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THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has collected the Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) of lawmakers accused of pouring their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel into non-government organizations (NGOs) owned or controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles. “We already got the SAROs pertaining to the projects of the senators on…

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MalacaÑang on Wednesday said poverty incidence had gone down amid a recent survey showing that self-rated poverty remains at 50 percent. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said based on the annual poverty indicator survey conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), 2.5 million Filipinos have been moved out of…

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Malacañang on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to ensure the passage of the long-delayed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill before the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd ends in 2016. In a news conference, Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President will stand by his promise to have the FOI bill…

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Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is opposing the prosecution’s move to have him transferred to a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) detention facility from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Estrada’s lawyers on Wednesday said the senator’s detention at the PNP Custodial Center…


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WASHINGTON: Even running for only a few minutes a day can significantly reduce a person’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a new U.S. study said. “Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue…

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CATHOLIC bishops believe that the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines will further strengthen the faith of Filipinos, especially those who suffered from calamities. Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco on Wednesday said the papal visit will enable Filipinos to renew their faith, and will give joy and peace not only…

Business

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BERLIN: Weakness in China and Germany’s other export partners have prompted the biggest drop in industrial orders in Europe’s top economy in more than a decade, official data showed on Monday. German industrial orders, a key measure of demand for goods, dropped sharply in April as foreign demand slumped, according…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices pushed higher on Monday thanks to a softer dollar after last week’s disappointing US jobs report, but gains were limited as producers increased their rig count. The US Labor Department said Friday that just 38,000 new jobs were created last month, a quarter of what was expected.…

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MUMBAI: Netflix announced on Monday that it will produce its first original Indian series as it expands its global reach. The US online streaming company, responsible for hit political thriller “House of Cards,” said it would adapt Indian author Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel “Sacred Games” into an online series. “I…

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OVER the weekend, the incoming Duterte Administration—not the man himself, who was busy burnishing his Neanderthal credentials, but one of those who will do the real heavy lifting, his designated Finance chief Carlos Dominguez—poured cold water on two prized late-term ideas of Gang Aquino. The first was the proposed merger…

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The incoming Duterte administration reassured the public that its commitment to lowering income tax rates would not result in the imposition of a higher value-added tax (VAT), as it would only make the daily living of average income Filipinos more burdensome. In a press briefing over the weekend, incoming Finance…

PH SHARES WEEKLY OUTLOOK

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The domestic stock market should benefit from foreign interest spurred by dismal US jobs data that suggests the US Federal Reserve may hold off raising its key interest rates, while a lack of major local corporate news may keep domestic players on the sidelines, analysts said over the weekend. Victor…

Regions

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A Quezon City lady councilor has proposed an ordinance requiring the city’s private and public schools to have their students medical and dental records readily available to proper authorities when needed. Councilor Candy Medina (6th Dist.) the ordinance’s principal author said that these records may come in handy to monitor…

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Today is hand-washing day in Quezon City as it has been chosen by the Department of Education (DepEd) to host the global celebration of Handwashing Day (October16). The program, designed to create greater awareness on the importance of handwashing with soap among students and teachers, will be launched at the…

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: Nineteen personnel from the Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) graduated on Monday from a three-day Comprehensive Training for Marine Park Rangers at the Apolinario Jalandoon Naval Station in this city. According to the Tubbataha Management Office, the training for the 19 PN and PCG…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Provincial government employees in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi continue to suffer as banks ran out of cash for salaries and other funds as commercial flights from Zamboanga City to the island-provinces remain suspended for over a month now. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) suspended all flights…

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LEGAZPI CITY: “Jueteng” accuser Sandra Cam of Masbate said controversial pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles is a contributor of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in the 2010 presidential elections. “Napoles is a contributor of President Benigno Aquino in 2010 presidential election that’s why she [Janet Lim-Napoles] is walking in the corridors…

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WHILE pushing for a law to protect ludong, fishery experts are perplexed over the non-inclusion of ludong as endangered in the list of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (Cites) in the country at present. In a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)…

World

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government faced calls Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country. A group of about 50 protesters demonstrated Sunday outside the small church in…

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ROME: EU ministers headed Monday into crisis talks under pressure to confront people-smuggling gangs, with more than 700 people feared dead in what may be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant disaster to date. Italy’s coastguard said only 28 people had survived a shipwreck off war-torn Libya, which was seen by many…

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to respond “decisively” after 700 migrants were feared drowned in the deadliest migrant shipwreck yet in the Mediterranean. “These are men and women like us, brothers seeking a better life,” the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics said in his weekly…

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ADEN: Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces and Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 85 people in Yemen, medics and military sources said Sunday, after Riyadh pledged to fund a UN aid appeal. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families have fled their homes…

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TRIPOLI: The United States on Sunday condemned the “brutal mass murder” of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya following a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showing their execution. The 29-minute IS video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions as “followers of the…

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MOGADISHU: At least six UN workers were killed in Somalia on Monday when a huge bomb placed by Shebab militants destroyed a bus in the northeastern town of Garowe, police said. The head of the United Nations in Somalia, Nick Kay, condemned the attack and said he was “shocked and…

Today's Breaking News

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GENEVA: Malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, the UN said, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease. Fifteen years ago, an estimated 262 million malaria cases killed nearly 840,000 people. Projections for 2015 indicate that some…

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IF elected, the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero will establish a government with a heart and get rid of slow and inefficient people in public service. Escudero, in his speech after he was introduced by Poe as her vice president in 2016, said that the only…

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LOS ANGELES: Two more people were confirmed dead in the massive wildfires raging through northern California, with authorities expressing hope that rain and cooler temperatures will allow firefighters to gain the upper hand. The two victims, one of whom was identified as a 67-year-old man, were discovered at their homes…

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GENEVA: Malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, the UN said, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease. Fifteen years ago, an estimated 262 million malaria cases killed nearly 840,000 people. Projections for 2015 indicate that some…

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Jefferson Antiporda17 Sept 2015 As expected, Senator Grace Poe endorsed Senator Francis Escudero as her running mate for 2016, saying he is not just a friend but a man who can be trusted to do good for the country. Poe, who declared her presidential bid on…

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FORMER congressman Romeo Jalosjos, who supported the candidacy of Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, was among those who arrived early at Club Filipino in San Juan City where Senator Francis Escudero announced his vice presidential bid for 2016. In a brief interview, Jalosjos said he will support the…