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PDEA says gunmen in Tondo ambush of businessman not its agents

9 hours 15 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) denied on Monday that the gunmen in the ambush of a businessman in Tondo, Manila were its agents. Melchor Almazan, a 48-year-old owner of a trucking service business, was gunned down by four men on Friday. Two of the gunmen wore pure green shirts with a PDEA logo, while the other two wore black shirts and bull caps also with the logo of the agency. "Hindi namin ahente iyan dahil unang una, hindi iyan ang uniporme na ginagamit namin," PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said in an interview over DZMM. According to Aquino, the official PDEA shirt has black and green colors. He said their agents also wear b...

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Overseas voting hit 18%, breached target – Comelec exec

9 hours 30 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The turnout for overseas voting for the 2019 midterm elections surpassed the figure of the midterm polls in 2013, an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.   Elaiza Sabile-David, director in charge for overseas voting, said that overseas absentee voting had a turnout of more than 18 percent.   "The 2019 midterm elections overseas voting turn out is 18.34% with 334,242 who actually voted," Sabile-David said in a Twitter post.   "It surpassed the 15.63% turn out in the 2013 midterm elections with 115,318 who actually voted," she added.   Sabile-David said that historically, overseas voter turnout...

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Grab shares the love in 7th bday with over P7M worth of promos, discounts, rewards

9 hours 31 min ago
Grab, Southeast Asia's leading super app, has prepared a two-week celebration for its seventh birthday, marked by its biggest promotion in the country to date, strengthened partnerships, and the introduction of new services that will bring greater convenience to Filipino consumers. From May 24 to June 6, Grab will delight its users with exciting promotions, deals, and gifts to show its gratitude to consumers who have helped Grab to be the preferred digital platform across different verticals. More than P7 million worth of treats are up for grabs in the next two weeks, with the first week focused on Grab services, and the second week giving premium to Grab's partners. Promos ...

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Sara Duterte a factor in search for next Speaker – minority boss

10 hours 2 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's possible presidential run in 2022 could be a reason why her endorsement matters in the search for the next House Speaker.   House minority leader Quezon 3rd District Rep. Danilo Suarez shared this belief when asked why he thought the endorsement of the presidential daughter mattered in the House speakership given that she was not even a member of Congress.   "They're looking at her as a possible contender in 2022," Suarez said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Monday.   "Plus, she's a very nice person," he added.   "She speaks from her heart at hindi siya nagpapaligoy...

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2 killed, 57 hurt in Quezon zigzag road accident

10 hours 21 min ago
LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Two drivers were killed and 57 other people were hurt in an accident that involved a passenger bus and a trailer truck in Atimonan town in Quezon province Sunday midnight, police said. While negotiating a sharp curved portion of the diversion road, the driver of a trailer truck lost control of his vehicle that consequently fell on its left side and slid in Barangay (village) Malinao Ylaya at around 12 midnight, Major Michael Encio, Atimonan police chief, said in a report Monday. The wayward truck subsequently hit the approaching Manila-bound Mark Eve's passenger bus. The vehicles' drivers, who were not identified in the report, died on the spot. ...

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DBM to propose P4.2T budget for 2020; to push cash budgeting

10 hours 54 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is on track to submit for Congress' approval the proposed record P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget by July even as it was still studying if shifting to a fully cash-based system is the way to go. DBM Officer-in-Charge Janet B. Abuel told reporters last Friday that next year's budget will be submitted to the incoming 18th Congress on the day of President Duterte's fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) or a day after it. Asked if next year's budget will be cash-based, Abuel replied: "We're pushing cash budgeting, but we're studying the transition. Let's see what will happen in 2019, then let's see if there'...

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Baby found alive with dead parents in Michigan motel room

12 hours 1 min ago
WHITEHALL, Michigan, United States --- Michigan State Police say a trooper found a dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in the western part of the state in the same room with her dead parents. WOOD-TV reported that a cause of death wasn't immediately clear and it may take weeks until toxicology results are in. The trooper discovered the bodies Friday at the Rodeway Inn near Whiteball after responding to a request for a well-being check. Authorities say the baby girl, named Skylah, could have been alone for three days. Police identified the parents as 26-year-old Jessica Bramer, of Grand Rapids and 28-year-old Christian Reed, of Marne. Skylah was in critical condition at...

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Duterte to PMA grads: Serve, die for country

12 hours 2 min ago
FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- Instructing them to serve and die for the country, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday commissioned 261 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2019 into service as junior officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Class of 2019 is dubbed "Mabalasik," which stands for "Mandirigma ng Bayan, Iaalay ang Sarili, Lakas at Tapang Para sa Kapayapaan." "Serve your country well. Die for your country if need be. Remember the young Filipinos yet to come, the children... and if you think the country is not run the [right] way and if it will destroy your country, you should know what to do," the President said during the...

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British docu takes police perspective in PH war on drugs

12 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- "Are the police your friends or enemies? Who are your friends?" asked Col. Jemar Modequillo, the former Caloocan chief of police. He was speaking to a bunch of children in a covered court. "The police," the children, in their high-pitched voices, answered in chorus. This is how the trailer of the documentary "On The President's Orders" opens --- with a question mark on the police's role in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. To answer the question, Emmy-winning filmmakers James Jones and Olivier Sarbil filmed Modequillo and his men at the Caloocan City Police Station for six months in 2017 after the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos. ...

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Pangolins hunted to near extinction

12 hours 5 min ago
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN, Philippines --- From 10 a.m. to sundown, JR-Lhiy Pastrana and Elmie Caabay scout southern Palawan forests for termite nests, ant mounds and scratches on trees --- traces of their elusive object. Guided by a local farmer or hunter and his dogs, they look for the endangered Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis). Little is known about this scaly mammal, only recently described as distinct from the Sunda pangolin. Most trafficked mammal One of the eight pangolin species, it shares the unfortunate fate of being the most trafficked mammal, due to high demand for its scales and meat in Asian markets. The ground survey forms part of a research ...

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Government tells officials: Don’t travel to Canada

12 hours 6 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang has directed government officials to refrain from traveling to Canada, in a further reduction of diplomatic relations with Ottawa over the Canadian government's failure to take back tons of garbage illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago. The Philippines earlier ordered home its ambassador and consuls in Canada after Ottawa missed a May 15 deadline set by Manila for the return of the trash. On Sunday, the Palace confirmed the issuance of a memorandum directing all officials not to travel to Canada and to limit interactions with the Canadian government. Diminished ties "We maintain that these directives are consistent with our stance on...

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Duterte urged to also return garbage to HK, Australia

12 hours 7 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Besides sending tons of Canada's trash back to Ottawa, Malacaang should also order the immediate return of garbage illegally shipped to the Philippines from Australia and Hong Kong, the chair of the House ecology committee said on Sunday. Quirino Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua urged President Rodrigo Duterte to look into reports that port authorities intercepted a shipment of trash from Australia in early May and discovered another one last week that arrived in early January. In a statement, Cua also said the Bureau of Customs should keep closer watch, as the discoveries indicated the Philippines had become a destination for foreign waste. President Duterte la...

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3 hurt in log ride crash at California amusement park

12 hours 8 min ago
RIVERSIDE, California, United States --- Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a Southern California amusement park. Fire officials say the ride malfunctioned and one of the log-shaped vessels overturned Saturday at Castle Park in Riverside. Officials say riders were thrown from the vessel and trapped in the water. Fire Capt. Brian Guzzetta says a woman was hospitalized in critical condition. A man and 10-year-old boy were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Guzzetta says a pump apparently malfunctioned, preventing the flow of water onto the track. He says when the log descended from one o...

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One dead, three missing after cargo ship sinks off Japan

12 hours 36 min ago
TOKYO, Japan -- One crew member was killed and three were missing after a steel-carrying cargo ship sank following an overnight collision with another ship off Japan, the Coast Guard and local media reported. Japan-flagged cargo ships Senshomaru and Sumihomaru collided around 2:10 am Sunday (1710 GMT Saturday) in Pacific waters off Chiba prefecture, local Coast Guard official Hiromitsu Kawaguchi told AFP. "Senshomaru seems to have sunk at the scene of the collision. Coast Guard patrol boat Matsushima rescued the captain of Senshomaru," Kawaguchi said. The Senshomaru was later found on the seabed at a depth of 30 meters near the site of the collision, and the body of one of t...

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Graft raps filed vs ex-Siquijor town mayor

13 hours 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Graft charges have been filed against former Mayor Orville Fua of Lazi town, Siquijor province, six other officials and two private individuals for the alleged irregular purchase of fertilizers worth P4.9 million in 2004. Aside from Fua, the Office of the Ombudsman also charged municipal accountant Ana Marie Leilani Monte; municipal treasurer/bids and awards committee (BAC) member Rose Marie Tomogsoc; BAC chair Ivan Marchan; former municipal engineer Natalio Jumawan Jr.; former private secretary Sue Agnes Castillon; and former municipal coordinator Teodoro Jumadla. The two private respondents were Yolanda Milne and Merlyn Lu of Mangopina Trading Co. Inc., ba...

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Group appeals SC ruling vs Filipino, ‘panitikan’

13 hours 52 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The group that asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision allowing the removal of Filipino and "panitikan" (Filipino literature) as required subjects in colleges said it would file another motion for reconsideration (MR) after the high court reaffirmed its ruling. Alyansa ng mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino (Tanggol Wika) filed an MR in November after the court upheld Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, which removed the study of Filipino, panitikan and the Constitution from college curriculums. Exhaust all remedies The high court found the MR to be "unmeritorious," citing its alleged failure to introduce any ...

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Robredo: Politics not about perks, special treatment

13 hours 53 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo said that politics was "not about gaining perks or receiving special treatment," but rather about finding on the ground solutions that could empower the poorest of the poor. In a speech delivered during the closing ceremonies of the 2019 Asian Association of Public Administration Annual Conference at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde on Friday, Robredo reminded public policy and government workers that they should always strive to sow seeds of cooperation, not hatred and division. 'Remain hopeful' Robredo, who chairs the opposition Liberal Party, also asked Filipinos to "remain hopeful and vigilant" in order to ensure genuin...

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‘Murang kuryente bill to benefit big firms’

13 hours 54 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The impending passage of the so-called "murang kuryente" bill, which seeks to use the P207-billion Malampaya Fund to pay off the debts of National Power Corp (Napocor), will only benefit big corporations, and will not ease the sufferings of consumers from the high cost of electricity, party list group Bayan Muna warned on Saturday. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate expressed concern that the measure, which passed the bicameral committee in March, would only circumvent the law that governs the disposition of the Malampaya Fund. "While we want to lower the rate of electricity, big corporations should not be the ones to benefit from the taxpayer money, incl...

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Senate to push higher cigarette taxes, ROTC

13 hours 55 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate wants to pass measures on higher taxes for cigarettes and the reimposition of the mandatory military training for high school students this week. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian noted that this week would be "critical" for most bills, as there are only six session days left before the 17th Congress adjourns. "This week is very critical---in fact, very critical to most of the bills. If any of the bills does not reach third reading by Wednesday, it would be hard to have these approved and become a law," he said in a radio interview. He said the priority measures to be tackled included the increase in sin taxes on tobacco products. Gatchalian is the au...

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Solons list next Speaker qualities

13 hours 57 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Which qualities should incoming lawmakers look for in the next Speaker of the House? As the speakership race heats up, lawmakers are weighing in on the looming congressional showdown by listing down some basic criteria that they believe the top contenders should satisfy to earn the approval of their peers. "Primus inter pares. The first among equals. That's what the Speaker of the House is," Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said in a post on Twitter. According to Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Mayo Almario, the next Speaker should be: first, a trusted ally of President Rodrigo Duterte; second, a member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban);...

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