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A subsidiary of the Philippine National Oil Corp. (PNOC) admitted that its jatropha project is a failure. The Alternative Fuels Corp. (AFC) said it has passed a board resolution “to wind down the jatropha project.” In the 2011 report of AFC which was only released on July 2, the…

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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks finished the morning session flat on Friday, erasing earlier losses, after Wall Street vaulted to new records and as the yen weakened against the dollar. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.27 points to 14,472.85 by the break, while the Topix index of all first section…

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MANILA: Typhoon “Huaning” has weakened but maintained its speed and direction as it moves towards the Taiwan-Batanes area, the state weather forecaster said on Friday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said the typhoon’s wind strength has decreased from 185 kilometers per hour (kph) Thursday afternoon to 165…

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The Aquino administration spent over P5 million for surveys in 2012 or a year before the midterm elections, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported Thursday. Based on COA’s findings, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) headed by Secretary Ricky Carandang spent P5,577,816.09 for surveys—an item…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday sent two Cabinet officials to Malaysia where the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are hammering out the annex on wealth-sharing of the framework agreement. Both parties hope they can sign the annex on wealth-sharing in this round of talks. In…

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University of the East (UE) center Charles Mammie will be suspended for one game while two other players were given warnings by the UAAP management committee. UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga said Mammie was “seen confronting, pushing and kicking Adamson University player Roider Cabrera from behind with the intention to hurt” during the UE-Adamson game last Wednesday. Mammie won’t be playing when the…

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With all due respect, conception as the “beginning of life”, while mentioned in the constitution, is a Civil Law concept in family relations as distinguished from “posterity” w/c is a Constitutional Law concept in generational relations where the unborn refers to both the conceived and unconceived. The RH Law attacks…

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MAGUINDANAO: The attacks launched by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) of Ameril Umbra Kato were a prelude to a wider conflict if peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) bog down.

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Lucena City: Majority of the country’s 129 Register of Deeds (RD) are dismayed with the Land Registration Authority’s (LRA) information technology (IT) project because instead of making transactions faster and cheaper, it resulted in delays and made securing titles and other documents more expensive. According to Lucena Provincial Register of…

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AN average of two to three Filipino women workers are allegedly being raped or sexually exploited daily in Kuwait, a migrant group said on Thursday. John Leonard Monterona, vice chairman of Migrante International, said Kuwait “is most notorious in rape and sexual abuses among women migrant workers including Filipinos.” “Per…