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The House Appropriations Committee recommended $17.9 billion in funding for NASA on Thursday, significantly boosting planetary science programs at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and continuing operation of a flying telescope. However, the committee also expressed doubts about the feasibility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s proposed plan to capture…

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Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz Friday announced that the six overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) previously diagnosed to be positive with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) have been declared negative from the corona virus strain after being subjected to two consecutive tests. “They had been released from hospital,”…

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Dirty politics has claimed another victim. A close family friend of the President and an ever-loyal Aquino loyalist, PCSO Chairperson Margarita P. Juico, handed her irrevocable letter of resignation yesterday to Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. in Malacañang. It takes effect immediately, a Manila Times source in the Palace…

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Malacañang is allegedly pressuring a Supreme Court (SC) justice to leave the tribunal two years earlier than his mandatory retirement to allow President Benigno Aquino 3rd to appoint more of his judicial allies to the Court before he leaves office. According to an unimpeachable source of The Manila Times in…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed for lack of proof a fourth graft complaint against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, this time in connection with the P728-million fertilizer fund scam. Malacañang welcomed the decision, saying “we respect the findings of the Office of the Ombudsman, an independent constitutional body, which…

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THREE Cabinet members who reportedly benefited from the pork barrel of lawmakers were included in the list of Janet Lim Napoles, Sandra Cam, president of Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, said on Thursday. Cam did not name the Cabinet officials but she challenged Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agriculture Secretary…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has stepped up its campaign against alleged tax evaders as it filed tax evasion cases against actor Zoren Legazpi, four traders and a construction company at the Department of Justice on Thursday. The BIR said the respondents failed to pay P434.99 million in tax…

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BANGKOK: Thai protesters who have massed on Bangkok’s streets for six months said on Thursday they would appoint a new government, following the removal of Premier Yingluck Shinawatra by a court. The announcement comes as the ailing ruling party expressed fears a new Cabinet—appointed to bolster its authority after Yingluck’s…

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GROWTH in the country’s agricultural sector cannot be achieved in six years or during the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, newly appointed Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said on Thursday. In a briefing with Palace reporters, the former senator explained that “irreversible” agricultural…