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Malacañang on Wednesday assured the public that the government is determined to recover the unexplained wealth or illegally obtained assets of “everybody” involved in the pork barrel scam including businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. The government will continue to pursue the recovery of ill-gotten wealth regardless of who the culprits are, Presidential…

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Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada have met separately with the head of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to work out the arrangements for their surrender once the Sandiganbayan orders their arrest. Revilla said he talked to CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong two…

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China’s snub of the Philippine arbitral claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and its slew of building projects on disputed reefs in the area are “a serious and belligerent violation of” the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), of which it is a member,…

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was confronted by magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) on her decision to strip the justices of their right to vote and choose the top nominees for the position vacated by Associate Justice Roberto Abad who retired in May. During the regular en banc session…


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New cinema talents gave industry veterans a run for their money in the 37th Gawad Urian awards on Tuesday night. Gawad Urian’s two major awards went to emerging independent film personalities, with Hannah Espia winning as Best Director for Transit, and Angeli Bayani as Best Actress for Norte: Hangganan ng…

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MALACAñANG on Wednesday warned that profiteers who will be found to have illegally jacked up the prices of basic agricultural products face imprisonment. According to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., President Benigno Aquino 3rd has directed the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) to meet and discuss the food supply…

Business

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The Land Bank of the Philippines said it is on track toward steady growth this year with a first-quarter net income reflecting double-digit growth on higher loan portfolio despite conservative income gains from investment. In a statement on Wednesday, the state-owned lender said net income in the first three months…

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GOKONGWEI-LED Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) said its P12-billion bond issue has kept its top rating of PRS Aaa from local credit watcher Philippine Rating Services Corp. (PhilRatings). In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, mall operator RLC said that bonds rated PRS Aaa are of the highest quality and…

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Puregold Price Club Inc., the country’s second largest grocery retailer, is eyeing to put up another 25 stores this year as it continues to acquire existing chains of smaller competitors. “We plan to open another 25 new organic stores this year. At the same time, we are also looking at…

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REAL estate consultancy firm Colliers International said it now expects the Metro Manila office market to maintain its strength in the months ahead amid lower-than-expected supply due to delays in the completion of some office developments. “Last year, we had a stance when we thought the office market would soften.…

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LISTED property developer Shang Properties Inc. posted a 31.1-percent decline in consolidated net income for the first three months of the year to P528.9 million from P762.2 million a year ago due to weaker condominium sales. In a financial report to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Shang Properties said condominium sales…

Regions

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ILOILO CITY: All commercial billboards, signs and signboards along the six-kilometer stretch of the Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Avenue, popularly known as the diversion road from the Gen. Luna street in the city proper up to the boundary of the municipality of Pavia, Iloilo must be removed by the owners…

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ILOILO CITY: After two failed bridge closures of the Jaro Washington Bridge in Jaro district, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the bridge will finally be closed for traffic starting August 26. DPWH is readying the P34-million bridge retroffiting works to rehabilitate, expand and strengthen the…

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Ormoc City: An asset of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detective Group (PNP-CIDG) was shot to death by unidentified culprits at about 9 a.m. on Thursday in Barangay Bantigue here. The victim was identified as Christopher Tomada y Fiel, 47, a resident of Barangay Mabini, Ormoc City. Fiel…

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CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad Benguet: Three suspects involved in a robbery with homicide case were successfully arrested inside their hideout at Sitio Central, Barangay Poblacion, Paracelis Mountain Province on Thursday morning by the joint operatives of the Mount Province Public Safety Co., Second Platoon and Cordon Municipal Police Station.…

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COTABATO CITY: Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu sent separate teams of volunteers to distribute relief goods in various evacuation centers for more than 32,000 families displaced by floods in 158 villages of 20 of Maguindanao’s 36 towns, instead of receiving gifts from visitors and guests, during his 45th birthday celebration…

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ILOILO CITY: Building contractors and owners of building sites in the city of Iloilo must cleanup their construction, renovation and demolition debris along public roads and lands. The city council approved on Tuesday regular session an ordinance authored by city Councilor Jason Gonzales in requiring all contractors and site owners…

World

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MIAMI: Unhealthy eating, smoking and obesity are threatening a heart disease epidemic in China, where three out of four people are in poor cardiovascular shape, said a study on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology are based on data from…

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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has been campaigning for sanctions relief from traditionally friendly Southern European countries in what appears to be a strategy of dividing the European Union (EU) and undermining its alliance with the United States. Moscow responded to last year’s US and European Union sanctions over the…

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BUENOS AIRES: A group of French sports stars participating in a reality TV show were among 10 people killed on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) when their helicopters collided in mid-air while filming in northwestern Argentina. Champion sailor Florence Arthaud, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine…

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MUSCAT: Solar Impulse 2 took off on Tuesday from Oman, launching the second leg of its epic bid to become the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world, in a test of its pilots’ endurance. The aircraft took off from Muscat at 6.35 am (2:35 a.m. Manila time) for…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States has begun to deploy 3,000 troops on a three-month exercise to reassure Russia’s nervous neighbors in the Baltic, military officials said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Operation Atlantic Resolve will see major North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces working alongside their allies in Latvia, Lithuania and…

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ABUJA: Nigeria on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) urged Indonesia to spare the lives of three of its citizens facing execution after being convicted of drug trafficking there. The three Nigerians are on death row in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world, having lost their…

Today's Breaking News

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PRESEVO, Serbia: Thousands of migrants, mostly Syrian refugees, travelled through Macedonia and Serbia on Sunday towards western Europe, as Italy’s foreign minister said the escalating crisis threatened the bloc’s “soul”. More than 7,000 men, woman and children crossed into southern Serbia from Macedonia overnight Saturday to Sunday alone, the UN’s…

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DAMASCUS: Islamic State militants on Sunday blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, an official said, the latest in a series of cultural relics to be destroyed by the jihadist group. Famed for well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins, Palmyra was seized from government forces…

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TEHRAN: Britain’s foreign secretary reopened his country’s embassy in Tehran on Sunday in a long-awaited step signalling better relations four years after a mob stormed the compound, forcing its closure. Philip Hammond’s two-day trip comes five weeks after Britain and five other world powers struck a deal with Iran to…

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SEOUL: Top-level North and South Korean negotiators talked through the night with no sign of an agreement Monday for ending a military standoff that has threatened to boil over into armed conflict. After a 10-hour marathon the previous night, the talks passed the 16-hour mark in a second session in…

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BANGKOK: The son of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has more than doubled the reward offered by police for the capture of those behind this week’s deadly Bangkok bomb blast by putting up nearly $200,000. Monday’s attack on a religious shrine in a bustling Bangkok shopping district killed 20 people,…