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The Department of Justice is readying charges against lawmakers both from the House and the Senate who have been found to transmit money from their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-government organization run by Janet Napoles. Justice Secretary made the disclosure after she graced the launch of the…

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TYPHOON Labuyo (International codename: Utor), described as the strongest to hit the country this year, left at least two people dead and 44 missing after it slammed northern Philippines on Monday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday identified the casualties as Reynaldo Dela Cruz, 53,…

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Philippine soldiers aided local government in Zamboanga del Norte in delivering relief goods to villagers trapped by flash floods in the town of Gutalac, officials said, adding the military dispatched two helicopters to deliver the aid in the areas worst hit by floods. The 10th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col.…

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Three people were shot and wounded in attacks by motorcycle gunmen in the cities of Pagadian and Zamboanga in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said. Police in Pagadian said the attack occurred in the village called Buenavista. The victims, farmers Randy Bahunsua, 38, and Carlito Bahunsua,…

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Listed miner Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co. on Tuesday reported a massive net loss in the first half of the year as a result of lower gold prices and stronger peso. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Lepanto said its net loss in January to June 2013 has amounted…

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Manufacturing industry as measured by Value of Production Index (VaPI), grew at a slower rate of 1.5 percent in June from a two-digit increase of 10.6 percent in the previous month. According to the results of the Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (Missi) released by the National Statistics Office…

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PHILIPPINE merchandise exports for the first half of the year went down by 4.4 percent to $25.585 billion. Data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed that aggregate exports from January to June were lower compared to $26.759 billion in the same period in 2012. For June alone, export earnings…

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A Chinese woman infected with the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus died of multiple organ failure, a Beijing hospital said, bringing the total fatalities from the disease to 45. The 61-year-old tested positive for the virus on July 20 after she fell ill in Hebei province in northern China. She…

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Israel intercepted and destroyed a rocket fired from Egyptian territory at the Red Sea town of Eilat overnight, Israeli public radio said Tuesday. A group of jihadist fighters said earlier they had fired a Grad rocket on Eilat in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air raid. An army spokeswoman confirmed…