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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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Seamstress makes free face masks for Taal-affected individuals

FREE FACE MASKS. A 61-year-old seamstress Rosalina Mantuano of Lipa City, Batangas sews thousands of face masks for the evacuees affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Mantuano plans to make more face masks and give these for free to her kababayans until the volcano calms down. (PNA photo by Joey Razon) BATANGAS — You don’t need to…
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SC orders Nazario heirs to settle Espinosa prize in 1998 bout

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the heirs of the late boxing promote Rodolfo “Rudy” Nazario to complete the payment of prize money due to boxer Luisito Espinosa for his victory in the World Boxing Council World Featherweight title fight against Carlos Rios in Koronadal, South Cotabato, 22 years ago. In a resolution dated…
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Taal volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

      AGONCILLO, Batangas — Officials said Saturday they are bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said more than 900 villagers who fell ill have been…
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Gamboa’s honesty earned him PNP top post: Palace

Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa MANILA — It was the honesty of incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa that earned him PNP’s top post, Malacañang said on Sunday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced that he is going to appoint Gamboa as…
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Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her

Vilma Santos-Recto and her son Luiz Manzano slammed a fake Twitter account which is using the former’s name and photo to pose as her. Manzano retweeted one of the said page’s posts on his own Twitter account last Thursday, Jan. 17. The impostor used the actress-politician’s photo and the handle @vilmaSRecto. “Please dont be [duped]……
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Taguig holds another relief operation for Taal Volcano victims

RELIEF OPERATIONS. The team from Taguig City unloads relief packs for victims of the Taal Volcano eruption in an evacuation site in Laurel, Batangas on Jan. 17, 2020. The city also held a medical mission for 122 families or 500 individuals. (Photo courtesy of Mylene Gregorio) MANILA — After sending aid to affected residents two…
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'Ate Jane': Pinay with a big heart helping Filipinos in France

ATE JANE. Mary Jane Souterre (right) poses with husband, Patrick, and two children, Kevin and Tifanny, in this photo. Jane, fondly called as Ate Jane, is the founder of Coeurs à Coeurs, a charitable foundation in France that provides assistance to the Filipinos who in dire need both in France and the Philippines. (Photo courtesy…
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Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas

LEGAZPI CITY — The Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) will send off on Sunday afternoon a disaster response group to assist disaster responders in Batangas province where most towns were affected by the recent Taal volcano eruption. The One Bicol Emergency Response Team (OBERT), composed of 102 local disaster responders, was…
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Soleimani had sheltered al-Qaeda leaders, claims author

ANKARA — Although high-profile slain Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani is known for extending Shia arc or Iranian influence beyond his country’s borders to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and up to Yemen, little is known that he had also sheltered fighters of al-Qaeda terrorist group and senior members of its military council, a British author…
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Iloilo beats Zamboanga at home; SJ nips DavOcc in finals rematch

MANILA — Aaron Jeruta put the University of San Agustin Gym into frenzy as he scored the winning basket for Iloilo, which survived Zamboanga, 60-58, in a crucial MPBL Lakan Season game on Saturday night. Jeruta, who struggled all game long scored on a layup against the defense of Robin Roño with 12.4 seconds left…
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2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings

LEGAZPI CITY — Anti-narcotics operatives arrested on Saturday two alleged drug pushers in separate police drug stings in the provinces of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur. A total of 16 sachets of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) and two sachets containing suspected dried marijuana were seized from both operations, said Police Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police…
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787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 787 volcanic earthquakes have been recorded in just 24 hours as the Taal Volcano continues to be restive, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Sunday. Fifteen of these are low-frequency earthquakes, according to Phivolcs in its 8 a.m. bulletin, citing information from the Taal Volcano…
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Teen gunned down in Masbate

  LEGAZPI CITY — A teenager was shot and killed by an unidentified assailant on Saturday night while the teen was driving his motorcycle in Cataingan town in Masbate province, a police report said Sunday. The victim, Jessie Ynot, 19, a student and resident of Barangay (village) Cadulawan, was onboard his motorcycle and was on…
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