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MANILA: A clan whose chiefs are on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre secured big wins in local elections this week, results showed on Friday, deepening fears that justice may never be served. Leaders of the Ampatuan family and their gunmen are accused of massacring 58 people, including 32…

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By Catherine S. Valente Reporter The government is looking at alternative markets that can absorb overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Taiwan, a Palace official said on Friday. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that the government, through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is now…

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By Kristyn Nika Lazo Reporter The sun will not be setting anytime soon on this sunshine industry. The Philippines has already become the world leader in business process outsourcing (BPO) and the industry still continues to grow, according to Jose Mari Mercado, president and chief executive officer of the Business…

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By Anthony Vargas Correspondent THE Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed on Friday that the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were more active in committing atrocities during this year’s campaign period for the mid-term local and national elections. Data from the PNP national operations center in Camp Crame said that since…

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is the richest among President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s men while Education Secretary Armin Luistro is the least wealthy, as shown by statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) provided by Malacanang. Del Rosario declared a net worth of P705,481,105.13 in his 2012 SALN…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) junked the libel case filed by the current chairman of the Baguio Country Club’s executive committee against her siblings for allegedly making defamatory statements in a published book detailing their assets. In a 14-page decision penned by Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon and concurred in by…

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Another partial proclamation of the senatorial winners was announced by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday night. Proclaimed were Liberal Party’s Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th, and reelectionists Sen. A­quilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th. The poll body, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC),…

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By Fatima Cielo B. Cancel Reporter THE Department of Tourism (DOT) recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan for the launching of Green Initiative, a joint program that aims to protect and nourish the country’s natural biodiversity. Under the MOA, the signatories would implement strategies that…

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THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) on Friday said the government’s claim in the disputed 18.4 hectares Payanig sa Pasig property was strengthened with the authentication of the land titles. “LRA [Land Registration Authority] upholds authenticity of PCGG land title [one of 2 titles to the property] to 2.4…

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TO promote local animation industry, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is adding a new category for animated videos in its annual award-giving event. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, who is also the overall MMFF head, said that animation will be under the New Wave Section dedicated…