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Los Angeles awarded $70 M for a new manufacturing institute by the DOE

LOS Angeles –President Obama announced today that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC)—a consortium co-founded by University of California Los Angles (UCLA) and more than 200 academics and business leaders nationwide—has been awarded $70 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a new manufacturing institute headquartered in the city of angels.  The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (SMII) will […]

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Exiting MMDA chair supports the granting of emergency power to the incoming president to solve Metro Manila’s traffic woes

Metro Manila Development Authority chair Emerson Carlos said in-coming President Rodrigo Duterte should be given extra ordinary powers to solve the traffic problem besetting Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide and stop the multi-billion peso bleeding of the economy caused by these gridlocks. Carlos, who is set to relinquish his post on Thursday noon, also notes that giving Duterte […]

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Philippine Ombudsman charges ex-Iloilo congressman Syjuco for NGO mess

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday orders the filing of graft charges against former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. before the Sandiganbayan for entering into a multi-million peso contract with the government using his own non-government organization, the Tagipusuon Foundation Inc. Specifically, Syjuco was charged by government prosecutors before the anti-graft court with malversation and violation of Section 3(e) and […]

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Canada should take back its garbage – Philippine green groups

PHILIPPINE green groups demand from the Canadian government the re-importation of its country’s garbage which it dumps in the country without regard to its impact on our local environment. The EcoWaste Coalition and Buklod Tao issued the demand during a mass action in front of the Canadian embassy in Makati City as both organizations denounce the failure the Canadian government […]

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Outgoing MIAA chief blames media for unfortunate events

JUST like his outgoing boss President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the soon to be former Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado blames newsmen for the series of unfortunate incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Honrado poured out his frustrations against the members of the Fourth Estate during his last flag raising ceremony on Monday. It must […]

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NAIA transport drivers start undergoing annual drug test

FOLLOWING the rash of scandalous behavior among public utility motorists, more than 50 driver members of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport based Airport Shuttle Service Inc. underwent drug testing to ensure that no drug user or dependent are among their roster who would cause them and their organization embarrassment. ASSI chairman Romeo Sayaman said the drivers voluntarily underwent the drug […]

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PDEA gives away P3.6 million reward to five informants

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday rewarded five civilian informants with more than P3.6 million (about US $78,260) in exchange for information that led to the seizure early this year of more than 117 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride otherwise known as shabu with an estimated street value of at least P117 million (about US 2.5 milllion). PDEA Director General […]

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A Taiwan bound commercial plane forced to return to Manila terminal

A COMMERCIAL plane bound for neighboring Taiwan was forced to return to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Sunday after one of its passenger suddenly went ill. Airport authorities said Johnny Fernandez complained of difficulty in breathing as Eva Air flight BR272 prepares for take off. They added that the plane’s cabin crew informed their pilot about the […]

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How computerization “silenced” my editorial room

I WAS like a kid who first saw a remote-controlled toy train as I watch the people from the MIS, a newly created department in the Philippine Journalists Inc., (PJI) (better known as the Journal Group of Publications) install the first sets of computers in the editorial room. The MIS people set the computers up in clusters; one cluster each […]

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MIAA transition team briefs would be airport manager

THE Manila International Airport Authority transition team on Friday met with the reported incoming Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal and tour him around as they show the accomplishments of the current airport management. However, sources who saw the tour alleges that Monreal, instead of being happy about the walk around, was dismayed with what he saw […]

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Britons Spurn EU as Leave Camp Gets Over 16,700,000 Votes in Referendum

Britons Spurn EU as Leave Camp Gets Over 16,700,000 Votes in Referendum

The UK voted for the country’s exit from the EU with 51.9 percent supporting the move, the Electoral Commission said Friday. According to Jenny Watson, the chief counting officer for the EU referendum, 17.4 million UK nationals voted for Brexit against 16.1 million in favor of staying in the European Union, while the turnout was 72.2 percent. Britons went to the […]

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Department of Agriculture exec faces charges before anti-graft court for false trip tickets

GOVERNMENT prosecutors are running after an acting director of the agriculture department before the Sandiganbayan for reportedly falsifying trip tickets in 2012 and using government vehicles for private functions. Specifically, DA Acting Director III Jose Balatucan Jr. was charged with 13 counts of falsification after he was found by Ombudsman investigators that he falsely stated in the trip tickets that he […]

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Philippine justice department junks extortion case against airport security personnel

THE Philippine justice department on Thursday dismisses the extortion charges for “lack of probable cause” against six Ninoy Aquino International Airport security personnel who were earlier accused of bullet planting (laglag bala) by an American missionary. This was learned shortly after officials of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) express relief over […]

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Philippine Ombudsman suspends Bacolod City mayor for delay in implementing decision

THE Ombudsman suspends Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella for refusing to immediately implement an administrative order suspending two city officials who were found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. The one month and a day suspension order against Puentevella, a former member of the House o Representative, was issued by the Ombudsman after he was […]

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NAIA could withstand a strong earthquake – Manila International Airport Authority

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals could withstand a 7.6 magnitude on richter scale earthquake. Thus claim the Manila International Airport Authority after staging an earthquake drill on Wednesday to assess the preparedness of airport rescue workers in the event that the expected “big one” strikes. The airport execersie is in line with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) metro […]

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Philippine Ombudsman orders suspension of Zamboanga del Norte chief exec

THE Office of the Ombudsman suspends from office Zamboanga Del Norte Governor Roberto Uy for three months without pay after he was found guilty of simple misconduct due to his illegal dismissal of six local government employees three years ago. In a statement, the Ombudsman says it found out that the services of six probationary employees were illegally terminated when […]

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US government grants T visas to Pinoy victims of human trafficking

LOS Angeles –The United States government recently provided T-visas to the 11 Filipino victims of human trafficking after they won their lawsuit against the owners of L’Amonde French Bakery who subjected them to inhumane working conditions. T visas provide victims of human trafficking temporary legal status and work authorization and allow them to bring their families to the U.S. The […]

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Beware of the poisons in your homes and schools

SEEMINGLY harmless items like paracetamol, vitamins, lipsticks, colognes, perfumes and sanitizers could become poisons and cause death or serious injury if used in a wrong way. EcoWaste Coaition’s Project Protect Coordinator Thony Dizon issues the reminder following the launching of the National Poison Prevention Week on Monday. He notes that people use these seemingly harmless items everyday with no thought […]

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Prepare for the coming floods now! – MMDA

METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority chair Emerson Carlos urged local executives in the National Capital Region to prepare for the La Nina spawned heavy rains that are expected to pour in October and swamp Metro Manila with flood. “The full effects of La Nina would be felt in October. We expect there will be above normal rainfall. We will have 20 […]

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When did Trillanes return?

JUST as quietly he left the country for Hawaii, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has surreptitiously returned  fueling speculations among conspiracy theorists that he went out of the country for a special mission for the outgoing Aquino administration. Reporters covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were surprised to hear that Trillanes is back and giving television and radio interviews without them […]

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Pinoy hospitality transcends sexual orientations

“THE legendary hospitality of the Filipinos transcends sexual orientations.” This was pointed out by Los Angeles-Philippine Tourism Director Richmond Jimenez during the weekly Kapihan sa FACLA in the Historic Filipino Town (HFT) last Tuesday (June 14, 2016). Jimenez expressed sympathy for the victims of the Florida gay bar massacre and went on to praise the apparent inherent capability of the […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Happy Father’s Day !!!

Happy Father’s Day !!!

To all responsible fathers in the world, may you live long and prosper. Happy Father’s Day! (Sa lahat ng mga responsableng ama sa mundo, mabuhay kayo….Maligayang araw ng mga Ama!).

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Green group warns men about cosmetics that adversely affect sexual and reproductive health

AS Father’s Day is celebrated, the EcoWAste Coalition urges men to avoid cosmetics with “fragrance” as an ingredient for it can disrupt disrupt hormonal functions and adversely affect their sexual and reproductive health. Citing the precautionary warnings by US based advocacy groups, the coalition said some cosmetics marketed to men and teenage boys like body spray and cologne, shaving cream, aftershave […]

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Former lawmaker from Albay facing graft charges

GOVERNMENT prosecutors have started prosecuting before the Sandiganbayan former Albay House of Representative member Reno Lim for the anomalous utilization of his 2007 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to P27 million (about US $58,695). In particular, Lim is facing charges of four counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and […]

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MMDA appeals to netizens for help in clearing Mabuhay Lanes

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority calls on all responsible netizens to help in ridding the streets of Metro Manila of obstruction by reporting their presence using the authority’s social media. MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos makes the call after the campaign against illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions on Mabuhay Lanes or alternate routes paralleling the busy Epifanio De los Santos […]

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