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aaaTHE late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors at a heroes’ cemetery in Manila almost 30 years after his death in Hawaii, triggering mass protests across the country. President Rodrigo Duterte, who was in Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, gave orders in August that the burial may proceed, fulfill...

December 5, 2016
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aaaTHE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has intercepted eight Indonesian nationals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after they arrived from a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia using Philippine passports. The eight Indonesians were separated from Filipino Muslims who also went on the Hajj (pilgrimage) upon their arrival at the NAIA Termina...

October 12, 2016

aaaTHE Abu Sayyaf has beheaded an 18-year-old Filipino male captive in Indanan, Sulu province after failing to get ransom from the boy’s family. Western Mindanao Command spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said the head of kidnap victim Patrick James Almodovar was found inside a plastic bag that was dumped by three motorcycle-riding men at Kilomet...

September 13, 2016
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aaaA re-elected lawmaker has appealed to his colleagues in Congress to support the country’s public school teachers by increasing their basic monthly salary to at least P36,000. Rep. Raul Del Mar (1st District, Cebu City) said public school teachers are among underpaid workers in society. Despite the fact that they are heralded as molders of chil...

July 21, 2016

aaaDAYS before his inauguration, President Rodrigo Duterte bared the names of four more individuals who will join his Cabinet. Duterte chose Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Ubial to head the Department of Health, Wanda Teo as Tourism Secretary, businessman Ramon Lopez as Trade chief, and Regina Lopez as Environment Secretary. Ramon Lopez was a...

July 13, 2016

aaaWHILE the country marked Araw ng Kagitingan, a bloody encounter between the military and the Abu Sayyaf left 18 soldiers dead in Basilan on April 9. Government Peace Panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the encounter happened in Bgy Silangkum, Tipo-Tipo and Bgy Baguindan, Al-Barka in Basilan. “True to the valor and heroism that we ...

April 15, 2016

aaaTHE Philippines has impounded a North Korean cargo vessel that is covered by a United Nations-imposed sanction against Pyongyang. Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the freighter, M/V Jin Teng, remained docked in Subic where it was offloading palm kernel expeller. The ship, which came from Indonesia, was one of 31 vessels o...

March 14, 2016

aaaTHE United States has vowed to help the Philippines, a treaty ally, if its dispute with China turns into a “shooting war.” “The Philippines is a treaty ally of the United States. President Obama, when he was here, said that the treaty is ironclad. We take seriously our responsibilities, our obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty,” U...

February 24, 2016

aaaAT least 45 people were killed while more than 200,000 others were displaced as typhoon Nona battered parts of Luzon and Eastern Visayas days before Christmas. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 24 persons were also injured during Nona’s wake and some 65,318 families or 289,616 people in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, ...

January 13, 2016

aaaA fourth disqualification case has been filed against presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe before the Commission on Elections by former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez. Valdez, in his 34-page petition, questioned Poe’s natural-born Filipino status, a requirement for any presidential bet. “The fact that respondent has to pe...

November 25, 2015
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