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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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Riots, chaos worsen in Papua island

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE August 20, 2019 MANOKWARI, Indonesia: Riots broke out and a local parliament building was torched in Indonesia’s Papua on Monday, as thousands protested against the weekend detention of pro-independence student activists. An Agence France-Presse reporter on the scene estimated several thousand protesters took to the streets of …

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Palace to review Kaliwa Dam project

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 20, 2019 Malacañang on Monday said it would look into the report of the Commission on Audit (CoA) that questioned the selection of the contractors for the P12-billion Kaliwa Dam project in Quezon province.  1. Groups rally outside the Department of Environment and Natural …

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Duterte to raise ship incursions with Xi

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 18, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte will discuss the entry of Chinese vessels into the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month, Malacañang said on Saturday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the issue would be tackled in …

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Sara on presidency: Leave it to God

By CATHERINE TALAVERA, TMT August 18, 2019 Amid fresh talks of her possibly succeeding her father President Rodrigo Duterte in 2022, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Saturday said she would leave the presidency issue to God. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio This, after Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo said …

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Hong Kong’s divisions deepen, rival rallies held

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE August 18, 2019 HONG KONG: Hong Kong democracy activists kicked off a weekend of fresh rallies on Saturday in a major test for the movement, following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week — and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Police officers armed with …

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Palace open to new anti-terror law

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 18, 2019 Malacañang on Saturday backed the proposal of the Department of National Defense (DND) to amend the anti-terror law to allow longer wiretapping operations against enemies of the state. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the proposal would give the government an effective legal …

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Senate inquiry into foreign workers’ tax payments pushed

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL August 18, 2019 SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Senate to hold an inquiry on the uncollected taxes from registered and unregistered foreign workers, especially those in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry. SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian In calling for an investigation, Gatchalian stressed that …

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Palace to public: President is OK

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT August 18, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte’s weeklong absence from the public eye had nothing to do with his health condition, Malacañang assured the public on Saturday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo made the assurance after Duterte, known for his hectic schedule, has not had a public …

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