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NFA set to import 250,000 MT tons of rice in May

via rappler.com – National Food Authority (NFA) said the planned government-to government (G2G) importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of cheap rice to serve as buffer stock is expected to stabilize the price of the food staple. The NFA said in a statement on April 20, Friday, that “in consultation Read more »

Reuters bags Pulitzer for Philippines’ drug war story

By Christina Mendez & Paolo Romero/The Philippine Star- A Filipino was among the Reuters journalists who received this year’s Pulitzer Prize for the news agency’s “relentless” reporting on the thousands killed in the war on drugs of the Duterte administration. Manuel Mogato, a correspondent in Reuters’ Manila bureau, along with Read more »

Facebook cracks down on Philippines fake news sites

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – Several websites that contain false information have been blocked on Facebook as the social media giant began implementing stringent measures against the proliferation of fake news. These include pages previously identified to have published fake articles about President Duterte and the Philippines, such as Read more »

IKEA partners with mall operator SM Prime for first Philippines store

via reuters.com – Global furniture retailer IKEA AB [IKEA.UL] will in 2020 open its first store in the Philippines located at one of the world’s biggest shopping malls, mall operator SM Prime Holdings Inc (SMPH.PS) said on Friday. SM Prime, the Philippines’ biggest property firm, will build premises at Read more »

House approves divorce bill on final reading

By Joyce Ilas/CNN Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved the Absolute Divorce Bill with a vote of 134-57-2. Under the bill, an absolute divorce is judicially pronounced after a permanently broken marital union or marriage. Once absolute divorce is made effective, legal marriage bonds are cut and Read more »

3 killed, 23 injured in Manila Pavilion fire

via rappler.com – At least 3 people died and 23 others were injured because of a fire that hit the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino on Sunday morning, March 18. At least two people remained missing as of Sunday night. According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Officer-in-Charge General Read more »