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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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Group hits Dutch embassy's silence on call to bring Joma home

RELENTLESS. Even with the cold response from the Dutch embassy, anti-communist group Liga Filipinas Independencia still pushes for its demand to have the embassy cooperate in bringing back Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison here. The group’s spokesperson, Nolan Tiongco, said they are set to take bolder actions and communicate directly with…
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US-PH alliance strong, adaptable to challenges: Sec. Esper

US DEFENSE CHIEF IN PH. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper exchange pleasantries with ranking police officials upon his arrival in Manila on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). Esper met with his Filipino counterpart, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, to discuss issues of mutual concern including on security. (Photo courtesy of the US Secretary Defense…
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PNP-CIDG failed to present key witness: Baloyo

MANILA — A suspected “ninja cop” has claimed that the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) failed to present a key witness in the criminal complaint filed against him and his co-respondents in the controversial 2013 anti-illegal drugs raid in Mexico, Pampanga. In his rejoinder, Police Maj. Rodney Baloyo IV asked the panel of…
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Samar farmer killed, village official hurt in NPA attack

NPA ATTACK. The site in Inubod village in Matuguinao, Samar where the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked a village official and a farmer on Monday (Nov. 18, 2019). The farmer died and the village official was slightly wounded. (Google image) TACLOBAN CITY — A farmer was killed and a village official was slightly wounded when 30 members…
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DILG backs VP Leni's call for TWG vs. illegal drugs

MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday welcomed Vice President and anti-drug czar Leni Robredo’s move for the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) in the campaign against illegal drugs. “We support her proposal to create a Technical Working Group that will be tasked to study, review, and…
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DILG tells leftist groups to ‘stop harassing judges’

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday warned leftist groups not to intimidate judges or intervene with their judicial mandate, after party-list group Bayan Muna threatened to file cases against judges who recently issued search warrants against the offices of various progressive groups in Negros and Manila. “Please…
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DPWH paves farm-to-market roads in Isabela, to open at year-end

Published November 19, 2019, 5:29 PM By Betheena Kae Unite A couple of rural road projects in Ilagan City are underway in a bid to improve the livelihood of farmers in those parts of Isabela province, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced. “Residents, especially the farmers from rural areas in the City…
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Treñas stops plan to euthanize stray dogs

Updated November 19, 2019, 5:25 PM By Tara Yap ILOILO CITY — Mayor Jerry Treñas will not allow the plan of the Iloilo City Veterinary Office to conduct euthanasia or mercy killing of stray dogs following a backlash on the purported plan on social media. This used to be a stray dog, but has been…
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6 killed, 3 hurt in Isabela accidents

Published November 19, 2019, 5:21 PM By Freddie Lazaro CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela – Six persons were killed, while three others were injured, in separate vehicular accidents in Cabatuan and Quezon towns in Isabela province on Monday. Police Major Richard Babaran, the Cabatuan town’s  chief of police, said during interview in Bombo Radyo that four persons…
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Transgender kids feel as much like girls or boys as non-trans children—study

Transgender kids feel as much like girls or boys as their non-transgender counterparts, according to a major study of U.S. children that allowed observers to see how the young people conformed to social gender norms. The authors of the study, researchers from the University of Washington who published their findings Monday in the scientific journal…
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DA employees under probe for possible smuggling ‘conspiracy’

MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary William Dar admitted Tuesday that his agency is still facing a “huge” problem in smuggling that they are now investigating his own men for their possible involvement in the entry of illegally imported agricultural products in the country. “Maraming kuntsabahan ‘yan. Sa Bureau of Animal Industry, nagkukuntsabahan ‘yan so nakakalusot.…
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Drivers’ re-training every 5 years pushed to curb traffic, mishaps

  MANILA, Philippines — A bill requiring all motor vehicle drivers to undergo a re-education program every five years has been filed in the House of Representatives.   House Bill No. 3196, authored by Iloilo 3rd District Rep. Lorenz Defensor, provides that a driver could not renew his license unless he undergoes the re-training program.…
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Coal mine blast kills 15 people in China

  BEIJING — A coal mine explosion has killed 15 people in north China’s Shanxi province, state media reported Tuesday.   Nine other people were injured by the gas explosion on Monday afternoon, which took place in a mine owned by Shanxi Pingyao Fengyan Coal & Coke Group Co, according to official news agency Xinhua.…
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Brosas slams continued rice importation under tariff regime

Published November 19, 2019, 5:10 PM By Ellson Quismorio A militant solon has assailed what she described as the government’s “continued insistence” that imposing tariffs on rice imports is beneficial to the local agriculture industry. A worker carries a sack of imported rice inside a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Quezon City, Metro Manila.(REUTERS/Darren…
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