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By GENALYN KABILING Malacanang is optimistic that once enacted into law, the rice tariffication bill will help ensure stable supply, lower prices, and fight the cartel in the rice industry. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo issued the statement after thanking the Senate for passing the administration bill seeking replace the import restrictions on rice with a tariff system. […]

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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 JUN RAMIREZ   The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has intercepted six suspected human trafficking victims bound for South Korea at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga using fake travel documents. In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said the passengers, all women, were intercepted […]

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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   President Duterte is determined to continue the “constructive dialogues” with China on the South China Sea issue rather than wage war with the Asian neighbor, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President wanted to avoid any potential warfare with China and has applied a a “cautious, pragmatic, diplomatic […]

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