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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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COA panel recommends raps vs Pampanga town mayor for irregular P39.2M purchase

MANILA, Philippines — The three-man Commission on Audit-Commission Proper (COA-CP) has asked the Ombudsman to probe and file appropriate charges against the mayor of Mexico, Pampanga, other local officials, and a contractor relative to the irregular purchase of construction materials for the municipality worth P39.2 million. In the October 1 decision of the body chaired…
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Duterte yet to give ‘explicit approval’ to go nuclear, says energy chief

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to give his approval for the government to add nuclear power in the country’s energy mix. This was disclosed Thursday by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during a Senate finance subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Energy (DOE). Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who presided…
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Married priests issue raises fears of Church split

Updated October 10, 2019, 4:44 PM By Agence France-Presse VATICAN CITY – An idea to fill empty pulpits in remote locations by allowing married men to become priests is bitterly dividing a Vatican assembly, with critics warning the emotive issue could fracture the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said last month he was ‘not afraid’ of…
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Married priests question raises fears of Church split

Published October 10, 2019, 1:27 PM By Agence France-Press VATICAN CITY, Holy See – An idea to fill empty pulpits in remote locations by allowing married men to become priests is bitterly dividing a Vatican assembly, with critics warning the emotive issue could fracture the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said last month he was ‘not…
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Panelo accepts dare to ride jeep, LRT to Palace

      PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who has insisted that there is no mass transportation crisis in the country as claimed by a militant group, has accepted the challenge for him to ride a public utility jeepney and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to work at the Malacañan Palace in Manila. “The challenge to…
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Zubiri dares DOE execs to spend week with him in unenergized areas

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday urged energy officials to stay in unenergized areas so that they can personally see how difficult it would be to live without electricity. During the Senate finance subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Energy (DOE), Zubiri questioned the agency’s…
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Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday.   A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed the long-term effects of climate change will devastate the country’s northernmost state and interfere with…
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Tourists surge at Uluru before Australia bans climb

Published October 10, 2019, 1:07 PM By Agence France-Presse SYDNEY, Australia – Large numbers of tourists are rushing to scale Uluru — also known as Ayers Rock — ahead of a looming ban on climbing a site sacred to indigenous Australians. Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation and the…
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PNP dismisses Albayalde resignation rumor

  MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police on Thursday dismissed reports that its chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde has resigned amid the investigation on the so-called ninja cops and alleged irregularities during a major drug raid in 2013 in Pampanga.   “The PNP dispels the rumor circulating in social media that the PNP chief, Police…
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Motorcycle ‘thief’ dead in Batangas shootout

SAN PEDRO CITY —- A man accused of selling “stolen” motorcycles was killed in a shootout with the police in Sto. Tomas City in Batangas province on Thursday. The slain suspect was identified as Dominador Espeleta, said a report from the regional police headquarters. City police chief Lt. Col. Rey Ochavo, in a phone interview,…
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Stallion Laguna falls to GAU in 1st night home match

MANILA — Green Archers United silenced the Biñan Football Stadium on Wednesday night after dealing Stallion Laguna a 0-1 loss in its first Philippine Football League (PFL) home match under the floodlights. Tonaldo Appiah scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute off an interception at the midfield. GAU, which moved up…
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Malaysian MPs vote to repeal ‘fake news’ law

Published October 10, 2019, 12:52 PM By Agence France-Presse KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian lawmakers voted to repeal a controversial law Wednesday that punished spreading “fake news” with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent. As well as hefty jail terms, the legislation punished the dissemination of what…
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Super Typhoon Hagibis set to batter Greater Tokyo on Saturday

TOKYO — Just one month after the Greater Tokyo region endured the most violent storm in its history, an even stronger typhoon is forecast to batter the area on Saturday. Typhoon Hagibis – the 19th typhoon this year – was already the top story on Japanese news bulletins yesterday, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)…
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Truck collision kills 2 in Nueva Vizcaya

DIADI, Nueva Vizcaya —- A 39-year-old truck driver and his younger brother died after their vehicle collided with a 16-wheeler trailer truck along the highway here on Wednesday morning. Police Captain Felix Mendoza, Diadi police chief, said Jun Bautista and his brother Rico, 35, were negotiating a curve on the southbound lane of the road…
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CHR on Mental Health Day: Offer words of consolation, encouragement daily

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged Filipinos to spend at least 40 seconds in a day to offer words of consolation and encouragement to people experiencing mental health issues. CHR said this is in observance with the World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated every 1oth of October. “The Commission…
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