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BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) on Tuesday warned the Philippines, one of the world’s largest fishing nations, and Papua New Guinea (PNG) that they face an import ban if they do not curb illegal fishing. The European Commission said it had failed to make progress in talks with both countries…

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Seventeen Filipinos were among 24 sailors on board a Greek tanker hijacked off Ghana in the Gulf of Guinea last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Tuesday. The fate of the 24 crew and the MT Fair Artemis, which was transporting oil, is still unknown, the tanker’s owner…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has conferred the title of National Scientist on both Angel Alcala and Ramon Barba because of their contributions to the advacement of science and technology in the country. In Proclamation 782, the President recognized Alcala for his work on biological sciences, particularly marine ecosystem conservation, that…

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Despite the rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua assured President Benigno Aquino 3rd that the disputes between China and the Philippines are only “temporary.” In his speech during the Filipino-Chinese community’s joint celebration of the 116th Philippine Independence Day and 13th Filipino-Chinese…


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COMMISSION on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Tuesday admitted that the joint panel of the poll body and the Department of Justice (DOJ) still has no findings on the alleged cheating during the 2004 elections because the Senate had yet to come up with a committee report on its…

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INSTEAD of delivering a scathing speech on the pork barrel scam, Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. on Monday gave a valedictory-like speech on the Senate floor and called for a stop to the supposed mudslinging that came off the racket. Implicated in the scam and charged with plunder, he said he…

Business

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The Philippine electric vehicle (EV) industry is pursuing various initiatives to guide the growth of the industry and to make the country the electric vehicle hub in the Asean region. Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) President Rommel Juan said during the 5th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit on Thursday…

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The central bank is looking to conduct a pilot test the Electronic Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) under the National Retail Payment System (NRPS) before the end of the year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla said on Thursday. “Our primary focus now is to operationalize the electronic…

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Max’s Group Inc. (MGI) is set to expand its presence in China under a new deal to put up at least 10 Yellow Cab Pizza stores in Hunan Province over the next five years. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, the casual dining restaurant, said it…

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Listed Apex Mining Co., Inc. on Thursday said it swung back to net profit last year after incurring a net loss a year earlier, mainly because of its record output of gold and silver metals in its Compostela Valley operations. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the miner…

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SSI Group Inc., the country’s largest specialty store retailer, said earnings last year fell by almost a fifth as a result of higher expenses and losses related to FamilyMart and WellWorth joint ventures. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, the upscale retailer said net income fell…

Regions

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LEGAZPI CITY: In an effort to curtail the increasing Chikungunya cases, the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol is closely monitoring the disease as climate change is taking place here. The health authorities in Bicol expressed alarmed over the increasing cases of chikungunya, which might lead to an outbreak if…

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MINING communities in three provinces in the country were found to have dangerous levels of mercury in air which way beyond the levels that are considered safe. Sen. Miriam Santiago citing the study conducted by Basel Action Network (BAN), an organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice, said that…

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PAGADIAN CITY: Communist rebels on Tuesday disarmed a mayor and his bodyguards at a checkpoint in San Miguel town in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said. Police said that the rebels flagged down the vehicle of Pitogo town mayor Richard Garban and ordered him and his group to disembark in…

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BATANGAS: Two policemen in the sleepy town of Balete here are now in hot water after being tagged as allegedly responsible for the death of two female preachers of the Christian group Jesus is Lord (JIL) on August 6. Batangas police deputy director for operations Police Supt. Isagani Fetizanan said…

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THE province of Isabela has P235-million unliquidated cash advances, almost half of which is already unsettled for more than a year, the Commission on Audit (COA) disclosed. State auditors raised a red flag on the undocumented monies of the province, which was one of the hardest hits when Typhoon Labuyo…

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PAGADIAN CITY: Three people were shot and wounded in attacks by motorcycle gunmen in the cities of Pagadian and Zamboanga in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said. Police in Pagadian said that the attack occurred in the village called Buenavista. The victims, farmers Randy Bahunsua, 38, and Carlito…

World

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ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE: A French aircraft carrier launched operations against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) as the new Pentagon chief summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed the jihadists would suffer…

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SEOUL: South Korea said it had received two bids on Tuesday for a multi-billion dollar jet fighter contract, with foreign makers Airbus and Lockheed Martin each partnering with a Korean firm to submit rival offers. The defense ministry said the two bids had been submitted to the state arms procurement…

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JERUSALEM: The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 percent, the Peace Now anti-settlements watchdog said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The Israeli group said the construction of 3,100 “residential units” began last year in West Bank settlements,…

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DOHA, Qatar: The Bangladesh government has ordered an investigation a day after a passenger ferry collided with a cargo ship in the Padma river, northwest of the capital Dhaka, killing at least 70 people. Speaking at the scene in Manikganj, Shajahan Khan, the shipping minister, said on Monday that an…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA) is the world’s second best by size, according to the latest service quality ratings released by Montreal-based Airports Council International. In the annual Airports Service Quality survey measuring passenger satisfaction, TTIA moved up one spot to finish behind Indira Gandhi International Airport of India…

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KIEV: Pro-Russian forces massing near Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol are continuing to attack government troop positions, Kiev said on Monday, fuelling concerns for the fate of a UN-backed ceasefire. Continued hostilities meant a pull-back of heavy weapons could not go ahead as agreed, Ukrainian officials said. “As Ukrainian positions…

Today's Breaking News

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Showbiz and theater circles woke up to sad and shocking news on Wednesday, when the death of 15-year-old talent Julia Louise Buencamino—daughter of veteran thespians and movie and TV actors Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino—surfaced in online reports. It was www.abs-cbnnews.com, which first broke the story before dawn with initial reports…

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Bad weather caused by typhoon “Falcon” prompted the cancellation of two flights to and from Caticlan, Aklan on Wednesday, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in an advisory. The cancelled flights were 5J 895 (Manila-Caticlan) and 5J 898 (Caticlan-Manila), both belonging to low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific. State-run Philippine Atmospheric,…

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Classes have been suspended on Wednesday in several Metro Manila cities as early as 6 a.m. due to heavy downpour brought by typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon. Classes in all levels were suspended in Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong City, Pateros City, Caloocan City, Pasig City, Makati City, Paranaque City and Valenzuela. Meanwhile,…

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SEOUL: Three North Koreans wanted to defect after they were rescued from a small fishing boat which had drifted into South Korean waters off the east coast, officials said Tuesday. A South Korean coastguard vessel rescued four fishermen and a farmer from North Korea last Saturday after their boat was…