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SENATORS Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. believe that the Sandiganbayan will soon order their arrest since the anti-graft court had issued hold departure orders barring them from leaving the country. Although both senators expressed readiness to be detained, Estrada on Tuesday noted that he would prefer to be…

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HONDA BAY, Palawan: After a short, intense chase, two Philippine police gunboats catch up with an illegal fishing vessel and circle it like menacing sharks, their armed commandos poised to rappel onboard. “Their first reaction is to flee, but they stop once they realize they cannot outrun us,” boat captain…

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Despite China’s rejection of the proposal, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is preparing the groundwork for the inclusion of the moratorium on Chinese activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in the official agenda of the ministerial meeting among Southeast Asian nations this year. The moratorium was…

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MALACAñANG on Tuesday belied reports that it has tapped allies in the Supreme Court (SC) such as Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to spare President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad from criminal prosecution once the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is declared unconstitutional.…


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Five oil companies on Tuesday increased the prices of their products. Petron, Shell, PTT, Seaoil and Phoenix Petroleum raised the price of gasoline by 20 centavos per liter, diesel by 30 centavos per liter and kerosene by 55 centavos per liter. The oil firms said the latest price adjustment tracked…

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Malacañang on Tuesday said it will not allow unreasonable increases in the prices of basic commodities as the government activated its surveillance system against traders and groups that may be causing an artificial shortage of these products. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government does not tolerate hoarding…

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Loyola Plans Consolidated Inc. plan holders can now collect their claims as the pre-need insurance firm offered its non-cash assets to settle its liquidity problem, the Insurance Commission (IC) said on Monday. The IC said it received 95 informal complaints from policyholders as of March 31, and did not renew…

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DOHA: The world’s top oil producers failed to reach agreement on capping output in Doha Sunday amid a standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran and raising fears about how markets will react. Qatari Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada said oil producers concluded after six hours of negotiations that they…

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The Philippine stock market on Monday shed more than a percent after major oil producers failed to forge an agreement at a summit in Doha, sending oil prices into further decline. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) weakened by 1.06 percent or 77.90 points to end the day at…

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WATER and waste water services provider Maynilad Water Services Inc. said it has entered into a joint venture with Ayala-led Manila Water Inc. to address the looming water crisis in deep well-dependent Cebu Province. Maynilad last week finalized an agreement with Manila Water to address the water crisis in Cebu,…

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The P2.5 billion C-5 South Link Expressway, the first phase of the freeway that will connect C-5 to Coastal Road, is slated to kick off construction in July, a top official of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) Group said. With the project approved by the Toll Regulatory Board the Department…

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) saw P16 million worth of sales generated during the recently held Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair 2016, mostly from regional micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) noted P13.42 million was from direct cash sales and booked…

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: “There is over supply of vegetables and prices plummeted, this is the case of the vegetable industry in Benguet this week,” said Augusta Balanon, executive manager of the Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative (BFMC). Balanon said, since Monday, when the flooding in the lowlands occurred, prices of vegetables…

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Formal charges have been filed against the two policemen tagged in the death of two female preachers of Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Movement in Balete town in Batangas on August 6. Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said that, two-counts of murder and two-counts of rape were filed at…

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced on Friday that under its Quick Response Program, assistance will be provided for victims of Tropical Storm Maring who are undergoing medical treatment in government hospitals. The typhoon has left wide areas of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces flooded, suspending classes and work…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Former House Deputy Speaker and now Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar of Zamboanga defended herself Friday from erroneous reports that she got more than her allocated “pork barrel” funds following a report released by the Commission on Audit (COA). Salazar said she has sought clarifications from COA pertaining to…

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MARAWI CITY: Incumbent officials have announced the completion of a building they designed to foster their operational “unity” in Lanao del Sur, a Muslim dominated province where past governors and vice governors had been locked in years of executive-legislative policy cleavages. Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” Alon-to-Adiong Jr. disclosed the feat to…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A government soldier, whose unit was accused as behind the murders of innocent civilians in the province of Compostela Valley, was captured by communist rebels. Daniel Ibarra, a spokesman for the New People’s Army (NPA)–Compostela Valley Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Committee, said Private First Class Rodello Canada Arigonan is…

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PARIS: A top US official on Tuesday warned that the current tensions between traditional allies US and Israel could last until the end of the Obama administration in 2016. “There are moments of significant agreement and then there are moments of tactical disagreement,” US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken…

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TAIPEI: China will postpone the launch of four new flight routes near Taiwan after a fierce backlash from the island’s authorities over the plan, Taiwanese officials said late on Monday. The island’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said the opening of the routes, originally set for Thursday, would now be delayed…

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BEIJING: A Communist-controlled debating body opened its annual meeting in Beijing on Tuesday with a warning not to imitate Western politics, after authorities pledged to implement the “rule of law with Chinese characteristics.” Membership of the largely-ceremonial Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, or CPPCC, is a sign of political approval…

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Four more people have died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-Cov), raising the total in the Kingdom to 400, the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Command and Control Center said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). All the victims were male, and three of them, all Saudis…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Two of four strains of the virus that can cause AIDS come from gorillas in southwestern Cameroon, an international team of scientists reported in studies published on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in the United States. The new information means that researchers now know the origins of all strains…

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BENGHAZI, Libya: Libya’s internationally recognized parliament voted on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to return to United Nations-brokered talks on the future of the crisis-hit country, a week after suspending its participation, a lawmaker said. The motion to resume the negotiations was adopted at the end of a meeting between members…

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MADRID: Three Spanish freelance journalists have gone missing in Syria where they were reporting from the northwestern Aleppo region, the head of a Spanish press federation said on Tuesday. Jose Manuel Lopez, Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre entered Syria via southern Turkey on July 10 “and there has been no…

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TAIPEI: An unemployed man wielding a kitchen knife wounded four people in an attack on the subway in Taiwan’s capital, just over a year after a stabbing spree left four dead and more than 20 injured, police said Tuesday. The attack on an escalator at a Taipei Mass Rapid Transit…

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BEIJING: An unemployed Chinese man set off an explosion, killing himself, another person and wounding 24, state media reported Tuesday, in apparently the latest deadly action by a disgruntled citizen. Xie Xingtang detonated the blast on Monday evening at a park in Heze, in the eastern province of Shandong, the…

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WASHINGTON: The Cuban flag flew proudly over Havana’s newly restored embassy as the US and Cuba relaunched diplomatic ties but swiftly cautioned that sharp differences lingered after five decades of enmity. Some seven months after President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to restore ties snapped in…

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UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Monday introduced an alternative draft resolution at the UN Security Council in a bid to thwart the creation of a tribunal that would prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-held east Ukraine. The Netherlands, whose citizens made up the majority…

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CHICAGO: The man who killed five US troops in Tennessee was suicidal, preparing for bankruptcy and struggling with drug abuse, a family representative told local media. Four US marines and a sailor were killed after 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire on two military centers in Chattanooga on Thursday, before…