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PH Immigration Act hurdles House committee

MANILA— A measure seeking the creation of a Commission on Immigration has hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on justice has unanimously approved the unnumbered substitute bill, titled “Philippine Immigration Act”, which seeks to apply and administer the country’s immigration policies, rules, and regulations in the promotion of domestic …

Smartmatic should be suspended — Binay

MANILA — Venezuelan tech firm Smartmatic should be suspended from participating in upcoming elections until controversies are “resolved with finality”, Senator Nancy Binay said Wednesday. Binay made the call following the criminal indictment of Comelec and Smartmatic officials for their unauthorized script change in the transparency server at the height of the transmission of votes during …

Young Moros sell shirts to raise fund for Marawi IDPs

SARANGANI PROVINCE— A group of young Moro volunteers has been selling shirts as its initiative to raise funds that benefits the Maranaos displaced by the Marawi siege. “This is our way of helping Maranao brothers and sisters displaced due to the armed confrontation in Marawi City,” said Bai Ashrafia Alonto Biruar, one of the conveners …

Group that will serve as voice of Muslims to be formed

  SARANGANI PROVINCE— Moro Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), academicians and peace advocates are currently working out the formation of an organization of Moro leaders in the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (Socsksargen) that will serve as the “voice” of the Muslim constituents in the region and act on major …

PH GDP grows by 6.5%

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in a statement, the Philippines is one of the fastest growing major economies in Asia, on Thursday. The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or the total monetary value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period, one of the indicators of how ‘in-shape’ the country’s economy …

Raspberry mousse cakes sold in multiple provinces recalled for

OTTAWA— The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says various raspberry mousse cakes have been recalled after it was discovered the desserts contained norovirus. The agency issued an expanded recall notice Wednesday, saying the products have been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. The notice, which was initially issued …

Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometres (360 miles) between fill-ups. If delivered as promised, the new fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 per cent farther than its first generation fuel cell SUV, …

New Ford CEO says company will balance present with future

DETROIT — The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn’t taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future. Jim Hackett, who replaced Mark Fields in May, says new mobility projects such as buying a shuttle company and the purchase of an artificial intelligence startup have not …

Palace vows impartial probe into Bulacan raids

MANILA— Malacañang on Thursday vowed that investigations into the simultaneous Bulacan raids that killed 32 alleged drug offenders would be impartial, even as it downplayed skepticisms over a large number of suspects killed in the police operations. “There will be a fair and impartial investigation on the recent Bulacan raids,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella. The …

Trump isolation growing as business panels dismantled

NEW YORK — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils Wednesday _an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump announced the action via tweet, although only after one of the panels …

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