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(Conclusion) Citing Bel-Air again as an example, the Times’ own computation showed that a barangay could spend more money in contracts that skip the required bidding process. A 15-page Annual Procurement Plan of Barangay Bel-Air which was prepared by Janny Pacleb, supply officer, and recommended for approval by Roswinda Bautista,…

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Saying she and her fellow barangay officials in Bel Air, Makati City have passed every official audit on their use of their village’s funds, Constancia Lichauco blamed a local celebrity for making a mountain out of a molehill, resulting in a case filed against her before the Ombudsman. The celebrity…

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Veteran journalists belongingto the Association of Philippine Journalists/Samahang Plaridel are calling for the creation of an Independent Truth Commission that will ensure a “fair, impartial and exhaustive” investigation of the pork barrel scam. In a resolution signed on August 30—at the 163rd birth anniversary of Marcelo H. del Pilar—Samahang Plaridel…

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THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has set the preliminary investigation of the Balintang Channel incident last May 9 which resulted in the killing a Taiwanese fisherman last May 9. According to Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the preliminary investigation is set on September 9, 2013 at 2:00pm. The subpoenas were issued…


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THE improvements at the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal (SWIPT) in Pasay City will be completed next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Friday. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they are continuously addressing all legitimate concerns with regards to the operations of the bus terminal. He added that…

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Some P46.8-million worth of foreign currencies and gambling chips were seized by authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Thursday evening. Bureau of Customs personnel confiscated some 88-million in Japanese yen, $170,000 in 100 bills, as well as Resort World’s gambling chips amounting to P1.56 million.…

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced a record budget deficit and cuts to fuel and utility subsidies on Monday as the oil powerhouse suffers from a drastic fall in global crude prices. Petrol prices in the kingdom were to rise by more than 50 percent on some products from Tuesday, authorities said,…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US software maker Adobe on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) released security updates for its Flash video player amid ongoing concerns about security holes that could let hackers in. Adobe said it was aware of a report of “limited, targeted attacks” against unprotected versions of the software. “These updates…

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The rule of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires listed companies to allocate to the public a minimum ownership of 10 percent. Does it cover all kinds of shares, such as voting and non-voting preferred shares that compose the outstanding capital stock of a listed company? The question is…

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As 2015 comes to an end, most taxpayers are already spending the last few days of the year with their families and friends, away from work. With all the excitement and festivities of the holiday season, it is no wonder that some taxpayers tend to overlook deadlines for compliance with…

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Philippine merchandise imports picked up for the fifth consecutive month in October, accelerating by 16.8 percent year-on-year from September’s revised 8.2-percent increase. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday said improvements were recorded for six out of the top 10 commodities, supporting overall imports to $6.527 billion from $5.589 billion…

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ANSAN, South Korea: Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster testified on Tuesday on how passengers, abandoned by the crew, improvised means of escape, using fire hoses to pull people to safety as the vessel sank. On a second day of student testimony in the trial of the Sewol ferry’s…

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GENEVA: The scaly anteater, which looks like an artichoke with legs and a tail, is being eaten out of existence as its tasty meat is served up at banquets across Asia, conservationists said on Tuesday. The mysterious mammal, also known as a pangolin, is the prey of poachers with more…

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MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s foreign minister and the visiting governor of California questioned on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) plans by Texas to deploy troops to stem the flow of immigrant children, saying they need humanitarian aid instead. Gov. Jerry Brown, on a visit focused on boosting trade with California’s southern neighbor,…

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Democracy prevailed in Indonesia last week. Now leaders there and around the world must quickly get behind the country’s president-elect. After a tense two-week ballot recount in Indonesia’s closest-ever race for the top job, election officials declared the popular governor of Jakarta, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the winner in the July…

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THE HAGUE: An international military mission to secure the MH17 crash site in rebel-held Ukraine is currently “unrealistic,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday (Monday in Manila). “Getting the military upper hand for an international mission in this area is, according to our conclusion, not realistic,” Rutte told…

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SEOUL: A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula. The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the mili–tary’s General Political Bureau, during a speech to a large military rally…

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SHANGHAI: Roger Federer edged a resilient Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/2) to win the Shanghai Masters and claim the 81st title of his career on Sunday. The 17-time Grand Slam winner had blown away world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals but he found a stubborn…

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NAPA: South Korea’s Bae Sang-Moon nabbed his second US PGA Tour title, firing a final-round 73 to hold on for victory in the Frys.com Open. Bae, who took a four-shot lead into the fourth round, finished with a 15-under par total of 273 and a two-stroke victory over Australian Steven…

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WASHINGTON: Turkey has granted the United States access to its air bases for the campaign against the Islamic State group, including a key installation near the Syrian border, a senior US defense official said. “Details of usage are still being worked out,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.…

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KIEV: President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine’s third defence minister of the year Sunday in a surprise decision ahead of high-level talks with Moscow on bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet republic. Poroshenko’s official website said he would nominate a new defence chief on Monday after “accepting the resignation” of…

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong police early Monday started removing street barricades at sites where pro-democracy demonstrators have been holding more than two weeks of rallies, paralyzing parts of the Chinese financial hub. Police had started moving in to clear barriers at the edges of the main protest site in Admiralty,…

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CAIRO: International donors pledged about $5.4 billion in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip on Sunday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace efforts. The conference in Cairo aimed at financing the reconstruction of swathes of Gaza destroyed in a 50-day July-August war between Israel and Hamas. “The…