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August 17, 2018 3:36 AM RealNumbers: 59 cops fired over drug war; 778 exonerated

A total of 59 police officers have been fired for various infractions linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs, a spokesman of the Philippine National Police said Friday. PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bong Durana Jr. said a total of 3,275 police personnel have been slapped with administrative cases for anti-illegal drug operations 5

August 17, 2018 1:31 AM Low-carb diet linked to higher mortality risk – study

PARIS – Middle-aged people who get about half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday. The findings, published in The Lancet, challenge a trend in Europe and North America toward so-called Paleo diets that shun carbohydrates in favor of animal protein and fat. Proponents 7

August 16, 2018 11:08 AM Gatchalian eyes suspension of TRAIN law

MANILA - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said his committee might recommend the suspension of the tax reform law upon hearing the incomplete status of government programs designed to cushion the law's effect on inflation. Gatchalian, head of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, took note of the National Food Authority's failure to provide 5

August 16, 2018 10:46 AM Turkish lira rebounds after Qatar pledges $15 billion

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish lira continued to rebound from record losses on Thursday a day after Qatar pledged $15 billion in investments to help Turkey’s economy. The currency strengthened some 2 percent against the dollar, trading at around 5.85 per dollar, hours before Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak was scheduled to update international 5

August 16, 2018 9:51 AM Poorest Filipinos suffer most from inflation: study

MANILA - The poorest 30 percent of the population suffer the most from rising prices of goods, particularly food items such as rice, a statistics expert said Thursday. On average, households spend 38.34 percent of their budget on food, said Dr. Dennis Mapa, dean of the University of the Philippines School of Statistics. But for the poorest 30 percent 5

August 15, 2018 10:39 AM Cash remittances down 4.5 pct in June amid OFW repatriation: BSP

MANILA - Cash remittances from overseas Filipinos totaled $2.4 billion in June, down 4.5 percent compared to the same month a year ago, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Wednesday. Personal remittances in June meanwhile totaled $2.6 billion, down 4.9 percent from a year ago. The BSP said the government's repatriation program may have partly affected 6

August 15, 2018 7:35 AM 1,140 pass physical, occupational therapist licensure exams

MANILA - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Wednesday that 931 out of 1,379 examinees passed the Physical Therapist Licensure Examination while 209 out of 307 passed the Occupational Therapist Licensure Examination this month. Krisha Marie Gan Badillo of Riverside College topped the Physical Therapist board exam with a rating of 89.05 percent 5

August 15, 2018 5:37 AM GT Capital posts P7.1-billion net income in first half

MANILA - GT Capital Holdings Inc on Wednesday reported a consolidated net income of P7.1 billion in the first half of 2018 as well as a P7.1 billion core net income for the same period. Consolidated revenues reached P101.2 billion from January to June, GT Capital said in a disclosure to the stock exchange. Metrobank, AXA Philippines, Metro Pacific and Toyota 7

August 14, 2018 7:18 AM Drilon calls on Congress to resume budget delibs, prevent reenacted budget

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday called the suspension of budget deliberations and talks of a reenacted budget "foolish and counter-productive," saying it will only make the President appear weak for being unable to pass his own budget despite having a supermajority in Congress. Drilon said that the House of Representatives' plan to return 7

August 14, 2018 5:18 AM Only 14% of P352-B for Metro flood control masterplan allocated—DPWH

Only 14 percent of the P352 billion intended for the 23-year flood control masterplan for Metro Manila has been allocated since the project began in 2012, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The 23-year masterplan is intended to be completed by 2035 in order to reduce flooding in the metropolis. “Malayo-layo pa po yung aming 8