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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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Duterte, Moon Jae-in to sign several agreements in Busan meeting

Published November 19, 2019, 6:26 PM By Genalyn Kabiling The Philippines and South Korea are expected to forge cooperative agreements on education, fisheries, social security and tourism next week, according to South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man. The agreements seeking to enhance bilateral relations will be sealed following the meeting between President Duterte…
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US defense chief Esper agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH

  MANILA, Philippines — The United States has expressed willingness to take another look at a decades-old defense pact with the Philippines to clarify Washington’s commitment to defend Manila against “any armed attack” in the volatile South China Sea.   US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who is in town to reaffirm defense ties between the…
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No word yet on next PNP chief

PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac. (File photo) MANILA — The selection of the country’s next top cop was not tackled during the command conference with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday. In a press briefing in Camp Crame, PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the police force…
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NCMB in charge of Regent Foods, workers mediation: DOLE

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. (File photo) MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday said the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) is trying to patch things up between the workers and management of snack food maker, Regent Foods Corporation (RFC). “In the meantime, our NCMB is mediating since there is…
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Building of PAL, PNB offices in Pasay City gets bomb threat

Published November 19, 2019, 6:03 PM By Dhel Nazario A bomb threat was sent to the PNB Bldg. in Pasay City on Tuesday afternoon, sending employees rushing out of their offices. Among the offices located in the building are those of Philippine Airlines and Philippine National Bank. Pasay City Police Chief Col. Bernard Yang said…
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Typhoon Ramon ‘almost stationary’; LPA off E. Samar now TD Sarah

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Ramon was “almost stationary” Tuesday afternoon ahead of its projected landfall over the Babuyan Islands as the low-pressure area (LPA) off Eastern Samar develops into Tropical Depression Sarah, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said Ramon was…
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Panelo says he can also speak on foreign policy

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday pointed out that there is nothing wrong with him speaking about the government’s foreign policy.   Panelo issued this statement as he denied therewere conflicting statements between himand Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.   “Contrary to what some senators claim, there has never been any…
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Recto warns delay in nat’l ID rollout due to budget woes

Senator Ralph Recto  MANILA — Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Tuesday warned that the lack of funding for the National ID project could affect its early stage of implementation and eventually derail its rollout. Recto said there is zero funding for the project in the “programmed portion” of the proposed national budget for…
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LRT-1 mobile app launched for commuters, local tourists

LRT TRAIN APP. The ikotMNL mobile app for riders of the LRT-1 features real-time train arrivals and departures, fare information, crowd information in all stations of the LRT-1, and many others. During its launch on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019), LRMC Communications and Customer Relations head Jacqueline Gorospe said the app also promotes local tourism by…
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Gov’t urged to monitor retail prices of chicken, egg

MANILA – A senator on Tuesday called on the government to strictly monitor the retail prices of egg and chicken, given the steep rise in their prices in Metro Manila. Senator Imee Marcos said the cost of small eggs reached more than PHP6 apiece, with a tray of 30 pieces priced at PHP180 and up…
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PH dollar reserve piling up as BOP records surplus of $163M

Except for the month of June this year, the Philippines has been earning more dollars than it has been spending since November 2018 courtesy of remittances from Filipinos abroad and some foreign investments.   This combination led to a large balance of payment surplus by end of October 2019, according to the Bangko Sentral ng…
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Camel, cow, donkey found roaming together along Kansas road

GODDARD, Kan. — Authorities discovered a camel, a cow and a donkey roaming together along a Kansas road in a grouping reminiscent of a Midwestern Christmas Nativity scene. The Goddard Police Department asked for help Sunday in locating the owners of the “three friends traveling together (towards a Northern star).” Police said in a Facebook…
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