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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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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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US Embassy Manila issues first fiancé visas for same-sex couples

6 Dec
December 2, 2013 will be a memorable day for the United States and the Philippines, as it marks the first time the US Embassy in Manila issued a fiancé visa to a gay couple in the Philippines.
The US Embassy on Friday said it issued a fiancé visa to Noel “Aeinghel” Amaro and Robert Cotterman on Monday.
“Cotterman serves in the US military and is scheduled to return from a tour in Afghanistan in January 2014. The two met online and will be married January 2014 in the United States,” it said on its website.
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Paradise campus

23 Nov


By Mozart Pastrano

It is one of Bukidnon’s best-kept secrets—a state university sprawled on more than 3,000 hectares of contiguous campus marked, off the highway, by a volcano rising up dreamily over the calm, yawning flatlands.

“That’s Mt. Musuan lording over us,” beams Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, president of Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon.

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Binay says he didn’t want his name on relief goods, blames supporter

23 Nov

By Danilo Adorador III

SURIGAO CITY, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay is seeing a conspiracy behind the negative posts on social media deriding him as an “epal,” or one who is constantly trying to draw attention to himself.

Vice President Binay has been on the receiving end of social media backlash after photos of relief goods labeled with his name and plastered with the Vice President’s logo became viral. The relief goods are intended for victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

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UST graduate tops 2013 LET

23 Nov

MANILA – The Professional Regulation Commission and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announced Saturday (November 23) that 25,755 secondary teachers out of 64,792 examinees (39.75%) successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers given last September 29, 2013 in 17 testing centers all over the Philippines.

Dale Aldrinn Pradel of the University of Santo Tomas led the way with the highest score of 93% .

He is followed by University of the Philippines’ Jade Christyn Torres Leonor who scored 92.6%.

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