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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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Duterte: No more military exercises next year

By Jelly F. Musico MANILA  (PNA) – President Rodrigo Duterte insisted on Wednesday that there will be no more military exercises between the Philippines and the United States next year. President Duterte made this statement during the 115th Anniversary of the Philippine Coast...
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Game show appearance turns Pinoy into instant celebrity

By Abner Galino A 39-year-old Filipino from Mississippi turned into an instant celebrity after appearing in a popular TV game show “The Price is Right” and winning about $8,600 worth of giveaways from the show. Ernesto Paras Jr., a physical therapist, has been in the local...
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EJK issue no effect on tourist arrivals, says tourism secretary

By Josephine G. Aguillo MANILA (PNA) – The alleged extrajudicial killing (EJK) in the Philippines has no effect on the country’s inbound tourism, says Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo. “Tourists still come to the Philippines,” said Teo.Teo, who has been going out...
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PHL, Malaysia, Indonesia agree to explore joint air patrols in transit areas

By Priam F. Nepomuceno MANILA  (PNA) – The defense chiefs of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to explore joint air patrols in transit corridors considered by the three nations as maritime areas of common concern. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana,...
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PHL hosting of 2016 Miss U pageant pushes through amid cancellation rumors

MANILA  (PNA) – The Philippines will definitely host the 2016 Miss Universe pageant, Department of Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro assured on Tuesday. The statement came after rumors surfaced last week that the Miss Universe competition will not push through in the...
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PHL-US defense agreement under review

By Jelly F. Musico MANILA  (PNA) — Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Wednesday said the legal team of President Rodrigo Duterte is now reviewing the Philippines-United States’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). ”Regarding the EDCA needing a President’s...
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NEDA chief says dignitaries, economic experts remain confident on PHL economy

By Joann S. Villanueva MANILA  (PNA) – Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said dignitaries and finance and economic experts remain confident on the Philippines and are not worried about some negative news reports on the country. Pernia, who is concurrent director...
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Agri fellows briefed ON PHL conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2016 batch of Cornell University’s LEADNY received a comprehensive briefing on the Philippines on 28 September 2016 at the Philippine Embassy. During the briefing, the twenty-two (22) LEADNY 2016 Fellows were apprised of current conditions and trends in...
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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...