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Duterte forms council for maritime safety

By RALPH VILLANUEVA July 05, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating an inter-agency council on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme. The IMO in 2013 instituted the audit scheme covering the safety of life at sea, prevention of pollution from ships, standards of training, …

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NKorea: US ‘hell-bent’ on imposing sanctions

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE July 05, 2019 UNITED NATIONS, United States: North Korea has accused the US of being “hell-bent on hostile acts” just days after the countries’ leaders agreed to resume denuclearization talks. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held an impromptu summit on North …

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Go wants death for plunderers

By The Manila Times July 05, 2019 Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has filed a bill that seeks to impose the death penalty for those convicted of plunder and other heinous crimes. The bill entitled, “An Act reinstating the death penalty for certain heinous crimes involving dangerous drugs and plunder,” …

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Pia Cayetano files 10 bills to boost PH devt plan

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL July 05, 2019 SEN. Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano marked her return to the Senate by filing 10 bills that will help achieve the country’s development goals. The bills are the proposed Alternative Child Care Code of the Philippines, Educational Roadmap Act, Priority Health Infrastructure Act, Priority …

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PH to probe missile tests in West PH Sea

By DEMPSEY REYES July 04, 2019 The Philippines will investigate the reported testing of anti-ship ballistic missiles by China in the West Philippine (South China) Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA “We will conduct our own inquiry and will decide …

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This time, Duterte trains guns on poverty

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT July 04, 2019 Lifting Filipinos out of poverty is the top priority of President Rodrigo Duterte in the remaining three years of his presidency, a Palace official said on Wednesday amid preparations for Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July. Cabinet Secretary …

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Protect dwindling marine resources – scientists

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ July 04, 2019 Scientists from the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute (UP MSI) said the government should protect the country’s dwindling marine resources by declaring the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea (WPS or South China Sea) an exclusive …

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President rejects Piñol quit bid, accepts Aranas’ resignation

By RALPH VILLANUEVA July 04, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to accept the resignation of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, but has accepted that of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Wednesday. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol. PHOTO BY …

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Hugpong endorses Ungab for speaker

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT July 04, 2019 Regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), headed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, has endorsed Rep. Isidro Ungab as its nominee for speaker of the House of Representatives. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio The announcement came after Davao City First District Rep. …

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Duque: Vaccine acceptance growing

By NEIL JAYSON SERVALLOS July 04, 2019 The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday said the vaccination scare brought by the Dengvaxia controversy was over as the vaccine hesitancy rate had dramatically decreased over the past months. A boy cries as he gets vaccinated during the launch of the school-based …

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