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Palace on Tulfo-Bautista tiff: Everyone deserves respect

Palace on Tulfo-Bautista tiff: Everyone deserves respect By Azer Parrocha MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Respect should be given to everyone and it should also be earned. This was the remark made by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo following a tiff between broadcaster Erwin Tulfo and Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista after the former berated the … Continue reading

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Duterte certifies mandatory ROTC bill as urgent

Duterte certifies mandatory ROTC bill as urgent By Azer Parrocha  MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill mandating Grades 11 and 12 in public and private schools to undergo mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Monday confirmed to reporters in a text message that … Continue reading

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Drug war critics using ”baseless” data: PCOO exec

Drug war critics using ”baseless” data: PCOO exec By Christine Cudis MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael on Monday labeled as “sweeping and baseless” the 27,000 unverified killings being linked to the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. In her speech during 5th … Continue reading

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Restoration of 209-year-old Ilocos church completed

Restoration of 209-year-old Ilocos church completed By Leilanie Adriano  LAOAG CITY—After shutting its door for more than four years, the 209-year-old St. Anne Parish in Piddig, Ilocos Norte province is ready to open again for church services. Fr. Carlito Ranjo Jr., head of the Diocese of Laoag’s restoration committee, shared his excitement on Monday as … Continue reading

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President Duterte calls for accountability on effects of climate change

PRRD calls for accountability on effects of climate change By EJ Roque  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday called for accountability on the global effects of climate change. “The Philippines joined the global consensus to fight climate change. We hope that this consensus would hold and real action be undertaken, … Continue reading