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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday vowed to liberalize more industries in the Philippines and substantially cut down red tape as part of government reforms to make the country more appealing to investors. The President made the promise as he encouraged Spanish businessmen to invest in the Philippines and boasted…

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United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg on Monday said the US and the Philippines are monitoring “very closely” the recruitment of Islamic State (ISIS) jihad fighters from southern Mindanao and other parts of the world. “We and the Philippine government are watching it very closely and it concerns…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rdwill discuss various issues, including developments in the dispute at the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) when he meets with King Felipe VI and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today, Malacanang said on Sunday. Among the issues to be raised are the status of the peace…

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VICE President Jejomar Binay will answer on Monday the accusations hurled against him and his family by their critics who claimed that the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 was grossly overpriced and was tainted by corruption. Binay is expected to appear live on television at 2 p.m.…


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A Canadian Islamic preacher detained for being a security threat in the Philippines was flown back to Canada after agreeing to be deported, the Immigration bureau said on Sunday. Jamaican-born Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was returned to Canada late on Saturday after being detained last weekend in southern Philippines while…

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Malacañang on Sunday backed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd plan to conduct lifestyle checks on officials and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Roxas made the proposal after some police officers were involved recently in criminal activities. Among these cases were the murder for a fee by a policeman…

Business

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THE Philippine agri-food industry in-tends to continue strengthening trade activities with partners in Greater China as the sector believes there is still strong potential for commerce despite the controversy over the recent South China Sea ruling. Roberto Amores, president of the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization Inc., food trustee…

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DIVERSIFIED global technology company 3M has indicated it will pour in millions of dollars worth of additional investments in the country and create at least 1,000 jobs here following its move to put up a Global Service Center (GSC) in Manila. Valued at $31.8 billion, 3M is one of the…

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DEMAND for backup office space outside Metro Manila is emerging even if the national capital remains the top choice for businesses to locate in, a real estate consultancy firm said. In a recent interview, Prime Philippines managing director Jet Yu told The Manila Times that some companies based in Manila…

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EXPORTS of Philippine halal products are expected to receive a boost with a new law facilitating their shipments abroad. Republic Act (RA) 10817, or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act signed by former President Benigno Aquino 3rd, aims to establish a comprehensive program for the development and promotion…

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ABOUT 100 to 200 inclusive business (IB) models are seen to emerge in the next six years to serve as linkages between the medium to large companies and the micro and small enterprises (MSEs) as a result of government efforts to support and develop smaller entrepreneurs. Last week, Department of…

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PAYMAYA Philippines, the digital financial services unit of Voyager Innovations, and bills payment company Bayad Center have partnered to provide Filipinos a more convenient and secure option to pay their utility bills and government fee requirements. PayMaya Philippines (formerly Smart Money, Inc.), said that by simply downloading the PayMaya app…

Regions

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COTABATO CITY: THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace negotiating panels on Sunday issued a statement extending their heartfelt sympathy and solidarity to the families and communities affected by the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda. In the same way that natural calamities bring havoc to people…

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CAMARINES SUR: At least five persons were reportedly killed and several others were injured early dawn Saturday in a head-on collision in a remote village in Camarines Sur province. Raymond Bus Liner was driving along Andaya Highway in Brgy. Cumadaycacay, Gallego town and was headed for Manila when it collided…

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BENGUET: An 18-year-old drug courier was arrested while transporting marijuana during a checkpoint operation conducted by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the La Trinidad, Benguet Police. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. identified the suspect as Lowie Cantores, jobless, and a resident of…

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ANTIPOLO CITY: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has asked the local government to remove traffic obstructions settled in the city thoroughfares. DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson, through Undersecretary for Regional Operations Romeo Momo, has specifically tasked the Rizal 1st District Engineering Office to clear the widened portion of…

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LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: Environmentalists and the academe are proposing that government should reinforce the “offshore greenbelts” or propagate more mangrove forests and the involvement of local government officials on programs to combat climate change. Highly regarded environmentalists, including members of the academe, have joined hands in searching for new or…

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THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday opened all national roads in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) to fast track relief operations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that the first objective was to clear primary national roads so that supply lines will…

World

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SYDNEY: Australia on Monday appointed a counter-terrorism chief to coordinate security agencies, while pointing to the United States and Britain to justify a proposal to strip citizenship from dual nationals linked to jihadists. Like many countries, Australia is grappling with heightened threats from “home-grown” extremists with several alleged terror plots…

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BEIJING: Chinese officials have been sent on prison tours visiting inmates including former colleagues as a warning against corruption, state-run media said Monday, provoking mockery online. More than 70 officials and their spouses in central China’s Hubei province spent a day in prison this month “as an educational warning”, the…

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SYDNEY: Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam war and buried in Malaysia and Singapore will be brought home with full military honors if their families agree, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday. Twenty-four soldiers who died in the conflict lie in Malaysia’s Terendak Cemetery, which sits inside a large, operational…

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BEIRUT: Syrian government aircraft launched at least 15 strikes in and around the ancient city of Palymra on Monday, following its fall to the Islamic State group, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids were the most intense since the jihadists overran the city…

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Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp denied threatening Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales that he would run after her if he got elected as President. According to Morales, a government official told her of the alleged threat which, she said, was conveyed to the latter by an ally of Binay. “We categorically deny…

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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales claimed that she has received threats from the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). She said she received information that Binay and his fellow UNA bets would run after her, whom they considered as part…

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IF elected president in the May 9 polls, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said Wednesday she would certify as urgent a bill expanding the coverage of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) to include casinos. Santiago, who is running under the People’s Reform Party, said the recent $81-million fiasco involving funds hacked…

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least 16 people were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a bomb blew up inside a bus in Peshawar, the main city of Pakistan’s insurgency-wracked northwest, officials said, with the toll feared to rise. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion, which…