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De Lima calls out sexism against women in daily life, politics

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, Oct. 5 (PNA) – Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday spoke out against sexism against women noting that she herself has not been immune to sexist attacks from critics and even her colleagues in the Senate. Speaking before guests at the first Buhay at...
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DA Eastern Visayas reports slight increase in H1 rice yield

TACLOBAN CITY, Oct. 5 (PNA) – Total rice output for the first six months of the year in Eastern Visayas registered a 3.3 percent increase, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in its July round survey noted. From 149,867 hectares in the same period last year, the total area...
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Catholic bishops reiterate objection to same-sex marriage in the country

MANILA  (PNA) – Catholic prelates have reiterated their stand versus same-sex marriage in the country since it is against the teachings of the Church. Lipa Bishop Ramon Arguelles noted that marriage between same sex is not normal. “It’s against Divine Law, Human and...
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BI uncovers new human trafficking ploy

By Ferdinand G. Patinio MANILA  (PNA) – Syndicates engaged in human trafficking have employed a new scheme to bring their unsuspected victims out of the country by posing as boxers. The illegal ploy was uncovered after Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino...
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Angara urges ‘mutual respect’ in Senate inquiry into extrajudicial killings

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA  (PNA) – Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Tuesday urged for restraint and mutual respect among his colleagues in the conduct of Senate inquiry into extrajudicial killings after a heated exchange among senators led another senator to walk out of...
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Be ‘patient’ with Duterte, businessmen urged

MANILA, Oct 4 (Mabuhay) – Businessmen should give President Rodrigo Duterte more time to improve the country’s business climate, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Tuesday, as the new government prepared to mark its first 100 days in office. While reforms have...
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‘Magnificent 7’ solons say same-sex marriage bill not a priority

MANILA, Oct 4 (Mabuhay) – Minority congressmen who call themselves the “Magnificent 7” seemed lukewarm to the idea of working for the legalization of same-sex marriage for now. In a regular news conference, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Akbayan party-list Rep. Tomasito “Tom”...
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Civil society group urges Duterte admin to end ‘coaligarchy’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Civil society group Sanlakas on Tuesday urged the Duterte administration to keep its promise of transitioning the Philippines from coal power to cleaner and renewable sources of energy and putting an end “coaligarchy.” The few families that control the energy...
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Pinoy farmers not ready for lifting of WTO rice import limits: Agri Chief

MANILA, Oct 4 (Mabuhay) – The Philippines is not ready to have the rice importation quota lifted, considering that Filipino farmers must be prepared for such an eventuality, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said Tuesday. “I disagree with the view that will lift the QR...
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De Lima sorry for emotional outburst: I was ganged up on

MANILA, Oct 4 (Mabuhay) – Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday apologized for walking out during the Senate hearing on drug-related killings, saying it was her expression of protest after she was ganged up on and “crucified” by her colleagues. In an interview with reporters, De Lima...
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