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Duterte to PDP-Laban: ’Unity now more important than ever’

MANILA, Philippines – Amid reported squabbling in the ruling party, President Rodrigo Duterte stressed the importance of unity within the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to help his administration pursue reforms. The party chairman made the call at the first year anniversary of PDP-Laban Cares , the party's civic ........»»

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Gov t anti-drug campaign balanced, well-coordinated, says Duque

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III believes the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, which has claimed the lives of at least 4,500 people , has been "very balanced" and "well coordinated." Duque gave the assessment in a news briefing on Wednesday, August 15, when asked about government efforts to rehabilitate ........»»

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'CJSearch: How did aspirants vote on key Supreme Court decisions?

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is scheduled to interview on Thursday, August 16, five  jurists who are applying to become the next Chief Justice . Four of them are current justices of the Supreme Court (SC), 3 of them the most senior who have been on the Bench as early as 2007. Associate ........»»

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LIVE: JBC interviews Supreme Court Chief Justice aspirants

Bookmark to watch at 9 AM MANILA, Philippines – Five individuals are vying to become the new Supreme Court Chief Justice. Below is the list and background of each applicant ranked according to seniority or based on their appointment to the High Court. SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TERESITA LEONARDO DE CASTRO Appointed to ........»»

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Agriculture department allows galunggong imports

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) allowed the importation of galunggong or round scad to ensure "national food security." In a certificate released on Wednesday, August 15, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol allowed up to 17,000 metric tons of galunggong imports with a 5% tariff as the closed ........»»

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U.S. media counters Trump with 'EnemyOfNone campaign

  WASHINGTON DC, USA – Branded "enemy of the people" by Donald Trump , the US news media is responding with a campaign aimed at countering the president's narrative and highlighting the importance of a free press. More than 200 news organizations are to participate in a coordinated campaign Thursday, August ........»»

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HOAX: Duterte fires hundreds of errant cops

Claim: Hundreds of cops cried after getting fired by President Rodrigo Duterte. The blog airph.xyz, in their August 9 post, ran the headline, “Iyakan! Daan daang pulis sabay sinibak ni Pres. Duterte!” The post has been shared 5 times in different Facebook pages and groups. These led to ........»»

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Grandma sees Unique Salonga carving his own musical path

Unique Salonga has nothing to prove. Some fans of disco-pop band IV of Spades – of which Unique was formerly the frontman – may be curious to see if the 18-year-old singer-songwriter can actually make it on his own, or if he’ll flounder without a fixed group to support him. ........»»

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LIST: 2019 Philippine Holidays

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday, August 16, released the list of holidays for 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 555 declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2019 on Wednesday, August 15.  The regular holidays are: January 1, 2019, Tuesday - New Year's DayApril 9, 2019, Tuesday - Araw ........»»

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Charito Bandal, former top PH chess player in the 70s, dies at 78

    MANILA, Philippines – Rosario "Charito" Bandal, one of the country’s top women chess players in the 1970s, passed away on Monday, August 13, in Calbayog City at 78.  Wake will start Saturday, August 18 until Monday, August 20 at St Peter’s, Quezon Avenue. Cremation will follow, said Bandal's younger brother ........»»

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EXPLAINER: Duterte s dream resignation, junta and successor scenarios

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has been claiming he is “ready” to quit and retire , out of fatigue, old age, and exasperation with corruption. But these are only words. There’s a process involved for the country’s top leader to step down. According to the ........»»

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Trillanes negative for illegal drugs, dares Dutertes to take test

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tested negative for illegal drugs, based on the results of the mandatory drug test conducted in the Senate in July. Trillanes posted a photo of the results on his Twitter account on Thursday, August 16, and again challenged President Rodrigo Duterte and ........»»

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Bersamin defends rise in wealth during JBC chief justice interview

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin had to defend the increase in his wealth when he faced the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday, August 16, during the public interviews of chief justice aspirants. According to his 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities, ........»»

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HOAX: Robredo s legalize shabu article on Rappler

Claim: On Wednesday, August 15, a certain "Paolo Malig" posted on Facebook group "CRUELTY OF NOYNOY 'ABNOY' AQUINO AND HIS GOVERNMENT" a screenshot of an alleged Rappler article by Pia Ranada with the headline, "Robredo: I am ready to become President! Make shabu legalize in PH." In the article, ........»»

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PCOO tells officials, employees: Be mindful of social media posts

MANILA, Philippines – Over a week after Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's viral federalism video that sparked public outrage, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) reminded its personnel to "be more mindful" about their posts and official releases. The memorandum, dated August 13 and shared to Malacañang reporters, reminded them ........»»

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Crazy Rich Asians touted as Hollywood watershed

NEW YORK, USA – Rich, dashing man sweeps sweet young girl off her feet. It's the fantasy to launch a thousand love stories, but Hollywood's latest rom-com oozes more than sentimental escapism. Crazy Rich Asians, a two-hour celebration of fabulous wealth, stunning clothes and idealized love, complete with heroine who ........»»

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MMDA to file complaint vs DOJ prosecutor in viral video

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will file a complaint against a Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor who was  caught on video  in a heated argument with an MMDA official. In a text message to Rappler on Thursday, August 16, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said their legal team was ........»»

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Malaysia court rules North Korea assassination trial can proceed

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia – A Malaysian court ruled Thursday, August 16, the murder trial of two women accused of  assassinating  the half-brother of North Korea's leader can proceed – in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit. After hearing prosecutors' case, Judge ........»»

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'CJSearch: Is it worth appointing De Castro who has only 2 months to serve?

One of the issues that came up during the public interview of Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro is that she only has two months to serve if ever she is appointed Chief Justice. De Castro retires on October 10. "It is ........»»

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Federalism, West Philippine Sea, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez warns lawmakers foreign investors would flee if they are not given a clearer picture of how the economy and its features would look like under a federal system of government. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies he said the Philippines should set aside ........»»

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