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Philippine prosecutors indict five former lawmakers for graft

Philippine prosecutors indict five former lawmakers for graft

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the prosecution of five ex-lawmakers and several other government personnel before the Sandiganbayan, the Philippines’ anti-graft court, after her office reportedly found evidence of their involvement in the multi-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. In five separate orders, Morales directed the filing of Information before the Sandiganbayan for alleged violation of Section 3(e) of the […]

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RP and PROC should enter into a dialogue – Sen. Bongbong Marcos

VICE Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged anew Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to enter into a dialogue with the People’s Republic of China (PROC) and use the Philippine-Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone agreement as a guide to ease the escalating tension between the two countries. The young Marcos, the only son of the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand […]

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Philippine authorities probe alleged thievery at premier airport

AIRPORT authorities are looking into a complaint of a balikbayan who claims to have lost a substantial amount of cash and valuable late last week while undergoing security check at the Philippines premier airport. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it is investigating Ms. Ann Margaret Anthony’s claim that she lost P90,000 (about US $1,914) cash and her P40,000 […]

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Fundador Brandy is now proudly a Philippine owned brand

Fundador Brandy is now proudly a Philippine owned brand

TYCOON Andrew Tan-led beverage arm Emperador Inc. has completed the acquisition of Spain’s most iconic, largest and oldest brandy-maker Bodegas Fundador. In a press statement from Jerez, Spain, Emperador’s offshore unit Group Emperador Spain SA announced the completion of the deal to buy the 286-year old Bodegas Fundador and other assets in Spain from Beam Suntory. Grupo Emperador Spain S.A. […]

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A Manila university acting president sacked from office

A Manila university acting president sacked from office

The Office of the Ombudsman fired the acting president of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and several other school employees, including a university vice president, after they were found guilty of grave misconduct arising from the purchase of a luxury van. In a statement, the Ombudsman said PLM acting President Jose Roy III, PLM Vice-President for Finance and […]

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Off to Singapore

POP star Madonna flew to Singapore last Friday following a successful two-day promotional concert at a local mall in Manila despite the fierce opposition of the Roman Catholic clergy. Madonna, who is in a tour of Australia and Southeast Asia for her upcoming album “Rebel Heart,” boarded her Singapore bound chartered Boeing B757-200 late Friday afternoon. Her aircraft was followed […]

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines reverses PAL and Cebu Pacific’s ban on lithium powered devices

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines reverses PAL and Cebu Pacific’s ban on lithium powered devices

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Thursday said rechargeable lithium battery-powered hover boards and similar devices can be brought aboard passenger planes as long as they are placed in the overhead cabin as carry-on luggage. CAAP Director General William K. Hotchkiss III clarified that the temporary prohibition recently issued by the Canada based International Civil Aviation Organization […]

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Thousands of Filipinos in danger of contracting cancer due to cadmium laden campaign materials

Thousands of Filipinos in danger of contracting cancer due to cadmium laden campaign materials

THE Ecowaste Coalition, a Philippine based environmental group, warned that thousands of Filipinos working for politicians are in danger of being exposed to toxic levels of cancer causing cadmium after it was found in abundance in plastic tarpaulins used as campaign materials. Aileen Lucero, Ecowaste coordinator, said polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic used in tarpaulins contains cadmium, which is among the […]

by Christian Joel Espiritu· · 1 comment · Health, News
Even petty criminals are getting bolder in the Philippines

Even petty criminals are getting bolder in the Philippines

THE presence of policemen and security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport did not deter a 53-year old bag snatcher from grabbing the purse of an unsuspecting airline passenger who just arrived at the Philippines premier airport Wednesday to catch an early morning flight. Police and airport guards, after a brief chase, arrested and identified the alleged petty criminal […]

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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 they are “expecting that the […]

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Philippine anti-graft court suspends lawmaker for US junket

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 City were charged by the […]

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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 — Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senators […]

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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 had been reached. The agreement […]

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Dismissed Philippine prosecutor, faces bribery charges

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 the same time his government […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Big Win in Nevada Caucus Doesn’t Add Up

Much of the US media has presented Hillary Clinton’s victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday as by a wide margin, although she won by just four delegates, and despite the fact that five weeks ago Sanders was down by 25 points in the polls. According to leading members in two independent socialist parties in the US, the American ruling circle fears that […]

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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 Putin, the plan of ceasing hostilities […]

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Philippine Ombudsman set to file charges against postmaster general

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 Philippine Postal Corporation employee, claimed […]

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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 ends. And sad as it […]

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

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 aspects of money laundering, currency […]

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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 chartered Boeing B757-200 aircraft that […]

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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 four resolutions, exempted the policemen […]

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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 a statement issued by the […]

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Scaling Mt. Romelo

Scaling Mt. Romelo

Yes, you read it right. I did say scale because me and my buddies huffed and puffed climbing our way to Mt. Romelo’s peak over the weekend. But we weren’t after the peak, really. We scaled the mountain to see Buruwisan Falls, which is just one of the seven falls hidden in Mt. Romelo. Mt. Romelo, which is quite popular […]

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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 in the world. It has been […]

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

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 that the Saudi government recently […]

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