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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said that it is awaiting confirmation about reports of China’s “fresh violations” in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “Jointly with DND [Department of National Defense], we are committed to look at ways to appropriately address this issue,” Raul Hernandez,…

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Malacañang on Tuesday clarified that the alleged midnight deal involving Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and his brother-in-law has been terminated. ”It’s been cancelled,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said, referring to the lease by the Philippine Forest Corp. (Philforest) of 2,000 hectares of forest land and beach-front property in…

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THE implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, a landmark piece of legislation that institutionalizes 12 years of basic education otherwise known as the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, will be signed today. President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier signed Republic Act 10533 to…

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JANET Lim-Napoles, the businesswoman at the center of the P10-billion pork barrel scam suffered an anxiety attack during her first night of stay at her detention cell in Fort Santo Domingo, Santa Rosa, Laguna province, a police official said on Monday. PNP Public Information chief Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac…


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THE brother of alleged pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim-Napoles has turned to the Court of Appeals for succor, asking the CA to void the non-bailable warrant of arrest issued by the Makati RTC against him In a 40-page Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition filed by Reynald Lim at the…

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Can the Palace convince a key official to withdraw his irrevocable resignation? Amid reports of Malacañang’s “distrust” of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a Palace official clarified that the problem with the office is not institutional but only some individuals who are “less trustworthy.” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said…

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PARIS: Economic losses from the impact of climate change in Southeast Asia could be 60 percent higher than previously estimated, reducing the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 11 percent by 2100, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a new study. The analysis is an update to…

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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization, elected its board of directors for 2016-2017 during the group’s annual meeting on December 4. By unanimous vote of the newly elected board, Benedicto Yujuico and George Barcelon were elected chairman and president, respectively. Yujuico replaces Miguel…

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THE concreting of a 6.5-kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte has started under a World Bank-funded rural development project which aims to boost agricultural production areas in the countryside, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the P76.3-million FMR project will serve…

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The Philippines aims to hold technical consultations with member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the first half of 2016, Trade Assistant Secretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo said. These countries include Japan and the United States, Rodolfo said. He noted that possible technical discussions with the US would be rooted…

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Shares hit ceiling on debut, close up 17.22% NEWLY listed property developer Italpinas Development Corp. (IDC) saw its maiden share sale take off, mostly from enthusiastic retail investors. It listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Monday, despite the volatilities hounding the market. IDC’s shares jumped to its ceiling price…

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ACTIVE mobile content and game developer Xurpas Inc. has increased its stake in American startup Quick.ly Inc. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Xurpas said its shareholdings in Quick.ly were upsized to 4.8 percent on a fully diluted basis from 4.5 percent as disclosed earlier. In May, the…

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LONDON: British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg joined calls on Sunday (Monday in Manila) for Russia to be stripped of the World Cup in 2018 following the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine. The Liberal Democrat leader, whose party is the junior partner in Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s…

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DENPASAR, Indonesia: Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, an official confirmed on Sunday. Despite a stomach-churning 16-minute video posted on YouTube of a mass slaughter that has prompted outrage…

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ABUJA: Nigeria was on alert against the possible spread of Ebola on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), a day after the first confirmed death from the virus in Lagos, Africa’s biggest city and the country’s financial capital. The health ministry said on Friday that a 40-year-old Liberian man died at a…

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BAMAKO: All passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families, France announced. As the first images emerged of the crash site, showing a charred landscape and debris scattered over a wide area, French President Francois…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Park GeunHye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician on Friday as she received visiting Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties. Masuzoe made a courtesy call at the presidential Blue House, which Park used to reiterate Seoul’s demand that Tokyo…

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DALIAN, China: At a northern quayside China’s first aircraft carrier dwarfs nearby vessels, its take-off ramp rising higher than the top deck of the cruise ship at the next berth, symbolizing the country’s naval ambitions. Dalian, where the Liaoning was refitted and undergoes regular maintenance, looks out over the Bohai…

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Some 2,300 Filipinos in Syria are urged to immediately avail of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program there amid the start of US air strikes against a Syrian extremist group. Charles Jose, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said in a text message on Tuesday that crisis alert…

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GLENEAGLES: The guessing game gets going in earnest at the Ryder Cup on Tuesday as players set out in groups for their first practice rounds at Gleneagles. Who is playing with whom takes on added significance as an insight into the thought processes drifting through the minds of the two…

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WASHINGTON: A homeless US army veteran who jumped a fence and ran into the White House with a knife had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a court heard on Monday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, appeared in US District Court as Barack Obama’s spokesman said the president is…

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WASHINGTON: The United States and its “partners” have launched a barrage of bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on Islamic State extremists in Syria, the Pentagon said. US media reported five Arab states took part in the air raids as part of a new international coalition formed to attack the Islamic…