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Opposition lawmakers are bent on filing an impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino 3rd but they will not use the one prepared by Oliver Lozano because they found it “insufficient in form and substance.” Two days after the Supreme Court (SC) declared the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, Lozano personally…

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Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Home Guaranty Corp. (HGC) did not receive any funds from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), HGC President Manuel Sanchez said on Sunday. “We have not received nor asked for P2.243 billion from the DAP,” Sanchez added. Recent reports said Binay, also the chairman of…

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Typhoon Florita intensified further as it continued to move on a west-northwest direction on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. According to the weather bureau, the storm gained strength while it was still in the sea when its maximum sustained winds increased from 165 kilometers…

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MILWAUKEE: A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has shown that chronic stress of poverty, neglect and physical abuse in early life may shrink the parts of a child’s developing brain responsible for memory, learning and processing emotion. While early-life stress already has been linked to depression, anxiety, heart disease,…


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REP. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list on Saturday said fraternity-related violence continues because of loopholes in Republic Act No. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995. “Loopholes in the Anti-Hazing Law, including the exclusion of community fraternities and sororities from the mandate of the law, and the exemption of hazing…

Business

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Investment in human capital must be a sustained objective of the government to ensure that the deployment of Filipino workers abroad will continue to boost remittance inflows into the economy, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Wednesday. But along with this, it noted that alternative sources of dollar inflow…

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THE national government’s budget balance reverted to a P55 billion surplus in April, reversing a deficit in March on stronger revenue collections, data released by the Department of Finance (DOF) showed on Wednesday. The budget balance in March stood at a deficit of P74.38 billion. Year-on-year, the April surplus was…

NCC URGES GOVT TO OPEN INFRA, TOURISM TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT

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The Philippine economy needs to be more “outward-looking” to reach new growth levels, opening up several sectors such as infrastructure and tourism to foreign investment, an official of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) said on Tuesday. Given a government target for the Filipino family to have a gross monthly income…

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The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Tuesday said the Brexit will have minimal direct effect on the Philippine economy, but that the country would have to be watchful for indirect effects coming from the impact on the European Union (EU) and the wider global economy. In a statement,…

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The Philippine government will need a comprehensive tax reform program to achieve Filipinos’ aspirations under the 25-year long-term vision for the country called “AmBisyon Natin 2040,” the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said in a media forum in cooperation with the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines on Tuesday.…

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Slowing growth in China and continuing tepid growth in Japan will continue to provide headwinds against the Philippines’ trade position, but the impact on the overall current account will be limited, Fitch-owned BMI Research said. “The Philippines’ trade position has taken a blow from the slowdown in regional trade over…

Regions

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) clashed anew on Wednesday in two barangays in Matalam town, North Cotabato, displacing at least 70 families. The tension took place after a group of MILF members burned a house owned by member rival group MNLF,…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Some 500 tribesmen fled the province of Agusan del Sur because of reported militarization and harassment by soldiers and policemen and have sought refuge in Davao City. Tribe leaders said they were treated like animals and detained by authorities for no apparent reasons. “We don’t understand why we…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: Four members of a suspected gunrunning syndicate reportedly operating in Cagayan province died in a shootout in Centro Northwest in Solana, Cagayan. Sr. Supt. Gregorio Lim, provincial police director, identified the fatalities in that incident as Freddie Pagulayan, resident of Northwest; Edwin Dumlao, of Barangay Lingu, both of…

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said recently that it has allocated P34 billion for Mindanao’s infrastructure development for 2014. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said in his presentation to the recently in the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference held in Davao City that separate infrastructure support to Autonomous Region…

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THE Supreme Court dismissed the complaint against a retired judge in Lucena City, Quezon province charging him for allegedly failing to act on several civil cases pending before him during his incumbency. In an en banc decision, the high court absolved Judge Guillermo Andaya, formerly of the Regional Trial Court…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: House of Representative Deputy Speaker Carlos Padilla has sought an inquiry on Casecnan River’s delectable fish ludong which is on the brink of extinction arising from construction of water and energy facilities by an American firm. Introduced by Padilla of the lone congressional district of Nueva Vizcaya,…

World

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TOKYO: The governor of Okinawa on Monday ordered a halt to construction of a controversial US military airbase, the latest twist in a saga that has riven southern Japan for decades. Setting up a new clash between the central government in Tokyo and the independently minded semi-tropical island chain, Takeshi…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Once reviled by fellow Republicans as a “wacko bird” for leading the US government to a 2013 shutdown, resurgent Senator Ted Cruz has turned his Constitution-above-all conservatism into a Tea Party quest for the White House. As a freshman in the upper chamber of Congress, the 44-year-old Texas…

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new president heads to Beijing this week for talks with China’s leadership, seeking to smooth ruffled feathers after scuttling Chinese-funded projects and seeking stronger ties with regional rival India. Maithripala Sirisena swept to power in January, ending a decade of rule by Mahinda Rajapakse, whose close alliance…

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ADEN: The Shiite Huthi militia and its allies on Sunday seized the airport in the strategic Yemeni city of Taez from forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, security sources said. Taez is located in central Yemen on the road between Sanaa, which the Huthis overran in September, and the…

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NAPLES, Italy: Hundreds of thousands of people waving Vatican flags on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) greeted Pope Francis as he headed deep into mafia territory, visiting jailbirds and the poor in Naples amid heightened security. The pontiff arrived in the poor, crime-ridden Scampia area of the city in a popemobile…

Today's Breaking News

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No one seems to have a clue what Yaya Dub—currently the country’s most popular dalaga—wrote her suitor Alden Richards the day their love team broke records with 22 million tweets on Saturday. As of the present, what Filipinos know is that Yaya Dub, or Maine Mendoza, wrote the real name…

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UNITED NATIONS: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates on Saturday threw their weight behind the goal of bringing Internet access to everyone in the world by 2020. The pledge comes amid a United Nations effort to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, a goal set on Friday during…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Air pollution in Malaysia’s capital spiked to “very unhealthy” levels on Sunday as acrid smoke billowing from Indonesian agricultural fires intensified, in an environmental crisis that is fraying regional tempers. Pollution readings soared past the 200-point level Sunday morning in the Malaysian government’s hourly air-quality index, a threshold…

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HONG KONG: Protesters are due to gather once more in Hong Kong on Monday, a year since the start of huge pro-democracy rallies that brought parts of the city to a standstill. But with no concessions on political reform from authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong, campaigners, disheartened by a…

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PHILADELPHIA: Pope Francis on Sunday (Monday in Manila) used the last day of his historic US tour to meet victims of the church’s devastating sex abuse scandal, saying “God weeps” for their suffering, and pledging to hold those responsible to account. One rare criticism of the pope during his six-day…