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  • Lawmaker sees passage of FOI bill
    PANGASINAN, Philippines---Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez III expressed confidence that the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill would be enacted into law within this year, especially after President Benigno Aquino III included the measure in the priority bills of his administration.   "The process is quite slow but it's moving. Before our recess last June, our committee [on public information] had seven meetings, which is the most number of meetings in a technical working group on any bill that I attended," said Gutierrez, one of the bill's 20 authors.   "I think this is a reflection of the seriousness of the authors and even the house leadership to have this passed...

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  • Rights of IPs to be respected, Deles assures
    DAVAO CITY, Philippines---Indigenous peoples in Mindanao would not become "second class" citizen under the Bangsamoro entity and that their rights would be respected, Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles said.   In a statement issued on Thursday, Deles said this was the assurance she gave to IP leaders when they met in Manila on July 25.   Among those who attended the meeting, she said, were representatives from the Teruray and Manobo tribes.   "We will never allow you to become second-class citizens in Mindanao," Deles recounted what she told the IP leaders, who represented the Teduray Justice and Governance, Gempa te Kelindaan ne Eruman...

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  • PH to table action plan vs China at meet
    MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines said Friday it would table a "triple action plan" at a regional meeting to ease tensions and resolve rows between China and rival claimants to the strategic West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).   China claims most of the sea, even waters close to the shores of its neighbors, and tensions have heightened in recent months over what is perceived as the Asian giant's increasingly aggressive moves to assert those claims.   China's deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in South China Sea waters also claimed by Vietnam led to clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels in May and triggered deadly riots across Vietnam that targeted ...

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  • Oil firm to hike diesel price, lower gasoline price Monday
    Motorists may expect another round of fuel price adjustments this coming week, with at least one company announcing its planned price changes on Saturday.
  • Naia Terminal 3 finally starts full operations
    MANILA, Philippines---Finally, the controversial Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 began to operate in full swing and serve foreign air carriers on Thursday night, more than a decade after legal issues had mothballed its rehabilitation.   And, for the officials of the foreign air carrier who transferred its operations on Thursday night, it was a better environment compared to its previous home, the NAIA Terminal 1, which was often described as aging and congested.   "This is a much better environment," Steven Crowdey, director for Australia, Micronesia and Philippines of US-based Delta Air said in an interview, describing the 63.5-hectare Term...

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  • Lapid case shows how public funds were stolen, say farmers
    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines---The P5-million fertilizer anomaly that the Office of the Ombudsman has uncovered in Pampanga province, and for which Sen. Manuel "Lito" Lapid and five others face trial for graft, has provided a window to the P728-million fertilizer scam in 2004, a leader of a farmers' group in Central Luzon said.   Joseph Canlas, chair of the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (AMGL), said in an interview yesterday that the Ombudsman's resolution could show "patterns through which public funds were stolen using farmers as innocent victims."   Canlas said the Lapid case was important because "the brains of the P728-million [fertilizer]...

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  • Beneficiaries of DSWD cited for good use of funds
    MANILA, Philippines---Visiting Australian officials have lauded the Department of Social Work and Development's (DSWD) beneficiaries for their efficient use of funds.   In particular, beneficiaries of the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan---Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services---National Community Driven Development Project (Kalahi-CIDSS-NCDDP) were praised for their management of foreign grants in their projects.   Australian ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell visited Sibagat town in Agusan del Sur with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia Maritime Division Allaster Cox, Philippine-Australia Com...

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  • Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment
    NEW YORK --- Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday. One is to arrive Saturday in a small private jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The second is to arrive a few days later, said doctors at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, where they will be treated. It will be the first time anyone infected with the disease is brought into the country. U.S. officials are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger. Ebola ...

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  • Pinoys raise funds for children of Fil-Am couple killed in US tornado
    Members of the Filipino community in the United States are reaching out to the three children left behind by a Filipino-American couple killed in a tornado in Cape Charles in Virginia last week.
  • SMC wins 'Ginebra' case at CA
    Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has won its court battle against Tanduay Distillers Inc. in connection with the use of the “Ginebra Kapitan” trademark.
  • Foreigners kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf held in Sulu?
    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The military is verifying a tip provided by a former Abu Sayyaf captive that kidnapped foreigners are being kept in the mountains of Sulu.
  • Tropical storm ‘Halong’ now a typhoon
    MANILA, Philippines---Tropical storm "Halong" spotted outside the country has intensified into a typhoon, the state weather bureau said Saturday. As of 4 a.m., Halong was spotted at 1,440 kilometers east of Central Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 150 kilometers per hour, weather observer Elvie Enriquez told Enriquez said Halong was forecast to move slowly west-northwest but was not expected to make landfall. She said the typhoon was expected to enter the Philippine Area of Philippines (PAR) on Sunday evening or Monday morning. According to her, the typhoon would be named "Jose" once it enters PAR. In its...

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  • CIDG nabs leader, cohort of gunrunning syndicate
    MANILA, Philippines---The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Thursday arrested an alleged leader of a gunrunning syndicate and his companion in an entrapment operation in San Mateo, Rizal.   Apprehended by CIDG regional operatives were Christian Merencillo, head of the Merencillo gang, and his henchman Rodante Cruz Jr.   The two suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation at around 5 p.m. on Thursday along National Road in Barangay Dulongbayan, San Mateo, Rizal.   Seized from the suspects were a Glock 23 caliber .40 pistol and a magazine, a Bushmaster caliber 5.56-mm rifle and a caliber .45 Armscor which were all unlicensed. Al...

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  • NATO must respond to Russia — Cameron
    NATO must rethink its long-term relationship with Russia and strengthen the alliance's ability to respond quickly to any threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday.
  • Alan Cayetano: Palace must clarify with SC what ‘savings’ mean
    MANILA, Philippines---Malacaang should clarify with the Supreme Court what it meant by savings to save Congress from contravening its ruling, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday.   Cayetano urged the executive department to file an urgent motion for the Supreme Court to clarify the "parameters" of savings in its ruling partly voiding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).   "If I were President and I control both chambers, I would include in the MR (motion for reconsideration) that the Supreme Court clarify the definition of savings. Let the Supreme Court do it," he told reporters in a briefing.   In his State of the Nation...

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  • Cory painting stamps a bestseller
    MANILA, Philippines - On the first day of their release, about 50 percent of the rose-scented stamps featuring paintings made by former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino were sold, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhlPost) said yesterday.
  • Microsoft sues Samsung in US, alleging contract breach
    NEW YORK - Microsoft on Friday sued Samsung in US federal court, claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over licensing of technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.