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MILITANT peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) ramped up their call for the ouster of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on social media, urging netizens to express their support by flooding Alcala’s twitter account @procyalcala with #alcalaresign. “We are now using social media to send the message straight to Alcala…

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Typhoon Santi severely damaged four power transmission lines in the country, leaving some areas in Central Luzon without power after it made landfall in Aurora province Friday last week, according to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP). The power grid operator said that it continues to inspect, assess,…

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Sixteen high school students from eight regions will compete on Wednesday in the Second Voice of Asia’s Speech Contest, an English speech competition. John Gabriel Lalu, Voice of Asia organizer, said the 16 students made the national finals after winning in the regional level. Two students will represent each region.…

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The net satisfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino 3rd fell 15 points in September, a steep drop from June’s figure, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey, conducted from September 20 to 23 and first released in BusinessWorld, showed that 68 percent of Filipino adults were…


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Will members of the Senate investigate themselves? Senators will answer this question when they decide whether to conduct an inquiry into the release of additional incentives to colleagues who voted to convict Chief Justice Renato Corona last year. Neophyte Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito on Monday filed a resolution asking the…

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SENATE President Franklin Drilon was slapped another plunder complaint on Monday, this time for allegedly pocketing a portion of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the construction of a P123.5 million walkway. In the complaint he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman, former Rep. Augusto Syjuco of Iloilo…

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BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri said he hoped for a “reasonable agreement” with the country’s foreign creditors when he re-launches negotiations over billions of dollars of debt with US investors on Wednesday. A deal with US investment funds is a key aim for the market-friendly conservative president as he…

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THE disappointing report on Tuesday that Philippine exports had contracted for the eighth straight month was just another stanza in what seems to be shaping up as an entire symphony of economic pain in a year that is barely two weeks old. Although there have been a couple of bright…

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Outbound shipments fall 1.1% in Nov Merchandise exports dropped for an eighth consecutive month in November 2015, contracting by 1.1 percent from a year earlier to $5.12 billion following significant declines for half of the 10 major commodities shipped abroad by the Philippines. The result placed the year-to-date tally to…

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MANUFACTURING output expanded in November, both in terms of volume and value but at a slower pace compared to a year earlier. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Tuesday said manufacturing’s positive performance could have driven overall fourth quarter growth for the sector. The Monthly Integrated Survey of…

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The peso dropped further against the US dollar on Tuesday even as the stock market recovered a bit, with investor sentiment still soured by the weak outlook for China. The currency closed at P47.44 to $1 on Tuesday, losing 17 centavos from Monday’s P47.27. It was the weakest since November…

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BEIJING: Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group signed a $3.5-billion deal on Tuesday to buy Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment, the maker of blockbusters “Jurassic World” and “Godzilla,” dubbing it China’s biggest-ever cultural takeover. Legendary’s film productions have grossed more than $12 billion worldwide at the box office, according to a Wanda statement.…

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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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DONETSK, Ukraine: The United States on Thursday accused Russia of being “directly involved” in fighting in war-torn east Ukraine, after rebels appeared to seize swathes of territory from retreating government forces. “An increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory,” US ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey…

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BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on late Wednesday held talks with a top Vietnamese envoy and said the two countries should repair strained relations, state media reported. Xi met Le Hong Anh, a member of Vietnam’s Communist Party politburo, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. It described him as being…

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SEOUL: South Korea slammed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday for sending a message of support earlier this year to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals. The message has raised “doubts about the sincerity of apologies over (Japan’s) wartime atrocities and colonial rule,” foreign ministry…

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HONG KONG: Anti-corruption officers conducted an early morning raid on Thursday on the Hong Kong home of Jimmy Lai, an outspoken mogul whose media empire is often highly critical of Beijing. Trading in shares of Lai’s Next Media, one of the city’s major press groups, were suspended following the raid.…

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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…

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BEIJING: The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China’s southwest rose to four on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. Reports previously said two people died when the quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in…

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RABAT: Morocco has arrested six suspects after an online video showed masked men pledging allegiance to the head of the jihadist Islamic State group, officials and media said on Sunday. Media reports said the video that went online last week was filmed in Morocco and showed three masked men holding…

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JERUSALEM: Police and Israel’s Shin Bet security agency have arrested an Arab Israeli suspected of undergoing military training with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the agency said. It said that Hamza Magasmah, from the Galilee village of Yafia, was arrested on October 24 on his return to Israel.…