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JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate allegations that National Food Authority (NFA) officials were involved in the “overpricing” of imported rice. In an October 12, 2013 memorandum to NBI officer-in-charge Medardo Delemos, de Lima specifically directed the formation of “a special…

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Wanchai, Hong Kong: Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong are worried over the possible sanctions that the former British territory may impose against the Philippines since these may include scrapping the visa-free entry of Filipinos. Rosemarie Gallardo, 35, said that she and other Filipinos working in Hong Kong could…

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The Manila Times College (TMTC) and electronic books (e-books) distribution company Flipside Publishing Services Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Thursday to provide students easier access to cheaper text books. The program was spearheaded by TMTC President Dr. Isagani Cruz. The Flipside team visited the campus to orient…

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HOW the city of Manila will cover its P3.5 billion obligations when it only has less than half of the amount at its disposal is a great puzzle to the Commission on Audit (COA). State auditors revealed that before 2012 ended, Manila had liabilities amounting to P3.54 billion. However, the…


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AS government agencies prepare for the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) issued survival tips that may help save lives and property. Before a typhoon, store adequate supply of food and clean water, especially foodstuff that need no cooking. Put flashlights, candles and battery-powered radios within easy…

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MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday began hosting Miss Universe for the first time in the pageant’s 61-year history, with contestants from 86 countries shimmying along a catwalk in a concert hall in Moscow. Politics came near to overshadowing the glitz as one United States host refused to come in protest at…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US manufacturing activity contracted for the fifth straight month in February, although many sectors reported good demand domestically, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported on Tuesday. The ISM purchasing managers index for the manufacturing sector registered 49.5, below the threshold of 50 between growth and contraction. That,…

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OTTAWA: Canada’s economy slowed at the end of 2015 as exports saw a downswing and businesses curtailed investments, the government statistics agency said on Tuesday. The economy expanded 0.8 percent from October to December following a relatively robust 2.4 percent rate of growth upon exiting a mild recession the previous…

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ONE of the key messages that emerged from the 5th Arangkada Forum earlier this week was a bit of a head-scratcher: In a press briefing on the sidelines of the meeting, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) president Rick Santos divulged that the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) were…

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This 2016, most millennials born from 1980–1996 will be in the age range of 20s to mid-30s. In the Philippines, the current median age for millennials is 24. American sociologist Kathleen Shaputis has termed millennials as the Peter Pan generation, owing to the perceived tendency of delaying “adult” rites of…

ECONOMISTS RECOMMEND REFORMS TO NEXT PRESIDENT

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The successor of President Benigno Aquino 3rd must continue to pursue high, sustained and inclusive growth by implementing reforms that promote quality jobs and competitive sectors, top economists in the Philippines agreed at a forum on Tuesday. Among those who gathered for the Arangkada Philippines Forum at the Marriott Grand…

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The national government has been advancing recommendations of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) in policy reforms and development, but has not been fast enough to entirely achieve inclusive growth amid the robust 6 percent to 7 percent economic growth in the last five years. JFC, the largest…

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BEIJING: With armed guards stationed inside the courtroom, four accused went on trial on Friday for a mass stabbing that killed 31 people in China, in an attack authorities blamed on separatists from largely Muslim Xinjiang. The March 1 carnage at a train station in Kunming, in southwestern China, also…

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SYDNEY: Australia on Friday raised its terror threat level to “high” for the first time in a decade on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria. The heightened alert after years on “medium” officially means a “terrorist attack is likely” and comes after repeated government…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washington’s concerns that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty “were not assuaged” during a meeting between the two sides in Moscow, the State Department said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). US negotiators nevertheless felt they had a “useful exchange of views” with their Russian counterparts and have…

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WARSAW: Poland on Thursday (Friday in Manila) accused Russia’s Gazprom of slashing gas deliveries by half, which analysts said was likely aimed at sending a message to the European Union amid tensions over the Ukraine conflict. Separately, Slovakia reported a 10 percent drop in supplies, while Austria reported a 15…

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OSLO: Sweden’s general election campaign has spilled over into Norway as political rivals pursue votes among the tens of thousands of mostly young Swedes emigrating to find work. The Swedish economy and its AAA credit rating might be envied by most European countries, but unemployment among people aged 15 to…

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NEW DELHI: Nearly half of all girls in South Asia marry before they turn 18, according to a United Nations report that lays bare what it calls “glaring inequalities.” The report, published by the UN children’s agency UNICEF on Thursday, also revealed that more than a million newborn babies still…

Today's Breaking News

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Expect gradual improvement in weather condition in most parts of the country Monday as tropical storm “Amang” weakened and downgraded into a low pressure area (LPA). Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) that due to a series of…

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Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be sending Pope Francis back to Rome on Monday, with an estimated time of departure (ETD) at 10 am. According to PAL, the chartered Airbus 340 which will be sending the Pope off has been at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City since 6…

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The enormous number of devotees who attended the Mass at the Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday stunned Pope Francis, according to Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. “I can not fathom the faith of the simple people,” Tagle quoted the Pope as saying after the mass was over. Tagle…