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Diokno: PH economy grew likely at at 6.5% in 2018

THE Philippine economy likely grew by 6.5 percent in 2018, hitting the lower end of the government’s official target range, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. “The country’s growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, and we also do the …

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Duterte names Makati judge as new Sandiganbayan justice

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a new justice of the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court. In a transmittal letter to the Office of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Duterte named Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Ronald Moreno who would replace Justice Alexander Gesmundo who was promoted to the Supreme Court. He will sit …

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Fugitive Chinese govt officialnabbed, turned over to Beijing

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI), together with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), arrested a former Chinese government official wanted in Beijing for allegedly embezzling P11 billion. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as Xie Haojie, 49, who was apprehended last Sunday in his unit at the Shell Residences condominium …

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Hontiveros seeks ‘absolute divorce’ in PH

Hontiveros, chairman of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality said that the number and proportion of Filipinos separated has been increasing over time. “This demonstrates that the denial of legal remedies to those seeking to dissolve their union has largely been ineffective way of upholding the …

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Shutdown in week 4: Trump ‘won’t back down’

WASHINGTON, DC: With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat Monday, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while negotiations would continue with Democrats over …

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