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Starting today, hospitals owned and operated by the Manila City government will collect fees. Manila owns six hospitals—Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Del Pan, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Abad Santos General Hospital in Binondo, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila and Santa Ana Hospital. During the time of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States (US) on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) accused China of raising tensions by blocking two Philippine vessels as it urged freedom of navigation in the tense West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The United States, a treaty-bound ally of Manila, said it was “troubled” by Sunday’s…

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FOR a middle-aged bachelor like President Benigno Aquino 3rd who had been in and out of love a number of times, syrupy love songs are beginning to lose their tug at the heartstrings. The President confessed to his fellow alumni at the Ateneo that the songs of his favorite singers…

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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…

Business

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Green building is in. As more and more developers incorporate eco-friendly elements into their buildings, green building is starting to become a necessity rather than a novelty, property advisors observed. “Green building is more of necessity now than a novelty,” Julius Guevara, director for research and advisory services of global…

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TOKYO: Sony shares soared more than 12 percent in Tokyo Monday after the electronics giant posted a nine-month net profit of almost $2.0 billion thanks to strong sales of its game console and parts for mobile gadgets. The firm has been working to claw back to profitability under a painful…

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HONG KONG: Shanghai and Hong Kong stocks fell Monday after a gauge of Chinese factory activity hit a more than three-year low, but the Nikkei soared following Japan’s decision to slash some interest rates to negative. In another example of weakness in China’s economy, the official Purchasing Managers Index showed…

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SEOUL: South Korea’s exports, the main driver of the national economy, suffered their sharpest drop in more than six years in January, extending what is now a 13-month losing streak. Government data released on Monday showed exports down 18.5 percent from the same month last year at $36.7 billion—the steepest…

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TOKYO: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Co. (NSSMC) on Monday cut its full-year sales and profit forecast amid a slowdown in China and other overseas markets. The Tokyo-based company, one of the world’s biggest steelmakers, also said it will start talks to take a controlling interest in a domestic rival…

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BEIJING: China’s new home prices increased in January for the sixth straight month, a survey showed on Monday, positive news for the key sector following a series of stimulus measures aimed at boosting lending. The gains come as authorities have sought to stabilize China’s property market—a main driver of the…

Regions

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Communist rebels seized the firearms of a former village leader and a civilian in Zamboanga del Sur’s Lapuyan town, police said Sunday. Authorities reported that about a dozen gunmen wearing military uniforms entered the village of Mandeg and introduced themselves as New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. The group proceeded to…

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Zamboanga City: Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed two persons in an attack over the weekend in the town of Liloy in Zamboanga del Norte province, police said. Police said Jessie Velasco, 37, and Rafael Callao, 68, were traveling on a motorcycle when masked gunmen shot them. The attackers were tailing…

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A militant peasants’ organization on Sunday criticized the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for its bid to subject Hacienda Luisita to a sugar block-farming scheme. The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), in a statement, claimed that the scheme would allow the Cojuangco family to retain control over Hacienda Luisita. Hacienda…

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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…

World

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado: The constant ringing of phones sounding like so many jingles of bells can mean only one thing: Santa is on his way. Thousands of phone calls are pouring into NORAD Tracks Santa headquarters at this Colorado Air Force base as volunteers chart his progress around…

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BEIJING: A Chinese city has banned schools from holding Christmas events, state media reported on Thursday, highlighting official suspicions about the increasingly popular festival because of its foreign origins. China’s Christian population, currently estimated at around 60 million, is rapidly growing and Christmas is increasingly marked in the country ruled…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Former president George H. W. Bush greeted Christmas Day on Thursday in a Texas hospital, where he remained for a second night after experiencing breathing problems. Bush, 90, was admitted late on Tuesday to Houston Methodist Hospital and was spending another night there as a “precaution,” his spokesman…

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GUWAHATI, India: More than 2,000 people have fled their homes in the restive Indian state of Assam after separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some of them children, an official said on Thursday. Residents sought shelter in makeshift camps set up by the state government following a series of coordinated…

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LOS ANGELES: Entertainment giant Sony on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) streamed “The Interview,” the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early online Christmas present to US viewers. The madcap, irreverent R-rated comedy was available for rent in the United States (from 6:00 p.m.…

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BEIRUT: The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after his warplane from the US-led coalition crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over Syria. A senior Jordanian military official said the pilot was taken hostage by the “IS terrorist organization” in its northern…

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The pilots and crew of the Philippine Airline (PAL) flight that flew Pope Francis back to Rome were tearful when they recounted their rare and life-changing encounter with the pontiff. Leading the airline representatives was Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo, the pilot in command of the flight that took the Pope…

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BERLIN: The leader of Germany’s “anti-Islamisation” movement PEGIDA stepped down Wednesday after a picture emerged of him sporting a Hitler-style haircut and moustache, along with racist slurs he posted on Facebook. Addressing his followers on the social media site, Lutz Bachmann apologised for the “thoughtless statements that I would not…

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NEW YORK: Online retail giant eBay will slash 2,400 jobs — seven percent of its workforce — in the current quarter as it restructures and prepares to spin off its PayPal finance unit, it said Wednesday. California-based eBay unveiled the move as it announced its profit in the fourth quarter…

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REDMOND: Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people’s lives. As it previewed the new operating system, Microsoft also unexpectedly added to the roster of modern gadgets with the unveiling of headgear…

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MIAMI: Lawyers for a woman who says an American billionaire forced her into sexual relations with Britain’s Prince Andrew when she was 17 want the royal to respond under oath to the allegations. In a letter filed in a Florida court Wednesday which piles more pressure on Prince Andrew, the…

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BERLIN: The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France ended their latest Berlin crisis meeting Wednesday with a joint call to cease hostilities in Ukraine but no breakthrough agreement to stop the bloodshed. The talks had been held against the unpromising backdrop of fresh clashes between Ukrainian government forces…