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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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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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LOOK: Duterte at wedding of Bato dela Rosa’s daughter

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday attended the wedding of Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s daughter in Baguio City. The wedding of Marianne Kristel dela Rosa and 1st Lt. James Bennett Estoesta was held at the St. Ignatius Chapel at the Philippine Military Academy in Fort Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar. As seen…
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DOLE to limit deployment of petrochemists overseas

Published December 8, 2019, 6:16 PM By Leslie Ann Aquino Due to their reported shortage for employment in the local energy sector, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is eyeing to limit the deployment of petro chemists overseas. “We want to limit the deployment outside the country of workers under the energy sector, specifically…
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VP spox hails PH joining PISA despite low rank in reading

MANILA, Philippines — It was still a good decision for the Philippines to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) despite its students’ getting the lower ranking in reading comprehension compared to shoe in 79 other countries, Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo, said on Sunday. “At least, even if the…
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Indian rape victim dies in hospital after being set ablaze

By Reuters UNNAO, India – A 23-year-old rape victim set on fire by a gang of men, which included her alleged rapists, has died in a New Delhi hospital, prompting protests from opposition leaders who blamed the ruling party for failing to check incidents of violence against women. A relative of a 23-year-old rape victim,…
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Naughtiest sin? PM Johnson admits cycling on the pavement

By Reuters LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that the naughtiest thing he was prepared to admit to was breaking the law by cycling on the pavement. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the launch of a general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, Kent, Britain, December 6, 2019.…
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CHR condemns NPA’s use of children in armed conflict

By Chito Chavez  The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned to the highest degree the use of child soldiers by the new People’s Army (NPA) in its armed conflict against the government. Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN) Last 2 December 2019, NPA soldier Litboy Talja Binongcasan, 16, from Gingoog City was killed during…
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French PM says he is determined to complete pension reform

Published December 8, 2019, 6:01 PM By Reuters PARIS – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he is determined to see through his government’s planned pensions reform, but the leader of hardline union CGT said he will fight until the plan is withdrawn, the two men said in interviews published on Sunday. French Prime Minister…
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Houston police sergeant shot and killed; suspect in custody

Updated December 8, 2019, 5:59 PM By the Associated Press HOUSTON — A Houston police officer was shot and killed Saturday evening by a man who had been reported for assault, authorities said. Houston Police Department officers stand by the scene of a shooting in Houston on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. A Houston police officer…
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Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

Published December 8, 2019, 5:55 PM By the Associated Press TOKYO — The body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Family members and officials lay flowers at the coffin…
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Robredo reminds youth that choices they make will define them later in life

Published December 8, 2019, 5:52 PM By Raymund Antonio  While exhorting the youth to become a good leader, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo reminded them they are “defined by the choices” they make. Vice-President Leni Robredo (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Robredo, who is the leader of the opposition, said every choice…
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German minister urges more action against Russia on killing

Published December 8, 2019, 5:52 PM By the Associated Press BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister is calling for the government to turn up the pressure on Russia over a killing in Berlin that prosecutors say appears to have been ordered by Russian or Chechen authorities. In this Aug. 29, 2019 file photo people carry the…
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Korean Air’s seat sales in Clark rise to 71%

CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines — Korean Air (KE) has drawn more travelers to the Clark International Airport (CRK) since it mounted daily flights here on Oct. 27, an official said. KE has sold up to 71% of seats in its A330-300 aircraft, which can carry up to 276 passengers, according to Cheol Lee, KE Manila regional…
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Voter registration for May 2022 polls resumes on January

Published December 8, 2019, 5:43 PM By Leslie Ann Aquino  Those planning to register for the May 2022 polls may do so starting next year. Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez and Dir. Divina Blas-Perez of the Election and Barangay Affairs Department(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) This, as the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is eyeing to…
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Vietnam ‘acknowledged’ PH as lead in sea dispute – Locsin

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has been standing up to China “in the things that matter,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Sunday. “We stand up to China in the things that matter without fail and are acknowledged by Vietnam as the lead in the South China Sea disputes,” Locsin said in a…
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UK PM Johnson promises lower immigration if he wins election

Published December 8, 2019, 5:25 PM By Reuters LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised lower immigration if he wins power in an election on Thursday, but said he was not hostile to allowing foreigners to work and live in Britain overall. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during the launch of a general…
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