Month: January 2012

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The Dragon’s Lair

This is a Year of the Dragon, long-held as a very auspicious and compelling period for many. According to the Chinese astrological calendar, the black water dragon is a much more liberal counterpart of its more vicious reptilian cousins, bringing on a year of growth and progress awash with optimism and at the same time,...

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Corona impeachment trial enters 3rd week

The impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is about to enter its third week in the Senate with no one party appearing to have an upper hand. Characterized by delays and lack of structure, the trial is still tackling Article 2 of the impeachment complaint, which says Corona committed culpable violation of...

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MILF to gov’t: Freeze gas, oil explorations in Moro areas

MANILA — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has urged anew the Aquino administration to freeze all gas and oil bidding contracts in areas claimed by the Moros as part of their ancestral domain until the parties in the negotiating table finally settle the issue. The MILF website www.luwaran.net said the appeal came from a...

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Fifteen fishermen killed off Basilan

MANILA – Fifteen crewmembers of three fishing boats were killed in a gunfire attack in a fish shelter off the Basilan coast, reports said. The attack took place Monday (January 23) near Sibago Island in Mohammad Ajul in Basilan. Military officials said the victims were aboard three boats on when gunmen aboard three other vessels...

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PNP pursues riding-in-tandem criminals

MANILA – The Philippine National Police has announced that it is stepping up its already heightened efforts against motorcycle riding-in-tandem criminals. PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome noted that the PNP is already conducting strict implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS). Bartolome said street crimes will surely be lessened and prevented if more...

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U.S. warns against terrorism

MANILA – The US State Department has issued a Worldwide Caution, reminding all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant against the threat of terrorism and violence. In a January 24 (Wednesday in Manila) advisory, the State Department remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests...

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Four dead in Taguig bomb blast

Two members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police and two civilians were killed after a vintage mortar bomb was improperly defused inside a welding shop in Taguig City Wednesday (January 25) afternoon. Reports said the bomb exploded at around 3 p.m. in Purok 6C in Lower Bicutan. Witnesses say members of...

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Explosion shakes Makati City

An explosion occurred in a vacant lot in in Makati City Monday afternoon (January 23), breaking some glass panels in a nearby building and damaging a parked car. Reports said the incident took place along Dela Costa Street in Barangay Salcedo Village. Although the explosion happened in the country’s financial center, the blast, nevertheless, took...

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Another vessel lost off Antique coast

A cargo vessel carrying 35,000 bags of cement sank off the coast of Antique early Sunday morning (January 22). Various reports said the M/V Sea Ford sank 200 meters off Barangay San Pedro in San Jose at 2 a.m. Sunday.  Fishermen and rescue teams rescued all 18 crewmembers. Authorities said the ship was on its...

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Cargo ship sinks off Catanduanes

A Panamanian cargo vessel sank off the coast of Catanduanes Saturday (January 21) afternoon. All fourteen members of the crew have been rescued. Several reports quoted the Philippine Coast Guard as saying that the M/V Sun Spirit listed at about 34 nautical miles off Binorong Point in Catanduanes last Saturday. An SOS call was made...