‘GMA will be a productive speaker’

SPEAKER Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga will be productive in her short stint as leader of the House of Representatives, her allies said Sunday. Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro of Capiz reacted to the comment made by former president Benigno Aquino 3rd that the rise of Arroyo as speaker would hardly make a dent in Congress. “What […]

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Lorenzana backs peace talks with Abu Sayyaf

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes that peace talks with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) will be more fruitful compared to negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). Lorenzana made the statement on Sunday as he expressed support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call on the […]

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SWS: Fewer hungry Filipinos in Q2

THE number of Filipino families experiencing involuntary hunger decreased in the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The poll from June 27 to 30 found that 9.4 percent or about 2.2 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months—down by […]

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Gloria as speaker long overdue – lawmakers

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal Arroyo basked in her successful bid to take the leadership of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, with her allies saying they had waited long enough for her to replace Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. The former president, who represents the first district of Pampanga, thanked her supporters a day after […]

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PH 2nd most dangerous country for green activists

PARIS: THE Philippines was the world’s second most dangerous country for environmental activists, with 48 green advocates killed last year, a global rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Brazil was the most dangerous, accounting for 57 of the more than 200 environmental activists murdered last year as government-sponsored killings linked to lucrative projects by vast agriculture […]

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Joma: Duterte showed no remorse in SONA

EXILED Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison on Tuesday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) for showing “no remorse” in not fulfilling his promises and not addressing the termination of the peace talks. “[The SONA] shows no remorse for his glaring non-fulfillment of electoral promises […]

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Kuwait social media star unapologetic over remark on Filipino domestic workers

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti social media star remained unapologetic over comments she made against new laws aimed at improving conditions for Filipino domestic workers, despite a backlash on the internet. Sondo al-Qattan faces criticism for a video posted on July 10 to Instagram, where she has 2.3 million followers, in which she attacked measures introduced […]

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2,500 people displaced in Lanao fail to return home

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Some 2,500 people who were displaced by recent fighting between military forces and pro-Islamic State terrorists in Lanao del Sur province in southern Philippines have failed to return home because of security concerns, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. Most of those affected by war were staying in Pagayawan town, […]

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UN backs migration pact despite US boycott

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Despite a boycott from the United States, UN member states on Friday (Saturday in Manila) backed a global pact on migration, pledging to boost cooperation in addressing the world’s growing flows of migrants. Applause broke out at a UN conference room when the final text of the “Global Compact” was approved […]

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‘Mommy Dionesia’ prays to Saint Isidore

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao, more popularly known as “Mommy D,” said she always relied on the power of prayers every time her son–eight-division world titleholder Manny Pacquiao — entered the ring. Mommy D was present at Saturday’s weigh-in at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center ushering in Pacquiao’s world title bout today against […]

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