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The Philippines has to make extra effort in meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG) due in 2015 especially in terms of dietary energy requirement, empowering women and reversing the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The country’s probability to meet six out of 20 MDG targets ranked…

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THOUSANDS of battle-hardened Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters from all over Mindanao are ready to reinforce their comrades in Zamboanga City who are caught in a standoff with government security forces, a ranking rebel leader said on Tuesday. According to Ustadz Pendi Colano, chairman of the Selatan State Revolutionary…

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Residents of Zamboanga City are running low on food as business establishments and stores remain closed for the second day on Tuesday. Monsignor Chris Manongas, administrator of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, said that hundreds of families are either in evacuation centers or trapped inside their homes. With the city virtually…

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SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday admitted knowing Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman in the center of the pork barrel controversy, but said he never dealt with her or any of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to her. Drilon was reacting to a television report on Monday which showed several…

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THE House of Representatives has postponed the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled next month to October 2016. The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms agreed to postpone the SK polls through an 8-1 vote. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. batted for the deferment of the youth…

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Despite the siege in Zamboanga City involving members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resumed negotiations on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two panels continued talks in a bid to arrive at a deal on the two remaining…

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The government on Tuesday appealed to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari to control his men and “listen to the clamor of the Bangsamoro people.” In a statement, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles said that the government “calls for calm and sobriety.” “We call…

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will test its newest traffic scheme called ‘zipper lane’ during the ‘Edsa Tayo’ prayer rally against the pork barrel fund today. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the zipper lane (contra flow) will be implemented in the EDSA-Ortigas area for private vehicles during the prayer…

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Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Tuesday admitted that overcoming the unemployment problem is “formidable,” especially since the country’s joblessness rate increased to 7.3 percent in July. Baldoz said that the number of unemployed increased by 155,000 to reach 3.002 million in July compared to the 7.0 percent in…

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SOME P73 million in government funds were wasted after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) abandoned the Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFWs) e-Link Project due to disagreements with other partner agencies, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported. State auditors said the POEA did not continue with the OFW e-Link Project worth…