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Bill to raise teachers’ chalk allowance to P10K

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO July 12, 2019 SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill raising the public school teachers’ annual “chalk allowance” from P3,500 to P10,000. The senator said “chalk allowance” was the popular term for the cash given to teachers at the start of the school …

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Suicide bomber a ‘battered son’

By DEMPSEY REYES July 11, 2019 The country’s first suicide bomber was a battered son who ran away from home in 2014, five years before he and another extremist blew themselves up outside a military camp in Jolo, Sulu, killing six people, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Norman …

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Sara denies text rejecting Cayetano

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT July 11, 2019 Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday denied having a hand in a text message allegedly sent by her camp to legislators urging them to vote for whoever they want for speaker, defying the wish of her father President Rodrigo Duterte. Davao …

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Ross Perot, who sought US presidency, dies at 89

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON: Ross Perot, the self-made billionaire and computer industry giant, whose two runs for president as an outsider shook up American politics, died Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) at 89, his family said. In this file photo taken on October 31, 1992, independent presidential candidate …

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US Embassy: No truth to Chang appointment

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO July 11, 2019 THERE is no truth to the report that Deputy Assistant Secretary Mina Chang has been appointed as United States Ambassador to the Philippines, the US Embassy in Manila said on Wednesday. The embassy on Wednesday issued a statement denying that Chang would replace …

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Use emergency powers vs traffic, Duterte urged 

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL July 11, 2019 Sen. Francis Tolentino has filed a bill in the Senate that seeks to authorize the President to exercise emergency powers in addressing the traffic and congestion crisis in Metro Manila and other major cities. Sen. Francis Tolentino. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOILI In filing …

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4 new CA magistrates sworn in

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT July 11, 2019 FOUR new magistrates of the Court of Appeals (CA) took their oath in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The four justices are Alfredo Ampuan, Lily Biton, Angelene Quimpo-Sale and Carlito Calpatura. Justices Carlito Calpatura, Alfredo Ampuan and Angeline Quimpo-Sale take their oath before …

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Poe files bill that promotes PH movies

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL July 11, 2019 SEN. Mary Grace Poe SEN. Mary Grace Poe has filed two separate bills to promote the development of Filipino independent films and shore up the movie industry. Under Poe’s proposed Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act of 2019, a production outfit that produces award-winning …

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Sen. Go files bill highlighting housing options for poor

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL July 11, 2019 SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go yesterday filed a bill seeking to help those affected by recent fires. Go filed the proposed National Housing Development, Production and Financing Act of 2019 to address the issue of homelessness and illegal settlers or squatters. Sen. Christopher …

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