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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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Abu Sayyaf sub-leader nabbed in joint police, military ops in QC

Published October 4, 2019, 5:22 PM By Alexandria San Juan  An alleged sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was arrested in a joint police and military operation in Quezon City last week. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar and Quezon City Police District (QCPD) acting chief Col. Ronnie Montejo presented…
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DPWH announces reblocking in portions of EDSA this weekend

Published October 4, 2019, 5:16 PM By Erma Edera  Portions of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and other roads in Metro Manila will undergo reblocking and repair activities over the weekend, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Friday. Department of Public Works and Highways (MANILA BULLETIN) The DPWH–National Capital Region will…
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Angara renews call to increase salary of public school teachers

Updated October 4, 2019, 5:09 PM By Hannah Torregoza  Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Friday renewed calls to increase the starting salary of public school teachers from the present P20,000 to as much as P45,000. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara(Sonny Angara Facebook page / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Angara, who earlier filed Senate…
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Senior lawmakers revive general tax amnesty bill previously vetoed by Duterte

Published October 4, 2019, 5:04 PM By Ben Rosario  Senior administration lawmakers have revived the general tax amnesty provisions that were vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte when he signed into law Republic Act 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act. House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO) Reps. Sharon Garin (AAMBIS…
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Poe says she got the idea of having business class seats in MRT from concerned citizen

Updated October 4, 2019, 6:37 PM By Rizal Obanil Senator Grace Poe on Thursday pitched a suggestion from a concerned citizen to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to offer business-class-like reservations for a certain part of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train coaches to passengers. Senator Grace Poe (Senator Grace Poe’s Official Facebook Page / MANILA…
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Poe says she got the idea of having business class seats in MRT from netizen

Published October 4, 2019, 4:53 PM By Rizal Obanil Senator Grace Poe on Thursday pitched a suggestion from a netizen to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to offer business-class-like reservations for a certain part of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train coaches to passengers. Senator Grace Poe (Senator Grace Poe’s Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)…
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Barack Obama quotes the Beatles in anniversary message to Michelle

Barack and Michelle Obama exchanged heartfelt wedding-anniversary messages yesterday, Oct. 3. The former US President quoted the Beatles to describe 27 years of marriage to Michelle on social media. He posted a picture of his wife embracing him as they faced a sunset. “Like the Beatles said: It’s getting better all the time. Thanks, babe,…
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Mocha appointment shows ‘utter lack of delicadeza’

Published October 4, 2019, 4:42 PM By Ellson Quismorio  Imprudent and utterly lacking in delicadeza. Former Palace communication official and new Deputy Administrator of OWWA Margaux Esther “Mocha” Uson (Czar Dancel / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) That’s how Gabriela Women’s Party described on Friday Malacañang’s decision to appoint controversial blogger Mocha Uson as deputy…
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4,586 pigs culled so far in QC’s fight against African swine fever

Published October 4, 2019, 4:42 PM By Chito Chavez The Quezon City Veterinary Office reported that 4,586 pigs have so far been culled in the city as of October 3 in the city government’s continuing bid to prevent the spread of the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF). (PIXABAY / MANILA BULLETIN) City Veterinary chief Dr.…
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Quezon City gov’t gears up for 80th founding anniversary

Published October 4, 2019, 4:41 PM By Chito Chavez In celebration of its 80th founding anniversary, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has lined up a series of activities this month to mark its commemoration. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Belmonte said last Thursday various activities were held to honor its citizens especially…
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‘Ghost dialysis’ scam whistleblowers to file malversation raps vs PhilHealth officials

MANILA, Philippines — The two whistleblowers who revealed a clinic’s alleged “ghost dialysis” scam is set to file malversation complaints against officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Incorporation (PhilHealth) before the Ombudsman over the said scam, their lawyer said Friday. Lawyer Harry Roque, the counsel of Edwin Roberto and Leizel Santos de Leon, however, admitted…
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Climate change pushes Italy beekeepers to the brink

Published October 4, 2019, 4:39 PM By Agence France-Presse Unusual weather driven by climate change is wreaking havoc on bee populations, including in northern Italy where the pollinating insects crucial to food production are struggling to survive. Beekeepers in Italy have seen ‘repeated poor harvests over the past seven years’ (AFP / Marco BERTORELLO/MANILA BULLETIN)…
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Senate to prioritize measures seeking hike in public school teachers’ salaries, benefits

Published October 4, 2019, 4:32 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola  Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Friday that the Senate will prioritize measures seeking to increase the salaries and benefits of Filipino public school teachers. (JOHN JEROME GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) In a statement issued amid the celebration of the National and…
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