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No masks on red carpet as Taiwan logs few cases

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night as it holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases.         Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants didn’t wear masks in historic…
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US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

KINGSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot.   “MAKING HISTORY!” the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the “Wings of Gold.”  …
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2 drug suspects killed in Camarines Norte buy-bust

LEGAZPI CITY – Two drug suspects were killed in a buy-bust operation in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte province early Sunday.   Colonel Marlon Tejada, Camarines Norte police chief, said the slain suspects, Erwin Albis and Randy Furiscal, are in the illegal drugs watchlis.   Tejada said the suspects, after apparently sensing they were transacting with…
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3 drug suspects busted in Bicolandia

LEGAZPI CITY – Three drug suspects were arrested were arrested on Saturday in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Masbate, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol regional police spokesperson, said the drug operations resulted in the confiscation of several sachets of shabu (crystal meth). In Aroroy, Masbate, Benjie Panganiban, 37, a shoe repair…
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Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.       Trump flew by…
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Widow condemns “barbaric” death of driver beaten over masks

BAYONNE, France — The wife of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after he asked four passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle called Saturday for “exemplary punishment” for his killers.         The assault on Philippe Monguillot has scandalized France. President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday dispatched the interior…
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Connecticut mayor sues Delta Airlines over dog bite

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport’s mayor is suing Delta Airlines over a dog bite he says he suffered on a flight.         A suit filed in state Superior Court alleges Mayor Joe Ganim was sitting in his seat on a Delta flight in November 2018 when he was bitten by a dog that…
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200,000 container ship crew stranded at sea due to pandemic

LONDON—More than a dozen countries, including the Philippines, have called for urgent action to solve a seafaring crisis that has left some 200,000 container ship crew stranded at sea due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In a joint statement after a virtual summit hosted by Britain on Thursday, the countries said it was vital for…
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Sea conduct, pandemic top agenda of meet

The ongoing negotiations for a new South China Sea Code of Conduct and the continuing battle to contain the new coronavirus disease were among the items discussed in the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-China senior officials’ consultation held for the first time, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday. The Philippines,…
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Gainers, losers in altered TV landscape

The country’s largest broadcast networks ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network Inc. have been locked in a television ratings war for years—a business rivalry that at times would be dragged into the courtroom. Over the past decade, ABS-CBN became known as the country’s largest network due to its vast reach while GMA was the leader in…
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‘Beat the stigma that it’s not OK to talk about it’

Inquirer and Globe Telecom have partnered to provide safe spaces for people to talk about mental health. Part of the campaign is the #StartANewDay webinar series. The first, which was for millennials and Gen Z, was broadcast on Inquirer.net’s Facebook page July 2 and was watched by thousands of people across the Philippines and as…
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Philippines press freedom: Major broadcaster denied a new licence

The Philippine Congress has refused to renew the operating licence of the country’s biggest broadcaster in what rights groups are calling a dark day for press freedom. They say it is part of a broader crackdown on dissent. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila. Read More: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/philippines-press-freedom-major-broadcaster-denied-license-200711173403113.html Photo Credit: Aljazeera
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Cops arrest 3 suspects detained, seize P6.8-M shabu in Caloocan

  MANILA, Philippines — Police officers arrested three suspects and seized P6.8 million worth of crystal meth, or shabu, in a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City on Saturday night. Col. Dario Menor, chief of the Caloocan City Police Station, identified the suspects as Samsodin Rasid, 23; Johaima Jamael, 29; and Manuel Abella, 25. Members of…
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Lacson wants DOH to come out with COVID-19 testing results faster

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) should be able to release COVID-19 test results in one to two days by now as cases of the infectious disease continued to rise nationwide, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Saturday. “That should be improved. We have a lot of PCR test machines everywhere and they should give…
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QCPD to sue demonstrators who allegedly ‘mauled and robbed‘ cop

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will file criminal complaints against members of progressive groups who allegedly “mauled and robbed” a police officer during an “illegal demonstration” staged on Friday at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) compound at the University of the Philippines Diliman. In a statement issued on Saturday, the…
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DOJ wants to ramp up cybercrime units to check surge in online crimes

MANILA, Philippines — Cybercrime units should upgrade their technology and improve probing abilities as there has been a surge of cases of online crime during the coronavirus disease pandemic, the Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Saturday. “It is expected that during these pandemic times, where direct personal interactions are reduced, more crimes will be committed…
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Davao City showcases best practices vs. Covid-19

SWAB COLLECTION. An individual is subjected to a swab specimen collection for coronavirus disease. Residents may also opt for home collection, for their own convenience. (File photo courtesy of the Davao City government) DAVAO CITY – Officials have credited this city’s “best practices” on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as it aims to strike a balance…
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10 returnees jack up tally of COVID-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Philippines — Returnees to this capital city of Misamis Oriental continued to jack up the local count of COVID-19 cases. On Friday, July 10, the City Health Office recorded 10 new cases among a host of overseas workers and stranded individuals who arrived from Manila. This is the largest…
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One COVID-19 death logged in Davao region as rise in cases slow down

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded one death due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Davao region on Friday as cases further climbed, although in a slower pace compared to a day earlier. The patient died in Davao City where six patients also recovered from…
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COVID-19 infections among cops soar to 1,063 with 19 new cases

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 19 new infections of the news coronavirus disease, driving the tally to 1,063 as of July 11. According to PNP, the 11 new COVID-19 patients are from the National Capital Region Police Office, five are from the PNP Aviation Security Group, and one each from…
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Mindanao solon says denial of ABS-CBN franchise defies evidence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY——-Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez expressed indignation over the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises to deny ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise saying it was based on dubious grounds. “The findings of the TWG (technical working group) are contrary to the evidence presented during the 12 hearings,” Rodriguez said.…
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56% of Filipinos think denial of franchise to ABS-CBN a ‘blow to press freedom’ – SWS

  MANILA, Philippines — Majority of Filipinos consider the denial of ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise application a “blow to press freedom.” Results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Saturday show that 56 percent of Filipinos said the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises to disapprove a fresh 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN is…
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75% of Filipinos says ABS-CBN must get another franchise – SWS

MANILA, Philippines — Seventy-five percent of Filipinos agree that Congress must grant media broadcasting company ABS-CBN another 25-year franchise. This was according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which results were released Saturday, a day after the House committee on legislative franchises shot down ABS-CBN Corp.’s legislative franchise application. SWS said the poll was…
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P340K worth of ‘shabu’ seized in Naga City

LEGAZPI CITY — Anti-narcotics operatives arrested a suspected drug pusher and seized P340,000 worth of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) in a buy-bust operation in Naga City, Camarines Sur province on Saturday. Police Master Sergeant Tobias Bongon, spokesperson of the Naga City police, said Vicky Diaz, 39, was arrested in Barangay (village) Sabang at around 3:30…
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Army prepares ex-rebels for reintegration to communities

LIVELIHOOD PREPS. A total of 15 former rebels undergo a series of a pre-orientation seminar on Livelihood Settlement Grant starting Wednesday (July 8, 2020) until Saturday at the headquarters of the Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion in Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. (Photo courtesy of CMO, 23rd IB) BUTUAN CITY – Fifteen former rebels (FRs)…
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NoCot’s ‘Sagip’ program facilitates return of 9K LSIs, ROFs

MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE. A returning locally stranded individual put her message of gratitude on a piece of paper as she arrived at the Davao International Airport with the help of North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco and the Task Force (TF) Sagip Stranded North Cotabateños recently. The TF Sagip said that it has so far facilitated…
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LTO-9 to 'standardize' training of drivers

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Land Transportation Office-9 (LTO-9) is set to “standardize” the training and education of drivers, through accredited driving schools, to produce quality drivers here in the region. Lawyer Aminola Abaton, LTO-9 director, said Saturday the agency has already accredited five of the 12 driving schools in the region to conduct the training…
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ABS-CBN’s case ‘unique’; standards of legislative franchise won’t change – Lacson

MANILA, Philippines — For Senator Panfilo Lacson, the standards for granting legislative franchises will not change and that the decision of the House of Representatives to reject ABS-CBN Corp.’s application for a fresh franchise is “unique.” But he also said the “body language” of President Rodrigo Duterte “was obvious enough for the House leadership and…
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Drug personality slain in Naga City

LEGAZPI CITY — A suspected drug pusher was killed in a buy-bust operation in Naga City in Camarines Sur province on Saturday. Police Master Sergeant Tobias Bongon, Naga City police spokesperson, said Rodel Llona, a resident of Gainza town, also in Camarines Sur, drew his gun and fired at the operatives after sensing that he…
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