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SC junks petition seeking to cancel COCs of repatriated citizens

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has junked a petition that seeks to cancel the certificates of candidacy (COCs) of all repatriated citizens seeking election for national offices, including Senator and presidential aspirant Grace Poe.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:41 am

Colleagues, co-candidates saddened by Señeres's death

MANILA, Philippines –The colleagues and co-candidates of late Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Club party-list Rep.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:33 am

ISIS widow charged over US hostage death

WASHINGTON, United States---The widow of late Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group financial leader Abu Sayyaf was charged Monday for her alleged role in the death of US aid worker Kayla Mueller last year. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, a 25-year-old known as Umm Sayyaf, was accused of conspiring to provide support to the violent extremists, forcibly detaining Mueller and other captives in the couple's homes, where she was sexually assaulted by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.   READ: Family, friends mourn American aid worker held by militants   Bahar acknowledged that Baghdadi "owned" Mueller during her captivity at the Sayyaf residences, describing "o...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:20 am

No replacement yet for DFA's Del Rosario

MANILA - The replacement for resigned Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario will be announced in due course, the department's spokesperson said Tuesday.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:16 am

More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says

NEW YORK --- More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis. The fate of Syria's besieged is at the heart of peace talks that quickly fell apart last week in Geneva and are set to resume by Feb. 25. Negotiators for the opposition had insisted that the Syrian government stop besieging civilians before talks could truly begin. The new Siege Watch report, issued Tuesday by the Netherlands-based aid group PAX and the Washington-based Syria Institute, comes a month after images posted online of emaciated children...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:07 am

LIVE: Oral arguments on Poe vs Comelec - Day 4

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court on Tuesday will resume the oral arguments on the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:00 am

North Korean satellite ‘tumbling in orbit’–U.S. reports

WASHINGTON -- The North Korean satellite put into orbit after a widely condemned rocket launch over the weekend is not functioning properly, U.S. reports said Monday.   Both CNN and CBS cited unidentified U.S. defense officials as saying that the "Kwangmyongsong-4" satellite is "tumbling in orbit," meaning that the purported Earth observation satellite is not working properly.   CBS reported that signals from the satellite had also yet to be detected.   Earlier in the day, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the United States has determined that the North was able to put a satellite or some space device into orbit. He said, however, that he would...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 6:00 am

40,000 starving to death as S. Sudan teeters on famine—UN

JUBA, South Sudan---At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in. The figures released in a UN report describe some of the worst conditions yet in more than two years of a civil war marked by atrocities and accusations of war crimes, including the blockading of food supplies. Conditions are "escalating," the UN said, with already over 2.8 million people needing aid, almost a quarter of the country.   READ: UN says South Sudan peace deal is at 'a critical juncture'   "Nearly 25 percent of the country's population remain in urgent nee...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:48 am

Bananas may help detect, cure skin cancer — study

PARIS, France --- The black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer, boosting survival chances, scientists said Monday.   When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as tyrosinase.   The same enzyme is present in human skin, and in greater quantities in people suffering from melanoma -- a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.   READ: Indian man put on diet of bananas to expel stolen necklace   A team of scientists used this observed commonality to build a cancer scanner, which they then refined and tested at length on banana peels before movin...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:44 am

Japan’s parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch

TOKYO --- Japan's parliament has condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding the communist nation immediately stop such activity. In a resolution unanimously passed on Tuesday, the lower house also urged the international community to work together and quickly adopt a new UN Security Council resolution that calls for tough new sanctions against North Korea. READ: New North Korean rocket could reach most of US --- Seoul official The parliamentary resolution also urged Japan's government to separately impose its own sanctions against North Korea to address issues including the North's nuclear and ...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:41 am

US hopes to deploy THAAD in South Korea ‘as quickly as possible’

WASHINGTON -- The United States hopes to deploy the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible" and the two countries will begin formal discussions on the matter "in the next few days," the Defense Department said Monday.   "We would like to see this move as quickly as possible. We're beginning the consultations now in the coming days with the South Koreans and we expect that this will move in an expeditious fashion," Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said at a briefing.   Shortly after North Korea's long-range missile launch Sunday, South Korea and the U.S. announced they would launch formal consultations on the deployment of the Term...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:38 am

Poe-Escudero rally to feature stars, not twerking dancers

Expect a star-studded proclamation rally for the adopted daughter of Philippine showbiz royalties Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) and Susan Roces.   "The entire campaign would be exciting and positive. Ang bida dun would be Senator Grace Poe, ang kanyang 10 minutes speech niya where she would expound kung ano ang goberynong may puso," Cebu Representative Ace Durano, Poe's campaign manager, said on Tuesday, hours before Poe's proclamation rally at Plaza Miranda.   (The entire campaign would be exciting and positive. Senator Grace Poe would be the star, and she would use her 10-minute speech to expound what a government with a heart is.)   Durano added that ther...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:36 am

N. Korea rocket more powerful than old one—Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea---The rocket North Korea launched this week appeared to be more powerful than one fired in 2012, with an increased range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) which puts most of the US within reach, a South Korean defense ministry official said Tuesday. The three-stage rocket was confirmed to have put an object into orbit but it has not yet been verified whether the alleged satellite is functioning, he told journalists, speaking on condition of anonymity. The rocket was similar to the Unha-3 launched in December 2012 but is believed to have a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles).   READ: BREAKING: North Korea launches space rocket; defies threats ...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:28 am

UN sanctions on North Korea failing, 10 years on — UN experts

  UNITED NATIONS, United States --- A raft of UN sanctions imposed on North Korea over the past decade has failed to prevent Pyongyang from scaling up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a UN panel of experts has concluded.   "There are serious questions about the efficacy of the current United Nations sanctions regime," the experts said in a confidential report obtained by AFP on Monday.   The panel's finding came as the UN Security Council is working on a new sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its fourth nuclear test and a rocket launch that the world views as a disguised ballistic missile test.   READ: UN condemns N. Kor...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:22 am

In PH, there's no rule vs 'attack' ads: Comelec

MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista on Tuesday admitted that the poll body has no specific rule in regulating so-called ''negative'' advertisements meant to discredit a particular candidate.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:17 am

Party-list groups kick off campaign in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY -- The Anak Mindanao (Amin) party-list kicked off its campaign here with a motorcade around the city on Tuesday morning.   Some 2,000 Amin leaders and supporters of party-list Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman were onboard vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles as they roamed around the city starting 8 a.m. Tuesday.   Rep. Hataman, wife of Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is pushing for Islamic banking system in the country. Her bill is now pending in Congress.     Meanwhile, the Federation of the International Cable TV and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines (FICTAP) party-list also started ...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:16 am

Trillanes posts bail for libel

MANILA, Philippines – After arriving from the United States on Tuesday morning, Sen.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:06 am

Aquino OKs DBP, Land Bank merger

President Benigno Aquino III has given his go-ahead for the merger of state-run banks Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)   Executive Order (EO) No. 198 issued on Feb. 4 and published Tuesday said the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) earlier determined that "it is in the best interest of the State to merge DBP and LBP, with the latter as the surviving entity," noting of the two banks' overlapping functions.   The EO said the merger "will build a stronger and more competitive universal development bank able to fulfill its mandate of providing banking services to propel countryside development and to contribute to sust...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 4:54 am

Use sunscreen urges actor Hugh Jackman after cancer removed

  SYDNEY, Australia --- Australian movie star Hugh Jackman has again undergone treatment for skin cancer, urging people Tuesday to wear sunscreen and have regular check-ups.   The 47-year-old first had a basal cell carcinoma removed in 2013 after his wife Deborra-Lee Furness told him to get a mark on his nose checked.   He has been treated several times since.   "An example of what happens when you don't wear sunscreen," he tweeted, alongside a photo of himself with a plaster over his nose.   "Basal Cell. Mildest form of cancer. USE SUNSCREEN PLEASE!!"   Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and ofte...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 4:37 am

National candidates kick off campaign season

MANILA, Philippines - Five separate proclamation rallies will be held nationwide as the campaign period for candidates for national positions officially star
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 4:05 am

Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year

NEW YORK, United States---Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years.   That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers.   The Super Bowl had seemed to know no ceiling in popularity, setting viewership records in six of seven years until this one.   CBS, the nation's most-watched network, had pushed the event hard the p...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 4:03 am

Duterte is new PDP-Laban chairman

MANILA - Davao City Mayor and presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte is taking over the reins of the PDP-Laban as the new chairman of the party.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:48 am

D&L firming up biodegradable plastic portfolio

FOOD and plastic input manufacturer D&L Industries aims to finalize this year a new portfolio of biodegradable plastic products for packaging and other applications, banking on rising preference for eco-friendly materials here and abroad. Apart from producing products that can replace the conventional non-biodegradable plastic bags that are banned in some Philippine cities and municipalities, D&L sees big demand from overseas markets, particularly in countries like Japan and Italy, D&L chief finance officer Alvin Lao said in a recent press chat. "We're hoping that by this year, we will be able to finalize some of the formulation so we can start doing market tests and sh...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:42 am

AEV sets P58.4B for capital spending

CONGLOMERATE Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV) has set aside P58.4 billion for capital spending this year, the lion's share of which - like in previous years - will go to its flagship power business. "Each of our businesses has the potential for higher financial return and growth, as well as sufficient scale and capability to deliver long-term value for all our stakeholders," AEV president and chief executive officer Erramon Aboitiz said in a press statement on Monday. Power arm Aboitiz Power, which accounts for 75 percent of the group's business, has earmarked P52 billion for capital expenditures this year. This is in line with its commitment, along with its partners, to increase...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:29 am

Trillanes posts bail in libel case

MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday posted bail for the libel case filed against him by against him by dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:27 am

Il Divo to perform live in Manila this April

In the modern opera world, there is no other group that has been able to cross over to a general audience with the same verve and powerful sensuality as Latin fuego sensations IL DIVO. First brought together by musical visionary Simon Cowell in 2003, the quartet of Urs Buhler, Sebastien Izambard, Carlos Marin and David Miller, have transformed the landscape of Classical Crossover with over 30 million album sales worldwide and are still going great guns twelve years and four chart topping albums later. Now PLDT HOME FIBR and PULP LIVE WORLD bring the Philippines IL DIVO as they tour their much awaited AMOR & PASION -- an album full of love and romance -- for the first time i...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:18 am

US, Japan to hold coast guard talks with Australia, Philippines

WASHINGTON - The United States and Japan plan to hold a coast guard leaders' meeting with Australia and the Philippines as part of their efforts to strengthen cooperation amid increased maritime activities by China, diplomatic sources said Monday.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:12 am

Olympics: USOC ‘will not prevent athletes from competing’ over Zika

LOS ANGELES, United States---The United States Olympic Committee on Monday refuted an "inaccurate" report that it had advised American athletes to reconsider competing in the Rio Games because of Zika virus fears.   "The reports that the USOC has advised U.S. athletes to reconsider competing in Rio due to the Zika virus are 100 percent inaccurate," USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.   READ: Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics   "Team USA looks forward to the Games and we did not, would not and will not prevent athletes from competing for their country should they qualify."   Sandusky said the USOC ...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 3:11 am

Ombudsman OKs graft raps vs ex, current LRT officials

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to file graft charges against former and current Light Rail Transit officials over the alleged anomalous maintenance service contract in 2009.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:57 am

LRTA execs suspended for anomalous maintenance deal

MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday ordered the suspension of top officials of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) after finding
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:52 am

An icky new hero: Roach-like robots may help in disasters

WASHINGTON--- When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.   Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the remarkable ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Also, they can withstand 900 times their body weight without being hurt.   The amazing cockroach inspired scientists to create a mini-robot that can mimic those feats of strength and agility.   The researchers hope swarms of future roach-like robots could be fitted with cameras, microphones and other sensors and then used in earthquakes and other disasters to help se...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:49 am

Duterte, Cayetano jumpstart campaign in Binondo

On the first day of the official campaign period, the presidential-vice presidential tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano met with residents of San Nicolas, Binondo in Manila early Tuesday.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:44 am

Beware of 'epalitikos' as campaign period begins

The campaign period has started and people are encouraged to be more vigilant of campaign rule violators and the so-called 'epalitikos.'
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:28 am

CA strikes portions of Menorca's testimony off records

Several portions of the judicial affidavit of expelled Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) member Lowell Menorca II, which constitute as his direct testimony in a writ of amparo case against top leaders of the religious sect, have been ordered stricken off the record by the Court of Appeals (CA).
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 1:56 am

Gerson, scribe of ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ dies at 49

Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including "Monsters, Inc." and "Big Hero 6," has died. He was 49. Gerson's family said in a statement that he died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday after battling brain cancer. Gerson was a frequent contributor for Pixar Animation, co-writing both 2001's "Monsters, Inc." and its 2013 sequel, "Monsters University." READ: 'Big Hero 6 ' wins Oscar for animated feature film Along with Robert L. Baird and Jordan Roberts, Gerson co-wrote Disney's Oscar-winning "Big Hero 6," an animated superhero tale. The New York-born Gerson got his start as a writer for the NBC comedy "Something So Right." Gerson is survived by...

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 1:54 am

LIVE: The Campaign Trail

MANILA, Philippines — The campaign season for candidates for national posts will officially start three months before the May 9 elections.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 1:00 am

More than 30 hurt after US casino bus flips over in snow

NEW YORK - A bus driving from New York to a casino in neighboring Connecticut overturned on a snow-covered highway Monday, injuring more than 30 people and forcing police to close the major route.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 12:57 am

US, South Korea, Japan military chiefs to consult on N. Korea —US officials

WASHINGTON - The United States' top military commander will discuss North Korea's latest satellite launch with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts this week as part of efforts to strengthen military ties between the three countries, US defense officials said on Monday.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 12:44 am

Trillanes to face libel charges after arriving from US

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV arrived in Manila on Tuesday morning from the US and is expected to face the warrant of arrest issued against him for a libel case, a report on News TV Live on Tuesday said.
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Posted: February 9, 2016, 12:06 am

Ex-NY mayor Bloomberg considering presidential bid — report

Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and billionaire media owner, has stated for the first time that he is considering launching a White House bid this year.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 11:34 pm

Theft of priest's motorcycle caught on CCTV

The motorcycle of a priest was stolen on Sunday in Barangay Tetuan in Zamboanga City, according to a report on GMA's Unang Balita.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 11:12 pm

Chilean alleges sex abuse cover-up, asks pope to sack bishop

A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest on Sunday delivered two letters addressed to Pope Francis from Chilean Catholics asking him to remove a Chilean bishop accused of protecting a notorious pedophile.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 11:00 pm

PHL Embassy working to bring home remains of Iraq fire victims soon

The Kurdistan Regional Government reiterated Tuesday morning its assurances to the Philippine Embassy that it will do everything possible to facilitate the repatriation of the remains of 13 overseas Filipino workers who perished in the Capitol Hotel fire in Erbil last Friday, the Philippine Embassy in Iraq posted on its Facebook account.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 10:15 pm

Number of unopposed candidates rising

The number of unopposed candidates in the country is rising with every election year, based on Comelec data, and this leaves voters in some areas under the leadership of the same group or family of politicians for decades - and with no options.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 10:10 pm

Comelec: Number of unopposed candidates increasing

Data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reveals the number of unopposed candidates has been increasing in recent years.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 10:01 pm

Poll tabulators in 1986 snap elections reunite

Remember the group of election tabulators who walked out of the canvassing of votes after the 1986 snap elections? They have reunited after 30 years and want to set things straight. 
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 9:58 pm

Señeres' party wants to field substitute candidate

The Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM) is set to field a presidential candidate as substitute for its standard-bearer, the late Rep. Roy Señeres.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 9:33 pm

National candidates kick off campaigns for 2016 elections

Beginning today, five presidential and six vice presidential candidates will hit the campaign trail in their efforts to become the Philippines’ top leaders for the next six years.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 9:18 pm

Ballot printing delayed anew

Sa bisperas ng pagsisimula ng official campaign period, naudlot na naman ang pag-imprenta ng mga balota para sa Halalan 2016. 
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 8:54 pm

Thousands of lives at risk unless WHO reforms now – UN report

The World Health Organization's emergency response capability is "lacking" and will put thousands of lives at risk if it is not reformed now, according to a high-level UN report on health crises.
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Posted: February 8, 2016, 7:53 pm

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