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  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • SIM card mandatory registration nears passage

    All prepaid subscribers need to register their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card should the proposed measure, which passed on second reading becomes a law. This after members of the House committee on Information and Communications Technology, led by Chairman and Rizal Rep. Joel Roy Duavit, unanimously approved House Bill 5231, otherwise known as SIM card Registration Act of 2015, a consolidation of nine bills. Under the proposed measure, all direct sellers are mandated to registered …

  • Binondo to get new archway

    [caption id="attachment_256563" align="alignnone" width="720"] Filipino-Chinese Friendship arch in Binondo, Manila/Photo by Ramon FVelasquez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Binondo will soon get a facelift as construction of a new arch starts on Monday giving the 400-year-old Chinese commercial district a fresh image. Beginning Monday, vehicles going to Binondo must turn right to Escolta, traffic officials said as …

  • Que nails first title in 3 years

    The three-time Asian Tour champion, who bounced back from a mediocre start of 72 and 71 with a fiery 66 Friday to tie Tabuena at helm, pooled a 72-hole total of seven-under 281 to nail the elusive win on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour worth P650,000. Hounded by poor putting, Tabuena went birdie-less for the first time in a long while but still stayed in the title hunt with a slew of pars at the back until he bogeyed the 17th and fell by two. …

  • Charges vs Comelec-BAC members eyed for ‘stalling poll preparations’

    A House leader asked yesterday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to impose administrative sanctions on the officials and members of the poll body’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) who disqualified Smartmatic- Total Information Management (TIM) from bidding for the P2.5-billion contract to supply additional optical mark reader (OMR) machines for the 2016 elections. While he welcomed the Comelec en banc's ruling reversing the BAC disqualification ruling against Smartmatic-TIM, Cagayan de Oro …

  • Church: Donate to ‘Alay Kapwa’

    An official of the Church’s social action arm has asked the faithful to be generous when making a donation to "Alay Kapwa" today, Palm Sunday, which is also designated as Alay Kapwa Sunday.   Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), said the faithful should generously give to Alay Kapwa as the amount collected will be used as emergency funds for crisis and calamities both from natural and …

  • ‘PNP’s systematic anti-crime drive to be sustained

    Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas II vowed to sustain the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) deliberate, programmatic and determined approach in fighting criminality.  “The President and Filipino people can be assured that the PNP will not slow down in its mission of fighting criminality, not only in Metro Manila but nationwide," said Roxas, who bared that there has been a significant drop in criminal activities within Metro Manila, especially …

  • Metro road repairs on Holy Week

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it will continue road repairs during the Holy Week break in Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Quezon cities.  In its latest traffic advisory, the DPWH said that road works will be implemented at 12 midnight of Maundy Thursday, April 2 until 12 noon of Easter Sunday, April 5. DPWH is scheduled to undertake road re-blocking and repair along Mindanao Avenue, from Road 8 to North Avenue; E. Rodriguez Jr. ... …