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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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Passenger train flips in Hong Kong, 8 hurt

By ASSOCIATED PRESS September 18, 2019 HONG KONG: A passenger train derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong on Tuesday, leaving eight people injured, authorities said. Images from the scene showed three carriages had left the tracks and were zigzagged across the rails near Hung Hom station in …

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Truck falls into ravine, 20 killed

By The Manila Times September 18, 2019 Twenty people, including children, died when the truck they were riding plunged into a ravine in T’boli, South Cotabato, on Tuesday, police said. About a dozen others were being treated in various hospitals. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer Rolly Aquino said one …

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Ambassador sees increased Australian investments in PH

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO September 18, 2019 Australian Ambassador to Manila Steven Robinson AO sees increased investments in the Philippines from Down Under in the coming years, as he cited the country’s booming economy and efficient workforce. The ambassador said several Australian companies had tied up with the Philippine government …

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Erring steelmakers face raps – PACC

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 18, 2019 Steelmakers found to have colluded with officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in the smuggling of steel to evade the payment of taxes will be charged, the Presidential Anti- Corruption Commission (PACC) warned. In a phone interview with The Manila Times, …

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Hontiveros deplores annulment scam

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO September 18, 2019 SEN. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros on Tuesday deplored the so-called annulment scam, wherein some couples have to shell out as much as P700,000 to dissolve their marriage. The senator made the revelation during the first public hearing on four separate bills seeking the …

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Train derails in Hong Kong during rush hour

By The Manila Times September 17, 2019 This aerial picture shows rescue workers standing on a railway track near a passenger train, after it derailed during rush hour outside Hung Hom station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO HONG KONG: A passenger train …

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