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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said that it is awaiting confirmation about reports of China’s “fresh violations” in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “Jointly with DND [Department of National Defense], we are committed to look at ways to appropriately address this issue,” Raul Hernandez,…

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Malacañang on Tuesday clarified that the alleged midnight deal involving Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and his brother-in-law has been terminated. ”It’s been cancelled,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said, referring to the lease by the Philippine Forest Corp. (Philforest) of 2,000 hectares of forest land and beach-front property in…

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THE implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, a landmark piece of legislation that institutionalizes 12 years of basic education otherwise known as the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, will be signed today. President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier signed Republic Act 10533 to…

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JANET Lim-Napoles, the businesswoman at the center of the P10-billion pork barrel scam suffered an anxiety attack during her first night of stay at her detention cell in Fort Santo Domingo, Santa Rosa, Laguna province, a police official said on Monday. PNP Public Information chief Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac…


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THE brother of alleged pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim-Napoles has turned to the Court of Appeals for succor, asking the CA to void the non-bailable warrant of arrest issued by the Makati RTC against him In a 40-page Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition filed by Reynald Lim at the…

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Can the Palace convince a key official to withdraw his irrevocable resignation? Amid reports of Malacañang’s “distrust” of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a Palace official clarified that the problem with the office is not institutional but only some individuals who are “less trustworthy.” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said…

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COLLEGE students from different schools all over the country have come up with interesting proposals and potential solutions on how to provide underprivileged and off-grid communities not only with electricity but also with other amenities and even livelihood sources. Sikat Solar Challenge Foundation Inc. (SSCFI) attracted solutions from 65 talented…

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BEIJING: China has set its growth target for this year at between 6.5 and 7 percent, the country’s top economic planner said Wednesday, an acknowledgement that expansion will continue to weaken. Global investors are closely watching the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy, which has created turbulence in world…

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PLDT Smart SME Nation will focus in expanding its coverage this 2016, tapping more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to go digital, its new head Albert Mitchell Locsin said. “Our main goal is to really get the coverage we want to better serve the SME nation businesses,” Locsin said…

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) will be applying for the government’s Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program in March, wanting to be a part of the country’s plan to ramp up the vehicle manufacturing industry. “We will submit out application next month,” Yoshiaki Kato, MMPC president, told reporters Thursday night.…

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A South Korean furniture maker is expanding its operations in the Philippines, shelling out P50 million to build a factory in the Clark Freeport Zone. Punta Design Inc. President and CEO Byung Mo Lee signed a lease agreement with Arthur Tugade, president and chief executive officer of state-run Clark Development…

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D&L Industries Inc. is beefing up its export business by a fifth this year as part of efforts to leave behind Manila port congestion that stunted growth in 2015. The company is the largest specialty plastics, food ingredients and oleochemicals company in the Philippines. D&L Executive Vice President and Chief…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Park GeunHye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician on Friday as she received visiting Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties. Masuzoe made a courtesy call at the presidential Blue House, which Park used to reiterate Seoul’s demand that Tokyo…

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DALIAN, China: At a northern quayside China’s first aircraft carrier dwarfs nearby vessels, its take-off ramp rising higher than the top deck of the cruise ship at the next berth, symbolizing the country’s naval ambitions. Dalian, where the Liaoning was refitted and undergoes regular maintenance, looks out over the Bohai…

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MAGONG, Taiwan: Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers on Friday, pledging to shoulder the “utmost responsibility” after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather. It came as airline chairman Vincent Lin was confronted by grieving relatives as…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States hopes to give a huge boost to its trade ties with India in an upcoming visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, US officials said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). “Our trade has already grown fivefold since the year 2000 to almost $100 billion…

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli fire on Gaza killed a pregnant woman and a senior Islamic Jihad figure on Friday, taking the Palestinian death toll from 18 days of violence to 815, emergency services said. Surgeons saved the life of the 23-year-old woman’s unborn child after the air strike hit…

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The crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop in Taiwan comes six days after the tragedy July 17 involving Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Then, one week after the tragedy of MH 17, an Air Alegerie jet carrying 116 passengers disappeared while en route to Algiers from Burkina Faso. At this time,…

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WASHINGTON: US Supreme Court justices struggled Monday with the difficult question of whether threats made on Facebook can be prosecuted or are protected free speech. In a key test of freedom of expression in the Internet era, the nine justices heard arguments in the case of a man convicted of…

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WASHINGTON: A communications director for a Republican lawmaker said she would resign after she posted a Facebook rant about US President Barack Obama’s daughters. Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a post slamming Malia and Sasha, aged 16 and 13, for looking bored at a public…

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HONG KONG: Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike Monday, raising the stakes after one of the worst nights of violence to hit the demonstrations. Wong, 18, and two young female members of his Scholarism student group announced…

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LONDON: Rich with special effects, the final installment of director Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy debuted in a much-anticipated premiere in London on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was filmed in 3D in a vivid 48 frames per second, and the final part…

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CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao: The military has sent more troops Tuesday to the town of Shariff Saydona, Maguindanao following the harassment incident by outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) Monday. Captain Joann Petinglay, 6th Infantry Division information officer, said the BIFF has been harassing far flung communities in Datu Shariff Saydona…

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A civilian woman was wounded when she was accidentally hit by stray bullets after five New People’s Army (NPA) fighters fired upon a passing Army truck at Barangay Morera, Guinobatan, Albay, late Monday night. Southern Luzon Command spokesperson Major Angelo Guzman said the incident happened at 12:47 p.m. He identified…