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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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TO promote local animation industry, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is adding a new category for animated videos in its annual award-giving event. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, who is also the overall MMFF head, said that animation will be under the New Wave Section dedicated…

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THE Bureau of Customs on Friday confiscated smuggled cigarettes and condiments after conducting a raid in a warehouse in Tondo, Manila. The smuggled products were hidden in a warehouse located in the corner of Padre Rada Street and Elcana Street in Tondo. Customs operatives and agents said they received a…

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Showbiz personalities and old faces dominated the council race in Quezon City. Actor-turned politician and second district Councilor Alfred Vargas was elected as representative of the newly created District 5 (Novaliches area). TV host and comedian Anjo Yllana, a former vice mayor of Parañaque City, has been elected councilor in…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices retreated in Asia Wednesday after a key measure of manufacturing in China fell to its lowest level in more than six years, signaling weaker demand in the world’s top energy consumer. The prospects of weaker demand come as the oversupplied global oil market is already troubled by…

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MOSCOW: A new Russian law limiting foreign ownership of media has upended the sector, forcing companies to scramble to comply and throwing into doubt the fate of TV channels, glossy mags and news dailies. Adopted swiftly in an atmosphere of increased distrust of the West fuelled by the Ukraine crisis,…

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FOR an audience of business and economic readers in the Philippines, one of the very few places in the world where Volkswagen does not have a significant presence, the news about the scandal the giant automaker has become mired in may not seem that important. It is, however, a man-made…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Online deals giant Groupon said Tuesday it was cutting some 1,100 jobs over the coming months in another sign of cooling in the once-hot sector. Groupon also said it would be ending operations in several markets around the world including Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan,…

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Investment pledges by foreign investors in the Philippines slumped 21 percent in the first half of 2015 from a year earlier, with little support from a 0.5 percent increase in foreign pledges during the second quarter. Data from the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) released Tuesday showed foreign investments (FI) approved…

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THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revised its Philippine growth outlook for 2015, taking into account the impact of weak external demand and government spending on the economy. In an update to its flagship Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2015, the Manila-based lender is now saying that the Philippine gross domestic…

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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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SAO PAULO: Brazil was racing to be ready for the opening of the World Cup, scrambling to apply the finishing touches to a troubled build-up dogged by delays and violent street protests. The hosts launch the four-week football carnival when they play Croatia in Sao Paulo’s 61,600-capacity Corinthians Arena at…

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KIEV: A total of 270 people have been killed and 713 injured during the Ukrainian army’s ongoing operation in Ukraine’s eastern regions, the Ukrainian Health Ministry reported Wednesday. “Since the start of the standoff, 225 people have died and 576 sought medical assistance over wounds in the Donetsk Region; 150…

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: Unscrupulous wildlife traders have found a new lucrative species in the endemic predatory arthropod scorpions and critically-endangered Philippine freshwater turtles in Palawan, according to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (WTMU) of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS). PCSDS spokesperson Alex Marcaida told the Philippines News…

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Tropical storm “Ester” is already out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but still rains are expected over Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon affecting these area, the state weather bureau said on Thursday. In the Thursday forecast, PAGASA said that Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, the regions…

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Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday urged the Filipino people to take to their heart the responsibility of guarding national freedom amid many controversies plaguing some government institutions including the Senate. “I call on our people to renew our commitment to democracy. Let us revitalize our sense of nationhood with…