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Pinoy seafarers upset and alarmed The Maritime Industry Authority’s (Marina) decision to replace the regular Seaman’s Book with a piece of paper will surely cause some 500,000 Filipino seamen, especially those embarking for the first time, to face problems with their shipping company, employers and immigration authorities abroad. Marina had…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed four new deputy directors of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) following the relief of Deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Reynaldo Esmeralda. Lasala and Esmeralda were ordered to vacate their posts after they were implicated in the unauthorized disbursement of P366-million intelligence fund of…

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A gutsy student who bewailed the government’s slow response to the super typhoon that leveled entire communities in Central Visayas elicited an apology from President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Zar Agustin Yu, a student of the Hope Christian School who hails from Tacloban City said it took three days before government…

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AFTER announcing that Rep. Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani province will definitely be in his senatorial slate, Vice President Jejomar Binay is busy scouting for other personalities who will complete his Senate lineup for the 2016 elections. Binay, bolted the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to form his own political…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday junked the petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Globe Asiatique (GA) President Delfin Lee. In an eight-page resolution, the CA Special First Division ruled that Lee’s arrest and detention is legal. The CA anchored its decision on the temporary restraining…

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The Philippines is to build an elephant monument from the ashes of seized tusks it destroyed in a landmark action against the ivory trade, an official said on Thursday. The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf, said Josie…

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More Japanese investors expressed interest in investing in the Philippines during the just-concluded Philippine Corporate Day in Japan organized by the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) in partnership with DBP-Daiwa Capital Markets Philippines. “We are pleased that Japanese investors remain very interested in the Philippine market despite the volatilities experienced…

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NEW YORK CITY: US printer maker Xerox said over the weekend it was splitting into two publicly traded companies after coming under pressure to boost performance from Wall Street activist investor Carl Icahn. Xerox said it would divide into a document technology company, including its printer and imaging businesses, and…

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NEW YORK CITY: Chevron became the latest player in the oil industry to report a loss in the fourth quarter over the weekend, as the red ink from the oil bust spreads to bigger companies. Chevron, the second-largest US oil company, announced a $588 million loss for the quarter ending…

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WHILE economic volatility now shakes global markets a bit, the Philippine property industry stands to benefit from still positive investor sentiment, especially as the local office sector enjoys strong demand from outsourcing foreign companies, industry analysts have noted. “Although it faces a lot of threats and risks, sentiments toward [Philippine…

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LONDON: Around 2,000 Londoners marched through the British capital on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in protest at proposed legislation radically altering the rights of public housing tenants. Residents of the Lambeth and Southwark boroughs of inner south London marched from the Imperial War Museum to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s…

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SARAJEVO: With 360 villas and apartments around an artificial lake, swimming pools, a halal supermarket and a Muslim prayer area, the ‘Sarajevo resort’ is one of Bosnia’s most ambitious residential projects to date. It is one of dozens of real estate ventures in the picturesque hills surrounding the capital of…

Regions

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Government troops arrested a man who was transporting antitank explosives in Davao City, military officials reported on Sunday. Joey Atienza was driving his motorcycle when soldiers intercepted him over the weekend at a checkpoint in the village of Mabuhay in Paquibato district, a known lair of New People’s Army (NPA)…

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Baguio City: The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Cordillera Regional Office, for the second consecutive year, held a summer workshop for the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Baguio-Benguet area. The summer program, focused on the theme, “Strengthening Family Values, Stewardship Formation and Economic Reintegration,” was held in…

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Lawmakers over the weekend called for the immediate arrest of former vice mayor Romeo Borja Jr. of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, in the wake of a resolution from the Department of Justice finding probable cause and recommending the filing of charges for 22 counts of rape against the former local government…

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Baguio City: The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) has set up a monitoring, evaluation and transparency (MET) mechanism and partnered with several civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the management and monitoring of the government’s peace and development projects in the Cordillera region. Undersecretary Marie…

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RESPONDING to solve the scarcity of reference books in many of Nueva Vizcaya’s public schools, a non-government organization (NGO) has established child-friendly libraries in four municipalities for more than 3,000 pupils this school year. The Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization whose main mission…

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A former municipal accountant in Maguindanao province was thrown behind bars after the Sandiganbayan proved that she failed to remit premium contributions from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and collected dues from municipal employees. The Sandiganbayan Third Division convicted Monawara Kiga, office-in-charge (OIC)-municipal accountant of Paglat Town, for violating…

World

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BERKELEY, United States: Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after an armed black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in a St Louis suburb, insisting the use of force was justified. The killing took place late on Tuesday at a gas station…

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TAIPEI: The Taiwanese Cabinet passed the 2015 national development plan on Wednesday, aiming for an annual economic growth rate between 3.1 percent and 3.7 percent. Taking into account economic variables abroad and various domestic development issues, the Cabinet has set the gross domestic product per capita target at $22,649 to…

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SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors applied on Wednesday for an arrest warrant for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah, who delayed a flight with a tantrum over snacks in a “nut rage” incident that caused a national uproar. The prosecutors’ office said the 40-year-old daughter of the airline’s boss faced charges including…

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HAVANA: Cubans prepared Wednesday to celebrate Christmas, a resurgent holiday banned for 38 years by the communist government, with an early gift from US President Barack Obama: a historic rapprochement. Across the island, houses, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and state-run stores have put up Christmas decorations, embracing a holiday eliminated by…

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MINSK: Ukranian and rebel envoys concluded “difficult” marathon talks on Wednesday without agreeing the date of a new round aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising devastating the ex-Soviet state’s industrial east. The five-hour preliminary discussion in the Belarussian capital Minsk had been tentatively due to be followed by a second…

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The Indonesian military is keen on playing the role of “big brother” within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and beyond to promote order in the Asia-Pacific, the head of the country’s armed forces (TNI), General Moeldoko, on Tuesday. In remarks delivered before officially opening a meeting of senior…

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GENEVA: The death toll from the current Ebola outbreak has reached 8,594 people with ass many as 21,614 are infected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Monday. These cases were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In line with statistics, the maximum number of Ebola-related…

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GUIGUINTO, Bulacan: Eleven people, mostly construction workers, were confirmed dead and four others were hurt when a wall of a warehouse building being constructed in Barangay Ilang-ilang here collapsed Monday afternoon. Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan Police provincial director, said the identities of the casualties that include a pregnant woman,…

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Northern Luzon will experience light to moderate rains while the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao will have light rains and thunderstorms due to the northeast monsoon Tuesday. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said due to northeast monsoon affecting…

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GUINGUINTO, Bulacan: At least six persons were killed and four others were seriously injured when a wall of a warehouse building along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Ilang-Ilang collapsed. The incident took place at around 3:30 p.m. when a wall of a warehouse owned by Dante Chua collapsed, pinning down the…