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Rappler Miriam : US Marine given special treatment Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Arriving by helicopter and shielded from public view? Read more [...]

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Wednesday called the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States a "failure." During a Senate inquiry on the death of Filipina transgender woman Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, the feisty senator lambasted the agreement. "The VFA is a historic document of inequity between a former colonizer and its former colony, which some global political analysts describe as "falling state," Santiago said Read more [...]

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Oct
Nation Posted on October 21, 2014 10:45:00 PM By Sarwell Q. Meniano, Correspondent PALO, LEYTE -- President Benigno S. Read more [...]

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THE US Marine accused of killing transgender Jennifer Laude was a no-show at Tuesday’s preliminary investigation because the prosecutor did not require him to be present, his lawyer said. Private First Class Joseph Pemberton’s lawyer, Rowena Garcia Flores, assured prosecutors however that the American serviceman was still in the Philippines and aboard the USS Peleliu. Read more [...]

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The Philippine government will try to appeal the Malaysian government's decision to withdraw its consent on having Aman Futures founder and suspect in the alleged P12-billion investment scam Manuel Amalilio extradited to the Philippines to face syndicated estafa charges.This was the assurance given by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima following the Malaysian Office of Ministry of Home Affairs' decision to discontinue extradition proceedings against Amalilio, who has already served his two-year sentence in Malaysia for using a fake passport.De Lima told reporters in Manila that the Philippine government is still determining if it is entitled to seek a reconsideration of the consent withdrawal under Malaysian laws, stressing that though there is no extradition treaty between the Philippines and Malaysia, a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) signed among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members can still be invoked to send Amalilio back to the Philippines."We got confirmation from our embassy in Kuala Lumpur that the Office of Ministry of Home Affairs, they decided to discontinue extradition," said De Lima on Wednesday, admitting getting "disappointed" over the development."We were quietly working on (his extradition). Nag-file tayo ng formal request and we collaborated very closely with lawyers of attorney generals chamber of Malaysia," said De Lima, adding that Philippine lawyers and prosecutors twice flew to Malaysia to work things out.De Lima said that an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs was a "major requisite" for extradition proceedings to proceed. Read more [...]

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A NON-GOVERNMENT organization (NGOs) turned over yesterday more than 200 classrooms and day care centers in four towns in northern Cebu that were hit by typhoon Yolanda last year. The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Read more [...]

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Oct
By Christine O. Avendaño |Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:31 am | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday night accused Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, his potential rival in the 2016 presidential election, of having a hand in what he called was a smear campaign against him by former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado—the star witness in the ongoing Senate inquiry into corruption allegations against him Read more [...]

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MANILA (Updated) -- Nearly eight out of 10 Filipinos believe Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer under oath the corruption allegations raised against him in the Senate. Results of the September 26-29 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Monday showed 79 percent of 1,200 respondents want Binay to attend the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 Read more [...]

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CEBU, Philippines - “I don’t have implementation authority, I don’t have budget, three consultants under government payroll, no capital outlay, no MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses), and probably the only czar of its kind. A superman, if you will, without power.” This was what former senator Panfilo Lacson, the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR), said during a turnover ceremony of classrooms to four Yolanda-hit towns in northern Cebu yesterday. Read more [...]

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Greenergy Holdings Inc. president and CEO Antonio Tiu demanded a public apology from senators and former Makati Vice Mayor Edgardo Mercado for calling him a dummy of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Read more [...]

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