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  • Pinoys in Ukraine far from armed conflict front

    July 22, 2014 11:22 AM 10

    MANILA - Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Charles Jose on Tuesday said that DFA has yet to call on Filipinos to leave Ukraine, which is rocked by several months of armed conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east. Jose said in a press briefing that DFA is still maintaining Alert Level 2 for Ukraine, first declared

  • Budget chief: No allocation under DAP to pay Luisita owners

    July 22, 2014 11:14 AM 12

    THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) denied Tuesday that the Aquino administration released funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to compensate the family of President Benigno Aquino III, landowner of Hacienda Luisita. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad made the statement following the allegation of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

  • 2 motorcycle theft suspects killed in shootout with cops in North Cotabato

    July 22, 2014 11:13 AM 4

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — Two suspected motorcycle thieves were killed when they engaged policemen in a shootout in Kabacan, North Cotabato. Superintendent Jordain Maribojo, Kabacan police chief, identified the slain suspects on Tuesday, as Ismael Lucas and Blah Bacan Balabagan, both of Barangay (village) Kilangan in Pagalungan, Magunidanao

  • New AFP chief to troops: Stay focused despite political issues

    July 22, 2014 11:09 AM 8

    MANILA, Philippines - Newly installed Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang on Tuesday called on soldiers to remain focused on their mission despite the political controversies hounding the country. During his first tour of military headquarters as Chief of Staff, Catapang said soldiers should “not be distracted by the ongoing political dynamics

  • City ‘sealed off’ after man dies of bubonic plague in China

    July 22, 2014 11:08 AM 16

    BEIJING — A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday. The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative

  • PNP to deploy more cops for Aquino’s Sona

    July 22, 2014 11:06 AM 13

    MANILA, Philippines -‎ The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed “Super Task Force: Kapayapaan 2014″ ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 28. At least 10,000 National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) personnel will be deployed to ensure security within Metro Manila as the President delivers his annual

  • Palace open to proposal to convert Bataan nuclear plant

    July 22, 2014 11:05 AM 17

    MALACANANG is looking into a possibility of converting the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) into a natural gas-powered facility to ease the country's growing demand for energy. In a regular media briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that it is time to take a second

  • Death toll from Cotabato clash climbs

    July 22, 2014 11:00 AM 18

    CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (Xinhua) - Fresh clash between government troops and breakaway Muslim rebels in the southern Philippine province of North Cotabato have killed 17 rebels and a government soldier, and wounded at least 13 others, a military official said today. The clash occurred Monday night in the town of Midsayap in North Cotabato Province

  • NBA stars happy to experience basketball culture in Manila

    July 22, 2014 10:56 AM 15

    MANILA, Philippines — Basketball is far from just being a sport for Filipinos. And the NBA stars, who are in the country for the Gilas Last Home Stand, couldn’t agree more. “It was a great reception,” said the Portland Trail Blazers’ Lillard of the crowd upon arriving in basketball hotbed Manila Monday afternoon during the event’s press conference at the NBA Cafe at SM Aura in Taguig

  • Cotabato City mayor, 6 charged for 2012 ambush on ex-city vice mayor

    July 22, 2014 10:54 AM 48

    COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The lawyers of former city vice mayor Muslimin Sema filed on Tuesday, frustrated and attempted murder charges against Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. and six others for the 2012 ambush that led to the wounding of Sema. The charges against Guiani; his sister and city administrator Frances Cynthia Sayadi and her husband, Umbra; city councilor