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JANET Lim Napoles will surely miss her luxurious mansions when she is finally moved to Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The house that she will occupy has only two rooms and the barest amenities. There is no television set or air conditioning system. The only appliances that had…

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AIMING for a more transparent government, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Saturday sought the adoption of the open government system initiated by United States (US) President Barack Obama, in which public funds can be seen online through a government website. Under Obama’s initiative, the US government developed the website Data.gov that…

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THE United States wants to use Philippine bases for extended periods of up to 20 years, a Manila official said on Saturday as the two sides are in talks on a wider US military footprint in Asia. The negotiations aim to allow more US troops, ships, aircraft and other equipment…

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IN making the audacious claim that The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus Dante A. Ang was behind the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s pork barrel expose, lawyer Lorna Kapunan not only resorted to squid tactics, she also displayed a total misunderstanding of how media organizations work. First, Kapunan did not produce one iota…


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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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LET the public judge for themselves if they got a fair deal from Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc. when they bought shares the company sold to them under an initial public offering. Oriental Peninsula, which carries the market symbol ORE, listed 1.45 billion shares on Dec. 19, 2007, representing its…

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Reforms in the manufacturing and banking sectors will attract more foreign direct investments (FDI) to the Philippines, the Finance department said on Wednesday, discounting a decline seen in the latest data as a “blip.” “The small decline in 2015 may just be a blip considering that FDI has been rising…

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The Insurance Commission (IC) will be taking a stronger role in the country’s infrastructure development given rising interest among industry players. “We need to more or less come up with a set of regulations … one is to encourage the industry to put in their money [into infrastructure],” Insurance Commissioner…

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BEIJING: State-owned China National Chemical Corp. Wednesday offered $43 billion in an agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta, in what would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. The deal is the latest in a string of overseas investments for China’s biggest chemical…

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The stock market and the peso dropped on Wednesday as a renewed decline in oil prices dispelled the region’s remaining high over last week’s Bank of Japan stimulus. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) fell by 1.82 percent or 120.97 points to close at 6,521.48, while the wider All…

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HONG KONG: Oil cast a cloud over Asian markets again Wednesday after prices fell back below $30 a barrel, hammering energy firms once more and sending stocks deeper into the red. With the euphoria of Friday’s Bank of Japan stimulus but a distant memory, Tokyo led the regional losses followed…

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BAGHDAD: Iraq was closer to breaking months of political limbo on Thursday after a deal on the post of president paved the way for the formation of a new government. The breakthrough came hours before a meeting in Baghdad between United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki,…

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TOKYO: The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) called for a full investigation of twin bombings in Nigeria, denouncing the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram militants, which left at least 42 dead. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the United States wants to “extend our sympathies…

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BEIJING: A Chinese town sealed off after a man died of plague re-opened on Thursday after authorities found no further cases of the illness, state media said. Authorities barred 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu from leaving, while road blocks prevented others from entering, after…

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SINGAPORE: A Singaporean businessman was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for providing prostitutes to three Lebanese football referees in an attempt to rig future matches. Nightclub owner Eric Ding Si Yang, 32, was jailed on corruption charges following revelations that Singapore has become a center of gambling-linked…

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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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WASHINGTON: The mayor of the US city at the center of a deadly police shooting that sparked repeated nights of racially charged unrest pledged Sunday to rebuild. Looting erupted and businesses were set ablaze in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson after a grand jury on November 24 said white…

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BRUSSELS: A fire caused the shutdown of a nuclear reactor in eastern Belgium on Sunday, media reports said, making it the fourth reactor to go offline in the country. The reactor near Liege is one of seven operated by Electrabel, a subsidiary of France’s GDF Suez. The fire “happened outside…

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ACAPULCO: Mexican authorities discovered five charred and decapitated bodies Sunday in the turbulent state of Guerrero, state prosecutors said. The bodies were found early Sunday morning in the back of a truck near the town of Chilapa, about 200 miles (330 kilometers) from Mexico City, a statement from state prosecutors…

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BEIRUT: Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes, monitors said Sunday. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobane’s…

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COTABATO CITY: Police in Datu Abdullah Sangki town in Maguindanao admitted difficulty following up the case of an ambush of officials of a multi-national banana plantation in Maguindanao because of people’s indifference. Wounded in that ambush in Barangay Tolokanogong, Abdullah Sangki town in Maguindanao on Thursday last week was Captain…

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KABACAN, North Cotabato: Due to intensified police operations, both covert and overt, another suspect in the deadly Nov. 16 bombing here that left one student dead and 16 others wounded had been arrested, officials said. Mayor Herlo Guzman Jr. of Kabacan said the suspect, the second arrested in connection with…