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DBM submits P4.1-T 2020 budget

By MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT August 21, 2019 The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submitted the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020 to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, August 20. DBM Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado DBM Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado said the 2020 National Expenditure Program allocated P166.5 …

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Gay, trans, cisgender: Senators lectured on LGBT

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL August 21, 2019 Most people know the terms lesbians, gays and bisexuals, but what about cisgender, trans woman and trans man? A Senate hearing on the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (Sogie) Equality Bill turned into a lecture on different gender identities and expressions on …

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Duterte open to creation of MNLF region

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 21, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte is open to the creation of a regional government for the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), his top peace adviser said on Tuesday. Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. In a press conference in Malacañang, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process …

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Pangilinan wants insurance for palay

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL August 21, 2019 SEN. Francis Pangilinan called for the mandatory insurance of palay (unmilled rice) and other crops essential to food security in order to help farmers survive crop destruction due to calamities. Farmers harvest palay in Bulacan province. FILE PHOTO “‘Di mabubuhay ang Pilipino nang …

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CIA fuels Hong Kong riots – report

By GLOBAL TIMES August 20, 2019 A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed American foundation has been colluding with the heads of the recent Hong Kong riots with financial and strategic support, actions that Chinese experts said show the US’ intention of “Americanization” which is endangering Hong Kong. Sentaku, a Japanese monthly …

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China slams Canada for interfering in HK

By The Manila Times August 20, 2019 The Chinese embassy in Ottawa warned Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs a day after the country issued a joint statement with the European Union in defense of the fundamental right of assembly for Hong Kong citizens. Hundreds of thousands of …

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Palace rejects Cardema

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 20, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte is not inclined to help former National Youth Commission head Ronald Cardema in his feud with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Malacañang said on Monday. Former National Youth Commission head Ronald Cardema Cardema, who has been disqualified as nominee …

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Malaysia postpones Razak’s graft trial

By The Manila Times August 20, 2019 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The second trial of Malaysian’s ex-prime minister Najib Razak linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund was delayed Monday by a week to allow his first trial to end. Najib faces a total 42 charges of …

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Gina Lopez, environmental warrior, dies

By FRANCIS EARL CUETO, TMT August 20, 2019 ENVIRONMENTAL advocate and philanthropist Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez succumbed to multiple organ failure on Monday. She was 65. Lopez, a former Environment secretary, was the chairman of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI). She was the sister of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez and …

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Don’t dump nuke waste in ocean, Japan told

By The Manila Times August 20, 2019 SEOUL: South Korea on Monday urged Japan to explain a plan to dispose of the nuclear polluted water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown amid the growing worry here about Japan’s possible discharge of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. Kwon …

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