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The head of the Office of the Public Attorney said Friday that allegations of corruption against her were intended to hurt the cases her department lodged over the fatalities of several kids supposedly caused by Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. A demonstration by unnamed PAO attorneys accused their boss Persida Rueda-Acosta of using office supplies purchase orders to acquire additional funds for their organization. Also accused of using PAO funds for coffins,

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On Tuesday, the chairperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority missed a Senate investigation into the provincial bus ban of his agency, which last week caused gridlocks on EDSA.   Instead of attending a memorandum of contract signing which could not be delayed, MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said the general manager of his agency, Jojo Garcia.   Sen. Grace Poe, who led the investigation as Chair of the Public Services

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Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario said Friday the Philippine government should consider bringing its naval conflict against China to the General Assembly of the United Nations. Del Rosario said the Philippine government should seek assistance to force China to stick to its arbitral victory in the disputed waters. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague upheld Manila’s sovereign rights to its 200-nautical-mile exclusive

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In view of latest localized confrontations, the Department of Foreign Affairs highly recommends Filipinos in Hong Kong or those who travel to the land to prevent regions where mass demonstrations and actions are taking place. Filipinos were also recommended to put their safety first and take all needed precautions. DFA’s advisory came out on Tuesday after renewed conflicts broke out previously this week between pro-democracy demonstrators and police in Hong

Malaysia

Malaysian authorities have detained a Filipina at a house in Kota Kinabalu for supposedly trafficking more than 5.9 kilograms of shabu, a press report said. The 32-year-old Filipina, whose name was not recognized in the Malaysian newspaper The Star’s report, could face the death sentence if discovered guilty of the charges. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a declaration that the Philippine government will extend free legal help to the

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No less than the head of the financial team of the Duterte administration defended Land Bank of the Philippines after President Duterte threatened to abolish the state-run lender for allegedly forgetting his mandate to serve the agricultural sector, pointing out that more than a third of his loan portfolio to date backed farmers, fishermen and agribusiness ventures. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who also chairs Landbank, said that in addition

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) voiced approval for President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to re-impose the death penalty for drug and plunder offenses. The PNP completely supports the national government’s legislative agenda for efficient legislation that will add more teeth to the crusade against crime, drugs, and , including by imposing capital punishment for drug-related heinous crime and plunder. Albayalde stated that this step could be a “game-changer” in the government’s

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The House can pass future domestic budgets on time, that the head of the appropriations committee for Congress, adding that they would avoid repeating the delayed passage of this year’s expenditure plan. During his prior stint as chairperson of the budget-writing commission, Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab said the General Appropriations Act was passed on time for 3 consecutive years. Gross domestic product development in January to March

Skyway Stage 3

A part of Skyway Stage 3 was partly launched on Monday, July 22 from Buendia in Makati City to Paco in Manila. The section of Buendia-Paco is 3.7 kilometers away, with the exit via the Plaza Dilao Ramp. One northbound lane and one southbound lane were opened out of a total of 6 lanes. Secretary for Public Works and Highways Mark Villar said this would ease traffic congestion in Buendia.

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In an attempt to attract more visitors to this island province, the provincial government initiated an annual dive festival that will last until August 31, 2019. The dive festival is component of the viable tourism drive of the Local Government Unit through its four main topics: volcano tourism, heritage tourism, farm and ecotourism, and dive tourism. Camigun has around 30 dive sites scattered throughout the island’s provincial waters. This small