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Rodrigo Duterte impressed Philippine voters with his vows to kill criminals and challenge the elite's grip on the economy

Five keys to Duterte’s Philippine presidential win

Tough-talking Rodrigo Duterte owed his stunning victory in the Philippine presidential election to five key factors, according to analysts interviewed by AFP on Tuesday: – Strongman – Many Filipinos were clamouring for a strong ruler to start fixing a wide range of deep-rooted problems. With cuss-filled vows to kill criminals and challenge the elite’s grip on the economy, Duterte shrewdly […]

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Home – Where is yours?

Home – Where is yours?

SOMETIME in 1995 while on holiday in the Philippines, I was openly criticized for “acting like a foreigner in my own country.”  Why? Because when some friends came over to my mom’s house to see me and ask how I was, I said, “Ohhh, covered with allergies. The moment we landed, I noticed rashes on my arms, now they’re all […]

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Presidential, Legislative Elections Begin in Philippines

Over 54 million registered voters went to the polls to elect their next president, vice president, and over 18,000 local government and 300 legislative officials in the Republic of the Philippines, national media reported Monday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Rodrigo Duterte, 71, an outspoken longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao whose rabble-rousing campaign has drawn comparisons to US presidential candidate Donald Trump, […]

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Gunmen Kill 7 in Philippines Election Day Ambush

Seven people have been killed in the Republic of the Philippines. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Seven people have been killed in election violence during presidential, legislative and local elections in the Republic of the Philippines, the national press reported Monday, citing police. The victims were aboard a multi-purpose vehicle and two motorcycles when they were intercepted and fatally shot, Calabarzon administrative regional police said as cited by The […]

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Americans and Europeans Ignore USSR’s Role in Victory Over Nazism

When asked to choose a country that played a key role in defeating Nazism during the Second World War from between the United Kingdom, the USSR, the United States and the options ‘other’ and ‘I don’t know,’ only 15 percent of respondents in a recent Sputnik.Polls survey opted for the USSR. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of respondents in the United States (79 […]

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Middle East Leaders Give Up on Obama, Turn to Putin – US Diplomat

Russia has demonstrated to Middle East leaders that it is a country willing to act, which had completely changed the region’s perception of the US, according to former top Obama White House aide on Middle East issues, Dennis Ross. America may seem strong regarding its military capability in the region, but for some reason local leaders are becoming frequent visitors in Moscow, not […]

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German Government Turns Against TTIP Despite Merkel’s Support

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt criticized the United States for not making “any serious concessions”. In his interview for Der Spiegel, Schmidt said that the trade agreement, already sparking a decent amount of controversy, does not provide significant concessions to German food producers, offering minor concessions to the automotive sector instead. “We won’t sacrifice our high food safety standards in a barter trade for approval of European […]

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Philippine civil aviation authorities to help Malaysia investigate crash of a Philippine registered aircraft in Sarawak

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said it is ready anytime to assist their Malaysian counterparts in investigating the cause of the crash of the Philippine-registered aircraft in Sarawak last week. CAAP deputy director-general Rodante Joya said a team of investigators are ready to fly anytime to provide the aircraft airworthiness documents as well as certification of the pilot’s […]

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Fil-Am community in Los Angeles inducts new set of officers

Fil-Am community in Los Angeles inducts new set of officers

LOS ANGELES –The new set of officers of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), the oldest existing Filipino community organization in the United States, were sworn into office on April 24, during its 71st Anniversary Gala Night at the Glendale Hilton in Glendale. Inducted by State Senator Bob Huff were Fernandico Q. GonongJr, president; Apolonio Julian, first vice […]

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Home stretch na; ano ang naghihintay sa dako pa roon?*

MALINAW na sina Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at Senator Grace Poe ang magpapang-abot sa dulo ng karera. Siyempre, llamado pa rin si Duterte at dehado si Poe. Naalala ko tuloy ‘yung popular na biro noon tungkol sa bantog aktor na tatay ni Grace Poe na mas kilala natin sa popular sa palayaw na FPJ. Madalas nating sabihin ito: Ganyan talaga ang […]

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Philippines’ University of Santo Tomas picked one of world’s most beautiful universities

Philippines’ University of Santo Tomas picked one of world’s most beautiful universities

On January 18, Pope Francis visited what is considered by a website as one of the most beautiful universities in the world. A website called Profascinate has included the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in its list of “Top 15 Most Beautiful International Colleges,” ranking 13th. It said of the Philippine university: “In the sprawling urban jungle that is Manila, […]

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The Islamic State group held public executions in the ancient theatre in Palmyra before the site was captured by Russia-backed Syrian forces

Russian orchestra performs in Syria’s war-scarred Palmyra

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, AFP News Leading Russian musicians staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria’s ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country. Famed conductor Valery Gergiev led Saint Petersburg’s celebrated Mariinsky orchestra through pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev and Rodion Shchedrin in front of a crowd […]

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Three out of the last five directors of the intelligence service have been Catholic (Photo: AP)

Why Catholics thrive in the CIA

By Robert Wargas The agency has been dubbed ‘Catholics In Action’ because the faithful have occupied so many senior positions. But could their dominance be weakening? The agency has been dubbed ‘Catholics In Action’ because the faithful have occupied so many senior positions. But could their dominance be weakening? Just a few days before Christmas 1988, terrorists blew up Pan […]

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‘French Gov’t Wants to Sacrifice Its Agriculture’ in Favor of TTIP

France has threatened to scupper the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations amid growing differences between the EU and the US over food safety and cultural issues. In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Nicolas Roux, a spokesman for the Friends of the Earth environmentalist and human rights group, said it was just an attempt by President Francois Hollande to raise his popularity […]

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Army Captain Sues White House, Says Anti-Daesh Mission is Illegal

A 28-year-old Army Captain deployed to the region claims the Obama administration failed to obtain congressional authorization for Operation Inherent Resolve and that the White House has deployed soldiers to fight an illegal war. On Wednesday, lawyers for US Army Captain Nathan Smith, a military intelligence officer, filed a lawsuit against US President Obama, arguing that the conflict against Daesh constitutes an illegal […]

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Japan’s Prime Minister Invites Putin to Tokyo Despite Washington’s Fury

Much to Washington’s chagrin, Tokyo and Moscow appear to be forming a partnership. On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The meeting signals a thaw in relations between the two countries, as Abe seeks to settle territorial disputes and gain improved trade deal conditions.  The move doesn’t sit well with Japan’s key ally, the […]

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Kapag tinimbang ang bet mo pero kulang, paano na?*

NAPAKARAMI kong nabasang mga pamantayan o giya para sa pagpili ng mga kandidato. May nabasa ako na 10 ang sukatan para sa karapat-dapat na kandidato, mayroong pito, mayroong lima at mayroong din namang isa lang. Sabi ng iba, masyado raw marami ‘yung 10, baka raw walang makapasa kung ganyan kataas ang pamantayan natin. Naitanong ko tuloy sa sarili ko: Ano […]

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VP bet Bongbong Marcos and cousin Martin Romualdez losing votes abroad due to alleged irregularities

VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his cousin senatorial candidate Martin Romualdez continue to lose votes from voting precincts abroad due to alleged irregularities. The young Marcos, the only son of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., said he is already in possession of at least 10 complaints from Overseas Filipinos based in Hong Kong, China; Dubai, United […]

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Make your miting de avance green — Philippine EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition pleads to all politicians to keep the sites of their miting de avance on Saturday clean as they mark the end of the election campaign period. In a statement, EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero pleaded to miting de avance organizers to do everything possible to minimize, if not totally prevent, the proliferation of garbage. At the […]

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Bradley mingles with fans, eats Pinoy food

FORMER two-time World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Ray “Tim” Bradley recently showed great respect for his Pinoy fans as well as love of Filipino food despite a recent loss to boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. “The Filipino fans, they showed great love and respect. The Filipino community where I live, you know, they embraced me, man. I have to come […]

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Philippine police commission launches search for model police families

Philippine police commission launches search for model police families

IN  a bid to make the Filipino policeman an example in the community, the Philippine National Police Commission launches this year’s search for the Model Philippine National Police Families. NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casurao said the nationwide search is intended to help the police induce positive change in the community by serving as role models.  “Moreover, the […]

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Ted Cruz Suspending Presidential Campaign Bid

After suffering heavy losses in Indiana during Tuesday’s primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is dropping out the presidential race. Trailing Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the delegate count, Cruz has admitted defeat after winning only three counties in Indiana. “From the beginning, I said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I am sorry to say, it appears […]

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Three open dumpsites in the Philippine provinces of Samar and Leyte closed

Three open dumpsites in the Philippine provinces of Samar and Leyte closed

THE Ombudsman closed three open dumpsites in Samar and Leyte for violation of laws on solid waste management. The closure order was given by the Ombudsman Environmental Team of Investigators and Prosecutors following a public hearing at the Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City last week in celebration of Earth Day. Closed for violation of Republic Act No. 9003 (the […]

WORKERS unbolt the San Pedro bell from its base outside the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel in West Point, New York. JON MELEGRITO/INQUIRER.NET US BUREAU

Bauang folk await stolen bell in US

By Yolanda Sotelo BAUANG, La Union—A grand festival is being prepared for the return of the San Pedro bell that used to ring out from the belfry of the 166-year-old St. Peter and Paul Church here until it was shipped to the United States as a war souvenir of the Filipino-American War in 1901.“The bell has been crated and has […]

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million (37 million pounds) to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for […]

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