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Airbus newest model lands in PHL

The Airbus’ latest model, the next-generation Airbus A350-900 XWB (extra wide body), touches down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 on Wednesday (May 20, 2015). (PNA photo courtesy of Airbus)lam/ANP  Read More →

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Participants to the 2015 Philippine Startup Challenge

Officials and student participants to the 2015 Philippine Startup Challenge pose for a souvenir photo after its official launching at the DOST-ICT Office, Garcia Avenue, Diliman Quezon City. The DOST-ICTO has partnered with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA)... [Read more...]

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Davao City Rep. Karlo B. Nograles, Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Labor and Employment, at the start of House probe on deadly Kentex Factory Fire

Davao City Rep. Karlo B. Nograles (insert photo), Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Labor and Employment, at the start of the investigation on the deadly Kentex Factory Fire on Wednesday (May 20, 2015) at Speaker Jose De Venecia Hall, South Wing Annex,... [Read more...]

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Philippine Startup Challenge 2015 Official Launch at DOST-ICT Office

Wellington Liu Tao of Tech-Empowered Youth delivers his inspirational message during the Philippine Startup Challenge 2015 Official Launch held Wednesday (May 20, 2015) at the DOST-ICT Office, Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. (PNA photos by Marvie A. Lloren) lgi/mal  Read More →

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House Ad Hoc committee on BBL approves measure formalizing creation of a new political entity to replace ARMM

Voting 50-17-1, the House Ad Hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Wednesday (May 20, 2015) approved the measure formalizing the creation of a new political entity that will replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The panel approved the... [Read more...]

2013 Campaign Trail

(Elections)Espino voting in Bugallon, Braganza in Alaminos City

DAGUPAN CITY, May 13 — Confident of getting reelected, Gov. Amado Espino Jr. is casting his vote at 7:30 a.m. in his electoral precinct at the Portic Elementary School in Bugallon town.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

Team PNoy bets ready to cast votes on Monday polls

MANILA, May 12 — All the senatorial candidates of the ruling coalition Team PNoy are ready to join the more than 50 million Filipino voters who will go out on Monday to cast their votes for 12 senators, partylists and local candidates.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

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



National

Ferrer lauds Congress for retaining substantive elements of BBL

MANILA, May 20 — Government of the Philippines (GPH) chief peace negotiator Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer conveyed her appreciation to the members of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for exerting due diligence as they deliberated and voted on every section of the proposed measure, noting that substantive elements of the proposed law were retained in response to the call of the Bangsamoro people for genuine autonomy.

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May 21, 2015 4:28 am

Quezon river hides hot wood

MANILA, May 20 — Authorities retrieved from the bottom of Tapucan River, in Brgy. Tapucan, Mauban, Quezon province, 420 pieces of flitches with a total volume of 17,969.59 bd ft. worth Php 4.5 million.

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May 21, 2015 4:28 am

CIDG Iloilo captured 9 wanted persons in less than 2-hour police operation

MANILA, May 20 — Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director Benjamin Magalong said on Wednesday that the CIDG Region 6 conducted police operations on wanted persons that led to the arrest of nine crime suspects,

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May 21, 2015 4:28 am



Foreign

7 killed, 2 rescued in north China's loess landslide

LINXIAN, Shanxi, May 20 — Seven people have been confirmed dead, and two others were rescued 21 hours after a landslide on a loess hill buried four farmers' houses in north China's Shanxi Province Tuesday evening.

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May 21, 2015 4:35 am

Kenya investigates smuggled ivory seized in Singapore

NAIROBI, May 20 — The Kenyan authorities have launched a manhunt for directors of an export company in connection with the ivory and other animal parts worth about 6 million U.S. dollars that were seized in Singapore on Tuesday.

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May 21, 2015 4:35 am

Belgium donates 18.75 mln euros to UN agency helping Palestinian refugees

BRUSSELS, May 20 — The Belgian government has released 18.75 million euros (20.80 million U.S. dollars) for UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for the aiding of Palestinian refugees, local media reported Wednesday.

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May 21, 2015 4:35 am



Sports & Entertainment

CCP’s search for new PPO music director on until June 15

MANILA, May 20 — THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) continues to search for a new musical director and principal conductor.

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May 21, 2015 4:49 am

Italian football faces new match-fixing scandal

ROME, May 19 — The Italian football faced a new surge of scandal on Tuesday in relation to a millionaire match-fixing probe suspected to be infiltrated by 'Ndrangheta, the most powerful mafia syndicate in Italy.

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May 21, 2015 4:49 am

Davao Norte boxer to defend PHL title in Tibay ng Pinoy 8 in Gensan

DAVAO CITY, May 19 — Undisputed Philippine junior welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto of Talaingod, Davao del Norte will defend his title against Jonel Gadapan of Iligan City in the main event of the "Tibay ng Pinoy 8" on May 30 at the Lagao Gym in General Santos City.

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May 21, 2015 4:49 am



Travel & Tourism

Canada to expand China Transit Program starting June 1

OTTAWA, May 20 — Canada plans to expand its China Transit Program (CTP) to allow Chinese travelers to fly to and transit through Canada visa-free when they are en route to and from the United States, according to an announcement by Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Ministry on Tuesday.

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May 21, 2015 4:56 am

Pahiyas Festival 2015 in Lucban, Quezon surpasses record in tourist attendance

By Gideon Belen

LUCBAN, Quezon May 19 (PNA) — The just concluded Pahiyas Festival in this town usually celebrated every May 15 broke last year’s 3.2-Million number of local and foreign tourists attendance.

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May 21, 2015 4:56 am

Town in Misamis Oriental becomes a tourist destination

,OPOL, Misamis Oriental, May 19 – This fishing village of Opol, is becoming a tourist hub in Misamis Oriental, said town Mayor Max Seno on Tuesday.

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May 21, 2015 4:56 am



Health & Lifestyle

Sierra Leoeans express thanks to China for helping Ebola fight

FREETOWN, May 20 — People gathered at the Chinese embassy in Sierra Leone capital Freetown to express their sincere thanks for China's helping Sierra Leone fight against Ebola.

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May 21, 2015 4:53 am

Iloilo Declaration to strengthen anti-smoking initiatives in ASEAN

ILOILO CITY, May 20 — Mayors and governors of different cities and municipalities of the Philippines and international delegates from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) are expected to approve and sign the Iloilo Declaration in working together to strengthen and sustain a smoke-free environment in the ASEAN Region.

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May 21, 2015 4:53 am

DOH eyes inclusion of HIV and AIDS topics in elementary and high school curriculum

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, May 20 (PNA) — The Department of Health (DOH) said that it sees the need for the inclusion of the awareness about HIV (human immuno-deficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune-deficiency syndrome) to Department of Education (DepEd) curriculum.

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May 21, 2015 4:53 am



Provincial

Gov. Suarez leads 'Brigada Eskwela' in Infanta, Quezon

INFANTA, Quezon, May 20 — Governor David “Jay-Jay” C. Suarez led the start of the week-long Brigada Eskwela (National Schools Maintenance Week) of the Department of Education (DepEd) at Infanta National High School and Infanta Central Elementary School on Monday (May 18) in this town.

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May 21, 2015 4:32 am

Eastern Samar "Brigada Eskwela" mobilizes rural communities

ARTECHE, Eastern Samar, May 20 –- The Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Samar kicked off the preparation of class opening through a week-long Brigada Eskwela launched on Monday at the Arteche Central Elementary School (ACES).

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May 21, 2015 4:32 am

Village chief, councilor gunned down in Calbayog City

CALBAYOG CITY, May 20 – A village chief and a councilor in this city were gunned down by unidentified gunmen Wednesday morning inside the village hall.

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May 21, 2015 4:32 am



Business

Indian stocks close higher

MUMBAI, May 20 — Indian stocks closed Wednesday with the BSE benchmark index Sensex closing at 27,837.21 points, 191.68 points or 0.69 percent up from the previous close of 27,645.53 points.

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May 21, 2015 4:46 am

Purisima still hopeful for a tax reform in PHL

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, May 20 (PNA) — Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima remains hopeful for a tax reform package for the Philippines even after the term of the Aquino administration in mid-2016.

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May 21, 2015 4:46 am

Transport groups petition to hike jeep fare anew

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, May 20 (PNA) — Transport groups have began petitioning for an increase in jeep fare following the surge in diesel prices in recent weeks.

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May 21, 2015 4:46 am



Agri-Business

PCIC urges Miagao farmers to avail of crop insurance

MIAGAO, Iloilo, May 20 — The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) urges farmers in this southern town to avail of insurance for their crops as protection against losses due to natural calamities as well as plant pest and diseases.

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May 21, 2015 4:42 am

PCA targets 100 hectares of coconut plantation for participatory planting project in Miagao, Iloilo

MIAGAO, Iloilo, May 20 — The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is eyeing to cover some 100 hectares in this municipality for its Participatory Coconut planting Project (PCPP).

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May 21, 2015 4:42 am

HK bans import of poultry meat and products from U.S. county

HONG KONG, May 20 — Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) announced Wednesday that it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from a county of the United States with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

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May 21, 2015 4:42 am



Features

Feature: S. Africa faces dilemma over marijuana

By Stanley Karombo

JOHANNESBURG, May 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — To legalize or not to legalize marijuana is a question for South Africans.

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May 21, 2015 4:38 am

(Feature) Learn history from Samar’s tourist destinations

By Roel T. Amazona

BASEY, Samar, May 18 (PNA) –- Looking for a place to recall some pieces of Philippine history? Visit this Eastern Visayas town and you will surely get the right answer.

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May 21, 2015 4:38 am

(Feature) No plans yet to decommission BRP Rajah Humabon –PN

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, May 17 (PNA) — Despite the arrival of new ships and other naval assets, there are no plans yet to decommission the BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11), the Philippine Navy's oldest operational warship.

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May 21, 2015 4:38 am



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