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SIX years after former President and now Mayor Joseph Estrada of Manila was found guilty of plunder, the bank account of “Jose Velarde” has finally been emptied and closed. A senior official of Banco de Oro (BDO) said in a three-page sworn statement that Investment Management Account (IMA) Trust Account…

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BANGKOK: The Thai government appealed to the military Friday to provide security for February elections after violent clashes between police and opposition protesters left two people dead and more than 150 wounded. With tensions running high in the capital, the army chief refused to rule out a coup, saying “anything…

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DAYS before New Year’s eve, the injuries from firecrackers has reached 140 as of Friday, the Department of Health announced. The injuries include a teenager from Cebu, whose right hand had to be cut off after a firecracker named “Yolanda” exploded before he could let go of it. He is…

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THE Chinese who was arrested in a casino resort in Pasay City with a cache of heavy firearms at the back of his car vehemently denied that he is a gun runner. Replying to police query through an interpreter, 42-year-old Jerry Sy said he just borrowed a “friend’s| car and…

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NEOPHYTE Rep. Lino Cayetano of Taguig City married on Friday volleyball player Fille Cainglet. Renowned designer JC Buendia, who made the bride’s gown, confirmed the news to The Manila Times in a text message. After confirming the wedding, Buendia refused to divulge more details as to who were present during…

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THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has lifted the deployment ban in Egypt and has begun processing the documents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), those wanting to have their vacations there and new hires. The ban against deployment has been removed because of the continues improvement in the political and…

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A drug cartel based in Mexico has linked up with a Chinese-Filipino syndicate to traffic shabu in the Philippines, police authorities said on Thursday. The presence of the Sinaloa cartel in the country was confirmed after police and anti-narcotics agents raided a ranch in Lipa City on Wednesday. A Filipino-Chinese…

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Government agencies and health advocates ramped up the campaign against the use of firecrackers on Thursday, five days before the start of New Year revelry. Waste and pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition, the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Manila’s First District Rep.…

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Reports of massive graft and corruption and the government’s slow response to the unprecedented disaster in the Visayas region failed to dent the popularity of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, whose trust ratings remain high, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) latest survey. Of the 1,550 Filipinos interviewed from December…

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YEARENDER2013 DESPITE its well-publicized attempt to collect P2.2 billion from boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has not been successful in meeting its collection target for the year. Some critics attributed the failure to the bureau’s “selective” way of chasing after big taxpayers. The BIR is…