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High court junks petition on same-sex marriage

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT September 04, 2019 The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked the petition filed by a group of lawyers to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines. During the en banc session, the high tribunal decided that the petition cannot be given due course. The ruling was penned by …

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Bare details on oil search with China, Palace asked

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL September 04, 2019 SEN. Francis Pangilinan asked the Executive department to bare the details of its agreements with China, particularly on oil exploration in the South China (West Philippine) Sea. SEN. Francis Pangilinan He maintained that the country has the right to explore resources in its …

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Pacquiao wants stiffer penalty for game-fixing 

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL September 04, 2019 Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao has filed a measure that seeks to impose heavier penalty for those found guilty of game-fixing. Sen. Manny Paquiao. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA Senate Bill (SB) 971, or “An Act redefining the crime of game-fixing,” aims to amend Presidential …

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Faeldon: I signed release memo

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO September 03, 2019 BUREAU of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon on Monday admitted having signed a “memorandum” to start the process for the release under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law of convicted rapist-killer former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez. Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor …

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General strike, boycott loom in HK

By ASSOCIATED PRESS September 03, 2019 HONG Kong: Pupils in this territory made human chains at schools early Monday and protesters disrupted rush-hour trains and hospitals as the city’s pro-democracy protesters urged operators, doctors and nurses to join and stop performing their duties. The global financial hub is in the …

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‘Justice system is so unfair’

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO September 03, 2019 THE justice system in the country “is so unfair,” lamented Maria Clara Sarmenta, the mother of Eileen, the University of the Philippines Los Baños student who was raped and killed by then-Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez. Iluminada Gomez (right), mother of Allan, and …

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Batocabes fear for their lives

By RHAYDZ B. BARCIA, TMT September 03, 2019 LEGAZPI CITY: A court order allowing former Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo to post bail left members of the Batocabe family fearful for their lives, Justin Batocabe, son of slain Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, said on Monday. Batocabe said the decision …

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2 SKorean navy ships in Manila for goodwill visit

By DEMPSEY REYES September 03, 2019 Two South Korean Navy ships arrived in Manila on Monday for a three-day goodwill visit. The ships — Munmu The Great (DDH-976), a destroyer, and the Hwacheon (AOE-59), a fast combat support ship — berthed at Pier 15 in Manila’s South Harbor. The official …

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Hong Kong protesters target trains, urge general strike

By The Manila Times September 02, 2019 Police check for protesters onboard an underground train in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO HONG KONG: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters threw morning rush hour train travel into chaos on Monday, kicking off another day of potential turmoil after a weekend featuring some of the …

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Comedian Kevin Hart hospitalized after car crash

By The Manila Times September 02, 2019 Kevin Hart. AFP PHOTO WASHINGTON, D.C.: Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was hospitalized on Sunday with major back injuries after his car crashed into a ditch, according to highway authorities. According to the California Highway Patrol report, Hart was riding in his 1970 …

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