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THE government spends P10 billion a year to relocate illegal settlers living along danger zones, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Friday. Binay, who is the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said the plan to relocate all illegal settlers in five years is a “special…

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THE Philippine government will spend P2.17 billion a day next year for interest and principal payments of its debts alone, according to Senate President pro-tempore Ralph Recto. But while the debt service will climb to P791.5 billion next year, the government allotment on interest payments in the national budget continues…

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Malacañang on Friday said that the country’s relations with Taiwan will return to normal soon after Taipei lifted the sanctions it imposed against Manila following the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel in May. In a phone interview, Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte expressed confidence that…

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CHINESE-TAIPEI posted the biggest upset in the 27th FIBA-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship by dethroning China, 96-78, in their quarterfinal game on Friday. Davis Quincy 3rd, Lee Hsue-Lin and Lin Chih-Chieh and Tsai Wen-Cheng combined for 77 points, which was more than three-fourths of Chinese-Taipei’s output in ousting the defending champion.…

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COTABATO CITY: A warning to motorcycle enthusiasts planning to tool around this city: Do not—repeat, do not—wear your helmets. City authorities banned the wearing of helmets on Thursday night, two days after a car bomb killed eight people and wounded 30 others in a busy street here. The ban disregards…

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TO arrest the swelling number of distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who want to return home, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has requested for an audience with the Saudi foreign minister to discuss ways to hasten their repatriation. “We are trying to see if the Saudi authorities can improve…

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THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) has alerted the intelligence units of its five police districts amid reports that members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are reportedly in Metro Manila for their “test mission.” NCRPO Director Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. said he has ordered the five…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Proceso Alcala on Friday bared that businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the principal figure in the alleged Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, still has an uncollected amount of P44 million with the Department of Agriculture (DA), representing half of the more than P80-million worth of projects she cornered. Alcala,…

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Friday welcomed that decision of the Court of Appeals to award just compensation to Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco) the consortium that built the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 as he called on the government expedite the implementation of the court…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) refused to stop the raffle or “tambiolo” system in distributing the farmlands of Hacienda Luisita to more than 6,000 farmworker-beneficiaries (FWBs), and instead directed the farmers’ bid for a collective ownership of the land to the government. In a notice of resolution signed by Clerk of…