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HIJACKED SINGAPOREAN TUGBOAT FOUND IN SURIGAO

28 February 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confirmed on Friday that the Singapore-registered tugboat ASTA, which was hijacked off Pulau Tioman, Malaysia on Feb. 6, was found beached at Loreto, Surigao del Norte Thursday night.

Lieutenant Commander Arman Balilo, PCG spokesman, said the hijacked vessel was found at the vicinity of Barangay...

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ANTHRAX ALERT IN CAGAYAN AFTER DEATHS & 150 IN HOSPITAL

28 February 2010

Two people died while scores were hospitalized in a remote Cagayan village in what authorities said was a case of ingesting contaminated animal meat at the weekend.

Doctors at the Cagayan Provincial Hospital feared the deaths might have been caused by the anthrax bacteria following reports that residents in San Pedro village in Lasam town had been downed after eating... [More]
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UK IMMIGRATION MATTERS

28 February 2010

Changes To Immigration Rules Signals End For Lower Level Courses For Overseas Students 

 

London

By Charles Kelly

 

The ’statement of changes in Immigration Rules’, laid before Parliament on 10 February 2010 under section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971, will kill off vocational courses for overseas students.

 

The rule changes, which affects those applying for Tier...

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HUMAN RIGHTS LAW NOT YET ACTIVE UNTIL PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL GAZETTE

27 February 2010

The implementation of a law penalizing war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity lacks the final requirement for its effectivity -- publication in the Official Gazette or in two newspapers of general circulation.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Leila M. de Lima said in a press briefing yesterday that the office of the press secretary confirmed the non-publication...

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ANOTHER 97 DRUGS WILL BE REDUCED IN PRICE

27 February 2010

The Department of Health on Friday released the list of additional 97 drugs whose prices were voluntary offered to be cut in half by pharmaceutical companies under the Cheaper Medicines Act.

The second batch of voluntary price cuts under the Government Mediated Access Price (GMAP) included for the first time five dialysis devices of different models whose prices were reduced...

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COVERT PORN "SNAPPERS" TO FACE 7 YEARS PRISON

27 February 2010

Video and photo voyeurs now face a stiffer fine and prison sentence after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2010 [Republic Act 9995].

The new law imposes a fine of up to P500,000 and imprisonment of up to seven years not only the voyeurs but also the distributors of the photo or...

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MONEY SUPPLY TO BE TIGHTENED AS INTEREST RATES WILL RISE

27 February 2010

The Bangko Sentral will likely proceed with its plan to exit stimulus policies by withdrawing measures introduced to boost money supply during the global financial crisis, Assistant Governor Cyd Amador said.

“We think there’s momentum to exit,” Amador said in an interview. Authorities were reviewing the size, pricing and structure of the so-called “rediscounting facility,” which allows lenders to tap...

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LAND BANK STARTING MASSIVE DISPOSAL OF FORECLOSED ASSETS

27 February 2010

State-owned Land Bank of the Philippines has drawn an aggressive asset-sale program for the year that will help lower further its acquired assets portfolio of P5.63 billion as of latest.

These are foreclosed properties now forming part of its P510.6 billion asset base which it hopes to lower further this year by another P1 billion.

Land Bank president Gilda E....

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PHILEX BUYS CONTROLLING STAKE IN UK ENERGY COMPANY

27 February 2010

Philex Petroleum Corporation (PPC), the wholly-owned oil and gas unit of Philex Mining Corporation, has purchased an additional 2.4 percent interest in Forum Energy Plc (FEP), raising the Philex Group’s stake to 65 percent.

Philex Mining president J. Ernesto C. Villaluna said decision to increase their stake to 65 percent is basically premised on the recent ruling of the Department...

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CLOUD SEEDING TO BEGIN AS EL NINO DRIES UP AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

27 February 2010

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao recommended Wednesday the immediate launching of cloud seeding operations due to the continuing onslaught of the long dry spell or El Nio phenomenon that already destroyed some P131 million worth of agricultural crops in the region.

Zaldy Boloron, officer-in-charge of DA 12’s office of the regional technical director for...

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NO MORE BAIL HEARINGS IM AMPATUAN Jr CASE

27 February 2010

Facing several pending motions filed by both the prosecution and defense panels in the ongoing trial of the Maguindanao massacre case, a Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Wednesday suspended the hearing of principal suspect Datu Unsay town Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.’s petition for bail indefinitely.

At present, Quezon City RTC Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes has yet to...

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NUCLEAR POWER BACK ON THE TABLE

27 February 2010

Two foreign investors group have expressed interest to construct a nuclear plant in the country to address the looming power shortage.

Froilan Tampinco, president of the National Power Corp. (Napocor), said the two companies include the South Korea-based Korea Electric Power Corp. (Kepco). Kepco was commissioned by Napocor to study the possible rehabilitation of the 620 megawatt (MW) Bataan Nuclear...

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CORDILLERAS BADLY HIT BY EL NINO

27 February 2010

The scorching sun of the on-going prolonged drought known as "El Nino phenomenon" since January this year has dried up at least 50 hectares of former verdant pasture lands in Ifugao Province, resulting in heatstroke and dehydration of more than 60 cattles and carabaos.

This was confirmed by Robert Domoguen, public information officer of the Department of Agriculture (DA) of...

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DAVAO's HOSPITALS TOLD TO GET ACCREDITATION FOR MEDICAL TOURISM BENEFITS

27 February 2010

The Department of Tourism (DOT) here urged hospitals to avail of the tourism accreditation program upon discovery that there are a lot of big hospitals operating in the city but only one has applied.

DOT regional director Sonia Garcia said they are only looking at one hospital in the city that will be tourism accredited, the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH)...

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TSUNAMI WARNING AS MASSIVE 'QUAKE HITS CHILE

27 February 2010

Tsunami warning for the Pacific area - with video clip

A magnitude 8.8. earthquake has hit Chile, demolishing buildings with an expected major loss of life.

There is also a warning of large waves in the Pacific region extending down as far as Antarctica.

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THINKING OF VOTING FOR ERAP?

27 February 2010

Just a refresher, a series of video clips to remind everyone of why former President Estrada is that, a former president.

In case you were thinking of re-electing him 

 

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LIBRING WEBSITE SA SINO MANG PINOY SA UK

26 February 2010

 

Sigura dong libre walang biru at walang tagung bayad.

It's always nice to get something free, and right now, there is a chance for such a freebie.

(With link below to get the free website) 

Google, BT, PayPal and a number of other partners have launched a campaign to get 100,000 small UK businesses onto the web by the...

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OFW's WARNED AFTER ARRESTS AT CLARK OF DRUG MULE SYNDICATE

26 February 2010

The recent arrest in Pampanga province of three nationals of Guinea Bissau in West Africa and a Filipino woman, suspected of belonging to a drug-trafficking syndicate operating in Asia, was lauded by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) --which said the “decisive action” by law enforcers should serve as a stern warning to those who have been victimizing Filipinos.

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PINAY WINS TOP UK FASHION AWARD

26 February 2010

 

From a tropical country where few people wear hats, a Filipino fashion designer and milliner, actress and musician has won the British Council’s Young Fashion Entrepreneur (YFE) Award for 2010.

Mich Dulce bested 10 competitors from Bangladesh, India, Libya, Lithuania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Turkey to become the first Filipino to be honored with the prize.

Judges and the...

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NO SWIMMING IN MANILA BAY

25 February 2010

Citing health hazards, the Manila City government on Thursday reminded the public to refrain from swimming in Manila Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Baltazar, head of the city's Department of Public Services, said signs warning people against bathing in the waters of the bay have already been put up in the...

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FOREXPO TEST 25 FEB

25 February 2010

 
Test advert 

 

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PEOPLE's POWER MONUMENT LIT UP

25 February 2010

The People's Power Monument, located along EDSA in Quezon City, has joined the ranks of famous iconic attractions around the world, in a ceremony on 24 February 2010, as it features top rate Philips LED application technology. (Photo Credit: Jerome Ascano/NPPA Images) click to see full size image
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TOYOTA's BOSS FACES US CONGRESSIONAL HEARING OVER FAULTY CARS SCANDAL

25 February 2010

Washington
 
Akio Toyoda entered a packed congressional hearing room to deliver a simple message:

"I am deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced," said Akio Toyoda.

The Toyota CEO acknowledged that the public's confidence in the company that bears his family name has been shaken, and said he takes "full responsibility" for the problems that have emerged....
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SHELL BLINKS & POSTS BOND IN P7-B TAX ROW

24 February 2010

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Pilipinas Shell) posted a surety bond worth P7.35 billion with the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to prevent the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from confiscating their future shipments pending resolution of the tax disputes.

Roberto Kanapi, Shell's vice president for communications said "the interim arrangement between the Government and Shell provided a positive resolution, thus, averting...

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SUPPORT GROWS TO ABOLISH THE PCGG OVER RAMPANT CORRUPTION

24 February 2010

Three presidential aspirants are unanimous in their stand to abolish the 24-year-old Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) once elected saying that the agency tasked to recover the Marcos ill-gotten wealth has already turned corrupt.

In a presidential forum held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City, independent candidate Sen. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Olongapo City councilor JC delos Reyes...

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FEARS OF A MEASLES EPIDEMIC WORSEN

24 February 2010

Tarlac 

The Department of Health (DOH) field office here has reported seven positive cases of measles in the province.

DOH- Tarlac head Luz Lopez said the five cases came from Barangay Matatalaib in this city and one each from the towns of Concepcion and Bamban.

Lopez said a total of 16 cases were reported to their office but only seven...

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OFW's WARNED DOMESTIC JOBS IN CHINA & MONGOLIA DO NOT EXIST

24 February 2010

The Philippine Embassy in Beijing urges all Filipinos planning to work abroad not to accept job offers from recruiters as domestic helpers in China and Mongolia because it is unlawful to work as a domestic helper in both countries.

In a report...

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2 PILOTS KILLED IN AIR FORCE TRAINING CRASH

24 February 2010

Two Philippine Air Force pilots were killed Wednesday when their light aircraft crashed during training, a military spokesman said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public information chief Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said the two pilots died when the OV-10 Bronco aircraft they were using to conduct aerial gunnery training crashed at Crow Valley in Tarlac province at 2:55 p.m.

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DAVAO's BANANA FARMERS DROWNING IN DEBT DUE TO EXPLOITATION

24 February 2010

Over a hundred banana farmers here are drowning by almost P100 million in unpaid debts to traders and banks during the last three to five years, hampering their production of fresh Cavendish bananas for export.

One banana farmer, Crisanto Inigo who had been wallowing under this mountain of debts for three years, told the Philippines News Agency that he owes...

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IT'S THE MANNY & NOYNOY SHOW

24 February 2010

 
It's neck and neck for the two front runners, Manny Villar and "Noyonoy" Aquino according to Pulse Asia's latest survey. Former President Estrada in a poor third place with the others, including the administrations hopeful "Gibo" Teodoro straggling as well as struggling.  
 
Taken along with the other surveys, if nothing untoward happens between now and May, it's...
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HEALTH SECRETARY STANDS UP TO CATHOLIC BISHOPS OVER FREE CONDOMS

23 February 2010

Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral will not step down from office despite calls from Catholic bishops in connection with the government’s controversial free condoms campaign early this month.

“I serve on the pleasure of [President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo], so I will not resign unless she told me to," Cabral said.

Cabral caught the ire of several Catholic bishops when her department distributed... [More]
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ENERGY CRISIS: REYES SHOWS CONTEMPT FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

23 February 2010

Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes has again failed to show up in a public inquiry of the joint congressional power commission on the power situation in all power grids and other sub grids amid the dry spell all over the country.

Senator Gregorio Honasan, co-chairman of the joint congressional power commission, informed the panel that Reyes called him up last Sunday...

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AMPATUAN REBELLION TRIAL JUDGE ASKED TO INHIBIT SELF

23 February 2010

The prosecution panel in the rebellion charges filed against members of the Ampatuan clan of Maguindanao province has asked the presiding judge to inhibit himself from the case for alleged partiality in favor of the defense.

Judge Vivencio Baclig of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 77 was asked by State Prosecutor Lamberto Fabros to inhibit from the...

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CALOOCAN's MAYOR PROMOTES ITS FREE MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE POOR

23 February 2010

Caloocan Mayor Enrico RecomÔŅĹ Echiverri advised marginalized residents to avail of the year-round free health and medical services in all the health centers in the city.

Echiverri issued the advice after noting that some of the poor citizens in the city's 188 barangays are not aware of the available free medical services being offered by the local government despite their...

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PIIGS: WILL THEY KILL OFF THE EURO?

23 February 2010

The great danger to the Euro is now becoming apparent, Greece first came to attention, but the other Mediterranean countries of Spain, Portugal and Italy, along with Ireland who are now termed PIIGS, are seen as such a threat to the Euro that panic is setting in.
 
As speculators attack the euro, Europe is facing a growing threat of...
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PRECISION TRAINING SCAM - LATEST UPDATES

23 February 2010

London

The British authorities are finally taking action in the case of the Precision Training scam which left students, staff and suppliers out of pocket and with no training.

The Insolvency Service (IS) of Companies House went to the High Court in London on the 18th February to begin the process of winding up Precision Training, along with the very...

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AJ GLOBAL PROSECUTION LATEST

23 February 2010

Estafa Case Cancelled till April, Warrants issued for the Ubando's

 
The shop at 284 Orpington High Street, supposedly with new proprietors, but still owned by the Ubando's 
 
London & Manila 
 
The case against the Ubando's, Lalaine and Adan, and Josephine Alayon which was to have begun today at Makati's Regional Trial Court was cancelled and put back...
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Tags: aj_global, arrest_warrants, estafa, far_east_express_remittance, makati_court


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SINGAPORE STARTS TO CUT DOWN ON WORKERS FROM OVERSEAS

23 February 2010

 
Singapore

SINGAPORE will increase the levies for companies hiring foreign workers as the country attempts to depend less on overseas labor, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said Monday.

Levies will be increased in stages over the next three years, Shanmugaratnam told Parliament in a budget speech.

The increase means Singaporean companies could be forced either to hire higher-skilled workers or...

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ESTRADA's LIBEL CASE THROWN OUT OF COURT

22 February 2010

The Justice Department has cleared former Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco of the libel charges filed against him by deposed President Joseph Estrada over his statement that Estrada had forced him to sell his stake in Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.

State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera said there was nothing defamatory in the article that came out in a broadsheet on Sept....

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ROAD RAGE MURDER SUSPECT IVLER TO BE MOVED TO QUEZON CITY JAIL

22 February 2010

 
Road rage murder suspect Jason Aguilar Ivler is expected to be detained at the Quezon City jail after his discharge from hospital in the next two to three weeks, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Saturday.
 
Lawyer Angelito Magno, chief of NBI Special Action Unit (SAU) said the doctors at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center informed the...
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PAG-IBIG OFFERING MEMBERS EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

22 February 2010

 

The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), more popularly known as Pag-IBIG Fund, said on Saturday it is now accepting applications for its "Iskolar ng Pag-IBIG Program."

Vice President Noli De Castro, concurrent chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Pag-IBIG Board of Trustees, said the scholarship program is part of the Pag-IBIG Fund’s corporate...

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TOBACCO FARMERS TO GET BETTER PRICES

22 February 2010

By Freddie G. Lazaro

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur

Thousands of Ilocos farmers will get more out of their tobacco plants this season as floor prices of all grades of flue–cured Virginia tobacco leaves rose by P5 per kilo.

Administrator Carlitos S. Encarnacion of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) confirmed the increase in tobacco floor prices per kilo as agreed and...

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10,000 EMBRYOS & EGGS TO BE DESTROYED AS DUBAI CHANGES LAWS ON IVF

21 February 2010

Thousands of preserved human embryos will be disposed of next week following the implementation of a federal law that bars fertility clinics from conducting this medical procedure on religious grounds.

The Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre that stores an estimated 5,000 eggs fertilised through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) will start the disposal procedure next week, according to a notice issued by...

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SHELL & DOE FAILED TO ENSURE SUPPLIES OF NATURAL GAS TO BUS OPERATOR's

21 February 2010

Bus operators have lost a lot of money because of the failure of Shell Pilipinas and the Dept Of Energy to ensure supplies of natural gas in the green transport program 

  

Operators of compressed natural gas-run buses have threatened to pull out of the Department of Energy's Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Public Transport (NGVPPT) over the government’s alleged failure...

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MMDA START TO TAKE NOTE OF COMPLAINTS OVER TOWING FEES IN MANILA

21 February 2010

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday proposed the adjustment of towing fees for stalled vehicles as it vowed to continuously look for ways at resolving the issues raised by motorists and truckers’ group.

MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes made the move following the complaints raised by the Confederation of Truckers Association (CTAP) against disproportionate towing rates imposed upon heavy...

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UK IMMIGRATION MATTERS

21 February 2010

 

By Charles Kelly 

Eastern European Immigration Stretching Resources To The Limit

Mass immigration from Eastern Europe boom is stretching schools and hospitals to breaking point, council chiefs warned this week.

Reports published by the Daily Mail say that council chiefs this week condemned the Government’s immigration figures, saying high and uncounted numbers of new residents are putting too...

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DACER FAMILY AGAINST DROPPING ARREST WARRANT OF LACSON

21 February 2010

The family of slain publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer on Friday opposed the plea of Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson to recall the warrant of arrest issued against him.

Lawyers Demetrio Custodio Jr., Eloysa Sicam and Love Joy Cecilia Brillantes, who represent the Dacer family, also opposed the motion of the senator seeking for voluntary inhibition of Judge Myra V. Garcia-Fernandez, of...

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CANADA TO MAKE IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES EASIER

21 February 2010

Canada will fund expanded overseas foreign credential recognition services in China, India, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, Canadian Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced Thursday.

More skilled immigrants to Canada will be able to access the help needed to jump-start their credential recognition process through expanded overseas orientation services, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said in a press release....

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VISA APPLICATIONS FOR THE UK

21 February 2010

Visa Applications prepared for OFWs and their families in the Philippines can be made in the UK

21 February 2010 - Advertorial

 

Kashif Majeed 

Aston Brooke Solicitors is a fast moving, innovative and niche firm dedicated to the ethical...

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UK CARE WORKERS - JUDICIAL REVIEW NEWS LATEST

21 February 2010

The Next Challenge: Judicial Review on behalf of Overseas Senior Carer Work Permit Holders seeking settlement in the UK:

 

 

20 February 2010

 

Kashif Majeed

 

Aston Brooke Solicitors has been at the forefront of catering and protecting...

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CORRUPTION PERCEPTION WORSENS AMONG BUSINESS LEADERS

21 February 2010

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) said that business leaders and managers have little confidence in eradicating corruption in many of the spheres of national government bodies, while have slightly higher hopes for cleaner business dealings with local government.

"Managers consider public sector corruption to be high and stagnant. The farther from the local level, the more that corruption happens," SWS...

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TOP ASG LEADER KILLED BY MARINES

21 February 2010

One of the top leaders of the al Qaeda-linked militant group Abu Sayyaf was killed, along with five others, in a pre-dawn military raid to the rebels' lair in the restless southern Philippines, a military commander said Sunday.

Lt. Gen. Ben Dolorfino, a regional military commander, told reporters that acting on intelligence reports Marines raided a rebel camp in remote...

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PEDOPHILE DEPORTED TO GERMANY

21 February 2010

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered the deportation of a convicted German pedophile wanted in his country for several child molestation cases.

Ordered deported by the BI Board of Commissioners is Holger Arvid Ingo Becker, 48, for being an undesirable alien.

Aside from ordering his deportation, the board had also placed Becker in the immigration blacklist to prevent him...

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PALACE GETS WORRIED AS SHELL & CUSTOMS PLAY HARDBALL OVER BACK TAXES

20 February 2010

Malacaang has urged Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. to accept the compromise proposed by the Department of Finance (DOF) to resolve its row with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on the issue of its supposed arrears of P7.3 billion in back taxes in order to ensure the continuity of its operations.

Deputy presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo, in an interview over Radyo ng...

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SCANDAL OF THE FILIPINA SLAVES IN DUBAI

20 February 2010

In November 2009, five Filipino prosecutors from the Department of Justice visited Dubai to atend an international conference.

There, they were welcomed to a party organized by a Filipino woman. They went to a hotel and were greeted by another Filipino who was assigned in the front desk. Later on, they found out that the coordinator of the conference was...

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LISTINGS FOR UK BASED FILIPINOS

20 February 2010

 

EMBASSY’S MATRICES OF UPCOMING EVENTS/ADVISORIES/PRESS RELEASES

As of 19 February 2010

 

Event

Date/Time

Venue

Remarks

1. Filipino-British Nurses Assn of Surrey  (FBNAS) Valentine’s Party

20 Feb 2010,

Saturday

7.00 - 11.00pm

Christall Hall,

St....

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FILIPINO SHIP IN RESCUE OF CANADIAN SCHOOL SHIP OFF BRAZIL

20 February 2010

A Canadian sailing ship filled with high school and college students sank off the coast of Brazil in strong winds, but officials said all 64 people aboard were rescued on Friday after about 16 hours in rafts tossed by rough seas.

Edgardo Ybranez, captain of the Philippine-flagged Hokuetsu Delight cargo ship, told The Associated Press via satellite phone his ship rescued...

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AMERICAN ARRESTED ON ALLEGATIONS OF DRUGGING & RAPING GIRL IN CAGAYAN

20 February 2010

An American man has been arrested here for allegedly drugging and raping a teenage girl in Cagayan province, police said.

Scotty Brown, from Mississippi, was arrested after an 18-year-old student claimed she blacked out after he gave her a drink at his house on Sunday, said Chief Superintendent Roberto Damian Thursday.

"When she regained consciousness she found Mr. Brown on...

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AL JAZEERA REPORTS ON RP, POLITICS & CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS LINKING CHINA

20 February 2010

Critics of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Philippine president, have stepped up claims that she has been cashing in on her position, to add to her growing personal wealth.

But Arroyo says she has been falsely accused, and there is no proof she has been plundering state funds.

The accusations come ahead of May's presidential elections, in which a former president...
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DFA/LONDON EMBASSY ADVISORY ON UK STUDENT VISA CHANGES

20 February 2010

The Philippine Embassy in London reported that United Kingdom Home Affairs Minister Alan Johnson announced a number of changes to Tier 4 (Student Visa) Regulations under the UK Points-Based System of Migration (PBS) on February 10.

The initial announcement outlines broad measures resulting from a comprehensive review of the Tier 4 scheme as initially relayed by UK Prime Minister Gordon...

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OFW SPANISH JOBS SCAM WARNING

20 February 2010

The Philippine Embassy in Spain reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs an illegal recruitment operation that is currently being perpetrated by a syndicate using Spain as a destination for Filipino workers.

The company allegedly to be recruiting Filipino workers under this scheme is Previsto Ferrocariel Guiscoanagin, with address at Calle Placentinos 18B, 32005, Barcelona, Spain.

The syndicate is using...

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COTABATO HOLD-UP WAS A COVER FOR ANOTHER POLITICAL KILLING

20 February 2010

KIDAPAWAN CITY

By Malu Cadelia Manar

The hold-up/robbery that led to the killing of a political campaigner in a town in North Cotabato was believed to be election-related, sources said.

Jun Obello, political officer of Nancy Catamco, a cable company owner here who is running as representative of the second district of North Cotabato, said the suspects that staged the...

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OIL SHORTAGE THREATS GROW AS SHELL TAX ROW INTENSIFIES

20 February 2010

PILIPINAS Shell Petroleum Corp. said Friday it has stopped importing petroleum shipments amid a tax dispute with the Bureau of Customs.

Pilipinas Shell, a unit of the London-based Royal Dutch Shell Group, said in a statement that it had suspended imports since the expiration of the 60-day restraining order issued by the Court of Tax Appeals on Feb. 9.

“We...

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RAIN NEEDED NOW SAYS PAGASA

20 February 2010

The worst of El Nio is not over because the drop in the water levels in Luzon dams may surpass that during the 1997-98 drought if it does not rain soon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astrological Services Administration (Pagasa) said Friday.

Susan Espinueva, officer in charge of Pagasa’s Hydrometeorological Division, said dams in Luzon could reach critical levels by...

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MAGUINDANAO's POLITICAL/TRIBAL VIOLENCE CONTINUES

20 February 2010

A Maguindanao mayor has been charged with murder after allegedly being involved in the killing of a barangay chairman in Cotabato City, a police report said Friday.

Mayor Datu Ibrahim Sinsuat of Datu Blah Sinsuat, Maguindanao was charged in connection with the February 17 shooting of Chairman Errol Sinsuat of Rosary Heights village in Cotabato City, Roy Navales of the... [More]
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RESIGNATION OF TOP UN CLIMATE CHANGE OFFICIAL CLOUDS FUTURE OF GLOBAL TREATY TALKS

19 February 2010

Dutch diplomat Yvo de Boer announced yesterday that he will step down as executive director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Mr. de Boer said he was depressed for weeks after the summit ended with a vague, non-binding agreement. Angry recriminations resulted from Copenhagen's failure to produce a more substantial document, and the refusal of the participants to...

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MOSSAD's ASSASSINATION TEAMS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

19 February 2010

 

Prime suspects - pictures released by Dubai Police of the suspected murder team above 

The most recent incident that the Mossad is embroiled in shows that the majority of Israelis continue to believe that such killings are justified. In January, the Mossad is said to have killed a weapons buyer from Hamas in Dubai.

Earlier this week, authorities in...

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GERMAN's SEX LIFE HALTED AFTER HIS LOVE ARREST

19 February 2010

A German man is now regretting his nightly visits to his girlfriend; she was in jail, and now, so is he.

Ah, love. It drives us to do the craziest things: climb the highest mountains, run through the fields, scale city walls or walk for miles. Love even drove one man in the western German city of Bielefeld to break...

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EFFECTS OF WATER VAPOUR IN THE ATMOSPHERE IGNORED BY CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVISTS

19 February 2010

Climate scientists, writing in the journal Science, say they may have overlooked a major cause of global warming and cooling. American researchers suggest that the amount of water high in the atmosphere is far more influential on global temperatures than was previously thought.

Lead author Dr Susan Solomon, of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said: “Current climate...

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CARBON DIOXIDE DID NOT CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING

19 February 2010

A paper published in the journal Science shows that polar ice sheets were smaller and global temperatures were at least as high (or even higher) 81,000 years ago than they are today, even though the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was much lower. 

At the height of an ice age, immense volumes of water are confined in land-based...

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FAILED UN CLIMATE CHANGE BOSS QUITS

19 February 2010

The chief United Nations climate-change official resigned yesterday after being blamed by many for the failure of the Copenhagen summit.

Yvo de Boer was in charge of negotiating a new international deal to stop global temperature rise. However, after four years in the post, he decided to step down and work for the global accounting firm KPMG.

The former Dutch civil servant...

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PORN HACKERS HIT AUSSIE PM's WEBSITE

19 February 2010

Auatralia is poised to introduce some of the most severe internet restrictions in the democratic world -- and the hackers don't like it. Yesterday, they shut down government websites in co-ordinated attacks and plastered the prime minister's home page with pornography.

Kevin Rudd's site became the home, temporarily, of 'Operation Titstorm' and the parliamentary website was crippled for almost an...

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ABU SAYYAF MAN INVOLVED IN KIDNAPPING US TOURISTS CAPTURED

19 February 2010

Philippine security forces captured a suspected militant involved in the May 2001 abduction of local and foreign tourists in the western Philippine province of Palawan, the military said Friday.

The suspect, Jumadail Arad, a member of Abu Sayyaf group, was arrested on Thursday at the Manila North Harbor when he was get on board a passenger ship bound for Zamboanga,...

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SPECIAL POWERS MAY BE USED TO SOLVE WATER & POWER SHORTAGES

19 February 2010

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will use special powers only as a last resort to solve the water and power crises brought by the El Nino.

"It will be a last resort. Let's leave it to her to decide on it," deputy presidential spokesperson Charito Planas said in Friday's press briefing.

Planas said Arroyo welcomes the proposal of Representative Rufus Rodriguez...

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MORO's REJECT LATEST PEACE OFFERS

19 February 2010

Muslim rebels waging a 32-year war in Mindanao yesterday announced that a peace deal with President Arroyo’s administration was unlikely after rejecting the government’s latest offer.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the government’s proposal made when talks in Malaysia resumed last month was “unacceptable,” the group’s negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal, stressed.

“There was nothing in their draft comprehensive compact...

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SWISS PROSTITUTES TRAINED TO SAVE HEART ATTACK VICTIMS

19 February 2010

Brothel owners in the Lugano area say electric shock treatment to restart customer's hearts is needed because so many elderly customers are using their services.

The most recent victim was a pensioner, thought to be having fun with the help of anti-impotence medication.

His death followed a series of other incidents, some fatal, in which heart attacks have claimed brothel...

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HAMAS ACCUSES FATAH OF WORKING WITH ISRAEL OVER DUBAI ASSASSINATION

19 February 2010

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, is facing accusations of collusion with Israel after two former members of his Fatah faction were linked to the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month.

The two men, who are both in custody in Dubai, supplied logistical support to an assassination squad that carried out the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, according to...

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MALAYSIA's REPUTATION AS A DEMOCRACY SLIDES INTO THE GUTTER

18 February 2010

In Malaysia the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is to resume after the Court of Appeals rejected a motion to strike down the charges. No matter the outcome, the salacious nature of the charge of sodomy in a Muslim majority country could ruin Anwar's political future. And as VOA reports, the political overtones involved in the case may... [More]
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CHAOS ON MOSCOW's STREETS AS PORN FILM SHOWN ON BILLBOARD

18 February 2010

Traffic chaos ensued on Moscow's streets after a hacker showed a porn film on a roadside billboard.

The two-minute clip, which was displayed on a video screen above a main road south of the Kremlin, caused midnight traffic jams and a frenzy of excitement across the Russian blogosphere.

Police said the hacker gained control of the screen by breaking into...

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HOUSEMAIDS ROW LOOMS BETWEEN KUWAIT & RP

18 February 2010

The Philippine government has denied suspending the recruitment of household service workers (domestic helpers) to Kuwait. Speaking to the Kuwait Times in a telephonic interview from Manila, Jennifer Manalili, Head of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) denied receiving any directive from the Filipino government. However, Manalili noted a suspension order issued by the ambassador should be passed in coordination with...

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TOP ACCUSED IN AMPATUAN MASSACRE ESCAPES CUSTODY

18 February 2010

A ranking police official implicated in the massacre of 57 people in the province in November last year escaped from detention at the Sultan Kudarat provincial jail late Tuesday.

Officials yesterday failed to explain how former Maguindanao provincial police director Superintendent Piang Adam managed to escape. The jailbreak occurred while local officials and the police were busy preparing for the visit...

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FIDEL HINTS HE BACKS TEODOR0

18 February 2010

Former president Fidel V. Ramos remained evasive on the question of who among the presidential contenders he would endorse or support in the May elections.

But at the launching of a book about his presidency and his organization, Mr. Ramos dropped some hints of his choice.

For one, the color of the book cover, about the Ramos for Peace and...

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PENINSULAR ATTACK WAS CONTEMPT, NOT REBELLION SAYS JUDGE AS HE GRANTS BAIL

18 February 2010

The armed takeover of the Manila Peninsula hotel by rebel soldiers in 2007 did not constitute rebellion but only “direct contempt,” a judge has ruled. Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Elmo Alameda made the ruling in allowing detained Brig. Gen. and senatorial candidate Danilo Lim, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and 16 other accused to post bail of P200,000 each for the...

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EL NINO BITING RP's FARMERS HARD

18 February 2010

animated gif of sst and dyn ht 

Intense heat is drying up farmlands, reservoirs and waterways all over the country, and farmers are scrambling to find ways to cope and survive.

The abnormal signs of El Nio, a weather phenomenon referring to the warmer-than-normal sea-surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean that results in drought in Asia and Australia, and wet winters in the United States, are...

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DRAMATIC CHASE ENDS IN ARREST OF TOW-TRUCK BANDITS

18 February 2010

Three employees of a towing company have been arrested by the police after they towed a vehicle with its occupants still on board in Quezon City.

Senior Insp. Rodelio Marcelo, chief of the Quezon City Police District’s anticar theft unit, said the three were arrested Tuesday following a brief chase with the tow truck careening through Commonwealth Avenue, dragging the...

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"BRITISH" FIRM LOSES P6-B AS SUPREME COURT JUNKS AGREEMENT

18 February 2010

The Supreme Court (SC) has denied with finality the P6.2-billion compromise agreement entered into between state-owned Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) and British firm Radstock Securities, Ltd. (Radstock).

In a resolution, the SC dismissed the appeal filed by Radstock and stood pat on its December 2009 decision that the deal violates Section 29 (1) Article VI of the 1987 Philippine...

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JAPANESE WAR CRIMES GET A FURTHER INVESTIGATION

17 February 2010

A new investigation has been opened into "Unit 731", the wartime Japanese section that carried out experiments on humans. Denied for years that it ever existed it equalled the Nazis in brutality ostensibly for "medical purposes".

The Imperial Japanese Army's notorious medical research team carried out secret human experiments regarded as some of the worst war crimes in history.

Its...

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BRITISH "TAX EXILES" FACE PAYING MILLIONS AFTER COURT RULING

17 February 2010

A UK Court of Appeal ruling has set the way forward for tax authorities to go after British "tax exiles" and claim payments from them possibly going back decades.

What has been the accepted norm is that a British person is allowed to spend a limited time within the shores of the UK to enjoy a tax free status. This...

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PATHOLOGIST SAYS 30% OF HERBAL MEDICINES ARE DEADLY

17 February 2010

A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist has sounded a worldwide warning of the potential lethal dangers of herbal medicines if taken in large quantities, injected, or combined with prescription drugs.

 

St John's Wort, a widely used herbal medicine and according to Aussie pathologist Roger Byard, dangerous 

A paper by Professor Roger Byard published in the US-based Journal of Forensic...

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ICELANDIC SHOCKER - THE LAND OF FIRE & ICE GETS A PROPOSAL FOR GLOBAL PRESS FREEDOM WITHIN ITS BORDERS

16 February 2010

Freedom of expression, in particular, freedom of the press, guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.

Corazón Aquino - Democratic President of the Philippines (1986-1992) 

Reykjavík, Iceland's capital, could soon be host to the world's internet media if a revolutionary proposal put to its parliament is approved ...
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DRUG PATENTS UNDER NEW CHALLENGE FROM RP FIRM

16 February 2010

United Laboratories Inc. yesterday said it will "challenge" more patents being claimed by Pfizer Inc. in an effort to further bring down the cost of medicines.

Jose Ma. Ochave, Unilab vice president, said the company will soon file before the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) another patent invalidation case on Astorvastatin Calcium, an anti-cholesterol medicine, this time...

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FRANCE TO IMPOSE PUNITIVE TAXES ON FIRMS IN RP OVER TAX HAVEN ROW

16 February 2010

France has drawn up its own list of 18 states it sees as tax havens and plans to impose punitive taxes on French companies which have a presence there, according to documents seen by AFP yesterday.

Caribbean states, Costa Rica and Panama in central America, and the Philippines and Brunei join Pacific islands in the list of "uncooperative" countries...

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SHELL PILIPINAS HOLDS OFF CUSTOMS SEIZURE ORDER FOR NOW

16 February 2010

The Regional Trial Court of Batangas has extended for another 18 days the 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Bureau of Customs in connection with its move to confiscate Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.'s (PSPC) shipments of petroleum products due to failure to settle P7.3-billion back taxes.

Batangas Executive Judge Ruben Galvez extended the validity of earlier TRO until the...

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OFW's REMITTANCES UP 5% TO $17-B IN 2009

16 February 2010

Remittances sent home by contract workers abroad rose the most in 15 months in December as people sent more money to their families for the holidays.

Remittances increased 11.4 percent from a year earlier to $1.57 billion, the Bangko Sentral said Monday. Remittances grew 11.3 percent in November.

Remittances coursed through the banks for the whole of 2009 reached $17.348...

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NPA KILL 13 YEAR OLD SCHOOLGIRL

16 February 2010

A 13-year-old girl was killed when communist New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels attacked a military detachment in Barangay Sibajay this town on Valentines' Day.

A report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Boston, Davao Oriental identified the casualty as Memelyn Moreno, 13, first year high school student and a resident of Barangay Sibajay.

Police said the NPA rebels operating...

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CAGAYAN SUGAR TRUCK KILLS 14 HITTING JEEPNEY

15 February 2010

The death toll in the collision of a truck and a jeepney in Piat, Cagayan, rose to 14 after two injured victims died while being treated in hospitals in the province on Monday, police said.

Reports from the Cagayan and Piat police offices identified the latest fatalities as Renz Lazo and Princess Belen, who died on Monday afternoon.

On Monday...

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DON'T MENTION CONDOMS TO PRESIDENTIAL WANNABEES

15 February 2010

The possibility of the next administration buying condoms for public distribution grew even dimmer Monday, as presidential aspirants either thumbed down the idea or again tiptoed around the issue of whether they will approve the allotment of funds for such a purpose if they get elected into office.

During Monday's presidential forum by the Foreign Correspondents' Association of the Philippines... [More]
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"HELLO GARCI" COMES BACK TO HAUNT ARROYO

15 February 2010

At least five presidential aspirants on Monday vowed to go after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connection with the “Hello Garci" if they get elected into office.

Among those who said they would reopen the case if they get into Malacaang were opposition candidates Sen. Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III (Liberal Party) and Sen. Jamby Madrigal (independent).

Bro. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas),... [More]

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COMPLICATED SEX LIFE OF MURDERED BEAUTY QUEEN

15 February 2010

A former beauty queen was shot dead while giving instructions to a group of Miss Gay contestants at about 11:15 p.m. Friday, at the Kiwanis Stage near the Traffic Management Office at the Quezon Park, in Dumaguete City.

Police said the victim, Annrose Fe Bernadette Neri, 25, single, of Barangay Talay, in Dumaguete, was with her friends and sister, Charisse,...

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COTABATO FATHER KILLS SON IN GRENADE BOOBY TRAP ERROR

15 February 2010

Malu Cadelia Manar

KIDAPAWAN CITY

A 13-year old boy died, his father seriously injured when a grenade went off while plowing the rice field in a village in Carmen town in North Cotabato, around 715 a.m., on Saturday, belated police reports said.

Insp. Winston Seniel, chief of Carmen PNP, identified the slain boy as Joebert Abellana Librando, 13, of Sitio...

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MONSTER RAPES, BEHEADS & SKINS 9 YEAR OLD GIRL IN LAGUNA

15 February 2010

Police say rape is possible in the case of a nine-year-old girl who was found beheaded and half-naked in a grassy area in Paete, Laguna, last Friday.

Marisol Garcia was last seen after she left her school in Barangay (village) Ibaba del Norte on Thursday morning, Senior Inspector Joberman Videz, Paete police chief, said over the phone.

Her remains were...

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NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCES CAUGHT ON VIDEO IN MASS MURDER

14 February 2010

Nigerian police and military units carried out extra-judicial killings last year in the aftermath of clashes with members of a Muslim group in the north of the country, footage obtained by Al Jazeera appears to confirm.

An estimated 1,000 people were killed as Nigerian government forces fought Boko Haram in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi states in July and August of 2009....

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CLARK IMMIGRATION OFFICERS SUSPENDED OVER INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING/PROSTITUTION

14 February 2010

The government has scored victory in its campaign against human trafficking syndicates which are victimizing Filipino women for supposed greener pastures abroad but ending up in prostitution.

In a press conference on Friday, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Ricardo Blancaflor, chairman of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), said that 15 of the 29 Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel at...

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AIR FORCE BUYING 8 CHOPPERS FROM POLAND

14 February 2010

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is hoping that the delivery of eight brand new combat utility helicopters will begin this year after a purchase contract was sent to a European supplier Thursday.

This was the gist of a briefing given by Lt. Gen. Oscar H. Rabena, PAF commanding general, to this year’s new set of Defense Press Corps officers who...

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CRIMINALS ESCAPE POLICE STATION SAWING THROUGH STEEL DOORS

14 February 2010

General Santos City 

Police authorities have ordered a manhunt against two notorious criminals who escaped from a police detention facility near the city hall compound here early Friday.

Senior Supt. Marcelo Pintac, city police chief, confirmed that the two detainees of the Pendatun police station here reportedly slipped past their guards at around 3 a.m. Friday by sawing off the...

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THE FARCICAL, DARK COMEDY THAT IS THE ELECTION SEASON

13 February 2010

The three-month Philippine election season that has just got underway has a cast of characters fit for a farcical, dark comedy.

Among the headline actors is Imelda Marcos. Yes, at the age of 80, she is back, as unrepentant as ever about her husband's dictatorship that ended with a "people power" revolution in 1986.

Political pundits say she is a...

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JAP WHALERS SCORE OWN GOAL WITH PEPPER SPRAY

13 February 2010

 

Picture shows whalers' pepper spray injured its own men (with video)

On February 11th, during a confrontation between Sea Shepherd and the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru 2, an incident occurred that provided an excuse for the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) to issue a media statement accusing Sea Shepherd of injuring three Japanese crewmembers with butyric acid...

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS UK & NORTHERN IRELAND - ISSUED BY THE LONDON EMBASSY

12 February 2010

EMBASSY’S MATRICES OF UPCOMING EVENTS/ADVISORIES/PRESS RELEASES - LOTS OF INFO

As of 11 February 2010

 

Event

Date/Time

Venue

Remarks

1. PANPHOBIA,

Play created by the Universal Citizens

 

 

 

 

26 Jan 2010, Tuesday until

14 Feb 2010,

Sunday

Lost Threatre Company

208 Wandsworth Rd.

London SW8 2JU

(a brand new 180-seat venue)

 ...

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MICROSOFT SCEWS UP OVER PATCHES - HAS TO WITHDRAW SOME UPDATES

12 February 2010

Microsoft has removed one group of patches it released as part of this week’s Patch Tuesday — MS10-015 (KB977165) – from its Windows Update service until it can investigate reports by some users that it is causing havoc with their PCs.

Microsoft provided an update on the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog on February 11 about its actions, after...

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MINDANAO JOURNALIST THREATENED AFTER PROGRAM ABOUT MOTORBIKE THEFTS IS AIRED

12 February 2010

CMFR/ PHILIPPINES – A Kidapawan-based print and radio journalist last week received threats after criticizing the increase of motorcycle theft incidents in North Cotabato. Kidapawan City is the capital city of North Cotabato, a province approximately 956 kilometers from Manila.

On 01 February 2010, Malu Cadelina Manar received three threatening text messages after her interview over Kidapawan’s radio dxND with...

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Tags: cotabato, maguindanao, malu_cadelina_manar, motorcycle, thefts, threats


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EU FUNDED PROGRAM TO STOP EXTRA JUDICIAL MURDERS IN RP BEGINS

12 February 2010

The Philippines launched a European-funded program to reduce the country's large number of extralegal killings and disappearances of activists, journalists and union workers.

The European Union has pledged 3.9 million ($5.36 million) for the EU-Philippines Justice Support Program to provide technical aid and training to bolster the country's criminal justice system.

Foreign and local human rights groups have accused the...

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Tags: eu, extra-judicial_murders, journalists, philippines, reporters


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FOREXPO TEST

12 February 2010

 

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CHINA FEARS FOR ITS OWN INTERNET SECURITY

12 February 2010

BEIJING — Deep inside a Chinese military engineering institute in September 2008, a researcher took a break from his duties and decided — against official policy — to check his private e-mail messages. Among the new arrivals was an electronic holiday greeting card that purported to be from a state defense office. 

The researcher clicked on the card to open...

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EURO IN DANGER AS GERMANS OPEN A RIFT IN "EUROZONE UNITY" OVER GREECE

12 February 2010

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, mounted stiff resistance to any swift bailout of Greece, as a rift opened up between European capitals over how best to tackle the risks posed to the euro.

Despite a show of Franco-German unity on the crisis and the first statement from EU leaders pledging to safeguard the currency's stability, hopes on the markets of...

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Tags: bankruptcy, euro, eurozone, germany, greece


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MOTELS COMING UNDER SCRUTINY OVER NON-PAYMENT OF VAT

12 February 2010

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) expects to collect as much as P500 million from motels as part of its new campaign to ensure correct tax collections from such establishments.

"We expect to collect P500 million from the motels for the whole year," Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said in a mobile text message yesterday.

The bureau launched this week its...

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LACSON STAYS IN HIDING BUT ASKS COURT TO DISMISS MURDER CHARGES

12 February 2010

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson Thursday asked the Manila Regional Trial Court to recall the warrant of arrest it issued against him and to dismiss the Information for two counts of murder filed by the Department of Justice.

In the 16-page motion for reconsideration filed by his lawyers, Lacson asked Judge Myra Garcia Fernandez to recall her February 4, 2010 Order...

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RETD US NAVY MAN SHOT DEAD IN ANGELES

12 February 2010

ANGELES CITY – A retired member of the United States Navy was shot dead in front of his residence in Barangay Pulung Maragul on Wednesday.
 
In his report, Chief Inspector Roger Tomen, commander of Police Station 3, identified the victim as Raymond Buenaflor, 72, resident of 43-19A Eleuterio Street, Pulung Maragul village.

 
Initial investigation showed that the victim...

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Tags: american, angeles, murdered, philippines, sailor, us_navy


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LUZON RESIDENTS SHOULD GET GENERATORS

12 February 2010

Electricity users in Luzon now face prospects of hours-long rotating power interruptions a day starting early next week due to critically low supply, power industry officials said in separate interviews yesterday.

Carlito C. Claudio, deputy assistant chief technical officer of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), said by phone that the Luzon grid is set to be placed...

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Tags: brownouts, electricity, generators, luzon, philippines, power_crisis


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ESTRADA COMPLAINS HE HAS NOT GOT THE DONATIONS FOR HIS CAMPAIGN

12 February 2010

DEPOSED President Joseph Estrada expressed dismay Thursday that contributions to his campaign were still coming in trickles even after the Commission on Elections had ruled that he was qualified to run for president in the May 10 elections.

So far, he said, he had had to mortgage some of his properties to raise money for TV commercials and campaign sorties...

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Tags: donations, estrada, low, political_contributions


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PFIZER's PATENT ROW OVER ANTI-CHOLESTEROL DRUG DEALT A BLOW IN THE COURTS

12 February 2010

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Inc. has suffered a setback in its bid to stop generic drug maker United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab) from selling an anti-cholesterol drug while the main patent infringement case is on-going.

Branch 66 of the Makati Regional Trial Court denied Pfizer’s petition for a preliminary injunction against the retail sale of Unilab’s Avamax pill, citing the multinational’s admission...

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Tags: anti_cholesterol_drug, business, injunction_denied, makati_regional_trial_court, patent_row, pfizer, philippines


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NEPHEW OF GOV AMPATUAN SHOT DEAD IN MURDER ATTEMPT ON MANGUDADATU

11 February 2010

A member of the the powerful Ampatuan clan allegedly attacked Maguindanao gubernatorial bet Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu in a Davao City mall on Thursday evening, but ended up being shot dead himself by a Mangudadatu bodyguard.

Mangudadatu told GMANews.TV in a phone interview that he was at the Gaisano Grand Citimall Ilustre in Davao City when a man assaulted him.

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INTERPOL IN HUNT FOR LACSON

11 February 2010

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has formally requested the International Police (Interpol) in France, through the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC), to place Senator Panfilo Lacson in Red Notice after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

The NBI submitted the letter request to the PCTC in its office in Camp Crame in Quezon City last Friday,...

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THE GAY IRISH PRIEST & THE FILIPINO CHEF: MARRIAGE OFF FOR THE MOMENT

11 February 2010

Dublin 

Irish bishop Pat Buckley’s gay marriage ceremony with his Pinoy boyfriend, chef Eduardo Yango, which was due to go ahead in Larne, Northern Ireland has been deferred for the time being

Mr Yango has seemingly been disturbed because of the negative publicity that has been attracted by this rather unconventional union, known as a civil partnership in the UK....

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Tags: catholic_bishop, civil_partnership, controversial_irish_priest, eduardo_yango, gay, ireland, marriage, max_clifford, pat_buckley, publicity, sinead_oconnor, unfrocked_priest


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ILLEGAL RECRUITER ARRESTED IN QUEZON

11 February 2010

Lucena police operatives arrested a suspected illegal recruiter accused of duping desperate job seekers from different Quezon towns, police said Thursday.

Supt. Pascual Muoz, Lucena police chief, identified the suspect as one Victoria Telan, a resident of San Francisco, Quezon.

Police said five of the victims went to the police station Wednesday afternoon and filed complaints against the suspect after...

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ILLEGAL RECRUITER ARRESTED IN QUEZON

11 February 2010

Lucena police operatives arrested a suspected illegal recruiter accused of duping desperate job seekers from different Quezon towns, police said Thursday.

Supt. Pascual Muoz, Lucena police chief, identified the suspect as one Victoria Telan, a resident of San Francisco, Quezon.

Police said five of the victims went to the police station Wednesday afternoon and filed complaints against the suspect after...

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POLL VOLUNTEERS CALL FOR CLEAN & TRUTHFUL ELECTIONS

11 February 2010

By Malu Cadelina Manar

DAVAO CITY

AT least 75 poll volunteers, including police and military officers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), signed a manifesto calling for a clean, credible, peaceful, and truthful automated elections in May.

The manifesto signing took place on Tuesday after the 3rd Election Summit organized by the Citizens Coalition for ARMM Elections (Citizens...

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PAMPANGA's GOVERNOR TOLD TO LEAVE OFFICE

11 February 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruled Thursday that Lilia Pineda won over incumbent Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio after a recount of the votes in the 2007 local elections.

The Comelec issued its decision after recounting votes from 4,683 ballot boxes between Aug. 12 and Sept. 16, 2009 following Pineda’s petition amid allegations of fraud. Committees formed by the camps of Panlilio...

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VAT EXEMPTION FOR THE ELDERLY UNDER THREAT

11 February 2010

The Department of Finance (DOF) wants President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to veto a proposed law expanding the tax incentives given to senior citizens.

Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said on Thursday the measure would lead to P1.68 billion in foregone revenues, adding and that it would only complicate value-added tax (VAT) administration.

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INHERITANCE TAX COLLECTIONS TO BE STEPPED UP

11 February 2010

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Tuesday said it has intensified its inheritance tax collection due to losses from non-payment of revenues from the heirs and beneficiaries of dead people.

BIR Commissioner Joel Tan-Torres said in a statement that the state had been losing billions of pesos in revenues from estate taxes.

Tan-Torres said the National Statistics Office recorded...

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Tags: collections, inheritance_tax, philippines


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CUSTOMS MOVE TO SEIZE SHELL's OIL IMPORTS

11 February 2010

The Court of Tax Appeals First Division, headed by its Presiding Justice Ernesto Acosta, issued on Tuesday a resolution denying the petition of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. to suspend the Bureau of Customs’ move to collect the company's P7.3-billion tax deficiency for lack of merit.

This prompted Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales to order Batangas Customs collector Juan Tan to hold...

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NO FOOD FOR WEDDING PARTY LEADS TO ESTAFA CASE

11 February 2010

A Filipino-Chinese businessman was sued for estafa after he failed to cater the food for a newly-wed couple at the compound of the Davao Prisons and Penal Farm (formerly Davao Penal Colony) in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, last year.

Benito Ng Suy Jr., owner of Jingle Bakeshope, was accused before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) for his failure to...

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Tags: estafa, non_delivery, party, philippines, wedding


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MANILA & THE NORTH: TRAVEL REVIEW FROM THE LONDON TIMES

11 February 2010

I’m Going Back to the Philippines was a hit song for Menudo in the 1980s and this poor but beautiful country of more than 7,000 islands is a great place to keep going back to, especially over Christmas, when the weather is warm but not baking and the Filipinos’ love for a party and still strong adherence to the Catholic...

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SHELL UP IN ARMS OVER 7 BILLION PESO TAX BILL

11 February 2010

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., (PSPC) called the decision of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to confiscate the incoming shipment of their raw materials an “oppressive act.”

Roberto Kanapi, Shell’s vice president for Communications asserted that “Shell cannot pay back taxes claimed by BIR/Customs since these are under dispute.”

He added: “This is because Shell has adopted the Foreign Corrupt Practices...

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HOW "MY WAY" COULD END IN DEATH

10 February 2010

 “And now, the end is near . . . ” For some, the Frank Sinatra version of My Way is a timeless classic; for many in the karaoke bars of the Philippines, however, it is a ballad drenched in bloodshed that ought to carry a health warning.

Sung badly, or with just a touch too much defiance, the song can...

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BRIDE HID HAIRY SECRET UNDER VEIL TILL WEDDING DAY DIVORCE COURT TOLD

10 February 2010

Dubai: An Arab ambassador said he decided to call off his wedding immediately after he discovered that his wife-to-be, who wears a niqab, was bearded and cross-eyed.

The ambassador claimed that the bride's mother deceived his mother, when she went to see his Gulf national wife-to-be, by showing her pictures of the bride's sister.

The Arab man, who also holds...

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Tags: beard, bride, divorce, veil


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UAE ISSUES BOOKLET ON WORKERS RIGHTS IN TAGALOG

10 February 2010

 A multilingual booklet The Worker: Rights and Duties has been released by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Lieutenant Colonel Salah Al Gul, Director of Office of Culture of Respect for Law, said the first pocket book on worker's rights will be issued in six languages: Arabic, English, Tagalog,...

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"NOYNOY" LIED OVER HACIENDA LUISITA/SCTEX SAYS BCDA

10 February 2010

Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, who is anchoring his candidacy supposedly on transparency and truth, was accused of making a bare-faced lie to shore up his flagging numbers in the presidential surveys

The government agency Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) strongly belied yesterday Aquino’s allegations made before his turf at the Makati Business Club (MBC) that... [More]
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KIDAPAWAN JOURNALIST THREATENED AFTER PROGRAM REVEALS ORGANIZED BIKE THEFT RING

9 February 2010

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in demanding the Philippine authorities respond immediately to protect Malu Cadelina Manar, the chairwoman of the NUJP’s Kidapawan City chapter in Mindanao.

Manar received a series of death threats by cell phone soon after conducting an interview about motorcycle thefts with North Cotabato...

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IT'S OFFICIAL: BIGGEST MASS MURDER TRIAL IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY TO GO AHEAD

9 February 2010

Nearly three months after the gruesome incident, the government prosecution has finally ruled on the case finding probable cause for the filing of 57 counts of murder against the patriarch of a powerful political clan in the South along with 15 others over their participation in the so-called “Maguindanao massacre” late last year.

 

In a 78-page resolution on the...

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Tags: 197_murder_suspects, ampatuan, arrests, charges, maguindanao, massacre


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MURDERS, PROMISES TO CUT CORRUPTION & PHOTO CALLS - IT'S ELECTION TIME AGAIN

9 February 2010

Campaign posters went up and jingles blared at election rallies Tuesday as the Philippines' richest politician and the son of its democracy icon began a tight race to succeed scandal-tainted President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Senators Manny Villar and Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III — son of the late Corazon Aquino — are promising a clean government and fresh start for the...

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Tags: election, murder, philippines, political_corruption, promises


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BALI BOMBING MASTERMIND ALIVE IN SULU

9 February 2010

 Philippine military authorities said they believe Indonesian national Dulmatin, leader of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), was not killed in a clash two years ago and he is still hiding in the country's southern jungles.

Dulmatin is tagged as the mastermind of the 2002 bombing in Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing more than 200 people.

Philippine Marine...

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Tags: 2002, bali, bombing, dulmatin, jemaah_islamiyah, omar_patek


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DAVAO's MANGO GROWERS TO SELL DIRECT IN JAPAN

9 February 2010

After suffering stranglehold prices from wholesalers, growers to deal direct with Japanese buyers 

Mango growers in the Davao region are set to meet with three big Japanese importers in Tokyo in a bid to export the fresh fruit directly to Japan.

”We’re working out a number of export deals with three big Japanese buyers during our study mission for direct...

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AFTER BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA CLAMPS IMMIGRATION & STUDENT VISAS

9 February 2010

Immigration Minister Chris Evans on Monday announced an overhaul of Australia's skilled migration program that would streamline the list of jobs used to select migrants.

A new and more targeted list will be developed by independent body Skills Australia and reviewed annually.

The changes mean some 20,000 prospective migrants lodged before September 2007 will have their applications canceled and their...

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Tags: australia, immigration_control, student, visa


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VATICAN ATTEMPTS TO HIDE SEXUAL ABUSE BY PRIESTS FURTHER EXPOSED

9 February 2010

This is what it looks like, the document of a conspiracy: 24 pages, with appendix, in Latin, published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. A "norma interna," or confidential set of guidelines for all bishops, who were required to keep it a secret for all eternity, in the name of the Father, the Son...

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Tags: cover-up, pedophiles, priests, sexual_abuse, vatican


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GREECE IS TAKEN OVER BY BRUSSELS AS DESPERATION SETS IN TO SAVE THE EURO

9 February 2010

"The Euro should really be called the Icarus"
 
Brussels 
 
The problems facing Greece are just the beginning. The countries belonging to Europe's common currency zone are drifting further and further apart, and national bankruptcies are a distinct possibility. Brussels is faced with a number of choices, none of them good.
 
Men like Wilhelm Nölling, former member of...
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AJ GLOBAL TRIAL DATE SET

9 February 2010

Ubando's & Alayon's arrest ordered as trial date is set for 23 Feb at Makati Regional Trial Court
 
Manila
 
After recently released documents showed that the 3 main officers of AJ Global/Far East Express remittance were recommended to go for trial on estafa charges, the Makati Regional Trial court has ordered arrest warrants to be issued and a...
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Tags: a_j_global, court, estafa, far_east_express_remittances, makati, regional, trial


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TAX COURT DENIES SHELL AN INJUNCTION OVER P7-B LIABILITIES

9 February 2010

Confrontation over huge tax bill gets closer  as seizure of imports OK'd

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. failed to get an injunction from the Court of Tax Appeals, which on Monday effectively allowed the Customs bureau to seize the oil firm's import shipments to pay for P7.34 in alleged back taxes.

"The damage in [Shell's] property rights must in the meantime...

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UK STUDENT VISAS: MOVING THE GOALPOSTS

9 February 2010

The shock news revealed over the weekend by the British Home Secretary tightening up rules for student visas was further bolstered by the Immigration Minister Phil Woolas yesterday in Parliament.

By Heimdall 

Questioned by opposition MP's, Woolas tried to defend the Tier...

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Tags: home_office_filipino, immigration, nvq_courses, students, uk_student_visas, visa_restrictions


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BROKERS COMPLAIN OF CUSTOMS EXTORTION

9 February 2010

A group of customs brokers has complained to Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) about the alleged extortion activities of certain unscrupulous officials in the Bureau of Customs.

The distraught customs brokers told Pimentel that they were being charged P20,000 fee for the inspection and release of every 20-foot container van but the amount indicated in the official...

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NASAAN NA BA ANG DUWAG?

8 February 2010

They were invited to a debate

All turned up, except one 

Being brave in action films is one thing; debating with other presidential hopefuls is something else 

With photos and video clips 

Presidential aspirants Benigno Aquino III, JC De Los Reyes, Richard Gordon, Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas, Gilbert Teodoro, Eddie Villanueva, and Manuel Villar lock arms after participating...

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WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, SORRY, PRESIDENT?

8 February 2010

An investigation by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism shows some interesting facts and figures surrounding presidential hopefuls, and money 

A BILLIONAIRE and four other millionaires lead the pack of those who want to serve as the15th president of the Philippines, all invariably swearing by an anti-poverty platform, and with some purposely harking on their poverty roots to spin...

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Tags: campaigns, election, expenses, millionaire, money, philippines, president


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AUSTRALIAN's FAVOR PROTECTIONISM OVER BEEF IMPORTS

7 February 2010

The Australian federal government's decision to allow beef to be imported from countries that have had outbreaks of mad cow disease could put 300,000 people out of work in a week, a Senate inquiry has heard.

The upper house's Rural, Regional Affairs...

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AL JAZEERA's INVESTIGATION INTO THE AMPATUAN MASSACRE HITS HARD

7 February 2010

The Qatar based television station Al Jazeera has conducted an investigation into the fallout from the Maguindanao/Ampatuan killings which left 57 murdered, 30 of them Filipino reporters.

 

Al Jazeera's documentary magazine program "The Listening Post" has aired the programs screened over...

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Tags: al_jazeera, ampatuan, filipino_reporters, journalist_killings, listening_post, maguindanao, media_coverage_philippine_massacre, philippines, world_media_ignoring_ampatuan_massacre


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P6.8-M IN REWARDS GETS TERRORIST ARRESTS UP

7 February 2010

The government has released a total of P6.8 million cash reward to five people who provided information that led to the neutralization of Abu Sayyaf bandits and a New People's Army (NPA) insurgent here in Mindanao.

The cash reward was personally handed over Friday by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Norberto Gonzales to the informants in a ceremony held...

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Tags: abu_sayaaf, arrests, informants, million_peso_rewards, npa, terrorist


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RP's POWER RESERVES THINNING OUT

7 February 2010

Rotating brownouts continue to threaten the country as power reserves become thinner and thinner.

Power reserves in the Luzon grid are less than 300 megawatts (MWs) while in the Visayas and Mindanao grids are on the negative.

Based on the power monitoring conducted by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), as of today, Luzon has only 269 MWs...

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UK STUDENT VISAS TO BE SEVERELY RESTRICTED

7 February 2010

NEW RULES TO HIT UK STUDENT VISAS

London, 7 Feb 2010 

Crackdown on foreign student visas (with video interview of Home Secretary)

The number of foreign students to be granted visas to study in the UK is to be drastically cut as...

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