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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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Vehicles with aid for Taal evacuees clog SLEX

Slow-going traffic has been a usual fixture along the South Luzon Expressway during weekends, but yesterday’s traffic jam had netizens applauding. Read More Vehicles with aid for Taal evacuees clog SLEX Photo Credit: Philippine Star
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DOF to make sugar industry globally-competitive

WORLD-CLASS. Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino II (left) and Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of Senate committee on agriculture, during their visit to La Carlota City, Negros Occidental on Friday (Jan. 17, 2020). Lambino said the goal is to make the Philippine sugar industry globally-competitive.(PNA photo by Nanette L. Guadalquiver) LA CARLOTA CITY, Negros Occidental —…
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Repatriated OFWs from Mideast to get cash, livelihood aid

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. (File photo) MANILA — Qualified overseas Filipino workers repatriated from the Middle East will get cash and livelihood assistance, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Saturday. In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said aside from livelihood assistance, the repatriated OFWs from Iraq are expected to…
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Group bats for 25% hazard pay for workers in Taal area

CALM BEFORE THE STORM? Smoke billows out of a seemingly quiet Taal Volcano on Friday (Jan. 17, 2020). Authorities continue to monitor the volcano, which remains under Alert Level 4, as a hazardous eruption is imminent within hours or days. (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon) MANILA — A labor group on Saturday said workers…
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Bataan cops crackdown on colorum vehicles

ONE TIME, BIG TIME. Col. Villamor Tuliao, Bataan police director (third from left), briefs the teams to be deployed to the 11 towns and one city in the province during the launching of One Time Big Time Operation against colorum vehicles on Friday (Jan. 17, 2020). The move aims to lower the vehicular accidents in Bataan. (Photo…
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Police cadet dies during training in Davao City

GONE TOO SOON. Patrolman Angelo Tito, 24, who died of sinus tachycardia secondary to severe dehydration on Friday (January 17) after the latter and four other police trainees fainted during a road run a day earlier. The four other trainees are in stable condition. (Photo grabbed from Jeal Angelo Montes Tito’s Facebook account) DAVAO CITY…
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PRO-9 forms reactionary support force for Taal

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) has activated a reactionary support force, which will be deployed in areas affected by the Taal volcano eruption as the need arises. Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, PRO-9 director, said Saturday the move is in compliance with the directive of newly-named Philippine National Police chief Lt. Gen. Archie…
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Tagle: Do not replace God, Sto. Nino with other ‘kings’ 

Published January 18, 2020, 10:49 PM By Betheena Kae Unite Offering his last mass before heading to Vatican City to take up his new post in the Holy Office, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded the Catholic faithful not to replace God and Sto. Nino with other ‘kings.’ During the homily of his last…
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PSA starts monthly palay, corn reporting system in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority in Caraga Region (PSA) on Friday said it has started the monthly palay and corn situation reporting system (MPCSRS) for this year. PSA-13 regional director Rosalinda Apura said the MPCSRS will serve as a monitoring system of the growing conditions and actual plantings of palay and corn in…
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PNP bats for 'zero major incident' during Aklan’s AtiFest

SAFE ATI-ATIHAN FEST. Aside from the personnel deployed on the field, policemen also monitor security people attending the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan via CCTV cameras. The policemen are working to achieve their goal to record zero major incident, Staff Sgt. Jane Vega, Philippine National Police Kalibo spokesperson for Ati-Atihan 2020, said on Saturday (Jan. 18,…
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10 Iloilo towns secure solid waste management plan

APPROVED. Mitzi Peñaflorida, senior environmental management specialist of Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) says on Saturday (Jan. 18, 2020) the 10-year solid waste management plans of 10 Iloilo towns were approved by the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC). The plan will serve as a bible for the municipalities to implement waste management…
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No looming threat of Mt. Apo eruption: Phivolcs

MANILA — There are no imminent signs of unrest that might lead to the eruption of Mount Apo, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Saturday. “Right now, as we speak, no abnormal activity has been observed. We didn’t see any different volcanic activity,” Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr.…
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Army condemns NPA landmine attack in Surigao Norte

TIGHT SECURITY. Personnel of the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion conduct security measures along a national highway in Claver town, Surigao del Norte after the communist New People’s Army staged a landmine attack near a civilian-populated area. A soldier who was hurt in the attack is already out of danger. (Photo grab from Facebook Page of…
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Duterte condoles with family of late police general

PAYING RESPECTS. President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night (Jan. 17) visits the wake of retired police general Francisco Villaroman at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Davao City. Villaroman, 62, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 14) after battling colon cancer. (Presidential Photo by Arman Baylon) MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended his condolences to…
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7 ex-rebels get financial aid in Isabela

SURRENDERERS. Seven former New People’s Army rebels -some seen here with Col. Gladiuz Calilan, 95th Infantry Battalion commander – were given financial assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program. The ceremony was held at the Balai Na Isabela at the Provincial Capitol on Friday (Jan. 17, 2020). (Photo courtesy of 95th Infantry Battalion) CITY…
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