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  • PNP OIC: Mission accomplished as FBI confirms death of Marwan MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_240232" align="alignleft" width="300"] PNP-OIC LEONARDO ESPINA / Video grab from GMA News TV[/caption] Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, officer in charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP), on Sunday announced that the operation against Malaysian terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alias "Marwan" in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in Mindanao last Jan. 25 is mission accomplished. Espina said this was after the the result of the confirmatory DNA tests and further investigation conducted by the US FBI that established with certainty the identity of international terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan as the person who was successfully neutralized by the PNP-SAF in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015. More »

  • Filipino firms urged to tap $3-B China-ASEAN Fund MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Filipino firms that are capital deficient are urged to tap the $3-billion China-ASEAN Fund, which seeks to help recapitalize firms and exit from these enterprises once they have reestablished competitive position. Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told reporters that China has already approved a $3-billion recapitalization of its China-ASEAN fund effective by the second half of this year. The fund was created by China to help the financing requirements of existing privately-owned ASEAN firms that are in need of new capital. Once a company has become competitive again following the fund infusion, China-ASEAN Fund will have to exit from the company. More »

  • 2 PGT events get ADT backing MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Asian Development Tour re-affirms its commitment to boost local golf as it sanctions two $60,000 ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour events, beginning with the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational on April 15-18 at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite. ... More »

  • Christians celebrate Easter in Jerusalem MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Around 1,500 people gathered at Jerusalem's Garden Tomb at sunrise on Sunday to celebrate Easter when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified. Located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the so-called Garden Tomb was first discovered in the 19th century and quickly became a popular alternative site to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. According to both Latin and Orthodox Christian tradition, Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again on the site of the sprawling basilica in the Old City. "The Bible talks about Jerusalem being a house of prayer for all nations and here you can see people from all these nations coming together to worship him at the same time," she told AFP. More »

  • PAGASA: “Chedeng” weakens into LPA MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Tropical depression “Chedeng” has weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), state weather bureau PAGASA said.In its 4pm weather bulletin, PAGASA said Chedeng was estimated at 95 km East Southeast of Casiguran, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.“It is forecast to remain almost stationary,” PAGASA said.PAGASA said light to moderate rains are still expected over Northern and Central Luzon. All public storm warning signal is now lifted.Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley, Aurora Province and Polillo Islands will likely experience occasional rains and gusty winds. ... More »

  • 2 AFP officers in Oakwood mutiny absolved by CA MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    In a 21-page decision penned by Associate Justice Victoria Isabel Paredes, the CA's Ninth Division overturned the ruling of Regional Trial Court of Makati City, Branch 48 which found 1Lt Lawrence San Juan and 1Lt Rex Bolo guilty of the crime of committing coup d'etat and sentenced them to a period of six to 12 years of imprisonment. San Juan and Bolo were not among the military officers belonging to the Magdalo group who applied and granted amnesty during the Arroyo and Aquino administrations. More »

  • Former rebel reveals NPA corruption MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A former rebel who has returned to the fold of the law has revealed that corruption exists even in the New People’s Army, the military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Loradel Esquilon, formerly known as “Ka Sisa” and “Ka Megan,” said this knowledge and her experiences caused her to formally shed her position in the NPA and return to mainstream society. Esquilon, who joined the NPA in 2005, said she became a logistics and finance staff (S4) of Komiteng Probinsyal (KOMPROB) in Sorsogon. The former rebel revealed that she and at least three of her comrades were entrusted with the task of collecting revolutionary taxes and then turning these over to their local NPA leaders. More »

  • Amendment to make killing a journalist a war crime studied MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Philippine government is still undecided on the proposed amendment to international laws that would make killing a journalist a war crime.Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government continues to uphold and protect press freedom but prefers to study such proposal first.“‘Yon pong pagiging ‘war crime,’ kailangan po sigurong isailalim pa ito sa masusing pag-aaral. Hindi naman po (ito) makukuha lamang sa isang pagturing lang [Declaring it a war crime should undergo a thorough study. ... More »

  • Taking it easy MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    After fulfilling their religious obligations at the Sto. Nino Shrine in Davao City, these families go on picnic at the sprawling grounds of the church compound, an inexpensive but relaxing way to spend Holy Week. (Keith Bacongco) More »

  • PSE trade volume rises 40% in Q1 MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) reported that trading volume rose 40.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015 to P641.59 billion from P457.08 billion in the same period last year. Other market indicators were also higher in the first quarter including the total market capitalization of listed companies which increased 17.6 percent to P14.98 trillion from P12.74 trillion in the first quarter of 2014. More »

  • Child’s footprints at QC crime scene MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A child is now the main suspect in the theft of a computer set and two mobile phones because of the footprints left inside a laundry shop in Quezon City Saturday, police report said. Initial police investigation showed that the footprints, smudged with mud, fit the size of a child’s feet that were seen on the floor of the Quicklean laundry shop located along Commonwealth Avenue, Barangay Greater Fairview, Quezon City. Investigators reported that, between 12:40 a.m. to 3 a.m., the two stay-in workers of the laundry shop, Jay-ar Osmino and Daniel Oliveros were asleep at the back of the shop. More »

  • De Luna rips Biado, 11-5 MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Doha Asian Games silver medalist Jeffrey de Luna outclassed Carlo Biado, 11-5, to rule the first leg of the King of Sports Money Game King 10-Ball billiards tournament held recently at the KoS Restobar on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.High on confidence after winning the recent Jakarta 9-Ball tournament in Indonesia, De Luna encountered little problem in winning the event.De Luna got off to a hot start, sweeping the first two racks before Biado fought back to keep the game close, 5-4. ... More »

  • The report of the guard MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    MATTHEW 28:8-15 MARY Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to His disciples. Go tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. Earlier, an angel spoke to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary not to be afraid (cf Mt 28:5). Because of Jesus’ resurrection, they genuinely and profoundly would not have to be afraid of anything—not of death and not of life. More »

  • Death toll in Yemen's Aden rises to 195 MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (PNA/Xinhua) -- At least 195 have been killed and more than 1,300 wounded since the beginning of fighting in Yemen's Aden in late March, the port city's health authorities said Sunday. On Saturday night, warships of the Saudi-led coalition forces shelled several military sites held by Shiite Houthi militia inside Aden. "The fighting still continues in Mu'alla district of Aden as dozens of Houthi gunmen attempted to seize full control over Aden port," a military source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Ahmed Fahd, an Aden government official, told Xinhua by phone that "the humanitarian situation deteriorates day after day in Aden as fighting still continues in several areas. More »

  • News In Brief MB - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Financial markets were closed on Thursday and Friday to mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. BSP SETS DEADLINE FOR FDI REGISTRATIONS The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said foreign direct investments (FDI) registrations must be filed at least one year before these investments are transferred to local shores following revised rules. This prescriptive one-year period is narrower than the previous two-year transition period required for all FDI filings. This new transition period begins on April 19. More »

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