Drug war death toll reaches 6,011 as of December 2020 — PDEA

MANILA, Philippines --- The number of suspects killed in the government's anti-drug war breached the 6,000th mark, recent records from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed. In its report titled, #RealNumbersPH, PDEA said 31 more drug suspects died nationwide from 5,980 killings recorded in November 30, 2020 to 6,011 fatalities documented in December 31, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/realnumbersph/photos/pcb.1843961512452045/1843961412452055 Five years since the bloody drug war began, 273,014 suspects were detained in 188,603 anti-narcotics operations of law enforcers in the country. PDEA also documented 10,959 high value targets, 103 uniformed personnel, 368 ...

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‘Denormalize corruption,’ says Vico Sotto after getting US State Department award
MANILA, Philippines --- Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has a simple message for the Philippines after being cited by the US State Department as an anti-corruption champion: "Denormalize" corruption. "Thank you to the US Department of State for this recognition. But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness. If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture," Sotto said in a tweet on Wednesday night, hours after he was announced as one of the 12 recipients of the US State Department's International Anti-Corruption Champion Award. https://twitter.com/VicoSotto/status/1364579591726096385 Sot...Keep on reading: ‘Denormalize corruption,’ says Vico Sotto after getting US State Department award
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Pandemic makes Pokemon cards pricier
  LOS ANGELES---Pokemon is all grown up, and so are its prices. Two decades after the Japanese trading card game became the biggest thing in schoolyards around the world, Pokemon cards are fetching six figures at auction in a boom that appears to have been fueled by coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. "When COVID-19 hit, a lot of Gen X and Millennials were looking for things to do and we found a lot of these guys and girls started playing Pokemon again because they grew up with it," said Joe Maddalena, executive vice president at Texas-based Heritage Auctions. Maddalena said boxes of the 1999 US first edition base set had sold for around $400,000 at auction in recent mon...Keep on reading: Pandemic makes Pokemon cards pricier
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Treasury to raise P160B from sale of bills, bonds in March
The Bureau of the Treasury will offer P160 billion in bills and bonds in March to take advantage of excess domestic liquidity even as yields are expected to rise alongside rising rates of US treasuries. In a memorandum to all government securities eligible dealers on Tuesday, National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon said P20 billion each in short-dated treasury bills will be auctioned on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The weekly treasury bills offering will still be made up of P5 billion each in the benchmark 91-day and 182-day plus P10 billion in 364-day securities. The Treasury also plans to raise P60 billion from the P30 billion each in bonds to be offered on March 9 and 23. The fir...Keep on reading: Treasury to raise P160B from sale of bills, bonds in March
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Landbank extends P62.32B in loans to help LGUs recover from pandemic
The state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) has extended P62.32 billion in loans for projects aimed at local government units' (LGUs) recovery from the health and socioeconomic crises inflicted by COVID-19. In a statement on Wednesday, Landbank said it already released P1.89 billion to 32 local governments that borrowed money under its restoration and invigoration package for a self-sufficient economy towards upgrowth for LGUs (Rise-Up LGUs) loan program. The total loan approvals so far covered 194 LGUs. Due to an increasing number of applications, Landbank hiked its allocation for Rise-Up LGUs to P80 billion from only P10 billion when it was launched in the middle of las...Keep on reading: Landbank extends P62.32B in loans to help LGUs recover from pandemic
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PSEi tracks sluggish regional markets, slips by 0.86%
The local stock barometer slipped below the 6,800 mark on Wednesday ahead of a holiday break to commemorate the Edsa revolution. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 58.72 points, or 0.86 percent, to close at 6,755.95, tracking mostly sluggish regional markets. With the PSEi set to take a pause for Thursday's holiday, a muted trading was expected with near-term catalysts still looking sour for the overall market, local stock brokerage Papa Securities said. Papa Securities noted a slew of concerns for the index: the Philippines' not shifting to a more relaxed quarantine protocol this March; overhang from the February inflation announcement next week, and, a weakening p...Keep on reading: PSEi tracks sluggish regional markets, slips by 0.86%
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Metro Pacific hastens progress on C-5 Link; heavy traffic expected
A unit of infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp. plans to accelerate and complete new phases of its Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) C5 Link Expressway. The P15-billion project is being built by Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. It aims to cut travel time from Makati and Taguig from Paraaque City, Las Pias City and Cavite province from an hour to about 10 minutes and serve an estimated 50,000 vehicles per day. C5 Link Expressway is compromised of segments 2 and 3. CIC said Segment 2 and Segment 3A-2, a subsection of Segment 3, were slated for completion by the second quarter of 2022. "We are doubling our effort...Keep on reading: Metro Pacific hastens progress on C-5 Link; heavy traffic expected
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Hog raisers cool to DA insurance program
Hog raiser groups raised doubts that the government will be able to realize its plan to give commercial hog raisers a 50-percent insurance subsidy, noting the slow pace of claiming indemnity fees. Edwin Chen, president of the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, likened the claims process of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) to "a camel going through the eye of the needle," which is why most hog farmers do not even bother taking out insurance. Based on data from PCIC, only about 300,000 livestock raisers were covered by the insurer last year, with most of its indemnity checks going to rice farmers. The program to extend an insurance subsidy to hog raisers was a...Keep on reading: Hog raisers cool to DA insurance program
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What Is Forage? Definition And Usage Of This Term
What Is Forage? Definition And Usage Of This Term WHAT IS FORAGE – In this topic, we are going to know and learn the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences. Definition The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following: (of a person or animal) search widely for food […] The post What Is Forage? Definition And Usage Of This Term appeared first on Philippine News.
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PH offering to pay more for early delivery of Covid-19 vaccines – Galvez
MANILA, Philippines ---The Philippines is offering to pay "a little higher" for Covid-19 vaccines as long as they will be delivered early, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the vaccine czar, said in a pre-recorded briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte that aired on Wednesday. Galvez told Duterte that only 5.1 million doses of the vaccine would arrive in the first quarter. "That's why there are negotiations with the British government, China, India, and also with Russia that, if possible, they could deliver more during the first quarter," Galvez said in Filipino. "And we're negotiating that, even if it becomes a bit more expensive, just as long as there's early delivery in the seco...Keep on reading: PH offering to pay more for early delivery of Covid-19 vaccines – Galvez
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PH won’t waive full immunity against suits of vaccine makers
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines will not waive the full immunity against liability of vaccine manufacturers in case recipients of their vaccines experience adverse effects, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the vaccine czar, said in a pre-recorded briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte that aired on Wednesday. Some vaccine makers want full immunity, but Galvez noted that the government would want to protect Filipinos. "Actually, sir, it's really tedious because some manufacturers really want full blanket [immunity]," Galvez, speaking partly in Filipino, told Duterte. "[According to] the Senate and from our point of view, it should not be full blanket because what we have to ma...Keep on reading: PH won’t waive full immunity against suits of vaccine makers
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Just wait as 75% of vaccines already went to 10 countries – Duterte
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipinos will just have to wait for the COVID-19 vaccines as most of them have already been bought, President Rodrigo Duterte said in a pre-recorded speech that aired on Wednesday. "Seventy-five percent of all vaccines have been acquired by 10 countries. Only 10, the other 130 [countries] have nothing. So let's wait," Duterte said, speaking partly in Filipino. "I'm not trying to pontificate here. In the meantime, we better follow government." The government is planning to start Covid-19 vaccinations as soon as the Sinovac vaccines -- of which 600,000 doses were donated by the Chinese government --- arrive.   In the meantime, Duterte advised that ...Keep on reading: Just wait as 75% of vaccines already went to 10 countries – Duterte
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46% of adult Filipinos unwilling to get COVID-19 vaccine; only 19% willing
MANILA, Philippines ---Only 19 percent of adult Filipinos are willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and 46 percent are unwilling even if a safe and effective vaccine is available. This is the finding of a survey done by OCTA Research, a group of top academicians studying the coronavirus pandemic. According to the survey, the intent to get vaccines is lowest among respondents in Balance Luzon, which is at 14 percent, followed by the Visayas at 20 percent, Metro Manila at 25 percent, and Mindanao at 26 percent. Meanwhile, the number of those who would reject COVID-19 vaccination is highest in Balance Luzon and the Visayas at 47 percent, followed by Mindanao and Metro Manila a...Keep on reading: 46% of adult Filipinos unwilling to get COVID-19 vaccine; only 19% willing
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DoH to probe Tulfo
The Department of Health (DoH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are poised to investigate Ramon Tulfo, the country’s special envoy to China, for his admission that he was inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine, which has not been granted emergency use approval. Tulfo wrote in his column in The Manila Times on February 20, titled “Vaccine […]
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‘What’s the big deal?’
Malacañang has distanced itself from the claim of special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo Jr. that President Rodrigo Duterte sought to obtain samples of Sinopharm vaccines, which has not been allowed for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “I don’t understand the big deal about the Mon Tulfo write up. That’s an account […]
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PH Navy seizes P17M in cigarettes smuggled into Sulu
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine Navy on Tuesday (Feb. 23) seized P17 million worth of cigarettes being smuggled into Sulu.   The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) apprehended fishing boat Princess Arlyn off Karangdato Point in Karingalan, Caluang town, carrying 360 boxes of contraband. It came from Indonesia and was bound for Cotabato City.   https://www.facebook.com/NFWMspeaks/posts/3501075610116994   The vessel was allegedly owned by a certain Hadji Wari of Zamboanga. It had eight crew men onboard, the NFWM said in a Facebook post.   The Navy's BRP Alberto Navarette towed the boat to Zamboanga City for disposition. The crewmen were ta...Keep on reading: PH Navy seizes P17M in cigarettes smuggled into Sulu
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Pasay Covid cases rise
CASES of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) sharply increased in Pasay City, prompting the local government to lock down some areas. Pasay City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head Miko Llorca on Wednesday said some households and neighborhoods in 55 barangay (villages) were under “localized community quarantine.” Llorca clarified that these localized lockdowns do not include […]
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Duterte firm: Sara will not run for president
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday maintained that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, would not run for president next year. Duterte said he told his daughter not to seek national office as long as there were politicians like former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th. “Inday Sara is not running. I have really really put my foot down. Naaawa […]
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Why Vicky Belo now proud of husband Hayden Kho 12 years after his sex video scandal
He is really the father and head of the family. It's something amazing because you know that I'm such an alpha woman. I really respect his wisdom and his kindness." Thus said celebrity doctor Vicky Belo of her husband, cosmetic surgeon-actor Hayden Kho Jr., as she looked back to 12 years ago when, together, they faced the controversy that almost made Kho lose his medical license and prompted the Senate to review existing laws on cybercrime and ethics. In 2009, Kho faced criminal and civil cases after his sex videos with other celebrities circulated on the internet. The Philippine Board of Medicine revoked his license to practice medicine and cited unethical behavior as the basis fo...Keep on reading: Why Vicky Belo now proud of husband Hayden Kho 12 years after his sex video scandal
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Sinovac vaccines here end of February – Palace
The Philippine government is expecting the arrival of 600,000 doses of Sinovac Biotech vaccines before the end of February. “We are expecting the vaccines to arrive before the month ends — on Sunday — as China has promised to deliver the shipment in three to five days after the release of an EUA (Emergency Use […]
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Annette Gozon-Valdes on rebranding GMA News TV to GTV
With GMA News TV continuing to expand its scope beyond news and public affairs, GMA 7 executives saw it fit to rebrand the channel and change it into GTV. "The audience, especially in these times, are looking for more variety. While we're retaining the news programs of GMA News TV, we have started adding a lot of other shows in entertainment and sports. There's now more variety, that name wouldn't be apt anymore," Annette Gozon-Valdes, GMA Films president and programming consultant to the GMA chair, said in a virtual conference. Gozon-Valdes also envisions GTV as a home for more lighthearted easy-watching fare targeted at the young market. Thus, aside from the staple news shows ...Keep on reading: Annette Gozon-Valdes on rebranding GMA News TV to GTV
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Palace open to lifting cap on OFWs deployment
Malacañang is agreeable to the proposal of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to lift the cap on the deployment of health care workers to the United Kingdom and Germany in exchange for Covid-19 vaccines. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said it was a welcome move to boost the Philippines’ Covid-19 vaccine supply. “This […]
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Foreign investment pledges hit 3-year low
State-approved foreign investment pledges plunged to its lowest level in three years in 2020 after falling by 67.5 percent in the fourth quarter, which an analyst blamed on the inaction on the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (Create) Act. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data showed on Wednesday that pledges approved by seven […]
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Industry leaders still back shift to MGCQ
Industry groups are hopeful that the government would further ease quarantine rules next month to allow the economy to reopen further and recover from the Covid-19 crisis, even after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not do so until coronavirus vaccines are rolled out. During a Management Association of the Philippines webinar on Wednesday, Eugene […]
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PSEi slides to 6,700 on recovery, vaccine fears
The stock market tumbled out of the 6,800 territory on Wednesday on persistent worries about the country’s economic recovery and problems on the government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) declined by 0.86 percent or 58.72 points to close at 6,755.95 while the wider All Shares fell by 1.003 percent or […]
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BSP sets up sector on payments, currency
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new sector that would manage the interplay of physical and digital money. In a virtual briefing on Wednesday, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the Payments and Currency Management Sector (PCMS) would be “responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of the Philippine […]
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Indemnity fund bill closer to becoming law
The bill creating the Covid-19 vaccine indemnity fund moved closer to becoming a law after the House of Representatives adopted the Senate’s version of the measure. The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted Senate Bill (SB) 2057, the proposed “Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021,” which seeks to expedite the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines. The […]
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Navotas locks down city hall complex
Navotas City Mayor Tobias “Toby” Tiangco has ordered a lockdown of the entire city hall complex after 24 local government employees tested positive for Covid-19. The lockdown took effect Tuesday midnight and will last until February 28. Transactions involving application and renewal of business permits and payment of real property taxes, among others, were temporarily suspended. “For those […]
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Build, build, build, whether it’s needed or not
Pursuing a political strategy of building infrastructure, even if it is a rather unimaginative chapter in “The Handbook of Mediocre Populism,” is certainly not a bad thing. Infrastructure — roads; rails; ports; airports; electricity and water distribution networks; telecommunications networks; and facilities to provide vital public services, such as government administration, health care and education […]
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SM turns over 103rd school building in Gen San
The SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) remains a catalyst for change in the education sector as it turned over its 103rd school building and second donation to the Banisil National High School (BNHS) on February 19 in General Santos City. Amid the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the SM Foundation presented the two-story, four-classroom […]
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Curry leads Warriors past Knicks as fans return to MSG
NEW YORK: There were only about 2,000 fans in Madison Square Garden, far fewer than would normally pack the place when Stephen Curry and the Warriors come to town. But in New York, even a small crowd can make a big sound — until Curry quieted it down. Curry scored 37 points to lead the […]
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Benildean Press Corps sweeps Best-Designed Campus Papers of the Philippines Awards
The Best-Designed Campus Papers of the Philippines (BDCP) Awards granted six recognitions to The Benildean Press Corps (BPC), the official student-journalist’s organization of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, for its inspiring feature stories and innovative news layouts. Hosted by BDCP Designers and Creatives PH Inc., the creative arm of Aloha Events and Marketing […]
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Trust the process – Mika Reyes
FOR aspiring athletes who are dreaming to make it big in their respective sports, Mika Reyes—known as one of volleyball’s darling of the crowd—has a piece of advice: go through the process. The member of 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s volleyball team said that everything will have to begin small, and it’s important for […]
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BARMM transition extension opposed
Kusug Tausug party-list Rep. Shernee Tan-Tambut opposed the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s (BTA) request to extend the transition period and postpone the elections of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Five bills calling for the postponement of BARMM elections to 2025 have been filed at the House of Representatives. In a hearing of the […]
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3D LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021
3D LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – The 3D Lotto draws are held today by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at 2PM, 5PM, and 9PM and here are the results: 2pm: 5pm: 9pm: See UPDATED results for the following draws: EZ2 RESULT, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (updated every 2pm, 5pm and 9pm) SWERTRES RESULT […] The post 3D LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Harden as reserve for All-Star showdown
LOS ANGELES: James Harden headlined the list of 2021 NBA All-Star Game reserves announced on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), joining Brooklyn teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to mark the first time the Nets have had three All-Star selections. Irving and Durant were previously named starters for the 70th All-Star Game, to be played March […]
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CvSU gets P20.2-M grant from DoST-PCAARRD for extension projects
Cavite State University recently received a total budget of P20,219,480 from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DoST-PCAARRD) for three extension projects to be implemented this year. The first approved project, with P3,162,672 budget, is titled “Enhancing the Agri-Aqua Food Value Chain through Smart Technologies […]
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US recovery uneven, incomplete – Fed
WASHINGTON, D. C.: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell underscored the US economy’s ongoing weakness in remarks that suggested that the Fed sees no need to alter its ultra-low interest rate policies anytime soon. “The economic recovery remains uneven and far from complete, and the path ahead is highly uncertain,” Powell said in written testimony to […]
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2D LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021
2D LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is holding a draw for 2D Lotto today, February 25, 2021, and here are the results of the 2PM, 5PM, and 9PM draws. 2pm: 5pm: 9pm: See UPDATED results for the following draws: EZ2 RESULT, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (updated every 2pm, […] The post 2D LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Asian markets crash on $, € woes
TOKYO: Asian markets suffered fresh losses Wednesday as concerns about rising inflation and frothy equity prices continued to sap confidence, with investors unmoved by reassurances from Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell that officials would maintain record-low interest rates for as long as needed. Global stock indexes have cruised to all-time or multi-year highs in recent […]
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LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021
LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – Draws for 6/49  SuperLotto, 6/42 Lotto LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – Here is the official result of the 6/42 Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today, Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major lotto games – […] The post LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021 appeared first on Philippine News.
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6/49 LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021
Super Lotto – 6/49 LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 6/49 LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – Here is the result of 6/49 Super Lotto draw released by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). 6/49 Lotto Result: See UPDATED results for the following draws: EZ2 RESULT, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (updated every 2pm, 5pm and 9pm) SWERTRES RESULT Today, […] The post 6/49 LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021 appeared first on Philippine News.
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6/42 LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021
6/42 LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 6/42 LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – Here is the result of 6/42 Lotto draw released by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). 6/42 Lotto Result: See UPDATED results for the following draws: EZ2 RESULT, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (updated every 2pm, 5pm and 9pm) SWERTRES RESULT Today, Wednesday, February 24, […] The post 6/42 LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021 appeared first on Philippine News.
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6D LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021
6D LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 6D LOTTO RESULT February 25, 2021 – Here is the result of 6D Lotto draw released by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). 6D Lotto Result: See UPDATED results for the following draws: EZ2 RESULT, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (updated every 2pm, 5pm and 9pm) SWERTRES RESULT Today, Wednesday, February […] The post 6D LOTTO RESULT Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021 appeared first on Philippine News.
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