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FORMER governor Joel Reyes of Palawan challenged the set of evidence the Office of the Ombudsman presented before the Sandiganbayan in line with his mining-related graft charge. According to Reyes and his lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, a number of evidence that forms part of the documentary proof against the former governor…

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THE Supreme Court affirmed a Commission on Elections decision unseating Vice Mayor Romeo Ramos of Cavite City. In a full court ruling signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the High Court dismissed the petition for certiorari filed by Ramos against the Comelec and his rival, Dhino Carlo Chua, for…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communist rebels disguised as policemen and antidrug agents raided a security agency, carted assorted weapons and took six people captive before escaping, officials said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, a spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division, said some 15 New People’s Army rebels raided the Davao Security and…

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CLARK FREEPORT ZONE: A health official noted 20 cases of full-blown human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive recorded in Pampanga for this year alone. According to Dr. Verona Guevarra, Angeles City Reproductive and Health Wellness head, the record showed a dramatic rise in HIV cases in the province. Guevarra did not…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communist rebels ambushed a group of government soldiers on Tuesday and wounded six in Tagum City, officials said. Army Lt. Vilma Mojado said among those wounded were two female soldiers and a military dependent. She said the rebels detonated a roadside bomb that hit the military vehicle in…

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TACLOBAN CITY: The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is currently investigating complaints regarding the alleged utilization of government’s poverty reduction funds by candidates of the recent elections to advance their political bid. Pedro Noval Jr., DILG regional director, said that several complaints were brought to his attention,…

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The Association of Government Information Officers of the Cordilleras (Asgioco) was able to raise P100,000 and US$100 by organizing a concert on Monday to donate to two sick members of the Baguio media and a 10-year-old kidney patient. Helen Tibaldo, Philippine Information Agency regional director and adviser of the Asgioco…

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ILOILO CITY: The number one councilor in this city will represent the Philippines as the country’s lone representative to participate in an international leadership training seminar on May 25 until June 7, 2013, sponsored by the German government and the FNF Neuman Foundation. City councilor Nielex Tupas garnered more than…

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CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet: A ranking New People’s Army leader finally surrendered to the joint elements of the Regional Police Intelligence Group and the Kalinga Police Provincial Office on Sunday. Police Senior Supt. Froilan Perez, provincial director, identified the surrenderee as Benigno Conggas Cagwayan, alias Dukang/Mel/Garcia, 48, of Sitio…

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ILOILO CITY: There is absolutely no collection of school fees upon enrolment of school children in the public elementary and high schools—the Department of Education is strictly implementing this no-collection policy to encourage parents to bring and enroll their children. This was stressed by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo…