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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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Veteran journalists belongingto the Association of Philippine Journalists/Samahang Plaridel are calling for the creation of an Independent Truth Commission that will ensure a “fair, impartial and exhaustive” investigation of the pork barrel scam. In a resolution signed on August 30—at the 163rd birth anniversary of Marcelo H. del Pilar—Samahang Plaridel…

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THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has set the preliminary investigation of the Balintang Channel incident last May 9 which resulted in the killing a Taiwanese fisherman last May 9. According to Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the preliminary investigation is set on September 9, 2013 at 2:00pm. The subpoenas were issued…

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THE government is signing the new guidelines allowing the continued applications for field testing, propagating, and importing genetically modified organisms (GMO) soon. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala told The Manila Times that Cabinet secretaries from the Science and Technology, Environment and Natural Resources, Health and Agriculture departments could approve the new…

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The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry surpassed its revenue target last year, an industry official said, on the back of the health segment’s strong performance. “Yes, we did . . . We had almost 1.1 million direct employees and a little less than $22 billion in revenues,” said Danilo Sebastian…

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FOLLOWING the monumental growth of microinsurance coverage in the Philippines, the industry is poised to sustain the development of the market with the release of guidelines covering the design and delivery of micro-agri, micro-health and micro pre-need products. In October last year, the Insurance Commission adopted the Agriculture Microinsurance Framework…

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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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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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BERLIN: The White House chief of staff and his German counterpart met on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) amid a serious rift over allegations of US spying. Germany ordered the Berlin Central Intelligence Agency station chief to leave the country on July 10 in an unprecedented show of anger after uncovering…

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The whole country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section on Monday due to the easterlies Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the easterlies continue to affect the eastern section of…

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ISTANBUL: Pope Francis, spiritual leader of Catholic Christians, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I prayed for unity between the Catholics and the Orthodox and the world peace here on Sunday. During his last day of his visit to Turkey, Pope Francis attended Sunday’s ceremony at Istanbul’s Orthodox cathedral of St. George.…

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BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a key foreign policy speech that the rising Asian nation would protect its sovereign territory, the Xinhua news agency reported, as it faces maritime disputes with several neighbours. “We should firmly uphold China’s territorial sovereignty, maritime rights and interests and national unity,” Xi…

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WASHINGTON: Last spring, emails written by members of American University’s Epsilon Iota fraternity were leaked, revealing to a horrified public the strategies — from manipulation to outright drugging — the brothers used to get sex. The messages from the members of the unofficial group at the campus in the US…

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WASHINGTON: A 13-year-old boy whose mother reported him missing four years ago was found by police hidden behind a false wall in his father’s Georgia home, US media said. Authorities arrested five people including the father and stepmother, in Jonesboro, near Atlanta, the local WXIA news network said, showing moving…