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  • PH tells Filipinos to leave South Sudan

    December 23, 2013 8:22 AM 48

    Hernandez said Filipinos in South Sudan “are enjoined to seek repatriation assistance from the personnel of our embassy in Kenya or the rapid response team which will depart tonight.” The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will soon ban the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to South Sudan, Hernandez added. “Those who are in Kenya

  • PNoy to take holiday break starting December 27

    December 23, 2013 7:18 AM 8

    By: December 23, 2013 5:30 PM MANILA, Philippines - The country's chief executive will take a break from work starting Friday, December 27. President Benigno Aquino III decided to take a holiday break upon the recommendation of Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters on Monday

  • De Lima: NBI has identities of 2 airport ambush suspects

    December 23, 2013 4:44 AM 7

    MANILA, Philippines - The two suspects in the daring Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) ambush last Friday have been identified by the police, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Monday. De Lima said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) already have names of the gunman and his companion, who fled the scene on a motorcycle after the killing

  • Fire kills mother, 3 kids in Mandaluyong

    December 23, 2013 1:44 AM 12

    MANILA, Philippines - A mother and her three children were killed after they were trapped inside their burning house in Mandaluyong City, Sunday night. The bodies of Blitz Santos, 44; Andrei Calunsod, 4; Yui, 2; and Chelsea, 1 were recovered by firefighters inside the comfort room of their gutted house along San Roque Street, Barangay Ilaya. The victims

  • MARIE YUVIENCO | Tupas of impeachment fame: after Corona, other justices?

    December 22, 2013 4:44 PM 25

    By: Marie Yuvienco, December 22, 2013 11:55 PM As 2013 winds down, Rep. Niel Tupas, the chairman of the House Committee on Justice, is making noises about probing the Supreme Court’s stewardship of the Judiciary Development Fund. The way Tupas is selling his idea, which is Congress’ tit for the judiciary’s tat, after a unanimous Court

  • DOH reports first firecracker-related injury this year

    December 22, 2013 4:11 PM 13

    By: Philippines News Agency December 22, 2013 7:55 PM MANILA, Philippines - A nine year-old boy from Tondo, Manila is the first firecracker-related victim this year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Sunday. Assistant Health Secretary Eric Tayag said via Twitter that the boy sustained injuries, without mentioning any specific site for the wound

  • Aquino returns to calamity areas in Visayas, Mindanao

    December 22, 2013 2:59 PM 13

    MANILA, Philippines — Three days before Christmas, President Aquino returned to three key areas damaged both by natural and man-made calamities to check on the government’s rehabilitation efforts there. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said on Sunday, the President wanted to “personally visit and check on residents who experienced strong typhoons

  • President Aquino turns over bunkhouses in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte

    December 22, 2013 2:27 PM 24

    By: Philippines News Agency December 22, 2013 9:40 PM TACLOBAN CITY - President Benigno S. Aquino III visited on Sunday anew this calamity-stricken city to inspect and turn over bunkhouses for residents displaced by Typhoon "Yolanda" (internationally known as Haiyan). Upon arrival at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport around 4 p.m., the Chief Executive

  • ERAP VISITS GMA | Spirit of Christmas or modus vivendi?

    December 22, 2013 8:10 AM 34

    By: December 22, 2013 6:06 PM MANILA – In what some quarters billed as a manifestation of the Christmas spirit of healing, former Philippine president Joseph Estrada Sunday visited in hospital his former vice-president who in 2001 assumed his post midway into his term amid massive anti-corruption protests that he had claimed were the disguise

  • Coming home to Manila: N is for Noche Buena 

    December 22, 2013 5:07 AM 6

    Jun Belen is the voice of Jun-blog, a journal of Filipino home cooking, which was a finalist for Best Culinary Blog by the Int'l Association of Culinary Professionals (2013) and for Best Regional Cuisine Blog by "Saveur Magazine" (2011-2013). This piece originally appeared on his blog on December 20, 2011. We are re-posting it here with permission.