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THE government on Wednesday launched a massive search and rescue mission for survivors of Tuesday’s quake in Bohol province who may be trapped under the rubble. President Benigno Aquino 3rd flew to Bohol to oversee the operations as disaster mitigation officials reported that the death toll climbed to 151. The…

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle strongly believes Filipinos will survive all storms and quakes “if they put God in the center of their lives.” He cited the recent devastation from the fighting in Zamboanga, the storms in Luzon and the earthquake in Central Visayas, which claimed dozens of lives,…

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SENATOR Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada took advantage of the budget hearing in the Senate to confront Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan, whom he had accused of singling him out in the agency’s pork barrel investigation. Estrada asked Tan why he was being singled out by Tan, citing a statement…

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WASHINGTON: A day of political disarray on Tuesday thrust the United States to within hours of a debt default deadline, sparking fears of deep damage to a fragile US recovery and the global economy. Just 29 hours before the US government begins to run short of money to pay its…


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Hannah Faith Saab of the Oriental Mindoro National High School won the national finals of the second Voice of Asia contest held on Wednesday at the Tanghalang Yaman Lahi theater of the Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila. Intelligence and eloquence were put to the test as 20 finalists from various…

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NEWLY-APPOINTED Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang has elevated her “peculiar” problem in the anti-graft court following the refusal of the justices to give up their chairmanships for her. Tang, the most junior justice of the Sandiganbayan, asked Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to step into her case. While Tang and…

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The Customs bureau missed its full-year 2015 collections target as oil imports decreased in both volume and value terms. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said total collections last year amounted to P366.9 billion, P69.6 billion or 16 percent below the full-year target of P436.5 billion. Compared to 2014’s tally of…

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NET foreign direct investments (FDI) continued to expand in October 2015 but at a slower pace and the year-to-date tally still behind the central bank target. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Monday reported that FDI hit a net inflow of $451 million, 1.4 percent up from the $445…

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The Philippines has enough rice stocks to last for the next three months despite major typhoons that made landfall at the end of last year and concerns of poor harvests due to the adverse effects of El Nino, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported. In its latest inventory report, the…

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The Philippines could be the third fastest growing economy in a group of Southeast Asian countries by 2050, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a new report, but growth could contract by 1 percent if the government does not address increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the report titled…

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PUBLICLY LISTED Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI) will expand its Yellow Cab Pizza chain overseas by penetrating the Chinese market with at least 15 branches slated to be opened over the next five years. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Monday, MGI said that it has recently…

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SEEING opportunity in the rapid growth of Wi-Fi as the default content access medium, local electronic manufacturing firm Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp. announced that it has invested in CloudMondo, a Silicon Valley-based Wi-Fi enabler start-up company. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Monday, Cirtek, which trades…

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BEIJING: Chinese police have with US help seized 70 kilograms of cocaine in the country’s biggest single haul in recent years, state media said, as Beijing cracks down on drugs in a wider war on excess. Police were tipped off about a suspect shipping container from Peru by United States…

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DAMASCUS: Islamic State (IS) jihadists boasted on Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops following their weekend capture of a key air base, in the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world. News of the killings came as US President Barack Obama weighed air strikes…

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MANAGUA: A Chinese firm hired to dig a canal across Nicaragua linking the Caribbean and the Pacific said on Thursday it has begun assessing property and land that will have to expropriated and people who will be displaced. Work on the $40 billion, 278-kilometer (172-mile) project to rival the Panama…

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TOKYO: Japan’s coastguard is to ask for a doubling of its budget to boost patrols around islands that are the focus of a dispute with China, officials said on Thursday. The agency will submit a request to the government for 50.4 billion yen ($485 million) for the financial year starting…

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JUBA: South Sudan’s rebels and army traded blame on late Wednesday (Thursday in Manila)for shooting down a United Nations helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war. The members of the UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms on Thursday…

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GENEVA: Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have used chemical agents—most likely chlorine—in at least eight attacks this year and systematically committed massacres and other war crimes, while the Islamic State has perpetrated attacks on civilians that amount to crimes against humanity, a United Nations report said on Wednesday (Thursday in…

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VIENNA: One in three victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of them subject to sexual exploitation or forced labour, a UN report said Monday. Overall, child trafficking has increased five percent since 2010, with girls and women accounting for 70 percent of the overall number of victims…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: The Rio Olympic Games have their mascot, a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife. The animal is a mixture of Brazilian creatures — part cat but able to spring about like a monkey — with a dash of blue and green added to the…

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday that a low pressure area (LPA) is now inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 a.m., the LPA was spotted some 880 km East of…

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NEW DELHI: India’s new premier heads to his first South Asia summit this week seeking stronger regional integration in the face of growing Chinese influence, but experts see little hope of progress while tensions with Pakistan persist. The region’s first summit in three years follows some of the worst cross-border…