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The FDA of the Philippines warns the public from using untested pesticides sold in Manila

THE Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines warns the public from using untested household and urban pesticides being sold in Divisoria and Quiapo, Manila. In an advisory, No. 2016-047, the FDA says “these products have not been evaluated by the FDA to ensure their safety and efficacy. They are “harmful, toxic and may pose imminent danger to human and […]

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The Philippines’ MMDA is calling everyone to prepare for the “Big One”

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority calls on all residents of Metro Manila and the adjoining provinces to join the forthcoming earthquake drill on June 22 in a bid to prepare them for the coming “big quake.” “Six million participants in last year’s earthquake drill is not enough. We need all sectors of our society to participate. We need to engage […]

by Christian Joel Espiritu· · 0 comments · News
GMA international boosts prospects for enduring Pinoy film fest in Los Angeles

GMA international boosts prospects for enduring Pinoy film fest in Los Angeles

EFFORTS to establish an enduring international Filipino film festival in Los Angeles gain steam after its organizers were able to get the support of GMA International. Jush Andowitt, US affiliate on development and marketing of GMA International, confirms the television network’s partnership with the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) during a press conference in Carson City Wednesday. Two […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Entertainment, News
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“Airline passengers have rights,” says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

FOLLOWING the mounting complaints of air passengers against airlines operating in the Philippines, the country’s  aviation authority reminds airline operators of the existence of the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights which governs the liability of air carriers in case of accidents, loss of baggage and delays and requires airlines protection, convenience and affordable travel for the public.  “Although there is […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
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Contemplating Washington’s Response to the Shifting Global Balance of Power

ON Thursday, President Obama spoke to graduates of the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. This time, the president’s speech held back from the usual bravado about America’s global preeminence. Recalling the president’s earlier foreign policy declarations, journalist Andrei Polunin considered the future of American policy in a changing world. In his analysis for Russia’s Svobodnaya Pressa online newspaper, Polunin […]

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Farewell, Champ: ‘Greatest’ Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was hospitalized in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with a respiratory issue, died on Saturday at the age of 74. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, has died at the age of 74, NBC reports. “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this […]

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Lead laden paints used in refurbishing school armchairs gravely jeopardizing the health of Filipino children

THE EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday bares that paints with dangerous levels of lead were used in refurbishing armchairs in Philippine public schools. Consequently, the pro environment and public health group asks paint companies to stop producing lead laden paint products to ensure the safety of their customers. The coalition says it discovers that the paint used in the refurbishing of […]


Philippine National Police Commission Advisory

Republic of the Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government NATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION Quezon City        ADVISORY     The public is hereby informed that the so-called NAPOLCOM Examination Review Center is not in any way connected with the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).   The NAPOLCOM has not accredited any review center to conduct review classes nor […]

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A Philippine state university executive faces indictment for graft

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has filed before the Sandiganbayan graft and criminal charges against Bohol Island State University (BISU) President Elpidio Magante and several others in connection with the anomalous purchase of a mini dump truck worth more than P400,000 (today about US $8,695) in 2009. Specifically, Magante and his co-respondents were charged with violation of Republic Act 9184 […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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Philippine custom officials have tightened measures to prevent narcotics smuggling at the premier airport

THE Philippine Bureau of Customs has tightened the procedures on the monitoring and inspection of in-coming parcels after it uncovers attempts on Wednesday to smuggle into the country marijuana leaves and illegal narcotics. Customs District III Collector Edgar Macabeo said the stricter measures was implemented on all in-coming parcels at the Central Mail Exchange Center and other BOC houses after […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
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Philippine green group endorses the use of environment friendly led lights in public schools

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition urges the Department of Education to direct public schools to start using light emitting diode (LED) bulbs instead of the mercury laden fluorescent lamps. The green group issues the call after noting that a big number of spent fluorescent lamps were carelessly lying around the premises of public schools. The situation also prompts the EcoWaste […]


Nothing justifies the murder of journalists!*

By Manny Mogato IT is appalling that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte should justify the murder of journalists in the country by playing the corruption card. In his press conference in Davao City Tuesday, Mr. Duterte issued the broad assertion that “most journalists killed are corrupt.” “Just because you’re a journalist doesn’t mean you’re exempted from assassination if you’re a son of […]

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Patay dito, patay doon…haaay patay na*

Patay dito, patay doon…haaay patay na*

NAKIKINIG ako noong isang araw sa isang sikat na palatuntunang pang umaga sa radyo ng marinig ko si President-elect Rodrigo Duterte habang nagsasalita sa isang pulong balitaan kasama ang mga mamamahayag. Habang mumukat-mukat ako at hawak ang isang tasa na may mainit na kapeng barako ay napansin ko na palagian niyang sinasabi na papatayin niya si ganon o si ganyan. […]

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Corruption in the media is real. But how do we separate the wheat from the chaff? Who is going to name the “son-of-a-bitches” who deserve to die? The Journalists Code of Ethics is merely an appeal to the conscience of the journalist. It does not carry any penalty, and rightly so. Because you cannot regulate a profession that exercises freedom […]

by Abner Galino· · 2 comments · Opinions
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A former congressman and two new lawmakers, including a newly proclaimed senator of the Philippine republic, faces graft charges

THE Philippine Ombudsman is set to indict before the anti-graft court Prospero Pichay Jr. , the former Local Water Utilities Administration chief; Sherwin Gatchalian, a newly proclaimed senator of the republic; his brother Weslie, a nominee of a winning party-list in the House of Representative; and several others in connection with an anomalous P780 million bank acquisition deal. Ombudsman Conchita […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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Travelers Beware! Lack of Legroom on Flights Just Might Kill You

Usually the lack of airplane legroom brings mild-to-considerable discomfort that, let’s be honest, is forgotten fairly quickly. For Colin Savage, a six-foot, two-inch marathon runner and cyclist, a cramped international flight caused internal damage that was very nearly fatal. Two days after returning to Toronto from a hiking trip to Argentina, 64-year-old Savage went to doctors complaining of intense pain in his lower back. He was diagnosed […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · Health, News
Smoking kills a lot

Smoking kills a lot

SOME 87,600 Filipinos die every year due to smoking or about 10 smokers every hour. Thus claim the Health Justice Philippines and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance as both organizations on World No Tobacco Day last Tuesday call for the passage of laws seeking the use of plain packaging for tobacco products. The World No Tobacco Day celebration this year […]

by Christian Joel Espiritu· · 0 comments · Health, News
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Never throw stones in a glass house

Dante Labay, a returning overseas Filipino worker from the United Arab Emirates, learned an important lesson on making unfounded claims, the embarrassing way. Labay created a scene at the baggage carousel area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 Monday shortly after retrieving “his under weight luggage.” Concluding that somebody stole from him, Labay immediately went ballistics and started […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
Mga Recuerdo ni Javelin Miraballes

JaV Photography#3 – Window of the World in China

  Chinese reproduction of some of the world’s iconic structures. All pictures taken in Shenzhen, China


Philippine green group urge for the creation of recycling centers in public schools

AS the clean up of public schools by Brigada Eskwela volunteers continues, the Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition calls for the sprucing of existing materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in said schools and their construction where there is none. The MRFs, also known as “ecology centers,” serve as repository for segregated discards that can be reused or recycled, as well as a […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to dazzle Pinoys in the US on June 18

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to dazzle Pinoys in the US on June 18

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CPP) and the country’s premier professional orchestra, is set to perform at the New York’s Carnegie Hall on June 18. The PPO’s June 18 Carnegie Hall concert is the orchestra’s maiden performance in the US, which targets to stir stronger pride among Filipino-Americans and to […]

by Ibarra C. Mateo· · 0 comments · Entertainment
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Leviste faces raps for malversation

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales affirms the indictment of former Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) chair Jose Antonio Leviste for malversation of public funds amounting to more than P150,000 (about US $3,260). Morales said the indictment stems from Leviste’s failure to liquidate his cash advances amounting to P151,385.42. The advances were made in 2003 in relation to his official travels as […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
Rogue and inept lawmen worsen drug menace*

Rogue and inept lawmen worsen drug menace*

ON the same day Jaclyn Jose stood on stage to accept the best actress award at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France, five people attending a concert in Pasay City fell to the ground and were rushed to the hospital where they were declared dead. Many believe the tragedy at the Closeup summer concert in the early morning hours […]

by Jose Lina Jr., Ll.B.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Robert Reich: It’s time for Clinton and Sanders supporters to swallow some tough medicine*

By Robert Reich, AlterNet WITH the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have suggestions for both Clinton and Sanders supporters that neither will like.  First, my advice to Clinton supporters: Don’t try to drum Bernie Sanders out of the race before Hillary Clinton officially gets the nomination (if she in fact does get it). Some of you say […]

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My Way or Highway: Beijing Issues Four ‘Bottom Lines’ on South China Sea

China’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense announced four bottom lines on issues related to the South China Sea. China will never accept nor recognize any resolution on the South China Sea no matter what kind of ruling the International Tribunal makes. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that the Philippines arbitration was little more than a political provocation and that the country […]

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