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At least two out of the 53 persons with hold-departure orders (HDOs) to their names arising from their involvement in the pork barrel scam have fled the country, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred Mison confirmed on Friday. Mison identified the two scammers as Antonio Ortiz and Renato Ornopia, who…

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WASHINGTON: More than half a million young immigrants, including those from the Philippines, who were granted temporary deportation waivers can apply for a two-year extension, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, in what may be a template for more sweeping White House action before the midterm elections. Under a…

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The Judicial and Bar Council has rejected the request of Malacañang for a new shortlist of nominees for associate justice in the Sandiganbayan division that will hear the plunder case against Sen. Jinggoy Estrada. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, in a letter dated last June 19, told Executive Secretary Paquito…

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The Archdiocese of Manila has warned of a bogus account in Facebook that uses the name of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to sell T-shirts. Peachy Yamsuan, head of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila, said that all circulars, announcements and similar posts on the…


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Human rights groups on Friday filed contempt charges against officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for allegedly violating anew the rights of political prisoner Andrea Rosal, whose daughter died just after being born. The Free Andrea Rosal Movement, Karapatan, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL)…

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What crap! In his attempt to escape criminal prosecution, Sen. Bong Revilla has accused Malacañang of political harassment. He said that since his name cropped up as a Presidential candidate for 2016 elections, the Palace has started to conspire against him. In a story published on Sunday by the Inquirer,…

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FOR the first time since I became a voter at the age of 21 many years ago, I lost the sanctity and secrecy of my ballot on May 9. This was all because Smartmatic’s vote counting machine (VCM) that the Commission on Elections installed at Precinct No. 89 at Don…

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Elections are over, finally! This year’s elections have brought the nation to a different level of political and social consciousness, with every concerned voter and non-voter alike engaging willingly and passionately in debates and discussions, especially on social media. In fact, since the start of the election season, my daily…

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WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that bribery sucks up between $1.5 and $2.0 trillion dollars annually around the world, dragging down economies and worsening social services for the poor. In a new report on the economic impact of corruption, the IMF said that bribery, graft and other cheating…

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Down 15.1% on weak China, global demand PHILIPPINE merchandise exports posted their steepest drop in six months in March as the global economy remained lacklustre, prompting a call by the economic planning body for non-traditional export destinations and new products to widen the country’s market base. Exports slid 15.1 percent…

Standard & Poor’s

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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said the recently held presidential elections will not have an impact with the Philippines’ investment grade rating despite its warning that the country may face higher risk of political instability under a Duterte government. In a statement, S&P said the sovereign credit ratings on the Philippines…

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PHILIPPINE factory output in volume and in value slowed down in March from the previous month and a year earlier but still exceeded the forecast by analysts, according to the latest Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI) released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday. The volume of…

Regions

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BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday led the distribution of relief goods to 3,850 families affected by the recent onslaught of Typhoon Labuyo in Region 2. Binay, who hails from the Cagayan Valley region, visited the provinces of Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya over the weekend to…

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MALOLOS: AS heavy rains and high tide swell the waters of Manila Bay, the abandoned Chinese ship MV Huan Yeng continued to spook residents and fisherfolk of the coastal village of Pamarawan here. Anchored some 400 meters away from residential houses, the imposing presence of the cargo ship still gives…

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MANABO, Abra: After 27 years of waiting, the people of Abra especially in the eastern part have finally seen their bridge come to reality. The Sto. Tomas Bridge in Manabo, the third longest bridge in the Cordillera Region, was formally inaugurated last week. The government spent P423 million to complete…

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) clashed anew on Wednesday in two barangays in Matalam town, North Cotabato, displacing at least 70 families. The tension took place after a group of MILF members burned a house owned by member rival group MNLF,…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Some 500 tribesmen fled the province of Agusan del Sur because of reported militarization and harassment by soldiers and policemen and have sought refuge in Davao City. Tribe leaders said they were treated like animals and detained by authorities for no apparent reasons. “We don’t understand why we…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: Four members of a suspected gunrunning syndicate reportedly operating in Cagayan province died in a shootout in Centro Northwest in Solana, Cagayan. Sr. Supt. Gregorio Lim, provincial police director, identified the fatalities in that incident as Freddie Pagulayan, resident of Northwest; Edwin Dumlao, of Barangay Lingu, both of…

World

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A lawsuit filed on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) by the operator of Wikipedia and other organizations challenges the US government’s mass online surveillance programs, claiming that tapping into the Internet “backbone” is illegal. The lawsuit was filed in Maryland federal court by the Wikimedia Foundation, Amnesty International USA,…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Forces fighting the Islamic State group have cut critical communication and supply lines used by the extremists between Syria and Iraq after a two-week operation, the US-led coalition said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Backed by air strikes, the forces “overcame ISIL [IS] resistance” in northeastern Syria near…

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN and its partners from 2010 saved the lives of 2.4 million women and children who were in danger of being exposed to preventable diseases. “Because of our collective endeavor, more women and children are surviving than ever before. Since 2010 alone, the world has…

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CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was set on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to request special legislative powers to confront what he termed “imperialist aggressions” from the United States, as relations between the countries deteriorated further. Maduro will submit his request to the National Assembly, dominated by his ruling socialist party,…

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AHMEDABAD, India: Solar Impulse 2 landed in India late on Tuesday, completing the initial sea crossing of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun. The aircraft touched down in the western state of Gujarat at 11:25 p.m. local time…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The top US diplomat for Europe declared on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) that Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine were subject to a “reign of terror,” blaming Russia for a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives. “Even as Ukraine is building a peaceful, democratic, independent nation across…

Today's Breaking News

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WASHINGTON: A new synthetic killer drug known as “flakka” is spreading rapidly across the United States and already causing an epidemic of overdose fatalities and acts of violence, U.S. media reported. “It’s a new drug. And it’s a killer,” the Kansas City Star reported on Monday. Known as “flakka” the…

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Monday that two more Filipinos have been infected with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of infected Filipinos to four. Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose…