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Three persons died and thousands of families were driven from their homes by floods and landslides as Tropical Storm Urduja (international name Kai-Tak) pummeled Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region in Mindanao yesterday.

The Chinese have not occupied or fortified new areas in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, downplaying a report released by a Washington-based think tank.

The continued imposition of martial law in Mindanao, according to some bishops, had no adverse effect on the attendance of churchgoers as the Simbang Gabi or dawn mass kicked off yesterday.

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 Environment group Ban Toxics urged Filipinos to think of the environment when buying gadgets and appliances this yuletide season and help in the reduction of electronic waste or e-waste.

Malacañang and leaders of the House of Representatives have expressed confidence the Supreme Court would uphold the approval of the so-called tax reform bill officially labeled Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation Friday with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake.

President Duterte is considering two persons to join the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP).

There is no need for former president Benigno Aquino III to attend the next Senate hearing on the P3.5-billion dengue vaccine controversy even if the inquiry has dug up enough evidence to charge those responsible for the “suspicious midnight transaction,” Sen. Richard Gordon said.

The House of Representatives adjourned for the Christmas holidays this week after processing 2,100 measures in the first 145 days of its session that started in July last year.

Amid the reported plans of communist rebels to launch attacks on its anniversary on Dec. 26, the military directed all troops to intensify operations to protect civilians and communities.

Private sector employers have been urged to comply with the proper pay rules for Christmas, Rizal Day and New Year holidays.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa vowed to adopt stronger measures in dealing with illegal drug operations at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

The city government, in partnership with the private sector, will launch the 23rd annual Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga at city hall grounds tomorrow.


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