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Israeli firm bags APC deal

An Israel-based international defense electronics company won a contract worth $20 million for the supply of upgraded armored personnel carriers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). According to Elbit Systems’ Land and C4I General Manager Udi Vered, the upgrade will include 25 mm unmanned turrets, 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon stations and fire […]

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Japan PM Abe welcomes Aquino

TOKYO — Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday at the Old Prime Minister’s Residence in Tokyo. Abe held talks with visiting President Aquino where both leaders agreed to further enhance the cooperation between the two countries. The Philippine leader arrived in Tokyo for a daylong visit that also included participation […]

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PH thanks Japan

TOKYO — President Benigno S. Aquino III extended the nation’s gratitude to Japan for its support to the Philippines – from trade and investments, to the peace process in Mindanao and to assistance in times of calamities. The President left for Japan Tuesday morning to visit and talk to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. […]

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Aquino eyes stronger economic, defense cooperation with Japan

Tokyo – Enhancing economic and defense cooperation between the Philippines and Japan will be President Aquino’s main priority in his working visit here. The Philippine leader is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, for a one-day visit that includes a summit meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and […]

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Ex-Nueva Ecija solon, former DA secretary face ‘pork’ charges

Graft and corruption charges have been recommended against former Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, former Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary Arthur Yap, and five others in connection with the alleged misused of their pork barrel funds. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said Antonino and Yap will undergo preliminary investigation along with former National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) […]

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National newsbits for June 24, 2014

Feast of St. John the Baptist Devotees from across the country celebrate today the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan de Bautista), one of only two saints, the other one being the Virgin Mary, whose birth anniversary is commemorated by the Catholic Church. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will celebrate a high mass […]

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CHED backpedals; 9 units of general college education to be taught in Filipino

Amid the controversies that hound the removal of Filipino as a subject in the Revised General Education Curriculum (GEC) in the tertiary level, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) yesterday approved the recommendation that at least nine units of new GE courses be taught in Filipino. In a press conference on the issue of Filipino […]

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President in Japan for summit meeting with Prime Minister Abe

A Malacañang official yesterday announced a busy week ahead for President Aquino, starting with today’s visit to Japan. At yesterday’s news briefing, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President will leave for Japan at 6 a.m. today for a summit meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “The summit meeting will provide an avenue for the […]

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Bill transfers witness protection program from DOJ to court

A veteran lawmaker wants the witness protection program removed from the Department of Justice (DoJ) and transferred to a “proper court” to insulate it from “corrosive politics.” Deputy Speaker Sergio A.F. Apostol is pushing to amend Republic Act No. 6981 or “The Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act” to strip the DoJ of its rights […]

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Jinggoy: I will fight to my last breath

“I  will fight for this case to my last breath.” A teary-eyed Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada stressed this yesterday before he turned himself in to the Philippine National Police (PNP). He also denied any wrongdoing and expressed confidence he will be acquitted of the plunder and graft charges lodged against him. Estrada – son of […]

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