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By Llanesca Panti, Johanna M. Sampan, Bernice Camille V. Bauzon  And Ritchie Horario Reporters HUNDREDS of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines turned out to be defective on election day, prompting calls to ban the use of the equipment in future polls. Poll watchdog Kontra Daya co-convenor, Dr. Gani Tapang,…

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Local winners in the Monday’s elections will be announced with 24 hours, and the national winners, within 48 hours. Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that because of the continuous transmission of results from polling precincts nationwide the final poll results can be known as early as Wednesday.…

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SULU – Five people were killed and 7 others wounded by gunmen in separate attacks in the town of Bayog in Zamboanga del Sur, police and military said. Gunmen killed Roy Mendoza and Dexter Calunsag, who were both working for mayoralty candidate Julieto Monding. The two victims were riding…

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By Jerry Adlaw Correspondent Has the People’s Champ turned into a chump? Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, once regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer, is facing charges of vote buying and serious physical injuries for mauling a barangay chairman who tried to stop him from distributing rice and cash to…

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President Ma Ying-jeou said on Saturday that Taiwan would consider sanctions against the Philippines amid widespread public outrage at Manila over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman. “We will definitely seek justice for our fisherman. We will not rule out the possibility of taking any kind of sanctions” against the…

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The source code for the computerized machines to be used in Monday’s elections was finally turned over on Thursday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. proudly waved the compact disc containing the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in front of…

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By Manny Ugalde Correspondent and Sheila Mañalac Reporter MAYON volcano erupted without warning on Tuesday, spewing a giant plume of ash 500 meters into the air and sending rocks down the mountain. Four foreign tourists— three Germans and an Australian—and their local guide were killed when they were crushed by…

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By Van C. Suarez, Catherine S. Valente Reporters and Jomar Canlas Senior Reporter FORMER police sr. supt. Cezar Mancao, an accused in the sensational November 2000 double murder of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito, escaped from detention at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before dawn…

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By Johanna M. Sampan Reporter And Aisha Caguiat Special To The Times CASTING doubt on the credibility of the automated elections, especially the accuracy of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday appealed to the Commission on…

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A final agreement on the extent of the damage caused by the grounding of the USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef has not yet been reached, an official of the US Navy Pacific Fleet told The Manila Times on Wednesday in reaction to reports that the United States refused to pay…

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