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Fire Razes Various Areas in Tacloban City

A spate of fire incidents hit Tacloban City this week. A woman and her six children died on Wednesday when fire razed the tent that had been their temporary home since Yolanda devastated the city. According to fire investigators, an unattended kerosene lamp caused the fire, which broke out at around 12:20 a.m. on May...

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ComVal Town Mayor Dead, NPA Behind the Ambush?

The 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army has confirmed the death of Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of Laak, Compostela Valley who was ambushed by unidentified gunmen wearing bonnets on May 28 in Davao del Norte. Navarro was on his way to Davao City when armed men ambushed his convoy at about 9 a.m. at Barangay...

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Information Technology for Good Governance: Transparency to Curb Corruption

With various scandals involving government agencies, such as the recent pork barrel scam, it’s high time we turn to information technology solutions to help promote transparency and curb corruption all at the same time. The national government recently launched an open data portal and cashless transaction program on its efforts to fend off graft and...

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Rice Smuggling: The Php7 Billion Chase for David Tan

The infamous rice smuggling lord is no longer a John Doe – a development perfectly justified the Department of Justice’s move to give the National Bureau of Investigation the green light to reopen the probe on the matter. It was noteworthy that the investigation had been stalled due to lack of evidence to merit further...

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Rebel Updates: Agaw Armas in Mindanao, Agaw Relief Goods in Visayas?

While rebels were reported looting of firearms and ammunition in Kidapawan City early November, now the rebels are allegedly after relief goods transported to Tacloban City. Several reports claimed that they attempted to snatch away relief supplies badly needed by locals affected by the super typhoon. It was said to be just a meager portion...

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CJ Sereno Marks Her 1st Year with Controversies, Accomplishments, and Vision

There’s no better way to celebrate Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s first year in the Supreme Court than to confront several controversies that range from internal politics to court decisions to systemic corruption. Perhaps the lady justice chief has already gotten used to all issues thrown at the judiciary that she managed to keep quiet...

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Three Rebel Encounters and A Militiaman’s Release

The NPA has finally released Private First Class Rodello Canada Arigonan of the 1001st Brigade of the Philippine Army. Arigonan was freed at about 1:00 p.m. in Brgy. Panangan, Maco town, Compostela Valley on August 24. The release was facilitated in cooperation with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte along with members of Sowing the Seeds...

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MARINA Re-Inspects More Marine Vessels for Seaworthiness

Shortly after the sea mishap involving MV Super Shuttle Ferry 10 at Port Pulambato in Bogo, Cebu, The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) called for re-inspection of 25 vessels operated by Asian Marine Transport Group to ensure the carriers are still seaworthy. MARINA administrator ordered all vessels to stay in port while re-inspection and additional audit...

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Claudine, Jewel, Sunshine, Who’s Stepping Out Next?

Claudine Baretto, Jewel Lobaton, and Sunshine Cruz are popular women not only trying to move on with their lives, but also victims hoping to redeem their dignity after going through alleged abuses defined under Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Act of 2004. On August 8, 2013, Claudine Baretto expressed her...

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Rebels Turned Criminals Going After Defenseless Civilians

What happened to their ideologies that red fighters are likely going after civilians? It’s understood that they want to avenge the death of eight comrades, including their spokesman in Bicol, during a major clash in Sorsogon in Central Philippines. But, it’s a totally twisted idea to barge into a peaceful fun run of students in...