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Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive ‘interests’

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 07, 2019 VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis opened a synod on Sunday to champion the Amazon’s poverty-stricken and isolated indigenous communities by condemning the destructive “interests” he blamed for the fires that devastated the region. “The fire set by interests that destroy, like the fire that recently …

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Military forms task force to rescue abducted Briton

By DEMPSEY REYES October 07, 2019 THE Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) has ordered the formation of a task force that will spearhead efforts to rescue a couple abducted last week in Zamboanga del Sur. The task force will be headed by Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, …

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Russia vows no crackdown on undocumented Filipinos

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ October 07, 2019 The Russian government has given assurances that it will not carry out a crackdown on about 10,000 undocumented Filipinos in consideration of their hardships back home, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday. The President said the plight of Filipinos in Russia …

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‘2 PNP generals coddle ninja cops’

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT October 06, 2019 Albayalde: I’m not one of them Malacañang on Saturday reiterated that there would be no let-up in the government’s fight against illegal drugs, as it warned that protectors of policemen involved in a drug recycling scheme will have “hell to pay.” Palace …

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PH, Russia to explore nuke plant construction

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT October 06, 2019 The Philippines and Russia have signed at least 10 trade and investment deals, including an agreement to explore possible construction of nuclear power plants in the country, Malacañang said on Saturday. In a statement, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said five memoranda of …

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Icons Amalia Fuentes, Tony Mabesa take one last bow

By CHRISTINA ALPAD, TMT October 06, 2019 Two Philippine entertainment icons took their final bows within hours of each other this weekend. Theater legend and award-winning actor Tony Mabesa passed away at 10:20 p.m. on October 4, according to a Facebook post by noted playwright Floy Quintos of Dulaang Unibersidad …

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124 rogue policemen nabbed

By DARWIN PESCO October 06, 2019 The Philippine National Police (PNP) HAS arrested 124 erring police officers and filed criminal complaints against 126 others according to a report. Based on the report of the PNP-Intergrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG), from Feb. 3, 2017 to Sept. 11, 2019, 126 criminal …

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Pinay, 7, AsPac winner of intl contest on aircraft design

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL October 06, 2019 HELENE Margaret Bariso Elias, a seven-year-old Filipino girl, was selected as one of the regional winners in an international competition launched by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on design of future aircraft. Helene Margaret Bariso Elias (Front row in blue dress)joins the …

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Raging violence marks ‘very dark day’ for HK

By The Manila Times October 06, 2019 HONG KONG: All subway and train services were suspended, lines formed at the cash machines of shuttered banks and shops were closed as Hong Kong dusted itself off and then started marching again on Saturday after another night of rampaging violence decried as …

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Congress has power over ‘sin taxes’ – Cayetano

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL October 06, 2019 SENATOR Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano said Congress has the jurisdiction to impose higher taxes on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vapes as a means to regulate their use. SEN. Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano Cayetano, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means committee, made the …

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