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Amnesty International criticized the Philippine government on Wednesday for allegedly failing to crack down on torture committed by the security forces against detained persons. “Impunity for torture and other ill-treatment remains a critical human rights problem in the Philippines,” London-based Amnesty charged in a letter to the United Nations Human…

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Vice President Jejomar Binay said Globe Asiatique (GA) founder Delfin Lee only has himself to blame for the travails he is now undergoing. Binay made the statement after Lee’s lawyer, Willie Rivera, intimated that the media is helping portray his client in a bad light. “The negative image of Delfin…

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THE country’s fire-fighting force has been beefed up by 682 new recruits who completed their training at the Philippine Public Safety College for immediate deployment this current fire prevention month of March. PPSV President Ruben Platon said yesterday the new firefighters underwent the mandatory six-month training on fire basic recruit…

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THE Philippines is getting ready to import one million metric tons (MT) of rice this year to meet local demand amid falling stock levels while the Agriculture and Justice Departments debate the legal issues surrounding the move. Agriculture Undersecretary Dante Delima said one million MT of rice will be allowed…

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UNEMPLOYMENT worsened in January as thousands lost their jobs due to recent typhoons that hit the country, Malacañang said on Tuesday, pledging to find new ways to ease the problem. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the number of people without jobs increased, boosting the labor force by 1.2…

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The Philippines’ financial center, Makati, has emerged as the city with the most number of “selfie” photos uploaded on the social network, prompting Time magazine to name it the “Selfie Capital of the World.” Pasig and Cebu cities also made it to the top 10 cities listed to have uploaded…

Business

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For the first time, online sales surpassed in-store sales in the US during last year’s Black Friday, the busiest shopping day in that country following Thanksgiving Day. One of the most disruptive changes in the field of commerce is online shopping, which has grown exponentially around the world over the…

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PAYING great attention to detail is the path to product and service excellence. Unless you’re a scientist, researcher, police investigator, or even an electronic factory worker, among others — you may find such work not to your liking. The devil is in the details and you don’t want to handle…

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GROWTH in bank lending and money supply eased in December but levels remained supportive of economic growth, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday. Domestic liquidity or M3 expanded at a slower pace of 8.3 percent in December, from November’s revised 9.4 percent, to P8.340 trillion. Month-on-month and…

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The stock market capped a roller coaster week with a rally on Friday as investors took heart from a stronger domestic economy plus a surprise Bank of Japan stimulus—the latter a key factor behind a regional surge. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) picked up by 1.89 percent or…

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HONG KONG: The Bank of Japan’s shock announcement that it would charge banks to hold their cash sent Asian markets surging and the yen tumbling Friday as investors ended a highly volatile month with a bang. Trading floors across the planet have been awash with red in January as investors…

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Automakers in the Philippines are expected to increase their contribution to regional production with the implementation of the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy or CARS Program, the Trade department said. Trade Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba, speaking at a supply chain conference on Friday, said the country was expected to expand its…

Regions

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved on Friday tuition increases for nine colleges in Eastern Visayas, mostly in Ormoc and Tacloban. The CHED regional arm in Eastern Visayas said there were a total of 14 colleges requesting for the tuition increase but only nine were approved because of their…

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A TRANS Asia vessel carrying 379 passengers caught fire while it was sailing from Ozamiz City to Cebu province, a report from Coast Guard Station in Cebu City (CGS-Cebu) reported on Friday. M/V Trans Asia II was sailing 2.4 nautical miles off the coast of Balicasag Island in Bohol province…

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REPRESENTATIVE-elect Gwen-dolyn Garcia of Cebu province is not backing down on her criminal charges related to the P99-million Balili estate scam, saying that the charge sheets against her lacked recital of facts that constitute an offense. In a nine-page motion, Garcia said that the charge sheet showed that it was…

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Operation at the Davao International Airport was suspended for over an hour when an AG-Cat single-engine biplane crash landed shortly after it took off at the airport’s runway 05, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday. The incident had caused the delays of several flights bound…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A homemade bomb exploded at the parking area of a mall in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said. Police said there were no reports of casualties, but the explosion destroyed two cars parked outside the Gaisano Mall in downtown Pagadian. No individual or group claimed…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police arrested a 54-year-old man for mauling his widowed septuagenarian partner in the coastal town of Liloy in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Police said Romulo Bayubay was arrested after neighbors phoned authorities to say that he was beating Rosario Borling, 71, during a heated argument in…

World

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A US police officer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who shot and killed an African-American man in a park last April will not be charged, prosecutors said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The incident – in which Dontre Hamilton, 31, was shot 14 times – prompted demonstrations that foreshadowed the…

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NEW YORK CITY: Legendary singer Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, gained fame…

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BAGHDAD: Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. “Many of those held as sexual slaves are children – girls aged 14, 15 or even younger,” Donatella Rovera,…

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YANGON: A woman protesting against a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar has been shot dead, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, announcing an investigation into how police handled the latest clash at the site. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was gunned down on Monday when police…

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DHAKA: Bangladesh’s war crimes court on Tuesday sentenced a former government minister to hang for rape and genocide during the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan. Syed Mohammad Kaiser became the 15th person to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal, which found him guilty of heading a militia…

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BERLIN: A record 17,000 anti-Islamic protesters rallied for their tenth demonstration in as many weeks on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right movement by singing Christmas carols. Germany has for weeks grappled with the emergence of the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of…

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The enormous number of devotees who attended the Mass at the Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday stunned Pope Francis, according to Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. “I can not fathom the faith of the simple people,” Tagle quoted the Pope as saying after the mass was over. Tagle…

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Pope Francis made a triumphant entrance for a mass with millions in the Philippines on Sunday aboard a “popemobile” styled after the nation’s iconic, flamboyant and much-loved “jeepney” minibus. The pontiff, standing in the elevated open body of the uniquely Filipino version of his popemobile, traveled through the streets of…

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Pope Francis on Sunday extended his condolences to the family of the volunteer who died in Tacloban when a scaffolding near the altar crashed down on her shortly after the pontiff celebrated Mass at the airport. Fr. Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a…

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Japan’s foreign minister used a visit to India Saturday to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China. Fumio Kishida, who met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, is on…

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The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical and Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday advised the public who will attend events of Pope Francis at the Rizal Park and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila to bring raingear as Metro Manila is now under public storm signal number 1. In…