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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!  HAPPY THREE KINGS! As we are now in 2019, new year, new beginnings, new challenges and  new opportunities.  Everyone is entitled to make their new year’s resolution for as long as they keep it in mind and make sure that they do it to the best of their ability.  When I was young [...]

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Hacking a Pinoy Christmas abroad

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We lived in Singapore for a few years when I was a child. My dad had been offered a job that allowed him to bring us with him. Most Filipinos are not as lucky, and must leave their spouses and children behind for jobs that pay them more than they could ever earn in the [...]


Return of Balangiga bells an important milestone to PH-US relations – Palace

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By United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim
On Tuesday morning, a US Air Force plane bearing three historic bells from San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga will land at Villamor Air Base. These bells were taken 117 years ago; later Tuesday it will be my honor to return them. Their safe return is [...]


Quality education assured with SC ruling on K to 12

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The Department of Education (DepEd) expressed confidence that the decision of the Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of the K to 12 program will lead to the fullfilment of the basic education objectives and social development goals.
The high court unanimously declared the K to 12 basic education program as constitutional, dismissing the petition filed by [...]


Senate OKs bill penalizing catcalling, other forms of street-based harassment

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A bill that seeks to protect women from catcalling and other forms of street-based harassment was passed on third and final reading by the Senate Monday.
The measure, Senate Bill No. 1326, the “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act of 2017,’’ seeks to penalize catcalling, wolf-whistling, cursing, leering, groping, persistent requests for name and contact details [...]


Suspend VAT for one year to address inflation – Imee

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LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is proposing a one-year suspension of the value-added tax (VAT) on basic food commodities, fuel, and electricity in a bid to solve the rising inflation.
“The temporary lifting of the VAT on basic commodities will provide urgent, much-needed relief to Filipinos, as inflation hit the hardest [...]


DOTr, LTFRB launch modern buses in metro

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday launched brand new modern public utility buses that will soon be deployed in Metro Manila in line with the government’s continuous public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.
DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark De Leon and LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin [...]


Duterte to resolve issues of undocumented Pinoys in Jordan

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AMMAN, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan — President Rodrigo Duterte promised to resolve the issue of undocumented Filipinos as soon as possible and will send Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to discuss the issue with the Jordanian government.
In a speech before around 2,000 members of the Filipino community in Amman, Duterte said the Philippine government [...]


Duterte signs National ID System Act

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Monday an act creating a national identification system in the country.
The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act of 2018, authored by Senator Panfilo Lacson, aims to create a single official identification card for all citizens that integrates and interconnects various government-issued IDs.
In [...]


Appeals Court sustains installation of GPS by buses

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The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed its decision that allowed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to compel all public utility buses in the country to install Global Positioning System (GPS) to enhance service and road safety.
In a resolution written by Associate Justice Rafael Antonio Santos, the CA denied the motion for [...]


History corrected: Church venue of 1st Independence Day Party

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ANGELES CITY — For the first time since 1898, the Holy Rosary Church here has been included in Independence Day celebrations on June 12.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) had installed markers stipulating that this old Augustinian church was where the first anniversary of the 1898 declaration of Philippine independence from Spain [...]


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