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‘Narco’ officials’ list out this week

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will release the names of all 211 alleged barangay (village) narco officials who are on its drugs watchlist. In a news conference on Wednesday, PDEA Director Aaron Aquino said President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered him to release the names of the village officials who …

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Teachers serving in polls assured of more benefits

EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones has reaffirmed that teachers’ critical role and experience in ensuring an orderly and a credible conduct of the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council or SK) elections next month aptly warrant increased honoraria and benefits and improved legal assistance. “It has been almost three years …

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PH Embassy rescue efforts in Kuwait get senators’ nod

SOME senators on Wednesday expressed their support to the assistance being extended by the Philippine Embassy to distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, saying the welfare of Filipinos should be a priority. Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Francis Escudero, both members of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and …

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Lawmaker: Meralco affiliate overcharging

An affiliate of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is overcharging its customers by jacking up its generations cost by P.90 centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh), a lawmaker said on Wednesday. Representative Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna party-list was referring to Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC), whose pending power supply agreement (PSA) …

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