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Wanted: Geomancer

THERE is “mounting pressure” on airport authorities to counter the series of unfortunate events rocking Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport not by improving equipment maintenance or taking professional services but through the hiring of a geomancer. Middle level officials of the Manila International Airport Authority want their boss, MIAA General Manager Jose […]

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World Execution Figures Up 54%, Highest Since 1989

ON Wednesday, Amnesty International reported that executions globally increased 54 percent last year to 1,634, the highest recorded figure since 1989. The report was released on a day Pakistani authorities killed three dissidents by hanging. The London-based human rights organization found that Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the spike in execution deaths. Collectively, the countries were responsible […]

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Philippine Ombudsman: Ex-PNP chief Alan Purisima and Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas liable for Mamasapano massacre

THE Philippine ombudsman said former Philippine Natonal Police chief Alan Purisima and his subordinate, former PNP-Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas, are liable for the botched operation that led to the massacre of 44 policemen by the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Magjuindanao in 2015. In a statement, the Office of […]

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Excuses, excuses, excuses

EQUIPMENT neglect and poor maintenance led to the five-hour power outage at the Philippines premier airport over the weekend which subjected hundreds of passengers to a harrowing experience. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the power disruptions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 would not have happened […]

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US, Philippines Launch Massive South China Sea War Games

THE annual Balikatan exercises will involve 55 US aircraft operating alongside Manila fighter jets. The Philippines recently acquired a number of ships from the US Navy which may also participate in the games. Unlike in previous years, this year’s Balikatan will include the delivery of an anti-aircraft gun called the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). Sold to Manila by Washington, the system […]

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Chiz Escudero’s backers intensify campaign in LA

SUPPORTERS of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero recently held a motorcade and man-to-man campaign among Filipino Americans in Los Angeles to drum up support for his vice presidential campaign, amidst a backdrop of strong opposition coming from Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and political neophyte Rep. Leni Robredo. This week, Escudero thanked his LA supporters who […]

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Harrowing experience at Manila’s premier airport

HUNDREDS of passengers flying in and out of the Philippines via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 suffered a harrowing experience over the weekend after a “technical glitch” caused a 16 hour power outage that lasted until Sunday noon. Manila International Airport Authorities said power went out on early Saturday evening after a substation […]

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I Pray for Sanders’ – Oliver Stone Condemns Clinton’s ‘Corrupt’ Policy

Mr. Stone spoke in support of Democratic candidate for President of the United States Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arguing that he is the one who will not further invest in war, but will rather take time delving into internal problems instead. “I’m praying still for Bernie Sanders because he’s the only one willing, at least in the name of fiscal sanity, to cut back on our foreign interventions, […]

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Why Washington’s Hawks are Trying to Make Obama a ‘Scapegoat’

FOLLOWING President Obama’s unusual interview with Jeffry Goldberg in which the American leader criticized the US foreign policy doctrine, Washington’s political establishment has struck a blow against the US President, former CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman writes. To President Obama’s credit he understands that the Middle East is no longer a region of “terrible” importance […]

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Reckless motorcycle riding top cause of deaths and injuries in Metro Manila streets

RECKLESS motorcycle riding remains the top cause of deaths and injuries on Metro Manila streets, the Philippines premier metropolis. Based on the data collated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority through its Metro Manila Accident Recording and Analysis System (MMARAS) program, a total of 536 people were killed last year while 21,858 were injured in […]

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China to US: ‘Be careful’ in South China Sea

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing’s defence ministry on Thursday warned the US navy to “be careful” in the South China Sea and slammed a newly signed agreement between Washington and the Philippines. Earlier this month, Manila agreed to give US forces access to five military bases, including some close to the disputed South China Sea, where […]

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Philippine Ombudsman upheld indictment of former Laguna governor ER Ejercito

The Philippine Ombudsman has affirmed its indictment of former provincial governor Jeorge “ER Ejercito” Estregan and eight other individuals for graft in connection with the unlawful collection of insurance fee from tourists and boatmen when he was still mayor of Pagsanjan town, the tourist capital of Laguna province. In a statement, the Ombudsman said probable […]

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American Pilots ‘Admire Their Russian Counterparts’ for Defeating Daesh

THE real Americans who fight wars admire their Russian counterparts and what they have done in Syria, Marine combat veteran Gordon Duff notes, adding that this story, however, remains neglected by the Western media. Russia’s military capabilities demonstrated during its air campaign in Syria caught International observers and military analysts by surprise. “What we saw in Syria was Russia […]

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Philippine Green Groups Urge Candidates Not to Torture Trees

THE Philippines National Coalition to Save the Trees (NCST) and EcoWaste Coalition urged all election candidates to spare the trees for torture by not nailing campaign materials on them. In a joint statement, the EcoWaste Coalition and the (NCST) appealed to national and local candidates “not to commit torture on trees by nailing, pinning and […]

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Obsolete Alliance: Why It is Time for US to Withdraw From NATO

EVIDENCE is mounting that the US commitment to NATO does not truly serve America’s best interests in the twenty-first century, Ted Galen Carpenter notes; he asks whether it is time for the United States to withdraw from the alliance. While NATO is preparing to celebrate its sixty-seventh anniversary in April, the time has come to question whether the […]

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Sanders Slams ‘Obscene’ Hollywood Fundraiser for Clinton

SENATOR Bernie Sanders blasted Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton on Sunday over a pair of fundraisers, one of which she is charging $353,400 for two seats at a dinner table with herself and the Clooneys. Sanders spoke out calling the fundraisers, which are set to take place in April, “obscene.” © AP Photo/ Tom Lynn Clinton Rejects Debate […]

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Are chocolates sold in the Philippines safe from toxic cadmium and lead?

“Are chocolates sold in the Philippines safe from toxic cadmium and lead?” The Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition raises this concern after As You Sow, a US consumer health watchdog, last week reported finding higher than normal levels of cadmium and lead in 35 of 50 chocolate products tested, including Easter chocolate bunnies and eggs. “We […]

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Chinese tourists spend $215 billion overseas

A record-breaking $215 billion was spent by Chinese travelers abroad last year, 53 percent more than a year earlier, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).   Even with stock exchange turmoil and a slowing economy China overtook developed countries, including the United States both in cash spent on travelling and the number […]

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Fidel Castro on Obama’s Visit: Cuba Can Do Without US ‘Gifts’

CUBA is a self-sufficient state that does not need gifts from Washington, former Cuban President and leader of the historic Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro said Monday. Castro’s remarks come after US President Barack Obama last week made a historic three-day visit to Cuba, the first by a US president since 1928.”We are able to produce food and material wealth we […]

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‘HE IS NOT HERE, HE IS RISEN!”

Iglesia Filipina Independiente Obispado Maximo 1500 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines   ‘HE IS NOT HERE, HE IS RISEN!” (Luke 24:6) Christ is risen! Alleluia!  A joyous Easter to you, my brothers and sisters.  The Gospel according to Luke (Luke 24:1-12) narrates how the women who had gone to the tomb to finish the preparations […]

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Pope Francis Kneels In Front of Refugees to Kiss Their Feet

WHILE the world tries to recover from the bloody terrorist attacks in Europe, Pope Francis has again demonstrated a sign of love and reconciliation between various religions, media reported. On Friday, the head of the Catholic Church knelt down in front of refugees who fought through every hardship to arrive in Italy, washing and kissing their feet. The move was meant […]