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VICE President and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns Jejomar Binay visited Thursday the wake of the OFW beheaded in Libya. Binay went to the home of Antonio Espares in Taguig to extend his condolences and assistance to the latter’s family. The Vice President said that as member…

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Kidnappings-for-ransom continue because groups or syndicates make big money by snatching people and demanding payment for their release, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd. Roxas on Thursday admitted that the kidnapping problem had not been eradicated because of its “profitability.” “Ang isang gawain ay patuloy…

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MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the public remains safe amid the rash of violent crimes recently, including the killing of a Quezon City policeman. In a news briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement units are on top of the situation.…

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THE Philippines will no longer send a fresh batch of Filipino peacekeepers to the Golan Heights. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday admitted that the government is not inclined to provide troops to augment the United Nations’ peacekeeping force in the troubled region. The Filipino troops deployed in…


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GENEVA: One person commits suicide every 40 seconds, an avoidable tragedy that fails to grab attention because of taboos and stigma, a UN report said on Thursday. In a study released three weeks after the apparent suicide of Hollywood great Robin Williams, the World Health Organization (WHO) also warned that…

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Philippine Constructors Associa-tion (PCA) is asking for the creation of a special court that would exclusively resolve cases involving right of way (ROW) issues, which should be included in the proposed emergency powers of President Rodrigo Duterte. The emergency power sought by President Duterte before Congress during his first State…

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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez and French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou have discussed plans and programs to boost economic ties between the Philippines and France. Manila and Paris both look forward for the re-activation of Philippines-France Joint Economic Commission (JEC) next year which will…

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US-BASED cybersecurity solutions firm Fortinet saw its second quarter sales jump by 30 percent, driven mainly by its services segment. In a statement, Fortinet said total revenues rose 30 percent to $311.4 million in the second quarter of the year from $239.8 million in the same three months last year.…

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AYALA-LED Globe Telecom has submitted its three-year coverage rollout plan to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in which it committed to provide mobile services, including voice, SMS and data to 95 percent of municipalities and cities by the end of 2018. The rollout plan is one of the conditions set…

Regions

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The “no work, no pay” principle shall be applied in Bohol in line with the special elections on November 25—declared holiday. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued labor advisory, reminding Bohol employers to strictly follow the guidelines in proper wages for private sectors during the Election Day. “I have issued Labor…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A group of gunmen seized two Filipino contractors working for Globe Telecom in the southern Philippines, police said Wednesday. Police said an operation as launched to search for Nasri Abubakar, 40, and Denis Aloba, 30, who were both abducted in the village of Latih in Sulu’s Patikul town.…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A man was died on Wednesday when an oxygen cylinder exploded at a refilling plant here. Police were investigating the blast, which killed Mark Jay Velasco at the Premium Gases Corp. in Mampang village. Police Chief Insp. Elmer Acuna said the victim could have mishandled the oxygen cylinder…

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THE Commission on Audit (COA) on Tuesday ordered the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Batangas to demand a private company to pay its P8-million dues. After records showed that the PPA Batangas did not exert maximum efforts to collect P8.26 million from the General Milling Corp. (GMC), the COA’s three-member…

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POLICE and military intelligence operatives have began searching for the body of Ustadz Habier Malik, the trusted lieutenant of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder, Nur Misuari. Malik is the commander of the MNLF rebels who attacked Zamboanga City for about three weeks last September, leaving more than a hundred…

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THE dispatch of Public Utility Buses (PUBs) at the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal (Swipt) in Parañaque City is now a little bit faster, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said on Tuesday. Amante Salvador, Swipt manager said the dispatching has improved a lot as they are now able to dispatch 900…

World

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TEHRAN: A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says it is possible for Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers to secure a final deal on Tehran’s civilian nuclear program even before the July 1 deadline. There are still many gaps and disagreements between the two sides, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister…

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SHANGHAI: Indian and Chinese firms signed 21 agreements officials said were worth a total of more than $22 billion in Shanghai on Saturday, witnessed by visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Let us work together in mutual interests,” Modi told executives from 200 Chinese and Indian companies at the signing ceremony.…

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LANGSA, Indonesia: Malaysia’s prime minister said on Saturday he would seek help from Myanmar to address the unfolding “humanitarian catastrophe” involving a wave of boatpeople flooding to Southeast Asia, thousands of whom are ethnic Rohingya fleeing oppression in the mainly Buddhist country. Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand have come under increasing…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan Friday imposed new restrictions on food imported from Japan after hundreds of products were recalled over fake labels that disguised they came from areas affected by the country’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis. Taiwan banned Japanese food imports from five areas near Fukushima in March 2011 a few weeks…

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CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, already jailed for 20 years for inciting violence against protesters, faces the death penalty Saturday for espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after his overthrow. The country’s first freely elected president was ousted by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in…

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Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal helped the Micromax Indian Aces sweep the OBI United Arab Emirates (UAE) Royals in five matches on Monday in the second day of the Manila leg of International Premier Tennis League 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The 29-year-old Spaniard sealed his…

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LONDON: British counter-terror police on Sunday charged a 29-year-old man with attempted murder after a stabbing attack in a London Underground train station that is being treated as a “terrorist incident”. Detectives from Britain’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) also searched a home in east London in connection with Saturday’s attack…

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to “destroy” the Islamic State group, branding its fighters “thugs and killers” in an address to the nation four days after the California mass shooting. “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it,” Obama said in a rare televised address, only…

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Angelia Ong of the Philippines won the Miss Earth 2015 title and earned a back-to-back victory for her country. Predecessor and fellow Filipina Jaime Herrell passed on the crown at the pageant’s coronation night held on Saturday at Vienna, Austria (Sunday in Manila). Also crowned were runner-ups Dayanna Grageda of…

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Headline inflation gained pace to 1.1 percent in November, the biggest rise in consumer prices in five months, driven largely by the heavily weighted food and non-alcoholic beverage index. The overall increase marks a sharp acceleration from 0.4 percent in October, although still below the 3.7 percent rate recorded a…

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After the much-awaited birth of Marian Rivera and the teasing Instagram photo of her husband Dingdong Dantes, the Philippines finally saw how beautiful Maria Letizia is. On Thursday afternoon, Marian on her Instagram account @therealmarian posted a photo of a seemingly smiling Baby Zia with the caption, “41 weeks akong…