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By ARGYLL GEDUCOS   SINGAPORE—President Duterte said he opposes any military drills in the disputed South China Sea, saying it will only create tension among claimants of the resource-filled waterway. Duterte made the statement Thursday during the sidelines of the last day of the 33rd Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits here. […]

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By  VANNE ELAINE TERRAZOLA   The Senate has approved on third and final reading Wednesday night the bill that would liberalize the importation of rice into the country with the imposition of tariffs. Voting 14-0, the Upper Chamber passed Senate Bill No. 1998, which seeks to replace the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports with tariff […]

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  By MINKA TIANGCO   Five alleged drug personalities were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Julian Felipe St. in Barangay 12, Caloocan City, Tuesday night. Police identified the arrested suspects as Rodolfo Tumalad, 33; Jordy Tumalad, 39; both garbage collectors; Jason Roque, 21, plumber; Kurt Christian Bunqui, 21, construction worker; and Jocelyn Padilla, 42, […]

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By GENALYN KABILING The nation can expect a respite from higher fuel tax rate increase next year following a suspension order authorized by President Duterte.   The President has formally approved the suspension of the next round of excise tax increase on oil products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law amid efforts to […]

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Ubial to answer Dengvaxia raps

  By JEFFREY DAMICOG Former Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial is set to file her counter-affidavit this Friday in response to the complaint filed against her over her allegedl liability in the deaths of children who received shots of anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. Assistant State Prosecutor Claire Eufracia Pagayanan set the date after Ubial failed to file her counter-affidavit […]

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BI agents arrest American fugitive

By JUN RAMIREZ An American wanted by US federal authorities on multiple fraud charges has been arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents in Parañaque City. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 81-year-old Harold Leigh Andrews was apprehended in his condominium at the East Bay Residences on Sucat Road, Parañaque. Morente said Andrews was arrested based […]

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