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  • Tracking the promises and claims of the Aquino administration

    July 25, 2014 4:00 PM 5

    The Department of Education (DepEd) has seen a rise in its budget allocation from 2010 to the present. From a P232.6-billion budget in 2010, the DepEd has a P336.9-billion budget this year, making it the state agency with the lion's share in the general appropriations. In 2010, there was a shortage of 66,800 classrooms, which was reduced to 34,673 in Jan. 31, 2013. The government

  • Napoles stays at Fort Sto. Domingo, lawyer says

    July 25, 2014 3:53 PM 4

    MANILA - Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is staying at Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna -- at least until the Sandiganbayan order regarding her transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan is clarified, her lawyer said Friday night. Atty. Bruce Rivera, in an interview on radio dzMM, said they are confused which to follow -- the Sandiganbayan

  • Import bill down 9.6 pct in May

    July 25, 2014 3:30 PM 4

    MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Import bill in May declined by 9.6 percent on year to $4.76 billion due to lower payments for electronic products and fuel, the local statistics agency said today. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country's purchases of electronic products went down by 1.2 percent on year to $1.26 billion. Electronic products

  • (UPDATE) Stocks close flat on lack of fresh leads

    July 25, 2014 3:00 PM 4

    MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The stock market extended its lackluster performance today as the lack of fresh leads prompted investors to remain on the sidelines. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index slipped by 0.005 percent, or 0.34 point, to 6,889.55, while the broader all-share index managed to gain 0.11 percent, or 4.71 points, to 4,129.89. Trading

  • ‘Lust, Caution’ actress Tang marries in Sweden

    July 25, 2014 2:46 PM 9

    HONG KONG — “Lust, Caution” star Tang Wei found legendary director Ingmar Bergman’s island home to be the perfect scene for a wedding. The Chinese actress and South Korean director Kim Tae-yong wed in a small ceremony July 12 at Bergman’s home on the Swedish island of Faro. The couple had announced their engagement earlier this month. Tang’s management

  • Military forces pursue NPA rebels in Bukidnon province

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM 23

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 25, 2014) – Four soldiers were wounded and a still undetermined number of communist rebels had been killed and wounded in a clash in the town of Quezon in Bukidnon, an army spokesman said Saturday. Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said the fighting broke out Friday afternoon

  • (UPDATE) IMF cuts 2014 Phl growth forecast to 6.2 pct

    July 25, 2014 2:00 PM 2

    MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today slashed its 2014 economic growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.2 percent due to a weak first quarter performance and expectations of sluggish expansion in the second quarter. The latest forecast is lower than IMF's earlier projection of 6. 5 percent. IMF Resident Representative

  • Soldiers clash with Abu Sayyafs; 5 dead

    July 25, 2014 1:49 PM 3

    MANILA -- Troops attacked a Moro bandit hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members believed to have been involved in the 2011 kidnapping of an American woman and her teenage son, a military report said Friday. The report said the operation Thursday in Ungkaya Pukan town targeted Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Sulaiman

  • Muslims ready to forgive senators in plunder case

    July 25, 2014 1:37 PM 9

    A Muslim leader in Manila said Friday his community was open to forgiving those accused in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, also known as the pork barrel scam, if they tell the truth and repent their sins. As the Muslim community prepares its celebration of the end of Ramadan next week, Hajji Moh’d Ersad Malli, Manila Golden Mosque Cultural

  • Group holds 2nd Annual Study Abroad Conference

    July 25, 2014 1:31 PM 1

    THE College Admissions Mentors for Peers (Camp) Philippines will hold its 2nd annual Camp Conference on August 9 at Xavier School in Greenhills. Endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education, and supported by both local and international youth and education organizations like Edukasyon.ph, EducationUSA, and the National Youth Commission, among others