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Tiamzons ask court to deny gov't plea for their rearrest

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon have opposed the government’s bid for their rearrest following the collapse of peace negotiations.

'To protect the people': Aquino defends decision on Dengvaxia use

Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday defended his administration's decision to implement the now suspended dengue immunization program.

Human rights advocates nanawagan sa paglaya ng kasamahan sa Abra

Sumugod sa Abra Provincial Jail Miyerkoles ang mga taga-suporta ng inarestong environmentalist na si Sherwin De Vera para hilingin ang kaniyang paglaya.

Ubial says lawmaker Garin asked for additional Dengvaxia budget

Former Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial on Thursday said her predecessor's husband asked her to allot an additional budget for controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

US-based expert forewarned govt on Dengvaxia, but DOH ignored him

(EXCLUSIVE) One of the acknowledged foremost experts in dengue research in the world had tried to forewarn Philippine authorities on the use of Dengvaxia vaccine on children who had never contracted dengue, but the government ignored him.

PCMC's P1.15-B Dengvaxia funds remain intact, says COA

MANILA, Philippines — A portion of the funds allocated by the

FDA should not be under DOH — expert

MANILA, Philippines — A health expert from the National Academy of Science and Technology on Wednesday suggested that the Food and Drug Administration should

Martial law extension discouraging charges vs gov't abuses: Maranao official

MANILA - Martial law in Mindanao and its subsequent extension until the end of 2018 are turning residents away from filing cases against government actors over their supposed abuses, a Marawi citizen said Thursday.

Cops surpass 500k lbs weight loss target

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has surpassed its target weight loss of 500,000 lbs under its program dubbed "Mission: Slim Possible."

Immigration bureau deports 47 South Korean fugitives

The Bureau of Immigration has deported 47 South Korean fugitives wanted for various criminal offenses.
 

4 sugatan sa salpukan ng pick-up at van

Apat na katao ang sugatan nang magkasalpukan ang dalawang sasakyan Huwebes ng umaga sa Cebu City.

Bagyong 'Urduja', nanalasa sa ilang bahagi ng Visayas

Nananatiling lubog sa baha ang ilang bahagi ng Visayas nitong Huwebes bunsod ng walang tigil na pag-ulan dulot ng bagyong Urduja.

Duterte tours Pakistani ship

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday toured a Pakistan Navy ship, as the Philippine and Pakistani governments and militaries sought to boost relations.
 

Tumatawid na lola, patay nang mabunggo ng motorsiklo

LAOAG CITY - Patay ang isang lola matapos mabunggo ng motorsiklo habang tumatawid sa Barangay 14, Laoag City, Miyerkoles ng umaga.

Dela Rosa reveals reason behind term extension

"Nabilaukan nga ako eh, bakit ako na-extend eh," Dela Rosa quipped.

Passengers stranded in Cebu ports due to bad weather

Hundreds of passengers in Northern Cebu ports were stranded following the cancellation of boat trips due to rough seas brought about by tropical storm Urduja.

'Urduja' slightly intensifies, threatens Southern Luzon, Visayas

Tropical storm "Urduja" has slightly intensified and is expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.
 

Pregnant woman wants seat on Tokyo metro: there’s an app for that

Pregnant women struggling to bag a seat on the famously packed Tokyo subway could find their salvation in a new app connecting them with nearby passengers willing to give up their coveted perch. The digital match-making app being trialled this week on the metro aims to overcome two problems especially prevalent in Japan: passengers generally have their nose buried in their phones and talking is strictly frowned upon. The service allows a pregnant woman to send a message when she wants a seat. The app will then look for generous pre-registered users who have said they are willing to give up their seats. If there is a match, the pregnant woman gets a seat map on her smartph...

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PSEi rallies to 8,400 on tax reform ratification

The local stock barometer surged back to the 8,400 mark on Thursday as investors cheered the ratification of the first phase of the tax reform program, which is seen necessary to fund the Duterte administration's massive infrastructure-building. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index racked up 101.45 points or 1.21 percent to close at 8,461.06. There was about P1.06 billion in net buying from foreign investors that perked up the main index. "Both houses of the Philippines' Congress ratified the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill late (Wednesday) night. This is a positive development and, barring any veto by the President, should be signed into law by 19...

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Rains brought by ‘Urduja’ floods 10 Eastern Samar villages

TACLOBAN CITY---Heavy rains spawned by Tropical Storm "Urduja" flooded at least 10 villages in different towns in Eastern Samaron Thursday. Two barangays were affected in Salcedo town, five in Arteche town, 10 in Guiuan town, 2 in Llorente town and one each in Quinapondan and Maydolong towns, said Levi Nicart of the Eastern Samar Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. Landslides were also reported in Barangay Paya in Giporlos and Barangay Libas in San Julian, he added....

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Cop kills soldier, wounds 3 others inside Zamboanga Sibugay disco house

ZAMBOANGA CITY---A soldier died, while three others were wounded, when a policeman started shooting inside Planet Disco House at Don Andres village, Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay,Wednesdaydawn. Top military and police officials were silent as to the motive of the shooting but Police Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo, provincial police director of Zamboanga Sibugay provincial police, said Pfc. Gerard Jan Aujero Cordero, 27, of the 53rd Infantry Battalion was killed, while his companions, Corporals Seperino Damacino and Giovanie Diodor, were wounded. A civilian, Al Gerard Santos, who just happened to be in the area during the incident, was also wounded. Santos is a resident of Tungawan tow...

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PBA Preview: Guiao optimistic as new recruits expected to bolster NLEX

https://youtu.be/P2wKl70v03c Head coach: Yeng Guiao Key players: Kevin Alas, Cyrus Baguio, JR Quiahan, Key additions: Kiefer Ravena, Michael Miranda NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao likes what's in store for his team in the coming PBA season. Guiao has his reasons for his bright outlook ahead of the 2018 Philippine Cup. The Road Warriors' breakthrough campaign in the 2017 Governors' Cup is one of those and so is the team's offseason acquisitions. "I'm very optimistic," he told INQUIRER.net. "Especially with the new additions." "As long as we're improving everyday in practice, we're improving every conference, that's what's important for us." NLEX improved leaps and bounds i...

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Aquino answers ‘unasked’ question over role in Dengvaxia issue

          Former President Benigno Aquino III answered pointblank on Thursday "unasked" questions over the supposed haste in the release of the P3.5-billion budget for Dengvaxia vaccines first implemented during his time.   Aquino volunteered to respond to Senator Richard Gordon's question during the hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee as how a special allotment release order (Saro) for the purchase of the vaccine was made immediately available after the vaccine got the approval of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).   READ: Ex-President Aquino shows up at Senate for 'Dengvaxia' hearing   Gordon, wh...

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Trending searches: hurricane, bitcoin and sex scandal

Irma, the devastating storm, was the top trending topic globally when it came to news or searches at Google, according to rankings of top trending topics and people release on Wednesday by the California-based company. Stories about cryptocurrency bitcoin were the second most keenly sought news, followed by coverage of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, the crisis with North Korea and the solar eclipse. Apple's latest iPhone models ranked second and third overall in search, and topped the chart when it came to consumer electronics. The fourth fiercest overall search trend was focused on TV host Matt Lauer, who was also the person who garnered the most interest at Google....

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Jump on the Ultra Violet Trend with these Beauty Picks

  Shove aside, Greenery. You were a good Pantone Color of the Year but 2018 is coming in with Ultra Violet. The chosen shade speaks of positive thoughts and making something beautiful out of unlikely elements. Expect the coming days to bring a wash of different products in this color to imbibe its message. Think of all the collabs that will happen, how the runways will respond, and even how the food industry will jump on it. A great way to make ube even a bigger hit in top restaurants, maybe? In the beauty world, violet is almost a staple shade. It's hue can adapt a wine-berry tone that's vampy but it can also have a neon tinge that's fun for a party look. It's a safe in-b...

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Ombudsman suspends Pangasinan mayor, vice mayor for printing names, faces on ambulance

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN---For printing their pictures and names on the town's ambulance, the mayor and vice mayor of Asingan town in Pangasinan province were meted a one-year suspension each by the Office of the Ombudsman.   In a seven-page decision signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales onOct. 13, Asingan Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. were penalized for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, simple misconduct and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.   Chua and Lopez could not be immediately reached for comment.   The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Asinga...

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Runaway TRAIN? Solon to ask SC to derail ‘railroaded’ tax bill

  Was the TRAIN railroaded by the House of Representatives? It should be derailed by the Supreme Court, if it were up to ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio.   Tinio questioned the ratification of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill past 10 in the evening on Wednesday, citing the lack of voting or even a quorum.   This was not the only last-minute hang-up faced by the bill on the last day of Congress' session for the year.   The Senate's ratification of the bicameral conference committee report, which reconciled conflicting provisions in the two chambers' bills and finalized the measure for Mr. Duterte's signature, also took place p...

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‘Blade runner’ legs give maimed Thai dog new lease on life

Just over a year after he was maimed for gnawing on someone's shoes, Cola is romping across a beach on new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modeled on those used by Paralympian sprinters. The former street pup nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword in revenge for chewing up his boots. A quick trip to the vet saved Cola but left him with two amputated, kangaroo-like stumps for front paws. Today, his tongue is lolling about and his tail is wagging wildly as he bounds across the sand on carbon-fiber blades, similar to those made famous by Paralympian runner Oscar Pistorius. The lightweight legs were tailor made ...

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Foreign investment pledges jump 61% to P43 billion in Q3

Investment pledges by foreign firms recovered in the third quarter, jumping 61.1 percent year-on-year to P43 billion, the government reportedThursday.   Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told reporters that the National Economic and Development Authority Board chaired by the President is expected to take up the proposed 11th regular foreign investment negative list (FINL) early next year to increase the number of sectors to be further opened up to foreign investors to ramp up foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows.   "The revised list covers easing foreign investment restrictions on contracts for construction and repair of projects, practice of pro...

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Boxing promoter trying to get Pacquiao to fight in Mexico

Boxing promoter Fernando Beltran is determined to get Manny Pacquiao to fight in Mexico. Beltran, the CEO of Zanfer Promotions, one of the biggest boxing promotion companies in Mexico, is reportedly courting the Filipino boxing legend to fight in the Mexican capital on April 2018. "I do not want to waste [the opportunity to get him to fight here]. I will fight until I secure him," Beltran said in a report on boxingscene.com. "We are in talks, nothing is certain, but we are making the attempt because Mexico deserves to see him." Pacquiao is no stranger to Mexican boxing fans, having fought some of the country's biggest names in the sport. The eight-division world champi...

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Ubial: Garin’s lawmaker-husband asked me to buy more Dengvaxia vaccine during budget hearing

        Update Former Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial revealed on Thursdaythat a member of the House of Representativeshad asked her to buy more Dengvaxia vaccine and allocate budget for it in 2018. During the joint hearing of the Senate blue ribbon and health and finance committees, Ubial said she was "positive" that her confirmation was prejudiced by her strong opposition to the anti-dengue vaccination drive even before she became health secretary. READ:Ubial on anti-dengue vaccine drive: I wanted to stop it, but was warned "I am positive that my confirmation was prejudiced by this issue that I strongly and openly opposed at the star...

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Technical bug forces Cebu Pacific plane to land in Nagoya

    A Cebu Pacific flight bound for Cebu has made an emergency landing at the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, Japan due to atechnical glitch.   In its advisoryon Thursday, the budget airline said that CEB Flight 5J 5063 departed Narita Airport in Tokyo at12:05 p.m.(Japan time) and wassuppose to arrive in Cebu at4:40 p.m. (Philippines time).   https://twitter.com/CebuPacificAir/status/941184434937544704 But the plane, an Airbus A320, was diverted to Nagoya, also in Japan, after the pilot noticed a technical issue, and safely landed on the Chubu Centrair InternationalAirport.   Cebu Pacific has assured that conti...

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Women evacuees in Marawi get cash aid

    MARAWI CITY---Honeylet Avancea and former president now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoon Wednesdaydistributed cash gifts of P3,000 and relief goods to 2000 women evacuees here.   Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of Joint Task Force Ranao, said each of the women received P3,000 cash aside from relief goods at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol gymnasium, where the distribution took place.   He said that aside from Arroyo and Avancea, other congressional spouses and other women organizations from Manila, contributed to the donation.   Brawner said the women who got the assistance were "severely" affected by the recent wa...

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Group issues caution on gov’t order to recapture communist leaders

        Human rights law groups has cautioned the Manila regional trial court to exercise "great caution" in acting on the government's motion seeking the rearrest of key leaders of the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) following President Rodrigo Duterte's cancellation of peace talks.   "Great caution and circumspection in the appreciation and interpretation of the President's words is more than required now," Public Interest Law Center (PILC) and the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) said in their joint comment submitted before the Manila RTC Branch 32.   PILC is representing Adelberto A. Silva while the NUPL is ...

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Global, Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change – study

Last year's global heat record, extreme heat in Asia and unusually warm waters off the coast of Alaska happened purely because the planet is getting warmer due to human activities like burning fossil fuels, a study said Wednesday. The findings mark the first time that global scientists have identified severe weather that could not have happened without climate change, said the peer-reviewed report titled "Explaining Extreme Events in 2016 from a Climate Perspective." Until now, the contribution of human-driven climate change has been understood to raise the odds of certain floods, droughts, storms and heat waves -- but not serve as the sole cause. "This report marks a fundam...

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Neda chief Pernia: PH GDP seen growing 6.7-6.9% in 2017

The economy likely grew faster than the nine-month average of 6.7 percent during the fourth quarter, with annual growth seen breaching the 7-percent mark next year on the back of the massive infrastructure buildup, the country's chief economist said. "We can say that we are well on the way to reaching our full-year growth target of 6.5-7.5 percent" this year, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told reportersThursday. Pernia, who heads the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority, said gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2017 could settle within the range of 6.7-6.9 percent. For the fourth quarter, Pernia said GDP growth would be "...

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MMFF 2017: Celebrities comment on ‘Deadma Walking’ movie

        Celebrities give their judgments on the much-talked about Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entry, "Deadma Walking." Apart from the usually expected box-office players during MMFF, another movie that's spreading massive curiosity to the public is "beshy" drama-comedy "Deadma Walking."   Starring Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman, the movie circles around the life of two gay best friends who basically got each other's back for life---and even in death.   Gamboa plays the role of John, a terminally ill gay businessman who plans to fake his death to see what happens in his funeral. Meanwhile, Mark, played by Guzman...

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Palace: Gov't work suspended on December 26, January 2

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday announced the suspension of government work nationwide on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan.

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Malacañang suspends gov't work on December 26, January 2 - Rappler


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Malacañang suspends gov't work on December 26, January 2
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LONG HOLIDAY. President Rodrigo Duterte orders work suspension in government offices under the executive, and in state universities and colleges on December 26, 2017, and on January 2, 2018. Presidential photo. MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has ...
Government work suspended on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018GMA News
Palace suspends gov't work on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2Inquirer.net
Palace suspends government work on December 26, January 2 | SunStarSun.Star

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Ombudsman suspends Basilan vice mayor, others for misconduct - Inquirer.net


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Ombudsman suspends Basilan vice mayor, others for misconduct
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The Office of the Ombudsman has suspended for six months Basilan vice mayor after he was found guilty of grave misconduct in connection with the P548, 256.00 Boat Landing Project and the P175,000 scuba diving course as part of the local government's ...

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LIST: Class suspensions for December 14 due to 'Urduja' - Philippine Star


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LIST: Class suspensions for December 14 due to 'Urduja'
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MANILA, Philippines — A number of local government units announced cancelation of classes on Thursday due to the inclement weather brought by Tropical Depression Urduja. Executive chiefs of provinces affected by the tropical depression were forced to ...
Tropical Depression Urduja slightly intensifies as it threatens SamarRappler
Tropical Depression Urduja slightly intensifies, slows downGMA News
Signal no. 1 up in 16 areas in PH as 'Urduja' intensifies — PagasaThe Manila Times
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‘Bad science’ to blame for dengue vaccine mess -expert

The Department of Health (DOH) and the patients who received the anti-dengue vaccine are a victim of “bad science,” an epidemiologist from UP said during the Senate blue ribbon committee probe on the controversial vaccination program.

Filipina helper working in Brazil ate dog's food to keep from starving

BBC reports on the overlooked modern slavery happening across the globe.

VACC urges Senate to investigate Aquino, Abad, Garin, other officials

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption recommended on Thursday that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigate former President Benigno Aquino III, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, former Health Secretary Janet Garin, and other officials for plunder over the alleged anomalous purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine.

PNP surpasses 500k lbs goal in 6-month fitness program

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has surpassed its target weight loss of 500,000 pounds under its six-month weight loss program.

Tiamzons ask court to deny government's plea to order their arrest - GMA News


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Tiamzons ask court to deny government's plea to order their arrest
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Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and another alleged rebel have asked a Manila court to deny the government's plea to order their arrest after President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the peace talks with the group ...
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Court convicts Manila barangay chairman over P50,000 ‘commission’

The Office of the Ombudsman has secured the conviction of a Manila barangay chairman who allegedly demanded P50,000 in commission for the delivery of supplies in his community.

Tiamzons ask court to deny government’s plea to order their arrest

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and another alleged rebel have asked a Manila court to deny the government’s plea to order their arrest after President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the peace talks with the group last month.  

WHO to release report on Phl dengue vaccine program

MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization is preparing a new position paper to address the dengue vaccine controversy in the Philippines.