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  • Expert: PH may weaken sea claims by accepting favors from China

    May 20, 2017 4:02 PM 5

    HONOLULU/TOKYO — Asia analysts have warned that by accepting aid from and improving trade with China, the Philippines could weaken its maritime claims in the South China Sea and undermine a multilateral approach to resolving the territorial dispute. In recent interviews with Southeast Asian journalists, they also said Beijing could blunt any intervention

  • PH urged to take China war threat to UN

    May 20, 2017 4:00 PM 13

    President Rodrigo Duterte should take China to the United Nations (UN) for threatening the Philippines with war if it drills for oil in an area in the West Philippine Sea that has already been declared within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Saturday. The world body “outlaws the use or threat of force

  • Ex-mayor faces raps over unremitted taxes

    May 20, 2017 4:00 PM 5

    MANILA, Philippines - A former mayor and treasurer of a town in Samar are facing charges before the Sandiganbayan for failing to remit tax collections amounting to P1,272,831.63. Former San Sebastian mayor Arnold Abalos and municipal treasurer Viriginia Uy were recently indicted for graft and malversation of public funds. Ombudsman assistant special

  • Duterte to ban over-the-counter sale of bullets, ammunition

    May 20, 2017 2:13 PM 10

    Davao City – President Duterte will seek a revision of the firearms law in the Philippines to regulate strictly the sale of bullets, ammunition and firearms to ensure these do not end up in the hands of the enemies. “I will no longer allow ‘yung mga tindahan (those stores) to sell bullets over the counter that cannot be done. Hindi tayo matatapos nito (We will not finish

  • Late run completes TNT rally past struggling Alaska

    May 20, 2017 12:40 PM 6

    TNT used a late-game push to stun Alaska, 119-110, and gain its seventh win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay. The KaTropa, who trailed by as many as 17 early, were down 101-105 midway through the fourth period before mounting an 18-5 run to close the game out with big man Ranidel De Ocampo

  • Taiwan ready to lose P400M a year over Filipinos' visa-free entry

    May 20, 2017 11:50 AM 5

    'I believe Taiwan should be discovered because Taiwan has been overlooked for so long,' Taiwan's representative in the Philippines says MANILA, Philippines – Taiwan said it is ready to lose up to P400 million ($8 million) a year once it allows Filipinos to enter Taiwanese territory visa-free starting September this year. Taiwan's representative to the Philippines

  • ‘Sick’ Joma Sison urged to come home

    May 20, 2017 11:17 AM 4

    “COME home now,” President Rodrigo Duterte urged Jose Maria Sison who he said has a rare bone marrow disease. “I said Sison can go home here. I will guarantee his safety and freedom. He will be free to walk around, may sakit na eh. Hayaan mo. Sison is seriously sick. He has a rare—something to do with—not leukemia—but sa bone marrow. Parang ganoon na rin. Come home. I’ll pay for the hospital

  • Ex-Agriculture director faces raps over SALN

    May 20, 2017 9:03 AM 17

    MANILA, Philippines - A former regional director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is facing multiple criminal cases over alleged false declarations and non-filing of his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALNs for several years. In separate case information sheets filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan on May 16, DA-Autonomous

  • Duterte tells Cimatu: Do your job the right way

    May 20, 2017 9:01 AM 13

    These were the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to environment secretary Roy Cimatu, who replaced former secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez. “My marching orders really (were) you are there in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), just do your duty and do it right. Always do it for the country,” Duterte said during the pilot

  • Lapanday files graft raps vs DAR chief, Usec

    May 20, 2017 7:18 AM 17

    Agribusiness firm Lapanday Foods Corporations (LFC) filed a graft complaint against Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) chief Rafael Mariano and his undersecretary for legal affairs Luis Pangulayan for “favoring” evicted farmers of a disputed banana plantation in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. On Thursday, LFC, through representative Noel Oliver E. Punzalan