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United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Manila visit

Department of National Defense Undersecretary Jesus Milan (4th from left) welcomes United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (right) upon the latter’s arrival at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday (April 13, 2016) at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on board a Boeing 747 to visit two... [Read more...]

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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrives in Manila

United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrives at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday (April 13, 2016) on board a Boeing 747 to visit two of the five Philippine military bases where American forces will have access under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation... [Read more...]

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President Aquino visits the wounded soldiers at Camp Navarro General Hospital in Western Mindanao Command

President Benigno S. Aquino III visits the wounded soldiers presently confined at Camp Navarro General Hospital in Western Mindanao Command on Wednesday (April 13, 2016). (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / MalacaƱang Photo Bureau)President Benigno S. Aquino III visits the wounded soldiers... [Read more...]

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President Aquino sympathizes with the families of the 18 killed soldiers

President Benigno S. Aquino III personally extends his condolences to the family of slain CPL Rodelio Bangcarin during the wake visit at the Bangcarin Residence, Barangay Ayala Zamboanga City on Wednesday (April 13, 2016). Also in photo is Nerissa Bangcarin, wife of Army slain... [Read more...]

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President Aquino converses with a wounded soldier in Zamboanga City hospital

President Benigno S. Aquino III talks to a wounded soldier during his visit at Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City on Wednesday (April 13, 2016). (PNA photo courtesy of West Mindanao Command PIO)SCS/gsc/TPGJ  Read More →

2013 Campaign Trail

Voters turn out in Cagayan de Oro 70-75%

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 13 – Volunteers expect a 70-75 percent voters turnout in this city although the Commission on Election (Comelec) has yet to release the official figure.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

(Election) Voting in some precincts in Bacolod extended

BACOLOD CITY, May 13 — Some clustered precincts in this city were forced to extend the voting period to accommodate hundreds of voters still queuing to cast their voters.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

(Election) PCOS tech dies of heart failure while doing job in Capiz

ILOILO CITY, May 13 — A teacher assigned to serve as a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine technician in Brgy. Dulangan, Pilar, Capiz died Monday due to an apparent heart failure while doing his duties.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm



National

LTFRB exec mulls requiring anti-theft devices on taxis

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, April 13 (PNA) — After a series of stolen taxis reported and used for crimes such as rape and robbery, a transport official on Wednesday is looking into the possibility of requiring taxis to install anti-theft devices.

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April 14, 2016 3:16 am

Palace orders abolition of AFP pension fund

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, April 13 (PNA) — Malacanang has ordered the abolition of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Retirement and Separation System (AFP-RSBS) in an effort to curb inefficient public spending.

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April 14, 2016 3:16 am

President Aquino visits wake of soldier who died in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 13 — President Aquino on Wednesday visited the wake of a soldier who died in combat in Basilan last Saturday assuring his family of government support.

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April 14, 2016 3:16 am



Foreign

Citizens’ questions to Putin prove support for Russia's external policy

MOSCOW, April 13 — Questions to Vladimir Putin sent by Russian citizens prior to "Direct Line" Q&A session show that the public generally supports the country's foreign policy.

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April 14, 2016 3:22 am

Israel to grant 10,000 working permits for Palestinians in West Bank

RAMALLAH, April 13 (Xinhua) — Head of Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, Shaher Saad, said Wednesday that Israel informed them that it will grant 10,000 working permits for Palestinian workers of the West Bank into Israel.

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April 14, 2016 3:22 am

Abbas: Muslim countries should support Palestine in conflict with Israel

MOSCOW, April 13 — It is the duty of Iran and all other Muslim states who are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to support Palestine in conflict with Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, told Sputnik.

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April 14, 2016 3:22 am



Sports & Entertainment

Sharapova’s doping-related case to be decided by ITF Tribunal — world tennis body

MOSCOW, April 13 — A doping case involving Russia’s tennis star and former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova will be considered by the Tribunal of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) despite recently announced thaw of requirements concerning banned substance meldonium, the ITF told TASS on Wednesday.

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April 14, 2016 3:29 am

Running record-breaker gets offers from RP, US schools

By Marife B. Sesor

LEGAZPI City, April 13 (PNA) – Sixteen-year-old record-breaking runner Mia Meagey Niñura of Davao is now having various offers from prestigious universities in the Philippines and in the United States.

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April 14, 2016 3:29 am

Floor heats up as first competition in rhythmic gymnastics for secondary begins

By Joana Angela Prianes

LEGAZPI CITY, April 13 (PNA) — The first competition for rhythmic gymnastics with the rope and club apparatus in the secondary level began on Wednesday in Hotel St. Ellis here.

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April 14, 2016 3:29 am



Travel & Tourism

DOT hopes to sustain Chinese tourist arrivals

MANILA, April 13 — With the Chinese market reflecting the biggest growth in tourist arrivals to the Philippines with 130,916 visitors this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed hope that this surge will continue regardless of sea disputes.

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April 14, 2016 3:35 am

Suroy-Suroy Sugbo in Camotes set, new attractions created

CEBU CITY, April 13 — The Cebu Provincial Tourism Office has set the first of the local tour “Suroy-Suroy Sugbo” (Visit Cebu) series this year as an escapade to Camotes on April 22 to 24.

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April 14, 2016 3:35 am

UAE's Emirates Airlines expands fleet with 2 more Airbus A380

DUBAI, April 13 — Dubai's state-owned carrier Emirates Airlines said Wednesday it ordered an additional two new A380 aircraft from the Airbus manufacturers with an estimated delivery date in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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April 14, 2016 3:35 am



Health & Lifestyle

Philippine Red Cross to hold Biennial National Convention

MANILA, April 13 — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will be holding its 31st Biennial National Convention (BNC) on April 14 to 15, 2016 at the PRC Logistics and Multipurpose Hall in Mandaluyong City.

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April 14, 2016 3:33 am

CSO supports Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program via Unity Walk in Manila on April 15

MANILA, April 13 — A civil society organization (CSO) — iHELP-Manila — will lead a Unity Walk in Manila on Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in support of the enactment by Congress of the bill seeking to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to reduce poverty and promote human capital development.

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April 14, 2016 3:33 am

Dangerous bacteria found in Australia's most famous harbour: scientists

SYDNEY, April 13 — When swimming in Australia's most famous harbor, take caution as there could be a pathogenic marine bacteria around you which causes more deaths each year than sharks, the nation's scientists warned on Wednesday.

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April 14, 2016 3:33 am



Provincial

City gov’t, Ayala join hands to assist job seekers

ILOILO CITY, April 12 — The city government here through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Ayala Atria gathered some 50 local and overseas recruitment firms for a two-day job fair slated April 21-22.

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April 14, 2016 3:19 am

Local police in Alimodian, Iloilo in full alert status due to 'political incidents'

ILOILO CITY, April 13 — Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director Roderick Augustus Alba said that the local police based in Alimodian, Iloilo is now on full alert status.

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April 14, 2016 3:19 am

Provincial government cites Ilonggo achievers, development partners

ILOILO CITY, April 13 — Outstanding provincial government scholars, development partners, and women achievers were honored during the Pasidungog 2016 which is part of the 115th Semana sang Iloilo celebration on Wednesday.

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April 14, 2016 3:19 am



Business

Spain's consumer prices fall by 0.8 pct in March

MADRID, April 13 — Spain's consumer prices fell by 0. 8 percent in March when compared to March 2015, according to Consumer Price Index data confirmed on Wednesday by Spain's statistical office (INE).

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April 14, 2016 3:28 am

Around 17 countries expected to join oil output freeze talks in Doha — Russian energy minister

YEREVAN, April 13 — Russia’s Energy Ministry has received initial information on the participation of 17 countries to the April 17 meeting in Doha, Qatar, Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday.

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April 14, 2016 3:28 am

Sensex springs up 123 pts on monsoon forecast

MUMBAI, April 13 — Equities jumped for the second straight session on Tuesday, led by gains in auto stocks on forecast of an "above normal" rains this year, while domestic investors and foreign funds increased buying ahead of key macroeconomic data due later in the day.

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April 14, 2016 3:28 am



Agri-Business

Envoy, diplomats from European Union to meet with mango industry stakeholders in Guimaras

ILOILO CITY, April 13 — A delegation from European Union led by Ambassador Franz Jessen will meet with mango industry stakeholders during their two-day visit in Guimaras starting Friday.

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April 14, 2016 3:24 am

4,000 hog raisers in PHL to gather at 25th HogCon in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY, April 13 — About 4,000 delegates are expected to converge here starting Thursday for the three-day 25th National Hog Convention hosted by the Province of Negros Occidental at the SMX Convention Center.

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April 14, 2016 3:24 am

Laoag City saves fingerlings at Fish Nursery from effects of drought

LAOAG CITY, April 13 — El Niño may not be a problem to the Laoag City Fish Nursery anymore as intervention is being done to save growing fingerlings.

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April 14, 2016 3:24 am



Features

(Abril: Buwan ng Panitikang Filipino)Iba’t-Ibang Dila, Iisang Bansa

By Butch Galicia

TORONTO, Undated (PNA Features) — Isang turista ang nagsapalarang dumalaw sa kaibigan sa kabundukan ng Timog Pilipinas. Siya ay lumapit sa isang umpukan at nagtanong: “Is this the town of San Isidro?”

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April 14, 2016 3:23 am

(Abril: Buwan ng Panitikang Filipino) Pilipino Ka, ‘Di Ba?

By Butch Galicia

TORONTO, Undated (PNA) — Wika nga ni Bb. Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) sa pelikulang Legally Blonde 2: Red, White And Blue: “Ang matapat na tinig ay mas malakas sa ugong ng maraming maiingay (An honest voice is louder than a crowd’s).”

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April 14, 2016 3:23 am

(NewsFeature) FPH kicks off 'Good Tours' for power plant visits

By Juzel L. Danganan

MANILA, Feb. 21 (PNA) — Lopez-led First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH) launched its newest program "Good Tours", to allow group visits to its power plant sites.

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February 22, 2016 11:01 am