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Zamboanga City under state of calamity due to rice shortage

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 05:16
ZAMBOANGA CITY---A rice shortage prompted the local council on Monday to place this city under a state of calamity to enable the local government to control prices of the staple and to buy buffer stocks using a P15-million calamity fund. Supplies began dwindling last week and rice prices climbed to P65 to P70 a kilogram in remote villages like Pamucutan and Manalipa, according to Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar. Supply for Jolo Because of a recent fire at Jolo town in Sulu province, jasmine rice grown there was distributed to residents before it was shipped to Zamboanga, one of the reasons for the scarcity, Salazar said. She also blamed the "closure of the Malaysian border," thr...

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PNP chief cites Makati cops who detained lawyers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 05:08
Though widely criticized by lawyers' groups and human rights advocates, the Makati City policemen who detained three lawyers for allegedly interfering in their search for drugs at a bar were cited on Monday by the Philippine National Police chief himself. Among the 27 policemen who received the Medalya ng Kagalingan from PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde at a ceremony in Camp Crame were Senior Supt. Rogelio Simon, Makati police chief, and Insp. Jeson Vigilla, the head of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit that raided Time in Manila bar on Makati Avenue on Aug. 11. Vigilla ordered the arrest of lawyers Lenie Rocel Rocha, Jan Vincent Sambrano and Romulo Bernardo Alarkon for all...

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Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 05:07
JAKARTA---Still not in perfect health but with a fighting heart that canceled that out, Asian Games rookie Agatha Wong delivered a wushu performance for the bronze that highlighted a bleak day for Team Philippines in the 18thedition of this continental showcase on Monday. As Filipinos stumbled by the wayside in several fronts, the 20-year-old Wong scored 19.36 points in the women's combined taijiquan and taijijian events for the country's third bronze medal that came a day after the men's and women's poomsae trios finished third also at GBK's Taekwondo Hall. "This is definitely the highlight of my year," said Wong, who came over with patellar tendonitis in her right knee. She scored ...

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