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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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Vessel license revocation curbs illegal fishing

(Logo taken from Oceana Twitter account) MANILA — For the first time in its history, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) permanently revoked the license of a fishing vessel found to have repeatedly violated the Fisheries Code’s provision banning commercial fishing in municipal waters. “We welcome this breakthrough in the implementation of the law.…
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Gov’t not ‘caught off guard’ by Taal Volcano’s eruption

MANILA — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) denied that it failed to inform the public about Taal Volcano’s imminent eruption. Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary and Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. made this reaction after Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. called for a congressional probe into the Phivolcs’ alleged failure to…
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RCBC economist sees GDP growing 7% in Q1

MANILA — An economist forecasts further acceleration of the Philippine economy’s growth to as high as 7 percent in the first quarter of 2020 due to the early approval of this year’s national budget that will help boost infrastructure spending. As of the third quarter of 2019, domestic growth, as measured by gross domestic product…
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‘Bahay Kubo’ kiosks to welcome food enthusiasts

KIOSKS MADE OF BAMBOO. “Bahay Kubo” inspired food kiosks will be used during the three-day Ilonggo Food Festival starting January 24. The kiosks are being prepared by the town of Maasin, the bamboo capital of the Philippines. (PNA photo by IFFI) ILOILO CITY — Around 300 “bahay-kubo” inspired kiosks will be welcoming gastronomic enthusiasts during the three-day Ilonggo Food…
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Tacloban maintains 90% road clearing drive

NO OBSTRUCTION. A major thoroughfare in Tacloban downtown after the road clearing operations. The Traffic Operations Management Enforcement and Control Office here said on Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2020) that 90 percent of sidewalks and public roads in the commercial area here have been cleared of obstructions. (Photo courtesy of Tacloban city government) TACLOBAN CITY — Around 90…
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Duterte appoints new Air Force chief

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has named Maj. Gen Allen Paredes as commanding general of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Paredes, who currently serves as PAF’s Air Logistics Commander, will formally replace retiring Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez in a turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to be attended by the President on Thursday…
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Yap wants PhilRice, soil bureau to set up branches in Bohol

PHILRICE IN BOHOL. Gov. Arthur Yap discusses the rice farming capability enhancement program in the Province of Bohol through the Advanced Rice Technology (ART). Yap said on Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2020) that he is inviting the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Bureau of Soils and Water Management of the Department of Agriculture to…
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Guv leads Bulacan team's relief distribution in Batangas

DONATION FOR TAAL VICTIMS. Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando (left) hands over a PHP1-million check to Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas (second from left) as additional assistance to the people displaced by the continuing eruption of Taal Volcano. The turnover held at the Batangas Provincial Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 was also witnessed by Bulacan provincial…
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Moratorium on GSIS, SSS, Pag-IBIG loan payments pushed

Senator Nancy Binay  MANILA — Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday urged the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System and Pag-IBIG, as well as other government financial agencies and offices, to impose a six-month to one-year loan payment moratorium for those affected by the restive Taal Volcano as a way to help ease their…
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Road crash injures 7 in NegOr town

CHEATING DEATH. A pickup truck is seen hanging over the side of a bridge after a mishap that injured seven construction workers in San Jose, Negros Oriental on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. A police report said the driver of the truck appeared to have fallen asleep, causing the vehicle to swerve and crash into the…
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Protests take toll on Hong Kong tourism

HONG KONG — Visitor numbers to Hong Kong fell by nearly 40% in the second half of last year amid clashes between police and anti-government protesters. The Hong Kong Tourism Board on Wednesday said the numbers of those visiting the Asian financial hub started to drop off in July as protests against proposed legislation allowing…
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One site for Antique capitol, San Jose town hall proposed

PLANNED RELOCATION. Christmas decorations of the San Jose de Buenavista town hall almost reach the street due to the lack of space. San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran on Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2020) said he will talk with Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao about the plan to relocate their town hall outside the busy business area…
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E. Samar road closed anew after 5th landslide

ROAD CLOSURE. Landslide debris blocked a major highway linking Samar and Eastern Samar provinces in Binaloan village, Taft, Eastern Samar. The Wright-Taft Road in Eastern Samar cleared of mudslide debris two days ago is once again closed to all types of vehicles due to another landslide on Wednesday morning (Jan. 15, 2020) (Photo courtesy of Department of…
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DPWH starts building P480-M Iloilo flyover

THE RISE OF FLYOVERS. Photo shows the aerial perspective of Iloilo where flyovers will be established by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Western Visayas (DPWH 6). The construction of Ungka II Flyover at the junction of Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and Iloilo Circumferential Road at Ungka II village started on Monday…
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Taal Volcano ashfall seen to replenish soil nutrients

ASH-COVERED PLANTATION. Photo shows a pineapple plantation covered by ash spewed by Taal Volcano on Sunday (Jan. 12, 2019). The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said ashfall from the restive volcano still has a benefit because it replenishes the nutrients of the soil, improving its fertility in the long run. (Photo courtesy of Go…
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