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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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Garage as a prerequisite to car ownership: Individual rights vs public order
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EDITORIAL: Garage as a prerequisite to car ownership: Individual rights vs public order

Two bills seeking to regulate the sale of motor vehicles—by requiring buyers to show unassailable proofs of ready garage or parking space—are now undergoing committee deliberations at the Senate. Senate Bill (SB) 368 authored by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and SB 679 authored by Sen. Bong Revilla are timely, with the road-clearing operations of the local government…
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‘SMART policing’ helps maintain peace and order in Boracay

NEW BORACAY POLICE CHIEF. Lt. Col. Jonathan Pablito, new Malay Municipal Police chief, says on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019) that CCTVs in the famous Boracay Island help in maintaining peace and order. He said 17 CCTVs are installed under the Secured, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence-Driven, Real-time, Technology or SMART Policing program of the Philippine National Police. (PNA file…
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Ilocos region launches Adopt-A-River project

ADOPT-A-RIVER PROJECT. Personnel of the PNP-Maritime Group 1 from its units in Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte pick up trash along the bank of Pantal River during the launching of PNP-Maritime Region 1’s “Adopt-A-River” project on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). In partnership with EMB-DENR and the city government, the maritime group adopts…
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NegOcc hosts first robotics training center in Western Visayas

NEGRENSE ROBOTICS. Negros Occidental Gov. Jose Eugenio Lacson (center) with other officials during the launch of the Robotics and Intelligence Machines Program in Bacolod City on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). The program aims to hone the fundamental skills of young Negrenses in the emerging fields of automation, instrumentation and robotics industry. (PNA photo by Nanette L. Guadalquiver)…
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Robredo to drug czar appointment critics:  Bring it up with Duterte

  MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said those who are resenting her appointment as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) should raise the matter before President Rodrigo Duterte.   Robredo admitted being surprised whenever she would hear concerns from other ICAD members through media, saying that no problems are being…
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US defense chief visits American Cemetery in Taguig

MANILA, Philippines — US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Tuesday paid tribute to American and Filipino soldiers who died during World War II. The top US defense official, who is in the Philippines to meet his counterpart Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, laid flowers for the fallen service members at the Manila American Cemetery in…
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SoKor ambassador pledges more Korean tourists, asks PRRD to keep them safe

Published November 19, 2019, 7:39 PM By Genalyn Kabiling South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man promised to invite more Koreans to visit the Philippines and help build a “Koreatown” in Manila but asked the government to ensure their safety. Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man (PCOO) The ambassador relayed the statement when…
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Duterte wants gov’t to focus on ‘conflict-prone communities’ to end insurgency

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has stressed the need to focus on “conflict-prone” communities as his government eyes the end of the decades-old communist insurgency in the Philippines. Duterte made the call during a joint command conference with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and state forces at Malacaang…
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Two tropical cyclones occupy PAR at the same time

Published November 19, 2019, 7:34 PM By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz  Two tropical cyclones are inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at the same time, as the low pressure area (LPA) east of Visayas intensified into tropical depression ‘Sarah’ Tuesday afternoon. (PAGASA/ MANILA BULLETIN) Typhoon ‘Ramon’ (international name ‘Kalmaegi’) has slowed down once again, pushing…
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FDA flags 5 unregistered food products

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against purchasing and consuming five unregistered food products. In an advisory, the FDA said the following products were not given Certificates of Product Registration or CPRs: Skinny Coffee Detox Instant Drink Mix with L-Carnitine, Garcinia Cambogia, Green Tea Extract, Glutathione, and Collagen…
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Christmas starts at NAIA 3; pose with a tree to fly for free

POSE TO FLY FOR FREE. Budget carrier AirAsia Philippines unveils its first Christmas tree at the NAIA Terminal 3 on Tuesday (November 19, 2019). The carrier is inviting the public to take a photo with the Christmas tree and upload it on Instagram for a chance to win tickets to their dream destination. (PNA photo…
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Construction of 'Yolanda' housing project on track

HOUSING PROJECT. Cabinet Secretary and chairperson of the Inter-agency Task Force Yolanda Karlo Alexei Nograles signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Deed of Donation and Acceptance (DODA) for the turnover of Yolanda permanent housing project held in a hotel in Iloilo City on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). Nograles said the task force is on track…
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NegOcc, DICT open Tech4ED Center in provincial library

E-LEARNING CENTER. The provincial library of Negros Occidental has opened a Tech4ED Center, in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology, to cater to Negrenses who have minimal or no access to information and government services. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (standing, 2nd from right) leads the launching, with (from left) Provincial Librarian Rio Lynne…
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East Libyan forces target munitions in Misrata with air strikes

Published November 19, 2019, 7:28 PM By Reuters BENGHAZI, Libya – East Libya-based forces said they had carried out air strikes on the port city of Misrata in the early hours of Tuesday, targeting armored vehicles delivered from Turkey and a munitions depot. Members of Libya’s internationally recognized government forces carry weapons in Ain Zara,…
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Israel’s settlers and the Palestinians they live among

Published November 19, 2019, 7:25 PM By Reuters OFRA, WEST BANK – His people’s link to the land goes back to biblical times, says the comics illustrator. His neighbor, a farmer, says the land belonged to his ancestors and has been stolen. One is an Israeli settler, the other a Palestinian living across the road.…
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PRRD not inclined to give Leni Cabinet rank after her ‘missteps’

President Rodrigo R. Duterte MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has reconsidered his decision to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo to the Cabinet after she made “missteps” in her role as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo enumerated Robredo’s three missteps that made Duterte change…
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