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The lawyer of Janet Lim-Napoles is requesting authorities to allow Napoles’ caregiver to stay with her in Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa City, Laguna province. Kapunan said Napoles needed someone to look after her medication. She said the caregiver is a “little girl” who has all the medicines of…

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FORMER officials of the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) confirmed reports that some senators poured part of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to sham non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Rhodora Mendoza, former Nabcor vice president for administration and finance, on Thursday told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that not only did Senators…

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NANNING, CHINA: Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo is on a charm offensive in this city, trying to convince Chinese investors to enter the Philippine market. At a recent meeting with prospective Chinese investors, Domingo said the Philippines’ “light” industry market has been slowly gaining traction in the last five…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has no plans to reshuffle the Cabinet amid reports that some of its members were involved in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers by releasing money to fake organizations. Rumors of a possible Cabinet revamp started circulating after the President called…


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THE Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Thursday said that Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is the real conduit to fake non-government organizations as proven by Occidental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali’s claim that Alcala knew about Janet Lim-Napoles’ involvement in the pork barrel scam. “Rep. Umali’s statement clearly shows that the…

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Malacañang on Thursday said that the opposition should not “politicize” the anomalies involving the use of the pork barrel funds of some lawmakers. Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said that the special report of the Commission on Audit (COA) was not selective because it covered only 2007, 2008 and 2009…

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LONDON: “It’s like travelling in a time capsule,” enthused Jimi Hendrix’s former girlfriend, marvelling at their old London flat which has been painstakingly recreated to look exactly the way he left it in the swinging Sixties. The apartment where Hendrix and Kathy Etchingham lived between 1968 and 1969, which opens…

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NEW DELHI: India’s economy expanded 7.3 percent in the third quarter of the financial year, official data showed Monday, suggesting it remains on track as the world’s fastest-growing major economy. The year-on-year expansion in gross domestic product (GDP) for the three months to end-December represented a slowdown from the previous…

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TOKYO: The yield on Japan’s 10-year government bond dropped to zero for the first time ever on Tuesday, the lowest among G7 countries, on the back of wild volatility on equity markets. The note slipped four basis points Tuesday to zero percent, continuing a downtrend sparked by the Bank of…

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LONDON: London has ramped up its foreign exchange reserves in a move described by British media on Monday as a war chest against market chaos should Britain leave the European Union. Currency reserves jumped 34 percent to $98.2 billion (87.9 billion euros) in January 2016, from $73.4 billion for the…

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BUENOS AIRES: Argentina has claimed a breakthrough in efforts to get US hedge funds off its back by paying $6.5 billion of debt, but faces tricky maneuvers to settle the dispute for good. The leaders of Latin America’s third-biggest economy said Friday they had offered the sum to settle its…

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THE HAGUE: Ukraine and 11 countries that lost citizens in downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 agreed on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to set up a joint team of prosecutors to examine possible criminal charges, a statement said. This will add to several other probes under way to determine what caused…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea,…

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TRIPOLI: A huge fire at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli was out of control on Monday, sparking fears of a fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area. The fire, raging since Sunday night, spread to a second fuel storage site in what the government called…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), revealing millions had fled their homes. “In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing…

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TOKYO: Sweltering summer heat in Japan has left at least 15 people dead over the past week, while more than 8,000 others were rushed to hospital with heatstroke symptoms, official figures showed on Tuesday. At least six people died on Saturday alone, when the state weather agency warned temperatures had…

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ANSAN, South Korea: Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster testified on Tuesday on how passengers, abandoned by the crew, improvised means of escape, using fire hoses to pull people to safety as the vessel sank. On a second day of student testimony in the trial of the Sewol ferry’s…

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CEBU CITY: The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) has passed a resolution placing the whole province under a state of calamity to allow the provincial government to use its calamity funds to assist typhoon Ruby victims. The provincial government still has some Php77 million in disaster funds for this year, the…

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With the expected rains spawned by typhoon “Ruby”, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a “yellow” rainfall warning in Metro Manila, the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday. PAGASA said under the…