Duterte to promptly suspend, detain officials who will pocket COVID-19 funds
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Duterte to promptly suspend, detain officials who will pocket COVID-19 funds

President Duterte on Monday (March 30) warned officials who will embezzle funds meant for programs to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that they will be promptly arrested and detained. In a taped message aired late Monday night, Duterte said those that will be reported to have misused parts of the P275-billion emergency funds will also…
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Agri chief assures rice supply not a problem
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Agri chief assures rice supply not a problem

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar assured that the country’s rice supply at the end of March will be enough to feed Filipinos up to the next four months despite the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “With harvest already coming in, along with the steady arrival of imported rice, we expect no shortage of…
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Duterte pleads to Filipinos: Stay at home
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Duterte pleads to Filipinos: Stay at home

Like a father imploring obedience from his children, President Duterte asked Filipinos to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, as this will make or break the efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “I repeat: Stay at home. Huwag matigas ang ulo. The outcome of this war depends largely…
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Malacanang tells Filipinos to be wary of fake news as Congress grants Duterte special powers

With Congress granting President Duterte the much-needed special powers to better tackle the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019), Malacanang asked Filipinos to be on guard against people who are out to sow disorder and undermine government efforts by circulating fake news through social media. “Once again, we urge our countrymen to be wary of…
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UP-NIH just saved the day for Filipinos
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UP-NIH just saved the day for Filipinos

Filipinos should be thanking the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of  Health (UP-NIH) for successfully developing the test kits for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just as the world is starting to see a supply shortage amid the spread of the disease to over 100 countries. The announcement made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…
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Humility produces instant results
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OPINION: Humility produces instant results

Even a giant should practice humility. This was probably the lesson learned by ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ broadcast giant, as the company’s management finally opted to apologize to President Duterte instead of playing hardball with the Chief Executive that has already jeopardized the network’s very existence. During the Senate hearing on the Kapamilya network’s franchise renewal last…
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Let’s #PrayForChina, let’s pray for humanity
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EDITORIAL: Let’s #PrayForChina, let’s pray for humanity

Twitter’s trending topic #PrayForChina since the afternoon of January 31 just showed anew how compassionate and godly the Filipinos are. Yes, every Filipino is afraid of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD). Some called for a ban against Chinese nationals. Some even cursed and badmouthed the Chinese. Some even used the issue to…
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23-hectare world-class theme park to rise in Pampanga

WORLD-CLASS THEME PARK. Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda, his siblings, 2nd District Board Member Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and Rosselle Pineda, and their father, businessman Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda (left to right), lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pradera Islands Amusement Park in Lubao, Pampanga on Monday (Nov. 25, 2019). The world-class theme park will rise on a 23-hectare…
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Dumaguete mayor tells constituents to be 'instruments of peace'

DUMAGUETE CITY – Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo is calling on residents of this provincial capital of Negros Oriental to be “instruments of peace”. He issued the statement as the city celebrated on Monday the 399th feast of the city’s patroness, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and its 71st charter day anniversary on Sunday. “Our faith compels…
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Alexa Ilacad finishes school semester as dean’s lister

MANILA, Philippines — Alexa Ilacad has just proven that being an actress is not a hindrance to getting good grades as she ended her semester with yet another bang: making it to the dean’s list again. Ilacad proudly shared her accomplishment via an Instagram photo over the weekend captioned: “Dean’s lister once more.” View this…
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Guevarra: Robredo firing from ICAD lost chance to unite vs drugs

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he was saddened that the opportunity for the opposition and the administration to work hand in hand against illegal drugs which was “crushed before it could even take flight.” Guevarra issued the reaction after Vice President Leni Robredo’s stint at the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD)…
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PH, Korea ink tourism cooperation deal

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (File photo) BUSAN, South Korea — The Philippines continues to secure strong tourism ties with the Republic of Korea, with the signing of the Implementation Program on Tourism Cooperation between the two countries held on Monday at the Westin Chosun Hotel here. “For nine years now, Korea is…
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ING economist says 6% ’19 PH growth possible

ING Bank N.V. Manila Branch senior economist Nicholas Mapa  MANILA — Philippines’ low inflation environment and South East Asian (SEA) games-related spending are seen to help boost domestic growth and allow the economy to post a 6-percent expansion this 2019. In a report Monday, ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Mapa said as yearend nears…
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Senate agrees on regulation, taxing of vaping, e-cigarettes

    MANILA, Philippines — The Senate on Monday agreed to regulate and tax vaping and e-cigarette products, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.   This came after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the ban of using vaping products in public spaces.   Zubiri said senators reached an agreement on regulating vaping and e-cigarette products…
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Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature

MANILA, Philippines — A bill seeking to institutionalize Malasakit Centers in hospitals run by the Department of Health (DOH) now only needs President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature. Senate President Vicente Sotto III confirmed this Monday after the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate version of the bill. “Yes, for his signature as an enrolled bill,”…
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X-rays of broken bones lay bare domestic violence in Italy

Published November 25, 2019, 6:41 PM By Agence France-Presse  The X-rays speak louder than words. Especially since the women whose shattered bones are visible in the sterile black and white images rarely speak out. A Milan hospital is displaying X-rays from victims of domestic violence who have passed through the doors of the facility seeking…
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I will reveal what I have uncovered about war on drugs – Robredo

Published November 25, 2019, 6:39 PM By Raymund Antonio and Argyll Geducos  “Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko? Ano ba ang kinatataku­tan ninyong malaman ng taumbayan? (What are you afraid I might learn? What are you afraid the people might learn?)” VICE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS – Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the public on national…
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African swine fever cases dwindles in November – BAI

  MANILA, Philippines — Cases of African swine fever (ASF) in the country have been decreasing this month, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) announced Monday.   During the joint hearing of the House committees on agriculture and food and local government, BAI Director Ronnie Domingo said ASF cases in November decreased after its peak…
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PRC-Caraga starts capacity enhancement program for professionals

UPDATING PROFESSIONALS. Professional Regulatory Commission-Caraga Region OIC, Director Rotelo Cabugsa leads the ‘First Region-wide Capacity Enhancement Seminar’ held in Butuan City on November 21 to 22, 2019. The activity is in line with the mandate of Republic Act 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016. (Photo courtesy of PRC-13 Information Office) BUTUAN…
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Army finds IEDs, war materiel in chase with BIFF

BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS. Army troopers seize bomb-making components, improvised explosive devices, and a shoulder-fired grenade launcher weapon during separate operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in the interiors of Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Datu Piang towns in Maguindanao on Sunday (Nov. 25, 2019). The military says combat operations against the BIFF and Dawlah Islamiyah Terrorist…
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Duterte vows to pursue policies to protect women from violence

PRO-WOMEN POLICIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) amnesty availees from Kuwait whom he welcomed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on February 12, 2018. Duterte vowed to pursue policies that will protect women and children from harassment as he joined the nation in the observance of the…
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SEA Games’ Subic cluster holds cauldron lighting rite

SEA GAMES SUBIC CLUSTER. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator Wilma Eisma leads the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the 30th SEA Games in Subic Freeport on Monday (Nov. 25, 2019). Also in photo are (from left) Phisgoc director for ceremonies Mike Aguilar, triathlete Claire Adorna and triathlon SEA Games gold…
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Banana group hopes Duterte will push for zero tariff on PH bananas in Busan trip

Published November 25, 2019, 6:16 PM By Antonio Colina IV  DAVAO CITY – Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) Executive Director Stephen Antig hopes President Rodrigo R. Duterte will negotiate for the lifting of the hefty tariff rate on the Cavendish bananas during his visit to South Korea for the Association of Southeast Asian…
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941 Central Visayas cops get promotion

PROMOTED. Chief Master Sergeant Sarah Rosario dons the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on her husband, Allan Madrid Rosario, who was among the 941 police officers in Central Visayas who were promoted to the next higher rank, in a ceremony at Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr., Cebu City on Monday (Nov. 25, 2019). Of the 941 newly-promoted…
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Village chief falls in Leyte buy-bust

The Philippine National Police-Eastern Visayas regional office in Palo, Leyte. (PNA file photo) TACLOBAN CITY – The arrest of a village chief in a drug buy-bust operation in Abuyog, Leyte is proof that there is no sacred cow in the government’s fight against illegal drugs. Col. Ma. Bella Rentuaya, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police…
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Dead sperm whale washed ashore in Sarangani

DEAD SPERM WHALE. Residents of Barangay Gumasa in Glan, Sarangani province discover an 11.9-meter dead sperm whale that washed ashore in the area on Sunday morning (Nov. 24, 2019). The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Region 12 said the marine mammal could have been dead for at least five days when it was…
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Pope asks to embrace diversity because ‘we weren’t all made by machines’

Published November 25, 2019, 5:56 PM By EFE-EPA The Pope celebrated human diversity Monday in Japan and asked that it be embraced to live together in peace and harmony, as people were all made differently. Pope Francis said during his visit to Tokyo Cathedral that it rested on the younger generation’s shoulders to make the…
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PH, Korea ink deals on social security, tourism, education, fisheries

BUSAN, South Korea — The Philippines and South Korea signed Monday afternoon deals on social security, education, and tourism, among others, during President Rodrigo Duterte and Korean President Moon Jae-in’s bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (Asean-ROK) Commemorative Summit. Duterte and Moon witnessed the signing of an…
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PH wins first game vs. Indonesia in SEA Games floorball

MANILA — Unknown to most Filipinos, floorball became the early source of pride as the national women’s team tallied the first victory for the host nation with an 8-1 win over Indonesia in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Monday. With a resemblance to the more popular ice hockey, floorball events kicked off at the…
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Yellow alert raised over Luzon grid anew

MANILA — Luzon grid experienced another low power supply situation that resulted in a yellow alert from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday due to the volume of planned and unplanned outages of several power plants. Data released by the Department of Energy (DOE) showed that nine power plants with a dependable capacity of…
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Real property valuation reform gets House nod

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to institute reforms in real property valuation and assessment in the country. The chamber approved House Bill No. 4664, which encompasses the third package of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP). The bill aims to promote…
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NCRPO beefs up security in SEAG basketball, football venues

NCRPO chief, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas. (File photo) MANILA — As part of measures to secure the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday said it will tighten security particularly in venues of basketball and football games to prevent heated tensions between fans of competing…
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Oil firms to cut prices this week

MANILA — Several oil companies have announced another price rollback effective 6 a.m. on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Seaoil, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines and Flying V said they will reduce the price of their respective gasoline products by PHP0.20 per liter, and diesel by PHP0.10 per liter. Seaoil and Flying V will also slash the…
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Monetary execs mull green financing policy for banks

BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier (PNA File Photo) MANILA — Any decision on the green financing policy of banks need to be studied well to make sure that financial institutions are able to comply and prevent a situation similar to the result of the Agri-Agra Law. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier…
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Budget delay led to SEA Games mishaps: solon

1-Pacman party-list Rep. Mikee Romero. (File photo) MANILA – The delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget is the cause of mishaps faced by the country in hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, a party-list lawmaker said Monday. In a television interview, 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Mikee Romero said the approval of the SEA Games budget…
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Landslide: Pro-democracy camp wins in Hong Kong vote

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in weekend local elections in a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that have divided the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Wu Chi-wai, leader of the city’s biggest pro-democracy party, said Monday that the bloc swept nearly 90%…
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