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By Johanna Sampan And Jefferson Antiporda Reporters THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday expressed dismay over the 16% turnout of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) during the recent midtern polls. “I am definitely disappointed about the performance of the OAV,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who admitted that…

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THE parents of actress Heart Evangelista now have more reason to dislike their daughter’s boyfriend. Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is the poorest of the 23 members of the Senate based on his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Outgoing Sen. Manny Villar remained the richest senator with a…

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Some oil companies jacked up the prices of petroleum products on Tuesday. Petron Corp., Total Philippines and Pilipinas Shell increased the cost of all gasoline products by 35 centavos per liter and 25 centavos for diesel. Other oil companies have yet to announce if they will also hike their prices.…

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AN environmental watchdog on Friday warned that campaign materials used for Monday’s elections contain traces of cadmium, a cancerous substance. EcoWaste Coalition said it analyzed samples from 200 tarpaulin posters and streamers made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from different polling and posting areas using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device. All…

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MANILA: A clan whose chiefs are on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre secured big wins in local elections this week, results showed on Friday, deepening fears that justice may never be served. Leaders of the Ampatuan family and their gunmen are accused of massacring 58 people, including 32…

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By Catherine S. Valente Reporter The government is looking at alternative markets that can absorb overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Taiwan, a Palace official said on Friday. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that the government, through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is now…

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The country’s property sector continues to see rapid growth despite slower economic expansion thanks to the booming real estate office market, according to a report released by real estate consultancy group Colliers International. Office rents in the major Central Business Districts such as Makati and Bonifacio have seen noteworthy increases…

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FILIPINO fishermen are catching less and less from depleted oceans compared with previous decades as a result of overfishing, illegal activities, and going for juvenile catch. In the process, the fisherfolk are earning less for their livelihood, the international non-profit group Oceana Philippines said. “It is unfortunate that the country’s…

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The Board of Investment (BOI)’s One Window Network (OWN) is all set for its soft launch of a cloud-based web portal and mobile application system, which will enable investors to lodge queries and concerns online, as well as access a databank of information related to business and investments. The BOI-OWN…

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The 2015 Systems Integration Philippines expo is all set to showcase the biggest brands in IT, multimedia, and other technology-related businesses, organizers said Tuesday. “When we launched this show in 2004, the market was just starting to adopt IT and integration technology into their businesses. We had about 60 exhibitors,”…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Barack Obama cracked jokes about the government’s disastrous health care policy rollout and mocked political opponents at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner late Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The annual dinner, filled with insider jokes and elbow jabs masquerading as humor, brings Washington journalists together with celebrities and…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye om Sunday met relatives of passengers still missing after the sinking of a ferry last month, vowing that any culprit would be “sternly punished” as the confirmed death toll rose to 244. Eight more bodies were recovered on Sunday, 18 days after the 6,825-ton…

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BAGHDAD: From unsolved murders of journalists to lawsuits against commentators, rights groups and diplomats say Iraq’s press freedom record falls dramatically short of international standards. Reporters, photographers and videojournalists face threats and pressures from both militants and the security forces, as well as mundane everyday restrictions. In a statement marking…

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DAMASCUS: President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) urged government bodies tasked with providing relief in war-torn Syria to increase “cooperation” with international and local organizations, state television reported. His statement came after United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon issued a report saying that foreign aid was still not reaching…

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SANTANDER DE QUILICHAO, Colombia: Rescue workers recovered more bodies on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) of people killed in a landslide at an illegal gold mine in western Colombia, raising the death toll to 10, with an additional six feared dead. Miners had been laboring with hand tools to extract gold…

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TOKYO: The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said on Sunday. There were an estimated 16.33 million children aged under 15 as of April 1,…

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WASHINGTON: The United States and Germany delivered a firm warning to Russia on Friday that it would face direct and painful economic sanctions if Ukrainian elections later this month are disrupted. US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered the statement after talks at the White House appeared…

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WASHINGTON: The first case of MERS, a dangerous respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East and has a high death rate, has been confirmed in the United States, officials said Friday. The person infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a health care provider who had traveled…

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LOS ANGELES: Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers banned for life by the NBA after making racist comments, has broken his silence about the scandal. Online magazine duJour reported Friday that Sterling said, “I wish I had just paid her off,” referring to his girlfriend, identified…

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WASHINGTON: The US economy pumped out 288,000 jobs in April, the highest pace in over two years, in a fresh confirmation that growth has resumed after a harsh winter freeze. Coupled with upward revisions for the previous two months, Labor Department data Friday showed a firm rebound in hiring after…

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PARIS:Curbing smoking and drinking, salt intake, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and obesity can prevent more than 37 million premature deaths by 2025, according to an analysis published on Saturday. If globally-adopted targets for reducing these risk factors are met, the risk of dying prematurely from heart or lung…

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MAZAR-I- SHARIF, Afghanistan: Landslides buried a village in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead, as rescuers searched desperately for survivors trapped under the mud. Villagers at the disaster site in Badakhshan province used shovels to dig through rocks and dirt,…