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Historic Filipinotown parol festival gets bigger

A traditional Philippine parol (lantern) that adorns Filipino homes during Christmas. Photo © pinterest.com THE wind gust of 12 miles per hour and a temperature of 52 degrees Farenheit did not dampen the spirits of participants and spectators to the 9th Parol (Lantern) Parade at the Historic Filipinotown (HFT) on Friday (December 2). Amplified by […]

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Sandiganbayan dimisses plunder case vs “Jocjoc” Bolante et al

THE Sandiganbayan late last month dismissed the plunder charges filed by the government against former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante and former Agriculture Secretary Luis Ramon Lorenzo Jr. due to the alleged failure of prosecutors to provide evidence that would support the charges against them. In a 24-page resolution dated Nov. 28 but was only released […]

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Syrian Army Declares Victory in Aleppo

By Sputnik News The Syrian Army has officially liberated Aleppo after ousting rebels from their last bastions in the eastern part of the city. Earlier on Monday, the Syrian Arab Army made significant advances leaving only three residential blocks in the hands of anti-government forces. The rebels had little choice but to “surrender or die,” Lieutenant Gen. Zaid al-Saleh, […]

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Next Year’s US-Philippine Military Drills Canceled by President Duterte

By Sputnik News A joint US-Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) will not be held in 2017 after a call by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte for an end to the maneuvers, according to local media. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A joint US-Philippine amphibious landing exercise has been canceled in 2017 following a call by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte for an end to the […]

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PH Air Traffic Control to be modernized next year

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Monday said the country’s air traffic control system is on the path to modernization with the coming into operation next year of the P9.8 billion Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) facilities.  The revelation was made during the CAAP’s observance of the International Civil […]

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PH immigration officers to stop using traditional passport stamps?

IN a bid to end the long queues at immigration booths in the country’s premier airport and to disrupt the activities of human smuggling syndicates, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration on Friday said it is studying the possibility of ending the usage of traditional passport stamps by next year and replacing it with state-of-the-art passport stamping […]

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PH Communists assail the worsening violation of human rights in the country

THE Communist Party of the Philippines on Monday called on all Filipino democratic forces to “stand and defend civil and political rights” in view of the alleged orgy of killing set forth by President Rodrigo Duterte’s display of total disdain for human rights which already has resulted in the killing of more than 5,000 people. Although formal […]

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OFWs warned from bringing-in packages with items of commercial quantities

THE Bureau of Customs warned returning Overseas Filipino Workers, especially this holiday season, not to bring-in packages with unknown items or of commercial quantities saying they could be held legally liable. The warning was issued by the authorities as the holiday season traditionally brings an increase in goods traffic, especially those brought by OFWs. It […]

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Former PH President BS Aquino charged with graft and corruption before the Ombudsman

SEVERAL cause oriented groups, including a party-list lawmaker, on Friday have filed graft and corruption charges against former Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and his budget secretary Florencio Abad before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with their implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which was partially declared unconstitutional by the country’s Supreme […]

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US Congress Oks awarding of gold medals to Filipino veterans

  THE United States House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 (S.1555), which also solidly passed the Senate in July. The bill was jointly sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (Democrat-Hawaii) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat-Hawaii). Rep. Joseph Heck (Republican-Nevada) was a lead co-sponsor. […]

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PH green groups call on DENR Secretary Gina Lopez to act

DIFFERENT Philippine environmental organizations on Monday call on Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez to act decisively on the mounting proposals of specific interests to flood the country with thermal or burn “waste-to-energy” (WtE) technology, which will undermine the country’s effort to curb environmental degradation and pursue a low-carbon development path. To […]

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PH VP Leni Robredo resigns from Duterte administration’s cabinet post

PHILIPPINE Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday has resigned from her cabinet post as “housing czar,” a day after being officially barred from attending cabinet meetings. Robredo, who used to chair the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said her resignation is effective on Monday, the first day of the working week. She was HUDCC […]

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New US ambassador arrives in PH

THE new United States ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Y. Kim, arrived Thursday night to assume his new post in Manila, 23 days after his country held its national elections. Kim, the first Korean-American US ambassador to the Philippines, has replaced Philip Goldberg who ended his tour of duty recently. In his statement upon his arrival, […]

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Russian caught while trying to smuggle cocaine to PH

ALERT customs officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday arrested a suspected drug courier after her personal effects yielded suspected cocaine during routine baggage examination. Anastasiia Novopashina, 32, a was arrested at the Terminal 3 of the country’s premier airport after a still undetermined volume of suspected cocaine were found in her jacket, […]

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Manila North Cemetery Crematorium Stops Operation

MANILA health authorities have suspended the operation of the Manila North Cemetery Crematorium for lack of permit and excessive pollution in violation of Republic Act 8749 (the Clean Air Act), the EcoWaste Coalition, on Monday, said. “The suspension of the crematorium’s activities will give the Manila City Government the opportunity to legalize its operation and […]

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Philippine President Duterte’s Motorcade Attacked by Militants

By Sputnik News Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bodyguards on Tuesday were injured in a militants’ attack on the presindential convoy. Seven Duterte’s bodyguards and two soldiers were injured in an attack by suspected Islamist militants ahead of his planned visit to the south of the country, AFP reported citing the president and the Armed Forces. “My advance party was ambushed […]

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PH government is finally talking the talk and walking the walk

AFTER years of platitude and empty flattery, the Philippine government has taken a concrete step to recognize the heroism of Overseas Filipino Workers by outrightly exempting them from paying the airport terminal fee upon their departure. The exemption will be effective starting March. Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal on Monday told members […]

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‘Western court threats are bullsh*t, European lawyers stupid’: Duterte on possible indictment

By RT Controversial Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte has branded as “bullsh*t” Western threats to indict him in the International Criminal Court (ICC) over extrajudicial killings in the country’s war on drugs. He added that European lawyers have “brains like a pea.” In October, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the court may have jurisdiction to prosecute […]

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Cordilleran mixed martial arts world champ visits, cheers LA

FILIPINO mixed martial arts world champion Eduard Folayang, a bona fide Cordilleran, said indigenous martial arts helped formed his fighting skills when he was a boy. Folayang, who recently won the ONE lightweight championship in Singapore through a spectacular knockout of “legendary” Japanese fighter Shinya Aoki, mentioned at least two childhood games that his peers used […]

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Strong social protection needed to build better resilience to disasters – ILO, ASEAN

MANILA – Social protection can play an important role in building resilience to natural disasters, according to experts who attended an International Labour Organization (ILO) and Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seminar in Manila early this week. “Disasters are not inevitable; capacity of the population to prepare and respond to hazards decides whether it […]