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DAVAO CITY: Despite his failed relationships in the past, President Benigno Aquino 3rd still wants to get married. The country’s first bachelor President on Monday said he was “honored” to be the best man, not as a godparent, in the upcoming wedding of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and actress Heart…

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Thousands of people displaced by a Muslim rebel assault on Zamboanga City are enduring squalid conditions in an evacuation camp where dozens have died, while the guerilla leader remains free one year on. The attack by Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) gunmen triggered three weeks of urban battles with the…

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DAVAO CITY: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday painted a very rosy picture of Mindanao as a “Land of Promise to a land of Promises Fulfilled.” Aquino, who attended the launching of the Mindanao Inclusive Agriculture Program by the Philippine Business for Social Progress, said the government and business sector…

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Instead of prioritizing the grant of aid to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) spent P118 million of its Quick Response Fund (QRF) for petroleum, oil and lubricants. A special audit report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) on Monday said P118 million was…


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DAVAO CITY: AFTER several revisions and a lengthy review, the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will create a new autonomous region in Mindanao will finally be submitted to Congress for approval on Wednesday. President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself confirmed that the review of the draft bill was almost done…

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President Benigno Aquino has not given up on seeking emergency powers from Congress to address the energy crisis, Malacañang said on Sunday. But Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made it clear that such powers are not connected with initiatives to open the Constitution to political amendments that would pave…

Business

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HONG KONG: HSBC’s net profit plunged in April-June and the bank said on Wednesday that it is heading into “a period of heightened uncertainty” after Britain voted to leave the Euro- pean Union. Profit after tax sank 40 percent on-year to $2.61 billion, the bank said in a statement, but…

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SYDNEY: Mining giant Rio Tinto said its underlying earnings dived to their lowest point for a decade in the first half on Wednesday, hit by weak commodity prices, even as its net profits surged. Underlying profits— investors’ preferred measure—at the world’s second-biggest miner fell 47 percent from a year earlier…

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HONG KONG: Most Asian markets tumbled for a second day on Wednesday, extending a global retreat, with Tokyo taking a hit from a strong yen after Japan’s economy-boosting stimulus program fell flat with investors. Stocks rallied last month on promises of support from central banks. But disappointments about stimulus, weak…

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THE HAGUE: Dutch bank ING, the country’s biggest lender, said on Wednesday that its second-quarter operating profits rose by more than a quarter as it boosted lending. Underlying net profit, which strips out one-off items, rose by 26.7 percent to 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion). Net profit more than quadrupled…

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The so-called “ultra-supercritical” coal (USC) proposed to be used in power generation has been touted as a solution to the Philippines’ twin challenges of securing enough energy to meet growing demand while cutting emissions, but critics contend the idea of clean coal “is a lie.” Opponents, instead, are pushing for…

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Environmental watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition on Monday urged Philippine paint manufacturers to hasten the phase out of lead-laden decorative paints and shift to environmentally friendly paint production to avoid possible regulatory sanctions. As the phase out of lead-containing paints used for architectural, decorative and household (ADH) applications looms, the EcoWaste…

Regions

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Anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested a suspected lady drug den owner during a buy-bust operation in Digos City on November 5. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the suspect as Nely Almendras Dulce, alias Tata, 36 years old, a computer and cell-phone technician,…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Another child has died at a refugee camp in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines and raising the death toll to 28 as tens of thousands of Filipino evacuees continue to suffer from hunger and poor health services. Many of the evacuees are in tents inside the sports complex…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has filed criminal and administrative charges against a rookie policeman who was arrested late last month while driving a stolen sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Muntilupa City. Facing possible case of summary dismissal proceedings for reportedly driving a stolen SUV was…

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POLICE operatives have arrested on Thursday afternoon another New People’s Army (NPA) rebel member that operates in the Bicol region, police reports said on Friday. Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame identified the arrested NPA member as Gerry Solares, and a member of the Kilusang…

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COMBINE police operatives have recovered a carnapped pick-up truck and several stolen license plates from a farm of a local official in Abra on Thursday afternoon, a ranking police official said Friday. Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame said raided by police operates late Thursday…

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LEGAZPI CITY: The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Bicol is racing against the clock as massive evacuation has been enforced by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in an effort to attain zero casualty goal of the government here. Office of Civil Defense director and RDRRMC…

World

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WASHINGTON: Some 170 rival motorcycle gang members have been charged with engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder after a mass brawl at a Texas restaurant left nine people dead, police said on Monday. Officials in the central Texas city of Waco said they were still processing the unusually…

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PHNOM PENH: At least 16 Cambodian garment workers were killed and 22 injured on their morning commute Tuesday when a bus crashed into the van transporting them, officials said. Pictures from the crash site showed a scene of carnage with bodies thrown from the mangled wreckage of the garment workers’…

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SEOUL: South Korea’s military said it was holding live-fire drills on Tuesday off its country’s east coast involving anti-ship missiles and jet fighters after North Korea conducted a submarine-launched ballistic missile test condemned by Seoul and Washington. The joint naval and air force exercise involves some 20 warships as well…

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SEOUL: US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed security issues with top South Korean officials on Monday following a new ballistic missile test by North Korea and the reported execution of its defense chief. Kerry sat down with President Park Geun-Hye in Seoul, where he was also due to deliver…

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BANGKOK, Thailand: A former Thai regional official accused of being a major people trafficking kingpin turned himself in on Monday, police said, as the kingdom continues a belated blitz against the lucrative trade. Pajjuban Aungkachotephan, better known as Ko Tong (Big Brother Tong), had been sought by police for the…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn into Malaysia’s parliament as opposition leader on Monday after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction, media reports said. Her return to parliament after seven years marks the second time that Wan…

Today's Breaking News

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Experience Oscars direct from Hollywood—from red carpet exclusives to backstage interviews—not only on TV but also on mobile devices via HBO Asia’s channel, website and social platforms. Kick things off tonight with the live nominee announcement of the 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, lead the…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has vetoed a measure that would have granted two million pensioners of the Social Security System a P2,000 across-the-board increase. In his veto message contained in a letter dated January 12, 2016 and addressed to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., the president…

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Superstar Nora Aunor, who had shied away from media interviews since the death of her close friend German “Kuya Germs” Moreno, surprised everyone at the late starmaker’s burial on Thursday at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. With all eyes on her, Aunor volunteered to takeover Walang Tulugan with…

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JAKARTA: Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least four people Thursday, with police flooding the streets amid fears gun-toting militants were still on the run. Witnesses said at least one gunman had attacked a cafe in the city centre — near a cluster of embassies –…

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As January 30, the wedding date of Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna, nears, the soon-to-be Mrs. Sotto has shared to the public their entourage through entertainment website pep.ph. Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd and Carmencita Garcia, Tony Tuviera and wife Madeleine Tuviera, and Joey de Leon and Salvacion Gatchalian are…

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Philippines’ very own Lea Salonga is set to guest in the season finale of American TV’s latest hit series, musical comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Salonga made the announcement on Monday night through her Twitter account, @MsLeaSalonga. She wrote, “I guess the news is out!!! I’ll be appearing on the season finale…