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N. Korea, nagbanta ng nuclear strike laban sa U.S. | Balitaan live: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH https://t.co/IHJTQYuPOG

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Liderato ng Kongreso, nagpulong para plantsahin ang priority bills | #CNNPHBalitaan live https://t.co/CaczwFrdSh https://t.co/ZPlgHLsSUN

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UK, nagpalabas ng travel advisory ukol sa Pilipinas | Balitaan live: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH https://t.co/ec5OTEuPe6

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Interes ng Pilipinas, isinusulong ng DFA | Balitaan live: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH https://t.co/wdGc5CeRhJ

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Kasong pagpaslang kay Albuera Mayor Espinosa, binuksan muli | Balitaan live: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH https://t.co/M7yoO4u7Dn

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Panibagong protesta vs. China, itinutulak ng Defense department | Balitaan live: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH https://t.co/0criNwaov1

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DA MARKET SECURITIES:
PSEi 8055.20 +83.48 pts. +1.05%. Range 7998.14-8056.04. Exchange Volume of 988.1M shares; valued at Php2.7B.

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CNN Philippines:
Drilon to Orceo: Because you downgraded the ruling, they will no longer be convicted of murder https://t.co/6ZIydzYPia

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Drilon: The Court could charge the suspects with homicide even if they were already charged with murder https://t.co/6ZIydzYPia

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CNN Philippines:
PAGASA: Bagyong Gorio, lumakas pa | Balitaan live: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH https://t.co/V3knZFUHDN

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DorisDumlao-Abadilla (RT Inquirer Business):
PSEi rallies to 8,000 level in morning trade ahead of FOMC statement @InquirerBiz https://t.co/DUL9R1VdXS

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CNN Philippines:
Orceo: We are under the presumption that Aguirre knows what we are doing https://t.co/6ZIydzYPia

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CNN Philippines:
Lacson to Orceo: Circular says you are authorized to sign for and in behalf of Aguirre https://t.co/6ZIydzYPia

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CNN Philippines:
Interes ng PH, isinusulong ng Foreign Affairs Department. Ang detalye mula kay @JCGotinga. | #CNNPHBalitaan live… https://t.co/y2uJm01WP5

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CNN Philippines:
Panibagong protesta vs. China, itinutulak ng Defense Department | #CNNPHBalitaan live https://t.co/CaczwFrdSh

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CNN Philippines:
Pagpatay kay Mayor Espinosa, muling iniimbestigahan ng Senado https://t.co/6ZIydzYPia

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CNN Philippines:
Lacson cites DOJ circular that may render Orceo's petition invalid | https://t.co/sDo55hwVGt https://t.co/eCEJndytuv

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CNN Philippines:
#GorioPH intensifies into Tropical Storm https://t.co/X86XaAqrP7 https://t.co/UIcI74nMem

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.@dost_pagasa: Bagyong #GorioPH, lumakas pa https://t.co/X86XaAqrP7 https://t.co/TAhqmGpwxM

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CNN Philippines:
#WalangPasok: Manila Tytana Colleges suspends classes in high school level https://t.co/zL2bWVhcE8 | @Tytana75 https://t.co/Z9LAACnS0E

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Here are the highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte's two-hour #SONA2017 https://t.co/8zATgXsk4q https://t.co/MblpzVcPmP

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CNN Philippines:
Samahan si @iampinkywebb ngayon sa #CNNPHBalitaan. Live stream: https://t.co/CaczwFrdSh https://t.co/fdKClxogJk

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CNN Philippines:
Why does President Duterte want the Balangiga bells back from the US? Here's a background of the bells' history.… https://t.co/0aWF1grlP9

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Dela Rosa: Return to duty of Supt. Marcos boosted PNP morale | https://t.co/sDo55hwVGt https://t.co/tACAEjRANb

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Orceo: I was not aware Aguirre ruled the case as murder https://t.co/6ZIydzYPia

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Tillerson staying on as top US diplomat – official
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WASHINGTON: Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson does not plan to step down, the State Department said Tuesday, quashing reports citing differences with the White House.

Since taking the helm of the State Department in February, the former ExxonMobil chair has come under fire for his ultra-low profile, and his plan to slash by 30 percent the budget of an agency that employs more than 70,000 people in Washington and around the world.

CNN reported that Tillerson planned to leave by year’s end, which spokeswoman Heather Nauert flatly denied.

“That is false. We have spoken with the secretary. The secretary has been very clear he intends to stay here at the State Department,” she told reporters.

“We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us. He recognizes that. He’s deeply engaged in that work.”

Pressed about Tillerson’s light schedule in recent days, Nauert said the secretary was “just taking a little time off.”

“He’s had a lot of work. He just came back from that mega trip overseas, as you all well know,” the spokeswoman added, referring to a trip that took Tillerson to the G20 summit in Germany, as well as to Turkey, Ukraine and Gulf countries.

“So, he’s entitled to take a few days himself.”

Many US ambassadorial and management posts have not been filled, with diplomats and experts fretting they could be next on the budget chopping block.

CNN said that among Tillerson’s growing differences with the White House were fresh debates over Iran policy and personnel, as well as President Donald Trump’s chaotic and confusing foreign policy approach. AFP

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Anthony Q. Esguerra (RT Inquirer Business):
@facebook Kenneth Bishop, managing director for @facebook Southeast Asia shared insights on the mobile-first shopping behavior of Filipinos.

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CNN Philippines:
Drilon to Orceo: You disregarded the Senate resolution https://t.co/6ZIydAgq9I

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CNN Philippines:
Alejo: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre issued circulars delegating duties to his Undersecretaries https://t.co/6ZIydAgq9I

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Dela Rosa says impunity will not occur under his watch | https://t.co/sDo55hwVGt https://t.co/yChncjTRT8

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China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea
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China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.
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Sen. Franklin Drilon: The Secretary himself must be the one to reverse the ruling, not the Undersecretary https://t.co/6ZIydAgq9I

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New York outlines $8.8B plan to overhaul subway
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NEW YORK: New York’s beleaguered subway system outlined Tuesday a rescue plan of $800 million with another $8 billion in the long-term to battle chronic delays, breakdowns and overcrowding, promising to haul the system into the 21st century.

Daily indignities suffered by straphangers have left locally elected Democrats at loggerheads and exacerbated a “summer of hell” for commuters instigated by emergency repair work at Penn Station, North America’s busiest rail hub.

Nearly six million people each day ride the subway, which dates back 113 years and suffers outdated equipment despite being one of the largest public transit systems in the world spanning 665 miles (1,070 kilometers) of track.

The chairman of the state-run Metropolitan Transport Authority admitted that the subway was “in distress” and conceded there was “no doubt the New York City subway is failing its customers.”

“In order to stabilize the system, our current estimate is that we are going to need an immediate investment of $456 million in operating costs and make a $380 million capital investment,” Joseph Lhota told reporters.

State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, have struggled to come to terms over the crisis. The MTA is directly answerable to Cuomo but the city has also contributed funds.

On Tuesday, Lhota urged the state and the city to share the cost.

“After the stabilizing plan, a long-term plan will require an additional capital investment of approximately $8 billion,” he said.

The rescue plan includes a pilot program to remove seats on at least two lines to cram more passengers into each car, which has attracted scathing commentary.

It also calls for expedited repairs and an increased police presence to deter sexually inappropriate behavior, loitering, aggressive panhandling and littering, which contributes to 700 fire-related delays a year.

The MTA has also launched an international competition “calling on the greatest minds” to find solutions to modernize and improve the subway.

Derailments in the last two months forced the evacuation Friday of 135 passengers and left 36 people with minor injuries in June when two subway cars careened off the tracks, leaving hundreds of people stuck for more than an hour. AFP

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‘Simpsons’ creator heads to Netflix with animated adult comedy
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Set in a medieval kingdom, 'Disenchantment' will debut ten episodes on Netflix starting in 2018.
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CNN Philippines:
Sen. Sotto: I’m torn between the death of a suspected drug lord and a possible violation of legal rules, so I prefer to keep my mouth shut

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CNN Philippines:
Diño: No Hollywood films to be shown in partner cinemas during Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (August 16 to 22) | LIVE https://t.co/dVb5dr25X9

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CNN Philippines:
(2/2) Paglipay, Patay na si Hesus, Pauwi Na, Salvage, Star na si Van Damme Stallone, Triptiko

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CNN Philippines:
(1/2) Films included in Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino: 100 Tula Para kay Stella, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B, Awol, Bar Boys, Birdshot, Hamog

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Leo and Kate will be your date, for the right price
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LOS ANGELES: Ever yearned to swap tales of the sea with “Titanic” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet?

Well strap on your life jacket, because the pair are auctioning off a private dinner in their exclusive company for charity, a spokesman for the actor told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday.

The glamorous date — planned for a restaurant of the winner’s choice in New York City in the fall — is among several lots being offered at the star-studded Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala in the French resort of Saint-Tropez on Thursday.

The environmentally-minded charity raised $45 million during its auction last year, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Oscar winners DiCaprio, 42, and Winslet, 41, played star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose in James Cameron’s 1998 retelling of the sinking of the Titanic, and were reunited in 2009 as a warring couple in “Revolutionary Road.”

While saving the planet has been DiCaprio’s preoccupation for years, Winslet is involved with charities helping autistic children, as well as organizations for the homeless and disadvantaged people with cancer.

The lot is the latest example of a burgeoning celebrity trend of offering dinner dates or other face-to-face meetings to raise cash for charity.

British actor Idris Elba agreed to share Valentine’s Day this year with the highest bidder in aid of the “W.E. Can Lead” initiative, which provides education for African youngsters.

“It is one of the easiest ways for celebrities to contribute,” a public relations specialist told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity, adding that it generates huge amounts of cash. AFP

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US Senate advances health care bill, tough debate looms
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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s drive to abolish Obamacare scraped through a key Senate vote Tuesday, with John McCain coming to the US president’s rescue in a dramatic return to Congress following cancer surgery.

The vote, which allows the Senate to begin debate on health care reform legislation, was a victory for Trump, who had spent weeks cajoling, strong-arming and warning Republicans to get on board with his effort to overhaul Obamacare.

In recent weeks, several measures have been proposed — but ultimately collapsed, revealing fissures within the Republican Party on how to reach a goal they have had since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.

But the path forward was no clearer, as the Senate soon after voted down a Republican plan to repeal and replace former president Barack Obama’s signature health care reform.

Nine Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the amendment in the first of several votes expected to repeal Obamacare.

Despite the skepticism of some Republicans over how the effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act might affect millions of Americans, Trump was thrilled that debate could go ahead.

“This was a big step,” he said, calling Obamacare a “disaster for the American people.”

McCain, who announced last week he is suffering from brain cancer, cast a critical vote for the measure, leaving senators evenly split and forcing Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie for a 51-50 final count on allowing debate.

All 48 Democrats and independents voted against, along with Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

McCain received a standing ovation from his colleagues as he entered the chamber, having made the trip from his home state of Arizona, where he was convalescing.

While he called for greater bipartisan cooperation in Congress, McCain directly denounced the closed-door process that has marked the health care reform effort, saying it was wrong to try to force lawmakers to “swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition.”

“I don’t think that’s going to work in the end, and probably shouldn’t,” he said.

‘First step’

One Republican plan under consideration would dismantle Obamacare but delay actual implementation of the repeal to allow time for a viable replacement to be crafted. It is expected to fail.

The question then becomes what can get over the finish line. Lawmakers have begun speaking about a “skinny” repeal that would dismantle only parts of the Affordable Care Act, but it is not yet clear whether the plan will gain traction this week.

“We can do better than Obamacare,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

“Today’s vote to begin debate is the first step.”

Trump has repeatedly grilled fellow Republicans for not following through on their — and his — campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.

On the Democratic side, senators urged cooperation — and restraint.

“I can’t believe this process and the hard and calculated rhetoric we see,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Tuesday.

“The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect piece of legislation. It needs repair. We both agree to that. Then we need to fix it.”

Secretive process

Forecasts by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on various health reform bills have predicted that millions of Americans would lose health care if the measures become law.

In the case of a bill that repeals Obamacare and provides no replacement, 32 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 as compared to current law, CBO forecast.

Some Republicans have expressed concern with how the legislation would impact Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and the disabled.

The latest repeal-and-replace bill would roll back an expansion of Medicaid and slash its federal funding.

It would also end the mandate that most individuals have health insurance, and allow states to let insurance companies offer bare-bones plans not allowed under current law.

Democrats have blasted the secretive process, accusing Republican leaders of rushing a mammoth bill to the floor without sufficient discussion or debate.

Several outside health groups have criticized the various iterations of the repeal-and-replace effort.

One of the most emphatic rejections came from a group of some 7,000 Catholic nuns, who wrote Senate leaders on Monday to say the bill “would be the most harmful legislation for American families in our lifetimes.” AFP

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CNN Philippines:
Abella on #SONA2017: Duterte went through most of the prepared speech | LIVE https://t.co/dVb5drjGOH

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Dela Rosa: Supt. Marcos et al were never reassigned. They were just back to their mother unit (CIDG) after their restoration to full duty.

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’Gorio’ intensifies into tropical storm; rain in parts of Luzon, Visayas–Pagasa
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”GORIO” has intensified into a tropical storm and slightly slowed down as it moved noth-northwestward, according to the state-run weather bureau.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 a.m., the center of tropical storm “Gorio” was estimated at 595 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.

It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph. Gorio is forecast to move at north-northwest at 13kph.

Gorio is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the western section of Luzon and light to moderate rains over the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 400-km diameter of Gorio.

By Thursday, Gorio will be 595km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; 425km east of Basco, Batanes on Friday; 275 km, northeast of Basco, Batanes on Saturday; 475km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes on Sunday; and 700km northeast of Basco, Batanes outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday.


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#WalangPasok: Quezon City suspends classes from preschool to high school https://t.co/zL2bWVyNvG | @qclocalgovt https://t.co/ACjiVHyK95

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Dela Rosa: It's unusual that police with pending cases return to duty | https://t.co/sDo55hwVGt https://t.co/hLdUNRuwif

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LOOK: Listahan ng suspensyon ng klase as of 11:30AM ngayong araw ng Miyerkules, June 26 - DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990AM https://t.co/zGspTJAWif

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CNN Philippines:
Lacson: While Supt. Marcos was not inside the jail, he was directing the operations https://t.co/6ZIydAgq9I

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CNN Philippines:
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Marawi crisis: 460 terrorists killed, 111 gov't troops killed | LIVE… https://t.co/svZiibt4fJ

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PNP-IAS: Wala kaming nakitang direct evidence na nag-agree sila (suspects) beforehand to the killing of Mayor Espinosa, Yap

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