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Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella FILE PHOTO / MALACANANG
Malacañang on Monday said that it would proceed with the government’s plan to modernize public utility vehicles (PUVs) despite the nationwide transport strike against the project.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said transport strikes would not deter the government from implementing the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVVMP), which he called long overdue.
The program intends to phase out old PUVs, including 200,000 jeepneys, but its critics claim that it was “antipoor.”
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MARAWI CITY—“Allah answered my prayers,” Nairah Ampaso, 28, a mother of five, said on Monday after learning that government troops had killed Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, the last two leaders of the pro-Islamic State (IS) terrorists who seized this city nearly four months ago.
“We prayed that these leaders would be killed. I am happy that they are dead,” Ampaso told the Inquirer.
“I hope their deaths mean the end of the war and we can return to our homes,” she...
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DIE-IN Jeepney drivers and their supporters stage a die-in along a busy Manila road to signal the start of a two-day nationwide strike to protest the government’s phaseout of old jeepneys. —BULLIT MARQUEZ / AP
A group of jeepney drivers and operators declared its strike on Monday a success, claiming it crippled by noon 90 percent of jeepney transportation in key urban centers.
But a government agency said the mass action was barely felt in most parts of the country.
A call, supported...
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The top leaders behind the months-long war in Marawi Isnilon Hapilon (left) and Omar Maute. AP, INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
The battle for Marawi may finally be ending with the killing of the last two leaders of the Islamic State-inspired terrorists holed up in the city early on Monday.
Killed in fighting with government troops that started at 2 a.m. and ended at 6 a.m. were Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute terror group leader Omarkhayam Maute.
Both had pledged allegiance to the...