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By Tessa Mauricio-Arriola Lifestyle And Entertainment Editor While Senator-elect Grace Poe’s surprise leap to the No. 1 spot in the senatorial race may be attributed to the Filipino’s penchant for electing showbiz personalities and their close relatives into public office, a closer look into her campaign strategy reveals that more…

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By Catherine S. Valente And Neil A. Alcober Reporters PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday signed into law the controversial measure that adds two more years to the basic education program. The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, more commonly known as the K- to-12 program, covers kindergarten and 12…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan on Wednesday froze the hiring of Philippine workers and recalled its envoy to Manila in protest over the killing of a fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate. The 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by Philippine coastguards last week after they said his vessel had strayed…

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By Van Santos Reporter AN atmosphere of gloom pervaded Manila City Hall on Wednesday as out-going Mayor Alfredo Lim conceded defeat to Mayor-elect Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada. Surrounded by teary-eyed staff and supporters, Lim held a brief press conference at the Bulwagan Hall to congratulate Estrada and Vice Mayor- elect…

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Now that he’s safely ensconced in the Magic 12, Team PNoy Senate bet Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th wants to have a second honeymoon with wife Timi. Aquino, 36, married Timi Gomez, 29, in September 2012. He said that they spent their first months as a couple campaigning. “We have…

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EIGHT Filipino supporters of Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram 3rd who were charged with terrorism in connection with their intrusion into Sabah were sentenced to life imprisonment, according to the sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo. Abraham Idjirani, the sultanate’s spokesman, said on Wednesday they received information that the eight Filipinos…

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Victory makes forgiving and forgetting easier. This seems to be the case with reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Alan Peter Cayetano, strong winners in the recently-concluded elections, who on Wednesday vowed to work together after the elections. Legarda and Cayetano, who ran under the administration-led coalition Team PNoy, denied that…

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By Mayvelin U. Caraballo Reporter The remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) further rose in March 2013, reaching $1.9 billion, up by 3.7 percent year-on-year increment. The March figure brought the cumulative remittances for the first quarter of 2013 to $5.6 billion, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).…

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TWO divisions of the Sandigan­bayan gave Juan “Mike” Miguel Arroyo the go signal to visit Japan and Hong Kong to tour his children and grandchildren. The anti-graft court’s fourth and fifth divisions allowed Arroyo to fly abroad from June 1 to 9 to spend time with his family. He was…

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HAVING been educated in elite learning institutions like the London School of Economics, University of the Philippines-College of Law and Harvard University, it was not easy and seemed off for Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara of Aurora province to reach out and blend in with the masses he promises to…