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Let’s #PrayForChina, let’s pray for humanity
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EDITORIAL: Let’s #PrayForChina, let’s pray for humanity

Twitter’s trending topic #PrayForChina since the afternoon of January 31 just showed anew how compassionate and godly the Filipinos are. Yes, every Filipino is afraid of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD). Some called for a ban against Chinese nationals. Some even cursed and badmouthed the Chinese. Some even used the issue to…
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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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Growers want PH-SoKor banana tariff stalemate resolved

(PNA file photo)  MANILA — The country’s top banana growers and exporters are calling on both the South Korean and Philippine governments to immediately resolve stalemate on the proposed reduction of tariff rates on banana shipments. The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA) urged Manila and Seoul to work on the speedy end…
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As dumpsite closes, trash pile up on streets of Tagbilaran City

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol- Trash piled up on the streets of the provincial capital started to stink four days after garbage collection was stopped. Arlene Pesquira, who lives along Graham Avenue in Barangay Booy, had to cover her nose in an attempt to fend off the stench from the garbage piled up in front of their…
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Duterte apologizes to Robredo for believing ‘fake news’ on UN probers

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to Vice President Leni Robredo for believing a “fake news” that she had invited a UN prosecutor to probe his administration’s brutal war on drugs. “If she says that’s false news ako I believe her. And I am sorry because I said you only realize that it is false…
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DSWD provides for child, women friendly spaces in evacuation centers

Published November 24, 2019, 2:04 PM By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has established child- and women-friendly spaces in evacuation centers to ensure the safety and welfare of women and children in the aftermath of the series of earthquakes in Central and Southern Mindanao. Department of Social Welfare and…
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PH may push for visa-free entry of Filipinos to South Korea

BUSAN, South Korea — The Philippine government might push anew for the visa-free entry of Filipinos to South Korea at the 2019 Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (Asean-ROK) Commemorative Summit, Philippine Ambassador to Korea Noe Albano Wong said Sunday. READ:Korean peninsula conflict, security issues in Asean-ROK summit agenda Filipinos need a visa to…
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Solon hopes proposed train system can ‘save’ Metro Cebu

Published November 24, 2019, 1:54 PM By Ellson Quismorio Only a commuter train system can save Metro Cebu from an impending “economic gridlock,” Cebu 1st district Rep. Eduardo Gullas said on Sunday. Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas (Office of the Mayor, City of Talisay, Cebu Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Metro Cebu needed…
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Former senator Paterno remembered on 5th death anniversary

Published November 24, 2019, 1:54 PM By Roy Mabasa In commemoration of his fifth death anniversary, former Senator Vicente “Ting” Paterno, who died on November 21, 2014, was remembered not just for his honesty and dedication to public service, but also for his “enduring legacies” that led to several successful diplomatic and trade negotiations with…
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LOOK: Erich Gonzales flaunts beach curves in Davao

Erich Gonzales showed off her fit physique in a simple yellow bikini while vacationing in Samal Island, Davao, as seen in her Instagram post yesterday, Nov. 23. The actress stunned her fans and fellow celebrities, striking a pose in a resort during her getaway from Metro Manila. “My kind of weekend,” Gonzales said. View this…
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Bello encourages OFWs to make full use of DOLE mobile app

Published November 24, 2019, 1:53 PM By Analou De Vera The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has encouraged both local and overseas Filipino workers to use the department’s mobile application that offers various services which can be useful for them. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “The DOLE…
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Robredo does not intend to quit, says only Duterte could remove her from ICAD post

Published November 24, 2019, 1:50 PM By Raymund Antonio Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she did not have any intention of resigning from her post, noting that her fate as the country’s drug czar was all up to President  Rodrigo Duterte. Vice-President Leni Robredo  (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) “Siya iyong nag-appoint sa…
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Phivolcs records 100 quakes at Taal Volcano in last 24 hours

Published November 24, 2019, 1:47 PM By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported roughly 100 earthquakes at the Taal Volcano from Saturday to Sunday, amid a continuing high volcanic seismicity since March this year. Taal Volcano (Wow Batangas website / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Based on the 24-hour…
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“Usapang lalaki ‘yon: Duterte warns vs scrapping of Speaker term-sharing deal”

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has warned House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco against turning their backs on the Speakership term-sharing deal he had brokered amid speculations that it could be ignored. “If anyone of them would not honor it, be it Lord Velasco or si Peter Cayetano that is —…
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Go exhorts Robredo to protect the innocent, and kill drug lords, if necessary

Published November 24, 2019, 1:45 PM By Hannah Torregoza Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said Vice President Leni Robredo must exert all her efforts in fulfilling her new role as anti-drug czar, and should be ready to “kill” drug lords if necessary. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (Senator Bong Go’s Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO…
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Cayetano pushes for probe on steel smuggling 

Published November 24, 2019, 1:44 PM By Ellson Quismorio Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano sees the allegations of steel smuggling as a serious issue that has to be investigated by the House of Representatives. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (Alan Peter Cayetano / Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN) “We cannot compromise public safety following deaths and destruction…
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2019 Bar exams end peacefully

Published November 24, 2019, 1:43 PM By Erma Edera After four grueling Sundays, this year’s bar examinations concluded peacefully at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, police said. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) Like in previous years, bar candidates capped off Sunday this year’s bar exam through the traditional “salubong”  traditionally staged by…
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Marcos assures rice farmers of additional P6.9 billion in assistance by December

Published November 24, 2019, 1:41 PM By Hannah Torregoza Senator Josefa Imelda “Imee” Marcos has assured local rice farmers of an additional P6.9 billion in assistance by December which she said would be in the form of palay purchases or cash using undisbursed funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Senator Imee…
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Thunberg to guest-edit BBC radio news program

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Saturday 11/23/2019 – 20:47 UTC+8 | 188 words   Teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg will guest-edit BBC radio’s main daily current affairs program in December, the broadcaster announced Saturday.   The 16-year-old climate change campaigner will be one of five prominent personalities invited to take over the “Today”…
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Asean info ministers tackle fake news in Bohol meet

FIGHT VS. FAKE NEWS. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Marie T. Badoy (right, standing) interacts with students from different colleges and universities in Bohol on the sidelines of the Asean Awareness Forum held at Bellevue Pavilion in Panglao Island, Bohol Friday (Nov. 22, 2019). Badoy said information ministers attending the Asean Senior Officials…
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10M Filipinos jobless in Q3 of 2019: SWS

MANILA — Around 21.5 percent or an estimated 10 million adult Filipinos are jobless from July to September period, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS poll, conducted on Sept. 27 to 30, showed the number of unemployed Filipinos in the third quarter of 2019 was up by…
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Duterte to discuss 4-day workweek proposal with Cabinet

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide whether he will support the proposal to implement a four-dayworkweekscheme to help ease traffic flow in Metro Manila. In an interview with reporters in Davao City on Saturday, Duterte said he would discuss the proposal first with his Cabinet officials. “I have to discuss it with the…
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Parts of Luzon to experience power interruption starting November 25

Published November 24, 2019, 1:19 PM By MB Online Parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will experience scheduled power interruptions starting Monday, November 25, until Sunday, December 1, due to maintenance works. In an advisory, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced that some barangays in the cities of Manila, Marikina, Pasig, Quezon City, and San…
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Attempt on cop’s life leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded

Updated November 24, 2019, 1:14 PM By Jhon Aldrin Casinas A 37-year-old man was killed while three persons were wounded when a grenade planted under the motorcycle of a policeman broke loose and exploded in Mandaluyong City Sunday morning. (FLICKR / MANILA BULLETIN) P/Colonel Remigio Sedanto, city police chief, identified the fatality as Roger Barcelo…
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Parts of Metro, nearby provinces to have brownouts starting Nov. 25

MANILA, Philippines—Parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will experience scheduled power interruptions starting Monday due to maintenance activities. In an advisory, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced that some areas in Manila (Tondo, Malate and Ermita), Marikina (Concepcion I and Sto. Nio), Pasig City (Maybunga), Quezon City, San Juan City (Salapan), Cavite (Tagaytay City,…
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Village watchman gunned down in Cavite

SAN PEDRO CITY, Philippines -A village watchman was gunned down in Imus City in Cavite province, police said on Sunday. The city police were still investigating the motive behind the killing of Alden Macaombao, a watchman in Barangay (village) Bayan Luma 2. According to a report from the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon police, Macaombao…
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Leyte village chief nabbed for drugs

ORMOC CITY, Philippines — Police on Saturday arrested a village chief of one of the coastal barangays (villages) in Abuyog town, Leyte for allegedly selling illegal drugs.   Beinvinido Tijano Lozada Jr., 43, a village chief of Bahay, Abuyog town in Leyte, was accused of selling shabu amounting to P1,000 to an undercover police officer…
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2 nabbed for drugs, gun in Nueva Ecija

  BONGABON, Nueva Ecija — A truck driver and a farmer were arrested on Saturday (Nov. 23) for illegal drugs and for possession of an unlicensed gun during two successive police operations conducted in this eastern Nueva Ecija municipality. Truck driver Erwin Santiago, 23, was arrested in a 10:40 a.m. drug bust in Barangay (village)…
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