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NBA stars agree: New All-Star Game format pretty damn fun

CHICAGO, USA – It was a competitive game.  That was the consensus description from everybody about the new format of the NBA All-Star Game that saw Team LeBron survive Team Giannis , 157-155, on Sunday, February 16 (Monday, February 17, Manila time).  "I didn't know what to expect because it was a new ........»»

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Espenido breaks his silence: PNP committed failure of intelligence on drug list

MANILA, Philippines – Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido , the drug war poster boy who was included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s own drug list, has broken his silence, accusing his higher-ups of committing “failure of intelligence.” “It’s not only a failure, it's a frustration of the intelligence community,” an exasperated Espenido ........»»

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OFW remittances hit record high of $33.5 billion in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Despite political uncertainties across the globe, personal remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) reached a record high of $33.5 billion in 2019, 3.9% higher than the $32.2 billion recorded in 2018. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Monday, February ........»»

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China approves 1st antiviral drug vs novel coronavirus – report

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Taizhou in Zhejiang, China, announced on Sunday, February 16, that antiviral drug Favilavir, which had shown efficacy in treating the deadly novel coronavirus , had been approved for marketing. According to a China Daily report, Favilavir is the first anti-novel coronavirus drug approved ........»»

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To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

MANILA, Philippines – Anticipating billions of pesos in revenue losses in the tourism industry, due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) scare, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is recommeding that President Rodrigo Duterte visits popular island destinations to help boost the domestic tourism industry. DOT ........»»

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1 dead, up to 30 hurt as bus falls off ravine in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – A bus driver died while up to 30 passengers were injured when a bus traveling from Maramag, Bukidnon to this city plunged 40 feet into a ravine along the treacherous Sayre highway around 1 pm on Monday, February 17. Police investigators named the driver ........»»

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Cruise passengers scatter, take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – A scramble intensified Monday, February 17, to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark  in Cambodia despite at least one traveler later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.  There are fears scores of cruise goers have been scattered across the world without ........»»

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SM Prime earnings jump 18% to P38.1 billion in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Property developer SM Prime Holdings posted a net income of P38.1 billion in 2019, 18% higher than the P32.2 billion recorded in 2018, as the group expanded to developing cities outside the capital. SM Prime said on Monday, February 17, that its consolidated ........»»

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LOOK: How syndicates, airport officials split P10,000 bribe from POGO workers

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Risa Hontiveros, citing evidence from an informant, revealed in a Senate hearing how airport officials split bribes from Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) who pay them to glide through immigration processes. In a modus called " pastillas,"  where POGOs pay P10,000 per person ........»»

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Sudan rebels, gov t extend peace talks for 3 weeks

JUBA, South Sudan – The Sudanese government and a coalition of rebel groups on Monday, February 17, extended peace talks for another 3 weeks after missing a deadline for a final peace deal. The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) – a coalition of 9 rebel groups – and Khartoum representatives signed ........»»

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Cayetano stalls ABS-CBN franchise hearing, slams election coverage

MANILA, Philippines – Despite calls from fellow lawmakers and media groups, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano finds no urgency to tackle the bills seeking to renew for another 25 years the franchise of ABS-CBN, as he accused the media network of alleged unfair election coverage in 2010 ........»»

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COA tells Makati City gov t to pay balance of Hilmarc s 2013 contract

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the Makati City government to pay private contractor Hilmarc's Construction Corporation (HCC) P53.2 million – an amount representing the balance of a 2013 contract to work on Makati City Hall 2's air conditioning system. The ruling by COA chairman Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners ........»»

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Baguio goes after vapers: fine, community service, or blood donation?

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – One vaper was caught at T. Alonzo Street in Baguio City last February 3 by barangay tanods (village watchmen).   Asked to pay the fine in cash or in kind, he chose the latter.   One of the options was to donate blood, and ........»»

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Kawhi dedicates All-Star MVP to Kobe: This one s for him

MANILA, Philippines – Just as defense became relevant again in the NBA All-Star Game, it was only fitting that one of the league's best stoppers shone brighter than the rest. Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard let his game do the talking as usual and took home the first-ever Kobe Bryant ........»»

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Duterte appoints to DOH ex-PhilHealth exec who quit over fraudulent claims

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) acting president Roy Ferrer to a new post as an assistant secretary of the Department of Health. Ferrer, whose name appeared in a list of new presidential appointees sent by Malacañang to media on Monday, February 17, ........»»

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Kaliwa Dam access road construction broke the law – Imee Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Government agencies involved in the controversial Kaliwa Dam project violated the law by constructing an access road leading to the site of the planned reservoir in General Nakar, Quezon, without the prior consent of indigenous communities or an environmental clearance, Senator Imee Marcos said on ........»»

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Parks stays with TNT after signing one-year deal

MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks and TNT have finally agreed on a deal after more than two weeks of negotiations.  The second-generation star will play for the KaTropa in the upcoming PBA season as he inked a one-year max deal with the team on Monday, February 17.  "It was ........»»

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Hontiveros hits immigration officers for alleged POGO corruption | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: DOH stays 'vigilant' even with admitted PUIs for coronavirus down to 171 ‘Magkano at hanggang kanino?’: Hontiveros reveals bribery in entry of POGO workers 'Show of love for democracy': Groups hold Red Friday protest to support ABS-CBN Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court Billie Eilish drops new James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die' – Rappler.com Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico.....»»

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Erram set for TNT reunion in 3-team trade

MANILA, Philippines – Poy Erram has seen his time with NLEX come to an end. The lanky big man is expected to return to TNT after the proposal for a three-team trade involving NLEX and Blackwater was sent to the PBA office.  As first reported by Gerry Ramos of ........»»

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Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

LONDON, United Kingdom – Britain on Monday, February 17, grappled with the fallout from Storm Dennis, with several major incidents declared due to flooding and hundreds of warnings still in place after it battered the country over the weekend. The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brought ........»»

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