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Quezon farmers deny receiving P3.2-M loan aid LUCENA CITY: Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and his chief of staff have been implicated in a new anomaly related to the priority development assistance fund (PDAF). This time, it involves the disbursement of some P3.2 million in pork barrel funds to…

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MORE than a million people who were affected by monsoon rains that were enhanced by storm Maring (international codename: Trami) are now confronted with another problem—lack of food and potable water. While only about 300,000 people were displaced by floods, relief agencies said food and water remain scarce in areas…

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Relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Metro Manila on Tuesday. Water engulfed entire homes and vehicles in large parts of the metropolis, trapping many people and forcing tens of thousands into evacuation centers. At least 60 percent of Metro Manila was…

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2 reported dead in Cavite Floods dumped by heavy monsoon rains swamped Metro Manila and nearby provinces Monday, and at least two people were reported killed. Schools and government offices closed and hundreds of residents sought shelter at evacuation centers. Floodwaters neck deep in some parts of the metropolis. The…

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Business leaders on Sunday joined religious groups and civil society in clamoring for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers, saying it is prone to corruption. The Makati Business Club (MBC) said the pork barrel scandal involving the release of millions of pesos…

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RESCUE teams scoured the seas the whole day Saturday for survivors of the collision between a ferry and a cargo ship Friday night off Talisay City, Cebu province, that killed at least 35 people and left dozens missing. The Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard deployed divers as local fishermen…

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THE Court of Appeals on Friday ordered over 100 bank accounts of Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains in the pork barrel scandal, frozen. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the court issued the freeze order based on the petition of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). The order is effective…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A grenade explosion at a Catholic Church in Jolo injured two people Wednesday night, officials said. The town’s mayor Hussin Amin said the grenade exploded outside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Amin said the blast wounded…

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INSTEAD of approving the petition of water concessionaires to raise rates, government regulators are poised to announce next week cuts ranging from at least 98 centavos to P8 per cubic meter in water charges. According to a reliable source in the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the five-man MWSS…

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CABARROGUIS: The provinces of Quirino and Cavite and several towns in two other provinces were placed under a state of calamity in the aftermath of typhoon Labuyo (international codename: Utor),

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