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Zubiri asks govt: Buy rice from Filipino farmers

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL October 20, 2019 SENATE Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has called on the executive to mandate the concerned government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to buy rice directly from Filipino farmers for their aid and relief programs in times of calamities. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri …

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‘Monumental cover-up’

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO October 19, 2019 Gordon: Albayalde legally liable in ‘ninja cops’ case RESIGNED Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde had violated the Anti-Graft Law, the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and the Dangerous Drugs Act when he allegedly tried to tolerate the illegal activities of some “ninja …

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Japan emperor’s enthronement set

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 19, 2019 TOKYO: Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings. Naruhito officially assumed his duties as emperor on May 1, a day after …

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PNOC-EC chief fired over ‘idiotic’ deal

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT October 19, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte himself confirmed that he had sacked Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) President and Chief Executive Officer Pedro Aquino Jr. over what he described as an “idiotic contract” with a Russian oil company. Chief Executive Officer Pedro Aquino Jr. …

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‘Perla’ intensifies into tropical storm – Pagasa

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ October 19, 2019 “Perla” has further intensified as a tropical storm, but is no longer expected to make landfall, the state-run weather bureau said on Friday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Perla gained strength, packing maximum sustained winds of …

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Duterte won’t ban Australia contracts

By DEMPSEY REYES October 19, 2019 DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will exempt the Philippines’ deal with Australia on manufacturing offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Philippine Navy. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. AP PHOTO Lorenzana made this remark since Australia was among countries that voted …

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Quake kills 6, injures dozens

By DEMPSEY REYES October 18, 2019 MARAWI CITY: The strong and shallow quake that jolted several provinces in Mindanao left at least six people dead and injured 53 others, authorities said. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake reduced dozens of houses to rubble and damaged hundreds of structures including schools, prompting local officials …

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Quakes affect 2M students in 4,000 schools

By JAN ARCILLA October 18, 2019 THE strong earthquakes that hit several regions in Mindanao affected some 2 million students in 4,000 schools, according to the Department of Education (DepEd). Debris is scattered on the floor of a damaged building in Digos, Davao del Sur province, southern Philippines on Wednesday …

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PACC to run after steel smugglers

By WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT October 18, 2019 THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has vowed to investigate the alleged smuggling of billions of pesos worth of steel billets and stainless steel by unscrupulous importers with the participation of brokers and corrupt employees of the Bureau of Customs (BoC). “Their days are …

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