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Robredo to release drug war report on Monday

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo confirmed that she will release her report on the government’s drug war to the public on Monday, December 16. Robredo said she will share an overview of the 30-page report, which contains her findings and recom
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Robredo to release drug war report on Monday

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo confirmed that she will release her report on the government’s drug war to the public on Monday, December 16. Robredo said she will share an overview of the 30-page report, which contains her findings and recommendations on the anti-illegal drug campaign obtained from her 18-day-stint as co-chairman of the […]

Magnitude 6.9 hits Davao del Sur

A magnitude 6.9 quake struck Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Phivolcs said the epicenter was at 6 kilometers northwest of Padada, Davao del Sur. It was tectonic in origin and had a dep
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Magnitude 6.9 hits Davao del Sur

A magnitude 6.9 quake struck Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Phivolcs said the epicenter was at 6 kilometers northwest of Padada, Davao del Sur. It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 30 kms from the surface. Intensity 4 was felt in Matanao, […]

Jamaican wins Miss World crown

Jamaican beauty Toni-Ann Singh was crowned Miss World 2019 early Sunday in Manila. France’s Ophely Mezino was named 1st runner-up, while India’s Suman Rao is 2nd runner-up. Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de León crowned the 23-year-old Singh at th
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Jamaican wins Miss World crown

Jamaican beauty Toni-Ann Singh was crowned Miss World 2019 early Sunday in Manila. France’s Ophely Mezino was named 1st runner-up, while India’s Suman Rao is 2nd runner-up. Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de León crowned the 23-year-old Singh at the ExCeL London in London. The Philippines’ Michelle Dee made it to the Top 12, the […]

The inexorable slide to mediocrity

The depressing report of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) — that our 15-year-old students are the second most mediocre in the world in English, math and science — came at the same time Sundar Pichai was named the head of Alphabet, t
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The inexorable slide to mediocrity

The depressing report of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) — that our 15-year-old students are the second most mediocre in the world in English, math and science — came at the same time Sundar Pichai was named the head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, which had a market cap of $818.16 […]

Battle won, war continues against extreme poverty

The Philippines won a major battle recently when it was reported that poverty incidence for a full year fell below 20 percent. To be precise, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the rate for 2018 was 16.6 percent. For many decades, about
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Battle won, war continues against extreme poverty

The Philippines won a major battle recently when it was reported that poverty incidence for a full year fell below 20 percent. To be precise, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the rate for 2018 was 16.6 percent. For many decades, about a third of the Philippine population lived below the poverty line. In […]

UPDATE: 3 killed, 15 injured in Borongan ambush

A policeman and two civilians were killed and 15 were wounded in an ambush by at least 50 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan, Eastern Samar, police reported on Saturday. READ: 2 dead, 16 injured in Borongan ambush Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Divina
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UPDATE: 3 killed, 15 injured in Borongan ambush

A policeman and two civilians were killed and 15 were wounded in an ambush by at least 50 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan, Eastern Samar, police reported on Saturday. READ: 2 dead, 16 injured in Borongan ambush Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Divina, Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 chief, identified the victims as […]

Duterte plays Santa to boy with leukemia

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has played Santa and brought cheer to a five-year-old boy who is battling leukemia. Duterte welcomed cancer-stricken Jacob Wong with a warm smile at his home in Davao City on Friday, based on video uploaded on Facebook by the child
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Duterte plays Santa to boy with leukemia

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has played Santa and brought cheer to a five-year-old boy who is battling leukemia. Duterte welcomed cancer-stricken Jacob Wong with a warm smile at his home in Davao City on Friday, based on video uploaded on Facebook by the child’s mother, Johanne Bernice. The President gave Jacob a fatherly hug and a […]

2 dead, 16 injured in Borongan ambush

A COP and a civilian were killed and 16 were wounded in an ambush allegedly orchestrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan, Eastern Samar, police reported on Saturday. Based on the report of Police Regional Office 8 sent to Camp Crame, the victims
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2 dead, 16 injured in Borongan ambush

A COP and a civilian were killed and 16 were wounded in an ambush allegedly orchestrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan, Eastern Samar, police reported on Saturday. Based on the report of Police Regional Office 8 sent to Camp Crame, the victims were identified as Pat. Mark Jerome Sugalan Rama and Agripena […]

Toddler dead, 1 injured in Taguig fire

A toddler died and one was injured after a fire broke out in Taguig City on Saturday morning, The Bureau of Fire and Protection-National Capital Region (BFP-NCR) said. The child was identified as Precious Clarisa Parcarey, 3, and the injured was John Rey Vend
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Toddler dead, 1 injured in Taguig fire

A toddler died and one was injured after a fire broke out in Taguig City on Saturday morning, The Bureau of Fire and Protection-National Capital Region (BFP-NCR) said. The child was identified as Precious Clarisa Parcarey, 3, and the injured was John Rey Vendevil. The BFP-NCR said 200 families were affected by the incident. Damage to […]

Wider BoP surplus projected this year

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects the country’s balance of payments (BoP) surplus to widen this year after taking the latest local and foreign developments into account. In a briefing on Friday, officials announced that the surplus could expand
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Wider BoP surplus projected this year

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects the country’s balance of payments (BoP) surplus to widen this year after taking the latest local and foreign developments into account. In a briefing on Friday, officials announced that the surplus could expand to $4.8 billion this year from 2018’s $2.306-billion deficit. The latest forecast is higher than […]

‘PH sugar prices still uncompetitive’

THE country’s sugar prices will “remain uncompetitive” in 2020, as these are nearly “twice as high as” those in the global market, while consumption of the staple is expected to keep rising, according to a Fitch Group unit.   In a report releas
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‘PH sugar prices still uncompetitive’

THE country’s sugar prices will “remain uncompetitive” in 2020, as these are nearly “twice as high as” those in the global market, while consumption of the staple is expected to keep rising, according to a Fitch Group unit.   In a report released on Friday, Fitch Solutions said “Philippine sugar prices will remain uncompetitive by […]

Rate cuts seen to resume next year

PHILIPPINE monetary authorities are expected to resume the central bank’s policy easing next year after pausing at their last rate-setting meeting on Thursday. This is according to reports from Fitch Solutions, Capital Economics, ING Bank Manila and ANZ Res
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Rate cuts seen to resume next year

PHILIPPINE monetary authorities are expected to resume the central bank’s policy easing next year after pausing at their last rate-setting meeting on Thursday. This is according to reports from Fitch Solutions, Capital Economics, ING Bank Manila and ANZ Research after the policy-making Monetary Board kept the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) overnight borrowing, lending and […]

China’s growth will rebound this quarter

The macroeconomic data from China has been surprisingly positive lately, particularly that the private manufacturing sector signals progress, which was quite unexpected. The Caixin Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), which primarily covers the priv
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China’s growth will rebound this quarter

The macroeconomic data from China has been surprisingly positive lately, particularly that the private manufacturing sector signals progress, which was quite unexpected. The Caixin Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), which primarily covers the private sector, showed an increase to 51.8 points in November, which in fact, is the highest reading in the past three years. […]

PH, ADB sign P31.53-B loan deals

THE government has secured $623.3 million (P31.53 billion) in loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its infrastructure, youth and competition programs. In a ceremony in Manila on Friday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd and ADB Vice President
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PH, ADB sign P31.53-B loan deals

THE government has secured $623.3 million (P31.53 billion) in loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its infrastructure, youth and competition programs. In a ceremony in Manila on Friday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd and ADB Vice President Ahmed Saeed signed agreements on the $400-million Facilitating Youth School-to-Work Transition Program Subprogram 2, the $200 […]

New Year’s resolutions for SMEs

It’s that time of the year to look back and reflect on the year that was and look forward to setting new goals or resurrecting those that weren’t achieved in 2019. Making personal new year’s resolutions is challenging and can be just as difficult to app
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New Year’s resolutions for SMEs

It’s that time of the year to look back and reflect on the year that was and look forward to setting new goals or resurrecting those that weren’t achieved in 2019. Making personal new year’s resolutions is challenging and can be just as difficult to apply to the business for small and medium enterprise (SME) […]

Broadcast journalist Cesar Apolinario signs off at 46

BROADCAST journalist and film director Cesar Apolinario died on Friday. He was 46. The journalist’s last post on his Instagram page showed him in hospital clothes and a book on his lap. The news of his death was first tweeted by former colleague, Steve Dail
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Broadcast journalist Cesar Apolinario signs off at 46

BROADCAST journalist and film director Cesar Apolinario died on Friday. He was 46. The journalist’s last post on his Instagram page showed him in hospital clothes and a book on his lap. The news of his death was first tweeted by former colleague, Steve Dailisan. “Rest in PEACE, mentor and colleague @CesarApolinario,” Dailisan said in […]

Star City closed for the holidays — management

THE Star City Management on Friday announced that the theme park would remain closed this Christmas. In a Facebook post, the management appealed to the public for understanding and wished everyone joy and happiness with their loved ones this holiday season. &
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Star City closed for the holidays — management

THE Star City Management on Friday announced that the theme park would remain closed this Christmas. In a Facebook post, the management appealed to the public for understanding and wished everyone joy and happiness with their loved ones this holiday season. “As we lay down plans for rehabilitation of the park, Star City will not […]

Food poisoning downs 49 students at Christmas party in Negros

BACOLOD CITY– A total of 49 Grade 1 students of Ma-ao Elementary School, and their parents have been hospitalized for alleged food poisoning. A report by the Bago City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said the victims ate spaghetti prepared
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Food poisoning downs 49 students at Christmas party in Negros

BACOLOD CITY– A total of 49 Grade 1 students of Ma-ao Elementary School, and their parents have been hospitalized for alleged food poisoning. A report by the Bago City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said the victims ate spaghetti prepared by a local catering service for their Christmas party. After eating, students and some parents reportedly complained of stomach ache and […]

6 examinees pass the Dental Technologist Licensure exams

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 6 out of 76 passed the Dental Technologist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Dentistry in Manila this December 2019. Seq. No. Name 1 AURE, MARY LYNE DE GUZMAN 2 BUTCON, IAN LOPEZ 3 CAMPANA
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6 examinees pass the Dental Technologist Licensure exams

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 6 out of 76 passed the Dental Technologist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Dentistry in Manila this December 2019. Seq. No. Name 1 AURE, MARY LYNE DE GUZMAN 2 BUTCON, IAN LOPEZ 3 CAMPANA, BON BRYAN AZOTILLO 4 FABRIGAS, ROMELA JOY BUERON 5 FRANCISCO, BRENDAN JAKOB […]

Kris Aquino’s former business partner arrested at NAIA

THE former business partner of television personality Kris Aquino was arrested upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 from Thailand, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday. Immigration authorities identified Aquino
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Kris Aquino’s former business partner arrested at NAIA

THE former business partner of television personality Kris Aquino was arrested upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 from Thailand, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday. Immigration authorities identified Aquino’s business partner as Nicardio M. Falcis II, who has two standing warrants of arrest at the Taguig Regional […]

Antipolo bags national tourism awards

The City of Antipolo bagged major awards in the in the recent Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) annual national convention held in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The city was adjudged as the grand winner in the Best Tourism Week/Month Celeb
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Antipolo bags national tourism awards

The City of Antipolo bagged major awards in the in the recent Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) annual national convention held in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The city was adjudged as the grand winner in the Best Tourism Week/Month Celebration (City Category) and first runner up in the Best Tourism Promotional Materials […]

Philippines joins global clamor for ICPD agenda fulfillment

PHILIPPINE government officials and civil society leaders led by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed strong support for the Statement of the Nairobi Summit, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Popul
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Philippines joins global clamor for ICPD agenda fulfillment

PHILIPPINE government officials and civil society leaders led by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed strong support for the Statement of the Nairobi Summit, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25), in accordance to Philippine laws. Secretary Pernia, who is also the chairman of the Commission […]

DoE, EU-ASEP, and ADB brief LGUs on EE&C Law implementation

LOCAL government officials and technical staff of local government units (LGUs) based in Luzon were briefed on their respective roles in implementing Republic Act 11285, or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Law. The Department of Energy (DoE) led t
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DoE, EU-ASEP, and ADB brief LGUs on EE&C Law implementation

LOCAL government officials and technical staff of local government units (LGUs) based in Luzon were briefed on their respective roles in implementing Republic Act 11285, or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Law. The Department of Energy (DoE) led the briefing with the support of the European Union (EU), through their Access to Sustainable Energy […]

Preserve your business legacy with AXA’s Asset Master

Owning a business is not a walk in the park – you have to be on top of your operations 24/7, you constantly have to make crucial business decisions, and you have employees who rely on you for their livelihood. But what will happen in case of the untimely de
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Preserve your business legacy with AXA’s Asset Master

Owning a business is not a walk in the park – you have to be on top of your operations 24/7, you constantly have to make crucial business decisions, and you have employees who rely on you for their livelihood. But what will happen in case of the untimely demise of a key employee? A […]

LRT-1 extends schedule of operations from Dec 11-31

THE Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) has extended its operating schedule for the holidays, according to its advisory. The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said effective last Wednesday, the last trip at the Baclaran and Roosevelt stations was set at 11 p.m an
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LRT-1 extends schedule of operations from Dec 11-31

THE Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) has extended its operating schedule for the holidays, according to its advisory. The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said effective last Wednesday, the last trip at the Baclaran and Roosevelt stations was set at 11 p.m and 11:15 p.m., respectively, from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the last train […]

Lacson: Senate must probe Phisgoc ‘excesses’ in SEA Games

THE impressive performance of Filipino athletes should not prevent the Senate from investigating the alleged “excesses” by the committee in charge of organizing the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which the Philippines hosted in December. Sen. Panfilo L
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Lacson: Senate must probe Phisgoc ‘excesses’ in SEA Games

THE impressive performance of Filipino athletes should not prevent the Senate from investigating the alleged “excesses” by the committee in charge of organizing the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which the Philippines hosted in December. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, in a phone patch interview on Thursday, cited “issues on the transfer of funds from PSC (Philippine […]

Filipino Vincent Bueno to represent Austria in Eurovision Song Contest

FILIPINO singer Vincent Bueno was chosen to represent Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands in 2020, according to the event’s official website. Bueno, who was born in Vienna in 1985, won the talent show Musical! Die Show in Austria i
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Filipino Vincent Bueno to represent Austria in Eurovision Song Contest

FILIPINO singer Vincent Bueno was chosen to represent Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands in 2020, according to the event’s official website. Bueno, who was born in Vienna in 1985, won the talent show Musical! Die Show in Austria in 2008. Before that, Bueno opened a Sarah Geronimo concert in Vienna. He was part of the […]

Weinstein agrees to $25 million settlement with accusers

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, one of the women’s lawyers told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday. The once-powerful producer of “
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Weinstein agrees to $25 million settlement with accusers

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, one of the women’s lawyers told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday. The once-powerful producer of “Pulp Fiction” and “Sin City”, whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sex crimes, faces a criminal trial next […]

PDEA seizes P6.8-M shabu in Manila

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Thursday that P6.8 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) was seized at thr Port Area in Manila. Based on the PDEA report, the 1,000 grams of shabu was confiscated from Hairodin Kasim and N
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PDEA seizes P6.8-M shabu in Manila

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Thursday that P6.8 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) was seized at thr Port Area in Manila. Based on the PDEA report, the 1,000 grams of shabu was confiscated from Hairodin Kasim and Norhan Palagoyan. In a joint operation of  PDEA Region 4-A and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region […]

Palace to SEA Games athletes: ‘You are all winners’

MALACAÑANG on Thursday congratulated all the athletes from the 11 participating nations who competed at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which was dominated by the Philippines for the second time in the sporting event’s history. In a statement, Pal
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Palace to SEA Games athletes: ‘You are all winners’

MALACAÑANG on Thursday congratulated all the athletes from the 11 participating nations who competed at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which was dominated by the Philippines for the second time in the sporting event’s history. In a statement, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said all the SEA Games participants brought “pride and honor” to their […]

CA revives criminal raps vs Italian ambassador

THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday has ordered the revival of criminal charges against an Italian ambassador who was indicted for allegedly molesting three minors while on vacation in the Philippines in April 2014. In a 19-page decision penned by Justice
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CA revives criminal raps vs Italian ambassador

THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday has ordered the revival of criminal charges against an Italian ambassador who was indicted for allegedly molesting three minors while on vacation in the Philippines in April 2014. In a 19-page decision penned by Justice Myra Garcia-Fernandez of the CA 5th Division, the appeals court granted the petition for certiorari […]

PH needs an attitude change toward ‘creative industries’

TRADE Secretary Ramon Lopez would like to see the Philippines become the “top creative economy” in Southeast Asia by 2030. That won’t happen unless the Philippines experiences a sea of change in attitudes toward the “creative industries.” Interviewe
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PH needs an attitude change toward ‘creative industries’

TRADE Secretary Ramon Lopez would like to see the Philippines become the “top creative economy” in Southeast Asia by 2030. That won’t happen unless the Philippines experiences a sea of change in attitudes toward the “creative industries.” Interviewed earlier this week, Lopez said, “We need to look at creative industries that can bring in economic […]

ADB maintains 2019 PH growth outlook at 6%

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday kept its Philippine economic growth forecast for this year and next, encouraged by an increase in state spending and strong private consumption. In its December 2019 Asian Development Outlook Supplement, the Manil
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ADB maintains 2019 PH growth outlook at 6%

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday kept its Philippine economic growth forecast for this year and next, encouraged by an increase in state spending and strong private consumption. In its December 2019 Asian Development Outlook Supplement, the Manila-based multilateral lender retained its projections at 6.0 percent for 2019 and 6.2 percent for 2022. “GDP […]

DBCC narrows GDP growth target

THE country’s economic managers have tightened their growth target and adjusted other macroeconomic goals for this year after the 177th meeting of the interagency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on Wednesday. In a joint statement, members o
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DBCC narrows GDP growth target

THE country’s economic managers have tightened their growth target and adjusted other macroeconomic goals for this year after the 177th meeting of the interagency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on Wednesday. In a joint statement, members of the DBCC announced that their gross domestic product (GDP) growth goal range for 2019 is now between 6.0 […]

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