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Palace, DFA brush off HRW ‘fiction’

MALACAÑANG dismissed as “fiction” a Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report that said the human rights crisis in the Philippines under President Duterte was at its worst since the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. “That’s fiction,” presidential spokesperson Harry…

Cha-Cha rush questioned

A member of the House Minority bloc has questioned the supermajority for rushing Charter Change (Cha-Cha). Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza also said that constitutional assembly (Con-Ass) is not the right mode to amend the 1987 Constitution. Atienza expressed disappointment…

No rogues in new ‘Tokhang’ — ‘Bato’

THERE will be a much stricter vetting of Drug Enforcement Officers in the Philippine National Police this year with PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa vowing not to allow policemen who have been previously linked to illegal…

Jittery China

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DANDONG, China -- China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea, installing new surveillance cameras, deploying extra security forces and operating radiation detectors as it braces for a potential crisis. Bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang has…

One year on, Trump leads divided US into gov’t shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump marked the first anniversary of his inauguration Saturday with his government in shutdown, accusing Democrats of taking Americans hostage with their demands. From midnight Friday, in the absence of an agreed spending plan, federal services…

Chinese human rights lawyer’s detention ‘absurd’ -- attorney

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BEIJING -- The lawyer of a prominent Chinese human rights attorney detained in Beijing said Saturday that the allegations against his client, who has been charged with disrupting public service, were “absurd.” Yu Wensheng was seized as he left his…

‘Kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking arrested

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BANGKOK -- Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia’s illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a…

DoLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

FOLLOWING the deaths of seven overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Friday ordered the suspension of deployment of workers to the Gulf state. Bello directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to stop the processing…

Centralized STL draw not feasible -- PCSO

THE Small Town Lottery (STL) centralized draw cannot be implemented due to difference in “culture,” according to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). PCSO’s Assistant General Manager for Operations Remeliza Gabuyo said they tried the centralized STL draws in December…

Duterte sells $2B in 10-year bonds

THE Philippines sold $2 billion in 10-year bonds yesterday , reflecting the international market’s “strong support” for President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, according to Finance Chief Carlos Dominguez.. It was learned that the bonds were priced at 3 percent, compared to…

Du30 berates airport execs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte berated Clark International Airport officials following a recent theft incident in Clark that victimized a returning OFW from Canada. “Patayin mo na lang. Kontakin mo na lang ’yung police du’n. Marami ’yan diyan,” the President told Clark…

Duterte eyes Indian medicine for Pinoys

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to bring Indian medicine to Filipino consumers when he flies to New Delhi on January 24 to be among the chief guests of India’s national event along with nine other leaders of the Association of…

11,400 evacuees outside Mayon danger zone sent home

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LEGAZPI CITY- Some 11, 400 people or 380 families in this city who were living outside the Mayon Volcano danger zone on Thursday were sent home by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) under Mayor Noel Rosal. The…

NBI summons rappler chief

THE National Bureau of Investigation has summoned Rappler’s Maria Ressa and two others to answer the complaint filed by a businessman over an article the news site published in 2012. Aside from Ressa, also subpoenaed were former Rappler reporter Reynaldo…
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