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AMLC DOCUMENTS SHOW P500M IN DEPOSITS — AGUIRRE

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate Sen. Leila De Lima over allegations she got millions in payoffs from the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd told reporters the NBI had obtained documents from…

Analysis and Commentary

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First Read A friend wrote me to say that watching the House and Senate inquiries this week, she could not tell which was the travesty and which was the parody of the oversight function of Congress. I told her that never in my lifetime had I seen so many crooks…

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Or The Making of A Philippine Political Superstar should have been the sub-title of this piece. When Duterte cussed Pope Francis during the latter’s visit to the Philippines, it was to be taken as a release of his natural tendency to badmouth almost anything. By now Duterte has landed in…

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Duterte wants me out of Senate – de Lima

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SENATOR Leila de Lima on Friday claimed President Rodrigo Duterte was working to kick her out of the Senate, using the Executive department and Congress as the means to achieve that end. De Lima pointed out that the President, on several occasions, had declared his intention to destroy her, and…

Pass the SALN forms around

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Picture this: A mansion in some provincial town far removed from the trappings of the urban jungle sits on a sprawling property, surrounded at a fair distance by ordinary houses of neighbors where water or electricity is as scarce as a white carabao. You learn that the palatial residence is…

Federalism puts tax take at risk

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The Philippines shifting from a parliamentary to a federal form of government could result in poor tax collection, endangering federal states so created in the process, according to an American aid expert. Bill Gardner of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) spoke on Friday at a forum organized by…

PH economy faces post-US election risks

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The Philippines is one of the Asia Pacific economies bound to get hit by the impact of possible shifts in foreign policy in the United States after the November elections, credit watchdog Moody’s Investors Service said in a report released Friday. Nomura xxxx shares the same view, betting the Philippines…

Beermen cruise past NLEX, clinch first semis seat

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Defending champion San Miguel Beer weathered Northern Luzon Expressway’s fourth quarter storm to escape with a 114-110 win and claim the first semifinals berth in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Elijah Millsap finished with 39 points on 11-of-24 shooting in…

Late birdie lifts Johnson to share of Tour Championship lead

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WASHINGTON: US Open champion Dustin Johnson birdied the final hole to cap a four-under-par 66 and grab a share of the first-round lead alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Chappell at the USPGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday (Friday in Manila). World No.2 Johnson arrived at East Lake Golf…

Brook deserves some credit

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When the fight between knockout artist and The Ring magazine middleweight (160 pounds) champion Gennady Golovkin and International Boxing Federation welterweight title holder Kell Brook was announced a few months back, I literally mocked the bout because I saw a huge mismatch. But I still credited Brook for demonstrating raw…

Barcelona begins road trip without Messi

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MADRID: A Barcelona side missing injured Lionel Messi face Sporting Gijon in the first of three away games in a week, as they battle to keep pace with La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Messi suffered the recurrence of a groin strain in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw…

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…

Perlas shines in SEABA Women’s Championship

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Perlas Pilipinas moved up to 3-0 in the SEABA Women’s Championship after yet another blowout win, this time against Vietnam, 134-56, at the Bukit Sendirit Stadium in Malacca on Thursday night. Perlas limited Vietnam to only eight points in the first quarter before dropping 41 in the second quarter en…

2 towns near Mayon under state of calamity

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LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: Two municipalities in Albay province near the restive Mount Mayon declared a state of calamity on Friday owing to severe water scarcity associated with the volcano’s abnormal condition and climate change. The municipalities of Santo Domingo and Malilipot are now allowed to use their calamity funds to…

SKorea rules out flood aid to NKorea

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SEOUL: South Korea Friday ruled out giving aid to flood-hit North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un would claim credit for any assistance following what Pyongyang calls the “worst disaster” since World War II. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appealed Wednesday for $15.5 million in…

Deglamorized and triumphant

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“Are you sure you meant to cast me?” was former ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio’s incredulous reaction when celebrated filmmaker Lav Diaz first described her role in Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left), now the winner of the highly coveted and prestigious Golden Lion Award at the 73rd…

Deglamorized and triumphant

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“Are you sure you meant to cast me?” was former ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio’s incredulous reaction when celebrated filmmaker Lav Diaz first described her role in Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left), now the winner of the highly coveted and prestigious Golden Lion Award at the 73rd…

GM Int’l holds Regional launch in Cebu

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New Colorado and Trailblazer unveiled While everybody else in the local automotive scene were busy preparing for the sixth staging of the Philippine International Motor Show in Manila last week, Chevrolet was in the Queen City of the South unveiling the much improved iterations of their two most popular models;…

Dine ‘teishoku’

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Yayoi of Japan comes to Manila Craving for authentic Japanese food? Fans of real deal Japanese dishes will rejoice at the opening of restaurant chain Yayoi offering Japan’s hugely popular teishoku (set-menu dining) concept in Manila. Teishoku is a home-style pre-set meal consisting of a main dish of meat or…

The people person

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Ronald Mascariñas doesn’t just enter a room; he takes command of it but in a way that is not domineering. He looks everyone in the eye, shakes hands firmly when introduced, and makes everyone in the room feel welcome. An epitome of a successful man the president and general manager…