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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking for potential bidders for the P1.71-billion Bicol International Airport Development Project, also known as New Legazpi Airport. In an invitation to bid, DOTC said it is inviting interested bidders for the project, which includes the construction of a passenger terminal building,…

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Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) said that the new concept design for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) connector road project has been approved by the government. “We are working on the memorandum of understanding (MOU),” MNTC president Rodrigo Franco said in a text message. He…

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday said that the Philippines can be one of the major livestock exporters to the Southeast Asian region because it has a distinct epidemiological advantage: it is a country free from animal diseases. “With the Philippines being free from animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth…

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SYDNEY: The world’s top pharmaceutical companies on Wednesday told an Australian parliamentary hearing they were compliant with local and international laws, despite claims they are charging higher prices to minimize tax. Australia and other nations have been increasing their efforts to crackdown on profit-shifting by multinational firms that use complex…


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Australian oil and gas explorer and producer Otto Energy Ltd. (Otto) is set to start drilling for oil at Petroleum Service Contract (SC) 55 in offshore Palawan in a month’s time. Otto has already issued a formal notice for mobilization of the Maersk Venturer drill ship to the Hawkeye-1 exploration…

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Both of the country’s biggest broadcasting companies have laid claim as the No. 1 television station for the month of June, citing their according to their respective rating agencies. On Thursday, ABS-CBN said it has a stronghold in viewership last June with an average national audience share of 47 percent,…

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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar has revised a controversial copper mine deal with a Chinese company, officials said on Thursday, after a series of protests against the project that triggered a violent police crackdown. The new terms give the Myanmar government 51 percent of the revenue, Minister of Mines Myint Aung told parliament,…

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FORT MEADE, Maryland: The trial of Bradley Manning, the United States soldier accused of “aiding the enemy” by giving secret documents to WikiLeaks, enters its final stage on Thursday as both sides present closing arguments. The 25-year-old former intelligence analyst already has admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of classified…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) nominated Caroline Kennedy to become US ambassador to Japan, in the biggest foray into public service for John F. Kennedy’s sole surviving child. The former first daughter, who long resisted running for public office, if confirmed will…

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PATNA: Police on Wednesday arrested the head of a school in eastern India where 23 children died after eating a free meal laced with a lethal pesticide. The children, aged four to 12, fell ill within minutes of eating the lunch of lentils, potatoes and rice cooked at their primary…

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TOKYO: Japan should acquire amphibious units like the United States Marines and surveillance drones, newspapers on Thursday reported a government paper will say this week, as a territorial dispute with China rumbles on. The interim report, to be issued as early as Friday by the Defense Ministry, will also promote…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Pope Francis has warned Latin America against legalizing drugs, arguing in sharply worded and highly political remarks that liberal policies under consideration in his home region will not reduce the problem. The Argentine-born pontiff delved into the hot topic on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after celebrating the…

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MILITANT peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Friday accused President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes for plundering not only the Malampaya funds but the ill-gotten wealth recovered from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The KMP issued the statement after…

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Senator cum veteran actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., invincible in his movies either with a saber or a gun, has naturally started to seek refuge before the court of public opinion amid the pending P224 million plunder complaint leveled against him. Reps. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list,…

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Fallen businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, accused of masterminding the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the gain of her fake entities, should be detained back to an ordinary detention such as Makati City jail. Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Dasmarinas City, Chairman of the House Committee on Games and Amusements,…

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Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So beat GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands in the ninth round of the 76th Tata Steel Tournament Masters in Amsterdam. So remains in sixth place with five points while top seed Armenian GM Levon Aronian lead the tournament with seven points. EMIL NOGUERA