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Albayalde sees 6,600 killings as insignificant

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . NATIONAL Police Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday downplayed again the number of Filipinos killed in the Duterte administration’s bloody “war on drugs,” saying those who died were only 2.6 percent of drug suspects caught by law enforcers since 2016. A priest gestures as he welcomes …

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Misor board to summon DSWD execs over 4Ps mess

By LITO RULONA Correspondent . MISAMIS Oriental’s provincial board will summon the regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) over complaints of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez said yesterday. Pelaez Pelaez said Director Mari-Flor Dolloga-Libang and other social …

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SC suspends former XU law teacher for sexual harassment

By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM,Correspondent THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the suspension of a lawyer in connection with 2002 complaints for sexual harassment by three of his erstwhile law students at the Jesuit-owned Xavier University. Slapped with a suspension order by the SC was lawyer Cresencio Untian Jr.; he has been prohibited from practicing …

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City hall claims half of P293m liquidated

By HERBIE GOMEZ Editor in chief and NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . CITY hall yesterday claimed it has already submitted all liquidation documents covering the cash advances made during the six-year-old Moreno administration to the central office of the Commission on Audit (COA). Maricel Rivera, city hall spokesperson, said, “According to …

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Abused B’non workers return after Luzon ordeal

By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM Correspondent . A BUSINESSMAN operating an aquaculture farm in Pangasinan is facing multiple charges after his workers from a tribal community in Bukidnon fled and complained about alleged abuses they suffered. Some 30 men and women, including two children from the Manobo-Pulangihon tribe in Barangay Butong, …

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Capitol tourism chief says he has accounted for his CAs

By LITO RULONA Correspondent . PROVINCIAL tourism officer Jeffrey Saclot on Monday claimed that he has already liquidated the cash advances he made at the capitol last year even as he pointed out that these were resorted to because of tourism-related activities in line with the provincial government’s thrust. “In …

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NUJP slams continuing red tagging: Dissent is not a crime

By Jigger J. Jerusalem Correspondent . AMID the proliferation of posters containing accusatory statements against Iglesia Filipina Independiente bishops and priests, human rights lawyers and journalists, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) here reminded those behind the posting of these materials that dissent is not a crime. …

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Villar leads inauguration of Tagoloan dike project

By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG Correspondent . PEOPLE living near Tagoloan River will be able to sleep soundly at night without worrying of floodwaters inundating their communities during the rainy season, beamed Public Works Secretary Mark Villar. This as Villar, together with Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, and Misamis …

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Oro fails to reach collections target

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . CITY hall failed to reach its revenue target of P5.56 billion last year, a 2018 report of the Commission on Audit (COA) shows. In the report, state auditor Ma. Glenna Digol-Bernal said city hall’s collections last year amounted to P3.68 billion, short of P1.88 billion …

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