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CA orders surrender of Manila property to Corona family

The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its ruling ordering the Basa family to surrender the ownership of a controversial Manila City property to the family of former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona. In a two-page ruling penned by Associate Justice Francisco Acosta, the CA’s Special Former Tenth Division junked the motion for […]

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Palace: Increase in rice prices expected

The price of rice is expected to increase during the lean harvest months but will likely drop once local production picks up, Malacañang said on Sunday. Herminio Coloma Jr., head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, tried to assure the public that the price of rice will stabilize as soon as the harvest season begins. […]

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Aquino still trusts Binay, says Palace exec

Vice President Jejomar Binay remains a trusted ally of President Benigno Aquino III despite doubts raised by an administration lawmaker, a Palace official said. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace respects Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice’s personal sentiments against Binay but insisted the Vice President continues to enjoy the President’s trust and […]

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Palace urges OFWs in Iraq, Libya to return home

The government has offered a free ride home to Filipinos leaving Iraq and Libya amid the deteriorating security situation in these two countries. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said they hope Filipinos would leave the troubled countries and return to the Philippines at government expense. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has already […]

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POEA allows OFWs to return to Libya

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed some overseas Filipinos workers (OFW) to return to warn-torn Libya. Citing POEA Governing Board resolution no.9, series of 2014, POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said the OFWs employed in oil rig platforms in the North African state could travel there provided they do not spend their vacation in […]

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Rehab for arrested drug dependents sought

Jailed drug-dependent criminals shall soon be automatically rehabilitated and treated under a bill filed at the House of Representatives. ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao cited the need for the government to provide the offenders fast access to drug rehabilitation and treatment to address the “escalating” drug-related crimes in the country. He said the government should treat […]

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Stop abuse against IPs, say groups

An International human rights group and its Philippine counterpart appealed to the 47-strong United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to demand the Aquino administration to stop the abuses against indigenous people and environmental activists in the country. Civicus and Karapatan issued the appeal during the 26th Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Switzerland. The call […]

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China says it will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam

Beijing (Reuters) – A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit. But a senior US official in Washington dismissed the Chinese […]

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Dad was the perfect exemplar – PNoy

Manila, Philippines — Some say it is very difficult for a son (or daughter) – especially a namesake – to live in the shadow of a great and famous father, because there is so much expectation and a high standard to measure one’s success. For President Aquino, the measure for what he does is much, […]

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DFA raises Alert Level 3 in Iraq

Amid the “deteriorating security situation in Iraq,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday raised Alert Level 3 in Iraq – except for the Kurdistan region which remains “relatively calm and stable.” As this developed, US President Barack Obama hinted the United States may take military action to support Baghdad in its battle against Sunni […]

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