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WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday urged Taiwan and the Philippines to resolve a dispute after the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, amid concern over rising tensions between its two allies. Taiwan has slapped sanctions on the Philippines, including a ban on the hiring of new workers, and rejected an…

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COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Thursday said the just concluded elections may have had its “imperfections” but it was the “best elections” the country has ever had. Brillantes refuted claims by an international observers team that found “serious irregularities” in last Monday’s polls. He explained that…

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SOME 1,000 graduates under the flagship scholarship program of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) will be hired as public school teachers by the Department of Education (DepEd). DepEd on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement with PBEd that will prioritize the hiring of 1,000 graduates from the public schools.…

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FREE cervical cancer screenings will be available for women in more than 50 hospitals accredited by the Department of Health (DOH). Women aged 21 and above can avail of the free service. In observance of the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the DOH said 58 hospitals will be offering free screenings…

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Philippine diplomats who went to Taiwan to apologize for the death of a Taiwanese fishermen endured rude treatment from Taiwanese and were even thrown out of their hotel. Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) officials narrated the appalling reception they got from the Taiwanese upon their return yesterday. MECO Chairman…

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TOKYO: The maverick mayor of Osaka is to meet former wartime sex slaves, reports said on Thursday after he pledged to apologize to them, while insisting Japan’s soldiers were not unique in brutalizing women. Up to 200,000 “comfort women” from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into…

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday called on world leaders to put an end to the “cult of money” and to do more to help the poor, warning that insecurity was rising in many regions of the world and the “joy of life” was diminishing in developed countries. “The worship…

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VOTE-BUYING, intimidation and minors casting their votes were among the “serious irregularities” witnessed by members of the 2013 International Observers’ Mission organized by the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (Compact). The group’s report covered the six areas it monitored during the conduct of the midterm elections on May 13.…

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By Johanna Sampan Reporter THE slow transmission of Certificates of Canvass (COCs) from the Provincial Board of Canvassers prompted the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defer the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates on Wednesday. The poll body said the Magic 12 will be proclaimed today. The Comelec, sitting as the…

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By Tessa Mauricio-Arriola Lifestyle And Entertainment Editor While Senator-elect Grace Poe’s surprise leap to the No. 1 spot in the senatorial race may be attributed to the Filipino’s penchant for electing showbiz personalities and their close relatives into public office, a closer look into her campaign strategy reveals that more…