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In Tulaok, San Simon, Pampanga, Antonina Lalu Garon, known as Lola Garon, lives alone in her small shanty. Blind and in her mid-eighties, she has no one to look after her. Social workers have tried convincing her to live in a shelter for the elderly, but strong-willed Lola Garon insisted…

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Indonesian officials are on high alert and ready to intercept Janet Lim-Napoles should she decide to enter that country by sea. Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison enlisted the help of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and officials of Indonesia’s border crossing station in its efforts to determine the…

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SOME lawmakers are corrupt because their schools failed to teach them good values, an association of private schools said on Saturday. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak may be the excuse for corruption but if the school has trained its graduates well, the school vision lives on,”…

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Monday’s rally at Rizal Park in Manila will not be another “People Power” demonstration to bring down President Benigno Aquino 3rd, a massive expression of public disgust over the abuses in the use of the pork barrel. At the weekly forum in Balitaan at Hotel Rembrandt on Friday, former diplomat…


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A Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) fact-finding team has recommended administrative charges against three of its officials implicated in the “sex-for-repatriation” scandal. In a press briefing, Director Nicon Fameronag of the Labor Communications Office (LCO) read a statement from Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz saying Baldoz approved the recommendation of…

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More than 40 years after the alleged crime was committed, state fiscals have filed corruption charges against former government officials in connection with a P150-million behest loan that a former state bank extended to an underperforming company. The Office of the Ombudsman submitted to the Sandiganbayan separate corruption charges against…

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Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has set capital expenditures (capex) for next year at between P17.5 billion and P18 billion, President and CEO Oscar Reyes said on Tuesday. Reyes said the amount would be for Meralco alone and that subsidiaries were not covered. The capex is intended for expansion and reinforcement…

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Australia-based Otto Energy Ltd. (Otto) has requested the Department of Energy (DOE) for a two-year moratorium on exploration under Service Contract 55 (SC 55), which the company operates. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Tuesday, Trans-Asia Petroleum Corp. (Tapet) said the SC 55 consortium fulfilled the…

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Budget airline Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has been granted additional routes entitlements by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to Russia, the Middle East and East Asia. In a recently concluded board meeting, the CAB gave CEB additional seven flights weekly from Manila to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which allows…

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Property developer also sells treasury shares to Philippine Racing Club LISTED property developer Sta. Lucia Land Inc. has entered the bond market, as it joined on Tuesday the community of listed corporations on the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx). In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Sta.…

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Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx) has surpassed its 2015 listing goal for fixed income securities and is hopeful of an improvement next year despite the prospect of higher interest rates. With the year all but over, PDEx has recorded P107.39 billion in listings, exceeding a P100-billion target that was…

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MAGONG, Taiwan: Taiwanese officials on Thursday defended flight clearance given to a plane which crashed in torrential rain, killing 48 people, as angry relatives blamed authorities for the worst air disaster in a decade. The domestic TransAsia Airways flight was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members when it crashed…

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JERUSALEM: US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel on Thursday as Washington’s top diplomat cited progress in ending 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians. The ban was lifted just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah…

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BAGHDAD: Iraq was closer to breaking months of political limbo on Thursday after a deal on the post of president paved the way for the formation of a new government. The breakthrough came hours before a meeting in Baghdad between United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki,…

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TOKYO: The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) called for a full investigation of twin bombings in Nigeria, denouncing the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram militants, which left at least 42 dead. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the United States wants to “extend our sympathies…

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BEIJING: A Chinese town sealed off after a man died of plague re-opened on Thursday after authorities found no further cases of the illness, state media said. Authorities barred 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu from leaving, while road blocks prevented others from entering, after…

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PARIS: The silhouette of a hand on a cave wall in Indonesia is 40,000 years old, showing that Europe was not the birthplace of art as long believed, researchers said on Wednesday. Created by spraying reddish paint around an open hand pressed against rock, the stencil was made about the…

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SHANGHAI: Roger Federer joins Novak Djokovic in the third round of the Shanghai Masters after winning by the skin of his teeth Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal crashed on a day of shocks. World number three Federer will unseat second-placed Nadal in the ATP rankings on the back of his incredible…

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DONETSK: Ukraine dispatched top envoys to Washington and Brussels on Wednesday to secure help in the face of a surge in clashes with pro-Russian insurgents that killed eight more civilians and troops. A one-month truce in Ukraine is teetering on the verge of collapse just weeks before a general election…

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MEXICO CITY: Tens of thousands of people held protests in Mexico, joining tearful families of 43 missing students demanding their return amid fears a police-backed gang executed them. Crowds on Wednesday gathered from Mexico City to the violence-wracked state of Guerrero, where the students disappeared, and as far south as…

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WASHINGTON: The United States and Canada announced stepped-up airport screening measures Wednesday to look for passengers carrying Ebola, as the deadly virus killed a man in Texas and the worldwide toll neared 3,900. The spillover of the virus — with the first diagnosis in United States and the first case…

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Three people were killed while two others were hurt after still unidentified suspects fired an M-79 grenade launcher at the UCCP church in Cabanog St., Barangay Poblacion, Pikit, Cotabato Wednesday evening. The incident took place around 7:40 p.m., North Cotabato Police Office spokesperson Senior Insp. Jojet Nicolas said. He identified…