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Money Talks: Who is Financing the US Presidential Campaign?

The US presidential candidates and their affiliates have spent over a billion dollars on the campaign trail, with over $176 million of that amount provided by a handful of financiers, energy company owners and construction magnates. Russian business newspaper RBC offers an interesting rundown on who gets how much and from where. Just over six months are left in the run up to […]

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40,000 Verizon Workers Launch One of the Biggest Strikes of the Decade

By Cole Stangler Genea Martin has worked for more than 19 years at Verizon. As a Brooklyn-based customer-service representative, she helps manage telephone and Internet accounts for businesses. It’s a well-paying job, but at 43 she’s increasingly anxious about the future. In recent years Verizon has shed thousands of jobs like Martin’s without replacing them. And for the last 10 […]

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The Plot Thickens: Did the Saudis Help Hide Osama Bin Laden?

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh has asserted that the Riyadh government was helping to hide Osama Bin Laden. In an interview with AlterNet regarding his new book, The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, Hersh states that the US ally government of Saudi Arabia helped the Pakistani government hide the terror group’s leader “because they didn’t want us interrogating” him. “The Saudis bribed […]

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Alert customs and fisheries personnel foiled smuggling attempt at the Philippines premier airport

ALERT Philippine customs and fisheries personnel foiled an attempt to smuggle live corals and anemones to Taiwan via the Philippines premier airport. The Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport said the contraband were in nine boxes and were surreptitiously declared as tropical fish. It was about to […]

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Philippine investigators still clueless on the identities of the remaining hackers who made public the private information of millions

Philippine investigators still clueless on the identities of the remaining hackers who made public the private information of millions

THE National Bureau of Investigation remains clueless as to the identities of the remaining hackers of the Commission on Elections website who are still at-large. Ronald Aguto Jr., NBI Cybercrime Division chief, said his men are still conducting forensic examinations on the computer used by the arrested suspected hacker, Paul Biteng, in a bid to find good leads. He said […]

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Broke and Paranoid…How the US Risks Nuclear War*

By Finian Cunningham Many observers fear that not only are we seeing a new Cold War, but that we are also in the throes a new global arms race. This stems from the United States being both wildly over-stretched militarily and wildly irrational. In short: broke and paranoid. Twenty-five years after the official end of the Cold War between the US and the […]

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A wheelchair attendant at the Philippines’ premier airport tagged negotiator for extortion gang

A WHEELCHAIR attendant at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was identified as the “negotiator” who demanded money from the septuagenarian couple shortly after a bullet was allegedly found in their carry-on bags as they pass through the final security check point at the airport. Nino Namba was identified by Fei Balagot, niece of the septuagenarian couple Esteban and Salvacion Cortabista, […]

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Bernie Sanders Has Trickier, Narrower Road in Democratic Race

Bernie Sanders Has Trickier, Narrower Road in Democratic Race

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, which also has a primary Tuesday, said he was concerned that the fight between Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton could hurt the party’s congressional candidates and candidates for governor if the Democratic contest comes to be seen as fractious and divided as the Republican presidential race. “I think we all need to back up […]

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Philippine anti-graft court sends big-time banker to jail for US junket

  THE Sandiganbayan sentenced the former Development Bank of the Philippines Board Chair Vitaliano Nañagas II to more than a decade of imprisonment after he was found guilty of estafa and violation of Republic Act 3019 ( the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act of the Philippines). Specifically, Nañagas was given a six to ten year prison term for violating R.A. […]

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Veteran media man Loy Caliwan passes away

VETERAN media man Luciano “Loy” Caliwan passes away last Saturday (April 23) due to diabetic complications. He was 69. Caliwan started his media career in 1969. He became a reporter for radio station dzRH in 1972 and was assigned to numerous beats including the country’s premier airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where he carved a name for himself because […]

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Sanders Says Lost Many Primaries Because ‘Poor People Don’t Vote

US Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders explained to NBC on Saturday why he could not sway many poorer US states to vote for him in the primaries, saying poor people do not vote. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Asked why he had lost to his pro-establishment rival, Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator replied, “Well, because poor people don’t vote. I mean, that’s just a […]

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Man of the People: Assad Refused Safe Asylum Offer From Iran

Tehran offered Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family an asylum in Iran from where he could safely command his army, but the leader refused to leave the war-torn country, Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said Saturday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the official, quoted by Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the offer was extended by Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ […]

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“Kim Digong” on the way to Malacanang?*

“IT’S the character, stupid” This is the phrase used recently by critics of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte to describe the political antics of the witty local executive from the south as election day comes nearer. It is a slight variation of US President Bill Clinton’s popular “It’s the economy, stupid.”  Simultaneously, the same critics are now […]

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

By Anthony Bourdain   Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, is not an uncommon thing to hear in my household. Like many children all over the world, my daughter arrived home from the hospital to find a Filipino baby nurse. Vangie was with her from the very beginning of her life and in time my daughter came to know her […]

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Mexican President Nieto Proposes Marijuana Legalization

Mexican President Nieto Proposes Marijuana Legalization

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed on Thursday that marijuana users should be allowed to carry larger amounts of the plant, and those convicted of low-level marijuana-related offenses be released from custody. This is a remarkable step, considering Nieto‘s reported personal opposition to the legalization of marijuana. He, however, justified his decision by saying the initiative seeks to “view drugs from a perspective of prevention, […]

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Ghosts of Empire: Japanese Justice Minister Visits Shrine Honoring War Dead

Japan’s Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki visited on Saturday Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine built in honour of Japanese victims in the World War II. TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan’s Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki visited on Saturday Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni shrine regarded as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism by other Asian nations, local media reported. “Paying respects to those who sacrificed their lives for the country is a universal thing. How […]

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PAL demanded Kuwait’s implementation of the fifth freedom rights

PAL demanded Kuwait’s implementation of the fifth freedom rights

THE Philippine Airlines said Kuwait should grant the country’s flag carrier the privilege of exercising the Fifth Freedom rights as Kuwait Airways, the flag carrier of that small Arab country, has been exercising it for almost 20 years on its Bangkok to Manila route. Siegfred Mison, PAL Vice President for Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Communications, said the PAL is […]

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Cool ka lang! Chill! Easy Lang!*

MAINIT na ang ulo ng mga tao. Palapit na kasi nang palapit ang araw ng eleksiyon. Alam n’yo ba ‘yung pakiramdam nang umaawat ka ng isang barkadang nalasing at bigla na lang nagwala at naghahamon ng away? Brod, cool ka lang! Chill! Easy Lang! Marami sa atin ang ganyan ang pakiramdam ngayon. Lalo na ‘yung mga kababayan natin na bagamat […]

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Oil Prices Climb as US Dollar Weakens

Oil Prices Climb as US Dollar Weakens

Oil prices сlimb slightly on Friday, reflecting recent positive price trend. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Oil prices climbed Friday after the US dollar index dipped by 0.07 percent to 94.59 points, according to market values. As of Friday morning, prices of crude oil Brent futures rose 1.48 percent to $45.19 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures gained 1.53 percent, trading at $43.84 per barrel. The global […]

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Complaint desk sought for victims of bullet planting extortion scheme in the Philippines’ premier airport

IN view of the rising number of “bullet planting” extortion scheme at the Philippines’ premier airport, re-electionist Senator Ralph Recto proposed the setting up of a Presidential Action and Complaint Center at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to assist the victims of the said criminal enterprise. Recto’s suggestion came in the heels of news report about a septuagenarian couple who […]

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More than 40,000 to take Philippine police entrance and promotion examinations

THE Philippine National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is set to administer the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on April 24, 2016 to 42,848 examinees. Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chair Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said 23,175 civilians will take the PNP entrance exam while the rest are policemen taking promotional tests. NAPOLCOM Vice-Chair and Executive Officer […]

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On and on…the jinx continues to hound the Philippines premier airport

AS the Manila International Airport Authority continues to look for solutions concerning the troubles besetting the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the “jinx” goes on and on. On Tuesday afternoon, a glass panel near the boarding Gate 10 of the NAIA Terminal 1 suddenly broke. Luckily nobody was hurt. Renz Calderon of the MIAA operations division said “vibration” produced by the […]

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New York Exit Polls Favor Sanders, But Clinton Still Expected to Win

Exit polls of Democratic Party voters in the New York State primary on Tuesday evening showed a preference for Senator Bernie Sanders on key issues but most still expected frontrunner Hillary Clinton to win, news reports stated. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Almost two-thirds of Democratic voters, 64 percent, believed that the Wall Street financial sector hurt the US economy while only 29 percent […]

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Twitter Reminds Donald Rumsfeld That Hell Awaits

It’s tough out there for a war criminal. Donald Rumsfeld learned it the hard way after being decimated on Twitter on Tax Day, after the war apologist sent out several whining tweets about taxes. The 83-year-old former US Secretary of Defense tweeted three times, complaining that he will likely not live to see the implementation of a flat tax in the country. Unlike many […]

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Maaring magbago*

Maaring magbago*

MARAMI ang nagtatanong sa akin kung karapatdapat daw bang suportahan ang kandidatura ni Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos para sa pagka Bise Presidente ng bansa. Sa kabilang banda ay marami rin ang nagsasabi na hindi siya dapat manalo sapagkat may utang ang kanyang ama at ina sa bayan dahil na rin sa martial law. Ewan ko, pero sa palagay ko ay […]