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Philippine Class Opening: June to September?

There is a proposed legislation to move the Philippine class opening from June to September. This is because of the typhoons that make students suffer even though no typhoon signal was declared. It is difficult for the Philippine

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Sprint to start selling iPhone 5 mid-Oct: report

Sprint Nextel will start selling the next version of the Apple Inc iPhone in mid-October, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cited unnamed sources.

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‘Positive discipline’ in schools in the works

Amid a spate of reports about abusive teachers in the public schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) is firming up a comprehensive child protection policy that would seek to prevent all forms of abuse in the classroom through a more “positive” kind of discipline.

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Victory! Suspected ‘Crush’ Video Ring Leaders Arrested

A reason for dogs, frogs, monkeys, mice, pigs and many other animals to smile: Dorma (“Chita”) and Vicente Ridon, the Filipino couple charged with crimes related to the production of a series of “crush” videos in which scantily clad young girls engage in the torture killing of animals, were arrested by the police early on Tuesday morning.

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Senator Zubiri’s resignation widely acclaimed

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> With his resignation from the Senate, Juan Miguel Zubiri earned plaudits even from the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).

Renato Reyes Jr., Bayan secretary general, said Zubiri “had the delicadeza (propriety) to do what Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wouldn’t do from 2005 to 2010, which was to resign amid questions of legitimacy and allegations of ...

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Rain aftermath

Two articles from two major newspapers tell two sides of the story.

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Bill allowing public participation in budget deliberations pushed

From The Philippine Sta >> Senators pressed for the approval of a bill that would allow public participation in budget deliberations.

At least four senators led by Senate finance committee chairman Franklin Drilon delivered their respective sponsorship speeches for proposed Senate Bill No. 2857, also known as the People’s Participation in the National Budget Process Act of ...

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Lando, Kabayan bring more rains

From The Philippine Star >> Tropical cyclones “Kabayan” and “Lando” continued to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains over the western sections of Luzon and the Visayas, the state weather bureau reported yesterday.

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Ramadan starts today

From The Philippine Star >> The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins today, with Muslims required to fast from dawn to dusk as well as perform good works.

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Pinoy in organ trafficking in police custody in Australia

From The Philippine Star >> An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported yesterday that the Australian Federal Police had placed under their protective custody a young Filipino woman who was a victim of organ trafficking.

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Sorry, Madame. Sorry, Filipino nation

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> “You can’t hide anything that stinks.”

With those words, Senior Superintendent Rafael Santiago on Friday apologized to the Filipino nation, “and especially to Madame Susan Roces,”  for what he and his men did six years ago—steal election returns (ERs) to ensure the victory of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the fraud-marred 2004 presidential ...

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6000 ERs says De Lima / 2004 poll fraud video surfaces

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >>
Two articles pertinent to the 2004 poll fraud investigation.

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Anti-human trafficking heroes given recognition today at Palace

From The Philippine Star >> The dedicated movers and shakers behind the country’s removal from the US State Department’s Global Human Trafficking watch-list index will be given recognition today at Rizal Hall in Malacañang by President Aquino.

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Juaning triggers floods, landslides, accidents

At least 10 people died and four others were reported missing as tropical storm “Juaning” (international codename Nock-Ten) intensified further and moved closer to the country yesterday, officials said.

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Reactions to SONA round-up

A compilation of stories from various newspapers on post-SONA reactions.

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Teachers say education in worse shape due to poor spending

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Even before President Benigno Aquino III could deliver his report to the nation, militant teachers already gave their verdict on the administration’s first year in steering the education sector.

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'Like' & 'Dislike' for SONA

From The Philippine Star >> Two articles in the PhilStar highlight the cheers and jeers for yesterday's SONA.

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Cyber crimes in PHL X FDA website hacked

From the Philippine Star >> A multinational risk consultancy firm claimed that cybercrime would continue to pose a threat to business and individuals in the Philippines if lawmakers do not address it.
A hacker group hit another government website last Saturday, a day after attacking the website of the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

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What is AQUINOMICS?

From The Philippine Star >> A year into the administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino III, “Aquinomics” is the buzzword of his economic team.

At the heart of this, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima told us the other night, is that “good governance is good economics.”

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Astronaut welcomes China to space brotherhood

From Reuters >> A U.S. astronaut on the final shuttle mission said on Friday China's first space station will be a welcome addition to the orbital brotherhood.

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Phl still fails to address extra judicial killings - rights group

From The Philippine Star >> The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) had cited the failure of the government to investigate and prosecute cases of unexplained killings and enforced disappearances that have remained unsolved during the first year in office of President Aquino.

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Toxic toys sold in Metro malls, shops

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> A pro-environment watchdog on Wednesday called on the government to ban the use of chemicals in children’s toys and draft a law protecting them from toxic substances.

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Phl to push key initiatives on security, human trafficking in Asean forum

From the Philippine Star >> The Philippines will push key initiatives on security, trafficking in persons and implementation of the master plan on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) connectivity during the 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and 18th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) beginning today in Bali, Indonesia.

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BJMP prevents homosexual officers from frisking inmates, visitors

From The Philippine Star >> Officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) considered to be homosexuals will not be allowed to frisk inmates and visitors to prevent complaints of sexual harassment, BJMP director Rosendo Dial said yesterday.

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Beware of Ampatuans bearing ‘gifts’

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Malacañang may develop a profound sense of “utang na loob” (indebtedness) to Zaldy Ampatuan if it bites the bait of his exposé on alleged election fraud involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may be on watch list, cited for contempt

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is seriously considering placing former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the immigration watch list because of the mounting cases filed against her.

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CCT program improves education, health of beneficiaries - studies

From The Philippine Star >>  The government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) or 4Ps program significantly improved the health, nutrition and education of children of low-income families, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said yesterday, citing studies conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Ateneo de Manila University.

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'Palace striking deal with Zaldy, Bedol'

From The Philippine Star >> Malacañang has forged a deal with former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol to pin down former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for election fraud, her legal spokesman alleged yesterday.

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Binay backs House measure granting househelp benefits

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Stressing that “domestic helpers also deserve access to decent and humane work like professionals,” Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday expressed support for the speedy approval of House Bill No. 553, the Magna Carta for Household Helpers.

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Reopening of 2004, 2007 poll probe urged

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Fresh allegations of poll irregularities against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have prompted calls for the reopening of investigations into the 2004 and 2007 balloting in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Senate.

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UN cites effective use of Supreme Court financial aid

From The Philippine Star >> The Supreme Court (SC) has been cited for its effective management of financial aid and resources from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
In its national implementation modality audit for 2010, the UNDP rated the SC with an outstanding performance after ensuring that its resources given to the country’s judiciary are judiciously used ...

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Bishops want apology from Aquino, Juico

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >>

Four Catholic bishops on Thursday urged President Aquino and gaming chief Margarita Juico to make a public apology for dragging the Church into the so-called “Pajero” scandal.

An archbishop also reminded the President that leadership was not only about integrity but about uniting people, not dividing them.

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Philippine cultural treasures under threat on every front

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Thieves and art dealers are the usual suspects, but mildew and flashbulbs are just as dangerous for some of the country’s beleaguered cultural treasures.

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Tourists arrivals in Phl surge

From The Philippine Star >> The Department of Tourism (DOT) reported yesterday a marked increase in foreign tourists arrivals despite travel advisories issued by some countries.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said 1.6 million foreign tourists visited the different tourist spots nationwide in the first five months of the year.

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[VIDEO] Maguindanao massacre victim still has faith in PNoy


From the Youtube channel of The Philippine Star

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A picture is worth 1000 words

There is no article here. No words to read. Do not click to read more. It's just an image. The image says more than words ever can.

Image from The Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Science community urges government to increase agriculture budget

From The Philippine Star >> The scientific community urged the government yesterday to increase the budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to help minimize poverty in the country. Emil Javier, president of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), urged the Aquino government to allocate about P50 billion to P60 billion for the DA per annum.

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Government releases P251.6 million for Muslim education

From The Philippine Star >> The government has released a total of P251.6 million to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the nationwide implementation of the Madrasah Education Program, which aims to enhance educational development of Filipino Muslims.

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Zaldy bares Arroyo graft

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Zaldy Ampatuan unloaded another bombshell on Wednesday against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, this time accusing her of receiving some P200 million in kickbacks from road projects in Mindanao during her administration.

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Plunder charges filed against Arroyo, Uriarte

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >>

The scandal arising from the alleged misuse of at least P325 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has moved into the legal arena with the filing of a plunder, graft and malversation case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte.

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Pacquiao is poster boy for anti-poverty campaign

World boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is the new poster boy for the anti-poverty campaigns of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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PCSO confirms, PNP defends sweepstakes accounts

From The Philippine Star >>A top official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) confirmed yesterday the existence of a so-called Philippine National Police (PNP) sweepstakes account during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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Zaldy Ampatuan said brod Andal did it

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Saying his powerful family had “ruined” his life, former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan implicated his father Andal Sr. and brother Andal Jr. in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

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CBCP apologizes for SUVs

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> 7 bishops ready to accept responsibility, consequences

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Government program boosts Philippine carbon trading project

National Greening Program supports carbon trading project in Southern Leyte, Philippines.

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PCSO scandal just the tip of iceberg, says Palace adviser

From   The Philippine Star   A high-ranking Malacañang official said yesterday the unfolding scandal at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is just the “tip of the iceberg” as more disclosures are expected in the next months.

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Immediate adoption of reproductive health policy urged

From  The Philippine Star  An official of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has urged the government to immediately adopt a comprehensive reproductive health policy amid the rapidly growing population in the country.

“Protecting reproductive health and rights is fundamental to our collective future and sustainable development.

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DOH urged to vaccinate 1.93 million kindergartners

From  The Philippine Star

A party-list lawmaker urged the Department of Health to vaccinate the 1.93 million children in the new kindergarten program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

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Government job website offers more than 55,000 vacancies

From The Philippine Star  -More than 55,000 jobs await unemployed Filipinos or those seeking better opportunities based on postings on the Phil-Job Net website, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday.

Phil-Job Net(http://phil-job.net)is the government’s official job portal. It is managed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

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Focus on the rugby-sniffing streetchildren in your city, not on billboards

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer

Okay, so maybe they were in your face, albeit effective marketing material for what they were selling, Bench underwear. But surely, now, there must be bigger problems in the country than having the Philippine Volcanoes rally support for rugby and pose in their briefs?

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DepEd sees construction of 12,500 classrooms

The Department of Education (DepEd) sees the construction of around 12,500 classrooms this year and next year courtesy of the private sector.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro yesterday said that in their tally of the mounting pledges from private companies and entities who want to help the DepEd address the problem on classroom shortage, there will be 12,500 classrooms built this ...

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DOLE hopes to exceed 1-M jobs target

Manila, Philippines - Local employment appears to be getting brighter for jobseekers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday.

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Flood evacuees refuse to return to still wet homes

COTABATO CITY, Philippines—At least 5,000 families displaced by last month’s floods here refuse to go home despite prodding from the city government, an official said Thursday.

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Arroyo OK'd PCSO fund release

A former high-ranking official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) close to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo found herself in hot water as senators pressed her for answers on the use of the agency's intelligence funds, which at one point was found to be higher than the military's.

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Church joins outrage on Ortega case

The Catholic Church in Palawan has joined the call for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to allow the murder case against former Governor Joel T. Reyes for the killing of broadcaster Dr. Gerry Ortega to be filed in court.

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PCSO fund turned into Palace 'pork'

From The Philippine Star >> The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is being used as a source of pork barrel funds by sitting presidents, Sen. Francis Escudero declared yesterday.

He said the PCSO had become the milking cow of the past administration to favor “a selected few” of its allies, notwithstanding the mandate of the agency to service all Filipinos ...

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Farmers want land distribution, not another referendum

From PhilStar.com

 The Supreme Court (SC)’s decision on Hacienda Luisita drew condemnation yesterday from militant groups.

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Economic managers to hold TV forum on Aquino's pre-SONA

From PhilStar.com

The economic team of President Aquino will have its own State of the Nation Address (SONA) today on live television on the administration’s success in steering the economy to growth and in attracting more investments.