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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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Trump says initial tariff deal agreed with Japan

By The Manila Times September 17, 2019 US President Donald Trump claps during a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, on September 16, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) said the United States had reached an initial agreement …

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Group to DA: Stop all pork imports

By EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ September 17, 2019 A big group composed of dozens of organizations has called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to immediately stop the importation of pork and processed pork meat The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) appealed to DA Secretary William Dar to suspend the issuance …

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Cardema backs out as youth party-list nominee

By WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT September 17, 2019 Former National Youth Commission chairman Ronaldo Cardema has withdrawn his nomination as the top nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list to give way to the group’s proclamation as one of the winners in the May 2019 midterm elections. Former National Youth Commission chairman …

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New GCTA rules bar heinous crime convicts

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT September 17, 2019 Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday signed amendments to the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 10592 or the “Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.” Under the revised guidelines, convicts who committed …

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Michelle Dee crowned Miss World PH

By NIKA ROQUE September 17, 2019 Michelle Dee, the daughter of former supermodel and 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez and former action star Derek Dee, was crowned Miss World Philippines on Sunday, September 15, at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. ON TOP OF THE WORLD Miss World Philippines …

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Go pushes Magna Carta for Barangay

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL September 17, 2019 SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday said it was high time that barangay (village) officials be treated as regular government employees receiving benefits that government employees enjoy. “Barangay officials are our government’s frontliners — first to respond, first to provide and first …

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