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They couldn’t shape up—they shipped out. Of the 363 applicants for the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) batch 2017, 101 couldn’t go through the prescribed daily dozen drills. The drills called for stamina, flexibility and strength to carry one’s own body weight. In a mere two days of such physical…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disclosed on Monday a plan to “localize” the safekeeping of questioned ballots and other elections paraphernalia to lessen costs of protests. “If approved, election ballots which are the subject of election protests may no longer be transported to the…

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Amendments in the Philippine Constitution would only succeed if the local government units (LGU) can muster sound policies for investors, a House leader said Monday. House Deputy Majority Leader Magtanggol Gunigundo of Valenzuela made the call on Monday, considering that Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City has widely expressed…

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Amid concerns about his security after the alleged leakage of his phone numbers, President Benigno Aquino 3rd is safe, a Malacañang official said on Monday. In a text message, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda assured public that President Aquino’s Security Group is handling the country’s chief executive’s “physical protection and security.”…

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Members of the House of Representatives expressed support for the passage of a measure in imposing life imprisonment—or at least 23 years—for carjacking no matter the value of the vehicle. Those pushing for House Bill (HB) 6909—which increases the penalty to life imprisonment—are Reps. Rufus Rodriguez, Jorge Banal, Salvio Fortuno,…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday warned against engaging North Korea in a token dialogue that would only allow Pyongyang more time to develop its nuclear weapons programme. The warning came in a 20-minute telephone call between Park and US President Barack Obama the day after North Korea…

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RIYADH: Four people have died from the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia, brining the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 32, the health ministry said on its website Monday. Two people died in the western city of Taif and the other two were pronounced dead in…

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LONDON: US President Barack Obama arrived in Northern Ireland on Monday for the first day of the G8 summit, an AFP reporter on board his plane said. Obama’s Air Force One jet landed at Belfast International Airport outside the capital shortly after 8:35am (0735 GMT). He is due to give…

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WASHINGTON: US tech giant Apple revealed on Monday it received between 4,000 and 5,000 data requests in six months from US authorities, days after Facebook and Microsoft released similar information. Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and several other top Internet and technology companies have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of…