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PAL launches affordable global internet hotspot

THE Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Wednesday has launched its own global internet hotspot by introducing a new service innovation “myPAL Roam.” PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said the newest offering by the country’s flag carrier is made possible through its partnership with Skyroam. He said myPAL Roam is the latest addition to PAL’s service innovations, which […]

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PH President Rodrigo Duterte gets record high trust ratings

President Duterte gets record-high trust rating in Pulse Asia survey MANILA–President Rodrigo R. Duterte now holds the record in highest level of public trust for a public official since 1999, when Pulse Asia first conducted its trust ratings survey. This is based on the most recent survey conducted by Pulse Asia, which was released on Wednesday. The nationwide survey was […]

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PH Ombudsman dismayed with SC decision on GMA’s plunder case

PH Ombudsman dismayed with SC decision on GMA’s plunder case

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales expresses her disappointment on Wednesday over the decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss a Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office related plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for lack of evidence. In a hastily called luncheon press conference, an indignant Morales says they were surprised by the high tribunal’s decision. She firmly stresses that […]

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 Philippine Court Clears Arroyo of Plunder, Orders Her Freed

 Philippine Court Clears Arroyo of Plunder, Orders Her Freed

By The Associated Press   The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder charge against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release from nearly five years of hospital detention. Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said the 15 justices voted 11-4 to grant Arroyo’s petition seeking the dismissal of the plunder case before an anti-graft court because of […]

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NAIA back to normal operation

THE main runway’s condition at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday has returned to normal a day after it was closed for emergency repairs and the safety of plane passengers. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) had to close runway 06/24 to air traffic Monday afternoon after a huge pothole was discovered. It was reopened at around 10:45 […]

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Former MMDA chief now Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando charged for alleged multi-million MMFF fund scam

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday orders the prosecution before the Sandiganbayan of former Metro Manila Development Authority chief, now Marikina City Rep. Bayani Fernando and five other persons for graft. The prosecution order was issued after Ombudsman investigators found probable cause to file 13 Informations for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (the Anti-Graft and […]

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Sabah is ours – Aquilino Pimentel

Former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel on Monday reiterates that Sabah is part of the Philippines and should be among the states to be created under the federal form of government that President Rodrigo Duterte proposes. “Sabah is ours and many countries recognized it,” said Pimentel during a Lecture on Federalism held at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City. He […]

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PH should boost economic ties with China

AFTER winning the arbitration case which favors the Philippines’ rightful claim over the disputed territory, Philippines must exert efforts to enhance its trade relations with China to boost the economic activities. Richard Javad Heydarian, Assistant Professor in International Affairs and Political Science at De La Salle University (DLSU) said the Duterte administration is looking at ways to revive bilateral investment […]

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No change yet in MMDA leadership – Malacanang

Emerson Carlos remains the officer-in-charge of the Metro Manila Development Authority.   ”In the exigency of service, please be informed that you are hereby designated as Officer-In-Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority. You are hereby ordered to continue to perform the functions of the office and ensure the continuous delivery of public services, until a Chairman is appointed,” says Executive Secretary […]

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PDP Laban policy leaders to conduct discussions in search of best “Federalism”

IN an effort to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to transform the Philippines into a federal state, the leadership of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) started brainstorming to determine what type of federal system is appropriate for the country. Led by the PDP-Laban Policy Studies Group-National Capital Region, the participants of the brainstorming sessions —  National College of […]

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MMDA seeks harmonization of metro laws

A RANKING official of the Metro Manila Development Authority calls for the harmonization of existing local government laws in the metropolis and the MMDA’s mandate in a bid to empower the latter and save the government billions of pesos lost in traffic. One particular concern is the existence of different and often contradicting traffic policies in Metro Manila. Crisanto Saruca […]

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Ph Green Group urged President Duterte to act vs plastic pollution

A GROUP of Philippine green groups urges President Rodrigo Duterte to act on the growing environmental menace brought about by plastic pollution. A week before the president delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Earth Island Institute, EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Greenpeace, Mother Earth Foundation and Nilad ask him to enact a robust […]

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Philippine Office of the President expenses increased by P5.87-B due to APEC

THE  operating expenses of the Office of the President jumped to P8.075 billion in 2015 compared to P2.205 billion in 2014 or an increase of over 266 percent. This was shown in the OP’s Financial Statements included in the 2015 audit report released by the Commission on Audit last July 14. The COA however submitted no adverse findings on the […]

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Pinoy talents win top award in “Olympics of performing arts” Poor boys from RP slums save team

CITY of Long Beach, CA — THE Philippine team lived up to its billing as a powerhouse group in the “Olympics of the performing arts,” — officially known as the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) — held here in the city of Long Beach in California, USA. The Philippine team won the competition’s senior division highest award dubbed […]

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Comelec asked to rule on eligibility of a newly elected Nueva Ecija lawmaker to hold office

A CONCERNED voter from Nueva Ecija accused the Commission on Elections of negligence following its alleged refusal to act on reports that a congressional winner in the recent election is an American citizen. Philip Piccio, a known consumer crusader, threatens to formally file charges against the Comelec if they would still refuse to act on his complaint despite the “irrefutable […]

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Turkish Military Seizes Power, Announcing New Constitution on Television

America’s leading NATO ally in the Middle East has fractured into pieces following an apparently successful military coup to “restore the rule of law and democracy.” Controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have lost control of Turkey with military forces seizing control of the state sponsored television station saying that they were forced to seize control due to what they view as dictatorial mandates by the country’s […]

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Manila International Airport Authority launches dry run for white taxis

AUTHORITIES at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday started a dry run test where regular white taxis are allowed to queue at the designated areas and pick up points in their assigned terminals despite differing sentiments from some airport accredited transport members. Newly installed Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said under the dry run, […]

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DA chief to implement productivity enhancement programs for food sufficiency

MANILA–Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol aims for a paradigm shift in the Department of Agriculture’s programs and priorities to address the adverse repercussions of climate change in the agri-fisheries sector and its effects in the country’s food supply. “It has now become a must for this country to achieve sufficiency in rice and other basic food commodities. It is no longer […]

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USCIS Urge FilAm Vets to Apply for FWVP

CARSON, Ca —- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) urges FilAm veterans or their spouse to apply for parole under the Filipino WWII Veterans Parole (FWVP) program. Stephanie Kwan and Allison Kent, USCIS staff members made the appeal as they explained to the Filipino American community members and Filipino American WWII veterans the details of the recently approved Filipino […]

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Multiple Casualties After Attack on Bastille Day Celebration in France

Panic in Nice, France after a truck plows into a crowd of people taking part in a Bastille Day celebration The incident occurred on the seaside walk Promenade des Anglaise during a firework display and has left “tens of dead” according to a Nice politicians. The local prosecutor reports that at least 80 people have been killed. Roughly 120 people are injured, according to police. While […]

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More chairs for waiting passengers at NAIA

IN a bid to lessen passenger discomfort and remove the sight of people sitting on the floor, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has added gang chairs at the departure area of  its Terminal 3. “I was ashamed to see passengers slumping at the floor in every corner of the departure lobby of the NAIA terminal 3 while waiting for […]

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Former VP Binay and son charged before the anti-graft court

FORMER Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr. were charged on Thursday before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged P2.2 billion (about US $47.826 million) construction overpricing of the Makati City Parking building. Specifically, the former vice president was charged by the Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) with  four counts of violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act […]

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Two more former congressmen from Cebu face trial over P6M pork scam

FORMER Cebu Reps. Antonio Cuenco (2nd district) and Antonio Yapha Jr (3rd district) and another government official will face trial before the Sandiganbayan for their alleged involvement in a P6 million (about US $130,434) Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) scam. This developed after the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge both former lawmakers of violation of Section […]

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency destroys P1.77B worth of illegal drugs

IN what appears to be a big blow against illegal drug syndicates, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroys P1.77 billion (about US $38.478 million) worth of dangerous drugs on Thursday (July 14)  at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI) facilities in Trece Martires City, Cavite. Destroyed through thermal decomposition were a total of 400,356.25 grams of assorted drug evidence […]

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Former President BS Aquino III elated on UN court decision

MANILA—Former President Benigno Aquino III was elated on the decision of Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea which the Philippines filed at The Hague which favors the Philippines. Aquino, in a statement released to the media, said “we want to thank the Permanent Court of Arbitration for their fair judgment, and we would also like to extend […]

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