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Marines describe life aboard rusty ship on Ayungin Shoal as they meet Binay

After five months of doing nothing but “diving, fishing and DVD marathon” at the middle of the West Philippine Sea, they are still willing to be deployed anew on Ayungin Shoal to protect the country’s sovereignty. “Walang problema (No problem), anytime. Talagang tungkulin yan (It’s our duty),” First Lieutenant Mike C. Pelotera, leader of the […]

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National Newsbits for April 12, 2014

Mr. World CQ Global Quest Inc., the official Philippine licensee of Mr. World Philippines, has teamed up with Ayala Malls in search for this year’s official candidate for the 2014 Mr. World pageant which will be held in Torbay, London, on June 15 this year. But the launch of the prestigious male pageant is poised […]

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USS Howard arrives in Manila

As the Philippines and United States (U.S.) moved closer to the completion of negotiations for a new model of security engagement, another guided-missile destroyer of the U.S. Navy (USN), the USS Howard (DDG 83), dropped anchor in Manila Bay on Friday for a routine port call. A statement released by the US embassy said the […]

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Bayan Muna tells Vitangcol to resign

Bayan Muna tells Vitangcol to resign

Militant group Bayan Muna is demanding the resignation of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol. Although Vitangcol has publicly stated that he would resign as soon as his name is cleared by those investigating his alleged involvement in a $30 million extortion of a Czech company in exchange for a government train supply […]

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Palace vows to monitor Zamboanga evacuation centers

The government is keeping a close watch on evacuation centers in disaster-hit areas to avoid alleged cases of prostitution and other cases of human trafficking. Amid reports that prostitution occurs in some evacuation centers in Zamboanga City, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government is determined to protect disaster victims from further […]

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Palace: Power restored in ‘Pablo’-hit areas

The government has finally put an end to the power shortage in a huge part of Davao Oriental since it was devastated by typhoon “Pablo” in 2012. “According to the latest report of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), power has been restored in all of the remaining 25 remote barangays in the municipalities of Cateel, […]

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Philippines joins nuclear disarmament talks in Japan

By Amor A. Lopez HIROSHIMA, Japan – The Philippines will sit for the first time as member of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) when foreign ministers of the 12-member countries meet here Saturday (April 12) for a ministerial meeting to step up global efforts towards “no introduction, no production” of nuclear weapons. The Philippines […]

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Expert says old MRT infrastructure can’t handle 48 new trains

A rail expert on Friday morning revealed that adding more trains to the current Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) system is not possible. “Adding 48 more trains is not possible because there is not enough tracking power to accommodate more trains,” rail consultant Rolf Bieri said in a televised interview with ANC Friday morning. He said […]

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BI asks POEA to suspend 13 recruitment firms

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has asked the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to suspend the licenses of 13 recruitment agencies reportedly involved in human trafficking. BI Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison made the request after BI’s travel control enforcement unit (TCEU) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted some 50 prospective overseas Filipino workers […]

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IBP asks SC to declare a revenue regulation unconstitutional

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to declare unconstitutional Revenue Regulation No. 4-2014 that requires lawyers, physicians, and other self-employed professionals to submit a notarized affidavit of their fixed service rates. In a petition, the IBP also asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) that […]

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