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Government working to end corruption in land conversion procedures––Nograles

Government working to end corruption in land conversion procedures––Nograles

By Rodolfo Andal THE government is addressing issues involved in land conversion cases and working to streamline and fast-track procedures not to accelerate conversions but simply to curb corruption. This according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who recently said the President had given members of the Cabinet marching orders to study and review the existing process and to address the […]

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NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar, QCPD Chief Joselito Esquivel and Quezon City acting mayor Joy Belmonte present the 4 primary suspects in the killing of Bagong Silangan, QC Chairwoman and Congressional candidate Crisell Beltran yesterday at Camp Karingal in Quezon City. (PHOTO/ ALVIN KASIBAN)

Apat na suspek sa pagpatay sa QC barangay chair arestado

Ni Santiago Celario NADAKIP ng pulisya ang apat na hinihinalang suspek sa pagpatay kay Barangay Bagong Silangan Chairwoman Crisell Beltran. Iniharap sa media nitong araw ng Linggo nina National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Acting Mayor Joy Belmonte at QC Police District (QCPD) Director Joselito Esquivel Jr. ang mga nadakip na suspek na sina Teofilo […]

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Milyong pabuya ibibigay ng QC sa makapagtuturo sa mga nasa likod ng pamamaslang ng matulunging Barangay chair

Ni Santiago Celario UPANG madaling malutas ang kaso ng pagpatay kay Bagong Silangan Barangay Chairwoman Giselle “Beng” Beltran ay inaprubahan nitong Huwebes ng Quezon City Council ang panukalang paglalaan nang P5 milyong pabuya sa sinumang magkapagbibigay ng impormasyon o makakapagturo sa mga nasa likod ng nasabing pamamaslang. Tinambangan ng apat na hindi pa kilalang salarin si Beltran at ang kanyang […]

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NAIA tightens security after Jolo blasts

By Benjamin Lim Vergara THE latest bombing in Jolo that killed at least 20 people and wounded 81 others caused further intensified security inspection at the country’s main gateway. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has started giving instructions to their personnel to make simultaneous checking of all passengers entering at the airport complex at […]

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Legendary “Pinoy Rock” icon Joey “Pepe” Smith dies @ 71

Legendary “Pinoy Rock” icon Joey “Pepe” Smith dies @ 71

By ABS-CBN News MANILA — Legendary Pinoy rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith has passed away. He was 71. The sad news was shared online by his daughter Daisy Smith-Owen on Monday morning. “Thank you for everything papa bear ko. Thank you for being the best dad in the world. I know you’re in the best place now, no more pains […]

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Domestic flight movements drop due to bigger planes used by airlines

Domestic flight movements drop due to bigger planes used by airlines

By Benjamin Lim Vergara THE Manila International Airport Authority observed a decline in domestic flight movements at the country’s main gateway in 2018 due to the bigger planes now flown by airlines. Domestic flight movements in 2018 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) dropped to 145,881 compared to 149,371 flight movements in 2017, a decrease of 2.34 percent or […]

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US Homeland Security puts the Philippines on blacklist

Asian country dropped from list of countries eligible for work visa applications, citing visa abuse By Mar-Vic Cagurangan THE United States Department of Homeland Security has dropped the Philippines from the list of countries eligible under the H2 visa programs this year, citing the country’s alleged high rate of visa abuse and high volume of human trafficking. Under the new […]

Manny Pacquiao Turns Back the Clock, Beats a Rival 11 Years His Junior

Manny Pacquiao Turns Back the Clock, Beats a Rival 11 Years His Junior

By Sputnik News FILIPINO boxing great Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, who turned 40 a month ago, has focused on his political career and is currently serving as a senator in the Philippines. However, in the most recent fight he outpaced and outpunched a younger Broner – and has no plans to stop yet. Manny Pacquiao, who has picked up twelve world titles […]

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Trash in Manila Bay*

Trash in Manila Bay*

APART from its captivating multicolored sunsets and being considered as one of the world’s greatest harbors, Manila Bay has been known historically for being the site of the mock naval battle of the Spanish-American War in May 1898. However, its natural beauty and historic importance has been ruined in the past years by the sight of plastic and all kinds […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 1 comment · Environment, Health, News
Freddie Roach talks about  “feud” with Manny Pacquiao

Freddie Roach talks about “feud” with Manny Pacquiao

By Abner Galino HALL of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said on Tuesday that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was more focused now and has been training better than when he was preparing to fight Australian fighter Jeff Horn. Roach reiterated to mediamen at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles that Pacquiao’s very tight schedule while they were preparing for the […]

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Nograles: ‘Historic’ coco levy fund measure to benefit farmers deprived of benefits for decades

Nograles: ‘Historic’ coco levy fund measure to benefit farmers deprived of benefits for decades

By Rodolfo Andal CABINET Secretary Karlo Nograles hailed as “a historic piece of legislation” the measure creating the PhP100 billion coco levy trust fund after the Senate and House of Representatives agreed on a unified version of their respective bills, noting that “the decades-long fight of coconut farmers to directly benefit from their toil and hard work is nearing positive […]

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Outrage as Norwegian Pensioner Jailed for Ordering Live Rape of Filipino Girls

Outrage as Norwegian Pensioner Jailed for Ordering Live Rape of Filipino Girls

By Sputnik News OVER a period of two years, the man, who is in his 70s, has been found to have ordered the online abuse of at least 65 Filipino girls, the youngest of whom were merely babies. To satisfy his demands, the man transferred nearly US$60,000 to middlemen in the Philippines. An elderly resident of Sunnmøre has been sentenced to 12.5 […]

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133 undesirable aliens barred last year from PH

By Benjamin Lim Vergara A TOTAL of 133 foreign nationals were barred from entering the Philippines last year for being rude and disrespectful to immigration officers, the Bureau of Immigration recently announced. BI Port Operations Division (POD) chief Grifton Medina said the figure was slightly higher than the 129 foreigners that were excluded in 2017. Medina reminded foreigners visiting the […]

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Recruitment for All-Pinoy  Dragon Boat team in SC

Recruitment for All-Pinoy Dragon Boat team in SC

By Abner Galino ON January 19, veteran and upcoming dragon boat paddlers are coming together Mother’s Beach in Long Beach, California in an effort to put up a permanent All-Filipino dragon boat team for Southern California. Michelle Ebio, the organizer said she was optimistic that such a feat could be done. “I think we have enough players to build a […]

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Peace talks ng pamahalaan at CPP-NPA-NDF maaring matuloy na

Ni Santiago Celario NAGPAHAYAG ng paniniwala si dating Special Assistant to the President Bong Go na muling magkakaroon ng usapang pangkapayapaan ang gobyerno at ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ngayong 2019 at mauuwi ito sa pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa. Ayon kay Go umaasa siya na muling mag-uusap ang gobyerno at ang mga rebelde para makahanap ng pangmatagalang […]

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Lions Club holds charter night, founder’s b-day rites in Manila

Lions Club holds charter night, founder’s b-day rites in Manila

By Robert Roque THE Lions Club of Manila Sampaguita will hold its charter presentation and celebrate Lions Clubs International founder Melvin Jones’s 140th birth anniversary on January 13 at the Jen Hotel Manila on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Past Council Chairperson Rodolfo L. See, Multiple District 301 Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Coordinator, will be the guest of honor and […]

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US-based rights group to campaign for LP slate, Alejano and labor leaders

By Abner Galino THE Filipino American Human Rights Alliance recently announced that it would be supporting the eight Liberal Party senatorial candidates that included former military mutineer Rep. Gary Alejano. But Ago Pedalizo, FAHRA member, also pointed out that their group would also be supporting the senatorial bids of four other candidates identified with workers and farmers organization, namely: Leody […]

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NAIA passenger volume increased by 7 percent in 2018

By Benjamin Lim Vergara AIR passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has significantly increased in 2018, the Manila International Airport Authority on Friday said. In its annual report of travel statistics (domestic and international), the MIAA showed a high volume of air travelers arriving and departing at the country’s main gateway. Foreign and local airlines carried 45,082,544 passengers […]

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South Korea’s toxic waste to be “re-exported” to port of origin on January 9

THE governments of the Philippines and South Korea have reached agreement that will ensure the repatriation of some 6,500 tons of mixed wastes stranded at Misamis Oriental to their origin in Pyeongtaek City this January. At a press conference jointly called by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the EcoWaste Coalition, Mr. John Simon, Port Collector at the Mindanao International […]

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Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging; WHO commends efforts

Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging; WHO commends efforts

THE World Health Organization has recently commended the stronger tobacco control measures being adopted by Thailand which has become the first in Asia and the first low and middle-income country to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products. “Thailand’s bold steps against tobacco – the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide – is commendable and reflects the country’s earnest […]

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US marines stopped at NAIA?

US marines stopped at NAIA?

By Benjamin Lim Vergara SEVERAL United States marines were stopped and questioned on Friday by unfazed security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for bringing in 60 live ammunition and 17 magazines inside the airport’s Terminal 3. The US marines, who were part of the just concluded Balikatan exercises held in Zamboanga, were leaving for Japan via Delta Airlines […]

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The year of suffering the BI queue

By Benjamin Lim Vergara THE long queues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in 2018 has become the major source of complaints of passengers, a lot of them feel aggravated or get annoyed as they worry of missing their flights. The passengers on morning flight schedules were complaining of the long and slow queue movement at the Bureau of Immigration […]

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China May Use Force to Counter Foreign Meddling in Taiwan – President Xi

China May Use Force to Counter Foreign Meddling in Taiwan – President Xi

By Sputnik News BEIJING (Sputnik) – China won’t promise to abstain from using force when countering foreign meddling and separatist movements in Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. At a gathering commemorating the 40th anniversary of issuing the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan that marked a thaw in China-Taiwan relations, Xi said, emphasizing that “Chinese do not fight Chinese” that peaceful reunification […]

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Special BI counters created to expeditiously process departing OFWs

By Benjamin Lim Vergara SPECIAL immigration counters were created at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other ports to expeditiously process departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said the new system will ease OFWs’ travel out of the country as instructions were already given to immigration personnel to ensure that OFWs […]

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Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino President Leody de Guzman in one of the many rallies where he spoke. Image © https://www.rappler.com

Year of the pig brings in more taxes to satisfy pork-hungry politicians

DESPITE the optimism of most Filipinos in welcoming the Year of the Pig, they will instead be greeted with the second round of fuel excise taxes as the Duterte government disregards the public clamor to suspend the implementation of TRAIN Package 1 that gave rise to the meteoric increase of prices of basic commodities. Based on Republic Act 10963 or […]

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