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July 20 declared nat’l registration day for disabled voters

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday announced that July 20 has been declared as the National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement that they approved the resolution last June 25. Jimenez said that persons with disabilities (PWDs) who will be registering for the upcoming polls will be […]

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Philippines’ May exports up

Philippine exports reached their highest value in at least 17 months in May, supporting forecasts of robust growth for one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies and giving the central bank more leeway to tighten policy to dampen inflation. Exports in May rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier, with shipments for the month reaching […]

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‘Hold Abad liable’

President Aquino was asked anew yesterday to take the initiative in holding embattled Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad accountable for the much-assailed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that has caused embarrassment to the government. “Whether he resigns or is taken out of office, may pananagutan siya (he should be held liable),” UNA Secretary-General Rep. Toby Tiangco […]

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US-China clash will spell world disaster, Chinese President warns

Beijing (AFP/Reuters/AP) – China and the United States on Wednesday launched high-level talks, with Chinese President Xi Jinping urging the world’s two biggest economies to break old patterns of confrontation. “Our interests are more than ever interconnected,” Xi insisted, saying the two nations “stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation.” “If we are […]

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Revilla to present PNoy, Mar, GMA as plunder case witnesses

Movie actor-turned-senator and now “pork barrel” scam respondent Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. plans to present the highest officials of the land as his witnesses once the Sandiganbayan begins hearing his cases. Topping Revilla’s list of intended witnesses is President Aquino, whose drive against corruption in government ironically led to the filing of plunder charges against […]

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Student linked to St. Benilde hazing now in US; another sends surrender feelers

One of the students linked to fatal hazing of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde student Guillo Servando has left the country, while another member of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity sent surrender feelers to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred Mison said that Kevin John Navoa flew to […]

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No urgency in appointing commissioner – Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sees no immediate need for the appointment of a seventh member of the poll body after the lapse of Malacanang’s ad interim appointment of Commissioner Grace Padaca. Padaca was recently bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA). She was appointed in October, 2012. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said there is […]

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Priest resents other groups proselytizing among Catholics in Yolanda-affected areas

A Catholic prelate said several religious denominations have been recruiting Yolanda survivors, mostly Catholics, into their groups in exchange for financial and relief aid. Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez said these groups, which he did not identify, are “taking advantage” of the survivors’ vulnerability “in the guise” of compassionate response. “Proselytizing from among the vulnerable calls […]

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Number of carabaos down; solon calls for probe

Pointing to dwindling number of carabaos in the official government inventory, a House leader is seeking a joint House inquiry to determine the state of the country’s two-decade-old Carabao Development Program. Butil party-list Rep. Agapito Guanlao wants the House Committee on Agriculture and Food and the House Special Committee on Food Security to assess the […]

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Talks highlight warm PH-Singapore relations

The Philippines and Singapore emphasized the need for increased public awareness of the warm ties and significant cooperation between the two Southeast Asian countries amid the negative opinions against Filipinos recently expressed by a small segment of Singaporean society. “Singapore has become part of the Philippines’ story,” said Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz during […]

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