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Philippine Ombudsman dismisses scam perpetrators

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales dismisses from office six government officials involved in the multi-billion  peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.  Dismissed from government service were Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover and Consuelo Lilian Espiritu of the Technology Resource Center (TRC); Maria Ninez Guañizo, Victor Roman Cacal and Rhodora Mendoza from the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR).   […]

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Do As I Say: EU Lectures the World on Human Rights, but Fails the Test

THE European Union, claiming to be devoted to human rights, has been revealed of failing to adequately deal with its first serious test, said the head of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty. Prior to the World Humanitarian Summit in violence-struck Istanbul, Shetty expressed disappointment in the way the EU, a self-described advocate of human rights, is addressing the refugee crisis. […]

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‘Time to Panic’ – Trump Moves Ahead of Clinton in Latest Polling

ON Monday, a poll conducted by Real Clear Politics (RCP) showed presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump ahead of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the national polling average for the first time. The New York billionaire is shown to be ahead of Clinton, by 0.2 points between May 13-19. These result align with two national polls, one by the Washington Post […]

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency destroys P9.23 million worth of equipment and chemicals used in manufacture of illegal drugs

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday destroyed some P9,237,495.68 (about US $20,081 million) worth of confiscated equipment and chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., who led the destruction ceremony, said 5,042.82 liters of ethanol, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, xylene, acetone, sulfuric acid, toluene, acetic […]

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Obama: US Fully Lifts Half-a-Century-Long Weapons Ban Against Vietnam

The United States will remove all bans for selling weapons to Vietnam, US President Barack Obama said Monday. HANOI (Sputnik) — The president made the announcement during a joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi. “I can also announce that the United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has […]

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‘Resurgent Russia’ and ‘Very Aggressive China’ Cramp US Rule in Airspace

“Resurgent Russia” and “very, very aggressive China” are the obstacles to Washington’s individual rule in the world’s airspace and oceans, according to US Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Activities of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Chinese Air Force trigger concerns of the United States, US Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle said. […]

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Philippine aviation authorities appeal for public’s cooperation in securing the country’s airways

THE Philippine aviation police authorities on Monday appealed to the public for cooperation in making the country’s airports safe for travelers. Specifically, the authorities want the citizenry to report any suspicious activities related to airport security and for them to provide inputs to strengthen the existing security measures. At the same time, Aviation Security Group […]

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Brazil’s Former President Lula da Silva Ready to Run for President in 2018

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could put forward his candidature in the 2018 presidential elections. MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Speaking in an interview with TeleSUR TV, the former president said that he would run for president “just to prevent social achievements from being destroyed in Brazil.” He also criticized the appointment of Michel Temer as Brazil’s interim president and claimed […]

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Clintons Accept Money From TPP Supporters

As the current Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was entering the presidential race, her husband and former US President Bill Clinton received millions of dollars from special interest groups, including $325,000 from a group lobbying for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). In October 2015, Hillary Clinton was pressured by her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, to openly oppose the […]

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Egyptian Troops Determine Location of EgyptAir Plane’s Flight Recorders

Egyptian servicemen have determined the area where flight recorders of the crashed EgyptAir plane are located. CAIRO (Sputnik) – Egyptian servicemen, currently looking for the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane that crashed earlier this week have preliminarily determined the area where the plane’s flight recorders are located, local media reported. “This zone is located 3-4 nautical miles […]

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Philippine lawmaker charged with graft for ghost project

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of graft charges against former La Union province Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr. before the Sandiganbayan. Morales said her office found probable cause to charge the young Dumpit before the anti-graft court for his anomalous utilization of his 2007-2009 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting P 66.5 million […]

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French FM Rules Out Leading Theory in EgyptAir Plane Disappearance

Investigators do not single out one version of events in the EgyptAir passenger plane that went missing over the Mediterranean Sea, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday. PARIS (Sputnik) – Flight MS804 departed from the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, at 23:09 GMT on Wednesday. The aircraft was heading for the Cairo International Airport. According to the airline, […]

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Eleven years later, the Philippine police commission promotes cops who solve 2005 Valentine’s Day bombing                    

FINALLY after more than 11 years, the Philippine National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) promotes the three policemen who arrested the principal suspect in the 2005 Valentine’s Day bombing in Makati City. Police SPO1 Sebastian De Leon, PO3 Rolando Maximo and PO2 Pedro Silva Jr. were promoted to the next higher rank for their successful arrest of Gappal […]

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American airline employee accuses three airport porters of extortion

EXTORTIONISTS at the Philippines’ premier airport have successfully plied their nefarious trade after they forced an American employee of an international airline to shell out money in exchange for “convenience” at the luggage counters. Gary Charles Glass, 56, an employee of Delta Air Lines and a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, USA complained to the Airline […]

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Philippine election commission proclaims 12 new senators

AFTER a grueling vote count, the Philippine Commission on Election on Thursday proclaims 12 new senators of the Philippine republic. Five of those proclaimed were newcomers who expressed openness to the plan of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to change the current government structure from a highly centralized system to a federalized one. The newly proclaimed […]

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Philippine airport authorities join international campaign vs trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials

IN a bid to prevent black marketeers from making the Philippines a hub of nuclear and radioactive material smuggling in Southeast Asia, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has recently forged a closer relationship with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to monitor the movements of suspected international and local smugglers. The move to strengthen […]

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Philippine rebels to enter talks, name allies to Duterte cabinet

PHILIPPINE communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies said Wednesday they would enter into peace talks with president-elect Rodrigo Duterte and ask him to add four of their political allies to his cabinet. Duterte, who won a landslide victory in last week’s elections, had offered four cabinet posts to the insurgents and expressed willingness […]

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Philippine Police Commission approves mass recruitment of personnel for national police

  IN a bid to strengthen the government’s drive against criminal elements and insurgents, the National Police Commission has approved the recruitment of more than 20,000 personnel to the Philippine National Police. NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said the PNP will recruit 10,000 civilians for the regular recruitment quota and 11,200 new police […]