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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 (Avsegroup) spokesperson C/Insp. Samuel B. […]

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The exposure of Filipinos to lead contaminated products is costing the Philippine government P700 billion annually

THE ill effects of lead exposure among Filipinos is costing the Philippine government about P700 billion (about US$15 billion) annually, the EcoWaste Coalition, a pro-public health and environment group, said. According to the Philippine based coalition, this was learned after United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi, Kenya released a New York University School of Medicine (NYU) interactive map dubbed […]

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Strange Bedfellows: What’s Behind the US Sale of Weapons to Vietnam*

Forty years after the US military killed millions of Vietnamese people in a brutal war, the belligerent in that fight, Washington, has lifted a ban on arms sales to Hanoi. Sputnik discussed with political analyst Eric Draitser if President Obama’s visit to Vietnam marks an attempt to come together against China, and if such a union is viable. Talking to Radio […]

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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 that “Dilma [Rousseff] is only […]

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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 controversial global deal to deregulate trade. […]

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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 away from the site of the crash… […]

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Russia Has Last Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Forces on Its Borders in 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO’s increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. “We have been watching for nearly a month […]

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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 (about US $1.44 million). Specifically, […]

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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, there were a total of 66 […]

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Okinawans Rallying as US National Allegedly Linked to Murder Case

Okinawans Rallying as US National Allegedly Linked to Murder Case

A rally is taking place outside of a US military base in Japan’s Okinawa after a US national was arrested in connection to a murder of a Japanese woman, local NHK broadcaster reported Friday. TOKYO (Sputnik) – Earlier this week, it was reported that Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a US national and a former marine who works at the US Air Force […]

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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 Hannah a.k.a Boy Negro, a […]

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    What Can You Do For Love ????? “Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera is all set to open on June 9 at the 1701 The Little Room Upstairs located at Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Street. Quezon City. The play shall run until July 3, […]

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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 Operators Council that on May […]

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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 lawmakers, however, are divided on […]

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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 border control is part of […]

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Egypt Air Flight MS804 Went Down Into Mediterranean Sea – Reports

A plane with 56 passengers flying from Paris to Cairo went off radar screens at 00:45 GMT on Thursday, according to Egypt Air. CAIRO (Sputnik) – Egypt Air Flight MS804 that went off radar screens early on Thursday while en route from Paris to Cairo went down into the Mediterranean Sea, the Al Mayadeen TV channel reports citing airline sources. “An EGYPTAIR official declared that […]

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Ang mga hinayupak na kriminal*

KAHIT dito sa US of A, kapag bumabagsak ang ekonomiya, tumataas ang antas ng kriminalidad. Matagal nang napatunayan ng mga social scientist na may direktang kaugnayan ang kahirapan sa paglubha ng kriminalidad saan mang panig ng mundo. Madaling sabihin na nasa tao ‘yan. Madaling mangaral at sabihin sa mga tao na desisyon nila kung gagawa sila ng masama o hindi. […]

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Nakasusuka ang kawalan ng prinsipyo ng mga pul-politiko*

Nakasusuka ang kawalan ng prinsipyo ng mga pul-politiko*

NGAYONG nanalo na si Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte bagamat hindi pa siya opisyal na napoproklama ay dumadagsa na sa kanyang pansamantalang headquarters sa Lungsod ng Davao ang laksa-laksang pulpol na politiko o pul-politiko para maka-amot ng poder. Nagbabakasakali ang mga linta at walang kahihiyan na mga ito na makasambot ng posisyon sa administrasyong Duterte. Labis akong naduduwak kapag nakikita […]

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has welcomed plans by Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison to end nearly 30 years of Dutch exile to take part in the peace talks © AFP News

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 to free ailing guerrillas from […]

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To Dream the Impossible Dream: Sanders Rules Out Quitting Presidential Race

Bernie Sanders said at a rally in California that he would not abandon his bid to win the Democratic Party nomination for the US presidential race. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US Senator Bernie Sanders said he would not abandon his hopes to secure the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election. “There are a lot of people out there, many pundits and politicians, they say […]

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Philippine Senator Trillanes leaves Manila for Hawaii

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV has quietly left Manila for Hawaii Tuesday afternoon giving rise to speculations that he is on another “secret mission.” A source at the Bureau of Immigration office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, who asked not to be named, has confirmed that Trillanes left the country via Philippine Airlines flight PR100 for Honolulu, […]

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Philippine Police Commission approves mass recruitment of personnel for national police

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 officers for the attrition recruitment […]

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Facing Economic Headwinds China’s XI Calls for Reforms

Chinese President Xi Jinping exhorted the country’s Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs on Monday to “resolutely push forward supply-side structural reform.” President Xi’s sometimes oblique budget statements offered that he considers “supply-side,”” along with structural issues, as the most troublesome of China’s current economic issues, suggesting that by focusing on these issues specifically, the world’s second largest economy can remain fiscally healthy. […]

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Philippine airport authorities release an American who was caught with bullet casings after he apologizes

PHILIPPINE airport security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early this week released from detention without any hassle an American tourist who was caught in possession of seven bullet casings, a treatment so different from what was experienced by a septuaginarian couple who were caught in possession of a .357 caliber bullet. Allan George Alexander of Phoenix, Arizona was […]

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Philippine green group warns public about lead on school supplies

AS this year’s school opening fast approaches, the Philippine EcoWaste Coalition warns the public, especially the parents and guardians of grade schoolers, from buying school supplies tainted with lead, a cancer causing and brain damaging chemical. Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition Project Protect coordinator, said nearly half of the school supplies they screened tested positive for lead. He added their finding […]