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Island Nation Takes Nuclear Superpowers to Court Over ‘Vaporized’ Territory

Island Nation Takes Nuclear Superpowers to Court Over ‘Vaporized’ Territory

IN the early days of the Cold War, the United States detonated 67 nuclear bombs over the Marshall Islands as part of its atomic weapons test program. Over a half-century later, the small Pacific nation will at last have its day in court. Between 1946 and 1958, the US used the South Pacific as a testing ground for the development of nuclear weapons. […]

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Philippine social worker faces sexual harassment charge

GOVERNMENT prosecutors have indicted before the Sandiganbayan a director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for sexual harassment. Charges of violation of Philippine Republic Act No. 7877 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Act) were filed before the anti-graft court by prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman against DSWD Assistant Regional Director Jaime Eclavea following an investigation of a sexual harassment […]

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The Philippine National Police Commission has a new commissioner

PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III  on Monday has appointed a new commissioner of the Philippine National Police Commission following a two-month vacancy. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said retired Philippine National Police Director Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr. replaces Luisito T. Palmera whose term of office ended on January 7, […]

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Philippine local government officials and cops have the most cases before the Ombudsman

Philippine local government officials and cops have the most cases before the Ombudsman

LOCAL government officials and members of the Philippine National Police in the past five years have topped the list of public servants with the most number of cases filed with the Office of the Ombudsman. In a statement, Jerry Benedict Rosete of the Ombudman Public Information & Media Relations Bureau Office said for five straight years, Local Government Units (LGU) […]

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Nancy Reagan dies at 94

FORMER US First Lady and Hollywood star Nancy Reagan died Sunday in Los Angeles, California at age 94. Ms. Reagan, wife the late 40th president of the United States Ronald Reagan, succumbed to congestive heart failure. She was first lady from 1981 to 89 during which she launched a program to fight drug and alcohol abuse among the youth. Her […]

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Move if you can’t stand airport noise – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Move if you can’t stand airport noise – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines advises the residents of subdivisions around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to move elsewhere if they can’t stand the roar of airplanes landing to and taking off from the country’s premier air terminal. The unsolicited advise came after a resident of a nearby village went to the CAAP office to call its attention […]

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US Senator Bernie Sanders Wins Democrats’ Primary Vote in Kansas, Nebraska

US media reported Bernie Sanders won Saturday in the Democratic presidential nomination contest in Kansas and Nebraska. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Senator Bernie Sanders has so far secured victory in the Democratic presidential nomination contest in two states, Kansas and Nebraska, media reported.The Kansas state Democratic party told CNN Senator Sanders won the caucuses. In Nebraska, Sanders secured 55 percent of the vote, compared to his […]

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Aquino is responsible for resurgence of the Marcoses — Anakbayan

THE progressive youth group Anakbayan blamed President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s ineptness for the rehabilitation of the Marcoses. In a statement, Anakbayan said the monumental failures of BS Aquino’s Department of Education (DepEd) to call the attention of Ailene G. Baisa Julian and Nestor S. Lontoc, the writers of Lakbay ng Lahing Pilipino 5 textbook, for the inaccuracies of their […]

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency destroys P39.5 million worth of marijuana plants

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police burned over P39.5 million pesos worth of marijuana (about US $840,000) plants. The plants were uprooted during anti-drug operations between February 27 and March 1 this year from different clandestine plantations in Benguet, a province located in Northern Luzon. In a report to Undersecretary and PDEA Director General Arturo G. […]

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Bike friendly Philippines

IN A bid to lessen air pollution in Metro Manila and make it a bike and pedestrian friendly place, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said it will support any activity that would promote the use of bicycles and walking in the capital mega city of the Philippines. The MMDA said it’s advocacy for the wide use of bicycles and walking […]

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Former Philippine Pasay City Mayor Peewee Trinidad dies at 82.

FORMER Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao “Peewee” Trinidad died Friday, March 4. He was 82. Pasay City Public Information Officer Liza Javier said the former mayor died shortly after 2 pm while undergoing treatment at the Asian Hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Trinidad was reportedly suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease when he died. Trinidad served as Pasay City chief executive […]

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MIAA hampers airline security in a bid to collect unpaid dues???

MIAA hampers airline security in a bid to collect unpaid dues???

AIRLINE operators accused Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado of hampering the security and work of their personnel in an unjustified bid to collect payment for questionable bills. In a letter sent to Honrado by the lawyers of the influential Manila based Airline Operators Council, the council said Honrado’s decision to impose access restrictions on some of […]

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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 […]

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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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