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  • Foton relishing Cinderella run to title in PSL
    Foton is taking down giants left and right. On Thursday, it put a dent to the mighty Petron to take a 1-0 lead in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix best-of-three Finals. Just last week, the Tornadoes ousted Philippines Gold, a team ranked no. 1 in the Final Four. It's looking very much like a classic Cinderalla run for Foton. "It's worked out that way," Lindsay Stalzer, the Tornadoes' main man, said. They may be the fourth seed but Stalzer and company said it has always been the title shot that they've aimed for and nothing less. "This is what we've worked for all season long," Stalzer said as she finished with 25 points. Foton could not enter the Final Four i...

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  • 2016 DepEd budget up by 28 percent

    Bowing to a constitutional mandate that education must have the highest budget priority, the Senate set aside P411.58 billion for the Department of Education (DepEd) for its 2016 total expenditure program.

    The DedEd budget is embedded in the proposed 2016 P3.002 national budget that the Senate passed on third and final reading Thursday, November 26. ‘’DepEd’s budget increased by 28 percent because the implementation of the senior high school curriculum under the K-12 program will begin next year,’’ Sen. Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate finance committee said.

    Legarda said the DepEd budget included allocation for the hiring of additional teachers and school feeding programs. It has also allocated P82.3 billion “for the construction of 47,553 classrooms and technical-vocational laboratories.”

    For the higher education sector, Legarda said that the Senate version of the proposed 2016 budget for the 113 state universities and colleges (SUCs) across the country increased by P4.27 billion. The funds will be used for erection of structures, acquisition of equipment, and scholarship grants, among others.

    With the budget’s approval in the Senate, lawmakers from both houses of Congress would devote their time next week for the bicameral conference committee meetings on the 2016 budget, Senate President Franklin M. Drion said.

    Drilon expressed confidence that the budget would be signed by President Aquino before the year ends.

    “We expect to submit the budget to the President by December 14. That’s our target date so that the President will have a week to 10 days to review the budget and see whether he will exercise his line-item veto as he traditionally would,” he added.

  • France holds solemn ceremony for victims of Paris attacks
    PARIS, France---France held a solemn ceremony on Thursday for the victims of the Paris attacks, showing photos of the 130 dead to a crowd of 2,000 dignitaries and those injured in the violence. The homage began with the arrival of President Francois Hollande at the historic Invalides buildings on a cold and misty day in central Paris. He walked in to the sound of national anthem La Marseillaise being played by the Republican Guard. Among the crowd were some of the 350 people injured in the attacks, some in wheelchairs. As photos of the victims played on a large black screen, three singers gave a stirring rendition of classic ballad "Quand on n'a que l'amour" ("When All We...

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