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OOPS! She did it again. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has been criticized by her colleagues for issuing an “erroneous” temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from proclaiming winning party-list groups. Several magistrates of the High Court, in separate interviews with The Manila Times, assailed…

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THE Philippines moved up five places in the latest World Competitiveness Report of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) said on Thursday. Guillermo Luz, who is the NCC’s Private Sector co-chairman, said the Philippines climbed from No. 43 in 2012 to No. 38 in…

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BERLIN: A young man lived for many years with a pencil lodged inside his head, said German surgeons who detected the object on a CT scan and safely removed it. The patient, a 24-year-old man from Afghanistan, had complained of impaired vision in his right eye, headaches and a discharge…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a law imposing heavy penalties against persons driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President signed Republic Act 10586, or the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013,” on May 27.…

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MALACAÑANG on Thursday allayed fears of possible kidnapping of foreigners in Mindanao by local terrorist groups as stated in various travel warnings issued by four countries—the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada. Citing “credible threat” to foreigners in Zamboanga City and other areas of western Min­danao, the four countries…

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DESPITE Taiwan’s travel ban to the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported on Thursday a 10.12 percent increase in tourist arrivals from January to April this year compared to last year. The DOT data showed that 1,649,458 tourists visited the country, with January having the highest arrival at 436,079…

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Despite being active in the social networking community, Filipinos retain “traditional” shopping habits,” according to recent Reader’s Digest survey. The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands 2013 Survey, which polled 7,000 respondents in seven Southeast Asian countries, showed that only 17 percent of the 1,000 Filipino respondents changed their shopping habits, despite…

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Cabinet secretaries and other officials in the Executive branch should make clear the President’s positions on proposed bills even before these measures get congressional approval, lawmakers said Thursday. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City, Rep. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao and Rep. Milagros Magsaysay of Zambales reacted to President Benigno…

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A respected group of accountants in the United Kingdom considers the Philippines the brightest spark in the “glowing” Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region, citing its potential to grow 5.1 percent this year. The projection of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is lower than…

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A law signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday allows foreign companies or individuals to own up to 60 percent of rural banks. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President signed Republic Act 10574 which “opens up another area for foreign capital” in the…