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Russia not returning four Japanese islands

MOSCOW: Russia’s top diplomat threw cold water Monday (Tuesday in Manila) on Tokyo’s hopes for a quick return of four Pacific islands at the center of territorial dispute, warning Japan it must recognize the islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks. The stern statement from Foreign …

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Kris admits threatening life of Nicko Falcis

Monday saw an avalanche of posting and reposting on YouTube of an alleged audio recording between estranged business partners Kris Aquino and Nicko Falcis, where the internet celebrity threatened his life. Kris Aquino hugs a bear given by her son Bimby. This photo was posted on her Instagram account. Falcis, …

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Trillanes pleads not guilty to libel cases

Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th on Tuesday filed separate pleas of not guilty to the four cases of libel filed against him by presidential son Paulo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio before the Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC). Trillanes Trillanes manifested his denial before RTC Branch 54 Judge Melinda …

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Guarding vs fake news among Jakarta-Manila media

INDONESIA, just like the Philippines, is also faced with the challenge of averting the spread of fake news as both countries are set to hold elections this year. Indonesian Embassy Counsellor for Information, Social and Cultural Affairs Teguh Wiweko PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN Indonesian Embassy Minister Counsellor for Information, …

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DICT starts passport probe

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has started investigating the massive passport data breach, an official said Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. Allan Cabanlong, DICT assistant secretary, said the inquiry started on Sunday, four days after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. admitted that the department’s …

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‘Favored’ firm got P81M in kickbacks

A HOUSE investigation on Tuesday found that Aremar Construction Corp., the contractor allegedly favored by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, had received P81.1 million in kickbacks as part of bid-rigging schemes. PROBE CONTINUES Sorsogon Mayor Edwin Hamor (left) and other Sorsogon officials swear to tell the truth before testifying during the …

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Economic growth seen hitting 6.8-7.2% this year

Investment bank First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) believes the Philippine economy will regain momentum this year on the back of the mid-term elections and infrastructure and consumption spending, among others. PHOTO BY DANTE DENNIS DIOSINA JR. “We project the Philippine economy to grow by about 6.8-7.2 percent this year on …

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Acquisition of listed stocks by insiders

Emeterio Sd. Perez Roberto N. Huang, chief operating officer (COO) of the beer division of San Miguel Food and Beverage Inc. (SMFBI), reported his direct ownership of 10 SMFBI common shares which he said he owned as of Aug. 20, 2018. He also indirectly held as of the same date …

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DOF: Enough time left to approve Package 2

THE Finance department remains hopeful that legislators will approve a second package of tax reforms before the next Congress takes office in July. “The second package is a big incentive for the people. If you think about it that way, they should be able to pass it in a flash,” …

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