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A handful of Marines living on a World War II-era ship that is grounded on a remote, tiny reef is the Philippines’ last line of defense against China’s efforts to control most of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The soldiers are stationed on Second Thomas Shoal in the…

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A delayed proclamation of the winning party-list groups could result in fraud, the Makabayan coalition in the House of Representatives grouping seven party-list House members warned Thursday. Reelectionist Rep. Neri Colme­nares of Bayan Muna and outgoing Rep. Rafael Mariano of Anak-pawis expressed such sentiments a day after the Commission on…

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NEARLY four million or 19.2 percent of Filipino families experienced hunger in March, with some saying that they came to a point where they did not have anything to eat at all, according to the recent survey of pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS). The latest tally is three percent higher…

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By Catherine S. Valente And Bernice Camille Bauzon Reporters Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Resident Representative Antonio Basilio said an error in translation almost severed already frayed diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Taiwan. “The Ministry of Justice of Taiwan issued a clarification on May 20 [on] what they…

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By Jefferson Antiporda and Catherine S. Valente Reporters The chances of having constitutional amendments during the last half of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s term are slim. That’s because Sen. Franklin Drilon, who is touted to be the next Senate President, is opposed to Charter change. The proposal to amend the…

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By Johanna Sampan Reporter Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Augusto “Gus” Lagman on Wednesday revealed that officials of the poll body are receiving “intelligence funds” which they do not liquidate. In a statement, Lagman disclosed that he received P1.25 million as “I.F.” during his term but he returned the…

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Property listing site Lamudi Philippines said it is now the most visited real estate portal in the Philippines after logging a 34 percent increase in the number of visits to its website in the first six months of 2015. Last May, Lamudi acquired property listing site MyProperty.ph to further cement…

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The Cebu office market is attractive investors as projects in the area continue to be rolled out but the lack of infrastructure development and poor connectivity remain obstacles to its growth, real estate services provider KMC Mag Group said. The real estate consultancy firm said Cebu that has long been…

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THE Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPPCP) is uncertain if it could address the questions raised by the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the 100-kilometer Batangas-Manila (Bat-Man 1) gas pipeline project. PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao admitted they are still in the dark on how to address the…

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AFTER two months of engineering upgrades, electronic jeepneys are back on the roads of Metro Manila and Clark in Pampanga. The Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET) jeepneys were re-introduced the Global Electric Transport Philippines (GETP) in partnership with transport group Pasang Masda. Fourteen e-jeepneys were initially dispatched, taking the…

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Efficiency and Conservation experts have committed on reducing energy usage by 45 percent through efficiency and conservation until 2035, the Department of Energy said Friday. The 46th meeting was held from August 31 to September 2 at the Marco Polo, Cebu City. The Energy department…

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DUAL listed Del Monte Pacific Ltd. saw its net loss reduced by half in the first three months of its fiscal year ending April 2016 on the back of higher sales and cost efficiencies. In a statement, Del Monte said its net loss was dropped to $12 million from $21.9…

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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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PRETORIA – A South African judge on Wednesday ordered that Oscar Pistorius undergo psychiatric tests to establish if he has a “general anxiety disorder,” raising the prospect of lengthy delays in his murder trial. Judge Thokozile Masipa said a “proper inquiry” was needed to test whether the sprinter had…

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At least two people were killed and 13 others were injured in a smash-up between a van and passenger bus early Wednesday in Tiaong, Quezon.. Tiaong police chief Supt. Laudemer Llaneta identified the two fatalities as Precious Denise Siruma, 3, of Valenzuela City and Niel Tabuzo, 25, of Camarines Sur.…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY – A policeman was wounded in a shootout Wednesday with six suspected communist rebels who attacked him outside his house. Senior Police Officer 4 Eleazar Carcallas was attacked while heading home in the town of Tigbao in Zamboanga del Sur. The gunmen, who split into two groups,…

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They won’t be hailing Satan at Harvard after all. A plan by a student group to hold a Satanist ritual at the Ivy League university on Monday night was canceled after organizers couldn’t find a space to host their “black mass,” the student organizers said. “Given that no other location…