Phl not a dumping ground: BOC to file case vs Canada trash importer

20 Feb

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By Louis Bacani

MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials said Thursday that they are filing charges against importers who brought in trash from Canada to the Philippines.

At a televised press briefing, BOC Commissioner Sunny Sevilla said those who will be charged are the owner and customs broker of Chronic Plastics, a company based in Valenzuela City.

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Arroyo bail denied anew

20 Feb

By Tetch Torres-Tupas

MANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan on Thursday denied another bid of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to post bail on her plunder case for allegedly funnelling money from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) confidential fund for over three years during her presidency.

In a 12-page ruling, the anti-graft court’s first division denied the second bail petition for lack of merit.

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Lawmaker slams ‘slap on wrist’ of labor exec linked to sex abuse of OFW

20 Feb

By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

MANILA, Philippines — Akbayan party-list Representative Walden Bello slammed the Department of Labor and Employment for the “slap on the wrist” of an official involved in the alleged sexual abuse of an overseas Filipino worker.

Bello said the one-month suspension without pay slapped on Riyadh Assistant Labor Attache Adam Musa for simple neglect of duty was “disappointing and clearly inadequate.”

“We cannot take this sitting down. A simple suspension without pay is a simple slap on the wrist for an official who tried to cover up a sexual crime committed against a migrant worker,” said Bello, chairman of the House of Representatives’ committee on overseas workers’ affairs.

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More than 450 Indian migrants dead in Qatar in 2012-13

17 Feb

New Delhi (AFP) – More than 450 Indian migrants working in Qatar have died in the last two years, according to new data from the Gulf state which is under pressure over its rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

In response to a Right to Information request filed by AFP, the Indian embassy in Qatar gave figures detailing the number of deaths in 2012 and the first 11 months of 2013.

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Five of seven missing divers rescued, sent to Bali hospitals

17 Feb

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By Kathy Quiano

(CNN) — Five of seven Japanese women who disappeared during a diving excursion off the Indonesian island of Bali last week were found alive and rescued Monday, Bali’s search and rescue agency said.

Photos distributed by Getty Images showed some of the women being transferred from a boat to ambulances on Bali on Monday, three days after they were reported missing. The women were being treated at two Bali hospitals Monday, the rescue agency said.

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Pinoys among top mobile porn viewers, Pornhub survey shows

22 Jan
More and more Filipinos are accessing pornographic content on mobile devices, with most of them doing so late at night.

This was the finding of porn site Pornhub.com, which said Filipinos ranked a “solid” 15th for visitors using mobile devices in 2013.

“In 2013, the Philippines ranked 26th in worldwide traffic to Pornhub, but interestingly they ranked a solid 15th for visitors using mobile devices. That’s quite a significant difference!” it said.

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NAIA-1 rehab work starts on Thursday

22 Jan

MANILA, Philippines – The long-awaited rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will finally begin on Thursday, in time for the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) 115th founding anniversary.

The three-decade old terminal will have new toilets, stronger ceilings and more exit taxiways so that there will be more plane take-offs and landings.

NAIA-1 has a capacity of just 4 million, but passenger arrivals already reached 8 million last year.

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