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Duterte’s ban on West Philippine Sea drills means lost opportunities, maritime expert says

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President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to ban the Philippine military from participating in joint exercises in the West Philippine Sea would mean a loss of opportunities for the country, according to maritime expert Jay Batongbacal. “These...

China praises Duterte for banning military from joint drills in West Philippine Sea

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The Chinese government under President Xi Jinping praised President Rodrigo Duterte's order that stops the Philippine Navy from participating in joint maritime exercises in the West Philippine Sea. The move favors China as it...

CHR questions plan to regulate social media use via Anti-Terrorism Act

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay's proposal to regulate social media use in the fight against terrorist activities may affect free speech and is not...

QC official reprimanded for ‘shoot-to-kill’ threat vs quarantine violators

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Quezon City's Task Force Disiplina Head Rannie Ludovica was reprimanded for a "shoot-to-kill" threat towards quarantine violators. Still, Senator Risa Hontiveros said that she would make sure that he will be held accountable. As Metro Manila...

Revival of death penalty might affect attempts to save Filipinos on death row abroad

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If the Philippines would revive the death penalty, the country might lose its "moral ascendancy" in negotiations involving Filipinos facing capital punishment overseas. In his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte...
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Medical representatives now included in gov’t COVID containment panel after 5 months of lockdown

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Nearly five months into quarantine, medical representatives from various organizations will now be a part of a technical panel focusing on containing the coronavirus...

P15-billion loss in PhilHealth funds tagged as ‘crime of the year’

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The series of anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is tagged as the "crime of the year," according to the state insurer's...

Massive Beirut explosion kills 78, injures almost 4,000

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A massive explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut left 78 people dead and almost 4,000 injured. The impact of blast flattened much of the port,...

Duterte’s warning vs telcos a diversionary tactic, telco expert says

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President Rodrigo Duterte's warning to telcos due to their "lousy service" is a distraction that diverts attention from his failure to discuss plans to...

Gov’t takeover of telcos would give Dennis Uy’s DITO Telecommunity undue advantage

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A government takeover of telco giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications would give DITO Telecommunity, owned by Davao-based businessman and presidential friend Dennis Uy...

Duterte OKs proposed ₱4.506 trillion national budget for 2021

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The Department of Budget and Department (DBM) confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposed ₱4.506 trillion national budget for 2021. The proposal was...

Lacson: Billions misused in PhilHealth in previous years

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Senator Panfilo Lacson opened the hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on the alleged corruption of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation...

Red tape vs telcos more apparent when PH shifted from SMS-heavy to Internet-savvy market...

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Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that severe red tape imposed by local government units (LGUs) when...

Gov’t must help telcos to provide efficient public services — Rio

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Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that the ball is in fact in the hands of the...

Duterte berates medical frontliners for making appeal for timeout public

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Despite his approval granting the request to reimpose modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, President Rodrigo Duterte berated health...

Putting Metro Manila back under stricter quarantine will be difficult, DTI says

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes that reimposing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila will prove to be difficult. "How can we...

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