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Ex-NEDA chief ordered sacked over ZTE deal

Manila Standard - Fri, 12/11/2021 - 18:20
The Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of then Director General Romulo Neri of the National Economic Development Authority for brokering, “despite knowledge of corruption,” the botched 2007 transaction with Zhing Xing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) for a $325.9 million national broadband network project of the government.
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23 Bacolod villages post zero-COVID for two weeks

Manila Standard - Fri, 12/11/2021 - 18:11
Twenty-three barangays in Bacolod City are without a single case of COVID-19 infection during the last two weeks, covering the period from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10.
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Gen. Centino new AFP chief of staff

Manila Standard - Fri, 12/11/2021 - 18:10
President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Philippine Army commander Lt. Gen. Andres Centino as the 57th chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, vice Gen. Jose Faustino Jr. who formally retired from the service on Friday.
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Sara’s visit marks Speaker's birthday family celebration 

Manila Standard - Fri, 12/11/2021 - 18:08
Even before arriving at the famed island club in Polillo, Quezon, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and his family hoped their first time in Balesin would be memorable. 
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Deeper RP-US ties seen with American solons’ visit

Manila Standard - Fri, 12/11/2021 - 18:00
House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez led the House of Representatives in welcoming the members of a United States Congressional Delegation as they called for stronger relations and cooperation between the two countries.
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DTI opens 13th month loan facility

Manila Standard - Fri, 12/11/2021 - 17:50
Small Business Corp., the financing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry vowed Friday to process and release all approved loan applications for the 13th month pay before Christmas.
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Sara quits HNP, joins Lakas

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 18:10
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, took her oath as a new member of the Lakas-CMD Thursday night, paving the way for a possible run at the presidency next year under a national party.
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Except 'Bato,' all prexy aspirants ready to face off with Sara

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 18:05
Most candidates for president took the possibility that they would be running against Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in stride, leaving only Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the standard bearer of the PDP-Laban, who said he is willing to give way if she runs for president.
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Comelec: Bet susbtitution being 'gamed,' Congress needs to fix rules

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 18:00
Politicians are gaming the system for candidate substitution, but Congress can amend the law to fix this, the spokesman for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
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Alert level system nationwide

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 17:55
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the implementation of alert Level System in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Palace.
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New surge ‘quite low,’ booster against Delta a must

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 17:50
The independent OCTA Research Group said Thursday the risk was "quite low" for another wave of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila even as it warned of a possible "re-surge" of the Delta variant if the booster shots are delayed.
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UP grads top physician board exams

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 17:45
Graduates of the University of the Philippines – Manila emerged as the topnotchers of the October 2021 Physician Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission said late Thursday evening.
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China’s Xi warns of ‘Cold War-era’ tensions

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 17:40
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against a return to Cold War-era divisions in the Asia-Pacific Thursday as tensions mounted over the security of Taiwan.
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SC asked to void Rody’s gag order

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 17:35
The Senate asked the Supreme Court Thursday to declare as null void for being unconstitutional the memorandum issued by President Rodrigo Duterte enjoining officials and employees of the Executive branch from appearing in hearings in aid of legislation being conducted by theSenate Blue Ribbon Committee.
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Plea to remove magistrates in pork barrel case junked

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 16:50
The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the plea of former Ilocos Sur First District Rep. Salacnib Baterina to remove the three justices of the Sandiganbayan’s Second Division from handling the graft case and other criminal cases filed against him involving the alleged misuse of his pork barrel fund amounting to P35 million.
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SC affirms Sandigan subpoena on Arroyo case

Manila Standard - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 16:40
The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the Sandiganbayan’s issuance of a subpoena on the Anti-Money Laundering Council, in connection with the criminal case against former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo for his involvement in the Philippine National Police’s alleged anomalous purchase of two secondhand helicopters.
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Vax mandate; DOH: Ordinance up to LGUs’ okay

Manila Standard - Wed, 10/11/2021 - 18:50
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said local governments have the power to pass ordinances that would make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory.
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Sara likely to run for president under Lakas—Salceda

Manila Standard - Wed, 10/11/2021 - 18:40
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will likely run for president under the banner of Lakas-CMD, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said yesterday as multiple sources said there are talks of a possible tandem with former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro is in the works.
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Duterte, Pacquiao meeting ‘renewal of friendship’—Go

Manila Standard - Wed, 10/11/2021 - 18:30
Hours after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced her decision to withdraw from the mayoralty race, her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, was in huddle with Senator Manny Pacquiao in Malacanang Tuesday evening.
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Christmas caroling allowed with face shield, mask on

Manila Standard - Wed, 10/11/2021 - 18:20
Christmas caroling in the streets will be allowed this year, as long as that carolers wear face masks and face shields, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.
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