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Duterte slams ‘evil’ party-list system

By RALPH VILLANUEVA June 14, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has tagged the country’s party-list system as “evil,” saying rich people benefit from the minorities they represent. In a speech during the oath-taking of newly elected local government officials of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental on Wednesday night, Duterte noted …

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Former PhilHealth execs tolerated scams – Garin

By JAIME PILAPIL, TMT June 13, 2019 State-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) continues to be hit by irregularities because previous officials did nothing but fine erring firms, former Health secretary Janette Garin claimed on Wednesday. Former Health secretary Janette Garin Garin, who held the Health portfolio from February 2015 …

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Pinoy vessel sinks after collision with Chinese boat

By DEMPSEY REYES June 13, 2019 A Filipino fishing boat sank last Sunday after being hit by a Chinese vessel near the disputed Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine (South China) Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced on Wednesday. No lives were lost in the incident, but Lorenzana condemned …

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US Coast Guard boosts presence in disputed waters

By DEMPSEY REYES June 13, 2019 The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring the movements of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine (South China) Sea as part of an effort to help America’s allies in the Pacific enforce sovereignty in contested waters. Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, USCG Pacific Area …

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Protests shut down HK

By THE MANILA TIMES June 13, 2019 HONG Kong: Tens of thousands of protesters paralyzed central Hong Kong on Wednesday, blocking major roads in a defiant show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. Black-clad demonstrators, most of them young people and students, surrounded government offices, bringing …

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Romero richest House member with P7.85B

By MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT June 13, 2019 Rep. Michael Romero of the 1-Pacman party-list group remained the richest lawmaker in the House of Representatives last year, with P7.858 billion to his name. Romero was followed by Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez who had P1.016 billion, based …

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Villar to help resolve Senate ‘issues’ – Sotto

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL June 13, 2019 SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd on Wednesday said Sen. Cynthia Villar had committed to help resolve some problems on the Senate committee chairmanships. Sotto said he had a “fruitful” phone conversation with Villar, who got the most number of votes in the …

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Air Force to get missiles this year

By DEMPSEY REYES June 13, 2019 The Philippine Air Force will get missiles this year with the expected delivery of a number of air-to-air missiles from Germany, the Department of National Defense (DND) said on Wednesday. DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong. PNA Photo DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said the AIM-9 “Sidewinders” …

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Water level at Angat continues to dip

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ June 13, 2019 The water level at Angat Dam, the main source of water in Metro Manila, continues to recede and is near its low level mark of 160 meters, the weather bureau said. As of Wednesday, the water level at the dam was …

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