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Gov’t to focus on regional infrastructure dev’t medium-term --NEDA

The government plans to increase spending on regional development over the medium-term to achieve inclusive growth across the country, the National Economic and Development Authority said Thursday.
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Gov’t to focus on regional infrastructure dev’t medium-term --NEDA

The government plans to increase spending on regional development over the medium-term to achieve inclusive growth across the country, the National Economic and Development Authority said Thursday.

Tech, industrial shares drive Wall Street higher

Wall Street's main indexes rose on Thursday, led by gains in technology and industrial shares as investors looked past fears of more interest rate hikes this year.
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Tech, industrial shares drive Wall Street higher

Wall Street's main indexes rose on Thursday, led by gains in technology and industrial shares as investors looked past fears of more interest rate hikes this year.

How should we respond to the US security report?

WHILE disappointed and angry friends wanted me to explain why I failed, in my last column (“DU30 should rethink his foreign policy now,” The Manila Times, February 21, 2018), to list down China’s most grievous “sins” against the
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How should we respond to the US security report?

WHILE disappointed and angry friends wanted me to explain why I failed, in my last column (“DU30 should rethink his foreign policy now,” The Manila Times, February 21, 2018), to list down China’s most grievous “sins” against the Philippines and the Filipino people as reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte should abandon his “pivot to China” [...] The post How should we respond to the US security report? appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

High Court drives the last nail in the coffin of Maria Clara

It was destined to happen, like an augury from a tarot card. But who would have thought that it would be the Supreme Court that would drive the last nail in the coffin of Maria Clara as the symbol of Filipino womanhood? And who could have expected that the na
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High Court drives the last nail in the coffin of Maria Clara

It was destined to happen, like an augury from a tarot card. But who would have thought that it would be the Supreme Court that would drive the last nail in the coffin of Maria Clara as the symbol of Filipino womanhood? And who could have expected that the nail would come in the form [...] The post High Court drives the last nail in the coffin of Maria Clara appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Duterte to ex-NPA rebels: Stay with AFP, be CAFGUs

"I suggest that you stay with the Armed Forces and be a CAFGU. You should be given that first so that you can go back to your hometown. You can’t go back to the mountains anymore unless you kill them all,” Duterte told former NPA rebels in Malacañang in
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Duterte to ex-NPA rebels: Stay with AFP, be CAFGUs

"I suggest that you stay with the Armed Forces and be a CAFGU. You should be given that first so that you can go back to your hometown. You can’t go back to the mountains anymore unless you kill them all,” Duterte told former NPA rebels in Malacañang in his speech mostly in Cebuano.

Lalaki, patay sa pamamaril ng mga salaring nagpanggap na bibili ng pato

Labis ang pagdadalamhati ng isang ina matapos niyang masaksihan ang pagbaril at pagpatay sa kaniyang anak ng mga salarin na nagpanggap na bibili ng pato sa Binmaley, Pangasinan.
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Lalaki, patay sa pamamaril ng mga salaring nagpanggap na bibili ng pato

Labis ang pagdadalamhati ng isang ina matapos niyang masaksihan ang pagbaril at pagpatay sa kaniyang anak ng mga salarin na nagpanggap na bibili ng pato sa Binmaley, Pangasinan.

Southern Leyte governor, inakusahan ng panghahalay ng isang menor de edad

Nahaharap ngayon sa reklamong panghahalay ang gobernador ng Southern Leyte na inihain ng isang dalagita. Nangyari raw ang krimen noong 2016 sa loob ng isang SUV.
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Southern Leyte governor, inakusahan ng panghahalay ng isang menor de edad

Nahaharap ngayon sa reklamong panghahalay ang gobernador ng Southern Leyte na inihain ng isang dalagita. Nangyari raw ang krimen noong 2016 sa loob ng isang SUV.

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C.:US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Trump also prom
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Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C.:US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Trump also promised “very strong” background checks on gun owners during the poignant “listening session,” [...] The post Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

  With more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araa a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward. Although Batang Pie
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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

  With more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araa a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward. Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araa wasn't executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players. In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot. The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as t...Keep on reading: Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

New Bohol airport to open in August

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said a new international airport serving Bohol Island was on track for completion by June this year. In a statement, the DOTr said construction activities at the P7.8-billion New Bohol International Airport in Pangla
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New Bohol airport to open in August

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said a new international airport serving Bohol Island was on track for completion by June this year. In a statement, the DOTr said construction activities at the P7.8-billion New Bohol International Airport in Panglao was over 70 percent finished. Commercial operations will start on Aug. 2018. The terminal will span over 13,300 hectares and is expected to handle two million passengers on its opening year. The existing Tagbilaran Airport handles about 800,000 passengers yearly. The New Bohol International Airport in Panglao will have a 2,500-meter runway. It will later be extended to 2,800 meters. The runway was engineered to accommodate...Keep on reading: New Bohol airport to open in August

Ayala Land raising P25B to help fund 2018 capex

Property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) has secured board approval to raise up to P25 billion from a mix of retail bond, corporate notes and bilateral loan deals as it prepares to fund record-high capital spending this year. In a disclosure to the Philippine
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Ayala Land raising P25B to help fund 2018 capex

Property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) has secured board approval to raise up to P25 billion from a mix of retail bond, corporate notes and bilateral loan deals as it prepares to fund record-high capital spending this year. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, ALI said its board had approved a P20-billion fund-raising through the issuance of retail bonds to be listed on the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. and bilateral term loans. Proceeds from these borrowings will be used to partially finance general corporate requirements, the company said in the disclosure. The retail bonds, on the other hand, will be issued under the P50-billion debt securities pr...Keep on reading: Ayala Land raising P25B to help fund 2018 capex

Antitrust body eyes higher M&A threshold

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) wants to raise the notification threshold for mergers and acquisitions above the current P1-billion requirement, citing the current growth of the economy among other factors. Competition Chair Arsenio Balisacan s
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Antitrust body eyes higher M&A threshold

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) wants to raise the notification threshold for mergers and acquisitions above the current P1-billion requirement, citing the current growth of the economy among other factors. Competition Chair Arsenio Balisacan said in a forum on Wednesday that a group inside the antitrust body was working on the proposal, which is expected to be proposed to the commissioners sometime in the first half of this year. Under current rules, companies that would undergo a merger or acquisition need to notify the PCC for approval if the value goes beyond P1 billion, especially since the deal might impact the market. PCC computes the P1 billion threshold based o...Keep on reading: Antitrust body eyes higher M&A threshold

Peso to weaken to 54:$1

The peso may weaken to 54 against the US dollar through next year but this is a «manageable» adjustment necessary for the country to address infrastructure bottlenecks and sustain a higher growth path, a top economist of Ayala-led Bank of the Phil
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Peso to weaken to 54:$1

The peso may weaken to 54 against the US dollar through next year but this is a «manageable» adjustment necessary for the country to address infrastructure bottlenecks and sustain a higher growth path, a top economist of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said. After sustaining a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of more than 6 percent for six straight years, BPI economist Emilio Neri Jr. said the Philippines was moving toward a higher growth trajectory, likely to hit 6.8 percent this year and 7.2 percent in 2019 on the back of the government's massive infrastructure spending. "The golden age of infrastructure didn't happen last year but we expect a significa...Keep on reading: Peso to weaken to 54:$1

DLSU cruises past UE

The DLSU Lady Spikers bounced back from its five-set loss to the NU Lady Bulldogs on Saturday by beating the UE Lady Warriors, 25-18 25-17 25-20, at the FilOil Arena in San Juan.
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DLSU cruises past UE

The DLSU Lady Spikers bounced back from its five-set loss to the NU Lady Bulldogs on Saturday by beating the UE Lady Warriors, 25-18 25-17 25-20, at the FilOil Arena in San Juan.

Ateneo routs Adamson for third straight win

The Ateneo Lady Eagles registered their third straight victory on Wednesday, outlasting the Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-18 14-25 25-18 15-25 15-10, at the FilOil Arena in San Juan.
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Ateneo routs Adamson for third straight win

The Ateneo Lady Eagles registered their third straight victory on Wednesday, outlasting the Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-18 14-25 25-18 15-25 15-10, at the FilOil Arena in San Juan.

DoF firm on net worth requirement for insurers

Insurance companies should merge if they cannot comply with mandatory net worth requirements, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said, noting the need for a stronger and more competitive domestic industry. From a P550-million requirement — up from P
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DoF firm on net worth requirement for insurers

Insurance companies should merge if they cannot comply with mandatory net worth requirements, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said, noting the need for a stronger and more competitive domestic industry. From a P550-million requirement — up from P250 million previously — that took effect at the end of 2016, insurers will have to increase their [...] The post DoF firm on net worth requirement for insurers appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

P1-B M&A threshold could be raised – PCC

Competition regulators are considering changes to the P1-billion review threshold for mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to take into account inflation and economic growth. “There’s a group that is looking into it and hopefully within the first h
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P1-B M&A threshold could be raised – PCC

Competition regulators are considering changes to the P1-billion review threshold for mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to take into account inflation and economic growth. “There’s a group that is looking into it and hopefully within the first half of the year we would be able to know,” Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman Arsenio Balisacan told reporters [...] The post P1-B M&A threshold could be raised – PCC appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Ex-Palace reporter finds media suppression worse under Duterte than under Marcos

«Mas matindi itong ginagawa ni Duterte dahil si Marcos naman... hindi siya lantarang gumagamit ng daan laban sa mga... media para i-suppress ang freedom of the press,» Malay said in phone interview.
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Ex-Palace reporter finds media suppression worse under Duterte than under Marcos

«Mas matindi itong ginagawa ni Duterte dahil si Marcos naman... hindi siya lantarang gumagamit ng daan laban sa mga... media para i-suppress ang freedom of the press,» Malay said in phone interview.

FOCAP: Members can cover Duterte's daily activities

Members of a group of foreign media outlets condemned the ban imposed on Rappler journalists as they underscored that their members are accredited to cover the daily activities of President Rodrigo Duterte.
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FOCAP: Members can cover Duterte's daily activities

Members of a group of foreign media outlets condemned the ban imposed on Rappler journalists as they underscored that their members are accredited to cover the daily activities of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Parents express concern over Grade 1 cut-off age

Some parents on Wednesday expressed concern that their children, who already finished Kindergarten, would not be allowed to enroll in Grade 1 following the cut-off age imposed by the Department of Education (Deped).
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Parents express concern over Grade 1 cut-off age

Some parents on Wednesday expressed concern that their children, who already finished Kindergarten, would not be allowed to enroll in Grade 1 following the cut-off age imposed by the Department of Education (Deped).

PSG chief won’t apologize for ‘unbecoming’ remark to Rappler reporter

Brig. Gen. Lopez Dagoy, the commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), on Wednesdaysaid he would not apologize to Rappler after his remark that reporter Pia Raada should be thankful she had not been harmed despite her «insulting» behavio
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PSG chief won’t apologize for ‘unbecoming’ remark to Rappler reporter

Brig. Gen. Lopez Dagoy, the commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), on Wednesdaysaid he would not apologize to Rappler after his remark that reporter Pia Raada should be thankful she had not been harmed despite her «insulting» behavior when a PSG enlisted man barred her from entering Malacaang. On Tuesdaymorning, Raada was briefly barred from entering Malacaang by Cpl. Marc Anthony Cempron, who was stationed at Gate 2. Cempron said there was an instruction from the «higher ups» that she would no longer be allowed to enter the Palace premises. Ranada, together with another reporter, persistently asked Cempron why she was being barred from entering. But Cempron onl...Keep on reading: PSG chief won’t apologize for ‘unbecoming’ remark to Rappler reporter

Nabong guarantees GlobalPort will make playoffs

GlobalPort hasn't formally entered the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs yet but big man Kelly Nabong believes it's only a matter of when than if. Nabong guaranteed that the Batang Pier will make the quarterfinals this conference after helping his team beat K
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Nabong guarantees GlobalPort will make playoffs

GlobalPort hasn't formally entered the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs yet but big man Kelly Nabong believes it's only a matter of when than if. Nabong guaranteed that the Batang Pier will make the quarterfinals this conference after helping his team beat Kia, 108-91, on Wednesday. «No, no, it's not an if ever, we're making to the playoffs. We're making to the playoffs,» he stressed after posting 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. «I mean, we have a young, good team. We just gotta keep believing in the system, keep playing defense, and everybody has to come to play 100 percent.» But it's not as if Nabong is making a bold prediction with GlobalPort poised to make the playoffs ...Keep on reading: Nabong guarantees GlobalPort will make playoffs

Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

MONTREAT, North Carolina --- The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. Graham
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Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

MONTREAT, North Carolina --- The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina, according spokesman Mark DeMoss. More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the United States. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians, and threw a lifel...Keep on reading: Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

In a playful moment for Globalport, Jarencio lets Araña be coach

Even in his time at the helm of University of Santo Tomas, every post-game press conference with Pido Jarencio is something reporters look forward to because of his comedic persona. And it's no surprise that the GlobalPort coach Jarencio also brings that sam
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In a playful moment for Globalport, Jarencio lets Araña be coach

Even in his time at the helm of University of Santo Tomas, every post-game press conference with Pido Jarencio is something reporters look forward to because of his comedic persona. And it's no surprise that the GlobalPort coach Jarencio also brings that same jovial vibe of his in practices and games. Late in the game between the Batang Pier and Kia on Wednesday was another testament to Jarencio's beaming demeanor that radiates to his players and creates a buddy-buddy kind of relationship with them. At the 1:37 mark of the fourth quarter and GlobalPort was on its way to victory, Jarencio let one of his veterans Ryan Araa call the shots during a timeout. "We all know that coach is a...Keep on reading: In a playful moment for Globalport, Jarencio lets Araña be coach

Blackwater stays in playoff contention, survives Phoenix

Blackwater stayed in playoff contention after scraping past Phoenix, 83-76, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. JP Erram notched another double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds that went with four blocks to lead th
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Blackwater stays in playoff contention, survives Phoenix

Blackwater stayed in playoff contention after scraping past Phoenix, 83-76, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. JP Erram notched another double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds that went with four blocks to lead the Elite, who secured at least a knockout for a quarterfinals slot after wrapping up their campaign in the elimination round at 5-6. «Those who texted me asking for my comments before the game, I only gave one comment and it's just 'must-win' and no other comment,» said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac. "I challenged the players to prove themselves. I told them stories of how great players before were able to overcome such circumsta...Keep on reading: Blackwater stays in playoff contention, survives Phoenix

House panel approves bill legalizing divorce in PH

A BILL legalizing divorce and the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines was approved at the committee level in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Voting “viva voce,” 10 members of the Committee on Population and Family Relations gave their no
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House panel approves bill legalizing divorce in PH

A BILL legalizing divorce and the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines was approved at the committee level in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Voting “viva voce,” 10 members of the Committee on Population and Family Relations gave their nod on the measure authored by lawmakers across party-lines namely: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao [...] The post House panel approves bill legalizing divorce in PH appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

France to unveil controversial migrant law

PARIS: The French government is set to unveil a tough new immigration bill on Wednesday that is proving one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macron’s young presidency. The legislation, which criminalizes illegal border crossings and aims for quicker dep
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France to unveil controversial migrant law

PARIS: The French government is set to unveil a tough new immigration bill on Wednesday that is proving one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macron’s young presidency. The legislation, which criminalizes illegal border crossings and aims for quicker deportation of those deemed economic migrants, has sparked widespread anger from NGOs who have branded it [...] The post France to unveil controversial migrant law appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

GlobalPort cruises past Kia, boosts playoff hopes

GlobalPort rallied down the stretch to rout Kia, 108-91, on Wednesday to boost its playoff hopes in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Stanley Pringle, Sean Anthony and rookie Julian Sargent joined forces i
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GlobalPort cruises past Kia, boosts playoff hopes

GlobalPort rallied down the stretch to rout Kia, 108-91, on Wednesday to boost its playoff hopes in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Stanley Pringle, Sean Anthony and rookie Julian Sargent joined forces in the last quarter to help the Batang Pier bounce back from an 81-96 loss to [...] The post GlobalPort cruises past Kia, boosts playoff hopes appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Tiger Woods named as US Ryder Cup vice captain

Fourteen-times major winner Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice captains on the US Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year, Jim Furyk said on Tuesday.
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Tiger Woods named as US Ryder Cup vice captain

Fourteen-times major winner Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice captains on the US Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year, Jim Furyk said on Tuesday.

Raptors hope to change playoff fortunes

Toronto is trying to rewrite their history, Cleveland has re-tooled through trades and Boston's cooling off as the NBA enters the final seven weeks of the season following the annual all-star break.
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Raptors hope to change playoff fortunes

Toronto is trying to rewrite their history, Cleveland has re-tooled through trades and Boston's cooling off as the NBA enters the final seven weeks of the season following the annual all-star break.

Go after syndicates, not children used by criminals — Pangilinan

The Philippine National Police (PNP) should go after syndicates, not children, Senator Francis «Kiko» Pangilinan said Wednesday. Pangilinan's statement came after PNP Chief Director General Ronald «Bato» Dela Rosa said he was all fo
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Go after syndicates, not children used by criminals — Pangilinan

The Philippine National Police (PNP) should go after syndicates, not children, Senator Francis «Kiko» Pangilinan said Wednesday. Pangilinan's statement came after PNP Chief Director General Ronald «Bato» Dela Rosa said he was all for the nationwide imposition of a curfew for children to prevent syndicates from using minors in committing crimes. Dela Rosa also cited the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, authored by Pangilinan, as a «source of frustration for the PNP.» READ:PNP chief bats for nationwide minors' curfew «Why are police anti-crime efforts almost always focused on children? Should not PNP chief Bato focus on the syndicates exploiting children?» Pangilin...Keep on reading: Go after syndicates, not children used by criminals — Pangilinan

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