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Higher tobacco taxes up for Duterte’s approval

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL June 05, 2019 A proposed law hiking excise taxes on tobacco products is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature after the House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a measure approved a day earlier by the Senate. PHOTO CREDIT: BIGSTOCK Senate Bill (SB) 2233 expanded the …

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PCGG to auction off Marcos jewelry

By RALPH VILLANUEVA June 05, 2019 THE Office of the President had approved the request of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to auction off one-third of the Marcos jewelry collection, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Tuesday. “[The Office of the President] has officially informed PCGG that it interposes …

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Palace sees Senate approval of ROTC bill

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT June 05, 2019 Malacañang is confident that senators will approve in the 18th Congress the bill that seeks to make the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory for senior high school students. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo expressed optimism that the measure faces smooth sailing as …

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Duterte lifts ban on travel to Canada

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT June 05, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte had lifted his order banning government officials from traveling to Canada, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the travel ban was lifted because the garbage shipment from Canada had been sent back. Duterte banned government officials …

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Trump turns to trade talks on UK state visit

By The Manila Times June 04, 2019 US President Donald Trump (left) and Queen Elizabeth II toast during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday, June 3, 2019. AP PHOTO LONDON: US President Donald Trump meets outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday for trade-centred talks during …

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Govt ‘working’ on teachers’ pay hike

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT June 04, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte had not abandoned his pledge to increase public school teachers’ salaries, Malacañang said on Monday as School Year 2019-2020 opened. “The President is working on that and hopefully that can be responded to. Our economic managers are doing everything …

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PH growth to hit target – de Ocampo

By MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, TMT June 04, 2019 Economic growth will likely hit target this year on the back of the government’s infrastructure program and contained inflation, a former Finance secretary and veteran banker said on Monday. “For the rest of the year, I expect a 6-percent growth,” Roberto de …

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Legal basis needed to ditch Smartmatic

By GLEE JALEA June 04, 2019 Implementing President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to ditch Smartmatic as the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) technology provider should undergo the proper process, a spokesman for the poll body said on Monday. “There has to be legal basis. Smartmatic, right now, had nothing to do with …

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