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Protesters slam field testing of genetically modified veggies

Producers, traders, and consumers of organic food in Makati City yesterday held a protest rally against the field testing of genetically modified (GM) eggplants and other vegetables in the country, saying that GM vegetables can harm human health. Mara Pardo de Tavera of Consumer Rights for Sale Food (CRSF) said their opposition is against the […]

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Random drug tests find 19 QC barangay personnel ‘positive’

Nineteen employees from nine barangays in Quezon City were found positive of using illegal drugs during random drug tests conducted by the Office of the Vice Mayor. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, head of the city’s anti-drug abuse advisory council said the identities of the involved barangay employees will not be divulged as they will undergo […]

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Court ‘puts off issue’ of contempt vs defense lawyer

The Quezon City court handling the “Maguindanao Massacre’’ trial has “put off the issue” of contempt filed against a lawyer who claimed the presiding judge in the multiple murder case of possible bias due to her previous assignments. In a four-page order, Assisting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada considered as “closed and terminated” the motion to show […]

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Gov’t allocates P4B for south bus terminal

The government has allotted P4 billion for the construction of a centralized bus terminal that will cater to commuters travelling to Metro Manila from Laguna, Batangas, and the rest of Southern Luzon. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is inviting local and foreign bidders to the auction for the P4-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) […]

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Motorcycle ownership verification strengthened

Barangay officials in Metro Manila have been taking the lead in the verification of all motorcycles of their respective constituents. Aside from registered barangay residents, boarders and visitors are not being spared in the verification process as part of the renewed drive against criminals, according to Director Carmelo Valmoria, chief of the National Capital Region […]

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QC fire destroys P150,000 in property

Some P150,000 in property was destroyed in a fire that hit a three-storey house in Quezon City early morning Sunday. Fire Supt. Jesus Fernandez, Quezon City Fire Marshall, said the fire occurred at 1:56 a.m. at a three-storey house located at No. 81 Sabalitang corner Gonzales St., Barangay Cruz na Ligas, Quezon City. The house, Fernandez said, is […]

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Environmentalists: There are ways to make trees strong, storm-resistant

After a storm, debris from uprooted and fallen trees would be a common scenario. An acacia tree that stood proudly for over a century at the Malacañang Palace grounds in Manila has witnessed the transition of 13 Presidents – from Manuel L. Quezon to Benigno S. Aquino III. But when typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) […]

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Volunteers hold soccer training for special kids

To raise public awareness on children with special needs, volunteers yesterday held the first local exceptional children soccer (e-soccer) program at The Camp AFP-RSBS Industrial Park in Taguig City. Some 60 children, ages 5 to 14, attended the free soccer training led by e-soccer United States volunteer Carol de Vega. “The aim is to make […]

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19,712 wanted persons nabbed in 1st 6 months

Police have arrested 19,712 wanted persons across the country in the first six months of this year, as authorities stepped up their operations against law offenders. Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the Office of the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the figure is 18.3 percent higher compared with figures in the […]

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Military, local officials join hands to prevent violence

The military is working with civilian authorities in Sulu to prevent another outbreak of violence, following the recent Abu Sayyaf attack that left 23 villagers, mostly women and children, dead. This developed following information that some relatives of the victims are seeking revenge against the attackers. Earlier reports indicate that among the suspects in the […]

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