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 2020-01-16 23:52 

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Ano nga ba ang kaakibat na panganib ng Alert Level 5 ng bulkang Taal?...

Sakaling magtutuloy-tuloy sa mapanganib na pagsabog ang bulkan sa Alert Level 5 at ano nga ba ang kaakibat nitong panganib sa tinatawag na "high risk areas?"...

 2020-01-16 23:51 

Manila Bulletin

Trump impeachment trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine...

The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress....

 2020-01-16 23:48 

Manila Bulletin

Panama probes suspected killing of seven by religious sect...

Panamanian prosecutors are investigating the suspected killing of seven people, including a pregnant woman and five of her children, by members of a religious sect that was believed to have been performing exorcisms, authorities said on Thursday....

 2020-01-16 23:43 

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Duterte to visit Taal evacuees anew next week...

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte will visit more Filipinos who fled the eruption of Taal Volcano on Monday, his former aide Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go said Thursday....

 2020-01-16 23:31 

Cebu Daily News

Another exclusive contract: SFI sells right to sell food, drinks at the Sinulog 2020 parade route to San Miguel Foods...

CEBU CITY, Philippines Reportedly for P2 million, the Sinulog Foundation Incorporated (SFI) has sold the right to sell food products at the 6.5-kilometer Sinulog grand parade route to food giant San Miguel Food Inc. (SMFI). This would mean that only San M...

 2020-01-16 23:30 

Cebu Daily News

Phivolcs: Kanlaon volcano in Negros Occidental remains calm...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island remains free from any signs of activity. Engineer Andylene Quintia, resident volcanologist of the Kanlaon Volcano Observatory, said the volcano had remained in alert level zero and was unaffe...

 2020-01-16 23:17 

ABS-CBN

Mga evacuee sa Batangas, nagkakasakit na; isa, patay sa atake sa puso...

Nagkakasakit na ang evacuees na sumilong sa Santo Tomas City sa Batangas. May namatay ding evacuee dahil sa atake sa puso....

 2020-01-16 23:11 

Cebu Daily News

300,000 Marian devotees join Walk with Mary procession...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There were at least 300,000 Marian devotees who took part in the Walk with Mary procession that started in Fuente Osmea Rotunda and ended at the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nio at dawn this Friday, January 17, 2020. Police Lie...

 2020-01-16 23:00 

Cebu Daily News

Cops still looking for witnesses on brutal murder of grandma, grandpa in Sibonga...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Sibonga police are still looking for witnesses, who would give details about the January 16, 2020 shooting incident in Barangay Bae, Sibonga town in southern Cebu. Police Major Alfredo Kuhay Jr., Sibonga Police Station chief...

 2020-01-16 22:54 

Cebu Daily News

Mammoth crowd of devotees join Walk with Mary procession, Mass...

CEBU CITY, Philippines Fair weather and a sunny morning greeted the mammoth crowd of Marian devotees who packed the open Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Minore del Santo Nio de Cebu to join the Mass for the Penitential Walk with Mary at dawn on Friday, Jan...

 2020-01-16 22:29 

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Stock indexes rally to more record highs, led by tech gains...

Another rally on Wall Street powered stock indexes to more records Thursday. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite notched all-time highs, extending the market's gains after a strong start to the year. A batch of solid economi...

 2020-01-16 22:00 

Cebu Daily News

Cebu City Legal Office: Drug-positive employees cannot be rehired...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Legal Office (CLO) said employees who were found positive to the recent drug tests conducted by the City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) could not be rehired by the city government even if they wo...

 2020-01-16 21:57 

ABS-CBN

Karpintero arestado sa pagpatay sa kapwa karpintero...

MAKATI - Arestado ang isang 40 anyos na karpintero matapos nitong umaming pinatay niya ang kapwa karpintero Huwebes ng gabi sa lungsod ng Makati....

 2020-01-16 21:54 

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Taal's horses: Only 43 of 3,000 were ferried off dangerous island...

Forty-three of 3,000 horses trapped on Taal Volcano Island were saved before the government declared it a "no man's land," throwing the fate of the remaining animals into doubt, despite efforts of animal welfare organizations to rescue them. P...

 2020-01-16 21:52 

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Navy ship detects US sub off Palawan...

The Philippine Navy's newly acquired antisubmarine vessel has detected a US submarine passing underwater off Palawan while it was on patrol last year, Navy flag officer in command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said on Wednesday. "For the first time, t...

 2020-01-16 21:50 

ABS-CBN

Visibility reduced in Batangas and Cavite due to amihan, volcanic activity: PAGASA...

Reduced visibility during ashfall with potential isolated thunderstorms should be expected in Batangas and Cavite due to the northeast monsoon or amihan and volcanic activity, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday....

 2020-01-16 21:50 

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Job-order, contractual gov't workers get P 3,000 gratuity pay...

Good news for job-order and contract-of-service employees in the government. The workers, who do not enjoy benefits accorded to regular employees, such as midyear, year-end and performance-based bonuses, will receive P3,000 in one-time gratuity pay for th...

 2020-01-16 21:48 

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Ex-Air Force chief named to PNOC-EC...

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday appointed yet another military official to the government, naming Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez president of the Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) minutes after his retirement as Philippine Air Fo...

 2020-01-16 21:46 

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Duterte hits water firms, Catholic Church anew...

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday again lambasted two water concessionaires and vowed to reveal the names of the state lawyers who allegedly crafted the "onerous" 1997 water concession deal that he wants replaced. "The lawyers of governmen...

 2020-01-16 21:44 

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Bogus Taal donation drives include one name-dropping Pacquiao...

Solicitation drives for victims of Taal Volcano eruptions, including bogus ones, have proliferated on social media, prompting senators to call on the National Bureau of Investigation to crack down on fake donation campaigns. Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Thursda...

 2020-01-16 21:42 

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VP Robredo slams Mocha for 'fake news'...

Vice President Leni Robredo slammed former communications official Mocha Uson on Thursday for continuing to spread "fake news" despite being paid with taxpayer money as a government official, and said that the former entertainer's action was &...

 2020-01-16 21:40 

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4 new polio cases bring total to 16...

Four more children have been stricken with polio, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to 16 since the outbreak was declared in September 2019. Quoting the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Department of Health (DOH) said on...

 2020-01-16 21:38 

Inquirer.net

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Weddings affected by Taal eruption offered new venues in Manila...

Two churches in Manila on Thursday announced that these were extending assistance to couples whose scheduled weddings in Batangas and Cavite have been affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano on Jan. 12. In a post on their Facebook accounts, the Minor Bas...

 2020-01-16 21:36 

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Phivolcs: Taal 'resting' but still dangerous...

Taal Volcano belched smaller plumes of ash on Thursday, but seismologists said that did not mean the volcano was calming down, as it shuddered continuously with earthquakes and cracked the ground in nearby towns—signs that it was building up power f...

 2020-01-16 21:30 

Inquirer.net

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BSP seen cutting policy rate in Q1...

The inflation-targeting Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may cut its overnight borrowing rate by 25 basis points in the first quarter of this year alongside further reductions in the reserve requirement on banks in the coming quarters, an economist from ...

 2020-01-16 21:30 

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Coronation night?...

Denial was the name of the game for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Finals Game 4 on Wednesday night at the Big Dome.The Gin Kings wanted to deny the Bolts from turning to its freshly crowned best import, Allen Durham.The crowd darlings also didn't want t...

 2020-01-16 21:29 

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BOI posted record high investment pledges in 2019...

Board of Investments (BOI)-registered investment pledges hit a record high of P1.14 trillion last year. BOI Chair Ramon Lopez told reporters on Thursday that he was targeting a 10-percent increase in investment pledges this year from the 2019 level, which...

 2020-01-16 21:28 

Inquirer.net

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P1.4T worth of projects to be passed on to Duterte successor...

President Duterte will leave to his successor "an impressive P1.4 trillion worth of projects ready to be implemented" compared to just P50 billion at the end of Benigno Aquino III's term, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. &#...

 2020-01-16 21:26 

Inquirer.net

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Sun Life customer base in PH exceeds 5M...

As Sun Life of Canada marks its 125th year of doing business in the Philippines this year, the insurance giant is building on a new milestone—it breached its target of building a five-million customer base in this market in 2019, one year ahead of t...

 2020-01-16 21:26 

Inquirer.net

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DOJ chief: Cabinet never discussed 'quo warranto' vs ABS-CBN...

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said filing a "quo warranto" petition before the Supreme Court to revoke the franchise of media giant ABS-CBN was "never" discussed in Cabinet meetings. "The renewal or nonrenewal of the ABS-CBN franc...

 2020-01-16 21:24 

Inquirer.net

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Palace dismisses SWS poll finding on Robredo...

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo has dismissed part of the findings of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll which showed that 44 percent of respondents were satisfied with Vice President Leni Robredo's stint as cochair of the Inter-Age...

 2020-01-16 21:24 

Inquirer.net

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Deployment ban stays until Kuwait honors 2018 labor agreement...

The total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait will remain in effect "until we get justice for Ms [Jeanelyn] Villavende and a consensus on the standard employment contract," Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a press briefing on Thursday. ...

 2020-01-16 21:22 

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30 Pinoys repatriated from troubled Haiti...

Thirty Filipinos were repatriated on Thursday from Haiti, which has been experiencing economic and security instability in the past months. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Filipinos, composed of 21 adults and nine minors, arrived at the Ninoy A...

 2020-01-16 21:22 

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Drug charges filed vs Espinosa, 25 others...

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed on Wednesday drug charges against Roland "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. and 25 others, including police officers, for their reported involvement in the illegal drug trade in Eastern Visayas from 2011 to 2016...

 2020-01-16 21:22 

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Jitters over Taal pull down PH stocks...

The local stock barometer slipped on Thursday as investors weighed the economic impact of the eruption of Taal Volcano. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 11.2 points, or 0.15 percent, to close at 7,653.18. Across regional markets,...

 2020-01-16 21:20 

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Curbing rice imports not the solution to farmers' woes, research group says...

Limiting the country's rice imports during the harvest season would not help rice farmers but would only stir a "disaster," according to a nongovernmental economic group. Action for Economic Reform (AER), a group engaged in research and advoca...

 2020-01-16 21:20 

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PH seeks diplomatic ties with Bhutan...

The Philippines wants to establish diplomatic relations with the kingdom of Bhutan, which is known for measuring prosperity by its people's happiness level instead of economic progress. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has taken the initial ste...

 2020-01-16 21:20 

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Verzosa provides firepower, leadership in JRU triumph...

Dolly Grace Verzosa doesn't feel comfortable barking orders inside the court. But on Thursday afternoon, when the game was on the line, the first-time team captain didn't hesitate calling the shots inside the court for her young, inexperienced Jos...

 2020-01-16 21:20 

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Duterte forms 'zero hunger' task force...

President Duterte has formed a 15-member interagency task force that will craft a national food policy meant to eliminate hunger in the country. Executive Order No. 101 created the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger, which will be chaired by Cabinet S...

 2020-01-16 21:18 

Inquirer.net

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Small farmers continue to shy away from agri insurance...

Indemnities provided by Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) to farmers affected by disasters have been significantly limited to those with large landholdings—a dilemma that stemmed from the lack of education among smallscale farmers. A discussion...

 2020-01-16 21:18 

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BI bars a record 7,724 aliens in 2019...

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its personnel in different ports of the country barred 7,724 unwanted aliens in 2019, the highest in the agency's history. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners were turned back after they were found to ...

 2020-01-16 21:18 

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MRT 7 now over 50% complete...

The completion of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 from Quezon City to Bulacan province has passed the halfway mark.The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday the 23-kilometer project, which was being funded and would be operated by congl...

 2020-01-16 21:16 

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PPP Center OKs support for 3 LGUs' projects...

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center announced its support for three more local government units for (LGUs) their solid waste management and water projects. The PPP Center said in a statement the cities of Bislig, Iloilo and Ormoc would gain access...

 2020-01-16 21:15 

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Home-court edge possible for Risers; Pasay scores...

Once a team in turmoil, 1Bataan has emerged from its midseason issues stronger and even more tenacious.The Risers, who lost key players following the team's financial troubles a few months ago, have not only found a new backer, but are slowly but sure...

 2020-01-16 21:14 

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6 dead, 6 hurt in Tondo fire...

A fire razed a residential area in Tondo, Manila, on Thursday morning, leaving six people, including a mother and her three young children, dead. Authorities identified the victims as Odessa Conde, 36, and her children Yhexel George Nicholas, 10; Yara Cou...

 2020-01-16 21:14 

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BIR padlocks another 'tax-dodging' Pogo...

Another Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) was shuttered after revenue officials alleged the establishment was not registered for tax payments.The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said in a statement it ordered the temporary closure and shutdown o...

 2020-01-16 21:12 

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New sin tax law, Citira seen OK'd soon...

The Duterte administration expects to shore up spending in the implementation of the universal health care (UHC) law, especially with two tax reform bills expected to be passed within the next two months. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Thursday...

 2020-01-16 21:12 

Inquirer.net

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QC gov't found liable for Payatas 'trash-slide'...

Nearly two decades since a "trash-slide"; at the Payatas dump killed over 200 people, a court has found the Quezon City government liable for gross negligence and ordered it to pay over P6 million in damages to the victims' families. "The i...

 2020-01-16 21:10 

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Makati sends emergency equipment to Taal-hit areas...

The Makati local government on Thursday ordered the deployment of the city's disaster response vehicles and equipment to Batangas province to help evacuees affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano. In a statement, Mayor Abby Binay said that on...

 2020-01-16 21:10 

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PCC wants early entry into negotiations for unsolicited infra proposals...

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) wants a parallel review of unsolicited infrastructure projects while they are still being negotiated in order to do away with cumbersome bureaucratic processes. The antitrust body is asking businesses and govern...

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