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LAWYERS at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are furious because a newly hired lawyer reported to be the apple of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s eye landed a top post, which they said should have gone to a senior lawyer. The lawyers were fighting for the position of…

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THE latest debacle in Philippine sports clearly shows how ineffective the current leadership of the Philippine Sports Commission (POC) and the Philippine Olympic Commission (POC) are, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th said on Monday. Trillanes pushed for the creation of a Department of Sports to elevate the importance of Philippine sports…

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AMID a heated territorial dispute over some islands in the Spratlys, the Philippines remains a good neighbor to China and the two countries will continue to maintain contact on a “friendly level,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Monday. The Palace official made the remark after outgoing Chinese Ambassador to…

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Pope Francis has instructed Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, to spend Christmas  in Leyte province. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said he was told by Archbishop John Du of the Archdiocese of Leyte that Pinto will be spending Christmas in the diocese despite the ongoing reconstruction of the…

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THE Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) threatened to file charges against owners of firecracker factories who hire children. The IACAT called on local government units (LGUs), particularly barangays, to adopt measures to make sure that no children will be used as laborers in the hazardous manufacturing of firecrackers. According to…

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PARIS: A vast store of water equivalent in area to Ireland lies beneath Greenland’s icesheet, and it may provide answers to one of the big riddles of climate change, scientists reported. In 2011, US scientists crossed the southern Greenland icesheet on an expedition to drill ice cores, a benchmark of…

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The US government will provide comprehensive technical assistance for Philippine disaster victims, including insurance coverage for people and establishments in disaster-prone areas. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the announcement at a briefing Sunday, a day after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon assured typhoon victims of sustained international aid.…

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said on Sunday 31 percent of the $791-million funding for the Typhoon Yolanda victims has been filled, based on the UN’s Strategic Response Plan (SRP). At a press conference hours before leaving the Philippines, Ban said the $791 million “requested fund” is incorporated in…

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Miss International 2013 winner Bea Rose Santiago is “humbled and happy” that her wish to win a prestigious beauty pageant has been fulfilled. At her first major press conference since returning home from Tokyo, Santiago was greeted by other Filipino pageant contenders like Ariella Arida, who was third runner-up in…

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the South Sudanese government, as well as the opposition party, to find a “political way out” of the security crisis there. In a speech delivered before the start of his joint press conference with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Ban called…