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NPA accuses Davao governor of maintaining private army

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:16
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The communist New People’s Army (NPA) said Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista has been keeping a company-strong private armed group in Malita, making him the “most powerful warlord” in the provinces of Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.   In an emailed statement, Ka Efren Aksasato, spokesperson of the NDF (National Democratic Front) Far South Mindanao region, also said the NPA has vowed to carry out more attacks to weaken Bautista’s rule in the provinces.   Bautista denied the allegations, saying residents could attest to the fact that he has been guarded by policemen, not by private armed guards.   The NPA also sa...

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Maguindanao to showcase changes through conference of vice mayors

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:11
DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu is hoping the holding of the 2nd quarter meeting of the national executive board of the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines (VMLP) in Buluan, Maguindanao, will help dispel the notion of the “culture of un-peace and the state of un-development” in their province.   Mangudadatu, speaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone, said for three days until Wednesday, the VMLP board headed by Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno would hold its sessions at the Buluan town municipal gymnasium.   “This is another opportunity for Maguindanao outsiders to see for themselves how we fare in this part of the co...

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DFA officers hold workshop on aiding human traffic victims

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:07
MANILA, Philippines -- Calling human trafficking a "contemporary form of slavery," Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has expressed confidence that the Department of Foreign Service personnel attending this week's DFA regional workshop on the issue will make great strides in addressing the global problem.   In a message to DFA personnel taking part in the meeting, scheduled for April 22 to 27 in Ankara, Turkey, Del Rosario also referred to trafficking in persons as an "insidious crime that targets the most vulnerable members of society, robbing them of their inherent dignity."   "With this workshop, I am confident that we will be able to make great str...

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Light plane crashes on banana plantation; no one hurt

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:57
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Philippines—A light plane used for spraying pesticides over banana plantations crashed in Mabini, Compostela Valley on Black Saturday, police said on Monday.   Senior Superintendent Camilo Cascolan, Compostela Valley police chief, said the pilot was unhurt but the aircraft sustained damage and destroyed some 39 full-grown banana plants following the mishap at Tagnanan village around 7:50 a.m.   The Cessna plane (RP-R 146) of the Philippine Aviation Agricultural Corp. (PAAC) piloted by 28-year-old Amil Jerome Perlas was about to land on an airstrip after conducting spraying runs at Tagnanan CARP Beneficiaries Corporation (TCBC) plantati...

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Annual blackout simulation drill held

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:50
MANILA, Philippines--The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has conducted its annual blackout simulation drill in Luzon to ensure efficiency and reliability in event of major power outages. “The activity aims to update key players of the power industry on transmission line and equipment developments, transmission outlook, and review contingency plans during critical incidents, including the contingency plan for the present dry season and in case of system security compromise. Other activities conducted were ancillary service updates focusing on black start services, which is implemented by starting individual power stations in each identified restoration area and gradually...

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:42
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections. The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a 49-year-old resident of the city of Jiddah, which has seen a recent spike in infections of the Middle East respiratory syndrome. Two others from the southern Najran region and the area around the western city of Medina also died. Both were 68. The deaths were among 13 new cases reported in the kingdom. Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabiah says the ministry is making every effort to contain the virus...

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Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:32
  MANILA, Philippines—Leading food manufacturer Century Pacific Food Inc. has finalized its initial public offering at a price of P13.75 per share, allowing the company to raise P3.16 billion in fresh funds for expansion.   The IPO price was set near the upper end of the indicative range of P12.50 to P14.50 for this initial public offering.   “Yes, final already (at) P13.75,” Eduardo Francisco, president of BDO Capital, said in a text message on Monday. BDO Capital is one of the underwriters for this offering along with BPI Capital and First Metro Investment Corp.   About 229.65 million common shares will be sold by the company to the pu...

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Canada in communication with PH on toxic wastes

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:26
MANILA, Philippines - The Canadian government recognizes the call of petitioners, both Filipino and Canadian, to have the container vans filled with hazardous wastes brought back to Canada, the Embassy of Canada said Monday.   "The Government of Canada is aware of the petition and the related concerns," the Embassy said in an emailed statement.   "The Government of Canada continues to be in communication with Philippine authorities on this matter with a view to address the situation in accordance with our respective regulations," it said.   Thousands of Canadians have joined an online petition that was started by Filipino environmentalist groups and n...

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Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:10
MANILA, Philippines – The Southern Police District (SPD) has received the warrants of arrest against businessman Cedric Lee, model Deniece Cornejo and several others over the serious illegal detention case filed against them by television host-actor Vhong Navarro, a radio report said. SPD Director Chief Superintendent Jose Erwin Villacorte was quoted in the report as saying they received the warrants on Monday noon. Police could not say for sure why the warrants do not yet include Cedric Lee’s sister Bernice and Jose Paolo Gregorio Calma. The warrants of arrest were issued by the Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 271 against Lee, Cornejo and their co-accused Jed Fe...

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Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:11
  MANILA, Philippines—“Mean Girls” actress Lindsay Lohan revealed that she had a miscarriage, E! Online reported on Monday. Lohan made the reveal during the two-hour Season finale of her documentary “Lindsay” on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) series directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Anne Rice. In the report, Lohan was quoted as saying: "No one knows this…I had a miscarriage for those two weeks I took off. It's a very long story…mentally, that messes with you." She was asked, then, to comment on her experience in the show. But the actress, a media sensation for her history of drug abuse, drunk driving, as well as her highly publicized family affairs, ...

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Palace denies convincing Gigi Reyes to return home

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:53
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday denied accusations that it had a hand in the return of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes to the Philippines, in an alleged bid to pin down Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.   “Ayon sa kanyang (Justice Secretary Leila de Lima) naipahayag ay walang pag-anyaya o pakikipag-usap na ginawa ang Kagawaran ng Katarungan,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a televised press briefing.   (According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s statement, there was no invitation or talks done by the Justice department.)   Reyes, the former chief-of-staff of Enrile, returned to the Philippines on Saturday to face...

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Car hits packed US church, injuring about 20

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:42
FORT MYERS, Florida – A driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through several pews, injuring about 20 people, authorities said.   Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico said the car struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church on Sunday night. He said the driver said the car malfunctioned and that it might have been the brakes.   Medico said about 200 people were inside the church and that people had to be pulled from underneath the car.   Quting Lee Memorial health System spokeswoman Mary Biggs, the News-Press reported that 18 people were taken to Lee County hospitals, including fou...

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LPA enters PH, to bring rains and thunderstorms

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:23
MANILA, Philippines—Amid summer’s sweltering heat, one low pressure area (LPA) has managed to creep inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).   Last spotted at 910 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the LPA entered the PAR at 10 am Monday morning.   According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the LPA would usher in cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over eastern Visayas especially on the Samar provinces.   Seaboards of the Visayas islands would be moderate to rough.   Pagasa said that the new LPA has minimal chances of intensifying into ...

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Sing-along saint: Showbiz world gets papal inspiration

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:21
ROME – Pope John Paul II's extraordinary life is being set to music in Rome, with audiences enjoying a flourish of theater shows about the former playwright and future saint ahead of his canonization on Sunday.   Highlights like his famous meeting with his would-be assassin Ali Agca in 1983 and his famous phrase "Be not afraid!" have become modern dance numbers and jaunty tunes in an unusual cocktail of piety and showbiz.   Nuns and priests were out in force at a performance of "Karol Wojtyla: The True Story" – one of at least three pope-linked productions in the Eternal City.   Backstage, 26-year-old actor Virgilio Brancaccio donned a cardinal costum...

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Two-thirds of underwater search done, no sign of MH370

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:15
PERTH – Two-thirds of the planned underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been completed, with no signs so far of the jet, Australian officials said Monday.   As many as 10 military aircraft and 11 ships are taking part in the search for the aircraft, which was carrying 239 people when it vanished on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.   No debris from the plane has been found despite an intense air and sea search and hopes center on the underwater autonomous vehicle (UAV) Bluefin-21 finding wreckage on the Indian Ocean seabed.   "Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area t...

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S. Korea prosecutors turn to mobile app for ferry probe

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:11
SEOUL – Prosecutors probing South Korea's ferry disaster have turned to a popular mobile chat service to reconstruct the final moments of hundreds feared to have perished on board the sinking ship.   The 6,825-ton ferry carrying 447 passengers – mostly high school students on a holiday trip – sank off the country's southwest Wednesday, leaving 64 dead and 238 still missing.   Survivors said crew members instructed them to stay put while the ship continued to list dramatically, delaying an evacuation operation that could have saved many lives.   As the probe focuses on the crew's actions and when – if at all – they issued the evacuation order...

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31 dead in Holy Week incidents—NDRRMC

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:01
MANILA, Philippines—Amid the solemn commemoration of the Lenten season the past week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that 31 deaths occurred from April 16 to April 21.   NDRRMC also reported that there have been 123 injuries as of 7 a.m. Monday.   Calabarzon, or Region IV-A, had the most fatalities with 11, seven of which came from drowning, three from two separate cases of vehicular accidents, and one from a fire in Binangonan, Rizal.   Cagayan Valley, or Region II, had eight fatalities with six drowning incidents, one vehicular accident, and one shooting incident.   The Bicol Region had fiv...

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Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:35
SINGAPORE – Oil prices were down in subdued post-holiday Asian trade Monday, but retained support from the escalating Ukraine crisis following a deadly gunfight over the weekend, analysts said.   New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for May delivery, dipped 22 cents to $104.08 in mid-morning trade and Brent North Sea crude for June eased 44 cents to $109.09 a barrel.   Desmond Chua, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, said trading volumes were thin in Asian trade after the long Easter weekend.   Financial markets in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand are closed for public holidays. However, investors were increasingly conce...

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Santiago asks Senate committee to subpoena Reyes

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:32
MANILA, Philippines  -- Senator  Miriam Defensor-Santiago has  formally asked the Senate  blue ribbon  committee to either  invite or issue a subpoena to  lawyer  Jessica  Lucila  “Gigi” Reyes  in connection with  the  P10 billion “pork barrel” scam.   Reyes, former chief-of-staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile, came back from the United States last Saturday and reportedly said that she would face the charges lodged against her.   “This is to respectfully propose that the Senate blue ribbon committee should issue an invitation (or subpoena, if necessary) to Atty. Jessica Lucila Reyes, former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponc...

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S. Korea president says ferry captain’s action ‘tantamount to murder’

Breaking News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:30
SEOUL – South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Monday that the behavior of the captain and crew of the ferry that capsized five days ago with 476 people on board was unacceptable and "tantamount to murder". "The actions of the captain and some crew members were utterly incomprehensible, unacceptable and tantamount to murder," the presidential Blue House quoted Park as saying in a meeting with senior aides. "Not only my heart, but the hearts of all South Koreans have been broken and filled with shock and anger," said Park, who had been heckled Thursday when she met relatives of the hundreds of passengers still missing – most of them schoolchildren. The families have cr...

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