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PNP chief hits Colmenares for claiming gov’t forces abducted supporters

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde on Monday denied the accusation of Bayan Muna chairman and senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares that government forces abducted two of his group’s supporters. The PNP chief said they were ...

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Foreigners can’t work in jobs fit for Filipinos: labor chief

MANILA — Foreign nationals doing jobs that can be done by Filipinos should be deported and blacklisted, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Monday, after a lawmaker sought a ban on Chinese construction workers. Bello said a total ban of ...

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Immigration chief wants 18 extortion-tagged agents suspended

MANILA – Bureau of Immigration (BI) chief Jaime Morente has recommended the preventive suspension of 18 personnel accused of extortion by 15 Koreans in a recent operation.  “Extortion is a violation of our oath of service. We cannot allow such ...

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President names usec as acting budget chief

Janet Abuel MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has named Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel as acting secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The President announced his decision at the start of the Cabinet meeting on Monday night ...

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3 offshore gaming firms close shop on tax worries: PAGCOR chief

MANILA – At least 3 offshore gaming firms in the country shut operations for fear of getting “over-taxed,” the head of the country’s gaming regulator said Monday. Out of the 57 licensed POGOs or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operatons, 3 have ...

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‘For the 8th time’: Rappler chief Maria Ressa posts bail anew

MANILA – Rappler chief Maria Ressa on Monday posted bail anew over alleged violations on foreign ownership rules. “I posted bail and was released Friday, but received another arrest warrant April 1 and posted bail today for the 8th time! ...

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Ex-DFA chief: Locsin ‘perfect’ to push tribunal victory vs China

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. AFP FILE MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. is the “perfect person” to convince the President to use the Philippines’ arbitral tribunal victory in the West Philippine Sea against ...

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Ex-tourism chief faces graft complaint over P2.7-M calendar contract

MANILA – The Office of the Ombudsman has filed a graft case against former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano for the conceptualization and development of wall calendars worth P2.7 million in 2008. Aside from Durano, other DOT officials at the time ...

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DOJ chief to lead probe of prosecutors on narcolist

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will personally lead the investigation into the alleged drug links of 10 prosecutors supposedly included in the so-called narcolist, if the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would give him their names. PDEA Director ...

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DOJ chief downplays fears China may seize Reed Bank

MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra downplayed fears gas-rich Reed Bank, also known as Recto Bank, in the West Philippine Sea may be seized by China in case the Philippines fails to pay its $ 62-million loan for the Chico ...

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