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Defense chief: Duterte didn’t consult Cabinet on stand to cut military exercises with US

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) – President Rodrigo Duterte did not consult officials of his Cabinet before he made statements in scrapping the Philippines’ joint military exercises with the United States, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday. At the Commission on...
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Tobacco products to carry graphic health warnings starting Nov. 4

MANILA, Oct. 19 (PNA) – Beginning Nov. 4, all tobacco products being manufactured and imported for sale in the Philippines must contain graphic health warnings in compliance with Republic Act No. 10643. “This means that cigarette packs must carry graphic health warnings and...
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Pimentel asked to explain why JV Ejercito has not been suspended

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) – State prosecutors have asked Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to explain the delay in implementing the suspension order against Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito in connection with his pending graft trial. In a motion submitted to the...
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Baler under state of calamity

By Jason de Asis BALER, Aurora, Oct. 19 (PNA) – This capital town of Aurora was placed under a state of calamity late Tuesday afternoon due to the effects of typhoon Karen. In a special session, the SB unanimously approved the recommendation of the Municipal Disaster Risk...
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City of Carson culminates Filipino-American History Month celebration with special Tribute to Larry Itliong

On October 22, the City of Carson and various organizations will join the entire community in honoring the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong – a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer. A tribute march will start at 9 a.m. on October 22 around the vicinity of Veterans...
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DOJ to review ‘trumped-up’ charges vs. indigenous peoples

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) assured Wednesday it will look into the “trumped up” charges against some indigenous peoples (IPs) in Mindanao. Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes held a dialogue on Monday with 12 representatives of Moro and...
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CA confirms appointments of ES Medialdea, DND chief Lorenzana

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) — The bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointments of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Medialdea breezed through the CA plenary, just a few hours after his...
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LA Supervisors honor former Hollywood actress-turned-activist

By Abner Galino A former Hollywood actress-turned-community activist was recently honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her “immeasurable contributions to the Filipino American community.” Aquilina Soriano Versoza, who played a notable role in a comedy fi...
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Agusan mayor faces graft, malversation raps over land deal with brother

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) — The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and malversation charges against incumbent Trento, Agusan del Sur Mayor Johnmark Billanes over the alleged irregularities in the P1-million land deal he brokered with his own brother in 2012. Billanes...
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Kaye, Paul Jake to marry in Cebu in December

Five months since she got engaged to former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Paul Jake Castillo, Kaye Abad currently has her hands full in preparing for their wedding. Abad said their wedding will take place in Cebu in December and it does not look like it is going to be a simple...
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