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President Duterte congratulates weight lifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning medal in Rio Olympics

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday congratulated Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning the silver medal, the Philippines first non-boxing Olympic medal since the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Diaz won silver medal for placing second in the women’s weightlifting division for her overall lift of 200 kilograms. Placing 1st was Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei. “On behalf of a proud nation, we congratulate […]

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DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

A MERCURY recycling facility bought by the government in 2013 for more than US $1 million of remains unused and rotting in a warehouse in Taguig City. This was disclosed by the Philippine EcoWaste Coalition on Monday shortly after it sent a letter to the Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi asking the department to put into use the wasting […]

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General Aviation operations at NAIA restricted on “peak hours”

AVIATION authorities on Sunday started implementing a ban on non commercial air transport planes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during peak hours in a bid to make the skies safer and ease air traffic at the country’s premier airport. In a joint guideline issued on July 28, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Manila International Airport Authority […]

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President Duterte named mayors, judges, police officers in illegal drug trade

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday in Davao City named about 160 local officials, congressmen, judges and police officers allegedly linked to the illegal drugs trade as the five-week war against illegal drugs continues. Duterte read a list of names who he claims “destroy the country.” He made the pronouncement while visiting an army camp in his home city. Among those named […]

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National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas: “Ongs not involved in illegal drugs”

IN an apparent complete reversal of its earlier claims, the National Democratic Front (NDF)-Eastern Visayas has cleared Northern Samar Rep. Edwin Ong and his uncle, Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, of any involvement with criminal syndicates or the illegal drug trade. “There is no truth and factual basis in the allegations of the Ongs’ participation in the illegal drugs trade […]

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Upsurge in local cacao production seen—Agriculture Sec. Piñol

FILIPINO chocolate lovers here is a good news. The Philippines will soon be a chocolate exporting country again as the cacao industry is set to expand following an expected boost from the President Rodrigo Duterte. This was the consensus of industry stakeholders after they met with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’s on August 1 in San Fernando, Pampanga. In a […]

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President Duterte endorses immediate revival of mandatory ROTC

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte wants the immediate revival of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program as soon as legal requirements are in place, a palace official said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it was President Duterte who personally backed the ROTC’s revival because of his belief that the program would install patriotism and discipline among the next generation. […]

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Government prosecutors appeal former Pres. GMA’s acquittal on plunder charges

THE Office of the Ombudsman on Friday filed a Motion for Reconsideration before the Supreme Court seeking the reversal of its decision to acquit former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the plunder charges filed in connection with the anomalous utilization of intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, in the motion, asserted that the plunder charges […]

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Quick thinking pilot saved plane, passengers and crew at the NAIA

THE quick thinking pilot of an Airbus A330-200 saved the lives of 219 passengers and crew of Gulf Air Flight GF 155 after he decided to immediately execute emergency landing protocols and land his  plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport following reports of engine trouble shortly after he took off on Friday afternoon. The Manila International Airport Authority said […]

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PH Green group wants some “cancer causing” Belo products out of the market

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, demanded that Belo Essential Products line containing cancer causing isobutyl paraben be removed from the market shelves as these items pose health risks to the public. The coalition’s demand came in the heels of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory No. 2016-032 issued on April 20 reiterating its ban on […]

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PH Sports commission officials convicted for overpriced bike equipment

THE  Sandiganbayan on Friday sentenced a Philippine Sports Commission official and several other former sports executive, including two entrepreneurs, to six to 10 years imprisonment after they were found guilty of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 ( the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). PSC Deputy Executive Director Cesar Pradas, former PSC officials Simeon Gabriel Rivera, Marilou Cantancio, Eduardo Clariza and […]

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CAAP fired 20 drug using employees

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has terminated 20 of its 23 personnel who were tested positive for drug use following a series of urine testing on its more than 2,000 workers at 26 airports nationwide during the first half of the year. Of the 2,620 employees who underwent screening for narcotics from January to the end of June, […]

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‘War at Sea’: Chinese Defense Chief Calls on Country to Be Ready for Combat

By Sputniknews In the wake of the Hague-based Court of Arbitration’s decision to deny Beijing’s nine-dash-line territorial claims, tensions in the South China Sea have increased. The United States claims it will continue aggressive military action in the waterway, a move sternly opposed by China. During a tour of military installations in the coastal Zhejiang Province, China’s Defense Minister Chang Wanquan appeared to raise the bar, calling for “recognition […]

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MIAA investigating how a suspected Filipina drug courier went through airport security checks

MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials on Thursday started an investigation to determine how a Filipina was able to leave the country with 720 grams of suspected cocaine and flew to Hong Kong where she was arrested for drug trafficking. MIAA general manager Ed Monreal ordered a probe on all officials manning the initial and final security checks at the […]

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Kulaog Band’s “Pusong Bato”

This is a lip sync version of Pusong Bato by a little known lip sync band Kulaog. Nice           Music Video © YouTUBE

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PDEA posted Significant Accomplishments on 1st Month of the Anti-drug War

THE collaborative efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement agencies is paying early dividends for the national anti-drug campaign as significant accomplishments were recorded during the first month of the three-to-six months timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte to rid the country of illegal drugs. PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña disclosed that as the […]

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Customs’ Passenger Services boosts NAIA revenue collection

THE Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) renewed policy of scanning baggage of arriving passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was able to generate P4.7 million (about US $100,000) in duties and taxes last month. Customs District III Collector Edgar Macabeo attributed the additional income from customs duties to the re-implementation of scanning policy at the Customs’ Passenger Services at […]

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PH airport police authorities subjected to random drug testing

PH airport police authorities subjected to random drug testing

THE 496 strong members of the Airport Police Department on Wednesday were subjected to drug testing for compliance with the government’s drug-free workplace policy amidst the war against illegal drugs by the Duterte administration. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said the APD was the first group of the 3,000 organic and non-organic employees of the MIAA. […]

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Six persons linked with Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera, Leyte killed

SIX more persons were added to the growing list of the more than 400 people killed in the war against illegal drugs. The latest fatalities were killed after they engaged lawmen in a running gun battle in Albuera, Leyte early Wednesday morning. The slain men, all of whom are unidentified, are believed to be linked with Albuera municipal Mayor Rolando […]

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PH will soon produce commercial organic chix–DA

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol said we cannot beat Vietnam and Thailand in food production unless the government gives adequate support to the nation’s farmers. “We cannot compete with Vietnam and Thailand in terms of production if the government does not give adequate support,” he added. Piñol made his views known as he reveals that the country may now start […]

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PH Drug Enforcement Agency arrested five suspected dealers and seized P1.7 million worth of alleged shabu

PH Drug Enforcement Agency arrested five suspected dealers and seized P1.7 million worth of alleged shabu

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday announced the arrest of five suspected drug dealers and the seizure of several firearms, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and 219 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) placed in six plastic sachets with an estimated street value of P1.7 million (about US $36,170). PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said the […]

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NAPOLCOM recommends promotion to two-star rank of 2 PNP officials; 5 others to one-star rank

THE National Police Commission on Wednesday recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the promotion into the next higher rank of seven police officers due to their outstanding performance of duty. NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said recommended for promotions are two Chief Superintendents and five Senior Superintendents. He identified the officers recommended to be promoted to the […]

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Privilege speech of Senator Leila de Lima against EJK

“The Real Crisis We Face: Stop the Killings Now!” Senate of the Philippines | August 2, 2016 Mr. President, my fellow Senators, mga minamahal kong kababayan: Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat. I rise on matters of personal and collective privilege concerning a number of issues that now dominate the news and divide our people. Our nation is in crisis. […]

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Leyte mayor surrenders after President Duterte issues ‘shoot on sight’ order

MANILA — Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa on Tuesday surrendered to Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa before the expiration of the 24-hour surrender deadline that President Rodrigo Duterte gave him and his still-at-large son Kerwin. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a text message to reporters covering Malacanang Palace, said Espinosa Sr. surrendered with a few hours […]

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DACA recipients Anthony Ng and Michelle Yoon (7th and 8th from left, respectively) pose with the panel members of the New America Media (NAM) roundtable forum in downtown Los Angeles last week. The meeting was attended by representatives from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacifc Islanders(WHIAAPI), the USCIS-Los Angeles Field Office, Department of Labor, non-profit organizations and members of the media.

DACA remains valid, Asians urged to avail of immigration relief

CONTRARY to popular impression, President Barack Obama’s executive action in 2012 to shield from deportation undocumented persons who came to the U.S. z when they were children, otherwise known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, remains in effect despite a recent unfavorable decision by the US Supreme Court on the extent of executive powers to grant immigration […]

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