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SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel 3rd wants the Senate to investigate the sea mishap involving the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas and Sulpicio Express 7, which killed at least 97 people. Pimentel said he will file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the disaster amid calls from the United Filipino Seafarers President…

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A radio commentator in Iligan City was shot dead by at least two men riding a motorcycle on Thursday night. Nanding Solijon of dxLS Love Radio Iligan City was hit seven times in the head, chest and other parts of the body during the attack in Purok 1, Barangay Buruun,…

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The Philippines, the leading ally of the United States in Southeast Asia, welcomes an increased American military presence in its territory amid lingering tensions in the West Philippine Sea. But US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made it clear the US setting up permanent military bases in the Philippines is out…

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She may not be able to dance her way out of this legal mess. The Court of Appeals (CA) has found prima ballerina Lisa Teresita Pacheco Macuja-Elizalde and her father Cesar severely liable for damages for revoking the scholarship of a minor ballet dancer in 2003. In a 26-page decision,…


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(Conclusion) Citing Bel-Air again as an example, the Times’ own computation showed that a barangay could spend more money in contracts that skip the required bidding process. A 15-page Annual Procurement Plan of Barangay Bel-Air which was prepared by Janny Pacleb, supply officer, and recommended for approval by Roswinda Bautista,…

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Saying she and her fellow barangay officials in Bel Air, Makati City have passed every official audit on their use of their village’s funds, Constancia Lichauco blamed a local celebrity for making a mountain out of a molehill, resulting in a case filed against her before the Ombudsman. The celebrity…

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LISTED Concepcion Industrial Corp. (CIC) said net income grew 3.5 percent in 2015 to P661 million, driven by strong sales performance in the fourth quarter. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the manufacturer of air conditioning units, freezers and refrigerators said it achieved 26 percent sales…

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EPOWER Technologies Corp. said it has signed a joint venture agreement for the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of the 768-kilowatt San Luis mini hydro power plant with the San Luis municipal government in Aurora province. It said the project cost is P85 million, which includes plant rehabilitation, detailed engineering design…

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AMERICAN multinational open-source software provider Red Hat Inc. is considering setting up a subsidiary in the country, noting that the Philippines is an encouraging market because it is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Damien Wong, Red Hat’s general manager for Southeast Asia, said the country’s rapidly growing…

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OFFICIALS of local holding firm Century Properties Group Inc. (CGP) and Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. have turned the sod for the construction of their $100-million joint project, the world’s first 35-story Forbes Media Tower. To rise at Century City in Makati’s central business district, the project, CPG said in a…

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MASS housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. said Wednesday it is no longer partnering with Waltermart to operate malls to be developed in its properties in Tondo, Manila and on Ortigas Avenue Extension. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, 8990 said Waltermart has backed out of the mall operation…

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MELBOURNE: Russia’s annexation of Crimea has led to a surge in deaths among intravenous drug users, who no longer have access to vital therapy, specialists said at the world AIDS forum on Thursday. Michel Kazatchkine, former head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and now the…

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KHARKIV, Ukraine: The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that was downed over Ukraine were flown back on Wednesday to the Netherlands where a national day of mourning has been declared. Members of the Dutch royal family were due to meet the two military transport planes carrying 40…

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KUALA LUMPUR: An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travelers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination’s vital tourism sector at risk. Even before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down on Thursday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in an…

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JAKARTA: The ex-general who lost Indonesia’s presidential election to Joko Widodo will challenge the result in court, his campaign team said on Wednesday, a move that could spell weeks of uncertainty for the country. Widodo, the reform-minded governor of Jakarta is seen as a break from the autocratic era of…

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Airlines blocked flights to Israel on Wednesday after a Gaza rocket struck near airport runways, as the United Nations chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed 639 Palestinians and 31 Israelis. As the violence entered its 16th day, neither Israel nor Islamist movement…

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LONDON: Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released on Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Cameron has urged the European Union to ban military sales to Russia —accused of equipping and training…

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Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Sunday he is mulling the filing of perjury cases against former Iloilo Rep. Augusto “Buboy” Syjuco Jr. after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junked the latter’s malicious and unfounded vote-buying allegations against the Liberal Party stalwart in connection with the May 2013 elections. Syjuco…

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Maria Sharapova expressed mock disgust Saturday at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament’s beeping shot-clock, part of a novel experiment designed to speed up tennis and make it more fun to watch. The world number two likened the 20-second clock, which beeps loudly when players take too long winding…

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JERUSALEM: Hundreds of leftwing Israelis demonstrated Saturday night in Jerusalem against a controversial draft law enshrining Israel’s status as the Jewish national homeland, The rally was organized by Israel’s Peace Now settlement watchdog and held across the street from the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Peace Now said the…

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WASHINGTON: Sony Pictures Entertainment is looking into whether North Korea may have been behind a major cyberattack on the studio last week, a news website reported. The website re/code noted that the attack came as the studio neared release of a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader…

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GENEVA: Nearly 7,000 people have died from Ebola in west Africa, the World Health Organization said late Friday, adding some 1,200 more deaths to a toll from two days earlier. A total of 16,169 people were infected with Ebola of whom 6,928 died in the three countries at the centre…

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FERGUSON: US activists launched a week-long march in Missouri to demand sweeping police reforms as the white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teen in Ferguson resigned. The officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson, has left the force, citing safety concerns, according to a letter published by local media Saturday. A…