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Hunt for freed convicts begins

By DARWIN PESCO September 20, 2019 The police has deployed dozens of tracker teams to hunt down convicts released by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. The 15-day grace period given by President Rodrigo Duterte for the freed prisoners to surrender ends today, …

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7 killed in Papua clash

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 20, 2019 PAPUA, indonesia: A toddler and teenager were among seven people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels in this restive region, the military said Thursday. The deadly clash comes after mass demonstrations and violence gripped Papua — on the western half …

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DTI denies steel cover-up

By ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES September 20, 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) denied accusations that the agency is covering up for steel manufacturers at the expense of the safety of Filipino consumers. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez noted that the department had tightened procedures to ensure that steel …

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Makabayan bloc denies getting ‘pork’

By GLEE JALEA September 20, 2019 The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives denied availing themselves of the P100-million “pork” fund allocated to congressmen for itemized projects to be included in the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE Deputy Minority Leader …

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‘Capture convicts dead or alive’

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT September 19, 2019 More than a thousand prisoners prematurely freed under the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance Law will be captured “dead or alive” if they do not surrender before a Thursday deadline, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. BOXES OF CARPETAS The records of prisoners are …

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Netanyahu, foe in tight poll fight

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 19, 2019 TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz awaited results from the country’s general election on Wednesday after exit polls showed them locked in a tight race, leaving the country in suspense. With a hoarse voice and appearing haggard …

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48 killed in 2 attacks in Afghanistan

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 19, 2019 KABUL: Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens more in two blasts — one at a campaign rally for the president and the other in Kabul — with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections. The first attack …

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Duterte orders total BuCor revamp

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 19, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a “top-to-bottom” revamp in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which has been under fire following the release of heinous crime convicts, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President wanted to remove all BuCor …

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LRT 1 mounts ‘Gabay Guro Train’ to promote Baybayin

By JAN ARCILLA September 19, 2019 TO honor teachers for molding the minds of the country’s future, the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LMRC) and the PLDT-Smart Corp. launched on Wednesday the “Gabay Guro Train” designed with Baybayin, bugtong (riddle) and literary masterpieces on Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT 1) trains. …

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Court convicts 8 PCG men

By JOSHUA VERA CRUZ September 19, 2019 THE Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 15 on Wednesday convicted eight Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel of homicide for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in Batanes in May 2013. Manila RTC-15 Judge Eduardo Ramon Reyes convicted Cdr. Arnold dela Cruz, SN2 …

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