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Does US Senate Resolution 142 carry weight?
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EDITORIAL: Does US Senate Resolution 142 carry weight?

Does Resolution 142 passed by the US Senate (or S.Res. 142) carry weight? In Washington, maybe; but in Manila, especially under a maverick Chief Executive like Rodrigo R. Duterte, nada. The world knows that the Philippines gained its complete independence from America in 1946 through the “Tydings–McDuffie Act”, or the Philippine Independence Act, signed by…
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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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Baltazar goes for 20-20 in NBL debut to lift Pampanga over NE

MANILA — Justine Baltazar debuted in the National Basketball League with a huge statement, dropping a 20-20 in Pampanga’s 86-76 win over Nueva Ecija at the Muntinlupa Sports Center on Saturday night. The La Salle center put up 26 points and 23 rebounds to power the Delta to the huge win against the Bespren to…
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PEZA eyes 5-10% growth in investment pledges in 2020

Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Charito Plaza (PNA file photo by Pamela Mariz Geminiano) MANILA — Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza targets a 5 to 10-percent growth in investment pledges this year after the agency recorded a decline in approvals in 2019. Plaza said there are big-ticket projects that are applying…
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2 notorious drug pushers arrested in Aurora

ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUG DRIVE. The two alleged notorious drug pushers who were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Baler, Aurora on Sunday (Jan. 19, 2020).  The success of the operation was achieved through the intelligence buildup conducted by the operatives in the community. (Photo by Jason de Asis) BALER, Aurora — Two notorious drug pushers were…
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PRRD won’t attack Catholic Church sans basis

President Rodrigo R. Duterte MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte will not launch a series of tirades against the Catholic Church without any basis, Malacañang said on Sunday. In an interview with dzIQ, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it is no secret that Duterte has “personal” grievances against Catholic Church leaders. “‘Yun namang kaniyang pag-banat, palagi…
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Pangasinan town celebrates 15th Talong Festival

PINAKBET SA KAWA. Local folks of Villasis, Pangasinan, just like their fellow Pangasinenses and even Ilocanos, never get tired of pinakbet dish. As one of the highlights of the annual Talong Festival, the 21 barangays cooked their respective version of the dish in the Pinakbet sa Kawa event on Jan. 17, 2020. The cooking was…
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Malacañang assures Ayala, Pangilinan of due process

MANILA — Malacañang assured Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Manuel V. Pangilinan of due process in case warrants of arrest are issued against them. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador made this clarification after President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to arrest and indefinitely detain the owners of Metro Manila’s water concessionaires. Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments Corp. owns…
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State-of-the-art cement, port facilities open in Bataan

CEMENT AND PORT FACILITIES. Ambassador Jose Cuisia (extreme left), PHINMA president and CEO Ramon del Rosario (3rd from left), PhilCement president and CEO Eduardo Sahagun (4th from left) and other officials cut the ceremonial ribbon signaling the operation of the cement and port facilities in Mariveles, Bataan on Saturday (Jan. 18, 2020). The cement and…
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Gapay seen to steer Army to ‘greater heights’

GUEST OF HONOR. Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal (left) presents a plaque to Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, new commanding general of the Philippine Army, during the Army’s 4th Infantry Division celebration of its 50th anniversary in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday (Jan. 17, 2020). Gacal expressed hope that Gabay’s leadership will steer the Army…
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Malonzo looms as PBA D-League Draft top pick

MANILA — AMA looks poised on selecting Jamie Malonzo as the first pick of the PBA D-League Draft. Owning the top pick for the fourth straight year, the Titans set their sights on the former Portland State Viking and De La Salle Green Archer to headline the draft on Monday at the PBA office in…
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Siargao gears for 2020 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet

READY FOR REGIONAL MEET. The gymnasium and two-unit dormitories inside the Siargao Sports Complex in Dapa town were already completed and ready to be utilized in the upcoming 2020 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet slated on March 7 to 15 this year. The Siargao Island will host for the first time the athletic meet of Caraga…
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Agusan Sur road mishap kills 7, injures 3 others

Google map of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur BUTUAN CITY — Seven members of a family died and three others were injured in a road accident on a national highway in Barangay Patin-ay in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on Saturday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported. Prosperidad police said the accident that happened 8:45 a.m. involved…
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CamSur boxer knocks out Indonesian foe

DAVAO CITY — Southpaw Michael “Captain Barbel” Mendoza knocked out Stevanus Nana Bau of Indonesia to win the World Boxing Foundation International Flyweight title on Saturday at Pili Capitol Convention Center in Pili, Camarines Sur. The 21-year-old native of Pili, Camarines Sur stopped Bau right in the first opening round to post his 11th victory,…
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Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy’s first missile-capable frigate, the future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), is moving closer to join the naval fleet. Outgoing Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad, who will retire in early February, said that they are in the “final stage” on evaluating if the upcoming warship has met the requirements in…
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LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade

LIVE: (PART 2) Coverage of the Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade, January 19, 2020 at the Cebu City Sports Center.#PitSenyorKaSiloy #Sinulog2020saCDND Posted by CDN Digital on Saturday, January 18, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The grand parade of Cebu’s annual religious festival Sinulog is being staged this Sunday, January 19, 2020. The Sinulog is a colorful dance…
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IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Facebook apologized Saturday for a distasteful mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese language posts during his much-touted visit to Myanmar. His two-day visit to Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw was the first made by a Chinese leader in almost two decades. But the historic moment was dimmed by the automatic translation…
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