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FEARING that it might cause more traffic problems during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday stopped work on seven road projects along EDSA. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they had to defer the seven road repair…

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Terminating the contracts between the state-run Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and two water concessionaires Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. won’t necessarily improve services, a veteran lawmaker said Friday. Mandaluyong Rep. Neptali Gonzales 2nd, who is assured of retaining his House Majority leader post when…

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A 63-year-old man who just arrived from Taiwan was injured when he slipped and fell from an escalator at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, airport police reported on Friday. Police said 63-year-old Philip Teng Kwan, who was initially reported to be a Korean national, was immediately rushed to…

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The Commission on Audit’s (COA) search for the P306-million endowment fund of the National Museum has led it to two private bank accounts. But here the mystery deepens. State auditors discovered that the accounts do not carry the museum’s name. An audit observation memorandum (AOM) sent by the Commission on…


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THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Thursday started distributing land titles to Hacienda Luisita farmers in Tarlac province. The lots were allocated to individual beneficiaries through a raffle in Barangay Cutcut in Tarlac City. DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes said the lottery was the first in a series of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The world increasingly believes China will become the top superpower but the United States enjoys a better image in most regions, according to a poll released on Thursday. A 39-nation study by the Pew Research Center found that the US is still enjoying the boost to its reputation…

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STATE-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp. said it generated a total of $19.878 billion or P935.8 billion from privatization efforts in the first quarter of the year. PSALM said the actual collection amounted to $9.577 billion, or about P450.8 billion, with the balance of $10.30 billion yet…

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AT least 29 renewable energy (RE) projects are in the pipeline for nomination for feed-in tariff (FIT) allocation, according to data posted by the Department of Energy (DOE) on its website. As of October 31, the DOE said 22 solar power projects and seven wind power projects are up for…

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DMCI Power Corp. (DPC), the off-grid electricity supplier of DMCI Holdings Inc., wants to venture into renewable energy (RE), particularly hydropower and biomass. “We are closely studying hydropower and biomass because we think they have the strongest potential in terms of output reliability and commercial viability among the available RE…

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS and digital service provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has completed a P6-billion project to transform its outmoded legacy network into a solely internet protocol (IP)-based system. PLDT said the shift from its legacy network, an antiquated telecommunications network that is not based on IP, will enhance the…

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EVEN institutional investors are now being lured into the thriving Asia Pacific real estate sector, a report by real estate advisor CBRE indicated. CBRE said Asia Pacific institutional investors were turning their sights on property, where expected returns are sweeter than traditional areas like insurance and pension plans that have…

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Central Azucarera de Tarlac Inc. (CAT), the Cojuangco family’s sugar milling firm, expects to return to profit in its second and third fiscal quarter after ending with losses in September. “The company expects to reverse these losses as it moves toward the milling season in the second to third quarter…

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broke a nearly week-long silence on Tuesday and apologized for sexist taunts shouted by a party member at a young Tokyo assemblywoman, reports said. The apology, issued to the male head of the woman’s opposition party, according to Jiji Press and the Asahi newspaper,…

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BEIJING: A state-run Chinese newspaper on Monday slammed Hong Kong’s unofficial referendum on democratic reform—which has drawn more than 700,000 votes—as an “illegal farce” that could prompt tighter control from Beijing. The poll, which opened on Friday, comes as tensions grow in the former British colony over the future of…

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CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egypt’s leaders to allow greater political freedoms on Sunday (Monday in Manila), as Washington unlocked some $572 million in military aid for Cairo and hurried the dispatch of 10 Apache helicopters. Kerry became the highest-ranking US official to meet President Abdel Fattah…

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BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Monday on a surprise trip to push for Iraqi unity and stability, as Sunni militants advanced in west Iraq after security forces retreated. Flying in from Jordan on a visit which the State Department had sought to keep secret…

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SIVERSK, Ukraine: Ukraine’s new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin have both called for dialogue to end a pro-Moscow uprising that has threatened the ex-Soviet state’s survival and brought Europe to the edge of war. The twin calls on Sunday (Monday in Manila) from the central figures of the…

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ABIDJAN: Two million children under five years old die each year in central and western Africa, accounting for almost a third of all deaths worldwide in that age range, the United Nations children’s agency said on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Progress in reducing child mortality has not affected the overall…

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GAZA CITY: Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky. Calm returned to the coastal enclave in a Tuesday ceasefire, and Gazans were gradually starting to rebuild their lives…

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DAMASCUS: Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million. British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters there was “no doubt in my mind” that jihadists from the Islamic…

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The presence of a low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) will continue to dump rains over Luzon and Visayas on Saturday, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA said that as of 4 a.m. the LPA was estimated based on all…

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The Syrian rebels who are now in a stand-off with 75 Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are only most likely after the weapons, ammunition and supplies of the latter. This was revealed by Department of National Defense undersecretary for defense operations Natalio Ecarma Friday. “Most likely the (Syrian rebels’)…

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CARMEN, North Cotabato: Military authorities here have been alerted anew after Moro bandits harassed an Army base in the border of Maguindanao and North Cotabato, officials said Friday. An undetermined number of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked a military and militia detachment in Barangay Dungguan, Aleosan, North Cotabato Thursday…