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No arrest when he arrives in Manila WHETHER in Malacañang or Kuala Lumpur, President Rodrigo Duterte is raring to meet Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari, after the two talked for the first time by phone Tuesday night to discuss peace. Duterte said he invited Misuari to visit…

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First read Apart from fighting drug lords, drug pushers, drug coddlers, and drug users, is President Duterte fighting the foreign media on another front? One of my readers screams in an email: “The International Media War is ON! The big guns are firing: TIME MAGAZINE, NEW YORK TIMES, LA TIMES,…

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Last of Three Parts Implementation. Implementation. Implementation. That’s always been the paramount challenge in any presidential drive to energize the economy and amend the Constitution. There has been no shortage of brilliant ideas and initiatives to accelerate economic growth and share its gains widely. Nor does the nation lack proposals…

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Duterte: I won’t be a dictator

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Wednesday he won’t become a dictator amid international criticism of his war on illegal drugs that has left at least 1,900 suspects dead. “Welcome to your country…and help me. I don’t plan to be a dictator. I am a lawyer, my mother is a Yellow…

No to ‘emergency powers’ to solve traffic mess

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THE unfinished debate in Congress over whether to grant President Rodrigo Duterte “emergency powers” to address the traffic congestion problem that has become a regular feature of daily life in Metro Manila is pointless and counterproductive, and the members of the House and Senate pushing for such a measure ought…

DOLE to send more labor attachés to Middle East

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will deploy additional labor attaches and welfare officers to the Middle East to ensure that concerns and problems of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the area are attended to promptly. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Wednesday disclosed that he wanted at least…

Money supply, bank lending up in July

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M3 up 13.1% at P8.8T, lending up 25.4% MONEY supply and bank lending gained in July from the previous month and year-on-year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed on Wednesday. Domestic liquidity or M3 expanded by 13.1 percent in July from a year earlier and faster than June’s 12.4…

De Ocampo’s basket saves Tropang Texters from Batang Pier

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Talk ‘N Text escaped GlobalPort with a narrow 122-120 win on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Ara- neta Coliseum. Jayson Castro, who notched 37 points including six three-pointers plus eight assists, pulled off a smooth pass to Ranidel De Ocampo that sank a…

Golden Rose backs Ryder rookie Pieters

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HONG KONG: Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose gave Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieters a ringing endorsement Wednesday after the big-hitting Belgian was picked for the biennial match against the US next month. “The really difficult decision was choosing Thomas Pieters over Russell Knox, two guys who are in form, two…

Preparing for the next Olympics

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(Part two) One of the objectives of the annual Palarong Pambansa is to “widen the base for talent identification, selection, recruitment, training and exposure of elementary pupils and secondary students to serve as a feeder to the National Sports Association [NSA] for international competitions,” according to Wikipedia. I wonder if…

Cashed-up Premier League leads record transfer spree

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PARIS: The cashed-up English Premier League led a record-breaking raid by Europe’s top clubs before the transfer window slams shut Wednesday, with Arsenal alone paying more than 60 million euros for German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez. The Premier League’s TV riches have fuelled transfer inflation across…

UFC 20 years ago and beyond

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About 20 years ago, a friend of mine who was into the martial arts training lent me a videotape of the Universal Fighting Championship (UFC) 4 that was staged in December 16, 1994. At the time, the Internet was virtually non-existent (at least in the Philippines) and very few households…

Young jin grateful to taekwondo

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She’s not just a writer; she’s also a  fighter. Nicole Abigail Cham discovered a new world in the Korean martial art of taekwondo. “It started when my father enrolled me and my brother in a taekwondo class in the summer of 2006 in Valenzuela City,” she recalled. Taekwondo has been…

‘Lone assassin killed Odictas’

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The Special Investigation Task Force (SITF) looking into the Monday assassination of alleged Iloilo drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Merriam said there was only one gunman who fired shots at the couple. Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, said a reenactment of the crime…

Japan eyes record defense budget for anti-ship missiles

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TOKYO: Japan’s defense ministry requested a record budget on Wednesday, with funds for an anti-ship missile system to defend islands at the center of a territorial dispute with China. Tokyo is determined to defend the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea — administered by Japan as the Senkakus but…

James Reid–from another angle

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James Reid is a man of passion. At 23, the Filipino-Australian has proven that his young age and equally young tenure in the business is not an excuse to do things half-heartedly, especially not when throngs of supporters are behind him. Reid was born Robert James Reid in Sydney, Australia,…

James Reid–from another angle

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James Reid is a man of passion. At 23, the Filipino-Australian has proven that his young age and equally young tenure in the business is not an excuse to do things half-heartedly, especially not when throngs of supporters are behind him. Reid was born Robert James Reid in Sydney, Australia,…

New Pajero now with Euro 4 power plant

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines last week introduced the upgraded version of its flagship model, the Pajero, which is now available with the much cleaner Euro-4 spec gasoline and diesel power plants. Aside from giving less emissions, the Pajero’s new diesel engine is now more powerful further raising up its stature as…

‘Sinulid’ unveils Benilde’s talent pool

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De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde 2016 Fashion Design and Merchandising graduates mounted a three-day exhibit culminating in a runway production at SM Aura Premiere in Bonifacio Global City. Dubbed “Sinulid: The Threads of Design,” the annual undertaking spotlighted Benilde’s current crop of talented designers as the graduates displayed…

Nine national heroes

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The ‘unofficial’ list of the Philippines’ revered patriots Held on the last Monday of every August, Filipinos celebrate National Heroes’ Day to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors who bravely fought for the nation’s freedom. The chosen date further marks the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” in 1896, which is recorded…