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The House of Saud gets its way in the Philippines — as usual…

THE Saudi Arabian government will soon be putting up its own security x-ray machines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after the Philippine government acquiesced to have a foreign owned security device operating at the country’s premier airport.  Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Assistant General Manager for security and emergency services Jesus Gordon Descanzo  said […]

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Philippine anti-graft court suspends lawmaker for US junket

THE Philippine anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has ordered the 60-day suspension of a member of the House of Representative who is being tried for graft. South Cotabato 1st district Representative Pedro Acharon, Jr.was ordered suspended from performing his lawmaking duties following a motion filed by government prosecutors. Acharon and four other local officials from General Santos […]

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Filipino progressive group chided presidential candidates for motherhood statements

FILIPINO progressive group Anakbayan expressed its disappointment with the participants of this election’s first Philippine presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City due to their failure to talk about relevant youth issues and their penchant in issuing motherhood statements which actually meant nothing. Anakbayan chairman Vencer Crisostomo said the failure of the presidential candidates — […]

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Syria Welcomes Russia-US Ceasefire Deal, Maintaining Anti-Daesh Fight

THE Syrian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday in a statement its agreement with a Russia-US deal on cessation of hostilities between Damascus and the opposition, given the fight against terrorist organizations, including Daesh, continues. On Monday, Moscow and Washington announced an agreement on cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and the armed opposition factions […]

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Dismissed Philippine prosecutor, faces bribery charges

THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of a Quezon City assistant prosecutor who was found guilty of accepting bribe money from a complainant. Edgar Navales was fired from service as an assistant prosecutor and perpetually disqualified from holding public office or from taking the government’s civil service examination. At […]

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Russia and US Agree on Steps to Stop Fighting in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Syrian ceasefire agreement is a “real step that can stop the bloodshed. On Monday, the Kremlin released details of the Syrian ceasefire plan the US and Russia agreed upon. The two countries had to conduct several rounds of secret negotiations before settling all details and making them public. According to Russian President Vladimir […]

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Philippine Ombudsman set to file charges against postmaster general

THE Office of the Ombudsman of the Philippines is set to indict the Philippines Postmaster General Josefina Dela Cruz and two of her subordinates after finding 15 probable causes against them for alleged violation of Republic Act No. 8291 (GSIS Act of 1997). In a statement, the Ombudsman disclosed that complainant Santos Pamatong, Jr., a […]

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From exorbitant long distance calls to free Facetime — Migrant workers: connecting to home through the years

(This article recently appeared as a two-part series in Weekend Balita, a Filipino-American newspaper based in Los Angeles) My son and I were watching the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Clippers. We were discussing the game as it moves along. We were talking about the Lakers continuing slide to the bottom as the season […]

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US-Homeland Security trains Philippine government agencies on financial crime detection and prevention

THE United States Department of Homeland Security has started training Philippine government employees, including Ninoy Aquino International Airport security personnel, on the detection and prevention of international financial crime like money laundering. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said airport security personnel who were sent to the USDHS training program would be taught the various […]

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Madonna arrives in Manila

POP star Madonna was given special treatment at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Philippines’ premier airport, upon arriving Monday for her two night concert. Security was tight at the airport. Even working NAIA Terminal 1 ground personnel were barred from taking pictures or videos of the “Material Girl” when she disembarked from a […]

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Philippine police commission kept 319 cops and exempts them from education requirement due to “exemplary service”

THE National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) saved from being fired 319 police officers who failed to get promoted due to lack of a collegiate degree as they were made exempt from this education requirement due to their exemplary performance. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento, in […]

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Philippine journalists told elections officials: Accommodate all reporters in the presidential debates

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) early this week urged the Commission on Elections and the organizers of the first Philippine presidential debate on Feb. 21 in Cagayan de Oro to provide a bigger venue to accommodate the numerous journalists who will cover the event. The appeal came on the heels of […]

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Why is the Liberation of Aleppo Key to the Resolution of the Syrian Crisis?

The battle of Aleppo has involved a wide range of forces, from the Syrian Army to numerous rebel and jihadist groups; for the government, liberating Aleppo could mean the turning point in the Syrian civil war, while the militants consider Aleppo an important bargaining chip in negotiating Syria’s future. Aleppo is one of the oldest cities […]

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House of Saud to put its own x-ray machine in a major Philippine airport???

THE embattled Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reportedly been mulling the setting up of its own x-ray machines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Philippines premier air terminal, to ensure the safety Saudi bound passengers and their aircraft. An airport source who asked not to be named for security purposes, told this writer […]

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Illegal substance seized in northern Philippines

PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local police operatives in La Union province seized 105 kilos of dried marijuana leaves from a suspected drug dealer operating in northern Philippines. PDEA Director General and Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., in statement issued by his office, identified the alleged drug dealer as 32 year old Noelezar Molina, […]

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Philippine Ombudsman fires a city treasurer for oppression

THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Officer-in-Charge Treasurer Edgar Villanueva after he was found guilty of Oppression.  His dismissal from the service was prompted by an investigation into the imposition and assessment of real property taxes against the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation, Inc. (MSBFI) in 2011.    Aside […]

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Pinoys in Canada

THE Okanagan Lake was simply stunning while Skaha Lake offered all sorts of activities from “see-doing” to water boarding, canoeing, water toy rentals and several other adrenaline-inducing sports activities. It was our second summer and we were “all fresh off the boat” as our Vietnamese Canadian friends would say. Driving from Vancouver, it was traditional […]

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Philippine Ombudsman investigates local officials for illegal dump sites

THE Office of the Ombudsman would investigate close to 600 local government executives in the country’s 13 administrative regions for violations of Republic Act No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).  In 50 complaints filed by Romeo Hidalgo of the Ecowaste Coalition, it was reported that “field investigations reveal that the officials committed […]

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Philippine ruling party might resort to poll fraud to win

THE ruling Liberal Party of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III might resort to poll fraud to secure the electoral victory of its official bet, former interior and local government secretary Manuel Araneta Roxas II. This concern was raised by Peter Lavina, spokesperson of presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte, during a meeting with reporters in Manila’s historic […]