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Bolkiah, Widodo coming for ASEAN Summit, meetings with Duterte

INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei are flying in later this week for bilateral meetings with President Rodrigo Duterte. Sultan Bolkiah's visit will take place on April 27 while President Widodo's state visit and meeting with…

Death toll from Bohol clash climbs to 4

THE death toll from the latest encounter between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Clarin, Bohol has climbed to four with the death of three followers of the slain ASG leader, according to the update issued yesterday…

Strong response

SYDNEY -- Australia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”. The move comes as…

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off Chile coast

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SANTIAGO -- A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked central Chile late Saturday, monitors said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The tremor took place at 11.36 pm (0236 GMT), centered off the coast at 42 kilometers (26…

Nepal quake injured stalked by disability two years on

KATHMANDU -- The day after Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, Samrat Basnet opened his doors to the wounded as hospitals overwhelmed with thousands of victims had to send away those without life-threatening injuries. Two years on Basnet is…

US warship joining Japan navy drills

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TOKYO -- The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will start joint exercises with Japan’s navy on Sunday, Tokyo’s defense ministry said, as the warship passes through the western Pacific after days of contention over its whereabouts. The strike group is in…

‘Silent protest’ over 20 deaths in Venezuela

CARACAS — Dressed in white, Venezuelan protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro marched in silence in several cities on Saturday to pay respects to 20 people killed in three weeks of unrest. Unlike demonstrations in recent days, the rallies in…

Reds' hand seen in kadamay caper

SENATOR Sonny Trillanes has sought a probe into the illegal occupation of government housing units in Pandi, Bulacan by members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) saying this kind of takeover creates security problem. He filed Senate Resolution No.…

Palace welcomes LP rejection of Duterte ouster bid

“DON’T subvert the will of the people,” Malacañang yesterday remarked as it hailed yesterday the rejection by Liberal Party lawmakers in the House of Representatives of the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella called on one…

Balutan cites STL benefits for LGUs

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LOCAL Government Units (LGUs) received more than P643 million from Small Town Lottery (STL) operations in 2016 and the amount is expected to significantly increase this year when more STL operators open for business. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General…

DoJ pursues De Lima drug cases consolidation

THE Department of Justice has filed a motion for reconsideration before Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 after the magistrate denied the prosecutors’ plea to consolidate the three drug cases filed against Senator Leila De…

China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting lab

BEIJING -- China’s first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said. The Tianzhou-1 was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province Thursday evening and began…

Palace vows to abide by Paris climate agreement

MALACAÑANG yesterday assured the public it will push for a “climate-change resilient living” for Filipinos, symbolic of the Philippines’ commitment to the Paris climate pact, which took effect yesterday coinciding with the celebration of Earth Day. “This occasion is a…

Harassment of Pinoy fishers decried

THE use of force by the Chinese Coast Guard against an unarmed Filipino-owned fishing vessel, if true, is a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This is according to Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque, who…

Plan to tap NPA for DENR projects commended

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’s plan to involve the New People’s Army (NPA) in the agency’s projects. “We commend Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for her…
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