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Palace dragged in Sanchez controversy

By MAURO GIA SAMONTE September 05, 2019 Conclusion The Sanchez controversy had spilled into the halls of Malacañan Palace. Judge Harriett Demetriou, who called the rape and killing of Eileen Sarmenta and her boyfriend Allan Gomez a crime hatched in hell, has demanded the resignation of Malacañang spokesman Salvador Panelo, …

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HK leader withdraws extradition bill

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 05, 2019 HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s leader told lawmakers Wednesday she will permanently shelve an extradition bill that triggered three months of pro-democracy protests, a politician who was in the briefing told Agence France-Presse. Carrie Lam, the city’s chief executive, told a group of pro-Beijing lawmakers …

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GSIS allocates P633-M loan for dengue-hit areas

By MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, TMT September 05, 2019 State-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has allocated P633-million worth of emergency loans that its members in areas declared under a state of calamity because of a dengue outbreak can tap. Dengue patients are seen at the dengue ward of the San …

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Senators not supportive of Sogie bill, says Sotto

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO September 05, 2019 SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd believes that majority of the senators do not support a proposed bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (Sogie). SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd “I hate to say this but I …

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Huawei accuses US of cyberattacks

By ASSOCIATED PRESS September 05, 2019 BEIJING: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei accused US authorities on Wednesday of attempting to break into its information systems and of trying to coerce its employees to gather information on the company. Huawei, which faces mounting American pressure including possible loss of access to …

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Asean drills to enhance interoperability – US

By DEMPSEY REYES September 05, 2019 The joint maritime exercises between the navies of Southeast Asian nations and the United States seek to improve interoperability and are not aimed against anyone, the US Navy said. US Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch (right) commander, Task Force 73, speaks to Royal Thai …

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Passage of Chinese ships no threat to PH – China

By DEMPSEY REYES September 05, 2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping Chinese President Xi Jinping assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Chinese vessels passing through Philippine waters do not pose a threat to Manila and therefore need not secure permits to sail across the South China (West Philippine) Sea. The assurance, according …

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We were remiss, Bucor exec admits

By GLEE JALEA September 04, 2019 AN official of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) admitted on Tuesday that they erred in releasing thousands of prisoners without the approval of the Department of Justice (DoJ). TAKING THE HEAT Supt. Melencio Faustino (right) being grilled at the House of Representatives. With him …

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Panelo denies endorsing Sanchez’s release

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 04, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s top legal counsel and spokesman, Salvador Panelo, on Tuesday denied making a recommendation to release convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez through executive clemency. Salvador Panelo Panelo said he only referred to the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) the request …

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