication

Agriculture Secretary William Dar Reyes (PNA file photo) MANILA – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar on Tuesday assured more interventions would be given to farmers affected by the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL). To ensure the proper and efficient implementation of the RTL, Dar said the DA is committed to fast-track the…
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DOLE helps 18 Masbate workers get labor claims

RESOLVED. At least 18 workers of a manpower company receive on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019) their separation pay after their labor complaint was resolved through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program. SEnA is an administrative approach of the Department of Labor and Employment that provides speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure for all labor…
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Robredo sees grassroots rehab programs as key to fighting addiction

Vice President Leni Robredo continued to carry her advocacy of rehabilitation as a tack in reducing, if not ending, drug addiction, saying it was important that addicts reform where they live.   As part of a whirlwind of activities since she assumed her new role in the government’s anti-narcotics body, Robredo sat down with Interior…
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Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

TOKYO — An engineer at Toyota killed himself after being constantly ridiculed by his boss, authorities have ruled.   Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged on Tuesday. The company said it hopes to prevent further such cases and expressed condolences over the death.   The case came amid growing…
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Kidapawan LGU issues ultimatum on quake-damaged hotel’s teardown

Published November 19, 2019, 8:01 PM By Malu Cadelina Manar KIDAPAWAN CITY (Nov 19) – The Kidapawan city government granted the request of the management of Eva’s Hotel for another 15-day extension to find a contractor to demolish its damaged building, but also warned management they would take over the demolition if action is not…
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Ati school for living tradition needs more fund

SCHOOL FOR ATI. Delia Pauden (right) holds classes for Ati children in their School for Living Tradition (SLT) in Sitio Pantad, Barangay Igcalawagan, Tobias Fornier town. In an interview on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019), Pauden says she teaches traditional dance, language, and weaving industry to their younger generation. (Photo courtesy of Delia Pauden) SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA,…
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Suspension of rice importation to push inflation: Pernia

(PNA file photo)  MANILA — The country’s chief economist on Tuesday cautioned against the proposed suspension of rice importation by some sectors to address the issues faced by local farmers resulting from the tariffication law, saying this move can trigger inflation. “We will be back to where we were last year and the poor will suffer,”…
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Ambassador asks Duterte to ensure Korean tourists’ safety

    MANILA, Philippines—South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure the safety of Korean nationals visiting the Philippines. Han made the request during his Monday’s courtesy call on Duterte at Malacaang’s Music Room. “Yesterday when I met him [Duterte], I promised to bring two million tourists…
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44% on drugs watch list arrested in W. Visayas

ANTI-DRUGS DRIVE. Lt. Col. Joem Malong, spokesperson of Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO), says on Monday (Nov. 18, 2019) the region’s cops will work to bring to zero the number of personalities on the drug watch list. From Dec. 5, 2017 to Nov. 4, 2019, the PRO 6 arrested 1,554 out of the 3,481…
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'Hot meat' seized at Dumaguete City port

‘HOT MEAT’. Quarantine inspectors of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Negros Oriental seize some raw meat and meat by-products from a passenger who disembarked at the Dumaguete port from Tagbilaran, Bohol on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 19, 2019). Authorities have tightened watch against the possible entry of the African Swine Fever virus in the…
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BSP readies new reforms for 2020

BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier (PNA File Photo) MANILA — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is set to implement two new regulations targeted to further protect banks’ operational risks by 2020. In her speech during the Chamber of Thrift Banks (CTB) membership meeting in Makati City Tuesday, BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said they are…
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Scientist updates youth, stakeholders on climate concerns

CLIMATE FORUM. Dr. Thian Yew Gan and members of the panel entertain questions from the audience during the lecture on the multi-facet impacts of global warming at the University of the Philippines-Visayas, Iloilo City campus on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). Gan stressed that providing the youth the knowledge on the latest situation of the globe is…
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'Ramon' will continue to bring rains over most of Luzon

(Graphics taken from PAGASA website)  MANILA — Typhoon Ramon will continue to bring rains over most parts of Luzon, the weather bureau said Tuesday afternoon. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast stormy weather over Cagayan, Batanes, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, and Ilocos provinces. Occasional rains with gusty winds will prevail over the rest…
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‘SMART policing’ helps maintain peace and order in Boracay

NEW BORACAY POLICE CHIEF. Lt. Col. Jonathan Pablito, new Malay Municipal Police chief, says on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019) that CCTVs in the famous Boracay Island help in maintaining peace and order. He said 17 CCTVs are installed under the Secured, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence-Driven, Real-time, Technology or SMART Policing program of the Philippine National Police. (PNA file…
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