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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has upheld the disqualification of Regina Ongsiako Reyes as congressional candidate for the lone district of Marinduque for being an American citizen. A source said the poll body is set to promulgate its decision affirming the ruling of the Co­melec’s First Division declaring Reyes…

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As election day draws closer, more violent incidents were reported across the country. In Taal, Batangas, a village chairman was killed while his aide was wounded after they were attacked by unidentified men late Friday afternoon, police reports said on Saturday. Arnel Marcellana, barangay chairman of Cawit, Taal, and his…

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By Johanna M. Sampan And Catherine Valente Reporters Faced with defiance by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and rejection by Malacañang, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has practically given up on the “money ban” it wants to impose to curb vote-buying. In a supplemental resolution on Thursday, the commission…

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By Anthony Vargas Correspondent Stories of candidates doling out cash to voters abound, but one can hardly hear of reports about the arrest of a candidate or his supporters for vote buying. The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted on Thursday that policemen are virtually helpless in stopping or prosecuting people…

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By Catherine S. Valente, Llanesca Panti Reporters And Anthony Vargas Correspondent President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said fears of another massive power blackout are not enough reason to cancel or delay the elections on Monday. Aquino dispelled fears that the outage that hit half of Luzon on Wednesday was…

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Former senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri on Thursday expressed his sincerest gratitude to the Senate employees for the overwhelming support he got at yesterday’s Senate mock polls. With a total vote of 645, Zubiri ranked No. 1 in the mock polls spearheaded by the senate employees’ union or the Samahan…

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PROPERTY giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) expects its actual 2015 spending to fall short of the P100-billion allotment, citing slower land bank accumulation. ALI Senior Vice President Jaime Ysmael told reporters at the sidelines of the Financial Executives (Finex) Forum on Thursday that the company is “rationalizing” its costs for…

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THE product offerings of Smart Communications Inc. subsidiary Smart Money give it an edge over rival operator GCash, Globe Telecom’s wholly owned subsidiary, said BMI Research, think tank unit of the Fitch Group. “BMI believes that the product offering of Smart Money will be strengthened through such partnerships and give…

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Acesite (Philippines) Hotel Corp. is deemed public, based on the fact its 346.1 million common shares, including treasury shares, are listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange. Records found on the website show the company was incorporated on Oct. 1, 1952 and became a listed company on Dec. 5, 1986. Compare…

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ADSPARK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom specializing in mobile-first digital marketing solutions, has signed an exclusive advertising partnership deal with Wattpad, said to be the world’s largest community of readers and writers. “We’re delighted to partner exclusively with Wattpad in the Philippines and look forward to developing many…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: China’s economic downturn and weak inflation pose a challenge to the US Federal Reserve as it weighs raising interest rates for the first time in nine years on Thursday. Analysts say the risks have risen for a slowdown in US growth that might persuade the Fed to hold…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Federal Reserve opened a two-day meeting on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to weigh a historic interest rate increase amid calls for it to move gingerly as world economic growth slows. The World Bank has warned developing economies to prepare for more capital and currency market turmoil…

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BEIRUT: An international rights group called on Tuesday for the United Nations Security Council to block the flow of weapons to Syria’s regime, which it said was launching indiscriminate attacks with “barrel bombs.” The call from Human Rights Watch (HRW) came a day after a group of prominent legal experts…

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SEOUL: North Korea held a live-fire drill near its maritime border with South Korea on Tuesday, with Seoul vowing a “strong” response if any shells fall on its side of the disputed boundary. A similar exercise a month ago resulted in the two rivals firing hundreds of artillery shells into…

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HONG KONG: A Hong Kong woman who allegedly tortured her Indonesian domestic helper in a case which sparked international concern is facing new charges relating to unpaid wages and owed holidays, a court heard on Tuesday. Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested in January for seriously wounding Erwiana Sulistyaningsih,…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologized on Tuesday for her government’s failure to combat systemic and regulatory “evils” blamed for the loss of about 300 lives in a ferry disaster. Two days after her prime minister resigned over the tragedy, Park’s comments are another attempt to defuse growing public…

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PHNOM PENH: A Taiwanese woman was on Tuesday jailed for 10 years by a Cambodian court for trafficking hundreds of people to work in slave-like conditions on fishing boats off Africa. Lin Yu Shin, owner of the now-defunct Giant Ocean International Co. Ltd., was arrested in the Cambodian tourist hub…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police on Tuesday arrested a woman believed to be part of a radical Islamic terror group, reports said, bringing the total number of those detained this week to 10. Police arrested nine Malaysians on Monday in raids near the capital Kuala Lumpur and the northern state of…

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SEOUL: South Koreans voted Wednesday in nationwide local elections seen as a spot referendum on President Park Geun-Hye’s handling of the April ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly schoolchildren. Park’s administration has been sharply criticised for its response to the tragedy and the polls, which opened at 6:00am…

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LOS ANGELES: Actor Brad Pitt described a Ukrainian prankster who attacked him last week as a “nutter,” in his first public comments on the incident on a Hollywood red carpet. In an exclusive statement to People magazine, he described how Vitalii Sediuk, 25, dived at his crotch while the megastar…

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LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing new accusations of racism and claims of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by a woman once employed as his personal assistant. The complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Sterling fired Maiko May King…

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SAN ANTONIO: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker said Tuesday that he will play in Thursday’s opening game of the NBA Finals against Miami despite a foot injury suffered in Saturday triumph. “I will play Thursday against the Heat,” Parker said in a posting on his website. “I might not…

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FLORHAM PARK, United States: Portugal were gearing up for the World Cup on Tuesday in New Jersey, fretting over the fitness of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. With the World Cup looming, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner as best footballer of last year, had some bad news about his recent aches and…

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MADRID: Spain set its new king-in-waiting Felipe on the path to the throne Tuesday after his father’s surprise abdication, despite noisy street protests calling for a republic. A day after King Juan Carlos, 76, declared an end to his four-decade reign, the government sent a law to parliament that will…