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They may have lost the battle but not the war against the Reproductive Health (RH) Law that was upheld as constitutional on Tuesday by the Supreme Court (SC), leaders of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Wednesday. Prayers, the CBCP leaders added, will be their main…

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While it has confirmed that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was behind the abduction of a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel worker in a resort in Sabah, Malaysia, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains clueless on the whereabouts of the victims despite continuous extensive search operations in…

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The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has declared the Reproductive Health (RH) Law as constitutional but ruled that some of its provisions are unconstitutional. The Manila Times on Monday broke the story that SC justices would declare as legal salient features of the controversial RH Law (Republic Act or RA…

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ELECTRICITY rates will go up this month because of growing demand for power amid an ever tightening supply, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said. Power consumers will be charged 89 centavos more per kilowatt-hour in their April consumption, which will be reflected in their billing statements. Meralco blames the price…


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THE Supreme Court (SC) has refused to stop the Office of the Ombudsman from investigating Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., who has been linked to the pork barrel scam. The High Court on Tuesday rejected Revilla’s petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO). The senator had asked the SC to stop…

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FORMER pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao will consider retirement if he loses to reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in their rematch on April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. American trainer Freddie Roach said it is an important fight for the 35-year-old Pacquiao, who holds a 55-5-2…

Business

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VILLAR-LED Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc. announced on Thursday that its net income in 2015 grew by 14 percent to P7.2 billion from P6.3 billion in the previous year as it consolidated the net income of recently acquired Starmalls Inc. The developer clarified that its consolidated net income for 2015…

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MASS housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. is trimming its receivables by P2 billion through an agreement entered into with listed Security Bank Corp. In a statement, 8990 Holdings president and CEO Januario Jesus Atencio 3rd said the company signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Security Bank for the purchase…

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s flagship CK Hutchison Holdings on Thursday posted a net profit of HK$31.2 billion ($4 billion) for 2015, beating analysts’ estimates after a sweeping reshuffle of Li’s business empire. But the firm, which controls assets in telecoms, utilities, ports and other industries in over…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Reserve cut its outlook for the US economy and kept its interest rate policy unchanged on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), citing the impact of the global slowdown and turmoil in world markets. Giving a picture of the US economy less bullish than many had expected, the…

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HONG KONG: Stocks, emerging market currencies and oil all rallied in Asia on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen lowered her expectations for US interest rate hikes this year. In a statement following the Fed’s latest policy meeting, Yellen cited concerns about the impact on the US economy of…

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LONDON: Britain unleashed more austerity on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in its latest annual budget and cut its growth outlook, blaming the impact of global market turbulence rooted in China. Finance minister George Osborne also warned that a potential “Brexit,” or departure from the European Union, would risk damaging the…

Regions

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MONTHS after the massive devastation brought by typhoons in Mindanao, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has now adopted a program by the Philippine government, which aims make use of millions of felled coconut trees for housing projects. Dubbed as “chainsaw massacre,” the project aims to provide livelihood to hundreds…

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LEGAZPI CITY: In a bid to lessen the backlog of school classrooms in Bicol, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be constructing P629.2 million, or 852 classrooms across the region this year. Lucy Castañeda, DPWH regional spokesman told The Manila Times that the department will construct for…

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Survivor USA is shooting its 27th season in the picturesque Palaui island in Cagayan province. Rachel Rabanal, a community leader in Santa Ana, Cagayan, said the filming of the popular reality TV series generated employment for local residents. The number of people employed for the production of the TV series…

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DAGUPAN CITY: Illegal fish pens that have mushroomed along the Dagupan river is not only affecting the city but also its adjacent towns of Binmaley and Lingayen that share the waterway are affected as well. This was according to Dr. Wesley Rosario, chief of National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center…

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A 60-year-old farmer was killed and a teen-ager was seriously injured after they were hit by lightning on Monday afternoon in a village in La Castellana town in Negros Occidental, police reports said on Tuesday. Western Visayas police director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the lightning casualties Remegio Javier,…

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NOVELETA, Cavite: Two electric cable wire thieves were caught in the act, while pilfering cable wires at the construction site of Puregold Supermart in Barangay Magdiwang here. Puregold security guard Esteban Sibal said that as he and another guard Francis Anjon Amistad were on roving patrol at about 3:30 a.m.…

World

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MADRID: Spain’s courts agreed on Wednesday to examine a paternity suit against former king Juan Carlos by a woman claiming to be his daughter, the latest scandal to hit the monarchy. It is the first lawsuit to be allowed against Juan Carlos, 77, since he lost his total immunity when…

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TOKYO: Japan approved its largest-ever defense budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, as hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks to strengthen surveillance of territorial waters in the face of a continuing spat with China. For the year to March 2016, Tokyo will spend 4.98 trillion yen ($41.97 billion),…

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LONDON: Up to 5,000 European Union (EU) citizens have joined jihadist militant ranks, the head of European police agency Europol told British lawmakers on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). “We’re talking about 3,000, 5,000 EU nationals,” Rob Wainwright told a parliamentary committee when asked how many foreign fighters had left from…

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying took a hard line on political reform in his annual address on Wednesday, saying there would be no deviation from Beijing’s policy on elections, as pro-democracy lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout. In his first speech to Hong Kong’s legislature since huge street rallies…

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PARIS: French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo drew ire on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) with a new cover image of the Prophet Mohammed on the eve of its return to newsstands after the murder of its core staff by Islamist gunmen. In defiance of the militants who killed 12 people in…

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MADRID: Spanish police said Monday they had arrested 80 suspected gang members accused of charging Chinese migrants 20,000 euros ($22,000) each to traffick them to Europe and North America. The Chinese-run gang used houses in the Barcelona area as stopover bases, hiding the migrants there while they waited to be…

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: A district in Indonesia’s Aceh has passed legislation banning unmarried men and women from riding together on motorbikes, a lawmaker said Monday, the latest new Islamic regulation in the conservative province. Members of parliament in North Aceh district last week approved the regulation, which will come into…

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LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather’s emphatic win over Manny Pacquiao sealed his status as a boxing great, but triggered an outcry in the Philippines and divided opinion amongst the sports legends. Feinting and dancing his way to a unanimous decision, Mayweather comfortably picked off Pacquiao over 12 rounds to extend his…

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PARIS: Roger Federer clinched his 85th career title in Istanbul on Sunday but remains second in Monday’s unchanged ATP rankings, still led by Novak Djokovic. The 27-year old Serb holds the top spot for the 40th consecutive week, more than 5,000 points ahead of the Swiss star with Scot Andy…

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BEIJING: Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping warned on Monday against Taiwan being seen as a country as he met the head of the island’s ruling party, the first such encounter in seven years. Xi, who is also national president, welcomed Kuomintang (KMT) party head Eric Chu, the official Xinhua…