South Cotabato in full alert over bombings

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on South Cotabato in full alert over bombings 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 30 -– Police and military authorities placed the entire province of South Cotabato and the neighboring areas on high alert following the bomb attacks in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao provinces over the weekend.

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PNP orders probe of OMB bombing, discovery of explosive at DA

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on PNP orders probe of OMB bombing, discovery of explosive at DA 

MANILA, June 30 –- The Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership today ordered a thorough investigation of the bombings at the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday and the discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Department of Agriculture grounds this morning.

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PDEA clears South Cotabato officials

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on PDEA clears South Cotabato officials 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 30 –- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has cleared local officials from this city and the neighboring areas from any involvement in the illegal drug trade.

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Senate to investigate pullout of TIM from poll automation project

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on Senate to investigate pullout of TIM from poll automation project 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, June 30 –- Alarmed by the looming manual 2010 elections, the Senate has scheduled an investigation on Monday to find out what prompted the Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) to break tie with Venezuela-based Smartmatic from a consortium that won the bidding for poll automation.

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Revilla sits down with Muslim leaders to ease tension in Imus

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on Revilla sits down with Muslim leaders to ease tension in Imus 

MANILA, June 30 –- Senator Bong Revilla met last Monday with Cavite Muslim leaders to ease the tension in Imus following a shoot-out that left six people dead, including Revilla’s three relatives, last week.

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Comelec gives Smartmatic and TIM chance to settle their differences until Friday

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on Comelec gives Smartmatic and TIM chance to settle their differences until Friday 

MANILA, June 30 — The ball is now on the hands of the winning bidders on whether or not to push through with the automation project for the 2010 national and local polls.

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13 Filipino workers in Sabah opt for return to Iloilo

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on 13 Filipino workers in Sabah opt for return to Iloilo 

MANILA, June 30 — Thirteen of the 15 disgruntled Filipino workers at a palm oil plantation in Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia have opted to return to their hometowns in Iloilo province on June 26, it was learned today.

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Palace official pushes broader climate change protection

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· 1 Comment 

MANILA, June 30 — Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez today said the Philippines is pushing for broader climate change protection.

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Palace still hopeful 2010 poll automation will push through

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on Palace still hopeful 2010 poll automation will push through 

MANILA, June 30 — Malacanang today expressed optimism that the automation of the 2010 elections will push through even after the Filipino partner of the winning bidder reported to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) its intention to back out from the project.

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DPWH to audit completed infra projects

June 30, 2009 9:11 am· Comments Off on DPWH to audit completed infra projects 

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, June 30 –Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. on Tuesday directed department officials to monitor and evaluate all completed projects which entailed not less than P500 million.

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