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Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Masbate

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Published November 23, 2019, 12:04 PM

By MB Online

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck Limbuhan, Masbate at 11:04 a.m. Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

(PHIVOLCS)

The earthquake was tectonic in origin and its epicenter traced 5 kilometers northwest of Pio V. Corpuz Limbuha, Masbate with a depth of 2 kilometers.

Intensity I was felt in Legazpi City; Masbate City

PHIVOLCS said the quake was not expected to cause any damage to property nor aftershocks.

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DepEd on Tulfo issue with teacher: There is a proper forum for such matters

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MANILA, Philippines — There is a proper forum to discuss and resolve issues between teachers and students, the Department of Education said Saturday, in reaction to how journalist Raffy Tulfo pressured a teacher to quit her job.

 

“There is proper forum to discuss issues that will resolveand improve these said concerns,” the DepEd said in a statement released Saturday.

 

Tulfo reaped the ire of netizens as he pressured a teacher, who was accused of humiliating a student, to willingly have her license revoked.

 

“We need cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain trust, respect, and dignity of all learners, teachers, and admin…

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JBC to stop accepting application for SC seat on Monday

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:55 AM

By Jeffrey Damicog

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to stop accepting applications this Monday (Nov. 25) applications for a vacant seat at the Supreme Court (SC).

(MANILA BULLETIN)

The JBC announced that interested applicants have until 4:30 p.m. on Monday to submit their letter of intent and two sets of documentary requirements.

“Incomplete applications and/ or out-of-date documentary requirements and those submitted beyond the deadline shall not be given due course,” the JBC had reminded.

On the other hand, incumbent magistrates and those who applied for a seat at the SC before “to verify from the JBC not later than a week before their selected schedule whether the documents they earlier submitted are still compliant with the

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Quezon village chief nabbed in drug raid

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LUCENA CITY — A barangay captain, who is a suspected drug user in Gumaca town in Quezon province, was arrested in a police operation early Saturday.

The Gumaca police reported that anti-illegal drugs operatives armed with a search warrant swooped down on the house of Peter Vermont Noscal, 39, chairman of Barangay San Diego Poblacion at 3:15 a.m.

The raiders reportedly found four plastic sachets of “shabu” (crystal meth) worth P2,775 in the street market, and drug-sniffing paraphernalia.

“The police operation was conducted on the basis of validated reports from the community particularly the illegal drug activities of the suspect,” said the police report.

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Pope Francis carries anti-nuclear message to Japan

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Updated November 23, 2019, 11:45 AM

By Agence France-Presse 

Pope Francis arrives in Japan on Saturday, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack.

The 82-year-old Argentine is fulfilling a long-cherished ambition to preach in Japan, where years ago he hoped to be a missionary. (AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / MANILA BULLETIN)

The 82-year-old Argentine is fulfilling a long-cherished ambition to preach in Japan, where years ago he hoped to be a missionary.

His four-day trip will take in visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, cities forever associated with the nuclear bombs dropped on them at the end of World War II, killing at least 74,000 people and 140,000 people respectively.

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Budget for defense spending should be equivalent to 2% of GDP – House leaders

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:43 AM

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Leaders of the House of Representatives on Saturday expressed full support to a joint resolution urging Congress to allocate a budget for defense spending that would be equivalent to two percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

(EPA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon and Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. rallied behind the House Joint Resolution No. 23, authored by Magdalo Para sa Pilipino partylist Rep. Manuel Cabochan III.

“I am in agreement with the concept of a higher budget appropriation for the defense of the country, particularly in external defense. With the internal security issues being managed with current resources, the focus on leveling up our defense capability to ideal levels covering our air

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Sandiganbayan grants motion of ex-Iloilo congressman

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:40 AM

By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has granted the motion of former Iloilo 5th District Rep. Rolex Suplico to submit original documents for examination by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for charge in relation to his alleged involvement in a priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam back in 2007.

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He was accused of violating Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, due to the reportedly irregular implementation of the livelihood and development projects worth P15 million for the 5th District of Iloilo, which came from the PDAF of Suplico for the year 2007.

From that amount, P14.7 million was allegedly transferred to the non-government organization Aaron Foundation

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DILG underscores need to place control, supervision of all prov’l jails under BJMP

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:37 AM

By Chito Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) stressed that placing all provincial jails under the control and supervision of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) was “needed and timely’’.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año made this assessment as the department gave full support to a bill authored by Senator Ronaldo Dela Rosa, which seeks to transfer control and supervision of all provincial and sub-provincial jails from the provincial government to the BJMP.

“It’s just logical that all provincial jails in the country be integrated under BJMP as this will prompt a more standard implementation of policies for our jails,” said Año.

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Putin to address Russia’s crisis-hit ruling party

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:37 AM

By Agence France-Presse 

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is set Saturday to address a United Russia convention as the ruling party struggles to overcome a crisis amid the public’s growing desire for change.

The START nuclear arms treaty expires in 2021 (AFP Photo/Alexey NIKOLSKY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

United Russia, which was established in 2001 and turns 18 next weekend, has been a legislative powerhouse, enjoying a constitutional majority in parliament’s lower house since 2007.

In recent years its popularity has floundered amid mounting economic troubles and unpopular government decisions and its current rating hover just above a record low of 32 percent.

Taking the brunt of criticism for recent reforms like an increase to the state pension age, the

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Sarah exits PAR as a low-pressure area

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MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Sarah exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is now a low-pressure area, the state weather bureau said Saturday.

In its 11 a.m. weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the LPA was last spotted at 635 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes.

The LPA was also spotted moving slowly, Pagasa added.

 

While Sarah exited the PAR, Pagasa earlier said that some Luzon provinces will havecloudy skies with a chance of raindue to the northeast monsoon or “amihan.”

 
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Sandiganbayan affirms conviction of ex-PADC manager, but modifies sentence

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:34 AM

By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Sandiganbayan Special Sixth Division has affirmed its decision convicting former Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) department manager Antonio Suba for his failure to render an accounting of his cash advances, but also decided to modify his sentence.

Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN)

On July 31, Suba was found guilty of violating Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code, otherwise known as Failure of Accountable Officer to Render Account, and had been sentenced to suffer the penalty of imprisonment for four months and one day of arresto mayor.

This was for his failure to render accounts totalling to P132,978.68, which represented his cash advances for air fare, hotel accommodation, per diems, and pre-travel expenses to Beijing, China

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Pope Francis to pay tribute to Japan’s ‘Hidden Christians’

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:32 AM

By Agence France-Presse 

When Pope Francis visits the Japanese city of Nagasaki, he will pay tribute to a sometimes forgotten population of so-called “hidden Christians” who clung to their faith for centuries despite brutal persecution.

Pope Francis addresses reporters aboard the plane bringing him back following a two-day trip to Morocco on March 31, 2019. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / POOL / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The story of the Japanese converted by visiting European missionaries was brought to the big screen in 2016 by director Martin Scorsese, in an adaptation of the novel “Silence”.

But the pope’s visit is likely to bring further attention to a group of Christians who developed a unique, blended faith that contains

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Petition vs former VP Binay dismissed by SC

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:30 AM

By Jeffrey Damicog

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed as “moot and academic” the petition which sought the removal of former Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr. as president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP).

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The SC has issued a resolution which ruled to dismiss the petition filed by lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III considering Binay is no longer vice president.

“Without delving on the issues raised and in view of the expiration of Binay’s term as Vice President of the Philippines on June 30, 2016, the Court resolves to dismiss the petition for being moot and academic,” ruled the high tribunal.

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Robredo set to submit 3rd report as ICAD co-chair to Duterte

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:30 AM

By Raymund Antonio

Aware that her job as anti-drug czar is limited to policy-making, Vice President Leni Robredo said she would submit her third report about her recommendations to improve the anti-drug campaign to President Rodrigo Duterte.

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In a media interview in Quezon City, Robredo told reporters her third report was under way after she already submitted her first two reports to Duterte as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“Nakadalawa na, and before…siguro by Monday or Tuesday, pangatlo (I already submitted two, and before…maybe by Monday or Tuesday, it will be the third),” she said.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Robredo to co-chair ICAD with Philippine Drug Enforcement

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Trump heads passionate debate on vaping, leaves issue unsettled

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:28 AM

By Agence France-Presse 

President Donald Trump said Friday he was “here to listen” at a lively White House debate on the “very complex subject” of vaping and the impact of kid-friendly e-cigarette flavors on American youth.

US President Donald Trump led an energetic, sometimes contentious debate about vaping at a White House roundtable. (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

After announcing he was considering a ban on flavored vaping products in September, Trump has eased off at least temporarily, conceding to a vigorous lobbying campaign by the tobacco and e-cigarette industries.

Ten days ago he called for talks where industry representatives and medical professionals could reach an acceptable solution to the vaping “dilemma,” as the practice comes under increasing scrutiny following a

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Raffy Tulfo draws netizens’ ire for pressuring teacher to quit job

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MANILA, Philippines — Broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo earned the ire of netizens after he pressured a teacher, who was complained of humiliating a student, to quit her job.

In an episode of Tulfo’s radio show “Raffy Tulfo in Action” first aired Monday, a grandmother came forward to the journalist, saying that her grandchild was humiliated by the teacher for failing to bring his report card.

Aside from this, the grandmother said that her grandchild suffered physical abuse from the teacher.

The child’s parents, who were also on the show, said they wish that the teacher be stripped of her professional license.

Tulfo then gave the teacher two options: agree to have her lice…

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P5-million halfway house for ex-rebels to rise in Sorsogon

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:26 AM

By Martin Sadongdong

A halfway house worth P5 million is set to be constructed in Sorsogon province to “correct” the behavior of former rebels who have surrendered to authorities, the military disclosed on Saturday.

A halfway house is an institution that allows people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, or those with criminal backgrounds, to learn or relearn the necessary skills to re-integrate themselves into society.

Major General Fernando Trinidad, commander of Joint Task Force Bicolandia, witnessed the turnover of a check in the amount of P5 million, and groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Happy Home Project in Barangay Cogon, Juban town. The event was spearheaded by Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero.

The ceremony marked the start of the construction

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Syria’s ‘camps metalsmith’ welds shelter for displaced

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:26 AM

By Agence France-Presse 

Crouched between olive trees in northwest Syria, Jumaa al-Mustayf cuts long metal tubes with an electric saw to make tent frames for families displaced by war.

Jumaa al-Mustayf welds metal pipes for another tent frame (AFP / Aaref WATAD / MANILA BULLETIN)

With winter approaching in Idlib province, the man nicknamed “metalsmith of the camps” says his welding skills are in especially high demand.

“So far the orders keep on coming,” says the skinny 34-year-old, his skin sunburnt from days working out in the open.

Idlib has come under repeated bombardment by the Damascus regime and its Russian ally this year, causing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee north towards the border with Turkey.

More than

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Palace confident PH athletes to shine through in SEAG despite political bickering

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:22 AM

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang expressed confidence that Filipino athletes will shine in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which start next week, despite the controversy surrounding the Philippines’ hosting of the event.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement as the public criticized the amount spent for the construction of the P45-million symbolic cauldron.

In an interview, Panelo said that the bickering would unlikely affect the performance of the Filipino athletes who will compete in the SEA Games.

“Politika lang ‘yan. Bakit naman maaapektuhan? Ano ba’ng connection naman? Wala naman corruption (It’s just politics and there’s no connection. There’s no corruption) that will affect the integrity of the games,” he

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Taclobanons told: Don’t give money to street carolers, vagrants

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BUSY STREET. Justice Romualdez Street in downtown Tacloban is one of the busiest streets in the city, especially during the holiday season. Children are expected to again flock to these streets to beg for alms, which is prohibited under the Anti-Mendicancy Law of 1979. (PNA photo by Gerico Sabalza)

TACLOBAN CITY — The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) here has again appealed to the public not to give money or any form of donation to street carolers and vagrants during the coming Christmas season. 

CSWDO officer-in-charge Fe Chona Bahin said on Friday afternoon that there is a law that some people are unaware of, called the “Anti-Mendicancy Law” of 1979, which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor or other religious organizations on the streets.

It penalizes both the mendicants and anyone who gives alms, with fines of PHP500 and PHP20, respectively.

“We want them, especially (the) children, off the busy streets to keep them away from danger,” Bahin told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview, citing common scenes on the streets, such as children jumping from one moving public vehicle to another and chasing passersby for alms.

Street children, referred to as “Children-at-Risk”, are exposed to dangers, such as being run over by vehicles and other health hazards, she said, adding that some of these kids also use the money they get to buy solvents and rugby.

As these children are expected to flock to the downtown center to beg this holiday season, the city government conducts its rounds to rescue minors every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and put them under their two care facilities.

The Youth Hub, a walk-in facility for rescued minors who have parents and guardians, offers adolescents access to health services, counseling, fun activities in sports, recreation, arts, life skills workshops, and livelihood training. It has about 60 minors under its care.

The other is the Social Development Center for Children, a residential facility for rescued street children who need temporary shelter. More than 20 minors are under the care of the facility.

Bahin advised the public that instead of giving them alms, they should rescue and report these children to the authorities so they could be attended to. (PNA)

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Just like learners, teachers have rights, too – DepEd

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:18 AM

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Amid the controversy that hounded a teacher who was televised for alleged child abuse, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Saturday assured that it shall “take care and protect” of both sides – the learner and the teacher – through due process since they both have same rights as provided by law.

DepEd Undersecretary and Spokesperson Annalyn Sevilla (Department of Education-Philippines Official facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

DepEd Undersecretary and Spokesperson Annalyn Sevilla, in a Facebook post, cited clarifications and “points to ponder” on the recent case involving a learner and his teacher in a DepEd school in Manila which was televised.

The agency also shed some light on issues and matters that involve disciplinary function

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DND, PSG to host 1st presidential drill competition

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PRESIDENTIAL TOURNEY. The Philippine National Police Academy Silent Drill Company performs a routine exercise at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Dec. 19, 2018. The Department of National Defense and the Presidential Security Group will hold the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition on Dec. 5, 2019, to be participated in by seven major service academies. (PNA file photo by Joey O. Razon)

MANILA — The country’s seven major service academies will showcase their military discipline in the first Presidential Silent Drill Competition on December 5.

On Friday, Presidential Security Group (PSG) Chief of Staff Col. Randolph Cabangbang said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has conducted silent drill competitions in the past but only among its military units.

“The silent drill competition in December 2019 will be bigger and our major service academies from across the country will be participating,” Cabangbang said in an interview.

Organized by the PSG and the Department of National Defense (DND), the event will feature delegates from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA), Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Philippine Army Officer Candidate School (PAOCS), Philippine Navy Officer Candidate School (PNOCS), and Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School (PAFOCS), who have begun practicing as they vie for the top spot.

The activity is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to the DND and PSG to engage the youth in military activities.

In a separate interview, Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, Brig. Gen Royland Orquia, said silent drills are widely practiced among military personnel here and in other countries.

“It is one way of exemplifying the military professionalism through synchronized movements and drills. Discipline, uniqueness of their movement manifest in their synchronization,” Orquia said. “They do it without counting. No one will talk. It is purely mental training. They move in unison, exemplifying perfection.”

For the event, each group of 50 to 70 members will perform a 15- to 20-minute silent drill. Accompaniment to the drill shall be limited to the snare drum, bass drum, and public address system. The organizers have also allowed blank ammunition for special effects.

The first prize winner will receive PHP300,000; the second, PHP200,000; and the third, PHP100,00. The other four will each receive a consolation prize of PHP50,000.

They will be judged based on three criteria: execution, 50 percent; visual effects, 30 percent; and stage deportment, 20 percent.

The competition highlights this year’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Summit that will be staged at the Quirino Grandstand.

It will be attended by about 2,500 ROTC cadets from selected colleges and universities and uniformed personnel.

The event is a prelude to the ROTC Unit’s three-leg Silent Drill Competitions in March 2020. 

The Mindanao leg will be hosted at the University of Mindanao campus in Davao City on March 12. Participants from the Visayas will compete at the Smart Complex in Cebu City on March 19, while Luzon delegates will compete at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in the same month. (PNA)

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PH opens first e-passport renewal center in Dubai

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MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has inked a memorandum of understanding with VFS Global in Dubai for the establishment of the first Philippine Passport Renewal Center (PaRC) abroad.

DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay and VFS Global head of business development, Chris Dix, signed the document at the Wafi Mall in Dubai on November 21, in the presence of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and VFS Global Regional Group Chief Operations Officer Vinay Malhotra. 

The signing was followed by the inauguration of the PaRC at the Dubai Health Care City.

According to the DFA’s release on Friday, this is the first time that the Philippine government has outsourced part of its passport renewal service to a private entity.

The PaRC will provide an alternative means for Filipinos to avail of passport renewal services in two of the Middle Eastern countries with the highest concentration of Filipino workers — the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The latest data from the DFA showed that about 600,000 Filipinos are residing in the UAE, which makes it the second-largest concentration of Filipino workers in the Middle East.

The launch of PaRC in Dubai will allow Filipinos in the area and the Northern Emirates to choose between applying for the renewal of their passport at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai or the Center.

Those who avail of the services at PaRC will pay an additional convenience fee on top of the normal cost of passport renewal payment at the Consulate General or the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

PaRC will only cater to simple passport renewal services that do not require any changes in the biographic details of the passport holder.

The outsourcing to VFS Global only applies to the frontline operation of passport renewal, such as the acceptance of the application, capturing of biometrics and biographical details, payment of fees, and release of passport. The actual production of the passport is still with the DFA.

In his remarks, Locsin said the opening of PaRC was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to all government agencies to improve their services to the public, especially to Filipinos overseas.

Meanwhile, VFS’ Malhotra thanked the department for partnering with them.

“Our Passport and Consular services have been growing from strength to strength, and we look forward to bringing the best in class services to the Philippines expats here in Dubai,” he said.

DFA said similar centers will be opened in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, as well as in Riyadh and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2020. (PNA)

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LTO apprehends hundreds of traffic violators in nationwide enforcement project

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:13 AM

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Almost a thousand traffic violators were apprehended by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in its nationwide road transport law enforcement on Friday.

Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Office (DOTr-LTO) (MANILA BULLETIN)

In a data from the LTO’s Law Enforcement Services, a total of 969 were nabbed for violations of different land transport and traffic laws as of Friday afternoon during the implementation of the agency’s “National Intensified Enforcement” project.

Majority of the violators were caught disobeying Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code with 546 motorists collared.

This was followed by 195 motorists caught driving without their seat belts on, and 118 motorcycle riders not wearing helmets or protective gears.

At least 76

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Sereno, de Lima allies demand for immediate, unconditional release of detained senator

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Published November 23, 2019, 11:10 AM

By Mario Casayuran

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and prominent national leaders have renewed their demand for the immediate and unconditional release of opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima, a political enemy of President Duterte.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Senator Leila M. de Lima (MANILA BULLETIN)

Their demand was contained in a press statement sent to media by De Lima’s office.

Through her Facebook account, Sereno denounced the Duterte administration’s continued detention saying De Lima’s right to speedy trial has been “grossly violated.”

De Lima, justice secretary during the Benigno ‘’Noynoy’’ C. Aquino III presidency, has been detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) detention center for alleged illegal drugs-related charges.

“By

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North Korea says it’s gained nothing from US but `betrayal’

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UNITED NATIONS — North Korea’s U.N. Mission said Friday the country has gained “nothing but a sense of betrayal” since its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump committed to establishing a new relationship.

The mission said in a summary of its assessment of North Korea-U.S. relations obtained by The Associated Press that “indignation of our people has culminated” and “the currently imbalanced situation can no longer be allowed.”

Since the U.S. has failed to take reciprocal measures to North Korea’s suspension of “a number of actions” which the Trump administration is concerned about, the mission said there is no reason for further restraint.

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Bolivian officials accuse Evo Morales of terrorism, sedition

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LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia’s interim government accused ousted President Evo Morales of terrorism and sedition on Friday for purportedly organizing highway blockades intended to prevent food from reaching some cities.

 

Acting Interior Minister Arturo Murillo said the complaint relates to a video in which Morales is supposedly heard in a phone call coordinating the blockades from Mexico, where he is living in exile since being ousted in a dispute over the Oct. 20 presidential election. Murillo said Bolivia’s government is seeking a maximum penalty, which is between 15 and 20 years in prison.

 

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UK party leaders grilled by wary voters on Brexit and more

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LONDON — Britain’s Dec. 12 vote has been dubbed the “Brexit election,” dominated by the country’s stalled exit from the European Union. But political parties are also trying to win over voters more worried about the U.K.’s stuttering economy and frayed social fabric.

The electorate remains deeply skeptical of politicians’ promises, if a televised question-and-answer session on Friday is any indication.

The leaders of Britain’s four biggest parties — Prime Minister Boris Johnson, main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party and Jo Swinson of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats — faced uncomfortable questions from a studio audie…

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Treasury: Premyo bonds to be sold at interest of 3% per annum

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MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of the Treasury will sell at least P3 billion in one-year “premyo” bonds at a coupon of 3 percent starting Monday until Dec. 13, giving investors a chance to win up to P1 million during the quarterly raffles.

In its notice of offering dated Nov. 22, the Treasury said eligible to invest are individuals, associations (such as non-stock and loans associations as well as employee associations), cooperatives, employee retirement funds, provident funds, and trust entities (except collective investment schemes or CIS, mutual funds, and UITFs).

The public offer period will be until Dec. 13, although it may be terminated earlier than that date “wh…

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