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RAIN and thunderstorms are forecast for Monday, when President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA). Metro Manila will be cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, weather forecaster Elvie Enriquez said. The extended weather outlook for Friday also indicated that July…

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A multinational investment company wants Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to explain her flip-flopping orders on the transfer of a multi-million peso criminal suit against the firm. Questions are mounting about the conflicting orders issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the transfer of the venue of a case…

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A Filipino priest who was killed during anti-religious violence in Spain in the 1930s will be beatified later this year. The beatification ceremony of Franciscan Capuchin Jose Maria de Manila will be headed by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in Tarragona, Spain,…

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JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday announced that there was an arrest warrant issued by the Pasig Regional Trial Court against P10-billion ‘pork scam’ whistle-blower Benhur Luy in connection with the complaint for qualified theft filed against him by trader Janet Lim Napoles. De Lima said if the warrant…


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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief on Friday clarified that former senator Richard Gordon can still review the source code used by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines during the May 13 polls. Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. reiterated that his commitment made in open session still remains, allowing Gordon…

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A consumer group on Friday filed a petition for Writ of Kalikasan before the Court of Appeals in connection with alleged failure of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewarage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires, to implement an adequate sewerage and sanitation system. In its petition, Water for All Refund Movement Incorporated…

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Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC), a homegrown fast food chain, is looking to expand to four continents from its current presence in Asia and North America. “Currently, we are present in two, and in the next two years we will see Jollibee in four continents,” Dennis Flores, JFC vice president for…

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To approve PSE-PDS merger The initial public offerings of Philstocks Financial Inc. and D.M. Wenceslao & Associates Inc. won’t happen this year but in 2016, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “Philstocks and Wenceslao [IPOs] are deferred,” Arman Pan, SEC acting corporate secretary, said in Filipino. “Marami na…

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Listed gaming technology provider DFNN Inc. expects to more than double the number of its Instawin terminals next year. Ramon Garcia, president and chief executive officer of DFNN, said the company was on track with regard to its targets for the year, giving them the confidence to aim for greater…

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THE power generation projects of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) are on track to help meet an anticipated rise in power demand in the country. These power generation projects are being undertaken by Meralco PowerGen Corp., (MGen) the energy arm of the country’s largest distribution utility. MGen reported that major milestones…

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THE Board of Investments (BOI) has approved the change in ownership of Biliran Geothermal, Inc., giving 60-percent majority control of the company to Emerging Power, Inc. (EPI), a unit of publicly listed mining giant Nickel Asia Corp. The share acquisition will pave the way to the construction of a geothermal…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Sunday rejected harsh US criticism for failing to tackle human trafficking after an annual State Department report shamed the Southeast Asian country, together with Thailand and Venezuela. Bangkok has also said it is disappointed at being placed in the annual Trafficking in Persons report at the…

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ANDRIYIVKA: Ukraine’s unilateral ceasefire hung in the balance on Sunday after clashes engulfed the separatist east and Russian President Vladimir Putin put troops on “full combat alert.” The resurgence of violence in the 11-week pro-Russian uprising threatening to splinter the ex-Soviet state came as Washington accused the Kremlin of covertly…

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LYON: Hundreds protested against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the French city of Lyon on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as he visited Europe ahead of an expected bid for the presidency. Organizers said 1,000 people took part in the protest organized by pro-democracy and minority groups near a…

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SEOUL: South Korean police on Saturday made apparent headway in the manhunt for a fugitive businessman wanted over April’s ferry disaster with the capture of his wife. Kwon Yun-Ja, 72, was arrested at a flat in the southern suburbs of Seoul following a successful surprise arrest, Yonhap news agency said.…

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JERUSALEM: Israel’s foreign minister has threatened to expel the United Nation’s special envoy for offering to help transfer Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip, Channel Two television reported. Avigdor Lieberman said Robert Serry, the world body’s special envoy on the Middle East peace process, had first tried to convince the…

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ATHENS: Around a ton of heroin has been discovered in a warehouse near Athens and 14 people, most of them members of tanker crew, have been arrested, Greek port police said on Sunday. It was the second seizure of a major haul of heroin hidden in Greek warehouses in the…

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The air crash investigation team, tasked to determine the exact cause of the mishap involving one of the eight W-3A “Sokol” combat utility helicopters Thursday, is now in the crash site in Marawi City. This was disclosed by Philippine Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya in an interview with…

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TORONTO: World number one Novak Djokovic slumped to a lacklustre 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Toronto Masters third round on Thursday and was joined at the exit door by third-seeded doubles partner Stan Wawrinka. Newly-married Djokovic, who needed almost three hours to get past Gael Monfils in…