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More areas under swine fever watch

By FRANCIS EARL CUETO, TMT September 15, 2019 Agriculture Secretary William Dar The Department of Agriculture (DA) has placed more areas under quarantine on suspicion that these have also been hit by the African swine fever (ASF), Agriculture Secretary William Dar said on Saturday. Dar said these areas are in …

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Rebels attack world’s biggest oil facility

By ASSOCIATED PRESS September 15, 2019 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Drones attacked the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early Saturday, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said, sparking a huge fire at a processor crucial to global energy supplies. UNDER SIEGE …

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Fight ‘Reds,’ villages urged

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 15, 2019 In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “whole-of-nation approach” in attaining peace and development in the country, the government has enjoined barangay (villages) to support the campaign against communist insurgency. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles said the first Barangay Summit held in Butuan …

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US destroyer sails close to disputed islands

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 15, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States Navy said one of its destroyers had sailed close to the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the South China (West Philippine) Sea on Friday (Saturday in Manila), asserting international freedom of navigation rights in the contested waters. USS Wayne E. …

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No need for Sogie law – Atienza

By MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT September 15, 2019 Buhay party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. on Saturday said there was no need for a sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (Sogie) law. Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza. FILE PHOTO “We must admit, once upon a time, talagang narrow-minded din …

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Bong Go pushes modernization of fire bureau

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL September 15, 2019 SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go vowed to continue to push for the improvement and modernization of the country’s Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in order to prevent and better respond to fire incidents. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Go gave the assurance …

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Drones spark fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities

By The Manila Times September 14, 2019 RIYADH: Drone attacks sparked fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities early Saturday, the interior ministry said, in the latest assault on the state-owned energy giant as it prepares for a much-anticipated stock listing. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the …

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Corruption extends to women’s prison

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO September 14, 2019 Lacson cites case of ‘drug queen’ THE Senate is looking into the possibility of expanding its investigation of the reported widespread corruption at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to include alleged irregularities at the Correctional Institute for Women. Sen. Panfilo Lacson raised this …

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5.3-quake hits Quezon, NCR, Luzon

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ September 14, 2019 A 5.3-quake rocked Quezon province on Friday afternoon and was felt in various parts of Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) and Luzon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Office workers stand outside their building after a …

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