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Conflict stole chance for Muslims to observe Eid’l Fit’r in Mindanao

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Conflict stole chance for Muslims to observe Eid’l Fit’r in Mindanao

- COTABATO CITY, Philippines Thousands of moderate Muslims cannot perform an Eid’l Fit’r rite at the capitol of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao due to a possible attack by outcast Islamic militants. Neutral Muslims in the city and nearby towns have performed peacefully for decades the yearly Eid’l Fit’r “sambahayang,” or congregational prayer, at the ARMM parade ground here. Siblings Omar and Abdullah Maute are rabidly hostile, even before their fanatical Dawlah Islamiya group laid siege in Marawi City on , to members of the ARMM’s regional peace and order council (PPOC) for being vocal against their religious malpractices

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Australia sends spy planes to Mindanao

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Australia sends spy planes to Mindanao

- MANILA, Philippines - The Australian government has deployed two spy planes in Mindanao to help the Philippine government in its ongoing campaign to liberate Marawi City from the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute terror group. Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne, in a statement released by the Australian embassy in Manila, yesterday said the two AP-3C Orion aircraft would provide surveillance support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in fighting terror

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BDO says some cardholders report missing funds

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BDO says some cardholders report missing funds

- than a week after Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) reported a system “glitch” that forced the lender to deactivate all its online services for nearly two days, BDO, the country’s largest lender by assets, announced that some of its clients have reported funds lost from their accounts. “BDO has obtained reports of losses from cardholders. Customers with unauthorized transactions may reach out to the bank via formal channels so that their cases may be properly investigated and, where confirmed as impacted, may be reimbursed,” BDO said in a statement on Friday

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Free Wi-Fi for 2017 to cost P3 billion; 13,000 sites planned

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Free Wi-Fi for 2017 to cost P3 billion; 13,000 sites planned

- The planned free Wi-Fi service in public places was one of the promises made by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his first State of the Nation Address last year, along with the creation of the National Broadband Network and a one-stop government data center where online applications for various official documents can be filed. “At the moment, what’s programmed is 13,000 sites before the end of the year

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Exports continue to rise, imports contract in April

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Exports continue to rise, imports contract in April

- Preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed export receipts growing 12.1% to $4.805 billion in April, slower than the 18.1% in March but reversing a 3.4% contraction in April last year. Outbound shipments of manufactured goods, which made up 83.4% of exports, rose 3.4% to $4.006 billion. Accounting for half of total exports, electronic products picked up by 6

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BPI resumes electronic services after two-day interruption

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BPI resumes electronic services after two-day interruption

- The Ayala-led bank said in an advisory on Friday morning that it had restored access to its automated teller machines (ATM) and Internet and mobile banking channels as of 9pm on Thursday, ending an almost two-day downtime which began Wednesday morning following the lender’s discovery of an error that caused accounts to reflect incorrect balances. The lender however noted that the “high volume of transactions” could cause “intermittent difficulties

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China’s Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary
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Beauticians caught sniffing shabu in Pangasinan
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NUJP backs Ed Lingao amid feud with TV5 colleague Tulfo
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De Lima camp to contest latest arrest warrant
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Navy ship deployed near Marawi to help quell rebellion
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Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion
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Military to observe humanitarian pause
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Terror leader Hapilon may have fled Marawi
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Palace backs curbing of fake news
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Pacquiao arrives in Australia, set for title fight vs Horn
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Eight dead, five missing after Colombia mine blast
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15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China
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AFP declares 8-hour ceasefire in Marawi
AFP declares 8-hour ceasefire in Marawi MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military on Saturday declared an eight-hour halt to its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants aligned with the Islamic State group in southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by the fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen   Read More ...
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Global pact on environmental rights to be presented to UN
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Whisper it, but is it time to ax ‘Despicable Me’ Minions?
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Trump wishes Muslims ‘warm greetings’ for Eid
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5.2-magnitude quake hits central Japan, no tsunami warning
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Philippines backs Callamard term extension
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Show sincerity, Palace tells Reds amid attacks
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AFP chief: IS funded Marawi siege through Malaysian
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Poll shows record-high trust for AFP, PNP
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Araw ng Maynila: Erap honors outstanding citizens
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Koko, Bato clash over ‘breakdown’ of security
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WHO: Abuse of elderly on the rise globally
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Resorts World to fully compensate rampage victims
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The society gathering of the month
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Martial law abusers to be punished, Palace vows
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A talented Hispanic triumvirate
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Time to usher local indie talent to greater heights
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