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Kiko vs. Koko?

LIBERAL Party (LP) President Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan  on Monday urged Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to focus on the numbers “that matter” to Filipinos such as the rising prices of basic goods instead of the expected 100 votes of lawmakers in the lower house needed to impeach Vice President Leni Robredo.  Pangilinan said Pimentel must address the “thousands of […]

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Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani passes away @ 87

FORMER senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, 87,  died while in a coma early Monday morning in a Taguig City hospital where she is being treated for cancer. “Bereft and full of grief, but still strangely peaceful in the knowledge that she is now free from all suffering,” Shahani’s daughter, Lila Shahani, posted on Facebook. She also posted that her mother died at […]

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The PH ombudsman and state auditors to bolster joint team investigating corruption

THE Office of the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit (COA) signed anew a Memorandum of Agreement to strengthen their institutional partnership in investigating graft cases. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo signed the MOA in a simple ceremony held at the EDSA Shangri-La in Mandaluyong City on 28 February 2017.  Deputy Special Prosecutor Mary Susan Guillermo […]

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Diwang Pinay comes to Pasadena playhouse

NO ONE could tell your story better than you could. And Diwang Pinay (Spirit of the Filipina), a multidimensional cultural show conceptualized by the women advocacy group Gabriela, is a step towards that direction — providing the venue for those who would tell their own their stories of journey and struggle. On Sunday, March 19, 2017, ten females, six of them […]

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Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Somewhere over the rainbow”

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Somewhere over the rainbow”

Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole was a Hawaiian musician who performed songs to the accompaniment of Hawaiian ukulele guitars. Apart from his musical activities, this talented individual also applied his energies to supporting his people’s independence. Israel was often called “The Gentle Giant” due to the fact that, despite his imposing size, he sang in an incredibly delicate and penetrating voice. Israel was and will remain forever a legendary personality.   […]

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A ramp safety officer holds the barn owl caught by grass cutters near the NAIA airfield. Photo © Benjie Lim Vergara

Hungry owl caught while scavenging for food near NAIA runway

EXTREME hunger led to the easy capture of a barn owl which was to weak to avoid human beings while scavenging for food near the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Airport personnel told Beyond Deadlines last Wednesday that they noticed something moving in the grass alongside the airport’s 06/24 runway. They added that several people cutting the grass […]

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Filipino boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta, a protege of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, shows his fighting form in an interview at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles. Photo © Abner Galino

Freddie Roach’s Pinoy protege to see action in Las Vegas

A FILIPINO fighter who recently begun training in the camp of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is posed to see action in Las Vegas on April 1. Our very own Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (29-1-2, 16 KOs) will be fighting Mexican knockout specialist Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzales (26-3, 22 KOs). The match up is a main support bout to the […]

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LA Mayor Garcetti easily wins reelection

  LOS Angeles, California — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti breezed through his reelection on Tuesday (March 7), garnering around 80 percent of the votes as counting draws to a close. Garcetti’s lopsided win happened despite a large slate of challengers that included artists, activists, writers and educators. A total of 10 candidates ran to try unseat Garcetti but despite […]

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PH must assert sovereignty over Benham Rise – Senator Angara

SENATOR Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Tuesday urged the Duterte administration to “assert” the country’s sovereignty over Benham Rise amid the reported statement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry that the Philippines cannot claim the undersea region as its own territory. Angara stressed that Benham Rise, which is part of the country’s continental shelf, is “undisputedly” part of Philippine territory. “We […]

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End of a nightmare for OFWs

MANILA International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said he never imagined he will argue with his former private sector colleagues by taking the side of the government. This was disclosed  Wednesday by Monreal to Beyond Deadlines shortly after he signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) together with the 40-member Airline Operators Council exempting Overseas Filipino Workers from paying the […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News, Travel
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PH Senate ratifies Paris Climate Change Agreement

THE Philippine Senate, voting 22-0-0, on Monday has unanimously concurred the country’s ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, a global agreement to cut carbon emissions and address the effects of extreme weather patterns. The lawmakers have adopted Senate Resolution 320 concurring in the country’s Accession to the Paris Agreement which seeks to limit the average global temperature to “well below two […]

by Bernadette Escalo, MGM· · 1 comment · News
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

PH green group sought Lopez’ appointment as DENR chief to save the country’s natural resources

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, asked the Commission on Appointments to confirm President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Gina Lopez as Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary. “We urge the CA to bestow upon her the task of leading and managing the DENR, the lead agency in charge of conserving and protecting the country’s environment, to ensure […]

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Former Sen. Pimentel to talk about Federalism

THE Ateneo School of Government Alumni and Students’ Association (ASOG-ASA) will host a forum about federalism on Saturday with the former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel as speaker. Specifically, the forum, which was entitled “The Way to Federalism: The Future of Local Government Units,” will start at 10:30 am. until 1 pm. at the San Alberto Hurtado Hall, AdMU Quezon City campus. […]

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MIAA to stop collecting P550 terminal fees from OFWs

THE Manila International Airport Authority is set to lift next month the financial burden imposed in 2015 by the previous Aquino administration on Overseas Filipino Workers. MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said he will sign a Memorandum of Agreement on Wednesday together with representatives of different airlines, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Susan Ople Foundation […]

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US Air Force B-52 dropping bombs over Southeast Asia in the 1960s.  Photo: Public Domain

Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts

By Lindsay Murdoch HALF a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt. The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Over 200 nights in 1973 alone, 257,456 tons of explosives fell in secret carpet-bombing sweeps […]

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UP Gawad Plaridel 2017 issues last call for nominations

UP Gawad Plaridel 2017 issues last call for nominations

THE University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) reminded the public on Friday that it is still accepting nominations for the annual UP Gawad Plaridel which recognizes Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, television and new media) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest […]

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PH Congressional Commission Appointment is set to bypass Gina Lopez?

DUE to the powerful lobby of mining corporations, Senator Manny Pacquiao, chairman of the bicameral Commission on Appointments, has deferred until next week the appointment of environment advocate Gina Lopez as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Pacquiao, according to some political observers, seems to have been overwhelmed by the power of the lobbyists’ pressure as he […]

by Bernadette Escalo, MGM· · 0 comments · News
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PH Sen. Trillanes denies coaching witness against President Rodrigo Duterte

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said he did not coach confessed killer, retired Senior officer 4 Arthur Lascañas, on what to say during his testimony at the Senate where he recanted his previous statement clearing President Rodrigo Duterte from any involvement with the Davao Death Squad, which is said to be responsible for many unsolved killings in Davao City. Trillanes added he […]

by Bernadette Escalo, MGM· · 1 comment · News
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Death penalty faces tough opposition in the PH Senate

LIBERAL Party Sen. Kiko Pangilinan has vowed to oppose the passage of the death penalty bill in the upper chamber.  Pangilinan made the vow after the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the proposed measure reviving the capital punishment.  “We maintain that death penalty is cruel, degrading, and inhuman. We commit to stopping the death penalty in the […]

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Former PH House Speaker Prospero Nograles to be prosecuted for PDAF scam – Ombudsman

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing before the Sandiganbayan of graft charges against former House of Representative Speaker Prospero Nograles  for his participation in the anomalous utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).  Specifically, Nograles, who used to represent the 1st  district of Misamis Oriental, is set to face trial for three counts of violation of Section 3(e) […]

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Letran, Ad Foundation hold AdSpeak ’17

Letran, Ad Foundation hold AdSpeak ’17

COLEGIO de San Juan de Letran, in partnership with the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines, will hold AdSpeak ‘17, a convention of students from different schools on values advertising. The event,will be held on March 10 at the Student Center Auditorium of Letran in Intramuros, Manila. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. AdSpeak ’17 aims to impress on future […]

by Seymour Barros Sanchez· · 0 comments · Business, News
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A lawmaker calls for the extension of PH passport’s validity

SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano called on his fellow lawmakers to approved the proposed measure extending the validity period of the Philippine passport from five to 10 years. Cayetano, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, filed his report on the proposed bill extending to 10 years the validity period of the Philippine passport. He said there is a need to […]

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Philippine Commission on Appointments rejected Perfecto Yasay Jr. as DFA secretary for being a US citizen

THE Philippine Commission on Appointments has unanimously rejected President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Perfecto Yasay Jr. as his foreign secretary for being “a United States citizen.” Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, CA’s Committee on Foreign Affairs chairman, said Yasay’s “unfit” to lead the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) because he is not a Filipino citizen. He added that Yasay cannot also […]

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Consulate General in LA helps to protect rights of legal, undocumented Pinoy workers

LOS ANGELES (LA)-Philippine Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz recently called on documented and undocumented Filipino workers to avail of the services of the Philippine Consulate if they have issues or concerns regarding their employments. Cruz made the call shortly after the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles renewed an agreement with the United States Department of Labor-Wage and Hour […]

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Ombudsman clears former PH Pres. BS Aquino but indicts alter ego “Butch” Abad for unlawful P72B DAP implementation

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday has cleared former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and his budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos from any criminal and administrative liability over their implementation of the P72 billion Disbursement Acceleration Program. Morales, however, found Aquino’s alter ego, former budget and management secretary Florencio Abad,  guilty of simple misconduct for the same case and ordered suspended for […]

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