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Japan PM sends offerings to war shrine

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE August 16, 2019 TOKYO: Japan’s premier sent a ritual cash offering to a controversial Tokyo war shrine to mark the end of World War 2 Thursday but did not visit in person amid heightened tensions with South Korea. Shinzo Abe sent an aide to Yasukuni Shrine, seen …

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Cam to ‘spill beans’ on PCSO corruption

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 16, 2019 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Director Sandra Cam on Thursday said she was ready to “spill the beans” on the supposed corruption in the agency. She said she would disclose the names of those allegedly involved in corruption if she was called …

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UK teen starved to death in Malaysia

By ASSOCIATED PRESS August 16, 2019 SEREMBAN, Malaysia: Malaysian police say a 15-year-old London teenager who mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort died from intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said Thursday the autopsy found no evidence Nora Anne Quoirin had …

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PH soon an upper-middle income country – DoF

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL August 16, 2019 THE Philippines is on its way to becoming an upper-middle income country in 2020 as the country’s Gross Domestic Product has remained robust despite headwinds in the global economy, the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Thursday. Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua told …

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Binay seeks review of ODA

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL August 16, 2019 SEN. Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay has urged her colleagues in the Senate to review the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Program amid delays leading to increasing commitment fees. The ODA is a loan or a grant intended for development projects contracted from countries with …

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Gatchalian eyes free parking in malls

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL August 16, 2019 SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has introduced a measure that aims to regulate the imposition of fees for the use of parking spaces and facilities in shopping malls, hospitals, schools and similar establishments. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA In filing Senate Bill …

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DoF wants higher sin tax revenues

By GLEE JALEA August 16, 2019 A day after the House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to impose higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, the Department of Finance (DoF) said it hopes to renegotiate the measure with the Senate to generate higher revenue to fund the Universal …

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