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The Philippine and United States negotiating panels have started their seventh round of talks on a proposed enhanced defense cooperation leading to a “new model” for mutual ties, confident of hammering out soon a final agreement that is responsive to the evolving defense requirements of both countries amid changing regional…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has created a five-man special investigation board to look into the new appeal and other issues raised by dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) First Class Cadet Jeff Cudia and his family. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Wednesday said the board was…

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Ninety-five women were rescued and at least seven suspected members of a human trafficking syndicate were arrested Monday by members of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) in Lingayen, Pangasinan. Authorities said the human trafficking ring recruits Filipino women to work as online prostitutes for Japanese men. The PAOCC-initiated operation…

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EMBATTLED First Class Cadet Jeff Cudia left the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on Sunday night, hours after he failed to join the graduation ceremony of the PMA Siklab-Diwa Class of 2014. PMA spokesman Maj. Lynette Flores on Monday said that Cudia left the PMA premises at around 10 p.m. accompanied…

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WAS former Task Force Tugis head Sr. Supt. Conrad Capa transferred because he leaked the controversial phone call made by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Alfonso Umali to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima following the arrest of fugitive businessman Delfin Lee? Police sources believe that this is the most plausible…

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THE proposed increased rotational presence (IRP) of American forces in the country or enhanced defense cooperation between the Philippines and the United States does not require Senate concurrence once approved by the two sides. The Philippine panel head, Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, on Friday said the legal framework for…

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: Officials of some coastal villages in this town trooped Thursday to the provincial capitol here to belie claims that black sand mining has been going on in their communities. This developed as concerned provincial officials dismissed the exhumed black sand issue as “old hat being resurrected by the…

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Philippine Military Academy (PMA) First Class Cadet Jeff Cudia has practically lost all his chances to graduate on March 16 for his failure to submit on time his appeal to the institution’s honor committee and failure to complete his academic requirements. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Sunday said…

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THE Department of National Defense (DND) has alloted P.5 billion for the development of a second naval facility in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, home of the Naval Forces West (NFW), which oversees and protects the country’s interest in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic on…

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DESPITE their being under investigation, Philippine National Police (PNP) officials linked to the disappearance of some 900 high-powered firearms remain in active duty. “No [they have not been relieved]. The investigation is still ongoing and that’s why we cannot talk or discuss about it,” Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac on…

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