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2018 budget is pro-people, needs-based, says Legarda

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The proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) is a pro-people and needs-based budget, Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance panel, assured on Sunday, Dec. 3.

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US vows to help fight terrorism

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The United States vowed to continue to support the Philippines’ fight against terrorism and the rehabilitation of Marawi City while stressing the importance of upholding the rule of law and human rights.

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Roque: Don’t force Christians into BBL

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ZAMBOANGA CITY -- While President Rodrigo Duterte was committed to the establishment of an inclusive Bangsamoro autonomous territory, predominantly Christian areas in Mindanao, including the cities of Zamboanga and Davao, must not be forced to join the incipient entity.

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Duterte surprises Sulu troops with ‘good friend’ Seagal

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President Duterte had a surprise for soldiers he came to visit in Sulu on Friday, Dec. 1 - Hollywood action star Steven Seagal.

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Airport authorities brace for holiday arrivals

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) has started its “Caap Balik Pasko 2017” program to ensure passengers’ convenience in the country’s 35 airports ahead of the Christmas holidays.

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Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations.

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Filipinos not made guinea pigs – Sanofi

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The Department of Justice ordered an investigation on Monday, Dec. 4, into the immunization of more than 733,000 schoolchildren with a dengue vaccine that has since been suspended as pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur denied that Filipinos were used as “guinea pigs” to test the vaccine Dengvaxia.

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Imelda Marcos’ ex-secretary sentenced for theft of masterpieces

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NEW YORK -- A judge sentenced the former secretary of ex-Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos to two to six years in prison Monday, December 4, for stealing art works worth tens of millions of dollars and lying about them on her taxes.

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Aguirre: Ex-President Aquino included in dengue vaccine probe

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Former President Benigno Aquino III will be included in the probe being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to determine who should be held liable for the procurement of P3.5-billion worth of Dengvaxia, a dengue vaccine that has been found to put at risk inoculated children not affected by the disease.

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CA confirms 4 PH envoys

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Four Philippine envoys have been confirmed by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA).

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