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By Anthony Vargas Correspondent THE Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed on Friday that the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were more active in committing atrocities during this year’s campaign period for the mid-term local and national elections. Data from the PNP national operations center in Camp Crame said that since…

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is the richest among President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s men while Education Secretary Armin Luistro is the least wealthy, as shown by statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) provided by Malacanang. Del Rosario declared a net worth of P705,481,105.13 in his 2012 SALN…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) junked the libel case filed by the current chairman of the Baguio Country Club’s executive committee against her siblings for allegedly making defamatory statements in a published book detailing their assets. In a 14-page decision penned by Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon and concurred in by…

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Another partial proclamation of the senatorial winners was announced by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday night. Proclaimed were Liberal Party’s Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th, and reelectionists Sen. A­quilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th. The poll body, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC),…

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By Fatima Cielo B. Cancel Reporter THE Department of Tourism (DOT) recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan for the launching of Green Initiative, a joint program that aims to protect and nourish the country’s natural biodiversity. Under the MOA, the signatories would implement strategies that…

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THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) on Friday said the government’s claim in the disputed 18.4 hectares Payanig sa Pasig property was strengthened with the authentication of the land titles. “LRA [Land Registration Authority] upholds authenticity of PCGG land title [one of 2 titles to the property] to 2.4…

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Fujisan Solar and Wind Energy Corp., has expressed interested in developing solar and wind projects in Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) areas, the off-grid power plants managed by the National Power Corp. (Napocor). ”Right now—it depends—in order to operate in SPUG areas they should have consistent supply. We will be…

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SEMICONDUCTOR firm Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp. has secured the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go ahead with a P2.88-billion follow-on offering to fund its long-term expansion. The share sale involves 120 million common shares at P24 apiece, consisting of 80 million shares as the base offering…

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PhinmA Education Network (PEN), the education unit of listed parent Phinma Corp., is planning to put up two to three colleges within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region before its planned debut or initial public offering (IPO) on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) either in 2017 or 2019.…

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Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI), a subsidiary of property giant Megaworld Corporation, announced on Tuesday that the three towers of its first residential condominium cluster, Holland Park in Southwoods City, has been sold out just nine months after its launch. Due to the high demand for condominium units in the 561-hectare…

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Tigerair and Cebu Pacific said their strategic alliance agreement to deepen cooperation for the Singapore and Philippine markets has been approved by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS). “CEB’s strategic alliance with Tigerair allows both carriers to leverage on each other’s strengths and complementary networks,” said Lance Gokongwei, president and…

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GMA Network on Tuesday asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to investigate the complains lodged by subscribers of SkyCable for supposedly disrupting the signal while Eat Bulaga and its Kalye-serye AlDub segment was airing earlier this month. In a five-page letter dated September 17, 2015, GMA Senior Vice President for…

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan: More than 300 people were killed and hundreds of others feared dead after a landslide buried an Afghan village in Badakhshan province, officials said, as rescue teams on Saturday rushed to the scene in the hope of finding any survivors. The United Nations confirmed that 350 people were…

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SAN JOSE, United States: Jurors late on Friday (Saturday in Manila) ordered Samsung to pay just a fraction of the big-money damages sought by Apple in a high-stakes Silicon Valley case over smartphone patents. The jury in a federal court in California found that Samsung violated some patents and ruled…

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SEOUL: A malfunctioning automatic stopping system caused the recent collision of two subway trains in Seoul, officials said on Saturday. A moving train slammed into the rear of another, which had stopped at Sangwangsimni station in eastern Seoul on mid-afternoon on Friday, leaving more than 200 people injured. The accident…

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KIEV: Ukraine’s army on Saturday broadened a military offensive to retake control of rebel-held towns and cities in the chaotic east of the country, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. “Overnight, forces participating in the anti-terrorist operation in Kramatorsk took control of the TV tower that was previously held by…

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Friday warned that money “risks contaminating” football and called for a return to “sporting dignity” at a Vatican meeting with players from Italian Cup finalists Fiorentina and Napoli. “Football is a big business now because of advertising, television, etcetera. But the economic factor must not…

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SEOUL: The operation to recover bodies from the ferry that sank off South Korea last month has been suspended due to heavy seas, a spokesman said on Saturday, amid concern that many of the missing may never be found. Seventeen days after the 6,825-ton Sewol capsized and sank, 228 people…

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Driven by surging obesity, an aging population and doubly high risks among blacks and Latinos, the American epidemic of diabetes has leaped to historic heights in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Diabetes mellitus now afflicts 29 million Americans — 9.3 percent of the…

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WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for greater national effort against gun violence just hours after a latest school shooting happening in the U.S. State of Oregon on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) left two dead, including one innocent student. Obama warned that mass shootings were “off the charts”…

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LOS ANGELES: Electronics Arts is letting virtual soccer stars in “FIFA 15” get psyched, or angry, on field just like their real-world inspirations. A new version of the global blockbuster sport game infuses on-screen players with “emotional intelligence” designed to let them show how they feel about missed passes, brutal…