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President Benigno Aquino 3rd does not intend to shame Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) next month, Malacañang said on Sunday. In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. downplayed claims of Revilla’s wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado that she will…

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Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Sunday said dependents of the seven soldiers killed in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf Group will receive assistance from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). ”The dependents of the seven soldiers killed in action will receive burial benefits and…

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CASSANO ALLO JONIO, Italy: Pope Francis launched a scathing attack on organized crime during a trip to the heartland of a feared syndicate on Sunday, declaring all mafia members “excommunicated” from the Catholic Church. The mafia “is the adoration of evil and contempt for common good. This evil must be…

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Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agriculture Modernization Francis Pangilinan has ordered the National Food Authority to flood the market with NFA rice to deter unjust price increases. He directed the NFA to double the daily release of the staple from 12,500 bags to 25,800 bags. Regular milled rice is…


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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla will be allowed to have an electric fan in his detention quarters at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame. The fan will help ease Revilla’s migraine brought about by the severe heat inside his cell, his wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, said on…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded one of their hostages who was wounded during a clash with government soldiers in Sulu, reports said. Troops pursuing the militants recovered the headless body of Remegio Lingayan in the town of Indanan. Lingayan was kidnapped along with his brother-in-law Joselito Gonzales—both natives of…

Business

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HONG KONG: Asia led a rally in global markets Monday, building on gains at the end of last week as polls suggest Britain’s upcoming referendum will result in the country staying in the European Union. The average of the last six British European Union referendum polls put the Remain and…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices extended gains in Asia on Monday thanks to a weaker US dollar and easing fears of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The dollar fell for the fourth day in a row on Monday, trading lower against most major currencies, making dollar-priced oil cheaper for those using…

CHINA CLAIMS

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BEIJING: China has built the world’s fastest supercomputer using locally made microchips, a survey said on Monday, the first time the country has taken the top spot without using US technology. The Sunway TaihuLight machine is twice as fast as the previous number one, which was built in China with…

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STOCKHOLM: Greek authorities are investigating seven employees of the Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson on suspicion of corruption, the company said on Sunday, just days after it confirmed a separate US-led graft probe. Investigators are probing Greece’s purchase of radar technology in 1999 from Ericsson Microwave Systems, a subsidiary that was…

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FRANKFURT: Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen will face the wrath of its shareholders at its annual meeting on Wednesday as it struggles to steer itself out of an unprecedented engine-rigging scandal. Nine months after the “Dieselgate” affair, when it emerged VW had installed emissions-cheating software into 11 million diesel engines…

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SPEAKING to his company’s investor conference last Tuesday, Alibaba founder Jack Ma made a controversial, and entirely valid, observation: “The problem is that the fake products today, they make better quality, better prices than the real products, the real names,” Ma said, according to a Bloomberg report. “It’s not the…

Regions

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communist rebels have freed five government soldiers taken captive six weeks ago after their families and humanitarian groups appealed for their safe release, a spokesman for the New People’s Army said. Rubi del Mundo said the Wednesday’s order to free the prisoners-of-war came from the National Democratic Front-Southern…

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DUCULA carola or imperial pigeons, known in Tagalog as “balud” were reportedly spotted in the coastal villages of Davila and Dilavo in northern Pasuquin town in Ilocos Norte. This has prompted the provincial government to formulate conservation measures to protect and save one of the world’s endangered bird species amid…

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Karatedo wagi no tesuke. The way of the empty hand fosters justice. Thus proclaimed one of the progenitors of this deadly art of combat. Taking their cue, police operatives in Western Visayas have started to undergo training on martial arts in a bid to improve their self-discipline and enhance their…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said that at least 32 people have been killed in at least 10 bombings that have been recorded in Mindanao and Metro Manila since 2011. Data obtained PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame show that since January 2011, police have recorded nine bombing…

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The provincial government of Isabela partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to develop an integrated provincial disaster risk reduction management plan. Atty. Noel Lopez, administrator of the Province of Isabela, said in a statement that the formulation of PDRRMP would help integrate various efforts conducted within the province,…

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BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Dismissed permanent employees of the provincial government had sought the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to step into their illegal dismissal. But not all the more than 300 fired workers mustered the courage and resources to question the order of dismissal by the provincial government through Executive Order…

World

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ABU DHABI: The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using only solar power launched on Monday in Abu Dhabi in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy. The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Andre Borschberg of Switzerland, took off at 7:12 am (04:12 am Manila…

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SYDNEY: A Westerner pictured alongside Islamic State (IS) group fighters and dubbed “Britain’s white jihadi” is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said on Monday. A photo of the meek-looking youth, holding a rifle and sitting in between two jihadists with a black IS flag…

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NIAMEY: Niger and Chad on Sunday (Monday in Manila) launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq. The attacks, which follow a sustained build-up of troops in southern Niger, opens up…

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PARIS: A former French interior minister was on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) charged with tax evasion and forgery in connection with a probe into allegations that former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. Investigators discovered a 500,000-euro ($540,000) transfer in Claude Gueant’s bank account…

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SEOUL: South Korea reaffirmed Monday on its long-held stance of not purchasing an advanced missile-defense battery from the United States amid growing calls from its ruling party lawmakers to introduce it to better guard against North Korea’s missiles. The US has hinted at the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan is mobilizing all agencies and resources to tackle the worst drought plaguing the country in a decade, with a raft of wide-ranging measures ready for rollout if the situation further deteriorates. “Our goal is to avoid a water shortage and keep rationing from affecting households before the end…

Today's Breaking News

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GENEVA: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated on Wednesday the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer which commemorates the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Integral to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which became the…

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SIMI VALLEY: Republican presidential candidates collectively turned their sights on frontrunner Donald Trump at the party’s second debate, taking aim at his lack of political experience and his sometimes abrasive style. Fellow candidates hoping to check his lead in the polls painted the controversial real estate mogul as an insult…

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SANTIAGO: A massive 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck the center of Chile, leaving at least two people dead and triggering the evacuation of coastal areas and warnings that tsunami waves could reach as far as Japan. At least two people were killed and 10 hurt in Chile, where terrified residents rushed out…

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Many parts of the country will continue to experience cloudy skies with rains on Thursday due to the presence of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Wednesday. The ITCZ affecting Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan, which is the thick clouds coming from the…

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Contrary to a report of a national broadsheet on Wednesday morning, actor and National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner-at-Large Dingdong Dantes will not be attending Sen. Grace Poe’s “important announcement” in connection with her plans for the May 2016 national elections at the UP Bahay ng Alumni. Reaching Dantes through…

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CAUAYAN CITY: Three provinces will be affected by a two-hour early dawn brownout on Thursday as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has accommodated the black start service test of SN Aboitiz Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant in Ramon town in Isabela. Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP-Northern Luzon corporate communications and…