PHL Army to human rights group: NPA's use of child warriors is not a fabricated story

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on PHL Army to human rights group: NPA's use of child warriors is not a fabricated story 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — The Philippine Army (PA) denied on Wednesday allegations by Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia Elaine Pearson that the military is fabricating stories on child warriors, and that soldiers are parading these children in the media.

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PHL's Spratly proposal maintains regional peace

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on PHL's Spratly proposal maintains regional peace 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — The Philippine proposal for the adoption of the Zone of Peace, Freedom, Friendship and Cooperation (ZoPFF/C) to resolve the Spratly Islands dispute has been an effective way of maintaining peace in the controversial regime of islands, President Benigno Aquino III said on Wednesday.

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Thomas apologizes to De Lima over statement on sexual tourism without factual basis

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on Thomas apologizes to De Lima over statement on sexual tourism without factual basis 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Oct. 12 — United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. has extended his apology to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima for his recent declaration that 40 percent or four out of every 10 foreign male tourists visiting the Philippines come here for "sex tourism."

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VP Binay supports P’Noy’s decision on Marcos burial

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on VP Binay supports P’Noy’s decision on Marcos burial 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said on Wednesday it is the prerogative of President Benigno S. Aquino III to allow or not a state burial for the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

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DOJ-Comelec panel start probe on alleged 2004 poll fraud

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on DOJ-Comelec panel start probe on alleged 2004 poll fraud 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — The preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice-Commission on Elections (DOJ-Comelec) panel on the alleged electoral fraud committed during the 2004 presidential and 2007 senatorial elections will start next week.

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Mining investors will stay in the country despite NPA attacks, Aquino says

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on Mining investors will stay in the country despite NPA attacks, Aquino says 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — Foreign investors in the mining industry will not withdraw from the Philippines despite the attack of the New People's Army (NPA) in Surigao del Norte early this month, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday.

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Aquino welcomes commitment of Chinese business groups to invest in the Philippines

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on Aquino welcomes commitment of Chinese business groups to invest in the Philippines 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes the commitment of the Chinese business groups of venturing their investments in the country in the fields of tourism and energy, among others.

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Aquino approves P72-B stimulus package for infrastructure and reconstruction plans

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on Aquino approves P72-B stimulus package for infrastructure and reconstruction plans 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the P72-billion stimulus package for various infrastructure and reconstruction plans, saying it will produce multiplier effect on the Philippine economy.

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SSS offers nearly P200M properties for sale

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on SSS offers nearly P200M properties for sale 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — The Social Security System (SSS) has offered for sale to members and the general public at affordable terms 305 houses and lots with a combined worth of P198.56 million, a top official said.

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Enrile respects PNoy’s ‘no state honors’ for late dictator Marcos

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm· Comments Off on Enrile respects PNoy’s ‘no state honors’ for late dictator Marcos 

MANILA, Oct. 12 -– Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Wednesday that he understands the feelings of President Benigno Aquino III when the Chief Executive turned down possible state funeral for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos under his administration.

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