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Activist turned NPA rebel injured in Nueva Ecija clash

WOUNDED NPA. Redsa Balatan, 33, alias Lea/Sinin/Julia who is the political instructor of Kilusang Larangang Guerilla Sierra Madre operating in Northern Nueva Ecija and parts of Aurora, has been captured after a clash with government troops on Thursday (Nov. 14) in Barangay Estrella, Rizal, Nueva Ecija. She was a student at the University of the…
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DOLE orders verification of foreign nationals’ employment

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has deployed labor inspectors to scrutinize establishments employing foreign nationals, and verify the legitimacy of their employment. In an Administrative Order, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered 404 Labor and Employment Officers (LEOs) from 16 regions to conduct verification inspection until the second week of December this…
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Australia’s Qantas operates 19 ½ hour London-Sydney flight

    PERTH, Australia — Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19-and-a-half hour non-stop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.   The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London’s Heathrow…
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CAAP to train new air traffic controllers

Published November 15, 2019, 3:16 PM By Ariel Fernandez  Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be launching its Comprehensive Air Traffic Service Course batch 15 (CATS 15) this year to recruit young and competent men and women to become part of the country’s elite roster of Air Traffic Management Officers (ATMOs). (MANILA BULLETIN)…
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Dizon assures 100 infra projects in ‘Build, Build, Build’ will be started before Duterte steps down

Updated November 15, 2019, 3:14 PM By Ben Rosario  Duterte administration infrastructure czar Vince Dizon on Friday assured the House of Representatives that construction of all 100 infrastructure flagship projects (IFP) included in the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program will start before the next president takes over in 2022. Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and…
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Makati City approves P18-billion budget for 2020

Published November 15, 2019, 3:11 PM By Joseph Almer Pedrajas The Makati City government approved on Thursday the city’s more than P18-billion budget in 2020, with the Social Development Sector getting the biggest allocation. Makati City (Makati City Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN) The public information office (PIO) said that almost 50 percent or…
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Rice tariffication law beneficial in the long run –Villar

Published November 15, 2019, 3:02 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senator Cynthia Villar said it is still premature to judge the impact of the Rice Tariffication Law as she maintained that the controversial measure will benefit Filipino rice farmers “in the long run.” Sen. Cynthia Villar (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “I think…
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Newly road in Zamboanga to link displaced residents to key thoroughfares

Published November 15, 2019, 2:58 PM By Betheena Kae Unite  A 3.2-kilometer road in Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte has been completed and is expected to finally reconnect about 900 residents to the major thoroughfares in the province. A remote village in Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte with about 900 residents are expected to benefit from the…
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Caloocan fire victims get assistance from Go

Updated November 15, 2019, 6:54 PM Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday distributed financial and relief assistance to victims of a fire that razed 16 houses on Gonzales Street, Baran­gay 69, Caloocan City, last November 7. The 48 affected families, comprising 148 individuals, who were affected by the fire gathered at the evacuation center…
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Bong Go aids Caloocan fire victims; urges drug dependents to undergo rehab and fight illegal drugs

Published November 15, 2019, 2:52 PM Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go distributed financial and relief assistance on Thursday, November 14, to victims of a fire that razed sixteen houses on Gonzales Street, Barangay 69, Caloocan City, in the afternoon of November 7. The 48 affected families, comprising 148 individuals, gathered at the evacuation center of…
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Over 2,000 parishes to join ‘Red Wednesday’

      MORE than 2,000 parishes in the Philippines will join the observance of the third “Red Wednesday” campaign on November 27, according to international pontifical charity organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines. In a statement, ACN Philippines said there is a higher number of local parishes that have committed to…
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Sandiganbayan Convicts Negros Oriental Provincial Administrator

Published November 15, 2019, 2:45 PM By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki Negros Oriental Provincial Administrator Richard Rafal Enojo has been convicted by the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division of his graft charge for using the Philippine National Police (PNP) to summon private individuals and settle a land dispute. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN) He was sentenced to an indeterminate…
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PNP intensifies crackdown on road eye sores to ensure smooth hosting of SEA Games

Published November 15, 2019, 2:44 PM By Martin Sadongdong  The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Friday that it will intensify the implementation of the existing ban on the use of sirens, blinkers and unauthorized motorcycle escorts to ensure the smooth-sailing of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa(Police Regional Office 10…
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CHR backs neglected kids’ trust fund bill

Published November 15, 2019, 2:40 PM By Chito Chavez The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has expressed solid backing for the House of Representatives measure that calls for the creation of trust fund that would benefit abandoned, neglected and voluntarily committed children in the country. Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN) CHR Spokesman Jacqueline de…
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Bello says foreign trips had Duterte’s blessing

Updated November 15, 2019, 2:38 PM By Leslie Ann Aquino  Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday defended his trips abroad by describing them as official travels authorized by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)…
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Hontiveros suggests ‘4Ks’ health-based approach to govt drug war

    MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday made some suggestions that may help Vice President and anti-drug czar Leni Robredo to succeed in her public-health approach to win the government’s war against drugs. “Hindi ito contest kung sino ang may pinakamaraming pinatay. Ito ay tungkol kung ano ang pinakamagandang istratehiya na magkukulong…
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Gov’t vows to ‘stamp out impunity against members of media’

Published November 15, 2019, 2:31 PM By Genalyn Kabiling The government is committed to hold accountable those behind media violence following the surrender of a policeman, who was one of the suspects in the recent killing of a broadcaster in Dumaguete City, a Palace official said Friday. Presidential Task Force on Media Security Executive Director…
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CIDG appeals dismissal of raps vs. 31 nabbed in Bacolod raids

APPEAL. Personnel of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Western Visayas appeal the dismissal of the complaint against the 31 persons arrested during the raids in Bacolod City on Oct. 31. A motion for reconsideration was filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 14, 2019). (Photo courtesy of 3rd…
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Cops seize P204-K 'shabu' while responding to road accident

DUMAGUETE CITY — Police operatives in Amlan, Negros Oriental seized some PHP204,000 worth of suspected shabu and arrested a woman while responding to a road accident in the town on Thursday afternoon. A short report from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office said that at about 4:30 p.m., Amlan police responded to a vehicular accident…
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PNP-IAS open to creation of another auditing body

Published November 15, 2019, 2:29 PM By Martin Sadongdong The Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) on Friday expressed openness to the possibility of creating another unit that will independently audit the performance of policemen, its inspector-general disclosed. PNP Internal Affairs Service Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo(PTV via YouTube / FILE PHOTO / MANILA…
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Construction worker falls to death from Makati City building

  MANILA, Philippines — A construction worker fell to his death from the 16th floor of a building in Makati City on Friday morning, police said.   Report from Makati City police identified the victim as Allan Casil, 28, a construction worker at a building being constructed along Edsa corner Ayala in Barangay San Lorenzo.…
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Hontiveros backs Robredo’s public health strategy vs illegal drugs

Published November 15, 2019, 2:22 PM By Hannah Torregoza Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday urged Vice President Leni Robredo to initiate an internal cleansing of law enforcement agencies to ensure that their personnel are not infiltrated by elements corrupted by drug syndicates. Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senator Risa Hontiveros / Facebook / File Photo /…
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Senior high school program to continue – DepEd

Published November 15, 2019, 2:21 PM By Merlina Hernando-Malipot The Department of Education (DepEd) assured that the implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) program will continue despite gaps that needed to be addressed in the implementation of the K to 12 program. Department of Education (MANILA BULLETIN) Earlier, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman…
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‘Ramon’ continues to intensify, to make landfall in northern Cagayan

Published November 15, 2019, 2:14 PM By Alexandria Dennise San Juan Tropical Storm “Ramon” (international name “Kalmaegi”) continued to intensify while moving slowly on Friday morning as it moved closer to the Luzon landmass, the state weather bureau said. (PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) In its 11 a.m. weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical…
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Too soon? Family ordered to remove early Christmas ornaments

MANILA, Philippines — How soon is soon to start putting up Christmas decorations? Not now, a homeowners association told a family in Texas.   Claudia and Nick Simonis put up their decorations, which include an inflatable snowman, reindeer, and Santa Claus aboard a helicopter last November 1, according to a CNN report on Friday.  …
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Bar exam ‘survivors’ down to 7,691

Published November 15, 2019, 2:10 PM By Rey Panaligan Only 7,691 out of the 8,245 accredited law graduates were deemed qualified to take the test on the third day of the 2019 Bar examinations on November 17 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) This…
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4 convicted in celebrated 2013 robbery-slay case

Published November 15, 2019, 2:07 PM By Joseph Almer Pedrajas A Las Piñas court convicted on Wednesday four men for the 2013 killing of Kristelle “Kae” Davantes, a case which the Malacañang once said was done in an “unordinary manner.” Presiding Judge Salvador Timbang Jr. of Las Piñas City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 253…
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