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PNP condemns rebel attack in Eastern Samar

Published December 14, 2019, 2:42 PM By Aaron Recuenco  The Philippine National Police (PNP) condemned on Saturday the ambush allegedly perpetrated by local Communist rebels in Eastern Samar that left a policeman and a civilian dead and 13 others wounded. At around 3 p.m. on Friday, suspected Communist rebels reportedly detonated an improvised explosive device…
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Palace condemns Eastern Samar NPA attack

Published December 14, 2019, 2:33 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos  Malacañang condemned the attack reportedly carried out by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Libuton, Borongan, Eastern Samar that left two dead and wounded several individuals, including three children and policemen Friday. PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar (Richard V. Viñas/Manila Bulletin File Photo) Communications…
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DOJ says Usec Villar did not participate in review of water concession deals

Published December 14, 2019, 2:29 PM By Jeffrey Damicog  The Department of Justice (DOJ) defended the participation of Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar in the conduct of the review of the concession agreements with water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad. DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) DOJ spokesman and Usec. Markk Perete has assured that she…
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PhilHealth lauds Makati City for having highest enrolment in ‘PhilHealth ng Masa’ in NCR-South

Published December 14, 2019, 2:25 PM By Jel Santos  The local government unit (LGU) of Makati City was given a plaque of appreciation as it was hailed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for having the highest Sponsored Program enrolment for its “PhilHealth ng Masa” program in the National Capital Region (NCR)-South. Makati City…
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PNP: Samar ambush shows NPA’s ‘insincerity’ to give peace a chance

  MANILA, Philippines — The latest ambush by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan, Eastern Samar shows that they are “insincere” to give peace a chance, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Saturday.   In a statement, PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said that the entire police force in “strongest condemnation latest blatant…
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DSWD, LGUs report P49.8-million assistance extended to victims of typhoon ‘Tisoy’

Published December 14, 2019, 2:19 PM By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and concerned local government units have so far provided P49.8-million worth of assistance to families affected by typhoon “Tisoy” (international name “Kammuri”) last December 2. Villagers look on from inside a damaged house in the aftermath of…
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Maguindanao Malasakit Center ‘big help’ to patients, says doc

COTABATO CITY — The country’s 53rd Malasakit Center at the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Datu Hofer, Maguindanao, provides a reprieve to hundreds of indigent patients, a health official said Friday. Speaking to reporters, Maguindanao Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) chief Dr. Elizabeth Samama said the center serves 60 or more patients daily. “It’s enormous. A…
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Valenzuela police nab 4 men while smoking pot inside an apartment

Published December 14, 2019, 2:14 PM By Minka Klaudia Tiangco  Police nabbed four men, including three minors, after they were caught having a pot session in an apartment at Barangay Gen. T. De Leon in Valenzuela City Friday evening. Police identified the arrested suspect as Jayson Angelo Dela Peña, 18, out of school youth, resident…
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90s fashion icons now parents to new breed of top models

MANILA, Philippines—“Legacies” win in the recently-concluded Global Asian Model Philippines contest, with two children of former beauty queens and top models copping titles. Joshua De Sequera, son of 90s top model Marina Benipayo, bested 20 other aspirants for the Global Asian Model Philippines title in the male category in ceremonies staged at the Cove Manila…
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Lacson bares P7.2 trillion unused pork barrel funds culled since 2001

Published December 14, 2019, 1:59 PM By Mario Casayuran  The Philippine government has an average of about P480 billion in unused appropriations or pork barrel funds every year for the past 15-year period covering the Arroyo and (Benigno ‘’Noynoy’’) Aquino presidencies ending in mid-2016. Sen. Panfilo Lacson(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)…
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Shamcey Supsup turns over Miss Universe donation to PH organizations

MANILA, Philippines—Shamcey Supsup-Lee was formally presented as the new Miss Universe national director for the Philippines in a brief segment at the staging of the 2019 Global Asian Model Philippines contest at the Cove Manila club at Okada Manila in Paraaque Ciy on Dec. 13. Lee, who finished fourth in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant…
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Students of Cebu public school get early Christmas treat

Published December 14, 2019, 1:46 PM By Merlina Hernando-Malipot Christmas came early to students of Cabadiangan Integrated School in Cebu Province as they received school supplies that they can use in school, and food that they can share with their families this holiday season. In line with its efforts to recognize the importance of education…
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Westmincom celebrates Yuletide Season

SANTA CLAUS, GODFATHER. Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, on Thursday (Dec. 12) stands as godfather in a mass baptism (upper photo) at the Westmincom Chapel. He also distributes Christmas gifts (lower photo) to children who are dependents of soldiers as the Westmincom celebrates the Yuletide Season. (Photo courtesy of Westmincom Public Information…
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Go visits PH’s first Malasakit Center in Cebu

Published December 14, 2019, 1:41 PM By Mario Casayuran Neophyte Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go paid a sentimental visit to the country’s very first Malasakit Center established at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City last Friday to celebrate Christmas with children and senior citizen patients admitted in the hospital. Senator Christopher “Bong”…
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1,314 pass November 2019 PNPA Cadet Admission Exams

  MANILA, Philippines — More than 1,000 examinees passed the November 2019 Philippine National Police Academy College Admission Test (PNPACAT), the country’s police academy announced on Saturday.   In a statement, PNPA director Maj. Gen. Jose Chiquito Malayo said 1,314 out of 17,482 examinees passed the test held on Nov. 10 in 31 testing centers…
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PH Army to get training, weapons, ammo from US Navy

Published December 14, 2019, 1:33 PM By Martin Sadongdong  Before the year ends, the Philippine Army (PA) will receive small arms weapons, ammunition and military trainings from the United States Navy through its Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) as part of the continuing efforts to strengthen the two countries’ military cooperation. Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala(Davao…
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P170-K shabu seized in Koronadal drug bust

Koronadal City police chief  Lt. Col. Joefel Siason (PNA-GenSan file photo) KORONADAL CITY — Joint anti-drug operatives arrested an alleged drug courier and peddler from Maguindanao and recovered some PHP170,000 worth of suspected shabu in an entrapment operation here on Friday night. Lt. Col. Joefel Siason, city police chief, identified the suspect as Fahad Usman,…
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Christmas Village aims to ease post-'Tisoy’ misery

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. People enjoy the Christmas Village built inside the Sawangan Park at the seashore of Barangay Dap-Dap in Legazpi City, Albay province. At least 1,000 visitors flocked to the Christmas Village during its lighting and opening ceremonies on Thursday (Dec. 12, 2019). (Photo by Samuel Toledo) LEGAZPI CITY — A Christmas Village built inside the Sawangan…
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Guevarra defends Duterte’s threat to have military take over water distribution in MM

Published December 14, 2019, 1:29 PM By Jeffrey Damicog Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Saturday, December 14, defended the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte that the military could take over the water distribution operations from water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Under the…
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LOOK: Sam Pinto celebrates 30th birthday in splashy yacht party

Actress Sam Pinto celebrated her birthday living out her dream of residing in a yacht. She turned 30 last Wednesday, Dec. 11. Pinto posted pictures from her yacht party in Manila yesterday, Dec. 13. It had a tropical theme that included pillows and sun hats for guests. The birthday girl stood out in a turquoise…
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New Zealand divers attempt to recover last 2 volcano victims

WHAKATANE, New Zealand — Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand’s volcanic White Island at dawn Saturday to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption that left at least 16 dead and dozens severely burned. Military specialists on Friday recovered six bodies from the island in a carefully planned but risky…
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Sandiganbayan convicts Davao del Sur town mayor of usurpation

Published December 14, 2019, 12:50 PM By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki  Matanao Mayor Vicente Araneta Fernandez of Davao del Sur has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of usurpation of official functions by the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division for issuing several memorandums while he was under detention back in January 2015. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN) He was convicted…
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Marcos calls for Christmas truce between gov’t forces, NPA rebels

Published December 14, 2019, 12:46 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senator Imee Marcos on Saturday called for a Christmas truce between the government and the New People’s Army (NPA) following an ambush that killed a cop and hurt civilians in Borongan, Eastern Samar yesterday. Sen. Imee Marcos(Senate of the Philippines) “Kailangan ipatupad nang agaran ang…
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Veggie traders appeal for Baguio to lift truck ban

HIGHLAND VEGETABLES. The vegetable trading post in La Trinidad where trading, packing and selling of the highly perishable items take place before they are brought to the major markets. The produce will be transported as far as Palawan and General Santos City in the south. (PNA file photo by Liza T. Agoot) BAGUIO CITY— League…
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IT equipment donation to help digitize city hall office

ILOILO CITY — A set of Information Technology (IT) equipment donated to Iloilo City is expected to boost its plan to digitize the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) and the Office of the Building Official (OBO). In his message following the turnover ceremony held Friday at the Iloilo City Hall, Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said there…
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Robredo insists community should be made partner in local governance

Published December 14, 2019, 12:40 PM By Raymund Antonio  Actively engaging the community as a partner of local governance, Vice President Leni Robredo emphasized once again the need for the government to involve people in crafting policies. Vice President Leni Robredo(Charlie Villegas, OVP / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo, who was in Cainta, Rizal on Friday for…
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Divers search for remaining bodies from NZ volcanic eruption

Published December 14, 2019, 12:37 PM By Agence France-Presse Divers searched seas around New Zealand’s volatile White Island Saturday for two people still missing five days after the volcano erupted, amid warnings it could do so again. This handout photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite…
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PNP in Luzon, Visayas placed on full alert status for holiday season

Published December 14, 2019, 12:37 PM By Aaron Recuenco  Police forces in Luzon and the Visayas were placed under the highest security alert status in order to maximize the security plan for the holiday season. Philippine National Police (MANILA BULLETIN) Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the full…
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Palace condemns Samar NPA attack that killed cop, boy, 3

  MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang on Saturday condemned the ambush by New People’s Army (NPA) fighters on a police patrol in Borongan, Eastern Samar, resulting in the death of a policeman and a three-year-old boy.   “The loss of life and the violence experienced by the victims are reprehensible,” Presidential Communications secretary and the National…
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