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The fans vs the coaches

ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS THE reaction of many Duterte supporters to the survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) which revealed that China enjoys a poor trust rating among Filipinos and that 84 percent do not support the President’s “do nothing” policy in the West Philippine Sea was swift—and predictable. SWS …

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Building the infrastructure of 21st century PH economy

YEN MAKABENTA First word I ATTENDED last Monday the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, on the invitation of Kamuning Bakery proprietor Wilson Flores. The featured speaker and guest was Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, budget chief also of some past administrations and for some time a professor of economics at the …

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OFW incentive bill must be a top priority

A new Senate bill providing incentives for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to start their own businesses could be one of the most remarkable pieces of legislation to come out of Congress in years, and its passage should be given high priority. Senate Bill 2101, the “Business Incentives for OFWs …

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Navy test-fires Israel missiles

ABOARD BRP DAVAO DEL SUR: The Philippine Navy on Wednesday tested newly acquired missile systems from Israel, which Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described as “impressive.” TEST MISSILE A multipurpose attack craft fires a Spike-Extended Range Missile during a live demonstration of the newly acquired missile system from Israel at the …

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US judge lifts Trump asylum ban

HOUSTON: A judge has ordered the US government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without congressional approval. US District Judge Jon Tigar agreed Monday with legal groups that …

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Chavit questions Mislatel selection as 3rd telco

A consortium backed by former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson has questioned the legality of the selection of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. Inc. (Mislatel) as provisional third telco (telecommunications company) player. Chavit Singson on Tuesday blamed the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for the disqualification of Sear Telecom, composed of …

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Higher interest rates ‘not a concern’ for developers

HIGHER interest rates would not pose a concern to property developers amid strong demand from property buyers, according to an official of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP). “When I got to talk to different developers, either the big players or individual developers, they actually do not …

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House to Diokno: Explain budget ‘irregularities’

The House minority leadership is set to summon Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to explain and correct alleged “irregularities” in the proposed national budget for 2019. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno Minority Leader Danilo Suarez filed House Resolution 2307 requiring the appearance of Diokno in the “question hour” during the plenary session …

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Duterte forms anti-laundering committee

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has created a panel tasked to stamp out money laundering and terrorism financing in the country. PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte Duterte created the National Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Coordinating Committee (NACC,) which will facilitate inter-agency coordination focused on the development of national policies …

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Palace vows to release details of PH-China deals

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said the Philippine government would release details of the deals signed by the Philippines and China as soon as the dust settles on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the country. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo explained that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was busy with the …

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