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Motorists using the Paniqui to Moncada segment and the Moncada to Carmen segment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) will have to pay the required toll rates starting June 13 this year. Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), through its subsidiary Private Infra Dev. Corp. Inc. (PIDC), will start implementing…

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AirAsia has raised a total of P97 million, or $2.17 million from its ‘To the Philippines with Love’ campaign in aid of reconstruction efforts in Yolanda-affected areas. The company said donations, which came from public-giving, a matching component by the AirAsia Group and contributions by AirAsia partner companies, are to…

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With little debate, the Senate on Monday voted to extend the charter of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) for another 50 years, a move without which the corporate life of the problematic rail service would have expired next month. In passing Senate Bill 1831, the Senate plenary overrode the recommendation…

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A single aviation market for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), also known as the Asean Open Skies project which will be implemented alongside the Asean integrated economy in 2015, will boost the region’s air transport industry and eventually enhance each country’s tourism sector, a US-based think tank said.…

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The Philippines will not be distracted from its trade focus with China despite growing tensions over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said at the World Economic Forum on East Asia on Thursday. “Relationships among countries have many dimensions. The territorial dimension…

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Security guards in the House of Representatives are having a hard time enforcing the firearms ban at the Batasang Pambansa because they can’t literally touch House members, it was learned Friday. A security guard at the House who refused to be named made the disclosure less than 24 hours…

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SENATOR-elect Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito Estrada will not be joining his fellow United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senators in the oath-taking ceremony Friday afternoon at the office of Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Coconut Palace. Instead, the neophyte senator will be taking his oath of office Saturday at the new…

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ROME – A bishop has been arrested in connection with the sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), Italian media reported Friday. The Corriere della Sera website alleged that the arrested cleric was Nunzio Scarano, the bishop of Salerno in southern…

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DAKAR – US President Barack Obama insisted Thursday he would not let the fate of fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden ruin ties with Russia and China, but Washington warned Ecuador not to give him asylum. Snowden is wanted by the US authorities for leaking sensational details of vast US surveillance…

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Richard Gutierrez is now a freelance television actor. In an official statement released on June 26, GMA 7 said Gutierrez’s exclusive contract with the network expired on May 28 and will not be renewed. “As mutually agreed upon by both parties, Richard is now a freelance actor for television,”…