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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 of the Manila Electric Company […]

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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, bring the troops home, and […]

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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 to US national interests and that […]

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Why Western Media Try to Downplay the Importance of Palmyra’s Liberation

FOLLOWING the liberation of historic Palmyra, “the pearl of the desert,” by the Syrian Arab Army with the assistance of the Russian Aerospace Forces, some Western media sources have made an attempt to downplay the remarkable feat. The recapture of Palmyra by Syrian forces with Russian air support has caught the US and its NATO allies by surprise. It seemed the Western capitals were […]

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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 road accidents. Of this number, […]

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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 tensions have risen over Beijing’s […]

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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 cause for violation of the […]

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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 set up a forward command in days […]

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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 tacking campaign materials on them.” […]

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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 alliance’s policies really comply with America’s […]

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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 Challenge After Huge Sanders Wins […]

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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 ask this question not to […]

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Chinese tourists spend $215 billion overseas

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 of trips. Last year the […]

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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 need with the effort and intelligence […]

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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 for the burial of Jesus […]

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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 as a sign of love for one’s neighbor […]

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For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

By Ann Schneible Rome, Italy, Apr 3, 2015 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Pope Francis’ Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. “In you, Divine Love, we see again today our persecuted brethren: beheaded, crucified, for […]

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Gaddafi, Assad Warned of Terror Epidemic in Europe, But No One Listened

Gaddafi, Assad Warned of Terror Epidemic in Europe, But No One Listened

LIBYA’S late leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned that terrorism would be on the rise in Europe if Western leaders help to destabilize the two countries, but no one listened. As a result, Libya and Syria have been plunged into chaos and now Europe has to grapple with a string of gruesome terrorist attacks. The latest assault […]

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Untold Story of Syrian Coup: Who is Really Behind the Plot to Topple Assad?

THANKS to modern technologies one can easily reconstruct the story of Washington’s conspiracy aimed at destabilizing Syria by exploiting the country’s ethnic and religious divisions. In his recent Op-Ed for Russia Today Neil Clark, a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger, writes that former US Secretary of State Clinton’s emails as well as secret labels and reports provided by Wikileaks and American conservative educational foundation Judicial […]

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Strange Bedfellows in Syria: What Washington Prefers Not to Speak Of
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Strange Bedfellows in Syria: What Washington Prefers Not to Speak Of

ALTHOUGH Washington has long been in denial and refused to admit that US-backed rebel groups were intermingled with al-Qaeda in Syria, the unpleasant truth has finally come to light, Gareth Porter notes. To the embarrassment of the Obama administration, it turns out that the CIA-armed and trained Syrian militants have long been colluding with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and its close ally Ahrar […]

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Philippines premier airport under tight security following terrorists attacks in Brussels

THE Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Wednesday places the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on heightened alert following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, the European Union’s capital. Security patrols at all of NAIA’s four terminals and its perimeters have been doubled, the MIAA said. The authorities added the deployed airport security personnel were told to be extra vigilant […]

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Philippine Court of Appeals junks contempt plea vs. Ombudsman

  THE Philippine Court of Appeals junks for lack of merit a plea to cite in contempt Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in connection with her earlier decision to suspend Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-Jun” Binay. The appellate court, in a decision promulgated on March 9, 2016, said the plea filed by Binay and several Makati City employees which include […]

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At Least 28 Dead in Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

At least 28 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Brussels – 15 in its metro and 13 at the city’s airport. At least one of the two Brussels Airport terrorist attacks was carried out by a suicide bomber, Belgian Federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said in a press briefing on Tuesday. “There were two explosions at a departure hall in Zaventem this morning. One was […]

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The Five Most Expensive Military Operations Since WWII

The Five Most Expensive Military Operations Since WWII

LAST week, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed the price tag of the Russian anti-terrorist air operation in Syria – 33 billion rubles (about $464 million US). To get a handle on whether this was a little or a lot, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency has prepared an overview of some of the most expensive military operations since WWII. Russian Defense […]

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Philippine air traffic controllers demoralization could endanger air traffic

PHILIPPINE air traffic controllers are demoralized by the continuing inaction of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on their appeal for help in reversing a recent Commission on Audit’s Disallowance Order arising for their “unauthorized” receipt of salary increase and allowance. This was learned by Beyond Deadlines after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) formally sought the reversal of […]

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