The Manila Times

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With a positive outlook for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 2013, the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 can be achieved, but some “key challenges” remain. “Despite risks caused by global financial crisis and other challenges including weak external demand, rising food and energy…

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FEARING that the on-going clashes in Zamboanga City might spillover into  Sabah,  the Malaysian armed forces have tightened security along the coastal boarders in the disputed territory. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Director General Datuk Mohammad Mentek said the heightened security alert was issued to prevent the spillover of clashes…

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GOVERNMENT security forces on Tuesday are strictly monitoring the reported massing-up of more the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members in a remote village in Sulu province. A Camp Crame based intelligence officer said that they have received information that around 70 armed MNLF members are gathering within vicinity of…

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to test its newest traffic scheme during the ‘EDSA Tayo’ prayer rally against the pork barrel fund on Wednesday. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday said the zipper lane will be implemented along EDSA-Ortigas area for private vehicles only during the prayer…

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Despite the ongoing row in Zamboanga City involving members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) pushed through with its scheduled peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both peace panels on Tuesday resumed their negotiations in a bid to arrive…

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THE Office of the Ombudsman pressed the Sandiganbayan to reject the body of evidence that former Elections chief Benjamin Abalos filed as they were allegedly “self-serving.” According to state lawyers, the 21 documents that Abalos submitted as formal offer of evidence should be denied as they are “immaterial and irrelevant.”…

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Some 41 distressed Filipinos arrived in Manila from strife-torn Syria after availing of the Philippine government’s intensified efforts to repatriate all Filipinos there amid the massive clashes between government forces and rebel groups. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the arrival of 41 Filipinos on Tuesday…

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SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday admitted knowing Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman in the center of the pork barrel controversy, “socially” but maintained that he never dealt with her or any of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to her. Drilon, made the admission after a television network on Monday…

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THE Office of the Ombudsman urged the Sandiganbayan to disallow businessman Jaime Dichaves to travel abroad as he is a flight risk. In a four-page pleading, the Office of the Special Prosecutor asked the anti-graft court to junk the petition to travel of Dichaves as he “is capable of absconding.”…